Orbiting the Giant Hairball: A Corporate Fool's Guide to Surviving with Grace - Gordon MacKenzie Creativity is crucial to business success. But too often, even the most innovative organization quickly becomes a "giant hairball"--a tangled, impenetrable mass of rules, traditions, and systems, all based on what worked in the past--that exercises an inexorable pull into mediocrity. Gordon McKenzie worked at Hallmark Cards for thirty years, many of which he spent inspiring his colleagues to slip the bonds of Corporate Normalcy and rise to orbit--to a mode of dreaming, daring and doing above and beyond the rubber-stamp confines of the administrative mind-set. In his deeply funny book, exuberantly illustrated in full color, he shares the story of his own professional evolution, together with lessons on awakening and fostering creative genius. Originally self-published and already a business "cult classic", this personally empowering and entertaining look at the intersection between human creativity and the bottom line is now widely available to bookstores. It will be a must-read for any manager looking for new ways to invigorate employees, and any professional who wants to achieve his or her best, most self-expressive, most creative and fulfilling work.
The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things - Carolyn Mackler Fifteen-year-old Virginia Shreves has a larger-than-average body and a plus-size inferiority complex, especially when she compares herself to her slim, brilliant, picture-perfect family. But that’s before a shocking phone call — and a horrifying allegation — about her rugby-star brother changes everything. With irreverent humor and surprising gravity, Carolyn Mackler creates an endearingly blunt heroine who speaks to every teen who struggles with family expectations, and proves that the most impressive achievement is to be true to yourself.
Chinese Cinderella: The True Story of an Unwanted Daughter - Adeline Yen Mah A Chinese proverb says, "Falling leaves return to their roots." In Chinese Cinderella, Adeline Yen Mah returns to her roots to paint an authentic portrait of twentieth-century China as well as tell the story of her painful childhood and her courage and ultimate triumph over despair. After her mother dies giving birth to her, Adeline's affluent, powerful family considers her bad luck. Life does not get any easier when her father remarries. She and her siblings are subjected to their stepmother's disdain, while her half brother and half sister are thoroughly spoiled. Although Adeline wins prizes at school, they are not what she really yearns for - the love and understanding of her family. Following the success of the critically acclaimed adult bestseller Falling Leaves, this memoir of heartfelt intimacy, now movingly written for young people, is a classic Cinderella story rendered in Adeline Yen Mah's own courageous voice.
The Legend of Lady Ilena - Patricia Malone Ilena, daughter of Moren and Grenna, has lived in the Vale of Enfert for all of her 15 years, but it is not her true home. Her parents refused to speak about the place they came from or their lineage. After the deaths of both of her parents, her questions remain unanswered. Her father’s final words to her provide the single clue: “Go to Dun Alyn. Find Ryamen.”
Ilena sets out alone on the dangerous trip across Britain, certain only that Dun Alyn is a fortress somewhere in the East. Her skills as a warrior are tested against raiders from the West and Painted Ones from the Far North, but her most formidable challenge awaits her at Dun Alyn. Will she be able to accept her true identity and fulfill her destiny?
Lady Ilena: Way of the Warrior - Patricia Malone Lady Ilena still can’t believe she is hereditary chief of Dun Alyn, her new home in the North. She eagerly awaits the return of her betrothed, Durant of Arthur’s table, and the time when Durant will rule beside her. But Britain is in a state of unrest. Despite Durant’s and Arthur’s efforts at unification, several neighboring fortresses have allied with Saxon invaders in the South. These tribes want Dun Alyn, and one tribal leader called Faolan will stop at nothing to get it. When Ilena refuses to accept Faolan’s marriage proposal in her loved one’s absence, she sets off a bloody battle–with grave results.
A warrior can commit no greater crime than to falter under attack, and now Ilena faces the ultimate punishment: she must leave Dun Alyn, alone, and may not return to her people until she has proved herself worthy to be their leader. The journey will take Ilena to old friends–and new ones–as she searches for Durant and for Britain’s protector, the legendary Arthur.
Silk Umbrellas - Carolyn Marsden "Your trembling is good, Noi," said Kun Ya. "That’s the way the butterfly moves. Let the movement spread to your whole body, not just your fingers. Paint with all of you. Become the butterfly."
Eleven-year-old Noi is learning to paint like her grandmother. She and her older sister, Ting, spend many rapt hours in the jungle watching as Kun Ya paints delicate silk umbrellas to sell at the market. But one day Kun Ma and Kun Pa announce that Ting must start working at a local radio factory to help support the family. As the days and weeks pass, Noi anxiously sees her own fate reflected in her sister’s constricting world. Can Noi find a way to master her fear of failure and stand up for her gift -- and Kun Ya’s tradition -- before the future masters her?
With spare, sure strokes evoking the customs and language of Thailand, the acclaimed author of THE GOLD-THREADED DRESS tells the graceful tale of a young artist’s coming of age.
Birdwing - Rafe Martin Once upon a time, seven brothers were turned into swans. And once upon a time, the spell was broken, giving back to each brother his human form . . . all except for Ardwin, the youngest. He was left with one arm enchanted, forever a wing.
And so he grows up, marked by difference, a prince struggling to find a place in his father's kingdom while his wing pulls him toward the open sky. Adrian barely knows how to speak to his family, yet his wings give him the power to understand every other creature in the forest.
Half the time Ardwin wishes his wing was gone. Yet when he learns that his father plans to have the wing severed, he knows he must flee . . . to save his life and to find his way.
Birdwing is the story of a boy who falls, half-healed, out of myth and into the world. Can a young man like that find peace? Or will his very existence become grounds for war?
Spellbound - Janet McDonald Raven never expected to be a mother at sixteen. Is she going to be just another high school dropout, a project girl with few prospects? Could be, except Raven has ambition. Still, when is she going to find the time to finish school? Then her older sister tells her about a spelling bee that promises the winner a scholarship for college. Spelling? There isn't a subject she's worse at. But once Raven's got her mind set, nothing gets in her way...
Sugar and Spice and Not So Nice - Janet McNulty Mellow Summers just wanted to go to college and get her film degree. She moved into a furnished apartment with her friend Jackie only to find that it already had a tenant: the ghost of a girl who was murdered a year earlier. Now it is up to Mellow to not only discover who the murderer is, but to prove it as well.
With the help of the ghost Rachel, Mellow sets out to solve the year old mystery. She soon finds out that she may have taken on more than she can handle. Pursued by someone who wants the identity of the killer to remain a secret, Mellow will have to use all her resources to outwit him and help the spirit of Rachel move on.
Junebug - Alice Mead Reeve McLain, Jr.--Junebug--has a big dream that keeps him going. He dreams that someday he and his younger sister and mother will move from the awful housing project where drugs, gangs, and guns are part of everyday life. Junebug's 10th birthday is coming up, and he knows the gangs and drug dealers will be after him to join them. But he has a big birthday plan to keep his hope alive.
Both Ways is the Only Way I Want It - Maile Meloy Award-winning writer Maile Meloy's return to short stories explores complex lives in an austere landscape with the clear-sightedness that first endeared her to readers.
Meloy's first return to short stories since her critically acclaimed debut, Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It is an extraordinary new work from one of the most promising writers of the last decade.
Eleven unforgettable new stories demonstrate the emotional power and the clean, assured style that have earned Meloy praise from critics and devotion from readers. Propelled by a terrific instinct for storytelling, and concerned with the convolutions of modern love and the importance of place, this collection is about the battlefields-and fields of victory-that exist in seemingly harmless spaces, in kitchens and living rooms and cars. Set mostly in the American West, the stories feature small-town lawyers, ranchers, doctors, parents, and children, and explore the moral quandaries of love, family, and friendship. A ranch hand falls for a recent law school graduate who appears unexpectedly- and reluctantly-in his remote Montana town. A young father opens his door to find his dead grandmother standing on the front step. Two women weigh love and betrayal during an early snow. Throughout the book, Meloy examines the tensions between having and wanting, as her characters try to keep hold of opposing forces in their lives: innocence and experience, risk and stability, fidelity and desire.
Knowing, sly, and bittersweet, Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want Itconfirms Maile Meloy's singular literary talent. Her lean, controlled prose, full of insight and unexpected poignancy, is the perfect complement to her powerfully moving storytelling.
Beneath a Texas Star - Emma Merritt WORTHLESS YANKEE TENDERFOOT Beautiful Clementina Jones wore her sheriff's badge with pride. It had been her father's until he was shot in cold blood, and Clem was determined to use it to bring justice to his killer, and peace to Lawful, Texas. She had no time for the handsome New York reporter who thought a story about a lady sheriff would sell lots of papers back east. Wade Cameron was one charming devil, and Clemmy wanted him out of her territory. But that was before she knew that his kisses would make her pulse race, and that his very touch would send her senses reeling. Now she was trapped by her own desires . . . and she couldn't tell right from wrong!
GUN-TOTING WILD WOMAN Wade Cameron was not about to leave the seductive sheriff alone, even if she had pulled a gun on him and called him a polecat. She was deliciously wild, yet seductively innocent, and night after night he wondered how she'd look with her coppery hair caressing her bare, creamy shoulders, how her soft curves would feel in his arms. He teased her with words, then tempted her with kisses, but soon he could wait no longer. He would have her for his own, and he would have her for always . . . Beneath a Texas Star!
High Style: Masterworks from the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art - The Metropolitan Museum of Art High Style is the first comprehensive publication on the Brooklyn Museum's remarkable collection of costumes and accessories. This lavishly illustrated volume presents some 200 examples drawn from more than 24,000 women's and men's garments, accessories, hats, and shoes." "Brooklyn's collection was founded in 1903 to provide inspiration for America's growing fashion industry. Through its Department of Industrial Design, Design Lab, and Department of Costumes and Textiles, the Brooklyn Museum became one of the most important centers for the study of fashion. As a result, the holdings are rich in clothing by American designers and the great French couturiers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The museum is also fortunate to have assembled what is considered the definitive group of works by the couturier Charles James." "Organized in chapters that represent the collection's strengths, High Style presents Brooklyn's masterworks and provides brief histories of how they were collected. Included are historical costumes from the 1760s to the 1890s; sumptuous gowns by Charles Frederick Worth; custom designs by the important French nineteenth-century couture houses; examples from the early twentieth-century houses, including those of Lanvin, Chanel, and Poiret; iconic Surrealist-based designs by Schiaparelli; the incomparable sculpted ball gowns of James of the 1940s and 1950s; ensembles from postwar phenomenon Dior, his successor, Saint Laurent, and Givenchy. American designers of the 1920s to the 1980s are well represented. Among the women are Valentina, MeCardell, Cashin, and Maxwell; among the men, Mainbocher, Norell, Beene, and Halston. Augmenting this survey is a unique selection of regional costumes and historic French fashion dolls." "Early in 2009 the Brooklyn Museum entered into a landmark partnership that transferred ownership and custodial responsibilities to The Metropolitan Museum of Art while preserving the collection's identity and providing accessibility to Brooklyn's staff. High Style honors both the collection and the innovative arrangement that will ensure its preservation and availability for the future." Reeder directed an intensive three-year assessment and documentation of the collection before the transfer and here shares the results of that firsthand knowledge. Her lucid texts on the histories of the designers and analysis of each piece are welcome additions to the field of fashion history.
Twilight - Stephenie Meyer When Isabella Swan moves to the gloomy town of Forks and meets the mysterious, alluring Edward Cullen, her life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. With his porcelain skin, golden eyes, mesmerizing voice, and supernatural gifts, Edward is both irresistible and impenetrable. Up until now, he has managed to keep his true identity hidden, but Bella is determined to uncover his dark secret.
What Bella doesn't realize is the closer she gets to him, the more she is putting herself and those around her at risk. And, it might be too late to turn back . . .
New Moon - Stephenie Meyer For Bella Swan, there is one thing more important that life itself: Edward Cullen. But being in love with a vampire is even more dangerous than Bella ever could have imagined. Edward has already rescued Bella from the clutches of one evil vampire, but now, as their daring relationship threatens all that is near and dear to them, they realize their troubles may be just beginning . . .
Eclipse - Stephenie Meyer As Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge, Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob - knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella has one more decision to make: life or death. But which is which?
The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner - Stephenie Meyer Bree Tanner can barely remember life before she had uncannily powerful senses, superhuman reflexes, and unstoppable physical strength. Life before she had a relentless thirst for blood . . . life before she became a vampire.
All Bree knows is that living with her fellow newborns has few certainties and even fewer rules: watch your back, don't draw attention to yourself, and above all, make it home by sunrise or die. What she doesn't know: her time as an immortal is quickly running out.
Then Bree finds an unexpected friend in Diego, a newborn just as curious as Bree about their mysterious creator, whom they only know as her. As they come to realize that the newborns are pawns in a game larger than anything they could have imagined, Bree and Diego must choose sides and decide whom to trust. But when everything you know about vampires is based on a lie, how do you find the truth?
Escape from Witchwood Hollow - Jordan Elizabeth Mierek Everyone in Arnn - a small farming town with more legends than residents - knows the story of Witchwood Hollow: if you venture into the whispering forest, the witch will trap your soul among the shadowed trees.
After losing her parents in a horrific terrorist attack on the Twin Towers, fifteen-year-old Honoria and her older brother escape New York City to Arnn. In the lure of that perpetual darkness, Honoria finds hope, when she should be afraid.
Perhaps the witch can reunite her with her lost parents. Awakening the witch, however, brings more than salvation from mourning, for Honoria discovers a past of missing children and broken promises.
To save the citizens of Arnn from becoming the witch’s next victims, she must find the truth behind the woman’s madness.
How deep into Witchwood Hollow does Honoria dare venture?
Lizzie at Last - Claudia Mills As seventh grade begins, Lizzie Archer knows she can't endure another year of being derided as the class nerd. Maybe she can't stop being smart -- does she want to? -- but at least she doesn't have to look so different. Out of her Emily Dickinson dresses and into Gap jeans she goes, and the effect is amazing. The girls talk to her; the boys tease her. But her braininess remains an obstacle to her popularity, and Lizzie wants so to be liked, especially by Ethan Winfield. To her teacher's amazement, Lizzie begins to make mistakes in math. Ethan is horrified -- he's her math partner -- but no one is more unhappy, or confused, than Lizzie. Will she ever find herself? Through her sparkling Lizzie Archer, Claudia Mills extends a hand to girls, gently encouraging them to be all that they can and to feel confident that like will befriend like.
The Blue Castle - L.M. Montgomery Valancy lives a drab life with her overbearing mother and prying aunt. Then a shocking diagnosis from Dr. Trent prompts her to make a fresh start. For the first time, she does and says exactly what she feels. As she expands her limited horizons, Valancy undergoes a transformation, discovering a new world of love and happiness. One of Lucy Maud Montgomery's only novels intended for an adult audience, The Blue Castle is filled with humour and romance.
Omnibus Press Presents the Story of Evanescence - Simon Moore Here is the full story of the meteoric rise of Evanescence, whose unique sound has rejuvenated a music scene overrun with manufactured pop and male-dominated rock.
Paid For: My Journey Through Prostitution - Rachel Moran 'When you are fifteen years old and destitute, too unskilled to work and too young to claim unemployment benefit, your body is all you have left to sell.'
Rachel Moran came from a troubled family background. Taken into State care at fourteen, she became homeless and got involved in prostitution aged fifteen. For the next seven years Rachel worked as a prostitute, isolated, drug-addicted, outside of society.
Rachel's experience was one of violence, loneliness, and relentless exploitation and abuse. Her story reveals the emotional cost of selling your body night after night in order to survive--loss of innocence, loss of self-worth and a loss of connection from mainstream society that makes it all the more difficult to escape the prostitution world.
At the age of 22 she managed, with remarkable strength, to liberate herself from that life. She went to university, gained a degree and forged a new life, but she always promised that one day she would complete this book. This is Rachel Moran's story, written in her own words and in her own name.
Queen of Wolves - Melissa Morgan Zara Tuari, a shapeshifter with ancient bloodline origins, trespasses into Black Moon clan territory to seek asylum. The alpha, Cole Sheridan, has promised that any who make it to the dias are guaranteed sanctuary status.
Alpha Sheridan is a man of his word, so when a black panther requests sanctuary and subsequently collapses, he's honor bound to grant it. The problem is the mystery of what and who the female is running from, and if her presence will result in his pack having to go to war.
Lust of a She-cat - Melissa Morgan Ayira is a were-cheetah who has arrived from Africa to be with her sister, Zara, to see the birth of her babies. Despite a warm welcome from Zara and her new hosts, the Black Moon Pack she feels uncomfortable with her new surroundings and looks forward to returning home.
After one hundred and sixteen years werewolf Cassius was desperate to find a mate. He wanted what others of the Black Moon Pack had. A family of his own.The knowledge that he might not ever have that ate at him. He’d been alone so damn long; he was beginning to wonder if there was something fundamentally wrong with him that repelled women.He had yet to find a mate, who enticed him, compelled him, made him ache with desire.
At first, Ayira taunts and teases Cassius and makes him feel small. She is dismissive but realises that he is a glorious specimen of the male species. Tall, handsome, and built like a well muscled Greek God.Cassius starts to have feelings for the first time for this were-cheetah even though deep down her cat would never accept mating with a wolf. He followed her because it was his job as bodyguard but lately, he wanted to chase after her for entirely different reasons…
Will Ayira return home to Africa and to her cheetah family or will the attraction of Cassius prove too strong to ignore?
Wolf Games - Melissa Morgan The story of Beta wolf Matteo and his search for a reluctant mate Maura. She is running from a smaller rival wolf pack to avoid a union that she doesn't want. Can Matteo win her over and fight off her rival pack who want her back?
Forbidden Mate - Melissa Morgan Kirsten, a young nurse, goes camping alone and finds a mysterious man called Teague who has been attacked and left for dead by a rogue wolf pack. She desperately tries to save his life and in the process discovers he is not what he seems.
To win his love she must make the 'change' between human and wolf, and Teague must break the rules of his pack.
Wolf Blood - Melissa Morgan The fifth bloodcurdling story in the werewolf shifter romance Queen of Wolves series.
"The compound was silent, the guards complacent and bored. It was obvious no one had come this deep into the woods in a long time. The sentry's never expected anyone to attack in the middle of the night. Getting into the den was easier than he ever imagined it could be. He rose up behind the sentry and slit the man’s throat. He dragged the body easily over to a clump of trees, moving like a ghost in the shadows. The moonless night hid him well as he stalked the next guard. The young wolf was dead before he hit the ground, his hot lifeblood spilled down the front of him in dark rivulets. Rudolph moved on, not bothering to look back."
The Bluest Eye - Toni Morrison Pecola Breedlove, a young black girl, prays every day for beauty. Mocked by other children for the dark skin, curly hair, and brown eyes that set her apart, she yearns for normalcy, for the blond hair and blue eyes that she believes will allow her to finally fit in.Yet as her dream grows more fervent, her life slowly starts to disintegrate in the face of adversity and strife. A powerful examination of our obsession with beauty and conformity, Toni Morrison’s virtuosic first novel asks powerful questions about race, class, and gender with the subtlety and grace that have always characterized her writing.
An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 - Jim Murphy 1793, Philadelphia. The nation's capital and the largest city in North America is devastated by an apparently incurable disease, cause unknown . . .
Jim Murphy describes the illness known as yellow fever and the toll it took on the city's residents, relating the epidemic to the major social and political events of the day and to 18th-century medical beliefs and practices. Drawing on first-hand accounts, Murphy spotlights the heroic role of Philadelphia's free blacks in combating the disease, and the Constitutional crisis that President Washington faced when he was forced to leave the city--and all his papers--while escaping the deadly contagion. The search for the fever's causes and cure, not found for more than a century afterward, provides a suspenseful counterpoint to this riveting true story of a city under siege.
Captain's Command - Anna Myers Everyone in Gail’s small town believes her father is dead when his plane is shot down in World War II. Everyone but Gail’s mother, who has faith that he’s still alive. Gail’s Uncle Ned has lost his faith after being blinded in the war. Though Gail promised her father to watch out for her uncle, his bitterness over his loss keeps pushing her away. It seems only Captain, Gail’s golden retriever, can break through Ned’s shell.
As Gail and Captain try to save Ned from destroying himself, Gail can’t help wondering if she’ll ever hear from her father again.
All the Right Stuff - Walter Dean Myers New York Times bestselling author Walter Dean Myers tackles the social contract from a teen’s perspective in his novel All the Right Stuff. In one of his most thought-provoking novels to date, Myers weaves together political philosophy, basketball, and making soup in Harlem, with the depth that defines his writing career.
After his father is shot and killed, Paul Dupree finds a summer job at a Harlem soup kitchen. Elijah, the soup man, questions Paul about tough life choices, even though Paul would rather be playing basketball. Over the summer, Paul begins to understand the importance of taking control of your life.