Download now to get your copy of the (soon-to-be) publishing sensation that is The Little Book of Sham. It's wry, funny, and witty!The Little Book of Sham is a hilarious collection of witty observations, wisdom, and insights - all packed into one small book of aphorisms.Donald Trump, his hair, Scientology, North Korea, and the Kardasians are just some of the targets in The Little Book of Sham.Discover wit and wisdom:"Nothing lasts forever. Except for sofa sales.""Life is short and often brutal - like a job interview, so be yourself. On no account be Piers Morgan.""Parents, like history, are doomed to repeat themselves." 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mark Manning. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/127428/bk_acx0_127428_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This is Steph and Dom's guide to surviving modern life. With top tips and advice, this delightful little audiobook brings their sage sofa wisdom into a must have guidebook for fans of Gogglebox. Learn from your favourite Friday night couple how to survive all manner of social occasions; packed with top tips on everything from cocktail making, correct pronunciation and dress codes, this hilarious miscellany will share Steph and Dom's secret to success - and the fun they've had along the way. This is the essential guide to living it up, the Steph and Dom way. So, settle back, pour yourself a drink and learn how to live to the full. Chin, chin. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Steph Parker, Dom Parker. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hodd/000857/bk_hodd_000857_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A bighearted book of wisdom, wit, and insight, celebrating the love and joy of being a grandmother, from the Pulitzer Prize–winning columnist and #1 New York Times bestselling author“I am changing his diaper, he is kicking and complaining, his exhausted father has gone to the kitchen for a glass of water, his exhausted mother is prone on the couch. He weighs little more than a large sack of flour and yet he has laid waste to the living room: swaddles on the chair, a nursing pillow on the sofa, a car seat, a stroller. No one cares about order, he is our order, we revolve around him. And as I try to get in the creases of his thighs with a wipe, I look at his, let’s be honest, largely formless face and unfocused eyes and fall in love with him. Look at him and think, well, that’s taken care of, I will do anything for you as long as we both shall live, world without end, amen.”Before blogs even existed, Anna Quindlen became a go-to writer on the joys and challenges of family, motherhood, and modern life, in her nationally syndicated column. Now she’s taking the next step and going full Nana in this lively, beautiful, and moving book about being a grandmother. Quindlen offers thoughtful and telling observations about her new role, no longer mother and decision-maker but secondary character and support to the parents of her grandson. She writes, “Where I once led, I have to learn to follow.” Eventually a close friend provides words to live by: “Did they ask you?”Candid, funny, frank, and illuminating, Quindlen’s singular voice has never been sharper or warmer. With the same insights she brought to motherhood in Living Out Loud and to growing older in Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, this new nana uses her own experiences to illuminate those of many others. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Cynthia Farrell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/011439/bk_brll_011439_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Kristine Barnett's son Jacob has an IQ higher than Einstein's, a photographic memory, and he taught himself calculus in two weeks. At nine he started working on an original theory in astrophysics that experts believe may someday put him in line for a Nobel Prize, and at age twelve he became a paid researcher in quantum physics. But the story of Kristine's journey with Jake is all the more remarkable because his extraordinary mind was almost lost to autism. At age two, when Jake was diagnosed, Kristine was told he might never be able to tie his own shoes. The Spark is a remarkable memoir of mother and son. Surrounded by 'experts' at home and in special ed who tried to focus on Jake's most basic skills and curtail his distracting interests-moving shadows on the wall, stars, plaid patterns on sofa fabric-Jake made no progress, withdrew more and more into his own world, and eventually stopped talking completely. Kristine knew in her heart that she had to make a change. Against the advice of her husband, Michael, and the developmental specialists, Kristine followed her instincts, pulled Jake out of special ed, and began preparing him for mainstream kindergarten on her own. Relying on the insights she developed at the daycare center she runs out of the garage in her home, Kristine resolved to follow Jacob's 'spark'-his passionate interests. Why concentrate on what he couldn't do? Why not focus on what he could? This basic philosophy, along with her belief in the power of ordinary childhood experiences (softball, picnics, s'mores around the campfire) and the importance of play, helped Kristine overcome huge odds. The Barnetts were not wealthy people, and in addition to financial hardship, Kristine herself faced serious health issues. But through hard work and determination on behalf of Jake and his two younger brothers, as well as an undying faith in their community, friends, and family, Kristine and Michael prevailed. The results were beyond anything anyone could have imagined. Dramatic, inspiring, and transformative, The Spark is about the power of love and courage in the face of overwhelming obstacles, and the dazzling possibilities that can occur when we learn how to tap the true potential that lies within every child, and in all of us. Praise for The Spark '[An] amazing memoir . . . compulsive reading.'-The Washington Post 'The Spark is about the transformative power of unconditional love. If you have a child who's 'different'-and who doesn't?-you won't be able to put it down.'-Sylvia Nasar, author of A Beautiful Mind 'Love, illness, faith, tragedy and triumph-it's all here. . . . Jake Barnett's story contains wisdom for every parent.'-Newsday 'This eloquent memoir about an extraordinary boy and a resilient and remarkable mother will be of interest to every parent and/or educator hoping to nurture a child's authentic 'spark.''-Publishers Weekly 'Compelling . . . Jake is unusual, but so is his superhuman mom.'-Booklist 'The Spark describes in glowing terms the profound intensity with which a mother can love her child.'-Andrew Solomon, author of The Noonday Demon and Far from the Tree 'Every parent and teacher should read this fabulous book!'-Temple Grandin, author of Thinking in Pictures and co-author of The Autistic Brain
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER &#8226; The perfect gift for new parents and grandparents this Mother&#8217;s Day: a bighearted book of wisdom, wit, and insight, celebrating the love and joy of being a grandmother, from the Pulitzer Prize&#8211;winning columnist and #1 bestselling author &#8220;This tender book should be required reading for grandparents everywhere.&#8221;&#8212;Booklist (starred review) &#8220;I am changing his diaper, he is kicking and complaining, his exhausted father has gone to the kitchen for a glass of water, his exhausted mother is prone on the couch. He weighs little more than a large sack of flour and yet he has laid waste to the living room: swaddles on the chair, a nursing pillow on the sofa, a car seat, a stroller. No one cares about order, he is our order, we revolve around him. And as I try to get in the creases of his thighs with a wipe, I look at his, let&#8217;s be honest, largely formless face and unfocused eyes and fall in love with him. Look at him and think, well, that&#8217;s taken care of, I will do anything for you as long as we both shall live, world without end, amen.&#8221; Before blogs even existed, Anna Quindlen became a go-to writer on the joys and challenges of family, motherhood, and modern life, in her nationally syndicated column. Now she&#8217;s taking the next step and going full nana in the pages of this lively, beautiful, and moving book about being a grandmother. Quindlen offers thoughtful and telling observations about her new role, no longer mother and decision-maker but secondary character and support to the parents of her grandson. She writes, &#8220;Where I once led, I have to learn to follow.&#8221; Eventually a close friend provides words to live by: &#8220;Did they ask you?&#8221; Candid, funny, frank, and illuminating, Quindlen&#8217;s singular voice has never been sharper or warmer. With the same insights she brought to motherhood in Living Out Loud and to growing older in Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, this new nana uses her own experiences to illuminate those of many others. Praise for Nanaville &#8220;Witty and thoughtful . . . Nanaville serves up enough vivid anecdotes and fresh insights&#8212;about childhood, about parenthood, about grandparenthood and about life&#8212;to make for a gratifying read.&#8221; &#8212;The New York Times &#8220;Classic, bittersweet Quindlen . . . [Her] wonder at seeing her eldest child grow into his new role is lovely and moving. . . . The best parts of Nanaville are the charming vignettes of Quindlen's solo time with her grandson.&#8221; &#8212;NPR
We're all familiar with the stereotypical freeloading relative. He's usually depicted in the movies as an able-bodied but unkempt bum, who lives with mom or a more responsible sibling, refuses to get a job, and spends his days lying on the sofa, drinking beer, getting potato chips all over the carpet, and watching cartoon marathons. But in real life, few family freeloaders are so obvious. OUR freeloaders are professionals. They're subtle. They're versatile. They run complicated scams and convoluted cons on us. They always have their antennae up for any little clue they might find useful. Like the predators they are, they're constantly sizing us up to see what they can get out of us. They're looking for personality traits they can use against us, like gullibility, kindness, a trusting nature, or a soft heart. Even our pride is useful to them-because then they can employ flattery, or 'gratitude,' to get what they want. If you're susceptible to guilt, it makes you an easy target. If you're a sympathetic person, quick to feel sorry for those who are going through tough times, or if you easily empathize with others, then you're an even better target. If you're concerned about other people's opinions and want everybody to think you're nice, that's like a flashing neon 'Sucker' sign over your head. To a con man, if you have trouble saying 'No,' that's a sign of weakness which he can exploit. If we're efficient, or pride ourselves on being 'problem-solvers,' then the freeloader will give us a problem to solve for him. If we have a 'rescuer' mentality, our freeloader will help us satisfy those urges. Freeloaders and con men are looking for 'people pleasers.' Is it important to you to give others the impression that you're a 'good Christian?' Or to prove to YOURSELF that you're a good Christian? We presume that 'good' Christians give to charity, but how do you define 'charity?' Do you think you have to give to every hard luck case who asks? Does your chronically unemployed cousin qualify as a legitimate charity cause in your mind? Would it make you a 'bad' Christian to say 'No' to the sister-in-law who constantly imposes on you? If you equate agreeing to every request anybody ever asks of you, or giving money to every person who seems to need it, with being a 'good' Christian, then once a freeloader gets a hold of you, you're in for a long night........ Written with humor, wisdom, and a healthy dose of common sense, The Family Freeloader teaches us 21 Ways To Spot A Con, the various ploys that freeloaders use to scam money or favors out of us, how they observe and test us, and which personality traits make us seem like easy prey. We will systematically debunk their most common sob stories and surprisingly sneaky tactics, study what the Bible REALLY says about giving to the poor vs. supporting a bum, and learn step-by-step effective strategies for letting go of the guilt and saying 'No' to our family freeloaders. This book is an invaluable lesson for all kind-hearted, generous folks who love their families, on how to avoid being taken advantage of by the unscrupulous among us.
Present-day tastemakers share their wisdom, experience, and talent in this showcase of the finest architects, home builders, interior design artisans, and craftsmen. This visual panorama illuminates the breathtaking architecture and interiors that result from the collaboration between master architects such as Max Strang and Randall Sofft; artisans such as Bella Bath and Infinity Kitchen; and the craftsmen behind the physical manifestation of the vision. In addition to experiencing the remarkable works, insight into topics is given, including how lighting can dramatically change the appearance of a space, the aesthetic benefits of a finely crafted sofa, and what it takes to create a state-of-the-art home theater. Whether contemplating the construction of a new home or the redesign of an intimate space, this guide will inspire and inform.