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The Pleasure of My Company

By Steve Martin
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  • Publisher : Hachette Books
  • Isbn : 1401398804
  • Pages : 176
  • Category : Fiction
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From the bestselling author of Shopgirl comes the tender story of a troubled man who finds love, and life, in the most unexpected place. Daniel resides in his Santa Monica apartment, living much of his life as a bystander: He watches from his window as the world goes by, and his only relationships seem to be with people who barely know he exists. He passes the time idly filling out contest applications, counting ceiling tiles, and estimating the wattage of light bulbs. It is through Daniel's growing attachment to Clarissa, and to Teddy, that he finally gains the courage to begin to engage the world outside, and in doing so, he discovers love, and life, in the most surprising places. Filled with his trademark humor, tenderness, and out and out hilarious wordplay, The Pleasure of My Company is a tour de force sure to delight all of Steve Martin's fans.

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  • Publisher : BrightRay Publishing
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  • Pages : 211
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By Jody Rosen
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Crown
  • Isbn : 0804141509
  • Pages : 416
  • Category : History
  • Reads : 307
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A panoramic revisionist portrait of the nineteenth-century invention that is transforming the twenty-first-century world “The real feat of this book is that it takes us on a ride—across the centuries and around the globe, through startling history and vivid first-person reporting.”—Patrick Radden Keefe, New York Times bestselling author of Empire of Pain The bicycle is a vestige of the Victorian era, seemingly at odds with our age of smartphones and ride-sharing apps and driverless cars. Yet we live on a bicycle planet. Across the world, more people travel by bicycle than any other form of transportation. Almost anyone can learn to ride a bike—and nearly everyone does. In Two Wheels Good, journalist and critic Jody Rosen reshapes our understanding of this ubiquitous machine, an ever-present force in humanity’s life and dream life—and a flash point in culture wars—for more than two hundred years. Combining history, reportage, travelogue, and memoir, Rosen’s book sweeps across centuries and around the globe, unfolding the bicycle’s saga from its invention in 1817 to its present-day renaissance as a “green machine,” an emblem of sustainability in a world afflicted by pandemic and climate change. Readers meet unforgettable characters: feminist rebels who steered bikes to the barricades in the 1890s, a prospector who pedaled across the frozen Yukon to join the Klondike gold rush, a Bhutanese king who races mountain bikes in the Himalayas, a cycle-rickshaw driver who navigates the seething streets of the world’s fastest-growing megacity, astronauts who ride a floating bicycle in zero gravity aboard the International Space Station. Two Wheels Good examines the bicycle’s past and peers into its future, challenging myths and clichés while uncovering cycling’s connection to colonial conquest and the gentrification of cities. But the book is also a love letter: a reflection on the sensual and spiritual pleasures of bike riding and an ode to an engineering marvel—a wondrous vehicle whose passenger is also its engine.

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  • Publisher : Baker Books
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  • Category : Religion
  • Reads : 596
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Experience God's Presence in a Whole New Way There's just something about people who are close to God. Through the ups and downs of life, they remain secure, hopeful. If you want a more rewarding spiritual life, if you want the pleasure of knowing your Creator's heart, this soul-lifting book is for you. Learn from Dutch Sheets as he shares his life lessons for cultivating an intimate relationship with God. Each of the thirty short chapters reveals a simple practice or biblical mindset that will help draw you away from the noise of life and into the Lord's peaceful presence. With profound insights from the Bible and stories you won't soon forget, The Pleasure of His Company is like a spiritual mentor, showing you simple ways to enjoy God more. This powerful book can also be enjoyed as a daily devotional.

Calamity Jayne and the Haunted Homecoming

By Kathleen Bacus
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Gemma Halliday Publishing
  • Isbn : 194037104X
  • Pages : 262
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 498
  • File Pdf: calamity-jayne-and-the-haunted-homecoming.pdf

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What do you call a blonde skeleton in the closet? Last year's hide-'n'-seek champ. It's autumn in the heartland, where football rules, homecoming royalty reigns, and full moons don't just refer to a passing high school varsity bus. But this year, Tressa Jayne Turner isn't just enjoying the candy corn, popcorn balls and caramel apples. This reporter is on a mission to sniff out a serious story that will impress not only her skeptical family and friends, but also her boss at the Grandville Gazette. And it turns out "Calamity Jayne" is in luck! Eccentric and reclusive bestselling writer, Elizabeth Courtney Howard is coming to little ol' Grandville to conduct some family business and finish her latest book. So, what's stopping Tressa from scoring this journalistic coup? A blackmailing, six-foot-two-inch homecoming queen candidate with all the charm of Frankenstein in taffeta, a rival reporter out to scoop the competition, a séance-hosting grandmother, and the sexy Ranger Rick Townsend who could tempt a nun to rethink her vows. Suddenly Tressa better watch her step, as her exposé uncovers skeletons in everyone's closets and a haunted house that's too creepy for comfort. (NOTE: This book was previously published under the title Ghouls Just Want to Have Fun.) Calamity Jayne Mysteries: Calamity Jayne – book #1 Calamity Jayne and the Fowl Play at the Fair – book #2 Calamity Jayne and the Haunted Homecoming – book #3 Calamity Jayne and the Campus Caper– book #4 Calamity Jayne in the Wild, Wild West– book #5 Calamity Jayne and the Hijinks on the High Seas– book #6 Calamity Jayne and the Trouble with Tandems– book #7 What critics are saying about the Calamity Jayne Mysteries: "Filled with dumb-blonde jokes, nonstop action and rapid-fire banter, this is a perfect read for chick-lit fans who enjoy a dash of mystery." ~ Publishers' Weekly "Fun and lighthearted with an interesting mystery, a light touch of romance and some fascinating characters." ~ RT Book Reviews "Throw in two parts Nancy Drew, one part Lucille Ball, add a dash of Stephanie Plum, shake it all up and you’ve got a one-of-a-kind amateur sleuth with a penchant for junk food and hot-pink snakeskin cowgirl boots. A word to the wise: if you’re prone to laughing out loud when reading funny books, try not to read Calamity Jayne when you’re sandwiched between two sleeping passengers on an airplane…sometimes we learn these things the hard way." ~ Chick Lit Cafe "Bacus provides lots of small-town fun with this lovable, fair-haired klutz and lively story, liberally salted with dumb-blond jokes." ~ Booklist *starred review*

Secrets of the Tudor Court: The Pleasure Palace

By Kate Emerson
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Isbn : 9781416583585
  • Pages : 400
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 941
  • File Pdf: secrets-of-the-tudor-court.pdf

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Basing her gripping tale on the life of the real Jane Popyncourt, gifted author Kate Emerson brings the Tudor monarchs, their family, and their courtiers to brilliant life in this vibrant novel. Beautiful. Seductive. Innocent. Jane Popyncourt was brought to the court as a child to be ward of the king and a companion to his daughters—the princesses Margaret and Mary. With no money of her own, Jane could not hope for a powerful marriage, or perhaps even marriage at all. But as she grows into a lovely young woman, she still receives flattering attention from the virile young men flocking to serve the handsome new king, Henry VIII, who has recently married Catherine of Aragon. Then a dashing French prisoner of war, cousin to the king of France, is brought to London, and Jane finds she cannot help giving some of her heart—and more—to a man she can never marry. But the Tudor court is filled with dangers as well as seductions, and there are mysteries surrounding Jane’s birth that have made her deadly enemies. Can she cultivate her beauty and her amorous wiles to guide her along a perilous path and bring her at last to happiness?

Conversations with Steve Martin

By Robert E. Kapsis
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Univ. Press of Mississippi
  • Isbn : 1626743215
  • Pages : 320
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Reads : 899
  • File Pdf: conversations-with-steve-martin.pdf

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Conversations with Steve Martin presents a collection of interviews and profiles that focus on Martin as a writer, artist, and original thinker over the course of more than four decades in show business. While those less familiar with his full body of work may think of Martin as primarily the “wild and crazy guy” with an arrow through his head, this book makes the case that he is in fact one of our nation’s most accomplished and varied artists. It shows the full range of Martin’s creative work, tracing the source of his comic imagination from his early standup days, starting in the mid to late 1960s through the films he has written and starred in, and emphasizing his more recent creative outpourings as playwright, essayist, novelist, memoirist, songwriter, composer, musician, and art critic. “Standup is the hardest material in the world to write for someone else; it’s like trying to condense 10 years of experience into 20 minutes of new material.,” Martin says. But commenting on his fiction writing, he says. “I think you have to be able to find as a writer that state where you don’t know what you’re going to say or what the character is going to say or who the characters are. That’s the biggest thrill of all. When you start to trust that subconscious thing and you don’t censor yourself—just remember you can always throw it away—that’s when the good stuff comes out.” The selected materials consist not only of pieces focused primarily on Martin’s writings, but also broader profiles and conversations that help explain Martin’s development as a writer within the larger context of his many other accomplishments, talents, and performance skills.

Duchess Decadence

By Wendy LaCapra
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Entangled: Scandalous
  • Isbn : 1633754014
  • Pages : 250
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 915
  • File Pdf: duchess-decadence.pdf

Book Summary:

A game of chance with love on the line... London, 1784 Thea Worthington, Duchess of Wynchester divides her time between social engagements and playing her luck against fickle fortune. Yet every gamble is only a bluff-a means to hide from the pain deep within her, and the loss of a babe she never held in her arms. Now Thea's luck is about to run out. Her estranged husband has returned and seeks a reunion... Plagued with guilt over what happened to his wife three years ago, the Duke of Wynchester has kept his distance. The duke is resolved to piece his family back together, especially now that he's discovered his beloved brother-long thought dead-still lives. But Thea's lovely, porcelain facade is on the verge of cracking...spurred on by the duke's brother's secretive, malevolent animosity. With everything riding on her future, Thea plays a daring game of chance for love and her marriage...and this time, the dice are most certainly rigged.

Jean Baptiste : A Story of French Canada

By J. E. Le Rossignol
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : J. M. DENT & SONS LTD.
  • Isbn : N.a
  • Pages : 193
  • Category :
  • Reads : 105
  • File Pdf: jean-baptiste.pdf

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Jean Baptiste : A Story of French Canada Nevertheless, Jean Baptiste kept the hired man, and, while working on the farm somewhat more than formerly, still found time for hunting and fishing and the reading of books, while his mother, as though bewitched, smiled complacently at everything that he did. But Jean sank lower still in the estimation of the neighbours, for he began to keep bad company, the very worst--that of a sorcerer. It came about in this way. Jean was having a day's fishing, and, although the trout were rising well, he was not content to stay in one place but kept moving on up the stream until he found himself, at sunset, standing on a rocky ledge beside a deep, dark pool, called the trou du sorcier. Precipitous cliffs, crowned with firs and pines, rose on all sides, enclosing a sort of amphitheatre into which the river plunged in a white cascade. Striking a granite ledge, the stream swirled around in a great eddy, a dark whirlpool, on the borders of which lurked giant trout, old warriors that had broken the tackle of many a luckless angler, wary fish that must be under the special protection of Satan himself--so often had they escaped the toils. It was a place of evil repute, little frequented by anglers. So much the better, as Jean knew, for the man of courage, and, although he had never taken a large fish in the place, he was determined to try his luck once more in the famous pool. Looking into the deep water at his feet he saw a sight that made his heart leap to his throat. It was the head of an enormous fish, the biggest he had ever seen, now pushed out from beneath the rock until he could see the gills, and the lateral fins, now slowly withdrawn until only the snout was visible. On tiptoe Jean drew back; with grim haste attached a new fly; tested the casting-line and the supple rod; and then, with a dexterous turn of the wrist, launched the fly upon the foam-flecked surface of the pool, just beyond the hiding-place of the trout. It floated down stream in full view of the fish, but the ancient denizen of the pool made no response, nor did any of the lesser fry dare to rise, but kept at a respectful distance from the king of the river. Jean made several casts, tried another fly, and another, until he had gone through his book; then put on a grasshopper; and, finally, descended to worms, but without avail.

Mail Order Bride - Book 2

By Sierra Rose
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Dark Shadows Publishing
  • Isbn : N.a
  • Pages :
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 660
  • File Pdf: mail-order-bride-book-2.pdf

Book Summary:

In some parts of the Deep South, a full economic recovery has not yet occurred even fifteen years after the end of the War Between the States. Thus, Annabel Coleman has been shipped off by her father to marry a man she has never met—Jesse Falcon—in a state she has never visited—Colorado. Arriving with her will be her childhood friend, Gisela Craig. Not only for companionship, but because no true lady ever travels alone. The two look enough alike to be sisters: both blessed with a creamy southern belle complexion, buttercup-colored hair, and greenish-gold eyes. The difference lies in their personalities. Annabel seems remote and standoffish, capable but cool; while perky Gisela captures hearts and loyalties everywhere. But Annabel, for a number of reasons, doesn’t want to get married. So she persuades (coerces) a reluctant Gisela to take her place. Thus, Annabel becomes Gisela; Gisela becomes Annabel. Trying to keep themselves straight, not to mention keeping straight the stories they tell the Falcon family members, leads to confusion, mix-ups, and remorse. When Gisela falls flat-out in love with Annabel’s intended, and moves ahead with wedding plans, Annabel realizes there is no place for her here on the Cottonwood Ranch. Trying to decide where her destination might be, and what she can do to support herself once there, poses a dilemma. But not as much of a dilemma as the fact that Samuel Falcon, younger brother of Jesse, has gotten involved in the whole muddle. Because Sam, who is, courtesy of patriarch Charlie, already betrothed to a mail order bride from Missouri, has decided he prefers Gisela Craig (actually Annabel Coleman) instead.

For You My Love

By Tina Crisp
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : AuthorHouse
  • Isbn : 9781468538786
  • Pages : 108
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 792
  • File Pdf: for-you-my-love.pdf

Book Summary:

Katie St. James sat quietly listening to her stepfather as he laid out the plans he had made for her future: an arranged marriage to a wealthy lord in London, England. A man she had never met, from a land not her own. Her heart sank at the painful realization that her future was not hers to make. But when what should have been a short crossing from Ireland to England turns into an adventure at sea, it is the dashing captain of the Sea Goddess who captures her heart. Will Captain Jack keep the stunning beauty who has lit the fires of desire in him, or will he feel honor bound to deliver her to London and Lord Devon as was intended?

Never Resist a Rake

By Mia Marlowe
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Sourcebooks, Inc.
  • Isbn : 1492602728
  • Pages : 384
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 617
  • File Pdf: never-resist-a-rake.pdf

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"Marlowe's delightful tale is replete with unexpected characters, a wonderful romance and a page-turning plot."—RT Book Reviews, 4 1⁄2 stars John Fitzhugh Barrett, unexpected heir to a marquessate, suddenly has ladies from all over the country descending upon him. But John doesn't owe anything to the family who let him think he was a bastard all his life, and he's determined to marry the woman he wants. John Fitzhugh Barrett, surprised to learn he is heir to a marquessate, is determined his new status won't mean giving up his freedom. But as families from all over England descend upon Somerfield Park for the shooting season, their unmarried daughters are lining up to bag the newest trophy buck—him. John's instinct for self-preservation inspires him to divide his attentions between a scandalous young widow, and the safely ineligible Rebecca Kearsey, daughter of a destitute baron. The charade gives John the illusion of controlling the game but when he loses his heart to the beautiful Rebecca, all bets are off. Praise for A Rake by Any Other Name: "Marlowe shines with a delightful and delicious comedy of errors...Regency fans will love this page-turner." —RT Book Reviews, 4 stars

The Angel and the Devil by my Side

By Nicole France
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
  • Isbn : 1469198282
  • Pages : 397
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 809
  • File Pdf: the-angel-and-the-devil.pdf

Book Summary:

Abby Mathers was an average teenage girl until she began seeing demons that nobody else could see. Her average life becomes very complicated and even the people closest to her believe she has lost her mind. Cruel antagonistic demons pay her unnecessary visits with the intent to harm her because of a serious case of mistaken identity. No matter how she tries to convince them she is not who they are looking for they keep coming back. In her search for answers Abby fi nds that she has to change in order to save herself and everyone around her. Institutionalised in a high security facility Abby must come to terms with her past, the supernatural, and prejudice while she plans her escape. With no allies she must fi nd a way to survive when both life and death ask too much of her. Confronted with angels, demons, and her tragic past, Abby discovers more about herself and her place in the battle between heaven and hell.

Pride and Prejudice Surrendered

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  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Dorrance Publishing
  • Isbn : 1434971023
  • Pages :
  • Category :
  • Reads : 471
  • File Pdf: pride-and-prejudice-surrendered.pdf

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