Maybe you saw the cover of this book on a shelf in a bookstore, and opened it, thinking it was the story of a former lady gangster with secrets to reveal -- or possibly the ruminations of a partially recovered escapee from a nut house.
Author: Lea Hope Becker
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Maybe you saw the cover of this book on a shelf in a bookstore, and opened it, thinking it was the story of a former lady gangster with secrets to reveal -- or possibly the ruminations of a partially recovered escapee from a nut house. Well, tough luck, it's not. That book you are holding in your hand is just something I decided to write to get some old garbage off my mind. I'm not going to glorify it any more than that. I just happen to be an outspoken schnook raised by a pair of other outspoken schnooks, residents of an average neighborhood of nobodies, most of whose lives were pretty boring. So why buy this book? I'm no celebrity -- I'm not even a genius or a compulsive gambler -- although I am compulsive. There are two simple reasons why I wrote it: (1) Now that I'm a seventy-one year old lady, I can finally tell the truth about my undiagnosed insanity because all the other principal players in my personal drama are dead. I also thought it might be a good idea to put some of my childhood anecdotes in book form, rather than have them buried in some sort of time capsule. Knowing my history, nobody I know would ever dig it up anyway. (2) The second reason is that I need your money. I want you to purchase this relatively cheap book as a charitable contribution to my personal fund, and, trust me -- it's not even tax deductible. I'll let you in on a little secret -- I had a third reason. They say senior citizens who want to avoid memory loss should exercise their brains more. So by having to write in sentence form, in halfway decent English, I'm doing it. I am taking my brain out for a walk. I'm a survivor, I think. Yes, indeed, I've just checked my pulse. After living through atumultuous childhood, crisis-filled puberty, interrupted schooling, multiple marriages, childbirth, divorce, career revisions (I've even practiced law for thirty years), health issues and a few other bumps in the road, it's time for me to be able to let go of pretense and face reality. (Yiikes!) Actually, I hate facing reality. It gives me the itches and takes me on that wild ride back into my past. All those memories are still vivid. When I was a four-year-old tomboy, I had a lack of well-behaved mentors to guide me. I was an only child until age eight of two working parents living in a storefront neighborhood where the only kids my age were rowdy little boys who were always dirty and played mean. I probably thought I was supposed to act like the little devils that they were. Fortunately, this stage of my young life ran its course and I settled down to a relatively calm existence as a mere rebel. I never got over that stage, but I'm harmless enough. I like the idea of starting a new project at age seventy-one, so I'm ready to reduce my craziness and compulsive behavior to a few chapters of light reading. I have tried hard to keep it light because my attitude is, if you want to get into something heavy, you're better off reading one of William Shakespeare's tragedies. I've had fun doing this project, so maybe you'll chuckle a little bit as you follow some of my antics. If you don't, well then, I've still got your money. I have come to the conclusion that it's a mistake to take the road of life too seriously, so I simply view it as a scenic bypass carved out of the murky human jungle.
After this I keep quiet. I promise I keep quiet. ... a friend reported; “Look at those damned Spanish dead,” he crowed. ... After his speech, Sergeant Buck Taylor came front and center: “I want to talk to you about mah Colonel. He kept ...
Author: James David Barber
Publisher: Transaction Publishers
Category: Political Science
Every four years, journalists propel a presidential campaign into the national consciousness. New candidates and issues become features of the political landscape while familiar rituals are reshaped by the unpredictability of personalities and events. Underlying this apparent process of change, however, is a recurrent cycle of political themes and social attitudes, a pulse of politics that locks the process of choosing a president into a predictable pattern. In this bold and brilliant examination of modern presidential politics, James David Barber reveals the dynamics of this cycle and shows how the pattern of drift and reaction may be broken in this most critical of political choices. Barber probes beneath the surface of campaigns to detect a steady rhythm of major political motifs. The theory he advances in colorful narrative chapters is that three dominant themes-conflict, conscience, conciliation-recur in foreseeable twelve-year cycles. A combative campaign-Truman vs. Dewey in 1948-is followed four years later by a moral crusade-Eisenhower vs. Stevenson in 1952-which in turn is succeeded by a contest to unify the nation-the Eisenhower-Stevenson rematch in 1956. The pattern is then renewed: the fierce combat between Kennedy and Nixon in 1960 was followed in 1964 by the contest of principle between Johnson and Goldwater. In 1968 Richard Nixon defeated Hubert Humphrey by promising to bring the nation together. Monitoring shifting national political moods is a new elite: the journalists. Barber makes the case that the party system, increasingly clumsy and inflexible, can no longer pick up the beat of politics. Instead it is through newspapers, magazines, and television that the main themes of a campaign are sounded, created, and destroyed. This new edition of The Pulse of Politics provides a timely guide to the themes of the 1992 presidential campaign and to future elections. It will be of special interest to political scientists, historians, media analysts, and journalists.
But she begged her roommate to keep quiet about it. Miriam thought that Phoebe had kept her promise. When Phoebe died a year later in a car accident, Miriam thought her secret was safe forever. Miriam glared at Harold.
Author: Kenneth Ray Harvey
Xavier is an ex-NFL football player who kills two elderly people in a car accident. By all rights he is guilty except that he does not remember a thing. His story goes from bad to worse as he end up in jail and then fighting for his life. Charles is a detective who at one time idolized Xavier as a player and his gut feeling tells him that there is more to the case than meet the eye. As Charles struggles to put the pieces together in Xavier's life, his life falls apart . Proving Xavier innocents in a way helps him to believe that there are still heroes and perhaps even he may be consider one.
Lea Becker's treatment of a sensitive subject is written with empathy and humor. This fictional tale about a family with a dilemma is a story that could be true and could be playing out right now in your neighborhood or your own home.
Marlene Sternberg's 42-year-old bachelor son, Robbie, who lives and works hundreds of miles away, fails to call her on her 70th birthday. Several days later she gets a mysterious package from him and before she can open it, he phones and drops a bombshell. He's no longer her son -- he's had a sex-change operation and he's now her daughter. Marlene realizes that her husband, Henry, although a devoted father, is also a conservative old-fashioned guy who will be out of his mind when he gets the news. Why did Robbie have to keep his surgery secret until after the fact? Why was Marlene's younger child, 37-year-old daughter Linda, instrumental in financing the operation? Suddenly Marlene's everyday obsessions take a back seat to the new family dynamics. No longer is her biggest problem her thirty pounds of excess weight or even the fact that tightwad Henry won't pay for the facelift she desires. Will Henry try to close the door on his relationship with Robbie? What should Marlene advise her new transgendered daughter to do about Robbie's earlier commitment to stand up as a groomsman for wealthy cousin Cissy's imminent lavish wedding, since none of the extended family knows about the operation? As the weeks pass, Marlene sees the possibility that the harrowing upset to the family relationships can be normalized if only Henry is given time to adjust. Will her maternal instincts and love for her two children overcome all the new obstacles facing her? Lea Becker's treatment of a sensitive subject is written with empathy and humor. This fictional tale about a family with a dilemma is a story that could be true and could be playing out right now in your neighborhood or your own home.
A cheap clinic nearby would be able to do the ... 'I promise.' Khadija squared her shoulders and turned to the others, speaking quickly. There was a sudden burble of noise. 'You have to keep quiet,' Casey gestured. 'It's very important.
Author: Holly Watt
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
A SUNDAY TIMES THRILLER OF THE YEAR THE TIMES THRILLER OF THE MONTH LONGLISTED FOR THE CWA IAN FLEMING STEEL DAGGER AWARD 'Vivid and packed with journalistic lore... Mixing pulsating derring-do with painstaking detective work' Sunday Times A Bangladeshi camp. A British ambassador. A Harley Street doctor. Investigative journalist Casey Benedict is used to working on stories that will take her from the bottom to the top of society – stories with a huge human cost. And her latest case is no different. A frantic message is found hidden in clothes manufactured for the British high street. They take the girls... Casey and her team at the Post know they are on the brink of a major exposé but identifying the factories in which the clothes have been made is one challenge, following the trail of those taken is another. Their attempts to find the girls will take Casey from her London newsroom across the world and into the very heart of families who will be destroyed if what she uncovers is ever revealed. The Dead Line is the second book by Holly Watt featuring Casey Benedict. The Hunt and the Kill, the third in the Casey Benedict series, is out in July 2021 and is available to pre-order now.
One minute I was looking down at my dead body, the next, I was in Brianna's weak arms, being told how much she loved me. ... After I wised up to the reactions I was getting from Sanguedolce and his men, I shut up. ... This I promise.
Author: Annette Blair
One the run from the mob, Bronte McBride needs the kind of protection that only the mysterious and handsome bodyguard Darkwyn—a former Roman warrior turned dragon—can give her. But Bronte's secrets could endanger both of them. Read Annette Blair's blogs and other content on the Penguin Community.
“ One question more , ” he said at length ; • Canst thou keep silence , – such silence as the dead keep in their graves , -until I bid thee speak ? ” “ Shall I swear it ? ” “ Promise rather , —God hears every word . ” " I promise as I ...
If one cannot enjoy the trip, then what's the purpose of beginning the ride? That is what this book is about.
Author: Lea Becker
Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub
Category: Family & Relationships
I was a naive college dropout with two divorces under my belt, three kids to raise and almost no money in the bank. Even I wouldn't have bet on me to turn my life around. I'm still puzzled as to whether I was driven by anger, competitiveness or simply a will to overcome my many obstacles. Probably it was a combination of all three. I do recall that when I felt like crying I had to pretend that a joke was being played on me and that I had to turn the tables on my adversary -- whoever or whatever it was. I wanted things my mother never dared to wish for and I wanted my path to happiness to be laden with goodies. A higher education was to be the key to my future, for I was a second generation child of an aspiring American family. What meaning would you give to the phrase "Having it all" as it relates to a woman's life? As for me, I have generally embraced my own favorite categories of success, although not always in the order that made sense, because I frequently did things backwards! My "Big Five" were: 1) Marriage, (2) Children, (3) Career, (4) Financial security; and (5) Good health. People told me I was out of my mind to think I could work full-time, go to school full-time and run a household as a single parent with three young children. I told my dissenters that I had everything under control! Sure I did, like kids always obey, money always comes in and employers fall at an educated woman's feet. I had some control of my situation, but was naive as to my future difficulties. Eventually, I learned that worthwhile marriages are often elusive; the bearing and successful rearing of children isn't a guarantee; a full-fledged career competes with the first two; financial security can escape in a heartbeat as external events occur; and the enjoyment of good health is often a roll of the dice. The joker is always out there to gum up one's plans. Nevertheless, I have concluded that the secret of life success is embodied in the devoted pursuit of one's dreams -- it is the odyssey itself. If one cannot enjoy the trip, then what's the purpose of beginning the ride? That is what this book is about.
They knew each other so well, and what a great feeling it was to be silent, silent together. The lab seemed quiet, ... “Quiet.” “After I die, you go on without me. Don't you quit. You don't need me. Don't let Orsova slow you down.
Author: Peter David
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Like a strand of mutating DNA, a deadly conspiracy winds its way through the Alpha Quadrant, even as it stretches across several years of Starfleet history. This special omnibus volume contains the entire bestselling saga-by some of Star Trek's most popular authors: Book One: Infection John Gregory Betancourt Deanna Troi's life is endangered by a mysterious plague that threatens to spread throughout the Federation and beyond! Book Two: Vectors Dean Wesley Smith & Kristine Kathryn Rusch On the Cardassian space station known as Terok Nor, Dr. Katherine Pulaski struggles to heal the planet Bajor! Book Three: Red Sector Diane Carey An elderly Dr. McCoy reunites with Ambassador Spock to save the Romulan royal family-and a new generation! Book Four: Quarantine John Vornholt Lieutenant Tom Riker joins forces with the outlaw Maquis to rescue a world in peril! Book Five: Double or Nothing Peter David Along with Captain Mackenzie Calhoun of the Starship Excalibur, Jean-Luc Picard tracks the deadly contagion to its source! Book Six: The First Virtue Michael Jan Friedman & Christie Golden Years before commanding the U.S.S. Enterprise™, a young Picard must prevent a war -- and witness the secret origin of a diabolical threat that would someday menace all he cares for!
... it had been an unusually long and hopeful dead end. But the fact that Kristoffer Grundt had rung him the previous evening and said he had something important to tell him – something he claimed to have been keeping quiet until now ...
Author: Håkan Nesser
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
The Darkest Day is the first novel in the five part Inspector Barbarotti series from renowned Swedish crime author Håkan Nesser. It’s December in the quiet Swedish town of Kymlinge, and the Hermansson family are gathering to celebrate a big family birthday. But beneath the guise of happy festivities, tensions are running high, and it’s not long before the night takes a dark and unexpected turn . . . Before the weekend is over, two members of the Hermansson family are missing, and it’s up to Inspector Barbarotti – a detective who spends as much of his time debating the existence of God as he does solving cases – to determine exactly what happened on that darkest day, and unravel a web of sinister family secrets in the process . . .