Surprise Me

Surprise Me

Praise for Surprise Me “Genuinely funny.”—The New York Times Book Review “A delightful take on the mixed blessings of marital longevity.”—People “Unexpected and wholly satisfying.”—USA Today “In her signature fashion, ...

Author: Sophie Kinsella

Publisher: National Geographic Books

ISBN: 9780399592904

Category: Fiction

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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Party Crasher and Love Your Life comes a witty and emotionally charged novel that delves into the heart of a marriage, and how those we love and think we know best can sometimes surprise us the most “Sophie Kinsella keeps her finger on the cultural pulse, while leaving me giddy with laughter.”—Jojo Moyes, author of The Giver of Stars and The Last Letter from Your Lover After ten years together, Sylvie and Dan have a comfortable home, fulfilling jobs, and beautiful twin girls, and they communicate so seamlessly they finish each other’s sentences. They have a happy marriage and believe they know everything there is to know about each other. Until it’s casually mentioned to them that they could be together for another sixty-eight years . . . and panic sets in. They decide to bring surprises into their marriage to keep it fresh and fun. But in their pursuit of Project Surprise Me—from unexpected gifts to restaurant dates to sexy photo shoots—mishaps arise, with disastrous and comical results. Gradually, surprises turn to shocking truths. And when a scandal from the past is uncovered, they begin to wonder if they ever really knew each other at all. With a colorful cast of eccentric characters, razor-sharp observations, and her signature wit and charm, Sophie Kinsella presents a humorous yet moving portrait of a marriage—its intricacies, comforts, and complications. Surprise Me reveals that hidden layers in a close relationship are often yet to be discovered. Praise for Surprise Me “Genuinely funny.”—The New York Times Book Review “A delightful take on the mixed blessings of marital longevity.”—People “Unexpected and wholly satisfying.”—USA Today “In her signature fashion, Sophie Kinsella brings a cast of quirky, funny characters to this new work. [She] keeps the laughs coming. . . . Readers will follow the story with bated breath as the couple struggle to make their marriage right after everything they thought they knew about each other proves wrong.”—Library Journal “Heartfelt . . . What at first seems like a light novel about familiar woes turns into a deeper story about trust, family, and perception.”—Publishers Weekly “Winsome and zesty, Kinsella’s latest delivers all the hallmarks her many fans have come to expect.”—Booklist “Pure fun . . . a hilariously moving look at marriage and the power of mixing things up.”—Kirkus Reviews
Categories: Fiction

Surprise Me

Surprise Me

Surprise Me introduces a fresh approach to prayer by looking for God in everyday situations from the significant to the mundane. "Surprise me, God.

Author: Terry Esau

Publisher: Navpress Publishing Group

ISBN: 1576838234

Category: Religion

Page: 210

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Surprise Me introduces a fresh approach to prayer by looking for God in everyday situations from the significant to the mundane.
Categories: Religion

An Ignatian Book of Days

An Ignatian Book of Days

April 6 Surprise Me One of my favorite novels is Mariette in Ecstasy by Ron Hansen, a story about a young nun who has mystical visions. The novel ends with these words, from a letter Mariette writes to a friend long after she has left ...

Author: Jim Manney

Publisher: Loyola Press

ISBN: 9780829441468

Category: Religion

Page: 384

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Ignatian spirituality is a way to pray, an approach to making decisions, a point of view about God, and a practical guide to everyday life. An Ignatian Book of Days is an invitation to help attune ourselves to the Ignatian conviction that we can find God in all things, that our personal experience can provide authentic knowledge of God, and that we can clearly see, feel, and experience God’s presence through an Ignatian lens in our daily lives. Accessible, inviting, richly rewarding, and filled with insights and reflections from favorite Ignatian leaders, including James Martin, SJ, Pedro Arrupe, SJ, Margaret Silf, and of course, St. Ignatius, An Ignatian Book of Days sees God as actively involved in the world and intimately involved with us in every moment and place.
Categories: Religion

Novel Ideas

Novel Ideas

It didn't surprise me in one way, because I so liked writing in his persona. But it worried me because sequels have a hard path to follow in the literary world. The reason for this is that a sequel is often just a retelling of the first ...

Author: Barbara Shoup

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

ISBN: 9780820346281

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 343

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Novel Ideas provides a substantial introduction to the elements of fiction followed by in-depth interviews with successful novelists who speak with candor and insight into the complex process by which a novel is made. This edition includes new and updated interviews as well as writing exercises to enhance its use in the writing classroom. Dorothy Allison recalls "deliciously self-indulgent" days of writing in her bathrobe, wrapped in misery and exultation; Peter Cameron explains how he made the move from short fiction to the novel with the aid of a music composer's notebook to track the movement of his characters. Writers as different as Ha Jin, Jill McCorkle, Richard Ford, and Michael Chabon describe their unique approaches to their work while consistently affirming the necessity of committing to the hard effort of it while also remaining open to surprise. Aspiring novelists will find hands-on strategies for beginning, working through, and revising a novel; accomplished novelists will discover new ways to solve the problems they face in process; and serious readers of contemporary fiction will enjoy a glimpse into the way novels are made. Includes interviews with:Dorothy AllisonLarry BrownPeter CameronMichael ChabonMichael CunninghamRobb Forman DewRichard FordHa JinPatricia HenleyCharles JohnsonWally LambValerie MartinJill McCorkleSena Jeter NaslundLewis NordanSheri ReynoldsS. J. RozanJane SmileyLee SmithTheodore Weesner
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

What a Coincidence

What a Coincidence

Surprise. Me. The news the doctor gave them came as a shock It wasn't bad news though In fact, it was very good news ... That's the basis for Sophie Kinsella's novel, “Surprise Me” If you have read the book, you'll know that the ...

Author: Larry Proctor

Publisher: FriesenPress

ISBN: 9781039116696

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 224

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“What a Coincidence!” is a collection of life stories, some of which are the author’s own and others that were shared with him. Some are coincidences. Others are simple experiences that shaped those who lived them. Some come in the form of letters written and others in the form of letters received. It’s these stories that we all tell each other that define us. People we meet will infer as much about us by the tales we tell, as they do from our appearance, our occupation, or our family. From a mysterious college roommate to a unique marriage proposal; whether it be one of several out-of-the-ordinary job interviews, or the challenges of child-rearing; there are stories of determination, self-confidence, and sheer luck. You may shake your head for different reasons as you read about the aftermath of a traffic accident or the shenanigans of university life. The stories of “What a Coincidence!” are sure to bring a chuckle or two along the way, but also an appreciation for its heart-warming tone for others. It encourages everyone to reflect on their own experiences; to discover the connections between their stories, the evolution of their own personality, and their path in life.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

The Advocate

The Advocate

To my surprise, I suddenly found myself in the middle of an actual movement. An aspiring novelist, I decided to write about it. But New York editors' reaction to my 1991 novel was eerily reminiscent of the response I'd received from ...





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The Advocate is a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) monthly newsmagazine. Established in 1967, it is the oldest continuing LGBT publication in the United States.

Children s Writer s Illustrator s Market 2018

Children s Writer s   Illustrator s Market 2018

That novel was a middle-grade contemporary fantasy and was intended to be one in a series. To put it mildly, ... BIGGEST SURPRISE: It's very difficult for anything to surprise me, because I've been in the book business for so long, ...

Author: Cris Freese

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781440352829

Category: Reference

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The Most Trusted Guide to the World of Children's Publishing! If you're a writer or an illustrator for young readers and your goal is to get published, Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market 2018 is just the resource you need. Now in its 30th edition, CWIM contains more than 500 listings for children's book markets, including publishers, literary agents, magazines, contests, and more, making it the definitive guide for anyone seeking to write or illustrate for kids and young adults. These listings also include helpful information about who to contact, how to properly submit your work, and what categories each market accepts. Inside, you'll also find: • Interviews with accomplished authors, such as Kwame Alexander, Dandi Daley Mackall, and Kenneth Oppel • Advice from 21 debut authors of picture books, middle-grade fiction, and young adult fiction sharing their personal journeys to success and publication • Roundtable discussions with agents on what they're currently seeking, interviews with authors who published with small presses, and informative articles on the craft of writing • A one-year subscription to the children's publishing content on (print version only) + Includes exclusive access to the webinar "How to Query Agents for Children's Picture Books, Middle-Grade, and Young Adult Fiction" by agent Jennifer De Chiara of the De Chiara Literary Agency
Categories: Reference

Conversations with Woody Allen

Conversations with Woody Allen

WA: I stopped writing casuals and I did “rite the novel, but I didn't like it [the result]. so I've gone back to writing casuals. ... But I was true to myself in trying. ... Is this a novel?" It wouldn't surprise me if a person said.

Author: Eric Lax

Publisher: Knopf

ISBN: 9780307427106

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 416

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From the author of the best-selling biography Woody Allen—the most informative, revealing, and entertaining conversations from his thirty-six years of interviewing the great comedian and filmmaker. For more than three decades, Woody Allen has been talking regularly and candidly with Eric Lax, and has given him singular and unfettered access to his film sets, his editing room, and his thoughts and observations. In discussions that begin in 1971 and continue into 2007, Allen discusses every facet of moviemaking through the prism of his own films and the work of directors he admires. In doing so, he reveals an artist’s development over the course of his career to date, from joke writer to standup comedian to world-acclaimed filmmaker. Woody talks about the seeds of his ideas and the writing of his screenplays; about casting and acting, shooting and directing, editing and scoring. He tells how he reworks screenplays even while filming them. He describes the problems he has had casting American men, and he explains why he admires the acting of (among many others) Alan Alda, Marlon Brando, Michael Caine, John Cusack, Judy Davis, Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio, Mia Farrow, Gene Hackman, Scarlett Johansson, Julie Kavner, Liam Neeson, Jack Nicholson, Charlize Theron, Tracey Ullman, Sam Waterston, and Dianne Wiest. He places Diane Keaton second only to Judy Holliday in the pantheon of great screen comediennes. He discusses his favorite films (Citizen Kane is the lone American movie on his list of sixteen “best films ever made”; Duck Soup and Airplane! are two of his preferred “comedian’s films”; Trouble in Paradise and Born Yesterday among his favorite “talking plot comedies”). He describes himself as a boy in Brooklyn enthralled by the joke-laden movies of Bob Hope and the sophisticated film stories of Manhattan. As a director, he tells us what he appreciates about Bergman, De Sica, Fellini, Welles, Kurosawa, John Huston, and Jean Renoir. Throughout he shows himself to be thoughtful, honest, self–deprecating, witty, and often hilarious. Conversations with Woody Allen is essential reading for everyone interested in the art of moviemaking and for everyone who has enjoyed the films of Woody Allen.
Categories: Performing Arts

The Call Me Ishmael Phone Book

The Call Me Ishmael Phone Book

157 Serendipity Surprise me! Dial extension 1113 to hear a random ... Not long after, I picked up a copy of A Little Life, Hanya Yanagihara's novel that also deals with friendship. For reasons both expected and incomprehensible, ...

Author: Logan Smalley

Publisher: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster

ISBN: 9781982140588

Category: Literary Criticism

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For fans of My Ideal Bookshelf and Bibliophile, The Call Me Ishmael Phone Book is the perfect gift for book lovers everywhere: a quirky and entertaining interactive guide to reading, featuring voicemails, literary Easter eggs, checklists, and more, from the creators of the popular multimedia project. The Call Me Ishmael Phone Book is an interactive illustrated homage to the beautiful ways in which books bring meaning to our lives and how our lives bring meaning to books. Carefully crafted in the style of a retro telephone directory, this guide offers you a variety of unique ways to connect with readers, writers, bookshops, and life-changing stories. In it, you’ll discover... -Heartfelt, anonymous voicemail messages and transcripts from real-life readers sharing unforgettable stories about their most beloved books. You’ll hear how a mother and daughter formed a bond over their love for Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus, or how a reader finally felt represented after reading Gene Luen Yang’s American Born Chinese, or how two friends performed Mary Oliver’s Thirst to a grove of trees, or how Anne Frank inspired a young writer to continue journaling. -Hidden references inside fictional literary adverts like Ahab’s Whale Tours and Miss Ophelia’s Psychic Readings, and real-life literary landmarks like Maya Angelou City Park and the Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum. -Lists of bookstores across the USA, state by state, plus interviews with the book lovers who run them. -Various invitations to become a part of this book by calling and leaving a bookish voicemail of your own. -And more! Quirky, nostalgic, and full of heart, The Call Me Ishmael Phone Book is a love letter to the stories that change us, connect us, and make us human.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language Exam Preparation and Practice with Audio CDs 2

Cambridge IGCSE   English as a Second Language Exam Preparation and Practice with Audio CDs  2

However, it wouldn't surprise me if this book got picked by the critics as their favourite in the Bronte Sisters Competition. It often seems to me that critics tend to praise books that I don't enjoy. C Carla Velez Unlike many of my ...

Author: Katia Carter

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781316636787

Category: Education

Page: 217

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This book supports students preparing for Cambridge International Examinations IGCSE English as a Second Language (0510 / 0511 / 0991). The full-colour exam preparation and practice book contains four guided practice tests, audio and video to build confidence ready for the revised exam from 2019. It takes an active learning approach with a test-teach-test methodology. This encourages students to think about how they are developing language skills, helping them progress. Full sample answers with examiner comments and grades are included to help students understand what is required in the writing and speaking exams. This is part of the Cambridge IGCSE ESL toolbox of resources - the widest choice of resources for this qualification.
Categories: Education