There is nothing as precious in life as a friend who knows you and loves you in spite of yourself. Yet over the last couple of decades, we’ve substituted the joy of real friendship with cheap imitations. We settle for “community” on Facebook and Twitter and a series of text messages that allow us to communicate with someone without the commitment. We like each other’s beautifully filtered photos on Instagram and delude ourselves into believing we have a community. But real friendship requires effort. It’s showing up, laughing loud, and crying hard. It’s forgiving and loving and giving the benefit of the doubt. It’s making a casserole, doing a carpool pickup, and making sure she knows those cute shoes are 50 percent off. Written in the same comedic style as the New York Times bestsellers Sparkly Green Earrings and The Antelope in the Living Room, Nobody’s Cuter than You is a laugh-out-loud look at the special bond that exists between friends and a poignant celebration of all the extraordinary people God had the good sense to bring into our lives at exactly the right moments. From the friendships we develop over a lifetime to the ones that wounded us and the ones that taught us to love better, Melanie Shankle reveals the influence our friends have on who we were, who we are, and who we will become. And on a day when our jeans feel too tight, our chins have decided to embrace hormone-related acne reminiscent of our teen years, and our kids have tested the limits of our sanity, they are the ones who will look at us and say, “Nobody’s cuter than you!”
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The Big Mama Collection Sparkly Green Earrings The Antelope in the Living Room Nobody s Cuter than You
- Author : Melanie Shankle
- Publisher : NavPress
- Release Date : 2017-09-05
- Genre : Humor
- Pages : 720
- ISBN : 9781496420862
This collection bundles all 3 of popular author Melanie Shankle’s previous books together in one e-book, for a great value! Sparkly Green Earrings “There is really no better indicator you’re a mother than acquiring the ability to catch throw-up in a plastic bag, disinfect your hands, and immediately ask your friend to pass the beef jerky as you put on another Taylor Swift song and act as if nothing has happened.” This is the type of insight Melanie Shankle offers in this quirky memoir of motherhood. Written in the familiar, stream-of-consciousness style of her blog, Big Mama, Sparkly Green Earrings is a heartwarming and hilarious look at motherhood from someone who is still trying to figure it all out. Filled with personal stories—from the decision to become a mother to the heartbreak of miscarriage and ultimately, to the joy of raising a baby and living to tell about it—Sparkly Green Earrings will make you feel like you’re sitting across the table from your best friend. A must-read for anyone who’s ever had a child or even thought about it. The Antelope in the Living Room Welcome to the story of a real marriage. Marriage is simultaneously the biggest blessing and the greatest challenge two people can ever take on. It is the joy of knowing there is someone to share in your joys and sorrows, and the challenge of living with someone who thinks it’s a good idea to hang a giant antelope head on your living room wall. In The Antelope in the Living Room, New York Times best-selling author and blogger Melanie Shankle does for marriage what Sparkly Green Earrings did for motherhood—makes us laugh out loud and smile through tears as she shares the holy and the hilarity of that magical and mysterious union called marriage. Nobody’s Cuter than You There is nothing as precious in life as a friend who knows you and loves you in spite of yourself. Yet over the last couple of decades, we’ve substituted the joy of real friendship with cheap imitations. We se
Is my ordinary, everyday life actually significant? Is it okay to be fulfilled by the simple acts of raising kids, working in an office, and cooking chicken for dinner? It’s been said, “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the number of moments that take our breath away.” The pressure of that can be staggering as we spend our days looking for that big thing that promises to take our breath away. Meanwhile, we lose sight of the small significance of fully living with every breath we take. Melanie Shankle, New York Times bestselling author and writer at The Big Mama Blog tackles these questions head on in her fourth book, Church of the Small Things. Easygoing and relatable, she speaks directly to the heart of women of all ages who are longing to find significance and meaning in the normal, sometimes mundane world of driving carpool to soccer practice, attending class on their college campus, cooking meals for their family, or taking care of a sick loved one. The million little pieces that make a life aren’t necessarily glamorous or far-reaching. But God uses some of the smallest, most ordinary acts of faithfulness—and sometimes they look a whole lot like packing lunch. Through humorous stories told in her signature style, full of Frito pie, best friends, the love of her Me-Ma and Pa-Pa, the unexpected grace that comes when we quit trying to measure up, and a little of the best TV has to offer, Melanie helps women embrace what it means to live a simple, yet incredibly meaningful life and how to find all the beauty and laughter that lies right beneath the surface of every moment.
Presents a collection of short works featuring sympathetic protagonists whose inherent sensitivities render them particularly vulnerable to unexpected events.
Confessions is a psychological thriller, page-turning revelation about misplaced trust and the irreparable harm to the female psyche caused by relationships with men. Lane Stone has been a twenty-five year prosecutor for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, and now practices criminal defense. Claiming justice after a devastating experience of erotic transference with her psychologist of thirty years, she takes justice into her own hands. Through the encouragement of the only true love Lane has ever known - Christopher, she seems to be redeemed. Doubt as to Lane’s motives is raised by Chris’ best friend, Jimmy, an LAPD cop, but the mature unbreakable bond Lane shares with Christopher seems strong enough to put Lane’s demons to rest. Can the obsessive need for revenge ever be satiated? Only you, the readers can hand down the verdict on Lane Stone.
The English novelist Sir Hugh Walpole was a bestselling author of the 1920’s and 1930’s, being encouraged by Henry James and Arnold Bennett. Highly regarded for his vivid plots and skill at scene-setting, Walpole wrote prolifically, producing at least one book every year and his novels established a large readership in Britain and America. For the first time in digital publishing, this comprehensive eBook presents Walpole’s complete fictional works, with numerous illustrations, rare texts, informative introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 1) * Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Walpole’s life and works * Concise introductions to the novels and other texts * All 36 solo novels, with individual contents tables * Features rare novels appearing for the first time in digital publishing, including THE SEA TOWER and ROMAN FOUNTAIN * Special series contents tables for the Herries Chronicles and the Jeremy novels * Images of how the books were first published, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts * Excellent formatting of the texts * Special chronological and alphabetical contents tables for the short stories * Easily locate the short stories you want to read * Rare short stories appearing in digital print for the first time, including MR HUFFAM AND OTHER STORIES * A selection of Walpole’s non-fiction, including his seminal study of Anthony Trollope, available in no other collection * Features Walpole’s autobiography - discover Walpole’s literary life * Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres Please note: The novel ‘Farthing Hall’ was written in collaboration with J. B. Priestley and so cannot appear in this collection due to copyright restrictions. (European release year: 2055) Please visit www.delphiclassics.com to browse through our range of exciting titles CONTENTS: The Herries Chronicle The Jeremy Trilogy The Novels THE WOODEN HORSE MARADICK AT FORTY MR. PERRIN AND MR. TRA
Charles Spurgeon was one of the most evangelical and puritan of protestant minister's in the 19th century. In the fourth volume of these series of sermons: these charismatic and inspiring sermons are enough to encourage, convict and inspire anyone who seeks a closer and more intimate relationship with God.
When she said she'd rather die than be a bridesmaid, she didn't mean it literally… Reluctant bridesmaid Quincy McKay hopes this island wedding breezes by in a hurry. But when the couple announces a murder mystery game, the amateur sleuth is willing to take her time to earn the prize money. She thinks the cash is as good as hers until one evening’s sinister turn makes it impossible to tell the difference between entertainment and cold-blooded murder… With few friends among the wedding party, Quincy can’t help but label everyone a suspect. As the bridesmaids disappear one-by-one, it’s only a matter of time until the ruthless game calls her number. Will Quincy unravel the plot before she perishes in paradise? So Then There Were None: A Tale of Ten Little Bridesmaids is a thrilling standalone in The Flower Shop Mystery Series of cozy mysteries. If you like lots of laughs, hair-raising plots, and twists that keep you guessing, then you’ll love Annie Adams’ delightful homage to an Agatha Christie classic. Buy So Then There Were None to solve a wedding riddle today!
Three hot bank robbers all to herself: check A fabulous Italian holiday: check Enemies long gone: check Amazing food, clothes, and sex: check, check, and f&*king check! The gang is in full vacation mode, and Isis has never been happier…until tragedy strikes the farm she had to leave behind. People are dying. The farm is in trouble. Her sister might be sent to prison for something she didn’t do. Isis is desperate to help, but how can she? It’s too dangerous for her sisters to find out she’s still alive, too dangerous for the gang to return to the scene of that crime. At least that’s what Thor and Zeus think. But Odin’s nightmares are back. And he has other ideas…and those ideas might be more dangerous than anything.
Expanding upon his viral TEDx Talk, psychology professor and social scientist John V. Petrocelli reveals the critical thinking habits you can develop to recognize and combat pervasive false information that harms society in The Life-Changing Science of Detecting Bullshit. Bullshit is the foundation of contaminated thinking and bad decisions leading to health consequences, financial losses, legal consequences, broken relationships, and wasted time and resources. No matter how smart we believe ourselves to be, we’re all susceptible to bullshit—and we all engage in it. While we may brush it off as harmless marketing sales speak or as humorous, embellished claims, it’s actually much more dangerous and insidious. It’s how Bernie Madoff successfully swindled billions of dollars from even the most experienced financial experts with his Ponzi scheme. It’s how the protocols of Mao Zedong’s Great Leap Forward resulted in the deaths of 36 million people from starvation. Presented as truths by authority figures and credentialed experts, bullshit appears legitimate, and we accept their words as gospel. If we don’t question the information we receive from bullshit artists to prove their thoughts and theories, we allow these falsehoods to take root in our memories and beliefs. This faulty data affects our decision making capabilities, sometimes resulting in regrettable life choices. But with a little dose of skepticism and a commitment to truth seeking, you can build your critical thinking and scientific reasoning skills to evaluate information, separate fact from fiction, and see through bullshitter spin. In The Life-Changing Science of Detecting Bullshit, experimental social psychologist John V. Petrocelli provides invaluable strategies not only to recognize and protect yourself from everyday bullshit, but to accept your own lack of knowledge about subjects and avoid in engaging in bullshit just for societal conformity. With real world examples from people versed i
- Author : Bai HuaHua
- Publisher : Funstory
- Release Date : 2020-07-03
- Genre : Fiction
- Pages : 231
- ISBN : 9781649754707
After her parents had both died in an accident, she had to sign an agreement with him to save her family's company. It was stated in the agreement that he would save her company on the condition that she would allow him to do whatever he wanted with her. Just because she resembled the woman he had once loved, he had toyed with her a million times and tortured her in every possible way. He humiliated her in front of others and then abandoned her. She had loved him, but had suffered. It wasn't until the agreement expires that she finally ran away from him. By the time she left, she was already pregnant. A few years later, she brought her adorable child back and became strong and cold-blooded. When they met again, he doted on her so much ... ***
I stand over a grave that I once cried over when I was small. The name reads, “Megan Anderson”. She is the woman who raised me before her death. After she died, my whole world crashed around me when the demon in me woke up. I’m a broken warrior who is trying to overcome the evil in me. I must be stronger for my sake and for my loved ones. The woman who raised me said these words to me once, “Become someone stronger who even the demons would fear”. Those words have been buried deep in my heart and mind. I want to escape, but the darkness follows me wherever I go. The only comfort I have is killing the cruel and evil people of this world. And then there’s my everything, the woman who loves me, who sacrificed everything to save me and to be by my side forever. I must accept the darkness and become the devil itself. I must save the good and kind people of this world. I had people close to me who supported my struggles, family who always made me feel stronger when I’m scared or when I get lonely. These people have always known what has lived in me for the past six-teen years. They don’t see me as a blood thirsty demon, ghoul, or evil person, but as a normal human who has a kind, noble, good personality and heart.
A bestselling, masterful novel about the intersections in the lives of three friends, now on the cusp of their thirties, making their way—and not—in New York City. There is beautiful, sophisticated Marina Thwaite—an “It” girl finishing her first book; the daughter of Murray Thwaite, celebrated intellectual and journalist—and her two closest friends from Brown, Danielle, a quietly appealing television producer, and Julius, a cash-strapped freelance critic. The delicious complications that arise among them become dangerous when Murray’s nephew, Frederick “Bootie” Tubb, an idealistic college dropout determined to make his mark, comes to town. As the skies darken, it is Bootie’s unexpected decisions—and their stunning, heartbreaking outcome—that will change each of their lives forever. A richly drawn, brilliantly observed novel of fate and fortune—of innocence and experience, seduction and self-invention; of ambition, including literary ambition; of glamour, disaster, and promise—The Emperor’s Children is a tour de force that brings to life a city, a generation, and the way we live in this moment. A New York Times Book Review Best Book of the Year
- Author : Scaachi Koul
- Publisher : Picador
- Release Date : 2017-05-02
- Genre : Literary Collections
- Pages : 256
- ISBN : 9781250121073
One of NPR's Best Books of the Year A DEBUT COLLECTION OF FIERCE, FUNNY ESSAYS ABOUT GROWING UP THE DAUGHTER OF INDIAN IMMIGRANTS IN WESTERN CULTURE, ADDRESSING SEXISM, STEREOTYPES, AND THE UNIVERSAL MISERIES OF LIFE In One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter, Scaachi Koul deploys her razor-sharp humor to share all the fears, outrages, and mortifying moments of her life. She learned from an early age what made her miserable, and for Scaachi anything can be cause for despair. Whether it’s a shopping trip gone awry; enduring awkward conversations with her bikini waxer; overcoming her fear of flying while vacationing halfway around the world; dealing with Internet trolls, or navigating the fears and anxieties of her parents. Alongside these personal stories are pointed observations about life as a woman of color: where every aspect of her appearance is open for critique, derision, or outright scorn; where strict gender rules bind in both Western and Indian cultures, leaving little room for a woman not solely focused on marriage and children to have a career (and a life) for herself. With a sharp eye and biting wit, incomparable rising star and cultural observer Scaachi Koul offers a hilarious, scathing, and honest look at modern life.
It began with a quarrel over which newborn should be the baby Jesus in the town's Christmas pageant. Decades later, two scientists arrive to study small-town genetic patterns, only to run up against the invisible walls that split the leading citizens into two congregations that can only be joined by love and forgiveness. And maybe a little deception, because there might be some things that people just don't need to know.
You are holding in your hands the greatest soul-stirring, heart-touching, mind-blowing book of all time for any woman who is seeking to be her highest and best self in a man's world. This book will teach you how to be rich on your way to becoming wealthy and addresses the unique psychological needs and barriers that women face on their journey to success such as beauty, love, friendships, pregnancy, motherhood, sex and self-discovery. You will quickly discover how to: Find your divine purpose Juggle work, school and children on your journey to success Decide the best time to have sex with a man and how the timing affects your self-esteem Channel the energy of your menstrual cycle to be productive Appreciate your own unique beauty Understand the gifts of adversity and much more!