At some point in their lives, millions of people have waited tables. And many remain haunted by nightmare scenarios where they are the sole server in a packed restaurant. For all those disenchanted current and former food service employees, Darron Cardosa (a.k.a. the Bitchy Waiter) has your back. Since 2008 he s vented his frustrations about everything from entitled has-beens to what "really" goes on in that fancy restaurant in a popular blog. A snarky mix of Sedaris, Bourdain, Bombeck, and Mo Rocca, Cardosa distills 30 years of food service into dark, funny tales that anyone who worked in the industry will relate to."
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- Author : Birte Bös
- Publisher : John Benjamins Publishing Company
- Release Date : 2018-07-23
- Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
- Pages : 271
- ISBN : 9789027264022
This volume explores linguistic identity construction across online and offline contexts. The contributors focus on ‘clusivity’ as an overarching aspect and offer a multifaceted operationalisation of the linguistic processes of identity construction. The studies address three major strands of human identity, each of which can be thought of as an aggregative abstraction with its own complexities: personal identity, group identity and collective identity. The contributions pay special attention to the interplay between the public and private dimensions of the interactions and audiences, as well as the potential impact of social and technical affordances of different communicative settings and online and offline modes of identity construction. The volume is aimed at all researchers concerned with the complex notion of identity, both in linguistics and in neighbouring disciplines.
Three years after giving up drink, Jowita Bydlowska found herself throwing back a glass of champagne like it was ginger ale. "It's a special occasion," she said to her boyfriend. And indeed it was. It was a party celebrating the birth of their first child. It also marked Jowita's immediate, full-blown return to alcoholism and all that entails for a new mother who is at first determined to keep her problem a secret. Her trips to liquor stores are in-and-out missions. Perhaps she's being paranoid, but she thinks people tend to notice the stroller. Walking home, she stays behind buildings, in alleyways, taking discreet sips from a bottle she's stored in the diaper bag. She know she's become a villain: a mother who drinks; a mother who endangers her child. She drinks to forget this. And then the trouble really starts. Jowita Bydlowska's memoir of her relapse into addiction is an extraordinary achievement. The writing is raw and immediate. It places you in the moment--saddened, appalled, nerve-wracked, but never able to look away or stop turning the pages. With brutal honesty, Bydlowska takes us through the binges and blackouts, the self-deception and less successful attempts to deceive others, the humiliations and extraordinary risk-taking. She shines a light on the endless hunger of wanting just one more drink, and one more again, while dealing with motherhood, anxiety, depression--and rehab. Her struggle to regain her sobriety is recorded in the same unsentimental, unsparing, sometimes grimly comic way. But the happy outcome is evidenced by the existence of this brilliant book: she has lived to tell the tale.
Miracles can happen in unexpected places. Even during a decadent Easter Carnival weekend on St. Thomas in the U.S.Virgin Islands. What would you do if you were given a profound message that changed your life? What would you do if you discovered the messenger was an angel? Would you ever be the same? Key Master is the incredible true story of one mans journey, when the ordinary becomes the extraordinary. Uplifting, enlightening and magical Key Master takes us on the unusual journey of a young mans awakening. Rich with meaning and wisdom for us all, this story will shake your spirit and inspire you to your highest destiny. Now is the time and Key Master is a book we all need to read. Ted Babcock, Disney-ABC Television producer Peter Anthonydelivers a captivating and visual adventure with laughter and tears Dea Shandera-Hunter, Former Executive Vice-President Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Key Master is a spell-binder and a delightful reminder that we are not alone. Angels walk among us to assist in this transformative time of awakening hearts. Wendy Garrett, Host of Conscious Living on Empower Radio, Author of Talking to Nightlights Peter Anthonys Near Death Experience will send chills down your spine PJ Maytag-Bottom Line Magazine- Los Angeles-San Diego-Palm Springs
An incendiary work of science journalism debunking the myths that dominate the American diet and showing readers how to stop feeling guilty and start loving their food again—sure to ignite controversy over our obsession with what it means to eat right. FREE YOURSELF FROM ANXIETY ABOUT WHAT YOU EAT Gluten. Salt. Sugar. Fat. These are the villains of the American diet—or so a host of doctors and nutritionists would have you believe. But the science is far from settled and we are racing to eliminate wheat and corn syrup from our diets because we’ve been lied to. The truth is that almost all of us can put the buns back on our burgers and be just fine. Remember when butter was the enemy? Now it’s good for you. You may have lived through times when the Atkins Diet was good, then bad, then good again; you may have wondered why all your friends cut down on salt or went Paleo; and you might even be thinking about cutting out wheat products from your own diet. For readers suffering from dietary whiplash, The Gluten Lie is the answer. Scientists and physicians know shockingly little about proper nutrition that they didn’t know a thousand years ago, even though Americans spend billions of dollars and countless hours obsessing over “eating right.” In this groundbreaking work, Alan Levinovitz takes on bestselling physicians and dietitians, exposing the myths behind how we come to believe which foods are good and which are bad—and pointing the way to a truly healthful life, free from anxiety about what we eat.
Brian and his two brothers, Jimmy and John, seem to have a normal life. But even the image of normalcy is swept away when their mother dies of cancer. With their father in state prison for theft, the brothers are sent to live with relatives. The young Brian constantly wets his bed and suffers from a variety of other problems because hes insecure and unloved. Even worse, hes abused, and he struggles to find a path that leads to happiness. Jimmy and John also have a difficult time finding a road that leads to a comfortable place, and they go through their own ordeals. When Brian finally finds some measure of happiness, its ruined when he witnesses a murder. Brian is beginning to think hes the victim of some sort of family curse. But hes about to discover that love can be a powerful force, even for someone going Downhill from the Projects.
Interweaving restaurant lore with his own experiences, the author introduces the diverse characters who work behind the scenes in the restaurant business. Both funny and tragic, the tales offer a glimpse of the hard work, camaraderie, and satisfaction of a career in restaurants.
June I’ve never been in love, but when I see him, I think this could be real. The only thing is,… He’s not just a single dad, he’s the father of one of my students. He’s rich, gorgeous, and charming. What would he want with a naïve little girl like me? All I know is that I’ve never been this turned on in my life. My body is begging for more. But somehow I know that playing with fire is only going to get me burned. Thomas After my divorce, I swore off women. That is, until I saw her. Petite, pale, with masses of black hair and intense eyes. I know I have to have her. Her sweet body is begging for me to dominate her, to make her mine. The problem? I think I might be falling in more than just lust.
Born the child of a homo and a hypochondriac (Okay, okay. Her dad’s not really a homosexual. He just acts like it. Her mom, however, really is a hypochondriac), Sara Barron never stood a chance of being normal. At age eleven, she starts writing porn (“He humped me wildly with his wiener”). At twelve, she gets mistaken for a trannie. The pre-op sort, no less. By seventeen, she's featured on the Jerry Springer Show. And that’s all before she hits New York. People Are Unappealing tells the strange, funny, and sometimes filthy stories of Sara Barron’s twisted suburban upbringing and deranged attempt at taking the Big Apple by storm–first as an actor (then a waiter), then a dancer (then a waiter), then a comic (then a waiter). It’s there that she meets the ex-boyfriend turned street clown. The silk pajama-clad poet. The OCD Xanax addict who refuses to have sex wearing any fewer than three condoms. Barron has a knack for attracting the unattractive. People Are Unappealing is her wickedly funny look at the dark side of humanity.
A companion to 2007's Lambda Award-winning First Person Queer: essays on life advice for queers.
A fire had transported her to a novel of the apocalypse, and she had transmigrated into a wicked match. In order to change her fate, she decided to design the male lead. Originally, she wanted to become pregnant with Steamed Bun in place of the female lead, but who told her why the man she slept with had changed? Who is this man? Qin Xiaoyue didn't dare to face the reality and escaped. It was fortunate that she was prepared to lead her family and the little bun in her stomach to challenge the apocalypse. The main reason why she designed the male lead was just to stop the killing of the male lead, so if she failed now, would she be able to escape the curse in the book?
Alisa Valdés-Rodríguez's vibrant, can't-put-it-down novel of six friends--each one an unforgettable Latina woman in her late '20s--and the complications and triumphs in their lives Inseparable since their days at Boston University almost ten years before, six friends form the Dirty Girls Social Club, a mutual support and (mostly) admiration society that no matter what happens to each of them (and a lot does), meets regularly to dish, dine and compare notes on the bumpy course of life and love. Las sucias are: --Lauren, the resident "caliente" columnist for the local paper, which advertises her work with the line "her casa is su casa, Boston," but whose own home life has recently involved hiding in her boyfriend's closet to catch him in the act --Sara, the perfect wife and mother who always knew exactly the life she wanted and got it, right down to the McMansion in the suburbs and two boisterious boys, but who is paying a hefty price --Amber, the most idealistic and artistic member of the club, who was raised a valley girl without a word of Spanish and whose increasing attachment to her Mexica roots coincides with a major record label's interest in her rock 'n' roll --Elizabeth, the stunning black Latina whose high profile job as a morning television anchor conflicts with her intensely private personal life, which would explain why the dates the other dirty girls set her up on never work out --Rebecca, intense and highly controlled, who flawlessly runs Ella, the magazine she created for Latinas, but who can't explain why she didn't understand the man she married and now doesn't even share a room with; and --Usnavys, irrepressible and larger than life, whose agenda to land the kind of man who can keep her in Manolo Blahniks and platanos almost prevents her seeing true love when it lands in her lap. There's a lot of catching up to do.
Sometimes they talk all night long. In the still darkness of their cell, Molina re-weaves the glittering and fragile stories of the film he loves, and the cynical Valentin listens. Valentin believes in the just cause which makes all suffering bearable; Molina believes in the magic of love which makes all else endurable. Each has always been alone, and always - especially now - in danger of betrayal. But in cell 7 each surrenders to the other something of himself that he has never surrendered before.
Some highlights from He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not * * * COMING OUT GAY Don’t let fear control you. You didn’t choose homosexuality, and your parents didn’t cause it. Be proud. You have exceptional things to offer the world. Remember the thousands of great minds, artists, and leaders who have been, and are, homosexual. Be considerate of the ignorant who fear homos; they may be unsure of their own sexuality. * * * MAKING FRIENDS There are hundreds of ways to meet other gays. Yes, you do have a second sense of who is and who isn’t . . . it’s called gaydar. * * * LIVING LIFE TO THE LIMITS This world is billions of years old. You’re only here for a short stay. Make the best of it! In the final analysis, except for a life-partner, no one really gives a damn how much you get out of life but you! * * * COUPLING Be yourself! Otherwise Mr. Wonderful won’t know who to love. Danger! Twenty-eight hot-button items that can wreck a love affair. Finally, seven ways to clear up those inevitable hassles and strengthen that romance.
New York Times Bestseller: A “monumental” saga of four ordinary American women from the author of The Blackboard Jungle (The New York Times Book Review). Amanda, a small-town minister’s daughter with hopes for a musical career, and Gillian, a hot-tempered aspiring actress from the Bronx, met at college. A decade later, one is happily married to an ambitious lawyer while the other is entangled in a passionate but troubled affair with a young man who’s spent five years in a navy prison. The other women in Amanda and Gillian’s lives mirror the choices they make and the secrets they share. Gillian’s mother-in-law, Julia, is haunted by a wartime affair and its tragic consequences. Amanda’s precocious teenage niece, Kate, belongs to a booming postwar generation that will radically change American society. Nevertheless, Kate knows that many of the challenges she faces as a young woman have been met and endured by her aunt and countless other women throughout history. Taking readers on an emotional journey through mid-twentieth-century America, author Evan Hunter paints an indelible portrait of romance, friendship, and sisterhood. Mothers and Daughters is a wide-ranging and poignant masterpiece from one of America’s most beloved storytellers.
A hard-hitting, moving novel focuses on a sixteen-year-old boy who wants to become a man and his father, who firmly believes that manhood is won in the ring--or in the mob. Reprint. PW. K.
Hollywood social climber Clarissa Alpert cuts a swath through Beverly Hills within a circle of equally desirable girlfriends and meets her match in hot new producer Aaron Mason, whom she plans to marry even before their first date. Reprint.
Vodka Seven is the dynamic and electrifyingly quick paced novel about a circle of friends... seven affluent twenty somethings living their glamorous yet troubled lives amid poor choices, high fashion and copious amounts of alcohol. And all of them searching for a little bit of hope, and maybe some redemption...