Fact: Chocolate contains the alkaloid theobromine, which in high doses can be toxic to humans, and in even small amounts can kill dogs, parrots, horses, and cats. This means that despite its name, the Kit-Kat candy bar is not a recommended snack for your kitty-cat. I wonder how many cats have died because of this confusion. Fact: The most germ-laden place on your toilet isn't the seat or even the bowl--it's the handle. The solution: Don't flush. Let the next guy worry about it. There are "just the facts"--and then there are just the facts that will frighten the bejeezus out of you. And thanks to this little gem of a bathroom book, you'll never look at the world the same way again, without, er, dry heaving a little bit. From the sneaky fish that can swim up our genitals to the E. coli bacteria lurking in the very water we drink, disturbing phenomena are everywhere we turn. Educational, entertaining, and undeniably horrifying, this book isn't guaranteed to help you, um, go to the bathroom, but it's certain to make your time there more...informed.
Blue Ice, Meteors, and Beaver Ass, Oh My! FACT: The use of maggots to clean wounds has proven to be effective for patients who don't respond to traditional treatments. FACT: The Icelandic dish hákarl is beheaded basking shark that is buried in the ground for six to 12 weeks to putrefy before it is eaten. FACT: Used during the Dutch Revolt, rat torture involved trapping rodents under a bowl on a prisoner's stomach then heating the bowl's exterior so the animals would eat through the victim's flesh to try to escape. FACT: The average person picks his nose five times every hour, occasionally eating what he picks. The world is a scary place, and it gets scarier every day. From the creator of the bestselling 1,001 Facts That Will Scare The S#*t Out Of You comes this new collection of 1,004 (count 'em!) truly horrifying and horrifyingly true facts about the world around us. From ancient medical practices to doomsday scenarios, to disgusting food from around the world and the entire terrifying state of Florida, the facts in Are You Sh*tting Me? are sure to entertain and disturb you at once. Unless of course you are already disturbed, in which case this is the book for you!
On December 7, 2001, thirty-five-year-old Kimberly Fairchild's world turned upside down when she heard the life-changing words, "You've got cancer." I'd Give My Left Boob for That ... Oh, Wait, I Already Did details one woman's journey before, during, and after her courageous battle with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, the most common form of breast cancer. With no family history and a fairly healthy life, Fairchild shares how she got past the shocking diagnosis and subsequently relied on laughter and humor to help her through one of the most difficult and darkest times of her life. As she faced new challenges, fears, and physical discomfort, Fairchild describes how her diagnosis affected everyone around her-all in different ways-and how she learned to accept their comforting words and return the favor when they too needed reassurance. From surgery to chemotherapy to reconstructive surgery, Fairchild provides an emotional, sometimes humorous, yet intensely honest portrayal of what it's like to experience breast cancer. Written with the desire to help others, this eye-opening glimpse into the world of breast cancer shares the compelling story of how an ordinary girl fought the extraordinary fight of her life-and won.
Richard Ford returns with four deftly linked Christmas stories narrated by the iconic Frank Bascombe. Now sixty-eight, Frank resides again in the New Jersey suburb of Haddam, and has thrived – seemingly but not utterly – amidst the devastations of Hurricane Sandy. The desolations of Sandy, which left countless lives unmoored, are the perfect backdrop for Ford – and Bascombe. With a flawless comedic sensibility and unblinking intelligence, these stories range over the full complement of universal subjects: ageing, race, loss, faith, marriage, the real estate debacle – the tumult of the world we live in.
Billionaire Joshua Pierce has a reputation for being powerful and arrogant—both in the business world and on a personal level. He knows exactly what he wants, and he will stop at nothing until he acquires it. But his control has been shaken since the moment Lizzie St. John, a gorgeous, sexy blond with a wicked smile and eyes that would make any man weak in the knees, entered his life. That one indulgent night changed both their lives, igniting a passion that that’s still burning nine months later. But now she’s refusing his advances and his calls, with good reason—after the events of that night, she knows she can’t trust him. Lizzie St. John has had bad luck with men. First, her father disowned her for following her dream and not his. Then her ex-boyfriend stole from her. And now, the owner of her building has told her he’s selling and she only has seven days to come up with an outrageous amount of money if she wants to keep her business. That night with Joshua Pierce had given her a chance to break away, to forget. The moment Josh had touched her, there was no turning back. But then he’d shown her he was just like the others. Now he’s trying to prove he’s different. Could she give him a second chance, finally open her heart and trust again?
Learn how to create your own happiness. I'm talking about becoming a happy girl in love with life, proud of who you are and what you are becoming—with or without a man. Wish you had a big sister to take you by the hand and explain with brutal, loving honesty why things aren’t working in your life? After two decades of making all the wrong decisions with life and men, Ninya has learned valuable lessons about both. First You: The first half of the book will inspire your journey toward self-worth and happiness. Bite-sized lessons infused with humor and the occasional swear word, end with an important takeaway question that will have you on the path to discovering yourself in no time. Then Him: The second half of the book is about finding him, a healthy partner to share your awesomeness with, someone who is completely compatible with the real you. Short chapters with takeaway questions will help you crush your insecurities, finally recognize what a healthy relationship looks like, and step into the partnership you deserve. This is your chance to become a kick-ass, solid, strong woman who stands on her own two feet with all the tools you need to add the perfect partner to your life. inspirational self help, inspirational women, inspirational nonfiction books, inspirational non-fiction, inspirational reads, inspirational mom, inspirational books, inspirational books for women, dating, dating books for women, dating advice for women, dating books, relationship, relationship books, relationship books for women, relationship advice, relationship help books, self help books, self help books for women, self help for women, self help dating, self help happiness, self help healing, self help love, self help love books, self help motivation, self help motivational, self help relationships, self help transformation, self help women, self help women books, self empowerment books
Fletcher takes an `inside out' look at Organization Transformation (OT). OT is a new area of theory and practice that effectively helps organizations make large scale changes. Within the past decade rapidly changing environmental conditions have made previously successful organizations ineffective. Economic, cultural, social, and political trends have created a critical need for OT. Fletcher's book profiles fourteen theorists and practitioners of OT and analyzes emerging themes. This study has implications for organizational behaviorists as well as business, government, human service, and educational organizations needing assistance with their own transformations.
5 thrilling full length fantasy/romance novels in one volume - 5 sexy heroes 5 strong heroines All for FREE! 5 bestselling novels by 5 bestselling authors with a bonus excerpt bring you Five Shades of Fantasy. This is five complete novels from some of today's most exciting authors. Each shade is a different genre of the fantasy and romance you love the most. A star-studded anthology of thrilling, action-packed and totally swoon-worthy first books from five different fantasy series by your favorite female authors. Shade 1 - YA Paranormal Fantasy Blurb: What if you fall in love with the one person you are destined to kill? Ignite by bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis. Shade 2 - YA Paranormal Romance Blurb: lurks in the dead of night... Blur by bestselling author Kristen Middleton (who hit #4 as a ranked author in horror). Shade 3 – YA Fantasy with Paranormal Powers Blurb: The sins of the father are the sins of the son, or in this case the daughter. Rae of Hope by bestselling author WJ May Shade 4 - New Adult Urban Fantasy Romance Blurb: Fire, Water, Air and Earth. Nothing could stop her from changing. Element by bestselling author CM Doporto Shade 5 – Paranormal romance and fantasy adventure. Blurb: Mistaken identity comes along with dangerous consequences; and slipping on an ancient, ruby wedding ring comes with an even higher price. Eternal Vows by bestselling author Chrissy Peebles of more than ten novels including the popular series The Zombie Chronicles Keywords: Free, Freebie, Vampire, Werewolf, Sexy Alpha, Free fantasy, Free Paranormal, Witch, Paranormal Romance, Fantasy Series Bonus excerpt Prequel from Mande Matthews
Total Control is a breathtaking thrill-ride on a roller-coaster of non-stop action and suspense from David Baldacci, one of the world's favourite storytellers. Rising star. Jason Archer is a young executive at a world-leading technology conglomerate. Determined to give his wife and daughter the best of everything, he has entered into a deadly game of cat and mouse. Left behind. The grieving Sidney soon learns the job interview Jason was flying to never existed. In the wake of his disappearance, she must sort out Jason’s truths lies from his lies. Race for the truth. A suspicious air-crash investigation team, a tenacious veteran FBI agent and the dangling threads of a sinister plot lead all involved to beg the question: what really happened to Jason Archer? Sidney’s investigation plunges her into a conspiracy of violence as she’s faced with a trail of dead bodies and shocking, exposed secrets.
Real and imagined events and characters are expertly woven together in this political thriller about international power struggles, terrorism, and undercover agents. Building up to the mysterious Chinook helicopter crash at Mull of Kintyre in 1994, which killed 25 top British intelligence officials, the novel introduces Martin Carter, a Vietnam veteran and U.S. Special Forces agent who is recruiting for a dangerous mission in Europe. After a murder in Paris, a gun battle near Oxford Street, and a shattering explosion in a top-secret government chamber inside the Channel Tunnel, Martin finds out why he’s really been sent to Europe—and that it’s too late to back out. As powerful G7 countries plot to eliminate the IRA, a second deadly scheme is being plotted against Britain.
The electrifying true crime story of Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald, the handsome, Princeton-educated physician convicted of savagely slaying his young pregnant wife and two small children—murders he vehemently denies committing... Bestselling author Joe McGinniss chronicles every aspect of this horrifying and intricate crime and probes the life and psyche of the magnetic, all-American Jeffrey MacDonald—a golden boy who seemed destined to have it all. The result is a penetration to the heart of darkness that enshrouded one of the most complex criminal cases ever to capture the attention of the American public. It is a haunting, stunningly suspenseful work that no reader will be able to forget. Includes photographs and a Special Epilogue by the author Over one million copies sold!
This book is about the Paranormal experiences that myself, two of my cousins, and our best friend had when we were teenagers. I had been exposed to a supernatural encounter when I was 5 years old, I was playing on the back porch at my Grandparents house, at a desk that my Grandmother had set up for her to use. I was sitting at the desk while my Mother helped my Grandmother in the kitchen, the back porch was just off from the kitchen, so they both could see me from the kitchen. I was writing in a notebook and I heard a pen or pencil roll off of the desk, I get out of the chair to see if I could find it, and as soon as I stoop to look under the desk, I clearly hear a mans voice say "Shoot". I was terrified and ran through the kitchen screaming. But that was nothing like what I would encounter as I got older. This book is based on our experiences with paranormal phenomenon. There is one incidence that is in the book that I would like to talk about here. All of the experiences that we had were frightening, but this one stands out in my mind. This particular incident scared me really bad, because I had never seen anything like it in my life. Nicholas was home alone and decided to go to the store to get cigarettes, he locked the door before he left and when he returned, he walked into a frightening scene. He unlocked the front door and walked in the living room to find all of the pictures on the wall turning in circles. There were at least thirty pictures in all, and every single one spinning on the wall. He ran to my cousins house, and told us what he had returned home to find. We decide to walk back over to his house. When we got there, Gwen opened the front door and screamed. We run up behind her to look into the house and what I saw sent chills down my spine. As Nicholas had said, every picture was spinning on the wall. We walk into the living room and Gabriella, Gwens sister, walks over to the pictures and looks behind them and they are spinning in mid air, theyre not hanging on anything. When she tells us, we ran out of the house. Just remembering this gives me chills.
Conceptually unique, hilarious and frightening, referred to as “pornography” in The New York Times Book Review’s original review and as a “work of genius” in Newsweek’s, a: A Novel is the perfect literary manifestation of Andy Warhol’s sensibility. In the late sixties Warhol set out to turn a trade book into a piece of pop art, and the result was this astonishing account of the famously influential group of artists, superstars, addicts and freaks who made up the Factory milieu. Created from audiotapes recorded in and around the Factory, a: A Novel begins with the fabulous Ondine popping several amphetamines and then follows its characters as they converse with inspired, speed-driven wit and cut swaths through the clubs, coffee shops, hospitals, and whorehouses of 1960’s Manhattan.
The first in an exciting series featuring the unforgettable antiquities thief Owl—a modern-day “Indiana Jane” who reluctantly navigates the hidden supernatural world—from the pen of rising urban fantasy star Kristi Charish (The Kincaid Strange series). For fans of Kim Harrison, Jim Butcher, Jennifer Estep, Jenn Bennett, and the like. Ex-archaeology grad student turned international antiquities thief, Alix—better known now as Owl—has one rule. No supernatural jobs. Ever. Until she crosses paths with Mr. Kurosawa, a red dragon who owns and runs the Japanese Circus Casino in Las Vegas. He insists Owl retrieve an artifact stolen three thousand years ago, and makes her an offer she can’t refuse: he’ll get rid of a pack of vampires that want her dead. A dragon is about the only entity on the planet that can deliver on Owl’s vampire problem—and let’s face it, dragons are known to eat the odd thief. Owl retraces the steps of Mr. Kurosawa’s ancient thief from Japan to Bali with the help of her best friend, Nadya, and an attractive mercenary. As it turns out though, finding the scroll is the least of her worries. When she figures out one of Mr. Kurosawa’s trusted advisors is orchestrating a plan to use a weapon powerful enough to wipe out a city, things go to hell in a hand basket fast…and Owl has to pick sides.
Best-selling biographer Evan Maguire ventures out of his comfort zone of writing about ex-athletes, Hollywood stars, and teen sensations and finds himself in the world of the reclusive Solomon Rheela, the greatest Conspiracy Theorist of his generation. While Evan expects stories of little green men, assassination cover-ups, and secret societies that control the world to titillate his readership with, he finds that Solomon has a much different (and much more frightening) agenda. This agenda, mixed with ghosts from the past and a mysterious narrator that appears and disappears at will throughout the work, create a downward spiral for Evan that may or may not be escapable in the end.
The American War, the name given by the Vietnamese to our conflict in Southeast Asia during the 1960s, is the story of Franz Linsdorff, son of an anti-Nazi ex-Wehrmacht battlefield physician who emigrated to America with his family after World War II. Although having serious misgivings about America's participation in the conflict, Franz enlists in the army and serves heroically as a combat medic. In addition to bloody battle descriptions, the novel depicts the turmoil at home: the protest movement as well as the sufferings of the returning veterans. Intertwined with the historical events is the love story of Franz and Delia Rini, a flower child of the 60s. The personal trials, sacrifices and triumphs of individuals who fought in and against the war permeate the work, with particular attention given to the philosophical and moral issues involved.
Tara Walker has spent most of her life running from an abuse ex-husband until she finds a house in a small town that changes her life. After taking her boys and leaving, Tara has moved every two years at the longest to stay one step ahead of her ex. Has her time of running come to an end since she moved into a small town where the neighbors are more than what they seem. Ed has spent the past few years trying to stay away from women and just raise his little boy. Everything was going fine until she moved in across the street from him. Now this new woman is the only thing that he seems to be able to think about and she needs him even if she wont admit it. Will he end up with the woman of his dreams or will she be taken away from him before he gets a chance to win her heart?
When author Sandra Leigh Savages husband committed suicide in 1997, she went into isolation for a year. In this memoir, she shares her journey from the grief she experienced to her vision of a great new life. Love Letters, a collection of letters begun in September 2010, provides a snapshot of Savages sorrows, joys, and reflections. Through these vignettes, she says her good-byes, notes her thanks, and provides advice for those who may have experienced the death of a spouse. This collection provides insight into how she survived the death of her husband, came to know and believe in the saving grace of God, and made the decision to stay on this earth to fulfill Gods wishes. Emotional and self-disclosing, Love Letters shares Savages personal message of living each day with no regrets. Through her life events, she expresses how placing your trust in the Lord can guide you through lifes bad moments and help you to full appreciate lifes good moments.
When a young woman’s body is found on the shore of the Niagara River, she has the identical purple marks on her wrists and ankles as two other bodies recently discovered in the same area. With summer just around the corner and tourist season soon at its peak, local police detectives Charles Richmond and Sarah Child know they have to find a ruthless killer before he strikes again. Unfortunately, clues are sparse. Charles decides to put his neck on the line and enlist the help of Grace Bardo, the local fortune teller hoping she can provide some insight into the case. But after another girl is kidnapped and killed a month later, the police are no further in their investigation. Meanwhile, Grace and Charles are embroiled in a passionate and unexpected romance, but everything is about to be turned upside down when Charles’s partner, Sarah, suddenly disappears. Grace knows she has to do something. Against her new boyfriend’s wishes, Grace summons the help of two friends and a few colorful locals as she embarks on a dangerous journey to find a serial killer desperate for the taste of blood.
Despite repeated assurances by the United States government that security surrounding weapons grade plutonium is invulnerable, that Department of Energy security is nonetheless breached by a computer wizard. Bankrolled by Iranians, some of the plutonium is actually stolen, enough to manufacture at least one atomic bomb. Now a blackmailed Iranian expatriate and two kidnapped American scientists are all that stand between the world and nuclear catastrophe.