Widely known as the crime fiction writer whose work led to the movies Get Shorty and Out of Sight, Elmore Leonard had a special knack for creating "cool" characters. In Being Cool, Charles J. Rzepka looks at what makes the dope-dealers, bookies, grifters, financial advisors, talent agents, shady attorneys, hookers, models, and crooked cops of Leonard's world cool. They may be nefarious, but they are also confident, skilled, and composed. And they are good at what they do. Taking being cool as the highway through Leonard's life and works, Rzepka finds plenty of byways to explore along the way. Rzepka delineates the stages and patterns that characterize Leonard’s creative evolution. Like jazz greats, he forged an individual writing style immediately recognizable for its voice and rhythm, including his characters' rat-a-tat recitations, curt backhands, and ragged trains of thought. Rzepka draws on more than twelve hours of personal interviews with Leonard and applies what he learned to his close analysis of the writer’s long life and prodigious output: 45 published novels, 39 published and unpublished short stories, and numerous essays written over the course of six decades. "Rzepka’s close reading of Leonard’s fiction is an insightful, thorough and timely addition to scholarship on the author."—Library Journal "Few people are as versed in Elmore Leonard’s world as Charles Rzepka."—BU Today
Written for those of us who struggle with codependency, these daily meditations offer growth and renewal, and remind us that the best thing we can do is take responsibility for our own self-care. Melody Beattie integrates her own life experiences and fundamental recovery reflections in this unique daily meditation book written especially for those of us who struggle with the issue of codependency.Problems are made to be solved, Melody reminds us, and the best thing we can do is take responsibility for our own pain and self-care. In this daily inspirational book, Melody provides us with a thought to guide us through the day and she encourages us to remember that each day is an opportunity for growth and renewal.
Cut through the fog of clichés and propaganda that obscures the central issue of all the world's inspired spiritual traditions. See why their goal is not destruction or abandonment of the ego, but development refinement and secularisation of its potentials in tandem with deepening spiritual detachment from them. Understand how life's shattering blows are often moments of Grace, bringing you into more appropriate relation with your Source. These talks are developed from transcripts of weekly classes and commentary, for a two-year period, by Anthony Damiani on Paul Brunton's notes on the ego.
The only book of its kind, Social Issues and Service at the Middle Level offers those teaching middle school students a wealth of practical advice for bringing social issues, service learning, and community service to adolescents in ways that work. Contributed by experts in their field, the text provides comprehensive cases of how schools have successfully synthesized social issues, community service, and service learning. The detailed cases include the authentic voices of both teachers and students in chapters that cross over many disciplines taught to middle schoolers, such as math, science, social studies, language arts, and technology.
Cindy Rogers went from anorexia to bulimia, from endless overeater meetings to being bounced around like a ping-pong ball from one diet gimmick to the next. Almost at the point of suicide, Cindy finally discovered true freedom. Instead of using food to numb her pain, she went back in time to love the hurt little girl from her childhood. She started practicing imagination techniques and writing healing letters to receive the love that she so desperately desired. Eventually Cindy's religious behaviors turned into a passionate relationship with a compassionate God who knew the depths of her pain. In just seven short months, Cindy was transformed into a woman of extraordinary love. A woman who is now forever free. Little Cindy's Letters is your complete guide to inner healing. This book will give you the motivation and passion to perform the emotional healing work necessary to accept more of God's love and forgiveness. Little Cindy's Letters is your guide to be forever free!
This dissertation entitled 'Secret strategies. Women and abortion in Yoruba society, Nigeria' is based on an applied research project in abortion and other fertility regulation practices. The project explored sociocultural, economic and service related factors influencing the high rate of unsafe abortion and abortion death and in a participatory way gave recommendations for improvements. The dissertation pays attention to the motivations of women to resort to practices they know are a risk to their health and life.
“Candid and consistently engaging, Dent's work contributes to a better understanding of the role of race in American life.” —Publishers Weekly This landmark work looks at the lives of African Americans throughout the United States and challenges the typical notions of race across the nation. Noted journalist and professor David Dent spent five years crisscrossing America on a mission to expose prevalent myths and stereotypes. With tape recorder in hand, he stopped in Detroit, Washington, D.C., Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Gallipolis, Ohio, Seattle, Virginia, and many other places, documenting widespread diversity in the lives of the black majority—middle and upper-middle class African Americans. Candid and honest, controversial and pragmatic, and peopled with an eclectic and insightful array of characters, In Search of Black America is written with journalistic fervor and will change the way people view this piece of America that is often over-looked and little understood. This important and timely book is an invaluable addition to the ever-evolving debate about race in America.