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Bookmasters Welcomes New General Manager

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Bookmasters Welcomes New General Manager Ken Fultz has been named the new general manager of Bookmasters. Bookmasters Ken's leadership and organizational management skills have been the backbone of his successful career. Ashland, Ohio (PRWEB) December 11, 2013 Ken Fultz has been named the new general manager of Bookmasters ( http://www.bookmasters.com/ ), a leading provider of a full range of publisher services, including printing, print book warehousing and distribution, eBook conversion and distribution, editorial, design, and marketing services. Prior to joining Bookmasters, Fultz was most recently the vice president of operations at Thomson-Shore, a leading Michigan-based book manufacturer. Previously, Fultz spent 33 years with The Mazer Corporation in Dayton, Ohio. He last served Mazer as their vice president and general manager of its printing services division. ?Ken's leadership and organizational management skills have been the backbone of his successful career,? said David Cully, president of retail markets and executive vice president of merchandising for Baker & Taylor, Bookmasters? strategic partner. ?He is well-recognized in the book manufacturing industry as a consummate professional with a proven track record for operational excellence and customer satisfaction, as well as demonstrated ability to grow sales, reduce costs, and while simultaneously improving customer service. We are pleased to have an executive with his rich experience join an already successful Bookmasters team.? In his new capacity, Fultz will work closely with David Hetherington, Baker & Taylor?s vice president of academic library and higher education merchandising/publisher services, to continue to strengthen the strategic partnership that was forged between Bookmasters and Baker & Taylor in July 2013. Bookmasters, based in Ashland, Ohio, is one of the largest integrated providers of publisher services in the world. For more than 40 years, Bookmasters has offered services to publishers and authors such as printing, print book warehousing and distribution, eBook conversion and distribution, editorial, design, and marketing. To learn more, visit http://www.bookmasters.com .

Ghost At The Loom

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Tweet KIRKUS REVIEW Poet Cotler?s (Sonnets to the Humans, 2012, etc.) affecting, lyric novel is a long letter from writer Rider Sonnenreich to his sister Leya, its subject nothing less than the mind of an artist. Both Rider and his sister repeatedly suffered ?glimmers? (seizures) as children, and Leya has come to represent something of Rider?s muse, a complicated, ephemeral figure whom he doesn?t wholly understand, yet he?s drawn to her and makes her the subject of his art. She exists mostly in the folds of his memory, though, and readers learn in the opening pages that she has disappeared to Europe, of which Rider remarks: ?It?s beautiful enough.? At the behest of his mother, he bums around different European cities, supposedly looking for her but finding instead a variety of bohemians whom he regards like a poet. When he eventually reconnects with her, his memory blends with her present incarnation, which involves dissociation and a bathtub slicked with vomit. Readers looking for a tidy travel narrative should look elsewhere; one scene here takes place in ?Gigot?s annex,? full of slightly stoned Italians and expats, and Rider imagines himself there as a boy who would ?squat in the corner and cover [his] ears? if given his way. In the same scene, he reveals that he ?wouldn?t mind becoming sharper, crazy I mean, not weak-minded crazy. Subtle disconnections.? It?s the voice of a poet in Europe: romantic and sarcastic to the bone, simultaneously jaded and full of wonder. Featuring this kind of overt meditation that?s often on a writer?s mind can be risky, but Cotler pulls it off, injecting feeling into each image, each response, each gesture. It?s no slight to call this a poet?s novel?its narrative thrust is a lyrical one, its strengths are its precision of thought and image, variety of prose and the depth of its meditations. The novel is addressed to the sister, in second person, casting the reader as a voyeur. Or is it really the reader who is addressed, cast as the sister, to whom the poet addresses his interior missives? Cotler stays one step ahead: ?Art, I guess, can unintentionally insult the viewer by presuming to include him.? A beautiful, disturbing portrait of an artist.  
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Barbara Park, Junie B. Jones Author, Dies Age 66

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BookBrowse members say ....   BookBrowse News - The Full Story Full news story on Barbara Park, Junie B. Jones author, dies age 66. Barbara Park, Junie B. Jones author, dies age 66 Nov 18 2013 Barbara Park, author of the Junie B. Jones series, died Friday after a long battle with ovarian cancer, according to a statement released Sunday by Random House Books for Young Readers. She was a longtime resident of Scottsdale, Ariz., where she lived with her husband, Richard, and raised two sons. Park wrote more than 30 illustrated chapter books featuring unlikely heroine Junie B. Jones.
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Melissa Productions Offers $100 Giveaway To Encourage Youth Reading...

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Put PRWeb on your site Melissa Productions Offers $100 Giveaway to Encourage Youth Reading This Holiday Season Melissa Perry Moraja, CEO of Melissa Productions, is excited to offer Madison and GA (My Guardian Angel) Tale of the Messed Up Talent Show $100 Holiday Cash Giveaway to encourage youth reading this holiday season. The giveaway runs till December 25, 2013. Madison And GA (My Guardian Angel) Tale of the Messed Up Talent Show Let's encourage children to read this holiday season. Charlotte, NC (PRWEB) December 09, 2013 For the first time, Melissa Perry Moraja is offering Madison and GA (My Guardian Angel)?Tale of the Messed Up Talent $100 Holiday Cash Giveaway to encourage youth reading this holiday season. Madison and GA (My Guardian Angel) ? Tale of the Messed Up Talent Show, the newest Wunderkind Family series children?s chapter book, was just recently named the best in family-friendly products, receiving Mom?s Choice Awards. The giveaway runs till December 25, 2013. "My goal is to encourage children to read this holiday season, while also introducing them to my humorous, children?s stories and characters,? said Melissa. ?I have eight children?s books published today, which make-up two of my brands?Splatter and Friends and the Wunderkind Family. All of my stories were written and illustrated with the family in mind.? To enter Madison and GA (My Guardian Angel) Tale of the Messed Up Talent Show $100.00 Holiday Cash Giveaway, which is being hosted by Mother Daughter Book Reviews, please visit Melissa's blog, Not Your Ordinary Psychic Mom . The Tale of the Messed Up Talent Show $100 Holiday Cash Giveaway ends December 25, 2013.

Friday Free For All: Awaken By Katie Kacvinsky

09:12, 8/12/2013 .. 0 comments .. Link
Find it! By Author / By Title Search over 40,000 reviews Try our Advanced Book Search Help Advanced Book Search Search books by title, genre, publication month, publication year, and rating or search by any combination of these options (i.e. all Mysteries published in January 2001 with 4.5 rating). If you want to search for a name or phase, include quotation marks around your search term (example: "Deborah Smith") Visitor Login Visitor login is required to post a review and comment on the blog and other interactive features on the site. Use your same username and password to register for the RT Forums. / Community / RT Daily Blog / Friday Free for All: Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky Friday Free for All: Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, NOVEMBER 19, 2013 | PERMALINK Young adult author Katie Kacvinsky is gearing up for the 2014 release of Still Point, the third and final entry in her exciting and harrowing dystopian romance series. And to help her celebrate, we're giving away one e-book copy of the first book, Awaken! First, let's take a look at what Awaken is all about: Maddie lives in a world where everything is done on the computer. Whether it?s to go to school or on a date, people don?t venture out of their home. There?s really no need. For the most part, Maddie?s okay with the solitary, digital life?until she meets Justin. Justin likes being with people. He enjoys the physical closeness of face-to-face interactions. People aren?t meant to be alone, he tells her. Suddenly, Maddie feels something awakening inside her?a feeling that maybe there is a different, better way to live. But with society and her parents telling her otherwise, Maddie is going to have to learn to stand up for herself if she wants to change the path her life is taking. In this not-so-brave new world, two young people struggle to carve out their own space. We also asked Katie to share her thoughts on writing the series. Here's what she had to say: "This series incorporates so many elements I love in books and movies: a slow burn romance, dystopian setting and action. It?s also very relationship driven. I feel like it?s a combination of Pride and Prejudice and The Matrix ? so I thoroughly enjoyed writing it. I also love making people think about our digitally driven lives and where it all might be headed. I can?t wait for the final installment to come out." And since the series takes place in a technologically advanced society, we wondered what Katie's worst technology-related fear is, and this is what she said: she's worried about the day computer chips replace our brains. "We?ll just insert chips into our heads, and we will be able to download all of our knowledge," she says. "That idea is terrifying, because we would never have to read!" Yikes! That would be terrifying! But before technology becomes too advanced, let's give away that e-copy of Awaken, shall we? UPDATE: The winner has been chosen. Congratulations to Kathryn P.! To enter, leave a comment telling us what your worst technology fear is. You can also email us your entry here with the subject line "Katie Kacvinsky Giveaway." This giveaway is open to U.S. and International readers and will end next Friday! Good luck! Tags: RT Daily Blog, E-Book, Young Adult
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John Shelby Spong: What Everyone Should Know About The Fourth Gospel

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Subscribe Almost any poll of regular church goers will reveal that their favorite book in the New Testament is the Gospel of John. It is the book that is most often used at Christian funerals. It includes such well known and oft-quoted texts as: "God so loved the world that he gave his only son that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life." It boasts the shortest verse in the Bible: "Jesus wept," which serves the needs of many cross word puzzle creators. Its prologue was used for centuries in Catholic liturgies as "the last gospel" at the mass. It includes characters like Doubting Thomas, whose very name has entered our public discourse. Yet, I suspect that if these devotees of John's Gospel were introduced to the world of Johannine scholarship, they would be both shocked and angered by contemporary insights into this treasured book. It is to place much of this scholarship into the public arena that I have written the book, "The Fourth Gospel: Tales of a Jewish Mystic." Among the conclusions that I have reached in my intensive five-year-long study of John's Gospel are these: 1) There is no way that the Fourth Gospel was written by John Zebedee or by any of the disciples of Jesus. The author of this book is not a single individual, but is at least three different writers/editors, who did their layered work over a period of 25 to 30 years. 2) There is probably not a single word attributed to Jesus in this book that the Jesus of history actually spoke. This includes all the "I Am" sayings and all of the "Farewell Discourses." 3) Not one of the signs (the Fourth Gospel's word for miracles) recorded in this book was, in all probability, something that actually happened. This means that Jesus never changed water into wine, fed a multitude with five loaves and two fish or raised Lazarus from the dead. 4) Many of the characters who appear in the pages of the Fourth Gospel are literary creations of its author and were never intended to be understood as real people, who actually lived in history. This includes Nathaniel, who is introduced with great fanfare in chapter one and is treated in John's Gospel as one of "the Twelve," as well as the enigmatic character called by the Fourth Gospel "the disciple whom Jesus loved," who is introduced in Chapter 13 and who stars in this narrative from then on up to and including the resurrection event. Between those two "bookend" characters, we run into such well-known figures as Nicodemus, the Samaritan woman by the well, the man crippled for 38 years and the man born blind, none of whom has ever been mentioned before in any written Christian source and each of whom in all probability is nothing more than the literary creation of the author. 5) John's Gospel seems to ridicule anyone who might read this book as a work of literal history. For example, Jesus says to Nicodemus: "You must be born again." Nicodemus, the literalist, says: "Born again? I am a grown man! How can I crawl back into my mother's womb and be born again?" Jesus says to the Samaritan woman: "If you know the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you 'Give me a drink,' you would have asked him and he would give you living water." The Samaritan woman, a literalist, responds: "Man, you don't even have a bucket!" 6) The Gospel also exaggerates its details, once more I believe, to counter any attempt to read it literally. For example, Jesus does not just turn water into wine, he turns it into 150 gallons of wine! Jesus does not just give sight to a blind man, he gives sight to a man born blind! Jesus does not just raise a person from the dead, he raises one who has been dead and even buried for four days, one who is still bound in grave clothes and one who, according to the King James translation "already stinketh" with the odor of decaying flesh! Finally this book will challenge the way the Fourth Gospel has been used in Christian history as the guarantor of what came to be called Christian orthodoxy or creedal Christianity. The Council of Nicea in 325 C.E. leaned on the Fourth Gospel as literal history in order to formulate the creeds and ultimately to undergird such doctrines as the Incarnation and the Holy Trinity. The texts used to support that creedal development, my studies have led me to affirm, have nothing to do with an external God entering humanity in the person of Jesus, but are rather attempts to describe the experience of the human breaking the boundaries of consciousness and entering into the transformation available inside a sense of a mystical oneness with God. If that is so, then the Fourth Gospel has the potential to become the primary biblical source upon the basis of which Christianity can be changed dramatically to speak with radical freshness to the 21st century. Christianity is not about the divine becoming human so much as it is about the human becoming divine. That is a paradigm shift of the first order. These are the conclusions to which my study of John's Gospel has led me, and they are the conclusions that I explore and document in this book "The Fourth Gospel: Tales of a Jewish Mystic."  
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Friday Free For All: Awaken By Katie Kacvinsky

16:50, 2/12/2013 .. 0 comments .. Link
Find it! By Author / By Title Search over 40,000 reviews Try our Advanced Book Search Help Advanced Book Search Search books by title, genre, publication month, publication year, and rating or search by any combination of these options (i.e. all Mysteries published in January 2001 with 4.5 rating). If you want to search for a name or phase, include quotation marks around your search term (example: "Deborah Smith") Visitor Login Visitor login is required to post a review and comment on the blog and other interactive features on the site. Use your same username and password to register for the RT Forums. / Community / RT Daily Blog / Friday Free for All: Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky Friday Free for All: Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, NOVEMBER 19, 2013 | PERMALINK Young adult author Katie Kacvinsky is gearing up for the 2014 release of Still Point, the third and final entry in her exciting and harrowing dystopian romance series. And to help her celebrate, we're giving away one e-book copy of the first book, Awaken! First, let's take a look at what Awaken is all about: Maddie lives in a world where everything is done on the computer. Whether it?s to go to school or on a date, people don?t venture out of their home. There?s really no need. For the most part, Maddie?s okay with the solitary, digital life?until she meets Justin. Justin likes being with people. He enjoys the physical closeness of face-to-face interactions. People aren?t meant to be alone, he tells her. Suddenly, Maddie feels something awakening inside her?a feeling that maybe there is a different, better way to live. But with society and her parents telling her otherwise, Maddie is going to have to learn to stand up for herself if she wants to change the path her life is taking. In this not-so-brave new world, two young people struggle to carve out their own space. We also asked Katie to share her thoughts on writing the series. Here's what she had to say: "This series incorporates so many elements I love in books and movies: a slow burn romance, dystopian setting and action. It?s also very relationship driven. I feel like it?s a combination of Pride and Prejudice and The Matrix ? so I thoroughly enjoyed writing it. I also love making people think about our digitally driven lives and where it all might be headed. I can?t wait for the final installment to come out." And since the series takes place in a technologically advanced society, we wondered what Katie's worst technology-related fear is, and this is what she said: she's worried about the day computer chips replace our brains. "We?ll just insert chips into our heads, and we will be able to download all of our knowledge," she says. "That idea is terrifying, because we would never have to read!" Yikes! That would be terrifying! But before technology becomes too advanced, let's give away that e-copy of Awaken, shall we? To enter, leave a comment telling us what your worst technology fear is. You can also email us your entry here with the subject line "Katie Kacvinsky Giveaway." This giveaway is open to U.S. and International readers and will end next Friday! Good luck! Tags: RT Daily Blog, E-Book, Young Adult
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Cookbook Author To Visit Suwanee Library For Book Talk And Signing - Gwinnettdailypost.com

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Cookbook author to visit Suwanee Library for book talk and signing Print Story SUWANEE ? Cookbook author and blogger Christy Jordan is coming to the Suwanee branch of the Gwinnett County Public Library. Jordan, the author of ?Come Home to Supper,? will share complete menus to help readers plan family meals beginning at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 3, followed by a book signing. Jordan is the publisher of SouthernPlate.com, a contributing editor to Taste of the South magazine, former editor-at-large at Southern Living, and a judge on the Game Show Network?s Beat the Chefs. She?s appeared on TODAY, Paula Deen, QVC and other media outlets. She lives with her family in Huntsville, Ala. The book talk and signing is free and open to the public, and books will be available for purchase. The Suwanee library branch is located at 361 Main St. For more information, visit www.gwinnettpl.org. More like this story

François Mitterrand: The Sphinx

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Review our cookies information for more details This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Review our cookies information for more details François Mitterrand A man and his contradictions Nov 30th 2013 Tweet He had a nose for the job Mitterrand: A Study in Ambiguity. By Philip Short. The Bodley Head; 688 pages; £30. To be published in America in April as ?A Taste for Intrigue: The Multiple Lives of François Mitterrand? by Henry Holt; $38. Buy from Amazon.com , Amazon.co.uk ON THE night of François Mitterrand?s death in 1996, his successor as French president, Jacques Chirac, summed up the wily Socialist leader as the ?reflection of his century?. The son of a stationmaster from Angoulême, who was taken prisoner by the Germans during the second world war, Mitterrand rose to become a cabinet minister at the age of 30, and in 1981 the Fifth Republic?s first Socialist president. He embodied many of the 20th century?s struggles and contradictions. Mitterrand worked for the Vichy administration during the second world war, and the resistance. He flirted with the political right, before embracing socialism with zeal, and then austerity and liberalisation with reluctance. He denounced the all-powerful presidency created by Charles de Gaulle, only to exercise power himself in the manner of a republican monarch. In this section Francois Mitterrand How did Mitterrand navigate such a brilliant, exasperating, snakelike path to the presidency, and re-election in 1988? In this thoroughly researched biography, Philip Short, a former Paris correspondent for the BBC, shows the answer to be a mix of breathless cunning and ruthless artistry. Mitterrand was certainly dogged: as a student, he became infatuated with a teenaged Parisienne to whom he wrote 2,000 love letters. He was uncompromising too. As president, he would ?never accept?, he snapped, the idea of apologising for Vichy?s crimes. The French were appalled to discover his lifelong friendship with René Bousquet, head of the Vichy police, exposed by Pierre Péan, a French investigative journalist. His 1994 landmark biography, ?A French Youth?, covered the period 1934 to 1947. Each year, Mr Péan went on to reveal, the Socialist president sent an official wreath to be laid at the tomb of the Vichy leader, Marshall Pétain. Mitterrand was also deeply cynical, turning to socialism ?less from conviction than from a process of elimination?, writes Mr Short. His searing experience in a prisoner-of-war camp in Germany reawakened a sense of injustice at the arbitrary social hierarchies that had dominated his childhood in rural Catholic France. But the aspirant politician equivocated. ?Politically, I?m really hesitating,? he wrote to a friend in 1945: ?I?d be quite willing to join the Socialists, but they are such old clots. The Communists are a pain and the others are all varlets and knaves.? Mitterrand was cultured and bookish, with a bewitching ability to charm; ?he could have seduced a stone?, wrote one French female journalist. But the president was also devious, intimidating, secretive and darkly manipulative, ever ready to break a pact and betray a confidence in pursuit of power and the exercise of it. His decision to appoint an ambitious Gaullist politician, Jacques Chirac, as prime minister in 1986, for instance, after being forced into cohabitation with the political right, was an attempt to ?fatally weaken [Chirac], just as he had done earlier to the Communist Party?. Much of the political intrigue and scandal of this scholarly book will be familiar to students of the ?Sphinx?. Yet Mr Short has also delved into the state archives, as well as extracted confidences from Mitterrand?s wife, Danielle, who died in 2011, and Anne Pingeot, his mistress, to produce some gems. In the corridors during a European summit, for instance, at which Helmut Kohl agreed to monetary union if Britain and France would accept German reunification, Mitterrand displays an obsessional fear about a unified Germany, telling Margaret Thatcher that it was like Munich in 1938. Ambiguity reached deep into his private as well as political life. In the 1970s the Mitterrand couple lived together with their younger son and Danielle?s lover, Jean Balenci, who would go out to fetch croissants in the morning for them all. ?To outsiders,? reports Mr Short, ?he was introduced as a distant cousin.? As president, Mitterrand would return after work at the Elysée Palace to Ms Pingeot and their daughter, Mazarine, whom he hid, like his cancer, from the general public and kept at the taxpayer?s expense. ?We did not set out to have separate lives,? Danielle tells Mr Short: ?Things happened.? Mitterrand?s personal behaviour, the author concludes, ?was supremely egoistic?. The man who emerges from these pages is both brilliant and flawed. He utterly misread Mikhail Gorbachev and the end of the cold war and he was on the wrong side of history during the Rwandan genocide in 1994. He procrastinated to excess. He was above all a master of the art of political secrecy and survival, in an era when ambiguity was not subject to the sort of scrutiny that would expose it far more brutally today.
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Review - The Perks Of Being A Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky

08:39, 29/11/2013 .. 0 comments .. Link
Review - The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky Title: The Perks of Being a Wallflower Author: Stephen Chbosky Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Classic Publication: 1999 Content of Review: Ranting. A lot of it. Read at your own risk. Spoilers: Yes, but it's hidden. Nothing big will be spoiled :) Charlie is a freshman.And while he's not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his year yet socially awkward,he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it. Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But he can't stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a deeply affecting coming-of-age story that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up. I've heard a lot about this book, it's a favourite by many people. I wasn't sure how I would enjoy it, though. I love contemporaries and coming-of-age stories, and this one has to be one of the most thought-provoking, emotional contemporary out there. I really enjoyed this book, I won't say I completely loved it but it was a read I enjoyed. What I Liked: I love the narrator. The main character, fifteen-year-old Charlie. Through letters to a certain people, and to us, the readers, we really see the inner workings of Charlie's brain and his honest thoughts on the world around him. Charlie is extremely sensitive. Sensitive to the feelings of other people, sensitive to not knowing answers to the questions he is constantly asking. Charlie's family doesn't pay much attention to him, although he is loved. There's his dad who I wasn't quite sure about but it seemed like he wanted a good life for his family, Charlie's mom that loves her children but doesn't often say much, Charlie's older brother who is a talented footballer, who is now in college, and Charlie's older sister who is a vegan and a fighter for woman's rights, whilst simultaneously being a bully to all the guys around her. It was interesting to read about his family, the secrets they kept and the way they all interacted.  Charlie is a wallflower. He observes situations and people, and would rather sit on the side-lines than actually participate in life. When his new English teacher becomes a sort of mentor to Charlie and giving him books to read as well as helping him out with his troubles and overthinking, Charlie decides it's time for him to navigate from the side-lines of life and start enjoying time on the dance floor. A thing that he was hesitant to do but which ended up having amazing outcomes.  He meets Sam, the girl he slowly falls in love with as well as her step-brother, Patrick, who is secretly gay and having a relationship with the school's most famed footballer. He starts navigating unfamiliar territory of all the highs and lows that come along with high-school life. He learns about intimate relationships, alcohol and drugs. He learns about being in love and how sometimes it's best to say something instead of just listening.  I just love how honest Charlie is, how he is quite shy at first and how he loves reading. I loved reading about the specials bonds he made with his new friends and how lost he felt when they all went to college and left him to fend for himself.  Okay, moving onto the things I don't like: This book deals with a LOT of dark issues. Sex, drugs, alcohol, depression, suicide, sexual abuse, homesexuality, rape, death, teenage pregnancy, abortion...this book has it all, and to be completely honest with you, I thought it was a bit of an overkill. These issues shouldn't be treated lightly and the author just threw them in on one page and forgot about them the rest. These issues need to be handled with in a sensitive manner and not all clumped into one book, a short book too. I felt a lot of the things were unnecessary. I understand that the author was trying to create the essence of the full high school experience, but I don't think a high-schooler will face ALL these problems in their first year of high-school. I am home-schooled and although I went to high-school for three months when I lived in England I wasn't faced with any of these problems. I choose my friends carefully and I stay away from the bad stuff I've read about in books. Charlie was a complete and utter idiot at times. He starts drinking, smoking cigarettes and smoking pot. And he's merely fifteen years old. Okay, I know a LOT of teenagers apparently do this but I mean he just did everything and I honestly thought it was a bit much. When he started smoking, doing drugs and drinking I honestly wanted to slap him. Not only that, he allowed himself to be kissed by one of his homosexual friends because he thought it was "being a good friend" because the friend was going through a tough time. He can stop fights but he won't say no when a guy, wants to make a move on him. I just couldn't fathom this. This book also just had to much issues in it for me. I was expecting a light-hearted read but there were such dark, horrifying scenes in this book that made me feel quite anxious. There is a scene when middle-grade Charlie views a guy raping a girl and his sister having an intimate moment with her boyfriend and I just felt it was so extremely wrong that he saw this at such a young age. I'm also pretty sure the guy who raped the girl wouldn't have done all that in front middle-grader. Charlie was also always constantly crying, anything that happened, be it good or bad, he cried. I know he's witnessed and been apart of every-big-catastrophe-a-teenager-can-ever-possibly-go-through because this author really puts EVERYTHING in this book, but I didn't think it was normal for him to do that. A lot of people say he might have some learning issues of such, I'm not sure though, I think he is just naturally sensitive and naive. Charlie also deals with anxiety in this book which I can relate to as I had anxiety quite bad, but he ended up in a mental hospital for two months due to a certain moment that had brought up a nightmarish memory from his part. *SPOILER* He's own Aunt Helen, whom he loved so dearly, which had sadly died in a car accident, had actually molested Charlie when he was a little boy. Yet he suppressed the memories because he loved his aunt. Wait, what? That was highly inappropriate and I honestly didn't think that had to be included in the story. *SPOILER* Despite it's abundance of serious, traumatic issues I did enjoy this book. It had some beautiful quotes and how you must always try to stay true to yourself. This book is quite short and it is engrossing and I read it quite quickly. To be completely and utterly honest with you, the reading experience I gained from this book could be great times but mostly traumatic. There was just too much of everything in this book. Although I liked the characters, I didn't connect with all of them. At sometimes not even Charlie which his pathetic decisions to do drugs/smoke/drink etc. This book is a banned book, but so is The Hunger Games, I was  not expecting all these issues to be thrown in. I wish I had read more reviews on it before I read it and the ones I did read, not many people mentioned the issues the author mentions. He doesn't really deal with them, just chucks them all in the book. I think this is a book where I would prefer watching the movie as a lot of the hectic scenes had too much detail. I regret that I read this book this year and I wish I had waited till I was about sixteen or over to read it so that I wasn't so disturbed about the things that happened. But then again, there are teenagers being surrounded by all this in their day-to-day lives. I've always chosen to be sheltered from those things and I suppose in a way it was better that I found out about what actually happens in the real world, because whether I like it or not, there probably will be a time where I will be faced with at least one of these issues. I would recommend this book, if you think you can deal with these issues. I didn't ADORE this book, I didn't hate it (most of the time), but I liked it. Although I feel like my innocence has slightly been ruined after having to "experience" the things Charlie did. *shudders* I give it: 3/5 CUPCAKES Posted by

Barbara Park, Junie B. Jones Author, Dies Age 66

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The Dinner   BookBrowse News - The Full Story Full news story on Barbara Park, Junie B. Jones author, dies age 66. Barbara Park, Junie B. Jones author, dies age 66 Nov 18 2013 Barbara Park, author of the Junie B. Jones series, died Friday after a long battle with ovarian cancer, according to a statement released Sunday by Random House Books for Young Readers. She was a longtime resident of Scottsdale, Ariz., where she lived with her husband, Richard, and raised two sons. Park wrote more than 30 illustrated chapter books featuring unlikely heroine Junie B. Jones.
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Holiday Gift Guide 2013: For The Culture Vulture In Your Life

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Holiday Gift Guide 2013: For The Culture Vulture In Your Life By Katherine Brooks, Madeleine Crum, Kia Makarechi and Christopher Rosen Posted: 11/21/2013 11:14 am EST  |  Updated: 11/21/2013 1:35 pm EST Subscribe Follow: Want More? Download Our New Weekly Magazine: Huffington. You know that friend who always seems to know about every cultural thing before anyone else does? The kind of friend who is impossible to surprise? We?ve searched high and low (culture, that is) to find the the kind of gifts that will bowl over your little know-it-all (plus a few they?ll already know about for good measure). From a band called Death to a Man Ray chess set, they won?t know what hit them. This story appears in our double holiday gift guide issue of our weekly iPad magazine, Huffington, available Friday, Nov. 22 in the iTunes App store . 1 Lichtenstein Sculptor, $90 Rizzoli Brush up on your pop art trivia with an homage to the Ben-Day dot king, Roy Lichtenstein. Available through Rizzoli New York. Buy it here. 2 The Wes Anderson Collection, $40 This is an ideal gift for any fan of the director. Its gorgeous cover makes it perfect for display, but the contents are as illuminating as its fabulously twee design. Not only does the book include unpublished photos from Anderson's set, but the entire text is a revealing dialogue between the director and film critic Matt Zoller Seitz. Buy it here. 3 Pantone iPhone case, $34.95 Pantone Surprise your art-savvy friend with a vibrant iPhone case courtesy of the world?s formative authority on color: Pantone. Buy it here. 4 The Wizard of Oz: 75th Anniversary Edition, $29.99 Wendy George To celebrate the 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz, Warner Bros. has released an all-new Blu-ray package. Features include an array of documentary and supplemental features (an all-new doc on the making of Oz being a real highlight), plus an option for viewers to sing along with the film's many iconic songs. Buy it here. 5 Raymond Pettibon Note Card Set: Black Flag, $17.95 Wendy George What music fan can resist a set of note cards featuring artwork by Raymond Pettibon, the artist behind the famous Black Flag logo? Buy it here. 6 The King of Comedy, Price not yet available Martin Scorsese's prescient black comedy about a fame-obsessed comic (Robert De Niro) who will stop at nothing to get on television hits Blu-ray for the first time ever on Dec. 10, 30 years after its original release. A must-get for the cinephile in your life. Buy it here. 7 Man Ray Chess Set, $380 pieces/$210 board MoMA Store Wow your chess-obsessed friends with a board and chess pieces designed by Dada extraordinaire, Man Ray. Buy it here. 8 James Dean Ultimate Collectors' Edition (Blu-ray), $74.96 Amazon If you or one of your loved ones can't seem to step out of the house without a denim or leather jacket on, go ahead and drop this under their tree. With three documentaries, trailers, behind-the-scenes tidbits and more, this box set offers more than enough excuses to justify plunking down for the hard copies. Honestly, do you think James Dean would have the patience for Wi-Fi lags that bog down your Apple TV or Netflix? Buy it here. 9 A band called DEATH, $20.96 Wendy George This acclaimed rockumentary tells the unbelievable story of three black teenage brothers in 1970s Detroit who were making proto-punk music far before The Sex Pistols or The Ramones. Buy it here. 10 John Baldessari Beach Towel, $95 Wendy George What better way to lounge on the seashore than with the cultured accoutrement of a John Baldessari spot painting beach towel? With the subject's face hidden, you're left free to scour the details of the figure's stance and style, just like Mr. Baldessari wanted. Buy it here. 11 JFK 50 Year Commemorative Ultimate Collector's Edition (Blu-ray), $38.99 Amazon The new Blu-ray release of Oliver Stone's controversial drama about the assassination of JFK gets an update just in time for the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's death. Special features include PT-109, a documentary about Kennedy's heroism in World War II, which is available for the first time on Blu-ray or DVD. Buy it here. 12 Cube Drop Earrings by Pico, $110 Guggenheim Store Wear jewelry, art, geometry and architecture all at once with these cube drop earrings by Pico. Compliments guaranteed. Buy it here. 13 Breaking Bad: The Complete Series, $201.29 Amazon What better way to binge watch Breaking Bad than on Blu-ray? The complete series boxed set offers not just every episode of the Emmy-winning drama, but 55 hours of supplemental content, and even an apron. There's something Jesse would say about this . Buy it here. 14
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The Unbelievable Top Secret Diary Of Pig By Emer Stamp - Review

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The Unbelievable Top Secret Diary of Pig by Emer Stamp - review 'it was hilarious and it was spoken in pig language which sounds like a sort of slang' theguardian.com , Tuesday 19 November 2013 10.00 EST I liked the The Unbelievable Top Secret Diary because it was hilarious and it was spoken in pig language which sounds like a sort of slang. The story was about a pig named Pig and his friend Duck who was a duck. There were also 3 evil chickens who tried to send Pig to Pluto in outer space. There is also a farmer and his wife who Pig used to adore but now Duck told him that they wanted to eat him by chopping him up in the farmer's shed. The Unbelievable Top Secret Diary of Pig by Emer Stamp Tell us what you think: Star-rate and review this book I liked the big pictures, such as when Pig is on a diving board jumping into Duck's pond. I also liked where there was a page with the word BANG! and then below it in small letters 'I died' and then on the next page it said 'just joking I'm still alive'. It just surprised me and then made me laugh. My Mum read me a quarter of it so I got the first bit but it was so good I couldn't help finishing the book because it was outstanding and I didn't want to have a break from reading it because when I went back to it it would feel like a completely different story. I recommend The Unbelievable Top Secret Diary for 6 year olds and over. Want to tell the world about a book you've read? Join the site and send us your review! Sign up for the Guardian Today Our editors' picks for the day's top news and commentary delivered to your inbox each morning.
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Breast Cancer Survivor Cookbook Released - Kvue

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Breast cancer survivor cookbook released Posted on November 17, 2013 at 10:50 PM Updated today at 7:23 AM AUSTIN -- Dozens of breast cancer survivors and their families were honored Sunday at the Renaissance Hotel. It was part of a cookbook release party for ?Comfort Cooking: Food that Makes us Smile? -- a cookbook that features those survivor's recipes. KVUE?s Terri Gruca emceed Sunday?s event and was awarded the fourth annual Michelle Bastas Award. Gruca?s own mother is one of the survivors featured in the cookbook. This is the sixth book Austin photographer Bill Bastas has put together. He lost his own wife to the disease eight years ago and afterwards began The Smile Never Fades charity to give back. Over the years the organization has donated nearly $25,000 to local breast cancer survivors. Proceeds from the cookbook will pay for concierge care for local patients undergoing breast cancer treatment, organizing and arranging transportation, housecleaning and food delivery. To order the cookbook, go here. To learn more about The Smile Never Fades, go here . Print

Extracted

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Tweet KIRKUS REVIEW Steampunk and time travel combine to provide pizazz in this series opener about a long-lost royal brother and sister, the surviving Romanovs. Action dominates as time travelers called Rifters, both legitimate and rogue, compete. The official group operates from the Tesla Institute, where the famed scientist?s brain sits in a contraption that keeps it alive. The rogue time travelers, known as the Hollows, flit through time simply to steal objects they can sell. The groups, sworn enemies, frequently engage in hand-to-hand combat whenever they meet. Hollows Rifter Lex and ?Tesla kid? Ember find each other when Lex?s girlfriend dies on a mission and Lex decides to risk causing a paradox in order to go back to save her. To fix the paradox, he?ll need a device that?s hidden in the Tesla Institute. Ficklin and Jolley handle the rather intricate plotline well, populating the time stream with interesting characters that pop up in various unexpected places. Their action scenes sometimes become a bit too intricate, as the authors describe every punch, kick, roll and jump, but they do keep the story moving along briskly. The steampunk scenario adds a great deal of zest to the proceedings, with top hats, leather corsets and a variety of steam-driven contrivances providing set dressing. Kids who pick it up won?t encounter much real history, but they?ll be reading it for fun anyway. (Steampunk. 12 & up) Pub Date:Nov. 12th, 2013
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A Visit To Priapus

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Add to my list This book is in your list Remove KIRKUS REVIEW A posthumous collection of short stories and essays by Wescott (1901-1987), arranged to reflect autobiographical continuity, includes previously unpublished pieces with explicitly sexual and gay themes. Poet, essayist and acclaimed novelist Wescott (Pilgrim Hawk, 1940, etc.) may not be as familiar to the average reader as many of his contemporaries, but his works live on thanks, in part, to editor and biographer Rosco. The Wisconsin farm boy ascended from humble beginnings to consort with the crème de la crème of literary and political society during the early years of his career. A prolific writer while abroad, Wescott moved comfortably among the expatriate community in Europe during the 1920s and early ?30s and published many of his observations in magazines?often using his fictional alter ego, Alwyn Tower, as narrator. In ?Mr. Auerbach in Paris,? he depicts an elderly, sight-impaired Germanophile who laments Germany?s defeat during World War I as he buys copious amounts of French artwork. In the frankly sexual title story, the narrator travels by bus to pursue an encounter with a man who reputedly has physical attributes much like the mythical Greek god Priapus. France?s lack of preparedness on the eve of World War II is the subject of ?The Frenchman Six Feet Three.? After donning an ill-fitting uniform and completing two weeks of reserve military service, Roger Gaumond despairingly tells his friends (who are preparing to leave the country) that France cannot survive the coming war without intervention from the U.S. and Great Britain. Also included in this collection is the heretofore unpublished ?An Example of Suicide,? a meticulous examination of human thought processes and our belief that, once committed, we must follow through with actions. It?s an excellent story and worthy of inclusion in any top-notch anthology. But other pieces disappoint for their disproportionately heavy-handed, elliptical writing, including the tedious ?The Odor of Rosemary? and the blurry ?Sacre de Printemps.? Some pieces are stronger than others. The content of Wescott?s previously unpublished stories may be uncomfortable for some. Pub Date:Nov. 7th, 2013
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Get The Look: New Adult Eye Makeup Tutorials

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Find it! By Author / By Title Search over 40,000 reviews Try our Advanced Book Search Help Advanced Book Search Search books by title, genre, publication month, publication year, and rating or search by any combination of these options (i.e. all Mysteries published in January 2001 with 4.5 rating). If you want to search for a name or phase, include quotation marks around your search term (example: "Deborah Smith") Visitor Login Visitor login is required to post a review and comment on the blog and other interactive features on the site. Use your same username and password to register for the RT Forums. / Community / RT Daily Blog / Get The Look: New Adult Eye Makeup Tutorials Get The Look: New Adult Eye Makeup Tutorials BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, OCTOBER 22, 2013 | PERMALINK One thing we've noticed about new adult covers ? aside from the smoking hot models ? is elaborate eye makeup on the heroines. We barely have time to grab our coffee in the morning, much less apply a few layers of mascara, but just for fun we decided to find out exactly what goes into getting these looks. If you've wondered how the new adult heroines do it, here are YouTube tutorials to match the eye makeup on some recent NA covers. ***
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Friday Free For All: Ya Swag Bag Haul

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New 'a Bug Free Mind' Review Released For Andy Shaw's New...

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Put PRWeb on your site New 'A Bug Free Mind' Review Released for Andy Shaw's New Program on Law of Attraction and Structured Thinking Shane Michaels releases a review of A Bug Free Mind by Andy Shaw, the top program about creating structured thinking and achieving success. A Bug Free Mind Review Anyone that is looking to further their success understands the importance of their mind. Andy Shaw is an expert when it comes to mindset training and everyone needs to check out what he's doing with A Bug Free Mind. Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) November 04, 2013 A Bug Free Mind by Andy Shaw, a new training program that is designed to teach people the secret of structured thinking and promises to guarantee success in any endeavor one chooses, has caught the attention of Shane Michaels, prompting an investigative review. ?A Bug Free Mind is the culmination of Andy Shaw's vast experience with helping people create structured thinking and action plans that help them achieve their goals. The program isn't full of hype or fluff, but rather packed full of ideas, tips, tricks and insights designed to get results. That's why Andy's book and video training have done so well and helped so many people,? reports Michaels. ?It is not just a video series about the law of attraction or something like that. It's a full fledge guide to getting one's thinking structured in a way that is designed for success no matter what endeavors you choose.? After the A Bug Free Mind review, Michaels explains that Andy Shaw's video training program offers daily videos that are designed to get people into the right mindset for success. Not only does he help people get in the right mindset his objective is to help them structure their thinking, which is where they see the biggest impact. By having the proper structure in their thinking Andy says that ?success becomes inevitable.? Shaw is so confident that people are going to fall in love with his video training that he is offering 5 videos for free right now.

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