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📒Lucky Stiffs ✍ Curt Batson
✏Lucky Stiffs Book Summary : Curiously suspicious over the mysterious circumstances surrounding the accidental deaths of his paternal aunt and uncle, third-year UCLA law student, Dillon (Jaeger) Dorin, uncovers evidence suggesting possible conspiracy and murder. His aunt and uncle, who were also his godparents, were winners of a sizable lottery jackpot; however, by their untimely deaths, most of the funds had disappeared. A series of explosions and violent murders have a seasoned U.S. marshal, and an inexperienced IRS agent tracking a money laundering suspect whose path crisscrosses that of Dillon’s research, drawing attention to Dillon, his family, and friends, and sending them all fl eeing hired assassins. All the while, a plot is being developed by a sinister international banking cartel to fi x one of the nation’s largest multi-state lotto games. Greed and power are the motives; but murder and mayhem chase our young protagonist from the beaches of Los Angeles to the back alleys of storm-tossed New Orleans. Along the way he discovers what true treasure is.
📒The Dead Beat ✍ Marilyn Johnson
✏The Dead Beat Book Summary : Marilyn Johnson was enthralled by the remarkable lives that were marching out of this world—so she sought out the best obits in the English language and the people who spent their lives writing about the dead. She surveyed the darkest corners of Internet chat rooms, and made a pilgrimage to London to savor the most caustic and literate obits of all. Now she leads us on a compelling journey into the cult and culture behind the obituary page and the unusual lives we don't quite appreciate until they're gone.
📒The Longest Walk ✍ Kirk Marty
✏The Longest Walk Book Summary : The Longest Walk takes the reader into every baseball fan's ultimate fantasy: seeing the greatest players who ever lived play together when it really counts. What if a Babe Ruth homerun could save a kid's life? This question and others are answered when Don Ogilvie, a fifty-something boozy minor league hitting coach, makes a deal with Death. He bargains to trade his life for that of his best friend, Roberto, a terminally ill seven-year-old. But first, the alcoholic coach must win the really big one. Ogilvie's challenge is to manage a team of dead Hall of Famers against a powerful squad fielded by Death Personified and captained by the bitter and bigoted Ty Cobb. This other World(ly) Series takes place at a venue called Limbotown. Baseball becomes a metaphor for the road of life, with all its twists, turns and unexpected pitfalls. There's no game in the world that lends itself more to drama, humor, and magic than baseball. The Longest Walk is Damn Yankees, Field of Dreams, and Rocky combined. You will love it About the Author: Kirk Marty is the pen name of Kirk Grossman, an attorney and dedicated Dodger fan in Ventura, California.The way I see it, I've been a professional writer for over 33 years. As a practicing attorney, I've cranked out literally hundreds of thousands of pages of mumbo jumbo. Legal writing provides great instruction on the wrong way to create fiction, although some attorneys often confuse the two. Still, it is the type of writing that requires great precision and focus, qualities needed for good fiction as well. He has already started his next novel. Publisher's website: http: //www.strategicpublishinggroup.com/title/TheLongestWalk.htm
📒Gettin Lucky ✍ Micol Ostow
✏Gettin Lucky Book Summary : Looking for love in Las Vegas... Cass Parker is a big believer in luck, fate, and all things cosmic. So she's devastated when she walks in on her supposed best friend macking with Jesse, the guy she's in total "like" with. Talk about bad karma. Vegas is just full of cheaters, Cass concludes -- even the locals. Cass refuses to sulk. She finds new friends and even gets invited to their weekly poker night -- totally casual and not-for-profit, of course. They seem pretty chill, and Cass definitely needs to get out more. So after consulting her horoscope, she gets in the game. But when Jesse turns up for a final showdown, it turns out that Cass isn't so good at bluffing -- not when it comes to matters of the heart....
📒Fort Da ✍ Elisabeth Sheffield
✏Fort Da Book Summary : Fort Da is a psychological and linguistic exploration of obsession and illicit love.
📒Waiting For Nothing And Other Writings ✍ Tom Kromer
✏Waiting for Nothing and Other Writings Book Summary : In "Waiting for Nothing" and Other Writings, the works of the depression-era writer Tom Kromer are collected for the first time into a volume that depicts with searing realism life on the bum in the 1930s and, with greater detachment, the powerless frustration of working-class people often too locked in to know their predicament.Waiting for Nothing, Kromer's only completed novel, is largely autobiographical and was written at a Civilian Conservation Corps camp in California. It tells the story of one man drifting through America, east coast to west, main stem to side street, endlessly searching for "three hots and a flop"--food and a place to sleep. Kromer scans, in first-person voice, the scattered events, the stultifying sameness, of "life on the vag"--the encounters with cops, the window panes that separate hunger and a "feed," the bartering with prostitutes and homosexuals. In "Michael Kohler," Kromer's unfinished novel, the harsh existence of coal miners in Pennsylvania is told in a committed, political voice that reveals Kromer's developing affinity with leftist writers including Lincoln Steffens and Theodore Dreiser. An exploration of Kromer's proletarian roots, "Michael Kohler" was to be a political novel, a story of labor unions and the injustices of big management. Kromer's other work ranges from his college days, when he wrote a sarcastic expose of the bums in his hometown titled "Pity the Poor Panhandler: $2 an Hour Is All He Gets," to the sensitive pieces of his later life--short stories, articles, and book reviews written more out of an aching understanding of suffering than from the slick formulas of politics. Waiting for Nothing remains, however, Kromer's most powerful achievement, a work Steffens called "realism to the nth degree." Collected here as the major part of Kromer's oeuvre, Waiting for Nothing traces the author's personal struggle to preserve human virtues and emotions in the face of a brutal and dehumanizing society.
📒The Annotated Baseball Stories Of Ring W Lardner 1914 1919 ✍ Ring Lardner
✏The Annotated Baseball Stories of Ring W Lardner 1914 1919 Book Summary : An annotated and copiously illustrated edition of the 24 short stories published between 1914 and 1919 by Ring Lardner, which include the stories collected later and known as "You know me, Al."
📒Selected Stories ✍ Ring Lardner
✏Selected Stories Book Summary : This collection brings together twenty-one of Lardner’s best pieces, including the six Jack Keefe stories that comprise You Know Me, Al, as well as such familiar favorites as “Alibi Ike,” “Some Like Them Cold,” and “Guillible’s Travels.” For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
📒Sashenka ✍ Simon Sebag Montefiore
✏Sashenka Book Summary : In the bestselling tradition of Doctor Zhivago and Sophie's Choice, a sweeping epic of Russia from the last days of the Tsars to today's age of oligarchs -- by the prizewinning author of Young Stalin. Winter 1916: St. Petersburg, Russia, is on the brink of revolution. Outside the Smolny Institute for Noble Girls, an English governess is waiting for her young charge to be released from school. But so are the Tsar's secret police... Beautiful and headstrong, Sashenka Zeitlin is just sixteen. As her mother parties with Rasputin and their dissolute friends, Sashenka slips into the frozen night to play her part in a dangerous game of conspiracy and seduction. Twenty years on, Sashenka is married to a powerful, rising Red leader with whom she has two children. Around her people are disappearing, while in the secret world of the elite her own family is safe. But she's about to embark on a forbidden love affair that will have devastating consequences. Sashenka's story lies hidden for half a century, until a young historian goes deep into Stalin's private archives and uncovers a heartbreaking tale of betrayal and redemption, savage cruelty and unexpected heroism -- and one woman forced to make an unbearable choice.
📒Beyond Wealth ✍ Alexander Green
✏Beyond Wealth Book Summary : It's not all about the money; the key to true riches Leo Tolstoy said, "Nobody knows where the human race is going. The highest wisdom, then, is to know where you are going." Yet many today chase the false rabbits of success: status, luxury, reputation and material possessions. In the quest to "have it all," our lives often lack real meaning and purpose. Beyond Wealth is the antidote. New York Times bestselling author Alexander Green takes things right down to brass tacks: We are here for a short time. Knowledge is limitless. Therefore, the most critical knowledge is not any particular skill but rather wisdom about "how to live." Fortunately, men and women have had several thousand years to think about what it means to live "the good life." And the answers found here, from Plato and Aristotle to Mahatma Gandhi and Stephen Hawking, will both surprise and delight you. Beyond Wealth provides insightful commentary on the most important aspects of our lives: love, work, honor, trust, freedom, death, fear, truth, beauty and other timeless issues. The book is both a thought provoking read and the ideal gift, guaranteed to ennoble, uplift and inspire.