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This audiobook set (7 discs) is read by Alan Sklar, who has an excellent reading voice. Your impressions of many presidents will change after hearing of life from the Secret Service Agent's viewpoint. The Bush families, with the exception of adventurous twin teenage daughters Jenna and Barbara, treated them well, but other presidents' interactions with those who are to take a bullet for them will surprise you. The book serves also as a history of the Secret Service. You will learn that agents work long hours, and were treated poorly by both the agency and some of the presidents. It's a fascinating story to read or listen to, and next time you see them on TV, you'll have a new respect for the men and women of the Secret Service.
The Young and the Digital follows the migration to social networks while pointing out the pros and cons of living in a tech savvy environment. Teens and Young Adults spoke candidly with the author about their online presence and the digital footprints they are creating. Readers may be interested in learning how members of the first generation to be considered "digital natives" view the internet, e-mail, instant messaging, and social networking sites.
Developmental Psychologist and Author Susan Engel has created a guide to identify the most accurate predictors of a child's future success.This is a good resource for parents as well as individuals who work with children and families in professional capacities. Engel draws heavily from traditional research in the field of child development and then presents her message in a straightforward manner, giving readers easy to understand, practical examples of effective behavioral analyses. Engels overall message, that adults should support children to be the best of who they are rather than who they may want them to be, will definitely resonate with readers who care about children.
Christine wakes in a strange bedroom. How did she get there and who is that man asleep. Carefully dressing she glances in the mirror and stares at that woman looking back. She has wrinkles. Christine is bewildered by what she sees. The man wakes and explains that she suffers with amnesia. Each night of sleep erases Christine’s memory. Her husband, Ben, patiently explains again who he is and how she arrived in that house. An accident in her late twenties has erased her memory until she starts to work with a new doctor and to write daily in her journal. The writing triggers memories that recall pieces of her life. Is Ben being truthful and why hasn’t he told her more. Why did she write, “Don’t trust Ben?”
This book is especially meaningful if you are a fan of the show Pawn Stars on the History Channel. Rick Harrison, his father "Old Man”, Rick’s son Corey “Big Hoss” and family friend Russell Austin “Chumlee” are the colorful characters who run the 24-hour Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in a quasi-seedy part of Las Vegas. Saints they are not, and some have had drug problems and brushes with the law. Several of them have come back from rock bottom and with the popularity of the show, become TV celebrities. There are many surprises in the book, especially about Rick. Anything and everything comes in the door for pawn or sale. Customers range from nuns to hookers, billionaries to the flat broke. There is profanity, but it's still a page turner.
This book introduces readers to the "Princess in Pink" culture and offers a thought provoking look at the commercialization of our society. Parents who are curious about the impact of marketing campaigns on their children will find Orensteins research eye opening, if not anger inducing, as she describes efforts by internationally recognized corporations to capture not only the tween/teen market but the preschool market as well. The book also discusses the impact of social media on todays teens.
In 1920, Hadley Richardson, a quiet 28 yr. old from St. Louis, meets 21 yr. old Ernest Hemingway, aspiring writer, while visiting friends in Chicago. The two are smitten, she finding love at last, and he finding his “ideal” woman and muse. They marry and on advice from a friend, move to Paris to advance Ernest’s writing career, becoming part of the “expatriate” crowd with F. Scott Fitzgerald and Gertrude Stein. As Ernest embraces the hard-drinking, fast-living life of Jazz Age Paris, Hadley strives to keep her traditional values of marriage and family. Following the birth of their son, Bumby, a friend’s ultimate betrayal creates a crisis in their marriage, threatening the life they have built together.
Emily Maxwell, a widow, takes on a new independence after her sister-in-law faints. Relying on Arlene to do the driving she realizes that she is the better driver and buys a new Subaru after her car is damaged in a snow storm on the slick streets. Emily longs to hear from her grandchildren, and wishes for more interest from her children. She adds up the number of friends she has lost and the few remaining that still meet after church or get together at funerals. It is a poignant novel, that takes into account the desires and dreams of our parents or grandparents. Emily Alone is Emily self-reliant and spunky.
Michael Fazio has dedicated his entire life to providing excellence in customer service. Fazio works as a concierge for a luxury hotel in New York. He recounts experiences with his most memorable clients and details their lavish demands. Fazio is often forced to get creative in order to meet his clients expectations, and readers will enjoy his recollection of both successful ventures and unsuccessful fiascos as he tries to please some of the worlds wealthiest travelers.
"It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still." Liesel Meminger is a young girl who is coming of age during the rise of Hitler's regime. Her family experiences many hardships, and her life story is the main plot of this novel. Her story is told through the voice of Death, who makes an effective if unusual narrator.
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