Gorilla and the Bird
By Zack McDermott
'One of the gems of the year' - Michele Magwood, Sunday Times (Books LIVE SA)The story of a young man fighting to recover from a devastating psychotic break and the mother who refuses to give up on him.Zack McDermott, a twenty-six-year-old Brooklyn public defender, woke up one morning convinced he was being filmed as part of an audition for a TV pilot. Every passerby was an actor; every car would magically stop for him; everything he saw was a cue from 'The Producer' to help inspire the performance of a lifetime. After a manic spree around Manhattan, Zack, who is bipolar, was arrested on a subway platform and admitted to hospital. So begins the story of Zack's free fall into psychosis and his desperate, poignant, often darkly funny struggle to claw his way back to sanity, regain his identity, and rebuild some semblance of a stable life. It's a journey that will take him from New York City back to his Kansas roots and to the one person who might be able to save him, his tough, bighearted Midwestern mother, nicknamed the Bird, whose fierce and steadfast love is the light in Zack's dark world. Before his odyssey is over, Zack will be tackled by guards in mental wards, run naked through cornfields, receive secret messages from the TV, befriend a former Navy SEAL and his talking stuffed monkey and see the Virgin Mary in the whorls of his own back hair. But with the Bird's help, he just might have a shot at pulling through, starting over, and maybe even meeting a woman who can love him back, bipolar and all. Written with raw emotional power, humor, and tenderness, Gorilla and the Bird is a bravely honest account of a young man's unraveling and the relationship that saves him.
The Glass Castle
By Jeannette Walls
Now a major motion picture starring Brie Larson, Naomi Watts and Woody Harrelson.This is a startling memoir of a successful journalist's journey from the deserted and dusty mining towns of the American Southwest, to an antique filled apartment on Park Avenue. Jeanette Walls narrates her nomadic and adventurous childhood with her dreaming, 'brilliant' but alcoholic parents. At the age of seventeen she escapes on a Greyhound bus to New York with her older sister; her younger siblings follow later. After pursuing the education and civilisation her parents sought to escape, Jeanette eventually succeeds in her quest for the 'mundane, middle class existence' she had always craved. In her apartment, overlooked by 'a portrait of someone else's ancestor' she recounts poignant remembered images of star watching with her father, juxtaposed with recollections of irregular meals, accidents and police-car chases and reveals her complex feelings of shame, guilt, pity and pride toward her parents.
By Lesley Adkins, Roy Adkins
For over three and a half years, from 1779 to 1783, the tiny territory of Gibraltar was besieged and blockaded, on land and at sea, by the overwhelming forces of Spain and France. It became the longest siege in British history, and the obsession with saving Gibraltar was blamed for the loss of the American colonies in the War of Independence. Located between the Mediterranean and Atlantic, on the very edge of Europe, Gibraltar was a place of varied nationalities, languages, religions and social classes. During the siege, thousands of soldiers, civilians and their families withstood terrifying bombardments, starvation and diseases. Very ordinary people lived through extraordinary events, from shipwrecks and naval battles to an attempted invasion of England and a daring sortie out of Gibraltar into Spain. Deadly innovations included red-hot shot, shrapnel shells and a barrage from immense floating batteries.This is military and social history at its best, a story of soldiers, sailors and civilians, with royalty and rank-and-file, workmen and engineers, priests, prisoners-of-war, spies and surgeons, all caught up in a struggle for a fortress located on little more than two square miles of awe-inspiring rock. Gibraltar: The Greatest Siege in British History is an epic page-turner, rich in dramatic human detail - a tale of courage, endurance, intrigue, desperation, greed and humanity. The everyday experiences of all those involved are brought vividly to life with eyewitness accounts and expert research.'A fascinating, well-crafted account of a siege that defined Britishness' Andrew Lambert, BBC History Magazine
The Ghost Ship of Brooklyn
By Robert P. Watson
Moored off the coast of Brooklyn, the derelict HMS Jersey was a living hell for thousands of Americans either captured by the British or accused of disloyalty. Crammed below deck without light or fresh air, the disease-ridden prisoners were scarcely given food and water. More Americans died in its ghastly hold than on all the war's battlefields. Throughout the colonies, the mere mention of the ship sparked a fear and loathing of British troops that, paradoxically, helped rally public support for the war.Utilizing hundreds of accounts culled from old newspapers, diaries, and military reports, award-winning historian Robert Watson follows the lives and ordeals of the few survivors to tell the astonishing story of the cursed ship that played a crucial part in the war against Britain.
By Jennifer Berne, R.O. Blechman
Throughout history, humans have been fascinated by the idea of something beyond their own experience. Whether through organized religion, or among the growing contingent of people who self-identify as spiritual, but not religious, this curiosity about a higher power has also fascinated civilization's most brilliant thinkers for centuries. With forty-eight carefully chosen quotes from the most creative thinkers throughout time-including Homer, Pope Francis, and Maya Angelou-God opens the door to contemplation and discussion of this most perennial of human preoccupations. Each quote is paired with a delightful illustration from famed New Yorker cartoonist R.O. Blechman, grounding this varied group of perspectives in a common visual language that is sure to amuse and delight readers.
By Heidi McLaughlin
A beast at the plate, Travis Kidd is a superstar for the Boston Renegades. But, when baseball isn't occupying his time, Travis--named Boston's Most Eligible Bachelor--is known as a ladies man. With his classic one-liners and his oddity for made-up words, Travis knows he's a charmer, but he's also searching for that perfect woman. Saylor Blackwell knows sports. It's part of her job. As a public relations specialist for Boston's largest PR firm, her focus is on the athletes. She's often required to be on the sidelines, in the dugout, or checking out the locker rooms making sure they stay out of trouble. The hours are long, the job is stressful, and she's prohibited from dating any of the overly friendly athletes, but the end result is what matters to her--she's financially able to care for her daughter. But, when a drunken night spent in Travis's arms threatens that, Saylor immediately knows she made a mistake--one that could cost her her career. Unfortunately, Saylor isn't able to forget Travis as easily as she'd like. And when he's accused of a horrible crime, it causes a PR nightmare and forces Saylor to come to his rescue. But when Saylor's ex comes back into her life demanding custody of their daughter, it just might be up to Travis to save her...
By Charles G. Koch
A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERKoch Industries is one of the largest private companies in the world with an estimated worth of $100 billion. But what makes this company so profitable? You won't find its name on the connectors in your smartphone or your baby's ultra-absorbent nappies, but Koch makes these and many other innovations, driven by its Market-Based Management® system for generating good profit.Good profit results from products and services that improve people's lives. It results from a culture where employees are empowered to be entrepreneurial and customer-focused.Drawing on stories from his nearly six decades in business, Charles Koch shows how any company, industry or organisation can:* Thrive in spite of disruption and changing consumer values* Create accountability with ownership and decision rights for employees based on their comparative advantages and contributions, not job title* Foster a culture of knowledge-sharing that rejects bureaucracy and hierarchy* Offer employees compensation limited only by the value they create - not budgets or policyA must-read for leaders, entrepreneurs, students and anyone who wants a more civil, fair and prosperous society, Good Profit is destined to rank as one of the greatest management books of all time.'This book helps show you the way to good profit - whether you work for an international supermarket chain, a medium-sized regional business, or your own start-up' John Mackey, Co-Founder and Co-CEO Whole Foods Market
The Grit Guide for Teens
By Caren Baruch-Feldman
Today's teens face intense pressures-academically, socially, and personally. In order to succeed in today's fast-paced world, teens require perseverance, tenacity, resilience, self-control, and the ability to fail well. Based in the latest psychology research, this is the first workbook written directly to teens to help them develop "grit," a trait that embodies stamina, a growth mindset, and competence for success.When the going gets tough, it's time to get gritty. Written by a clinical-child and school psychologist and based in the latest research, The Grit Guide for Teens will help you build perseverance, resilience, self-control, and stamina.As a teen, setting and reaching goals is an important part of growing up. Whether you want to do well in school, get into a good college, make friends, excel in sports, or master the fine arts or music-you know you need to persevere in order to succeed. You've probably heard the term "grit" at school or from your parents, but what does it really mean?Made popular by Angela Duckworth in her New York Times bestseller, the term "grit," embodies all the characteristics that help people accomplish the things they want, such as self-control, tenacity, and the ability to fail well. Using the skills outlined in this book, you'll develop both grit and a growth mind-set-a way of thinking that focuses on improvement and hard work in order to achieve any goal you set for yourself. You'll learn how to make grit an everyday habit, turn disappointments into opportunities, embrace challenges, manage stress, and be the very best version of you that you can be.Studies show that grit isn't something you have to be born with-it can be taught and learned! This book will give you everything you need to get gritty, open your mind to all life's possibilities, and succeed in everything you do.
Growing up Wild
By Alexia Barrable, Duncan Barrable
Have you ever noticed how much calmer and more engaged your children are when they are outside in the natural world? A growing body of evidence is pointing to the need for children to spend more time outside. Being outdoors has the potential to energise, entertain and educate our children, often with minimal input from adults. Growing Up Wild is for anyone who wants to encourage their kids to spend more time outdoors. Combining the latest scientific research with a host of enjoyable activities, the authors show you how to access nature with your children. From making the most of local parks, woodlands, the beach, and your own back garden Growing Up Wild gives you easy ways to get out there, connect with nature, and have fun together.Inspired by the increasingly popular forest school philosophy, and emphasising the benefits of starting early with your baby or toddler, Growing Up Wild tells you:- The reasons why getting dirty makes you happier and healthier.- Activities that make the most of wind, rain or snow- Tips on hiking and foraging with your children- How to run wild with kids - from parks to fells and beyond- How to build an outdoor space in your back garden.This book is a must have for parents who love nature and want to give their children the proven benefits of playing outdoors.
The Gospel Side of Elvis
By Joe Moscheo
Gospel music was a significant part of not only who Elvis became as a man, but as an artist as well. As Elvis mania continues to consume generation after generation throughout the world, fans still crave new insights into the person of Elvis Presley. This book takes a look at his roots and the role of gospel in his foundational years, as well as the comfort, solace, and strength it offered him in the years of his meteoric rise in popularity. THE GOSPEL SIDE OF ELVIS is a rarely explored aspect of this American icon and one that reveals so much about the Elvis so many have yet to discover.
The Good News Club
By Katherine Stewart
In 2009, the Good News Club came to the public elementary school where journalist Katherine Stewart sent her children. The Club, which is sponsored by the Child Evangelism Fellowship, bills itself as an after-school program of Bible study." But Stewart soon discovered that the Club's real mission is to convert children to fundamentalist Christianity and encourage them to proselytize to their unchurched" peers, all the while promoting the natural but false impression among the children that its activities are endorsed by the school. Astonished to discover that the U.S. Supreme Court has deemed this,and other forms of religious activity in public schools,legal, Stewart set off on an investigative journey to dozens of cities and towns across the nation to document the impact. In this book she demonstrates that there is more religion in America's public schools today than there has been for the past 100 years. The movement driving this agenda is stealthy. It is aggressive. It has our children in its sights. And its ultimate aim is to destroy the system of public education as we know it.
The Gorse Trilogy
By Patrick Hamilton
Ernest Ralph Gorse's heartlessness and lack of scruple are matched only by the inventiveness and panache with which he swindles his victims. With great deftness and precision Hamilton exposes how his dupes' own naivete, snobbery or greed make them perfect targets. These three novels are shot through with the brooding menace and sense of bleak inevitability so characteristic of the author. There is also vivid satire and caustic humour. Gorse is thought to be based on the real-life murderer Neville Heath, hanged in 1946.
Grief Recovery for Teens
By Coral Popowitz
Grief can affect both body and mind-and teens dealing with grief may not know how to work through grief in healthy ways. In this helpful and healing guide, the director of the Children's Grief Connection offers help for teens dealing with the physical aspects of grief and loss. This book utilizes somatic, body-oriented skills to help teens know how and why their bodies are reacting to grief, as well as ways to relieve anxiety and confusion and begin the healing process.Did you know that grief can affect both your mind and your body? In this helpful and healing guide, the director of the Children's Grief Connection offers practices to help you deal with the physical aspects of grief and loss.If you lose someone you love or are close to, you probably feel a number of emotions-sadness, anger, loneliness, or fear. These are all normal feelings, and it's important that you have someone to talk to, whether it's a family member, friend, or counselor. But did you know that grief can also affect your body? That's because the brain and the body are much more connected than you might think.In this compassionate guide, you'll discover how your mind can affect the way you feel physically, and discover body-oriented skills to help your body heal after experiencing loss. You'll also find ways to relieve feelings of anxiety and confusion that can make your physical symptoms worse, and finally begin the healing process.Knowing how your body is affected by grief and loss-and what you can do to relieve the physical and emotional pain-will give you healthy coping skills to last a lifetime. This book will help you learn these skills and start feeling better in both body and mind.
Grave and Learned Men: The Physicians, 1518-1660
By Louella Vaughan
The Royal College of Physicians celebrates its 500th anniversary in 2018, and to observe this landmark is publishing this series of ten books. Each of the books focuses on fifty themed elements that have contributed to making the RCP what it is today, together adding up to 500 reflections on 500 years. Some of the people, ideas, objects and manuscripts featured are directly connected to the College, while others have had an influence that can still be felt in its work.This, the sixth book in the series looks at the history of the Royal College.
A Grave Concern
By Susanna Gregory
Identifying the murderer of the Chancellor of the University is not the only challenge facing physician Matthew Bartholomew. Many of his patients have been made worse by the ministrations of a 'surgeon' recently arrived from Nottingham, his sister is being rooked by the mason she has commissioned to build her husband's tomb, and his friend, Brother Michael, has been offered a Bishopric which will cause him to leave Cambridge.Brother Michael, keen to leave the University in good order, is determined that the new Chancellor will be a man of his choosing. The number of contenders putting themselves forward for election threatens to get out of control, then more deaths in mysterious circumstances make it appear that someone is taking extreme measures to manipulate the competition.With passions running high and a bold killer at large, both Bartholomew and Brother Michael fear the very future of the University is at stake.
By Liza Cody
An original short story taken from the anthology Motives for Murder, by members of The Detection ClubLiza Cody, author of the Anna Lee and Eva Wylie series, tells a take of modern policing. Bath no longer has a proper police station, so when there is a stabbing, disgruntled officers from the surrounding areas are sent in. Shareen Manasseh breaks away from her old-school Sergeant and goes sleuthing on her own, with the help of some locals.
Get Ready for School Writing Skills
By Heather Stella
With its reusable wipe-clean surface and dri-erase pen, Writing Skills helps children learn how put together a sentence, paragraph, and story and provides tons of activities to practice their new-found skills. The packed pages feature punctuation; sentence structure; types for words such as describing and question; parts of a story; and sample entries.The book will introduce three types of writing-narrative, opinion, and informative-and provide graphic organizers to simplify the process. As a bonus, the perforated pages allow children to assemble an "all about me" book when they are finished. Perfect for first through third graders, this 128-page workbook, with its useful wipe-off reference chart of proper formation, is ideal on-the-go package for fighting summer brain drain.
The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband
By Julia Quinn
#1 NYT bestselling author Julia Quinn returns to the world of the Bridgertons with a witty, romantic and all-new seriesWhile you were sleeping . . .With her brother Thomas injured on the battlefront in the Colonies, orphaned Cecilia Harcourt has two unbearable choices: move in with a maiden aunt or marry a scheming cousin. Instead, she chooses option three and travels across the Atlantic, determined to nurse her brother back to health. But after a week of searching, she finds not her brother but his best friend, the handsome officer Edward Rokesby. He's unconscious and in desperate need of her care, and Cecilia vows that she will save this soldier's life, even if staying by his side means telling one little lie . . .I told everyone I was your wifeWhen Edward comes to, he's more than a little confused. The blow to his head knocked out six months of his memory, but surely he would recall getting married. He knows who Cecilia Harcourt is - even if he does not recall her face - and with everyone calling her his wife, he decides it must be true, even though he'd always assumed he'd marry his neighbor back in England.If only it were true . . .Cecilia risks her entire future by giving herself - completely - to the man she loves. But when the truth comes out, Edward may have a few surprises of his own for the new Mrs Rokesby.
Get Ready for School Cursive
By Heather Stella
The benefits of learning cursive writing are myriad, including allowing children to write more quickly and efficiently because each letter is formed without taking the pencil off the paper, while also stimulating brain development. With its reusable wipe-clean surface and dri-erase pen, Cursive helps children learn letter formation and provides tons of fun and educational activities to practice their new-found skills. The reproducible print pages feature tracing with directional arrows for uppercase and lowercase review, numbers and number words, days of the week, and months of the year. Activities also include practicing a child's signature, along with famous signatures; reproducing famous quotes; and writing narratives based on real or imagined experiences. Perfect for second and third graders, this 128-page workbook, with its useful wipe-off reference chart of proper formation, is ideal on-the-go package for summer learning.
Get Ready For School Handwriting
By Heather Stella
With its reusable wipe-clean surface and dri-erase pen, Handwriting provides space for tons of fun and educational activities where kids can practice their new-found skills. The reproducible print pages feature tracing with directional arrows and starter dots for uppercase and lowercase review, numbers and number words, days of the week, and months of the year. Activities also include tracing sight words, combining letters to make words, and fill-in-the-blanks sentences. Perfect for children in Pre-K, Kindergarten, and First Grade, this 128-page workbook, with its useful wipe-off reference chart of proper formation, is perfect one-the-go package for fighting summer brain drain.