Imperfect Strangers

  • Filename: imperfect-strangers.
  • ISBN: 9780061842658
  • Release Date: 2009-10-13
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Author: Stuart Woods
  • Publisher: Harper Collins

Sandy Kinsolving's once-glittering life hangs by a threat; his future depends on his wife's inheritance and whether or not she's about to throw him out on his ear. What he wouldn't give for a solution to his money and marriage problems. If this were an Alfred Hitchcock movie, the solution would be obvious. Enter a stranger with wife problems of his own, who offers a violent -- and mutually advantageous -- proposal. Them in the time it takes to whisper a word, Kinsolving's normal life ends. What radiates like a mirage before him is wealth, security, and freedom. But lurking in the shadows are a brutal murder he cannot prevent, and a madman who stalks his every waking moment.

Love with Imperfect Strangers

  • Filename: love-with-imperfect-strangers.
  • ISBN: 0985822457
  • Release Date: 2016-10-11
  • Number of pages: 235
  • Author: Em Elless
  • Publisher: Charlie Books

A serious comedy set in an American city where love is complicated by reality.Amy thinks Jerry is a hypochondriac and angst-ridden worry wart, but other than that she really loves him. Jerry thinks Amy is amazing and perfect, an impossible standard he can never measure up to, so is it his fault he's preoccupied with the frustrating, really bad, inconceivable reality of today's world? Amy finally gives Jerry an ultimatum: either make their relationship a priority, or it's over. He doesn't, and she leaves.Jerry's only hope winning her back is a Psyche Investigator named Mason Burr who claims he can solve hang-ups in one day. Time-wise this works for Jerry--if he lives through it. Burr's office is in a dangerous part of town known as the Crosshairs District. Nothing prepares Jerry for the characters he meets, the gunshots and trail of blood and ominous footsteps in the dead of night. All Jerry wants is to unload on Burr and make it out alive. But dumping baggage is never easy. And where, during all this, is Amy? He wouldn't want to know.

Talking to Strangers

  • Filename: talking-to-strangers.
  • ISBN: 9780226014685
  • Release Date: 2009-08-01
  • Number of pages: 286
  • Author: Danielle Allen
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press

"Don't talk to strangers" is the advice long given to children by parents of all classes and races. Today it has blossomed into a fundamental precept of civic education, reflecting interracial distrust, personal and political alienation, and a profound suspicion of others. In this powerful and eloquent essay, Danielle Allen, a 2002 MacArthur Fellow, takes this maxim back to Little Rock, rooting out the seeds of distrust to replace them with "a citizenship of political friendship." Returning to the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision of 1954 and to the famous photograph of Elizabeth Eckford, one of the Little Rock Nine, being cursed by fellow "citizen" Hazel Bryan, Allen argues that we have yet to complete the transition to political friendship that this moment offered. By combining brief readings of philosophers and political theorists with personal reflections on race politics in Chicago, Allen proposes strikingly practical techniques of citizenship. These tools of political friendship, Allen contends, can help us become more trustworthy to others and overcome the fossilized distrust among us. Sacrifice is the key concept that bridges citizenship and trust, according to Allen. She uncovers the ordinary, daily sacrifices citizens make to keep democracy working—and offers methods for recognizing and reciprocating those sacrifices. Trenchant, incisive, and ultimately hopeful, Talking to Strangers is nothing less than a manifesto for a revitalized democratic citizenry. “Allen understands that democracy originates in the subjective dimension of everyday life, and she focuses on what she calls our ‘habit of citizenship’—the ways we often unconsciously regard and interact with fellow citizens. . . . [Her] focus on race is entirely appropriate.”—Nick Bromell, Boston Review

Strangers Drowning

  • Filename: strangers-drowning.
  • ISBN: 1594204330
  • Release Date: 2015-09-29
  • Number of pages: 336
  • Author: Larissa Macfarquhar
  • Publisher: Penguin Press HC

What does it mean to devote yourself wholly to helping others? In Strangers Drowning, Larissa MacFarquhar seeks out people living lives of extreme ethical commitment and tells their deeply intimate stories; their stubborn integrity and their compromises; their bravery and their recklessness; their joys and defeats and wrenching dilemmas. A couple adopts two children in distress. But then they think: If they can change two lives, why not four? Or ten? They adopt twenty. But how do they weigh the needs of unknown children in distress against the needs of the children they already have? Another couple founds a leprosy colony in the wilderness in India, living in huts with no walls, knowing that their two small children may contract leprosy or be eaten by panthers. The children survive. But what if they hadn't? How would their parents' risk have been judged? A woman believes that if she spends money on herself, rather than donate it to buy life-saving medicine, then she's responsible for the deaths that result. She lives on a fraction of her income, but wonders: when is compromise self-indulgence and when is it essential? We honor such generosity and high ideals; but when we call people do-gooders there is skepticism in it, even hostility. Why do moral people make us uneasy? Between her stories, MacFarquhar threads a lively history of the literature, philosophy, social science, and self-help that have contributed to a deep suspicion of do-gooders in Western culture. Through its sympathetic and beautifully vivid storytelling, Strangers Drowning confronts us with fundamental questions about what it means to be human. In a world of strangers drowning in need, how much should we help, and how much can we help? Is it right to care for strangers even at the expense of those we are closest to? Moving and provocative, Strangers Drowning challenges us to think about what we value most, and why.

The Permaculture Garden

  • Filename: the-permaculture-garden.
  • ISBN: 9781603581288
  • Release Date: 2005-03-21
  • Number of pages: 170
  • Author: Graham Bell
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

Working entirely in harmony with nature, The Permaculture Garden shows you how to turn a bare plot into a beautiful and productive garden. Learn how to plan your garden for easy access and minimum labor; save time and effort digging and weeding; recycle materials to save money; plan crop successions for year-round harvests; save energy and harvest water; and garden without chemicals by building up your soil and planting in beneficial communities. Full of practical ideas, this perennial classic, first published in 1995, is guaranteed to inspire, inform, and entertain.


  • Filename: choke.
  • ISBN: 9780061094224
  • Release Date: 1996-09-12
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Author: Stuart Woods
  • Publisher: Harper Collins

Chuck Chandler, a Key West tennis pro, tends to choke in his big matches, a tendency he must overcome when he meets Harry Carras and his beautiful wife Clare, and becomes a suspect in Harry's death

Perfect Love Imperfect Relationships

  • Filename: perfect-love-imperfect-relationships.
  • ISBN: 083482275X
  • Release Date: 2005-12-27
  • Number of pages: 160
  • Author: John Welwood
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications

While most of us have moments of loving freely and openly, it is often hard to sustain this where it matters most—in our intimate relationships. Why if love is so great and powerful are human relationships so challenging and difficult? If love is the source of happiness and joy, why is it so hard to open to it fully and let it govern our lives? In this book, John Welwood addresses these questions and shows us how to overcome the most fundamental obstacle that keeps us from experiencing love's full flowering in our lives. Perfect Love, Imperfect Relationships begins by showing how all our relational problems arise out of a universal, core wounding around love that affects not only our personal relationships but the quality of life in our world as a whole. This wounding shows up as a pervasive mood of unlove—a deep sense that we are not intrinsically lovable just as we are. And this shuts down our capacity to trust, so that even though we may hunger for love, we have difficulty opening to it and letting it circulate freely through us. This book takes the reader on a powerful journey of healing and transformation that involves learning to embrace our humanness and appreciate the imperfections of our relationships as trail-markers along the path to great love. It sets forth a process for releasing deep-seated grievances we hold against others for not loving us better and against ourselves for not being better loved. And it shows how our longing to be loved can magnetize the great love that will free us from looking to others to find ourselves. Written with penetrating realism and a fresh, lyrical style that honors the subtlety and richness of our relationship to love itself, this revolutionary book offers profound and practical guidance for healing our lives as well as our embattled world.

The Blood of Strangers

  • Filename: the-blood-of-strangers.
  • ISBN: 031242356X
  • Release Date: 2004-04-01
  • Number of pages: 176
  • Author: Frank Huyler
  • Publisher: Macmillan

A collection of short essays set in the ER introduces a neurosurgeon who practices witchcraft, a trauma surgeon who commits suicide, a wounded murderer, and a man chased across the New Mexico desert by a missile. Reprint.

After the American Century

  • Filename: after-the-american-century.
  • ISBN: 9780231540551
  • Release Date: 2015-12-15
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Author: Brian T. Edwards
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press

When Henry Luce announced in 1941 that we were living in an ÒAmerican century,Ó he believed the international popularity of American culture made a world favorable to U.S. interests. For decades, his claim seemed to hold. Now, in the digital twenty-first century, the ÒAmerican centuryÓ has been superseded, as American movies, music, video games, and television shows are received, understood, and transformed in unexpected ways. How do we make sense of this shift? Built on a decade of fieldwork in Cairo, Casablanca, and Tehran, Brian T. Edwards maps new routes of cultural exchange that are unpredictable, accelerated, and full of diversions. Shaped by the digital revolution, these paths are entwined with the growing fragility of American ÒsoftÓ power. They indicate an era after the American century, in which popular American products and phenomena, such as comic books, teen romances, social networking sites, and American ways of expressing sexuality, are stripped of their American associations and creatively re-presented in very different terms. A film like Argo or superhero comics is then imbibed with new meanings. Arguing against those in both scholarly and policy circles who talk about a world in which American culture is merely replicated or appropriated, Edwards focuses instead on creative moments of uptake, in which Arabs and Iranians make something unexpected. He argues that these products do more then extend the reach of the original. They reflect a world in which culture endlessly circulates and gathers new meanings.

The Gift of Fear

  • Filename: the-gift-of-fear.
  • ISBN: 0747538352
  • Release Date: 2000
  • Number of pages: 334
  • Author: Gavin De Becker
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing UK

In this work, Gavin de Becker shows you how to spot even subtle signs of danger - before it's too late. Shattering the myth that most violent acts are unpredictable, de Becker offers specific ways to protect yourself and those you love, including ideas on how to act when approached by a stranger.

Imperfect Spiral

  • Filename: imperfect-spiral.
  • ISBN: 9780802734419
  • Release Date: 2013-07-16
  • Number of pages: 343
  • Author: Debbie Levy
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

When a teenaged girl's babysitting charge is killed in a car accident while in her care, she must come to terms with the aftermath of the tragedy and her community's search for someone to blame.

A Thousand Naked Strangers

  • Filename: a-thousand-naked-strangers.
  • ISBN: 9781501110870
  • Release Date: 2016-01-05
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Author: Kevin Hazzard
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster

A former paramedic’s visceral, poignant, and mordantly funny account of a decade spent on Atlanta’s mean streets saving lives and connecting with the drama and occasional beauty that lies inside catastrophe. In the aftermath of 9/11 Kevin Hazzard felt that something was missing from his life—his days were too safe, too routine. A failed salesman turned local reporter, he wanted to test himself, see how he might respond to pressure and danger. He signed up for emergency medical training and became, at age twenty-six, a newly minted EMT running calls in the worst sections of Atlanta. His life entered a different realm—one of blood, violence, and amazing grace. Thoroughly intimidated at first and frequently terrified, he experienced on a nightly basis the adrenaline rush of walking into chaos. But in his downtime, Kevin reflected on how people’s facades drop away when catastrophe strikes. As his hours on the job piled up, he realized he was beginning to see into the truth of things. There is no pretense five beats into a chest compression, or in an alley next to a crack den, or on a dimly lit highway where cars have collided. Eventually, what had at first seemed impossible happened: Kevin acquired mastery. And in the process he was able to discern the professional differences between his freewheeling peers, what marked each—as he termed them—as “a tourist,” “true believer,” or “killer.” Combining indelible scenes that remind us of life’s fragile beauty with laugh-out-loud moments that keep us smiling through the worst, A Thousand Naked Strangers is an absorbing read about one man’s journey of self-discovery—a trip that also teaches us about ourselves.

The Rights of Strangers

  • Filename: the-rights-of-strangers.
  • ISBN: UOM:39015053770684
  • Release Date: 2002
  • Number of pages: 421
  • Author: Georg Cavallar
  • Publisher: Ashgate Pub Limited

This study investigates the thinking of European authors from Vitoria to Kant about political justice, the global community, and international hospitality as one special form of interaction among individuals of divergent societies, political communities, and cultures. The argument is presented in an interdisciplinary manner, covering historical material from a philosophical perspective.

Orchid Blues

  • Filename: orchid-blues.
  • ISBN: 1101098384
  • Release Date: 2002-10-01
  • Number of pages: 416
  • Author: Stuart Woods
  • Publisher: Penguin

Now the bestselling author brings back his small-town chief of police—and her extraordinary Doberman, Daisy—for another exhilarating adventure. . . . When Holly’s wedding festivities are shattered by a brutal robbery, she vows to find the culprits. With nothing to go on but the inexplicable killing of an innocent bystander, Holly discovers evidence that leads her into the midst of a clan whose members are as mysterious as they are zealous. Holly’s father, Ham, a retired army master sergeant, is her ticket into their strange world. What he finds there boggles the mind and sucks them all—Holly, Ham, and Daisy—into a whirlpool of crazed criminality from which even the FBI can’t save them.…

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