Throughout her childhood, Elizabeth Koehler-Pentacoff frequently visited Rosemary Kennedy, President John F. Kennedy's sister. Why? Koehler-Pentacoff's aunt, Sister Paulus Koehler, a Franciscan nun, was Rosemary's devoted caregiver at St. Coletta in Jefferson, Wisconsin, for 15 years and her driver and travel companion for over 30.
"Not really about Rosemary, but about the nun and her family."
After a youth marked by the death of his parents and a childhood spent with his shaman grandfather on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation, Kevin "Hatch" Easter has found a job he believes in - tracker for the CIA - and a wife, Karen, he cherishes. But his life is shattered on a hot August night in New York City when a mob collection gone wrong leaves three people dead, Karen Easter among them.
""Hatch" Easter!!Cute! Actually quite a good read!"
A blond, green-eyed child of a Marine sent home from WWII suffering from acute brain trauma, Phyllis Brown Hain frankly chronicles her struggle to survive devastating domestic violence and spousal abuse by creating two personas - one for the darkness of home, the other for the brilliance of life. This fascinating journey of an abuse survivor and national advocate will not just steal listeners' hearts but leave an indelible, searing mark on listeners' minds...and on society at large.
When eleven-year-old Sam Webber's father disappears without a trace, he and his mother are forced to relocate to a tough neighborhood, closer to her job. Unfamiliar with his surroundings and intimidated by the students of his new school, Sam recounts the sometimes frightening, sometimes delightful details of his life with touching, humorous sincerity. Living in a tiny apartment with a bedroom that feels like a closet and a closet that has been turned into a den, he is forced to deal with the legacy of depression that marked his father.
High school players in a working-class neighborhood in the 1970s gain desperately needed structure and guidance from Jack "Clyde" Dempsey, a scrappy, charismatic coach who seems like nothing more than a football geek. But Coach also happens to be the toughest guy on the streets of Boston, with a temper to match, and it's his secret life as a mob enforcer/collector that forces him to flee the country, becoming one of America's most wanted.
A gripping, informative, and balanced assessment of a commanding and perplexing American politician - the first by a black journalist.
In the fourth installment of her On the Couch series, famed female biographer Dr. Alma Bond looks inside the head and life of the presidential frontrunner and informs voters of what she's found.
"A Glimpse into Hillary Clinton's Mind."
Why are we all here? What is the meaning of life? What in the world is God actually doing with us? And what really happens when we die? These fundamental questions have haunted virtually everyone since the dawn of human existence. But what if the answer were already right in front of us? What if it were hiding in plain sight, inside a book you probably already have - the Holy Bible? The truth is: It is. There is a divine secret that clearly explains the meaning of life and exactly what is intended for your personal future - and it's more sensational than you've ever imagined.
Wilber Winkle was called a "national treasure" by no less than TV's Larry King, and his book was dubbed the funniest in decades by American Bookseller. What does Mr. Winkle do? Without fear, he writes letters to the massive corporations responsible for popular consumer products, demanding satisfaction and complaining about even the most minor of flaws. And miraculously, the corporations answer.
"Not as much humor as I had anticipated."
In 1903, five truly brilliant young inventors, the children of the world's most important scientists, went about their lives and their work as they always had. But all that changed the day the men in black arrived. They arrived to take twelve-year-old Jasper Modest and his six-year-old sister, Lucy he with his remarkable creations and she with her perfect memory from their London, England home to a place across the ocean they'd never seen before.
Throughout his long and varied career as an educator, Steve Schmitz has been told one story, and asked one question, more than any other: I know my child is in grade trouble at school, Dr. Schmitz, and it's making my life hellish at home. I've tried everything, and nothing works. What do I do now? To keep household conflict from escalating, and to show concerned parents how to be part of the solution, Schmitz put down in book form all the successful advice he's been dispensing for thirty years.
For one Long Island podiatrist, it takes an impromptu act of vandalism just to make him aware of his own being. Walking home in the sub-zero wind chill of a Friday night, he stumbles on a bottle of horseradish and mindlessly hurls it through the window of a popular store selling over-sexed tween fashions. This one tiny, out-of-character impulse turns his life vivid and terrifying, triggering waves of fear, crooked cops, and suspicions of anti-Semitism, both accurate and paranoid.
Bianca is on the case and this case revolves around Sadie Sinclair, the new girl Bianca has gone out of her way to befriend, only to discover that she's more than a little odd, and hiding something really big! Did someone actually see Sadie, who's only 15, driving a car? Why did she freak out at the idea of playing the lead in the school play? And why is Sadie being stalked by a nefarious duo of grown-ups?
Sandi Kahn Shelton's hilarious tales from the frontlines of parenthood connect with parents, grandparents, and parents-to-be.
"I did laugh"
Tim Mack is a financial analyst running from a past full of death and drink. But when he leaves the Wall Street rat race, he finds that a calm and peaceful existence is just not in the cards. While researching a local biotechnology firm that has just exploded into flames, Tim begins to untangle a lethal web of deceit.
"An intriguing read."
A natural contender for trading stardom, 28-year-old Peter Neil buys into the game of wealth-creation with such unbridled enthusiasm that he nearly gets sucked into the patent amorality of one of the world's most successful hedge funds. He's well on the way to becoming a Wall Street legend, but he has more obstacles than he's bargained for - a simmering romance, a persistent SEC agent, a long-buried secret, and a deep-rooted conscience.
Drawing upon years of extensive research in early Jewish and Christian history and recent work on the historical Jesus, acclaimed novelist Ron Cooper focuses on Thomas of Nazareth, old and bitter after years of self-imposed exile from his homeland, who returns to Jerusalem to write a book about his identical twin brother, Jesus. Disgusted by how others have perverted his brother's message, Thomas wants to set the record straight. But in doing so, he must try to unravel the enigma that was Jesus.
"An interesting perspective on biblical terms..."
It begins as a drinking club in an academic backwater on the Stanford University campus of the late 1970s. A post-Nixon/post-Mao generation of China scholars plots to make a better world. Suddenly, the US recognizes the People's Republic of China. Intense demand arises for the unique skills that the Mandarin Club members possess. Now, yesterday's dreamers are today's policy makers and pundits, patriots, and spies.
Story Easton knows the first line of every book, but never the last. She never cries, but she fakes it beautifully. And at night, she escapes from the failure of her own life by breaking into the homes of others, and feeling, for a short while, like a different, better person. But one night, as an uninvited guest in someone's empty room, she discovers a story sadder than her own: a boy named Cooper Payne, whose dream of visiting the Amazon rainforest died alongside his father.
Kaufman's Hill opens with a prosaic neighborhood scene: The author and some other young boys are playing by the creek, one of their usual stomping grounds. But it soon becomes clear that much more is going on; the boy-narrator is struggling to find his way in a middle-class Catholic neighborhood dominated by bullies, the Creelys, who often terrify him.