This is a collection of fifty short stories by veteran mystery and crime writer Bill Pronzini, best known as the creator of The Nameless Detective series. This collection crosses over a broad range of styles and characters, settings and plots, showing the breadth and depth of Pronzini's prodigious talent. Included are murders, swindles, double-crosses, crazed children, and much, much more.
If you've ever wanted to improve your ability to learn and memorize Modern Standard Arabic vocabulary by 100% ... 200% ... 300% (or more) using simple skills you can learn in under an hour (or less), then this may be the most important book you will ever read.
"What a Crock of CRAP"
William Sidis, 1897-1944, was the world's greatest child prodigy. His IQ was an estiamted 50 to 100 points higher than Einstein's, the highest ever recorded or estimated. His father, a pioneer in the field of abnormal psychology, believed that he and his wife could create a genius in the cradle. They hung alphabet blocks over the baby's crib-and within six months little Billy was speaking. At 18 months he was reading The New York Times; at three, Homer in the original Greek. At six he spoke at least seven languages.
"A tarnished national treasure lost forever"
Long hours. Juggling family and work. Deadlines. High stress levels. Professionals are feeling more overworked and overwhelmed than ever before. Yet you CAN get more done than you ever thought possible and still get home to your real life sooner. Laura Stack, The Productivity Pro, shows you how.
"Makes You Think"
Winner of the National Jewish Book Award for History. This book discusses the troubling and possibly irreconcilable split between Jewish memory and Jewish historiography.
"Best book of history of Judaism written in centuries"
The house loomed over the city like a beacon of malevolent evil. People spoke of it only in whispers. Others tried to own it, eventually coming out in a body bag. Darkness dripped from its windows, spilt blood made up the foundations of its property, and Satan seemed to have a claim on the land. Houses built along its borders nailed their windows shut so that they wouldn't have to see it. Evil resided within its ancient walls and did not care who knew it!
"Part lifestory and part lifeadvice, The Formula offers an immensely lucid and listenable account of how the sexes relate to each other, and how the partners in a relationship can understand and empathize with each other to harmonious effect. Bernard Bushell combines anecdote, personal revelation, social commentary and psychological insight in a compact, entertaining and yet pragmatic synthesis: he helps us all."
Do you believe you can shape your future, determine your destiny? One spring day in 1954, three sixth grade boys make a bet: the one who can climb first to the top of a small green merry-go-round outside their school will be "Champ for life!" For the rest of his days he'll be “on Easy Street!” So they engage in a "mad scramble - clambering over each other with murderous intent," and eventually one of them reaches the summit and stands triumphant, lording it over the others. He is the merry-go-round man.
"Touching coming-of-age story, for everyone."
Homegrown is a story of longing, despair, and hope at a children's home in the mid-1980s. Three teenaged boys - Howard, Mark, and Cooter - have lived at the Protestant Children's Home for much of their lives. Worldly and wise sixteen-year-old Howard is the role model. Fifteen-year-old Mark is the angry rebel. And fourteen-year-old Cooter, the only true "orphan" of the bunch, is the peacemaker, doing his best to make everybody happy and to diffuse bad situations with outrageous humor.
Hang on to your seat as this story unfolds with its intertwined web of lies, sex, crime, and a plethora of unusual events. They climax and convey deep emotions while the twosomes evolve into sexual triangles of turmoil.
What if nothing could hurt you? What if no one could beat you up? What if, no matter what you tried, you couldn't die? I guess you'd consider yourself to be invincible, wouldn't you. And if that became the case, how would it affect your attitude, your confidence, your outlook on life and how you viewed other people? And would it be all it's cracked up to be? Listen and find out.
Tom Andrews watches as the luxury liner he set sail on slips into the South Pacific. It seems that he and one of the ship's crew, Ed Mullins are the only survivors and they're adrift in a lifeboat. This story follows their progress from the lifeboat to an uncharted island where they make a comfortable shelter for themselves while they figure out if and when they may be rescued.