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A Beautiful Friendship

By David Weber
  • ISBN Code: : 1618248308
  • Publisher : Baen Publishing Enterprises
  • Pages : 368
  • Category : Fiction
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Stephanie Harrington absolutely hates being confined inside her family's compound on the pioneer planet of Sphinx, a frontier wilderness world populated by dangerous native animals that could easily tear a human to bits and pieces. Yet Stephanie is a young woman determined to make discoveries¾and the biggest discovery of all awaits her: an intelligent alien species. Treecats are creatures that resemble a cross between a bobcat and a lemur (but with six legs and much more deadly claws). Not only are they fully sentient, they are also telepathic, and able to bond with certain gifted humans such as the genetically-enhanced Stephanie. But Stephanie's find, and her first-of-its-kind bond with a treecat, brings on a new torrent of danger. An assortment of highly placed enemies with galactic-sized wealth at stake is determined to make sure that the planet of Sphinx remains entirely in human hands¾even if this means the extermination of another thinking species. At the publisher's request, this title is sold without DRM (Digital Rights Management). Lexile Score: 1140

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  • Publisher : Basic Books
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  • Pdf File: on-friendship.pdf

Book Short Summary:

An eminent philosopher reflects on the nature of friendship, past and present Friends are a constant feature of our lives, yet friendship itself is difficult to define. Even Michel de Montaigne, author of the seminal essay "Of Friendship," found it nearly impossible to account for the great friendship of his life. Why is something so commonplace and universal so hard to grasp? What is it about the nature of friendship that proves so elusive? In On Friendship, the acclaimed philosopher Alexander Nehamas launches an original and far-ranging investigation of friendship. Exploring the long history of philosophical thinking on the subject, from Aristotle to Emerson and beyond, and drawing on examples from literature, art, drama, and his own life, Nehamas shows that for centuries, friendship was as much a public relationship as it was a private one-inseparable from politics and commerce, favors and perks. Now that it is more firmly in the private realm, Nehamas holds, close friendship is central to the good life. Profound and affecting, On Friendship sheds light on why we love our friends-and how they determine who we are, and who we might become.

In a Book Club Far Away

By Tif Marcelo
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  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Book Code : 1982148101
  • Total of Pages : 400
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 844
  • Pdf File: in-a-book-club-far-away.pdf

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From the author of Once Upon a Sunset and The Key to Happily Ever After comes a heartwarming and moving novel following three Army wives—estranged friends—who must overcome their differences when one of them is desperate for help. Regina Castro, Adelaide Wilson-Chang, and Sophie Walden used to be best friends. As Army wives at Fort East, they bonded during their book club and soon became inseparable. But when an unimaginable betrayal happened amongst the group, the friendship abruptly ended, and they haven’t spoken since. That’s why, eight years later, Regina and Sophie are shocked when they get a call for help from Adelaide. Adelaide’s husband is stationed abroad, and without any friends or family near her new home of Alexandria, Virginia, she has no one to help take care of her young daughter when she has to undergo emergency surgery. For the sake of an innocent child, Regina and Sophie reluctantly put their differences aside to help an old friend. As the three women reunite, they must overcome past hurts and see if there’s any future for their friendship. Featuring Tif Marcelo’s signature “enchanting prose” (Amy E. Reichert, author of The Coincidence of Coconut Cake) and the books that brought them together in the first place, In a Book Club Far Away honors the immense power of female friendship and how love can defy time, distance, and all old wounds.

These Precious Days

By Ann Patchett
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  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Book Code : 0063092808
  • Total of Pages : 320
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Members : 700
  • Pdf File: these-precious-days.pdf

Book Short Summary:

The beloved New York Times bestselling author reflects on home, family, friendships and writing in this deeply personal collection of essays. "The elegance of Patchett’s prose is seductive and inviting: with Patchett as a guide, readers will really get to grips with the power of struggles, failures, and triumphs alike." —Publisher's Weekly “Any story that starts will also end.” As a writer, Ann Patchett knows what the outcome of her fiction will be. Life, however, often takes turns we do not see coming. Patchett ponders this truth in these wise essays that afford a fresh and intimate look into her mind and heart. At the center of These Precious Days is the title essay, a surprising and moving meditation on an unexpected friendship that explores “what it means to be seen, to find someone with whom you can be your best and most complete self.” When Patchett chose an early galley of actor and producer Tom Hanks’ short story collection to read one night before bed, she had no idea that this single choice would be life changing. It would introduce her to a remarkable woman—Tom’s brilliant assistant Sooki—with whom she would form a profound bond that held monumental consequences for them both. A literary alchemist, Patchett plumbs the depths of her experiences to create gold: engaging and moving pieces that are both self-portrait and landscape, each vibrant with emotion and rich in insight. Turning her writer’s eye on her own experiences, she transforms the private into the universal, providing us all a way to look at our own worlds anew, and reminds how fleeting and enigmatic life can be. From the enchantments of Kate DiCamillo’s children’s books (author of The Beatryce Prophecy) to youthful memories of Paris; the cherished life gifts given by her three fathers to the unexpected influence of Charles Schultz’s Snoopy; the expansive vision of Eudora Welty to the importance of knitting, Patchett connects life and art as she illuminates what matters most. Infused with the author’s grace, wit, and warmth, the pieces in These Precious Days resonate deep in the soul, leaving an indelible mark—and demonstrate why Ann Patchett is one of the most celebrated writers of our time.

A Beautiful Story

By Christine Callahan
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  • Publisher : iUniverse
  • Book Code : 1462058833
  • Total of Pages : 56
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 191
  • Pdf File: a-beautiful-story.pdf

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This story is the history of a woman who dedicated herself fully to the three vocations in her life; first she was drawn to the religious life and became a nun. While very happy with this choice, circumstances at that time prompted a change of direction outside the convent to a successful career in education that ultimately led her back to a full and happy life as a beloved wife.

Friends With Benefits

By Kelly Jamieson
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  • Publisher : Kelly Jamieison
  • Book Code : 1988600006
  • Total of Pages :
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 652
  • Pdf File: friends-with-benefits.pdf

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Character Based Management

By Robert Beezat
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  • Publisher : Dog Ear Publishing
  • Book Code : 1457546647
  • Total of Pages : 108
  • Category : Business & Economics
  • Members : 830
  • Pdf File: character-based-management.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Picture the worst boss you ever had. Some or all of the following terms will probably come to mind: self-centered…liar … autocratic…has favorites…bullies…doesn’t listen…dismisses your ideas, etc. Then think of the best boss you ever had. You will probably think of qualities such as the following: honest…keeps you in the loop… treats everyone the same… treats you with respect…wants your ideas on how to improve things…cares about you and your co-workers…good communicator, etc. What these lists show is that what makes someone a bad or good boss is not their technical skill or job-related knowledge, though both are important. What makes them a good or bad boss are the behaviors we call a person’s character. The better our character, the better manager we will be. We can improve our character, and thereby improve our organization’s effectiveness and productivity as well as our job satisfaction. Now is the time to start!

Best Friendship Beacons

By B.L. Gordon
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  • Publisher : Trafford Publishing
  • Book Code : 1466913509
  • Total of Pages : 84
  • Category : Reference
  • Members : 404
  • Pdf File: best-friendship-beacons.pdf

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Best Friendship Beacons is a collection of personal life reflections regarding best friendship connections. The reader will come to appreciate how life is made more rewarding as you discover the beauty of having a lasting best friend relationship. This creative work is very insightful, delightful, amusing, and sobering as it targets numerous best friend relationship scenarios. B. L. Gordon skillfully demonstrates how life is made more beautiful when a best friend mirrors your goodness as your double. Thats when you discover that you are not alone. That is the beginning of realizing that you having an inner source that is your essence, which reaffirms the fact that you are innately good and deserving of being happy, as you attract another individual in your life with the same kindred spirit. What an awesome experience, two individuals agamically bonding and sharing a relationship based on unconditional and unselfish love.

The Friendship Formula

By Caroline Millington
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  • Publisher : Head of Zeus Ltd
  • Book Code : 1788545419
  • Total of Pages : 224
  • Category : Family & Relationships
  • Members : 884
  • Pdf File: the-friendship-formula.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Friendship is such an important part of our lives but how much do we really know about it? Do we understand how it works, what it is and what it means? In her last book, Caroline Millington introduced us to the concept of kindfulness – blending mindfulness with being kind to yourself. Simply, remembering to treat yourself with kindness in all instances. That means setting boundaries to get the best out of your relationships and making your emotional wellbeing a priority. The Friendship Formula shows readers how to apply this concept to create and maintain longlasting, nurturing and functioning friendships. Friendship is a beautiful thing but there are lots of difficult times in life where it can be tricky to navigate: when friendship becomes toxic; how to break up with a friend; what to do if a friend 'ghosts' you and surviving friendship betrayal; how motherhood can impact on female friendships; friendship grief and how to cope with losing a friend. This book shows you how applying kindfulness to the difficult side of friendship can help you mend your heart, move on and get the best out of those friendships that really matter.

Joys, Fears, And Tears

By Robert Elliott Cohen
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  • Publisher : iUniverse
  • Book Code : 9781450251891
  • Total of Pages : 112
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Members : 911
  • Pdf File: joys-fears-and-tears.pdf

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Robert Cohen is a Motivational Speaker and writer of a book of poetry inspired by life experiences. Cohen is a native of Savannah Georgia and grew up in the Chatham County School system. He received a undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Sociology with a minor in Psychology from Savannah State University in December 2005. On March 2006 Cohen received his license to minister. For the past ten years Cohen has worked for the City of Savannah as a Summer Camp Counselor and is on the Board of Directors for the Chatham Savannah Citizens Advocacy. In his role for the Chatham Savannah Citizens Advocacy, he has developed and implemented programs to assist the disabled better their life skills. He is excited to be a member of GoodWill Good Guides mentoring program. He is also a part of a Cerebral Palsy support group. As a writer Robert is constantly seeking creative ways to foster a dynamic learning environment and to promote life to those less fortunate through his books.

Transformation

By Candice Irene
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  • Publisher : WestBow Press
  • Book Code : 1449763049
  • Total of Pages : 288
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 609
  • Pdf File: transformation.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Transformation begins with Candice Irene desiring to get to know God and to be in a more intimate relationship with her Heavenly Family. In the beginning, Candice did not recognize God’s blessings because she did not know how to actually understand or feel God. After hours of writing and study of The Bible, she became more aware of God’s Holiness in her life, the same as the feelings of hunger or thirst. So throughout her life experiences, trials and tribulations, she came to feel, hear, and know God, her Savior Jesus Christ, and The Holy Spirit dwelling within her! After years of seeking the Lord wholeheartedly she discovered she had become a new, spiritual-minded woman. Her old desires and way of life had changed as in 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” Candice discovered after writing this book she had indeed become a new creation in Christ, and was forever transformed! She delights in the feeling of being loved for eternity. She learned through her personal journey stories that God has always been with her and will never - ever forsake her.

Knowing and Loving

By Robert Beezat
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  • Publisher : Dog Ear Publishing
  • Book Code : 1608446069
  • Total of Pages : 188
  • Category : Self-Help
  • Members : 775
  • Pdf File: knowing-and-loving.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Be joyful! Have fun! Be the happy person you were born to be! Understanding, developing, and nurturing the human capacities of knowing and loving are the keys to finding deep and long lasting human happiness. Who am I? What am I? Why am I here? Is there a God? What will really make me happy? These are questions all of us ask ourselves from time to time. Our answers to or avoidance of those questions shape the practical and moral choices we make every day. Those choices, in turn, determine our level of happiness. As human beings, we are born to know and love. With a grasp of this basic concept, we can make choices and decisions which will enable us to live authentic, good, and happy lives in the short term and the long run. It is never too early or too late in life to be deeply happy! Robert Beezat is a successful businessman, public official, and community leader whose life is devoted to working for social justice, peace and the common good. He has been engaged for over 50 years with business, social, political, and religious issues at the local, national, and international levels. As a practical man and a man of faith, he addresses the important questions which confront all of us regarding the critical decisions and choices we make as we try to build a good and happy life for ourselves, our families, and society at large. He holds Bachelor and Master Degrees and has been an adjunct faculty member at several colleges and universities. He is currently a speaker at colleges and universities regarding social justice issues and the concept of the Common Good. He has been married to a wonderful woman for 44 years. They have two daughters and two grandchildren.

IN THE SHADOW OF DEATH

By Mary Kathryn Davis
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  • Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
  • Book Code : 1483680398
  • Total of Pages : 230
  • Category : Family & Relationships
  • Members : 732
  • Pdf File: in-the-shadow-of-death.pdf

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Maléa’s story not only changed her life but also changed the life of her entire family. When I began writing this story, it was spoken in my spirit that this was much more than a story about a girl who the medical community thought was dying, who had been in coma for many months, of which she came out of successfully, nor was it about the number of painful medical procedures and traumatic episodes she had to endure while on this horrific and painful journey. Rather it was a story about a miraculous journey that a daughter and mother had been destined to travel together as a divine living testimony for those who dare to believe that there is a God, an all-powerful God, a God that is all seeing and all knowing who has powers that are far beyond man’s diminutive mind and understanding! This phenomenal experience Maléa and I had not only reaches far beyond her and my understanding, but, I dare say, also reaches beyond everyone’s mind who was there at the time when this happened and those who witnessed for themselves the unbelievable miraculous finish of it all, and who are still baffled and still marvel at how well mentally and physically Maléa turned out from all that she endured throughout this terrible medical journey. I call Maléa’s medical ordeal a journey because of the length of time it took before any changes could be seen, and also because of the many difficult medical problems that Maléa and I traveled together, hers being physically painful and mine with her emotionally for five years.

In Distant Fields

By Charlotte Bingham
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  • Publisher : Random House
  • Book Code : 1409045463
  • Total of Pages : 608
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 142
  • Pdf File: in-distant-fields.pdf

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In Distant Fields, by million copy and Sunday Times bestselling author Charlotte Bingham, is a wonderfully heart-wrenching and heart-warming novel of love, heartbreak and, most importantly of all, the remarkable nature of female friendship. Fans of Louise Douglas, Dinah Jefferies and Kristin Hannah will not be disappointed. 'An engaging, romantic and nostalgic read' -- Daily Mail 'A rip-roaring combination of high romance and breathless excitement' -- Mail on Sunday 'As compelling as ever' -- Woman & Home 'Just wonderful!' -- ***** Reader review 'I found I couldn't put it down... FANTASTIC!!' -- ***** Reader review 'There has been a lot written about the Great War, then and now - and this should join the list of must-be-read books. So forget WAR HORSE. This is the one.' -- ***** Reader review ***************************************************************************************** ALL ARE EQUAL IN LOVE AND WAR... Christmas 1913: Kitty and Lady Partita are best friends despite vastly different backgrounds. Partita has invited her friend, Kitty, to stay at her ancestral home, Borders Castle. The grandeur of Partita's family seat is in stark contrast to Kitty's home in London where she and her mother, Violet, struggle to maintain appearances despite Kitty's father gambling away the family money. Kitty is introduced to the aristocracy - a fascinating, decorative and theatrical world - and is enthralled, desperately wanting to be part of this way of life. But war breaks out, not only irrevocably changing society, but also the lives of these two beautiful young women. The headstrong Partita and down-to-earth Kitty become nurses and selflessly care for the men horrifically injured in the trenches of WWI. Will world events put a strain on their friendship, or will the strength of their bond shine through?

Where I End and You Begin

By Preston Norton
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  • Publisher : Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Book Code : 1484798368
  • Total of Pages : 304
  • Category : Young Adult Fiction
  • Members : 363
  • Pdf File: where-i-end-and-you-begin.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Two sworn enemies suddenly switch bodies in this witty and heartfelt novel of romantic relationships, gender identity, and the joy of being yourself. Ezra Slevin is an anxious, neurotic insomniac who spends his nights questioning his place in the universe and his days obsessing over Imogen, a nerdy girl with gigantic eyebrows and a heart of gold. For weeks, Ezra has been working up the courage to invite Imogen to prom. The only problem is Imogen's protective best friend, Wynonna Jones. Wynonna has blue hair, jams to '80s rock, and has made a career out of tormenting Ezra for as long as he can remember. Then, on the night of a total solar eclipse, something strange happens to Ezra and Wynonna, and they wake up in each other's bodies. Not only that, they begin randomly swapping back and forth every day! Ezra soon discovers Wynonna's huge crush on his best friend, Holden, a five-foot-nothing girl magnet with anger management problems. With no end to their curse in sight, Ezra makes Wynonna a proposition: While swapping bodies, he will help her win Holden's heart, but only if she helps him woo Imogen. Forming an uneasy alliance, Ezra and Wynonna embark on a collision course of mistaken identity, hurt feaelings, embarrassing bodily functions, and a positively byzantine production of Twelfth Night. Ezra wishes he could be more like Wynonna's badass version of Ezra -- but he also realizes he feels more like himself while being Wynonna than he has in a long time. Wildly entertaining and deeply heartfelt, Where I End and You Begin is a brilliant, unapologetic exploration of what it means to be your best self.