Party of One

Party of One
Author: Michael Harris
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9780143193050
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Release: 2014-10-21
Editor: Penguin Canada
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

InParty of One,investigative journalist Michael Harris closely examines the majority government of a prime minister essentially unchecked by the opposition and empowered by the general election victory of May 2011. Harris looks at Harper’s policies, instincts, and the often breathtaking gap between his stated political principles and his practices. Harris argues that Harper is more than a master of controlling information: he is a profoundly anti-democratic figure. In the F-35 debacle, the government’s sin wasn’t only keeping the facts from Canadians, it was in inventing them. Harper himself provided the key confabulations, and they are irrefutably (and unapologetically) on the public record from the last election. This is no longer a matter of partisan debate, but a fact Canadians must interpret for what it may signify. Harris illustrates how Harper has made war on every independent source of information in Canada since coming to power.Party of Oneis about a man with a well-defined and growing enemies list of those not wanted on the voyage: union members, scientists, diplomats, environmentalists, First Nations peoples, and journalists. Against the backdrop of a Conservative commitment to transparency and accountability, Harris exposes the ultra-secrecy, non-compliance, and dismissiveness of this prime minister. And with the Conservative majority in Parliament, the law is simple: what one man, the PM, says, goes.

Party of One

Party of One
Author: Dave Holmes
Pages: 274
ISBN: 9780804187985
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Release: 2016
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"From comedian, Esquire contributor, and former MTV VJ Dave Holmes, the hilarious memoir of a music geek and perpetual outsider fumbling his way toward self-acceptance, with the music of the '80s, '90s, and '00s as his soundtrack. Dave Holmes has spent his life on the periphery, nose pressed hopefully against the glass, wanting just one thing: to get inside. Growing up, he was the artsy kid in the sporty family. At his high school and Catholic college, he was the closeted gay kid surrounded by crush-worthy straight guys. And in his twenties, in the middle of a disastrous career in advertising, he accidentally became an MTV VJ overnight when he finished second, naturally, in the Wanna Be a VJ contest, opening the door to fame, fortune, and celebrity--you know, almost. But despite all the close calls, or possibly because of them, he just kept trying, and if (spoiler alert) he never quite succeeded, at least he got some good stories out of it. In Party of One, Dave tells the hilariously painful and painfully hilarious tales--in the vein of Rob Sheffield, Andy Cohen, Josh Kilmer-Purcell, Paul Feig, and Augusten Burroughs--of an outsider desperate to get in, of a misfit constantly changing shape, of a guy who finally learns to accept himself. Structured around a mix of hits and deep cuts from the '80s, '90s, and '00s--from Bruce Springsteen's 'Hungry Heart' to Wilson Phillips's 'Impulsive' to En Vogue's 'Free Your Mind' and beyond--and punctuated with interludes like 'So You've Had Your Heart Broken in the 1990s: A Playlist, ' this book is for anyone who's ever felt like a square peg, especially those who found their place in the world, as we often do, around a band, an album, or a song. It's a laugh-out-loud funny, deeply nostalgic story about never fitting in, never giving up, and listening to good music along the way"--

Party of One

Party of One
Author: Anneli Rufus
Pages: 320
ISBN: 1569245134
Available:
Release: 2003
Editor: Da Capo Lifelong Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

An essential defense of the people the world loves to revile--the loners--yet without whom it would be lost The Buddha. Rene Descartes. Emily Dickinson. Greta Garbo. Bobby Fischer. J. D. Salinger: Loners, all--along with as many as 25 percent of the world's population. Loners keep to themselves, and like it that way. Yet in the press, in films, in folklore, and nearly everywhere one looks, loners are tagged as losers and psychopaths, perverts and pity cases, ogres and mad bombers, elitists and wicked witches. Too often, loners buy into those messages and strive to change, making themselves miserable in the process by hiding their true nature--and hiding from it. Loners as a group deserve to be reassessed--to claim their rightful place, rather than be perceived as damaged goods that need to be "fixed." In Party of One Anneli Rufus--a prize-winning, critically acclaimed writer with talent to burn--has crafted a morally urgent, historically compelling tour de force--a long-overdue argument in defense of the loner, then and now. Marshalling a polymath's easy erudition to make her case, assembling evidence from every conceivable arena of culture as well as interviews with experts and loners worldwide and her own acutely calibrated analysis, Rufus rebuts the prevailing notion that aloneness is indistinguishable from loneliness, the fallacy that all of those who are alone don't want to be, and wouldn't be, if only they knew how.

Party of One

Party of One
Author: Joy Beth Smith
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9780718094096
Available:
Release: 2018-02-06
Editor: Thomas Nelson
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

“This book is bold and strong and unapologetic. Unflinching, even. Joy Beth doesn’t back down from those hard conversations that need to be happening, not just in our churches but in our small groups, our social circles, our relationships.” —Mandy Hale, creator of The Single Woman and New York Times bestselling author Did you enter adulthood thinking marriage would naturally find you, only to end up at a second-cousin’s wedding, dodging yet another bouquet the night before you turned thirty? Maybe you’ve started wondering, is this the best the single life has to offer? Joy Beth Smith says it’s not. The single life doesn’t have to be the runner-up version of God’s best. It doesn’t have to leave you constantly waiting for “real life” to begin. Party of One offers a trade: let go of the tired lies weighing you down and turn toward truth. Understand that: You don’t have to be married to be wise. You don’t have to be a mother to have supernatural love. You don’t have to own a home to be hospitable. Singleness is not meant to be pitied, shamed, fixed, or even ignored. It is to be celebrated. God doesn’t promise you a husband, but he does promise comfort, intimacy, and satisfaction. With humor, self-awareness, and been-there perspective, Party of One delves into the insecurities and struggles of singleness and encourages you to find the good, the true, and the beautiful, to dive headfirst into community, and to stop pressing pause on a life you never expected.

Solo

Solo
Author: Anita Lo
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9780451493613
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Release: 2018-10-30
Editor: Knopf
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

EATER’S COOKBOOK OF THE YEAR From the Michelin-starred chef and Iron Chef America and Top Chef Masters contestant—a hilarious, self-deprecating, gorgeous new cookbook—the ultimate guide to cooking for one. With four-color illustrations by Julia Rothman throughout. The life of a chef can be a lonely one, with odd hours and late-night meals. But as a result, Anita Lo believes that cooking and dining for one can, and should, be blissful and empowering. In Solo, she gives us a guide to self-love through the best means possible—delicious food—in 101 accessible, contemporary, and sophisticated recipes that serve one. Drawn from her childhood, her years spent cooking around the world, and her extensive travels, these are globally inspired dishes from Lo’s own repertoire that cater to the home table. Think Steamed Seabass with Shiitakes; Smoky Eggplant and Scallion Frittata; Duck Bolognese; Chicken Pho; Slow Cooker Shortrib with Caramelized Endive; Broccoli Stem Slaw; Chicken Tagine with Couscous; and Peanut Butter Chocolate Pie—even a New England clambake for one. (Pssst! Want to share? Don’t worry, these recipes are easily multiplied!)

Last One at the Party

Last One at the Party
Author: Bethany Clift
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9781529332148
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Release: 2021-02-04
Editor: Hodder & Stoughton
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

THE END OF EVERYTHING WAS HER BEGINNING It's December 2023 and the world as we know it has ended. The human race has been wiped out by a virus called 6DM ('Six Days Maximum' - the longest you've got before your body destroys itself). But somehow, in London, one woman is still alive. A woman who has spent her whole life compromising what she wants, hiding how she feels and desperately trying to fit in. A woman who is entirely unprepared to face a future on her own. Now, with only an abandoned golden retriever for company, she must travel through burning cities, avoiding rotting corpses and ravenous rats on a final journey to discover if she really is the last surviving person on earth. And with no one else to live for, who will she become now that she's completely alone? *** 'I adored this book . . . It's about who you are with nobody to witness you, what it means to be human, and how to live' Gillian McAllister 'Sharp, funny, emotional and a refreshingly different take on a post-apocalyptic world' Lisa Hall 'A fresh, frank, funny and surprisingly uplifting book about the end of the world' Elizabeth Kay

Bitter Party of One Your Table Is Ready

Bitter  Party of One    Your Table Is Ready
Author: Larry Star
Pages: 220
ISBN: 9780595356928
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Release: 2005-06
Editor: iUniverse
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

With over twenty years of experience in failed marriages and relationships, author Larry Star mixes his caustic wit with his astute perception to make Bitter, Party of One Your Table is Ready, an uproarious ride through the cycle of male-female coupling. Inside Bitter, Party of One you will learn Why you should become a proponent for disclaimers on underwear packaging Why your teetering marriage shouldn't be left in the hands of a counselor you picked from the back page of a free newspaper What Post Super Bowl Realization is and how to avoid it Why knowing your woman's cycle will make for a much more enjoyable honeymoon/vacation/life in general And much more Filled with insight and humor, Bitter, Party of One takes you on an entertaining journey through the typical American relationship-from meeting that special someone, through the wedding, marriage, and, finally, divorce-culminating in reflection over what went right, what went wrong, and the mental incapacitation that compels you to do it all over again. "Larry Star is infectiously funny!" -George Carlin never said this. "A satirical genius!" -Al Franken said this about himself. "Crackling wit and untethered imagination." -New York Times Book Review about an entirely different book.

Broken Horses

Broken Horses
Author: Brandi Carlile
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9780593237243
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Release: 2021
Editor: Crown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The critically acclaimed singer-songwriter, producer, and five-time Grammy winner opens up about a life shaped by music in this candid, heartfelt, and intimate story. "One of the great memoirs of our time . . . a gift from Brandi's soul."--Glennon Doyle - "Brandi's story is about perseverance, humor, forgiveness, and manifestation. I absolutely loved it."--Elton John - "Broken Horses led me right into Brandi's heart, and my own."--Brené Brown Brandi Carlile was born into a musically gifted, impoverished family on the outskirts of Seattle and grew up in a constant state of change, moving from house to house, trailer to trailer, fourteen times in as many years. Though imperfect in every way, her dysfunctional childhood was as beautiful as it was strange, and as nurturing as it was difficult. At the age of five, Brandi contracted bacterial meningitis, which almost took her life, leaving an indelible mark on her formative years and altering her journey into young adulthood. As an openly gay teenager, Brandi grappled with the tension between her sexuality and her faith when her pastor publicly refused to baptize her on the day of the ceremony. Shockingly, her small town rallied around Brandi in support and set her on a path to salvation where the rest of the misfits and rejects find it: through twisted, joyful, weird, and wonderful music. In Broken Horses, Brandi Carlile takes readers through the events of her life that shaped her very raw art--from her start at a local singing competition where she performed Elton John's "Honky Cat" in a bedazzled white polyester suit, to her first break opening for Dave Matthews Band, to many sleepless tours over fifteen years and six studio albums, all while raising two children with her wife, Catherine Shepherd. This hard-won success led her to collaborations with personal heroes like Elton John, Dolly Parton, Mavis Staples, Pearl Jam, Tanya Tucker, and Joni Mitchell, as well as her peers in the supergroup The Highwomen, and ultimately to the Grammy stage, where she converted millions of viewers into instant fans. Evocative and piercingly honest, Broken Horses is at once an examination of faith through the eyes of a person rejected by the church's basic tenets and a meditation on the moments and lyrics that have shaped the life of a creative mind, a brilliant artist, and a genuine empath on a mission to give back.

On the Abolition of All Political Parties

On the Abolition of All Political Parties
Author: Simone Weil
Pages: 96
ISBN: 9781590177907
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Release: 2014-09-30
Editor: New York Review of Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

An NYRB Classics Original Simone Weil—philosopher, activist, mystic—is one of the most uncompromising of modern spiritual masters. In “On the Abolition of All Political Parties” she challenges the foundation of the modern liberal political order, making an argument that has particular resonance today, when the apathy and anger of the people and the self-serving partisanship of the political class present a threat to democracies all over the world. Dissecting the dynamic of power and propaganda caused by party spirit, the increasing disregard for truth in favor of opinion, and the consequent corruption of education, journalism, and art, Weil forcefully makes the case that a true politics can only begin where party spirit ends. This volume also includes an admiring portrait of Weil by the great poet Czeslaw Milosz and an essay about Weil’s friendship with Albert Camus by the translator Simon Leys.

One Big Party DreamWorks Trolls World Tour

One Big Party   DreamWorks Trolls World Tour
Author: Elle Stephens
Pages: 24
ISBN: 9780593122464
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Release: 2020-03-03
Editor: Random House Books for Young Readers
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This all-new Step into Reading reader is based on DreamWorks Trolls World Tour--in theaters April 17, 2020! Perfect for boys and girls ages 4 to 6, this Step 2 Step into Reading leveled reader features Poppy, Branch, and the other Trolls from DreamWorks Trolls World Tour! In the beginning, it's all glitter and happiness in Troll Village until Queen Poppy and Branch make a surprising discovery--there are other Troll worlds beyond their own, each defined by a different genre of music! When a mysterious threat puts all the Trolls across the land in danger, Poppy, Branch, and their band of friends must embark on an epic quest do the impossible: create harmony among the diverse Trolls to unite them against certain doom. Step 2 Readers use basic vocabulary and short sentences to tell simple stories. For children who recognize familiar words and can sound out new words with help.

Party of One

Party of One
Author: Beth M. Knobbe
Pages: 144
ISBN: 0867169907
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Release: 2011
Editor: St Anthony Messenger Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Being single in todays world can be downright painful, lonely, and frustrating at times. You get stuck at the kids table at family gatherings. Everyone you know wants to fix you up with potential mates. You feel out of place in your faith community among the marrieds and the marrieds-with-children. You often are not taken seriously. In this candid, hopeful, and optimistic look at how to be single, Knobbe draws on the insights and experiences of her friends, colleagues, and other singles. Employing the insights of Scripture, spiritual sages, and ordinary people, Knobbe shows us that the single life can be a time of abundance and joy if we welcome it. She addresses the fears singles face, the assumptions people make, and the questions singles ask themselves. She includes practical and spiritual advice for finding happiness and contentment during the single years.

Secret Pizza Party

Secret Pizza Party
Author: Adam Rubin
Pages: 40
ISBN: 9780698142510
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Release: 2013-09-03
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Shhhh! Don't tell anyone about this mouth-watering book from the New York Times bestselling creators of Dragons Love Tacos! How does Racoon love pizza? Oh, let him count the ways. He loves the gooey cheesy-ness, salty pepperoni-ness, sweet sweet tomato-ness, and of course the crispity crunchity crust. But someone is always chasing poor Raccoon away from his favorite food with a broom! What's a hungry raccoon to do? Plan an elaborate secret pizza party, of course! But shhh! It’s a secret! In fact, you should probably just forget I told you. Nope, no secret pizza party happening here.You didn’t already tell all your friends, did you? Uh oh . . . Fans of Jon Klassen and Mo Willems's humor will gobble up this quirky ode to the lengths we will go to for our heart's desire. Praise for Dragons Love Tacos: New York Times bestseller A New York Times Notable Children's Book of 2012 "Rubin and Salmieri are two of the weirdest, funniest guys working in kids’ lit today. The team lets its geek flag fly in an obsessive how-to guide for would-be dragon taco party hosts. Why a taco party? As Rubin explains, 'The only things dragons love more than parties or tacos, is taco parties.' If further proof is required, Salmieri—whose poker-faced watercolor, gouache, and color pencil drawings set a benchmark for oddball observational humor—shows one odd, scaly creature with a carryout bag from 'Taco Cave' and another beaming with anticipation as it eagerly circles the date for a taco party on its taco-themed calendar. But beware: even if all the tips and rules are followed to the letter (on quantity:'The best way to judge is to get a boat and fill the boat with tacos'), all will be for naught if spicy salsa makes its way into the taco filling. In fact, the dragons will bring a whole new meaning to 'housewarming.' Off-kilter fun for those who like their picture books (and salsa) zesty and fresh."–Publishers Weekly, starred review "Dragons Love Tacos is a heaping helping of silly. Little kids will relate to the anti-spicy bias and chuckle over Salmieri's watercolor and gouache cartoon illustrations showing literally boatloads of tacos and all sizes of dragons enjoying their favorite food at pool parties, costume parties and, well, taco parties." –San Francisco Chronicle "The perfect book for kids who love dragons and mild tacos." –Kirkus Reviews "The watercolor, gouache, and colored pencil cartoon illustrations are the real stars here. Regardless of, or perhaps because of, the absurdity of the story, this tale should be a big hit with anyone with an affinity for dragons." –School Library Journal

Scaredy Squirrel Has a Birthday Party

Scaredy Squirrel Has a Birthday Party
Author: Melanie Watt
Pages: 32
ISBN: 9781554537167
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Release: 2014-03-01
Editor: Kids Can Press Ltd
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In the fifth book, Scaredy Squirrel plans his own birthday and surprise!... things get very crowded. Scaredy Squirrel is planning his own birthday party for one _ but despite his detailed plans, things get out of control when the party animals arrive. He's back! Scaredy Squirrel, the loveable worrywart, returns for another nutty adventure. Scaredy never plans big birthday parties. He'd rather celebrate alone quietly in the safety of his nut tree and avoid those pesky party animals (ants, clownfish, ponies and Bigfoot). When all his excessive plans are thrown up in the air like confetti, will Scaredy play dead and cancel? Or will he face the music?

A Party of One

A Party of One
Author: Jon Garate
Pages: 93
ISBN: 9781465332646
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Release: 2007-09-26
Editor: Xlibris Corporation
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A Party of One will encourage everyone to first, step back and take a more humorous look at their political attitudes, and secondly, step forward and get involved from a simple, down-to-earth grassroots viewpoint.

Party of One

Party of One
Author: Dave Holmes
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9780804187992
Available:
Release: 2017
Editor: Crown Publishing Group (NY)
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Originally published in hardcover in 2016 by Crown Archetype.

Love Party of One

Love Party of One
Author: Kevin Hunter
Pages: 168
ISBN: 9780692759776
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Release: 2016-09-15
Editor: Warrior of Light Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Love Party of One examines the current love and dating world and what to expect for anyone struggling with being single and longing for love. Author, Kevin Hunter, is a love expert in love with all things surrounding the word love since he arrived on this planet. He has been out in the field studying the human condition since he was a teenager. This has included conducting social experiments as well as diving head first into the areas of love and dating in his own personal life. One of the ways of surviving modern day dating and relationships in a loveless world is by armoring yourself with knowledge. This includes knowledge over the way things currently are. You’ve went to psychic readers, you’ve cast spells, you put yourself out there, did the vision boards, the crystal meditations, and other love rituals presented to you, but you still find you’re desperately wishing the person of your dreams was here already. You grow cynical as if it will never happen and that you just have to accept the fact that perhaps it’s not in the cards. Dating is a battlefield, be prepared to get dirty. Kevin Hunter is best known for his endless array of spiritually based books. In Love Party of One, he answers some of the practical issues that readers posed regarding their personal conflicts in the current dating market. This is a non-denominational book with some light spiritual slang for anyone struggling as a single person in a loveless world. This is regardless of age, background, or whether you are straight, bi, gay, male, or female. The dating market is an equal opportunity killer and no soul is exempt from the challenges they face when it comes to love. Some of the topics discussed surround technological dating, falling in love with someone you’ve never met, codependency, exes, communicating, compromise, sex, marriage, monogamy vs. adultery, ageism, and more! What Readers Have Said: "As much as the author's personality seems to be the work of Picasso, I read the intro and first chapter of "Love Party of One". I was glued to it, because I really can relate. The things Kevin Hunter touches on in this book are right-on." - A Reader "Loved this book. This line really stood out to me: "Desiring a love partner is not co-dependent...to equate a basic human need with desperation is absurd." - A Reader "An amazing read. Realistic. The book touches upon confusions, thoughts, and emotions in one's journey to the find the one. Also relevant were a focus on couples issues after they are together. Issues such as infidelity and monogamy which is so significant in today's age. It was good to see the author reinstate the old school belief that true love is about that commitment." - A Reader "Quite a bit of my dating struggles in my own consciousness I found to be already written down in this book. Love Party of One really vibes with me. Loved it. Thank you." - A Reader "I have been reading this book and can't put it down! It's soooo good!!! Fantastic work Kevin Hunter! He should be a teacher in a school or college, or a counselor! This stuff he wrote in 'Love Party of One' is right to the point and on the mark! Damn he's good! His Archangel team guided him to a best seller in my opinion! I'm just about to start chapter 8 and each chapter is like, "Damn, he's so right! He is good! Great job with this! What a gifted Angel and Wise One he is. A true Warrior for sharing the right stuff! Thank you!" - A Reader

Nineteen Eighty Four Illustrated

Nineteen Eighty Four  Illustrated
Author: George Orwell
Pages: 329
ISBN: PKEY:SMP2300000063301
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Release: 2020-07-03
Editor: Strelbytskyy Multimedia Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

1984 is George Orwell's terrifying vision of a totalitarian future in which everything and everyone is slave to a tyrannical regime lead by The Party. Winston Smith works for the Ministry of Truth in London, chief city of Airstrip One. Big Brother stares out from every poster, the Thought Police uncover every act of betrayal. When Winston finds love with Julia, he discovers that life does not have to be dull and deadening, and awakens to new possibilities. Despite the police helicopters that hover and circle overhead, Winston and Julia begin to question the Party; they are drawn towards conspiracy. Yet Big Brother will not tolerate dissent - even in the mind. For those with original thoughts they invented Room 101. . .

The Party

The Party
Author: Richard McGregor
Pages: 336
ISBN: 0061998087
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Release: 2010-06-08
Editor: Harper Collins
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

“Few outsiders have any realistic sense of the innards, motives, rivalries, and fears of the Chinese Communist leadership. But we all know much more than before, thanks to Richard McGregor’s illuminating and richly-textured look at the people in charge of China’s political machinery.... Invaluable.” — James Fallows, National Correspondent for The Atlantic The Party is Financial Times reporter Richard McGregor’s eye-opening investigation into China’s Communist Party, and the integral role it has played in the country’s rise as a global superpower and rival to the United States. Many books have examined China’s economic rise, human rights record, turbulent history, and relations with the U.S.; none until now, however, have tackled the issue central to understanding all of these issues: how the ruling communist government works. The Party delves deeply into China’s secretive political machine.

The Party Is Over

The Party Is Over
Author: Mike Lofgren
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781101601235
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Release: 2012-08-02
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The New York Times bestselling exposé of what passes for business as usual in Washington today There was a time, not so very long ago, when perfectly rational people ran the Republican Party. So how did the party of Lincoln become the party of lunatics? That is what this book aims to answer. Fear not, the Dems come in for their share of tough talk— they are zombies, a party of the living dead. Mike Lofgren came to Washington in the early eighties—those halcyon, post–Nixonian glory days—for what he imagined would be a short stint on Capitol Hill. He has witnessed quite a few low points in his twenty-eight years on the Hill—but none quite so pitiful as the antics of the current crop of legislators whom we appear to have elected. Based on the explosive article Lofgren wrote when he resigned in disgust after the debt ceiling crisis, The Party Is Over is a funny and impassioned exposé of everything that is wrong with Washington. Obama and his tired cohorts are no angels but they have nothing on the Republicans, whose wily strategists are bankrupting the country one craven vote at a time. Be prepared for some fireworks.

Larry s Party

Larry s Party
Author: Carol Shields
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9780307364111
Available:
Release: 2011-10-05
Editor: Vintage Canada
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The Stone Diaries marked a new phase in a literary career already ablaze with achievement. As well as the many international awards it received, including the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Governor General's Award, the book also met with universal critical acclaim and topped bestseller lists around the world. "Carol Shields," raved Maclean's, "has crafted a small miracle of a novel." "The Stone Diaries," said the New York Times Book Review, "reminds us again why literature matters." The San Diego Tribune called The Stone Diaries "a universal study of what makes women tick." Now, in Larry's Party, Carol Shields does the same for men. Larry Weller, born in 1950, is an ordinary guy made extraordinary by his creator's perception, irony and tenderness. Larry's Party gives us, as it were, a CAT scan of his life, in episodes between 1977 and 1997 that flash backward and forward seamlessly. As Larry journeys toward the new millennium, adapting to society's changing expectations of men, Shields' elegant prose transforms the trivial into the momentous. We follow this young floral designer through two marriages and divorces, his interactions with parents, friends and a son. And throughout, we witness his deepening passion for garden mazes -- so like life, with their teasing treachery and promise of reward. Among all the paradoxes and accidents of his existence, Larry moves through the spontaneity of the seventies, the blind enchantment of the eighties and the lean, mean nineties, completing at last his quiet, stubborn search for self. Larry's odyssey mirrors the male condition at the end of our century with targeted wit, unerring poignancy and faultless wisdom.