Straight Up No Sippin
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|Author||: George Stowers|
Since the summer of 2000, George Stowers has worked onboard some of the largest and newest cruise ships that ply the earth's waters. His time onboard these grand, floating resorts has afforded him the opportunity to visit world renowned ports in the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Western coasts of the Unites States and Mexico as well as all of the Hawaiian Islands. Mr. Stowers entered the cruising industry as a sales assistant in the onboard gift shops and then moved into the position of Internet Manager. For those who have always wondered what this unique lifestyle of cruise ship employment entails, his memoirs in "Straight Up, No Sippin'" provide insightful answers through witty narratives, keen observation of "vacation" behavior, and frank, self evaluation.
|Author||: Linden Dalecki|
|Editor||: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt|
Barely making it through high school, Breslin--known as Kid B--longs to escape from Beaumont, Texas, and pursue his talents as a hip-hop dancer, but when the friendly challenges against the rival gang of b-boyers turn bloody, Kid B is forced to figure out the next steps in his life. Original.
|Author||: Hobson Tarrant|
The back streets of Peckham were but a playground to Raymond Wild (Oscar) and all he wanted from life was to play snooker, drink beer and marry his childhood sweetheart Stacey, but unfortunately for Oscar he was just one of those characters for whom the twists of fate always have a different agenda. Close to winning the prestigious Salesman Of The Year competition he is let down by his biggest sales prospect and under pressure races to find another order. Alas the fickle finger of fate added to his day such joys as traffic jams, learner drivers, accidents and finally a speed camera which ultimately cost him his driving licence, job and patience of Stacey for whom this was the last straw. Aided and abetted by his snooker chums he set about getting his own back on society by jousting with speed cameras but attracts the ever watchful eye of the dreaded Detective Sergeant Douglas Fowler who would like nothing better than to put this handsome young upstart away behind bars. Alas Oscar find himself incarcerated but not before he's become the local hero under the self assumed guise as The Peckham Quixote. After release from prison Oscar's past continues to haunt him as the local champion and fate does her best to grind him down at every turn. With three rich story lines and highly colourful characters this unique story combines a light touch of humour with sadness and almost a happy ending.
|Author||: Daniel L. Lawrence|
|Editor||: Xlibris Corporation|
“Dragon Fire” is a continuation of “Nice Day for Flyin’”. The story of Ian McIntyre and his ever increasing involvement in his father-in-law’s clandestine operation unit as a sharpshooter/sniper. This journey takes us from a remote NVA POW camp in Cambodia to the mountains of Montana. From the coast of Oregon to the Bahama Islands and Washington DC. Ride along with Ian while he experiences his first airborne jump. Run through the jungles as they evade the NVA in a rescue assassination mission. Be there when Ian must make the shot of his life in order to save the lives of those he loves most dearly.
|Author||: Trevian J. Hunter Brannon|
|Editor||: Lulu Press, Inc|
After years & years of sailing the ever unpredictable, harsh, calm seas of life and poetry, Captain Jack Tony has finally reached the storied fountain of his destiny. What awaits him there is an defining adventure that'll last a entire lifetime. The fountain will test him, lessons will be learned, with trials & tribulations galore until World's End, however King JSTA is determined to stand tall as one of the many pirate lords walking this earth.
|Author||: Ed Gorman,Martin Greenberg|
|Editor||: Simon and Schuster|
Crime fiction’s biggest names have been rounded up for a truly impressive collection of 2008’s best short stories. Featuring authors like Michael Connelly, Charlaine Harris, and 2009 Edgar Award winner T. Jefferson Parker, this volume should be on the shelf of every mystery fan.
|Author||: J. B. Roberson|
|Editor||: Xlibris Corporation|
All Tommy Dailey wants is an unforgettable summer with his bug friends. Too bad spring takes its time coming to Peach County, Ga., where the eight-year-old lives. When the cold weather clears, the peach orchards come alive with the insects. But somethings wrong. The bugs arent getting along and Tommy is being asked -- no -- demanded to do something about it. On top of all that, a ladybug and a firefly start up a relationship that gets the insect rumor mill going. All the while, Tommys folks are having their share of troubles with the county gossip and her husband, a rival peach farmer. Things are heating up faster than a Middle Georgia thermostat in July. Can the growing potion his daddy uses to spray the peach trees be responsible for all of this unseasonable behavior? Or is something else at work? Only a crazy old spider seems to know the answers. So does Tommy. But he gets "distracted when the Peach Festival takes over the county. Follow Tommy on his journey to understanding life, love, family and friendship.
|Author||: Ken Bruen|
|Editor||: Open Road Media|
A collection of novellas and stories from Shamus Award winner Ken Bruen, author of the Jack Taylor series and the “godfather of the modern Irish crime novel” (The Irish Times). An Irishman with an ebullient love of life draws inspiration from the literature and poetry of death. A born loser with an “ex-wife, an ex-child, and no excuses” accompanies his alcoholic brother on a startling plunge into liberating despair. A self-styled vigilante avenges the death of his wife and child by waging a one-man war against the London underworld. A whiskey-sotted cleric sets out to battle his sexual demons with a resolve that borders on the malevolent. “Nobody writes like Ken Bruen,” says the New York Times Book Review, and here, the author of The Emerald Lie and The Guards offers a taste of his wide-ranging skills. With his acrid barstool wit, literary allusions, and gut-punching twists, Bruen captures the Irish state of mind with bracing authenticity. Now, enthusiasts of his long-running series featuring Irish PI Jack Taylor—seven of which have been adapted for the screen—and new fans alike can discover Bruen’s early works in an omnibus shaded with the crazy, violent, and melancholy poetry that has become his trademark. Hailed by the Los Angeles Book Review as one of “the most original and innovative noir voices of the last two decades,” Bruen is a two-time Shamus Award winner, an Edgar Award finalist, and a recipient of the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière. A Fifth of Bruen includes: Funeral: Tales of Irish Morbidities, Martyrs, Shades of Grace, Sherry and Other Stories, All the Old Songs and Nothing to Lose, and The Time of Serena May &Upon the Third Cross.
|Author||: Otto Penzler|
|Editor||: Mysterious Press|
Refereed by editor Otto Penzler, this anthology collects fourteen, original tales of buzzer-beating suspense and postgame mayhem. "In "Keller's Double Dribble," Lawrence Block tails a clueless hitman with courtside tickets to unplanned bloodshed ... Jeffery Deaver's power guard summons his formidable game instincts to thwart a pack of scammers in "Nothing but Net" ... a flagrant foul and a cruel betrayal send a star player crashing in Mike Lupica's "Mrs. Cash" ... George Pelecanos's "String Music" traces the dangerous escalation of a playground beef ... and in "Galahad, Inc.," by Joan H. Parker and Robert B. Parker, a college prodigy seeks unlikely defensive help against a sorority party sex rap." "Other literary slam-dunk tales ask just how hard a former Olympic medalist will fight to get back his old glory ... what hustle will win you the dunk-or-die prison matchup ... and why the pride of the Knicks will never live to see the playoffs. You'll find all the answers inside these pages from acclaimed storytellers Sue DeNymme, Brendan DuBois, Parnell Hall, Laurie R. King, Michael Malone, R. D. Rosen, S. J. Rozan, Justin Scott, and Stephen Solomita. There's the whistle. Here's the tip-off. Let these great clutch shot-makers put you in the zone."--BOOK JACKET.
|Author||: Doris Spears|
|Editor||: Xlibris Corporation|
Lightnin couldnt deny he saw hisself as a politico, spent a good deal of his time fantasizin bout what life was like in Bling City; walkin the celebrated streets uptown there made legendary by great past fiery Black leaders, remindin Black peoples of hard won triumphs yes, but also of they stolen pasts; endangered futures, collective devisive vision, and a social consciousness made less urgent durin the Clinton years. He felt a tremendous mutual callin, a soberin comfortable chill. Wit one stunnin blow in the the election of Barack Obama, the once robust, but now pitifully feeble, challengin activist and nationalist element in the body of Black culture, was left on the world stage to sputter and disappear into itself like spit on a hot iron. Yet it seemed all things was politically possible now as he recalled where he was, hearin the impossibly true news that a Black man was now the President of the United States. Hed never forget it. The Presidents Club lounge on the south side of Promise, re-named in the aftermath of the election was an explodin mix of yelps, tears, laughter, hugs and prayers with people holdin on to strangers, friends, and family, and toastin the occasion wit heroic amounts of alcohol. Obama couldna won without the white votes and the accompanyin blocs that came wit them, but just as many white folks wasnt ready for a Black President. The trump was that the democratic process was ready, and in America sometimes processes triumph over peoples. Remarks floated through the air a plenty. Thank God! Thank you! Oh! Thank-you God. He fuck-ing did it!! God dammit he did it!! The get it done soul anthem; Aint No Stopping Us Now a mainstay in the pantheon of Black music was on auto-re-run on jukeboxes everywhere, pourin out of social clubs, homes and taverns too; but most certainly there at the Presidents Club. Look at him! Obamarama time! ..Huh? yelled out a tipsy male customer, his eyes fastened to the huge TV screen. Standin tall with his Black woman. Caint mistake that sistah, for nothin cept Black! And them two pretty kids! The brother tipped his kufi as people applauded his words, jubilance gleamin on every face in the place. Someone clinked a glass for quiet and actually got enough of it to be heard, My group is going across the street to the church to put a prayer in right now. Jesus needs immediate feedback on this. a young woman said as she slapped high fives with a contingent of ten others. And the comments continued. Now we gon git some government by the original kings. Look at Ope! Cryin n shit A young brother called out. She gon be the next Presidenther and HillHillll be the V.P. Hillll be the President if Bill got anything to do wit it. somebody countered. Yeah. Theyll let Ope be National Security Advisor, since Condileesi already broke that in for a sistah... Mufuckas laughed. Maybe they was right Lightnin thought. Maybe the time for his dreams was now. Wasnt a Black President in the United States the imprimatur of proof
|Author||: Bayo Ojikutu|
The prize-winning debut of an incendiary new voice in contemporary American fiction, 47th Street Black is the story of JC and Mookie, whose rise in the gangster-driven ghettos of Chicago is as swift as it is brutal. In the early sixties, 47th street is the heart of black Chicago, where recent migrants from the South come to move up in the world. JC and Mookie are high school dropouts, playing stickball in the street when they stumble upon the dead body of the area's black liaison to the mafia. Where others would run, Mookie sees opportunity, and in no time he and JC are working for Salvie, the local boss. Within a year, they are the most infamous figures on 47th Street, best friends and partners with flashy cars, clothes, and women. As they alternate telling their stories, the balance of power shifts: smooth, charismatic Mookie becomes the de facto leader and small, violent JC the enforcer—roles that send JC to jail for a murder they commit together. In the 15 years he's away, JC gains an education and a resentment he can't control, while Mookie gains power over the entire South Side. By the time JC is paroled, both the neighborhood and the two men's lives are on an inexorable path to an explosive confrontation with simmering injustice.
|Author||: Robert R. Dahlgren|
|Editor||: Tate Publishing|
It was the morning of July 4, 1868. Events were about to occur that would remain in local folks' memories for a long, long time and eventually become securely lodged in the lore of the old American West. The sun had risen in every shade of gold and red behind high storm clouds far To The east. They were dark and laced with lightning. The rumble of thunder fell on the ear like distant cannon fire and made the post horses prick up their ears and turn To The wind. it promised to be another hot summer day. Tales of the Fort Whiskey Creek Trading Post, by author Robert R. Dahlgren, Is a collection of the craziest side-splitting misadventures in the history of the Old West, As the gang of Fort Whiskey Creek embarks on their greatest challenge: growing up! With charm and innocence, one tale after another evokes the spirit of pioneer life on the American frontier. Almost anything can and does happen in each hilarious, hair-raising yarn when the boys of Fort Whiskey Creek use all their ingenuity and imagination to get themselves into and out of trouble. Based on real events and outright whoppers, Tales of the Fort Whiskey Creek Trading Post will make you laugh, make you believe in the goodness of humanity, and will make you yearn for a simpler time.
|Author||: Judy Mercer|
|Editor||: Simon and Schuster|
Awakening bruised and bloody, with no memory, in a ransacked house, Ariel Gold begins a stubborn quest to reclaim her past, searching through a stranger's unknown life to find herself, but her investigation is leading her into the sights of a killer. Reprint. AB.
|Author||: Sparky Sweets, PhD|
Sparky Sweets, PhD. and Wisecrack proudly present this outrageously funny, ultra-sharp guide to literature based on the hit online series, Thug Notes. Inside, you'll find hilarious plot breakdowns and masterful analyses of sixteen of literature's most beloved classics, including: The Catcher in the Rye, To Kill A Mockingbird, Pride & Prejudice, The Color Purple, Hamlet, Things Fall Apart, and more! Thug Notes has been featured on BET, PBS, and NPR and has been used in hundreds of classrooms around the world. Whether you’re a student, teacher, or straight-up literary gangster like Dr. Sweets, Thug Notes has got you covered. You'll certainly never look at literature the same way again.
|Author||: Toby Moore|
|Editor||: Penguin UK|
British reporter Ollie Gibbon has made it big in New York thanks to his three-part series on the Mafia. Trouble is, he made up every word, culling information from Godfather movies and his mobsters' monikers from pasta sauces. When his boss orders him to employ these "contacts" to bump off a rival, it's not long before Ollie's forced on the run. Chased into the crazy heartland of America by an enraged press owner and unpaid mafiosi, he determines to survive - bad meatloaf, folk dressed as furry animals, country music - and win back Gina, the girl he's lost over a dolphin-friendly tuna fight.
|Author||: Lee Holland|
|Editor||: Nelson Publishing&Marketing|
"A historical biography of one woman's survival through the Great Depression in the American south, and the story of her sons' achievements afterwards"--Title page verso.