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|Author||: Mindy Kaling|
|Editor||: Crown Publishing Group (NY)|
Hollywood starlet Mindy Kaling shares her ongoing, laugh-out-loud journey to find contentment and excitement in her adult life.
|Author||: Henry D. Bartak|
This is the story of perseverance, strength, trials and tribulations of a first generation Czech whose parents escaped Prague in 1968. It was during the Warsaw Pact when the Russian military invaded Prague, Czechoslovakia, in order to promote communism. Without a father in my life to help me become a man and with a mother who struggled most of her adult life with paranoid delusional schizophrenia, I was left alone to grow up. I started in foster homes, angry, confused and lacking answers to several questions about my life. At eleven years old I became hooked on drugs and alcohol and was on my way to becoming a criminal. I was brought up on the streets of Vancouver and had many encounters with the authorities, so was heading to a place I really didn't want to go. Instead of going to jail I tried to enlist in the Canadian Army, and with a letter of intent I was saved from a life behind bars. In a surprising turn, I was denied joining the Canadian Forces because of my lack of education. I took advantage of the situation and decided to change my life. By the time I was 22, the deaths of 12 people around me challenged me to escape the world I once knew and search for a new, better life. I met a beautiful older woman, fell in love again and started a family. Not much time went by until I was tested once again by the break up of my family. Soon afterwards I was introduced to an exquisitely fantastic English lady and a wonderfully talented acting coach who is so friendly, patient and understanding. I eventually overcame the challenging demons of my past. After 18 months of acting classes I started as an extra, then in theatre and commercials. Now, I am an actor. I immerse myself into taking any roles that are put in front of me. My life turned around and seemed to be more manageable. And being distracted by new challenges left me feeling useful and contented. My construction career became another stage. I worked on some of the biggest projects in British Columbia history. At the age of twenty I was hired as a labourer for a gas company in Victoria, British Columbia. There was a mad panic to get every commercial and residential building hooked up to natural gas. I took advantage of every opportunity and gradually started operating equipment. I had my sights on the big jobs, big equipment, even bigger paychecks, to where I would work for some of the biggest companies in the world and on the largest projects in the province. This was just another persona I undertook. I eventually became an actor, author, journeyman excavator operator, foreman, security person, bodybuilder, usher, host, volunteer, world traveller. I am an advocate for positive reinforcement of oneself. Everyone has a story to tell, how many chapters is up to you.
|Author||: Mindy Kaling|
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In this hilarious instant classic, the creator of The Mindy Project and Never Have I Ever invites readers on a tour of her life and her unscientific observations on romance, friendship, and Hollywood. “[Kaling is] like Tina Fey’s cool little sister. Or perhaps . . . the next Nora Ephron.”—The New York Times Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck–impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers with the sentence “Can I just say one last thing about this, and then I swear I’ll shut up about it?” Perhaps you want to know what Mindy thinks makes a great best friend (someone who will fill your prescription in the middle of the night), or what makes a great guy (one who is aware of all elderly people in any room at any time and acts accordingly), or what is the perfect amount of fame (so famous you can never get convicted of murder in a court of law), or how to maintain a trim figure (you will not find that information in these pages). If so, you’ve come to the right book, mostly! With several conveniently placed stopping points for you to run errands and make phone calls, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? proves that Mindy Kaling really is just a Girl Next Door—not so much literally anywhere in the continental United States, but definitely if you live in India or Sri Lanka. Praise for Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? “Where have you been all our lives, Mindy?”—Glamour “Who wouldn’t want to hang out with Mindy Kaling? . . . [Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?] is like a mash note to comedy nerds.”—Time Out New York “Very funny.”—Boston Globe
|Author||: Stacy Hope Small|
|Editor||: Balboa Press|
Why Not Me?!? aims to inspire readers to drop every fear and follow their heart and soul to live the life of their dreams. Small’s true story balances personal experiences with spiritual lessons and guidance, and highlights what a year on Maui taught her about living her dreams with the goal of showing others the possibilities for them to do the same.
|Author||: Al Franken|
|Editor||: Penguin UK|
The dramatic rise and dizzying fall of Al Franken, the first Jewish president of the United States. From the first days of the Franken campaign as the candidate pledges 'to walk the state of New Hampshire, diagonally and then from side to side' as Al, aided by his covering sex addict and alcoholic deputy campaign manager, stuns the pundits by defeating Al Gore for the democratic nomination, then is swept into office carrying all fifty states. But from that moment of triumph it's downhill all the way...
|Author||: Todd Simmons|
WHY NOT ME? IS THE STORY OF TODD SIMMONS. Growing up, he faced a number of challenges related to race, education, economics, and even family dynamics. Todd narrowly escaped the pitfalls of a life that swallowed up many others in similar circumstances. But one day, Todd bumped into a military recruiter who changed his life. He graduated high school and joined the United States Air Force, where his life began filling with new opportunities. He continued to face professional and personal challenges as he moved through the ranks. Racism from fellow airmen, a terrorist incident, and petty competition worked against him from the outside. Depression and the emotional fallout from a troubled upbringing worked against him from within. Through it all, he persevered and did everything he could to improve himself. He embraced the importance of education and mental health, which have become cornerstones of the message he wants to share with others--one of hope, perseverance, and self-empowerment. There were people along the way who opened doors and inspired him, and he has remained dedicated to paying that help forward to others who might need it now. Why Not Me? is an autobiographical account infused with reflection, one that will inspire you to overcome your challenges and be the best possible version of yourself.
|Author||: Beatrice Small|
Why not me? Is the biblical study to challenge and encourage women to embrace the calling, gifts and anointing that is upon their life. As it is written,” before I formed you in the womb I knew and approved of you as my chosen instrument”... Jeremiah 1:5 (amp) For we are God’s own handiwork recreated in Christ Jesus that we may do those good works which God predestined for us....Ephesians 2:10(amp) In times past and present there has been the question of women in ministry. What about the message and the available leader being identified and trained to carry out the mission that has been set. The spirit of the Lord has been poured out upon all flesh. It is time to take the path which has been prepared.
|Author||: Mark Duplass,Jay Duplass|
|Editor||: Ballantine Books|
The multitalented writers, directors, producers, and actors (as seen on The League, Transparent, and The Mindy Project) share the secrets of their lifelong partnership in this unique memoir. “A book that anyone will love . . . You can enjoy it even if you have no idea who the Duplass brothers are.”—Janet Maslin, The New York Times Whether producing, writing, directing, or acting, the Duplass Brothers have made their mark in the world of independent film and television on the strength of their quirky and empathetic approach to storytelling. Now, for the first time, Mark and Jay take readers on a tour of their lifelong partnership in this unique memoir told in essays that share the secrets of their success, the joys and frustrations of intimate collaboration, and the lessons they’ve learned the hard way. From a childhood spent wielding an oversized home video camera in the suburbs of New Orleans to their shared years at the University of Texas in early-nineties Austin, and from the breakthrough short they made on a three-dollar budget to the night their feature film Baghead became the center of a Sundance bidding war, Mark and Jay tell the story of a bond that’s resilient, affectionate, mutually empowering, and only mildly dysfunctional. They are brutally honest about how their closeness sabotaged their youthful romantic relationships, about the jealousy each felt when the other stole the spotlight as an actor (Mark in The League, Jay in Transparent), and about the challenges they faced on the set of their HBO series Togetherness—namely, too much togetherness. But Like Brothers is also a surprisingly practical road map to a rewarding creative partnership. Rather than split all their responsibilities fifty-fifty, the brothers learned to capitalize on each other’s strengths. They’re not afraid to call each other out, because they’re also not afraid to compromise. Most relationships aren’t—and frankly shouldn’t be—as intense as Mark and Jay’s, but their brand of trust, validation, and healthy disagreement has taken them far. Part coming-of-age memoir, part underdog story, and part insider account of succeeding in Hollywood on their own terms, Like Brothers is as openhearted and lovably offbeat as Mark and Jay themselves. “Wright. Ringling. Jonas. I’m sure you could name a bunch of famous brother teams. They’re all garbage compared to Mark and Jay. I can’t wait for you to read this book.”—from the foreword by Mindy Kaling
|Author||: Jason Brader,Jason Brader Cscs|
Why Not Me is a personal memoir and self help guide that chronicles the life journey of Jason Brader, CSCS. Jason is an entrepreneur, inventor, coach, and motivational speaker who shares his life's story and teaches different strategies that helped him overcome the loss of both of his parents to cancer while in high school, overcome addiction, and pursue his goal of becoming a collegiate strength coach. Jason's unique life story is motivating and provides tools that will help you maximize your true potential. This book chronicles his journey from A-Z and provides a framework on how to overcome anything that's thrown your way. Regardless of what stage of life you are in, this book is a must read to help you maximize your performance. You will be asking, "WHY NOT ME" and utilize the same motivational techniques as Jason to reach your goals.
|Author||: Carol Tavris,Elliot Aronson|
|Editor||: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt|
A NEW EDITION UPDATED IN 2020 • Why is it so hard to say "I made a mistake" — and really believe it? When we make mistakes, cling to outdated attitudes, or mistreat other people, we must calm the cognitive dissonance that jars our feelings of self-worth. And so, unconsciously, we create fictions that absolve us of responsibility, restoring our belief that we are smart, moral, and right—a belief that often keeps us on a course that is dumb, immoral, and wrong. Backed by decades of research, Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me) offers a fascinating explanation of self-justification—how it works, the damage it can cause, and how we can overcome it. Extensively updated, this third edition has many recent and revealing examples, including the application of dissonance theory to divisive social issues such as the Black Lives Matter movement and he said/she said claims. It also features a new chapter that illuminates how cognitive dissonance is playing a role in the currently polarized political scene, changing the nation’s values and putting democracy itself at risk. “Every page sparkles with sharp insight and keen observation. Mistakes were made—but not in this book!” —Daniel Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness “A revelatory study of how lovers, lawyers, doctors, politicians—and all of us—pull the wool over our own eyes . . . Reading it, we recognize the behavior of our leaders, our loved ones, and—if we’re honest—ourselves, and some of the more perplexing mysteries of human nature begin to seem a little clearer.” —Francine Prose, O, The Oprah Magazine
|Author||: Mindy Kaling|
Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck–impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers with the sentence “Can I just say one last thing about this, and then I swear I’ll shut up about it?” Perhaps you want to know what Mindy thinks makes a great best friend (someone who will fill your prescription in the middle of the night), or what makes a great guy (one who is aware of all elderly people in any room at any time and acts accordingly), or what is the perfect amount of fame (so famous you can never get convicted of murder in a court of law), or how to maintain a trim figure (you will not find that information in these pages). If so, you’ve come to the right book, mostly! In Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, Mindy invites readers on a tour of her life and her unscientific observations on romance, friendship, and Hollywood, with several conveniently placed stopping points for you to run errands and make phone calls. Mindy Kaling really is just a Girl Next Door—not so much literally anywhere in the continental United States, but definitely if you live in India or Sri Lanka. This enhanced eBook includes an audio introduction from the author; audio commentary from Mindy’s friends, including The Office costar B. J. Novak and Parks and Recreation creator Michael Schur; bonus photos, including an exclusive “Avalanche of Awkwardness” slideshow of never-before-seen childhood photos with audio commentary; and three full chapters read by the author.
|Author||: Valeri Gorbachev|
|Editor||: Holiday House|
Bear likes going to the beach, but Chipmunk says "Not me!" in this Guided Reading Level D story, perfect for beginning readers. Summer is here, and Bear and Chipmunk are headed to the beach. Bear likes the sun, and the sand, and swimming. But Chipmunk doesn't. The sun is too bright, the waves are so big, and the big fish are scary when you're so small! Full of humor, Valeri Gorbachev's colorful illustrations add detail and help support understanding of the text—and they're sure to make young readers laugh, as Bear floats serenely past Chipmunk, who's stuck upside-down in a float. "Why did you come?" asks Bear finally, as Chipmunk tries to help collect their things. "I came to be with you," replies Chipmunk. Sometimes it doesn't matter what you're doing—as long as you're with your friends! Bear and Chipmunk enjoy winter weather, too, in Me Too!, another I Like to Read® book. The award-winning I Like to Read® series focuses on guided reading levels A through G, based upon Fountas and Pinnell standards. Acclaimed author-illustrators--including winners of Caldecott, Theodor Seuss Geisel, and Coretta Scott King honors—create original, high quality illustrations that support comprehension of simple text and are fun for kids to read with parents, teachers, or on their own! Suitable for late kindergarten readers, Level D books feature wider vocabulary, longer sentences, and greater variety in sentence structure than levels A, B, and C. When Level D is mastered, follow up with Level E.
|Author||: Anna Healey,Krista Bell|
Autobiographical account of a young woman who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Confined to a wheelchair with a new baby to care for, it was a nightmare for an independent and fun-loving person. However, after the early dark days Healey began to rebuild her life, learning to drive and becoming involved in the public speaking circuit to promote the MS cause. She also learned to sail, going on to compete at the highest levels of Australian sailing. Includes a list of MS society contacts.
|Author||: Sue Teall|
"Teall offers insight into the spirit and power of God as she meets him in the faces and circumstances along her walk in the valley. Teall shares poignant observations into a bleeding, broken world reminding me that I am commanded by Christ to help those in need."-Tom O'Neil, Crosswise Ministries, Founder. Why Not Me? Oh God Why Me?-a reflection of the personal journey of Sue Teall during her battle with breast cancer. Teall's snap-shot vignettes reveal her thoughts, observations, and challenges, offering insights into: God's tapestries of life the power of prayer the beauty of second chances the unfairness of life vanity and envy loneliness and anxiety laughter and childhood innocence joy amid the struggles evil and imprisonment forgiving hearts obedience and self-doubt fear in the dark hope in the light the peace that can only come from God "I laughed; I cried. Never have I felt closer to God. Her journey reached into my soul and instilled courage and comfort, reminding me of God's everlasting presence."-Maria Rader, breast cancer patient. "Teall writes with energy and enthusiasm, speaking effectively and engrossingly to any person facing any challenge in life. Cancer provides her plotline, but the revelation is in her reaction to it."-Ted Cooper, Founder of The Bible in 90 Days.
|Author||: Cynthia D. Barrett|
|Editor||: Xulon Press|
Cynthia D. Barrett is a Christian author who stands on the word of God as it is outlined in Philippians 4:13 which states that "I can do all things through Christ who strengtheneth me." God has provided her with the opportunity to bless others with her inspirational writing and poetry which is the result of her walk with Jesus Christ and her steadfast and unshakeable faith in the Lord. She truly believes and stands in faith that with God as the head of your life that you can achieve all things. With many life lessons and living testimonies she illustrates in her book that we must seek God first in all things and he is the answer to all of our most perplexing questions. Many times we ask ourselves "Why Me Lord" as we experience challenges and struggles while not understanding that our relationship with God is very essential to our ability of living a productive and prosperous life filled with peace, hope, love, joy and happiness. The 7 Life Savers (S) principles are very important concepts which are considered our covenant with God in order to live a life fulfilled with prosperity and success. Prayerfully, this book will be a blessing to inspire you on your daily Christian walk and by the end of your reading, the question of "Why Me Lord" will be answered with the response of "Why Not Me Lord"!
|Author||: Natalia Hailes,Ash Spivak|
|Editor||: Running Press Adult|
Full of honest advice and inclusive options, Why Did No One Tell Me This? is the funny, personality-filled, illustrated guide to pregnancy, birth, and beyond that modern parents have been waiting for. Pregnancy and childbirth are full of big questions -- what if my baby is enormous? Will my water break naturally? What even goes into a 'birth plan'? How on earth am I going to keep this child alive once it's here? And where do I turn for advice that will really work for me and my life? In Why Did No One Tell Me This? doulas and reproductive health experts Natalia Hailes and Ash Spivak answer these questions and more for today's wellness-focused, intersectional parents-to-be. Drawing on years of experience in their birth doula practice Brilliant Bodies, Natalia and Ash guide readers through the entire process, from the earliest stages of pregnancy to the jungle of postpartum feelings and responsibilities. Bite-sized pieces of advice are interspersed with vibrant illustrations by artist Louise Reimer to break down the doubts and fears that often surround childbirth, empowering readers to explore their own individual needs, know their rights, and find their voice both during and after pregnancy. By addressing common fears, incorporating regular tips for partners, and providing information on a wide array of birth and parents styles, this unique and inclusive guide is the perfect tool for a new generation of parents.
|Author||: Ashley Erin|
|Editor||: Ashley Erin|
An emotional, angst-filled love triangle. Allie is caught between a past love and a current one. Go on a journey a self-discovery and love.
|Author||: Kristine Ireland Waits|
|Editor||: Endurance Publishing|
If you're eager to have a baby, doesn't the title say enough? Laugh, cry, share, relate - LOVE this book and all it offers to your soul. It's wit, wisdom and warmth from an author you'll quickly see as your sincere fertility-challenged friend. This information-packed, inspiring story is for women who are struggling with infertility and for those trying to support them. Enjoy an easy-reading journey you'll remember throughout life. Overwhelmed at the idea of dealing with friends' baby showers, insurance, husbands, needles, tears, heartbreak and surprises? This book captures it all in a delightful way that's packed full of truths and challenges to keep you moving forward. Indulge in a journey - reading this book - that will have you throwing your head back in laughter, curling up in the comfort of feeling understood, having raw honesty give you permission to be exactly who you are. Indulge. You deserve this! Get one for your best friend and your mom too.