The Hopefuls

The Hopefuls
Author: Jennifer Close
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9780385685153
Available:
Release: 2016-07-19
Editor: Bond Street Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A brilliantly funny novel about ambition and marriage from the best selling author of Girls in White Dresses, The Hopefuls tells the story of a young wife who follows her husband and his political dreams to D.C., a city of idealism, gossip, and complicated friendships among young Washington's aspiring elite. When Beth arrives in Washington, D.C., she hates everything about it: the confusing traffic circles, the ubiquitous Ann Taylor suits, the humidity that descends each summer. At dinner parties, guests compare their security clearance levels. They leave their BlackBerrys on the table. They speak in acronyms. And once they realize Beth doesn't work in politics, they smile blandly and turn away. Soon Beth and her husband, Matt, meet a charismatic White House staffer named Jimmy and his wife, Ashleigh, and the four become inseparable, coordinating brunch, birthdays, and long weekends away. But as Jimmy's star rises higher and higher, their friendship--and Beth's relationship with Matt--is threatened by jealousy, competition and rumors. A glorious send-up of young D.C. and a blazingly honest portrait of a marriage, this is the finest work yet by one of our most beloved writers.

Summary of The Hopefuls

Summary of The Hopefuls
Author: Instaread
Pages: 37
ISBN: 9781683784487
Available:
Release: 2016-08-13
Editor: Instaread
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Summary of The Hopefuls by Jennifer Close | Includes Analysis Preview: The Hopefuls, a novel by Jennifer Close, follows a married couple, Matt and Beth Kelly, and their best friends, Jimmy and Ash Dillon, through five years of their lives. As young politicians, Matt’s and Jimmy’s careers are on different trajectories; Matt’s career is flagging while Jimmy’s star is on the rise. As the story details the strain that threatens the couples’ relationships, both within their marriages and with each other, a portrait of marriage, friendship, and the world of American politics emerges. No one comes out unscathed. It’s early 2009. Beth has lived in Washington, DC, for only a week, but she’s already sure that she hates it. Fresh off President Barack Obama’s campaign, Matt recently started working at the White House counsel’s office. It’s the first step in what he hopes will be a long career in politics, a goal he has dreamed about since he was a child… PLEASE NOTE: This is summary and analysis of the book and NOT the original book. Inside this Instaread Summary of The Hopefuls by Jennifer Close | Includes Analysis · Summary of the Book · Important People · Character Analysis · Analysis of the Themes and Author’s Style About the Author With Instaread, you can get the key takeaways, summary and analysis of a book in 15 minutes. We read every chapter, identify the key takeaways and analyze them for your convenience. Visit our website at instaread.co.

The Hopeful

The Hopeful
Author: Tracy O'Neill
Pages: 288
ISBN: 1632460025
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Release: 2015-06-16
Editor: Ig Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"A figure skating prodigy is one of a few "hopefuls" racing against nature's clock to compete in the Olympics"--

Summary of the Hopefuls

Summary of the Hopefuls
Author: Instaread
Pages: 26
ISBN: 1537078798
Available:
Release: 2016-08-13
Editor: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Summary of The Hopefuls by Jennifer Close | Includes Analysis Preview: The Hopefuls, a novel by Jennifer Close, follows a married couple, Matt and Beth Kelly, and their best friends, Jimmy and Ash Dillon, through five years of their lives. As young politicians, Matt's and Jimmy's careers are on different trajectories; Matt's career is flagging while Jimmy's star is on the rise. As the story details the strain that threatens the couples' relationships, both within their marriages and with each other, a portrait of marriage, friendship, and the world of American politics emerges. No one comes out unscathed. It's early 2009. Beth has lived in Washington, DC, for only a week, but she's already sure that she hates it. Fresh off President Barack Obama's campaign, Matt recently started working at the White House counsel's office. It's the first step in what he hopes will be a long career in politics, a goal he has dreamed about since he was a child... PLEASE NOTE: This is summary and analysis of the book and NOT the original book. Inside this Instaread Summary of The Hopefuls by Jennifer Close | Includes Analysis · Summary of the Book · Important People · Character Analysis · Analysis of the Themes and Author's Style About the Author With Instaread, you can get the key takeaways, summary and analysis of a book in 15 minutes. We read every chapter, identify the key takeaways and analyze them for your convenience. Visit our website at instaread.co.

The Hopefuls

The Hopefuls
Author: Paul V. Allen
Pages: 200
ISBN: 9781476675640
Available:
Release: 2018-11-25
Editor: McFarland
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Songwriters, performers and producers Erik Appelwick, Eric Fawcett, John Hermanson and Darren Jackson were important players in an early 2000s musical collective. This collective included genres such as folk, power pop, R & B, electro-funk and indie rock. Well-known bands Storyhill, Spymob, Alva Star, Kid Dakota, Vicious Vicious, Tapes 'n Tapes, Olympic Hopefuls and others were part of this movement. These four men worked for their rock n' roll dreams, producing well-crafted albums and exciting live performances along the way. Their shared biography draws from dozens of new interviews and hundreds of articles to document their intersecting musical journeys--from playing air guitar to KISS records to rocking gyms in high school cover bands to touring the world with some of pop music's biggest names. Equal parts celebration and cautionary tale, this book discusses both the rewards and difficulties of life as an independent musician.

The Smart One

The Smart One
Author: Jennifer Close
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9780307962324
Available:
Release: 2013-04-02
Editor: Vintage
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

With her best-selling debut, Girls in White Dresses (An “irresistible, pitch-perfect first novel” —Marie Claire), Jennifer Close captured friendship in those what-on-earth-am-I-going-to-do-with-my-life years of early adulthood. Now, with her sparkling new novel of parenthood and sibling rivalry, Close turns her gimlet eye to the only thing messier than friendship: family. Weezy Coffey’s parents had always told her she was the smart one, while her sister was the pretty one. “Maureen will marry well,” their mother said, but instead it was Weezy who married well, to a kind man and good father. Weezy often wonders if she did this on purpose—thwarting expectations just to prove her parents wrong. But now that Weezy’s own children are adults, they haven’t exactly been meeting her expectations either. Her oldest child, Martha, is thirty and living in her childhood bedroom after a spectacular career flameout. Martha now works at J.Crew, folding pants with whales embroidered on them and complaining bitterly about it. Weezy’s middle child, Claire, has broken up with her fiancé, canceled her wedding, and locked herself in her New York apartment—leaving Weezy to deal with the caterer and florist. And her youngest, Max, is dating a college classmate named Cleo, a girl so beautiful and confident she wears her swimsuit to family dinner, leaving other members of the Coffey household blushing and stammering into their plates. As the Coffey children’s various missteps drive them back to their childhood home, Weezy suddenly finds her empty nest crowded and her children in full-scale regression. Martha is moping like a teenager, Claire is stumbling home drunk in the wee hours, and Max and Cleo are skulking around the basement, guarding a secret of their own. With radiant style and a generous spirit, The Smart One is a story about the ways in which we never really grow up, and the place where we return when things go drastically awry: home. This eBook edition includes a Reading Group Guide.

Girls in White Dresses

Girls in White Dresses
Author: Jennifer Close
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9780307700414
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Release: 2011-08-09
Editor: Vintage
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Wickedly hilarious and utterly recognizable, Girls in White Dresses tells the story of three women grappling with heartbreak and career change, family pressure and new love—all while suffering through an endless round of weddings and bridal showers. Isabella, Mary, and Lauren feel like everyone they know is getting married. On Sunday after Sunday, at bridal shower after bridal shower, they coo over toasters, collect ribbons and wrapping paper, eat minuscule sandwiches and doll-sized cakes. They wear pastel dresses and drink champagne by the case, but amid the celebration these women have their own lives to contend with: Isabella is working at a mailing-list company, dizzy with the mixed signals of a boss who claims she’s on a diet but has Isabella file all morning if she forgets to bring her a chocolate muffin. Mary thinks she might cry with happiness when she finally meets a nice guy who loves his mother, only to realize he’ll never love Mary quite as much. And Lauren, a waitress at a Midtown bar, swears up and down she won’t fall for the sleazy bartender—a promise that his dirty blond curls and perfect vodka sodas make hard to keep. With a wry sense of humor, Jennifer Close brings us through those thrilling, bewildering, what-on-earth-am-I-going-to-do-with-my-life years of early adulthood. These are the years when everyone else seems to have a plan, a great job, and an appropriate boyfriend, while Isabella has a blind date with a gay man, Mary has a crush on her boss, and Lauren has a goldfish named Willard. Through boozy family holidays and disastrous ski vacations, relationships lost to politics and relationships found in pet stores, Girls in White Dresses pulls us deep inside the circle of these friends, perfectly capturing the wild frustrations and soaring joys of modern life. BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Jennifer Close's The Smart One.

The Private Life of Jane Maxwell

The Private Life of Jane Maxwell
Author: Jenn Gott
Pages: 347
ISBN: 9780990891444
Available:
Release: 2017-07-20
Editor: Jennifer Gott
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Some people are born to greatness, others have greatness thrust upon them… and some are just drawn like that. As the creator of a popular new comics franchise, Jane Maxwell knows a thing or two about heroes, but has no illusions of being one herself. All of that is shattered, however, when she finds herself swept into a parallel world—one where her characters are real, and her parallel self is their leader. There’s just one problem: that Jane is missing. Under the growing danger of a deadly new villain named UltraViolet, the team has no choice but to ask Jane to do the impossible: step into the suit left behind by her double, become the hero that they need her to be. But with budding powers that threaten to overwhelm her, a family she only half-recognizes, and the parallel version of her dead wife staring her in the face, navigating her alternate life proves harder than she ever imagined…

The Hopefuls

The Hopefuls
Author: Robert Silverberg
Pages: 192
ISBN: STANFORD:36105041557468
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Release: 1966
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

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Doubletalk

Doubletalk
Author: Chuck McCutcheon,David Mark
Pages: 90
ISBN: 9781611689532
Available:
Release: 2016-02-02
Editor: University Press of New England
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The only time most Americans care anything about politics is during the presidential election cycle. This quadrennial flood of posturing and blame, once confined to the July conventions and the November election, has spread like a greasy lake across the landscape and calendar of our politics. From the first exploratory rumblings of the hopefuls sometime after the midterm elections to the tsunami of Super Tuesday, the political language of the presidential election has become a reflecting pool of our polity. Doubletalk casts a warm ray of sunlight on the campaign trail as an add-on to last year's Dog Whistles, Walk-backs, and Washington Handshakes, with over 100 new terms, phrases, and epithets combining wit, humor, truth, and dubious taste and propriety.

The Hopefuls

The Hopefuls
Author: Steve McKenzie
Pages: 329
ISBN: 1618501798
Available:
Release: 2020-06
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Portraits and stories of Chicago's homeless community

The Wilderness

The Wilderness
Author: McKay Coppins
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9780316327466
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Release: 2015-12-01
Editor: Little, Brown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The explosive story of the Republican Party's intensely dramatic and fractious efforts to find its way back to unity and national dominance After the 2012 election, the GOP was in the wilderness. Lost and in disarray. And doggedly determined to do whatever it took to get back to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. McKay Coppins has had unparalleled access to Republican presidential candidates, power brokers, lawmakers, and Tea Party leaders. Based on more than 300 interviews, The Wilderness is the book that opens up the party like never before: the deep passions, larger-than-life personalities, and dagger-sharp power plays behind the scenes. In wildly colorful scenes, this exclusive look into the Republican Party at a pivotal moment in its history follows a cast of its rising stars, establishment figures, and loudmouthed insurgents--Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Bobby Jindal, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Paul Ryan, Donald Trump, Scott Walker, and dozens of others--as they battle over the future of the party and its path to the presidency.

Fed Up

Fed Up
Author: Rick Perry
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9780316183758
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Release: 2010-11-15
Editor: Little, Brown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Now, do not misunderstand me, America is great. But we are fed up with being over-taxed and over-regulated. We are tired of being told how much salt to put on our food, what kind of cars we can drive, what kinds of guns we can own, what kind of prayers we are allowed to say and where we can say them, what we are allowed to do to elect political candidates, what kind of energy we can use, what doctor we can see. What kind of nation are we becoming? I fear it's the very kind the Colonists fought against. But perhaps most of all, we are fed up because deep down we know how great America has always been, how many great things the people do in spite of their government, and how great the nation can be in the future if government will just get out of the way. Our fight is clear. We must step up and retake the reins of our government from a Washington establishment that has abused our trust. We must empower states to fight for our beliefs, elect only leaders who are on our team, set out to remind our fellow Americans why liberty is guaranteed in the Constitution, and take concrete steps to take back our country. The American people have never sat idle when liberty's trumpet sounds the call to battle -- and today that battle is for the soul of America.

When You Read This

When You Read This
Author: Mary Adkins
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9780062834706
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Release: 2019-02-05
Editor: HarperCollins
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

For fans of Maria Semple and Rainbow Rowell, a comedy-drama for the digital age: an epistolary debut novel about the ties that bind and break our hearts. Iris Massey is gone. But she’s left something behind. For four years, Iris Massey worked side by side with PR maven Smith Simonyi, helping clients perfect their brands. But Iris has died, taken by terminal illness at only thirty-three. Adrift without his friend and colleague, Smith is surprised to discover that in her last six months, Iris created a blog filled with sharp and often funny musings on the end of a life not quite fulfilled. She also made one final request: for Smith to get her posts published as a book. With the help of his charmingly eager, if overbearingly forthright, new intern Carl, Smith tackles the task of fulfilling Iris’s last wish. Before he can do so, though, he must get the approval of Iris’ big sister Jade, an haute cuisine chef who’s been knocked sideways by her loss. Each carrying their own baggage, Smith and Jade end up on a collision course with their own unresolved pasts and with each other. Told in a series of e-mails, blog posts, online therapy submissions, text messages, legal correspondence, home-rental bookings, and other snippets of our virtual lives, When You Read This is a deft, captivating romantic comedy—funny, tragic, surprising, and bittersweet—that candidly reveals how we find new beginnings after loss.

Admission

Admission
Author: Jean Hanff Korelitz
Pages: 464
ISBN: 9780571309108
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Release: 2013-06-04
Editor: Faber & Faber
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Now a film starring Tina Fey and Paul Rudd 'A book you can't put down.' O, The Oprah Magazine For years, thirty-eight-year-old Portia Nathan has hidden behind her busy career as a Princeton admissions officer and her less than passionate relationship. Then the piece of her past that she has tried so hard to bury resurfaces, catapulting her on an extraordinary journey of the heart that challenges everything she ever thought she believed. Soon, just as Portia must decide on the fates of thousands of bright students regarding their admission to university, so too must she confront the life-altering decisions she made long ago.

What It Takes

What It Takes
Author: Richard Ben Cramer
Pages: 1060
ISBN: 9781453219645
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Release: 2011-08-02
Editor: Open Road Media
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Before Game Change there was What It Takes, a ride along the 1988 campaign trail and “possibly the best [book] ever written about an American election” (NPR). Written by Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and New York Times–bestselling author Richard Ben Cramer, What It Takes is “a perfect-pitch rendering of the emotions, the intensity, the anguish, and the emptiness of what may have been the last normal two-party campaign in American history” (Time). An up-close, in-depth look at six candidates—George H. W. “Poppy” Bush, Bob Dole, Joe Biden, Michael Dukakis, Richard Gephardt, and Gary Hart—this account of the 1988 US presidential campaign explores a unique moment in history, with details on everything from Bush at the Astrodome to Hart’s Donna Rice scandal. Cramer also addresses the question we find ourselves pondering every four years: How do presumably ordinary people acquire that mixture of ambition, stamina, and pure shamelessness that allows them to throw their hat in the ring as a candidate for leadership of the free world? Exhaustively researched from thousands of hours of interviews, What It Takes creates powerful portraits of these Republican and Democratic contenders, and the consultants, donors, journalists, handlers, and hangers-on who surround them, as they meet, greet, and strategize their way through primary season chasing the nomination, resulting in “a hipped-up amalgam of Teddy White, Tom Wolfe, and Norman Mailer” (Los Angeles Times Book Review). With timeless insight that helps us understand the current state of the nation, this “ultimate insider’s book on presidential politics” explores what helps these people survive, what makes them prosper, what drives them, and ultimately, what drives our government—human beings, in all their flawed glory (San Francisco Chronicle).

Going for the Gold

Going for the Gold
Author: Daniel Cohen,Susan Cohen
Pages: 132
ISBN: 0671754181
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Release: 1992
Editor: Simon Pulse
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A fan's guide to the 1992 Winter Olympic Games in Albertville, France, covers every medal sport, plus demonstration sports such as acrobatic skiing

Girls in White Dresses

Girls in White Dresses
Author: Jennifer Close
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9780385676427
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Release: 2011-08-09
Editor: Bond Street Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Brimming with characters you feel you've known forever,Girls in White Dressesannounces a strikingly original new voice, chronicling the struggles and unexpected joys of modern life. Isabella, Mary and Lauren's friend Kristi is engaged and they are all bridesmaids. Despite being happy for their friend, by the sixth shower they are really sick of celebrating her. Saturday after Saturday they coo over toaster ovens and deep fat fryers. They collect wrapping paper and ribbons, tying them to paper plates. But beneath the toasting and clapping, we see these women struggling amid the celebration. Isabella dreams of quitting her job at a mailing list company, where she's both extremely successful and wildly unhappy. Mary falls deeply in love, realizing too late that her new mother-in-law is really her husband's favorite. And Lauren, single and adrift, finds herself drawn to a man she's pretty sure she hates. Wry, hilarious, and utterly recognizable,Girls in White Dressesfollows these women as they maneuver their way through blind dates and ski vacations, boozy lunches and family holidays, through relationships lost to politics and others found in a pet store.

Hermann Broch Visionary in Exile

Hermann Broch  Visionary in Exile
Author: Yale Broch Symposium
Pages: 266
ISBN: 1571132724
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Release: 2003
Editor: Camden House
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Studies of one of the foremost 20c Austrian writers, as a critic and as a novelist and dramatist.

The Young and the Restless

The Young and the Restless
Author: Gurmehar Kaur
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9789353055325
Available:
Release: 2019-05-20
Editor: Penguin Random House India Private Limited
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The 2014 Lok Sabha elections saw the involvement of India's youth like never before. They were debating inside classrooms, sitting for dharnas on the street, having conversations in offices and on social media. The election in 2014 saw 150 million young voters---and the highest number of first-time voters in India. And yet, the average age of our parliamentarians is sixty-three. Our leaders are almost four decades older than the average twenty-five-year-old. In The Young and the Restless, Gurmehar Kaur, student activist and author of Small Acts of Freedom, follows the journeys of eight youth leaders, their aspirations for the country's youth, their aspirations for themselves and, most importantly, their aspirations for the nation. She explores whether their politics only mimics that of the older party leaders or if they have the ideas, passion and motivation of the demographic they represent.