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Something to Hide

Author : Elizabeth George
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An Instant New York Times Bestseller! Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers and Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley are back in the next Lynley novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth George. When a police detective is taken off life support after falling into a coma, only an autopsy reveals the murderous act that precipitated her death. She'd been working on a special task force within North London's Nigerian community, and Acting Detective Superintendent Thomas Lynley is assigned to the case, which has far-reaching cultural associations that have nothing to do with life as he knows it. In his pursuit of a killer determined to remain hidden, he's assisted by Detective Sergeants Barbara Havers and Winston Nkata. They must sort through the lies and the secret lives of people whose superficial cooperation masks the damage they do to one another.

Retired What s Next

Author : Michael Bivona
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Youve spent an entire career working hard, and now its time to retire. But what exactly does that mean? Author Michael Bivona was unsure about what to do with his life when retiring, but he didnt let that stop him from finding ways to enjoy it. In this memoir and guidebook, he describes his retirement experiences and considers how to overcome challenging physical times that most retirees face; enjoy new hobbies without getting ripped off; find activities to enjoy with your significant other; and stretch a retirement budget. He looks back on the great vacations and places hes enjoyed with his wife, Barbara, during retirement. Learn from his mistakes and follow in his footsteps to live some great experiences of your own. Youve worked hard to get to this point, and you dont want to mess things up now. Get the information, tools, and strategies you need to live your life to the fullest in retirement. Retired? What's Next? by Michael Bivona CPA, published by IUniverse, was a finalist in the Annual Eric Hoffer Awards for Short Prose & Independent Books. After a rigorous first round of judging, less than 10% of over 1,000 entrants were privileged to have the "2013 Eric Hoffer Award FINALIST-Excellence in Independent Publishing" assigned to their books and digital presentations. The US Review of Books "Before retiring, it's wise to begin building bridges to things you are passionate about, so that when the time comes, you have a choice of which bridges you can comfortably take into the next phase of your life." Some people transition seamlessly into their "golden years," while others have a tougher time entering into retirement, wondering what's next? In Retired? What's Next?, retired accountant, Michael Bivona shares his answer. Part memoir, part retirement guide, this is both informative and inspirational. Touching on essential aspects of retirement like remaining healthy, financial matters, preparing a will, finding part-time and or volunteer work, Bivona delivers practical, real-life advice and insightful reflections. "I realized after a friend's demise that many of the possessions that he had accumulated over his lifetime and were so dear to him, were of no interest to his heirs or friends, and were disposed of like pieces of junk." Staking his own territory in the popular and compelling category of memoir writing, Bivona writes in a genuine narrative tone about how to manage the freedom, new opportunities and choices of retirement by focusing on what he knows and enjoystraveling, dancing, boating, fishing, tennis, golf, writing, reading, and collecting books. And showing by example, Bivona frames his real-life tips on planning for a rewarding retirement around his reflections and recounting of the collective highlights and significant moments and events of his life and retirement journey with his wife, Barbara. Clearly, the Bivonas have a winning strategy for living life to the fullest in retirement. By learning not merely how to cope, but to thrive by crafting a retirement path that is focused on personal fulfillment and joyful meaning, as evidenced by their successful post-retirement journey. In Retired? What's Next?, retired readers, or those thinking of or planning for retirement, will gain insight from Bivona's shared personal wisdom and learn by example the guidance of his inner and outer retirement journeys, which can be applied to their own retirement goals for staying happy, healthy, and active.

Retiring Beware

Author : Michael Bivona, CPA
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If you start working at age twenty and retire at age sixty, there’s a good chance you’ll spend as many years in retirement as you did working.

Michael Bivona, a certified public accountant who retired almost twenty years ago, shares how he saved enough money to retire comfortably. He also explores the importance of continuing to be productive and having fun even after you stop working. 

Drawing on his professional expertise and experiences, he helps you: 

  • develop retirement plans 
  • realize the full value of Social Security payments
  • explore your passions and stay healthy 
  • celebrate life with the people you love 
Bivona also shares his love for dancing, traveling, and writing, helping you come up with your own ideas about all the things you can do once you stop working. 

Life may be short, but retirement can last longer than you think–and you need to make the right moves to enjoy it to its fullest.

Bay Area Stand Up Comedy

Author : Nina G
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Comedians of the San Francisco Bay Area changed comedy forever. From visiting acts like Richard Pryor, Steve Martin and Whoopi Goldberg to local favorites who still maintain their following and legacy, the Bay Area has long been a place for comedians to develop their voice and hone their stand-up skills. Popular spots included Cobb's, the Purple Onion, Brainwash and the holy grail of San Francisco comedy during the 1980s boom, the Holy City Zoo. For more than seventy years, these iconic venues and others fostered talents like Ali Wong, Moshe Kasher and the Smothers Brothers, introducing them to local crowds and the world beyond. Join comedians Nina G and OJ Patterson on a hilarious and thoughtful tour through the history of Bay Area comedy.

Jungle Jack

Author : Jack Hanna
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Jungle Jack is the completely revised and updated authorized biography of one of our most beloved zookeepers, Jack Hanna. When the Columbus Zoo hired Jack Hanna as executive director in 1978, he inherited an outdated zoo where all the animals were caged and the buildings were run down. With the kind of work ethic and enthusiasm he's become known for, Hanna brought new life to the zoo, transforming it into the state-of-the-art facility it is today. It was an achievement for which he was well prepared: Hanna was only eleven years old when he got his first job with animals-cleaning cages for the family vet. As a newlywed, he and his wife, Suzi, ran a pet shop and petting zoo, and he later worked for a wildlife adventure outfit. You've probably seen Hanna as a wildlife correspondent with his animal friends on The Late Show with David Letterman, Larry King Live, Entertainment Tonight, and Hannity & Colmes. Full of unpredictable animal escapades and the occasional tragedy, this book takes readers on an enjoyable safari through the life of "Jungle" Jack Hanna.

Planet Funny

Author : Ken Jennings
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A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year The witty and exuberant New York Times bestselling author Ken Jennings relays the history of humor in “lively, insightful, and crawling with goofy factlings,” (Maria Semple, author of Where’d You Go Bernadette)—from fart jokes on clay Sumerian tablets to the latest Twitter gags and Facebook memes. Where once society’s most coveted trait might have been strength or intelligence or honor, today, in a clear sign of evolution sliding off the trails, it is being funny. Yes, funniness. Consider: Super Bowl commercials don’t try to sell you anymore; they try to make you laugh. Airline safety tutorials—those terrifying laminated cards about the possibilities of fire, explosion, depressurization, and drowning—have been replaced by joke-filled videos with multimillion-dollar budgets and dance routines. Thanks to social media, we now have a whole Twitterverse of amateur comedians riffing around the world at all hours of the day—and many of them even get popular enough online to go pro and take over TV. In his “smartly structured, soundly argued, and yes—pretty darn funny” (Booklist, starred review) Planet Funny, Ken Jennings explores this brave new comedic world and what it means—or doesn’t—to be funny in it now. Tracing the evolution of humor from the caveman days to the bawdy middle-class antics of Chaucer to Monty Python’s game-changing silliness to the fast-paced meta-humor of The Simpsons, Jennings explains how we built our humor-saturated modern age, where lots of us get our news from comedy shows and a comic figure can even be elected President of the United States purely on showmanship. “Fascinating, entertaining and—I’m being dead serious here—important” (A.J. Jacobs, author of The Year of Living Biblically), Planet Funny is a full taxonomy of what spawned and defines the modern sense of humor.

Quit Should Ing On Yourself A Step By Step Guide to Creating the Life You Deserve

Author : Eva Starr
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Are you living your life according to somebody else’s script? Do you make decisions based on what other people will think of you? It’s time to take back the reins, and put you back in the driver’s seat. You have at your disposal the map, which will guide you every step of the way. Buckle your seat belt, and hold on for your life; this isn’t your ordinary self-help book. Quit ‘Should-ing’ on Yourself will take you down a road filled with twists and turns, valleys and peaks, on a remarkable journey to finding out who you really are. Japa, an African grey parrot will help you peel back the layers of the onion, revealing your true self, as you shine the light on the darkness ready to explore areas where you dared not tread before. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll fall in love with Japa, as he leads you through a mixture of life’s realities in a world filled with so much insanity. You’ll find a sense of connectedness as you blossom into the flower you were meant to be.

Enough Astronaut Blood to Last the Winter

Author : Derek Van Gieson
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Derek Van Gieson’s Enough Astronaut Blood to Last the Winter is part fine-art book, part travelogue documenting the author’s turbulent and fruitful period of time spent in New York City. Through drawings, paintings, photography, and short fiction, Van Gieson delivers an intense experience wrought with heartbreak, joy, destruction, perseverance, and whimsy. Enough Astronaut Blood to Last the Winterechoes influences of seminal artists like George Grosz and Richard Brautigan through its unique ability to entertain and engross. Enough Astronaut Blood to Last the Winter is sure to serve as an art object, conversation piece, and a well-worn carry-on for years to come.

The Fate Series Complete Box Set

Author : S. Simone Chavous
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Choices of Fate - Alexa Ryan has a comfortable life, but an unusual condition forces her to keep the world, and all hope of love, at a distance. Ethan Kellar spent his long life running from his destiny, from his role in changing the fate of the world. Until the night Alexa falls into his arms. Believing she is the key to escaping his fate, Ethan gives in to their intense physical attraction only to discover that in trying to cheat destiny, he set it in motion. So he does the only thing he can to save them both. He walks away. Consumed by grief, Alexa is lost until she learns her brief encounter with love resulted in a child. When that child falls ill, her search for answers leads her back to Ethan and thrusts her into his dark and mysterious world, unlocking the secrets of her past and revealing threats to their future. Together, they fight to protect their love, but one battle remains that Ethan must fight alone as he struggles to choose his own path and avoid the choices of fate. Redemption of Fate - When Ethan Kellar awakens in the dark he struggles to remember who or where he is. His mind and body feel foreign, like a flesh and blood prison, until he discovers the lifeless form of his beautiful wife, Alexa, in his arms. On mandatory lockdown at the Elite compound, Cami Kline has never felt more trapped in the place she’s called home for nearly two centuries. Trapped by fear for her missing brother, Ethan, and by the unwanted, yet undeniable, attraction to her cocky new brother-in-law, Jared. When the body of one of their kind is discovered by humans, the Elite are forced to intervene, giving Cami a reprieve as she leads the team to retrieve the body and clean up the mess before the race is exposed. Meanwhile, through a forced blood bond, Lucias uses Ethan in in his quest to rule humans and vampires alike. Unbeknownst to Lucias and despite Alexa’s death, the mate bond remains keeping a small part of Ethan beyond Lucias’ control, but will he eventually give in to the darkness or will it be enough to redeem him. Absolution of Fate - After his wife was ripped away along with his free will, Ethan is forced to watch a monster walk away with his only daughter. Locked in a cell, the last shred of the man he was slips away. Meanwhile, the woman he thought he lost is fighting her way back to him. Having sacrificed herself to save those she loves, Chloe is trapped under Lucias’s watchful eye. He demands she bind herself to him, or remain cut off from the world forever. As she struggles to hang on to the hope of being with her family again, Chloe manages to find comfort in the most unlikely of places. When an accident reveals Chloe’s most dangerous power, plans are set in motion that change the course of the world and finally bring an end to the war her kind have been fighting for centuries.

Choices of Fate

Author : S. Simone Chavous
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Alexa Ryan has a comfortable life, but an unusual condition forces her to keep the world, and all hope of love, at a distance. Ethan Kellar spent his long life running from his destiny, from his role in changing the fate of the world. Until the night Alexa falls into his arms. Believing she is the key to escaping his fate, Ethan gives in to their intense physical attraction only to discover that in trying to cheat destiny, he set it in motion. So he does the only thing he can to save them both. He walks away. Consumed by grief, Alexa is lost until she learns her brief encounter with love resulted in a child. When that child falls ill, her search for answers leads her back to Ethan and thrusts her into his dark and mysterious world, unlocking the secrets of her past and revealing threats to their future. Together, they fight to protect their love, but one battle remains that Ethan must fight alone as he struggles to choose his own path and avoid the choices of fate.