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Foreign babes in Beijing : Behind the scenes of a new China

“A smart, funny, insightful peek into modern China through the eyes of a ‘foreign babe’.”

Having lived briefly in China while growing up, DeWoskin returns as an adult to work in a PR firm and finds herself cast in a successful soap opera, Foreign Babes in Beijing. In her highly entertaining and enlightening memoir of the same name, she shares her fascinating perspective. DeWoskin shares insider views on the one-child policy, the practice of self-criticism, and more. Still, life in Beijing is definitely improving; notes DeWoskin, "Beijing is more like Hong Kong, [as] street kiosks [make] way for sleek boutiques and cafes where the Chinese and foreigners lounge together drinking lattes and Italian sodas." She gives readers the perfect feel for today's China-a place where ancient and modern mingle.

Foreign babes in Beijing : Behind the scenes of a new China

Rachel DeWoskin
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“A smart, funny, insightful peek into modern China through the eyes of a ‘foreign babe’.”

Having lived briefly in China while growing up, DeWoskin returns as an adult to work in a PR firm and finds herself cast in a successful soap opera, Foreign Babes in Beijing. In her highly entertaining and enlightening memoir of the same name, she shares her fascinating perspective. DeWoskin shares insider views on the one-child policy, the practice of self-criticism, and more. Still, life in Beijing is definitely improving; notes DeWoskin, "Beijing is more like Hong Kong, [as] street kiosks [make] way for sleek boutiques and cafes where the Chinese and foreigners lounge together drinking lattes and Italian sodas." She gives readers the perfect feel for today's China-a place where ancient and modern mingle.

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Made You Up

”Awesome debut novel from this University of Indianapolis student.  Loved it!”

Alex fights a daily battle to figure out what is real and what is not. Armed with a take-no-prisoners attitude, her camera, a Magic 8 Ball, and her only ally (her little sister), Alex wages a war against her schizophrenia, determined to stay sane long enough to get into college. She's pretty optimistic about her chances until she runs into Miles. Didn't she imagine him? Before she knows it, Alex is making friends, going to parties, falling in love, and experiencing all the usual rites of passage for teenagers. But Alex is used to being crazy. She's not prepared for normal. Can she trust herself? Can we trust her?

Made You Up

Francesca Zappia
Y Zappia

”Awesome debut novel from this University of Indianapolis student.  Loved it!”

Alex fights a daily battle to figure out what is real and what is not. Armed with a take-no-prisoners attitude, her camera, a Magic 8 Ball, and her only ally (her little sister), Alex wages a war against her schizophrenia, determined to stay sane long enough to get into college. She's pretty optimistic about her chances until she runs into Miles. Didn't she imagine him? Before she knows it, Alex is making friends, going to parties, falling in love, and experiencing all the usual rites of passage for teenagers. But Alex is used to being crazy. She's not prepared for normal. Can she trust herself? Can we trust her?

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Hondo

“Classic western, his first and my first, but not my last.  Loved it!”

Angie Low is raising her young son, Johnny, alone on an isolated ranch under the protection of Apache chief Vittoro, who is about to engage the U.S. Cavalry. He offers to spare them if Angie allows Johnny to be raised as an Apache.  In the aftermath Hondo Lane, a U.S. Cavalry dispatcher, tries to convince Angie and her son to abandon their ranch and flee with him to safety.

Hondo

Louis L'Amour
Lamour

“Classic western, his first and my first, but not my last.  Loved it!”

Angie Low is raising her young son, Johnny, alone on an isolated ranch under the protection of Apache chief Vittoro, who is about to engage the U.S. Cavalry. He offers to spare them if Angie allows Johnny to be raised as an Apache.  In the aftermath Hondo Lane, a U.S. Cavalry dispatcher, tries to convince Angie and her son to abandon their ranch and flee with him to safety.

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The City

“Cried at the end, probably my favorite and I’ve read every book by this author.”

There are millions of stories in the city--some magical, some tragic, others terror-filled or triumphant. Jonah Kirk's story is all of those things as he draws readers into his life in the city as a young boy, introducing his indomitable grandfather, also a "piano man;" his single mother, a struggling singer; and the heroes, villains, and everyday saints and sinners who make up the fabric of the metropolis in which they live--and who will change the course of Jonah's life forever. Welcome to The City, a place of evergreen dreams where enchantment and malice entwine, where courage and honor are found in the most unexpected corners and the way forward lies buried deep inside the heart.



The City

Dean Koontz
Koontz

“Cried at the end, probably my favorite and I’ve read every book by this author.”

There are millions of stories in the city--some magical, some tragic, others terror-filled or triumphant. Jonah Kirk's story is all of those things as he draws readers into his life in the city as a young boy, introducing his indomitable grandfather, also a "piano man;" his single mother, a struggling singer; and the heroes, villains, and everyday saints and sinners who make up the fabric of the metropolis in which they live--and who will change the course of Jonah's life forever. Welcome to The City, a place of evergreen dreams where enchantment and malice entwine, where courage and honor are found in the most unexpected corners and the way forward lies buried deep inside the heart.

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Euphoria

“I liked it!  Based on history, it was a smart summery tale of love and academia and not sugary sweet!”

Inspired by an event in the life of Margaret Mead, this novel tells the story of three young anthropologists in 1930s New Guinea. Nell Stone and her husband, Fen, flee one tribe, and, with the help of English anthropologist Andrew Bankson, settle with another. A love triangle soon develops among the three. The attraction Bankson feels for Nell saves him from loneliness and suicide, but it heightens tensions between Nell and Fen, ultimately exploding in violence. This three-way relationship is complex and involving, but even more fascinating is the depiction of three anthropologists with three entirely diverse ways of studying another culture.

Euphoria

Lily King
King

“I liked it!  Based on history, it was a smart summery tale of love and academia and not sugary sweet!”

Inspired by an event in the life of Margaret Mead, this novel tells the story of three young anthropologists in 1930s New Guinea. Nell Stone and her husband, Fen, flee one tribe, and, with the help of English anthropologist Andrew Bankson, settle with another. A love triangle soon develops among the three. The attraction Bankson feels for Nell saves him from loneliness and suicide, but it heightens tensions between Nell and Fen, ultimately exploding in violence. This three-way relationship is complex and involving, but even more fascinating is the depiction of three anthropologists with three entirely diverse ways of studying another culture.

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Who Moved My Cheese?

“Impressive inspirational read.  Now one of my top 10 books.”

Change can be a blessing or a curse, depending on your perspective. The message of this title is that all can come to see it as a blessing, if they understand the nature of cheese and the role it plays in their lives. Who Moved My Cheese? is a parable that takes place in a maze. Four beings live in that maze and have different relationships with cheese. Most of us reading the story will see the cheese as something related to our livelihoods, although it can stand for anything. The point of the story is that we have to be alert to changes in the cheese, and be prepared to go running off in search of new sources of cheese when the cheese we have runs out.

Who Moved My Cheese?

Spencer Johnson
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“Impressive inspirational read.  Now one of my top 10 books.”

Change can be a blessing or a curse, depending on your perspective. The message of this title is that all can come to see it as a blessing, if they understand the nature of cheese and the role it plays in their lives. Who Moved My Cheese? is a parable that takes place in a maze. Four beings live in that maze and have different relationships with cheese. Most of us reading the story will see the cheese as something related to our livelihoods, although it can stand for anything. The point of the story is that we have to be alert to changes in the cheese, and be prepared to go running off in search of new sources of cheese when the cheese we have runs out.

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The Legend of the Monk and the Merchant: Principles for Successful Living

“Awesome read with applicable principles for successful living.  The best of the three I read- by far.”

A fantastic adventure of personal growth - set in 16th century Italy. Readers will meet and join young Julio, who is taken on a quest into adulthood - as his grandfather reveals mysterious family secrets. Woven through the story are 12 principles of success including: Work Hard and God will Prosper You, Be Meek Before God, but Bold Before Men, Live Debt-Free and Below Your Means, and Set Aside the First 10% to Honor God. The Legend of the Monk and the Merchant will change the way you think about your career, wealth, and success.

The Legend of the Monk and the Merchant: Principles for Successful Living

Terry Felber
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“Awesome read with applicable principles for successful living.  The best of the three I read- by far.”

A fantastic adventure of personal growth - set in 16th century Italy. Readers will meet and join young Julio, who is taken on a quest into adulthood - as his grandfather reveals mysterious family secrets. Woven through the story are 12 principles of success including: Work Hard and God will Prosper You, Be Meek Before God, but Bold Before Men, Live Debt-Free and Below Your Means, and Set Aside the First 10% to Honor God. The Legend of the Monk and the Merchant will change the way you think about your career, wealth, and success.

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Checkmate

“Awesome conclusion!”

When a clandestine FBI facility is attacked, Special Agent Patrick Bowers is drawn into the vicious, ruthless story that a killer from his past is bent on telling the world. Clues lead to long-forgotten secrets buried deep beneath Uptown Charlotte, North Carolina. Now Bowers is caught up in trying to stop one of the deadliest attacks ever planned on American soil. Smart, tense, and full of mind-bending twists and turns, Checkmate explodes onto the scene, bringing this cycle of the Bowers Files to an unforgettable conclusion.

Checkmate

Steven James
James
Series: Bowers Files

“Awesome conclusion!”

When a clandestine FBI facility is attacked, Special Agent Patrick Bowers is drawn into the vicious, ruthless story that a killer from his past is bent on telling the world. Clues lead to long-forgotten secrets buried deep beneath Uptown Charlotte, North Carolina. Now Bowers is caught up in trying to stop one of the deadliest attacks ever planned on American soil. Smart, tense, and full of mind-bending twists and turns, Checkmate explodes onto the scene, bringing this cycle of the Bowers Files to an unforgettable conclusion.

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Attack on Titan

“My first Manga!  Perfect amount of action and character development with a very intriguing story.  An emotional ride!”

For the past century, what's left of mankind has hidden in a giant, three-walled city, trapped in fear of the bizarre, giant humanoids known as the Titans. Little is known about where they came from or why they are bent on consuming human-kind, but the sudden appearance of an enormous Titan is about change everything

Attack on Titan

Hajime Isayama
GN Isayama

“My first Manga!  Perfect amount of action and character development with a very intriguing story.  An emotional ride!”

For the past century, what's left of mankind has hidden in a giant, three-walled city, trapped in fear of the bizarre, giant humanoids known as the Titans. Little is known about where they came from or why they are bent on consuming human-kind, but the sudden appearance of an enormous Titan is about change everything

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As Close As Sisters

“Insightful and compelling”

Diagnosed with terminal cancer, 42-year-old McKenzie Arnold, spending one last summer with her three best friends, realizes that with the love and support of Aurora, Janine and Lilly, she can face her death with courage, but nothing has prepared her for how the summer will end.

As Close As Sisters

Colleen Faulkner
Faulkne

“Insightful and compelling”

Diagnosed with terminal cancer, 42-year-old McKenzie Arnold, spending one last summer with her three best friends, realizes that with the love and support of Aurora, Janine and Lilly, she can face her death with courage, but nothing has prepared her for how the summer will end.

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