Description : ""Picarella's wry observations on fatherhood and American life are spot-on. Consider his light and heartfelt essays to be a user's manual for dads."" - CHRIS ERSKINE, "Los Angeles Times" ""While today's digitized and distracted families are generally depicted as wise-cracking and argumentative, Michael Picarella's column steadily reinforces the notion that families remain nurturing, character-building institutions built on love and caring, with a little zaniness around every corner."" - JIM SCHOCK, author of "The Bridge: A Celebration," former ABC-TV Bureau Chief, West Coast ""I really enjoy Michael's writing His witty stories of his family life are not only charming, but very relatable."" - LACEY CHABERT, actress, "Mean Girls," "Party of Five," "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past," "The Wild Thornberrys" Michael Picarella shares 70 collected stories and a fistful of family bits from his Southern California-based columns, Family Men Don't Wear Name Brands in The Acorn Newspapers and Picarella Family Report in The Signal. Picarella is a father, husband, columnist, filmmaker and cherry pie lover. He lives in L.A. with his wife, son and super beagle.
Description : Divorce is tough. It's filled with painful emotions that can stop you in your tracks. But what you are feeling right now does not have to take over your life. When Happily Ever After Ends shows you how to regain control. It empowers you to look at yourself and your situation, and find a way through this time that will leave you financially sound and legally protected. By gaining an understanding of the three universal laws of every divorce, you can walk through this process with your head held high and dignity intact, and emerge a strong and healthy person. With When Happily Ever After Ends, you can- - Master the seven principles of negotiation - Craft a settlement that gets you what you want - Navigate through the litigation process knowledgeably-not in fear - Create a financial plan that you can live with - Learn better ways to cope when dealing with an ex There is no magical fix and you can't bury your head in the sand. However, there is a clear path with a true end in sight, and the knowledge this book provides can make you BE THE PERSON YOU WANT TO BE.
Description : A stolen crown. A daring heist. And a treasure worth more than life itself. My guys and I have been enjoying our lives, running our business, and reveling in our love. But when an old friend makes a tough request, I can't say no--even when it falls on Halloween, my favorite holiday. Little did I think, though, about how even the tiniest slip-up could mean losing everything we hold dear. An excerpt of this slice-of-life tale was previously published in the Halloween Between the Sheets anthology. It has since been expanded into a full story and is best enjoyed after reading the Spellbound Souls trilogy--Dragon Shattered, Dragon Unbroken, and Dragon Reborn.
Description : Unhappily Ever After employs three different narrative techniques to tell the story of Rachel Rothschild, her family and friends, the wealthy young man who will become her husband and their children. Seeking to establish her own identity, other than as her rich husband's consort, Rachel works hard at becoming an investigative journalist, and she is succeeding.. But then she experiences a trauma that threatens to destroy her sanity and marriage. Trying to recover her balance, Rachel, who had always been a star student, enters graduate school in large part as a retreat from life and emotions she cannot control. The story is told in four chapters or books. The first book is an autobiography, begun when Rachel is expecting her first child. It starts with Rachel's tomboy childhood in Santa Monica, California, moves on to the development of a tight circle of girlfriends in junior high and high school and the angst and the sexual experimentation of teen-dom. As in real life, the first book surrounds Rachel not just with her girlfriends but with parents, siblings, cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents, each of whose stories is an element in Rachel's own story. After entering the University of Colorado to room with her cousin, Yalie Goodman, Rachel is expelled following a drunk driving accident. She undergoes several months of difficult community service back in the Los Angeles area. Then she reenters college as a beginning freshman at UCLA and the following year is permitted by her parents to transfer to the University of California at Berkeley. There she pursues her goal of becoming a journalist and meets the young man, JJ Weiner, whom she will marry. But the marriage will not take place until JJ completes his law degree and obtains an MBA. Meanwhile, he insists that Rachel complete her senior year at Berkeley, return to her hometown and begin her career. He also refuses to have sex with her until they are married, adding up to more than two years of frustration and bafflement for Rachel. Unwillingly, Rachel accepts JJ's edict because she is not strong enough to stand up to him. It is not until after they are engaged that Rachel realizes that JJ comes from an extremely wealthy family and that their life together in Colorado will be luxurious, but also restrictive. Although she intends to keep her name, her identity will depend on him, not on her own achievements. Following the birth relatively early in the marriage of their first child, Rachel, at her husband's suggestion, goes to work at a local magazine and soon carves out a place for herself, building a reputation for tackling challenging issues. However, a miscarriage and the difficult birth of her second child mire Rachel in post-partum depression. She is just beginning to regain her footing when she experiences the trauma that forever changes her life. The trauma is described in the present tense in the second book. That is, it is taking place in real time while it's being read. The third and fourth books are told in the familiar third person past tense. The two books cover Rachel's efforts to overcome the emotional consequences of her experience, partly with professional help but also with the support of a cousin, Dev Goodman, who lives nearby in Denver, and Jessica Sherman, a rock-solid girlfriend back home in Santa Monica, California. As her young relatives begin to experience professional success, Rachel feels left behind, a damaged person who has retreated to academia to avoid real life in which she considers herself a failure as a mother and wife. Over a period of almost four years, ever reliant on her cousin and girlfriend, Rachel begins to understand the underlying source of her discontent, which has roots extending beyond her trauma. Unexpected developments accumulate and eventually explode into a crisis leading to a startling denouement. This is an ambitious novel with a large cast of characters, each of whose lives is intertwined with
Description : What do Physics, three bears and a stroke have in common? Take a journey with Elaine, a middle-aged Physics teacher, as she explains the theory of relativity using the metaphor of three bears and a train, and devises a plan to turn back time and save her ailing father from physical determination. Written by gifted playwright Jean Tay, Everything but the Brain was first developed at the Playwrights’ Cove at The Necessary Stage in 2001 and staged by Action Theatre in 2005. It won Best Original Script in The Straits Times’ Life! Theatre Awards in 2006 and has since been selected as an ‘O’- and ‘N’-Level literature text in Singapore.
Description : Perfect for fans of Jojo Moyes, Dorothy Koomson and Liane Moriarty, this is an uplifting and heartfelt novel from the author of The Memory Book, which was featured in the Richard & Judy book club 2014 'I immediately read The Memory Book and it's WONDERFUL ... I'm so happy because she's written other books and its so lovely to find a writer you love who has a backlist' Marian Keyes Kitty Simpson is a firm believer in fairy tales. And when Fergus Kelly kisses her under a shooting star (or perhaps a banking airplane), she simply knows that he must be The One. But eighteen months, a storybook wedding and an adorable but accidental baby later, Kitty's life isn't the perfect idyll she thought it would be. She has her Prince Charming, her lady-of-leisure lifestyle and her longed-for escape from city life, but Fergus spends most of his time commuting, looking after Ella is surprisingly exhausting, and a quiet life in the country has her pining for London. Suddenly confident, self-assured Kitty isn't sure who she is any more. Cracks are appearing in her fairy tale. And when they're compounded by her unexpected attraction to another man, happily ever after seems a long way off...
Description : Incorporating examples from her own life, the author presents a candid look at how to find true happiness despite such frustrations, challenges, and obstacles as dirty dishes, cranky bosses, noisy children, and messy houses.
Description : Change is inevitable. Nothing stays still. Like a speeded-up film, life is in constant motion from the molecular to the planetary level and we are changing right along with it. Following the much-loved format of her last two bestselling books, Lesley Garner has distilled her observations on change into an irresistible collection of beautifully written essays. She gives many techniques for dealing with change, some drawn from her own life, some from the experience and skills of others. Whether you are desperately stuck in the mud or being swept away in the current of your life, there are ideas here that will get you riding the inevitable, interminable waves, ideas that will even have you enjoying a thrilling ride. Like her other books, Everything I've Ever Learned about Change is destined for a long life on the bedside table.
Description : This book was inspired by what I have observed in the world around me. It deals with social issues, such as teenage suicide and anorexia and also the usual teenage dramas that haunt every woman to this day. It will hopefully instill confidence into the readers and show them that any situation has a solution and there is no need to be embarrassed about anything that they are faced with. They are encouraged, in this book, to talk about their problems to their peers, friends, or someone older when it’s something that weighs down on them and affects their life negatively. Follow six girls on their journey as they discover how interesting it is to grow up, and you may find that you relate to one of the girls more than the others. I know I did.
Description : This beautiful collection of short essays by renowned journalist Lesley Garner acts as spiritual and emotional first-aid kit. Lesley explains, 'I wrote this book because I think I know what to do and then life bowls me over again and I forget. I decided to get my experience down on paper so that I could turn to it in an emergency, like a friend.' The book contains things that work in darkness and things that work in daylight. There are techniques that will help you plan your journey and techniques that will light the next inch of the path when you've lost your way. They'll give comfort in a crisis but they'll also inspire you to lead a deeper, richer life. Practical, insightful and moving, this book is the perfect gift for those looking for inspiration.