"A cheeky take on the afterlife brimming with sass, angst, and heart." --Christine Riccio, New York Times bestselling author of Again, but Better.Beatrice Fox deserves to go straight to hell. At least, that's what she believes. Her last day on Earth, she ruined the life of the person she loves most--her little sister, Emmy. So when Bea awakens from a fatal car accident to find herself on an airplane headed who knows where, she's confused, to say the least. Once on the ground, Bea receives some truly harrowing news: she's in purgatory. If she ever wants to catch a flight to heaven, she'll have to help five thousand souls figure out what's keeping them from moving on.But one of Bea's first assignments is Caleb, the boy who caused her accident, and the last person Bea would ever want to send to the pearly gates. And as much as Bea would love to see Caleb suffer for dooming her to a seemingly endless future of eating bad airport food and listening to other people's problems, she can't help but notice that he's kind of cute, and sort of sweet, and that maybe, despite her best efforts, she's totally falling for him. From debut author Gabby Noone comes a darkly hilarious and heartfelt twist on the afterlife about finding second chances, first loves, and new friendships in the most unlikely places.
"A cheeky take on the afterlife brimming with sass, angst, and heart." --Christine Riccio, New York Times bestselling author of Again, but Better. Beatrice Fox deserves to go straight to hell. At least, that's what she believes. Her last day on Earth, she ruined the life of the person she loves most--her little sister, Emmy. So when Bea awakens from a fatal car accident to find herself on an airplane headed who knows where, she's confused, to say the least. Once on the ground, Bea receives some truly harrowing news: she's in purgatory. If she ever wants to catch a flight to heaven, she'll have to help five thousand souls figure out what's keeping them from moving on. But one of Bea's first assignments is Caleb, the boy who caused her accident, and the last person Bea would ever want to send to the pearly gates. And as much as Bea would love to see Caleb suffer for dooming her to a seemingly endless future of eating bad airport food and listening to other people's problems, she can't help but notice that he's kind of cute, and sort of sweet, and that maybe, despite her best efforts, she's totally falling for him. From debut author Gabby Noone comes a darkly hilarious and heartfelt twist on the afterlife about finding second chances, first loves, and new friendships in the most unlikely places.
One minute you can't live without them...the next minute you don't want them breathing your air! Siblings everywhere will relate to this humorous look at famous brothers and sisters whose important bonds have shaped their accomplishments...(mostly) for the better. They blame you when they get in trouble. They seem like your parents' favorite. They are the only enemy you can't live without. Almost everyone has a juicy story about their siblings - even famous people. Meet those who got along, those who didn't, and everyone in between! Demi Lovato and her sister Tennis superstars Serena and Venus Williams Walt and Roy Disney Princes William and Harry Stephen Colbert and his eleven older siblings Quarterbacks Peyton and Eli Manning The Jacksons (Michael, Janet, and family) Reality TV sensations the Gosselins Queen Elizabeth I and the queen whom history remembers as Bloody Mary Conjoined twins Chang and Eng Bunker John Wilkes Booth (the man who assassinated Abraham Lincoln) and his brother Edwin Vincent and Theo van Gogh Airplane inventors the Wright brothers The Romanovs The Kennedys Oh, brother! This could get ugly.... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lisa Cordileone. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/lili/002958/bk_lili_002958_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In the summer of 1985, in his exclusive Upper East Side Manhattan apartment, Robert Bierenbaum, a prominent surgeon and certified genius, strangled his wife Gail to death. He then drove her body to an airstrip in Caldwell, N.J., and dumped it into the Atlantic Ocean from a single-engine private plane. The next day he reported her missing. Gail's parents had been thrilled to learn she was marrying Robert Bierenbaum. He seemed to be the perfect match for their daughter. He was from a well-to-do family, a medical student who spoke five languages fluently, a skier, and he even flew an airplane. But Gail would come to learn of her husband's dark side. On one occasion when Robert had tried to choke Gail because he caught her smoking, she filed a police report. She also alleged that he tried to kill her cat because he was jealous of it. For years, her sister pleaded with Gail to run for her life. Even her therapist warned his vulnerable patient that she could eventually die at the hands of the man she married. Fifteen years after this unspeakable, unfathomable crime, a jury found Robert Bierenbaum guilty of murder - and stripped the mask off of this privileged professional to reveal a monster. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Danny Campbell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/009718/bk_brll_009718_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Welcome back to Bright's Pond. Now that her morbidly obese sister, Agnes Sparrow, is comfortably dieting at the Greenbrier nursing home, Griselda has time to fly - literally. A pilot makes an emergency landing on Hector's Hill and creates quite a ruckus in the otherwise sleepy town of Bright's Pond. Griselda becomes enamored with Cliff Cardwell and his airplane, a 1952 Cessna Beachpiper, and takes him up on his offer of flying lessons. This after Zeb Sewickey has proposed marriage. Griselda has not given him her answer. Meanwhile, Stella Hughes Kincaid receives word that her estranged brother, Walter, is in a coma at Greenbrier. Griselda and Agnes convince Stella to see him. On her first visit she meets Gilda Saucer, who claims to be Walter's fiancée. Stella smells a rat and upon further investigation discovers that Walter had recently become a millionaire thanks to the PA state lottery. Stella, Griselda, and pretty much everyone in town jump to the conclusion that Gilda is a gold digger. Stella and Griselda confront the woman, who vehemently denies the accusation and pledges her sincere love for Walter. She is still suspicious, but Stella backs off. When Bright's Pond chief of police Mildred Blessing digs up the news that Stella is married to a two-bit con man, Cliff Cardwell (the pilot) from Binghamton, NY, Gilda and the cute but lying flight instructor are chased from Greenbrier by several cane-wielding Greenbrier residents and Agnes. They are arrested on bunko charges. Miracles still happen occasionally in Bright's Pond; Walter awakens from his coma. He and Stella are reunited, Griselda gives Zeb her answer - no - and is last seen flying loop-de-loops over Hector's Hill. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kate Udall. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/024927/bk_adbl_024927_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Filled with a wealth of revealing new material and insight, the biography of the vivacious, unconventional - and nearly forgotten - young Kennedy sister who charmed American society and the English aristocracy and would break with her family for love. Encouraged to be "winners" from a young age, Rose and Joe Kennedy's children were the embodiment of ambitious, wholesome Americanism. Yet even within this ebullient group of overachievers, the fourth Kennedy child, the irrepressible Kathleen, stood out. Lively, charismatic, extremely clever, and blessed with graceful athleticism and a sunny disposition, the alluring socialite fondly known as Kick was a firecracker who effortlessly made friends and stole hearts. Moving across the Atlantic when her father was appointed as the ambassador to Great Britain in 1938, Kick - the "nicest Kennedy" - quickly became the family's star. Despite making little effort to fit in to British high society, she charmed everyone from the beau monde to Fleet Street with her unconventional attitude and easygoing humor. Growing increasingly independent, Kick would also shock and alienate her devout family by falling in love and marrying the scion of a virulently anti-Catholic family - William Cavendish, the heir apparent of the Duke of Devonshire and Chatsworth. But the marriage would last only a few months; Billy was killed in combat in 1944, just four years before Kick's own unexpected death in an airplane crash at 28. Paula Byrne recounts this remarkable young woman's life in detail as never before, from her work at the Washington Times-Herald and volunteerism for the Red Cross in wartime England to her love of politics and astute, opinionated observations to her decision to renounce her faith for the man she loved. Sympathetic and compelling, Kick shines a spotlight on this feisty and unique Kennedy long relegated to the shadows of her legendary family's history. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Antonia Beamish. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/005314/bk_harp_005314_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Seminar paper from the year 2000 in the subject American Studies - Literature, grade: 2,0, University of Flensburg (Englisches Seminar), course: Reading Contemporary American Fiction: Barbara Kingsolver, 5 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: IntroductionThe main thesis: Death determines the life of Cosima Noline and finally changes it The main character in the novel 'Animal Dreams' by Barbara Kingsolver, Codi Noline, is a person who has always denied the possibility and importance of change in peoples lives. Her sister Hallie has a positive attitude towards the way of the world and thinks 'nothing stays with you all your life' [p. 31], which means everything can be changed to turn out well. In Codi¿s opinion there is nothing she can ever steer in the world not even in her own microcosm and although the name Cosima means 'order in the cosmos' [p. 13], she feels that she 'must have sensed the lack of cosmic order in (her) future' [p. 13]. When she grew up in Grace, Codi felt 'unfit to live' [p. 184], also in present she has 'no more mission in life than I¿d been born with [p. 28]. She believes she is born as the bad part of the two sisters. The one who goes hand in hand with death. When Codi once looks at the plants before her front step, she thinks they are 'right down to death¿s door, but water always brought them back' [p. 89], whereas she 'could only wish for such resilience' [p. 89] to escape death. In opposition to her fate as being the death angel, her sister Hallie has got the gift to protect life because she knows how to grow plants and how to help people in emergencies.The roles cannot be changed. Codi is surrounded by death. Her mother died when she was a child and at the age of sixteen Codi had a miscarriage. She is the first person who explores the poison which is killing Grace from underneath. For her it seems to be just another bad omen of her failed life. She does not recognize the positive images around her, for example the strong relationship with her sister Hallie, not also that she is the savior of Grace, because she has enabled the people of Grace to take the last chance and save their hometown. In the end of the novel, the life of Codi Noline turns upside down and this dramatic change is on one hand the result of Hallie¿s death in Nicaragua. The closest person in her lifetime, whom Codi always believed was the better part of herself has now gone forever. On the other hand that she survived the airplane flight accidentally is the second occurrence on her way towards a new life. Suddenly she recognizes that 'so much of life is animal instinct' [p. 319]. It is a new aspect on her life, that she as a human being also inherited 'fear and the will to live' [p. 319]. However, these are the traumatic incidents she always seemed to need. It does not make her life seemingly unbearable but turns her despair around. Halimeda, which means 'thinking of the sea' [p. 13], nevermore the center of Codi¿s life, is dead. But the sea is the origin of all life on earth and becomes the bearer of Codi Noline¿s 'new life'. The discontent that has chased her since she was born is now unraveled.
At first Sammy is jealous when he learns that his older sister and brother are going on a school trip to an airplane museum, but then his grandmother plans a magical day out just for Sammy.
Dogs, Children, and other Wild Things is a collection of ten stories using the personalities of real people in improbable circumstances. It is somewhere between Alice in Wonder Land, and The Wizard of Oz in the first three stories. Three girls face dangers and adventure in a fantasyland of Screamers and Book Worms. Using their own abilities, with assistance from grandpa to get in and out of the fantasy land, they end up with a unique treasure which will serve them well for going to school and acing the tests. The next five stories are about unusual situations, some of them non-human, and how they were resolved. And the last two are love stories, different from those in most romances. The stories can be read independently with enjoyment. However, since the personalities of the members of a real family are woven throughout them, they are best read from first to last. You are suddenly in a forest with a nine foot high bear and a ten foot high bird: Do you stop reading the story, or do you go along for the adventures to the very end? Your sister is a queen in the land of the Screamers. Can you rescue her? 'X' and 'Y' have been eaten by the giant Omni. Will all the computers in the world go bonkers? Are bees like wasps? Can you survive? Are wolves married? Do you have any other Questions? Is the US President about to be killed? Is this a job for Spy Dog? Can you become a billionaire? Ever try the Golden Gas? Have you ever watched a worm? What did you think about? Ever been ignored by someone you love? Did you try raisins? From your front yard you wave at an airplane. Can it be too high for you to hear it? Get the answers to these questions by reading, Dogs, Children, and other Wild Things Leo Farr is happily married and has five children and five grandchildren. He is presently retired from the State of California and living in Sacramento, California. Over the years, as a counselor and supervisor in the Department of Rehabilitation, as a coach for youth sports, and as a father he has shown a deep interest in the development of children. He has written one other book, Stacey and her Lessons in Learning.