Normal Gets You Nowhere

Author: Kelly Cutrone,Meredith Bryan

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062059807

Category: Self-Help

Page: 192

View: 2552

nor-mal: 2 a: according with, constituting, ornot deviating from a norm, rule or principle b: conforming to a type, standard, or regular pattern 4 a: of, relating to, or characterized by average intelligence or development Uh, who wants that? Hot on the heels of her New York Times bestseller IfYou Have to Cry, Go Outside, Kelly Cutrone isback with another no-holds-barred book to awaken our souls and kick our assesinto gear. In Normal Gets You Nowhere, she invites us to get our freakon. History is full of successful, world-changing people who did not fitin. Think Nelson Mendela, Joan of Arc, EleanorRoosevelt, John Lennon. Instead of changing themselves to accommodate thestatus quo or what others thought they should be, these people hung a light ontheir differences – and changed humanity in the process. There’s already anarmy of supertalented uberfreakschanging the world–isn’t it time you joined them?

Elsewhere in America

Author: David Trend

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317225422

Category: Social Science

Page: 330

View: 2769

Americans think of their country as a welcoming place where everyone has equal opportunity. Yet historical baggage and anxious times can restrain these possibilities. Newcomers often find that civic belonging comes with strings attached––riddled with limitations or legally punitive rites of passage. For those already here, new challenges to civic belonging emerge on the basis of belief, behavior, or heritage. This book uses the term "elsewhere" in describing conditions that exile so many citizens to "some other place" through prejudice, competition, or discordant belief. Yet, in another way, "elsewhere" evokes an undefined "not yet" ripe with potential. In the face of America’s daunting challenges, can "elsewhere" point to optimism, hope, and common purpose? Through 12 detailed chapters, the book applies critical theory in the humanities and social sciences to examine recurring crises of social inclusion in the U.S. After two centuries of incremental "progress" in securing human dignity, today the U.S. finds itself torn by new conflicts over reproductive rights, immigration, health care, religious extremism, sexual orientation, mental illness, and fear of terrorists. Is there a way of explaining this recurring tendency of Americans to turn against each other? Elsewhere in America engages these questions, charting the ever-changing faces of difference (manifest in contested landscapes of sex and race to such areas as disability and mental health), their spectral and intersectional character (recent discourses on performativity, normativity, and queer theory), and the grounds on which categories are manifest in ideation and movement politics (metapolitics, cosmopolitanism, dismodernism).

Trouble with Dreams

Author: Jack Buckner

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1491893575

Category: Fiction

Page: 338

View: 3263

Andy wasn’t promoted; he was fired instead. Another dream shattered. Unfortunately, he oversold Debs on the house in the suburbs. Big mistake. Dennis is sixty-three and retired. At last, he’s realizing his dream: a Devon village home. Tricia and he can unwind – play golf and tend the garden. A pity their life savings disappeared in a pension fund scam. Andy and Dennis have messed up their dreams, and neither of them likes that fact. A comedy about our big and small dreams, Trouble with Dreams is also a tale of two men trying to be friends.

The Rev Diaries

Author: Reverend Adam Smallbone

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 1405913673

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 672

The Rev Diaries is the hilarious tie-in novel to the award-winning hit BBC1 comedy, Rev, starring Tom Hollander. 'I went into the newsagent's for a packet of fags and I saw the exercise book, and I thought, yes, that's got your name on it. Or it soon will. Buy it and fill it with your thoughts, which are many and beautiful and frequently in service to the Lord. Make a diary of your time at St Saviour's. Maybe, in two hundred years' time, you'll be celebrated as the Samuel Pepys of the Church of England. Or a sort of Reverend Bridget Jones. Is that too much to hope for, Lord?' Meet Rev. Adam Smallbone, recently promoted from a sleepy rural parish to funky, inner-city St Saviour's in Hackney. Out of his depth in his new, urban surroundings, he's doing the best he can, supported by his loving, but agnostic wife, Alex. As Adam struggles with the unfamiliar demands of his new parish, there aren't many he can turn to. There's the wild Colin, the waspish Archdeacon, the pompous Nigel, the smothering Adoha and Ellie, the formidably attractive headmistress of the local C of E school. There's God of course. There's always God. But in Adam's hour of need, will God - and Alex - be enough? Rev. Adam Smallbone is the vicar of St Saviour's in Hackney. He studied History at Bristol University, and was ordained in 1999. He is married to Alexandra, a solicitor. He was a curate in the Ipswich Diocese before becoming the vicar of St Peter's, Gromford, where he was able to be asleep most nights by 9 p.m.

Postfeminist Celebrity and Motherhood

Author: Jorie Lagerwey

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1317265718

Category: Social Science

Page: 136

View: 7609

This book analyzes the intersections of celebrity, self-branding, and "mommy" culture. It examines how images of celebrity moms playing versions of themselves on reality television, social media, gossip sites, and self-branded retail outlets negotiate the complex demands of postfeminism and the current fashion for heroic, labor intensive parenting. The cultural regime of "new momism" insists that women be expert in both affective and economic labor, producing loving families, self-brands based on emotional connections with consumers, and lucrative saleable commodities. Successfully creating all three: a self-brand, a style of motherhood, and lucrative product sales, is represented as the only path to fulfilled adult womanhood and citizenship. The book interrogates the classed and racialized privilege inherent in those success stories and looks for ways that the versions of branded motherhood represented as failures might open a space for a more inclusive emergent feminism.

The Temptation of Lila and Ethan

Author: Jessica Sorensen

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1405528028

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 2181

THE NUMBER ONE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR Ella's best friend Lila has always been a good girl who likes pretty clothes and preppy boys. But ever since the first day she met Micha's best friend Ethan, she hasn't been able to stop thinking about him. Girls have always flocked to Ethan -- but never princesses like Lila. And until Lila came into his life he never wanted them to. From the outside the two couldn't seem more different, but somehow they have a connection deeper and more intense than anyone could have imagined. Can two people from such dramatically different worlds really have a love that lasts?

Fire of Dreamsville

Author: Matthew McDonald

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1514440199

Category: Fiction

Page: 238

View: 3803

Throughout his time spent with children who were potentially Autistic, he was able to observe their quirks, their communication skills, and their other misunderstandings of their fellow peers, teachers, parents, and themselves. As an adult, he experienced his first course dealing with the DSM-V; the generalities of the Autism Spectrum baffled him and he knew there had to be something done. Working closely with an Autism-specific research facility, he was able to develop a novel that takes in the biggest issues of Autism and the constant struggles and put them into a story. Follow James as he overcomes his condition and embraces his potential.

Mullah Nasruddin

Author: Sampurna Chattarji

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 8184751168

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 224

View: 4439

How do you stop yourself from being blown away all the way to China? How do you get top-notch services out of snooty Turkish bath attendants? Why do camels not have wings? As thirteen-year-old Shashank the Sad pores over his math homework, a little doodle appears and Mulla Nasruddin—MN to his friends—comes alive! MN’s never-ending stream of stories enthralls Shashank but make him wonder if his new friend is completely crazy. Then one day, Shashank finds himself trapped in a magic grid. Is there a connection between MN’s madcap stories and Shashank’s way out of the grid? Taking the much-loved tales of Mulla Nasruddin into a young boy’s richly imaginative world, Sampurna Chattarji’s retelling is one that will entertain and move both adults and children alike.

When "no" Gets You Nowhere

Author: Mark Brenner

Publisher: Prima Lifestyles

ISBN: 9780761509547

Category: Child psychology

Page: 153

View: 2534

The word "No" is the most overused word in parenting--a small word that carries big emotional consequences. Saying "No" too frequently to infants can diminish their enthusiasm and curiosity; it can also make toddlers feel powerless and unable to control themselves. This book reveals other ways to say "No" and new ways to build trust between parent and child.