Such Good Boys

Author: Tina Dirmann

Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks

ISBN: 1429954280

Category: True Crime

Page: 256

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AN ABUSIVE MOTHER Raised in the suburb of Riverside, California, twenty-year-old college student Jason Bautista endured for years his emotionally disturbed mother's verbal and psychological abuse. She even locked him out of the house, tied him up with electrical cord, and on one occasion, gave him a beating that sent him to the emergency room. His fifteen-year-old half brother Matthew Montejo also was a victim to Jane Bautista's dark mood swings and erratic behavior, but for some reason, Jason received the brunt of the abuse—until he decided he'd had enough... A SON'S REVENGE On the night of January 14, 2003, Jason strangled his mother. To keep authorities from identifying her body, he chopped off her head and hands, an idea he claimed he got from watching an episode of the hit TV series "The Sopranos." Matthew would later testify in court that he sat in another room in the house with the TV volume turned up while Jason murdered their mother. He also testified that he drove around with Jason to find a place to dump Jane's torso. A CRIME THAT WOULD BOND TWO BROTHERS The morning following the murder, Matthew went to school, and Jason returned to his classes at Cal State San Bernardino. When authorities zeroed in on them, Jason lied and said that Jane had run off with a boyfriend she'd met on the Internet. But when police confronted the boys with overwhelming evidence, Jason confessed all. Now the nightmare was only just beginning for him...

Boys Will Be

Author: Bruce Brooks

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 1627798463

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 132

View: 3490

In twelve essays full of wit, insight, feeling and fun, Bruce Brooks tells about boys: good and not quite bad; loud, sports-mad, and smelling of sweat; facing, in quiet moments and school-yard confrontations, the choices that make them into men. With topics like "Stink," "The Cap," "Why Ice Hockey Kicks Football's Tutu," "Bullies" and "Respect," Boys Will Be is a celebration of boyhood written for boys-and all those who want to know more about them.

The Good Goodbye

Author: Carla Buckley

Publisher: Ballantine Books

ISBN: 0553390597

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

View: 4175

For fans of Jodi Picoult comes an enthralling domestic thriller about the lies we tell, and let ourselves believe, in the name of love. The first thing you should know is that everyone lies. The second thing is that it matters. How well do we know our children? Natalie Falcone would say she knows her daughter, Arden, very well. Despite the challenges of running a restaurant and raising six-year-old twin boys, she’s not too worried as she sends her daughter off to college—until she gets the call that Arden’s been in a terrible fire, along with her best friend and cousin, Rory. Both girls are critically injured and another student has died. The police suspect arson. Arden and Rory have always been close, but they have secrets they’ve never shared, secrets that reel all the way back to their childhoods, and which led them to that tragic night. Who set the fire, and why? As the police dig deep into both the present and the past, Natalie realizes that in order to protect her daughter, she’ll first have to find out who Arden really is, even if it means risking everything—and everyone—she loves most. Praise for The Good Goodbye “A fluid, suspenseful story that keeps you turning the pages to find out what happened—and what will happen next. I devoured this novel.”—Christina Baker Kline, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Orphan Train “[Carla] Buckley’s writing is totally addictive. . . . Equal parts Judith Guest’s Ordinary People and Lisa Gardner at her best, this is a stupendous effort by a major talent.”—The Providence Journal “Offers plenty of thematic richness to accompany its suspenseful plot . . . [Readers] will find their thoughts returning to the story, especially its affecting final scenes, long after it comes to a close.”—Bookreporter “Each chapter reveals a tantalizing new detail that further complicates the cousins’ bond. . . . Buckley’s characters are well-developed and interesting.”—Publishers Weekly “A journey through two marriages and a lifelong competitive friendship . . . The mystery of the fire runs through it all. . . . For readers who enjoy Jodi Picoult’s family dramas.”—Booklist


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Category: American wit and humor

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The Mystery that Is Woman

Author: Ashapurna Devi

Publisher: Global Collective Publishers

ISBN: 1954021291

Category: Fiction

Page: 316

View: 8627

These stories have been selected to provide a look at human issues such as rural migration, feminism and the refugee experience. The characters, whether they are mothers and daughters or husbands and sons, always seem to be people we have seen and possibly even know in our daily lives. They are never distant or two dimensional. The stories are full of wisdom. The writer had a great understanding of the layered complexity of the world outside the confines of the four walls of a home. These stories deal largely with women and the situations they find themselves in, in different settings both urban and rural. While deeply sympathetic towards the dreams and heartache of a woman’s life, Ashapurna never does this at a cost to her male characters. Her feminism is neither strident nor vitriolic but her characters are treated with respect and compassion.

Living With God

Author: Aravind Balasubramanya

Publisher: Sri Sathya Sai Sadhana Trust, Publications Division

ISBN: 9350693151

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: N.A

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Calling Sri Sathya Sai Baba a philanthropist and social reformer would be akin to calling Lord Jesus a shepherd and Bhagawan Krishna a cowherd! One definitely cannot turn a blind eye to His magnificent work – tertiary healthcare systems, water projects, housing projects, and educational university, which are first-of-a-kind in world history. He has also inspired service activities around the globe with a footprint in over one hundred and fifty countries. He is definitely a social reformer, but He is also much more. His greatest work is the transformation of the heart, which He has effected through pure, selfless love. Once the source and nature of this Love is understood, one cannot help but call Him divine, adding the prefix ‘Bhagawan’ to His name. This book details the life experiences of eighteen students and teachers of Bhagawan’s educational system, which ranges from ‘KG to PG’ (kindergarten to post-graduation). This is just a sample of those that have received ‘Higher’ learning from their Swami – a learning for life. But, this sample will give us a glimpse into what Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba stands for and what He exhorts. It will make it amply clear that it is never too early, or too late to embark on the greatest quest of life – Educare.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Author: Mark Twain

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101567996

Category: Fiction

Page: 272

View: 5239

As part of the wonderful Collector's Library series, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is one of the best-loved children's classics of all time. This attractive volume contains the complete and unabridged story with 8 full color illustrations, plus numerous black & white illustrations throughout. The deluxe edition features a full piece cloth case, a four color illustrated onlay on the front cover, foil stamping on front and spine, stained edges on three sides, printed endpapers with book plate and a satin ribbon marker. This book should have an honored place in any child's library.

Josefina Cannot Make Round Tortillas

Author: Miguel Sepulveda

Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc

ISBN: 1483468399

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: N.A

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Ten-year-old Josefina wants to make fresh tortillas just like her mother, who also learned to make tortillas from her mother. Creating homemade tortillas is an expression of love for family and friends. From kitchen safety to measuring ingredients, Josefina absorbs all the information her mother teaches her about cooking. As excited as she is about learning something new, Josefina never imagined making this family favorite would be so difficult, especially molding them into their classic round shape. Hers come out in funny shapes, and her twin brothers tease her about the odd-looking tortillas. Josefina’s parents try to keep the peace between the bickering children, but the teasing and arguing leads to a major confrontation within in the family. A book for young readers, Josefina Cannot Make Round Tortillas tells a story of determination, encouragement, forgiveness, and a family’s love for each other.

Last of the Good Boys

Author: John McPhaul

Publisher: Dorrance Publishing

ISBN: 1636615309

Category: Fiction

Page: 232

View: 7614

Last of the Good Boys By: John McPhaul "That Northlee boy didn't get drafted. The Harper's, none of their boys went to war. Billy Northlee ain't no more in college than I am. He works up there at his daddy's store from time to time, but his name's on the books up at the state college just the same... I'm glad somebody from around here made it back home from over yonder. It looks like Rain Seed County, paid for the sins of that war all by itself. It don't make sense all them boys going over there and dying that way. People's a-marching, protesting, and talking 'bout peace and love and the dead bodies kept a-coming. I don't know what the world's coming to. Around here, you didn't want to stay at home or leave home, scared the gov'ment car be waiting for you with a telegram. Some white folks, too. They had theirs too." **** The book begins in the deep, then-segregated south where six black boys come of age in the mid-1960's. Each weigh their dreams and ambitions against conscription and the Vietnam War. Hopes for a better life lay seized in their aspirations for manhood when suddenly, lives are blindsided and impacted by that war. Mel Streeter (main Character) voices his story against the backdrop of childhood memories in that tiny town in Florida's Panhandle. Streeter's dream to be an aviator and the torch he's carried since childhood for a girl much older than him (Rachel) are realized in the den and complexity of Vietnam. As a helicopter pilot, he 's paired with an amiable, senior pilot (Habrasham) and assigned to clandestine operations where he meets (Xuan), the beautiful Montagnard Woman (a member of indigenous tribes of South Vietnam) who bears a twin-like resemblance to Rachel. The seasons of war and deaths of good boys are churned in young Streeter's obsession with that resemblance. Amid Streeter's powerful need to complete that circle of romance emerges the horrors of life changing injuries and uncertain recoveries. Seven years later, 1975, when American troops no longer occupy South Vietnam, a small, secret team is summoned to return to Vietnam just prior to the fall of Saigon. It is then the truth emerges concerning the clandestine missions flown by Streeter and Habrasham and the fates of Xuan, her family and village. In a haunting and eclectic conclusion, Last of the Good Boys delivers an urgent 1960's accounting of the human cost for the South Vietnamese people and shares an intimate view of the Montagnards of South Vietnam-most importantly, a searing and touching view of the war 's emotional impact on black American families.