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Birth, death, and conflict-- three things you truly can' t avoid. Whether it' s big or small, conflict eats into productivity and makes people feel stuck. Yet solutions exist for even the toughest situations with the most intractable people. The answer lies in better communication-- not just using different words, but rather learning to think differently. I Hear You supplies proven techniques for stepping outside one' s point of view and seeing things from other perspectives. Sample dialogues show how this shift in thinking leads to better conversations and greatly improved outcomes. Listeners learn how to: - Tell the other person' s story-- the cornerstone of real engagement - Look from the outside in and see themselves as others do - Recognize the role systemic factors play-- and transform a conflict into a shared challenge - Overcome the defense mechanisms that derail dialogue For anyone trying to negotiate a difficult situation with a boss, colleague, employee, or client, I Hear You changes opposition into understanding and mere talk into real trust.
An epic story of first contact between radically different worlds, steeped in the natural beauty and brutality of our country's formative years.
When Emma returns home to Serenity following her sister's untimely death, she must confront Sam and the feelings she never fully dealt with after their broken engagement. A strange clause in her sister's will forces Emma to stay and work with Sam to restore her sister's old house. As they work side by side, the promise of love blooms again.
Blackboard and New York Times best-selling author Connie Briscoe delivers a captivating sequel to her hit novel P.G. County. Newly sober Barbara Bentley, her womanizing husband Bradford, and the other wealthy residents of Silver Lake are steering their lives in new directions. And then royalty arrives in the person of Baroness Veronique Valentine, who claims to be everyone's friend.
A prolific author in nearly every genre, Mary Nichols has been thrilling fans of historical and contemporary romance for over 50 years. Here, widowed Kate Meredith, longing for a child of her own, accepts the proposal of stiff, upper-crust Viscount Robert Cranford. But her affections soon become torn when she meets the charming Simon Redfern'a doctor running a home for sick children. Propriety tells her she must stay with Cranford, but her heart knows that the man to make her truly happy is the good doctor.
All his life, Gabe Moretti has denied his Dante heritage-- but when he meets Kat Malloy, his late wife's cousin, the Dante Inferno cannot be ignored. He tells himself it's only business-- her hand in exchange for a necklace his mother created. But when one touch leads to another-- and a kiss leads to more-- Gabe realizes he's in over his head. Because Kat has secrets he needs to uncover. And now he'll have to do the one thing he's sworn never to do-- go to his Dante relatives to find out the truth about this powerful passion.
In his bestselling and lavishly praised first book of stories, Adam Haslett explores lives that appear shuttered by loss and discovers entire worlds hidden inside them. The impact is at once harrowing and thrilling. An elderly inventor, burning with manic creativity, tries to reconcile with his estranged gay son. A bereaved boy draws a thuggish classmate into a relationship of escalating guilt and violence. A genteel middle-aged woman, a long-time resident of a psychiatric hospital, becomes the confidante of a lovelorn teenaged volunteer. Told with Chekhovian restraint and compassion, and conveying both the sorrow of life and the courage with which people rise to meet it, You Are Not a Stranger Here is a triumph of storytelling.
Frank Malloy has never known any life other than that of a cop, but his newfound inheritance threatens his position within his department. While trying to keep both his relationship with Sarah and his fortune under wraps, he' s assigned to a new case-- finding a missing young woman for her worried father, Henry Livingston. It seems the girl had been responding to " lonely hearts" ads in the paper for months before she disappeared. Her father thinks that she' s eloped with a deceptive stranger, but Malloy fears the worst, knowing that the grifters who place such ads often do much more than simply abscond with their victims. But as Sarah and Malloy delve deeper into a twisted plot targeting the city' s single women, it' s their partnership-- both professional and private-- that winds up in the greatest peril
As the Avenger of Blood systematically executes guilty rapists and the lawyers who finagled their freedom, a reporter has visions of this relentless vigilante in action. To her amazement, she soon finds herself in the slammer, accused of being the notorious serial killer. Deep in despair, she retains an attorney who specializes in the insanity plea.
Inspired by Surrey's historic Ham House estate and its former inhabitants, Juliet Landon takes listeners back to 17th-century England for this delicious tale. The Duchess of Lauderdale dotes on her young neighbor, Phoebe, and would like to see her good and married. But the man the Duchess has in mind-her husband's secretary-hasn't been in Phoebe's favor since he accidentally slighted her years before.
Hillary Wright has always been a magnet for Mr. Wrong. Her latest left her in trouble with the law, and to clear her name, she's agreed to an undercover sting-- as the "date" for infamous Troy Donavan. The notorious hacker is now a government good guyand a sexy billionaire playboy. Troy has a reputation as the sort of man she's vowed to avoid, and his secretiveness adds fuel to Hillary's distrust. But with his kisses like molten sin, her fierce resistance is melting. And being sensible in the face of such overpowering desire is just not an option.
What are the odds of the person you're sat next to on a London to Chicago flight being the one who's going to change your life forever? She's a soul mate-searching, life-long optimist, he's a cruel cynic whose past has made him trust no-one. Is their time together on an Atlantic flight all it takes to discover what each of them really needs? And it's only when they touch down that their journey truly begins.
In The Distancers , seven generations worth of joy and heartache is artfully forged into a family portrait that is at once universally American yet singularly Lee Sandlin's own. From the nineteenth century German immigrants who settled on a small Midwestern farm, to the proud and upright aunts and uncles with whom Sandlin spent the summers of his youth, a whole history of quiet ambition and stoic pride--of successes, failures, and above all endurance--leaps off the page in a sweeping American family epic. Touching on The Great Depression, WWII, and the American immigrant experience, the uses of proper manners, , The Distancers is a beautiful and stark Midwestern drama, about a time and place long since vanished, where the author learned the value of family and the art of keeping one's distance.
Hoffmann, among the greatest and most popular of the German Romantics, is renowned for his humorous and sometimes horrifying tales of supernatural beings. This selection, while stressing the variety of his work, focuses on those stories in which the real and the supernatural are brought into contact and conflict. This new translation includes The Golden Pot, The Sandman, Princess Brambilla, Master Flea, and My Cousin's Corner Window. About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more. About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
Acclaimed journalist Tim Butcher offers this intriguing mixture of travelogue and history based on his experiences trekking through Africa's dense Congo region.
RITA Award finalist Fiona Harper pens sumptuous romances eagerly devoured by fans. Invitation to the Boss's Ball stars Alice Morton, the owner of a vintage clothing store hired to organize a fashion show for a company owned by software tycoon Cameron Hunter. Although sparks fly between Alice and Cameron, she's not quite sure a guy who dates supermodels is for her. But one dance soon changes everything.
Like Cinderella at the ball...Lilley's fairytale wish is about to be granted.i'' She'll swap her grey suits for a fabulous dress and killer heels, and dance the night away with the man every other woman wants...but only for one night. When the clock strikes twelve...Alessandro Caetani does not do happy-ever-afters.i''In fact his charm extends only as far as getting his Little Mouse secretary into bed.i'' Lilley has never taken such a risk before, but this is her night of living dangerously...Who is going to call time on the fairytale ending'
When Alison Wolff, the daughter of a billionaire media mogul, disappears following a massacre at a party, nobody knows if she has been kidnapped or killed. Dan Starkey is hired to find the missing student but he soon discovers that Belfast's underworld has changed since his days as a journalist. Old tribal conflicts have been superseded by drugs and greed, defended with a ruthlessness undreamt of even in the worst days of The Troubles. In response to the drug wars, a new church movement has sprung up and when they are blamed for the firebombing of the controversial new abortion clinic, Dan is asked to prove their involvement. In a Belfast rapidly descending back into chaos, Dan finds himself caught in the violent struggle between rival gangs, one of which claims to have God on their side.
"We saw the lightning and that was the guns; and then we heard the thunder and that was the big guns; and then we heard the rain falling and that was the blood falling; and when we came to get in the crops, it was dead men that we reaped." --Harriet Tubman"In five years, Jesmyn Ward lost five young men in her life--to drugs, accidents, suicide, and the bad luck that can follow people who live in poverty, particularly black men. Dealing with these losses, one after another, made Jesmyn ask the question: Why' And as she began to write about the experience of living through all the dying, she realized the truth--and it took her breath away. Her brother and her friends all died because of who they were and where they were from, because they lived with a history of racism and economic struggle that fostered drug addiction and the dissolution of family and relationships. Jesmyn says the answer was so obvious she felt stupid for not seeing it. But it nagged at her until she knew she had to write about her community, to write their stories and her own. Jesmyn grew up in poverty in rural Mississippi. She writes powerfully about the pressures this brings, on the men who can do no right and the women who stand in for family in a society where the men are often absent. She bravely tells her story, revisiting the agonizing losses of her only brother and her friends. As the sole member of her family to leave home and pursue higher education, she writes about this parallel American universe with the objectivity distance provides and the intimacy of utter familiarity. A brutal world rendered beautifully, Jesmyn Ward's memoir will sit comfortably alongside Edwidge Danticat's "Brother, I'm Dying," Tobias Wolff's "This Boy's Life," and Maya Angelou's" I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings." Biographical Note: Jesmyn Ward grew up in DeLisle, Mississippi. She received her MFA from the Univ. of Michigan and has been a Stegner Fellow at Stanford and a Grisham Visiting Writer in Residence at the Univ. of Mississippi. She is currently an assistant professor of creative writing at the Univ. of South Alabama. She is the author of the novels "Where the Line Bleeds" and" Salvage the Bones," for which she won the 2011 National Book Award, and was a finalist for the NYPL Young Lions Literary Award and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, as well as a nominee for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.
At 23, ambitious Nathan Zukerman has had four stories published, received a complimentary profile in Saturday Review, and has alienated his family with his unflattering biographical bent. When well-known author E.I. Lonoff invites Nathan to his secluded New England home, the budding young writer hopes to learn from a master. Instead of inspiration, however, Nathan encounters a man whose self-absorption borders on egomania and a hauntingly mysterious woman with her own destructive agenda.
Barnes is investigating a possible serial killer for Scotland Yard. Actress and single mother Katie Drake is murdered, and her 14-year-old daughter is missing-and the only clues point to family members with ties to the Mormon church.
Little did Maggie Duncan know how great the sacrifice she would be making. Forty seven years have passed since she was separated from her beloved Scotland and her beloved husband, Ian. More than time and oceans seem to have conspired to keep them apart, but Maggie continues to trust in the Lord and never gives up hope. Through forgiveness and acceptance, she comes to believe that all things happen according to God's will and in His time.
"Bryant is an author who definitely knows how to tell a story." --APOOO Book ClubLove is in the air when the Strong brothers come home and re-visit their roots with the sexy story of how it all began. . .Lisha Rockmon just wants a good man who respects her family values. But most of the men of Holtsville, S.C., want to get physical a lot faster than she does--except Kael Strong. Their attraction is hard to ignore. Yet the one man Lisha can imagine a future with doesn't seem ready to get involved at all. . .Wounded by his last relationship, Kael is hesitant to open his heart again, even to a woman as irresistible as Lisha. But despite his misgivings--and some outside interference--love just may find a way, setting the stage for future generations... "Has all of Bryant's trademarks: hot men, spicy women and a sexually captivating story." --RT Book Reviews on Hot Like Fire