Daniel Pinkwater is an American author of children’s books and young-adult fiction best known for Lizard Music, The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death, Fat Men from Space, Borgel, and the picture book The Big Orange Splot.
Daniel also provides commentary on National Public Radio, and he tops today’s Buffet with a collection of short, humorous essays based on those NPR appearances. Fish Whistle covers a variety of topics, from traveling in Africa (and eating the world’s hottest chili pepper!), to raising dogs (or having them raise you…). The gems in this book are short, fun, and sure to amuse. (An earlier edition of this book appeared in hardcover in 1989, and it’s been revised and updated for Kindle.)
Daniel is a trained artist and has illustrated many of his books, although for more recent works he’s passed that task on to his wife, novelist Jill Pinkwater.
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Author: Daniel Pinkwater
A compilation of the best of Daniel Pinkwater’s short commentaries and essays.
This is a collection of Pinkwater’s “commentaries, uncommentaries and vulgar excesses” from the radio talks that enjoy a wide audience. An inspired satirist, Pinkwater speaks for all who suffer from those “Who Only Stand and Snarl,” instead of doing their work; for fat people who can’t lose weight; for those who can’t find a real Jewish deli; for everyone benighted by life’s perversities. In a lighter vein, the author tells about times at home with his wife Jill, their dogs and good friends. But readers will perhaps be most charmed by memoirs of Pinkwater’s Polish immigrant parents, especially his father, who is the inspiration for “Fischvistle” and other affecting pieces.
When it turns out your ex was actually a sexy demon sent by the devil to seduce you to evil, you’d think the next guy, no matter what he’s like, couldn’t be a worse decision. Enter Father Marc Angeletti, a smooth talking piece of forbidden fruit with onyx eyes and a razor wit, and Riona Dade may as well start packing her luggage for damnation now. But come Hell or… well, Hell, Marc, Riona, and demigod Dee Zitka have a mission: serve as a Pure Soul and vanquish Lucifer’s minion scum from the face of the Earth to protect humanity from evil.
Doug Bolling lost his wife of twenty years just as their stormy marriage was beginning to thrive, and he bitterly blames God. He tries to reconnect with his son, but it seems Mark is only interested if the relationship comes wrapped in religion. Mark claims he’s just following God when he moves his family, including Doug’s grandsons, further away, first to pastor, then to attend seminary. With frustrated resignation, Doug turns his attention to building a new life and a new home for himself and interior designer, Cassandra Grayson. The conflict erupts as Mark is preparing to leave for the mission field in Kenya. He delivers an ultimatum, cutting off all contact between his kids and their grandfather.
You’ve made the investment in today’s cutting-edge smartphone technology. Now, learn to easily use all the features in your Samsung Galaxy S4 device. In this brand-new book, step-by-step instructions and illustrations guide you every step of the way, so you can begin using your phone immediately and customize it just the way you want. You’ll learn how to:
- Set up your phone
- Install the SIM card
- Install the battery
- Install or replace the memory card
- Charge the battery
- Lock and unlock the screen
- Set up and access your voicemail
- Learn to navigate your phone using Air GestureCustomize your Home screen
- Create Shortcuts
- Creating Application Folders
- Changing the Wallpaper
And much more. Over 300 pages of must-have easy-to-use reference pages about your phone.
Roxanna Britton imaginatively recreates the life of a real woman, born in the Western Reserve, Ohio, in 1833. The places, dates, events, and major characters are all true, taken from family records and legal documents. The novel begins when Roxanna as a young widow faces the choice between putting her two baby girls in an orphan asylum or agreeing to a loveless marriage.
In her struggle to survive, Roxanna breaks through traditional barriers to women’s independence by finding a husband of her own choice, developing her own small business, and in 1865 becoming one of the first married women to own property. We follow her through the hard times of the Civil War to the post-war boom in Chicago and the Great Fire of 1871, and eventually to a homestead in Nebraska where, as a widow, she establishes her claim.
Roxanna Britton is the story not only of its heroine, but also of the age in which she lived and carries us into the moral, political, and economic upheavals of the nineteenth century while portraying the age-old struggle of women to balance the pull of family ties against the need for self-identity.
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It started in a lab at the CDC (Center for Disease Control), virologists were so relieved to finally have an effective vaccination against the virulent swine flu. Pressure to come up with something had come from the highest office in the land. In an attempt at speed the virologists had made two mistakes, first they used a live virus, and second they didn’t properly test for side effects. Within days hundreds of thousands of vaccinations shipped across the US and the world. People lined up for the shots, like they were waiting in line for concert tickets. Fights broke out in drugstores as fearful throngs tried their best to get one of the limited shots. Within days the CDC knew something was wrong. Between 4 and 7 hours of receiving the shot roughly 95% succumbed to the active H1N1 virus in the vaccination.
Nineteen years ago, Indiana police found the body of a young girl, burned beyond recognition and buried in the woods. They arrested George Calhoun for murdering his daughter, and his wife testified against him at the trial. The jury convicted him. Now his appeals have been exhausted, and his execution is just a few weeks away.
George said he didn’t do it. That the body isn’t his little Angelina. But that’s all he’s ever said – no other defense, no other explanation.
Dani Trumball, an attorney for the Help Innocent Prisoners Project, wants to believe him. After all, there was no forensic evidence that the body in the woods was George’s daughter. But if the girl isn’t Angelina, then who is it? And what happened to the Calhouns’ missing daughter?
For nineteen years, George Calhoun has stayed silent. But that’s about to change, and the story he tells Dani—if it’s true—changes everything.
Ben Benjamin is a character who has lost virtually everything–his wife, his family, his home, his livelihood. Broken, stripped down, stricken, and without hope, Ben is a shadow of his old self. He has been a stay-at-home dad for nearly a decade, so the job market has all but passed him by. With few options, Ben registers for a twenty-eight-hour night class called The Fundamentals of Caregiving, where, in the sweltering basement of the Abundant Life Foursquare Church, Ben learns how to insert catheters and avoid liability. He learns about professionalism and how to erect and maintain certain boundaries, how to keep physical and emotional distance between the client and the care provider. He learns that caregiving is just a job.
On a dare from her best friends, Heather goes inside the town’s haunted house, where Frank Blackwell killed his wife and then hung himself in the basement. But while in the house, Heather is confronted by a ghost from her past, her mother who died accidentally one year ago. Now, Heather must not only escape from the evil lurking inside the house, but from the demons of her own past.
Psychic Diana Racine and her boyfriend, Lieutenant Ernie Lucier of the New Orleans Police Department, are drawn into a baby kidnapping case. Clues lead first to a hospital worker, then to Brother Osiris, the head of a homeless shelter, and finally to some of the richest men in the state. A combination of mysticism, mythology, and the black arts lure Diana and Ernie even deeper into a plot that puts both their lives in danger.
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A town banning books. One woman stands against the censors–and she can’t read. Can she win?
There’s more worth fighting for than you can ever imagine.
My father abandoned me when I was an infant. My friends have turned against me. My uncle beats me. The most powerful men in the world want me dead. They all have one thing in common. They think I’m turning into a monster.
I’m starting to worry they’re right.
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Emmie Bridges, the youngest child in a family of inventors, is a talented creator of virtual worlds and a prodigy in the field of augmented reality. When Tomo Yoshimoto, the world’s pre-eminent virtual reality designer, invites her to become his apprentice, Emmie cannot believe her good fortune.
But Emmie’s charmed life begins to unravel after Tomo’s sudden death, and she finds herself adrift in the real and virtual worlds she once loved. When a strange man reaches out to her, offering his help, Emmie discovers that the worlds she thought she knew are not quite what they seem.
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