Charley Warady is a stand-up comedian who has headlined colleges and clubs across the United States. He tops today’s Buffet with Five Speed, a hilarious, touching book about growing up on Chicago’s South Side during the 1960s.
Charley, who moved to Israel in 1996, continues to do stand-up comedy, as well as writing, blogging, and podcasting. As part of his comedy work while living in Israel, he has toured the world as co-founder of the Israeli-Palestinian Comedy Tour. Writing remains his primary passion; joy and incredible abundance his main goal.
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It isn’t until Donald Roth meets his son’s future in-laws that he realizes he is tired of a three-speed life. Time to move up.
When Donald was a kid in the late 60’s on the South Side of Chicago, he had a Schwinn Sting Ray bike. Everyone did. But everyone else had a five-speed. Donald’s was a three-speed. It was good enough, as was explained by his parents, just as their Ford Maverick wasn’t the neighbor’s Le Mans, but it was good enough. And that’s the way Donald was taught to live his life. It was a three-speed life. It was good enough.
He marries Emily because she’s good enough. Emily marries Donald because that’s what she had planned, and she is not going to experience divorce as did her parents. Donald opens a law practice with his two best friends and roommates from college because it’s good enough.
Then the Roths meet their son’s future in-laws and everything changes.
Donald wonders if, in fact, he could get that five-speed.
In this hilarious and thought-provoking novel, the whole concept of morals and convention is turned inside out. Everything is perception. If you like Richard Russo, Tom Perotta, and Jonathan Franzen, you’re going to love this book.
This novel tells the story of a young soldier who accompanies his great-grandfather, Doug Mackinack, on an Honor Flight – a sponsored trip to the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C.
During the flight, the old man shares stories from his platoon’s tour in Europe, many ending in dramatic (or occasionally, humorous) twists.
The stories share not only suspenseful situations, but also the emotional impact of the platoon’s journey through a broad range of humanity: Fear. Courage. Compassion. Anger. Love. Death. Loyalty. Mercy. Retribution.
In a final defining moment near the end of his tour, Mackinack is forced to decide his path in a split second. Will he return to the man he was before the war, or will he become the killer the war created?
When Mackinack and his great grandson reach the monument, there is one final surprise tied to events sixty six years earlier.
Looking for a light and breezy, feel-good beach read? You’ve found it in Pajaro Bay.
Wounded artist Hallie Reed comes to Pajaro Bay for a summer job at the town’s funky old amusement park. But when she wakes up after a mysterious car accident with a gap in her memory, she soon discovers the missing hour is the key to uncovering a secret that could get her killed.
Danger, romance, and a new beginning await Hallie during her summer at the beach, and she–and the whole town–will be changed forever by what she finds Under the Boardwalk.
Welcome to the little village of Pajaro Bay, with its cast of quirky characters and its cottages overlooking the sun-drenched coast.
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Cupid sat on a cloud looking down on Valentina Hart. He had been watching her for a few years now. He was in love from the first time he laid eyes on her sitting on a park bench. Her long red hair sweeping across her face as the warm summer breeze blew. He knew then she was meant for him. The only problem was that, he was a God and she was a human. The two of them could never be together.
This wasn’t a law amongst the Gods, it was Cupid’s choice and the number one rule in his book. It was a rule that could never be broken. Humans were frail, mortal, and being in love with one caused too many problematic situations. Sure he could just shoot her with a golden arrow and she would love him. But after his last disastrous mistake for which he never forgave himself, he thought he deserved to be alone for the rest of eternity.
What happens when the God of Love has lost the will to create romance? Can Valentina give Cupid what he needs to mend his broken heart?
Richard Sherlock is back on the case of Moomah’s Moolah. It starts with a simple kidnapping, proceeds to a botched ransom drop, escalates to a safe deposit box theft, and culminates in a missing four-million- dollar diamond necklace.
The timing is awful. It all goes down during Sherlock’s two summer weeks with his daughters, Kelly and Care. The suspects are worse; Tiffany’s half-uncles, half-aunts, and other half-wit relatives. And, Moomah is the worst possible victim, because the Grande Dame of the insurance fortune now exists in an Oz state of mind.
In order to solve the case, Sherlock enlists the help of an odd group of associates, including Phoebe the Forger, Freddy the Fencer, Second Story Man, Shervy, and the Mona Lisa. Sherlock will reluctantly figure out whodunit, but it won’t be easy.
Living in Maine with her grandmother and eccentric aunts is not how sixteen-year-old Ivy Seaforth expected to spend her summer—but working for a peculiar wealthy man and running errands for a powerful witch who lives in a tree-house wasn’t in her plans, either. And her sister, Zinnia…something was different. Zinnia was making mysterious visits to the forest, and that was certainly forbidden. Ivy longed for the days when she and her sister were best friends. Those days now seemed so long ago.
Ivy soon discovers that, along with the witch, the forest is inhabited by a wondrous race of otherworldly and unearthly beautiful beings – the Fae, and a young man of an even fairer race. When her father disappears, Ivy, must help the old witch break an evil curse that is preventing her from finding him. As she discovers her own mysterious past for the first time, she must learn to accept that things are not always as they seem and that magic might just be real.
When twenty-four-year-old Tiffany escapes her sister Kammy’s too wild Cancun bachelorette party, she finds herself in a bar with the unwanted attention of a gorgeous local named Luke.
Luke may be charming but Tiffany is leaving in two days and doesn’t need any complications. But complications are exactly what she gets when the cops show up to raid Kammy’s party. When Kammy is arrested, Tiffany agrees to have dinner with Luke, so he’ll help her get Kammy out of jail. Kammy’s arrest forces her to spend an extra day in Cancun, meaning she’ll miss a crucial meeting, and as an accountant in tax season, she is already drowning in work. Not to mention, every second she spends with Luke makes it harder to leave. With Luke, Tiffany is almost ready to forget about work.
Ten years ago, a botched mission in Nicaragua ended covert ops specialist Nathan McBride’s CIA career. Now he utilizes his unique skill set in the private sector—until the night Frank Ortega, former director of the FBI, calls in a favor. A deep-cover federal agent has vanished, along with a ton of Semtex explosives, and Ortega needs them found—fast. Because for him, this mission is personal: the missing agent is his grandson. And Nathan McBride is the only man he trusts to save him.
But it quickly becomes clear that something bigger than even Ortega could have imagined is at stake. Within days of accepting the assignment, McBride finds himself trapped between a ruthless adversary hell-bent on revenge and a group of high-ranking federal officials who will stop at nothing to reap their own brand of justice. Here there are no rules, no protocol, no backup. Only McBride…
New York Times bestselling author Lori Wilde invites you back to Cupid, Texas, where love is only a heartbeat away . . .
Sexy cowboy-scholar Jericho Chance always knows exactly what he wants and how to get it. And after sauntering back home to Cupid, he’s shocked to discover that he wants Zoe McCleary. After years from home, he takes one new look at his bubbly best friend, with her lightning smarts and luscious body, and it hits him like a bolt: she’s his somebody to love and he’s not leaving town again without her.
Settling down always seemed like a time waster to Zoe, a man magnet with a trail of broken hearts behind her. She’s not meant to settle down—but how can she resist someone as persuasive as Jericho? There’s no way they can ignore the explosive chemistry seething between them . . . even if it means risking their friendship . . .
Amity Shlaes, author of The Forgotten Man, delivers a brilliant and provocative reexamination of America’s thirtieth president, Calvin Coolidge, and the decade of unparalleled growth that the nation enjoyed under his leadership.
In this riveting biography, Shlaes traces Coolidge’s improbable rise from a tiny town in New England to a youth so unpopular he was shut out of college fraternities at Amherst College up through Massachusetts politics. After a divisive period of government excess and corruption, Coolidge restored national trust in Washington and achieved what few other peacetime presidents have: He left office with a federal budget smaller than the one he inherited.
A man of calm discipline, he lived by example, renting half of a two-family house for his entire political career rather than compromise his political work by taking on debt. Renowned as a throwback, Coolidge was in fact strikingly modern—an advocate of women’s suffrage and a radio pioneer. At once a revision of man and economics, Coolidge gestures to the country we once were and reminds us of qualities we had forgotten and can use today.
- The family that learns the true meaning of Christmas when their Lab needs medical care during the holidays.
- The intimidating Doberman who becomes a loving mother to an orphaned duckling.
- The homeless man whose life is changed when he meets a special dog.
- The pocket-size assistance dog who dials 9-1-1.
- The crafty beagle-mix with the munchies who helps himself from the refrigerator
- And many more unforgettable canine characters
In the ten years since Rachel Simon first invited the world to board the bus with her and her sister, Cool Beth, readers across the globe have been moved by their story. Now, in an updated edition, Rachel Simon reflects on changes in her life, Beth’s life, and the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The highlight is Beth’s update, which is in her own words. A new reader’s guide is also included. Join these two unforgettable sisters on their journey, this time in an even deeper and richer way.
Rachel Simon’s sister Beth is a spirited woman who lives intensely and often joyfully. Beth, who has an intellectual disability, spends her days riding the buses in her unnamed Pennsylvania city. The drivers, a lively group, are her mentors; her fellow passengers are her community. One day, Beth asks Rachel to accompany her on the buses for an entire year. This wise, funny, deeply affecting true story is the chronicle of that remarkable time. Rachel, a writer and college teacher whose hyperbusy life camouflaged her emotional isolation, had much to learn in her sister’s extraordinary world. Full of life lessons from which any reader will profit, Riding the Bus with My Sister is “a heartwarming, life-affirming journey through both the present and the past . . . [that] might just change your life” (Boston Herald)
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