My business partner in the early nineties often said to me, “We should write a book.” Interesting stories seemed to occur often in our normal course of business, and we thought that collectively, it could have been a good book. Then the idea gained steam over the last several years with more stories, but the narrative changed to that is going to be in the book. Well, I finally decided to actually write the book, and this collection of stories has been my experiences dealing in the real estate business over the last few decades. The title came from my dad, since I have shared many stories with him about my day-to-day follies. And in many cases, I have gone into a property searching for a valuation only to find out that there is no roof. Then it happened again….and again. So hence the title.
In 1966, Rebecca Wilson’s father, a Union Leader and civil rights activist, was assassinated on the street in San Francisco. Rebecca—known throughout as “Becky”—was three years old. A House with No Roof is Wilson’s gripping memoir of how the murder of her father propelled her family into a life-long search for solace and understanding. Following her father’s death, Becky’s mother, Barbara, desperate for closure and peace, uproots the family and moves to Bolinas, California. In this small, coastal town of hippies, artists, and “burnouts,” the family continues to unravel. To cope, Barbara turns to art and hangs a banner that loudly declares, “Wilsons are Bold.” But she still succumbs to her grief, neglecting her children in her wake. Becky’s brother turns to drugs while her beautiful sister chooses a life on the road and becomes pregnant. As Becky fumbles and hurtles toward adulthood herself, she comes to learn the full truth of her father’s death—a truth that threatens to steal her sanity and break her spirit. Told with humor and candor—and with love and family devotion at its heart—A House with No Roof is a brave account of one daughter’s struggle to survive.
Sport Climbs continues to be the most relevant climbing guide to the Canadian Rockies on the market. Featuring over 2,000 routes located throughout the Bow Valley, including climbs at Banff, Canmore, Lake Louise, Kananaskis Country and the Ghost River area, this edition features three new areas and the latest updates and is illustrated with over 300 topos, along with accompanying maps and photos. All routes include difficulty classifications and are completely indexed, including first-ascent information. With more than 12,000 copies sold to date, Sport Climbs in the Canadian Rockies is the quintessential guidebook that both local and visiting climbers reach for when travelling to western Canada.
'Raw, poetic and compulsively readable ... I can’t wait to buy a copy for everyone I know.' Kathryn Stockett, author of The Help The summer she turned thirteen, Molly Brodak’s father was arrested for robbing eleven banks. In time, the image she held of him would unravel further, as more and more unexpected facets of his personality came to light. Bandit is her attempt to discover what, exactly, is left, when the most fundamental relationship of your life turns out to have been built on falsehoods. It is also a scrupulously honest account of learning how to trust again, and to rebuild the very idea of family from scratch. Refusing to fence off the trickier sides of her father’s character, Brodak tries to find, through crystalline, spellbinding prose, a version of him that does not rely on the easy answers but allows him to be: an unknowable and incomprehensible whole – who is also her father. Unforgettable, moving, and utterly relatable, Bandit is a story of the unpredictable complexity of family.
Boys' Life is the official youth magazine for the Boy Scouts of America. Published since 1911, it contains a proven mix of news, nature, sports, history, fiction, science, comics, and Scouting.
After finding a bizarre note from their parents, siblings Zach, Piper, and Elijah take a wild cross-country trip to find them. Unfortunately, Elijah’s supernatural gifts draw attention from the wrong people, and he is captured by the Shadow Man. It is up to Zach and Piper to save Elijah, but when they themselves are captured, will they be able to break free from the mesmerizing machine that promises them greatness? Or will they forever pay the cost of following darkness?
Looking Through Windows is the fi ctional story of three neighbors who, for very different reasons, are lonely and lost but ultimately rediscover themselves when their lives become mysteriously entangled in a web of deceit, suspicion, and paranormal events. Charlotte Webb is a fatigued and spiritless woman, loving of her young son but disconnected from her workaholic husband. Though discontent, Charlotte fi nds solace in the mysteries of her neighbors, the view from her windows serving as the buoy without which she would drown from depression. Her preoccupation with spying enmeshes her into the dangerous world of her recently widowed neighbor, Isabella, a beautiful woman suspected of killing her husband, a respected oncologist. Charlotte also becomes obsessed with the curious life of her other neighbor, Michael, a dour man with a fascinating wife who tends to show up at the oddest times and in the most curious of ways. Though it is a mystery, Looking Through Windows is primarily a story of the windows we all look throughwindows of opportunity, regret, and even salvation.
In our challenging economy, family members are joining forces in record numbers—recent college grads (80% in 2009) return home, parents move in with their adult children, and adult children (and grandchildren) return to live with parents. Under One Roof Again (Lyons Press) squarely addresses the inevitable issues—from money matters to dating, from finding physical space to protecting emotional space—offering solid advice for avoiding pitfalls and building stronger family ties.
Angry Man! Go Away! presents the true story of the life of author Raje E. Voega, who was raised by an abusive father who beat his mother and him often. The oldest of eight children, he was very harsh with his siblings due to his father’s actions; even so, as an adult he has never hit or been violent with anyone. Voega was born on the western coast of Canada and moved to Alberta when he was almost six. As a child, he was moved around a lot, from Edmonton to northern Alberta. At fifteen, he went to live with his father in Edmonton but only stayed for six months, although he remained in the area until he was nineteen. Eventually, he moved from that area and settled in western Canada, finally ending up in southern Alberta. In his early twenties, he started down a path that might have led his imprisonment or death, but he was able to turn his life around. Recently, he ended a relationship that put him in a very dark and hopeless place. But instead of crossing a line that would have destroyed both his life and others’ lives forever, he decided to write about the violence that exists in families today. By telling his story in this memoir, he hopes to save others from the violence that he has endured, and at times created, in his family.
“Red Dawn meets Escape from New York and The Hunger Games” (Booklist) in an action-packed dystopian fantasy filled with “prose [that] is gorgeous and brilliant” and “tells a satisfyingly dark tale through alternating the two sisters’ points of view” (VOYA, starred review). It’s been nearly two decades since the Red Allies first attacked New York, and Manhattan is now a prisoner-of-war camp, ruled by Rolladin and her brutal, impulsive warlords. For Skyler Miller, Manhattan is a cage that keeps her from the world beyond the city’s borders. But for Sky’s younger sister, Phee, the POW camp is a dangerous playground of possibility, and the only home she’d ever want. When Sky and Phee discover their mom’s hidden journal from the war’s outbreak, they both realize there’s more to Manhattan—and their mother—than either of them had ever imagined. And after a group of strangers arrives at the annual POW census, the girls begin to uncover the island’s long-kept secrets. The strangers hail from England, a country supposedly destroyed by the Red Allies, and Rolladin’s lies about Manhattan’s captivity begin to unravel. Hungry for the truth, the sisters set a series of events in motion that end in the death of one of Rolladin’s guards. Now they’re outlaws, forced to join the strange Englishmen on an escape mission through Manhattan. Their flight takes them into subways haunted by cannibals, into the arms of a sadistic cult in the city’s Meatpacking District and, through the pages of their mom’s old journal, into the island’s dark and shocking past.
Reality is only an illusion. Except for those who can control it... Worst. Birthday. Ever. My first boyfriend dumped me—happy birthday, Josie!—my dad is who knows where, I have some weird virus that makes me want to hurl, and now my ex is licking another girl's tonsils. Oh, and I'm officially the same age as my brother was when he died. Yeah, today is about as fun-filled as the swamps of Dagobah. But then weird things start happening... Like I make something materialize just by thinking about it. When hottily-hot badass Reid Wentworth shows up on a motorcycle, everything changes. Like, everything. Who I am. My family. What really happened to my brother. Existence. I am Oculi, and I have the ability to change reality with my thoughts. Now Reid, in all his hotness, is charged with guiding and protecting me as I begin learning how to bend reality. And he's the only thing standing between me and the secret organization that wants me dead... The Schrodinger’s Consortium series is best enjoyed in order. Reading Order: Book #1 Anomaly Book #2 Enigma
Such prominent author of her first book The Brewers Brew that overflowed, following Gods guidance has done it again. Fully establishing herself in the community and nationwide, now well known, has written a second book Skeeter Siera etc. An inspiring one to encourage all to do whats right and to reach a goal whatever it may be.
www.JillBarnett.com www.DebbieMacomber.com www.SusanWiggs.com Spend a summer with three of your favorite authors! Come to Spruce Island, off the coast of Washington, and visit Rainshadow Lodge, a rambling Victorian. Three women each spend a month there—a month that will change their lives! Old Things by Jill Barnett Catherine, divorced for almost a decade, returns to the lodge, where she'd spent summers while she was growing up. Now, all these years later, she encounters Michael, the love of her teenage life—and falls for him all over again! Private Paradise by Debbie Macomber The next month, Beth shows up with her teenage son, Paul. It's their first vacation since she was widowed. She ends up sharing the place with an attractive stranger—John Livingstone—and his difficult twelve-year-old, Nikki. Soon Paul and Nikki have plans for their parents… Island Time by Susan Wiggs Then in August, architect Mitch Rutherford comes to the island, where he's joined by Rosie Galvez, who's been hired to provide an environmental report. Mitch is a workaholic on a deadline, while Rosie's attitude is…relaxed. But they fall in love despite—or because?—of their differences. Experience the romance of that summer place!