Two Truths and a Lie is a story about the daily pressures faced by today's modern teens; sex, alcohol, deception, and belonging. Brandy, sensitive, immature, and bright sophomore in high school, has controlling parents and a dorky friend, Celia. Kirsten, a hip cheerleader offers Brandy popularity, and through her, Brandy gets caught up in a sinful world, leaving Celia in the dust. Charismatic English teacher, Mr. Connors intrigues students with lessons on Julius Caesar, a play of betrayal and murder, that parallels character's actions in the novel. He makes eyes at pretty female students and opens the door for David to do worse. Meanwhile, Brandy's wild activities with Kirsten deepen and verge upon uprooting Brandy's morality. Kirsten urges Brandy to take strong action bucking her parent's authority and the law. That night she encounters the beginning of the worst nightmare she's ever experienced. She begins to question her values, her choices, herself. Racked by guilt, Brandy begins repairing her mistakes, snitching to the principal about a plot against a substitute teacher. But it may be too late to do any good for poor Celia, target of David's bullying. She's been hurting in more ways than one, and Brandy becomes afraid for her safety. Celia no longer trusts her, will not let her help. Alone, Brandy is now the object of gossip. Kirsten reveals her true colors, savagery and a scandalous affair. Brandy stumbling to make things right, encounters David and Jerry, a cute blonde, who unfortunately is David's best bud. David has only threatened her verbally, but now looms a menacing physical danger. David expects his friend, Jerry, to stand by him through the attack, as he has in the past. But Brandy has forged a fragile relationship with Jerry, in spite of both their pasts. Has she lost everything?
Sinclair Lewis wrote a series of satires that exposed the hypocrisy of early 20th century America. 'Babbitt' is a snapshot of the life of George F. Babbitt, a somewhat prosperous middle class businessman who lives in Zenith, Ohio. Zenith has a population of 300,000+, and has an active business community. This community has its own rituals and ironclad rules. These rules consist of being one of the gang, being a member of all the right clubs and organizations, and never deviating from the ideals of business and money. These rules cause enormous difficulties for Babbitt when he goes through a midlife crisis at the end of the book and begins spouting liberal ideas and associating with the 'wrong' crowd. This is my first encounter with Sinclair Lewis. I really don't know why I chose to read 'Babbitt' first, as I also have copies of 'Main Street' and 'Arrowsmith'. I think it was the unusual cover of the Penguin edition, which is a picture of a painting called 'Booster' by Grant Wood. To me, that picture IS Babbitt, and I'll always be able to see Babbitt in my head whenever I'm reminded of this book.There really isn't a lot of symbolism here (and the symbolism that is here is pretty easy to decipher) and the prose is much closer to our present day writing and speech. This is brilliant satire, and you'll laugh out loud at many of the situations Babbitt gets himself into. An especially hilarious incident occurs when one of the local millionaire businessmen finally accepts an invitation to dine with Babbitt. The evening goes badly because Babbitt is in a lower social class. Lewis then shows Babbitt going to a dinner at an old friends house who is in a lower class then him. It's hilarious to see the similarities between the two events, and it brings home how class is strictly enforced in Zenith, and by extension, America. Babbitt is a person that I found myself both hating and liking, often within the space of one page. He's ignorant, in that he is a major conformist who often repeats slogans and phrases merely because others in his circle say the same things. He's a namedropper who refers to people he doesn't even know as though they were his best friends. He's also high volume. Babbitt is one of those people we all know who is always boisterous and noisy so they can hide their own insecurities or ignorance. Just when you think you can't stand Babbitt for another second, Lewis tosses in a situation that makes you feel for the man. Babbitt is the boss at a real estate company, and he worries about his employees liking him. When a confrontation arises with one of his salesmen, Babbitt frets and doesn't want to fire the guy, although the rules of business eventually force him to do exactly that. He wants all of his employees to like him. He also feels bad about cheating on his wife while she is away and worries about what his children will think of him when he comes in drunk after a night of carousing. Ultimately, although Babbitt can be a major heel, the reader is almost forced to sympathize with him. This is true especially at the end of the book, when Babbitt renounces his liberal ways and rejoins his old colleagues. His return to the pack is not quite complete, however. Babbitt is changed by his transgression, and has learned a few lessons that he imparts to his son on the last page of the book, thus ending the tale on an upbeat note. This book is both funny and sad, but well worth reading. Sinclair Lewis eventually won Pulitzer and Nobel prizes for his literary endeavors. It's not hard to see why. Recommended.
If you’re a guy like me, and you find yourself having banged your sexy new boss - the school principal - in the back of your Jeep one drunken night, here’s a few takeaways based on my experience....Lesson One: Always get her full name. Lesson Two: Consider asking what she does for a living. Lesson Three: Find out why she’s moved to town. Get details. Details are crucial. Lesson Four: Don’t alter her bio in front of an auditorium of high school students unless you know she has a sense of humor for that sort of thing. Lesson Five: If you ignore Lesson Four, apologize instead of flirt when you’re sent to the principal’s office. Lesson Six: Never sleep with her again. Lesson Seven: Pay attention to this one - it’s the most important of them all. Don’t fall for your one-night stand. Class dismissed. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tanya Eby, Tim Paige. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/144957/bk_acx0_144957_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
No one could have guessed a marriage could sprout from a one-night stand, but Holly Radcliffe and Austin Bailey's appear to be written in the stars. From the backseat of Austin's jeep to the altar they come! The town of Lake Starlight, along with the Baileys, is prepping for the event of the year, but as usual things never go smoothly with these nine siblings, and let's not forget Grandma Dori! This is a novella in the Bailey series and does not have to be listened to in order to enjoy the other full-length audiobooks in the series! However, this book is best enjoyed if you've listened to Lessons from a One-Night Stand. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tanya Eby, Tim Paige. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/163792/bk_acx0_163792_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Over his acclaimed career, Cook’s novels have haunted, riveted, and spellbound audiences across the world, and his short stories are equally acclaimed. They range from the intensely focused world of "Fatherhood", the Herodotus prize-winning title story, to the Edgar nominated "Rain", a dark, kaleidoscopic tale of Manhattan on a single, rain-swept night. "The Fix", the story of a famous boxing fix that was, well, not a fix at all, was selected for inclusion in Best Mystery Stories of the Year. "What She Offered", the gripping tale of a one-night stand, was included in The Best Noir Stories of the Century. Like Cook’s novels, the range of this collection is, itself, astonishing. From a backwoods Appalachian shack during the Depression ("Poor People") to a Midwestern college campus in the throes of '60s revolt ("The Sun-Gazer") to a midtown Manhattan bookstore on Christmas Eve, "The Lessons of the Season", this collection demonstrates precisely that, in the words of Michael Connolly, "no one tells a story better than Thomas H. Cook". 1. Language: English. Narrator: Fred Sullivan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bbca/001373/bk_bbca_001373_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Jackie Fabulous, a native New Yorker from the Bronx, is a gut-busting, headlining comedian who uses comedy to simultaneously entertain and inspire her audiences. Having survived her fair share of loves, tragedies, lessons, and embarrassing moments, Jackie channels all of that energy into a performance that makes it difficult not to want more. She comes with a message and a lesson that surpasses the stand-up comedy club stage and sets her apart from her peers. Before Jackie was the self-proclaimed Ambassador of Girls Night Out from the East Coast, a standup comedian performing to sold-out audiences all over Southern California, and a multifaceted entertainer, she moved to California to get a law degree and a husband. After successfully doing both, she realized that she was better suited to play a lawyer on television than to be one, and that the true love of her life is stand-up comedy! Once she realized her destiny, Jackie moved on to become a multifaceted performer riding waves of laughter by connecting with all races, genders, and socio-economic classes on a very personal level. According to stand-up comedy veteran, Arsenio Hall, Jackie, "...is making waves with her modern stand-up combo of charisma and smart sense of fun. When I put her on my late night show she crushed it! A funny ray of sunshine." More than just a funny lady, Jackie Fabulous has brains, supreme confidence, personality and wisdom that make her a comedic force to be reckoned with. She is at her best when she unabashedly speaks her truth. She's like Oprah, Rosie, Ellen, and Martha rolled into one. When Jackie isn't dropping knowledge on laughing crowds nationwide, making television appearances, or developing her own brand of talk show with her team, you can find her acting, giving motivational speeches, and authoring a book. Her talents have helped her explore and transition into other mediums of entertainment, including writing and producing for television. Kym Whitley 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jackie Fabulous. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pf/roar/000186/pf_roar_000186_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
That smoking hot one-night stand with a former rock star?Turns out he's my son's new music teacher. Oops. But I didn't know that the night I met Campbell. All I knew was he played my body the same way he played a guitar - like he owned it. My libido is still high-fiving me after being self-served for too many years, and we’re both ready for another night or two of fun, especially since we don’t just have chemistry in bed - we connect over everything. That is, until I learn he’s the man who’ll be coming to my house twice a week to teach my son - the best music lessons money can buy. Time to turn down the volume on our shenanigans. Only that’s easier said than done. ***I can rock a guitar solo in front of thousands, I can write chart-topping tunes, and I can absolutely stop thinking about my student’s mother naked. After all, I’m a single parent too, and I know what it’s like to put your kid first. That’s what I do every damn day. Trouble is, now that I’ve had Mackenzie, it’s hard - and I do mean hard - to stop wanting her. Harder too when I get to know her, and learn she’s an awesome mom, a great friend, and, oh yeah, she happens to get along perfectly with my daughter. All we have to do is set some rules. No dating, no nookie when the kids are around, and no one gets hurt. It’s all working out beautifully. Until we start breaking the rules, one by one. Making music with her in the bedroom is easy. But will we be more than just a real good time when the music stops? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sebastian York, Andi Arndt. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/121952/bk_acx0_121952_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
How to get over someone? Get under someone else - as soon as possible. Vincent Lim always assumed his best friend (and occasional hookup) Austin would be waiting for him - that eventually they'd end up together. But now that Austin's in love with another man, Vinnie is at a loss. After the world's most awkward one-night stand with a dance major, Vinnie knows the drill. Minimize the embarrassment by pretending they've never met. Yet Bryan's vibrant spirit and calm center lure Vinnie like a shelter from an emotional storm. But Vinnie's thrown off his game by the rest of Bryan's total package. Vinnie's a rowing jock with a single-minded focus on living up to his parents' academic and social expectations. Bryan might as well be outfitted with glittery butterfly wings - with plenty of pride to match. Vinnie's haphazard attention to a lover won't cut it this time. Physically, they can match each other stroke for booty pop. But for the lovers to meet on common ground, they'll have to find a way to get moving in the same direction. Warning: Contains one uptight rower, a dancer who can rock a skirt like nobody's business, yoga lessons, and the benefits of being very bendy. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Cooper North. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/inbl/000182/bk_inbl_000182_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.