The Accidental Tourist

Author: Anne Tyler
Editor: Vintage
ISBN: 9780307416834
Size: 13,45 MB
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER “Incandescent, heartbreaking, exhilarating…One cannot reasonably expect fiction to be much better than this.” —The Washington Post In this irresistible novel, Anne Tyler explores the slippery alchemy of attracting opposites, and the struggle to rebuild one’s life after unspeakable tragedy. Travel writer Macon Leary hates travel, adventure, surprises, and anything outside of his routine. Immobilized by grief, Macon is becoming increasingly prickly and alone, anchored by his solitude and an unwillingness to compromise his creature comforts. Then he meets Muriel, an eccentric dog trainer too optimistic to let Macon disappear into himself. Despite Macon’s best efforts to remain insulated, Muriel up-ends his solitary, systemized life, catapulting him into the center of a messy, beautiful love story he never imagined. A fresh and timeless tale of unexpected bliss, The Accidental Tourist showcases Tyler’s talents for making characters—and their relationships—feel both real and magical. Look for Clock Dance, the charming new novel from Anne Tyler, available now.

The Accidental

Author: Ali Smith
Editor: Anchor
ISBN: 0307279758
Size: 15,27 MB
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Filled with Ali Smith's trademark wordplay and inventive storytelling, here is the dizzyingly entertaining, wickedly humorous story of a mysterious stranger whose sudden appearance during a family’s summer holiday transforms four variously unhappy people. Each of the Smarts—parents Eve and Michael, son Magnus, and the youngest, daughter Astrid—encounter Amber in his or her own solipsistic way, but somehow her presence allows them to see their lives (and their life together) in a new light. Smith’s narrative freedom and exhilarating facility with language propel the novel to its startling, wonderfully enigmatic conclusion.

The Accidental American

Author: Rinku Sen
ISBN: 1442963441
Size: 20,13 MB
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The Accidental Fundraiser

Author: Julie Still
Editor: Information Today, Inc.
ISBN: 9781573872638
Size: 18,34 MB
Format: PDF
Read: 106

Many types of nonprofit, charitable, and other small organizations need funding yet cannot afford to employ a full-time fundraiser, relying instead on volunteers or staff members to raise the money. The Accidental Fundraiser is a practical guide covering all aspects of fundraising for the small organization, the volunteer, and the staff person in any setting who plans to take on a fundraising project for which s/he may not have been trained. Author, librarian, and accidental fundraiser Julie Still offers practical and reassuring advice that will help any individual become an effective fundraiser regardless of previous experience.

The Accidental Mother

Author: Rowan Coleman
Editor: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1416545883
Size: 11,73 MB
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What do you do when you are a child' s last hope? From bestselling author Rowan Coleman comes a deeply touching tale of a fast-track career woman whose life takes a sharp right turn when motherhood unexpectedly lands in her lap. Sophie and Carrie were childhood best friends, but in the last few years they've lost touch. While Carrie chose motherhood in a small town, Sophie is powering up the London career track. She's a corporate manager poised for her next promotion. Sure, she doesn't have much time for men, but she has a great shoe collection and a cat who's never going to let her down. And then Sophie is told that Carrie has died, with nobody left to care for her two daughters, Bella and Izzy, aged six and three. Their father, who left before Carrie's death, is nowhere to be found; their grandmother is moving into assisted living. Sophie once promised Carrie she would take care of her children if the worst ever happened...and now that day has come. Witty, wise, and filled with genuinely powerful emotion, The Accidental Mother is the heartwarming, heartbreaking story of a woman who is woefully under-equipped to be suddenly thrown into motherhood, but who through the eyes of two little girls learns more about loss, commitment, and true love than she had ever realized existed.

In Defense Of The Accidental

Author: Odo Marquard
Editor: Oxford University Press on Demand
ISBN: 0195361059
Size: 17,92 MB
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The seven essays collected in this book address the history of modern ideas and contemporary cultural issues. The first is the discourse of Marquard's acceptance of the Sigmund Freud prize; the second addresses the equivalence of modernity and the theodice�; the third confronts the idea of "meaning"; the fourth considers the notion of world history; the fifth addresses world alienation; the sixth deals with the human sciences; and the seventh is a mediation on chance and luck as essential aspects of the human condition.

The Accidental Guerrilla

Author: David Kilcullen
Editor: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199743834
Size: 12,61 MB
Format: PDF
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David Kilcullen is one of the world's most influential experts on counterinsurgency and modern warfare, a ground-breaking theorist whose ideas "are revolutionizing military thinking throughout the west" (Washington Post). Indeed, his vision of modern warfare powerfully influenced America's decision to rethink its military strategy in Iraq and implement "the Surge," now recognized as a dramatic success. In The Accidental Guerrilla, Kilcullen provides a remarkably fresh perspective on the War on Terror. Kilcullen takes us "on the ground" to uncover the face of modern warfare, illuminating both the big global war (the "War on Terrorism") and its relation to the associated "small wars" across the globe: Iraq, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Thailand, the Pakistani tribal zones, East Timor and the horn of Africa. Kilcullen sees today's conflicts as a complex interweaving of contrasting trends--local insurgencies seeking autonomy caught up in a broader pan-Islamic campaign--small wars in the midst of a big one. He warns that America's actions in the war on terrorism have tended to conflate these trends, blurring the distinction between local and global struggles and thus enormously complicating our challenges. Indeed, the US had done a poor job of applying different tactics to these very different situations, continually misidentifying insurgents with limited aims and legitimate grievances--whom he calls "accidental guerrillas"--as part of a coordinated worldwide terror network. We must learn how to disentangle these strands, develop strategies that deal with global threats, avoid local conflicts where possible, and win them where necessary. Colored with gripping battlefield experiences that range from the jungles and highlands of Southeast Asia to the mountains of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border to the dusty towns of the Middle East, The Accidental Guerrilla will, quite simply, change the way we think about war. This book is a must read for everyone concerned about the war on terror.

The Accidental Zillionaire

Author: Laura Rich
Editor: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 047135631X
Size: 16,79 MB
Format: PDF
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The first in-depth look at one of the world's richest-and mostsecretive-businessmen Though his wealth is certainly no secret, the world's fourthrichest man remains an enigma. Paul Allen made his fortune as BillGates's partner in Microsoft, supplemented it with questionable,though often profitable, venture capital schemes, and has sinceinvested his wealth in a widely divergent list of interests. Heowns the NBA's Portland Trailblazers and the NFL's SeattleSeahawks. Among hundreds of smaller ventures, he is a primarystakeholder in the film production company DreamWorks SKG andformerly held a large piece of the widely despised Ticketmastermonopoly. Dubbed the "Accidental Zillionaire" by Wired magazine,Allen has often appeared to be a bumbler who succeeded primarilythrough luck and by coopting the visionary ideas of others. In TheAccidental Zillionaire, Laura Rich, one of the foremost chroniclersof the Internet economy, unravels the secret Paul Allen, his innermotivations, his vision, and his personality. She tells Allen'sstory from his days as a fledgling computer geek in suburbanWashington state, to his role in founding the world's largestsoftware company, to his battle with cancer, to his sycophanticflirtation with Hollywood and its brightest stars. Paul Allen is aman of various interests and passions, but few if any know himwell. The Accidental Zillionaire for the first time reveals theinner workings of a towering figure in the worlds of technology,business, sports, and entertainment. Laura Rich (Los Angeles, CA) is a former writer forThe Industry Standard, Adweek, and InsideMedia. She currently covers the world of digital entertainmentfor Entertainment Weekly, Fortune, and TheHollywood Reporter. She penned The Standard's popular "RichList" report and has reported on Paul Allen for years.

The Accidental Empress

Author: Allison Pataki
Editor: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 147679023X
Size: 15,98 MB
Format: PDF, Kindle
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A New York Times bestseller, The Accidental Empress is the “captivating, absorbing, and beautifully told” (Kathleen Grissom) love story of “Sisi” the Austro-Hungarian empress and wife of Emperor Franz Joseph. The year is 1853, and the Habsburgs are Europe’s most powerful ruling family. With his empire stretching from Austria to Russia, from Germany to Italy, Emperor Franz Joseph is young, rich, and ready to marry. Fifteen-year-old Elisabeth, “Sisi,” Duchess of Bavaria, travels to the Habsburg Court with her older sister, who is betrothed to the young emperor. But shortly after her arrival at court, Sisi finds herself in an unexpected dilemma: she has inadvertently fallen for and won the heart of her sister’s groom. Franz Joseph reneges on his earlier proposal and declares his intention to marry Sisi instead. Thrust onto the throne of Europe’s most treacherous imperial court, Sisi upsets political and familial loyalties in her quest to win, and keep, the love of her emperor, her people, and of the world. With Pataki’s rich period detail and cast of complex, bewitching characters, The Accidental Empress offers “another absolutely compelling story” (Mary Higgins Clark) with this glimpse into one of history’s most intriguing royal families, shedding new light on the glittering Hapsburg Empire and its most mesmerizing, most beloved “Fairy Queen.”

The Accidental Immigrant

Author: David Bouchier
Editor: iUniverse
ISBN: 1469743302
Size: 20,97 MB
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Transatlantic humorist David Bouchier brings wit, wisdom and a touch of philosophy to the everyday dramas of American suburban life. This book brings together more than a hundred essays, originally broadcast on National Public Radio, or published in his Out of Order column in the Sunday New York Times. When work and marriage brought David Bouchier to Long Island in 1986 the endless suburbs seemed mysterious and exotic to him. He was inspired to begin writing essays and newspaper columns about his life there - a personal and public diary of the Resident Alien experience. In 1992 a weekly public radio essay was added to the newspaper columns, and thousands of listeners still enjoy David's weekly radio broadcasts. These are the affectionate and sometimes acerbic observations of an Accidental Immigrant, who still finds life in America endlessly stimulating and wonderfully strange. David Bouchier's thoughts about love, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness in the suburbs will make you smile, and make you think. Boring suburban rituals like lawn care mall shopping, wedding rehearsals, and barbecues will never seem the same again.