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Too Perfect

By Jeannette Dewyze,Allan Mallinger
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  • Publisher : Ballantine Books
  • Isbn : 0307798623
  • Pages : 224
  • Category : Self-Help
  • Reads : 619
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For many of us, perfectionism can bring life's most desired rewards. But when the obsessive need for perfection and control gets in the way of our professional and emotional lives, the cost becomes too high. Although many of us appear cool and confident on the outside, inside we are in emotional turmoil, trying to satisfy everyone, attempting to direct the future, and feeling that we are failing. In TOO PERFECT, Dr. Allan Mallinger draws on twenty years of research and observations from his private practice to show how perfectionism can sap energy, complicate even the simplest decisions, and take the enjoyment out of life. For workaholics or neat freaks, for anyone who fears change or making mistakes, needs rigid rules, is excessively frugal or obstinate, TOO PERFECT offers revealing self-tests, fascinating case histories, and practical strategies to help us overcome obsessiveness and reclaim our right to happiness.

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  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
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  • Pages : 448
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  • Publisher : Penguin UK
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  • Pages : 928
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  • Publisher : HarperCollins
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  • Pages : 352
  • Category : Fiction
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  • File Pdf: perfect-little-world.pdf

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Wilson’s ambition alone is exciting. . . . [His] writing has a Houdini-like perfection, wherein no matter how grim the variables, each lovely sentence manages to escape with all its parts intact.” —Boston Globe The eagerly-anticipated follow-up to the New York Times bestseller The Family Fang—a warm-hearted and moving story about a young woman making a family on her own terms. When Isabelle Poole meets Dr. Preston Grind, she’s fresh out of high school, pregnant with her art teacher's baby, and totally on her own. Izzy knows she can be a good mother but without any money or relatives to help, she’s left searching. Dr. Grind, an awkwardly charming child psychologist, has spent his life studying family, even after tragedy struck his own. Now, with the help of an eccentric billionaire, he has the chance to create a “perfect little world”—to study what would happen when ten children are raised collectively, without knowing who their biological parents are. He calls it The Infinite Family Project and he wants Izzy and her son to join. This attempt at a utopian ideal starts off promising, but soon the gentle equilibrium among the families disintegrates: unspoken resentments between the couples begin to fester; the project's funding becomes tenuous; and Izzy’s growing feelings for Dr. Grind make her question her participation in this strange experiment in the first place. Written with the same compassion and charm that won over legions of readers with The Family Fang, Kevin Wilson shows us with grace and humor that the best families are the ones we make for ourselves.

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  • Publisher : RJ Crayton
  • Isbn : N.a
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  • Reads : 303
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It's not just stepmothers who are wicked. Bitsy's insolent grandson has become too much of a problem for her to handle. She's come up with a solution, though. If she can just convince a doctor to go along with her sinister plan, everything will be just perfect .... (Please note this is a very short story.)

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  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Isbn : 0190652969
  • Pages : 352
  • Category : Philosophy
  • Reads : 616
  • File Pdf: robot-ethics-2-0.pdf

Book Summary:

The robot population is rising on Earth and other planets. (Mars is inhabited entirely by robots.) As robots slip into more domains of human life--from the operating room to the bedroom--they take on our morally important tasks and decisions, as well as create new risks from psychological to physical. This makes it all the more urgent to study their ethical, legal, and policy impacts. To help the robotics industry and broader society, we need to not only press ahead on a wide range of issues, but also identify new ones emerging as quickly as the field is evolving. For instance, where military robots had received much attention in the past (and are still controversial today), this volume looks toward autonomous cars here as an important case study that cuts across diverse issues, from liability to psychology to trust and more. And because robotics feeds into and is fed by AI, the Internet of Things, and other cognate fields, robot ethics must also reach into those domains, too. Expanding these discussions also means listening to new voices; robot ethics is no longer the concern of a handful of scholars. Experts from different academic disciplines and geographical areas are now playing vital roles in shaping ethical, legal, and policy discussions worldwide. So, for a more complete study, the editors of this volume look beyond the usual suspects for the latest thinking. Many of the views as represented in this cutting-edge volume are provocative--but also what we need to push forward in unfamiliar territory.

Paul Clifford

By Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Isbn : 0141932945
  • Pages : 544
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 673
  • File Pdf: paul-clifford.pdf

Book Summary:

'It was a dark and stormy night ...' Paul Clifford leads a double life. By day he is a fashionable man about town, the toast of genteel society. By night, he is 'Captain Lovett', a dashing masked highwayman, robbing unsuspecting travellers on moonlit roads with his band of fellow brigands. When Clifford falls in love with the beautiful, auburn-haired Lucy, the daughter of a wealthy squire, he wonders if he should abandon his life of vice. But there are many obstacles in his path: his sly love rival Lord Mauleverer, dark secrets from the past, and the threat of the hangman's noose ...

Poetic Justice: Fame

By Fran Raya
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Book Guild Publishing
  • Isbn : 1913551415
  • Pages :
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 726
  • File Pdf: poetic-justice.pdf

Book Summary:

Randal Forbes calls his phenomenal telepathic powers ‘the gift’. In this third book of the Poetic Justice series, he achieves widespread fame, as an author and entrepreneur. He has left a complex trail of murder and shattered lives behind him, from his formative years at Tarnside Primary School, Redwood Private School and through his university education at Beaumont College, Oxford. The police are closely monitoring his movements but has anything been proved? His relationship with Clive Hargreaves is still thriving, as he remains his devoted partner and protector. His wife-to-be, Alison Whitaker, is unaware of ‘the gift’ but those who are suspicious, still wish to discredit and expose him. Randal Forbes has a dark side so powerful, that only someone with a similar ‘gift’ will be able to challenge him. But who would dare?

Jessie Hunt Psychological Suspense Bundle: The Perfect Wife (#1), The Perfect Block (#2) and The Perfect Block (#3)

By Blake Pierce
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Blake Pierce
  • Isbn : 1094311030
  • Pages : 750
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 737
  • File Pdf: jessie-hunt-psychological-suspense-bundle.pdf

Book Summary:

A bundle of books #1 (THE PERFECT WIFE), #2 (THE PERFECT BLOCK) and #3 (THE PERFECT HOUSE) in Blake Pierce’s Jessie Hunt Psychological Suspense Mystery series! This bundle offers books one, two, and three in one convenient file, with over 150,000 words of reading. In THE PERFECT WIFE, criminal profiler-in-training Jessie Hunt is sure she's finally put the darkness of her childhood behind her. She and her husband, Kyle, just moved from a cramped downtown Los Angeles apartment into a Westport Beach mansion. Kyle's promotion has them swimming in money. And Jessie is on the verge of getting her Master's degree in forensic psychology, the last step in her dream of becoming a criminal profiler. But soon after their arrival, Jessie begins to notice a series of strange developments. The neighbors—and their au pairs—all seem to be hiding secrets. The mysterious yacht club Kyle is desperate to join is rife with cheating spouses, and with troubling rules of its own. And the notorious serial killer being held at the psychiatric hospital where Jessie is completing her degree seems to know more about her life than is normal—or safe. As her world starts to unravel, Jessie begins to question everything around her—including her own sanity. Has she truly uncovered a disturbing conspiracy buried within a sunny, wealthy Southern California beach town? Does the mass murderer she's studying really somehow know the origin of her private nightmares? Or has her tortured past finally come back to claim her? In THE PERFECT BLOCK, rookie criminal profiler Jessie Hunt, 29, picks up the pieces of her broken life and leaves suburbia to start a new life in downtown Los Angeles. But when a wealthy socialite is murdered, Jessie, assigned the case, finds herself back in the world of picture-perfect suburbia, hunting a deranged killer amidst the false facades of normalcy and sociopathic women. In THE PERFECT HOUSE, Jessie Hunt fresh from the FBI Academy, returns to find herself hunted by her murderous father, locked in a dangerous game of cat and mouse. Meanwhile, she must race to stop a killer in a new case that leads her deep into suburbia—and to the brink of her own psyche. The key to her survival, she realizes, lies in deciphering her past—a past she never wanted to face again. An emotionally wrought psychological suspense with layered characters, small-town ambiance and heart-pounding suspense, the Jessie Hunt psychological suspense series is a riveting new series that will leave you turning pages late into the night.

Blake Pierce: FBI Mystery Bundle (Girl, Alone and The Perfect Wife)

By Blake Pierce
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Morgan Rice
  • Isbn : 1094376000
  • Pages : 500
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 122
  • File Pdf: blake-pierce.pdf

Book Summary:

A two-book mystery bundle by #1 bestselling author Blake Pierce, author of ONCE GONE, a #1 bestseller on Amazon with over 350 five star reviews! Here is a bundle of the first books in two Blake Pierce series—the Ella Dark and Jessie Hunt mystery series—all here in one convenient place. This bundle offers a great introduction to Blake Pierce’s series with over 140,000 words of reading. In GIRL, ALONE (AN ELLA DARK FBI SUSPENSE THRILLER—BOOK 1), FBI Agent Ella Dark, 29, is given her big chance to achieve her life’s dream: to join the Behavioral Crimes Unit. Ella’s hidden obsession of gaining an encyclopedic knowledge of serial killers has led to her being singled out for her brilliant mind, and invited to join the big leagues. But face to face with a real murder, a real killer, and a real ticking clock, Ella realizes she can’t rely on her knowledge. She must learn to trust her instinct, and allow herself to enter the dark canals of a real killer’s mind. If she gets it wrong, her career is at stake. And so is the next victim’s life. Will Ella’s talent be an asset? Or the source of her downfall? In THE PERFECT WIFE (A Jessie Hunt Psychological Suspense Thriller—Book 1), criminal profiler-in-training Jessie Hunt is sure she's finally put the darkness of her childhood behind her. She and her husband, Kyle, just moved from a cramped downtown Los Angeles apartment into a Westport Beach mansion. Kyle's promotion has them swimming in money. And Jessie is on the verge of getting her Master's degree in forensic psychology, the last step in her dream of becoming a criminal profiler. But soon after their arrival, Jessie begins to notice a series of strange developments. The neighbors—and their au pairs—all seem to be hiding secrets. The mysterious yacht club Kyle is desperate to join is rife with cheating spouses, and with troubling rules of its own. And the notorious serial killer being held at the psychiatric hospital where Jessie is completing her degree seems to know more about her life than is normal—or safe. As her world starts to unravel, Jessie begins to question everything around her—including her own sanity. Has she truly uncovered a disturbing conspiracy buried within a sunny, wealthy Southern California beach town? Does the mass murderer she's studying really somehow know the origin of her private nightmares? Or has her tortured past finally come back to claim her? Dark psychological thrillers with heart-pounding suspense, GIRL, ALONE and THE PERFECT WIFE mark the debut of two riveting series—and beloved characters—that will leave you turning pages late into the night! Books #2 in each series series—GIRL, TAKEN and THE PERFECT BLOCK—are also available.

Blake Pierce: Suspense Bundle (Her Last Wish and The Perfect Wife)

By Blake Pierce
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Blake Pierce
  • Isbn : 1094374849
  • Pages : 500
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 633
  • File Pdf: blake-pierce.pdf

Book Summary:

A two-book mystery bundle by #1 bestselling author Blake Pierce, author of ONCE GONE, a #1 bestseller on Amazon with over 350 five star reviews! Here is a bundle of the first books in two Blake Pierce series—the Rachel Gift series and Jessie Hunt Psychological Suspense Thriller series—all here in one convenient place. This bundle offers a great introduction to Blake Pierce’s series with over 140,000 words of reading. In HER LAST WISH (A Rachel Gift FBI Suspense Thriller—Book 1), FBI Agent Rachel Gift, 33, unparalleled for her ability to enter the minds of serial killers, is a rising star in the Behavioral Crimes Unit—until a routine doctor visit reveals she has but a few months left to live. Not wishing to burden others with her pain, Rachel decides, agonizing as it is, not to tell anyone—not even her boss, her partner, her husband, or her seven-year-old daughter. She wants to go down fighting, and to take as many serial killers with her as she can. A serial killer strikes in the Virginia area, targeting women who seek fertility treatments. As Rachel enters his sick and twisted mind, she struggles to understand his motive, or the connection between the victims. Worse, the case strikes too close to home, bringing up memories of her own fertility treatments, and her failed mission to have a second child. As she seeks insight from a diabolical, jailed serial killer, she immediately realizes it’s a mistake. Can he see right through her? Can Rachel keep her secret and keep her deteriorating health at bay long enough to finish the job? Can she fulfill her own bucket list before she dies? And can she keep herself from descending down the dark hole of her own traumatic past? In THE PERFECT WIFE (A Jessie Hunt Psychological Suspense Thriller—Book 1), criminal profiler-in-training Jessie Hunt is sure she's finally put the darkness of her childhood behind her. She and her husband, Kyle, just moved from a cramped downtown Los Angeles apartment into a Westport Beach mansion. Kyle's promotion has them swimming in money. And Jessie is on the verge of getting her Master's degree in forensic psychology, the last step in her dream of becoming a criminal profiler. But soon after their arrival, Jessie begins to notice a series of strange developments. The neighbors—and their au pairs—all seem to be hiding secrets. The mysterious yacht club Kyle is desperate to join is rife with cheating spouses, and with troubling rules of its own. And the notorious serial killer being held at the psychiatric hospital where Jessie is completing her degree seems to know more about her life than is normal—or safe. As her world starts to unravel, Jessie begins to question everything around her—including her own sanity. Has she truly uncovered a disturbing conspiracy buried within a sunny, wealthy Southern California beach town? Does the mass murderer she's studying really somehow know the origin of her private nightmares? Or has her tortured past finally come back to claim her? Dark psychological thrillers with heart-pounding suspense, HER LAST WISH and THE PERFECT WIFE mark the debut of two riveting series—and beloved characters—that will leave you turning pages late into the night! Books #2 in each series series—HER LAST CHANCE and THE PERFECT BLOCK—are also available.

You Are the Key

By Caitlin Crosby
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Zondervan
  • Isbn : 0310357985
  • Pages : 240
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Reads : 209
  • File Pdf: you-are-the-key.pdf

Book Summary:

For anyone who feels less-than about your work, worth, body, or the life you're building, find here an incredible hope: you don't have to have it all together to "qualify" for your life's calling. Just ask Caitlin Crosby - the former Hollywood talent who didn't finish college, never got an MBA, and wasn't supposed to become a CEO, yet that's exactly what she did (even if being a new mother means she forgets to brush her teeth sometimes before heading to the office). Caitlin's passion for people led her to launch The Giving Keys, a give-back jewelry brand with the mission of helping its employees transition out of homelessness. Each of their one million plus keys sold represents a person who wore it, then shared it with someone else, in a unique pay-it-forward model. Yet just as her jewelry repurposes throw-away keys to bear bold messages of hope, faith, and courage, Caitlin has fought hard to believe her own imperfections can lead to her greatest purpose. In You Are the Key, Caitlin reveals imperfections aplenty: like the time she accidentally voice-texted a huge fight with her husband to her entire leadership team, or the terrifying day a disgruntled employee brought a gun to their office, or the time this #girlboss landed herself in the ER. For the first time, Caitlin also opens up about her own secret "flaw" that rocked her sense of self-worth for the better part of two decades, and her private battle to believe our scars are not sources of shame but proof of courage and prompts toward purpose. Through Caitlin's all-too-real stories, sparkling with warmth and humor, you'll find your own free pass to embrace your flaws and reframe your imperfections not as limitations but signposts toward your greatest purpose.

Dead Ball

By R. D. Rosen
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Open Road Media
  • Isbn : 1480405809
  • Pages : 243
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 734
  • File Pdf: dead-ball.pdf

Book Summary:

Blissberg returns to baseball to protect a player who’s on the verge of making historyFifteen years after retiring from baseball, Harvey Blissberg is suffering a bad case of what his girlfriend, Mickey Slavin, calls “sad man-ism” when the owner of his former team, the Providence Jewels, tracks him down. The team’s star, Moss Cooley, is on the verge of shattering Joe DiMaggio’s “unbreakable” fifty-six-game hitting streak. But Cooley has been receiving racist threats, such as a decapitated lawn jockey with a note reading, “escape retribution.” Would Blissberg mind playing bodyguard for a while? When Cooley’s streak ends shy of DiMaggio’s record, the threats and hate mail continue, suggesting that there’s more at stake than preserving a white man’s supreme achievement. Blissberg follows the trail of clues back into the past, and finds that Moss is not the first Cooley man to be persecuted. A determined psychopath is out for Cooley’s neck, and if he has to murder a few ex-ballplayers on the way—so be it.

Becoming Utopian

By Tom Moylan
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Isbn : 1350133353
  • Pages : 312
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Reads : 666
  • File Pdf: becoming-utopian.pdf

Book Summary:

A dream of a better world is a powerful human force that inspires activists, artists, and citizens alike. In this book Tom Moylan – one of the pioneering scholars of contemporary utopian studies – explores the utopian process in its individual and collective trajectory from dream to realization. Drawing on theorists such as Fredric Jameson, Donna Haraway and Alain Badiou and science fiction writers such as Kim Stanley Robinson and China Miéville, Becoming Utopian develops its argument for sociopolitical action through studies that range from liberation theology, ecological activism, and radical pedagogy to the radical movements of 1968. Throughout, Moylan speaks to the urgent need to confront and transform the global environmental, economic, political and cultural crises of our time.

Harlequin Intrigue July 2018 - Box Set 1 of 2

By Debra Webb,Lena Diaz,Angi Morgan
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Harlequin
  • Isbn : 1488033854
  • Pages : 256
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 144
  • File Pdf: harlequin-intrigue-july-2018-box-set-1-of-2.pdf

Book Summary:

Harlequin Intrigue brings you three new titles at a great value, available now! Enjoy these suspenseful reads packed with edge-of-your-seat intrigue and fearless romance. BODY OF EVIDENCE Colby Agency: Sexi-ER by Debra Webb When Dr. Marissa Frasier wakes up in bed next to her dead ex-husband, she turns to Lacon Traynor, one of the Colby Agency’s best investigators, for help. In Lacon’s protective arms, Marissa feels safe…but is the murderer closer than she imagines? SWAT STANDOFF Tennessee SWAT by Lena Diaz Partners Blake Sullivan and Donna Waters must put aside their differences and work together when the rest of their SWAT team is kidnapped. Sparks fly between them, but will they be able to find their teammates before it’s lights out? RANGER GUARDIAN Texas Brothers of Company B by Angi Morgan Texas Ranger Heath Murray and FBI agent Kendall Barlow must hunt down their daughter’s kidnapper. But as they race against time, will they get a second chance at love? Look for Harlequin Intrigue’s July 2018 Box set 2 of 2, filled with even more edge-of-your seat romantic suspense! Look for 6 compelling new stories every month from Harlequin® Intrigue! Join HarlequinMyRewards.com to earn FREE books and more. Earn points for all your Harlequin purchases from wherever you shop.

Scheming Prince & Killer Princess

By Jin QiuJiuYue
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Funstory
  • Isbn : 1649487835
  • Pages :
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 171
  • File Pdf: scheming-prince-killer-princess.pdf

Book Summary:

She is an agent, inexplicable across an assassin's body, wake up inexplicably lying in a bed, there is a naked beauty of the king. Some wang ye: wench, do killer, you return too green! Some woman (winks) : that... Lord, this is my first time! Woo-woo ~ assassination failed, was drugged, couldn't help but catch a man casually dragged to bed...

The Smell of Fresh Rain

By Barney Shaw
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Icon Books
  • Isbn : 1785781146
  • Pages : 155
  • Category : Science
  • Reads : 840
  • File Pdf: the-smell-of-fresh-rain.pdf

Book Summary:

Smell is the most emotional and evocative of our senses: it can bring back memories faster and with more immediacy than a photograph – so why is it so little understood? Armed with a hungry curiosity and a willingness to self-experiment, author Barney Shaw goes in search of the hidden meanings of smells. Using plain words to describe what he finds, he investigates the chemistry, psychology, history and future of this underappreciated sense. Journeying around boatyards, perfume shops and memories, Shaw opens your nose to the world, breaking down “chords” of smells into their component notes and through them revealing new ways of understanding the spaces through which we move. An investigation into the biology, psychology and history of smell, and a search for effective ways to put into words scents that we instantly relate to, but find strangely ineffable, THE SMELL OF FRESH RAIN includes a 200-entry thesaurus of succinct descriptions of common smells.

Perhaps the Stars

By Ada Palmer
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Tor Books
  • Isbn : 146685877X
  • Pages : 352
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 589
  • File Pdf: perhaps-the-stars.pdf

Book Summary:

From the 2017 John W. Campbell Award Winner for Best Writer, Ada Palmer's Perhaps the Stars is the final book of the Hugo Award-shortlisted Terra Ignota series. World Peace turns into global civil war. In the future, the leaders of Hive nations—nations without fixed location—clandestinely committed nefarious deeds in order to maintain an outward semblance of utopian stability. But the facade could only last so long. The comforts of effortless global travel and worldwide abundance may have tempered humanity's darkest inclinations, but conflict remains deeply rooted in the human psyche. All it needed was a catalyst, in form of special little boy to ignite half a millennium of repressed chaos. Now, war spreads throughout the globe, splintering old alliances and awakening sleeping enmities. All transportation systems are in ruins, causing the tyranny of distance to fracture a long-united Earth and threaten to obliterate everything the Hive system built. With the arch-criminal Mycroft nowhere to be found, his successor, Ninth Anonymous, must not only chronicle the discord of war, but attempt to restore order in a world spiraling closer to irreparable ruin. The fate of a broken society hangs in the balance. Is the key to salvation to remain Earth-bound or, perhaps, to start anew throughout the far reaches of the stars? At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.