Ben and the Sudden Too-Big Family

Author: Colby Rodowsky

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

ISBN: 9780374706876

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 128

View: 2702

Ben's philosophy of life is that there are two categories of things that happen, the all-right stuff and the not-all-right stuff. Ben has always lived with just his dad, Mitch, which definitely falls into the all-right category. When Mitch meets Casey and they decide to get married, that turns out to be all right, too. Then Mitch and Casey decide to adopt a baby from China, and Ben isn't sure which category the whole baby thing is going to fit into. After the baby comes home (it's all right), Casey and Mitch announce that the four of them – as a family – are going on vacation with Casey's family. All twenty-three of them! Ben is sure this will not be all right! How eleven-year-old Ben finds his place in a crazy-big family makes this a funny novel about family and what it means to be a part of one.

Family Matters

Adoption and Foster Care in Children's Literature

Author: Ruth Lyn Meese

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1591587824

Category: Education

Page: 147

View: 8096

Presents reviews of a variety of children's books featuring the themes of adoption and foster care.

Childrens' Catalog

Author: H.W. Wilson Company

Publisher: N.A


Category: Children's literature

Page: N.A

View: 971

The 1st ed. includes an index to v. 28-36 of St. Nicholas.

Counting the Days While My Mind Slips Away

A Love Letter to My Family

Author: Ben Utecht,Mark Tabb

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1501136607

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

View: 1136

Football player "Ben Utecht has accumulated a vast treasure of memories: tossing a football in the yard with his father, meeting his wife, ... writing and performing music, catching touchdown passes from quarterback Peyton Manning, and playing a Super Bowl Championship watched by ninety-three million people. But the game he has built his living on, the game he fell in love with as a child, is taking its toll in a devastating way. After at least five major concussions--and an untold number of micro-concussions--Ben suffered multiple mild traumatic brain injuries that have erased important memories"--Provided by publisher.

After the Rain

Author: Erin Akey

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1449029043

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 184

View: 6066

This book details the journey of one family's survival after one of the most devastating and destructive natural disasters in this country's history. Erin Akey, her three sons aged 13, 9, and 5, and her mother set out to seek safety as Hurricane Katrina approached their home in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. Erin was a divorced, single mother who had to find a way for her family to survive as they fled the storm, found out that all that was left of their home and possessions was the slab of concrete and nothing else. She had to learn how to navigate the governmental bureaucracies to get help for them to survive, followed by her home insurance company trying any and everything to avoid honoring their commitment to their policyholders, and securing a safe place for them to live during these trying times. The reader is caught up in her trials and tribulations as they journey with her in her efforts to resolve the seemingly insurmountable obstacles she faced. However, this is not just a story of desperation but also of conquest. Despite the misery and heartache, Erin's story has a wonderful and exciting conclusion and the anticipation of a wonderful future filled with happiness and service to those who find themselves in circumstances similar to those she and her family faced. It is a story of courage in the face of adversity, faith, and the willingness to accept the good things God gives us, thank Him, and go forward, in His name, to help others.

The B Side

The Death of Tin Pan Alley and the Rebirth of the Great American Song

Author: Ben Yagoda

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0698172515

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

View: 1909

From an acclaimed cultural critic, a narrative and social history of the Great American Songwriting era. Everybody knows and loves the American Songbook. But it’s a bit less widely understood that in about 1950, this stream of great songs more or less dried up. All of a sudden, what came over the radio wasn’t Gershwin, Porter, and Berlin, but “Come on-a My House” and “How Much Is That Doggie in the Window?” Elvis and rock and roll arrived a few years later, and at that point the game was truly up. What happened, and why? In The B Side, acclaimed cultural historian Ben Yagoda answers those questions in a fascinating piece of detective work. Drawing on previously untapped archival sources and on scores of interviews—the voices include Randy Newman, Jimmy Webb, Linda Ronstadt, and Herb Alpert—the book illuminates broad musical trends through a series of intertwined stories. Among them are the battle between ASCAP and Broadcast Music, Inc.; the revolution in jazz after World War II; the impact of radio and then television; and the bitter, decades-long feud between Mitch Miller and Frank Sinatra. The B Side is about taste, and the particular economics and culture of songwriting, and the potential of popular art for greatness and beauty. It’s destined to become a classic of American musical history.

Waiting for Birdy

A Year of Frantic Tedium, Improbable Grace, and the Wild Magic of Growing a Family

Author: Catherine Newman

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781440626623

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

View: 6553

To fifty thousand readers, Catherine Newman is the beloved author of “Bringing Up Ben & Birdy,” a weekly column on Now in the delightfully candid, outlandishly funny Waiting for Birdy, Newman charts the year she anticipated the birth of her second child while also coping with the realities of raising a toddler. As she navigates life with her existentially curious and heartbreakingly sweet three-year-old, and her doozy of a pregnancy, she lends her irresistibly unique voice to the secret thoughts and fears of parents everywhere. Filled with quirky warmth and razor-sharp wit, Waiting for Birdy captures the universal wonder, terror, humor, and tenderness of raising a family. On the web:,

The Ben-Hur Murders: Inside the 1925 ‘Hollywood Games’, A Novel

Author: John W. Harding

Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc

ISBN: 148342894X

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

View: 5848

The coliseum games of ancient Rome had nothing on the “Hollywood Games” of 1925. Here the contestants were American boys—hard-luck World War vets and lost cowboys who had reached the end of the range and just kept coming. Each was as willing as any Roman gladiator to put his life on the line if there was money in it. And out in Culver City that foggy October morning, there was big money in it. All of Hollywood had turned out to see the filming of the spectacular “Ben-Hur” chariot race. To guarantee excitement, production chiefs agreed to run the race for real. Now the glamorous film stars up in the stands pick their favorites. The invited Los Angeles elites place their bets. And suddenly the games are on! But down on the track the stakes are life-or-death. A brutal competition from the dawn of time is about to be played out again. It will be burned forever into the memory of those present as the day of “The Ben-Hur Murders”

Bad Science

Quacks, Hacks, and Big Pharma Flacks

Author: Ben Goldacre

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart

ISBN: 0771035764

Category: Science

Page: 304

View: 6514

The informative and witty expose of the "bad science" we are all subjected to, called "one of the essential reads of the year" by New Scientist. We are obsessed with our health. And yet — from the media's "world-expert microbiologist" with a mail-order Ph.D. in his garden shed laboratory, and via multiple health scares and miracle cures — we are constantly bombarded with inaccurate, contradictory, and sometimes even misleading information. Until now. Ben Goldacre masterfully dismantles the questionable science behind some of the great drug trials, court cases, and missed opportunities of our time, but he also goes further: out of the bullshit, he shows us the fascinating story of how we know what we know, and gives us the tools to uncover bad science for ourselves. From the Hardcover edition.

Chalo Jahaji

On a Journey Through Indenture in Fiji

Author: Brij V. Lal

Publisher: ANU E Press

ISBN: 1922144614

Category: Political Science

Page: 420

View: 1688

“It is a milestone in subaltern studies, a biographical journey penned by a living relic of the indentured experience and a scholar whose thoroughly interdisciplinary approach is a good example for the anthropologist, the sociologist or the economist who wish to see the proper integration of their disciplines in a major historical work.” Brinsley Samaroo, University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus, Trinidad

The Big Picture

Getting Perspective on What's Really Important in Life

Author: Ben Carson, M.D.

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN: 0310857961

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

View: 9570

In his grade school days, Ben Carson would hardly have been voted “most likely to become a famous surgeon.” His classmates had already given him another label: class dummy. Then a light clicked on for Ben—and a consuming passion for learning that catapulted him from “zero” test grades to a Yale scholarship, a pioneering role in modern medicine, and an influence that has extended from inner-city schools to corporate boardrooms and Washington corridors of power.What made the difference? Belief in his own potential, a commitment to education and making the most of his opportunities to learn, determination to make the world a better place, and faith in a God who knows no limits. Seeing the Big Picture.In The Big Picture, Ben Carson reveals the spiritual and philosophical foundations that undergird not just his dramatic career, but his approach to all of life. As in his best-selling Gifted Hands Dr. Carson shares colorful behind-the-scenes anecdotes. As in Think Big, he describes his practical principles for success. But The Big Picture is more than an autobiography or a personal-effectiveness manual. Rather, it’s a multifaceted look at the faith and vision that can see us all through hardship and failure, and stir us to bold exploits on behalf of something greater than ourselves.Dr. Carson begins by describing how he cultivated a Big-Picture perspective in his own life. Then he discusses ways to which all of us can approach parenting, family, business and friendships with the Big Picture in mind. Finally he looks at some pressing social issues—in particular, racial diversity, health care, and education—and considers how we ought to view them and what we should do about them in light of the Big Picture.Drawing on a vast array of experiences in roles ranging from trailblazing surgeon to public speaker, to husband and family man, Ben Carson shows how we can turn the course of our lives, out communities, our country, and our world by keeping the Big Picture always in mind.

Lost Connections

Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression � and the Unexpected Solutions

Author: Johann Hari

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 163286830X

Category: Self-Help

Page: 336

View: 3660

From the New York Times bestselling author of Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs, a radical new way of thinking about depression and anxiety.

Karma Chameleons

No-one said the search for happiness would be dignified . . .

Author: Tom Fordyce,Ben Dirs

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 0230752969

Category: Travel

Page: N.A

View: 5599

We all need something to believe in, whether it's God, money -- or naked table tennis. But has anyone actually cracked the secret of how to live a happy life? Meet acclaimed comic bloggers Tom Fordyce and Ben Dirs, two men in search of meaning in a meaningless world of work, Facebook and microwave meals for one. It's time to become 'karma chameleons' and try some very different ways of living. What follows is a weird and wonderful year sampling life as silent monks in the far north of Scotland, and as witches in an East End coven; weeks spent living solely on the Internet as avatars, and entirely in the real world, as naked as the day they were born. And along the way, Tom and Ben encounter a whole host of odd, hilarious, charming people, all fellow travellers on a quest to find the secret of happiness . . . From the authors of We Could Be Heroes, longlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year