Bottom feeders beware: the Sunshine State’s favorite psychotic killer and lovable Floridaphile Serge Storms has found a new calling, legal eagle, and he’s going to make a killing as a crusading attorney—and star as a dashing lawyer on the big screen—in this madcap escapade from the insanely funnyNew York Timesbestselling author Tim Dorsey.
When it comes to swimming with the sharks, there is no bigger kahuna than Serge Storms. Binging on a marathon of legal movies set in Florida, Serge finds his calling: the law. Never mind law school or that degree, Serge becomes a freelance fixer—wildcat paralegal and pilgrim to the hallowed places where legal classics of the big screen such as Body Heat, Cool Hand Luke, and Absence of Malicewere filmed practically in his own backyard.
One of Serge’s old flames, young lawyer Brook Campanella, is also a rising star thanks to her expertise in the field of foreclosure law. Ruthless at taking down the greedy banksters kicking people out of their homes, she lands a major class-action lawsuit, and wins big. The opposition is determined to shut her down and they’ll go to extreme lengths to do it.
Luckily for her, Serge has been hired to do some investigative legwork on the case. There's nothing he likes better than saving a damsel in distress, especially when it means kicking a bunch of shyster butt. The mayhem comes to a hilarious head at the Key West courthouse, at the height of the island’s raucous Fantasy Fest street carnival, and no one, including Serge, will ever be the same.
About the Author:
Tim Dorsey was a reporter and editor for the Tampa Tribune from 1987 to 1999, and is the author of seventeen other novels: Tiger Shrimp Tango, The Riptide Ultra-Glide, When Elves Attack,Pineapple Grenade, Electric Barracuda, Gator A-Go-Go, Nuclear Jellyfish, Atomic Lobster, Hurricane Punch, The Big Bamboo, Torpedo Juice, Cadillac Beach, The Stingray Shuffle, Triggerfish Twist,Orange Crush, Hammerhead Ranch Motel, and Florida Roadkill. He lives in Tampa, Florida.
Romantic love presents some of life's most challenging questions. Can we choose who to love? Is romantic love rational? Can we love more than one person at a time? And can we make ourselves fall out of love?
In On Romantic Love, Berit Brogaard attempts to get to the bottom of love's many contradictions. This short book, informed by both historical and cutting edge philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience, combines a new theory of romantic love with entertaining anecdotes from real life and accessible explanations of the neuroscience underlying our wildest passions.
Against the grain, Brogaard argues that love is an emotion; that it can be, at turns, both rational and irrational; and that it can be manifested in degrees. We can love one person more than another and we can love a person a little or a lot or not at all. And love isn't even always something we consciously feel. However, love -- like other emotions, both conscious and not -- is subject to rational control, and falling in or out of it can be a deliberate choice. This engaging and innovative look at a universal topic, featuring original line drawings by illustrator Gareth Southwell, illuminates the processes behind heartbreak, obsession, jealousy, attachment, and more.
About the Author:
Berit Brogaard is Professor of Philosophy, University of Miami. Her book Transient Truths was published by Oxford University Press in 2012. In her academic research she specializes in philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, and the cognitive sciences.
Reflejos es una colección de cuentos, pero también una compilación de jabs
o golpes de largo alcance. Golpes que sorprenden, sacuden y conmueven en un
gran ring literario donde, como en la vida, hay lugar para el amor -en la vejez, en la infancia, en
un recuerdo que salva…-, espacio para el humor y para los secretos, para la perversidad
y la esperanza, para la doble moral, la ironía, la ternura, la sabiduría en la
adversidad, la inteligencia en medio del peligro, o para el sueño en medio del
calvario, la solidaridad entre desconocidos, las trampas de la memoria, el
abuso en todas sus expresiones, la mente asesina, el enamoramiento de una
pareja inimaginable, el racismo y el lado íntimo de la guerra …Un mundo de
historias donde no hay moralejas, pero sí reflejos sensibles de lo que somos.
Sobre la autora:
Mariluz Durazo nació y creció en la Ciudad de México. Se recibió de la Carrera de Ciencias y Técnicas de la Información en la Universidad Nuevo Mundo. Se dedicó a la Publicidad. En la Ciudad de México trabajó en la agencia
Ogilvy & Mather.
En 1985 emigró a California donde estuvo casi nueve años trabajando en Casanova & Pendrill Publicidad, una agencia enfocada al mercado
latino de Estados Unidos.
En 1993 se trasladó a Miami donde siguió ejerciendo la publicidad para
el mercado hispano a nivel free lance.
Actualmente está retirada de la publicidad y se dedica a escribir
narrativa. Aunque ha
radicado en Estados Unidos por casi treinta años, su obra muestra que está más
cerca de sus raíces que nunca.
Varios de sus cuentos han sido premiados en el Miami Dade College. Reflejos es su primera publicación.
At age eleven, Kenan Trebincevic was a happy, karate-loving kid living with his family in the quiet Eastern European town of Brcko. Then, in the spring of 1992, war broke out and his friends, neighbors and teammates all turned on him. Pero - Kenan's beloved karate coach - showed up at his door with an AK-47 - screaming: "You have one hour to leave or be killed!" Kenan’s only crime: he was Muslim. This poignant, searing memoir chronicles Kenan’s miraculous escape from the brutal ethnic cleansing campaign that swept the former Yugoslavia. After two decades in the United States, Kenan honors his father’s wish to visit their homeland, making a list of what he wants to do there. Kenan decides to confront the former next door neighbor who stole from his mother, see the concentration camp where his Dad and brother were imprisoned and stand on the grave of his first betrayer to make sure he’s really dead. Back in the land of his birth, Kenan finds something more powerful—and shocking—than revenge.
Historian David O. Stewart restores James Madison, sometimes overshadowed by his fellow Founders, to his proper place as the most significant framer of the new nation.
Short, plain, balding, neither soldier nor orator, low on charisma and high on intelligence, Madison cared more about achieving results than taking the credit. To reach his lifelong goal of a self-governing constitutional republic, he blended his talents with those of key partners. It was Madison who led the drive for the Constitutional Convention and pressed for an effective new government as his patron George Washington lent the effort legitimacy; Madison who wrote the Federalist Papers with Alexander Hamilton to secure the Constitution's ratification; Madison who corrected the greatest blunder of the Constitution by drafting and securing passage of the Bill of Rights with Washington's support; Madison who joined Thomas Jefferson to found the nation’s first political party and move the nation toward broad democratic principles; Madison, with James Monroe, who guided the new nation through its first war in 1812, really its Second War of Independence; and it was Madison who handed the reins of government to the last of the Founders, his old friend and sometime rival Monroe. These were the main characters in his life.
But it was his final partnership that allowed Madison to escape his natural shyness and reach the greatest heights. Dolley was the woman he married in middle age and who presided over both him and an enlivened White House. This partnership was a love story, a unique one that sustained Madison through his political rise, his presidency, and a fruitful retirement.
About the Author:
David O. Stewart is an award-winning author and the president of the Washington Independent Review of Books. He is the author of several acclaimed histories, including The Summer of 1787: The Men Who Invented the Constitution as well as Impeached: The Trial of President Andrew Johnson and the Fight for Lincoln’s Legacy, and American Emperor: Aaron Burr’s Challenge to Jefferson’s America. Stewart’s most recent book, his first novel, is The Lincoln Deception.
A wise, uplifting memoir about a rabbi’s search for understanding and his discovery of hope and joy after his young son suffered acatastrophic brain-stem stroke that left him a quadriplegic and dependent on a ventilator for each breath
As a young, ambitious rabbi at one of New York’s largest synagogues, Charles Sherman had high expectations for what his future would hold—a happy and healthy family, professional success, and recognition. Then, early one morning in 1986, everything changed. His son Eyal spiked a fever and was soon in serious respiratory distress. Doctors discovered a lesion on the four-year-old’s brain stem. Following high-risk surgery, Eyal suffered a stroke. Sherman and his wife later learned that their son would never walk, talk, feed himself, or breathe on his own again—yet his mind was entirely intact. He was still the curious, intelligent boy they had always known.
The ground had shifted beneath the Sherman family’s feet, yet over the next thirty years, they were able to find comfort, pleasure, and courage in one another, their community, their faith, and in the love they shared. The experience pointed Rabbi Sherman toward the answers to some of life’s biggest questions: To what lengths should parents go to protect their children? How can we maintain faith in God when tragedy occurs? Is it possible to experience joy alongside continuing heartbreak?
Now, with deep insight, refreshing honesty, humor, and intelligence, Charles Sherman reflects back on his life and describes his struggle to address and ultimately answer these questions. The Broken and the Whole is a moving, affecting, and inspiring meditation on what it means to embrace life after everything you’ve known has been shattered to pieces.
About the Rabbi:
Charles Sherman, a native of Philadelphia, begins his 38th year as Senior Rabbi at Temple Adath Yeshurun, the largest synagogue in Central New York. Sherman is a graduate of Yeshiva College and the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, where he was ordained. In recognition of his accomplishments and innovation, he was presented with an Honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. A man of profound faith and passion, Sherman educates, inspires and comforts through his lectures and writings. He has been a spiritual conscience and thoughtful leader for those searching for guidance and direction. He has been a staunch advocate for the disability community, in promoting legislative mandates, educational reform and a nurturing, inclusive environment for the "most vulnerable."
Charles Sherman and his wife Leah are the parents of five children. In 1986, their oldest son, Eyal, suffered a stroke at age four, leaving him quadriplegic and vent dependent. An accomplished artist, who paints with a paintbrush in his mouth, Eyal today lives at home with his parents. "Eyal's stroke, and his many, many long hospital stays, the precariousness of his health all these years later, thrust me into a world that I couldn't have imagined beforehand. It shook me to the core. It made me reexamine many of the beliefs that I had held all my life.
Some years ago, I began talking publicly about our family story. I was somewhat surprised when people would come up to me afterward and say they related to my journey. And it wasn't just people who had a sick or disabled child. It seems that, for all of us, at some point, something unexpected, unwanted comes into our lives. And we all need to find a way to live with it. We did not expect our marriage to crumble, we did not expect to lose a loved one in an accident, we did not expect to lose our job, we did not expect to lose our hearing, the list goes on. I call these the "broken pieces" of our lives. My hope is that the strategies and coping skills I have learned and continue to learn can help others carry the broken pieces of their lives, with confidence, understanding and sometimes even joy."
A deeply reported, fast-paced exposé of the money and the
cardinals-turned-financiers at the heart of the Vatican—the world’s
biggest, most powerful religious institution—from an acclaimed
journalist with “exhaustive research techniques” (The New York Times).
a master chronicler of legal and financial misconduct, a magnificent
investigation nine years in the making, this book traces the political
intrigue and inner workings of the Catholic Church. Decidedly not about
faith, belief in God, or religious doctrine, this book is about the
church’s accumulation of wealth and its byzantine entanglements with
financial markets across the world. Told through 200 years of prelates,
bishops, cardinals, and the Popes who oversee it all, Gerald Posner
uncovers an eyebrow-raising account of money and power in perhaps the
most influential organization in the history of the world.
God’s Bankers has
it all: a rare exposé and an astounding saga marked by poisoned
business titans, murdered prosecutors, mysterious deaths of private
investigators, and questionable suicides; a carnival of characters from
Popes and cardinals, financiers and mobsters, kings and prime ministers;
and a set of moral and political circumstances that clarify not only
the church’s aims and ambitions, but reflect the larger dilemmas of the
world’s more recent history. And Posner even looks to the future to
surmise if Pope Francis can succeed where all his predecessors failed:
to overcome the resistance to change in the Vatican’s Machiavellian
inner court and to rein in the excesses of its seemingly uncontrollable
financial quagmire. Part thriller, part financial tell-all, this book
shows with extraordinary precision how the Vatican has evolved from a
foundation of faith to a corporation of extreme wealth and power.
About the Author:
Gerald Posner was one of the youngest attorneys ever hired by the Wall
Street law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore. He is the author of
eleven books, including New York Times bestsellers, and one a
finalist for the Pulitzer in History. Posner has written dozens of
articles for national magazines and papers and has been a regular
contributor to NBC, the History Channel, CNN, FOX News, CBS, and MSNBC.
He lives in Miami Beach with his wife, author Trisha Posner.
Four days later, Louise Rick still had no answers.
The body of an unidentified woman was discovered in a local forest. A large, unique scar on one side of her face should have made the identification easy, but nobody has reported her missing. As the new commander of the Missing Persons Department, Louise risks involving the media by releasing a photo of the victim, hoping to find someone who knew her.
Louise's gamble pays off: an older woman phones to say that she recognizes the woman as Lisemette, a child she once cared for in the state mental institution many years ago. Lisemette, like the other children in the institution, was abandoned by her family and branded a "forgotten girl." But Louise soon discovers something more disturbing: Lisemette had a twin, and both girls were issued death certificates more than thirty years ago.
Aided by her friend journalist Camilla Lind, Louise finds that the investigation takes a surprising and unsettling turn when it brings her closer to her childhood home. And as she uncovers more crimes that were committed-and hidden-in the forest, she is forced to confront a terrible link to her own past that has been carefully concealed.
About the Author:
Sara Blaedel is the author of the #1 international bestselling series featuring Detective Louise Rick. Her books are published in 23 countries. She lives in Copenhagen, and was voted Denmark's most popular novelist for the fourth time in 2014.
D. D. Abercrombie lives in a sixteenth-century house in a French village. When her visiting nephews discover bones buried in the wine cave under the house, D. D. is determined to identify the long-ago remains. She discovers her house was once an inn where visitors to the ancient abbey facing the house once stayed. She later uncovers some old letters that unwinds a 150-year-old story leading to the present day a story that will affect her own life.
About the Author:
David Leddick is an actor and author who has published 26 books, including many photography books as well as six novels. He has also written a biography on art figures of the 1930s. His latest book is I'm Not For Everyone. Neither are You: 100 Things You Need to Know in the 21st Century. David has written and starred in five musicals internationally. His most recent show is Rent Boy.
An expansive, entertaining memoir that tells the story of how Matthew Kenney transitioned from a mainstream celebrity chef in New York, to a pioneer of plant-based cuisine, and his mission to change the way the world eats and thinks about food.
Cooked Raw highlights a journey of courage, persistence, risk, the reward of following one's passion, and the future of food for the 21st century.
About the Author:
Chef, author, and entrepreneur Matthew Kenney is the world’s foremost expert in raw cuisine. His impact extends far beyond the walls of his restaurants located in Santa Monica, California; Belfast, Maine; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and Miami, Florida (Fall 2014). Kenney’s passion for raw cuisine is apparent in his dedication to education. Santa Monica, Miami, and Belfast locations all include culinary academies adjacent to the restaurants.
Kenney has given two high-profile TEDx talks and frequently lectures as a keynote speaker at food and philanthropy events around the globe. He has authored 11 cookbooks, including, Raw Food Real World, Raw Chocolate,Everyday Raw Detox, and the newest release, Plant Food. Matthew Kenney Culinary Academies train professional chefs, as well as novices and enthusiasts, in a variety of plant-based cuisine courses. As a classically trained chef who developed an integrative distinct plant-based lifestyle brand, Matthew Kenney Cuisine offers hospitality, media, services, education, and products. In addition to the company’s physical locations, Matthew Kenney Academy Online graduates students from all over the world.
Matthew has been named Food & Wine Best New Chef and was twice-nominated as the James Beard Foundation’s Rising Star Chef.