Biography of Jackie Collins: The life and times of Jackie Collins, in one convenient little book.

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The inside peek at Hollywood and the lives of the rich and famous provided by Jackie Collins through her books has made her one of the world's best-selling writers. She has more than 400 million books sold in over 40 countries, and every one of her 28 books have appeared on the New York Times bestsellers list. Many debut at #1 the moment they are published. A number of her books have made it to the big screen. One of ABC Network's highest-rated miniseries was based on Jackie Collins' Hollywood Wives, starring Anthony Hopkins and Candice Bergen.

Undoubtedly one of the main reasons Jackie Collins' books are so popular is that her characters are closely patterned on real personalities, often blurring the lines between reality and fiction. Collins herself claims that she writes about real people in disguise, and with books such as Hollywood Wives, Hollywood Husbands, Hollywood Divorces, and Hollywood Kids, her readers are often left wondering which real-life famous person they are actually reading about and just where the truth ends and fiction begins. The other key factor in her popularity, of course, is the liberal addition of plenty of graphic sex.

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The bond between a husband and wife is one of the most intimate emotional and physical bonds of any human relationship. Your spouse is the person you share your hopes and dreams with, your partner, friend, co-parent, traveling companion, and confidante all in one.

Regardless of how the roles are defined within the relationship, a spouse is the person with whom you share your life. It is therefore no surprise that losing a spouse in death is ranked by psychologists as the single most stressful life event, followed only by divorce and separation. Whether a spouse dies suddenly and unexpectedly, or whether death comes over time and with some warning, the surviving spouse must come to terms with the loss and eventually find a way to pick up the pieces and move on.


When under such extreme and sustained stress, emotional and physical symptoms follow. Stress causes the body to go into a physiological fight-or-flight reaction, and if stress is profound or prolonged, the body remains in a constant state of alarm, which can lead to vulnerability to disease and even death. Stress impairs cognitive functioning, leads to depression, fear, anxiety, and anger, and leaves the body susceptible to a whole host of physical issues.

Stress causes the immune system to be compromised, and it becomes much harder to fight off even common illnesses like flu or a cold. Ulcers, asthma, migraines, and hypertension are common effects associated with stress. Development of more serious issues such as coronary heart disease and cancer is also facilitated by stress. Stress brought on by the death of a spouse commonly brings on depression, sleeping too much, insomnia, and disturbing dreams, just to mention a few problems...

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Amy Chua was a well–respected and high–profile Yale Law Professor who published two best–sellers yet, no one seemed to have taken much notice of her. Then everything changed. In January, 2011 Chua published her explosive memoir, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, which propelled her into the spotlight. Within weeks, Amy Chua was on 's top ten list of the most thought–provoking, anger–inducing, and viral viewpoints of the year. Before 2011 ended, she was nominated one of Time Magazine's 100 most influential people in the world.

In Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, Amy Chua details her own unique take on parenting and uses her own family model as proof that Chinese mothers raise successful children. Chua argues that although people hesitate to accept the notion of cultural stereotypes in parenting, the truth is that many studies support significant measurable differences in parenting between Chinese and Westerners. The book created a firestorm of controversy and sparked a robust and active dialogue about how cultural styles impact upbringing.

Although Chua offered the disclaimer that being a "Chinese mother" does not mean you must be Chinese in ethnicity, but simply a parent who ignores the style of parenting that has become common in Western societies, a Wall Street Journal excerpt that appeared the day prior to the book's release fanned the flames of controversy and linked the topic firmly with Chinese culture. Entitled “Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior,” the essay elicited an astounding 8,800 comments in response from readers, some offering praise, but most vilifying Amy Chua as a parent.


Model railroading is an activity that captivates people of all ages and genders. There is something endlessly fascinating about trains, and miniature trains are the most fascinating of all. It's a great pastime that provides a creative outlet, a lot of enjoyment, and the camaraderie of fellow enthusiasts. Model railroading is a very adult pastime that makes you feel like a kid again. Best of all, it's a hobby that you can enjoy as a family, parents and children together. It really is the world's greatest hobby.

Many are attracted to model railroading but don't know where to begin. You may have seen the impressive layouts created by model railroad enthusiasts and worry that you don't have sufficient space or resources to create something similar. Having sufficient know-how to assemble track, build scenes, or keep electronic components in good working order may also seem like a deterrent. Cost can also be a factor. However, you don't have to be an expert to build your first model railway. Model railroading has a very large support community. It's easy to find an answer to virtually any question you may have about building and maintaining a model train collection, both in person and on the Internet.


Scale refers to the relationship between model trains and the real thing. O scale used to be called 1:48, with HO scale at 1:87, but measurements have changed somewhat. For the novice, it's best to not get too mired in scale details. Suffice it to say that O scale is the largest model train, and is not very common as it requires more space than most people can allot. HO scale is the most prevalent and the standard for most model railroaders, having the most product selection availability. N is smaller than HO, and although there is a good selection, many hobbyists prefer HO since N requires a higher degree of detail and ability to work with miniature parts.

Much depends on individual preference. If you just want miles and miles of track and lots of trains going around, N is great. If you want to re-create an elaborate scene with buildings, people, and geographical features, HO is better. If you get into model railroad building in a big way, you may eventually want to explore other scales, but most model train hobbyists are happiest with HO or N...

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She came, as in the book, Mickey Spillane

That Saturday night dark masquerade

Had filled his friend with lead, the same, sweetheart

But then, as nothing happens quite the same

Investigation is the game

He had to check her story right away-he dead

-Jon and Vangelis, Friends of Mr. Cairo, 1981

In this tribute to classic Hollywood film and literature of the 30s and 40s, Jon and Vangelis mention Mickey Spillane in the opening line. The ten-minute ode to Hollywood classics then goes on to incorporate snippets of dialogue and references from The Maltese Falcon, and film greats Humphrey Bogart, Jimmy Stewart, and Peter Lorre. That Spillane led the way is just one indicator of the importance of his role as a crime novelist and how profoundly he influenced the development of the gritty film-noir crime genre in Hollywood.

Although many in the current generation of readers may not be familiar with his name, Mickey Spillane was a well-known author of crime novels, most featuring detective Mike Hammer. He has written some 35 novels which have sold more than 225 million copies around the world. In 1980, Spillane had seven out of the top best-selling fiction books in the U.S. His books were new in the field of crime fiction, taking readers on a journey that explored the detective story while incorporating a level of violence and sex that was previously unknown, although relatively tame by today's standards.


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Like a number of other highly successful authors, Spillane started out writing comic book stories for Superman, Batman, and Captain Marvel. He had originally intended Mike Hammer to be a comic book character, Mike Danger, which he hoped would spin off into a Mike Danger series. With the publication of his first novel, I the Jury, in 1947 Spillane became a novelist. Even he was surprised at this career path; he wrote the book in only 19 days because he needed the money.

I, the Jurywas made into a movie in 1953 with Biff Elliot as Mike Hammer, and grossed over a million dollars. It was remade a little more than 30 years later in 1984, with Armand Assante playing Hammer and Barbara Carrera as psychiatrist Dr. Charlotte Manning.

Spillane began writing during a time when World War II had just ended and Americans and the world were coping with the aftermath. Economics, factories, and the population were growing, along with a new sense of social and cultural change. Organized crime, police corruption, racism, and drug use were all topics that were gaining awareness in the American psyche. Spillane took the tough, gritty approach, creating novels that were brutally honest and direct, 'like a bullet out of a gun.'

He didn't mince words when it came to topics like sex, violence, and Communism. Even though critics were shocked at times, the public was ready for Spillane's straightforward and non-whitewashed style.

Most of his books were in paperback, the original pulp fiction format, and were relatively short by today's standards. He constructed his novels on his old manual Smith Corona typewriter and claimed that he wrote without revisions. Many consider his prose, although simple and straightforward, to be a clean and seamless form of poetry. German painter Markus LuPertz says his own work is highly influenced by Spillane, and he calls Spillane one of the major poets of the 20th century.

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Dame (Mary) Barbara Hamilton Cartland, or Barbara Cartland, was an English author of romantic novels, and one of the most prolific authors of the century, with more than 700 titles to her name. She also wrote under her married name, Barbara McCorquodale. Although most of her novels were set in the 19th century and featured a sanitized, Cinderella version of romance, Cartland actually had her start writing fiction that was considered quite naughty for its time. One of her chief sources of inspiration was Edwardian author Elinor Glyn, who pioneered mass-market erotic fiction, and who Cartland later befriended. Glyn's influence was apparent in Cartland's Blood Money, which was considered too racy and banned by the Lord Chamberlain's Office (British Royal Palace protocol) upon its release in 1926.

Barbara Cartland herself was a part of the English upper class, and her novels are virtually all set in that environment, with characters who are living examples of the ideals and manners of English aristocracy. Her books are chaste and moral, always having a happy ending. Her heroines are sweet, innocent, and submissive; her heroes are handsome, dashing, and aristocratic. In Cartland's world, love conquers all. Her women are all able to change their men through their own inner goodness, transforming them into caring and responsible men. Themes are all woven around idealistic love, virginity before marriage, and women's proper place in the home, raising children.


Barbara's father, unable to finance the family's affluent country lifestyle, moved the family to a rented farmhouse in Worcestershire. He went to work for the local Conservative Party office, managing the election of the MP candidate. When the Tory candidate was successfully elected, Bertram was given the post of private secretary. However, when World War I began, Bertram volunteered for military duty and was killed on a Flanders battlefield a few months before armistice when Barbara was 16 years old.

Undaunted, Barbara's mother, Polly, moved the family, 18-year-old Barbara, 12-year-old Ronald, and 8-year-old Anthony, to London, where she opened a dress shop in Kensington. Polly lacked funds to send her children to university, but her children prospered nonetheless. Ronald went to work for the London Conservative Party and later served as an MP. Barbara's brothers Anthony and Ronald were both eventually killed in battle themselves in 1940, one day apart.

Barbara Cartland attended the Alice Ottley School initially, and when the family moved to Worcestershire, attended Malvern Girls College, then Abbey House, a school in Hampshire. Cartland was independent, talented, smart, and ambitious, and she soon found success as a society reporter and romantic fiction writer...

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