This One Is Mine: A Novel

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Violet Parry is living the quintessential life of luxury in the Hollywood Hills with David, her rock-and-roll manager husband, and her darling toddler, Dot. She has the perfect life--except that she's deeply unhappy. David expects the world of Violet but gives little of himself in return. When she meets Teddy, a roguish small-time bass player, Violet comes alive, and soon she's risking everything for the chance to find herself again. Also in the picture are David's hilariously high-strung sister, Sally, on the prowl for a successful husband, and Jeremy, the ESPN sportscaster savant who falls into her trap. For all their recklessness, Violet and Sally will discover that David and Jeremy have a few surprises of their own. THIS ONE IS MINE is a compassionate and wickedly funny satire about our need for more--and the often disastrous choices we make in the name of happiness.
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Little, Brown
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Published on
Dec 4, 2008
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304
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ISBN
9780316042857
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English
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Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy
Fiction / Satire
Fiction / Women
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Some women shop. Some eat. Dora cures the blues by bingeing on books—reading one after another, from Flaubert to bodice rippers, for hours and days on end. In this wickedly funny and sexy literary debut, we meet the beguiling, beautiful Dora, whose unique voice combines a wry wit and vulnerability as she navigates the road between reality and fiction.

Dora, named after Eudora Welty, is an indiscriminate book junkie whose life has fallen apart—her career, her marriage, and finally her self-esteem. All she has left is her love of literature, and the book benders she relied on as a child. Ever since her larger-than-life father wandered away and her book-loving, alcoholic mother was left with two young daughters, Dora and her sister, Virginia, have clung to each other, enduring a childhood filled with literary pilgrimages instead of summer vacations. Somewhere along the way Virginia made the leap into the real world. But Dora isn’t quite there yet. Now she’s coping with a painful separation from her husband, scraping the bottom of a dwindling inheritance, and attracted to a seductive book-seller who seems to embody all that literature has to offer—intelligent ideas, romance, and an escape from her problems.

Joining Dora in her odyssey is an elderly society hair-brusher, a heartbroken young girl, a hilarious off-the-wall female teamster, and Dora’s mother, now on the wagon, trying to make amends. Along the way Dora faces some powerful choices. Between two irresistible men. Between idleness and work. And most of all between the joy of well-chosen words and the untidiness of real people and real life.
Jillian Westfield has the perfect suburban life straight out of the upscale women's magazines that she obsessively reads. She’s got the modern-print rugs of Metropolitan Home, the elegant meals from Gourmet, the clutter-free closets out of Real Simple, and the elaborate Easter egg hunts seen in Parents. With her successful investment banker husband behind the wheel and her cherubic eighteen-month-old in the backseat, hers could be the family in the magazines’ glossy Range Rover ads.

Yet somehow all of the how-to magazine stories in the world can’t seem to fix her faltering marriage, banish the tedium of days spent changing diapers, or stop her from asking, “What if?”

Then one morning Jillian wakes up seven years in the past. Before her daughter was born. Before she married Henry. Suddenly she’s back in her post–grad school Ikea-furnished Manhattan apartment. She’s back in her fast-paced job with the advertising agency. And she’s still with Jackson, the ex-boyfriend and star of her what-if fantasies.

Armed with twenty-twenty hindsight, she’s free to choose all over again. She can use the zippy ad campaigns from her future to wow the clients and bosses in her present. She can reconnect with the mother who abandoned her so many years before. She can fix the fights at every juncture that doomed her relationship with Jackson. Or can she?

With each new choice setting off a trajectory of unforeseen consequences, Jillian soon realizes that getting to happily ever after is more complicated than changing the lines in her part of the script. Happiness, it turns out, isn’t an either-or proposition. As she closes in on all the things she thought she wanted, Jillian must confront the greatest what-if of all: What if the problem was never Henry or Jackson, but her?

Sharp, funny, and heartwarming, Time of My Life will appeal to anyone who has ever wanted to redo the past and will leave readers pondering, “Do we get the reality we deserve?”
“Wildly inventive...Heller’s prose is quite funny and always engaging.” —PEOPLE

“Fresh language, with singular energy...spirited, effortless entertainment.” —PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

Stacey's acting career is on the rise, she can feel it. After leaving Cleveland for the glamour of Hollywood, she knows she's on the path to becoming a star. The big screen is calling her.

Well, it could be. With her mother buzzing her cellphone every twenty minutes, it's really easy to lose a casting callback among all the smothering. Helen is a good mother, but she just can't resist checking up on her baby at all hours. After all, Hollywood is dangerous for a girl out on her own. There are violent neighborhoods, cutthroat directors, and worst of all, no one even eats out there. So when she spontaneously decides to move down the street from Stacey, she thinks she's doing Stacey a huge favor.

Stacey long wished her mother would get a life, she just should have mentioned that her own was off limits. Not only has Helen invaded her space, she’s invaded her world. When she finds a bone in her can of tuna, she doesn't just get an apology from the company, she gets to star in their major commercial, rocketing her non-existent acting career straight to the top and landing her a mysterious dreamboat of her very own.

Meanwhile, Stacey's career is starting to tank and she's falling for a man she thought she hated. Her resentment of her mom is more than she can bear, but when her mother's new boyfriend turns out to be shady, can she swallow her pride long enough to save her life?
Magnify Your Business will help you to cut through the noise so that you and your audience can find each other. This book is for entrepreneurs and nonprofit executives who see a need and have a great idea for meeting it. Throughout this book, youll see tips that apply to both for-profit and nonprofit entities. Dont let your tax status dictate a separate set of rules for magnifying and growing your venture! Regardless of the business model you have chosen, you know that you have something valuable to offer. You just need to connect with those who need and support it. If you are seeking the nuts and bolts to grow your enterprise, then this book is for you. Magnify Your Business is filled with specific resources currently available, many times for free, that you can use to find and connect with your best prospects for long term business relationships. This book is a must read for anyone who is either starting a business, a seasoned professional or anyone looking to find a blue print for success. Maria Semple has put all the ideas, strategies and tactics into an easy to read and easy to implement book. Once you start it, you wont want to put it down and you will learn from every page. -Andrea Nierenberg Founder and President The Nierenberg Consulting Group Author of five books including Million Dollar Networking: The Sure Way to Find, Grow and Keep Your Business Maria wrote a book that is ideal for anyone looking to grow a small business or nonprofit! Her tips and strategies are easy to implement for the beginner and will open the eyes of even the most seasoned entrepreneurs. Highly recommend! -Mike Michalowicz, Author of Profit First
A special fiftieth anniversary edition of Kurt Vonnegut’s masterpiece, “a desperate, painfully honest attempt to confront the monstrous crimes of the twentieth century” (Time), featuring a new introduction by Kevin Powers, author of the National Book Award finalist The Yellow Birds
 
Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all time
 
Slaughterhouse-Five, an American classic, is one of the world’s great antiwar books. Centering on the infamous World War II firebombing of Dresden, the novel is the result of what Kurt Vonnegut described as a twenty-three-year struggle to write a book about what he had witnessed as an American prisoner of war. It combines historical fiction, science fiction, autobiography, and satire in an account of the life of Billy Pilgrim, a barber’s son turned draftee turned optometrist turned alien abductee. As Vonnegut had, Billy experiences the destruction of Dresden as a POW. Unlike Vonnegut, he experiences time travel, or coming “unstuck in time.”

An instant bestseller, Slaughterhouse-Five made Kurt Vonnegut a cult hero in American literature, a reputation that only strengthened over time, despite his being banned and censored by some libraries and schools for content and language. But it was precisely those elements of Vonnegut’s writing—the political edginess, the genre-bending inventiveness, the frank violence, the transgressive wit—that have inspired generations of readers not just to look differently at the world around them but to find the confidence to say something about it. Authors as wide-ranging as Norman Mailer, John Irving, Michael Crichton, Tim O’Brien, Margaret Atwood, Elizabeth Strout, David Sedaris, Jennifer Egan, and J. K. Rowling have all found inspiration in Vonnegut’s words. Jonathan Safran Foer has described Vonnegut as “the kind of writer who made people—young people especially—want to write.” George Saunders has declared Vonnegut to be “the great, urgent, passionate American writer of our century, who offers us . . . a model of the kind of compassionate thinking that might yet save us from ourselves.”

Fifty years after its initial publication at the height of the Vietnam War, Vonnegut's portrayal of political disillusionment, PTSD, and postwar anxiety feels as relevant, darkly humorous, and profoundly affecting as ever, an enduring beacon through our own era’s uncertainties.

“Poignant and hilarious, threaded with compassion and, behind everything, the cataract of a thundering moral statement.”—The Boston Globe
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