Books To Read
Before he was the phantom of the opera, he was Erik, a disturbingly gifted child, horribly disfigured from birth, who flees into a cruel world where he learns to survive at any cost.
Torn between good and evil, driven to seek power as a substitute for the love he fears he can never know, Erik begins a dark journey that takes him across the face of Europe, from a gypsy cage to the treacherous court of Persia, and ultimately to the cellars of the Paris Opera House, where he finally learns the true meaning of love.
In its original printings in the early 1990s, Phantom sold over 80,000 copies in hardcover and over 600,000 in paperback versions. Besides English language versions, Phantom was published in Japanese, Spanish, Danish, Dutch and Swedish. The original publishers were Transworld (in the UK), Random House, and Bantam/Doubleday/Dell. The novel won the prestigious British Romantic Novel of Year in 1991.
Publisher's Weekly called the novel "a powerful and moving tour de force . . ." and said that Kay "adds a new depth and perspective, moving well beyond the familiar boundaries of the story. . . Haunting and unforgettable, this is a book to be savored, a sensual and often poetic exploration of a man's internal conflict between good and evil and of a search for love amidst darkness and despair . . . "
Meet Wilma Porter, the plucky and kindhearted owner of the only bed and breakfast in Ebb, Nebraska. Wilma knows everybody in town and everybody is in a bit of trouble. No one more so than Calvin Millet, though. His wife has up and left him and their ailing daughter. His department store is close to bankruptcy. His house has been destroyed by a tornado. The folks of Ebb, including Wilma and her indomitable gang of friends, watch Calvin's fortunes wane with great dismay, for in Ebb, everyone's fate is connected to his.
When a handsome stranger named Vernon L. Moore comes to town selling games of chance, more than a few eyebrows are raised. A consummate salesman, he befriends the troubled townspeople one by one. He listens to their stories and asks them intriguing questions that make them see their situations differently. The father of a dying child, the reclusive widow who's taken permanent board at the B & B, the banker with ulterior motives, and the outspoken Wilma Porter are all changed by their encounters with this mysterious man who seems not of this world. After all, no one has seen a traveling salesman in Ebb for more than thirty years. But wherever he's from and whoever he is, he leaves behind a town where second chances are not only possible, they can--and do--happen.
THE GREAT GATSBY, F. Scott Fitzgerald's third book, stands as the supreme achievement of his career. This exemplary novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers. The story is of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his new love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted "gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession," it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s.
The Lovely Bones is the story of a family devastated by a gruesome murder -- a murder recounted by the teenage victim. Upsetting, you say? Remarkably, first-time novelist Alice Sebold takes this difficult material and delivers a compelling and accomplished exploration of a fractured family's need for peace and closure.
The details of the crime are laid out in the first few pages: from her vantage point in heaven, Susie Salmon describes how she was confronted by the murderer one December afternoon on her way home from school. Lured into an underground hiding place, she was raped and killed. But what the reader knows, her family does not. Anxiously, we keep vigil with Susie, aching for her grieving family, desperate for the killer to be found and punished.
Sebold creates a heaven that's calm and comforting, a place whose residents can have whatever they enjoyed when they were alive -- and then some. But Susie isn't ready to release her hold on life just yet, and she intensely watches her family and friends as they struggle to cope with a reality in which she is no longer a part. To her great credit, Sebold has shaped one of the most loving and sympathetic fathers in contemporary literature.
How many of your clients would attend your funeral? One of the top real estate professionals in the country has written a book that details how he became "America's Most Referred Real Estate Professional". In (7L) The Seven Levels of Communication, Michael J. Maher tells the inspiring story of real estate agent Rick Masters who is suffering through a down market when he meets a mortgage professional who has built a successful business without advertising or personal promotion. Step by step he learns to change the way he interacts with his clients and begins to focus on people instead of numbers. Yet with each new success comes a new challenge and Rick soon realizes that if he is to fully utilize the lessons of the (7L), he must be willing to change himself as well as his business. He soon learns, however, that the rewards for doing so are far greater than he had ever imagined. (7L) shows Rick how to build a more profitable business and a more fulfilling life in the process.
While walking home from work one evening, Jeff Manning is struck by a car and killed. Two women fall to pieces at the news: his wife, Claire, and his co-worker Tish. Reeling from her loss, Claire must comfort her grieving son as well as contend with funeral arrangements, well-meaning family members, and the arrival of Jeff’s estranged brother, who was her ex-boyfriend. Tish volunteers to attend the funeral on her company’s behalf, but only she knows the true risk of inserting herself into the wreckage of Jeff’s life.
Told through the three voices of Jeff, Tish, and Claire, Hiddenexplores the complexity of relationships, the repercussions of our personal choices, and the responsibilities we have to the ones we love.
A murder . . . a tragic accident . . . or just parents behaving badly?
What’s indisputable is that someone is dead.
But who did what?
Big Little Lies follows three women, each at a crossroads:
Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?).
Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn’t be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay.
New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.
Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.
Falling in love for the first time made Marnie feel a little bit lost...
At 19, Marnie plunged into first love with Joe, a guy who was completely wrong for her. Their romance was fast and exhilarating and like nothing Marnie had ever experienced or understood. Just as quickly as it began, it was over, with no explanation. He left her with unanswered questions and unexpected feelings of loss and regret, and a quiet grief she would carry with her for the next fifteen years.
When Joe returns, Marnie is a 34-year-old wife and mother to two rambunctious little boys, who is slowly healing from a devastating loss. All the emotions she suppressed from the past fifteen years surge to the surface, threatening to ruin her marriage and destroy her family. She'll need to confront the one person who hurt her the most to realize that love and loss sometimes go hand in hand… and that you have to live with some of your toughest choices for the rest of your life.
A Little Bit of Everything Lost is part coming-of-age/part love story. It's a story about a woman desperate to make peace with the past. It's for all women who have ever experienced the magnitude of first love, whether it was a lasting bond or a fleeting moment. Because first love - while it might not have been the best love - is a love none of us ever forgets
Sixteen-year-old Pea looks normal, but she has a secret: she has Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID). It is like having a monster inside of her, one that not only dictates what she can eat, but also causes anxiety, depression, and thoughts that she doesn’t want to have. When she falls crazy-mad in love with Ben, she hides her disorder from him, pretending that she’s fine.
At first, everything really does feel like it’s getting better with him around, so she stops taking her anxiety and depression medication. And that's when the monster really takes over her life. Just as everything seems lost and hopeless, Pea finds in her family, and in Ben, the support and strength she needs to learn that her eating disorder doesn’t have to control her.
They said she was armed.
They said she was dangerous.
They were right.
Petty Moshen spent eighteen years of her life as a prisoner in her own home, training with military precision for everything, ready for anything. She can disarm, dismember, and kill—and now, for the first time ever, she is free.
Her paranoid father is dead, his extreme dominance and rules a thing of the past, but his influence remains as strong as ever. When his final will reveals a future more terrible than her captive past, Petty knows she must escape—by whatever means necessary.
But when Petty learns the truth behind her father's madness—and her own family—the reality is worse than anything she could have imagined. On the road and in over her head, Petty's fight for her life has just begun.
Fans of female-powered thrillers will love debut author LS Hawker and her suspenseful tale of a young woman on the run for her future…and from the nightmares of her past.
Every year, millions of people forgo traditional gyms and push the limits of human endurance by doing boot camp style workouts in seemingly raw conditions. These extreme athletes train in CrossFit boxes, compete in Tough Mudders and challenge themselves in Spartan races. They share a unifying ideology: the comforts of the modern age have made us weak and the key to human power is to recreate the original environmental conditions of our ancestors to regain our lost evolutionary strength.
They believe the human body is connected to its environment so if the environment changes, the body can change. Can our minds, through environmental conditioning, fundamentally "hack" our bodies for the better? No one exemplifies this movement better than Dutch fitness guru Wim Hof, whose remarkable ability to control his body temperature in extreme cold has sparked a whirlwind of scientific study.
In What Doesn't Kill Us, Scott Carney investigates the fundamental philosophy at the root of this movement in three interlocking narratives. He explores the science of human performance while he examines Hof and the movement's leaders, all while evolving from an ordinary desk guy to an extreme endurance athlete. The book follows Carney's own journey as he pushes his body and mind to the to the edge of human endurance including a record breaking, 28-hour, climb up Mt. Kilimanjaro wearing nothing but a pair of running shorts and sneakers.
Now a classic in the field, used by students of the Golden Dawn as well as by those who want to understand Crowley's tarot. This is the definitive study of the Egyptian tarot and is used as a key to all Western mystery disciplines. Color plates of eight cards.
In this “page-turner with a beating heart” (Boston Globe), a recovering alcoholic and addict down on her luck struggles to hold on to her home in California. But this becomes contested territory when a recent immigrant from the Middle East—a former colonel in the Iranian Air Force—becomes determined to restore his family’s dignity through buying the house. When the woman’s lover, a married cop, intervenes, he goes to extremes to win her love. Andre Dubus III’s unforgettable characters—people with ordinary flaws, looking for a small piece of ground to stand on—careen toward inevitable conflict. An “affecting, subtle portrait of two hostile but equally fragile camps” (The New Yorker), their tragedy paints a shockingly true picture of the country we still live in today, two decades after this book’s first publication.
Do you want to optimize athletic performance, lose weight, and improve your health? Say goodbye to sugar cravings, extra body fat, unhealthy foods and discover the amazing health and weight loss benefits of the low-carb, high-fat ketogenic diet!
The ketogenic diet combines a customized carbohydrate restriction, moderation of protein intake, and real food-based fats which is emerging in the scientific literature as a powerful means for improving a wide range of diseases that most people think require medication to control including epilepsy, Type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer's.
This book is mainly aimed at endurance athletes but can be very beneficial for other sports people like body builders or anybody who needs to lose weight in a safe way.
A well-designed ketogenic diet has been shown to have positive effects in individuals suffering from inflammatory conditions, autoimmune disease, excess weight or anybody who wants to clean up their diet and eat real food.
The overall health benefits of high-fat, low carbohydrate ketogenic diets have been shown to ...
be anti-inflammatory. produce less oxidative stress during exercise. enhance recovery between training sessions. reduce dependence on muscle glycogen. decrease the need to reload with carbohydrates during and after exercise. accelerate the use of saturated fat for fuel, allowing a high intake of total fats without risk. enhance gut and immune function by reducing oxidative stress and inflammation. The main goal of the ketogenic lifestyle is to teach the body to run on fat/ketone bodies instead of glucose. A big advantage of burning fat instead of glucose is that the body has access to around 92,000 calories instead of only about 2,000 calories of stored glucose.
Hence, it makes sense that a ketogenic diet may be beneficial for sports endurance!
The key features of the book include:
An introduction to the ketogenic diet for athletes and overview of the basic principles. 14 days of meal plans that take the hassle out of planning a ketogenic day. Full overview with clear instructions and macronutrient ratios for each recipe. A whole section with keto-friendly snacks if calorie intake needs to be increased. Ketogenic foods at a glance for easy reference. All recipes are grain/gluten free and many are dairy free or can easily be modified to exclude dairy. A list of resources and scientific references for further research and reading. A free bonus package from Ben Greefield as a "thank you" for buying the book.
And, you will discover this way of eating can be integrated into family life with just a little practice.
Follow the plan for the 14 days as outlined in this book and revitalize your life!
The adventure begins here! Gain the edge for optimum health and strong performance by clicking the "buy now" button to start your journey!
About Patricia Daly
I’m a qualified and experienced nutrition professional based in Dublin, Ireland. I apply the principles of Functional Medicine in my practice and also specialize in the ketogenic diet. So far people in the health field know me as an expert in ketogenic diets for cancer patients.
No More Carb-Loading!
So you’re gearing up for a killer exercise session, or a big event like a marathon or a triathlon, and you want to avoid all the carbo-loading that’s so prevalent amongst endurance athletes. You’re interested in fueling your body for the combination of ideal health and performance, and you’re ready for weight loss, longevity, health, and breaking your sugar addiction. But is that even possible? Can you really escape the pasta binges and gastrointestinal distress that often accompanies an over-reliance on sugar? Can you really be a low-carb endurance athlete?
Enhanced Performance Without Expensive Supplements
Maybe you know it’s possible, but did you also know that there are certain supplements no low carb athlete should be training without? You’re probably worried that you’ll need to shell out big bucks for obscure supplements, right? Pine pollen? Ant protein? Thankfully, you just need some tried and true favorites that have proved the test of time. The number one supplement for low-carb athletes? It’s likely to be sitting on your kitchen table right now. And there’s another one that 70% of the population is deficient in…don’t let that be you, especially when deficiency can lead to fatigue and muscle cramps.
Edge Out the Competition with Superior Nutrition
As an Ironman triathlete who eats low-carb, author Ben Greenfield walks his talk. He’s developed a detailed system that will put you nutritionally ahead of 99% of your competitors. From training days, to race week, to the day of the race itself, you’ll learn exactly what you need to be eating and when for best performance and best health. The Low-Carb Athlete is the go-to resource for low carb athletes and those wishing to switch up their diet protocol from the old school carb-based diets of yesterday.
Looking for a Delicious High Fat Snack or Dessert that help you stay in Ketosis?
If so, You've found yourself on the right page..
The Ketogenic Diet is comprised of a high amount of Fat, Moderate amounts protein and very Low amounts of Carbs.
Most Ketogenic recipe books steer clear from the "sweet stuff", and you usually end up with bland bacon and eggs for breakfast, lunch and supper.
The problem is, most of us crave something sweet in between or after meals.
Fat Bombs solve all of these problems in one bite.
What are Fat Bombs?
Fat Bombs are a healthy combination of high fat foods which produce a nutritious explosion of flavour.
If you are looking for healthy way to fuel your body, defuse your hunger and satiate your cravings for something sweet, try an explosively delicious Fat Bomb!
Finally, the perfect way to curb hunger pangs and cravings in between meals, or for a decadent dessert!
Some Benefits You will Experience when consuming Fat Bombs:
Accelerated Fat Loss Increase Energy Levels & Vitality Appetite Control Improved Mental Focus Lower Blood Sugar & Cholesterol Hormonal Balance Here Is A Preview Of The Decadent recipes you will find in this book: Strawberry Ice cream Lemon Soufflés with Poppyseed Caramel Chocolate Brownies Blackberry Pudding Chunky Chocolate Cookies Blueberry Lime Cake Lime Avocado Sorbet infused with Cilantro Choco-cherry Donuts Peanut butter and Chocolate Mug Cake Vanilla Latte Cookie Almond Butter and Chia Seeds Bars Coffee Cake Chocolate Dipped Macaroons Raspberry Cheesecake Cups Chocolate filled Fried Cookie Dough These recipes have been hand crafted through years of experience in the Ketogenic kitchen
Start your journey to perfect weight and ultimate version of yourself today!
Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She's even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. 'Jess and Jason', she calls them. Their life - as she sees it - is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but it's enough. Now everything's changed. Now Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she's only watched from afar. Now they'll see; she's much more than just the girl on the train...
I've been following her for the past few days. I know where she buys her groceries, where she works. I don't know the color of her eyes or what they look like when she's scared. But I will.
One night, Mia Dennett enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn't show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. At first Colin Thatcher seems like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia's life.
When Colin decides to hide Mia in a secluded cabin in rural Minnesota instead of delivering her to his employers, Mia's mother, Eve, and detective Gabe Hoffman will stop at nothing to find them. But no one could have predicted the emotional entanglements that eventually cause this family's world to shatter.
When Mark Spencer and his family moved into the beautiful old Allen House in Monticello, Arkansas, they were aware of its notorious reputation for being haunted. According to local lore, the troubled spirit of society belle Ladell Allen, who had mysteriously committed suicide in the master bedroom in 1948, still roamed the grand historic mansion. Yet, Mark remained skeptical—until he and his family began encountering faceless phantoms, a doppelganger spirit, and other paranormal phenomena. Ensuing ghost investigations offered convincing evidence that six spirits, including Ladell, inhabited their home. But the most shocking event occurred the day Mark followed a strange urge to explore the attic and found, crammed under a floorboard, secret love letters that touchingly depict Ladell Allen's forbidden, heart-searing romance—and shed light on her tragic end.
This haunting true ghost story includes several photographs of the Allen House.