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Author : Elizabeth L. Cline
ISBN : 9781101560587
Genre : Social Science
File Size : 86.80 MB
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Until recently, Elizabeth Cline was a typical American consumer. She’d grown accustomed to shopping at outlet malls, discount stores like T.J. Maxx, and cheap but trendy retailers like Forever 21, Target, and H&M. She was buying a new item of clothing almost every week (the national average is sixty-four per year) but all she had to show for it was a closet and countless storage bins packed full of low-quality fads she barely wore—including the same sailor-stripe tops and fleece hoodies as a million other shoppers. When she found herself lugging home seven pairs of identical canvas flats from Kmart (a steal at $7 per pair, marked down from $15!), she realized that something was deeply wrong. Cheap fashion has fundamentally changed the way most Americans dress. Stores ranging from discounters like Target to traditional chains like JCPenney now offer the newest trends at unprecedentedly low prices. Retailers are pro­ducing clothes at enormous volumes in order to drive prices down and profits up, and they’ve turned clothing into a disposable good. After all, we have little reason to keep wearing and repairing the clothes we already own when styles change so fast and it’s cheaper to just buy more. But what are we doing with all these cheap clothes? And more important, what are they doing to us, our society, our environment, and our economic well-being? In Overdressed, Cline sets out to uncover the true nature of the cheap fashion juggernaut, tracing the rise of budget clothing chains, the death of middle-market and independent retail­ers, and the roots of our obsession with deals and steals. She travels to cheap-chic factories in China, follows the fashion industry as it chases even lower costs into Bangladesh, and looks at the impact (both here and abroad) of America’s drastic increase in imports. She even explores how cheap fashion harms the charity thrift shops and textile recyclers where our masses of cloth­ing castoffs end up. Sewing, once a life skill for American women and a pathway from poverty to the middle class for workers, is now a dead-end sweatshop job. The pressures of cheap have forced retailers to drastically reduce detail and craftsmanship, making the clothes we wear more and more uniform, basic, and low quality. Creative inde­pendent designers struggle to produce good and sustainable clothes at affordable prices. Cline shows how consumers can break the buy-and-toss cycle by supporting innovative and stylish sustainable designers and retailers, refash­ioning clothes throughout their lifetimes, and mending and even making clothes themselves. Overdressed will inspire you to vote with your dollars and find a path back to being well dressed and feeling good about what you wear.
Category: Social Science

Bite Me

Author : Joe Rosenblatt
ISBN : 9780889844247
Genre : Poetry
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In Bite Me!, idiosyncratic observations and provocative musings illuminate an unseen world of creatures both real and imagined. This is a collection populated by eighty-foot-long boa constrictors and carnivorous pitcher plants. Of colossal clams that inhale noxious volcanic fumes and of bioluminescent ocean-dwelling critters that appear as ghostly mermaids to unsuspecting submariners. It is a collection in which the unfortunate Monster Boy copes with the consequences of schoolyard bullying—and flesh-liquefying stomach acid—while the agoraphobic Birdman ‘strives to ascend skyward’ though he is permanently grounded. The poems and musings in Bite Me! are interested in ‘the bizarre side of Mother Nature’s handiwork’, from the depths of the ocean to the wilds of the tropical rainforest ... to the cozy hearth of the domesticated housecat. In this collection characterized by isolation and unquenchable need, Rosenblatt celebrates life in all its varied forms while awaiting that moment when ‘time drifting as a bottom feeder makes a meal of us’.
Category: Poetry

The Adults

Author : Alison Espach
ISBN : 1439191875
Genre : Fiction
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Now available in paperback, “Tom Perrotta meets Curtis Sittenfeld in this razor-sharp debut by Alison Espach, who weaves a wry, devastatingly perceptive coming-of-age tale set in Connecticut’s affluent suburbs” (Marie Claire). In her ruefully funny and wickedly perceptive debut novel, Alison Espach deftly dissects matters of the heart and captures the lives of children and adults as they come to terms with life, death, and love. At the center of this affluent suburban universe is Emily Vidal, a smart and snarky teenager, who gets involved in a suspect relationship with one of the adults after witnessing a suicide in her neighborhood. Among the cast of unforgettable characters is Emily’s father, whose fiftieth birthday party has the adults descending upon the Vidal’s patio; her mother, who has orchestrated the elaborate party even though she and her husband are getting a divorce; and an assortment of eccentric neighbors, high school teachers, and teenagers who teem with anxiety and sexuality and an unbridled desire to be noticed, and ultimately loved. An irresistible chronicle of a modern young woman’s struggle to grow up, The Adults lays bare—in perfect pitch—a world where an adult and a child can so dangerously be mistaken for the same exact thing.
Category: Fiction

Forever A Lord

Author : Delilah Marvelle
ISBN : 9781460300367
Genre : Fiction
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Lady Imogene Norwood lives a sheltered life of quiet respectability and routine…until she meets the wild and broken Lord Atwood. He is wholly unexpected among London's elite, and the very shy English rose suddenly realizes that a little chaos might just be what her heart desires. Lord Nathaniel James Atwood doesn't believe true love exists. Since scandal tore him away from his family at an early age, he has spent his life fighting for what he wants. That attitude has made him a rising star in bare-knuckle boxing, and now leads him back to London to reclaim the life that was stolen from him. But upon meeting the innocent Imogene, his beliefs are trounced…as guarding his heart against her proves to be the fight of his life.
Category: Fiction

You Can Never Be Overdressed Or Overeducated

Author : Vanguard Stationery
ISBN : 171926113X
Genre :
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Motivational Female Empowerment Journal Motivational and Inspirational Quotes bring out the best in women! Get up every morning, work in your journal and you will notice that your entire day goes smoother! Just for you, and all our fellow positivity and entrepreneurial lovers, we at Vanguard Notebooks hand-designed an entire range of motivational quotes with empowering passion for women. So whether it's for work, college, home or pleasure this Motivational Journal will meet your needs. The perfect positive journal for anyone with an entrepreneurial or creative spirit. This powerful paperback notebook has blank page paper, with 120 pages (60 spreads), measuring at 6 x 9 inch. ** Also available as 1/2 and 1/4 Inch Dot Grid and College-Ruled Journal --- check out our Author Page** This You Can Never Be Overdressed Or Overeducated blank notebook, with high-quality paper, is the perfect fit for doodles, journaling and creativity. A gorgeous, hand-designed cover that is suited for all purposes and with the ideal size so it fits perfectly into your bag. Enjoy these 120 off-white, blank pages to let all your creative juices flow. Our notebooks and journals are the perfect gift for any occasion, especially as Christmas gifts, for both friends and family! Journal Features: Size: 6 x 9 inch Paper: Blank pages on white paper Pages: 120 off-white sturdy pages Cover: Soft, matte cover Buy this hand-designed Blank Page Female Empowerment Journal today and receive fast delivery service from Amazon. Visit our Author page for many more journal and notebook designs.

Interview Success Get The Edge Teach Yourself

Author : Julie Gray
ISBN : 9781444138894
Genre : Business & Economics
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Are you facing a crucial interview and don't want to risk losing that job because you lack confidence or you think your interview skills aren't up to scratch? Fiercely practical, this book could be the answer to all your problems. Whether you only have a few hours to prepare or a few weeks, Julie Gray will guide you through all the techniques and strategies you need to give yourself the edge in a competitive market. Areas covered include: - Assessing whether you really want the job - 5 things interviewers want to know about you - Different interview types, including assessments centres - Knowing yourself and what you want - Researching your potential employer - What to expect in the questions - Knowing how to answer - Knowing what you want to ask them - Planning ahead - Getting into the zone: confidence boosters - How to dress, behave and speak - Tricky questions and how to handle them - Clawing back the positive when things don't go to plan Quick and easy to use, 'Interview Success' makes it easy to focus on the areas of importance from avoiding clichéd answers to dealing with scary interviewers!
Category: Business & Economics

The Super Secs

Author : Alice Marchak
ISBN : 9780595092499
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
File Size : 84.44 MB
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How would you like to work with Marlon Brando in his hillside home in Beverly Hills? Travel with him to his private paradise in the South Pacific? Help him prepare for his movies? …and do a million-and-one other things for him while traveling around the world to all sorts of exotic places? That’s what Alice Marchak was hired to do in the mid-50s. For over twenty years Marchak was Marlon Brando’s supersec…and she simultaneously led an adventurous romantic life of her own. And… How would you like to take Julie Andrews on a shopping spree? Play a role in Julie’s wedding to Blake Edwards? Find romance with an Arab Prince, a British Lord, and an American movie star, all without missing a day’s pay? These are all tidbits from Linda Hunter’s personal experiences as a supersec.Alice and Linda combine to tell all…well, nearly all…as they take us behind the scenes with their superstar bosses and tell us the entertaining and informative story of The Super Secs.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Back To Charm School

Author : Mary Etherington
ISBN : 9781604683288
Genre : Crafts & Hobbies
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Gather up your little precuts--charm school is back in session! Discover fresh designs from the popular authors of Country Threads Goes to Charm School. Sparkling with energy, these quilts make the most of today's 5" precut squares and also include instructions for using yardage. Choose from 20 patterns and gather fun decorating and gift-giving ideas Make appealing designs such as table runners, doll quilts, a pillow, and a tree skirt in fabrics ranging from country to bright, reproduction, theme prints, and more Try new techniques and get lots of quilting pleasure from these little, quick-to-finish projects
Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Bad Bridesmaid

Author : Siri Agrell
ISBN : 1429981474
Genre : Reference
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A laugh-out-loud look at the most underrated supporting role in today's maxed-out wedding world, featuring "bad bridesmaids" who've had enough taffeta to last a lifetime I just can't have any negative energy around my wedding." This is what Siri Agrell's best friend told her just before kicking her out of the wedding that Agrell had spent many months—and dollars—preparing for. Her offense? It's not that she slept with the groom, or even the best man. She didn't get drunk at the shower. She didn't buy the cheapest casserole dish on the registry. But she did question the role of today's much-maligned bridesmaid in an article she wrote for a national newspaper. Despite the bags of fan mail the piece generated, the bride was not amused. Agrell was booted from the bridal party in favor of a similarly sized cousin—and no, she did not get reimbursed for the $100 gold shoes she'd already bought to match the bridesmaid dress. Now she's putting all that experience and fan mail to good use: like no other book on the market, Bad Bridesmaid is a hilarious tale of weddings gone wild, full of anecdotes and advice from women worldwide, and the perfect gift to get former, current, and future bridesmaids ready for action (or therapy). It's time to give the bridesmaid back her voice, her independence, and the natural waistline that has long been hidden under layers of responsibility and badly constructed tulle!
Category: Reference

Outdoor Education

Author : Ken Gilbertson
ISBN : 0736047093
Genre : Education
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Outdoor Education: Methods and Strategieswill show students how to -use physical, cognitive, and affective methods to teach lessons in different settings to different audiences; -link educational theories to teaching methods and choose the best method for each setting; and -implement strategies with easy-to-use forms and lesson plans. Outdoor Education: Methods and Strategiesprovides all the necessary information and tools for teaching outdoor education. It applies educational theories to outdoor teaching methods and helps educators choose the instructional strategy that will work best for their audience, whether they're in a school, nature center, adventure center, camp, environmental learning center, government agency, or university. This text includes the following features: -Easy-to-use forms for designing, implementing, and evaluating outdoor lesson plans -Six highly detailed sample lesson plans, representing a variety of settings for different age groups and abilities and using physical, cognitive, and affective methods -Teaching tips, real-life case studies, and interactive exercises to apply concepts in each chapter Outdoor Education: Methods and Strategiescontains practical lesson plans and examples that go beyond the normal scope of a text. It includes key concepts, objectives, and summaries for each chapter, and it presents an extensive set of educational methods and applications to foster optimal learning. Part Idefines what outdoor education is and details the professional expectations of an outdoor educator. It also explores educational theories that support outdoor education, including developmental stages, learning stages, and constructivism. Part IIcovers teacher preparation, including understanding the backgrounds and abilities of participants, creating a successful learning environment, teaching effectively in a variety of outdoor settings, and designing lesson plans. In part III, the authors explore methods and delivery of outdoor education. They examine the uses of physical, cognitive, and affective methods for teaching, and they provide six ready-to-use sample lessons. They also help readers reflect on, evaluate, and improve their lesson plans through experimentation. Outdoor Education: Methods and Strategieswill benefit all educators, new or veteran, in enhancing their audience's awareness, appreciation, and knowledge of the outdoors. Ultimately, it will advance educators' abilities to increase people's enjoyment and understanding of the environment.
Category: Education