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It S Better Than It Looks

Author : Gregg Easterbrook
ISBN : 9781610397421
Genre : History
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Is civilization teetering on the edge of a cliff? Or are we just climbing higher than ever? Most people who read the news would tell you that 2017 is one of the worst years in recent memory. We're facing a series of deeply troubling, even existential problems: fascism, terrorism, environmental collapse, racial and economic inequality, and more. Yet this narrative misses something important: by almost every meaningful measure, the modern world is better than it ever has been. In the United States, disease, crime, discrimination, and most forms of pollution are in long-term decline, while longevity and education keep rising and economic indicators are better than in any past generation. Worldwide, malnutrition and extreme poverty are at historic lows, and the risk of dying by war or violence is the lowest in human history. It's not a coincidence that we're confused--our perspectives on the world are blurred by the rise of social media, the machinations of politicians, and our own biases. Meanwhile, political reforms like the Clean Air Act and technological innovations like the hybridization of wheat have saved huge numbers of lives. In that optimistic spirit, Easterbrook offers specific policy reforms to address climate change, inequality, and other problems, and reminds us that there is real hope in conquering such challenges. In an age of discord and fear-mongering, It's Better Than It Looks will profoundly change your perspective on who we are, where we're headed, and what we're capable of.
Category: History

Well It Looks Bettr N It Did

Author : D. Wassom
ISBN : 9780595354771
Genre : Humor
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What would make a successful Dentist and an accomplished businesswoman leave their California careers to buy and run the "Oldest Hotel in Alabama?" We could put forth several hypothesis on the subject, but the bottom line is that "We were Nuts!" However we did manage to convince ourselves that it was "Time for", and that we "Needed a Change." And after all neither one of us were, "Afraid of Hard Work." (Heaven forbid any mention of the unmentionable "Mid Life Crisis") As is turns out is was hard work. But the upside if the venture went far beyond our wildest dreams. What an interesting, fulfilling, humorous experience! Funny things happen to all of us, but we feel we were blessed with more funny experiences than a couple ought to be legally allowed to have! Truth really can be stranger than fiction! We sure are glad that we are "Nuts." Being "Nuts" has made our lives infinitely more rewarding. We are unanimous about that! Come join us as we relate some of the high points of our journey.
Category: Humor

Do I Look Fat In This

Author : Rhonda Britten
ISBN : 9781440624124
Genre : Self-Help
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The author of Change Your Life in 30 Days and Fearless Living confronts that nagging question from the inside out. As a Life Coach on the Emmy Award-winning daytime reality show Starting Over, Rhonda Britten has helped countless women befriend their bodies-first by encouraging them to face and accept what they see in the mirror, and then by empowering them to make healthier decisions about their weight. In Do I Look Fat in This?, Rhonda shares her personal story of body confidence and the stories of many of the women who have reached out to her. With Rhonda's encouragement and advice, people can find the courage and inspiration they need to move from disliking their bodies to celebrating them, from seeing them as objects of shame to considering them their own best friends.
Category: Self-Help

Worse Than It Looks

Author : Tom Janikowski
ISBN : 9781304683892
Genre : Poetry
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Midwestern fictionista Tom Janikowski has crafted a collection of poetry drawn from his experiences working with people who have made bad choices - addicts, convicts, users, and the like. Written over the span of two years on the streets of the Quad Cities of Illinois and Iowa, the poems include many that appeared at his collaborative poetry site, "the lost beat," where he writes with his cousin, the poet Denise Janikowski-Krewal.
Category: Poetry

It S Not As Easy As It Looks

Author : Michael Bowling
ISBN : 9781512792386
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Its Not As Easy As It Looks follows the story of Michael Bowlings many surprise cancer diagnoses from the first day. Each chapter was written and posted usually within hours of the events it describes. All the hope and disappointment, all the strange and unforeseen events, and all the humor that cancer brings are detailed. Michaels friends serve as commentators along the way. As the story progresses, the doctors are often more surprised than the patient. What will happen next? God reveals Himself throughout in ways unexpected, but you will have to see it to believe it!
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Speaking Of Art

Author : P. Kivy
ISBN : 9789401024129
Genre : Philosophy
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As the title of this book was meant to suggest, its subject is the way we talk about (and write about) works of art: or, rather, one of the ways, namely, the way we describe works of art for critical purposes. Be cause I wished to restrict my subject matter in this way, I have made a sharp, and no doubt largely artificial distinction between describing and evaluating. And I must, at the outset, guard against a misreading of this distinction to which I have left myself open. In distinguishing between evaluative and descriptive aesthetic judgments, I am not saying that when I assert "X is p," where p is a "descriptive" term like "unified," or "delicate," or "garish," I may not at the same time be evaluating X too; and I am not saying that when I make the obviously "evaluative" assertion "X is good," I may not be describing X. Clearly, if I say "X is unified" I am evaluating X in that unity is a good-making feature of works of art; and as it is correct in English at least to call an evaluation a description, I do not want to suggest that if an assertion is evaluative, it cannot be de scriptive (although there have been many philosophers who have thought this indeed to be the case).
Category: Philosophy

The Best Australian Stories 2010

Author : Cate Kennedy
ISBN : 9781458798657
Genre : Fiction
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There is little to match the pleasurable, exhilarating rush when we know we are in the hands of a writer with authority. Their power is like a kind of charisma - we allow ourselves to be willingly, absolutely persuaded.' - Cate Kennedy In The Best Australian Stories 2010, Cate Kennedy presents a seductive line - up of the year's most exciting short fiction, featuring the best work from publications around the country alongside pieces published here for the first time. A literary feud unfolds, blow by comical blow, in the books pages of a Sydney newspaper. Ned Kelly's mother has her day in court. And as flood waters slowly rise in a small Australian town, a woman quietly watches and waits. By turns playful, heart - wrenching, intimate and exuberant, these twenty - nine stories reveal the strength and variety of Australian fiction today. The authors include first - timers as well as established masters, and the result is a stimulatingly diverse collection. Contributors include: Robert Drewe, Nam Le, Karen Hitchcock, Paddy O'Reilly, John Kinsella, Anna Krien, David Francis, Chris Womersley, Ryan O'Neill, Dorothy Simmons, Louise D'Arcy, Joshua Lobb, Tim Herbert, Michael Sala, Sherryl Clarke, A.S. Patric, Josephine Rowe, Mike Ladd, Meg Mundell, David Mence, Fiona McFarlane, Cory Taylor, Antonia Baldo, Suvi Mahonen, David Kelly, Joanne Riccioni, Stephanie Buckle, Gillian Essex, Michael McGirr.
Category: Fiction

Even A Daughter Is Better Than Nothing

Author : Mykel Board
ISBN : 1891053000
Genre : Travel
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This is the story of how Maximum Rock'n'Roll Columnist Mykel Board spent a year teaching English at the Mongolian National University in Ulaanbaatar. From getting lost in the Gobi Desert to stirring fights in a Mongolian disco, Board teeters through the heart of contemporary Mongolian culture with the class, humor and buffoonery of a modern-day Charlie Chaplin.
Category: Travel

Practical Vampyrism For Modern Vampyres

Author : Lady Cg
ISBN : 9781411642997
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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Based on the articles written for the on line communities, this handbook for the Modern Vampyre Communities contains advice for those learning to cope with the early stages of vampyrism.
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Demon Bloodline

Author : April Beaver
ISBN : 9781450052948
Genre : Fiction
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As a normal life goes, everyone wants more; more attention, more power, more parties, and even more action. But as for Saya, she just wants less. Saya finds herself getting more of everything, but not in any of the good ways. Her friends stand beside her, but that makes her enemies even greater. The truth of Sayas identity is revealed and her past has come to haunt her. Her only way out, to accept herself and fight the unimaginable, the demons, and their slaves. Sayas life is turned inside out as she tries to save her friends and loved ones. But sometimes, you dont get what you have been wanting.
Category: Fiction