It Takes a Certain Type to Be a Writer

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Totally Riveting Utterly Entertaining Trivia
Erin Barrett and Jack Mingo are the Queen and King of trivia, relied upon by game shows including Who Wants to be a Millionaire? and game manufacturers. Millions of people read their daily newspaper column and together they've written twenty books. The sixth book in the 'Totally Riveting Utterly Entertaining (TRUE) Trivia Series' puts a magnifying lens on the wacky world of writers. It Takes a Certain Type to Be a Writer will tell you everything you could possibly want, or were afraid, to know about writers, publishing, and the writing life. Bitesized facts are organized into chapters including "Everyone's a Critic," "Stranger than Fiction," "From Bad to Verse," "Kiddie Lit," "A Word's Worth," and many more. You'll learn things like: where Proust wrote (in bed with gloves on)/ what Voltaire drank (70 cups of coffee a day)/ and how James Cain prepared himself for yet another publisher's rejection. (The title The Postman Always Rings Twice had nothing to do with the plot of the bestselling novel. It was a private joke of author James Cain. His postman would ring his doorbell twice whenever the many-times-rejected manuscript came back from a publisher.)
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Not Another Apple for the Teacher

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From devastating remarks made by teachers ("Addled, backward dunce" said about young Thomas Edison) to the rich and famous on campus (William Randolph Hearst kept a pet alligator at Harvard), this is a spirited and humorous collection of facts about teachers and students.
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Wonderful Ways to Love a Teen

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Wonderful Ways

A Handbook and Guide to Parenting Teens

Even when your relationship appears hopelessly beyond repair, you can follow the tips in this book and rebuild a loving bond.

Learn healthy parenting habits. While there are a lot of highs to parenting, there are plenty of challenges, particularly when it comes to teens. While we were all teenagers once, we often can’t understand what our own teens are going through. But there are certain habits you can pick up that can make the teen years easier for both you and your child.

Dealing with the changes. Just because your relationship with your teen looks different doesn’t mean it’s any less meaningful. The shifts that come may seem unwelcome at first, but as you learn to adapt and respond in a way that connects with your teen rather than pushes them further away, the changes are easier to work through. Recognizing that you’re growing and learning as you go, it’s important to understand boundaries with teens, and give them the space to do their own growing.

Love them through it. Author and licensed clinical social worker Judy Ford offers honest and valuable advice to parents who feel depleted and desolate when it comes to their relationship with their teen. With gentle wisdom and a healthy dose of good humor, Ford guides parents and teenagers through one of the most difficult times in parenting. Learn how to shift the focus from the hardships and the mishaps to the joys and heartfelt moments.

Read this book by bestselling author, mother, and inspirational role model Judy Ford and discover…

  • Easy-to-follow advice for parents presented in 60 two-page essays
  • Powerful and poignant examples from true life stories
  • A how-to guide for loving your teens, even when it seems impossible

Readers of other parenting books such as Parenting Teens with Love and LogicGrown and FlownParenting the New Teen in the Age of Anxiety, and The 5 Love Languages of Teenagers will find a further source of wisdom in Wonderful Ways to Love a Teen.

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Cats Don't Always Land on Their Feet

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Every little fact cat lovers could want to know about the mysterious creatures that live in their homes is contained in this collection. For example, cats use at least a hundred different sounds to communicate and can pronounce thirteen vowel sounds and seven or eight consonant sounds; housecats typically blink twice a minute; and in ancient Egypt, the penalty for killing a cat was death
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Al Capone Was a Golfer

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What is it about the game of golf that can cause otherwise normal folks to lose all perspective? More than one person has seen their loved one become consumed with the details of the quality of wood used in clubs, or the type of cleats on their shoes. What is it about the game of golf that can cause otherwise normal folks to lose all perspective? More than one person has seen their loved one become consumed with the details of the quality of wood used in clubs, the type of cleats on their shoes, the distance between their feet, and the direction of the wind, not to mention statistics, statistics, statistics. Featuring more than 500 facts about the sport that Paul Harvey describes as "a game in which you shout 'fore, ' shoot six, and write down five." Readers learn that experts believe shepherds invented the game using their staffs to bat around stones and that 12 percent of all lightning fatalities happen on the golf course
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Doctors Killed George Washington

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It's no joke that we are all fascinated by the medical profession and the people in it. With Doctors Killed George Washington, trivia mavens Erin Barrett and Jack Mingo explore accidental medical discoveries, medical follies, bizarre cures, and more. This titillating tome puts doctors and medical history under the microscope and exposes more than 500 little-known facts and outrageous oddities from the wild world of medicine. Did you know? Before the advent of surgery, ancient Egyptian doctors put their patients under by hitting them on the head with a mallet.
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Dracula Was a Lawyer

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We are all fascinated by the legal system and the people behind it. With Dracula Was a Lawyer, trivia experts Erin Barrett and Jack Mingo explore lawyers we love to hate (until we need one ), the pitfalls in our legal system, celebrity lawyers, and more. This compendium puts lawyers and legal history on trial and exposes over 500 outrageous oddities from the wild world of law.
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The Ladies' Room Reader

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Every fun little fact you could ever want to know about women - what they think of marriage, how they love their pets, their favorite foods, how often they like to have sex - can be found in this easy-to-pick-up, easy-to-browse-through reader.
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