An irreverent, intriguing, and masterfully researched romp through the lives of the hottest Hollywood vamps, producers, directors, critics, gossip columnists, stunt women, and allaround nonconformists of moviedom. From the sultry sirens of silent films to today's glamour goddesses, Drama Queens takes you on screen and off to capture the feuds, fetishes, and finest moments of Hollywood's most divine divas.
By Richard Louv
Essays that Remind Us How We are All Connected
This powerful collection of words from award-winning journalist Richard Louv examines the interconnections among people—with each chapter revealing the delicate strands of life that weave us all together.
Touching on the simple truths. It’s often the little things that remind us how connected we all are to one another. Through his insightful reflections, Louv reveals the many places we can find the strands that bind us to one another, and he explores where we can find these strands in our lives—from family and friendship to community and nature. Most importantly, his words remind us of the importance of seeking out these strands in our own lives.
The great web of life. In this collection of inspirational stories, discussion, and quotations, Louv paints a picture for us of the great web of life. With warmth and wisdom, he weaves for us a tale of unity, composed of numerous stories and heartfelt life lessons. As we discover how we are all connected, we also learn how it is our responsibility to care for each other and the world around us. As Louv shares, “In our society, it is easy to lose sight of the web. To mend our hoop, our protective gauze, we must envision the whole ecology and not only the parts.”
Open up this book of inspirational messages and discover:
- Stories that will open your eyes to the web of life
- A joyous celebration of the simple things that unite us
- A philosophy in life that you’ll want to live out!
Readers of books like Braiding Sweetgrass, Wilderness Essays, or The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are, will love Web of Life by Richard Louv.
From princesses to prostitutes to movie stars and supermodels, plus a few radicals and racecar drivers, Loose Cannons showcases hundreds of female moversandshakers, including Oprah Winfrey, Maria Callas, Michelle Pfeifer, and Catherine the Great, at their chatty, catty, and deliciously subversive best.
Sixty-Five Prescriptions for Lasting Love
“Intimacy is the experience of closeness that brings joy to life. It’s the bottom line of what we want out of our relationships.” ―Daphne Rose Kingma
Fall in love and stay in love. Whether you have just fallen in love or are celebrating your silver anniversary, A Lifetime of Love shows you how to develop a deeper intimacy, transcendent moments, and a wonderful soul connection through sixty-five prescriptions for lasting love.
Grow in love together. Follow the light of love with your treasured one. Work on your relationship through self-improvement, whether you have just started dating or have been in a marriage for years. Kingman provides tips and pointers on ways to keep the romance alive such as dinner conversation starters. Kingma wants you to feel the fire, but also learn how to commit fully and gladly.
Inspire intimacy in your relationship. Learn about intimacy through vulnerability, and ways to trust and love your partner and encourage longevity in your relationship.
- How to be vulnerable in your relationship
- Ways to communicate your love to your partner
- How to make your relationship go the distance
If you enjoyed #Staymarried, Tiny Love Stories, or Relationship Goals, your next read should be Daphne Rose Kingma’s A Lifetime of Love.
Create a Natural Learning Environment for Your Child
From the team that forever changed our view of how children learn, in their book How Your Child is Smart, comes a fundamental and intuitive prescription for natural learning right at home.
Natural learning starts at home. Anyone who spends time with young children recognizes their natural intelligence and resilient passion to learn. But as they try to meet the pressures and expectations of school, natural learning diminishes. Does it have to be that way? According to teachers Dawna Markova and Anne R. Powell, absolutely not. Whether a parent or educator, Learning Unlimited helps transform the homework hassle from a nightly struggle to an engaged learning initiative that uncovers the unique gifts of your child’s mind.
Learning from your child’s natural motivation. Filled with practical advice and compassionate support, this book is designed to honor your child’s innate intelligence with family engaged learning strategies. In Learning Unlimited, veteran teachers unveil how learning from homework can also function as a joint inquiry into your child’s special gifts. Designed for optimal parental involvement in education, this guide helps parents give children a competitive advantage by cultivating a life-long love of learning.
If you’re ready to take a step towards family engaged learning and have read The Gift of Failure, The Well-Trained Mind, or The Self-Driven Child, then you’ll love Learning Unlimited.
By Hugh Prather
A Guide to Deeper Spirituality
A follow-up to the classic, Notes to Myself. As an author, minister, and counselor, Hugh Prather had extensive experience sharing wisdom on worldly (and other-worldly) topics. His book, Notes to Myself, offers a treasury of thoughtful and eye-opening insights and reminders. And this spiritual-themed follow-up book masterfully accomplishes the same goal of guiding readers to greater awareness.
A modern Book of Proverbs. Throughout the book, Prather offers countless tidbits of wisdom. Each line is packed with powerful insight and inspiration that is sure to leave a lasting impact on readers. Though his words are written as “notes-to-self,” Prather’s gaze looks to and reflects on the outside world, and so he draws us all into his thoughts. Through this inner dialogue, we see the world more clearly.
Essential guide for your spiritual journey. Journeys are made easier when we have a guide. This book fills that role for readers on their own journey toward spirituality. Spiritual growth can be a slow but rewarding process if we devote the time to it. Prather’s words throughout this spiritual book remind us that we are not alone on our journey, and that it is through realizing our oneness with all living things that we find our way.
Check out Spiritual Notes to Myself, one of Hugh Prather’s classics, and find…
- A simple, easy-to-read guide for greater spiritual and self-awareness
- Powerful words of wisdom on each page
- A resource to return to again and again in your spiritual journey
Readers of books such as A Path with Heart, Life of the Beloved, Beholding and Becoming, and Awareness: The Perils and Opportunities of Realitywill enjoy Hugh Prather’s Spiritual Notes to Myself.
Bad seeds, belleslettres, rule breakers, shreiking violets, bar belles how could any collections of impudent sketches that celebrates and lampoons the American Southern bell go wrong? Most of the women on these pages are instantly recognizable. Among those whose exploits or imagination vaulted them to fame are writers Carson McCullers and Anne Rice; emancipator Harriet Tubman; actress and onetime town owner Kim Basinger; exblack Panther Angela Davis; 30's outlaw Bonnie Parker; and mascara maven Tammy Faye Baker. A few littleknowns and relative newcomers have elbowed their way on stage, too.
From Mama to Mammy, from Scarlett to Blanche, Hell's Bells (often exclaimed in mock piety and defining generations of Southern women) is hilarious and loving tribute to the famous and infamous females of ol' Dixie. This diverse collections features more than 200 womenaristocratic to poverty stricken, well-bred to illmannered, from Virginia to Texas (the heart of the Confederacy) who have one thing in common: a uniquely Southern take on life and a strength and a strength of character molded by their roots.
By Elizabeth Fishel
-- A new edition of the international bestseller with a new foreword, new afterword, and new photographs
Journalist and noted author Elizabeth Fishel takes an in-depth look at the relationships and dynamics between sisters. The intense bond of sisters -- sometimes best friends, sometimes rivals -- is as important as the relationship between mother and daughter. Through interviews with more than 150 women combined with poignant photographs, Fishel investigates this important family link, revealing intense competition, unwavering devotion, and profound ambivalence. This extremely insightful chronicle of the lifelong passage of sisterhood looks at the implications of birth order, patterns of family roles, rivalries, and polarities, as well as sisters' influence on each other's sexuality and creativity.
Fishel explores this important bond through fairy tales, mythology, literature, and revealing interviews with and discussions of such women as Carly Simon, Erica Jong, Adrienne Rich, Kate Millet, Gloria Steinem, Ntozake Shange, and Margaret Mead. Fishel also examines the behind-the-scenes stories of such famous literary sisters as the Brontes, Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell, and Louisa May Alcott -- whose Little Women series has become a hallmark of sisterhood -- and her sisters.
This is an important book for sisters everywhere.
"The pains, the joys, the mysteries, the dreams -- all these are explored with candor and sensitivity". -- San Francisco Chronicle
An examination of the talents that people have and what makes them do what they do. The author suggests that everyone has the power to change the way they perceive themselves and others, and revolutionize the way they work, communicate and love, by investigating the learning triggers derived from six basic learning patterns. These patterns are all based on how we assimilate auditory, visual, and kinaesthetic information.
Not Your Typical Betty Crocker Cookbook
Feminism meets cooking in this addition to the Wild Woman series, pairing recipes by famous female chefs Lynett Rohrer and Nicole Alper with food trivia, stories, and quotes by women.
So you think a woman’s place is in the kitchen. With Betty Drapers and “make me a sandwich” mantras, it’s easy to forget that women have been cooking up a storm for quite some time. Catherine de’Medici was the Johnny Appleseed of Italian food. Nancy Hart shot a Royalist soldier for barging in and interrupting dinner. Turns out, these women really can take the heat. Maybe it’s best to stay out of their kitchen.
Unconventional females and unconditionally good food. Part cookbook, and part women’s history, Wild Women in the Kitchen features 101 recipes to complement the culinary contributions of famous females. With starter recipes curated specifically to these tough cookies, this book replaces female stereotypes with empowering, historical context. Inside, learn about Cleopatra's orgiastic oysters and:
- Break bread with Golda Meir
- Serve cucumber sandwiches in Natalie Barney’s Parisian salon
- Bring over Canard a l’orange like Catherine de’Medici
If you’re in need of a feminist cookbook, and enjoyed reads like The Little House Cookbook, Women's Libation!, The Little Women Cookbook, or A Woman's Place; then you’ll savor Wild Women in the Kitchen.
By Conari Press
By Andy Bryner
By Conari Press
Want to Feel Hopeful About the Future?
Share in inspirational stories of generosity written by children of all ages that reveal their surprisingly insightful feelings about kindness and compassion.
Look back at why the Random Acts of Kindness series was such a sensation. When the adult version of Random Acts of Kindness was first published, hundreds of teachers across the country gave assignments to their students to write about unsolicited acts that they had experienced or initiated. Teachers sent the results to Conari Press which then put out a call for similar stories in a teacher’s magazine. Stories poured in and the result was Kid’s Random Acts of Kindness. Whimsical and funny to moving and thoughtful, Kid’s Random Acts of Kindness helps restore your belief in the potential for goodness in man.
In Kid’s Random Acts of Kindness, you will see how children are the truest examples of open-hearted giving:
- Kids are hopeful. They believe they can change, easily and often. They look forward not back. They like to think about what could be, not what was.
- Kids are possibility addicts. They’re always working on something. If you listen you’ll hear a language of hopefulness and striving, an elasticity that keeps them going and trying.
- Kids love to master challenges. They want to try new things, move in new directions, be productive. They are risk takers, sometimes out of faith, sometimes out of desperation. More than anything else, children want and need to belong, to partner, to collaborate.
Readers of other books in the Random Acts of Kindness series and motivational books and stories like Chicken Soup for the Soul: Random Acts of Kindness, A Pebble for Your Thoughts, I've Been Thinking…, and You Can Do All Things will love the encouraging, inspirational stories in Kid's Random Acts of Kindness.