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Secret Lives
  • Author : Diane Chamberlain
  • Publisher : Diane Chamberlain
  • Pages : 249
  • ISBN : N.a
  • Reader Reviews : 7
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Actress Eden Riley's decision to make a film about the mother she barely knew plunges her into a shattering confrontation with her own past. Through her mother's journal, Eden discovers a life of hardship, madness and secrets. Shifting gracefully between Eden's world and that of her mother, Secret Lives seduces with the power of its images and the lyricism of its prose.

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    Secret Lives
  • Author : Susan Wells
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : 348
  • ISBN : 1977227090
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  • Genre : Fiction
  • Heart-warming, busybody, Bernice Butzen reports her neighbor, Carolyn Fazzino, missing. Veteran Detective Waller is forced to work with new Detective Garcia. They discover Carolyn's car, purse, iPhone, and camera footage of a man abducting her, proving she has been kidnapped. Detectives interview Carolyn's estranged husband, Vince, who has a past of domestic violence. During an intense interrogation, he confesses, he has a girlfriend, Jenny Maxwell. But the married Jenny denies dating the egotistical womanizer making him look guilty in the eyes of the police. Tension mounts when Carolyn wakes, devastated, confused and hurt, finding herself in the killer's trap. The list of suspects grows to include Carolyn's drunk psychiatrist and her introverted boss with a suspicion of solicitation. Detectives wonder if he did away with his employee who may have discovered his secret. The psychopath killer becomes violent trying to stab Carolyn when she refuses to cooperate. Frustrated, the kidnapper throws the only food she will receive while being held captive. Carolyn's frantic mother, Ruth, pleads for her daughter's safe return.

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    Secret Lives
  • Author : Diane Chamberlain
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : 418
  • ISBN : 0988205777
  • Reader Reviews : 7
  • Genre : Books
  • Actress Eden Riley's decision to make a film about her mother plunges her into a shattering confrontation with her own past, irrevocably altering her life and the lives of those she loves. Her mother, Katherine Swift, was a renowned children's author who died when Eden was very young. Now Eden, recovering from a divorce and disillusioned with her glamorous life, returns to the childhood home of the mother she barely knew. She moves in with her uncle, archaeologist Kyle Swift, and his wife, Louise. Eden gets more than she bargained for when Kyle gives her the journal her mother had kept from the age of thirteen until her death. Eden is spellbound by the powerfully written, intimate diary that chronicles a life of hardship, madness, and tragedy. But her fascination turns to horror when she discovers the shocking truth about her mother's life. Eden turns for comfort to Ben Alexander, Kyle's colleague, not knowing that Ben has a secret of his own that could ruin Eden and her career. Now Eden must make a heartbreaking decision as she struggles to lay the ghosts of the past to rest and come to terms with her own future. Shifting gracefully between Eden's world and Katherine's, Secret Lives seduces with the power of its images and the lyricism of its prose.

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    The Secret Lives of Backyard Bugs
  • Author : Judy Burris,Wayne Richards
  • Publisher : Storey Publishing
  • Pages : 137
  • ISBN : 9781603425636
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : Nature
  • Provides information about insects commonly found in backyards and explains the many advantages they provide.

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    Secret Lives of the U.S. Presidents
  • Author : Cormac O'Brien
  • Publisher : Quirk Books
  • Pages : 321
  • ISBN : 9781594749353
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  • Genre : Biography & Autobiography
  • The classic compendium of weird, quirky, and politically incorrect presidential trivia is back—now with a chapter about the 45th American president, Donald J. Trump This updated and redesigned edition of Secret Lives of the U.S. Presidents features outrageous and uncensored profiles of our commanders in chief—complete with hundreds of little-known, politically incorrect, and downright wacko facts. You’ll discover that: • Teddy Roosevelt was blinded in a White House boxing match • John Quincy Adams loved to skinny-dip in the Potomac River • Gerald Ford once worked as a Cosmopolitan magazine cover model • Warren G. Harding gambled with White House china when he ran low on cash • Jimmy Carter reported a UFO sighting in Georgia With chapters on everyone from George Washington to Donald Trump, Secret Lives of the U.S. Presidents tackles all the tough questions that other history books are afraid to ask: Which president claimed that God struck down Abraham Lincoln on purpose? How many of these folks were cheating on their spouses? And are there really secret tunnels underneath the White House? American history was never this much fun in school!

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    The Secret Lives of Customers
  • Author : David S Duncan
  • Publisher : PublicAffairs
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN : 9781541774483
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  • Genre : Business & Economics
  • A "detective story" that delivers key insights for any businessperson asking the questions: who really are our customers, why do we lose them, how do we regain them? Customers can be a mystery. Despite the availability of more data than ever before, everyone, from the CEO to salespeople in the field, struggles to understand who their customers really are, what they want, why they lose them, and how to regain them. To crack the case, start thinking like a market detective. David Scott Duncan shows how in his entertaining story of Tazza, a fictional chain of cafes with declining sales and leaders urgently seeking to understand why. The vivid characters of Tazza’s market detective force come to their aha moment when they finally understand why their most loyal customers walked out the door—and how they can get them back. The core of the Tazza story is a simple, powerful idea that upends how most businesses view their customers. Customers have “jobs to be done.” They “hire” companies to solve a problem or fulfill a need and “fire” them when unhappy. Duncan’s fresh way of thinking about how to understand your customers’ secret lives provides an innovative path for solving whatever market mysteries you face.

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    The Secret Lives of Colour
  • Author : Kassia St Clair
  • Publisher : John Murray
  • Pages : 327
  • ISBN : 1473630835
  • Reader Reviews : 13
  • Genre : Color
  • THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER 'A mind-expanding tour of the world without leaving your paintbox. Every colour has a story, and here are some of the most alluring, alarming, and thought-provoking. Very hard painting the hallway magnolia after this inspiring primer.' Simon Garfield The Secret Lives of Colour tells the unusual stories of the 75 most fascinating shades, dyes and hues. From blonde to ginger, the brown that changed the way battles were fought to the white that protected against the plague, Picasso's blue period to the charcoal on the cave walls at Lascaux, acid yellow to kelly green, and from scarlet women to imperial purple, these surprising stories run like a bright thread throughout history. In this book Kassia St Clair has turned her lifelong obsession with colours and where they come from (whether Van Gogh's chrome yellow sunflowers or punk's fluorescent pink) into a unique study of human civilisation. Across fashion and politics, art and war, The Secret Lives of Colour tell the vivid story of our culture.

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    The Secret Lives of Hoarders
  • Author : Matt Paxton,Phaedra Hise
  • Publisher : National Geographic Books
  • Pages : 0
  • ISBN : 9780399536656
  • Reader Reviews : 3
  • Genre : Self-Help
  • On the front lines with extreme hoarders The Secret Lives of Hoarders is much more than harrowing tales of attacking the ugliest, dirtiest, and most shocking hoarding cases in the country. It is a behind-the-scenes look at this hidden epidemic- what it means, how to recognize it before it gets out of hand, and how to deal with it. Through his work with hundreds of clients in the worst circumstances- from the giant "rat's nest" that hid more than $13,000 in cash to a vast cache of cartoon pornography to twenty-five years' worth of unopened mail-Matt Paxton has learned to understand this disorder and his clients' impulses to collect, to speak the hoarders' language, and to reach out to them with compassion and concern while avoiding criticism and judgment. Most important, he guides compulsive hoarders successfully through every step of the clean-up and healing process. The Secret Lives of Hoarders is an engrossing and sometimes unsettling look at extreme clutter but one that helps hoarders, their families, and their friends to find meaning in the chaos.

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    The Secret Lives of Toddlers
  • Author : Jana Murphy
  • Publisher : National Geographic Books
  • Pages : 0
  • ISBN : 9780399530234
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  • Genre : Family & Relationships
  • Why do they rub food in their hair? Why do they want to hear the same book over and over? Why do they love being naked? Between the ages of one and three, children can be delightful, affectionate, intelligent explorers of their newfound world. They can also be holy terrors. Grounded in up-to-date research, The Secret Lives of Toddlers demystifies 52 common behaviors of toddlers, while helping parents appreciate the miraculous development of their children. An entertaining, reassuring guide to toddler behavior, this book shows parents how to get through their kids' toddlerhood with affection, humor, and authority. With explanations from pediatricians, child development experts, and behavioral psychologists, parents will learn to: - Understand the world from a child's point of view - Learn which bad behaviors need intervention and which can be ignored - Cultivate good manners and reward good behavior - Reduce their own frustration - Play, speak, read, and interact with their toddler in healthy ways

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    Secret Lives of the Tsars
  • Author : Michael Farquhar
  • Publisher : National Geographic Books
  • Pages : 0
  • ISBN : 9780812979053
  • Reader Reviews : 7
  • Genre : History
  • “Michael Farquhar doesn’t write about history the way, say, Doris Kearns Goodwin does. He writes about history the way Doris Kearns Goodwin’s smart-ass, reprobate kid brother might. I, for one, prefer it.”—Gene Weingarten, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and Washington Post columnist Scandal! Intrigue! Cossacks! Here the world’s most engaging royal historian chronicles the world’s most fascinating imperial dynasty: the Romanovs, whose three-hundred-year reign was remarkable for its shocking violence, spectacular excess, and unimaginable venality. In this incredibly entertaining history, Michael Farquhar collects the best, most captivating true tales of Romanov iniquity. We meet Catherine the Great, with her endless parade of virile young lovers (none of them of the equine variety); her unhinged son, Paul I, who ordered the bones of one of his mother’s paramours dug out of its grave and tossed into a gorge; and Grigori Rasputin, the “Mad Monk,” whose mesmeric domination of the last of the Romanov tsars helped lead to the monarchy’s undoing. From Peter the Great’s penchant for personally beheading his recalcitrant subjects (he kept the severed head of one of his mistresses pickled in alcohol) to Nicholas and Alexandra’s brutal demise at the hands of the Bolsheviks, Secret Lives of the Tsars captures all the splendor and infamy that was Imperial Russia. Praise for Secret Lives of the Tsars “An accessible, exciting narrative . . . Highly recommended for generalists interested in Russian history and those who enjoy the seamier side of past lives.”—Library Journal (starred review) “An excellent condensed version of Russian history . . . a fine tale of history and scandal . . . sure to please general readers and monarchy buffs alike.”—Publishers Weekly “Tales from the nasty lives of global royalty . . . an easy-reading, lightweight history lesson.”—Kirkus Reviews “Readers of this book may get a sense of why Russians are so tolerant of tyrants like Stalin and Putin. Given their history, it probably seems normal.”—The Washington Post

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    The Secret Lives of Dresses
  • Author : Erin McKean
  • Publisher : 5 Spot
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN : 9780446575157
  • Reader Reviews : 19
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Dora has always taken the path of least resistance. She went to the college that offered her a scholarship, is majoring in "vagueness studies," and wears whatever shows the least dirt. She falls into a job at the college coffee shop, and a crush on her flirty boss, Gary. Just when she's about to test Gary's feelings, Mimi, the grandmother who raised her, suffers a stroke. Dora rushes back home to Forsyth, NC, and finds herself running her grandmother's vintage clothing store. The store has always been a fixture in Dora's life; though she grew up more of a jeans-and-sweatshirt kind of girl, before she even knew how to write, Mimi taught her that a vintage 1920s dress could lift a woman's spirit. While working there, Dora befriends Mimi's adorable contractor, Conrad. Is he after Dora, or is working from a different blueprint? And why did Mimi start writing down--and giving away--stories of the dresses in her shop? When Mimi dies, Dora can't get out of town fast enough and cedes control of the store to her money-hungry aunt who wants to turn it into a t-shirt shop for tourists. But ultimately, she returns to Forsyth, willing to battle whatever may stand in the way of her staying there. Dora can trade her boring clothes for vintage glamour, but can she trade her boring life for one she actually wants?

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    Entanglement
  • Author : Emma Tarlo
  • Publisher : Oneworld Publications
  • Pages : 416
  • ISBN : 1786071614
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  • Genre : Social Science
  • Winner of the Victor Turner Prize for Ethnographic Writing 2017 Journeying around the globe, through past and present, Emma Tarlo unravels the intriguing story of human hair and what it tells us about ourselves and society. When it’s not attached to your head, your very own hair takes on a disconcerting quality. Suddenly, it is strange. And yet hair finds its way into all manner of unexpected places, far from our heads, including cosmetics, clothes, ropes, personal and public collections, and even food. Whether treated as waste or as gift, relic, sacred offering or product in a billion-dollar industry for wigs and hair extensions, hair has many stories to tell. Collected from Hindu temples and Buddhist nunneries and salvaged by the strand from waste heaps and the combs of long-haired women, hair flows into the industry from many sources. Entering this strange world, Emma Tarlo tracks hair’s movement across India, Myanmar, China, Africa, the United States, Britain and Europe, meeting people whose livelihoods depend on this singular commodity. Whether its journey ends in an Afro hair fair, a Jewish wig parlour, fashion salon or hair loss clinic, hair is oddly revealing of the lives it touches.

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    The Secret Lives of Mermaids
  • Author : Anuk Tola
  • Publisher : Nobrow Press
  • Pages : 32
  • ISBN : 1838740678
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Books
  • Dive in to discover all there is to know about mermaids in this beautifully illustrated book. But wait - if you thought mermaids were fantasy creatures who existed only in myth and fairytale, think again! New research has uncovered what a rich and varied group of beings they are. The famed merologist Professor Tola's great work covers everything from their long and sinewy tails to the magical properties of merpeople from the Pacific Ocean to the frozen Arctic. Merperson researchers from the Institute of Merology have discovered a secret underwater kingdom where these magical beings swim, play, learn and sing. Now you can become a mermaid expert too!

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    The Secret Life of Secrets
  • Author : Michael Slepian
  • Publisher : Crown
  • Pages : 257
  • ISBN : 9780593237236
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  • Genre : Psychology
  • “If you’ve ever wondered why we keep secrets and what motivates us to spill them, look no further. Michael Slepian has spent the past decade studying the psychology of secrets, and is ready to reveal his findings to the world.”—Adam Grant, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Think Again “The Secret Life of Secrets gracefully blends engaging stories with compelling science.”—Sonja Lyubomirsky, University of California professor and author of The How of Happiness Think of a secret that you’re keeping from others. It shouldn’t take long; behavioral scientist Michael Slepian finds that, on average, we are keeping as many as thirteen secrets at any given time. His research involving more than 50,000 participants from around the world shows that the most common secrets include lies we’ve told, ambitions, addictions, mental health challenges, hidden relationships, and financial struggles. Our secrets can weigh heavily upon us. Yet the burden of secrecy, Slepian argues, rarely stems from the work it takes to keep a secret hidden. Rather, the weight of our secrets comes from carrying them alone, without the support of others. Whether we are motivated to protect our reputation, a relationship, a loved one’s feelings, or some personal or professional goal, one thing is clear: Holding back some part of our inner world is often lonely and isolating. But The Secret Life of Secrets shows you that it doesn’t have to be. Filled with fresh insight into one of the most universal—yet least understood—aspects of human behavior, The Secret Life of Secrets sheds a fascinating new light on questions like: At what age do children develop the cognitive capacity for secrecy? Do all secrets come with the same mental load? How can we reconcile our secrets with our human desires to relate, connect, and be known? When should we confess our secrets? Who makes for the ideal confidant? And can keeping certain types of secrets actually enhance our well-being? Drawing on over a decade of original research, The Secret Life of Secrets reveals the surprising ways that secrets pervade our lives, and offers science-based strategies that make them easier to live with. The result is a rare window into the inner workings of our minds, our relationships, and our sense of who we are.

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    Secret Lives
  • Author : Edward Frederic Benson
  • Publisher : Chatto & Windus
  • Pages : 324
  • ISBN : UCSC:32106006849696
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Mrs. Mantrip, who prides herself on the respectability of Durham Square, which was largely owned by her father, is shocked by the secret life of one of her new tenants

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    The Secret Lives of Buildings
  • Author : Edward Hollis
  • Publisher : Picador
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN : 0312655363
  • Reader Reviews : 4
  • Genre : Architecture
  • A strikingly original, beautifully narrated history of Western architecture and the cultural transformations that it represents Concrete, marble, steel, brick: little else made by human hands seems as stable, as immutable, as a building. Yet the life of any structure is neither fixed nor timeless. Outliving their original contexts and purposes, buildings are forced to adapt to each succeeding age. To survive, they must become shape-shifters. In an inspired refashioning of architectural history, Edward Hollis recounts more than a dozen stories of such metamorphosis, highlighting the way in which even the most familiar structures all change over time into "something rich and strange." The Parthenon, that epitome of a ruined temple, was for centuries a working church and then a mosque; the cathedral of Notre Dame was "restored" to a design that none of its original makers would have recognized. Remains of the Berlin Wall, meanwhile, which was once gleefully smashed and bulldozed, are now treated as precious relics. With The Secret Lives of Buildings, Edward Hollis recounts the most enthralling of these metamorphoses and shows how buildings have come to embody the history of Western culture.

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    Secret Lives of Great Authors
  • Author : Robert Schnakenberg
  • Publisher : Quirk Books
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN : 9781594747441
  • Reader Reviews : 4
  • Genre : Biography & Autobiography
  • Strange-but-true tales of murderers, adulterers, drug addicts, and other literary legends. With outrageous and uncensored profiles of everyone from William Shakespeare to Thomas Pynchon, Secret Lives of Great Authors tackles all the tough questions your high school teachers were afraid to ask: What’s the deal with Lewis Carroll and little girls? Is it true that J. D. Salinger drank his own urine? How many women—and men—did Lord Byron actually sleep with? And why was Ayn Rand such a big fan of Charlie’s Angels? Classic literature was never this much fun in school!

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    The Secret Lives of Bats
  • Author : Merlin D. Tuttle
  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Pages : 309
  • ISBN : 9780544382275
  • Reader Reviews : 5
  • Genre : Nature
  • Enamored of bats ever since discovering a colony in a cave as a boy, Tuttle realized how sophisticated and intelligent bats are. He shares research showing that frog-eating bats can identify frogs by their calls, that vampire bats have a social order similar to that of primates, and that bats have remarkable memories. Bats also provide enormous benefits by eating crop pests, pollinating plants, and carrying seeds needed for reforestation; they are essential to a healthy planet.

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    Secret Lives of Great Composers
  • Author : Elizabeth Lunday
  • Publisher : National Geographic Books
  • Pages : 0
  • ISBN : 9781594744020
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Biography & Autobiography
  • True tales of murder, riots, heartbreak, and great music. With outrageous anecdotes about everyone from Gioachino Rossini (draft-dodging womanizer) to Johann Sebastian Bach (jailbird) to Richard Wagner (alleged cross-dresser), Secret Lives of Great Composers recounts the seamy, steamy, and gritty history behind the great masters of international music. You’ll learn that Edward Elgar dabbled with explosives; that John Cage was obsessed with fungus; that Berlioz plotted murder; and that Giacomo Puccini stole his church’s organ pipes and sold them as scrap metal so he could buy cigarettes. This is one music history lesson you’ll never forget!

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    The Secret Life of Trees
  • Author : Colin Tudge
  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Pages : 601
  • ISBN : 9780141012933
  • Reader Reviews : 7
  • Genre : Nature
  • �Everyone interested in the natural world will enjoy The Secret Life of Trees. I found myself reading out whole chunks to friends� The Times, Books of the Year What is a tree? As this celebration of the trees shows, they are our countryside; our ancestors descended from them; they gave us air to breathe. Yet while the stories of trees are as plentiful as leaves in a forest, they are rarely told. Here, Colin Tudge travels from his own back garden round the world to explore the beauty, variety and ingenuity of trees everywhere: from how they live so long to how they talk to each other and why they came to exist in the first place. Lyrical and evocative, this book will make everyone fall in love with the trees around them.

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    The Secret Lives of Boys
  • Author : Malina Saval
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : 274
  • ISBN : 9780465020324
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Family & Relationships
  • Offers an examination of the secret world of boyhood, the cliques that are formed, and the way boys see themselves in today's society in relation to growing up, getting advice from their parents and peers, and testing the limits of rebellion.

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    Spies of No Country
  • Author : Matti Friedman
  • Publisher : Algonquin Books
  • Pages : 273
  • ISBN : 9781616207229
  • Reader Reviews : 4
  • Genre : History
  • “Wondrous . . . Compelling . . . Piercing.” —The New York Times Book Review Award-winning writer Matti Friedman’s tale of Israel’s first spies has all the tropes of an espionage novel, including duplicity, betrayal, disguise, clandestine meetings, the bluff, and the double bluff—but it’s all true. Journalist and award-winning author Matti Friedman’s tale of Israel’s first spies reads like an espionage novel--but it’s all true. The four agents at the center of this story were part of a ragtag unit known as the Arab Section, conceived during World War II by British spies and Jewish militia leaders in Palestine. Intended to gather intelligence and carry out sabotage operations, the unit consisted of Jews who were native to the Arab world and could thus easily assume Arab identities. In 1948, with Israel’s existence hanging in the balance, these men went undercover in Beirut, where they spent the next two years operating out of a newsstand, collecting intelligence and sending messages back to Israel via a radio whose antenna was disguised as a clothesline. Of the dozen spies in the Arab Section at the war’s outbreak, five were caught and executed. But in the end, the Arab Section would emerge as the nucleus of the Mossad, Israel’s vaunted intelligence agency. Spies of No Country is about the slippery identities of these young spies, but it’s also about the complicated identity of Israel, a country that presents itself as Western but in fact has more citizens with Middle Eastern roots and traditions, like the spies of this narrative. Meticulously researched and masterfully told, Spies of No Country is an eye-opening look at the paradoxes of the Middle East.

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    Secret Lives of Great Filmmakers
  • Author : Robert Schnakenberg
  • Publisher : Quirk Books
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN : 9781594747427
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : Biography & Autobiography
  • Strange-But-True Tales of Cross-Dressers, Drug Addicts, Foot Fetishists, and Other Legendary Filmmakers. With outrageous and uncensored profiles of everyone from D. W. Griffith to Quentin Tarantino, Secret Lives of Great Filmmakers reveals the little-known secrets of all your favorite directors. Why did Charlie Chaplin refuse to bathe for weeks at a time? Was Alfred Hitchcock really missing a belly button? Is Walt Disney’s corpse preserved in a state of suspended animation? And why on earth did Francis Ford Coppola direct a 3-D pornographic movie? The legends of the silver screen will never be the same!

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    The Secret Lives of Dentists
  • Author : W.A. Winter
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN : 9781645060246
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  • Genre : Fiction
  • In 1955, small-town girls flock to Minneapolis for work, love, and adventure. But Teresa Hickman, from Dollar, North Dakota, is a special case. Beguiling. Promiscuous. And, on a chilly April morning, dead along an abandoned trolley track in a Southside neighborhood. Teresa Hickman was three months pregnant when she was strangled. Was the unborn child’s father also her killer? Could the killer have been––among the many men drawn to her like flies to honey––Dr. H. David Rose, a middle-aged dentist who admits he was with her the night she died? There’s no forensic evidence or credible witnesses tying him to the murder. Yet the police, including a pair of obsessive investigators with lethal secrets of their own, agree that a Jewish dentist will get them a conviction. Dr. Rose’s spectacular trial and its shocking aftermath will mesmerize the Upper Midwest like few crime sagas before or since.

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    The Secret Lives of Wives
  • Author : Iris Krasnow
  • Publisher : National Geographic Books
  • Pages : 0
  • ISBN : 9781592407392
  • Reader Reviews : 18
  • Genre : Family & Relationships
  • A bestselling, groundbreaking author investigates wives who thrive, sharing their uncensored strategies for staying married. America’s high divorce rate is well known. But little attention has been paid to the flip side: couples who creatively manage to build marriages that are lasting longer than we ever thought possible. What’s the secret? To find out, bestselling journalist Iris Krasnow interviewed more than two hundred wives whose marriages have survived for fifteen to seventy years. In raw, candid, sometimes titillating stories, Krasnow’s cast of wise women give voice to the truth about marriage and the importance of maintaining a strong sense of self apart from the relationship. Some spend summers separately from their partners. Some make time for wine with the girls. One septuagenarian has a recurring date with an old flame from high school. In every case, the marriage operates on many tracks, giving both spouses license to pursue the question “Who am I apart from my marriage?” Krasnow’s goal is to give women permission to create their own marriages at any age. Marital bliss is possible, she says, if each partner is blissful apart from the other. For anyone who wants to stay married and stay sane, this is the book to read!

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    The Secret Lives of the Elements
  • Author : Kathryn Harkup
  • Publisher : Greenfinch
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN : 9781529412758
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  • Genre : Science
  • 'A delightful and engaging treasure trove of a book that brings the chemical elements to life and gives them personalities of their own. A wonderful read for young and old alike to get you inspired by chemistry.' Jim Al-Khalili 'The perfect book to escape our human-sized existence and take a tour of the atomic world instead.' Helen Arney, science comedian and broadcaster When we think of the periodic table we picture orderly rows of elements that conform to type and never break the rules. In this book Kathryn Harkup reveals that there are personalities, passions, quirks and historical oddities behind those ordered rows, and shows us that the periodic table is a sprawling family tree with its own black sheep, wayward cousins and odd uncles. The elements in the periodic table, like us, are an extended family - some old, some newborn, some shy and reticent, some exuberant or unreliable. Dr Harkup tells the weird and wonderful stories of just fifty two members of this family - remarkable tales of discovery, inspiration and revolution, from the everyday to the extraordinary. Some elements are relatively anonymous; others, already familiar, are seen in a new light; and old friends have surprising secrets to share. From our green-fingered friend magnesium to the devil incarnate polonium, this eclectic collection of engaging and informative stories will change the way you see the periodic table for ever.

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    The Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham
  • Author : Selina Hastings
  • Publisher : Random House Incorporated
  • Pages : 626
  • ISBN : 1400061415
  • Reader Reviews : 3
  • Genre : Biography & Autobiography
  • Draws on exclusive access to the literary master's private papers and interviews with his daughter to share insights into such topics as his work as a British spy and private homosexuality, in a profile that is complemented by previously unpublished photographs.

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    The Secret Lives of Dragons
  • Author : Zoya Agnis
  • Publisher : National Geographic Books
  • Pages : 0
  • ISBN : 9781838740474
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • Discover a whole new world of dragons in this beautifully illustrated book on the scaliest of magical creatures. From every detail of their wings to the history of their treasure, you'll learn about famous dragons from around the world. The latest research into dragon culture will be revealed, and you'll meet some incredible dragon leaders along the way. If you thought the world's most famous fire-breathing creatures lived only in myth and fairytale, think again. Dragon researchers will introduce you to amazing beasts from tiny to huge, from sweet to ferocious. Soon you'll be a dragon expert to rival them all!

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    The Secret Life of Bees
  • Author : Sue Monk Kidd
  • Publisher : Penguin Books
  • Pages : 333
  • ISBN : 9780143124320
  • Reader Reviews : 359
  • Genre : Fiction
  • After her mother's death, Lily Owens and her African-American maid seek refuge from the racism of their South Carolina hometown with eccentric beekeeping sisters in this coming of age story representing the letter “K” in a new series of twenty-six collectible editions.

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    Secret Lives
  • Author : Berthe Amoss
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : 200
  • ISBN : 1484423461
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : Books
  • Twelve-year-old Addie, living with her straitlaced aunts in New Orleans, fantasizes about her dead mother, a storybook figure who becomes the ideal of the artistic and romantic woman Addie hopes to become.

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    Secret Lives of Great Artists
  • Author : Elizabeth Lunday
  • Publisher : Quirk Books
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN : 9781594747458
  • Reader Reviews : 4
  • Genre : Biography & Autobiography
  • Secret Lives of Great Artists recounts the seamy, steamy, and gritty history behind the great masters of international art. You’ll learn that Michelangelo’s body odor was so bad, his assistants couldn’t stand working for him; that Vincent van Gogh sometimes ate paint directly from the tube; and Georgia O’Keeffe loved to paint in the nude. This is one art history lesson you’ll never forget!

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    Secret Lives of the U.S. Presidents
  • Author : Cormac O'Brien
  • Publisher : Quirk Books
  • Pages : 300
  • ISBN : 9781594743443
  • Reader Reviews : 6
  • Genre : Biography & Autobiography
  • Presents little-known facts and trivia about the United States presidents, from George Washington to Barack Obama, including information on personal lives, political stances, and election scandals.

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    Stuff
  • Author : John C. Ryan,Alan Thein Durning
  • Publisher : Seattle, Wash. : Northwest Environment Watch
  • Pages : 86
  • ISBN : UOM:39015048750643
  • Reader Reviews : 5
  • Genre : Social Science
  • This volume takes you to the places and people you touch every day. - BOOK JACKET.

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    The Secret Lives of Church Ladies
  • Author : Deesha Philyaw
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN : 1911590731
  • Reader Reviews : 15
  • Genre : Books
  • An intimate, irresistible collection of stories about the hidden desires of generations of church-going Black women, soon to be an HBO TV series.

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    Secret Lives of Ants
  • Author : Jae Choe
  • Publisher : JHU Press
  • Pages : 183
  • ISBN : 9781421404288
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Nature
  • All of nature is revealed through the secret lives of the amazing ants.

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    Secret Life
  • Author : Theo Ellsworth
  • Publisher : Drawn & Quarterly
  • Pages : 186
  • ISBN : 9781770465701
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : Comics & Graphic Novels
  • An uncanny and eye-opening journey into a mysterious building, adapted from a short story by Jeff VanderMeer To the west: trees. To the east: a mall. North: fast food. South: darkness. And at the centre is The Building, an office building wherein several factions vie for dominance. Inside, the walls are infiltrated with vines, a mischief of mice learn to speak English, and something eerie happens once a month on the fifth floor. In Secret Life, Theo Ellsworth uses a deep-layered style to interpret Nebula award-winning author Jeff VanderMeer’s short story. What emerges is a mind-bending narrative that defamiliarizes the mundanity of office work and makes the arcane rituals of The Building home. When his manager borrows his pen for a presentation, a man is driven to unspeakable acts as he questions the role the pen has played in his workplace success. The despised denizens of the second floor develop their own tongue, incomprehensible to everyone else in The Building. A woman plants a seed of insurgency that quickly permeates every corner of the building with its sweet, nostalgic perfume. With deft insight, Secret Life observes the sinister individualism of bureaucratic settings in contrast with an unconcerned natural world. As the narrative progresses you may begin to suspect that the world Ellsworth has brought to life with hypnotic visuals is not so secret after all; in fact, it’s uncannily similar to our own.

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    The Secret Lives of Princesses
  • Author : Philippe Lechermeier,Rébecca Dautremer
  • Publisher : Sterling Publishing Company Incorporated
  • Pages : 92
  • ISBN : 1402766777
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • Exposes the hidden lives of such lesser-known figures as Princess Molly Coddle, Princess Miss Hap and Princess Anne Phibian, revealing where they live, what they whisper about and what sorts of pets they own.

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    Secret Lives of Cheating Wives
  • Author : Curtis Bunn
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN : 9781501119699
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Delve into the minds of several frisky women who are willing to risk it all in the pursuit of pleasure from bestselling author Curtis Bunn. With sensual language and a unique understanding of women, The Secret Lives of Cheating Wives by Curtis Bunn is a gripping novel that reveals the lengths today’s women will go to indulge their deepest desires. The most unlikely of women—God-fearing, child-raising, career-driven, soft-spoken women—are taking risks outside their marriages unlike any time before, a state of affairs that has become an underground movement. Refusing to boast about their extramarital affairs like men, these women keep quiet and yet, the more they engage, the more daring they become—and the more at risk their marriages become, too. With relatable and complex characters, The Secret Lives of Cheating Wives, is more than your typical romance: it strives to explore the psyche of these women and challenges you into understanding their actions, all while enjoying a tense, steamy ride filled with edge-of-your-seat drama.

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    The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives
  • Author : Rotimi Babatunde
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Pages : 96
  • ISBN : 9781786825520
  • Reader Reviews :
  • Genre : Drama
  • The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives is a scandalous, engrossing tale of sexual politics and family strife in modern-day Nigeria. Lola Shoneyin's bestselling novel bursts on to the stage in a vivid adaptation by Caine Award-winning playwright Rotimi Babatunde. “Men are like yam, you cut them how you like.” Baba Segi has three wives, seven children, and a mansion filled with riches. But now he has his eyes on Bolanle, a young university graduate wise to life's misfortunes. When Bolanle responds to Baba Segi's advances, she unwittingly uncovers a secret which threatens to rock his patriarchal household to the core.

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    Secret Lives of the First Ladies
  • Author : Cormac O'Brien
  • Publisher : Quirk Books
  • Pages : 302
  • ISBN : 1594740143
  • Reader Reviews : 3
  • Genre : Biography & Autobiography
  • Presents profiles and little-known facts about the First Ladies.