In Mazel Tov, celebrity journalist Jill Rappaport and photographer Linda Solomon offer an intimate glimpse of the bar or bat mitzvahs of some of the most talented people in entertainment, politics and business. This remarkable book brings together stories and never-before-seen family photos of a variety of public figures, as they look back on their thirteen-year-old selves and reminisce about the celebration that marked their transition into adulthood. The wonderfully candid interviews in Mazel Tov document deeply poignant, and often hilariously awkward, moments in these very public lives. Interviewees include Jeremy Piven, Senator Joseph Lieberman, Marlee Matlin, Richard Dreyfuss, Ronald Perelman, Howie Mandel, Gene Shalit, Harvey Fierstein, Judy Gold, Larry King, Donny Deutsch, Michael Kors, Charles Grodin, Josh and Andy Bernstein, and many others. Their experiences run the gamut: Kirk Douglas decided to be bar mitzvahed twice, while others, like Noah Wyle, always wanted one but never had the chance. There are stories of bar mitzvahs, bat mitzvahs, confirmations, and the only documented "bark" mitzvah, held in honor of two beloved pets. Though the stories vary greatly in their detail, they all express a common appreciation for values and traditions that have been passed down through the generations. Illustrated with photos pulled from family albums as well as contemporary portraits, Mazel Tov is an appealing tribute to the enduring bonds of faith and family. **
Dotty, old and maybe crazy, sees The Wizard of Oz on TV, and recognizes it as her own story. Was is a haunting novel which explores the lives of characters intertwined with The Wizard of Oz: the “real” Dorothy Gale; Judy Garland’s unhappy fame; and Jonathan, a dying actor, and his therapist, whose work at an asylum unwittingly intersects with the Yellow Brick Road.
"Zach Anner is a truly inspiring and hysterical human being with a warped sense of humor (and body). He's also an exceptional writer and his memoir is an absolute joy."—Rainn Wilson "Zach Anner is the living definition of 'giving better than he's gotten.' Life dealt him a difficult hand but he managed to beat the house with humor, heart, and a fearless punk attitude. Required reading."—Patton Oswalt Comedian Zach Anner opens his frank and devilishly funny book, If at Birth You Don't Succeed, with an admission: he botched his own birth. Two months early, underweight and under-prepared for life, he entered the world with cerebral palsy and an uncertain future. So how did this hairless mole-rat of a boy blossom into a viral internet sensation who's hosted two travel shows, impressed Oprah, driven the Mars Rover, and inspired a John Mayer song? (It wasn't "Your Body is a Wonderland.") Zach lives by the mantra: when life...
Jennifer Niven quit her job as a television producer to write the true story of a doomed 1913 Arctic expedition in her first book, The Ice Master, which was named one of the top ten nonfiction books by Entertainment Weekly, and won the Barnes & Noble Discover Award. She received high praise for her follow- up arctic adventure, Ada Blackjack, which detailed the life of one woman who overcame enormous odds to survive. Now, Niven tells a survival tale of a different kind; her own thrilling, excruciating, amazing, and utterly unforgettable adventure in a midwestern high school during the 1980s. Richmond, Indiana, was a place where people knew their neighbors and went to church on Sundays. It also had only one high school with 2,500 students, and for both the students and the townspeople, it was the center of the universe. In The Aqua-Net Diaries, Niven takes readers through her adolescent years in full, glorious--and hilarious--detail, sharing awkward moments from the first day of...
She's got a dark secret. Can he love her through it? When twenty-four year old Bella Clay experiences yet another major loss in her life, she is forced to come home and become a young, single mother to her seven year old nephew. No one in the small town of Madison Falls knows just how damaged she is, and they certainly don't know her dirty little secret about where's she been for the last two years. Grant Brady is the local hunk who works as the elementary school PE and history teacher. When he takes an interest in helping Bella start over in Madison Falls, she tries to push him away, afraid that he will find out her dark secrets. What she doesn't know is that Grant has a secret of his own.
Dating a billionaire is never easy. Especially when that billionaire is show-stoppingly handsome too.. Aviation Tycoon Jeffrey was more than your average billionaire. He also had billion dollar looks to go with it. He was handsome and he sure knew it. There was no possible way that Christina could say no to dating such a man but at the same time she knew that he would be hard to keep. Especially with so many other women after him also. But there was something about Christina that intrigued the billionaire, and he wanted to know what it was.. Can the curvy girl win the hunk?
Sarah Hastings has watched over her little brother most of her life, so when he gets in trouble with the mob, she approaches Roman Rinaldi about settling his debt. He isn’t interested in her first offer and negotiates with a counteroffer—one that has her in his bed and at his mercy. She may be in over her head, but it’s her heart she has to worry about as she starts to warm up to the seemingly ruthless mobster, who finds her equally compelling. Can there be a happy ending for a Cosa Nostra underboss and a sweet kindergarten teacher, or is their negotiation destined to end in bullets and heartbreak? Please note this is a novella-length story featuring a mafia man, but it isn’t as dark as some of R.E.’s other mafia stories. This is the start of a new series unconnected to the previous mafia men. **
Cole is Bridges. Cole is Bridges. Cole is Bridges. Nikki is left reeling after she discovers that the man with whom she shared the deepest darkest part of herself is the same man who has been trying to destroy her family. Her twisted world becomes a dark storm as her need for revenge flourishes. Will this revelation cement her choice to give up her dark need for Cole’s punishment and return to the men she loves? Or is this secret going to be the one that topples the wall of deception she has built around herself? The club is hot on the trail of Bridges and Tex and Trace will stop at nothing to get their hands on the man who is trying to annihilate their club. Finding out who this man is and killing him is the only way to end this turf war and to try and claim back what remains of their connection with Nikki. The answer to that question threatens to destroy the one person they love most in this world. It won’t be an easy road out of this storm but they will do anything for their club and their woman. Will they over come the Chaos or will it conquer them?
When Liliya Markow fled New York, her only plan was to seek revenge on the men that killed her brother. What she didn't expect was to fall to her knees and beg her father's rival for help. After fleeing one marriage arrangement, she now finds herself in the midst of another, but this one is by choice. Ruslan Volsky is everything she can’t resist, and everything she shouldn't want. Can she love a man as dangerous as those who took her brother’s life? Ruslan Volsky swore to protect her. Promised to fight to the death to keep her out of harm's way. But he never expected to want Liliya as badly as he does. She's under his skin, in his head, and worming her way into his heart. When the heart burns for revenge, is there still room for love?