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From the author: I originally wrote this book for people who wanted to have better sex. But then it started winning awards and being used in college sex-ed courses. So I tried to make the book all things to all people, and it started to grow, and grow, and grow. But with this new edition, I've taken the Guide To Getting It On back to its roots. It is 624 pages, which is half the page count of the previous edition, and it is almost $10 cheaper, at $19.95. This edition is about you, assuming you are looking for a book that is down to earth, fun to read, and is your best ally when it comes to having really good sex.
'If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.' Katharine Hepburn MEMORABLE MUSINGS FOR YOUR HEN NIGHT It starts with style and sophistication and, by the end of the night, spirals into a chaotic, distant memory. Yes... it's your hen night! Gather your girlfriends and prepare for the events in store with this little book of quotes that'll sharpen your senses (until you've had one too many) and arm you with wisdom for your last night of freedom.
Blue Suburbia is a searing memoir so fresh, original, and honest that it will break your heart and renew your faith in the human spirit.
With each spare stroke of her pen, Laurie Lico Albanese paints a vivid portrait of the blue-collar landscape of her childhood -- rusted swing sets, auto body shops, greasy hands, home improvements -- taking readers along for the wild, treacherous ride that leads to her escape. Her mother may stand silently at the sink year after year, or lie in the basement weeping, but Albanese is determined to flee the deadening certainty of her parents' lives. Her story does not disappoint us.
By turns haunting, hilarious, tragic, and romantic, Blue Suburbia is the chronicle of a determined young woman who overcomes family limitations, socio-economic obstacles, and personal fears to build a happy -- and blessedly ordinary -- life. Written entirely in free verse, Blue Suburbia's cadence is a steady, rhythmic heartbeat, pulsing with pain, rebellion, love, and triumph. This is the story many of us might tell, if we had the courage.
I mumble 'I need to order some sperm'. The receptionist puts me through to a technician to see if what I want is available. 'Number?' says the man. I give him the reference for my sperm donor. There is a clacking of keys, followed by a short pause. Then with the smoothness of a sommelier fielding a wine order at dinner, he says 'An excellent choice'.
Emma Brockes is thirty-seven, lives alone, and wants children. She is in a relationship (good!) but they aren't doing the parenting together (weird!). Her partner, L, has her own child. Emma needs sperm, a doctor, and not to bankrupt herself before any child arrives. And that's just the beginning - there are a million choices to make when you are taking the untraditional route to motherhood.
Is she ready to be a single mother? Is there a way of talking about any of this honestly without being too defensive or too jolly? Should the sperm donor be a writer like her, or someone with completely different talents (something equally interesting, just not too interesting ie. a mime artist)? Are high-waisted postnatal support pants essential or optional? What will her baby be to L? Will they be parallel parenting? Proximal parenting? Parenting in each other's general direction?
Brockes navigates these decisions against a background of uninvited opinion, scolding, and the general hysteria that always accompanies a woman's decision to have (or not have) children. With generous heart and humour, An Excellent Choice examines essential questions about motherhood and the modern family - and asks how and why so many women are choosing to solo parent.
Creating a happy, lifelong marriage is about much more than physical compatibility. It's about a lifestyle of 24-7 intimacy that bonds couples in a mutually satisfying relationship. In The Intimate Connection, bestselling marriage expert Dr. Kevin Leman explores key secrets to the love life couples crave. He helps readers - understand each other's needs, backgrounds, and personalities (and how those factors influence every marital interaction) - talk so their spouse really listens - turn negative game-playing into positive behaviors that help couples grow closer - create deep, long-lasting intimacy that's divorce-proof Whether couples are new to marriage or have been married a long time, Dr. Leman's time-tested strategies will create the kind of exciting intimacy, mutual respect, and fulfilling communication that will keep husbands and wives in each other's arms for a lifetime.
It is true that opposites attract--for a while. But often as the years go by in our marriages, opposites may also begin to attack. The habits and characteristics we once found endearing about our significant other are the exact things that drive us crazy years later! Whether you and your spouse disagree about finances, parenting, or how to load the dishwasher, your differences don't need to divide you. They can actually bring you closer together--and closer to God. In Keep Showing Up, Karen Ehman shows you... How to play to each other's strengths as you work on your own weaknesses The difference between having a soul mate and having a sole mate How to become a faithful forgiver who also forgets Strategies for avoiding the social media comparison trap Why it's dangerous to mimic a friend's marriage How to unearth the magic in the mundane Why a spouse who drives you crazy can drive you straight to Jesus Throughout Keep Showing Up, Karen includes ideas to implement in your marriage right now, such as powerful statements to speak to your spouse, date-night-on-a-shoestring suggestions, and discussion starters. Discover how your "incompatibility" can become the strength of your marital team in this real-life guide to both living with and loving your spouse--differences and all.
Lost enough loves for three lifetimes? Want to break bad habits and replace them with good ones that last? Whether you are male or female, single or married, gay or straight, Rational-Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), created by world renowned therapist Dr. Albert Ellis, can help anyone-at any age-learn to maintain healthy and lasting love. Simple and effective, the proven REBT techniques in this landmark book show you how to relate lovingly and intimately, for the long-term. Using a non-judgmental approach, here is more than just a guide to getting along better with a "significant other." You'll also find help for improving relationships with friends, children, and even in-laws. Discover practical information on: *Getting Your Relationships Together by Getting Yourself Together *Realistic Views of Couplehood *Communicating and Problem-Solving *Better Sex for Better Couplehood *Saving Time and Money and Enjoying Life More *Having or Not Having Children *Building a Deep and Lasting Relationship *Self-coping statements and exercises to keep you emotionally fit ...and much more to help you take matters into your own hands-and heart-and stop the cycle of relationship ruin. With healing doses of wisdom and humor, Dr. Ellis puts you firmly on the path toward a lifetime of love.
In 1969 the twenty-two year old Anne Dunhill was packed off on a cruise to Greece and Turkey with her Aunt Dorothy, leaving behind a violent first husband and a successful modelling career. The cruise ship docked in Venice, where she was introduced to Count Roberto Ferruzzi, a renowned Venetian artist nineteen years her senior, who offered her his protection and a refuge. They were to remain together for six years and have two children, Ingo and Anita. Anne's memoir - inspired by and dedicated to the beautiful Anita, who died tragically of cancer in 2009 - deals frankly with their sometimes problematic and often tempestuous relationship, the parallels and differences between their lives and how they finally achieved harmony and reconciliation, only to have it snatched away again following the devastating diagnosis of Anita's illness just six weeks before her death.
From breakout stand-up comedian Iliza Shlesinger comes a subversively funny collection of essays and observations on a confident woman's approach to friendship, singlehood, and relationships.
"Girl Logic" is Iliza's term for the way women obsess over details and situations that men don't necessarily even notice. She describes is as a characteristically female way of thinking that appears to be contradictory and circuitous but is actually a complicated and highly evolved way of looking at the world. When confronted with critical decisions about dating, sex, work, even getting dressed in the morning, Iliza argues that women will by nature consider every repercussion of every option before making a move toward what they really want. And that kind of holistic thinking can actually give women an advantage in what is still a male world.
In Iliza's own words: "Understanding Girl Logic is a way of embracing both our aspirations and our contradictions. GL is the desire to be strong and vulnerable. It's wanting to be curvy, but rail thin at the same time. It's striving to kick ass in a man's world while still being loved by the women around you.
"This book is also for me, because apparently expounding on a stage for two hours a night wasn't enough. (Trust me, if I could start a cult I would, but I hate the idea of deliberately dying in a group.)"
"If you really loved me..."
"After all I've done for you..."
"How can you be so selfish..."
Do any of the above sound familiar? They're all examples of emotional blackmail, a powerful form of manipulation in which people close to us threaten to punish us for not doing what they want. Emotional blackmailers know how much we value our relationships with them. They know our vulnerabilities and our deepest secrets. They are our mothers, our partners, our bosses and coworkers, our friends and our lovers. And no matter how much they care about us, they use this intimate knowledge to give themselves the payoff they want: our compliance.
Susan Forward knows what pushes our hot buttons. Just as John Gray illuminates the communications gap between the sexes in Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, and Harriet Lerner describes an intricate dynamic in The Dance of Anger, so Susan Forward presents the anatomy of a relationship damaged by manipulation, and gives readers an arsenal of tools to fight back. In her clear, no-nonsense style, Forward provides powerful, practical strategies for blackmail targets, including checklists, practice scenarios and concrete communications techniques that will strengthen relationships and break the blackmail cycle for good.
This book is for those partners who have discovered how challenging day-to-day marriage is and who are searching for practical resources to survive the overwhelming fiery trials of matrimony and to grow through them.
One way to begin to use this book is to work through it with your partner. As you know, there are many books which are offering help in doing marriage counselling. And, as you also know quite well, there are only a few that deliver the goods. Usually what they provide is far less than that concrete, practical, how-to give information that you really need to initiate and bring about scriptural change.
This book is unique at this very point. You and your partner can use it.
The classic Catholic marriage manual used by over 3 million engaged and newly married couples has been updated and revised for the twenty-first century. Written in a breezy, accessible style, Beginning Your Marriage is used by dioceses and parishes throughout the world as a basic text for marriage preparation. It offers a comprehensive, insightful presentation from a Catholic perspective on the issues central to the institution and sacrament of marriage. Topics include love, fidelity, relationship, communication, sexuality, parenting, finances, religion, spirituality and commitment. The new Ninth Edition of this classic marriage preparation and enrichment resource pays special attention to contemporary social and religious concerns, including cohabitation before marriage, family of origin and interfaith marriage. Blended families, infertility, two-income households and interethnic marriages are also considered. Engaged couples, students in family life courses and newly married couples have all used this book to deepen their understanding of marriage and the richness of life that is possible for a husband and wife.
"A fast-paced debut... A candid, modern take on polyamory for fans of memoirs and graphic novels, and anyone interested in stories of dating, love, and romance." --Library Journal After trying for years to emulate her boomer parents' forty-year and still-going-strong marriage, Sophie realized that maybe the love she was looking for was down a road less traveled. In this bold, graphic memoir, she explores her sexuality, her values, and the versions of love our society accepts and practices. Along the way, she shares what it's like to play on Tinder side-by-side with your boyfriend, encounter--and surmount--many types of jealousy, learn the power of female friendship, and other amazing things that happened when she stopped looking for "the one." In a lot of ways, Many Love is Sophie's love letter to everyone she has ever cared for. Witty, insightful, and complete with illustrations, this debut provides a memorable glimpse into an unconventional life.
There's been a revolution in the family; it's now all about the kids. We've moved on from children being `seen and not heard', but we're now plagued with the worry of ending up with `that child' - the one who's running amok and is ill-prepared for life. This book combines contemporary and traditional childrearing methods, bringing fresh thinking to some of the essential parenting issues of our time: * Managing screen use * Encouraging independence * Finding the balance between school and play * Compromising between parenting that's pushy and not involved enough * Establishing the `best of both worlds' approach that works in the modern world for modern families. In this manifesto of new old-fashioned parenting there's no pandering, no spoiling, and definitely no dinosaur-shaped chicken nuggets at dinner time.
'Grandparents are there to help the child get into mischief they haven't thought of yet.' Gene Perret Grandparents are a wonderful and constant source of understanding, advice and love. Now, with this beautiful collection of quotations celebrating everything that's great about grandparents, you can make every grandparent see how much they are appreciated and loved.
Discover the Truth He Wants You to Know
The man in your life carries important feelings so deep inside he barely knows they're there, much less how to talk about them. Yet your man genuinely wants you to get him - to understand his inner life, to know his fears and needs, to hear what he wishes he could tell you.
In her landmark bestseller, For Women Only, Shaunti Feldhahn reveals what every woman - single or married - needs to know. Based on rigorous research with thousands of men, Shaunti delivers one eye-opening revelation after another, including:
•Why your respect means more to him than your love.
•How he feels deep inside about his role as provider.
•What it means for a man to be so visually wired.
•Why sex for him is primarily emotional, not physical.
•What he most wishes he could say to you.
Now, in this expanded and updated edition, you'll find insights from the latest brain research plus an all-new chapter that shows what's really going on when he seems to check out. (You'll be surprised and pleased.)
Millions worldwide have experienced dramatic change in their relationships because of the aha moments and practical ideas in this little book. Discover how to love your man for who he really is.
Timeless wisdom for all who grieveFor more than fifty years Good Grief has helped millions of readers, including NFL players and a former first lady, find comfort and rediscover hope after loss. This classic text includes a foreword by Dr. Timothy Johnson, a leading communicator of medical health care information. An afterword by the author's daughters tells how the book came to be.Good Grief identifies ten stages of grief--shock, emotion, depression, physical distress, panic, guilt, anger, resistance, hope, and acceptance--but, recognizing that grief is complex and deeply personal, defines no "right" way to grieve.Good Grief offers valuable insights on the emotional and physical responses persons may experience during the natural process of grieving. Reflection questions help readers explore their own experience with each stage.Whether mourning the death of a loved one, the end of a marriage, the loss of a job, or other difficult life changes, Good Grief is a proven steady companion in times of loss.
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