Weihnachten – das Fest der Liebe. Die Tage im Jahr, an denen die ganze Familie zusammenkommt und beim leckeren Braten harmonisch beisammensitzt ... Oder wie war das? In der Realität sieht das Ganze oft eher anders aus. Wo man hinschaut, Geschenke, die man gleich beim ersten Blick für das nächste Schrottwichteln einplant, und unterm Weihnachtsbaum herrscht schon wieder Scherbensalat. Spätestens nach dem Abendessen hängt der Familiensegen so schief, wie die selbst gesungenen Weihnachtslieder klingen. Dann heißt es statt besinnlicher Weihnachtsstimmung und Winterromantik: Katastrophenalarm! Dieser Weihnachtsschmöker versammelt 24 Geschichten über das Chaos in der Adventszeit und an den Festtagen selbst – von Nervenzusammenbrüchen beim Plätzchenbacken und Eskalationen über der Weihnachtsgans – und zaubert dabei jedem Weihnachtsmuffel ein Lächeln ins Gesicht.
Free Days With George
Author: Colin Campbell
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
A heartwarming, true story about George, a rescue dog who helps his owner rediscover love and happiness. Marley & Me meets Tuesdays with Morrie and The Art of Racing in the Rain--get your tissues ready, animal lovers! After Colin Campbell went on a short business trip abroad, he returned home to discover his wife of many years had moved out. No explanations. No second chances. She was gone and wasn’t coming back. Shocked and heartbroken, Colin fell into a spiral of depression and loneliness. Soon after, a friend told Colin about a dog in need of rescue—a neglected 140-pound Newfoundland Landseer, a breed renowned for its friendly nature and remarkable swimming abilities. Colin adopted the traumatized dog, brought him home and named him George. Both man and dog were heartbroken and lacking trust, but together, they learned how to share a space, how to socialize, and most of all, how to overcome their bad experiences. At the same time, Colin relived childhood memories of his beloved grandfather, a decorated war hero and a man who gave him hope when he needed it most. Then everything changed. Colin was offered a great new job in Los Angeles, California. He took George with him and the pair began a new life together on the sunny beaches around L.A. George became a fixture in his Hermosa Beach neighborhood, attracting attention and giving affection to everyone he met, warming hearts both young and old. Meanwhile, Colin headed to the beach to rekindle his love for surfing, but when George encountered the ocean and a surfboard for the first time, he did a surprising thing—he jumped right on the board. Through surfing, George and Colin began a life-altering adventure and a deep healing process that brought them back to life. As their story took them to exciting new heights, Colin learned how to follow George’s lead, discovering that he may have rescued George but that in the end, it was George who rescued him. Free Days with George is an uplifting, inspirational story about the healing power of animals, and about leaving the past behind to embrace love, hope and happiness. From the Hardcover edition.
An Elk Dropped in
Author: Andreas Steinhöfel, Andreas Steinhofel
Publisher: Front Street Incorporated
While on a pre-Christmas trial run for the famous man in red, an elk named Mr. Moose crashes through the roof of a house and, while recuperating from a sprain, regales Billy Wagner and his family with stories.
Author: Mikael Lindnord
Publisher: Greystone Books Ltd
The epic true story of one man, a dog, and how they found each other As seen on an ESPN SC Featured documentary When you're racing 435 miles through the jungles and mountains of South America, the last thing you need is a stray dog tagging along. But that's exactly what happened to Mikael Lindnord, captain of a Swedish adventure racing team, when he threw a scruffy but dignified mongrel a meatball one afternoon. When the team left the next day, the dog followed. Try as they might, they couldn't lose him—and soon Mikael realized that he didn't want to. Crossing rivers, battling illness and injury, and struggling through some of the toughest terrain on the planet, the team and the dog walked together toward the finish line, where Mikael decided he would save the dog, now named Arthur, and bring him back to his family in Sweden, whatever it took. In compelling prose, illustrated with candid photographs, Arthur provides a testament to the amazing bond between dogs and people.
When Bruno, Sophie and Emily hear about a competition to find the world's worst mother, they are all delighted to volunteer their annoying mothers. The mothers duly disappear and are replaced by ideal 'Aunt Annas' who cook only the kids' favorite foods, and never make them do their homework or tidy their rooms. But the children discover that there is something sinister about these 'Aunt Annas' .....
The second book in an endearing new series, this story follows Tara and her talking cat, Ash-ting, as they meet fairies, elves, pixies, imps, and angels. Tara and her brother and sister depend on guidance from Ash-ting and the angels when Uncle Steve comes to visit and invades their privacy. And when Tara’s sister almost drowns, Ash-ting helps Tara call on healing angels to save her. Tara and Ash-ting then work with all the nature spirits to save an old oak tree from being cut down. Both an empowering lesson for children and an entertaining adventure, this story teaches young readers the importance of protecting the environment and how to cope with difficult situations.
When Grandpa Elephant tells his grandchildren that he is going to the elephant graveyard to die, the children have many questions for him about death and what comes next.
The Story of Sex
Author: Philippe Brenot
Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal
The first graphic history of sex chronicles sexuality and human intimacy through the ages, from our primate pasts to our robotic futures. Humans have had sex on the brain since pre-civilization either for pleasure, power, revenge, a desire for children, or simply because it isn't allowed. Today, sex is all around us but it's rarely explained and almost never taught. In The Story of Sex, sexologist Phillipe Brenot combines anthropology, sociology, psychology and history with witty comics by Latetita Coryn for an in-depth explanation of this essential aspect of humanity. Organized chronologically into sections like Babylon: Free Love, The Middle Ages: Heaven and Hell, and The 20th Century: Sexual Liberation, Brenot explores what eroticism really is, how our ancestors behaved sexually, when the first couple was established, how superstition and morality laws shaped sexuality, the use of pornography in the digital age, and how some ancient civilizations were far ahead of their time when it came to gender equality. Full of fascinating details like Cleopatra's invention of the vibrator and a Dutch shopkeeper's accidental discovery of the existence of sperm--all accompanied by hilarious comics and dialogue--The Story of Sex is informative, unique, and entertaining book.
The Wandering Harlot
Author: Iny Lorentz
In 1410 in Constance, Germany, the beautiful Marie Schärer's luxurious life as a merchant's daughter is destroyed when her ambitious father arranges her marriage to a lawyer from the Black Forest named Rupert Splendidus. Her childhood sweetheart warns her of the attorney's sly character and is tragically proven right the day before the wedding, when Rupert accuses Marie of unimaginable behavior and has her thrown into a dank dungeon, where she is brutally attacked by his henchmen. Unfairly condemned and banished from her home, Marie is forced to become a wandering prostitute to survive. The clever and kind Hiltrud befriends Marie, and the strong-minded pair sets out on spirited adventures—bedding counts, meeting scoundrels, and tricking foes—as Marie plots the ultimate revenge on the men who stole her honor and her family's fortune. Set against a richly detailed historical backdrop, this is the dramatic tale of one woman's quest for vengeance, redemption, and real love.
The vast growth of statute law in recent years means that students have been forced to develop much greater interpretation skills than before. Ready access to the relevant statutes, however, is not always easy.The Butterworths Student Statutes Series is a firmly established series which provides busy students with carefully researched and compiled, but compact and competitively priced collections of statutory materials. Selected by experienced lecturers to meet the needs of students on most relevant courses, each collection has been put together to Butterworths' traditionally high editorial standards. Statutes are generally arranged in chronological order for ease of reference and amendment notes are provided where necessary. Commentaries are excluded making each title in the series ideal for use in open book examinations.The new edition incorporates the latest changes in the law including the relevant provisions of the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001, the Terrorism Act 2000, the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 2000, the Postal Services Act 2000, and the Human Rights Act 1998.
In many regions the current focus of the state is to initiate and stimulate the emergence of inter-firm networks in order to produce growth. This book takes a management perspective on the operations and processes in these networks and describes and analyzes how and why geographical proximity influences inter-firm networks.
Class and feminism
Author: Charlotte Bunch, Nancy Myron
Where Children Sleep
Author: James Mollison
Where Children Sleep presents Mollisons large format photographs of childrens bedrooms around the world including from the USA, Mexico, Brazil, England, Italy, Israel and theWest Bank, Kenya, Senegal, Lesotho, Nepal, China and India alongside portraits of the children whose bedrooms are featured. Each pair of photographs is accompanied by an extended caption that tells of the story of the child in question about Kaya in Tokyo whose proud mother spends $1000 per month on her dresses; about Bilal the Bedouin shepherd boy who sleeps out with his father's herd of goats; about the Nepali girl Indira, who has worked in a granite quarry since she was three years old, and about Ankhohxet, the Kraho boy who sleeps on the floor of a hut deep in the Amazon jungle. Photographed over two years with the support of Save the Children, the book is written and presented for an audience of 7-11 year olds setting out to interest and engage children in the details of the lives of other children around the world, and the social issues affecting them, while also being a serious photographic essay for an adult audience. Its striking design features a childs mobile on the cover, printed in glow-in-the-dark ink.