Looking Through Water: A Novel

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More than one man’s journey to self-awareness, this is a raw, honest coming-of-age story that reveals the true meaning of family. In Looking Through Water, William McKay finds himself reliving his past to help his troubled grandson, Kyle, deal with the present. William’s story starts on an Adirondacks lake and wends its way through Manhattan to the Florida Keys. Colorful characters from the old man’s past come to life to help him tell an unforgettable story full of surprises and suspense. Fueled by nature’s fury, men are yanked out of their comfort zones and thrown together to confront life and death. Just as William appears to be on the brink of permanent unmooring, a stranger unexpectedly arrives to provide the tethering…

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The Happy Kid Handbook

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With all the parenting information out there and the constant pressure to be the “perfect” parent, it seems as if many parents have lost track of one very important piece of the parenting puzzle: raising happy kids.  Parenting today has gotten far too complicated. It’s never been the easiest job in the world, but with all the “parenting advice” parents are met with at every corner, it’s hard not to become bewildered. It seems that in the past it was a good deal simpler. You made sure there was dinner on the table and the kids got to school on time and no one set anything on fire, and you called it a success. But today everybody has a different method for dealing…

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EAT, PLAY, SLEEP: The Essential Guide to Your Baby’s First 3 Months

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From a newborn caretaker with years of hands-on experience with celebrity clients, comes an indispensable, practical, and reassuring guide to a baby’s first three months, which will give mothers the virtual experience of having their very own baby nurse at their side. Luiza has over thirty years of hands-on experience as a highly sought after baby nurse, in her home country of Brazil and throughout southern California. Her warm, nurturing, and commonsense approach promotes balance, and helps new moms and dads to tap into their own wisdom, trust their instincts, build their confidence, and choose a course that fits their needs and their baby’s personality. With Eat, Play, Sleep, Luiza zeroes in on the first three months of a new…

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Wait Until I’m Dead!: A Novel of Family Secrets

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Surviving family horror is one thing. Having the courage and determination to reveal it is another. DJ Brava, romance novelist extraordinaire, has the courage. She has the determination. She has friends covering her back. But when unearthing one family secret leads to another and another… can she survive the fallout? Some family members beg her to wait until they’re dead. Has one of them gone too far in a misguided effort to protect someone — or something? This is an engaging page-turner for anyone who loves a good family drama full of secrets and intrigue. It has the social consciousness of a Picoult, the wit and tongue of Evanovich, the resonance of Sue Miller, and the female bonding of “Thelma…

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Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism

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Essential reading for any parent, teacher, therapist, or caregiver of a person with autism: a groundbreaking book on autism, by one of the world’s leading experts, who portrays autism not as a tragic disability, but as a unique way of being human. Autism is usually portrayed as a checklist of deficits, including difficulties interacting socially, problems in communicating, sensory challenges, and repetitive behavior patterns. This perspective leads to therapies focused on ridding individuals of “autistic” symptoms. Now Dr. Barry M. Prizant, an internationally renowned autism expert, offers a new and compelling paradigm: the most successful approaches to autism don’t aim at fixing a person by eliminating symptoms, but rather seeking to understand the individual’s experience and what underlies the behavior.…

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The Survival Guide to Bullying: Written by a Teen

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Aija Mayrock began writing The Survival Guide to Bullying when she was only sixteen, envisioning the book as her gift to the next generation of bullied kids. Initially self-published as an ebook, The Survival Guide to Bullying touches on a variety of hard issues from cyber-bullying to dealing with extreme anxiety. Aija’s words are comforting as well as inspiring— she sadly knows about bullying from her own painful personal experiences in middle and high school. Aija faced merciless insults and isolation at the hands of her peers but came out of “The Dark Tunnel” a stronger person, ready to help those around her in similarly bad situations. Throughout The Survival Guide to Bullying, Aija offers accessible guidance for kids and…

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Marriage in Modern Life: Why It Works, When it Works

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Your Essential Guidebook for a Thriving Marriage Communication, support, affection, and encouragement are among the most important life skills that you need for marital success. Yet, they are rarely taught in a classroom. In our culture, these skills too often default to our upbringing coupled with hope the marriage will be loving, adventurous, and fulfilling. The reality is modern marriages encounter complex obstacles requiring more teamwork than ever before. Dr. Anne Brennan Malec helps you look past the planning and excitement of the nuptials to prepare you and your spouse for a happy, life-long relationship. You will learn proven ways to: · Break unuseful day-to-day habits and keep your relationship fresh and exciting · Prioritize your relationship to provide time…

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How Toddlers Thrive

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Dr. Tovah Klein, called “the toddler whisperer” on Good Morning America, has penned “a parenting milestone” (Dr. Harvey Rotbart, No Regrets Parenting) with How Toddlers Thrive, which shows parents of children ages two to five how to harness the singular power of the toddler mind during what might be the most crucial time of a child’s brain development, to plant the seeds of lifelong success. Why do some children thrive, and others struggle? The answers may surprise you. New research indicates that the seeds for adult success are actually planted in the toddler years. Dr. Tovah Klein’s research and firsthand work with thousands of toddlers explains why the toddler brain is best suited to laying the foundation for success. Dr. Klein reveals the…

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Home for Dinner: Mixing Food, Fun, and Conversation for a Happier Family and Healthier Kids

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Sports, activities, long hours, and commutes—with so much to do, dinner has been bumped to the back burner. But research shows that family dinners offer more than just nutrition. Studies have tied shared meals to increased resiliency and self-esteem in children, higher academic achievement, a healthier relationship to food, and even reduced risk of substance abuse and eating disorders. Written by a Harvard Medical School professor and mother, Home for Dinner makes a passionate and informed plea to put mealtime back at the center of family life and supplies compelling evidence and realistic tips for getting even the busiest of families back to the table. Chock full of stories, new research, recipes, and friendly advice, the book explains how to:  Whip up…

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Refeathering the Empty Nest: Life After the Children Leave

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Many parents have demonstrated a desire to parent skillfully and artfully. They read the latest child development and parenting books, configure their schedules to accommodate the social and educational lives of their children, and focus like lasers on their childrens’ well-being. Many have made an enormous emotional and financial investment in raising their children. But children grow up, they move out, they create their own lives and their own homes. The role of the parent changes, diminishes, and evolves. The life phase that begins in preparation for an “empty nest” and continues until parents re-feather the nest has no official name, yet it represents a profound shift from the rigors of daily parenting to a period of self-reflection and reorientation.…

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Laughter, Tears and Braids: A father’s journey through losing his wife to cancer

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Within six months, an aggressive cancer killed Lisa Ham, a Raleigh, North Carolina mom at the young age of 39. Her husband, Bruce, was left scrambling to pick up the pieces of their life, while maneuvering the world with a broken heart. The responsibilities of being a single father to his three active daughters were overwhelming. Bruce wrestled with his faith and questioned his ability to parent competently without Lisa by his side. But slowly, his wife’s tough spirit inspired Bruce to shape his new normal and to find inner peace and laughter again. Along his personal journey, he became his girls’ confidante, while  mastering hair dryers, shopping trips, tights and braids.   About The Author Born in Fayetteville, North…

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