A delightful collection of the wild, the weird, and the wonderful culled from the Wall Street Journa l's popular, and long-standing A-hed column. One of the Wall Street Journal 's most popular features for more than seventy years, the daily A-hed columnnamed for a headline that looked like a letter Ahas diverted readers from the more glum news of war, economic woe, natural disasters, and manmade malfeasance. Covering a wide range of lunacy and the unusual from across the nation and the world, the A-hed continues to enchant longtime readers. Now, the best A-hed stories from recent years have been bundled into this delightful collection. There are romantic tales, including the Japanese infidelity phone (it keeps trysts secret) and the story of wingmen and wingwomen who escort wallflowers to nightspots and maneuver them into the arms of prospective catches. Lovers of dogs, cats, and fish will learn how a Marine Corps bulldog got promoted to sergeant, how a grumpy cat acquired a Hollywood agent, and will be left wondering if a 63-pound carp named Benson died naturally in England or was the victim of foul play. From pantyhose (or mantyhose) for men to a campaign to recruit youthful nudists, a hairdo archeologist to five escaped wallabies and hippies smoking catnip, these stories will make readers laugh and keep them entertained.
THEY TAUGHT HIM TO KILL. NOW THEY WANT HIM DEAD. 'One of the best new series characters since Jack Reacher' Lisa Gardner * It's been five years since Carter Blake parted ways with top-secret government operation Winterlong. They brokered a deal at the time: he'd keep quiet about what they were doing, and in return he'd be left alone. But news that one of Blake's old allies, a man who agreed the same deal, is dead means only one thing - something has changed and Winterlong is coming for him. Emma Faraday, newly appointed head of the secret unit, is determined to tie up loose ends. And Blake is a very loose end. He's been evading them for years, but finally they've picked up his trace. Blake may be the best there is at tracking down people who don't want to be found, but Winterlong taught him everything he knows. If there's anyone who can find him - and kill him - it's them. It's time for Carter Blake to up his game. * Hi gh-stakes action, blistering tension and a deadly game of cat and mouse, THE TIME TO KILL is the must-read new thriller from Mason Cross: 'Terrific stuff!' Ian Rankin 'Mason Cross is a thriller writer for the future who produces the kind of fast-paced, high octane thrillers that I love to read.' Simon Kernick 'So pacy I'm exhausted! Definitely one to read if you like your thrillers thrilling.' Emma Kavanagh 'One of the most interesting 'loner' heroes to have arrived in recent years . . . Told with pace and vigour by a writer who seems to have a natural aptitude for thrillers, it is not to be missed.' Daily Mail 'My kind of book.' Lee Child * If you like Lee Child's Jack Reacher, you will LOVE the race-against-time Carter Blake series: 1. The Killing Season 2. The Samaritan 3. The Time To Kill 4. Don't Look for Me 5. Presumed Dead * Each Carter Blake thriller can be read as a standalone or in series order *
"I've had a great life, and it all happened because I didn't plan any of it."-- Eugene Walter Eugene Walter was the best-known man you've never heard of. In his 76 years, he ate of "the ripened heart of life," to quote a letter from Isak Dinesen, one of his many illustrious friends. He savored the porch life of his native Mobile, Alabama, in the 1920s and '30s. He stumbled into the Greenwich Village art scene in late-1940s New York. He was a ubiquitous presence in Paris's expatriate cafe society in the 1950s, where he was part of the Paris Review at its inception. Perhaps most remarkably of all for a poor Southern boy, he spent the 1960s in Rome, where he participated in the golden age of Italian cinema-including a role in Fellini's 8 1?2-and entertained some of the most famous people in the world. As recorded by Katherine Clark toward the end of Walter's life, his story-enlivened with personal glimpses of luminaries from William Faulkner and Martha Graham to Judy Garland and Leontyne Price-is an eyewitness history of the heart of the last century and a pitch-perfect addition to the Southern literary tradition. Most of all, this sumptuous oral biography conveys the spirit and charm of a truly unique American who defied the odds and authority, embarked on life, and went wherever his fancy and whimsy led him. "Whenever I found myself in the presence of Eugene Walter, I thought that everyone's life could be turned into a work of art. His was. Eugene Walter was a prince of whimsy and magic, and he turned his daily world upside down and made it elfin, cat-haunted, and hilarious. He could snap his fingers, and art would fall out all over the place. Milking the Moon has perfect pitch and flawlessly captures Eugene's pixilated wonderland of a life. I am so grateful to Katherine Clark for the job she has done, for bringing this incredible man's story to the page with such wit, panache, and style. I love this book-I couldn't put it down "-Pat Conroy "Truman Capote lied to harm others; Eugene Walter, sometimes known as the other Capote, the good one, lied only to delight others."-Gore Vidal "Eugene Walter held the nearest thing to a salon; he was an unofficial reception committee and all roads led to him."-Muriel Spark "Eugene Walter is one of those personages who turn up in life and leave, well, an indelible impression in which all personal characteristics-manner, speech, dress, and so on- are memorably distinctive."-George Plimpton, from the Foreword
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