Amy and Randy are a 40ish, middle class American couple living in Florida with five children, one daughter-in-law, and three grandchildren. Randy works as a Network Security Admin and Web Developer, so Amy can stay at home. Amy comes from a strong Northern Wisconsin-Polish background and was raised to show love with food-more butter, more sugar, sausage, Pierogies, etc. It didn't take long for Amy to start showering Randy with three full meals a day plus desserts and treats. Over the course of four years, Amy fattened him up to well over 300 pounds! Then Randy started having chest pains, so he went to the doctor. He was a young man in his thirties with somewhat high LDL (bad) cholesterol and EXTREMELY low (good) HDL cholesterol, which put him at high risk for a heart attack. It was scary, especially with four children in the house. Amy was literally loving her husband to death, so they had to make a change. She had to cook healthier foods. But Randy was spoiled with treats, and there was no way he was going to eat salad and drink diet soda. With that in mind, they took it slowly-really, really slowly. It took about two years. Randy lost over 120 pounds, and his cholesterol is healthy. He runs 5 to 10K four times a week and hits the weights pretty hard. There are no tricks to it, no special diets to follow or some voodoo gimmick that will make the pounds disappear. As Amy and Randy learned more about healthy living, the sneaky people started to stand out. There were so many of them preying on others with promises to make you thin and beautiful if you just pay their price. Thus, the creation of Health-Actually.com. Amy and Randy share products they tried, exercise that worked, and recipes that fit it into their family. Their goal: to make your life better by offering you the long version of how they did it.
Operation KE explores the air combat that attended the Japanese evacuation of Guadalcanal in early 1943a topic which has hitherto received very little attention. Operation KE was successful largely because Japanese strategic planning and tactical execution was basically sound. The traditional view holds that the Japanese got away with the initiative largely because the Americans let them; the U.S. Pacific high command felt it was not worth the effort to try and stop them. The authors contend that this was not entirely the case. They argue that the Cactus Air Force and Guadalcanal-based naval units did their best to disrupt the evacuation, still believing that the Tokyo Express was bringing reinforcements and supplies to the 17th Army. Other US forces in the South Pacific did make a half-hearted and questionably-executed attempt to stop the Japanese, but were bluffed into adopting a "wait-and-see" posture. Operation KE focuses on the air war fought between the Cactus and US 13th Air Forces on the one hand and the Japanese Navy and Army Air Forces on the other, from mid-December, 1942 to mid-February, 1943. The book scrutinizes the US air strikes against the six KE-related Tokyo Express destroyer runs, plus related air strikes against the Japanese merchant marine, as well as air and naval base-suppression missions undertaken by both sides, to determine what actually happened in order to analyze why the Japanese evacuation succeeded and why Cactus failed to stop it. Background chapters attempt to assess the respective states of readiness of the Japanese and US air arms in the South Pacific to support on the one hand and counter on the other the execution of Operation KE. The central portion of the book narrates in some detail what actually occurred in the air and at sea -- including air strikes, fighter sweeps, base suppression missions, and naval sorties -- during the crucial prelude to and the actual playing out of the interrelated events that comprised the evacuation operation. Concluding chapters analyze, on both strategic and tactical levels, the Japanese planning and execution of Operation KE, and Cactus' initiatives to interdict KE's successful prosecution. The authors conclude that both the Japanese and the American states of readiness on the eve of Operation KE suffered in such matters as optimizing both resources and operating procedures, and combating a hostile environment. Consequently, both combatants were somewhat handicapped in their abilities respectively to carry out and contest Operation KE. The author contends that the Japanese developed a reasonably sound strategy that exploited those methods and tools of war then in use in the South Pacific; to achieve success, they maximized their own strengths while taking advantage of their adversary's limitations. Contrary to the traditional view, the authors are of the opinion that Japanese utilization of their newly-built airstrip at Munda in the Central Solomons playe
New York Times bestselling author Alice Clayton is a magical mix of humor and heat in The Redhead Seriesa playful series following a sizzling romance between aspiring actress Grace Sheridan and Hollywood's hottest new leading man, Jack Hamilton. In The Unidentified Redhead, ten years after discovering that looks and talent are a dime a dozen in Los Angeles, Grace Sheridan is back and ready to show the film industry that there's more to her than just a head of gorgeous red curls. And Hollywood's newest Brit super-hunk Jack Hamilton certainly agrees. As Grace tries to restrain herself from jumping a man who is nearly a decade her junior, Jack makes it clear that he has zero problems with her age. But as the paparazzi catches up with them, Grace, dubbed the unidentified redhead, is stuck in a bind. A sizzling romance with the newest it boy may garner her industry attentionbut is it the kind of attention she's always dreamed of? As Grace tries to maintain her anonymity in The Redhead Revealed after winning her dream role in a new off-Broadway play, her steamy bicoastal relationship with Hollywood hunk Jack Hamilton is getting harder to keep secret. They say absence makes the heart grow fonder and the libido hotter, but their few weekend visits feel more like fast food than the five-course dinner they crave. As rumors spread like wildfire in the tabloids about Jack and his lovely, leggy ex-girlfriend, Grace starts to wonder if lust alone can keep this feisty duo together. With a hot and heavy relationship with Jack Hamilton, plus the lead role in a new TV dramedy, Grace Sheridan could just pinch herself in The Redhead Plays Her Hand . But a demand from her directors to drop fifteen pounds brings her back down to earth with a thump. Meanwhile Jack, forbidden to reveal their relationship, seems overly enamored with the celebrity lifestyle. And as Grace's new bod incites fiery reactions from fans and paparazzi alike, Jack's jealous fans are viciously slamming her curves. Grace longs for Jack's support, but he's showing up late and disheveled to her most important moments. With tempers between them flaring, Grace might have more to lose than a few stubborn pounds. She and Jack were clearly made for each otherbut will the day ever come when they can walk the red carpet together, hand in hand?
We Are All Made of Glue is the wickedly funny third novel from bestselling author Marina Lewycka . Georgie Sinclair's life is coming unstuck. Her husband's left her. Her son's obsessed with the End of the World. And now her elderly neighbour Mrs Shapiro has decided they are related. Or so the hospital informs her when Mrs Shapiro has an accident and names Georgie next of kin. This, however, is not a case of a quick ward visit: Mrs Shapiro has a large rickety house full of stinky cats that needs looking after and that a pair of estate agents seem intent on swindling from her. Plus there are the 'Uselesses' trying to repair it (uselessly). Then there's social worker who wants to put her in a nursing home. Not to mention some letters that point to a mysterious, painful past. As Georgie tries her best to put Mrs Shapiro's life back together somehow she much stop her own from falling apart. . . 'Vibrant dialogue, a family meltdown, a clash of cultures and a wonderful cast of expertly observed characters. Pure laugh-out-loud social comedy' Daily Mail 'Excellent, irresistible' Scotland on Sunday 'Hilarious. A big-hearted confection of the comic and the poignant' Literary Review 'A big, bustling novel, told with enthusiasm by a narrator who is warm, winningly disaster-prone and, crucially, believable' Spectator Bestselling author Marina Lewkyca has received great critical acclaim since the publication of her hilarious first novel A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian in 2005, which was the winner of the Bollinger Everyman Prize for Comic Fiction 2005, winner of the Saga Award for Wit 2005, shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2005 and longlisted for the Booker prize 2005. Her other humorous novels Two Caravans (published as Strawberry Fields in the USA and Canada) and Various Pets Alive and Dead are also available from Penguin.