Especially for you, Fiona tells us about the special inspiration behind the stories and what they mean to her: Season's Greetings Receiving the annual round robin from friends is a Christmas tradition I devour with the same indulgent pleasure as the green triangles in the Quality Street box. Season's Greetings tells Holly's story through a decade of Christmas letters. The Nativity Scene I'm now proud to count myself among the ranks of tear-stained parents who hold camera phones wonkily aloft at the school nativity play each year. In The Nativity Scene , the under 9s in home-made wings are not the only ones for whom the day could spell high drama. Dine Out On It When I was moving house a lot in the nineties and noughties, I clung onto spare front door keys as a keepsake. Dine Out On It came from seeing the clutch of Yales swinging on a hook at the back of a cupboard, and wondering what would happen if I ever tried them out again. Elizabeth Elizabeth was written for a Sunday newspaper at a time my heart regularly came unglued when falling in love without a safety net. I loved the idea of a complete reinvention, and the secret hope that somebody would one day find my leopard's spots beneath the whitewash. Freudian Slips This story was inspired by something a friend of mine did, and the image of lipstick on cricket whites was so heavenly, I just had to write Freudian Slips . . . Plus bonus content! This collection contains the first three chapters from Fiona's bestselling novel The Summer Wedding .
Inspiring, tragic, and at times heart-rendingly funny. People Unsentimental, unexpectedly funny, and incredibly honest, Tragedy Plus Time is a love letter to every family that has ever felt messy, complicated, or (even momentarily) magnificent. Meet the Magnificent Cayton-Hollands, a trio of brilliant, acerbic teenagers from Denver, Colorado, who were going to change the world. Anna, Adam, and Lydia were taught by their father, a civil rights lawyer, and mother, an investigative journalist, to recognize injustice and have their hearts open to the universethe good, the bad, the heartbreaking (and, inadvertently, the anxiety-inducing and the obsessive-compulsive disorder-fueling). Adam chose to meet life's tough breaks and cruel realities with stand-up comedy; his older sister, Anna, chose law; while their youngest sister, Lydia, struggled to find her place in the world. Beautiful and whip-smart, Lydia was witty, extremely sensitive, fiercely stubborn, and always somewhat haunted. She and Adam bonded over comedy from a young age, running skits in their basement and obsessing over episodes of The Simpsons . When Adam sunk into a deep depression in college, it was Lydia who was able to reach him and pull him out. But years later as Adam's career takes off, Lydia's own depression overtakes her, and, though he tries, Adam can't return the favor. When she takes her own life, the family is devastated, and Adam throws himself into his stand-up, drinking, and rage. He struggles with disturbing memories of Lydia's death and turns to EMDR therapy to treat his post-traumatic stress disorder when he realizes there's a difference between losing and losing it. Adam Cayton-Holland is a tremendously talented writer and comedian, uniquely poised to take readers to the edges of comedy and tragedy, brilliance and madness. Tragedy Plus Time is a revelatory, darkly funny, and poignant tribute to a lost sibling that will have you reaching for the phone to call your brother or sister by the last page.
Wholefoods Kitchen: With Recipes for Health and Healing: The Complete Identification Guide to the Essential Healing Foods, Plus Ov
Numerous studies have revealed the benefits of eating the right balance of natural foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds and beans. This book is a guide to these ingredients, and includes over 100 vegetarian recipes. The first section provides a visual guide to wholefoods, including dairy products, tofu and herbs, spices and store-cupboard staples.With essential facts about healing qualities and nutritional value, it explains how each food boosts health, and the link between diet and health. Find out which foods help to lower cholesterol, reduce the risk of heart disease and lower your cancer risk. The second section contains a fantastic collection of healthy recipes to try. This book is ideal if you want to know more about foods that can make you look and feel better, and will inspire every health-conscious cook.
13 Things Rich People Won't Tell You: 325+ Tried-and-True Secrets to Building Your Fortune by Saving and Spending Smarter
In the same spirit of Reader''s Digest magazine''s popular 13 Things They Won''t Tell You series, the editors at America''s Most Trusted Magazine have developed the ultimate roadmap to build your fortune no matter what your salary. Did you read about the janitor who donated $1 million dollars to his local library? Do you ever watch in amazement as your well-off boss haggles over the price of a tuna fish sandwich? Is it possible to find an advisor to help you invest your moneywithout losing it all to a Bernie Madoff-like con man? In the same spirit of Reader's Digest magazine's popular 13 Things They Won't Tell You series, the editors at America's Most Trusted Magazine have developed the ultimate roadmap for making the most of your money and avoiding the wallet-sucking scams that are keeping you off Easy Street. We talked to everyday and not-so-everyday rich folks, and to the experts who helped make them rich, to learn their secrets on what to save for, how much to saveand where to stash cash so that it grows (hint: not that bank savings account). We also got their tips for developing "rich guy vision": The uncanny ability to make financial goals and reach them in five, ten even 20 yearswhile smartly navigating economic pitfalls and surprises. You'll learn what services you should be getting for free, how to ask the right questions to get behind-the-scenes deals, and how to "live rich" even on an everyday budget. You'll stop wasting money, blowing your budget (or flying blind without one), and getting scammed. This book will enlighten you, horrify you, and give you a whole new perspective on when to spend and when to stash it deep in your pockets. Inside you'll discover countless eye-opening strategies for: Saving and investing. The savvy tricks you need to know to grow your money wiselyfrom branching out beyond your 401K to getting tax breaks you didn't know you deserved. Plus: what the IRS, stockbrokers, and bankers won't tell you. House and home. All the tips your rich neighbors might not want you to know, including: smart versus stupid renovations; smart ways to increase your home's value; advice on first and second mortgages; buying and selling your home. Plus, what your mortgage lender and real estate agent won't tell you. The Household Budget: How to build a budget that lets you "live rich" while saving. Topics include smart vs. stupid splurges; online budget tools and calculators; tips for saving on utilities, gasoline, groceries and car repairs. College planning. Some of the most famous rich people in the country (Mark Zuckerberg, anyone?) are also famous for dropping out of college. You'll get out-of-the-box thinking about the value of private versus public universities; 529 plans; loans, scholarships, and financial aid; advice from college admissions officers. Of course, millionaires also tell us how they made money by following their hearts and doing what they loveand you can approach your kids' education