´´Does anyone date anymore?´´ Today the authorities tell us that courtship is in crisis. But when Moira Weigel dives into the history of sex and romance in modern America, she discovers that authorities have always said this. Ever since young men and women started to go out together, older generations have scolded them: That´s not the way to find true love. The first women who made dates with strangers were often arrested for prostitution; long before ´´hookup culture´´, there were ´´petting parties´´; before parents worried about cell phone apps, they fretted about joyrides and ´´parking´´. Dating is always dying. But this does not mean that love is dead. It simply changes with the economy. Dating is, and always has been, tied to work. Lines like ´´I´ll pick you up at six´´ made sense at a time when people had jobs that started and ended at fixed hours. But in an age of contract work and flextime, many of us have become sexual freelancers, more likely to text a partner, ´´u still up?´´ Weaving together over 100 years of history with scenes from the contemporary landscape, Labor of Love offers a fresh feminist perspective on how we came to date the ways we do. This isn´t a guide to ´´getting the guy´´. There are no ridiculous ´´rules´´ to follow. Instead Weigel helps us understand how looking for love shapes who we are and hopefully leads us closer to the happy ending that dating promises. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kyra Miller. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/009442/bk_reco_009442_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Sadie Dawson´s mother goes into labor hours before her great-grandfather´s 100th birthday party and Mom refuses to cancel the festivities! Now it´s up to domestically-challenged Sadie to host the dinner party - only she hasn´t a clue how to cook a turkey. This could be the mother of all culinary disasters, but with the help of her two best friends, Sadie is determined to pull off the best dinner party in a hundred years. And maybe land Mr. Right, too. Mary Jane Wells´ effortless narration adds just the right dash of spice to this breezy chick lit romantic comedy. You might just have seen her in the films Elena Undone and Meth Head, or as Josie Marks in the HBO series The Newsroom, or caught her work on the Downton Abbey audiobooks. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mary Jane Wells. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/027736/bk_acx0_027736_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Labor meets Liebe. Wie findet man den Traumpartner? Und wo? Abends in der Bar oder doch eher bei Onlineportalen? Führt, wie der Name suggeriert, Speed-Dating tatsächlich zu schnellem Liebesglück? Ziehen sich Gegensätze wirklich an? Und wann ist der optimale Zeitpunkt, ´´Ich liebe dich´´ zu sagen? Zu all diesen Fragen gibt es wissenschaftliche Erkenntnisse, die wir für unser Leben nutzen können. Was genau uns die Wissenschaft über Liebe, Sexualität und Beziehungen verrät, trägt Jule Specht hier auf unterhaltsame Art und Weise zusammen - oftmals mit überraschendem Ergebnis.
A funny, bittersweet, yet heartwarming novel about friendship, family, and finding love in the Facebook age - not to mention the perils, pitfalls, and dubious pleasures of life as a modern young single woman - from Erin Duffy, the author of the acclaimed Bond Girl. Ever since she was a little girl, Abby Wilkes dreamed of her wedding, the day when she´d wear a pretty white dress and look like a princess.… But that was before her life fell apart for the entire world to see. Her longtime boyfriend-turned-fiancé, Ben, unceremoniously dumped her - changing his status to single on Facebook - while she was trying on the most gorgeous Vera Wang dress for the big day. Six months and 20 pounds later, the usual remedies - cupcakes, a freezer stocked with pints of Ben and Jerry´s, sweatpants, and a comfy couch - haven´t worked their magic. Worried about her best friend, Grace devises the perfect plan to get Abby back on her game. The two of them are going to escape sweltering Boston and its reminders of Ben and head to Newport for the summer. In a quaint rented cottage by the sea, the girls will enjoy cool breezes, cocktails, and crowds of gorgeous men. But no matter which way they turn, Abby and Grace discover that in this era of social media - when seemingly everyone is preserving every last detail of their lives online and prying eyes are everywhere - there is no real escape. Truth to tell, dating has never been easy. But now that the rules have changed and the boundaries are blurred beyond recognition, will they ever find true love? And if they do, how can romance stand a chance when a girl´s every word and move can go viral with a single click? As the summer winds down to Labor Day, Abby will make some surprising discoveries - about love, men, friendship...and, most important, herself. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Cyndi Shope. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/003912/bk_harp_003912_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The New York Times best-selling author of Labor Day and After Her returns with a poignant story about the true meaning - and the true price - of friendship. Drinking cost Helen her marriage and custody of her seven-year-old son, Ollie. Once an aspiring art photographer, she now makes ends meet by taking portraits of schoolchildren and working for a caterer. Recovering from her addiction, she spends lonely evenings checking out profiles on an online dating site. Weekend visits with her son are awkward. He´s drifting away from her fast. When she meets Ava and Swift Havilland, the vulnerable Helen is instantly enchanted. Wealthy, connected philanthropists, they have their own charity devoted to rescuing dogs. Their home is filled with fabulous friends, edgy art, and dazzling parties. Then Helen meets Elliott, a kind, quiet accountant who offers loyalty and love with none of her newfound friends´ fireworks. To Swift and Ava, he´s boring. But even worse than that, he´s unimpressed by them. As Helen increasingly falls under the Havillands´ influence - running errands, doing random chores, questioning her relationship with Elliott - Ava and Swift hold out the most seductive gift: their influence and help to regain custody of her son. But the debt Helen owes them is about to come due. Ollie witnesses an accident involving Swift, his grown son, and the daughter of the Havillands´ housekeeper. With her young son´s future in the balance, Helen must choose between the truth and the friends who have given her everything. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Joyce Maynard. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/005006/bk_harp_005006_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In Kickin´ Cancer´s Butt, Again!, Donna Douglas Walchle shares the details of her journey in a real, raw, and sometimes very humorous way! A masterful storyteller, her life is like a movie in the making! Her writing is so conversational that it makes you feel as though you´re having a good cup of coffee with your best friend and catching up on a long overdue chat. She passionately communicates the adventurous details of her successful career as a songwriter and CD/music video and television producer before having cancer the first time. While at the top of her game, she also served on the Atlanta Chapter of the Board of Governors for the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (the Grammy awards). Post cancer, all of that was redefined. Round two came nine years after the first bout. After being married to her career and single for her entire adult life, she had met and been dating for only three months a man named Jim. Jim´s first wife, Jan, had died of cancer. (The extraordinary details of how Jim and Donna D met and their courtship leading to marriage is nothing less than a modern day fairy tale!) Donna D likes to describe her wedding day as the day where in a one-hour ceremony, she became a wife, a mom to three adult children, and a Grammy to 11, all without labor pains! Lessons learned, faith deepened, and with an unshakeable understanding that everything has purpose, facing cancer the third time was viewed from a very different perspective. By then, she was able to embrace the truth that all things really do work together for good, even things we may not understand. Trusting god with the outcome, staying at peace, and residing in a place called surrender made all the difference. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Donna Douglas Walchle. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/075847/bk_acx0_075847_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A heartwarming tale of longing and hope in Lancaster by bestselling author Linda Byler Elsie is desperate for a horse of her own, but her family barely has enough money to get by as it is?she knows they can?t afford to buy a horse, never mind pay for the grain and hay to keep it fed through the winter. With her father injured, it?s up to Elsie to help earn money for the family?while going to school and helping Mam with the other kids. So she buries herself in the daily tasks at hand and tries to forget her longing. But when her classmate Elam invites her to visit his family?s horse farm one afternoon, she willfully forgets her responsibilities at home and follows him. Exhilarated by the strong, sleek Morgans and the musty smell of the barn, her passion for horses is reignited. As Elsie spends more time at Elam?s farm, it becomes harder and harder to be the responsible young woman her parents expect her to be. Why should she have to work as a maud to earn money for her family when Elam gets to spend every afternoon riding? It isn?t fair, and to make matters worse, now she?s expected to go to singings and play games with the other youth who are old enough to start dating, when all she wants is to be out riding. It?s a waste of time, she figures?it?s not like any of the boys will want a poor, rebellious girl like her anyway. As she struggles to reconcile her anger and frustration with the obedience her Amish faith requires, she also starts to have confusing feelings for Elam. She?s determined not to like him in that way. After all, he only sees her as free labor, someone to muck out stalls and work the horses. Doesn?t he? When tragedy strikes in the Amish community, Elsie is forced to let go of her teenage angst and grow up quickly. But sometimes letting go of one?s desires has a way of allowing one to accept something even better. A tale of longing, desperation, and finally hope, this is a heartwarming Christmas tale to be remembered.
Dating to the fifth millennium BC, Sumerian civilization emerged seemingly out of nowhere, with no predecessor, in the land that is now southern Iraq. It has been known as Mesopotamia, Babylon, and Akkadia, but the Sumerians were the first culture to inhabit the land. We attribute to the Sumerians over 100 of the firsts needed for an advanced civilization. From the wheel to the first known form of writing called ´´cuneiform´´, the Sumerians also divided the heavens into 12 parts, assigning each section of the sky a symbol. They were the first civilization to practice organized agriculture, the use of a specialized labor force, and much more. It´s clear that a vast body of knowledge emanated from the Sumerian people, but where did they learn these things? In the early 1900s, British archeologists began excavations in the ancient Sumerian city of Ur. They discovered thousands of clay tablets, which detailed a time when the Sumerian people lived amongst their gods, which they called the ´´Anunnaki´´. They left many wall carvings showing their interaction with these beings, depicting them with wings or coming down from heaven on winged disks. Amazingly, the tablets detail not only what the planets look like from above, but the distance between the planets in our solar system, including Pluto, which was not discovered until 1930. They also detail a planet called ´´Nibiru´´, the planet from which they came, the planet of the gods. It is now clear that many biblical tales have a much earlier version recorded in stone, still preserved to this day from the Sumerian legacy. From the concept of Angels, the original story of the flood, to the true story of Adam and Eve, what the clay tablets reveal about the human race is utterly astounding. Learn of a time when there were ´´Giants upon the earth´´ and see the actual evidence and artifacts from a time when man lived amongst his living gods! Featuring Jason Martell, star of the History Channel´s Ancient Aliens... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jason Martell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/real/000205/bk_real_000205_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.