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Another Stereotype Bites The Dust

Author: Darrin Bell
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
ISBN: 0740799320
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Darrin Bell's Candorville is an insightful comic strip for today's world. Brutally honest but still evenhanded, Candorville takes on some of society's toughest issues, giving readers something to think about--as well as smirks, chuckles, and guffaws. Another Stereotype Bites the Dust is a collection of creator Darrin Bell's Candorville cartoon strip. In this thought-provoking strip Bell uses a diverse group of friends to paint a real yet humorous portrait of inner-city America. An educated underachiever, Lemont Brown is an aspiring writer. Socially conscious, he wants to work at changing the world and infusing it with wisdom and justice--if only he could pay his rent. Lemont's childhood friend Susan Garcia is a book-smart and street savvy Mexican-American woman who won't let bigotry or any glass ceiling keep her down. And Lemont's friend Clyde (aka C-Dog) is a streetwise thug and undiscovered rapper who'd rather mooch off his mother than get a job. Another Stereotype Bites the Dust deals with some tough issues--poverty, homelessness, racism, and personal responsibility--with knowing irony and incisive satire. Bell uses edgy dialogue and modern situations to jab everything from political correctness to political spinning, from political hindsight to office politics, making it a hit with the socially aware.

Does The Afterlife Have Skittles The 6th Candorville Collection

Author: Darrin Bell
Publisher: Lulu.com
ISBN: 1300459999
Size: 57.40 MB
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The 6th collection of the syndicated comic strip "Candorville" by Darrin Bell. Can Lemont make time to interview President Obama's evolving position on gay marriage and Syria's vicious dictator, even while he's suing an evil vampire for custody of their son in a court run by the vampire's own mother? Will he be derailed by nepotism, by the incompetence of his six-year-old attorney, or by the testimony of his former roommate from the insane asylum? Back home, Lemont's "One That Got Away" Facebooks him after 14 years, but her mountain of secrets threatens to spoil their second chance at love. Meanwhile, Susan's boss decides to join the War on Women, and Lemont accompanies Osama Bin Laden, Steve Jobs, Whitney Houston, and Trayvon Martin on their Final Journeys to the afterlife. And all along, two homeless street philosophers have a strange conversation while they wait by the side of a city road, for *something.* Candorville delivers biting social & political satire to daily newspapers nationwide.

Swiss Army Knives

Author: Derek Jackson
Publisher: Chartwell Books
ISBN: 0785836349
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Swiss Army Knives is the comprehensive guide for Swiss Army Knives no collector should live without. This fascinating, colorfully illustrated book is a celebration of one of the great icons of Swiss culture. Swiss Army Knives catalogs each gadget, beginning with the simple Soldier’s knife, later developed into the Student Knife, the Cadet Knife, and Farmer’s Knife. Each model is accompanied with a narrative. For example, the Soldier’s knife was heavy, which led developers to create the lighter Officer’s knife, with an added second blade and a corkscrew. The book includes hundreds of illustrated examples of Swiss Army Knives and anecdotes from military personnel and other owners and a comprehensive model identification system, for the dedicated collectors. This fascinating, colorfully illustrated celebration of one of the great icons of Swiss culture—in France it’s the Couteau Swiss, in Germany the Schweizer Messer, and to the English-speaking world it’s the Victorinox Swiss Army Knife—used by military programs the world over and given away as gifts to guests by the White House (Lyndon Johnson did it first). Switzerland is not a country we associate with war. Nor is it a major steel-producing country. Yet the Swiss Army Knife, originally produced by a Swiss master cutler for the Swiss armed forces, is now recognized throughout the world. Like the Rolls-Royce or the Zippo lighter, it has become part of mythology, an icon that represents a standard of quality and versatility which has carried through from the nineteenth into the twenty-first century. The basic design of the knife has changed little since Karl Elsener patented the first Swiss Officer’s Knife in 1897, but the context within which the knives are now used would have astonished him. Elsener’s knives have been used at the top of Mount Everest and on coral reefs; astronauts carry them in the Space Shuttle; and they have saved lives on the ocean, in the air and in the desert. Charles Elsener, the fourth son of a hat-maker, decided not to enter the family business but to become a cutler. After serving his apprenticeship in south Germany, he opened his own business near Schwyz in Switzerland. Soon after, in 1891, he formed the Swiss Cutlery Guild with the main aim of producing soldiers’ knives for the Swiss Army, which had to date been bought from German sources. By the end of the year, the first batch had been delivered and Elsener’s plan proved a success—the first knife, known by name rather than type number—the Soldier’s knife—had a blade, awl, can opener, and screwdriver. Then the development started: as well as the simple Soldier’s knife he quickly developed the Student Knife, the Cadet Knife and Farmer’s Knife. Because the Soldier’s knife was heavy, Elsener developed the lighter Officer’s knife, with an added second blade and a corkscrew. On 26 April 2005 Victorinox acquired Wenger, its historic rival and the other official supplier of the Swiss Army knife. It also started expanding its product range to include fragrances, travel gear, and watches. Victorinox has since licensed the Swiss Army brand and shield logo to companies producing watches, writing tools, luggage and clothing. Victorinox produces some 34,000 Swiss Army knives, 38,000 multi-tools, and 30,000 household, kitchen, and knives per workday. Approximately 90 percent of its production is exported to more than 100 countries. With a wide reach and diverse product development, it's no wonder their knives are so popular.

Freakboy

Author: Kristin Elizabeth Clark
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
ISBN: 0374324735
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From the outside, Brendan Chase seems to have it pretty easy. He's a star wrestler, a video game aficionado, and a loving boyfriend to his seemingly perfect match, Vanessa. But on the inside, Brendan struggles to understand why his body feels so wrong—why he sometimes fantasizes having long hair, soft skin, and gentle curves. Is there even a name for guys like him? Guys who sometimes want to be girls? Or is Brendan just a freak? In Freakboy's razor-sharp verse, Kristin Clark folds three narratives into one powerful story: Brendan trying to understand his sexual identity, Vanessa fighting to keep her and Brendan's relationship alive, and Angel struggling to confront her demons.

Building It All From Scraps

Author: Beverly Ann Kessler
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1469109182
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To chase, to embrace, and to savor the deepest passions of her heart, a quirky carpenters daughter builds her social work career - and fills the emptiness she has long known - by captivating the love of her life - Carolyn. But Jordan Mathews success is short-lived, as her career evolves into an outrageous battle of office politics, where no good deed seems to go unpunished - and where only the power of love survives. A vibrant and playful celebration of gay pride, Building It All From Scraps is a campy fiction that blends love, relationships, friendships and family, with an understanding of gay culture and history. Set at the Jersey Shore in the 1970s and 1980s, the story shares the transformation of a shy and ambiguous girl to a professional gay woman, and pits wants vs. expectations, needs vs. loyalties, in this comical construction of lifes loves, and the quest to find true meaning. The author includes a variety of articles about prominent social issues and especially, those affecting gay people - at the end of the book. These condensed, professional, yet easy-to-understand articles form a reference section that serves as a political history and social commentary for gay people everywhere. But you dont need to use the reference section to enjoy this amusing story about life, and love, fulfilled. A tale that revels in the clash of the sexual revolution, balancing disco community and true love with family life and working class values, Building It All from Scraps is a humorous and solidifying testimonial to all gay people, an educational and informative book for all human service workers, and a great piece of philosophical entertainment for those who are neither. And it lets us know, at the end of the day, that we are all the same.

The Inland Ice And Other Stories

Author: Éilís Ní Dhuibhne
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780856405969
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In this collection of short stories, the characters are exhilarated and bewildered by the relentless demands of overpowering emotion, finding themselves defenceless against its ultimately wrecking power. Eilis Ni Dhuibhne has contributed to the anthology The Blackstaff Book of Short Stories.