Uniqlo Opens Knitwear Show With Tales of Horizontal Knitting Machines

NEAT KNITS: Don’t take your sweater for granted.
This felt like the underlying message relayed by Fast Retailing Co. Ltd. executives speaking before a crowded room of journalists gathered for a Uniqlo exhibit about knitwear in Paris. People squeezed into the entrance of the show, a wide room covered with dangling wheels of colored wool, the hues arranged like a giant, three-dimensional rainbow.
Held at the Jeu de Paume museum in Paris, the show runs from Wednesday through Saturday. It’s a sort of ephemeral pop-up experience from the Japanese label, which touts the exhibit as its first, as it joins the growing ranks of brands aiming to pull in new consumers by telling people how their stuff is made.
“The Art and Science of LifeWear” features a knitting machine in action, building a sweater dress before the public. It then takes visitors through a life of a sweater through photos, showing inspection stages and the factory hanger system, finishing with the final residue removal, done by hand. Another room is covered with rows of outfits, some outfitted with knit hats, scarves and gloves.
Closing the exhibit is a pop-up shop, complete with a cash register, featuring collaborations with Andrea Crews—airport themed, with sweaters stamped “Paris”

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Kissing the Witch: Old Tales in New Skins

Kissing the Witch: Old Tales in New Skins


Thirteen tales are unspun from the deeply familiar, and woven anew into a collection of fairy tales that wind back through time. Acclaimed Irish author Emma Donoghue reveals heroines young and old in unexpected alliances-sometimes treacherous, sometimes erotic, but always courageous. Told with luminous voices that shimmer with sensuality and truth, these age-old characters shed their antiquated cloaks to travel a seductive new landscape, radiantly transformed. Cinderella forsakes the handsome prince and runs off with the fairy godmother; Beauty discovers the Beast behind the mask is not so very different from the face she sees in the mirror; Snow White is awakened from slumber by the bittersweet fruit of an unnamed desire. Acclaimed writer Emma Donoghue spins new tales out of old in a magical web of thirteen interconnected stories about power and transformation and choosing one’s own path in the world. In these fairy tales, women young and old tell their own stories of love and hate, honor and revenge, passion and deception. Using the intricate patterns and oral rhythms of traditional fairy tales, Emma Donoghue wraps age-old characters in a dazzling new skin. 2000 List of Popular Paperbacks for YA

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The Victorian Rogues MEGAPACK ®: 28 Classic Tales

The Victorian Rogues MEGAPACK ®: 28 Classic Tales


Sure, you can root for Sherlock Holmes or Charlie Chan or Hugh Drummond. But I’ll take a good old-fashioned rogue over the lot of ’em any day. Boston Blackie, A.J. Raffles, the Lone Wolf, Thubway Tham, Mr. Clackworthy, Arsene Lupin — they all hold a curious fascination, dabbling as they do in crime and punishment! So take a walk on the seamy side of the Victorian era. (And yes, we are cheating with the dates a little bit. But we wanted to include a few latter-day rogues whose adventures are in the spirit of their Victorian compatriots.) All told, it’s more than 1,900 pages of great reading!

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The Adventures of Colonel Clay, by Grant Allen

THE EPISODE OF THE MEXICAN SEER
THE EPISODE OF THE DIAMOND LINKS
THE EPISODE OF THE OLD MASTER
THE EPISODE OF THE TYROLEAN CASTLE
THE EPISODE OF THE DRAWN GAME
THE EPISODE OF THE GERMAN PROFESSOR
THE EPISODE OF THE ARREST OF THE COLONEL
THE EPISODE OF THE SELDON GOLD-MINE
THE EPISODE OF THE JAPANNED DISPATCH-BOX
THE EPISODE OF THE GAME OF POKER
THE EPISODE OF THE BERTILLON METHOD
THE EPISODE OF THE OLD BAILEY

THE COUNT’S CHAUFFEUR, by William Le Queux
BOSTON BLACKIE, by Jack Boyle
THE CHAIR OF PHILANTHROMATHEMATICS, by O. Henry
THUBWAY THAM, by Johnston McCulley
THE EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURES OF ARSÈNE LUPIN, GENTLEMAN-BURGLAR, by Maurice Leblanc
THE LONE WOLF, by Louis Joseph Vance
ALIAS THE LONE WOLF, by Louis Joseph Vance
A ROGUE’S LIFE, by Wilkie Collins
THE ADVENTURE OF THE SECOND SWAG, by Robert Barr
JEFF PETERS AS A PERSONAL MAGNET, by O. Henry
THE ASSASSINS’ CLUB, by Gelett Burgess
MR. CLACKWORTHY TELLS THE TRUTH, by Christopher B. Booth
THE CLUE OF THE SILVER SPOONS, by Robert Barr
JEM BINNEY AND THE SAFE AT LOCKWOOD HALL, by William Hope Hodgson
A COSTUME PIECE, by E.W. Hornung
CONSTANCE DUNLAP, by Arthur B. Reeve

If you enjoy this book, search your favorite ebook store for “Wildside Press Megapack” to see the 170 entries in the MEGAPACK™ series, covering science fiction, fantasy, horror, mysteries, westerns, classics, adventure stories, and much, much more!
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Dirty Stories: Sensual Desire, Erotic Tales

Dirty Stories: Sensual Desire, Erotic Tales


Dirty Stories: Sensual Desire gathers together the following steamy erotic tales: Threesome: with Her Hairdresser (and the Mailman!)Angela was finished with her deadbeat boyfriend, and what better way to celebrate her new found sexual freedom than with the first two people she encounters: her hairdresser and the mailman! Sex Tourist: The Thai TemptressWill Banger gives the juicy details on the lustful encounter he had with a stunning, foreign beauty in the Sex-Tourist friendly destination of Thailand. And he’ll definitely be going back! Quickie: with the Kinky Librarian! Marcus never thought reading at the library could be so productive until he meets Tabitha, the new librarian, who is interested in aiding him with his studies in only one particular way – with a quickie! Quickie: with the Pizza Delivery Boy!A Quickie tale involving Sarah, a sexy woman who just found out her boyfriend has been cheating on her for months, and Mike, the lucky pizza delivery boy who is about to receive the biggest tip of his life! Lesbian Lover: RachelleSasha recounts her hot lesbian encounter with Rachelle – “She and I had a heck of a good time at the back of a theatre. Lots of sucking, licking, and vigorous use of fingers occurred. Couldn’t really tell you what the movie was about because Rachelle put on a heck of a lot more enjoyable show!”These stories contain graphic sexual descriptions and are intended for the delight of adults only.

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Dirty Stories: She Wants You, Erotic Tales

Dirty Stories: She Wants You, Erotic Tales


Dirty Stories: She Wants You gathers together the following steamy erotic tales: Threesome: with Her Boss (and the Secretary!)Ruby’s first day at her new job was to become more eventful than she planned when her boss, and his secretary, team up to give her some proper training of the threesome variety. Sex Tourist: The Thai TemptressWill Banger gives the juicy details on the lustful encounter he had with a stunning, foreign beauty in the Sex-Tourist friendly destination of Thailand. And he’ll definitely be going back! Quickie: with the Horny Hitchhiker!A Quickie story involving Laura, a recent divorcee in desperate need of a temporary distraction from her troubles, and Andrew, the lucky hitchhiker who is about to be given the ride of his life! Quickie: with the Kinky Librarian! Marcus never thought reading at the library could be so productive until he meets Tabitha, the new librarian, who is interested in aiding him with his studies in only one particular way – with a quickie! Lesbian Lover: RachelleSasha recounts her hot lesbian encounter with Rachelle – “She and I had a heck of a good time at the back of a theatre. Lots of sucking, licking, and vigorous use of fingers occurred. Couldn’t really tell you what the movie was about because Rachelle put on a heck of a lot more enjoyable show!”These stories contain graphic sexual descriptions and are intended for the delight of adults only.

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TALES and TRAVAILS of a TOUR DIRECTOR

TALES and TRAVAILS of a TOUR DIRECTOR


Join me on a journey through the U.S. National Parks, California, and the South Pacific as my tours’ adventures yield valuable insights. This is the first in a series of books chronicling the challenges I confronted and the revela- tions that transformed me during my six-year global odyssey. If misadventure is the best teacher, these vignettes instruct with wit, wisdom, and humor. The calamities that befell my first tour, and my progress during the next seven tours form the basis for this memoir. Laugh and learn how I: juggled last-minute crises side-stepped pitfalls conducted magical, memorable tours Come discover my survival techniques that led to future tours in Alaska, Canada, Scandinavia, the Baltic States, and Russia. Jeanne Howard has represented the cruise lines, airlines, hotels, and resorts. Her career progressed from travel agent to national sales manager before conducting domestic and international tours. Currently, she teaches travel courses. jeannemhoward@verizon.net jeannemhoward.com

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You Read To Me, I'll Read To You: Very Short Scary Tales To Read Together

You Read To Me, I'll Read To You: Very Short Scary Tales To Read Together


In an irresistible fourth You Read to Me collaboration, Mary Ann Hoberman and Michael Emberley have added spooky tales to their bestselling and award-winning series–and it''s a scary lot of fun. You''ve never met witches, zombies, ghosts, or ghouls like these before!
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Erotic Tales Written In Blood & Semen 2

Erotic Tales Written In Blood & Semen 2


*Cleopatra shows why she is know as the Queen of Blood and Castration. A time traveler uses her particular skills to seek justice against Adolph Hitler, Stalin, and other famous despots*Little Bodeka sets out with her sister to find their lost sheep, but end up losing their virginities, and are taken to work in a whorehouse*Country singer Peggy Lynn seeks help from a famed music teacher, but he uses his talents to spread her legs for his pleasure, that is until her father finds out and seeks vengeance*A murderess attempts to escape justice, but ends up drugged in a whorehouse operated by a man nicknamed “Satan” in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan*An Islamic Terrorist named Abdul and the other members of his group finds himself at the mercy of some vigilantes, who seek a very horrible form of revenge*Little Paula Sue meets a traveling salesman who trades her a piece of rock candy for her virginity, and then sells her to a whorehouse*Cindy Lou wants to escape the Kentucky hills where her mother works as a black cock whore. She meets a handsome young men who puts a dog collar around her neck, and takes her to meet his sexually twisted family.

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Tales from the Borderlands Episode 4: Escape Plan Bravo Trailer

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The mission blasts off in the second-to-last episode of Telltale’s romp into the Borderlands.
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Tales From A Honeymoon Hotel

Tales From A Honeymoon Hotel


Korçula Town, Croatia – Stay at the friendly and romantic ''Hotel Angelo''. Perfect for honeymooners, this hotel overlooks the beautiful little harbour, and has enchantingly romantic views . . . Childhood sweethearts, Gemma and Andy Collins, are madly in love and have come to Korçula for the perfect honeymoon after their perfect wedding. Chosen because its recommendation in a wedding magazine, they soon find they are not the only honeymooners at the hotel when they meet the young and strangely matched Jo and Mark Weston, and older couple, Ruby and Harold Dimmock.However, soon each couple''s relationship is laid bare when their marriages are threatened. They all realise that an immediate post-wedding happy-ever-after is not always guaranteed, but also that true love is worth fighting for . . .
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Tales from a Honeymoon Hotel

Tales from a Honeymoon Hotel


"Korcula Town, Croatia–Stay at the friendly and romantic "Hotel Angelo." Perfect for honeymooners, this hotel overlooks the beautiful little harbour, and has enchantingly romantic views . . ." Childhood sweethearts Gemma and Andy Collins are madly in love. and have come to Korcula for the perfect honeymoon after their perfect wedding. Chosen for its recommendation in a wedding magazine, they soon find they are not the only honeymooners at the hotel when they meet the young and strangely matched Jo and Mark Weston, and older couple, Ruby and Harold Dimmock.However, soon each couple’s relationship is laid bare when their marriages are threatened. They all realize that an immediate post-wedding happily-ever-after is not always guaranteed, but also that true love is worth fighting for.
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Tales of the Gypsy Dressmaker

Tales of the Gypsy Dressmaker


Thelma Madine, star of Channel 4’s Big Fat Gypsy Weddings and fairy godmother of extravagant wedding dresses, reveals the drama, secrets and surprises involved in ten incredible traveller weddings. Through the tales of ten elaborate gypsy wedding dresses, Thelma Madine, trusted confidante and dressmaker extraordinaire, offers a window onto the world of traveller brides and their unbelievable celebrations. For Thelma’s young brides, a wedding dress is more than just a pretty white gown. For some it is a symbol of their fairytale-like hopes and dreams for the future, for others a mark of a long-standing friendship with a non-traveller they have welcomed into their community, and, for one small group, it is a sad reminder of day they know will never come. With each chapter based around the secrets and incredible truths hidden behind each different dress, Thelma’s second book is packed full of fascinating new stories. By turns laugh-out-loud funny and achingly sad, and brimming with hilarious anecdotes and larger-than-life characters, Thelma’s book will amaze, amuse and entertain. Beautifully designed and fully-illustrated throughout, it is crammed with glossy new photos, revealing never-before-seen dresses adorned with thousands of Swarovski crystals and hundreds of LED lights – an ideal gift for fans of Channel 4’s Big Fat Gypsy Weddings and Thelma’s Gypsy Girls.

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Tales Of The Werebear

Tales Of The Werebear


Tales of the Werebear Geir Sathrum may look like the perfect Leather Daddy—but he has a secret. Geir is a Werebear, the strongest of the shapeshifters, and one of the biggest—in all ways. Geir Sathrum’s people call themselves Berserkers, and there is a reason why berserk means crazy in English. If your Supernatural side suddenly floods your libido in the spring after a long and passionless winter, you might go crazy too. Join this Berserker who craves rough sex even more than he craves food. When the lust takes over the temptation is to seek relief through some of the roughest sex his male partners will ever experience. He’s made mistakes in the past and needs to make certain his lovers survive. Not all of them have. He needs another Shifter because humans break so easily. Will a werewolf alpha be the one? Definitely an adults only series that Includes Rough Hot Leather Daddy Sex, oral, anal, three-way shapeshifter sex. Approximate word count: 10,500 (This is a collection of the first of the Werebear series and includes Beware The Werebear, Big Bad Werebear, and Wolf Nipple: Tales of the Werebear3 ) Excerpt: He gave off a wave of “take me I’m yours” so I didn’t waste any time. I yanked off his t-shirt and casually tossed it on the floor. He grinned enough to crack his face and as I watched his eyes shifted to indicate he was excited and/or aroused, which was pretty much the same way for most Supes. I thought about just ripping his jeans off, but I learned early on not all Supes come from wealthy families and felt having to buy new clothes after a few minutes alone with me was too expensive. I settled for lowering my voice to where it would rattle a window and told him to strip. He had a decent body. I’d prefer it if he were more beefy, but hey—I had been looking for Mr. Right Now, as opposed to Mr. Right. I picked him up and slung him over my shoulder because all Doms know when a sub wants it rough. Well, if truth were to be told, I never knew a were who didn’t lik

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You Read To Me, I'll Read To You: Very Short Tall Tales To Read Together

You Read To Me, I'll Read To You: Very Short Tall Tales To Read Together


This book uses traditional reading teaching techniques (alliteration, rhyme, and repetition) to invite young children to read along with peers or an adult. With clear, color-coded typography, and sly, lively illustrations, this collection is sure to entertain while encouraging reading skills and interaction with others. Readers will relish these new twists on familiar folklore characters, including Johnny Appleseed, Annie Oakley, Paul Bunyan, John Henry, and many more!
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Andersen’s Fairy Tales (Illustrated by Dugald Walker + Active TOC)

Andersen’s Fairy Tales (Illustrated by Dugald Walker + Active TOC)


FEATURES: Includes beautiful artworks and illustrations Active Table of Contents for an easy navigation within the book Manually coded and crafted by professionals for highest formatting quality and standards Check out ngims Publishing’s other illustrated literary clazzics. The vast majority of our books have original illustrations, navigable Table of Contents, and are fully formatted. Browse our library collection by typing in ngims or ngims plus the title you’re looking for, e.g. ngims Gulliver’s Travels. Free ebooks on the web are not organized for easy reading, littered with text errors and often have missing contents. You will not find another beautifully formatted clazzic literature ebook that is well-designed with amazing artworks and illustrations for a very low price like this one. Our ebooks are hand-coded by professional formatters and programmers. Ebook development and design are the core of what our engineers do. Our ebooks are not the cheap flat text kind, but are built from the ground up with emphasis on proper text formatting and integrity. Andersen’s fairy tales, which have been translated into more than 125 languages, have become culturally embedded in the West’s collective consciousness, readily accessible to children, but presenting lessons of virtue and resilience in the face of adversity for mature readers as well. They have inspired motion pictures, plays, ballets, and animated films. (Wikipedia)

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Adventures of a Lifetime: Travel Tales from Around the World

Adventures of a Lifetime: Travel Tales from Around the World


Adventure can mean so many things. For some, it means climbing the peaks of Tibet, sailing the open seas or cycling through Europe. For others, adventure is conquering a fear or pushing yourself to a whole new level. And for many, adventure means bravely stepping into the unknown of a new culture, language or setting. Adventure travel, in its essence, means pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone to experience something novel and worthwhile. Join the wild, bumpy ride during these 24 adventures of a lifetime. Get chased by monkeys in Indonesia See what happens when you’re stranded in the Gobi Desert Play a game of naked Frisbee with a tribe in New Guinea Hang out with polar bears in the frozen lands of Manitoba Say goodbye to your love on a final trip to Venice Get hopelessly lost during a scary jungle hike in Hawaii Stare history in the face uncovering your roots in Latvia Watch over your back for hippos on a Ugandan safari Attempt to sail across Australia’s wild Bass Strait Travel by camel with the “Blue Men” of Mali Step foot in Antarctica among icebergs and penguins And many more. Contributors include: Robert N. Jenkins Michael Engelhard Kimberley Lovato James Michael Dorsey Todd Pitock Maggie Cooper Mariusz Stankiewicz Erin Byrne Darrin DuFord Dan Leeth Asia Nichols Bruce Northam Claire Ibarra Mim Swartz Janna Graber Richard McCulloch David Richard Teece Gina Kremer Peter Mandel Aaron Paulson Nayanna Chakrbarty

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Michael Reno Harrell – Tales & Tunes

Michael Reno Harrell – Tales & Tunes


Michael Reno Harrell – Tales & Tunes (CD NEW) Label: Cd Baby.Com/Indys Format: CD Release Date: 02 Sep 2008 No. of Discs: 1 EAN: 0700261250687 All our items are brand new. Our customer service is multilingual for your convenience and we offer Royal Mail Freepost Service available for qualifying returns. Album Tracks 1. Old Friend 2. Elmer 3. Far from Salty Water 4. Froze in Intro 5. Froze in 6. Piano Story 7. That Old Piano 8. Wood & Nails Intro 9. Wood & Nails 10. I Cried Intro 11. I Cried 12. Texas Woman Intro 13. Texas Woman 14. Rain Gauge 15. Bike Story 16. Wheels 17. Salvation Army Shoes Intro 18. Salvation Army Shoes 19. The Chain 20. This Old Pilgrim 21. Almost Not Quite

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You Read To Me, I'll Read To You: Very Short Fairy Tales To Read Together

You Read To Me, I'll Read To You: Very Short Fairy Tales To Read Together


Join the fun as familiar fairy tale characters take starring roles in this latest addition to the New York Times bestselling series YOU READ TO ME, I''LL READ TO YOU. Designed with budding readers in mind, each of the tales is set in three columns with color-coded type as a script for two voices to read separately and together. These tales with a twist will delight and amuse young readers!
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Tales from the Borderlands Episode Three Launch Trailer

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Rough Gangbang Tales: Three Hot Stories (Erotica Bundle/XXX Collection)

Rough Gangbang Tales: Three Hot Stories (Erotica Bundle/XXX Collection)


With over 13 000 words of girls getting taken by force and roughly gangbanged, this collection of three hot tales from Lily Nibs will have you begging for more…werewolves, mind control, body alteration, thick cocks, and hot, sweaty men surrounding young, nubile girls and having their way with them – it’s everything you could want from an erotica bundle, and more! Contains: SUBMISSIVE SIZE QUEEN: WEREWOLF GANGBANG: Deborah has never been satisfied with her simple life or the men in it, so when she hears of a werewolf that’s better endowed than all the men she’s been with put together, she sets out to find out if the rumours are true. To her surprise, there’s not just one horny werewolf out in the woods. there’s a whole pack! EXPLICIT: This 4300-word tale contains anal sex, oral sex, werewolf sex, a reluctant gangbang, dubious consent, domination, submission, and clothes being ripped off a busty young lass who just can’t get enough huge werewolf cock. RELUCTANT CHEERLEADER GANGBANG:18-year old Penny, the newest cheerleader on the squad, has a secret. She’s got the hots for the dark, dominant quarterback of the football team – so when he tells her to meet her in the gym after school, she doesn’t hesitate. But what she doesn’t expect is for him to bring along the rest of the football team – and expect her to service them, whether she wants to or not! With the muscled and masculine team surrounding her, almost choking her with their scent of manliness, she’s unable to say no – literally! EXPLICIT: This 4500-word story contains dubious consent, oral sex, anal sex, gangbang sex, domination, submission, reluctant sex, elements of exhibitionism, and a hot young Asian cheerleader being gangbanged by the entire football team! GANGBANGED BY STRANGERS (by NIKKI FOX)After 23-year old Abigail is sent a link to a dirty dating site, she finds herself becoming more and more obsessed with attracting the men who frequent the site…which means transforming herself into the kind of woman that

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Billionaires Escort Tales: Trilogy

Billionaires Escort Tales: Trilogy


All three of the Almost True Story, Billionaire Escort Tales featuring myself, Erin Rose. ESCORT, ME? There are many things in this world that are a mystery. One of the biggest mysteries of all is the relationships between men, women, and sex. As far as I am concerned, everyone has wondered about being with a close friend of theirs or the person that serves them coffee. From quickies with a stranger to long term relationships with a person close to your heart, sex has always been thought to complicate things, at least to some degree. Where does the line cross between work, fun, feelings, and love? What’s it really like in the billionaires escort club? Erin Rose goes behind the scenes at the billionaires escort club. She’ll talk about toy car fetish, smegma fetish, foot/shoe fetish, smelly feet fetish, long hair fetish, smoking fetish, lip gloss fetish, a younger mans love of handstands, and other dirty, dirty sex scenes. In this mostly true erotic short graphic story, one man falls in love. What will Erin do? F*CKING MY BOSS Mason is married with children and a successful business owner. A hard-working man with everything he could ever want. Sadly, Mason’s needs aren’t being met at home. Erin Rose is an escort in the billionaire boys club. One night, Mason decides to join this exclusive boys club where he’s introduced to the seductive ways of Ms. Erin Rose. This story follows Erin along on her journey as she escorts Mason from dirty secretary role playing to being his total submissive. THE CLIENTS TURN Richard may be rich, but he is incredibly shy. That doesn’t stop him from getting exactly what he wants from Erin. Erin is part of the billionaires escort club and she’ll stop at nothing to make sure her clients are very well taken care of, even if that means meeting in their jewelry shop; after hours.

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THREE Zany Sexy Erotic Tales From Dee: VOL THREE

THREE Zany Sexy Erotic Tales From Dee: VOL THREE


Rendezvous – Felicity Jones: Adam, Devon and Felicity, consumed in a wanton orgy of lust, engage in a salacious menage a trois, in an empty college classroom, on the last day of school before the semester break. Afterward, Adam suffers an anxiety attack when Felicity admits she’s a ‘bride to be’. Conflicted between the powerful emotions engendered by her recent lovers and the affection for her fiance, Felicity agrees to return to school in a week and meet them for a rendezvous. However, Felicity, seems to be more intrigued by the handsome virile duo than she imagined and can’t seem to stay away. When she receives an email inviting her to meet them at a wild frat costume party the next night, she finds herself on the road back to meet them for another delicious, lascivious encounter. Going Deep: Football, football, football! Eight months a year-football. Beautiful, African American, Carla is soooo sick of football, she throws a fit. The problem is, Joey, her white live-in boyfriend is an assistant football coach with the local NFL team and watching football games is not only part of his job, it’s a must. Out of necessity, he comes up with an ingenious plan in the form of a football connected sex-game, the results of which have energized their sex life to the boiling point. Now Carla not only enjoys watching football with Joey, she can’t wait for the games to begin. Lipstick Lesbos: Shopping for summer wardrobes, California girls, Chloe and Rachel, run into a butch store clerk who is rude to Rachel and makes a pass at Chloe. Always straight as a Kansas hi-way Chloe rejects the clerk out of hand. However, the incident seems to stir-up latent feelings deep inside her. When they get home, Chloe is determined to ask her sexy best friend how deep her feeling go for her.

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Steel Heart: 10 Tales of Crime and Suspense

Steel Heart: 10 Tales of Crime and Suspense


Thomas Pluck writes unflinching fiction with heart. Here are ten tales of fierce emotion from the streets, the underbelly, and the house next door. Gumbo Weather – A mob enforcer confronts his own past as he spars with a ruthless crime boss to rescue a child from a hellish home. A Glutton for Punishment – Terry is an MMA fighter who’s never backed down from a fight, but this one might be his last. Legacy of Brutality – Denny the Dent ain’t smart, but he listens good. When a woman at his gym tangles with her abusive boyfriend, it’s 300 musclebound pounds of street justice to the rescue. The Forest for the Trees – A street racer finds the love of his life as he escapes from the cops. But how long will he live to love her? Six Feet Under God – A wise-cracking existential P.I. takes on the ultimate murder case: Who killed the Almighty? Tiger Mother – in 1950s Harlem, Caldonia Peele hunts down her missing son. It’s the toughs who better be afraid when tiger mother’s on the prowl. Freedom Bird – Vietnam Vet Harve Chundak battles to teach his unruly son to walk the straight and narrow, but will he lose the war? Black-Eyed Susan – A bad joke comes to all-too-real life for the denizens of a mill town gin mill. The Last Sacrament – The dangerous life of an unlikely altar boy. Kamikaze Death Burgers at the Ghost Town Cafe – Jay Desmarteaux is just trying to get by, running contraband in his voodoo Cadillac. When he tangles with a psycho trucker and the red hot lawyer for a violent biker gang, he fights a battle worthy of the Road Warrior in the Utah desert for his very soul. About the Author. Thomas Pluck is the editor of Protectors: Stories to Benefit PROTECT, and his essays and fiction have appeared in The Utne Reader, PANK, Beat to a Pulp, Crimespree, McSweeney’s, The Morning News, Needle, Burnt Bridge, Criminal Element, and The Good Men Project. He also lifts heavy things and trains in mixed-martial arts. He ‘s a computer geek now, but has worked on the docks, in constru

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Real Pearls and Darned Stockings: Tales of the Hudson Valley

Real Pearls and Darned Stockings: Tales of the Hudson Valley


Used – “Real Pearls and Darned Stockings” consists of a series of amusing, revealing vignettes relating to the inexorable changing of The Old Guard in the Roosevelt/Livingston Hudson Valley. During the last half of the twentieth century, Edith Wharton’s marvelous world of elegant society, good and proper manners, indoor swimming pools, private golf clubs — real pearls and darned stockings — became transformed by an upwardly mobile generation, the environmentally aware New Guard.

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The Year of the Angler and the Year of the Trout: Tales of Fly Fishing, Rivers, the Environment, and Life

The Year of the Angler and the Year of the Trout: Tales of Fly Fishing, Rivers, the Environment, and Life


The Year of the Angler and The Year of the Trout have long been underground classics, the kind of books used-book sellers can’t keep in stock, the ones its owners won’t loan out. Now they’re back in print, under one cover.Arnold Gingrich, the fly-fishing maven and editor of Esquire, ranked Steve Raymond with the great fishing writers, and Gingrich knew writers and good writing. So great is its reputation, that a copy of The Year of the Angler was presented to the White House by the American Booksellers Association.Raymond fishes Western waters, particularly the Northwest. Here are accounts of adventures on the Hoh, the Duwamish, the North Fork of the Stillaguamish, the Hanford Reach of the Columbia, Pass Lake, and Columbia Basin Pond. Here, too, are affectionate portraits of the great fish of those waters, the sea-run cutthroat, salmon, steelhead, rainbow, and brown trout.And solid advice on catching them. Raymond tells stories, too, of men like John Huelsdonk, the Iron Man of the Hoh, who killed one hundred cougars.As much as it is a book about fish and rivers, it is also a book about life, about the passage of time, the seasons, man and his place in the environment, family, pain and pleasure. Truly a classic, The Year of the Angler and the Year of the Trout will find a place on every serious angler’s shelf, if only to replace one imprudently loaned to a friend.The Year of the Angler and The Year of the Trout have long been underground classics, the kind of books used-book sellers can''t keep in stock, the ones its owners won''t loan out. Now they''re back in print, under one cover.Raymond fishes Western waters, particularly in the Northwest. The pages of this book are filled with accounts of his adventures on various bodies of water in this region, including the Duwamish, the Stillaguamish, the Columbia, and Pass Lake. Here, too, are affectionate portraits of the great fish of those waters, and solid advice on catching them. Raymond also tells stories of men like John Huelsdonk, the Iron Man of the Hoh, who killed one hundred cougars.Arnold Gingrich, the fly-fishing maven and editor of Esquire, ranked Steve Raymond with the great fishing writers, and Gingrich knew writers and good writing. So great is its reputation that a copy of The Year of the Angler was presented to the White House by the American Booksellers Association.As much as this is a book about fish and rivers, it is also a book about life, about the passage of time, the seasons, man''s place in the environment, and family. Truly a classic, The Year of the Angler and the Year of the Trout will find a place on every serious angler''s shelf, if only to replace one imprudently loaned to a friend.
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Brides of Darkness: Tales of Opulent Darkness

Brides of Darkness: Tales of Opulent Darkness


Tales of Gothic Mystery and SuspenseA collection of four short stories and two novelettes about innocents encountering realms of inner darkness. The Red Masque: A French aristocrat escapes the Paris bloodbath only to find greater horror in his country estate. The Vampire’s Mirror: Analise’s fiance unwittingly gives her a most dreadfully cursed engagement gift. The House Witch: An unlucky gambler loses the ultimate card game. Priestess: A Roman priestess deserts the Temple of Diana to be hunted by a vengeful lover who vows to turn her in-to her death. Portrait of a Vampire: When artist Gina’s dance-away lover dies, she paints him back to lethal life. The Strange Marriage of Lady Crawford: A bereaved lady in a creepy castle has a strange coming out party. and an even stranger wedding. Six stories of psychological terror for the price of three!

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Travel Tales Monthly

Travel Tales Monthly


The December issue of Travel Tales Monthly samples ‘drug tourism’ – the quest to achieve the sorts of brain-states that travelers avidly seek out for the purposes of recreating, vegetating, meditating, cogitating, experimenting, exploring, or seeking enlightenment and personal growth. Such tales as Snake Wine, The Full Moon Party, and Magical, Mystical Marrakesh illustrate how travelers wander the world to experiment or explore by ingesting, injecting, imbibing, chewing, eating, snorting, and smoking a variety of drugs, substances, plants, and even ‘medications,’ in order to morph from the normal, oft boring, mundane, ordinary, conscious waking-state into the brainless or the superconscious in the attempt to achieve various mental states of being that range somewhere betwixt and between the ‘mindless’ and the ‘mindful.’ It is one thing to dabble in a limited way with substances at home; it’s another matter, altogether, to venture into a vast world of the exotic – a world that is a veritable ‘candy store’ of magical, mystical drugs and substances that are there for the taking. Some travelers are lured to the hypothetical mysterious so-called ‘blue’ pill or the ‘red’ pill. They can not only choose one of these pills to satisfy their exploring, their inquisitiveness, their mental journeys piled on top of their physical travel journeys – they can choose both, as well as a panoply of other substances. But what are the consequences of ‘doing’ drugs and substances in a foreign land? In one of our featured stories for this month, Snake Wine, our traveler toys dangerously with drinking, willy-nilly, a concoction of blood and venom of a deadly poisonous snake in a Taiwan night market. And even worse, and unbelievably, in The Full Moon Party, our storyteller describes how a couple of hippies get in over their heads by spiking the drinks of two Spanish policeman with LSD! How safe or sane is that? Next, several of our stories describe how travelers seek out the jungles of Sout

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Based on a 17th century collection of fairy tales by Italian author Giambattista Basile, the film weaves realistic and fantastical elements together into three different storylines, one of which involves Salma Hayek eating the heart of a giant beast. Vincent Cassel, John C. Reilly and Toby Jones also star.

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My Wedding Dress: True-Life Tales of Lace, Laughter, Tears and Tulle

My Wedding Dress: True-Life Tales of Lace, Laughter, Tears and Tulle


My Wedding Dress explores the wedding outfit as a touchstone garment in women’s lives. In the tradition of Dropped Threads, this collection offers twenty-six true stories from well-known writers and fresh new literary voices. These are intimate stories about relationships; not just those between men and women, but between women and their mothers, friends and children. And, of course, with their wedding attire – a relationship that is sometimes simple, sometimes complex, but always fascinating in what it tells us about individual lives and aspirations. Some of the tales are humorous – the bride whose skin is dyed fuchsia on her wedding night or the woman whose shopping-savvy aunt takes her to New York’s garment district. Some are romantic – the woman who puts on her dress eight years after her wedding only to be caught by her husband when he comes home early from work or the quickie immigration wedding that turned into the real thing. Some are devastating – the bride who loses her mother to illness only days before her wedding or the woman whose mother tells of being kidnapped by her future husband. And some are revealing – the woman who wears her first wedding dress for her initiation ceremony into a convent and her second to marry her beloved; the dress that waited patiently in a shop window and then hidden in a box on a closet shelf; the same-sex wedding at age eighty; the thrift shop wedding dress that gets used for everything "but" a wedding. All are honest, personal and profoundly moving. As Anne Laurel Carter explains in her introduction, the pieces "fell easily" into four categories, so that’s how the book is organized. "Something Old" looks at how traditions like honouring one’s ancestors affected wedding dress choices, from a grandmother’s gift to a father’s old leather jacket, but also at how such traditions can play a role in ways you least expect. The pieces in "Something New" focus on dreams for the future, whether that means breaking away from the expectations of one’s family or choosing/creating a wedding dress (and a future) on your own. In "Something Borrowed," writers tell of all the reasons behind borrowing (or trying to borrow ) dresses, for whatever reason, and "Something Blue . . . Or Peach . . . Or Striped . . . Or Floral . . ." looks at exactly that-the non-traditional choices women have made, and why. These stories re-create the range of emotions that are invested in dresses and wedding days: confidence, optimism, hesitation, fear, fury and hope. When you work away at the seams, even the simplest of wedding outfits reveals all manner of memories and meanings. And whether you’ve been married or not, the stories in My Wedding Dress will have you looking back with new eyes on your own life, and exploring what the phrase "my wedding dress" means to you. Contributors to My Wedding Dress: Joanne Arnott Anita Rau Badami Adwoa Badoe Sandra
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Computer Gallery DARKTALEBLKCT Dark Tales – The Black Cat-BIG FISH GAMES

Computer Gallery DARKTALEBLKCT Dark Tales – The Black Cat-BIG FISH GAMES


From the Master of the Macabre! Go on an adventure with Inspector Dupin! Monsieur Mark Davies has reported his wife Sara missing and now it s up to you to track her down and solve the mystery. Follow a mysterious black cat who seems to know something about the strange disappearance and use your Hidden Object talents to discover helpful clues. Tackle the case and discover the evil culprit behind Sara s disappearance. Incredible gameplay. Exciting story. Bear witness to a horrific tale to reveal a murderer System Requirements for Windows. Windows 7 Vista XP. 300 MHz or faster processor. 128 MB RAM. 510 MB free hard disk space. 800 x 600 monitor 16-bit color. 8 MB video card. DirectX 9.0 or higher. Windows-compatible sound card speakers. 8X CD-ROM or DVD drive. Packaging: JEWEL CASE. Operating system: WINDOWS XP/VISTA/WINDOWS 7

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Erotic Gay Tales 15: My Straight Latino Friend

Erotic Gay Tales 15: My Straight Latino Friend


What exactly is it about the hot straight guy that is so appealing? Is it because you can’t have then, even though he’s smoking hot? Is it the longing and the requited desire? Is the fact that he’s off-limits, as though he were a hunky prince and you were a pauper? In any case, throw in a hot latino straight guy and we got fireworks. Please note that this story contains explicit erotic and sexual content and is intended only for persons over the legal adult age. By downloading and opening this document, you are stating that you are of legal age to access and view this work of fiction. Mature readers only. Reader discretion is advised. This work of fiction is the product of the author’s imagination. Any similarities to real life characters, places and events are unintended and purely coincidental. Please further note that all characters depicted are of legal adult age (at least 21 or older). Excerpt: He withdrew, leaning back. “Dude, are you…are you gay?”I nodded. So the secret was out. I didn’t care that he knew. He was my good friend and it was time for people to know. I was just looking for an excuse and a way to come out to him. And take him along for the ride. His eyes were wide, his mouth hanging open. “Have you…have you ever had sex with a guy?”Yeah,” I admitted, looking directly at him. There was nothing to be ashamed of. There was nothing wrong with being gay. God made me the way I was. He also created gay sex for me to enjoy. The truth was that I had lost my anal virginity the summer before, with a hot Texan cowboy that was twice my age on his ranch in Dallas. And I loved every second of it. Still shocked, there was a hint of intrigue in his eyes. “How do you do it?”I leaned closer, close enough to smell the excitement on him. Excitement mixed with his unique manly musk. He did play on the school’s football team, after all. It was a fragrance of extreme curiosity mixed with a deodorant like Old Spice. It was intoxicating to the male homosexual like me, to say t

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The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 Chapter 4 Trailer

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The mummy has been unleashed in Chapter 4 of The Book of Unwritten Tales 2.
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Princess Fairy Tales: Cinderella / the Princess and the Pea / Sleeping Beauty / the Little Mermaid

Princess Fairy Tales: Cinderella / the Princess and the Pea / Sleeping Beauty / the Little Mermaid


Princess Fairy Tales: Cinderella / the Princess and the Pea / Sleeping Beauty / the Little Mermaid

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Tales from the Mountain of Gold

Tales from the Mountain of Gold


This is a novel of gold rush San Francisco, a place and time so far out of the ordinary that, even in its day, it could scarcely be believed by those who weren’t there. Banker and future Union Army general, William Tecumseh Sherman, said he would sooner throw candy among school children and expect its return than he would lend money to San Franciscans. Supported by the city’s lawyers and escaped Australian convicts, he would have directed cannon fire into the Vigilante headquarters at the corner of California and Sacramento Streets except that Admiral Farragut would not lend him his sloop-of-war. Lillie Coit began her career as a fire-obsessed eight- year-old who ran with the volunteer firemen, translated Civil War dispatches for Emperor Louis Napoleon and finally donated 0,000 for Coit Tower that stands above the city today. Be advised, this is not the gold rush of your school texts. This is a city with a thousand men for every woman, the kind of unbalanced society only unsupervised men can create. This tour goes from Belle Ryan’s, the finest brothel on the Pacific Slope to the mean cribs and slave auction in Chinatown where 6,000 teenage Chinese sex slaves entered the city between 1852 and 1873.A further warning-you will encounter a number of politicians. Like ours, they were famous in their day and are now blessedly forgotten, though some deserve revisiting. William Gwin was a Congressman from Mississippi who joined the gold rush specifically to protect slavery by being sent to the U.S. Senate from what he suspected would become a new state. He achieved his goal in seven months! Opposing him was David Broderick, a former New York City fireman and anti-slavery Democrat. A third politician was Edward Baker, Lincoln’s former law partner, the finest orator on the Pacific Coast and Oregon’s first Republican Senator. It was a combination that lead to gunfire and death. Finally, what’s a gold rush without the gold? Travel to Nevada where, a quarter mile beneath Virginia

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Fish Tales: The Legend of the Golden Fishes

Fish Tales: The Legend of the Golden Fishes


While searching for food one day, a legendary golden fish is caught in a fisherman’s net and sold as a household pet. When word gets out of his existence, a deceitful scientist implements an elaborate scheme to steal the fish and place him in the local museum. Enjoy this book as the fish experiences a series of remarkable escapes from death that lead to an extraordinary ending.

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Tales from the USC Trojans Sideline

Tales from the USC Trojans Sideline


Tom Kelly, the legendary signature voice of USC sports for nearly five decades, combines with coauthor Tom Hoffarth of the “Daily News” of Los Angeles to take Trojan fans on a journey of memories and previously untold anecdotes from and about many of the great coaches, players, teams, and games in USC football history, as well as other sports.

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50 Shades of Fairy Tales Omnibus

50 Shades of Fairy Tales Omnibus


New price! From Amazon and All Romance bestselling authors Leigh Foxlee and Roxxy Meyer! Get eight ebooks in one with Fifty Shades of Fairy Tales Omnibus by Roxxy Meyer and Leigh Foxlee. BDSM fairy tales filled with hot giant doms, arrogant executives, and naughty adventures under the sea. This omnibus includes: Sleeping With Beauty (mf / mfm) Kat is an insomniac, and the only thing that cures her sleepless nights is sex. One problem: she drains her partners like Rogue from X-Men. But the mysterious bartender she hired has a proposition to cure what ails her, and it includes a wanton night spent in a strange fairyland. The Ugly Duckling (mf) Casey Carpenter’s life spins out of control after her husband cheats on her and drains their bank account. She can’t afford her condo, her furniture is about to be repossessed, and the only man who can help her is a misfit-turned-model she used to bully in high school. Sparks and shoes fly when the once popular girl becomes a sex maid for this former ugly duckling. Cindy Eller (mf) Cindy Eller ditches her pre-Valentine’s Day date, the elusive Prince Charming, even though their scorching online encounters have her intrigued. But social anxiety, plus her paranoid step mom and step sisters, make her too terrified to meet the man of her dreams. The prince, however, has a plan to get her in his arms and dole out a sexy punishment for her naughtiness. Hans & Greg (mm) Greg Butler is an executive editor who’s willing to do anything to climb the corporate ladder. When his boss assigns him to the dreaded Darmoor murder legend story, though, he gets more than he bargained for. A sexy witch named Hans has a story to tell, but if Greg wants his secrets he’s going to have to play in Hans’ dungeon, and by his rules. Janet the Giant Lover (mmf) When Janet Loomis inherits her Aunt Macy’s bookshop, she has no idea what’s really in store for her. A ghostly visit from a giantess turns her plans of converting the place into a tattoo studio upside d

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I Never Met a Story I Didn’t Like: Mostly True Tall Tales

I Never Met a Story I Didn’t Like: Mostly True Tall Tales


For years, Todd Snider has been one of the most beloved country-folk singers in the United States. He had a Top 40 hit with “Talking Seattle Grunge Rock Blues,” which gave national audiences the first taste of his insightful songwriting, at once satirical and sincere. Hailed by critics as one of the top albums of 2004, “East Nashville Skyline” was followed by “The Devil You Know” and “The Excitement Plan.” Snider’s songs took on George W. Bush and America’s recent involvement in foreign war, along with a host of more intimate topics. As good as Snider’s albums have been, his in-concert monologues are even better. His shows are a loose-limbed, informal experience: it’s often just him and a guitar. He introduces songs with stories that can run as long as twenty minutes, always displaying his charm and wit. As he’s allowed his storytelling to evolve along with his music, Snider has become not only a modern day Bob Dylan but a modern day Will Rogers as well–an everyman whose intelligence, self deprecation, experience, and, above all, humor make him a uniquely American character.

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The Tales of Pop & Grace

The Tales of Pop & Grace


In this, the first book of the Grace and Pop series we introduce the main characters, Pop is Grace?s grandpa and she is convinced that he is the best grandpa in the whole world. He has hundreds of stories that span his long and eventful life, and Grace loves nothing better than to sit quietly with Pop and listen to these tales. One day during Grace?s long summer holiday from school, Pop took Grace on a memorable trip on an old train that was pulled by a magnificent old steam engine. During this trip, Pop?s story seemed to come to life and Grace felt that she was somehow transported back to the 1930?s. The big questions were?.. Did it happen? Did she travel back in time? Or was she just sent into a dream by the rhythmic sound of the train? Clickety Clack, Clickety Clack, Clickety Clack, Wheels on the Track ?? Whatever the answer was, Grace just hoped for one thing??please let it happen again, it was the best adventure ever!

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Two Hud Hudson Tales

Two Hud Hudson Tales


Hud Hudson (Public Enemy) – Fiction story of Hud Hudson and his gang that robbed banks and jewelry stores during the Golden Age of Bank Robberies. But history reports that Hud Hudson and fellow gang member Ester Walker died during a farm house explosion in 1934.My Public Enemy Neighbor (Hud Hudson) – Forty-four years had passed since public enemies Hud Hudson and Ester Walker died in that farm house explosion. Then in 1978, James a wannabe crime novelist got a nagging gut feeling that his old neighbor just might be that famous Hud Hudson. James believed Hud Hudson did not die in that explosion in 1934. So James goes on the hunt to find evidence to prove history was wrong – and finally bring Hud Hudson to justice.

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The Upside of a Destination Wedding: Tales of a Serial Wedding Guest

The invite came in the summer of 2013. A friend was marrying the man she’d met a few years before in an East Village cheese shop. Despite their cultural and religious differences—her father was a pastor in Phoenix; his family was Jewish and lived in Israel—their initial rendezvous over discounted Gruyere had been auspicious. They’d fallen in love, moved in together, and she’d begun to learn Hebrew. The wedding would take place in the hills of Jerusalem, in August. “I know it’s expensive and a long trip,” she told me. “No pressure to come. But you’re invited and it would be amazing if you did.”
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First Nighter: David Grimm’s “Tales From Red Vienna”

Nowhere in the program for Tales From Red Vienna, at Manhattan Theater Club’s City Center Stage I, is there any indication that it’s timed in anticipation of the 100th anniversary of the June 28, 1914 outbreak of World War I–or that playwright David Grimm wrote it with that in mind. According to a MTC spokesperson, neither is the case.

Yet, the rather histrionic work, which takes place in the Vienna of 1920, has everything to do with the direct effect of the so-called Great War–“the war to end all wars”–on three of its six pivotal characters. It has only a slightly less direct effect on its other three figures. (Perhaps only coincidentally, Peter Gill’s Versailles, currently at London’s Donmar Warehouse, which takes place in 1919, is deliberately programmed in remembrance of the First World War these 100 years on.)

When first viewed through the veil-like curtain designer John Lee Beatty places before his set, the also veiled Heléna Altman (Nina Arianda), is entering a home that appears to be hers. She’s followed by a bearded man, who looks about her age and who, the audience later learns, is socialist journalist Béla Hoyos (Michael Esper). Béla puts what looks like cash down on one tabletop and takes Heléna on another.

Then both veils are removed, and the play proper begins. Heléna, served by outspoken retainer Edda Schmidt (Kathleen Chalfant) and adored by Jewish delivery boy Rudy Zuckermaier (Michael Goldsmith), is a war widow trying to make ends meet as a goodtime girl. It’s a living held against her by Béla, who’s so determined to redeem her that he forces what he considers his best attentions on her in a subsequent scene where she’s visiting her husband’s tombstone.

Béla’s persistence is so effective that he wins her over, whereupon they both alienate the sympathies of “Mutzi” von Fessendorf (Tina Benko), the gossipy friend who introduced the lovers. While Edda hovers with the aim of keeping Heléna on as straight and narrow a path as possible and with Rudy dancing attendance as he endures a mugging that foreshadows worsening Viennese anti-Semitism, things slowly begin to look as if they’ll come up aces for Heléna and Béla.

But then they threaten not to.

(Spoiler alert: it’s impossible to discuss the play and its purpose without disclosing even discreetly the following plot info. Anyone adamant about not learning of script twists or surprises had better read no farther.)

Since the body of Heléna’s husband was supposedly destroyed at the front, the above-mentioned tombstone stands near no buried corpse. So when a man called Karl Hupka (Lucas Hall) arrives only a brief instant or two after Heléna and Béla commit to one another, their happiness is thrown into a WWI cocked hat.

Obviously. Grimm is looking at the damage the war did and not only to the soldiers fighting it but also to those keeping home fires burning, particularly the women–with Heléna standing in for all of them. What was called shellshock then, battle fatigue in World War II and is now considered post-traumatic stress disorder isn’t limited to veterans, Grimm posits. This is, of course, an observation that applies today as well as back in that day.

To make his point, though, Grimm has drawn on familiar conceits. For instance, there’s the old fantasy of the insistent Lothario redeeming the fallen woman, perhaps most famously employed in the 1990 hit film Pretty Woman. And how about the one where a long-missing spouse returns at the crucial moment? That one was widely popularized, for one example, in My Favorite Wife, the 1940 flick starring Cary Grant and Irene Dunne?

Even excusing these sorts of appropriations, Grimm’s tale (forgive me, I was going to say Grimm’s fairy tale), is inconsistent in the telling. It’s also unfair. Making the case for the fate women endured during the Great War–and, by implication, in every war–he scants the physiological and psychological wounds men suffered.

He asks understanding for the childless Heléna’s solutions to poverty. She receives the dramatist’s forgiveness, while Karl doesn’t. His failings–as opposed to Heléna’s admitted mistakes–aren’t excused. While he limps as a show of his affliction, he’s introduced as a deserter and depicted as violent. The balance is tipped against him through behavior that is nowhere as fully traced to his harrowing experiences as Heléna’s is to hers.

Also, Béla’s stalking Heléna dwindles to a good socialist’s only slightly misguided intentions, although his socialism remains a superficial character trait. The prologue, in which he has his crude way with her, surfaces later as no more than a swain’s too fervent attention. Béla’s refusal to accept repeated resistance from her devolves into a seduction of the ultimately willing, all of it adjacent to her presumed dead husband’s tombstone. If patrons flash on Richard III interrupting Lady Anne when she’s following her murdered husband’s corpse, they can be forgiven.

As directed by Kate Whoriskey, the cast does an admirable job. Arianda–after her glittering Venus in Fur breakout performance and the Born Yesterday follow-up–has another demanding assignment, but a more subdued one. Initially stunning in black as seen through Beatty’s curtain veil (Anita Yavich’s costumes), she plays the battered-heart prostitute with as much subtlety as the role allows.

Esper is more than acceptable as Béla. He certainly can’t help it if the man he’s playing too often shows signs of becoming a character in a farce. The always-reliable Chalfant helps matters whenever Edda arrives with tea on a tray or something of that nature. (Isn’t it just a few weeks ago that she was playing the NAACP’s Mary Ovington in the New Federal Theatre’s Dr. Du Bois and Miss Ovington?) Benko, Goldsmith and Hall serve their roles well.

Incidentally, though with his title Grimm suggests a political bent to his play as well as through several mentions of approaching Communism, he doesn’t substantiate the reference to any extent. Instead, he presents a domestic drama in which death and rebirth are themes–with flowers and a closed window serving as increasingly prominent symbols. But it’s not an especially persuasive domestic drama, at that.
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Dirty Stories: Secret Seduction, Erotic Tales

Dirty Stories: Secret Seduction, Erotic Tales


Dirty Stories: Secret Seduction gathers together the following steamy erotic tales:Threesome: with the Pool Boy (and His Girlfriend!)Susan was annoyed with her unappreciative husband, and what better revenge than to hook up with the hunky new pool boy? But when the pool boy’s sexy girlfriend suddenly joins in, Susan discovers a brand new joy to spice up her dull life: a Threesome!Sex Tourist: The Thai TemptressWill Banger gives the juicy details on the lustful encounter he had with a stunning, foreign beauty in the Sex-Tourist friendly destination of Thailand. And he’ll definitely be going back!Quickie: with the Horny Hitchhiker!A Quickie story involving Laura, a recent divorcee in desperate need of a temporary distraction from her troubles, and Andrew, the lucky hitchhiker who is about to be given the ride of his life!Quickie: with the Kinky Librarian!Marcus never thought reading at the library could be so productive until he meets Tabitha, the new librarian, who is interested in aiding him with his studies in only one particular way – with a quickie!Lesbian Lover: RachelleSasha recounts her hot lesbian encounter with Rachelle – “She and I had a heck of a good time at the back of a theatre. Lots of sucking, licking, and vigorous use of fingers occurred. Couldn’t really tell you what the movie was about because Rachelle put on a heck of a lot more enjoyable show!”These stories contain graphic sexual descriptions and are intended for the delight of adults only.

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Scholastic Tummy Tales Pup – red, one size

Scholastic Tummy Tales Pup – red, one size


The tummy tales pup from Scholastic stimulates each of baby’s senses with its bright colors, soft textures, and crinkly pages. A perfect way to introduce baby to the concept of books. Comes with an attachment ring. Made in China

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Terrible Tales 2

Terrible Tales 2


Just when Sir Jasper Gowlings thinks it is safe to return to his humble abode, he is horrified to find the terrifying and bad-tempered old hag Felicitatus Miserius waiting for himwith yet another collection of blood-curdling fairy tales. Frozen with fear, Sir Gowlings knows he has no choice, for those who fail to learn from the messages contained within the tome will be doomed. As he begins to turn the yellowed pages, Gowlings knows his future is at stake. Once upon a time, when witches and goblins still roamed the world and all the animals chatted amicably, a frog promises to do anything to win the hand of his fair lady. A spoiled boy must sell his cow in order to buy a pair of ruby red designer shoes, and a little swan who looks more like a goose must prove to all the other feathered creatures and the king that he is the best swan around. Unfortunately, none of the characters anticipate the surprises that await them.Terrible Tales 2 is a delicious, zany collection of upside-down fairy tales sure to delight both children and the young-at-heart with their unmistakable life lessons and secrets to happiness, love, and success.

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