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Included in MTV.com's "These 17 Music-Themed YA Books Could Be Your Life" A selection of the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Program. "Meno gives his proverbial coming-of-age tale a punk-rock edge, as seventeen-year-old Chicagoan Brian Oswald tries to land his first girlfriend...Meno ably explores Brian's emotional uncertainty and his poignant youthful search for meaning...His gabby, heartfelt, and utterly believable take on adolescence strikes a winning chord." --Publishers Weekly "A funny, hard-rocking first-person tale of teenage angst and discovery." --Booklist "Captures the loose, fun, recklessness of midwestern punk." --MTV.com "Captures both the sweetness and sting of adolescence with unflinching honesty." --Entertainment Weekly "Joe Meno writes with the energy, honesty, and emotional impact of the best punk rock. From the opening sentence to the very last word, Hairstyles of the Damned held me in his grip." --Jim DeRogatis, pop music critic, Chicago Sun-Times "The most authentic young voice since J.D. Salinger's Holden Caulfield...A darn good book." --Daily Southtown "Sensitive, well-observed, often laugh-out-loud funny...You won't regret a moment of the journey." --Chicago Tribune "Meno is a romantic at heart. Not the greeting card kind, or the Harlequin paperback version, but the type who thinks, deep down, that things matter, that art can change lives." --Elgin Courier News "Funny and charming and sad and real. The adults are sparingly yet poignantly drawn, especially the fathers, who slip through without saying much but make a profound impression." --Chicago Journal "Underneath his angst, Brian, the narrator of Hairstyles of the Damned, possesses a disarming sense of compassion which allows him to worm his way into the reader's heart. It is this simple contradiction that makes Meno's portrait of adolescence so convincing: He has dug up and displayed for us the secret paradox of the teenage years, the desire to belong pitted against the need for individuality--a constant clash of hate and love." --NewPages.com "Joe Meno knows Chicago's south side the way Jane Goodall knew chimps and apes--which is to say, he really knows it. He also knows about the early '90s, punk rock, and awkward adolescence. Best of all, he knows the value of entertainment. Hairstyles of the Damned is proof positive." --John McNally, author of The Book of Ralph "Filled with references to dozens of bands and mix-tape set lists, the book's heart and soul is driven by a teenager's life-changing discovery of punk's social and political message...Meno's alter ego, Brian Oswald, is a modern-day Holden Caulfield...It's a funny, sweet, and, at times, hard-hitting story with a punk vibe." --Mary Houlihan, Chicago Sun-Times "Meno's language is rhythmic and honest, expressing things proper English never could. And you've got to hand it to the author, who pulled off a very good trick: The book is punk rock. It's not just punk rock. It's not just about punk rock; it embodies the idea of punk rock; it embodies the idea of punk--it's pissed off at authority, it won't groom itself properly, and it irritates. Yet its rebellious spirit is inspiring and right on the mark." --SF Weekly Hairstyles of the Damned is the debut novel of our Punk Planet Books imprint, which originates from Punk Planet magazine. Hairstyles of the Damned is an honest, true-life depiction of growing up punk on Chicago's south side: a study in the demons of racial intolerance, Catholic school conformism, and class repression. It is the story of the riotous exploits of Brian, a high school burnout, and his best friend, Gretchen, a punk rock girl fond of brawling. Based on the actual events surrounding a Chicago high school's segregated prom, this work of fiction unflinchingly pursues the truth in discovering what it means to be your own person.

This study of Ancient Rome offers a fascinating glimpse of what Roman society was like—from fashion, to food, to politics and recreation—gathered from literary works, art, and archaeological remains. • Focuses on daily life rather than dates and wars, making for engaging content for all readers • Offers a bibliography of important works as well as online and print resources for further reading • Includes coverage of a breadth of topics ranging from performing arts to town planning and military uniforms to banquets • Features approximately 250 entries with topics arranged alphabetically • Connects to national standards for world history

You would think a Native American, who could track a piss ant through a meadow covered in heavy grass, wouldn’t get lost. But he was lost. Orion Brown, son of a full-blood Lakota Sioux was lost, but not in any geographical location. Orion was lost within himself. The deaths of five of Gunnery Sergeant Orion Brown’s men in combat in Afghanistan, and their battle buddies crying on his shoulder, had put him into unknown territory. Oh, he’d remained strong for the Marines who survived. He bucked them up to resume combat without their battle buddies guarding their sixes, but it had cost him. His stronger than strong routine had earned him an honorable discharge from the Marine Corps, panic attacks, and the inability to touch or be touched by other human beings without having a nuclear nervous meltdown. His assigned VA shrink was a joke. Well, the man himself wasn’t a joke. He was sincere, he gave the impression he cared, and he listened when he grudgingly shared some of his feelings, but if he mentioned “survivor’s guilt” just one more time, Orion would show him just how much damage a Marine could do to office furniture. The doc just didn’t get it. He was damned if he tried to open up and interact with the people around him, and he was equally screwed if he let anyone throw an arm over his shoulder or kiss his cheek or slap him on the back. The first induced no feeling at all, as in semi-frozen stiff on a morgue slab, and the second induced panic attacks of epic proportions. He was rapidly being torn apart by the dichotomy of reactions. A slip of a finger on his PC keyboard, offered salvation. The BDSM site wanted to know if he was a Dominant or a submissive. He almost didn’t fill out the personal questionnaire, but overhearing the prevailing opinion of him from two of his students in the Marine Special Operations Tracking/Counter-tracking Course he taught, convinced him he needed to go beyond conventional medical practice. Maybe it wouldn’t be so bad to have an extremely sexy Mistress paddling his backside if he was brought back to the land of the normal. But the Great Spirit was not inclined to grant him normal. Irony of ironies, there was no female Dominant at the local dungeon strong enough to keep him from topping her. Instead, he was assigned to Dai Waleska. A six foot, two-inch Japanese-American Kung Fu Master. Now the overriding question was, was it worth submitting to another man’s physical, and possibly sexual, domination for a chance at getting back on a normal track. Which was more important? Dominance and submission to conquer his frozen core and panic attacks, or maintaining a macho Marine image that would more than likely end with him gargling with a Glock somewhere down a very short road?

Hot-Walker Life on the Fast Track - sports crime romance novel. The 1960s marked the rise of a new generation, Canadian horse racing and courtroom drama when Hot-Walker Frannie Harrison witnessed the violent murder of her fiance at Woodbine racetrack. She was the youngest child of a wealthy but alcoholic and dysfunctional family who set out to find her own life in the turbulent 1960s. Ultimately, Frannie finds herself in Yorkville, Toronto's hippie community, filled with drop-outs and American draft dodgers. Young and innocent, she falls in love with an ambitious American who works at the racetrack and convinces her to take a job there. Suspecting he is into drug dealing, she is by no means prepared for his death. Grief-stricken, she struggles with denial and complicated relationships before escaping to Europe. When petitioned for trial, Frannie returns to Toronto to deal with the painful ordeal that produces devastating testimonies about life on the fast track, a murder trial that shocks Toronto community.

"A group portrait of the female track stars who won gold at the Olympics--in 1928, 1932, and 1936--breaking barriers for female athletes and overcoming personal odds"--

'On the turns, where you defy physics and velocity beats mass, that’s where winners are made’ Flat track is the essence of motorcycle racing, and the Indy Mile is the place where legends are born and worshipped. It is the blinding lights that heat up the whole field, turning the atmosphere around the track into a sauna and making skin sweat beneath the leather overalls. It is the thousands of people cheering twenty-five hellishly-fast machines fighting for the number-one plate. Gunner Adams is still far from all that. He is only twenty-three years old and has just recovered from an accident that cost him his left ankle. His uncle Jim stood by him as he had ever since Gunner’s mother died. In order to race again, he will have to travel through America alongside Joya, a feisty dark-haired girl, discover the unknown past about his father and learn that when you are on the track you don’t ride for anyone else. Gunner Adams will have to ride for himself. ‘You have the best conversations in life with yourself under these lights, while drifting your way through the competition.’

USA TODAY Bestselling author, Lexy TImms, brings you a new twist on Jack the Ripper... Track The Ripper – Book 1 New Londone is drowning in social and political unrest, a society on the verge of collapse and a people overcome with despair. Police and citizens in the Whitechapel District are at each other’s throats. Mob mentality has taken over, and lingering suspicion and heated tempers are raging on both sides of the thin line between good and evil. To make matters even worse, there’s a depraved killer on the loose, targeting the working women in East Edge. Inspector Frank Abberline has finally clawed his way out of the seedy Whitechapel sector, only to be sucked back in when the homicidal maniac begins to unleash his tour of terror. It is not the inspector’s first rodeo, but this is also not the typical case. Something’s very off about this killer, a lurking darkness even more depraved than the mayhem the inspector has unearthed before. Will Inspector Abberline be able to reevaluate his beliefs or even set them aside so he can track and hopefully catch the Ripper? RIP Series Track the Ripper Hunt the Ripper Pursue the Ripper Shadow the Ripper Caught by the Ripper Supernatural Suspense Thriller that'll have you sleeping with the lights on! Search Terms: dark fantasy, romantic suspense, paranormal suspense, suspense, cozy mystery, jack the ripper, paranormal, fantasy, murder mystery, murder, vampires and wit, alpha, Alpha Bad Boy, bad boy obsession, mystery, w.j. may, new adult, horror, horror romance, werewolf series, werewolf romance, superhero fantasy eboo, sexy, billionaire romance, melody anne billionaire bachelors series, free kindle romance, romance billionaire series, contemporary romance and sex, billionaire obsession, new adult romance, romance love triangle, romance love, hot and steamy, sex

"In this book you will find my voice, my vision, and all of the advice I willingly and happily share with anyone who seeks me out, sits in my chair, and asks me for help. I hope it inspires you to be confident and beautiful; sexy and happy!" – Nick Arrojo Nick Arrojo is known nationwide for his ability to give women hairstyles that bring out their individual beauty. Every week millions of "What Not to Wear" viewers see him transform women's outdated styles or unflattering cuts into fresh and contemporary looks. Most importantly, he helps them to realize their true beauty potential. He not only changes their hairstyles but changes the way they felt about themselves. In GREAT HAIR, Nick Arrojo reveals his styling secrets so that women can better understand their hair type, assess what hair styles will work best for their hair, face shape, and lifestyle, and get a terrific new look. GREAT HAIR provides a complete education about hair including: Identifying your hair type and how that impacts cut, color, and styles - including ethnic hair Understanding products and how to use them to their best advantage A style guide with complete instructions on everything from blowouts to updos. Guidelines on choosing a flattering hair color that will enhance, not overpower Dispelling myths and outdated ideas about hair care Featuring before and after shots of real women (not models) GREAT HAIR shows how any woman can find a style that will make her feel and look terrific. Following Nick Arrojo's advice in GREAT HAIR means no more bad hair days!

The Men's Hair Book: A Male's Guide To Hair Care, Hair Styles, Hair Grooming, Hair Products and Rocking It All Without The Baloney is exactly what it says in the title. Written by popular men's hair expert Rogelio Samson, The Men's Hair Book gives the modern male an in-depth blueprint to getting his hair looking as he wants it to look without the baloney that abounds the men's hair field. The Men's Hair Book: A Male's Guide To Hair Care, Hair Styles, Hair Grooming, Hair Products and Rocking It All Without The Baloney is based on Rogelio's "hair-management equation": a pioneering system that optimizes the profiling, grooming, styling and caring of your hair so as to yield the overall solution of great-looking, convenient hair. The hair-management equation covers and optimizes everything that has to do with having hair that you can finally be happy with, and this system serves as the backbone of The Men's Hair Book and Rogelio's goal of spreading the word so as to have men worldwide carrying their hair with pride and in a self-actualizing manner. What's more is that The Men's Hair Book is related to the real world through barbershop case studies in every chapter so that you are able to relate your newly-acquired knowledge to the practical side of male hair care. This is what you will find in the 240+ pages of The Men's Hair Book: - A hair-profiling system that puts your hair into a type and length category and that also measures how much your hair may curl, altogether creating your particular hair ID. - The Norwood male-balding classification explained in detail so that you can identify any current or future hair loss you may suffer. - Rogelio's popular hair-grooming method, including his No Shampoo method and his Sebum Coating method. - All about cleaning your hair, from how to use shampoo to cleaning your hair without shampoo and via natural alternatives. - All about conditioners and how to make the most of the sebum you secrete (yes, your hair follicles secrete sebum!). - A full analysis of all hair products and how to select the appropriate ones according to your unique hair ID. - An in-depth coverage of how to style your hair, including the relevant hairstyles that suit your hair ID. - The correct methods to optimally using hair dryers and hair straighteners as a male without frying your hair. - Guidelines for growing your hair long and working out how long your hair will take to reach certain lengths and hairstyles. - A guide on how to shop for the correct barber or hairdresser. - A plan of action that has you seeing the optimizing of your hair as a journey that follows an optimal and efficient order and that is made up of a set of steps and actions to be implemented. - A big list of busted myths that will not only be extremely helpful for your hair-optimizing efforts but will also be great for bar talk! - The last chapter contains 36 miscellaneous questions that Rogelio has answered in depth so as to bulletproof your journey. - An appendix section with 29 visual references used throughout the book. - Every chapter is neatly summarized at the end with a “Conclusion” section to ensure that you have picked all the important knowledge taught in the chapter. - Each chapter is ended with a real-life case study that has occurred in a professional barbershop and that is related to the lesson learnt in the given chapter. The Men's Hair Book is of great use and benefit for: - Men who want to finally master their hair and stop wasting time with Mickey-Mouse stuff. - Men who want to stop wasting money on their hair and want their hair to become economically viable. - Men desiring to spice up their image and improve their self-esteem. - Men with sons who need help managing and embracing their hair. The same applies for any other male family members who need a solution for their hair.

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