We Were The Zonks

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We Were the Zonks!

We Were the Zonks! Pdf/ePub eBook Author: ,
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We Were the Zonks was born out of my love of song, and my desire to promote the music of my youth. The story, which became the vehicle to accomplish this, came to me in Sydney, Nebraska at a Dairy Queen. There, inside the newly remodeled restaurant, was a picture of a long ago defunct band who called themselves... The Zonks. The boys who comprised the band were sitting on a Volkswagen Beetle with their instruments in front of a Dairy Queen from either the early 70's or late 60's, judging from the incidental evidence. The caption in the photograph indicated that they had been hired to travel around the country and give impromptu concerts, obviously to draw crowds and sell ice cream cones. The picture was just a decorative memento, but I was mesmerized, and stared at it for an inordinate amount of time. Later, while traveling down the interstate, I began to wonder about the guys who made up the band. I wondered if they missed those bygone days. I wondered where they were and what they were doing now. And then, I imagined what might happen if they had a reunion, and a little magic came along... This mythical reunion is where the story starts. It is there that the characters in my book discover that they still have a burning desire to create and share music. The fictionalized Zonks still want the dream 40 years after they broke up, and I don't think they are very different from any boy who ever picked up a guitar and tried to play three chords and carry a tune. There are millions and millions of wannabe rock stars driving trucks, delivering mail, assembling widgets, and doing any manner of mundane job that you might care to imagine. What would I give to be able to play guitar like Jimmy Page? Name your body part. And, I know, I am not unusual. I move people for a living, and I know it's unusual for a man to not have a college guitar buried deep in his closet- literally, and figuratively. What really happened to the boys on the Volkswagen? If this book becomes popular maybe we will all find out. I know I am curious. It would be fun to see if my storyline, or character development, in any way mirrors the actual story of their lives. What if this book motivates them to have a real reunion? What if they really did record some songs 40 years ago? I for one would love to hear an old Zonk 45. Anyone out there gotta turntable? Anyone out there still know what a 45 is? A show of hands please? You there! Yeah you! Way in the back! Remember when vinyl ruled? Remember when digital data was only in science fiction novels? You, are going to like this book. The author resides in Elberfeld, Indiana, owns and operates a truck, and travels the length and breadth of these united States, moving people hither and yon as a contractor with the best van line in the country- Wheaton Van Lines. He is married and has ten kids; Jimmy, Matthew, Aaron, Emily, Daniel, Niklaus, Madeline, Christopher, Wyatt, and Lucianne... Counting...Yep, that was ten! Eight children are still at home with his wife of 27 years, Rosanna. She tends to them along with three horses, two snakes, and a cat named Mac that walks through walls. The author was born in Carmi, Illinois, and has a brother and sister. His mother and father live in Grayville, Illinois. Grayville is where the majority of his vast extended family also hail from. The family 4th of July picnic/reunion there is almost a separate national holiday unto itself. We Were the Zonks is his first novel, and it was over two years in the making.

Station Fourteen

Station Fourteen Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Laurence C. Hatch
Editor: Laurence Hatch Press
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Sci-fi diary of a security agent in a near-earth space colony. The agent, his girlfriend, and earth-alien hybrid cat explore newly discovered humanoid cultures and science. Dozens of future technologies and non-earth concepts in art, agriculture, law enforcement, amusement, food, music, pets, and daily work are integrated with rich, fascinating detail. You'll meet the shy Meti species who communicate with colored eye pulses and the earth-like Posau whose residents are friendly and eager to learn of earth culture. www.laurencehatchpress.com published with Google Play Books

The Zombie Chasers #2: Undead Ahead

The Zombie Chasers #2: Undead Ahead Pdf/ePub eBook Author: John Kloepfer
Editor: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062077279
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The second book in the heavily illustrated Zombie Chasers series by John Kloepfer. This fan-favorite is perfect for reluctant readers as well as fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Dork Diaries. Zack Clarke, his best pal, Rice, and middle-school queen bee Madison Miller, survived the night of the living dead—but the nightmare’s not over yet. These three unlikely companions and the newest zombie chaser, Ozzie, a monster-fighting machine, are ready to kick some undead butt. Can the Zombie Chasers save the nation from brain-gobbling ghouls? Or will the US of A become the US of Z? Featuring John Kloepfer’s signature hilarious and gory descriptions and Steve Wolfhard’s hysterical black and white interior illustrations, Undead Ahead is an uproarious, gore-streaked addition to the ever-popular Zombie Chasers series!

The Butter Battle Book: Read & Listen Edition

The Butter Battle Book: Read & Listen Edition Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Dr. Seuss
Editor: Random House Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 0385383290
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The Butter Battle Book: Read & Listen Edition by Dr. Seuss Summary

The Butter Battle Book, Dr. Seuss's classic cautionary tale, introduces readers to the important lesson of respecting differences. The Yooks and Zooks share a love of buttered bread, but animosity brews between the two groups because they prefer to enjoy the tasty treat differently. The timeless and topical rhyming text is an ideal way to teach young children about the issues of tolerance and respect. Whether in the home or in the classroom, The Butter Battle Book is a must-have for readers of all ages. This Read & Listen edition contains audio narration.

Open Book

Open Book Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Jessica Simpson
Editor: HarperCollins
ISBN: 0062899988
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The #1 New York Times Bestseller Jessica reveals for the first time her inner monologue and most intimate struggles. Guided by the journals she's kept since age fifteen, and brimming with her unique humor and down-to-earth humanity, Open Book is as inspiring as it is entertaining. This was supposed to be a very different book. Five years ago, Jessica Simpson was approached to write a motivational guide to living your best life. She walked away from the offer, and nobody understood why. The truth is that she didn’t want to lie. Jessica couldn’t be authentic with her readers if she wasn’t fully honest with herself first. Now America’s Sweetheart, preacher’s daughter, pop phenomenon, reality tv pioneer, and the billion-dollar fashion mogul invites readers on a remarkable journey, examining a life that blessed her with the compassion to help others, but also burdened her with an almost crippling need to please. Open Book is Jessica Simpson using her voice, heart, soul, and humor to share things she’s never shared before. First celebrated for her voice, she became one of the most talked-about women in the world, whether for music and fashion, her relationship struggles, or as a walking blonde joke. But now, instead of being talked about, Jessica is doing the talking. Her book shares the wisdom and inspirations she’s learned and shows the real woman behind all the pop-culture cliché’s — “chicken or fish,” “Daisy Duke,” "football jinx," “mom jeans,” “sexual napalm…” and more. Open Book is an opportunity to laugh and cry with a close friend, one that will inspire you to live your best, most authentic life, now that she is finally living hers.

Quintessence

Quintessence Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Jess Redman
Editor: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
ISBN: 0374309779
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A 2021 NCTE Charlotte Huck Award Honor Book Quintessence is an extraordinary story from Jess Redman about friendship, self-discovery, interconnectedness, and the inexplicable elements that make you you. Three months ago, twelve-year-old Alma moved to the town of Four Points. Her panic attacks started a week later, and they haven’t stopped—even though she’s told her parents that they have. She’s homesick and friendless and every day she feels less and less like herself. But one day she finds a telescope in the town’s junk shop, and through its lens, she watches a star—a star that looks like a child—fall from the sky and into her backyard. Alma knows what it’s like to be lost and afraid, to long for home, and she knows that it’s up to her to save the star. And so, with the help of some unlikely new friends from Astronomy Club, she sets out on a quest that will take a little bit of science, a little bit of magic, and her whole self. This title has Common Core connections.

Raised in a Barn

Raised in a Barn Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Cam Higgins
Editor: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1534479058
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In this second book of the Good Dog series, farm puppy Bo, introduces a young foal to life on the farm. There’s a new foal on the Davis Family Farm and Bo is excited to show her the ropes. But can a puppy teach a young horse new tricks? With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Good Dog chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.

The Laboratory of the Mind

The Laboratory of the Mind Pdf/ePub eBook Author: James Robert Brown
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 1134865791
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The Laboratory of the Mind by James Robert Brown Summary

Thought experiments are performed in the laboratory of the mind. Beyond this metaphor it is difficult to say just what these remarkable devices for investigating nature are or how they work. Though most scientists and philosophers would admit their great importance, there has been very little serious study of them. This volume is the first book-length investigation of thought experiments. Starting with Galileo's argument on falling bodies, Brown describes numerous examples of the most influential thought experiments from the history of science. Following this introduction to the subject, some substantial and provocative claims are made, the principle being that some thought experiments should be understood in the same way that platonists understand mathematical activity: as an intellectual grasp of an independently existing abstract realm. With its clarity of style and structure, The Laboratory of the Mind will find readers among all philosophers of science as well as scientists who have puzzled over how thought experiments work.

The Hero

The Hero Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Lee Child
Editor: HarperCollins UK
ISBN: 0008355797
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WHAT MAKES A HERO? WHO BETTER TO ANSWER THAT QUESTION THAN LEE CHILD... ‘It’s Lee Child. Why would you not read it?’ Karin Slaughter ‘I don't know another author so skilled at making me turn the page’ The Times

The Summer I Became a Nerd

The Summer I Became a Nerd Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Leah Rae Miller
Editor: Entangled: Teen
ISBN: 1620612399
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On the outside, seventeen-year-old Madelyne Summers looks like your typical blond cheerleader—perky, popular, and dating the star quarterback. But inside, Maddie spends more time agonizing over what will happen in the next issue of her favorite comic book than planning pep rallies with her squad. That she's a nerd hiding in a popular girl's body isn't just unknown, it's anti-known. And she needs to keep it that way.Summer is the only time Maddie lets her real self out to play, but when she slips up and the adorkable guy behind the local comic shop's counter uncovers her secret, she's busted. Before she can shake a pom-pom, Maddie's whisked into Logan's world of comic conventions, live-action role-playing, and first-person-shooter video games. And she loves it. But the more she denies who she really is, the deeper her lies become...and the more she risks losing Logan forever.

Even Cowgirls Get the Blues

Even Cowgirls Get the Blues Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Tom Robbins
Editor: Bantam
ISBN: 0553897896
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“This is one of those special novels—a piece of working magic, warm, funny, and sane.”—Thomas Pynchon The whooping crane rustlers are girls. Young girls. Cowgirls, as a matter of fact, all “bursting with dimples and hormones”—and the FBI has never seen anything quite like them. Yet their rebellion at the Rubber Rose Ranch is almost overshadowed by the arrival of the legendary Sissy Hankshaw, a white-trash goddess literally born to hitchhike, and the freest female of them all. Freedom, its prizes and its prices, is a major theme of Tom Robbins’s classic tale of eccentric adventure. As his robust characters attempt to turn the tables on fate, the reader is drawn along on a tragicomic joyride across the badlands of sexuality, wild rivers of language, and the frontiers of the mind.

The Principal's Underwear Is Missing

The Principal's Underwear Is Missing Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Holly Kowitt
Editor: Feiwel & Friends
ISBN: 1250091330
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When you're a sixth-grade nobody, the last person you want to accidentally zonk with a volleyball is Sloan "Selfie" St. Clair--the eighth-grade glamour queen of the school. But that's what happens to Becca Birnbaum, and it only gets worse when she tries to do Selfie a favor. She grabs the wrong shopping bag from the principal's office -- one containing a very personal item. and even that might not be so bad, if only Selfie didn't immediately lose it. If they don't get it back ASAP, they're toast. They try not to panic--until they hear that the Biggest Prank Ever is about to happen. Can the school's oddest couple stop the disaster of a lifetime?

The World's 200 Hardest Brain Teasers

The World's 200 Hardest Brain Teasers Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Gary Gary Gruber
Editor: Sourcebooks, Inc.
ISBN: 1402257511
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FLEX YOUR brain power like never before! From acclaimed author Dr. Gary Gruber, whose proven critical-thinking methods have sold more than seven million books, this collection of mind-bending brain teasers is sure to challenge even the most experienced problem solver. Inside are logic puzzles, riddles, maddening math problems, mental games, and more! A ship is twice as old as the ship's boiler was when the ship was as old as the boiler is. The ratio of the boiler's age now to the ship's age now is what? What English word contains all the vowels, in alphabetical order? What is the three-digit number that can be made from the digits 2, 3, 5, and 7 where no two digits in the three-digit number are alike, and where the three-digit number is a multiple of each of the digits chosen? Stumped? Dr. Gruber reveals the fascinating explanations and detailed strategies for solving even the trickiest problems using his exclusive Gruber Method. DISCLAIMER: The brain teasers in this book may get you so wrapped up in critical thinking that you may not be able to do your regular work until you solve them! Any abrupt or gradual increase in creativity, intelligence, or motivation to get a better job suited to your newfound talents is strictly the reader's responsibility. For more than thirty years, Gary R. Gruber, PhD, has been recognized as a leading expert on the SAT, test-taking methods, and critical-thinking skills. His methods have been used by PBS, Sylvan Learning Centers, Grolier's Encyclopedia, and school districts throughout the country. Dr. Gruber's innovative problem-solving strategies make up the heart of the new MyMaxScore's online test prep (www.mymaxscore.com).

Home Is Where the Heart Is

Home Is Where the Heart Is Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Cam Higgins
Editor: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1534479023
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Meet the loveable and rambunctious puppy, Bo Davis, in this first book of the Good Dog series! When Bo loses something important, his search takes him all over the farm. Springtime has arrived at the Davis Family Farm! Spring showers lead to muddy hijinks for a young pup named Bo. But when Bo loses his dog tag, he gets serious and enlists all of his barnyard pals to help him find it. From horse stalls to chicken coops to grazing fields and beyond, Bo’s adventure takes him all over the farm, introducing a cast of friends and frenemies. With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Good Dog chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.

Well-Grounded

Well-Grounded Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Kelly Lambert
Editor: Yale University Press
ISBN: 0300240910
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A neuroscientist reveals unique aspects of decision making and the best strategies for protecting and enhancing the brain’s ability to navigate life’s uncertainties Contingency calculations—the ability to predict the outcomes of decisions and actions—are critical for survival and success. Our amazing brains continually process past and current experiences to enable us to make the most adaptive choices. But when the brain’s information systems are compromised—by such varying conditions as drug addiction, poverty, mental illness, or even privilege—we can lose the ability to arrive at informed decisions. In this engaging book, behavioral neuroscientist Kelly Lambert explores a variety of the modern factors that can lead to warped neural processing, or distorted realities she terms “brain bubbles.” Individuals who define success in terms of creature comforts and immediate gratification, for instance, may interact less with the physical and social world and thereby dull their ability to imagine varied contingency scenarios. The author underscores how continuous, meaningful, and well-grounded experiences are required if we are to make the best decisions throughout our lives.

A Stitch of Time

A Stitch of Time Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Lauren Marks
Editor: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1451697619
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“Readers will be compelled by this illuminating debut memoir…a captivating” (Kirkus Reviews) account of one woman’s journey to regain her language and identity after a brain aneurysm steals her ability to communicate. Lauren Marks was twenty-seven, touring a show in Scotland with her friends, when an aneurysm ruptured in her brain and left her fighting for her life. She woke up in a hospital with serious deficiencies to her reading, speaking, and writing abilities, and an unfamiliar diagnosis: aphasia. This would be shocking news for anyone, but Lauren was a voracious reader, an actress, director, and at the time of the event, pursuing her PhD. At any other period of her life, this diagnosis would have been a devastating blow. But she woke up…different. The way she perceived her environment and herself had profoundly changed, her entire identity seemed crafted around a language she could no longer access. She returned to her childhood home to recover, grappling with a muted inner monologue and fractured sense of self. Soon after, Lauren began a journal, to chronicle her year following the rupture. A Stitch of Time is the remarkable result, an Oliver Sacks–like case study of a brain slowly piecing itself back together, featuring clinical research about aphasia and linguistics, interwoven with Lauren’s narrative and actual journal entries that marked her progress. Alternating between fascination and frustration, she relearns and re-experiences many of the things we take for granted—reading a book, understanding idioms, even sharing a “first kiss”—and begins to reconcile “The Girl I Used to Be” with “The Girl I Am Now.” For fans of Brain on Fire and My Stroke of Insight, the deeply personal and powerful A Stitch of Time is an “engrossing” (Publishers Weekly) journey of self-discovery, resilience, and hope.

Captains and the Kings

Captains and the Kings Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Taylor Caldwell
Editor: Open Road Media
ISBN: 1504039017
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New York Times Bestseller: Sweeping from the 1850s through the early 1920s, this towering family saga examines the price of ambition and power. Joseph Francis Xavier Armagh is twelve years old when he gets his first glimpse of the promised land of America through a dirty porthole in steerage on an Irish immigrant ship. His long voyage, dogged by tragedy, ends not in the great city of New York but in the bigoted, small town of Winfield, Pennsylvania, where his younger brother, Sean, and his infant sister, Regina, are sent to an orphanage. Joseph toils at whatever work will pay a living wage and plans for the day he can take his siblings away from St. Agnes’s Orphanage and make a home for them all. Joseph’s journey will catapult him to the highest echelons of power and grant him entry into the most elite political circles. Even as misfortune continues to follow the Armagh family like an ancient curse, Joseph takes his revenge against the uncaring world that once took everything from him. He orchestrates his eldest son Rory’s political ascent from the offspring of an Irish immigrant to US senator. And Joseph will settle for nothing less than the pinnacle of glory: seeing his boy crowned the first Catholic president of the United States. Spanning seventy years, Captains and the Kings, which was adapted into an eight-part television miniseries, is Taylor Caldwell’s masterpiece about nineteenth- and early twentieth-century America, and the grit, ambition, fortitude, and sheer hubris it takes for an immigrant to survive and thrive in a dynamic new land.