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Doomed loves, failed families, nixed dreamssomeone else's leftovers are heaped on our plates the day we come into this world. Big Macs and pop tunes mask the emptiness as Madeline watches her mom drink away their welfare checks. Until the d...ay Tad, a quirky McDonald's counter boy, asks Madeline out for a date, and she gets her first taste of normal. But with a life thats anything but, how long can normal really last? Hanging with Jeremy, avoiding Mam, sticking Do Not Disturb Post-its on her heart, Desiree's mission is simple: party hard, graduate (well, maybe), get out of town. But after Desiree accepts half a meatball grinder, a cold drink, and a ride from her mother's boyfriend one rainy afternoon, nothing is ever simple again. Too many AP classes. Workaholic mom. Dad in prison. Still, Ariel's sultry new boyfriend, Shane, manages to make even the worst days delicious. But when an unexpected phone call forces a trip to visit a sick grandmother she's never met, revealing her family's dark past, Ariel struggles to find the courage to make the right choice for her own future. As three girls from three different decades lives converge, they discover they are connected ways they could never imagine. Each of them finds strength that brings her closer to healing a painful past, and faith that there is a happier future. Read More

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If you're a dinosaur, all of your friends are dead. If you're a pirate, all of your friends have scurvy. If you're a tree, all of ...your friends are end tables. Each page of this laugh-out-loud illustrated humor book showcases the downside of being everything from a clown to a cassette tape to a zombie. Cute and dark all at once, this hilarious children's book for adults teaches valuable lessons about life while exploring each cartoon character's unique grievance and wide-eyed predicament. From the sock whose only friends have gone missing to the houseplant whose friends are being slowly killed by irresponsible plant owners (like you), All My Friends Are Dead presents a delightful primer for laughing at the inevitable. Read More

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From the sarcastic to the suggestive, here are quotation marks as we love them best, doing horrible damage to the English language.... Who wouldn't have second thoughts about ordering the "hamburger" on the diner's menu? Would it be best to skip the "blowout" sale at the department store? What hidden price must be paid for something marked "free"? Assembled by the creator of the wildly popular "Blog" of "Unnecessary" Quotation Marks, this book surveys the havoc wreaked by quotation marks on signs, menus, placards, and posters that leave reality upended by supposed "facts." This smarty-pants guide is "perfect" for desperate grammarians, habitual air quoters, and anyone who appreciates a good laugh. Read More

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Complete with an adorable sticker sheet to track the journaler's moods and progress, this colorful journal will keep writers on tr...ack and smiling all day. Read More

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Pantone is the world's leading color authority, and its color chip design is iconic. Set ablaze with a selection of hues from the ...Pantone graphics palette, this journal is a must-have for those who covet chic design. Read More

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Printed on 100% recycled paper with soy-based inks, this journal features gorgeous illustrations of succulent plants from celebrat...ed artist Jill Bliss. Read More

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Perfect for the handbag or the desktop, these three colorful notebooks feature foil-stamped covers and vintage-inspired interiors.... The entire package is bound together with baker?s twine. Read More

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Send good cheer far and wide with this stationery celebrating Girl Scouting. Delicious Girl Scout Cookies festoon 16 winsome writi...ng sheets, envelopes, and lots of sweet stickers. Read More

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Iconic Girl Scouts imagery graces the covers of these irresistible flexi journals. Your favorite Girl Scout Cookies adorn one, vin...tage badges and pins, the other. Be prepared with both! Featuring full-color illustrations on select pages, these journals will delight Girl Scouts (and Girl Scout Cookie fans!) of all ages. Read More

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This collection of 642 outrageous and witty writing prompts will get the creative juices flowing in no time. From crafting your ow...n obituary to penning an ode to an onion, each page of this playful journal invites inspiration and provides plenty of space to write. Brimming with entertaining exercises from the literary minds of the San Francisco Writers? Grotto, this is the ultimate gift for scribes of every stripe. Read More

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Write it, list it, live it! Each page of this colorful journal provides space to make a plan, dream, organize and make the most of... life. Read More

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