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Playing with Matches
Author: Hannah Orenstein
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1501178504
Pages: 320
Year: 2018-06-26
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Named a Best Book of Summer by Refinery 29, Bustle, and PopSugar “The best rom-com of the season…overflowing with charm and heart.”—Bustle “The perfect Summer read—smart, funny, escapist, and bursting with charm.”—PopSugar In the tradition of Good in Bed and The Assistants comes a funny and smart comedy about a young matchmaker balancing her messy personal life and the demands of her eccentric clients. Sasha Goldberg has a lot going for her: a recent journalism degree from NYU, an apartment with her best friend Caroline, and a relationship that would be amazing if her finance-bro boyfriend Jonathan would ever look up from his BlackBerry. But when her dream career falls through, she uses her family’s darkest secret to land a job as a matchmaker for New York City’s elite at the dating service Bliss. Despite her inexperience, Sasha throws herself into her new career, trolling for catches on Tinder, coaching her clients through rejection, and dishing out dating advice to people twice her age. She sets up a TV exec who wanted kids five years ago, a forty-year-old baseball-loving virgin, and a consultant with a rigorous five-page checklist for her ideal match. Sasha hopes to find her clients The One, like she did. But when Jonathan betrays her, she spirals out of control—and right into the arms of a writer with a charming Southern drawl, who she had previously set up with one of her clients. He’s strictly off-limits, but with her relationship on the rocks, all bets are off. Fresh, sweet, and laugh-out-loud funny, Playing with Matches is the addictive story about dating in today’s swipe-heavy society, and a young woman trying to find her own place in the world.
Playing with Matches
Author: Carolyn Wall
Publisher: Bantam
ISBN: 0345534395
Pages: 320
Year: 2012-07-10
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When I felt truly lost—which was most of the time—I went out to the narrow lot and sat down in the weeds. From there I could observe both houses. After all, I had two eyes, didn’t I? Two nostrils, two arms, two knobby knees. The trouble was, I had only one heart. Growing up in False River, Mississippi, Clea Shine learned early that a small town is no place for big secrets. Having fled years ago in the wake of a tragedy and now settled with a family of her own, she faces a turning point in her marriage and seeks refuge in the one place she vowed never to return. Clea’s homecoming is bittersweet. Reunited with Jerusha Lovemore, the kindly neighbor who raised her, Clea gains a sense of love and comfort, but still cannot escape the ghosts of her past: the abandonment by her disreputable mother, her constant search for belonging, the truth behind that fateful night from long ago. Once outspoken and impulsive, Clea now seeks only redemption and peace of mind. And as a hurricane threatens to hit False River, everything she has tried to forget may finally be exposed once and for all. A mesmerizing and poignant work by a master of the Soutern novel, Playing with Matches is a stunning tale of guilt, forgiveness, and the enduring bonds of family. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Playing with Matches
Author: Brian Katcher
Publisher: Laurel Leaf
ISBN: 0385735456
Pages: 294
Year: 2009-10
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While trying to find a girl who will date him, Missouri high school junior Leon Sanders befriends a lonely, disfigured female classmate.
Playing With Matches
Author: Suri Rosen
Publisher: ECW Press
ISBN: 1770905936
Pages: 248
Year: 2014-09-01
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A comic tale of what can go wrong when you try to make things right When 16-year-old Raina Resnick is expelled from her Manhattan private school, she's sent to live with her strict aunt -- but Raina feels like she's persona non grata no matter where she goes. Her sister, Leah, blames her for her broken engagement, and she's a social pariah at her new school. In the tight-knit Jewish community, Raina finds she is good at one thing: matchmaking! As the anonymous "Match-Maven," Raina sets up hopeless singles desperate to find the One. A cross between Jane Austen's Emma, Dear Abby, and Yenta the matchmaker, Raina's double life soon has her barely staying awake in class. Can she find the perfect match for her sister and get back on her good side, or will her tanking grades mean a second expulsion? In her debut novel, Suri Rosen creates a comic and heartwarming story of one girl trying to find happiness for others, and redemption for herself.
Playing With Matches
Author: Dylan Fitzpatrick
Publisher: BookBaby
ISBN: 1483521680
Pages: 322
Year: 2014-03-01
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On the surface, Dylan Fitzpatrick seems to have everything a young, single man could want: A successful career, a Manhattan bachelor pad, and access to all the beautiful, sophisticated women New York City has to offer. But despite everything, he just can’t find the right woman. So, after one too many disastrous encounters, Dylan swallows his pride and signs up with an online dating service, hoping the miracles of modern technology can help him find his perfect match. The results are painfully hilarious! In this true-life memoir, Dylan is our guide to the brave new world of the online dating scene. Armed with a keen eye, a witty pen, and unflinching honesty, he takes us on a whirlwind tour of dating debacles that stretches from the trendiest Manhattan hotspots to late-night hookups at business hotels, from the sunny beaches of Australia to a swinger’s resort in Mexico. Dylan spares no one, least of all himself, in this honest—and honestly funny—account of the new mating rituals of the modern world. As he deals with overdramatic wannabe actresses, exotic foreign beauties, and a couple of just plain crazies, he details his sexual conquests—and defeats—in a romantic quest that veers from laugh-out-loud funny to excruciatingly cringe-worthy. Playing With Matches is sure to hit home with any guy who’s “been there”—or any woman who wants to know how guys really think.
Beck & Al Hansen
Author: Beck Hansen, Beck, Al Hansen
Publisher: Plug in Inc
Pages: 140
Year: 1998-10-15
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"Playing with Matches explores the creative exchange between rock musician Beck and his grandfather, Fluxus artist Al Hansen. This first publication for both, is filled with collages, letters and photos, building a visual bridge between their respective generations. Beck, known for his platinum selling recordings, and Al, an established member of the German Fluxus movement, shared the ambition to transform the fragments of everyday life into an aesthetic experience. Interview with Beck by Carlo McCormick."
The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963
Author: Christopher Paul Curtis
Publisher: Yearling
ISBN: 0385382952
Pages: 240
Year: 2013-08-06
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The Newbery and Coretta Scott King Honoree about the Weird Watsons of Flint, Michigan—from Christopher Paul Curtis, author of Bud, Not Buddy, a Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott Award Winner. Enter the hilarious world of ten-year-old Kenny and his family, the Weird Watsons of Flint, Michigan. There's Momma, Dad, little sister Joetta, and brother Byron, who's thirteen and an "official juvenile delinquent." When Byron gets to be too much trouble, they head South to Birmingham to visit Grandma, the one person who can shape him up. And they happen to be in Birmingham when Grandma's church is blown up. AN ALA TOP TEN BEST BOOK AN ALA NOTABLE CHILDREN'S BOOK AN IRA YOUNG ADULT'S CHOICE A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW BEST BOOK NAMED TO MULTIPLE STATE AWARD LISTS "Every so often a book becomes a modern classic almost as soon as it arrives on bookshelves. That happened in the mid-'90s when Christopher Paul Curtis released his first book, The Watsons Go to Birmingham — 1963." —NPR From the Hardcover edition.
Playing With Matches
Author: Amy Cameron
Publisher: Anchor Canada
ISBN: 0385672349
Pages: 240
Year: 2010-08-20
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Part Sex & the City, part Bridget Jones’s Diary, Playing with Matches will make you laugh, cry, and thank the dating goddess that at least it didn’t happen to you. Playing with Matches is the answer to every single woman’s wail of “Why does this happen to me?” Honey, it happens to everyone. Women from all over the world have contributed to Playing with Matches, answering the call for tragic dating tales in all their nasty and delicious detail. And as a survivor of countless terrible evenings, Cameron is an expert. She’s dated an overweight manic eater who picked fights and an anaesthesiologist twenty years her senior who really did put her to sleep. Each new bad date made her swear off men forever. Until, of course, another hopeful possibility presented himself. Bad dates happen. Every night, another woman returns home reeling from a missed match. But each evening spent with Mr. Wrong teaches us something about our own love limits. Can I cuddle with a man who blows his nose in a cloth napkin? Do I like to spank my lover? Do I have something in common with the director of a funeral home? Does a pierced nipple bother me? How about a pierced scrotum? We need to embrace our misadventures, share the pain, and find the humour. Playing with Matches will remind us all that no matter how awful a date was, there is always someone else with a worse story. Four of us — the single women at the baby shower — are hunched in a corner drinking bloody Marys and ignoring a chorus of cooing over a Winnie the Pooh breastfeeding pillow. “All night long he talked to me through the bloody cat,” Julie complains. “‘Does Mummy like to snuggle? Isn’t Mummy funny?’” I snort my drink all over her winter white skirt. She brushes it off without thinking and continues, “I bought leather knee-high boots for this guy? ” . . . Everyone knows the recipe for an ideal date: one nice guy plus great hair day, a cup of good lighting, remove five pounds, a sprinkle of new perfume and a liberal splash of Stoli vodka. That someone actually manages to cook up a date like this is rare. Playing with Matches is for women who, let’s face it, have much more experience with recipes of disaster than recipes for romance. We know that there are more bad dates out there than good ones. Intellectually, we also know that these misadventures build character. As Mom says, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, right? —from Playing with Matches From the Trade Paperback edition.
Playing with Matches
Author: Lee Strauss
Publisher: La Plume Press
ISBN: 098780782X
Pages: 318
Year: 2014-06-14
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From bestselling author Lee Strauss! ***Inspired by true events*****Available in German as Gefährliche Zettel** "One of the best YA books I've read in a long time, Playing with Matches grabs you from page one and whisks you back to 1938 Germany. It's rare that I get so engrossed in a story that I feel as if I'm actually there. I have always wondered what it must have been like for those citizens of Germany who knew something wasn't quite right. Using actual real-life stories from those who lived through it, Lee Strauss paints a bleak picture of fear and survival. Her characters seem real and jump right off the page." - Steven Davenport "This book is an extremely heartbreaking and realistic look at World War II from a different perspective, from someone in Hitler's Army that doesn't want to be there. We so often hear about the atrocities that fell on the Jewish, but there isn't as much literature about everyday life for the non-Jewish Germans, especially those that didn't agree with Hitler.Told from the perspective of a child growing into a young adult at the worst time possible, this is a great read for teens as well as adults." - Valerie A. Baute Heinz Schultz's word could send a man to prison. Though only a youth of fifteen, he was strong, tall, and blond. The boys in his Deutsches Jungvolk unit esteemed him and feared him. And they wanted to be just like him. Emil Radle wanted to be just like him. A dedicated member of Hitler Youth, Emil was loyal to the Fuehrer before family, a champion for the cause and a fan of the famous Luftwaffe Air force. Emil's friends Moritz and Johann discover a shortwave radio and everything changes. Now they listen to the forbidden BBC broadcast of news reports that tell both sides. Now they know the truth. The boys along with Johann's sister Katharina, band together to write out the reports and covertly distribute flyers through their city. It's an act of high treason that could have them arrested—or worse. As the war progresses, so does Emil's affection for Katharina. He'd do anything to have a normal life and to stay in Passau by her side. But when Germany's losses become immense, even their greatest resistance can't prevent the boys from being sent to the Eastern Front. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 28.8px; font: 12.0px 'Times New Roman'} NOTE FROM THE EDITOR: This second edition has several minor revisions, Including name changes to three minor characters, in order to add clarity and authenticity to the timeline. Keywords: World War 2 fiction, Hitler Youth, resistance groups, The White Rose, life in Nazi Germany, Nazis, Eastern Front, what fear, violence, child soldiers, hunger, black outs, bombings, raids, air force, airforce, love and romance, teen romance, family issues, siblings, sacrifice, friendships, propaganda, hope, prayer, faith
Match Made in Manhattan
Author: Amanda Stauffer
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.
ISBN: 1510728104
Year: 2018-01-23
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After two intense, dead-end relationships, serial monogamist Alison finds herself confused, lonely, and drastically out of touch with the world of modern dating. Refusing to wallow, she signs up for a popular dating app and resolves to remain open-minded and optimistic as she explores the New York City singles' scene. With the click of a button, her adventures begin: On one date, she's dumped before the first kiss; on another, she dons full HAZMAT gear; she meets a tattooed folk singer turned investment banker, an undercover agent who tracks illegal exotic animals, and dozens of other colorful, captivating personalities. Giving them each her signature "pants speech"—her pants aren't coming off unless she has a real connection with someone—she desperately wants to push past the awkward small-talk phase to find true love, but finding "the one" is starting to feel impossible. That is, until she meets Luke, who is sophisticated, funny, and not to mention, hot. Alison finds herself falling for Luke harder than any guy she's dated and finally letting her walls down, but will he stick around or move on to his next match? Match Made in Manhattan is a fast-paced, contemporary story about the struggles of dating in the digital age. Replete with online profiles, witty dialogue, and a super-supportive group of female friends, this all-too-real and relatable debut novel will have readers laughing, crying, and rooting for Alison all the way to the end.
Sweeping Up Glass
Author: Carolyn D. Wall
Publisher: Delta
ISBN: 0385343035
Pages: 327
Year: 2009
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Living behind Harker's Grocery with a young boy named Will'm in 1938 Kentucky, Olivia is stunned when members of the exclusive Hunt Club suddenly turn their sights on the two of them, a dangerous situation complicated by the return of Will'm's mother and the exposure of the Rowe Street community's horrifying secrets. Reprint.
Almost Perfect
Author: Brian Katcher
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 0385736657
Pages: 360
Year: 2010
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With his mother working long hours and in pain from a romantic break-up, eighteen-year-old Logan feels alone and unloved until a zany new student arrives at his small-town Missouri high school, keeping a big secret.
Playing with Matches
Author: Katherine Greyle, Karen Harbaugh, Cathy Yardley, Sabeeha Johnson
Publisher: Signet Book
ISBN: 0451208307
Pages: 341
Year: 2003
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Includes : Dragon for Dinner by Katherine Greyle, by Karen Harbaugh, The Spice bazaar by Sabeeha Johnson, and Romancing Rose by Cathy Yardley.
Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes
Author: Chris Crutcher
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0061968501
Pages: 352
Year: 2009-09-22
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Called a “masterpiece” in a starred review from School Library Journal, award-winning author Chris Crutcher’s acclaimed Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes is an enduring classic. This bestselling novel is about love, loyalty, and friendship in the face of adversity. “Superb plotting, extraordinary characters, and cracking narrative make this novel unforgettable.”—Publishers Weekly Sarah Byrnes and Eric Calhoune have been friends for years. When they were children, his weight and her scars made them both outcasts. Now Sarah Byrnes—the smartest, toughest person Eric has ever known—sits silent in a hospital. Eric must uncover the terrible secret she’s hiding before its dark current pulls them both under. Will appeal to fans of Marieke Nijkamp, Andrew Smith, and John Corey Whaley. “Once again, Chris Crutcher plunges his readers into life's tough issues within a compelling story filled with human compassion . . . with his characteristic intelligence, humor, and empathy."—ALAN Review An American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults
Playing With Matches
Author: N. G. Simsion
Publisher: Duma Books
Year: 2015-04-30
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Fans of Richard Paul Evans, Nicole Williams, and John Green will love this novel. Keith already has the perfect girl. They just reached the “I love you” stage in their relationship, so why is Aaron Sparks following him around, insisting his love life is about to fall apart? At first, Keith allows Sparks to tag along strictly out of curiosity, but when he realizes Sparks is right about his love life, he begins to rely on him for answers. Sparks proposes they play a little dating game—one where Sparks gets to make all the rules. As with everything he does, this “dating game” is a lot more complicated than it first appears. Will Keith play long enough to find true love? Or, will he reach his wits’ end before he can sort out his heart’s desires? Is Sparks even telling him the truth about why he wants to “help” him?

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