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Disapproving scolds. Sexist condescension. Odd theories about the effect of exercise on reproductive organs. Though baseball began as a gender-neutral sport, girls and women of the nineteenth century faced many obstacles on their way to the diamond. Yet all-female nines took the field everywhere. Debra A. Shattuck pulls from newspaper accounts and hard-to-find club archives to reconstruct a forgotten era in baseball history. Her fascinating social history tracks women players who organized baseball clubs for their own enjoyment and found roster spots on men's teams. Entrepreneurs, meanwhile, packaged women's teams as entertainment, organizing leagues and barnstorming tours. If the women faced financial exploitation and indignities like playing against men in women's clothing, they and countless ballplayers like them nonetheless staked a claim to the nascent national pastime. Shattuck explores how the determination to take their turn at bat thrust female players into narratives of the women's rights movement and transformed perceptions of women's physical and mental capacity.
Two women graduating from college, with different backgrounds and personalities start as casual friends but in the course of their journey cross country become entwined. Together they experience the good, bad and ugly. Olivia is a smart, serious student with a clear set of goals. She isn’t entirely innocent, but has been reserved for most of her life. Chloe acts on impulse, preferring shock and awe, particularly in sexual relationships. Her goal is to be with as many men as she can seduce. Spoiled by a privileged upbringing, she is materialistic and shallow, but not without scruples, however her version of morality is skewed far from the norm. They get of the interstates and experincelife, culture, cuisine and love. From day one they encounter their first affair and it doesn’t end till the journey is almost complete. Any good story has hidden agendas, and this will surprise even the most hardened heart. If the reader wishes, the route can be followed by going to the Appendix and using Google maps
Private Investigator Meagan Maloney races against the clock in this fast-paced mystery that reaches from Boston to California. When Meagan is hired to track down a missing person and account for a mysterious delivery of fifty thousand dollars, she jumps into her first major project without a safety net. Despite her trip to Los Angeles being bombarded with obstacles at every turn, Meagan returns home confident the case is closed. However, when a surprising loose end begins to unravel, Meagan is determined to finish what she started. Ignoring the fact that she's in over her head, she probes into a world of revenge, lies, and murder; not to mention the possible exploitation of a life insurance policy. No stranger to tragedy, Meagan will stop at nothing when her family's safety is threatened. With the formidable hacking skills of her neighbor, Doobie, and her attorney sister, Moira, the trio sets out to track down and stop a killer regardless of the consequences. The heart-pounding finale's shocking revelation will change countless lives forever.
From acclaimed journalist Walter Shapiro, the true life story of how his great-uncle—a Jewish vaudeville impresario and exuberant con man—managed to cheat Hitler’s agents in the run-up to WWII. All his life, journalist Walter Shapiro assumed that the outlandish stories about his great-uncle Freeman were exaggerated family lore; some cockamamie Jewish revenge fantasies dreamt up to entertain the kids and venerate their larger-than-life relative. Only when he started researching Freeman Bernstein’s life did he realize that his family was actually holding back—the man had enough stories, vocations, and IOUs to fill a dozen lifetimes. Freeman was many people: a vaudeville manager, boxing promoter, stock swindler, card shark and self-proclaimed “Jade King of China.” But his greatest title, perhaps the only man who can claim such infamy, was as The Man Who Hustled Hitler. A cross between The Night They Raided Minsky’s and Guys and Dolls, Freeman Bernstein’s life was itself an old New York sideshow extravaganza, one that Shapiro expertly stages in Hustling Hitler. From a ragtag childhood in Troy, New York, Shapiro follows his great-uncle’s ever-crooked trajectory through show business, from his early schemes on the burlesque circuit to marrying his star performer, May Ward, and producing silent films—released only in Philadelphia. Of course, all of Freeman’s cons and schemes were simply a prelude to February 18, 1937, the day he was arrested by the LAPD outside of Mae West’s apartment in Hollywood. The charge? Grand larceny—for cheating Adolf Hitler and the Nazi government. In the capstone of his slippery career, Freeman had promised to ship thirty-five tons of embargoed Canadian nickel to the Führer; when the cargo arrived, the Germans found only huge, useless quantities of scrap metal and tin. It was a blow to their economy and war preparations—and Hitler did not take the bait-and-switch lightly. Told with cinematic verve and hilarious perspective, Hustling Hitler is Shapiro’s incredible investigation into the man behind the myth. By reconstructing his great-uncle’s remarkable career, Shapiro has transformed Freeman Bernstein from a barely there footnote in history to the larger-than-life, eternal hustler who forever changed it. From the Hardcover edition.
Entries from the diaries of high school senior Taylor Black, augmented by narrative by her father, Tim Black, detail how she coped as a brain cancer patient and grew as a person through her illness.
From Hartford to Ho Chi Minh City, from Cairo to Copenhagen, Bangalore is known as a brand. But the idea of Bangalore extends beyond its wealth of software programming and BPO services. The city may now be a whiz kid of the world, but behind it looms the shadow of a brooding senior citizen who grew up amidst tree-lined avenues, conversations over 'by-two' coffee, and a passion for art as much as science and technology.

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