The New Better Off Book

The New Better Off


  • Author : Courtney E. Martin
  • Publisher : Seal Press
  • Release Date : 2016-10-04
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781580055802

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The New Better Off Excerpt :

Are we living the good life—and what defines 'good', anyway? Americans today are constructing a completely different framework for success than their parents' generation, using new metrics that TEDWomen speaker and columnist Courtney Martin has termed collectively the "New Better Off". The New Better Off puts a name to the American phenomenon of rejecting the traditional dream of a 9-to-5 job, home ownership, and a nuclear family structure—illuminating the alternate ways Americans are seeking happiness and success. Including commentary on recent changes in how we view work, customs and community, marriage, rituals, money, living arrangements, and spirituality, The New Better Off uses personal stories and social analysis to explore the trends shaping our country today. Martin covers growing topics such as freelancing, collaborative consumption, communal living, and the breaking down of gender roles. The New Better Off is about the creative choices individuals are making in their vocational and personal lives, but it’s also about the movements, formal and informal, that are coalescing around the New Better Off idea—people who are reinventing the social safety net and figuring out how to truly better their own communities.

Better Off Dead Book
Score: 2.5
From 21 Ratings

Better Off Dead


  • Author : Lee Child
  • Publisher : Bantam
  • Release Date : 2021-10-26
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 9781984818515

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Better Off Dead Excerpt :

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • THE BLOCKBUSTER JACK REACHER SERIES THAT INSPIRED TWO MAJOR MOTION PICTURES AND THE STREAMING SERIES REACHER Digging graves had not been part of my plans when I woke up that morning. Reacher goes where he wants, when he wants. That morning he was heading west, walking under the merciless desert sun—until he comes upon a curious scene. A Jeep has crashed into the only tree for miles around. A woman is slumped over the wheel. Dead? No, nothing is what it seems. The woman is Michaela Fenton, an army veteran turned FBI agent trying to find her twin brother, who might be mixed up with some dangerous people. Most of them would rather die than betray their terrifying leader, who has burrowed his influence deep into the nearby border town, a backwater that has seen better days. The mysterious Dendoncker rules from the shadows, out of sight and under the radar, keeping his dealings in the dark. He would know the fate of Fenton’s brother. Reacher is good at finding people who don’t want to be found, so he offers to help, despite feeling that Fenton is keeping secrets of her own. But a life hangs in the balance. Maybe more than one. But to bring Dendoncker down will be the riskiest job of Reacher's life. Failure is not an option, because in this kind of game, the loser is always better off dead.

Better Off Without  Em Book
Score: 3.5
From 7 Ratings

Better Off Without Em


  • Author : Chuck Thompson
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2013-07-16
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 312
  • ISBN 10 : 9781451616668

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Better Off Without Em Excerpt :

Describes the author's road trip investigation into the cultural divide of the United States during which he met possum-hunting conservatives and prayer warriors before concluding that both sides might benefit if the South seceded.

Better Off Undead Book
Score: 4.5
From 10 Ratings

Better Off Undead


  • Author : DD Barant
  • Publisher : St. Martin's Paperbacks
  • Release Date : 2011-10-04
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9781429995726

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Better Off Undead Excerpt :

Dark magic, unknown enemies, monsters of every stripe—FBI profiler Jace Valchek has seen it all. In this bizarre parallel universe, shape-shifting werewolves and blood-thirsty vampires don't even warrant a raised eyebrow. That is, until Jace has to face what life might look like as one of them ... It starts off as just another run-of-the-mill assignment: to track down the rogue don of a mafia werewolf family before he upsets the delicate balance of the underworld. But Jace wasn't counting on being bitten...and soon she's fighting the growing wolf inside her with a startling antidote—vampirism. Stopping a bloody gangland war won't be easy when Jace is feeling some new, and very inhuman, desires ... In Better Off Undead, Book 4 in The Bloodhound Files, DD Barant takes Jace farther than ever before ... and the result is "A stellar addition to an already outstanding series" (RT Book Reviews).

Do It Anyway Book
Score: 3.5
From 9 Ratings

Do It Anyway


  • Author : Courtney E. Martin
  • Publisher : Beacon Press
  • Release Date : 2010-10-13
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 9780807000489

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Do It Anyway Excerpt :

If you care about social change but hate feel-good platitudes, Do It Anyway is the book for you. Courtney Martin’s rich profiles of the new generation of activists dig deep, to ask the questions that really matter: How do you create a meaningful life? Can one person even begin to make a difference in our hugely complex, globalized world?

Better Off Guilty Book

Better Off Guilty


  • Author : Lindsey Lamar
  • Publisher : WordCrafts Press
  • Release Date : 2021-04-14
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 250
  • ISBN 10 : 978186723xxxx

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Better Off Guilty Excerpt :

Abril Hart wants nothing more than to live a peaceful life with her family in Chicago. Unfortunately, Abril's father's family business gives her no room to do so. As a career arsonist, Abril decides she may never win her peace. Abril has no choice, but to lead the double life she's afraid of in order to provide for her family. Max Adara returns to the private investigation force after losing years to a tragedy with domino-effect consequence and memories of abandonment. Max's only chance to keep her fractured family afloat is to solve her cousin's arson-murder case. But as strange accidents start befalling the investigation, Max senses that she might have been cast a character in an insidious plot that puts her life in danger. To solve the case ahead of her, Max must fight to distinguish between reality and hoax, knowing that if she can't, someone else will die too.

Better Off Read Book
Score: 3.5
From 8 Ratings

Better Off Read


  • Author : Nora Page
  • Publisher : Crooked Lane Books
  • Release Date : 2018-05-08
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9781683316442

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Better Off Read Excerpt :

When her best hope of saving her storm-damaged library is found murdered, senior librarian Cleo Watkins hits the road in her bookmobile in search of justice. Septuagenarian librarian Cleo Watkins won’t be shushed when an upstart young mayor threatens to permanently shelve her tiny town’s storm-damaged library. She takes to her bookmobile, Words on Wheels, to collect allies and rally library support throughout Catalpa Springs, Georgia. However, Cleo soon rolls into trouble. A major benefactor known for his eccentric DIY projects requests all available books on getting away with murder. He’s no Georgia peach, and Cleo wonders if she should worry about his plans. She knows she should when she discovers him bludgeoned and evidence points to her best friend, Mary-Rose Garland. Sure of Mary-Rose’s innocence, Cleo applies her librarian’s sleuthing skills to the case, assisted by friends, family, and the dapper antiquarian bookseller everyone keeps calling her boyfriend. Evidence stacks up, but a killer is overdue to strike again. With lives and her library on the line, Cleo must shift into high gear to close the book on murder in Better Off Read, the charming Bookmobile series debut by Nora Page.

Better Off Book
Score: 3.5
From 15 Ratings

Better Off


  • Author : Eric Brende
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2009-10-13
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9780061738999

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Better Off Excerpt :

What happens when a graduate of MIT, the bastion of technological advancement, and his bride move to a community so primitive in its technology that even Amish groups consider it antiquated? Eric Brende conceives a real-life experiment: to see if, in fact, all our cell phones, wide-screen TVs, and SUVs have made life easier and better -- or whether life would be preferable without them. By turns, the query narrows down to a single question: What is the least we need to achieve the most? With this in mind, the Brendes ditch their car, electric stove, refrigerator, running water, and everything else motorized or "hooked to the grid" and begin an eighteen-month trial run -- one that dramatically changes the way they live, and proves entertaining and surprising to readers. Better OFF is a smart, often comedic, and always riveting book that also mingles scientific analysis with the human story, demonstrating how a world free of technological excess can shrink stress -- and waistlines -- and expand happiness, health, and leisure. Our notion that technophobes are backward gets turned on its head as the Brendes realize that the crucial technological decisions of their adopted Minimite community are made more soberly and deliberately than in the surrounding culture, and the result is greater -- not lesser -- mastery over the conditions of human existence.

Better Off Wed Book
Score: 3.5
From 3 Ratings

Better Off Wed


  • Author : Susanna Craig
  • Publisher : Lyrical Press
  • Release Date : 2021-12-28
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 9781516110612

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Better Off Wed Excerpt :

A PopSugar Best New Book of December She’s an avenging angel…who tempts him like the devil… If Miss Laura Hopkins desired a husband, her beauty, brains, and fortune would make it easy to acquire one. Instead, Laura prefers to put her charms to another purpose entirely. Using the alias Lady Sterling, Laura helps young women who have been mistreated or compromised by their employers. Some might see it as theft and blackmail. For Laura, it is a small measure of justice. But while in pursuit of her latest target, Laura is unexpectedly aided by a gentleman who announces that he is Lord Sterling. As a spy for the Crown, Captain Jeremy Addison, Viscount Sterling, has been assigned all manner of dangerous missions, though none as complicated as investigating the beguiling Lady Sterling. Forced to pose as newlyweds at the home of a disreputable earl, Laura and Jeremy forge an unexpected alliance…and a passionate connection. But can such a dangerous masquerade possibly lead to a real, lasting love? PRAISE FOR WHO’S THAT EARL “Craig delights with a fast-paced, intrigue-filled plot and expertly developed characters. Regency fans will eagerly anticipate future installments.” —Publishers Weekly, STARRED review

Better Off Without Him Book
Score: 4
From 4 Ratings

Better Off Without Him


  • Author : Dee Ernst
  • Publisher : Montlake Romance
  • Release Date : 2013-09-24
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 339
  • ISBN 10 : 1477809570

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Better Off Without Him Excerpt :

"When bestselling romance novelist Mona Berman's husband announces that he's leaving her for Dominique, a French woman younger, thinner, and blonde, her life is turned upside down. Luckily, Mona has her two best friends to keep the good advice coming and the stiff martinis flowing. Adding to the fun are her three spirited teenage daughters; her faithful and fabulous assistant, Anthony; Ben, the world's sexiest plumber; and her crazy Aunt Lily, who moves in the day Mona's husband moves out. Mona and her girls head to the Jersey Shore for the summer, and they're in for a post-divorce adventure as juicy as one of Mona's novels. Will life imitate art and give Mona a second chance at a happy ending?"--Back cover.

Mama Might Be Better Off Dead Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

Mama Might Be Better Off Dead


  • Author : Laurie Kaye Abraham
  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Release Date : 2019-05-10
  • Genre: Medical
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9780226623849

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Mama Might Be Better Off Dead Excerpt :

North Lawndale, a neighborhood that lies in the shadows of Chicago’s Loop, is surrounded by some of the city’s finest medical facilities, Yet, it is one of the sickest, most medically underserved communities in the country. Mama Might Be Better Off Dead immerses readers in the lives of four generations of a poor, African-American family in the neighborhood, who are beset with the devastating illnesses that are all too common in America’s inner-cities. Headed by Jackie Banes, who oversees the care of a diabetic grandmother, a husband on kidney dialysis, an ailing father, and three children, the Banes family contends with countless medical crises. From visits to emergency rooms and dialysis units, to trials with home care, to struggles for Medicaid eligibility, Laurie Kaye Abraham chronicles their access—or more often, lack thereof—to medical care. Told sympathetically but without sentimentality, their story reveals an inadequate health care system that is further undermined by the direct and indirect effects of poverty. Both disturbing and illuminating, Mama Might Be Better Off Dead is an unsettling, profound look at the human face of health care in America. Published to great acclaim in 1993, the book in this new edition includes an incisive foreword by David Ansell, a physician who worked at Mt. Sinai Hospital, where much of the Banes family’s narrative unfolds.

Better Off Red Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

Better Off Red


  • Author : Rebekah Weatherspoon
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2011
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 1602825742

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Better Off Red Excerpt :

Every sorority has its secrets... And college freshman Ginger Carmichael couldn't care less. She has more important things on her mind, like maintaining her perfect GPA. No matter how much she can't stand the idea of the cliques and the matching colors, there's something about the girls of Alpha Beta Omega—their beauty, confidence, and unapologetic sexuality—that draws Ginger in. But once initiation begins, Ginger finds that her pledge is more than a bond of sisterhood, it’s a lifelong pact to serve six bloodthirsty demons with a lot more than nutritional needs. Despite her fears, Ginger falls hard for the immortal queen of this nest, and as the semester draws to a close, she sees that protecting her family from the secret of her forbidden love is much harder than studying for finals.

The Sentinel Book
Score: 3.5
From 22 Ratings

The Sentinel


  • Author : Lee Child
  • Publisher : Dell
  • Release Date : 2021-04-27
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 464
  • ISBN 10 : 9781984818485

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The Sentinel Excerpt :

"It is close to midnight on a Saturday night when Jack Reacher gets off a bus at the Greyhound station in Nashville. Reacher is in no hurry. He has no appointments to keep. No people to see. No scores to settle. Not yet anyway. But in the early morning hours, under particular circumstances, a familiar thought will be snaking through his sharp, instinctual lizard brain: A voice in his head telling him to walk away. Of course, this wouldn't be the first time he listened to his gut instead. Meanwhile, seventy-five miles south and west of Music City is a sleepy little town where a recently-fired guy nurses a grudge that will fester into fury--and a desire for payback. But who is watching him, standing guard over a long-buried secret, ready to strike before it can be revealed? If you don't have a sense of the danger you're in, then it's best to have Reacher"--

Better Off Undead Book

Better Off Undead


  • Author : James Preller
  • Publisher : Feiwel & Friends
  • Release Date : 2017-10-31
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9781250066497

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Better Off Undead Excerpt :

After becoming undead, a boy tries to survive middle school. Adrian Lazarus has met with a curious fate. He’s returned from the dead (after a bad bike accident, no helmet), yet not a lot has changed. He’s always been an outcast. But it’s not just being a zombie that makes Adrian feel different. He notices the world has changed, too: bees are vanishing, forest fires are burning, super-flus are spreading. The holographic advertisements in the night sky assure people that all is well. Adrian and his friends – a beekeeping boy, a mysterious new girl, and a seventh-grade sleuth – aren’t so sure. When they discover a birdlike drone has been spying on Adrian, the clues lead to two powerful corporate moguls. What do they really want? James Preller brings his singular humor to Better Off Undead, a middle-grade zombie story that's about fitting in as much as it's about the end of the world. This title has Common Core connections.

Take Off Your Pants  Book

Take Off Your Pants


  • Author : Libbie Hawker
  • Publisher : Running Rabbit Press
  • Release Date : 2015-03-10
  • Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 978186723xxxx

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Take Off Your Pants Excerpt :

When it comes to writing books, are you a “plotter” or a “pantser?” Is one method really better than the other? In this instructional ebook, author Libbie Hawker explains the benefits and technique of planning a story before you begin to write. She’ll show you how to develop a foolproof character arc and plot, how to pace any book for a can’t-put-down reading experience, and how to ensure that your stories are complete and satisfying without wasting time or words. Hawker’s outlining technique works no matter what genre you write, and no matter the age of your audience. If you want to improve your writing speed, increase your backlist, and ensure a quality book before you even write the first word, this is the how-to book for you. Take off your pants! It’s time to start outlining.