Without Merit Book
Score: 3.5
From 7 Ratings

Without Merit


  • Author : Colleen Hoover
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2017-10-03
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 9781501170638

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Without Merit Excerpt :

From Colleen Hoover, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of It Ends With Us, comes a moving and haunting novel of family, love, and the power of the truth. Not every mistake deserves a consequence. Sometimes the only thing it deserves is forgiveness. The Voss family is anything but normal. They live in a repurposed church, newly baptized Dollar Voss. The once cancer-stricken mother lives in the basement, the father is married to the mother’s former nurse, the little half-brother isn’t allowed to do or eat anything fun, and the eldest siblings are irritatingly perfect. Then, there’s Merit. Merit Voss collects trophies she hasn’t earned and secrets her family forces her to keep. While browsing the local antiques shop for her next trophy, she finds Sagan. His wit and unapologetic idealism disarm and spark renewed life into her—until she discovers that he’s completely unavailable. Merit retreats deeper into herself, watching her family from the sidelines, when she learns a secret that no trophy in the world can fix. Fed up with the lies, Merit decides to shatter the happy family illusion that she’s never been a part of before leaving them behind for good. When her escape plan fails, Merit is forced to deal with the staggering consequences of telling the truth and losing the one boy she loves. Poignant and powerful, Without Merit explores the layers of lies that tie a family together and the power of love and truth.

Without Merit Book
Score: 3.5
From 7 Ratings

Without Merit


  • Author : Colleen Hoover
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2017-10-03
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 9781471171888

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Without Merit Excerpt :

From the No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of It Ends With Us and November 9 comes a moving and haunting novel of family, love, and the power of the truth. 'Not every mistake deserves a consequence. Sometimes the only thing it deserves is forgiveness.' The Voss family is anything but normal. They live in a repurposed church, newly baptized Dollar Voss. The once cancer-stricken mother lives in the basement, the father is married to the mother’s former nurse, the little half-brother isn’t allowed to do or eat anything fun, and the eldest siblings are irritatingly perfect. Then, there’s Merit. Merit Voss collects trophies she hasn’t earned and secrets her family forces her to keep. While browsing the local antiques shop for her next trophy, she finds Sagan. His wit and unapologetic idealism disarm and spark renewed life into her - until she discovers that he’s completely unavailable. Merit retreats deeper into herself, watching her family from the sidelines, when she learns a secret that no trophy in the world can fix. Fed up with the lies, Merit decides to shatter the happy family illusion that she’s never been a part of before leaving them behind for good. When her escape plan fails, Merit is forced to deal with the staggering consequences of telling the truth and losing the one boy she loves. Poignant and powerful, Without Merit explores the layers of lies that tie a family together and the power of love and truth. 'Emotionally wrenching and utterly original, Without Merit’s characters stayed with me long after I finished' Sara Shepard, New York Times bestselling author of Pretty Little Liars

Without Merit Book
Score: 3.5
From 7 Ratings

Without Merit


  • Author : Colleen Hoover
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2017-10-03
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 9781925640663

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Without Merit Excerpt :

A moving and haunting story of family, love and the power of truth, from the bestselling author of It Ends With Us. ‘Not every mistake deserves a consequence. Sometimes the only thing it deserves is forgiveness.’ The Voss family is anything but normal. They live in a repurposed church, the once cancer-stricken mother lives in the basement, the father is married to the mother’s former nurse, and the eldest siblings are irritatingly perfect. Then there’s Merit. Merit Voss collects trophies she hasn’t earned and secrets her family forces her to keep. Then she meets Sagan. His wit and unapologetic idealism disarm and spark renewed life into her – until she discovers that he’s completely unavailable. Merit retreats deeper into herself, watching her family from the sidelines, when she learns a secret that no trophy in the world can fix. Merit decides to shatter the happy family illusion that she’s never been a part of before leaving them behind for good. When her escape plan fails, Merit is forced to deal with the staggering consequences of telling the truth and losing the one boy she loves. Poignant and powerful, Without Merit explores the layers of lies that tie a family together and the power of love and truth. Praise for Without Merit 'Emotionally wrenching and utterly original, Without Merit's characters stayed with me long after I finished.' Sara Shepard, New York Times Bestselling author of Pretty Little Liars 'Hoover does an excellent job of revealing the subtle differences between healthy teenage rebellion and clinical depression… This quirky, complex, and frustrating heroine will win hearts and challenge assumptions about family dysfunction and mental illness in a life-affirming story that redefines what's normal.' Kirkus (starred review) ‘Hoover joins the ranks of such luminaries as Jennifer Weiner and Jojo Moyes, with a dash of Gillian Flynn.’ Library Journal (starred review)

The Tyranny of Merit Book
Score: 4
From 4 Ratings

The Tyranny of Merit


  • Author : Michael J. Sandel
  • Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Release Date : 2020-09-15
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9780374720995

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A Times Literary Supplement’s Book of the Year 2020 A New Statesman's Best Book of 2020 A Bloomberg's Best Book of 2020 A Guardian Best Book About Ideas of 2020 The world-renowned philosopher and author of the bestselling Justice explores the central question of our time: What has become of the common good? These are dangerous times for democracy. We live in an age of winners and losers, where the odds are stacked in favor of the already fortunate. Stalled social mobility and entrenched inequality give the lie to the American credo that "you can make it if you try". The consequence is a brew of anger and frustration that has fueled populist protest and extreme polarization, and led to deep distrust of both government and our fellow citizens--leaving us morally unprepared to face the profound challenges of our time. World-renowned philosopher Michael J. Sandel argues that to overcome the crises that are upending our world, we must rethink the attitudes toward success and failure that have accompanied globalization and rising inequality. Sandel shows the hubris a meritocracy generates among the winners and the harsh judgement it imposes on those left behind, and traces the dire consequences across a wide swath of American life. He offers an alternative way of thinking about success--more attentive to the role of luck in human affairs, more conducive to an ethic of humility and solidarity, and more affirming of the dignity of work. The Tyranny of Merit points us toward a hopeful vision of a new politics of the common good.

Climate Chaos Book

Climate Chaos


  • Author : Ana Isla
  • Publisher : Inanna Publications & Education
  • Release Date : 2018-11-15
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 300
  • ISBN 10 : 1771335939

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Climate Chaos Excerpt :

Literary Nonfiction. Women's Studies. Environmental Studies. Today's social and ecological crises, which threaten the preservation of life on our planet, require our attention to understand the dynamics of patriarchy and capitalism, as well as to unmask "answers" or false solutions that obscure, perpetuate, and even worsen the current situation. Ecofeminists have critically examined several of the underlying assumptions of the capitalist-patriarchal conceptual framework, such as the promotion of the destructive transformation of nature, hierarchical thinking, the encouragement of dualism, the enforcement of the logic of domination over life, even the hatred for life itself, and speciecism. Yet ecofeminism's attempts to call attention to and stop the destruction of the planet have not yet been able to tackle the growing problem of climate change, which is threatening not only life on earth, but the earth and all her "living systems." Climate change and extreme weather are exacerbating existing social inequalities and political conflicts globally. Climate justice is the starting point from which we can begin to build the kind of local and international solidarity that is needed to address climate change and transform the socio-economic hierarchies that caused it. This volume re-examines existing analyses from this new and much broader point of view in theory and practise, and points to the need for a new concept of nature and the earth as a living being, a cosmic being, so that it is the life of the earth herself that today must be protected.

Social Queue Book

Social Queue


  • Author : Kay Kerr
  • Publisher : Text Publishing
  • Release Date : 2021-09-28
  • Genre: Young Adult Fiction
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9781922459299

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Social Queue Excerpt :

A funny and insightful novel about an autistic teen who realises she's been missing all the signs when it comes to her romantic life.

The Meritocracy Trap Book
Score: 3.5
From 3 Ratings

The Meritocracy Trap


  • Author : Daniel Markovits
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2019-09-10
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 448
  • ISBN 10 : 9780735222007

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The Meritocracy Trap Excerpt :

A revolutionary new argument from eminent Yale Law professor Daniel Markovits attacking the false promise of meritocracy It is an axiom of American life that advantage should be earned through ability and effort. Even as the country divides itself at every turn, the meritocratic ideal – that social and economic rewards should follow achievement rather than breeding – reigns supreme. Both Democrats and Republicans insistently repeat meritocratic notions. Meritocracy cuts to the heart of who we are. It sustains the American dream. But what if, both up and down the social ladder, meritocracy is a sham? Today, meritocracy has become exactly what it was conceived to resist: a mechanism for the concentration and dynastic transmission of wealth and privilege across generations. Upward mobility has become a fantasy, and the embattled middle classes are now more likely to sink into the working poor than to rise into the professional elite. At the same time, meritocracy now ensnares even those who manage to claw their way to the top, requiring rich adults to work with crushing intensity, exploiting their expensive educations in order to extract a return. All this is not the result of deviations or retreats from meritocracy but rather stems directly from meritocracy’s successes. This is the radical argument that Daniel Markovits prosecutes with rare force. Markovits is well placed to expose the sham of meritocracy. Having spent his life at elite universities, he knows from the inside the corrosive system we are trapped within. Markovits also knows that, if we understand that meritocratic inequality produces near-universal harm, we can cure it. When The Meritocracy Trap reveals the inner workings of the meritocratic machine, it also illuminates the first steps outward, towards a new world that might once again afford dignity and prosperity to the American people.

My Calamity Jane Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

My Calamity Jane


  • Author : Cynthia Hand
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Release Date : 2020-06-02
  • Genre: Young Adult Fiction
  • Pages : 560
  • ISBN 10 : 9780062652836

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My Calamity Jane Excerpt :

Hold on to your hats: The authors who brought you the New York Times bestseller My Plain Jane, which Booklist praised as “delightfully deadpan” (starred review) and Publishers Weekly called “a clever, romantic farce” (starred review), are back with another irreverent historical adventure. Welcome to 1876 America, a place bursting with gunslingers, outlaws, and garou—better known as werewolves. And where there are garou, there’re hunters: the one and only Calamity Jane, to be precise, along with her fellow stars of Wild Bill’s Traveling Show, Annie Oakley and Frank “the Pistol Prince” Butler. After a garou hunt goes south and Jane finds a suspicious-like bite on her arm, she turns tail for Deadwood, where there’s talk of a garou cure. But rumors can be deceiving—meaning the gang better hightail it after her before they’re a day late and a Jane short. In this perfect next read for fans of A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, bestselling authors Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, and Brodi Ashton bring their signature spark to the side-splittin’, whopper-filled (but actually kind of factual?) tale of Calamity Jane.

Maybe Not Book
Score: 4
From 7 Ratings

Maybe Not


  • Author : Colleen Hoover
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2015-12-22
  • Genre: FICTION
  • Pages : 160
  • ISBN 10 : 9781501125713

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Maybe Not Excerpt :

When Warren becomes roommates with cold and calculating Bridgette, tempers flare, but Warren is intent on turning her passionate antagonism into passionate love.

The British Knight Book

The British Knight


  • Author : Louise Bay
  • Publisher : Louise Bay
  • Release Date : 2022-05-23
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 9781910747506

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The British Knight Excerpt :

When I'm offered the chance to leave New York to live in London for three months, I can't pack my suitcase fast enough. As soon as I touch down I'm obsessing over red telephone boxes, palaces and all the black cabs. But my favorite place is the tube. It's wall-to-wall hot British men in suits. When I'm offered a temporary job working for a barrister, I say, sign me up. On my first commute into work, it's a total accident when I lose my balance and fall against the most handsome Brit alive. He's as charming as James Bond and as suave as Mr. Darcy. I want to lick tea from his hard abs and listen to his accent all night long. Turns out Mr. Handsome is my new boss. And his attitude isn't as hot as his gorgeous face, broad shoulders and tight ass. He's brooding, short-tempered and the most arrogant man I've ever met. As we're fighting, out of nowhere he kisses me. And I'm pretty sure I see fireworks over Big Ben and hear God Save the Queen. I wasn't looking for the fairytale but I might have found my knight in shining armor. The problem is he lives an ocean away. A stand-alone, contemporary romance. What others are saying about Louise Bay: “A fabulous, smouldering love story” Katy Evans, NYT bestselling author "Insanely hot passion, and deliciously naughty and sweet characters. I devoured every page!" -New York Times Bestselling Author Lisa Renee Jones "Delivers both swoon-worthy and wickedly seductive moments that will have you desperate for more." -New York Times Bestselling Author Lisa Renee Jones “This book is deliciously HOT. I loved reading it.” Layla Hagen, USA Today bestselling Author "Off the charts sexual tension and chemistry...I ravished every page!" -Audrey Carlan, #1 NYT Bestselling Author “A swoony hero with a British accent and a heroine you will root for. Don’t miss this!” Jana Aston, NYT Bestselling Author "Hot sex, great banter, a cocky British boss and one of my favorite heroines to date. This book is a must-read and one of my favorite r

Too Late Book

Too Late


  • Author : C. Hoover
  • Publisher : Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Release Date : 2016-11-19
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 394
  • ISBN 10 : 1540324168

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Too Late Excerpt :

Sloan will go through hell and back for those she loves. And she does, every single day. After finding herself stuck in a relationship with the dangerous and morally corrupt Asa Jackson, Sloan will do whatever it takes to get by until she's able to find a way out. Nothing will get in her way. Nothing except Carter. Sloan is the best thing to ever happen to Asa. And if you ask Asa, he'd say he's the best thing to ever happen to Sloan. Despite Sloan's disapproval of Asa's sinister lifestyle, he does exactly what he needs to do in order to stay a step ahead in his business. He also does exactly what he needs to do in order to stay a step ahead of Sloan. Nothing will get in his way. Nothing except Carter. Recommended for readers 18+ due to scenes of graphic violence, including rape, murder and other sensitive issues.

Getting to Yes Book
Score: 4
From 73 Ratings

Getting to Yes


  • Author : Roger Fisher
  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Release Date : 1991
  • Genre: Business & Economics
  • Pages : 200
  • ISBN 10 : 0395631246

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Getting to Yes Excerpt :

Describes a method of negotiation that isolates problems, focuses on interests, creates new options, and uses objective criteria to help two parties reach an agreement

Maybe Someday Book
Score: 4.5
From 21 Ratings

Maybe Someday


  • Author : Colleen Hoover
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2014-03-18
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 370
  • ISBN 10 : 9781476753164

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Maybe Someday Excerpt :

When she discovers that her boyfriend is cheating on her, Sydney, a 22-year-old college student, must decide what to do next, especially when she becomes captivated by her mysterious neighbor Ridge. Original.

Merit  Meaning  and Human Bondage Book
Score: 1
From 1 Ratings

Merit Meaning and Human Bondage


  • Author : Nomy Arpaly
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release Date : 2009-08-15
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 160
  • ISBN 10 : 9781400824502

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Merit Meaning and Human Bondage Excerpt :

Perhaps everything we think, feel, and do is determined, and humans--like stones or clouds--are slaves to the laws of nature. Would that be a terrible state? Philosophers who take the incompatibilist position think so, arguing that a deterministic world would be one without moral responsibility and perhaps without true love, meaningful art, and real rationality. But compatibilists and semicompatibilists argue that determinism need not worry us. As long as our actions stem, in an appropriate way, from us, or respond in some way to reasons, our actions are meaningful and can be judged on their moral (or other) merit. In this highly original work, Nomy Arpaly argues that a deterministic world does not preclude moral responsibility, rationality, and love--in short, meaningful lives--but that there would still be something lamentable about a deterministic world. A person may respond well to reasons, and her actions may faithfully reflect her true self or values, but she may still feel that she is not free. Arpaly argues that compatibilists and semicompatibilists are wrong to dismiss this feeling--for which there are no philosophical consolations--as philosophically irrelevant. On the way to this bittersweet conclusion, Arpaly sets forth surprising theories about acting for reasons, the widely accepted idea that "ought implies can," moral blame, and more.

All Your Perfects Book
Score: 4
From 11 Ratings

All Your Perfects


  • Author : Colleen Hoover
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2018-07-17
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781501171604

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All Your Perfects Excerpt :

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The #1 New York Times bestselling author of It Ends with Us—whose writing is “emotionally wrenching and utterly original” (Sara Shepard, New York Times bestselling author of the Pretty Little Liars series)—delivers a tour de force novel about a troubled marriage and the one old forgotten promise that might be able to save it. Quinn and Graham’s perfect love is threatened by their imperfect marriage. The memories, mistakes, and secrets that they have built up over the years are now tearing them apart. The one thing that could save them might also be the very thing that pushes their marriage beyond the point of repair. All Your Perfects is a profound novel about a damaged couple whose potential future hinges on promises made in the past. This is a heartbreaking page-turner that asks: Can a resounding love with a perfect beginning survive a lifetime between two imperfect people?