Better Off

Better Off Author Eric Brende
ISBN-10 9780061738999
Release 2009-10-13
Pages 272
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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 Dead

Better Off Dead Author Deborah Christie
ISBN-10 9780823234462
Release 2011
Pages 296
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What has the zombie metaphor meant in the past? Why does it continue to be, so prevalent in our culture? This collection seeks to provide an archaeology of the zombietracing its lineage from Haiti, mapping its various cultural transformations, and suggesting the post-humanist direction in which the zombie is ultimately heading.



Mama Might Be Better Off Dead

Mama Might Be Better Off Dead Author Laurie Kaye Abraham
ISBN-10 9780226019390
Release 2012-03-28
Pages 297
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Mama Might Be Better Off Dead is an unsettling, profound look at the human face of health care. Both disturbing and illuminating, it immerses readers in the lives of four generations of a poor, African-American family beset with the devastating illnesses that are all too common in America's inner-cities. The story takes place in North Lawndale, a neighborhood that lies in the shadows of Chicago's Loop. Although surrounded by some of the city's finest medical facilities, North Lawndale is one of the sickest, most medically underserved communities in the country. 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, Abraham chronicles their access (or lack of access) 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. When people are poor, they become sick easily. When people are sick, their families quickly become poorer. Embedded in the family narrative is a lucid analysis of the gaps, inconsistencies, and inequalities the poor face when they seek health care. This book reveals what health care policies crafted in Washington, D. C. or state capitals look like when they hit the street. It shows how Medicaid and Medicare work and don't work, the Catch-22s of hospital financing in the inner city, the racial politics of organ transplants, the failure of childhood immunization programs, the vexed issues of individual responsibility and institutional paternalism. One observer puts it this way: "Show me the poor woman who finds a way to get everything she's entitled to in the system, and I'll show you a woman who could run General Motors." Abraham deftly weaves these themes together to make a persuasive case for health care reform while unflinchingly presenting the complexities that will make true reform as difficult as it is necessary. Mama Might Be Better Off Dead is a book with the power to change the way health care is understood in America. For those seeking to learn what our current system of health care promises and what it delivers, it offers a place for the debate to begin.



The New Better Off

The New Better Off Author Courtney E. Martin
ISBN-10 9781580055802
Release 2016-10-04
Pages 320
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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 Friends

Better Off Friends Author Elizabeth Eulberg
ISBN-10 0545872111
Release 2015-12-01
Pages 288
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Can guys and girls ever really be just friends? Find out in Elizabeth Eulberg's romantic comedy, now in paperback! For Macallan and Levi, it was friends at first sight. Everyone says guys and girls can't be just friends, but these two are. They hang out after school, share tons of inside jokes, their families are super close, and Levi even starts dating one of Mac's friends. They are platonic and happy that way. Eventually they realize they're best friends -- which wouldn't be so bad if they didn't keep getting in each other's way. Guys won't ask Mac out because they think she's with Levi, and Levi spends too much time joking around with Mac, and maybe not enough time with his date. They can't help but wonder . . . are they more than friends or are they better off without making it even more complicated? From romantic comedy superstar Elizabeth Eulberg comes a fresh, fun examination of a question for the ages: Can guys and girls ever really be just friends? Or are they always one fight away from not speaking again -- and one kiss away from true love?



Better Off Alone

Better Off Alone Author Yolanda Sfetsos
ISBN-10 9781615720514
Release 2009-12-01
Pages 34
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I'm coming 4U Nell has been forced to leave the safety of her basement. As the dead chase her along the familiar streets of her suburb, she stumbles on a group of survivors who offer her shelter. But all she's concerned about is finding her way to Todd, the only person who's helped keep her sanity. She intends to ask this group of survivors to help her save Todd from his predicament but changes her mind when she spies the sick and twisted way they ensure their safe existence.



Better Off Undead

Better Off Undead Author DD Barant
ISBN-10 9781429995726
Release 2011-10-04
Pages 336
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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).



Better Off Thread

Better Off Thread Author Amanda Lee
ISBN-10 9780698186521
Release 2016-12-06
Pages 304
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Santa finds himself in a stitch of trouble in the tenth in the series from the national bestselling author of The Stitching Hour... Marcy is busy helping her customers make hand-crafted ornaments at her embroidery shop, the Seven-Year Stitch. But despite the yuletide bustle, when her friend Captain Moe asks for her help, she can’t refuse—especially when the favor is to play the elf to his Santa for sick children at a local hospital. Despite the ridiculous outfit, Marcy finds herself enjoying spreading cheer—until the hospital’s administrator is found murdered. Although the deceased had plenty of people willing to fill her stocking with coal, evidence pins the crime on Moe. Now it’s up to Marcy, with the help of her police officer boyfriend Ted and her Irish Wolfhound Angus, to stitch together the clues to clear Moe’s name—before someone else winds up crossed off Santa’s list for good...



Better off out

Better off out Author Brian Hindley
ISBN-10 STANFORD:36105111589110
Release 2001
Pages 129
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Analysis of the costs and benefits of EU membership for Britain - brings up to date the estimates made in the first edition of 1966, and shows that subsequent studies have independently confirmed that the net economic effect of EU membership is close to zero. It does not argue for Britain's withdrawal, but does say withdrawal should "not be dismissed as a practical option for the nation, if membership imposes conditions that the country finds onerous".



Better Off Dead

Better Off Dead Author Meryl Sawyer
ISBN-10 9781460363799
Release 2014-11-15
Pages 384
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She'd better run… Devon's used to a life on the run—when she entered the Witness Protection program, she had to give up her friends, her family…even her name. But now someone's cracked her FBI file and sent a hired killer after her, and Devon can't count on the Feds to protect her. She'd better hide… Now Devon's fighting to stay one step ahead of the crime lord who's after her, but she can't do it alone. Her neighbor, a security expert, is willing to help her…but is he her guardian angel, or working with the assassins chasing her? Devon has to decide, and soon… Because someone thinks she'd be better off dead.



Better Off Dead

Better Off Dead Author John Paul Carinci
ISBN-10 9781467817202
Release 2007-05
Pages 356
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Do you want to improve your Communication Skills and Enhance Productivity? You need to read this book, Words of Wisdom for the Work Place and Life in General. I have put together some basic Communication Techniques and a simple 10 step process to Improve Productivity. Also hundreds of Words of Wisdom you can use in your everyday vocabulary, dealing with the work place and life in general.The biggest challenge for todays manager is applying these basic skills.The new manager must be able to Plan, Organize, and Execute in surviving in this competitive world.



Better Off Famous

Better Off Famous Author Jane Mendle
ISBN-10 9781466856363
Release 2013-11-05
Pages 240
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Fame is awesome, right? Partying every night at the hottest clubs. Hanging with the coolest stars. Having your picture in every magazine. Yeah, that's what Annie Hoffman thought too. Until she became a celebrity. In Better Off Famous? by Jane Mendle, all Annie ever wanted for her sixteenth birthday was a driver's license and a spot at Julliard's prestigious high school violin program. Well, she got neither. But as luck would have it, a casting director for fall's hottest new television show happens to be at the Julliard auditions, and Annie wows him. He thinks her look is exactly what his show, a teen soap set at a posh New York school, has been missing. And just like that, Annie gets cast as the naive "new girl," and her life is turned upside down. Sure, the perks are great, the wardrobe is awesome, and her tutor is a super hot genius... but being stalked day and night by paparazzi out to catch her in her worst light---not so fun! Can Annie learn to balance her life-- and her partying-- before the press, and the public, write her off for good?



Better Off Forgetting

Better Off Forgetting Author Cheryl Avery
ISBN-10 9781442699861
Release 2010-09-04
Pages 240
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Throughout Canada, provincial, federal, and municipal archives exist to house the records we produce. Some conceive of these institutions as old and staid, suggesting that archives are somehow trapped in the past. But archives are more than resources for professional scholars and interested individuals. With an increasing emphasis on transparency in government and public institutions, archives have become essential tools for accountability. Better Off Forgetting? offers a reappraisal of archives and a look at the challenges they face in a time when issues of freedom of information, privacy, technology, and digitization are increasingly important. The contributors argue that archives are essential to contemporary debates about public policy and make a case for more status, funding, and influence within public bureaucracies. While stimulating debate about our rapidly changing information environment, Better Off Forgetting? focuses on the continuing role of archives in gathering and preserving our collective memory.



Better Off Wed

Better Off Wed Author Laura Durham
ISBN-10 0061978868
Release 2009-10-06
Pages 256
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The murder of a particularly difficult mother-of-the-bride has cast a pall on wedding planner Annabelle Archer's latest triumph -- and suspicion falls heavily on her sometime-business partner and friend Richard Gerard. Annabelle knows that even her trusted wedding emergency kit won't be able to salvage their careers if she and Richard can't find the real culprit. It's no easy task since the slain matron was perhaps the most hated socialite in D.C., but Annabelle navigates through the city's colorful wedding industry and powerful social scene on the deadly trail of a killer. Always the bridal consultant and never the bride, she's seen her fair share of bouquet tosses. But there's no telling what surprises a ruthless killer will throw her way if she gets too close.



Better Off Without Em

Better Off Without  Em Author Chuck Thompson
ISBN-10 9781451616668
Release 2013-07-16
Pages 312
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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.



The Case for Marriage

The Case for Marriage Author Linda Waite
ISBN-10 9780767910866
Release 2002-03-05
Pages 256
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A groundbreaking look at marriage, one of the most basic and universal of all human institutions, which reveals the emotional, physical, economic, and sexual benefits that marriage brings to individuals and society as a whole. The Case for Marriage is a critically important intervention in the national debate about the future of family. Based on the authoritative research of family sociologist Linda J. Waite, journalist Maggie Gallagher, and a number of other scholars, this book’s findings dramatically contradict the anti-marriage myths that have become the common sense of most Americans. Today a broad consensus holds that marriage is a bad deal for women, that divorce is better for children when parents are unhappy, and that marriage is essentially a private choice, not a public institution. Waite and Gallagher flatly contradict these assumptions, arguing instead that by a broad range of indices, marriage is actually better for you than being single or divorced– physically, materially, and spiritually. They contend that married people live longer, have better health, earn more money, accumulate more wealth, feel more fulfillment in their lives, enjoy more satisfying sexual relationships, and have happier and more successful children than those who remain single, cohabit, or get divorced. The Case for Marriage combines clearheaded analysis, penetrating cultural criticism, and practical advice for strengthening the institution of marriage, and provides clear, essential guidelines for reestablishing marriage as the foundation for a healthy and happy society. “A compelling defense of a sacred union. The Case for Marriage is well written and well argued, empirically rigorous and learned, practical and commonsensical.” -- William J. Bennett, author of The Book of Virtues “Makes the absolutely critical point that marriage has been misrepresented and misunderstood.” -- The Wall Street Journal www.broadwaybooks.com From the Trade Paperback edition.



When the Smoke Clears

When the Smoke Clears Author Catherine Jean Schoenbauer-Humphrey
ISBN-10 9781609113711
Release 2011-11
Pages 66
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When the Smoke Clears is the personal journey of author Catherine Jean Schoenbauer-Humphrey as she survives her firefighter ex-husband's infidelity with his co-worker. After learning of her husband's affair, she couldn't find enough information to help her feel that she wasn't alone. She offers her own intimate account to help others who have been betrayed by the one they love. With engaging prose and an authentic voice, Catherine describes her experiences, through the initial suspicions, to the devastating confirmation, to the years of reconciling and healing. When the Smoke Clears pulls no punches in examining why affairs take place and why they are so common in the firefighting industry. While Catherine's journey is a painful one, readers can find solace in the fact that she emerges a strong, driven woman, able to share her story and look to the future ahead.