Expecting Adam

A True Story of Birth, Rebirth, and Everyday Magic

Expecting Adam

"He says you'll never be hurt as much by being open as you have been by remaining closed." The messenger is a school janitor with a master's in art history who claims to be channeling "from both sides of the veil." "He" is Adam, a three-year-old who has never spoken an intelligible word. And the message is intended for Martha Beck, Adam's mother, who doesn't know whether to make a mad dash for the door to escape a raving lunatic (after all, how many conversations like this one can you have before you stop getting dinner party invitations and start pushing a mop yourself?) or accept another in a series of life lessons from an impeccable but mysterious source. From the moment Martha and her husband, John, accidentally conceived their second child, all hell broke loose. They were a couple obsessed with success. After years of matching IQs and test scores with less driven peers, they had two Harvard degrees apiece and were gunning for more. They'd plotted out a future in the most vaunted ivory tower of academe. But the dream had begun to disintegrate. Then, when their unborn son, Adam, was diagnosed with Down syndrome, doctors, advisers, and friends in the Harvard community warned them that if they decided to keep the baby, they would lose all hope of achieving their carefully crafted goals. Fortunately, that's exactly what happened. Expecting Adam is a poignant, challenging, and achingly funny chronicle of the extraordinary nine months of Martha's pregnancy. By the time Adam was born, Martha and John were propelled into a world in which they were forced to redefine everything of value to them, put all their faith in miracles, and trust that they could fly without a net. And it worked. Martha's riveting, beautifully written memoir captures the abject terror and exhilarating freedom of facing impending parentdom, being forced to question one's deepest beliefs, and rewriting life's rules. It is an unforgettable celebration of the everyday magic that connects human souls to each other.

Thematic Guide to Popular Nonfiction

Thematic Guide to Popular Nonfiction

Alphabetically arranged entries on 50 themes discuss 155 popular works of nonfiction widely read by students.

A Prayer Heeded

A Prayer

A Prayer Heeded

Adam Gibson is a multimillionaire who is not searching for God—or demons—when he finds love with a beautiful woman. Unfortunately, Rania, the one who has captured his heart, has a tormented past. Adam is unaware of his powers, how God makes sure his each prayer is heeded due to his virtue of charity. Adam knows Rania is still the answer to all his silent prayers. But now only time will tell if her soul is destined to be his once again. Rania Ahmed is dead inside. Adam, the man she mistakenly considered to be her soul mate, has crushed her soul into millions of pieces. Due to her broken past, she still believes her curse will keep her from loving ever again. What she does not know is that Adam has made a promise to himself to never give up on her—no matter what. But Adam does not know whathe is getting himself into. In this spiritual romance, an atheist embarks on a path of enlightenment with a tormented soul who may just have the power to change everything he has ever believed to be true.

Adam Then and Now

Adam Then and Now

Loren Stanfield hadn't seen Adam Riordan in twenty-three years. Yet the moment he stepped off the plane, she felt like a teenager again. Until she noticed Adam's sophisticated eighteen-year-old daughter, Daphne, flirting with Loren's own son, Joshua. Suddenly Loren felt every one of her forty years. Daphne's using all the same techniques to dazzle Joshua that Loren had tried with Adam. Should she tell the girl that love can't be forced—a lesson Loren had learned the hard way? Should she warn her son to stay away from girls like Daphne? Or should she do as Adam suggests - leave the kids alone and concentrate on fixing the mistakes they'd made?

Indecent

Volume 1

Indecent

Experience the ultimate fantasy in the first three books of the Indecent series. AN INDECENT PROPOSITION One night. That's all Erik and Keegan want with Julianne. And they've come up with the perfect plan: Offer Julianne a half-million dollars. Julianne is in debt up to her eyeballs due to her mother's illness. Five-hundred-thousand dollars would pay off her bills and give her a start on a new life. All she needs to do is have sex with a man she's never met. An explosion left Erik with scars, physical and psychological. Work is his only refuge. Until he sees Julianne through a surveillance camera. And he discovers a desire he thought had been burned out of him. Keegan has watched his best friend retreat from the world for too long. If his desire for Julianne brings him back to life, Keegan will bring her to him, whatever it takes. AN INDECENT AFFAIR Kat refuses to give in to her mother's demand to marry a man she can't stand. After years of trusting no one with her heart or her body, she wants to be swept off her feet, to experience complete surrender, if only for one night. Tristan has lusted after Kat for years. She's the woman he wants to put between him and his best friend, Adam, and he's finally making his move. He'll steal her away from his brother, who doesn't deserve her. Then he and Adam will give her exactly what she needs. Now ready to take control of her life, Kat moves to Philadelphia to open her own law practice and to risk giving her heart to the two men who opened her eyes to desire. Tristan and Adam are determined to keep Kat close and win her heart. But work dangers and family obligations conspire to tear them apart before their fragile relationship has a chance to grow into something stronger. AN INDECENT ARRANGEMENT Max and Jesse grew up on the streets of Philadelphia, working for the city's most successful crime boss before attempting to go straight. They're inseparable, their friendship honed by danger. They share everything, including a burning desire for the same woman. But an affair now, while they're still untangling themselves from their past, could be dangerous, not only to their friendship but to their lives. And to hers. mary Alice has always walked the straight and narrow, but her secret craving for Max and Jesse is fast becoming an obsession. They don't fit into her safe little world of family, friends and work. That doesn't stop her from wanting these intensely sexual men who fascinate her. So when fate hands her an opening, Mary Alice proposes an indecent arrangement guaranteed to rock their worlds.

A Marriage To Remember

A Marriage To Remember

Divorce vs. Desire Three years ago Adam Carmichael had walked out on Maggi when she needed him most. Now he was back, to pick up their marriage where he'd left off—or so he thought! Maggi's first reaction was to finalize their divorce, but Adam refused point-blank. Maggi became furious—not with Adam, but with herself, because, to her dismay, part of her was relieved! Torn between divorce and desire, Maggi knew she should follow her head, not her heart. But Adam wasn't going to let her go without a fight. Carole Mortimer "delivers quality romance." —Romantic Times

The Howling Ghost

The Howling Ghost

Go on a ghostly hunt for a missing boy in this second book in New York Times bestselling author Christopher Pike’s Spooksville series—now on TV! Cindy is playing by the ocean with her younger brother, Neil, when a ghost appears out of nowhere and grabs the little boy and carries him away. Cindy tries to tell people what happened, but everyone assumes that Neil drowned. Cindy is left heartbroken, with no one to help her find her brother. Until Sally reads about what happened. Sally believes in ghosts—and she knows there are plenty of them to be found in Spooksville. With Adam and Watch, Sally goes to Cindy and promises to help get her brother back. But what none of them knows is that this ghost is a very nasty one—and she’d rather turn them all into ghosts than return Neil.

The War Between the Classes

The War Between the Classes

What are Amy and Adam going to do about their love life? Neither Amy's traditionalist Japanese parents nor Adam's snobby, upper-class mother will accept their relationship. To make things worse, Amy and Adam are involved in the "color game" at school, an experiment that's designed to make students aware of class and racial prejudices. Now the experiment threatens to alienate Amy from her friends and tear her apart from Adam. She knows it's time to rebel against the color game. But will the rest of the class follow her lead? From the Paperback edition.

The Tycoon's Charm

An Anthology

The Tycoon's Charm

For the first time in one volume, two fan-favorite romances from USA Today bestselling authors Michelle Celmer and Yvonne Lindsay! The Tycoon's Paternity Agenda CEO and widower Adam Blair must find the right woman to carry his baby. Then Katy Huntly, his late wife's sister, demands she be the surrogate. The agreement makes sense…on paper. He's always felt a certain pull toward Katy, and those feelings are intensifying. But falling in love has no place in this tycoon's agenda…or does it? Honor-Bound Groom From childhood Alexander del Castillo has been betrothed to someone not of his own choosing. Thankfully bride-to-be Loren Dubois is more than suited for her place at his side—and in his bed. But he never expected his beautiful bride to get under his skin…or into his heart.

In Some Other World, Maybe

A Novel

In Some Other World, Maybe

In December 1992, three groups of teenagers head to the theater to see the movie version of the famed Eons & Empires comic books. For Adam it's a last ditch effort to connect with something (actually, someone, the girl he's had a crush on for years) in his sleepy Florida town before he leaves for good. Passionate fan Sharon skips school in Cincinnati so she can fully appreciate the flick without interruption from her vapid almost-friends-a seemingly silly indiscretion with shocking consequences. And in suburban Chicago, Phoebe and Ollie simply want to have a nice first date and maybe fool around in the dark, if everyone they know could just stop getting in the way. Over the next two decades, these unforgettable characters criss-cross the globe, becoming entwined by friendship, sex, ambition, fame and tragedy. A razor-sharp, darkly comic page-turner, In Some Other World, Maybe sheds light on what it means to grow up in modern America.