By the author of Rosemary’s Baby, a horrifying journey into a future only Ira Levin could imagine Considered one of the great dystopian novels—alongside Anthony Burgess’s A Clockwork Orange and Aldous Huxley’s A Brave New World—Ira Levin’s frightening glimpse into the future continues to fascinate readers even forty years after publication. The story is set in a seemingly perfect global society. Uniformity is the defining feature; there is only one language and all ethnic groups have been eugenically merged into one race called “The Family.” The world is ruled by a central computer called UniComp that has been programmed to keep every single human on the surface of the earth in check. People are continually drugged by means of regular injections so that they will remain satisfied and cooperative. They are told where to live, when to eat, whom to marry, when to reproduce. Even the basic facts of nature are subject to the UniComp’s will—men do not grow facial hair, women do not develop breasts, and it only rains at night. With a vision as frightening as any in the history of the science fiction genre, This Perfect Day is one of Ira Levin’s most haunting novels.
Astutely observed and deftly witty, One Perfect Day masterfully mixes investigative journalism and social commentary to explore the workings of the wedding industry?an industry that claims to be worth $160 billion to the U.S. economy and which has every interest in ensuring that the American wedding becomes ever more lavish and complex. Taking us inside the workings of the wedding industry?including the swelling ranks of professional event planners, department stores with their online registries, the retailers and manufacturers of bridal gowns, and the Walt Disney Company and its Fairy Tale Weddings program?New Yorker writer Rebecca Mead skillfully holds the mirror up to the bride?s deepest hopes and fears about her wedding day, revealing that for better or worse, the way we marry is who we are.
When the day doesn't go as planned, two friends use positive thinking and creative ideas to make it great anyway. What can you do if your swimming hole dries out? Or a thunderstorm crashes your afternoon? Just ask Mac and Will! When these unlikely friends’ fun plans go awry, they show how a day of unexpected ups and downs can still be a perfect day—all it takes is a little imagination. The stars of Bad Apple, A Tale of Friendship are back, making new friends by looking on the bright side. From the Hardcover edition.
‘Marvellously entertaining. A cross between Brave New World and Doctor Who.’ Look Magazine Considered one of the greatest dystopian thrillers ever written, Ira Levin’s terrifying glimpse into the future continues to fascinate readers forty years after its initial publication. Set in a seemingly perfect global society, where uniformity is the defining feature, one man leads the resistance against UniComp – a central computer that has been programmed to keep every single human on the surface of the earth in check. All ethnic groups have been eugenically merged into a single race called ‘The Family’, and citizens are continually drugged so that they can never realise their potential as human beings, but will remain pliant and cooperative... With a vision as frightening as any in the history of the science fiction genre, This Perfect Day is one of Levin’s most haunting novels.
This is the story of two mothers, strangers to one another. The first has two children--twins, a boy and girl, who are seniors in high school. She wants their last Christmas as a family living in the same home to be perfect, but her husband is delayed returning from a business trip abroad. And then there's an accident--a fatal one involving a drunk driver. Meanwhile, the other mother has a daughter who needs a new heart, and so the loss of one woman becomes the miracle the other has desperately prayed for. While one mother grieves, and pulls away from her family, the other finds that even miracles aren't always easy to receive.
Perfect day is misschien het beste te omschrijven als een literaire variant van een Greatest Hits- of Best Of-album, inclusief een verrassende bonustrack! Joost Zwagerman maakte een keuze uit de honderden popstukken die in twintig jaar hartstochtelijk schrijven over popmuziek verschenen. Het resultaat is een bonte verzameling artikelen, essays, portretten, columns en interviews. En alles mag meedoen bij Zwagerman: oud en nieuw, cult en camp, rock-'n-roll en r&b, internationale kopstukken en Nederlandse popfenomenen. Zo schetst Zwagerman hier in kort bestek de carrière van David Bowie: van vaandelzwaaier van arty gitaarrock tot behaagzieke publiekslieveling. En: wat zegt de loopbaan van Madonna over onze veranderde beeld- en mediacultuur? Al met al beweegt Perfect day zich tussen Beyoncé en Joy Division; tussen Outkast en De Jeugd van Tegenwoordig en de Sex Pistols en Velvet Underground. Zoveel variatie in één popboek benadrukt de onbegrensde fascinaties van een ongeneeslijke popliefhebber.
In this Michael L. Printz Honor Book, Lily wishes she could be like the other girls in her class. But how can she? As the only sensible person in her family, she never has time to hang out with friends. Someone has to stay home to look after her brother. Maybe she should fall in love! What could be less sensible that that? When her grandmother invites the whole family to a party, Lily cannot imagine how they will make it through the day. Her mother is always bringing home strange people. Lily doesn't even know her father . Her grandfather has disowned her brother. Her brother has a new girlfriend that no one has met. To top it all off, that day when her eye caught Daniel Steadman's just for a moment, she felt all woozy inside. If that was love, she isn't sure she likes the feeling. As the party approaches, all Lily can hope for is one whole and perfect day. Is it too much to ask?
As the novel opens, we are introduced to Lily Samson, the protagonist of the novel. The life has not been very easy for her. She is said to be from the weirdest family of all time. We learn that Lily lives alone with her mother. Her father had left them when Lily was not born. Lily’s brother, Lonnie, was only six at that time. Later on, as a young boy, he also moved out.
The Perfect Day gathers together our most experienced authors to reveal their prized experiences in 100 cities around the world. From Marrakesh to San Francisco our authors take you out in their favorite cities, revealing aspects that you may never have known existed. By weaving all this into a compelling story about a day in the city you get a sense that you have just been given the greatest insight by a well versed local. With a color photo for every city to complete the vision, it will leave you inspired to explore these places and more.
A critique of the American wedding industry and the psychology behind the expense, stress, and pressure associated with typical weddings features a tour of the inner workings of wedding planners, commercial registries, and wedding management programs.
Robert Harlan has three loves: his wife, his daughter, and his writing. But when his thirst for success causes him to lose focus on his happy family life, ambition begins to consume him. When a stranger appears with a mysterious message about the brevity of his future, he discovers the truth about himself: who he has become, what he has lost, and what it will take to find love again.
The moment Diane Burke, an author and mother of two grown sons, received an unexpected certified letter in the mail, she had no idea her life would be shaken to its core. Memories of a past she had buried more than forty years ago suddenly resurfaced and she wasn't prepared to deal with them. Steve Orlandi, happily married, father of two and step-father of three, was living the typical middle class American life. But since the age of eight, when he discovered he was adopted, he had led that life dealing with inner questions about his self-identity and genetic history. Always on his mind was one simple, yet complicated and loaded question: Who am I? In One Perfect Day, Diane shares with readers how she came to the heartbreaking conclusion to give her baby up for adoption and how this decision has affected her life sense. Through Steve's invaluable perspective, readers will also experience the lengths he traveled to discover his mother's identity and reach out to her, not knowing whether she'd want to meet with him after nearly four decades of separation. It all comes together on one perfect day. This book asks and answers the questions: What defines family? What does it mean to forgive? And is it worth the time, energy, and emotional cost to love a stranger?
A celebration of forty years of breaking waves furnishes a collection of the finest photographs from Surfer's famed archives, including colorful pages packed with stunning images that have captured surfing's biggest moments and the compelling articles that have provided the voice for generations of surfers. Reprint.
What could possibly be better than spending a day together? Absolutely nothing. Turn the pages. Here is a perfect day.
Today is a perfect day for Cat, Dog, Chickadee, and Squirrel. Cat is lounging among the daffodils. Dog is sitting in the wading pool, deep in the cool water. Chickadee is eating fresh seed from the birdfeeder. Squirrel is munching on his very own corncob. Today is a perfect day in Bert's backyard. Until Bear comes along, that is. Bear crushes the daffodils, drinks the pool water, and happily gobbles up the birdseed and corncob. Today was a perfect day for Cat, Dog, Chickadee, and Squirrel. Now, it's just a perfect day for Bear. Lane Smith uses perfect pacing and vibrant illustrations to emphasize the power of perspective in this hilarious picture book about the goings-on in Bert's backyard. This book has Common Core connections.
Children's book about a family of alligators who live on Hilton Head Island, SC. They spend a day together enjoying fun adventures throughout the island and meeting native island animals. The story line is that they create a special memeory from their perfect day which will stay in their hearts forever. Lovely poems are also scattered throughout the text to help children undertand the importance of environmental and safty rules.
What started out as another perfect day for a superhero performing heroic feats suddenly goes awry.
When Luke Eagle and Michael Mouse meet for the first time one is a hunter and as the other seems destined for dinner But before it's too late, Luke's Dad intervenes and tells the pair his story. In "Luke's Perfect Day, " Luke Eagle and Michael Mouse learn about the bridges built by kindness and friendship.
Have a perfect day everyday with Dr. Charles Ndifon's 'A PERFECT DAY'! This daily devotional series was designed so you can read it in 5 minutes. It will transform you and position you for success and victory day to day.