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Executive Hoodlum: Negotiating on the Corner of Main and Mean by John Costello

Executive Hoodlum: Negotiating on the Corner of Main and Meanby John Costello

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Meet John Costello, Vice President of Business Development and Government Relations for Microsemi Corporation, a $6 billion leader in the advanced-semiconductor market. Well known and respected in the industry, John Costello graduated from college in 1983 with a degree in Business Administration. John's social circle includes high-level corporate executives, politicians, military leaders and movie stars. As a young boy he played Little League baseball and Pop Warner football, and went on to become an outstanding track and cross-country runner in high school, captain of his college rowing team, and an accomplished boxer in the Golden Gloves and other tournaments. With this wholesome All-American resumé, most would think that John Costello emerged from a solid middle-class family with all the usual privileges pertaining – though nothing could be further from the truth. Costello was born into a working-class neighborhood on Chicago's north side and grew up under quite difficult conditions. His father was a talented Italian tenor with mob connections and a proclivity for violence; his mother, the daughter of an Irish street cop, was a straight-laced Catholic girl till she took to the bottle after falling victim to that violence. Surrounded by constant turmoil and hardship involving gangs, members of the underworld, murder, suicide, drug addiction as well as physical and emotional abuse, John eventually transcended his circumstances to obtain a higher education and pursue a profitable career that entailed all the perks of an executive lifestyle inclusive of the Hollywood party circuit.

Readers who might enjoy this book are those interested in true-crime stories, mob activity, murder and mayhem, as well as anyone seeking a no-holds-barred story that describes the resilience of the human spirit. Spiced with wit and humor and distinguished by the inimitable voice of tough-talking John Costello, his story touches our hearts while keeping us on the edge of our seats.

Other comparable books include The Truthbook: A Memoir by Joy Castro, which describes a similar childhood fraught with abuse and dysfunction. The theme of destructive behavior and personal downward spiral in the fight game and mobster milieu is also taken up in Raging Bull by Jake La Motta. Then there is the true-crime and gangster activity to be found in Family Secrets: The Case That Crippled the Chicago Mob by Jeff Coen, as well as in The Neighborhood Outfit: Organized Crime in Chicago Heights by Matthew Luzi. All these works taken together give some idea of the scope of John Costello's life as recounted in his own book.

And that is what makes our book "unique" – John Costello's life is unique. It has been a strange blend of two distinct worlds, but with one foot firmly emplaced in each. The fact that he is comfortable meeting with Senator John McCain in the morning to discuss government business, and can then enjoy the company of old friends from the streets of Chicago in the evening, is indicative of his parallel lives and will certainly be something readers find highly intriguing. We have an extensive collection of family photos, newspaper clippings, death certificates, court papers, and other supporting documentation for all claims made, as well as music recordings and video that would introduce the amazing voice of Johnny's father to a whole new generation.

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Bishop's Run by B. D. Gates

Bishop's Runby B. D. Gates

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Bishop is a young woman who has always had a way of finding trouble, whether it's from an angry girlfriend or a pissed-off boss. Usually, she's good at getting out of it, but this time, the trouble was more than she bargained for and it almost killed her.

Finding herself in a small town in Virginia, tucked away for safety by the Witness Protection Service, she is given a second chance at a new life. The security detail watching over her is headed by Detective Tess Hayes, a by-the-book police officer with a history of her own. Coming from a big city, the rural town of Tenley provides Bishop the opportunity to reclaim the better aspects of her former life and introduces her to the people who help her start over.

Can Bishop run from her troubled past?

How do you bury the truth and live the lie?

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The Fairytale Chicago of Francesca Finnegan by Steve Wiley

The Fairytale Chicago of Francesca Finneganby Steve Wiley

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"One of the most captivating and magical books I've read" ~ Rick Kogan, Chicago Tribune
"Intelligent, enchanting, playful" ~ Publishers Weekly
"Often bringing to mind the adventures of Alice during her travels through Wonderland" ~ Chicago Literati
In Chicago, a secret L train runs through a hidden side of the city, at the intersection of something here and something there, right where you stop believing in last. On that train, you'll discover fantastical truths about the city, alongside the most fascinating cast of characters, including one exceptional girl by the name of Francesca Finnegan.
Once upon an autumn night, Francesca invited a boy named Richard aboard the secret L, for an adventure unlike any other. The night was a mad epic, complete with spectral whiskey, fabled Ferris wheels, gravity-defying first kisses, and more, as the pair traveled through past and present city landmarks such as the famed Green Mill Cocktail Lounge, Dunning Mental Asylum, and Riverview Amusement Park. Unfortunately for Richard, the night ended like one of those elusive dreams, forgotten the moment you wake. Now, Richard is all grown up and out of childish adventures, a humdrum adult whose life is on the verge of ruin. It will take the rediscovery of his exploits with Francesca, and a reacquaintance with the boy he once was, to save him.
Witty, humorous, and at times profound, this modern fairytale teaches a lesson - one that adult readers are sure to benefit from.
Half the proceeds from this book are donated to Chicago Public Schools. Learn more at fairytalechicagodotcom.

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God Doesn't Love Us All the Same by Nina Guilbeau

God Doesn't Love Us All the Sameby Nina Guilbeau

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Book Club Fiction- Janine Harris never really thought about homeless people. She barely even notices them as she passes them by on her way to work in downtown Washington D.C. All Janine can focus on is the shambles of her own young life, afraid that she will never be able to get past the painful mistakes she has made. However, all of that changes on a snowy evening in December when Janine unexpectedly finds herself alone with Vera, an old, homeless woman who seems to need her help. Now Janine wants to know what could have possibly happened to Vera to leave her so broken and alone.

As Vera shares her life story with Janine, the two women form an unusual bond and begin a journey that changes both of their lives forever. Reluctantly, they each confront their own past and, in the process, discover the true meaning of sacrifice, family and love. Although to truly move forward in their lives, they must face the most difficult challenge of all – forgiving themselves.

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THE STRENGTH SHE FOUND by Joan Marcia Tomlinson

THE STRENGTH SHE FOUNDby Joan Marcia Tomlinson

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Can Roxy find the strength to escape the deadly claws of abuse?

That's the question a young uneducated mother of three, kept trying to find out after having to depend on men for survival and ended becoming a victim of domestic violence.

Things could not have been worst after Roxy found out a secret that her boyfriend David, a well-respected policeman had kept from her that could turn their relationship upside down. As she slowly discovers the truth, she realizes that her life was in grave danger. But Roxy had a secret of her own which could cost her everything - even her sanity. After playing cat and mouse with deception for a while, she decided that she must run before David, a man who always gets his way finds out, disrupting the lives of her children.

When David became suspended for extortion and ended up being the suspect of a shoot out, Roxy became the target of his fists. With his double personalities that propelled him into a murderous rage, he became a predator hot on the heels of his prey. But nowhere is safe.

Being a survivor of a terrible accident, she tried to lay low at her bad-tempered mother's house, but Roxy's life could not have been more out of whack coming out of the frying pan and into the fire. When she realizes that there is no hiding place from David, Roxy decided to take the bull by the horns and fight for her life.

Still battling the demons that plagued her mind, and with her childhood rejection and abuse from her mother, nothing could have prepared her for what was to come next. With nowhere to turn she finally realizes the need to look to someone much greater than her darkest fears.

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Murder in the South of France by Susan Kiernan-Lewis

Murder in the South of Franceby Susan Kiernan-Lewis

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When her sister dies, Atlanta copywriter Maggie Newberry flies to the south of France to find the little niece that no one in the family even knew existed. Along the way, she finds handsome sexy Frenchman Laurent Dernier to help with the search. Meanwhile, her sister’s murderer sets his sights on the little girl—and Maggie.

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Spring in Sweetwater County by Ciara Knight

Spring in Sweetwater Countyby Ciara Knight

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Forty years after the death of her true love, Judy Gaylord discovers he's alive. With the guilt of her falling into the arms of his cousin to console her grief, she now must face the man she betrayed.

Dr. James Benjamin has dedicated his life to helping people deal with their post-traumatic stress disorder in hopes of forgetting about his own trauma. Not wanting to risk the safety of others, he's spent decades alone, but when he sees the woman he never forgot from before the war, his heart awakens.

When circumstances force Judy and James to work together, they soon discover old feelings never faded. Judy must forgive herself and James will have to face his fear or they will miss their second chance.

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I Am Happy. Healthy. Free. : How to Become the Person Who Lives Your Dreams by Erica Ormsby

I Am Happy. Healthy. Free. : How to Become the Person Who Lives Your Dreamsby Erica Ormsby

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I want to say right up front this book is supporting those of us who just cannot and will not settle for less than the life we have dreamed about and see being happy, healthy and free as fundamental...not a luxury. This is for people that desire to be of great service to this world without losing yourself along the way. I AM: Happy, Healthy, Free is a realization. A declaration. A stake in the ground. A final decision. A state of being. A way of life. It is the discovery of our deepest truths. It is a knowing. It is an end to the war within. It is a bold self love and responsibility backed by the soundest of reason. It is a necessary paradigm shift to usher in your true nature and discover how powerful you actually are. It is a place where brokenness, less than and fear fall away. It is the radical acceptance of the real you so you live the life you dream of.

A beacon to my tribe: the seeker, the pioneer, the rogue authentic being and you are shedding the conformist march of staying small. You know there is more. You have questioned if it's true that unhappiness is just the way it is. You have questioned if being sick or unhealthy is just how it goes. You have wondered what it might be like...to just be yourself. You are waking up. You have woken up. I discovered how to live with joy untethered to my past, powerfully in my present moment, and courageous in my ability to create a life that I love.

I am happy.
I am healthy.
I am free.

It is my desire to share with you what I have found that works for me so that you might find the same or expand on what you have already discovered. Here's to the kind of success that moves mountains.

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The Humility of Christ: The Cornerstone for Spiritual Transformation by Marty Wooten

The Humility of Christ: The Cornerstone for Spiritual Transformationby Marty Wooten

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Because "God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble" (James 4:6), this book affirms the importance and practical spiritual rewards of humility, particularly as exemplified in the life of Jesus Christ. Philippians 2:5-7 emphasizes that Christ began his earthly ministry by becoming "nothing" or by "emptying himself" as some translators phrase it, and thus Christ's humility throughout the book is referred to as his "nothingness." This is contrasted with the secular philosophy of the world which influences us to be "something" by attaining wealth, position, and influence. This is referred to as our "somethingness," that is, our preoccupation and desire with being "something." By embracing humility we are able to transform our perspective of the world and our role in it, avoiding the painful disappointments from unfulfilled and unreasonable expectations.

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The Wicked Governess by Mary Lancaster

The Wicked Governessby Mary Lancaster

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Read Book Six in the bestselling Blackhaven Brides series... a lonely governess, a mute pupil, and secrets abound in this captivating tale. Purchase the novel or read FREE in Kindle Unlimited!

Can the governess teach a damaged hero?

Caroline Grey is devastated when she is dismissed from her post as governess to the Earl of Braithwaite's sisters. Finding temporary sanctuary at the eerie and neglected Haven Hall, she does not expect to enjoy the challenges presented by the house's dark and forbidding tenant, Javan Benedict, or by her mute and needy pupil.

However, she is quickly intrigued by the oddly charming family and drawn into the several mysteries surrounding them and the hall. What tragedy lurks in Benedict's past, and why does his daughter choose not to speak? Who is trying to frighten them from the house? And most of all, what is the irresistible fascination of Caroline's troubled employer, and how does she help him without losing her heart and her reputation?

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