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Murder Is Where the Heart Is (Two Sisters and a Journalist Book 2)

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Amateur private investigator Jo Ravens is the only common link in the murder of three people and the abduction of a cab driver. While police are busy building a case against her, Jo races to prove her innocence. Her sister Pepper and journalist friend Jackie are on hand to assist in catching the real killer. The antics of her ex-husband and eccentric Mama add to this humorous mystery.

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Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup

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NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER   NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY: NPR, The New York Times Book Review, Time, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post The McKinsey Business Book of the Year
 
The full inside story of the breathtaking rise and shocking collapse of Theranos, the one-time multibillion-dollar biotech startup founded by Elizabeth Holmesnow the subject of the HBO documentary The Inventorby the prize-winning journalist who first broke the story and pursued it to the end.

The story is even crazier than I expected, and I found myself unable to put it down once I started. This book has everything: elaborate scams, corporate intrigue, magazine cover stories, ruined family relationships, and the demise of a company once valued at nearly 10 billion. Bill Gates


In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose startup unicorn promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood testing significantly faster and easier. Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Tim Draper, Theranos sold shares in a fundraising round that valued the company at more than 9 billion, putting Holmess worth at an estimated 4.7 billion. There was just one problem: The technology didnt work.

A riveting story of the biggest corporate fraud since Enron, a tale of ambition and hubris set amid the bold promises of Silicon Valley.

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Murder Under Construction (Two Sisters and a Journalist Book 1)

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Jo Ravens is thirty-two, divorced, and stuck in a rut. She wants two things in life - a new career as a private investigator and to lose the sixty pounds she packed on after her divorce.

When she crashes her nephew's bike in a construction site, she lands on a girl with a large knife in her chest. Jo enlists her sister Pepper and journalist friend Jackie to help solve the girl's murder. Things become creepy for Jo when the girl appears to her in dreams and offers unusual clues to her death.

Murder Under Construction is a humorous mystery with Jo's family adding to the antics of the three women. Mama caterwauls, Pepper's two children offer sleuthing assistance, and her brother Hank laughs at all of them from the sidelines.

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Outlaw Journalist: The Life and Times of Hunter S. Thompson

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Esteemed author and journalism professor William McKeen chronicles the mesmerizing life of legendary Gonzo journalist and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas author Hunter S. Thompson. Thompson's childhood is detailed, along with his explosive relationship with his editors at Playboy and Rolling Stone, his drug use, his controversial persona, and life at his secluded Colorado home.

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The Last Journalist (An Alex Vane Media Thriller Book 5)

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Someone in Seattle is murdering journalists...and Alex Vane might be next.


On a cold, rainy night in Seattle, a legendary journalist is found face down in the street below a posh high-rise. Local police are calling it a suicide, but Alex Vane sees signs of murder.

With help from a brash young journalist, Alex pieces together clues from the dead man's extraordinary career. But an unexpected discovery leads him to believe that all those legendary scoops may have been built on a lie so great it led to his murder. If what he's discovered is true, it's proof of a conspiracy that could upend everything Alex believes in and rewrite American history. Just when he thinks he's cracked the case, another prominent investigative journalist turns up dead.

Is someone systematically killing reporters?

If so, why?

And is Alex next?

Scroll up to pre-order the thrilling conclusion to the Alex Vane Media Thriller series.

Complete Series List (can be read as standalones or chronologically):
The Anonymous Source (An Alex Vane Media Thriller, Book 1)
The Inverted Pyramid (An Alex Vane Media Thriller, Book 2)
The Mockingbird Drive (An Alex Vane Media Thriller, Book 3)
The Shadow File (An Alex Vane Media Thriller, Book 4)
The Last Journalist (An Alex Vane Media Thriller, Book 5)

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Murder Wins the Game (Two Sisters and a Journalist Book 4)

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A pan of lasagna and an out-of-control, lottery-playing Mama turn the life of private investigator Jo Ravens upside down. By the end of the week, Jo is so unpleasant and cranky, she has alienated all of her friends and family. Things get worse when she finds her highest-paying client murdered, and the primary suspect is the girl Jo was hired to follow. The icing on her birthday cake is having to serve on jury duty - with Mama!

Murder Wins the Game
is a humorous mystery, which is usually Mama's fault.

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Associated Press Guide to News Writing: The Resource for Professional Journalists

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Discover the methods and skillful tricks of master news writer, Rene J. Cappon, to create your own compelling and clear writing style. Designed to help writers at any level improve the quality and flow of their writing.

Former long-time Associated Press (AP) General News Editor, Rene J. Cappon offers timeless, practical advice and lively commentary on writing like a pro for novices and seasoned professionals alike.

Cappon covers all the essential methodologies of researching and generating the written word in this guide. Learn how to develop a hook, choose the most effective words, construct a good lead, and implement more strategies for success.

Heres a preview of what youll find in this valuable writers resource:

  • How to write in a clear, knowledgeable and compelling way
  • The nuances of news writing
  • How to start from square one
  • Understand the role of punctuation in journalism
  • How to use detail to add color and depth to your writing
  • What you must avoid in your writing
  • How to uncover new angles on old stories and develop new stories
  • The magic of angle to the written word

Whether you plan to become a journalist or just want to markedly improve your writing ability, The Associated Press Guide to News Writing offers tried and proven advice and techniques to take your writing to the next level.



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Murder - A Chummy Affair (Two Sisters and a Journalist Book 6)

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Private investigator Jo Ravens and her sister Pepper are in a world of trouble when Jo is accused of attempted murder and Pepper is wanted for an actual murder. Now Pepper is on the run and holed up in a secret hideout while Jo looks to find the real killer.

The turmoil in Jos life is intensified when an attractive female police officer joins the ranks of the Buxley Police force and is assigned to ride along with Jos fiancé, Glenn.

Vicious dogs, a drug dealer, and Mama and her bowling cronies add to the mayhem. Beware of Lucille she has chronic flatulence.

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Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Trailblazing food writer and beloved restaurant critic Ruth Reichl took the job (and the risk) of a lifetime when she entered the high-stakes world of magazine publishing. Now, for the first time, she chronicles her groundbreaking tenure as editor in chief of Gourmet.

A must for any food lover . . . Reichl is a warm, intimate writer. She peels back the curtain to a glamorous time of magazine-making. Youll tear through this memoir.Refinery29 (The Best New Books of April 2019)


When Condé Nast offered Ruth Reichl the top position at Americas oldest epicurean magazine, she declined. She was a writer, not a manager, and had no inclination to be anyones boss. Yet Reichl had been reading Gourmet since she was eight; it had inspired her career. How could she say no?

This is the story of a former Berkeley hippie entering the corporate world and worrying about losing her soul. It is the story of the moment restaurants became an important part of popular culture, a time when the rise of the farm-to-table movement changed, forever, the way we eat. Readers will meet legendary chefs like David Chang and Eric Ripert, idiosyncratic writers like David Foster Wallace, and a colorful group of editors and art directors who, under Reichls leadership, transformed stately Gourmet into a cutting-edge publication. This was the golden age of print mediathe last spendthrift gasp before the Internet turned the magazine world upside down.

Complete with recipes, Save Me the Plums is a personal journey of a woman coming to terms with being in charge and making a mark, following a passion and holding on to her dreamseven when she ends up in a place she never expected to be.

Praise for Save Me the Plums

Poignant and hilarious . . . simply delicious . . . Each serving of magazine folklore is worth savoring. In fact, Reichls story is juicier than a Peter Luger porterhouse. Dig in.The New York Times Book Review

In this smart, touching, and dishy memoir . . . Ruth Reichl recalls her years at the helm of Gourmet magazine with clear eyes, a sense of humor, and some very appealing recipes.Town & Country (The Must-Read Books of Spring 2019)

Intensely evocative . . . Reichl is one of the best food writers of our era.Vox
 
Reichls voice remains one of the most trusted in our disparate food universe.Bloomberg

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Murder Wears a Veil (Two Sisters and a Journalist Book 7)

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Jo and her family are in Hawaii for a dream vacation. Things deteriorate when a family friend dies and Jo later witnesses what appears to be a murder. She keeps the details of the crime to herself and doesnt notify the police before leaving the islands.

Realizing she could be subpoenaed back to Hawaii for a trial, she does all she can to solve the murder from her home in Ohio. Unfortunately, her efforts are hindered by Addison Chambers. Aunt Addie is in town for a bridal shower, and Jo has begrudgingly volunteered to show her around for a few days. Of course, it doesnt help that Mama and Aunt Addie cant stop arguing.

Murder Wears a Veil is a humorous mystery, and this time, its Aunt Addies fault.

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