Sometimes, life doesn’t deliver a happily ever after… In Pipe Dreams two urban youth get pulled into the drug game. One leaves it alone forever, but the other is lured back because of the fast money and material possessions that seem to come so easily. In this story, you will witness how the greed for money will sever a friendship and see how fast pipe dreams quickly turn into nightmares.
Abigail Stephens left her past behind or did she? When she moved to Blue Peak, she expected to find sanctuary and a new start. Instead, her new home includes a hippie, a ghost with a mission, and a sexy coffee house owner who undermines her plans. Carlos Young quit teaching when his fiancée left him for another professor. He’s avoided dating, but his mother’s demand for grandchildren is unceasing and more attractive once he meets Abby. She resists his overtures...for now. Can an intrusive mother, a reticent ghost, and a run-down house bring Abby and Carlos together or will they continue to live pipe dreams?
A modern depiction of the Faust legend set in New York City in the 60s, Pipe Dreams concerns a young singer's obsession with a Broadway career. His dreams of success, however, lead him to stray into a series of compromises that prove disastrous and precipitate his 'pact with the Devil' and his sacrifice of the gifted young ballet dancer whom he loves. In the startling climax, he is forced to reexamine his values and those of the society that shaped him, as well as his understanding of what constitutes success.
Philip Westmann's entire life has been predictable and uneventful up until now. Suddenly, aged forty-nine and single, he finds himself without a job, lots of money and nowhere to go. He returns to Brazil and at the invitation of Cesar Santos, a former colleague, he agrees to become a consultant for him and persuade the Presidents of Brazil and Argentina to join forces with the President of Venezuela to construct oil and gas pipelines from Caracas to Tierra del Fuego.Unknown to Philip, one of Cesar's partners, a Ukrainian billionaire, Sergei Petrov, is wanted by the FBI for fraudulent share dealing on the New York Stock Exchange. Philip unwittingly becomes a mole for the CIA and matters are further complicated when he and Cesar's wife, the beautiful Gabriella fall in love and have an affair...
Humorous essays by the Pulitzer Prize–winning “supreme satirist” (The Washington Post Book World). This collection of more than a hundred anecdotes and essays from the legendary journalist, New York Times columnist, and author of the bestselling memoir Growing Up offers wise and sharply witty reflections on an extraordinary array of topics, ranging from youth, wealth, the media, and the joy of anger to the difference between “dinner” and “supper.” “Russell Baker is the Alka-Seltzer of the American experience. . . . The most effective comic relief available for the agonizing absurdities we encounter every day.” —Houston Chronicle “When it comes to satire of a controlled but effervescent ferocity, nobody can touch Baker.” —The Washington Post Book World