Throughout World War II, when Saturday nights came around, servicemen and hostesses happily forgot the war for a little while as they danced together in USO clubs, which served as havens of stability in a time of social, moral, and geographic upheaval. Meghan Winchell demonstrates that in addition to boosting soldier morale, the USO acted as an architect of the gender roles and sexual codes that shaped the ´´greatest generation´´. Combining archival research with extensive firsthand accounts from among the hundreds of thousands of female USO volunteers, Winchell shows how the organization both reflected and shaped 1940s American society at large. The USO had hoped that respectable feminine companionship would limit venereal disease rates in the military. To that end, Winchell explains, USO recruitment practices characterized white middle-class women as sexually respectable, thus implying that the sexual behavior of working-class women and women of color was suspicious. In response, women of color sought to redefine the USO´s definition of beauty and respectability, challenging the USO´s vision of a home front that was free of racial, gender, and sexual conflict. Despite clashes over class and racial ideologies of sex and respectability, Winchell finds that most hostesses benefited from the USO´s chaste image. In exploring the USO´s treatment of female volunteers, Winchell not only brings the hostesses´ stories to light but also supplies a crucial missing piece for understanding the complex ways in which the war both destabilized and restored certain versions of social order. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jo Anna Perrin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/015590/bk_adbl_015590_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
No one saw them leave the party. Nor did anyone see as they got into the van and lock the doors and draw the curtains shut. Everyone at the party was having too good a time to notice two horny people get into a van for a few intense minutes of some very hot and passionate lovemaking. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Art Stone. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/095193/bk_acx0_095193_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Perry Mason had no hesitation in defending Albert Brogan, a broke ex-salesman against a charge of robbery. He´s counting on the testimony of the nightclub hostess Martha Lavina to clear him. She had most of the requirements for a good professional hostess, and one was an innocent face. That, plus various other attractions, made her a formidable challenge as she faced Perry Mason on the witness stand. She was also deadly clever and she held the jury spellbound. When Mason sprang his bombshell they stayed that way, for the hoped-for explosion was a dud. That was just the beginning of a smashing, freewheeling attack with no holds barred on either side. Then another hostess, his key witness, fled. Failure to find the missing witness in forty-eight hours could cost an innocent man his liberty and his life, when the prosecution serves up a shocking new charge of murder. But the high-tailing hostess has a host of her own secrets, and a cast of shady characters - from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. She seems determined to keep them and herself hidden. It all leads Perry Mason down the trail of an amazing crime that might have gone undetected. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Alexander Cendese. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/008696/bk_brll_008696_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Mandy Smith spent 12 years strutting down the aisles as a Virgin flight attendant. From projectile vomit and celebrity tantrums to Manhattans and shopping in New York, her tales of life in the air are riotous good fun. Set against a backdrop of exotic locations, the cast of characters includes several celebrities, including Sir Richard himself. In-flight entertainment has never been so fun...and risqué! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Milly Richardson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/howe/003641/bk_howe_003641_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The third book with kate spade new york, all in good taste is a charming entertaining guide to throwing chic, stylish get-togethers. The culture of entertaining is just as important as the food and drinks you serve, the flowers on your table and the music on your speakers; all in good taste sends rigid rules out the door and invites in unpretentious ideas that are easy, festive, and authentic, always with an air of deliberate polish. Filled with how-to´s, personal essays, anecdotes, menus, tips, recipes and a liberal dash of style, all in good taste will transform you into the hostess everyone wants an invitation from. The book covers all of the essential lost arts-how to shuck an oyster, curating a stellar guest list, dinner-table topics, cocktails in the city-right alongside modern conundrums like food photo etiquette and innovations like serving pot pies in teacups. Whether you entertain a little or a lot, or just love being the person everyone wants to sit next to at dinner, all in good taste is the modern classic you´ll treasure and dog-ear for years.
Great Ideas for simplified homemaking! Many women consider homemaking to be little more than the boring drudgery of cleaning the house. No wonder women have escaped to the job market by the droves. Even the hassles of a job look glamorous compared to keeping company with Mr. Tidybowl! Are you overwhelmed by the challenge of being a housekeeper, cook, hostess, chauffeur and time management specialist? Do you need to organize your closet, your home and your life? Do you want to find time for the things that really matter to you? Would you like to actually look forward to each new day with enthusiasm? Whether you´re a homebody or a working woman, your life will be revolutionized by these time saving, organizational ideas. In this book you´ll learn: How to maintain a clean house in four hours or less per week. How to enjoy your children in a stress-free environment. How to manage gift-giving with organization and thrift. How to face unexpected company with confidence. How to manage the kitchen, menu planning, shopping and meals. How to be the wife of a happy husband. How to revitalize yourself so you can be there for your family. And so much more! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Linda Shields. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/109152/bk_acx0_109152_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In the second installment of Susan McBride´s Debutante Dropout mystery series, Dallas heiress Andrea Kendricks must expose a high-society assassin...before she becomes the killer´s next target. Website designer and high-society rebel Andrea Kendricks would never have gotten involved with ego-in-pumps lifestyle hostess Marilee Mabry if it weren´t for the underhanded machinations of Andy´s upper-crust mama. But thanks to Mother Cissy, Andy´s donning designer duds to attend a launch party at the intolerable domestic diva´s new Dallas TV studio - and she´s on hand to witness the celebration site go up in flames! Then Andy finds Marilee´s daughter, seemingly lifeless. Even though iron-willed Cissy isn´t about to let her social calendar be upset by minor inconveniences like arson and possibly murder, her sometime-sleuthing daughter´s got a more pressing engagement - namely, hunting down the culprit behind some very foul play. But there are more than a few nasty messes tucked away in the Mabry closet - and a craven assassin who has the Big D elite quaking in their cowboy boots may soon be burying Andy in hers! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Amy McFadden. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/004768/bk_harp_004768_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
What does true love look like once the honeymoon´s over? Eight smoking-hot rugby players. Eight partners. Seventeen kids. Beaches and barbecues and beer, salt and sand and sea. Family and good mates and no worries. December in New Zealand. One very pregnant, very tired Hannah Montgomery Callahan is playing hostess to it all, doing her best and wondering if her best is good enough. And one legendary All Black captain is willing to do whatever it takes to show her that when he promised to be there for her forever, he meant it. Note: This book includes three steamy scenes. And they´re good ones. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Claire Bocking. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/046319/bk_acx0_046319_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Millionaires, surgeons, serial killers, CEOs: I light their cigarettes, mix their drinks. We engage in conversation. I am the facilitator of good times. I am a hostess. Step into the surreal world of a Tokyo hostess club and gain an exclusive underground pass through the eyes of author Chelsea Haywood as she explores a way of life unique to the Japanese, experiencing $600 dinners, kabuki theatre, Harajuku shopping sprees and first-class trips to ´anywhere you want to go´. This is the true story of one girl´s immersion in the world of hostessing, a late-night entertainment for wealthy Japanese men drawn from the traditional institution of the geisha. While the foreign slowly becomes familiar, Chelsea´s initial enthusiasm turns into turmoil as she struggles to maintain both her sanity and her marriage in the face of material excess and relentless temptation. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Eloise Oxer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/boli/001011/bk_boli_001011_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.