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The Genie Who Had Wishes of His Own-21st-Century Fables

Twenty-two brand new heroes, villains, and earnest strivers go after health, love, and fulfillment. These are fables we read when the children are asleep.
* Idealistic architect Zoe creates a building so green it might save the Earth--if she can protect it from the people living in it.
* Health food expert Myrna decides to rescue her husband from a nutritional wasteland. But Stanley's a big man who likes ice cream.
* Roger makes himself a multibillionaire by exploiting workers, squeezing expenses, and stretching loopholes--until he accidentally explodes his world.
* Nina, who knows exactly what she wants, finds a genuine genie, who discovers what he wants.
Endearing and determined, these trapeze artists, juggler, caterpillar, song sparrow, ballerina, and the rest are exactly who we want them to be: us. Our favorites walk beside us as private guardians and powerful allies.

"Fantastic!" --Ray Bradbury
"There is something hedonistic and luxurious inherent in these fables. . . . Look around for this book. You'll find it useful in countless social and literary ways." --Carolyn See
"Very clever." --Barnaby Conrad

Margaret read "They Ate the Street People First" at UCSD's open-mic SHORT TALES FROM THE MOTHERSHIP in the Geisel Library on the University of California, San Diego campus. The video is visible at "Short Tales from the Mothership" at the UCSD website. The link: