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Cover Image: Beyond evacuation: from the Himalayas to the Statue of Liberty, a journey of pain and hope

Beyond evacuation: from the Himalayas to the Statue of Liberty, a journey of pain and hope Azad, Najib

"Najib Azad’s memoir offers a whole new and more personal understanding of the ancient and magnificent country of Afghanistan and its people. Leader of a progressive political party, and former spokesman for the President of Afghanistan, Azad knew he was a marked man the moment the Taliban entered Kabul in 2021. This is his harrowing and heartwarming story of how he, his wife and four small children were forced, like his parents and grandparents before him, to seek refuge abroad. Written on napkins and pieces of cardboard while in refugee camps, the deep love felt by Azad for his country, fellow Afghans and his family emanates from every word as he takes us on his journey from his office in Kabul to a new life in the USA. Readers walk every step with him, feel every moment of anguish as he strives to allay his children’s suffering as well as that of others around him."--Amazon.

Cover Image: Death by smoothie

Death by smoothie Levine, Laura

Freelance writer Jaine Austen and her cat Prozac investigate the murder of a demanding actress set to star in a play based on a short-lived zombie sitcom.

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Clinical microbiology made ridiculously simple Gladwin, Mark T

"Clinical Microbiology Made Ridiculously Simple provides a brief, clear, thorough, and highly enjoyable updated approach to clinical microbiology, brimming with mnemonics, humor, summary charts and illustrations, from Ebola to AIDS to flesh-eating bacteria; to mad cow disease, hantavirus, anthrax, smallpox, botulism, Clostridium difficile diagnosis and treatment; treatment of gonorrhea in light of growing antimicrobial resistance; Tuberculosis diagnostics, drugs for treatment of latent TB infection and MDR TB; the latest antibiotics; pandemic flu, including H7N9; SARS-like coronavirus; the latest hepatitis C treatment options; the latest HIV diagnostics and approved HIV meds; Zika virus; Measles and a chapter on the latest emerging infectious diseases and drug resistant bacteria. The major update to this book is the addition of a brand new chapter on the SARS-COV-2 Virus and COVID-19 disease. This chapter delves into the nature of the virus such as: SARS-COV-2 Virus genetic makeup and structural components, infectivity, transmission, symptoms, risk factors, various laboratory testing methods, radiology findings in the infected, and different PPE & their usefulness. Also includes therapeutics for COVID-19 such as: antiviral therapies, plasma treatment, monoclonal antibody therapy, anticoagulation and anti-inflammatory therapy. Names and method of actions of all vaccines approved for use. Our books are not like any other medical textbooks. Our books are made to help healthcare students and professionals master medical knowledge in a simple, effective, and quick way. Our style makes it ridiculously simple to understand complex subjects and develop critical thinking skills. We believe medical information should be accessible, and we strive to package information in a way that is easy to digest and fun to learn. An ideal book for medical students, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, doctors, and other health care professionals."--Amazon. "A brief, clear, thorough, and highly enjoyable approach to clinical microbiology, brimming with mnemonics, humor, summary charts, and illustrations. Excellent Board review."--cover.

Cover Image: The world keeps ending, and the world goes on

The world keeps ending, and the world goes on Choi, Franny

"Many have called our time dystopian. But The World Keeps Ending, and the World Goes On reminds us that apocalypse has already come in myriad ways for marginalized peoples. With lyric and tonal dexterity, these poems spin backwards and forwards in time--from Korean comfort women during World War II, to the precipice of climate crisis, to children wandering a museum in the future. They explore narrative distances and queer linearity, investigating on microscopic scales before soaring towards the universal. Wrestling with the griefs and distances of this apocalyptic world, Choi also imagines what togetherness--between Black and Asian and other marginalized communities, between living organisms, between children of calamity and conquest--could look like. Bringing together Choi's signature speculative imagination with even greater musicality than her previous work, The World Keeps Ending, and the World Goes On ultimately charts new paths toward hope""--Front dust jacket flap.

Cover Image: The unbalancing: a Birdverse novel

The unbalancing: a Birdverse novel Lemberg, R. B

Beneath the waters by the islands of Gelle-Geu, a star sleeps restlessly. The celebrated new starkeeper Ranra Kekeri, who is preoccupied by the increasing tremors, confronts the problems left behind by her predecessor. Meanwhile, the poet Erígra Lilún, who merely wants to be left alone, is repeatedly asked by their ancestor Semberí to take over the starkeeping helm. Semberí insists upon telling Lilún mysterious tales of the deliverance of the stars by the goddess Bird. When Ranra and Lilún meet, sparks begin to fly. An unforeseen configuration of their magical deepnames illuminates the trouble under the tides. For Ranra and Lilún, their story is just beginning; for the people of Gelle-Geu, it may well be too late to save their home.

Cover Image: Look at this blue: a poem

Look at this blue: a poem Hedge Coke, Allison Adelle

"Truths about what we have lost and have yet to lose permeate this book-length poem by American Book Award winner and Fulbright scholar Allison Adelle Hedge Coke. An assemblage of historical record and lyric fragments, these poems form a taxonomy of threatened lives-human, plant, and animal-in a century marked by climate emergency. Look at This Blue insists upon a reckoning with and redress of America's continuing violence toward Earth and its peoples, as Hedge Coke's cataloguing of loss crescendos into resistance"--

Cover Image: How sex changed the internet and the internet changed sex: an unexpected history

How sex changed the internet and the internet changed sex: an unexpected history Cole, Samantha

"From the moment there was an "online," there was sex online. The famous test image used by software engineers to develop formats like the jpeg was "Lena," taken from Playboy's November 1972 centerfold. Early bulletin boards and multi-user domains quickly came to serve their members sexual musings. Facebook started as a way to rate "hot or not" Harvard co-eds. In fact, virtually every significant development that defines the Internet we know and love (and hate) today--privacy issues, online payments and online banking, dating, social media, streaming technology, mass data collection--came out of the meeting of sexuality and technology. And the kicker is, not only did sexuality vastly influence the Internet, but the Internet arguably changed modern human sexuality by giving every imaginable non-hetereonormative community a place to explore, fantasize, thrive, and be accepted."--

Cover Image: The forever witness: how DNA and genealogy solved a cold case double murder

The forever witness: how DNA and genealogy solved a cold case double murder Humes, Edward

"After 30 years, Detective Jim Scharf arrested a teenage couple's murderer-and exposed a looming battle between the pursuit of justice and the right to privacy. When Tanya Van Cuylenborg and Jay Cook were murdered during a trip to Seattle in the 1980s, detectives had few leads. The murder weapon was missing. No one witnessed any suspicious activity. And there was only a single handprint on the outside of the young couple's van. The detectives assumed Tanya and Jay were victims of a serial killer-but without any leads, the case seemed forever doomed. In deep-freeze, long-term storage, biological evidence from the crime scenes sat waiting. Meanwhile, California resident CeCe Moore began her lifetime fascination with genetic genealogy. As DNA testing companies rapidly grew in popularity, she discovered another use for the technology: solving crimes. When Detective Jim Scharf decided to send the cold case's decades-old DNA to Parabon NanoLabs, he hoped he would bring closure to the Van Cuylenborg and Cook families. He didn't know that he and Moore would make history. Anyone can submit a saliva sample to learn about their ancestry. But what happens after the results of these tests are uploaded to the internet? As lawyers, policymakers, and police officers fight over questions of consent and privacy, the implications of Scharf's case become ever clearer. Approximately 250,000 murders in the United States remain unsolved today. We have the tools to catch many of these killers-but what is the cost?"--

Cover Image: The seven moons of Maali Almeida: a novel

The seven moons of Maali Almeida: a novel Karunatilaka, Shehan

"Winner of the 2022 Booker Prize, The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida is a searing satire set amid the mayhem of the Sri Lankan civil war. olombo, 1990. Maali Almeida--war photographer, gambler, and closet queen--has woken up dead in what seems like a celestial visa office. His dismembered body is sinking in the serene Beira Lake and he has no idea who killed him. In a country where scores are settled by death squads, suicide bombers, and hired goons, the list of suspects is depressingly long, as the ghouls and ghosts with grudges who cluster round can attest. But even in the afterlife, time is running out for Maali. He has seven moons to contact the man and woman he loves most and lead them to the photos that will rock Sri Lanka. Ten years after his prize-winning novel Chinaman established him as one of Sri Lanka's foremost authors, Shehan Karunatilaka is back with a "thrilling satire" (Economist) and rip-roaring state-of-the-nation epic that offers equal parts mordant wit and disturbing, profound truths."--

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Tread of angels Roanhorse, Rebecca/ Graham, Dion (NRT)

The year is 1883, and the mining town of Goetia is booming as prospectors from near and far come to mine the powerful new element Divinity from the high mountains of Colorado with the help of the pariahs of society known as the Fallen. The Fallen are the descendants of demonkind living among the Virtues, the winners in an ancient war, with the descendants of both sides choosing to live alongside Abaddon's mountain in this tale of the mythological West from the best-selling mastermind Rebecca Roanhorse.

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Switzerland Stables, Daniel

"Insight Guide to Switzerland is a pictorial travel guide in a magazine style providing answers to the key questions before or during your trip: deciding when to go to Switzerland, choosing what to see, from exploring Lake Geneva to discovering Ticino or creating a travel plan to cover key places like Zurich and the Bernese Oberland. This is an ideal travel guide for travellers seeking inspiration, in-depth cultural and historical information about Switzerland as well as a great selection of places to see during your trip. The Insight Guide Switzerland covers: The Bernese Oberland, the West, Lake Geneva, the Valais, Ticino, the Southeast, Zurich, the Northeast, Basel, the Jura, the Luzern Lowlands and Central Switzerland."

Cover Image: Essential: how the pandemic transformed the long fight for worker justice

Essential: how the pandemic transformed the long fight for worker justice McCallum, Jamie K

"The coronavirus pandemic threw life into a tumult for American workers, igniting new class struggles and further stoking those already under way. Across the country, essential workers lashed out against low wages, long hours, and safety risks, both with labor union backing and without it. Nurses, teachers, grocery clerks, farmers, food processing workers, and many more fought for higher wages, paid sick leave, better healthcare, and, above all else, increased safety protocols, attracting public support at a level unseen in the twenty-first century. The explosion in worker anger and the resurgence of organized labor's popularity may seem like short-term consequence of the coronavirus crisis, but both trends were long in the making and are likely to last far beyond the pandemic. In Essential , award-winning sociologist Jamie McCallum uncovers the deep roots and seismic impact of essential workers' rage, arguing that today's widespread labor unrest and militancy is both the result and the repudiation of decades of austerity. The turn toward small government in the 1980s, McCallum shows, meant the slow unravelling of the nation's social safety net and regulatory standards. Ever since, underpaid workers have since found themselves increasingly vulnerable to employer abuse and neglected by the state. In the wake of the Great Recession, these workers' ranks-and their anger-swelled, as low-wage, unstable jobs and subpar working conditions became the norm nationally. Intermittent waves of labor protest subsequently rocked America throughout the 2010s. But only in the course of performing high-risk, low-paid jobs throughout the pandemic, McCallum finds, did many essential workers across the United States begin to think of themselves of a marginalized class, lauded by the public as heroes but ruthlessly exploited by their employers. Through in-depth research conducted as the pandemic unfolded, McCallum traces the evolution of workers' class consciousness and militancy, showing how essential workers fought to improve not only their collective working conditions but also the living conditions of all of us. Highly organized, massive strikes of healthcare workers and other frontline employees achieved tangible gains for workers and the public, from high-tech air ventilators in classrooms and sufficient PPE in nursing homes to increased wages and more paid leave. Amid these gains, Untitled reveals, work stoppages attracted a level of public support unseen in decades, and calls for living wages, universal childcare and healthcare, and robust corporate regulation entered the political mainstream. However long the Great Resignation lasts, demands for worker justice are poised to shape national policy for years to come as politicians on the left embrace a more forceful class politics. Increased government spending on human infrastructure is a start, McCallum concludes, but a real recovery from the pandemic will require a coordinated effort to unionize ordinary workers and build working-class power at every level of society. Combining deep research with immersive storytelling, Essential is indispensable reading for anyone seeking to understand the past and future of the American working class"--

Cover Image: The Oswalds: an untold account of Marina and Lee

The Oswalds: an untold account of Marina and Lee Gregory, Paul R

"In The Oswalds, Paul Gregory--labeled by Robert Oswald as the 'only' friend of Lee Harvey Oswald and his soviet wife Marina--breaks nearly sixty years of silence to reveal how the soul of a killer took shape. Two hours after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, television cameras captured police escorting a suspect into Dallas police headquarters. Meanwhile in the student center at the University of Oklahoma, Gregory scanned the figure in a white, V-neck tee shirt and saw a battered yet recognizable face. Shocked, he said, 'I know that man.' In fact, he knew Lee and Marina better than almost anyone in America. Identified by the FBI as a 'known associate of LHO,' Gregory faced interrogations by the Secret Service and would later testify before the Warren Commission. Now, he offers readers the intimate details of his time spent within the inner world of Lee and Marina's young marriage in their rundown duplex in Fort Worth, Texas. His recollections include memories both casual and deadly serious, such as the dinner at his parents' house introducing Marina to the 'Dallas Russians,' a front-yard incident of spousal abuse, and Lee's attempt to assassinate a retired general. Gregory also recalls his father's role as Marina's translator and confidante in the first four days following the assassination, holed up at the Six Flags Inn with Marina, Lee's mother, and the Secret Service. As a scholar and skilled researcher, Gregory debunks the vast array of conspiracy theories with a candid assessment of the JFK assassination, demonstrating that Lee Harvey Oswald did it and did it alone--that the Oswald he once called a friend had the motive, the intelligence, and the means to be an assassin."

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Nashville Littman, Margaret

"Before Johnny Cash every picked up a guitar or Elvis crooned into a microphone, Nashville was a city with big dreams. In this book Margaret Littman shares her city with you"--Page 4 of cover.

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To each this world Czerneda, Julie

Biologist Julie E. Czerneda's new standalone science fiction novel, To Each This World follows a desperate mission to reconnect with long lost sleeper ships, sent centuries earlier from Earth to settle distant worlds. A trio of Humans must work with their mysterious alien allies to rescue any descendants they can find on those worlds. Something is out there, determined to claim the cosmos for itself, and only on Earth will Humans be safe. Or will they? The challenge isn't just to communicate with your own kind after generations have passed. It's to understand what isn't your kind at all. And how far will trust take you, when the truth depends on what you are?--Back cover.

Cover Image: The commanders: the leadership journeys of George Patton, Bernard Montgomery and Erwin Rommel

The commanders: the leadership journeys of George Patton, Bernard Montgomery and Erwin Rommel Clark, Lloyd

"From an acclaimed military historian, the interlocking lives of three of the most important and consequential generals in World War II. Born in the two decades prior to World War I, George Patton, Bernard Montgomery, and Erwin Rommel became among the most recognized and successful military leaders of the twentieth century. However, as acclaimed military historian Lloyd Clark reveals in his penetrating and insightful braided chronicle of their lives, they each charted very different, often interrupted, paths to leadership positions commanding hundreds of thousands of American, British, and German troops during World War II. Patton was born into a military family and from an early age felt he was destined for glory; following a disjointed childhood, Montgomery found purpose and direction in a military academy; Rommel's father was a former officer, so his pursuit of a military career was logical. Having ascended to the middle ranks, each faced battle for the first time in World War I, a searing experience that greatly influenced their future approach to war and leadership. When war broke out again in 1939, Montgomery and Rommel were immediately engaged, while Patton chafed until the US joined the Allies in 1942 and the three men, by then generals, collided in North Africa in 1943, and then again, climactically, in France after D-Day in 1944. Weaving letters, diary extracts, official reports, and other documents into his original narrative, recounting dramatic battles as they developed on the ground and at headquarters, Clark also explores the controversies that swirled around Patton, Montgomery, and Rommel throughout their careers, sometimes threatening to derail them. Ultimately, however, their unique abilities to bridge the space between leader and led cemented their legendary reputations"--

Cover Image: National Native American Veterans memorial: a souvenir book

National Native American Veterans memorial: a souvenir book National Museum of the American Indian (Washington, D.C.)

"The National Native American Veterans Memorial marks the first national commemoration of Native American military service. National Native American Veterans Memorial: A Souvenir Book pays tribute to the powerful monument and the American Indians who have served in every major US military conflict since the Revolutionary War, often participating at an extraordinary rate. It pays homage to Indigenous peoples who have made so many contributions and sacrifices for their country. Located on the quiet and reflective grounds of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, the memorial raises public consciousness of the significant contributions of American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian members of the military who have served in and out of combat for centuries. Native American artist and veteran Harvey Pratt (Cheyenne and Arapaho) designed the Warriors’ Circle of Honor, selected for its simplicity and timelessness. The book celebrates the memorial's beauty while providing historical context and exploring the symbolism of its stainless-steel circle, the intimate and interactive space, and striking design elements that convey traditional Native perspectives and beliefs. Capturing the inclusive, healing, and dynamic design and space, National Native American Veterans Memorial: A Souvenir Book gives readers a richer and deeper appreciation of a one-of-a-kind monument."--Cover

Cover Image: Great short books: a year of reading--briefly

Great short books: a year of reading--briefly Davis, Kenneth C

An entertaining guide to some of the best short novels of all time looks at works from the eighteenth century to the present day, spanning multiple genres, cultures, and countries. Davis provides a guide to some of the best short novels of all time. The works span from the eighteenth century to the present day, covering multiple genres, cultures, and countries, and are arranged alphabetically by title. Each short (4-to-6 pages) profile includes the first lines of the work, a brief plot summery, information about the author, and Davis's opinion on why you should read the book-- and what you should read next. -- adapted from perusal of book

Cover Image: Anchorage, Denali & the Kenai Peninsula: national parks road trips, outdoor adventures, wildlife excursions

Anchorage, Denali & the Kenai Peninsula: national parks road trips, outdoor adventures, wildlife excursions Pitcher, Don

"Adventure awaits on the Last Frontier: make your way through Alaska's mountains, glaciers, and rivers with Moon Anchorage, Denali & the Kenai Peninsula. Inside you'll find: Flexible itineraries including five days in Anchorage, a weekend in Denali National Park, day cruises, and a two-week adventure covering the whole region. Strategic advice for hikers, adventure sports lovers, wildlife enthusiasts, budget travelers, and more. Must-see highlights and outdoor experiences: Embark on a cruise to admire stunning fjords and watch brown bears catch wild salmon out of a river. Go snowboarding at a mountain resort or hike through alpine forests. Dine on fresh king crab at the best restaurants in Anchorage or catch your own halibut on a fishing expedition. Take an intrepid "flightseeing" tour to secluded glacier landings in Denali National Park and discover the best spots to watch the northern lights dance across the sky. Expert advice from Homer local Don Pitcher on when to go, where to stay, and how to get around. Full-color photos and detailed maps throughout. Up-to-date information including background on the landscape, wildlife, history, and local culture. Thorough background on the culture, weather, wildlife, local laws, and history, plus health and safety information. Find your adventure in Anchorage, Denali and the Kenai Peninsula with Moon's expert advice and local insight"--provided by publisher.

Cover Image: Rethinking hypothyroidism: why treatment must change and what patients can do

Rethinking hypothyroidism: why treatment must change and what patients can do Bianco, Antonio C

"A scientist, physician, and former president of the American Thyroid Association explains why the standard treatment for hypothyroidism fails many patients and calls for alternatives. The thyroid is a small gland located in your neck, right above the front of your shirt collar. It is shaped like a butterfly and weighs less than an ounce, but it is hugely important. Patients with hypothyroidism-the inability to produce the needed amounts of thyroid hormones-may experience fatigue, sluggishness, and confusion, and they may have issues with their skin, hair, and weight. As hypothyroid patients typically have low levels of thyroid hormones in circulation, treatment is aimed at bringing these levels back to normal. Because hypothyroidism is so common, we likely know someone on daily tablets of thyroxine or T4. While most patients respond well to this standard treatment, about ten to twenty percent (some two to three million individuals in the United States) are far from living a typical life. They exhibit "foggy brain"-low energy, confusion, and poor memory. Many doctors have shrugged off their complaints, believing they are unrelated to the thyroid disease. Dr. Antonio C. Bianco, a physician, scientist, and former president of the American Thyroid Association, offers here an accessible overview of the disease's treatment and makes the case that the current approach is failing some patients. He calls for alternatives to improve lives, and he equips patients and their families to advocate for other treatments"--

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The sweet spot Locke, Adriana

"Single mom Palmer Clark will not be sidelined by the new man in town. Sure, the honey-tongued baseball legend is gorgeous, loves puppies, and has charmed his way into the community's heart, but Palmer craves stability. Nothing about Cole says forever. So why is he so hard to resist? Cole is swinging through town to visit his parents when he meets the kind of down-to-earth distraction he's been looking for since retiring from the majors. True, his long-term relationship score is zero. But even though raising his average with Palmer seems impossible, it's worth a shot. As promising as the summer nights are, fate turns small-town dreams upside down, and some lessons are learned the hard way. But having faith in love and choosing hope over fear might get Palmer and Cole to the sweet spot they're looking for."--Page 4 of cover.

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Rick Steves Italy Steves, Rick

An updated edition of a popular traveler's guide to Italy offers comprehensive recommendations for a multi-week trip, covering everything from major cities and the Forum to the Colosseum and Michelangelo's David while providing walking-tour options and helpful Italian phrases.

Cover Image: The beginners dog training guide: how to train a superdog, step by step

The beginner's dog training guide: how to train a superdog, step by step Bailey, Gwen

Unleash your dog's potential and build a rewarding relationship that will last a lifetime! From walking on a loose lead to carrying the shopping, The Beginner's Dog Training Guide has everything you need to know to train your dog and ensure you have a happy canine companion. Choose the right dog breed for you and then keep your dog healthy by understanding their exercise, diet, and grooming needs. Follow clear, step-by-step explanations and illustrations to learn every aspect of owning and training a dog, from basic obedience to advanced tricks. Expert advice accompanied by over 800 clear photographs provide a user-friendly visual guide to training your dog, by showing you exactly what to do. Filled with tips and tricks, this book will help you become the owner of a well-behaved, healthy, and happy dog!

Cover Image: Lost souls of Leningrad: a novel

Lost souls of Leningrad: a novel Parry, Suzanne

"June 1941. Hitler's armies race toward vulnerable Leningrad. In a matter of weeks, the Nazis surround the city, cut off the food supply, and launch a vicious bombardment. Widowed violinist Sofya Karavayeva and her teenage granddaughter, Yelena, are cornered in the crumbling city. On Leningrad's outskirts, Admiral Vasili Antonov defends his homeland and fights for a future with Sofya. Meanwhile, Yelena's soldier fiancé transports food across the Ice Road--part of the desperate effort to save Leningrad. With their help, the two women inch toward survival, but the war still exacts a steep personal price, even as Sofya's reckoning with a family secret threatens to finish what Hitler started. Equal parts war epic, family saga, and love story, Lost Souls of Leningrad brings to vivid life this little-known chapter of World War II in a tale of two remarkable women--grandmother and granddaughter--separated by years and experience but of one heart in their devotion to each other and the men they love. Neither the oppression of Stalin nor the brutality of Hitler can destroy their courage, compassion, or will in this testament to resilience."--

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Dr. Earl Mindell's herb bible Mindell, Earl

"Since its original publication in 1992, Dr. Earl Mindell's Herb Bible has become the definitive guide to herbal remedies. In this completely updated edition, one of the world's foremost authorities on nutrition and natural remedies demystifies the language and lore of herbs and shows you how to choose and use herbs and herbal treatments--from the traditional favorites to those on the cutting edge--to help you heal faster, live longer, and look better. Here is new and valuable information on how herbs can treat depression and anxiety, boost energy, improve your sex life, combat aging, prevent illness, and speed healing."--

Cover Image: Tava: Eastern European baking and desserts from Romania & beyond

Tava: Eastern European baking and desserts from Romania & beyond Georgescu, Irina

"Tava is a meticulously researched baking book celebrating centuries of diversity and overlapping cultures that form today's cuisine in Romania. The author's aim is to also share the story of those dishes that have come to represent the identity of different cultural communities across the country. Tava means tray in Romanian, a metaphor for how a whole culinary landscape is presented to the reader. You will find Armenian pakhlava, Saxon plum pies, Swabian poppyseed crescents, Jewish fritters, and Hungarian langoși alongside plăcinte pies, alivenci corn cake, strudels and fruit dumplings. Rice or pearl barley puddings, donuts and gingerbread biscuits come with their own story, while chocolate mousses, meringues in custard sauce and coffee ice cream introduce you to the glamour of famous Romanian and Eastern European pastry shops. The book is written with integrity and respect towards this rich heritage connecting the past with a present which can be encountered by the reader when travelling in Romania. The recipes are easy to follow, beautifully photographed, and tempt the reader to embrace the unfamiliar as much as the familiar, while enjoying their comforting and homely feel."--

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A to Z great film directors Tuohy, Andy

"A striking, design-led reference book. A-Z Great Film Directors features Andy Tuohy's portraits of 52 directors significant for their contribution to cinema including kings of world cinema Wong Kar-Wai and Akira Kurosawa, arthouse pioneers Fritz Lang and David Lynch as well as the often under-appreciated female directors Kathryn Bigelow and Jane Campion. With text by film journalist Matt Glasby, each director's entry will also have a summary of the essential things you need to know about them, why they're important, a list of their must-see films, and a surprising fact or two about them, as well as images of their key films throughout. So whether you're already a film aficionado, or looking for a helpful cheat to pass convincingly as an arthouse fan, you'll love this guide to international directors, past and present."--Amazon.

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Women artists in expressionism: from empire to emancipation Behr, Shulamith

"Featuring a selection of women artists active between 1890 to 1924, this book investigates divergent responses to the dramatic historical events and structural transformations during the early twentieth century. It reveals their efforts, with greater or relative success, to negotiate the competitive market economy of the late Wilhelmine empire and the uncertainties of the early Weimar Republic. In examining these artists, Shulamith Behr uncovers the overlooked importance of women's emancipative ideals to the development of avant-garde culture. Behr explores the richness of the women's engagement with and shaping of Expressionism, the modern art movement noted for its intention to express the emotional-rather than physical-reality of the artist. Behr examines the posthumous critical reception of Paula Modersohn-Becker as a prime agent of the feminization of the movement; Käthe Kollwitz's use of printmaking as a vehicle for technical innovation and socio-political commentary; and the dynamic relationship between Marianne Werefkin and Gabriele Münter, including their different national and cultural origins and paths towards Expressionism in the Blaue Reiter, a group of artists that included Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee. Additional chapters examine the role of Herwarth Walden's and Nell Walden's role as art dealers who promoted women Expressionists during the First World War, Münter's encounter with Swedish Expressionism in Scandinavia, and the recognition of Dutch-born abstractionist Jacoba van Heemskerck as an honorary German Expressionist"--

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Beyond good and evil Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm

"Expanding on his ideas from Thus Spoke Zarathustra, this influential text undermines the assumptions of traditional morality and encourages us to think more critically about the world in which we live. Nietzsche considers past philosophers and religious leaders from Socrates to Descartes to Schopenhauer with a critical and pessimistic eye. Questioning the blind following of religious faith, he examines the deeper question of who is truly good or evil. Beyond Good and Evil presents a unique perspective of the human mind offered through the words of one of history's most controversial philosophers."

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The devil's atlas: an explorer's guide to heavens, hells and afterworlds Brooke-Hitching, Edward

"The Devil's Atlas is an illustrated guide to the heavens, hells and lands of the dead as imagined throughout history by cultures and religions around the world. Packed with colourful maps, paintings and captivating stories, the reader is taken on a compelling tour of the geography, history and supernatural populations of the afterworlds of cultures around the globe. Whether it's the thirteen heavens of the Aztecs, the Chinese Taoist netherworld of 'hungry ghosts', or the 'Hell of the Flaming Rooster' of Japanese Buddhist mythology (in which sinners are tormented by an enormous fire-breathing cockerel), The Devil's Atlas gathers together a wonderful variety of beliefs and representations of life after death. A traveller's guide to worlds unseen, The Devil's Atlas is a fascinating study of the boundless capacity of human invention, a visual chronicle of man's hopes, fears and fantasies of what lies beyond"--Publisher's description.

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Secrets of the universe in 100 symbols

This book presents 100 enigmatic treasures that act as a springboard to understanding the beliefs and rituals of past civilizations, revealing how to decode signs and symbols and telling the compelling history of mystical thought along the way.

Cover Image: Data cartels: the companies that control and monopolize our information

Data cartels: the companies that control and monopolize our information Lamdan, Sarah

"In our digital world, data is power, and information hoarders reign supreme. The practices of these digital pillagers are analogous to those of cartels--they use intimidation, aggression, and force to maintain control and power. Sarah Lamdan brings us into the unregulated underworld of the "data cartels," demonstrating how the entities mining, hoarding, commodifying, and selling our data and informational resources perpetuate social inequalities and threaten the democratic sharing of knowledge. The companies at the center of this book are not household names like Google. They fly under the radar and self-identify as "data analytics" or "business solutions" operations. These companies supply the digital lifeblood that flow through the circulatory system of the internet. With their control over data, they can prevent the free flow of information to places where it is needed, and simultaneously distribute private information to predatory entities. Just a few companies dominate most of our critical informational resources, from scientific research and financial data to the law. They are also data brokers, selling our personal data to law enforcement and other government agencies that determine whether we should be eligible for social services, and they sell "risk" products that insurance companies, employers, landlords, and healthcare systems use to make decisions. Alarmingly, everything they're doing is perfectly legal. Ranging from small information firms to billion-dollar data giants like Thomson Reuters and RELX Group, these companies masterfully exploit outdated information and privacy laws, curating online information in a way that amplifies digital racism and targets marginalized communities. In this book, Lamdan contends that privatization and tech exceptionalism have prevented us from creating effective legal regulation. Lack of legal intervention has allowed oversized information oligopolies to coalesce. In addition to specific legal and market-based solutions, Lamdan calls for treating information like a public good and creating digital infrastructure that supports our democratic ideals"--

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Novelist as a vocation Murakami, Haruki

"A charmingly idiosyncratic look at writing, creativity, and the author's own novels. Haruki Murakami's myriad fans will be delighted by this unique look into the mind of a master storyteller. In this engaging book, the internationally best-selling author and famously reclusive writer shares with readers what he thinks about being a novelist; his thoughts on the role of the novel in our society; his own origins as a writer; and his musings on the sparks of creativity that inspire other writers, artists, and musicians. Readers who have long wondered where the mysterious novelist gets his ideas and what inspires his strangely surreal worlds will be fascinated by this highly personal look at the craft of writing"--

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The annotated Kant: groundwork for the metaphysics of morals Kant, Immanuel

"This new, complete translation of Kant's 'Groundwork' makes a challenging foundational work of moral philosophy accessible to all readers. Remaining faithful to the original German, the text is rendered clearly to promote reader comprehension. An inviting introduction, running commentary, and glossary further support study and interpretation"--

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The digital selling handbook: grow your sales by engaging, prospecting, and converting customers the way they buy today Stinnett, Bill

"Actionable advice for sales professionals and business owners for growing sales in today's increasingly virtual marketplace Rapid changes in where and how people live, work, and do business in recent years, have triggered major shifts in how customers shop for and buy virtually everything! Sales and marketing professionals are faced with the harsh reality of rethinking their entire approach to engaging clients in today's virtual marketplace--or risk quickly becoming irrelevant. They need to rethink their entire sales approach--and Digital Selling Handbook shows them how to do it. This comprehensive guide builds readers' understanding of customer psychology and buying behavior in the new digital-first world. It provides best practices for engaging customers using a variety of methods. Digital selling expert and founder of Sales Excellence, Inc., Bill Stinnett covers the entire sales and marketing process, showing how to: -Create a magnetic personal brand that attracts prospective customers -Engage customers earlier in the buying process -Develop an evergreen lead machine using strategies of world-class organizations -Write articles, emails, and social media posts that trigger customer action -Find and create new opportunities through outbound prospecting -Turn customer conversations into sales opportunities and revenue Finding and attracting new business will always be one of the most vital aspects of business success. In today's transformed world of selling, those with the smartest, more forward-looking strategies will be the ones to come out on top. The Digital Selling Handbook provides everything you need keep ahead of the curve and in front of the competition"--

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Fluent Python: clear, concise, and effective programming Ramalho, Luciano

Don't waste time bending Python to fit patterns you've learned in other languages. Python's simplicity lets you become productive quickly, but often this means you aren't using everything the language has to offer. With the updated edition of this hands-on guide, you'll learn how to write effective, modern Python 3 code by leveraging its best ideas. Discover and apply idiomatic Python 3 features beyond your past experience. Author Luciano Ramalho guides you through Python's core language features and libraries and teaches you how to make your code shorter, faster, and more readable.

Cover Image: Brain energy: a revolutionary breakthrough in understanding mental health--and improving treatment for anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, and more

Brain energy: a revolutionary breakthrough in understanding mental health--and improving treatment for anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, and more Palmer, Christopher M

"Brain Energy explains this new understanding of mental illness in detail, from symptoms and risk factors to what is happening in brain cells. Palmer also sheds light on the new treatment pathways this theory opens up-which apply to all mental disorders, including anxiety, depression, ADHD, alcoholism, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, autism, and even schizophrenia"--

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Programming C# 10: build cloud, web, and desktop applications Griffiths, Ian

Designed for experienced programmers, this book provides many code examples to help you work with the nuts and bolts of C#, such as generics, LINQ, and asynchronous programming features. You'll get up to speed on .NET 6 and the latest C# 9.0 and 10.0 additions, including records, enhanced pattern matching, and new features designed to remove "ceremony" to improve productivity.

Cover Image: The alien perspective: a new view of humanity and the cosmos

The alien perspective: a new view of humanity and the cosmos Whitehouse, David

"A journey through the evolving cosmos, considering how human survival will depend on otherworldly perspectives. In David Whitehouse's most ambitious book to date, he explores how human evolution has been intertwined with the workings of the cosmos from the very beginning, and what the far-distant future may hold, both for the universe and for ourselves. Given enough time, Whitehouse contends, we must communicate with intelligent aliens whose divergent perspective will transform our understanding of the universe. First contact may even come sooner than we think. We have already transmitted signals toward promising exoplanets. If, say, Gliese 581d harbors life, the return signal could reach us in 2051. Drawing the thread of human consciousness from the cave to the cosmos, the acclaimed author of Apollo 11: The Inside Story charts our future journey to the end of space and time, and considers whether something of humanity could remain at the end of it all."--Amazon.

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The American blockbuster: movies that defined their generations Crace, Benjamin

"The American Blockbuster provides accessible summary and analysis of some of the greatest films of the last four decades, showing how each film is a specific product of its time"-- "In an age marked by tension and division, Americans of all ages and backgrounds have turned to film to escape the pressures of everyday life. Yet, beyond escapism, popular cinema is both a mirror and microscope for our collective psyche. Examining the films that have made billions of dollars through a new lens reveals that popular culture is a vital source for understanding what it means to be an American.This book is divided into four sections, each associated with a different generation. Featuring such era-defining hits as Jaws, Back to the Future, Avatar, and The Avengers, each section presents detailed film analyses that showcase the consistency of certain American values throughout generations as well as the constant renegotiation of others. Ideal for any cinephile, The American Blockbuster demonstrates how complex and meaningful even the summer blockbuster can be"--