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Common Threads is a brief nonfiction reader with concise but comprehensive reading and writing instruction. Its unique rhetorical and thematic organization allows teachers to seamlessly blend it into their existing curricula. With brief high-interest readings, probing questions, extensive writing suggestions, and practical reading and writing instruction, Common Threads gives students all the instruction, practice, and support they need to engage with complex texts.
As the dog days of summer wind down, the Howard sisters end up trying their hands at many new things. After a minor auto accident, Louise-- accustomed to coaxing beautiful music from the piano and organ--learns to check tire gauges, dipsticks and battery cables. Alice gets roped into helping Aunt Ethel on a new project, and employs hammers, saws and nails to try to keep up with her feisty aunt, and Jane has been commissioned to cater a very special dinner. The finicky hostess makes planning a menu a challenge, but learning to minister to a special group of guests may just be the trickiest task of all.
The first volume of the Econometric Exercises Series, Matrix Algebra contains exercises relating to course material in matrix algebra that students are expected to know while enrolled in an (advanced) undegraduate or a postgraduate course in econometrics or statistics. The book features a comprehensive collection of exercises with complete answers. More than just a collection of exercises, the volume is a textbook organized in a completely different manner than the usual textbook. It can be used as a self-contained course in matrix algebra or as a supplementary text.
After his wife dies in a car accident, bisexual writer and activist Steve Abbott moves with his two-year-old daughter to San Francisco. There they discover a city in the midst of revolution, bustling with gay men in search of liberation few of whom are raising a child. Steve throws himself into San Francisco s vibrant cultural scene. He takes Alysia to raucous parties, pushes her in front of the microphone at poetry readings, and introduces her to a world of artists, thinkers, and writers. But the pair live like nomads, moving from apartment to apartment, with a revolving cast of roommates and little structure. As a child Alysia views her father as a loving playmate who can transform the ordinary into magic, but as she gets older Alysia wants more than anything to fit in. The world, she learns, is hostile to difference. In Alysia s teens, Steve s friends several of whom she has befriended fall ill as AIDS starts its rampage through their community. While Alysia is studying in New York and then in France, her father tells her it s time to come home; he s sick with AIDS. Alysia must choose whether to take on the responsibility of caring for her father or continue the independent life she has worked so hard to create. Reconstructing their life together from a remarkable cache of her father s journals, letters, and writings, Alysia Abbott gives us an unforgettable portrait of a tumultuous, historic time in San Francisco as well as an exquisitely moving account of a father s legacy and a daughter s love.
From Belgian and French paratroops to Che Guevara and CIA funded Cuban B-26 pilots, the Congo has been a hotbed of African conflict in the late 20th century. When the colonial powers began retreating from Africa in the 1950s and 1960s, the Belgian Congo/Zaire became the bloodiest, most chaotic example of 'how not to do it', and has remained so ever since. A vast region with huge mineral wealth, abandoned in 1960 with virtually no infrastructure or functioning government, it was immediately torn by civil wars.Many whites remained in-country, both as missionaries and to exploit the mines, and Belgian military advisors were caught up in the chaotic conflict that threatened them. White mercenary troops were hired, and in the 1960s these became famous world-wide for some dramatic rescue missions. Manipulated by mining interests, the rich province of Katanga/Shaba seceded from the Republic; Swedish, Irish and 14 other UN contingents had to intervene, and the UN Secretary General was killed there under suspicious circumstances. In the late 1960s even Che Guevara tried to stick his nose in, so the CIA got involved, providing T-28s and B-26s with mercenary Cuban exile pilots.In the 1970s, during the ruinous 30-year dictatorship of General Mobutu, periodic rebellions required the hasty insertion once again of Belgian and French paratroops to save European lives. From the mid-1990s the country split again, becoming the battleground for the largest African war in history, as armies and rebel groups from Rwanda, Angola, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Namibia and other countries crossed into the Congo to support one side or the other, or simply to loot the rich resources. Major operations ended - or paused - in 2002, but the old hatreds and constant lure of the Congo's natural resources continue to boil over into periodic outbreaks.Featuring specially commissioned full-color artwork and rare photographs, this is the harrowing story of the wars that ravaged Congo for four decades.
Widening global inequalities make it difficult for parents in developing nations to provide for their children, and both mothers and fathers often find that migration in search of higher wages is their only hope. Their dreams are straightforward: with more money, they can improve their children's lives. But the reality of their experiences is often harsh, and structural barriers--particularly those rooted in immigration policies and gender inequities--prevent many from reaching their economic goals. Sacrificing Families offers a first-hand look at Salvadoran transnational families, how the parents fare in the United States, and the experiences of the children back home. It captures the tragedy of these families' daily living arrangements, but also delves deeper to expose the structural context that creates and sustains patterns of inequality in their well-being. What prevents these parents from migrating with their children? What are these families' experiences with long-term separation? And why do some ultimately fare better than others? As free trade agreements expand and nation-states open doors widely for products and profits while closing them tightly for refugees and migrants, these transnational families are not only becoming more common, but they are living through lengthier separations. Leisy Abrego gives voice to these immigrants and their families and documents the inequalities across their experiences.
Copyright 2011, Anna GraceAll rights reserved, Lyrical Press, Inc. Annie watched as Devlin made his way through the crowded room, stopping to shake hands with this person, air-kiss that person, and bathe in their praise. She was furious. But what made it worse was she still felt like an awkward little girl in a room full of adults. She wanted to admonish Devlin for leaving her alone, but she knew she wouldn't. It wasn't like her to be so shy and unconfident, and she didn't like it one bit. "My dear Annie, you came. " Devlin strode up to her, taking her hands in his and bringing them to his lips. All at once, she was smitten again, excited by the feeling of his mouth on her fingertips. "You're late," she said, trying to hold on to her anger. "I'm so sorry. " He moved in closer so only she could hear. "I shouldn't have left you here alone for so long. Please forgive me. "His deep brown eyes held hers with a pleading look, and she felt herself smile. Grinning, he slid his arm around her waist and guided her toward the older man who had opened the door to her. "Fergus, may I introduce this beautiful young lady to you. Annie Wilson, this is Fergus Bryant. Annie is coordinating the move to New York. ""Ah, the American," Fergus said dismissively. "How do you do?""We've actually met," Annie said in monotone. "You let me in this evening. ""Did I? Well, it's a pleasure to meet you once again. Have you had a chance to peruse the delights of the city? The Rock Star Bus Tour, perhaps? Or the 'tart with the cart'?" He winked at Devlin. "He means the statue of Molly Malone. " Devlin laughed nervously. "All the tourists love it. ""Well, I haven't been here very long, Mr. Bryant," Annie said, keeping her cold tone. "But I probably won't have much time for sightseeing. ""Shame, shame. Maybe you can just get one of those oversized leprechaun hats instead," Fergus said with a sneer. "Would you excuse me? I think there's a disaster about to happen with the profiterole mountain. " He wandered off, swaying his champagne flute at eye-level as he went. "I apologize for Fergus," Devlin said. "He's a sweet man once you get to know him. Just have to work your way past the snobbery first. ""Can't wait," said Annie. "I'm sorry, Devlin, but would you mind if I left the party a bit early? I'm still tired from the traveling, I think, and it's an early morning tomorrow at the gallery. "Devlin looked taken aback. "Of course, if you want to. I mean, are you sure?""Yes. It was a lovely party, really. I'm just a bit tired, that's all. ""All right. Well, I'll call you a taxi, I suppose. I'm a bit disappointed, though, to be honest. I had hoped to spend some time with you, get to know you a bit better. "Annie had hoped so too. But this evening was not what she had planned, and she thought it best to start over with Devlin another day when he wasn't surrounded by snobby friends with profiteroles. "I'm sorry. But I'll see you tomorrow, I hope," she said with a smile. "You will, of course. " He took her hand and kissed it once more.
Retribution. At any cost. Now that she knows her name and what she is, she wants justice for everything she's lost. Though her memories elude her, she takes a job for a half-demon Senator and, aided by werewolves from a local clan, intends to uncover evidence that will convict the Senator of more than thirty murders. Getting to the Senator and finding the necessary evidence is more difficult than she anticipates, especially when there is a bounty for her death. If that were not enough, the vampire who stole her memories returns and reveals unexpected truths. But she's not going to let anything stop her. Not a sadistic assassin or a servant or Lucifer. Not even her ex-lover, the vampire God of the Underworld. Nothing will stop her from claiming retribution...even if the price is her life.
Sparks fly under the full moon in paranormal suburbia. Vampire Alexandria Cartwright believes she's found the perfect home in paranormal suburbia. An independent young woman and professional financial adviser, Alexi needs help from no man, human or paranormal. Until burglars break into her house and steal her most valuable possession--one which could lead to her demise. Werewolf Gregory Holmes is instantly attracted to his new neighbor and wants nothing more than to protect her from any who would seek to harm her. Helping Alexi recover her stolen safe seems to be the perfect opportunity to show her how he feels. Centuries of experience have shown Alexi all men are greedy pigs who only think with the brain below their belt. But as Greg comes to her aid repeatedly, she wonders if he's the real deal. Can she overcome her loathing for men? Can Greg break through the wall she's built to show her the meaning of love? CONTENT WARNING: Language. Violence. Graphic sex. A Lyrical Press Paranormal Romance
Bruce Ackerman offers a sweeping reinterpretation of our nation's constitutional experience and its promise for the future. Integrating themes from American history, political science, and philosophy, We the People confronts the past, present, and future of popular sovereignty in America. Only this distinguished scholar could present such an insightful view of the role of the Supreme Court. Rejecting arguments of judicial activists, proceduralists, and neoconservatives, Ackerman proposes a new model of judicial interpretation that would synthesize the constitutional contributions of many generations into a coherent whole. The author ranges from examining the origins of the dualist tradition in the Federalist Papers to reflecting upon recent, historic constitutional decisions. The latest revolutions in civil rights, and the right to privacy, are integrated into the fabric of constitutionalism. Today's Constitution can best be seen as the product of three great exercises in popular sovereignty, led by the Founding Federalists in the 1780s, the Reconstruction Republicans in the 1860s, and the New Deal Democrats in the 1930s. Ackerman examines the roles played during each of these periods by the Congress, the Presidency, and the Supreme Court. He shows that Americans have built a distinctive type of constitutional democracy, unlike any prevailing in Europe. It is a dualist democracy, characterized by its continuing effort to distinguish between two kinds of politics: normal politics, in which organized interest groups try to influence democratically elected representatives; and constitutional politics, in which the mass of citizens mobilize to debate matters of fundamental principle. Although American history is dominated by normal politics, our tradition places a higher value on mobilized efforts to gain the consent of the people to new governing principles. In a dualist democracy, the rare triumphs of constitutional politics determine the course of normal politics. More than a decade in the making, and the first of three volumes, this compelling book speaks to all who seek to renew and redefine our civic commitments in the decades ahead.
Giving Full Measure to Countermeasures: Addressing Problems in the DoD Program to Develop Medical Countermeasures Against Biological Warfare Agentsby Acquisition of Medical Countermeasures Against Biological Warfare Agents
In recent years, substantial efforts have been initiated to develop new drugs, vaccines, and other medical interventions against biological agents that could be used in bioterrorist attacks against civilian populations. According to a new congressionally mandated report from the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council of the National Academies, to successfully develop these drugs, vaccines, and other medical interventions against biowarfare agents, Congress should authorize the creation of a new agency within the Office of the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Defense. The committee recommended that Congress should improve liability protections for those who develop and manufacture these products, to stimulate willingness to invest in new research and development for biowarfare protection. Giving Full Measure to Countermeasures also identifies other challenges—such as the need for appropriate animal models and laboratories equipped with high-level biosafety protections—that will require attention if DoD efforts to develop new medical countermeasures are to be successful.
The National Academies Science, Technology, and Law Program convened three workshops focusing on specific aspects of OMB's "Guidelines for Ensuring and Maximizing the Quality, Objectivity, Utility, and Integrity of Information Disseminated by Federal Agencies. " The workshops were intended to assist the agencies in developing their agency-specific implementation guidelines. This workshop report details the approaches agencies are considering using to implement the guidelines.
For María Isabel Salazar López, the hardest thing about being the new girl in school is that the teacher doesn't call her by her real name. "We already have two Marías in this class," says her teacher. "Why don't we call you Mary instead?" But María Isabel has been named for her Papá's mother and for Chabela, her beloved Puerto Rican grandmother. Can she find a way to make her teacher see that if she loses her name, she's lost the most important part of herself?
From the dust jacket: SWEPT AWAY Searching for a sunken ship off the coast of Peru, treasure hunter Logan Cutter manages to pull a very different kind of prize from the sea--a stunningly beautiful woman. Her name is Daniela Rosada, an exotic gallery owner tossed overboard by ruthless drug dealers. But something about her story is as fishy as the sea--and twice as dangerous... IN TOO DEEP With her knowledge of Peruvian artifacts, Dani offers to help Logan translate an ancient map that will lead them to a shipwrecked treasure--and into a carefully laid trap. But the closer they get, the deeper she falls for him, not realizing that Logan is hiding a secret of his own. By the time she learns the truth about his boat, his brothers--and his blood feud with pirates--it's too late. By falling in love, they've set a course for disaster...
Through personal accounts and revelations, this book explores bullying at work and offers solutions to help overcome this stressful, often isolating experience facing many women and men. Based on three years of research, Andrea Adams plots the destructive forces currently eroding the professional lives of many people. By tracing the psychological origins of bullying at work this book investigates the effect of past relationships on the present, providing both individuals and organizations with a deeper understanding of why things can go so badly wrong. Through advice and guidance, it offers a way forward for all those who value the need for psychological well-being at the workplace.
Thirteen precious and magical silver charms have been lost in the kingdom of Karisma, and Sesame Brown has to track them down.This eBook collection brings all of the stories about Sesame together for the first time. Meet all of the inhabitants of Karisma, good and bad, from Queen Charm to Zorgen and scheming Morbrecia, and follow Sesame's exploits in the kingdom of Karisma, from her first adventure to her last.YOU can be a Charmseeker too!
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Since the 1980s, the world's governments have decreased state welfare and thus increased the number of unprotected 'informal' or 'precarious' workers. As a result, more and more workers do not receive secure wages or benefits from either employers or the state. This book offers a fresh and provocative look into the alternative social movements informal workers in India are launching. It also offers a unique analysis of the conditions under which these movements succeed or fail. Drawing from 300 interviews with informal workers, government officials and union leaders, Rina Agarwala argues that Indian informal workers are using their power as voters to demand welfare benefits from the state, rather than demanding traditional work benefits from employers. In addition, they are organizing at the neighborhood level, rather than the shop floor, and appealing to 'citizenship', rather than labor rights.
Book five of Wicked PlayIt's been twenty years since Rockford Fielding's father punished him for kissing another boy. Now a grown man with a military career behind him, Rock continues to deny his true desires, even while working security at The Den, the most decadent sex club in town. But after a year of watching gorgeous Carter Montgomery come and go on the arms of other men, Rock can no longer resist the cravings he's denied for so long.Carter has just four months left on his contract with an escort agency, and he doesn't know whether to feel relieved or afraid. Being an escort is all he knows. Adding to his confusion is the way his latest client, the sexy but stoic Rock, makes him feel things he hasn't wanted in years.One charmingly awkward date turns into two and soon the men are meeting off the clock. But with Rock in the closet and Carter unsure how to pursue a real relationship, how can they build a future both in and out of the bedroom?89,000 words
Now eighteen, Felix sets out across the mountains of Spain to rescue three children kidnapped by their father. Along the way, he hopes to see his true love, Juana, who has entered a convent. But his rescue party is being followed, and Felix fears he and the children are being led into a trap.
Lights! Camera! Action! A hilarious chapter book debut from a fabulous new talent! Things to Know About Me by Jules Bloom 1. I am a scrambled-eggs-and-chocolate-milk type person. 2. I have an audition for a TV commercial (which would be great if I were a tall-icy-drink type person.) 3. I am in between best friends right now. 4. I am worried that the audition will be a disaster. (See #1 and #3!) Jules doesn't want to ruin THE OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME, and she's willing to turn to anyone for help--even her know-it-all ex-best friend! If only that lovely new girl in class would turn out to be the new best friend of her dreams, maybe, just maybe, Jules will be ready for her close-up....
Copyright 2012, Melisse AiresAll rights reserved, Lyrical Press, Inc. "We are lost?" Lost in deep space. A death sentence. "Think so. We'll know more when the computers come back online. "The news was not good and did not get better after the computers came back on. They were deep in uncharted space, and there was no way to know if the jumpstream that had dumped them here would return them to Confederated system space. Though they tried around the clock, they were unable to communicate with anyone. Their small damaged ship was truly alone. They had enough supplies to last for perhaps sixty days. After that, the ship's fuel would be gone, and they would die in deep space. Captain Ringel wouldn't let them give up. They continued with repairs and communication but the mood was quiet, with bursts of anger. The crew was so young. Svana mourned for their lost futures, and for her own daughter, so far away, whom she would never see again. Many nights, Svana held a weeping young one in her arms, giving what comfort she could. Going about rote chores in her supply room, Svana heard a shout from her open com. She climbed the ladder as fast as she could. The entire bridge was in a shouting, laughing uproar. Their distress signal had reached someone. Captain Ringel was talking to the contact in the small conference room. Svana waited with the crew for him to come out, hoping for good news, for a future. "Urloon. It reached a planet called Urloon," Lu, one of the junior engineers, said. "Isn't that a First World Planet? I remember learning something about Urloon in first school," another crew member said. A com tech's finger glided over the com board. "Yes. Urloon. Settled by first wave Terran settlers but was left isolated for centuries while Terra fought the Terran Civil War. Water. . . Wow! Water-adapted humans live in domes in the warm seas. They adapted themselves at the DNA level to bare young already adapted to the sea. "Captain Ringel came back onto the crowded bridge and his smile was blinding. "Urloon, a former Terran colony out on the Rim, is sending a rescue ship. They will be here within twelve days. "There were twenty days left of life support. The crew erupted into joyous shouts, leaping and laughing so the floor shook. In the tumult Captain Ringel's gaze caught her own. He nodded slightly, and Svana knew it was an acknowledgement of the work they had done together.
Introducing a fearless knight who stumbles upon a plot that could alter history.... FREE PREVIEW! Less than three years after the Battle of Hastings, 2,000 Normans march to subdue the troublesome province of Northumbria. Tancred, an ambitious knight, is among them, hungry for battle. But at Durham, they are ambushed by English rebels and Tancred's lord is slain while Tancred barely escapes alive. Seeking vengeance, he becomes caught up in secret dealings between a powerful Norman magnate and a shadow from the past. As the Norman and English armies prepare to clash, Tancred uncovers a plot which harks back to Hastings itself. If successful, it threatens to destroy the entire conquest. This stunning debut sweeps readers into an exciting and ruthless world, where the fate of England hangs in the balance. This free ebook short includes: List of Place-Names Map Chapter One Chapter Two Chapter Three Chapter Four Chapter Five
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