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Samantha Taylor is shattered when her husband leaves her for another woman. She puts her advertising career on hold and seeks refuge at a friend's California ranch, where she loses herself in the daily labor of ranch life. Here, she discovers the healing powers of trusted friends, simple joys, and hard work. She also meets Tate Jordan, the ranch foreman, and a tumultuous relationship ensues. When Tate disappears and a fall from a horse changes Samantha's life forever, she is confined to a wheelchair and must look deep inside herself to finds the courage to begin again. Now, fighting the battles of the handicapped, she finds new challenges, new loves, and even the adopted child she's always longed for.From the Paperback edition.
Millions adored Daphne Fields, for she shared their passion, their pain, their joy, and their sorrow. But America's most popular novelist remained a closed book to the world -- guarding her life with a fierce privacy no reporter could crack. Her life hides a myriad of secrets. The husband and daughter she lost in a fire. The son who barely survived it and would be deaf forever. The victories, the defeats, the challenges of facing life as a woman alone and helping her son meet the challenges of his handicap. A strong woman, she would not accept defeat, or help from anyone... until she found she could no longer face it alone.From the Paperback edition.
Although Jessica and Ian Clarke have been married seven years, they insist the thrill and excitement haven't dimmed. At Jessica's urging, Ian has quit his advertising job to become a struggling writer, and she supports him with her successful San Francisco boutique. Ian's financial dependence on Jessica upsets him more than he admits, and in a moment of bored malaise, Ian's first casual indiscretion will create a nightmare that threatens everything Jessica and Ian have carefully built. What he does changes their lives, and them, perhaps forever, as they struggle to pay the price of his foolhardy affair.
This widely acclaimed biography provides a vivid and riveting account of Stalin and his courtiers--killers, fanatics, women, and children--during the terrifying decades of his supreme power. In a seamless meshing of exhaustive research and narrative ?lan, Simon Sebag Montefiore gives us the everyday details of a monstrous life.We see Stalin playing his deadly game of power and paranoia at debauched dinners at Black Sea villas and in the apartments of the Kremlin. We witness first-hand how the dictator and his magnates carried out the Great Terror and the war against the Nazis, and how their families lived in this secret world of fear, betrayal, murder, and sexual degeneracy. Montefiore gives an unprecedented understanding of Stalin's dictatorship, and a Stalin as human and complicated as he is brutal.From the Trade Paperback edition.otov, Beria and Yezhov among them-the author sheds new light on the oligarchy that attempted to create a new world by exterminating the old. He gives us the details of their quotidian and monstrous lives: Stalin's favorites in music, movies, literature (Hemmingway, The Forsyte Saga and The Last of the Mohicans were at the top of his list), food and history (he took Ivan the Terrible as his role model and swore by Lenin's dictum, "A revolution without firing squads is meaningless"). We see him among his courtiers, his informal but deadly game of power played out at dinners and parties at Black Sea villas and in the apartments of the Kremlin. We see the debauchery, paranoia and cravenness that ruled the lives of Stalin's inner court, and we see how the dictator played them one against the other in order to hone the awful efficiency of his killing machine.With stunning attention to detail, Montefiore documents the crimes, small and large, of all the members of Stalin's court. And he traces the intricate and shifting web of their relationships as the relative warmth of Stalin's rule in the early 1930s gives way to the Great Terror of the late 1930s, the upheaval of World War II (there has never been as acute an account of Stalin's meeting at Yalta with Churchill and Roosevelt) and the horrific postwar years when he terrorized his closest associates as unrelentingly as he did the rest of his country.Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar gives an unprecedented understanding of Stalin's dictatorship, and, as well, a Stalin as human and complicated as he is brutal. It is a galvanizing portrait: razor-sharp, sensitive and unforgiving.From the Hardcover edition.
IN THIS BOOK, we look at the power of mathematics, not the drudgery of number crunching. We look back through history and see how the power of mathematics has revolutionized the world. We also take an in-depth look at the utility of mathematics--how it is useful to you now--rather than telling you that it might be useful someday. The main theme throughout the book is problem solving.
The book is intended for entry-level students as well as seasoned learners who want to prepare themselves for the pharmacy technician profession.
Marvin Minsky -- one of the fathers of computer science and co-founder of the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at MIT -- gives a revolutionary answer to the age-old question: "How does the mind work?" Minsky brilliantly portrays the mind as a "society" of tiny components that are themselves mindless. Mirroring his theory, Minsky boldly casts The Society of Mind as an intellectual puzzle whose pieces are assembled along the way. Each chapter -- on a self-contained page -- corresponds to a piece in the puzzle. As the pages turn, a unified theory of the mind emerges, like a mosaic. Ingenious, amusing, and easy to read, The Society of Mind is an adventure in imagination.
Gain a better understanding of how human resources impacts both individuals and organizations with this market-leading, practical text. Snell/Morris/Bohlander's popular MANAGING HUMAN RESOURCES, 17TH EDITION builds upon a foundation of research and theory with an inviting, practical framework that focuses on today's most critical HR issues and current practices. The book's engaging writing style and strong visual design use more than 500 memorable examples from a variety of real organizations to illustrate key points and connect concepts to current HR practice. Fresh examples spotlight the latest developments and critical trends, while hands-on applications focus on practical tips and suggestions for success.
A collection of original adventure stories about swashbuckling pirates, their lives on the ocean waves, and buried treasure.
In the new Fourth Edition of Our Social World: Condensed, three award-winning authors and teachers of sociology set out to inspire students to see how larger structures and global trends affect their personal lives, to develop their sociological imaginations, and to view both world events and their personal experiences from a sociological perspective. In each chapter of this innovative and engaging text, authors Jeanne H. Ballantine, Keith A. Roberts, and new co-author Kathleen Odell Korgen, reveal the relationships between various levels of the social system and provide students with hands-on opportunities to engage with the material covered and to hear from "sociologists in action."
Over 100 delicious and foolproof recipes for mouthwatering jams, jellies, and preserves from the canning experts at Better Homes and Gardens Joining the successful line of canning titles from Better Homes and Gardens, this innovative guide focuses exclusively on jams and jellies. Along with all the classic recipes such as Strawberry Jam (both freezer and water-bath canned), Orange Marmalade, and Grape Jelly, it also offers fun flavor twists such as wine-herb combinations; spicy and savory concoctions perfect for making beautiful hors d'oeuvres, like Hot Pepper Jelly; and creative ideas like Carrot Cake Jam, which makes for an indulgent toast-topper. The book showcases more than 100 delicious recipes with a photo of each, as well as step-by-step and ingredient shots where appropriate. It includes full water-bath canning information, proportion charts to help readers create their own recipes, and recipes using alternate sweeteners and low-sugar pectins. And, because they make such perfect gifts, there is a special section on wrapping and presenting jams and jellies.
At her celebrated bakery Lael Cakes, Emily Lael Aumiller creates stunning special-occasion cakes that are as pleasing to the taste buds as they are to the eye--and they're also all vegan and gluten-free! As more people are becoming aware of their dietary restrictions, Emily's exquisite cakes provide a solution that leaves everyone happy while dismissing the idea that vegan and gluten-free desserts are by nature unattractive. Pure Artistry includes recipes for staple cakes (like Mexican Chocolate, Lemon-Poppy, and Classic Red Velvet) plus icings and fondant, how-tos on cake construction, and information on necessary ingredients and tools. The truly extraordinary feature of the book is the gorgeous cake designs, which are organized by mood--classical, classical whimsy, modern, and modern whimsy. These teach the reader foundational decorating techniques, like making sugar flowers, while inspiring bakers with photography that is gorgeous enough to stand on its own.
This CliffsNotes guide includes everything you've come to expect from the trusted experts at CliffsNotes, including analysis of the most widely read literary works.
This book investigates the way localities are shaped and negotiated through tourism, and explores the emerging success of local peer-produced hospitality and tourism services which are transforming the tourist experience. Tourists are now being brought into much closer contact with locals and have new opportunities to experience the community at their destination. This book examines these place experiences and travel-sharing arrangements that have now spread globally due to the use of social communication platforms such as Airbnb. It analyses the existence of global communities of 'place experts' that are redefining the organisational structures, value systems, market opportunities, affordabilities and geographies in travel and tourism. This volume brings together the work of established tourism scholars as well as early career researchers and is one of the first books to examine the global-local relationship at tourism destinations and the way that the rapidly developing field of peer-to-peer tourism is transforming tourist destinations.
This book presents a sociolinguistic ethnography of the linguistic landscape of Chinatown in Washington, DC. The book sheds a unique light on the impact of urban development on traditionally ethnic neighbourhoods and discusses the various historical, social and cultural factors that contribute to this area's shifting linguistic landscape. Based on fieldwork, interviews with residents and visitors and analysis of community meetings and public policies, it provides an in-depth study of the production and consumption of linguistic landscape as a cultural text. Following a geosemiotic analysis of shop signs, it traces the multiple historical trajectories of discourse which shaped the bilingual landscape of the neighbourhood. Turning to the spatial contexts, it then compares and contrasts the situated meaning of the linguistic landscape for residents, community organisers and urban planners.
Many Asian education systems discourage or even ban the use of L1 in L2 classrooms - although in fact L1 remains widely used by teachers. Why is L1 use still devalued in this context? By observing classes and interviewing teachers, this book explores three dimensions of L1 use in L2 teaching: pedagogy: what teachers actually do, and what they say about it; the personal: what happens to identity when we 'perform' a foreign tongue; the professional: how textbooks are used, and what is distinctive about the EFL domain.
How do migrants describe themselves and their experiences? As the world faces a migration crisis, there is an enhanced need for educational responses to the linguistic and cultural diversity of student bodies, and for consideration of migrant students at all levels of the curriculum. This book explores the stories of over 70 migrants from 41 countries around the world and examines the language they use when talking about their move to a new country and their experiences there. The book interprets common themes from the stories using metaphor and metonymy analysis to lead to more nuanced understandings of migration that have implications for language teachers. The stories also dispel many stereotypes relating to migration, serving as a reminder to us all to consider our own language when talking about this complex subject.
English is used in diplomatic contexts worldwide, including in situations where none of the interlocutors are native-speakers. This ground-breaking volume brings together the perspectives of researchers and practitioners to discuss the needs of those using and learning English for Diplomatic Purposes. Chapter authors use concepts from sociolinguistics, World Englishes, Peace Linguistics and English as a Lingua Franca. Combined with this theoretical background is a pragmatic understanding of the work of diplomacy and the realities of communication, as well as exercises designed to help students, teachers and practicing diplomats reflect on, and develop, their language use. This book represents an important first step in the opening-up of English for Diplomatic Purposes as a distinct field of study and learning, and as such will be required reading for those working and studying in this area.
This book evaluates a project where formal classroom learning of a second language was supplemented with informal, natural interactions with older native speakers of the target language, delivering a number of pedagogical and societal benefits. The authors introduce a model of intergenerational, intercultural encounters which aims to promote the use of community language resources; enrich the experiences of young learners; foster greater understanding between generations; break down cultural stereotypes; encourage appreciation of different cultures and enhance the quality of life and community engagement of older people with a bi/multilingual background. It draws on theories of language acquisition, discourse analysis and psychosocial perspectives to propose a model of language learning for students that can be used for any language or locality. It is therefore an essential resource for graduate students, researchers and language teachers as well as for education, aged and youth care policy makers, practitioners and community services workers who are interested in innovative language pedagogy.
Design and deploy your own web application in minutes using Sinatra About This Book * Exploit Sinatra to design a web application * Integrate external, internal, and inline CSS and use some popular CSS frameworks * Deploy an application onto your own server or on a cloud application platform Who This Book Is For Learning Sinatra is a great place to start your first Sinatra application. It doesn't matter whether you have written a web application before or not, though some basic knowledge of programming is essential. What You Will Learn * Install and set up Ruby and Sinatra * Work with layouts and template routes * Extend the code to include CSS in different ways * Create projects and understand MVC * Design the front-end with Twitter Bootstrap * Use the MySQL/SQLite gem to communicate with databases * Implement sessions that can be used across multiple pages * Utilize the innovative and user-friendly features of ORMs In Detail Sinatra is a Ruby framework that is widely used in the Industry. You can use it to make a single-page web app or a large-scale one. With the increased online footprint, you can create and deploy your own application. Whether you are brand-new to online learning or a seasoned expert, this book will provide you with the skills you need to successfully create, customize, and deploy a Sinatra application. Starting from the beginning, this book will cover how to install Ruby and Sinatra, construct the back-end, design and customize the front-end layout, and utilize the innovative and user-friendly features of ORMs. By sequentially working through the steps in each chapter, you will quickly master Sinatra's features to create your own application. With ample screenshots and code that offers a play-by-play account of how to build an application, Learning Sinatra will ensure your success with this cutting-edge framework. Style and approach This book takes a step-by-step approach to Sinatra and explains it in a conversational and easy-to-follow style. A simple project is used as a base to explain each topic. The code and screenshots included add to the ease of learning.
Learn to solve scientific computing problems using Scala and its numerical computing, data processing, concurrency, and plotting libraries About This Book * Parallelize your numerical computing code using convenient and safe techniques. * Accomplish common high-performance, scientific computing goals in Scala. * Learn about data visualization and how to create high-quality scientific plots in Scala Who This Book Is For Scientists and engineers who would like to use Scala for their scientific and numerical computing needs. A basic familiarity with undergraduate level mathematics and statistics is expected but not strictly required. A basic knowledge of Scala is required as well as the ability to write simple Scala programs. However, complicated programming concepts are not used in the book. Anyone who wants to explore using Scala for writing scientific or engineering software will benefit from the book. What You Will Learn * Write and read a variety of popular file formats used to store scientific data * Use Breeze for linear algebra, optimization, and digital signal processing * Gain insight into Saddle for data analysis * Use ScalaLab for interactive computing * Quickly and conveniently write safe parallel applications using Scala's parallel collections * Implement and deploy concurrent programs using the Akka framework * Use the Wisp plotting library to produce scientific plots * Visualize multivariate data using various visualization techniques In Detail Scala is a statically typed, Java Virtual Machine (JVM)-based language with strong support for functional programming. There exist libraries for Scala that cover a range of common scientific computing tasks - from linear algebra and numerical algorithms to convenient and safe parallelization to powerful plotting facilities. Learning to use these to perform common scientific tasks will allow you to write programs that are both fast and easy to write and maintain. We will start by discussing the advantages of using Scala over other scientific computing platforms. You will discover Scala packages that provide the functionality you have come to expect when writing scientific software. We will explore using Scala's Breeze library for linear algebra, optimization, and signal processing. We will then proceed to the Saddle library for data analysis. If you have experience in R or with Python's popular pandas library you will learn how to translate those skills to Saddle. If you are new to data analysis, you will learn basic concepts of Saddle as well. Well will explore the numerical computing environment called ScalaLab. It comes bundled with a lot of scientific software readily available. We will use it for interactive computing, data analysis, and visualization. In the following chapters, we will explore using Scala's powerful parallel collections for safe and convenient parallel programming. Topics such as the Akka concurrency framework will be covered. Finally, you will learn about multivariate data visualization and how to produce professional-looking plots in Scala easily. After reading the book, you should have more than enough information on how to start using Scala as your scientific computing platform Style and approach Examples are provided on how to use Scala to do basic numerical and scientific computing tasks. All the concepts are illustrated with more involved examples in each chapter. The goal of the book is to allow you to translate existing experience in scientific computing to Scala.
Build frontend-to-backend web applications using the best practices of a powerful, fast, and easy-to-deploy server language About This Book * Build a fully-featured REST API to enable client-side single page apps * Utilize TLS to build reliable and secure sites * A quick guide that provides everything a developer needs to know to build end-to-end web applications in Go Who This Book Is For This book is intended for experienced programmers with minimal-to-moderate exposure to the Go language. If you have some fundamentals down, but are looking for more detail when it comes to using Go for the web, this is the book for you. What You Will Learn * Create a listening web server * Route requests * Implement SSL/TLS * Use Go's logic-less templates * Implement caching for maximum performance * Use sessions and cookies * Utilize security best practices to keep users and data safe * Connect to data sources * Create a RESTful API In Detail Go is an open source programming language that makes it easy to build simple, reliable, and efficient software. It is a statically typed language with syntax loosely derived from that of C, adding garbage collection, type safety, some dynamic-typing capabilities, additional built-in types such as variable-length arrays and key-value maps, and a large standard library. Learning Go Web Development is a start-to-finish walkthrough of the topics most critical to anyone building a new web application. Whether it's keeping your application secure, connecting to your database, enabling token-based authentication, or utilizing logic-less templates, this book has you covered. You'll begin by learning about routing requests and implementing SSL. Moving on, you'll get to know about practices to keep users' data safe. By the end of the book, you will be able to build robust, secure, and fully-featured applications for the web. Style and approach This concise book demonstrates by doing. You'll build a component every step of the way and in the end, will have a blogging platform that can be used for personal experimentation and augmented to be used in production.
Orchestrate the designing, development, testing, and deployment of web applications with Symfony About This Book * Create a robust and reliable Symfony development pipeline using Amazon's cloud platform * Cut development and maintenance costs by defining crystal clear features and possible scenarios for each feature before implementation * Follow detailed examples provided in each chapter to create a task management application Who This Book Is For If you are a PHP developer with some experience in Symfony and are looking to master the framework and use it to its full potential, then this book is for you. Though experience with PHP, object-oriented techniques, and Symfony basics is assumed, this book will give you a crash course on the basics and then proceed to more advanced topics. What You Will Learn * Install and configure Symfony and required third-party bundles to develop a task management application * Set up a continuous integration server to orchestrate automatic builds every time you add a new feature to your project * Reduce maintenance costs dramatically using Behaviour Driven Development (BDD) * Create a slick user interface using the Bootstrap framework * Design robust business logic using Doctrine * Build a comprehensive dashboard and secure your project using the Sonata project * Improve performance using Redis, Memcache, and Varnish * Create customized Symfony commands and add them to your console In Detail In this book, you will learn some lesser known aspects of development with Symfony, and you will see how to use Symfony as a framework to create reliable and effective applications. You might have developed some impressive PHP libraries in other projects, but what is the point when your library is tied to one particular project? With Symfony, you can turn your code into a service and reuse it in other projects. This book starts with Symfony concepts such as bundles, routing, twig, doctrine, and more, taking you through the request/response life cycle. You will then proceed to set up development, test, and deployment environments in AWS. Then you will create reliable projects using Behat and Mink, and design business logic, cover authentication, and authorization steps in a security checking process. You will be walked through concepts such as DependencyInjection, service containers, and services, and go through steps to create customized commands for Symfony's console. Finally, the book covers performance optimization and the use of Varnish and Memcached in our project, and you are treated with the creation of database agnostic bundles and best practices. Style and approach A step-by-step guide to mastering Symfony while developing a task management application. Each chapter comes with detailed examples.
Harness the power of Apex design patterns to build robust and scalable code architectures on the Force.com platform About This Book * Apply Creational, Structural and behavioural patterns in Apex to fix governor limit issues. * Have a grasp of the anti patterns to be taken care in Apex which could have adverse effect on the application. * The authors, Jitendra Zaa is a salesforce MVP and Anshul Verma has 12+ years of experience in the area of application development. Who This Book Is For If you are a competent developer with working knowledge of Apex, and now want to deep dive into the world of Apex design patterns to optimize the application performance, then this book is for you. Prior knowledge of Salesforce and Force.com platform is recommended. What You Will Learn * Apply OOPs principal in Apex to design a robust and efficient solution to address various facets to a business problem * Get to grips with the benefits and applicability of using different design patterns in Apex * Solve problems while instantiating, structuring and giving dynamic behavior to Apex classes * Understand the implementation of creational, structural, behavioral, concurrency and anti-patterns in your application * Follow the Apex best practices to resolve governor limit issues * Get clued up about the Inheritance, abstract classes, polymorphism in Apex to deal with the object mechanism * Master various design patterns and determine the best out of them * Explore the anti patterns that could not be applied to Apex and their appropriate solutions In Detail Apex is an on-demand programming language providing a complete set of features for building business applications - including data models and objects to manage data. Apex being a proprietor programming language from Salesforce to be worked with multi tenant environment is a lot different than traditional OOPs languages like Java and C#. It acts as a workflow engine for managing collaboration of the data between users, a user interface model to handle forms and other interactions, and a SOAP API for programmatic access and integration. Apex Design Patterns gives you an insight to several problematic situations that can arise while developing on Force.com platform and the usage of Design patterns to solve them. Packed with real life examples, it gives you a walkthrough from learning design patterns that Apex can offer us, to implementing the appropriate ones in your own application. Furthermore, we learn about the creational patterns that deal with object creation mechanism and structural patterns that helps to identify the relationship between entities. Also, the behavioural and concurrency patterns are put forward explaining the communication between objects and multi-threaded programming paradigm respectively. We later on, deal with the issues regarding structuring of classes, instantiating or how to give a dynamic behaviour at a runtime, with the help of anti-patterns. We learn the basic OOPs principal in polymorphic and modular way to enhance its capability. Also, best practices of writing Apex code are explained to differentiate between the implementation of appropriate patterns. This book will also explain some unique patterns that could be applied to get around governor limits. By the end of this book, you will be a maestro in developing your applications on Force.com for Salesforce Style and approach This book is a step-by-step guide, complete with well-tested programs and real world situations to solve your common occurring problems in Apex design by using the anti-patterns. It gets crackling from exploring every appropriate solution to comparing the best one as per OOps principal.
Nothing Ever Dies, Viet Thanh Nguyen writes. All wars are fought twice, the first time on the battlefield, the second time in memory. From the author of the bestselling novel The Sympathizer comes a searching exploration of a conflict that lives on in the collective memory of both the Americans and the Vietnamese.