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Addiction and Grace: Love and Spirituality in the Healing of Addictions (Leader's Guide Ser.)

by Gerald G. May

Addiction and Grace offers an inspiring and hope-filled vision for those who desire to explore the mystery of who and what they really are.<P><P> May examines the "processes of attachment" that lead to addiction and describes the relationship between addiction and spiritual awareness. He also details the various addictions from which we can suffer, not only to substances like alcohol and drugs, but to work, sex, performance, responsibility, and intimacy. Drawing on his experience as a psychiatrist working with the chemically dependent, May emphasizes that addiction represents an attempt to assert complete control over our lives. Addiction and Grace is a compassionate and wise treatment of a topic of major concern in these most addictive of times, one that can provide a critical yet hopeful guide to a place of freedom based on contemplative spirituality.

1812: The War of 1812 (P. S. Ser.)

by Walter R. Borneman

In June 1812 the still-infant United States had the audacity to declare war on the British Empire. Fought between creaking sailing ships and armies often led by bumbling generals, the ensuing conflict featured a tit-for-tat "You burned our capital, so we'll burn yours" and a legendary battle unknowingly fought after the signing of a peace treaty. During the course of the war, the young American navy proved its mettle as the USS Constitution, "Old Ironsides," sent two first-rate British frigates to the bottom, and a twenty-seven-year-old lieutenant named Oliver Hazard Perry hoisted a flag exhorting, "Don't Give Up the Ship," and chased the British from Lake Erie. By 1814, however, the United States was no longer fighting for free trade, sailors' rights, and as much of Canada as it could grab, but for its very existence as a nation. With Washington in flames, only a valiant defense at Fort McHenry saved Baltimore from a similar fate. Here are the stories of commanding generals such as America's Henry "Granny" Dearborn, double-dealing James Wilkinson, and feisty Andrew Jackson, as well as Great Britain's gallant Sir Isaac Brock, overly cautious Sir George Prevost, and Rear Admiral George Cockburn, the man who put the torch to Washington. Here too are those inadvertently caught up in the war, from heroine farm wife Laura Secord, whom some call Canada's Paul Revere, to country doctor William Beanes, whose capture set the stage for Francis Scott Key to write "The Star-Spangled Banner." 1812: The War That Forged a Nation presents a sweeping narrative that emphasizes the struggle's importance to America's coming-of-age as a nation. Though frequently overlooked between the American Revolution and the Civil War, the War of 1812 did indeed span half a continent -- from Mackinac Island to New Orleans, and Lake Champlain to Horseshoe Bend -- and it paved the way for the conquest of the other half. During the War of 1812, the United States cast aside its cloak of colonial adolescence and -- with both humiliating and glorious moments -- found the fire that was to forge a nation.

Florida Roadkill: A Novel (Serge Storms #1)

by Tim Dorsey

Sunshine State trivia buff Serge A. Storms loves eliminating jerks and pests. His drug-addled partner Coleman loves cartoons. Hot stripper Sharon Rhodes loves cocaine, especially when purchased with rich dead men's money. On the other hand, there's Sean and David, who love fishing and are kind to animals -- and who are about to cross paths with a suitcase filled with $5 million in stolen insurance money. Serge wants the suitcase. Sharon wants the suitcase. Coleman wants more drugs . . . and the suitcase. In the meantime, there's murder by gun, Space Shuttle, Barbie doll, and Levi's 501s. In other words, welcome to Tim Dorsey's Florida -- where nobody gets out unscathed and untanned!

The Last Crossing: A Novel (Playaway Adult Fiction Ser.)

by Guy Vanderhaeghe

The Last Crossing is a sweeping tale of breathtaking quests, adventurous detours, and hard-won redemption. Englishmen Charles and Addington Gaunt are ordered by their tyrannical industrialist father to find their brother Simon, who has gone missing in the wilds of the American West. Charles, a disillusioned artist, and Addington, a disgraced military captain, set off to remote Fort Benton on the edge of the Montana frontier. The brothers hire the enigmatic Jerry Potts, a half Blackfoot, half Scot guide, to lead them North, where Simon was last seen. Addington takes command of the mission, buying enough provisions to fill two wagons, and hires sycophantic journalist Caleb Ayto to record the journey for posterity. As the party heads out, it grows to include the fiery Lucy Stoveall, Civil War veteran Custis Straw, and saloonkeeper Aloysius Dooley. This unlikely posse becomes entangled in an unfolding drama that forces each one of them to confront personal demons. Told from alternating points of view with vivid flashbacks, The Last Crossing is a novel of ruggedness and salvation, an epic masterpiece set in a time when worlds collided, were destroyed, and were built anew.

The Miracle Detective: An Investigative Reporter Sets Out To Examine How The Catholic Church Investigates Holy Visions And Discovers His Own Faith

by Randall Sullivan

In a tiny, dilapidated trailer in northeastern Oregon, a young woman saw a vision of the Virgin Mary in an ordinary landscape painting hanging on her bedroom wall. After being met with skepticism from the local parish, the matter was officially placed "under investigation" by the Catholic diocese. Investigative journalist Randall Sullivan wanted to know how, exactly, one might conduct the official inquiry into such an incident, so he set off to interview theologians, historians, and postulators from the Sacred Congregation of the Causes for Saints. These men, dubbed "miracle detectives" by the author, were charged by the Vatican with testing the miraculous and judging the holy.Sullivan traveled from the Vatican in Rome to the tiny village of Medjugorje in Bosnia-Herzegovina, where six visionaries had been receiving apparitions of the Virgin Mary. Sullivan's quest turns personal and takes him to Scottsdale, Arizona, site of America's largest and most controversial instances of Virgin Mary sightings, culminating an eight-year investigation of predictions of apocalyptic events, false claims of revelation, and the search for a genuine theophany-that is, the ultimate interface between man and God.

The Rose of Martinique: A Life of Napoleon's Josephine

by Andrea Stuart

One of the most remarkable women of the modern era, Josephine Bonaparte was born Rose de Tasher on her family's sugar plantation in Martinique. She embodied all the characteristics of a true Creole-sensuality, vivacity, and willfulness. Using diaries and letters, Andrea Stuart expertly re-creates Josephine's whirlwind of a life, which began with an isolated Caribbean childhood and led to a marriage that would usher her onto the world stage and crown her empress of France.Josephine managed to be in the forefront of every important episode of her era's turbulent history: from the rise of the West Indian slave plantations that bankrolled Europe's rapid economic development, to the decaying of the ancien régime, to the French Revolution itself, from which she barely escaped the guillotine.Rescued from near starvation, she grew to epitomize the wild decadence of post-revolutionary Paris. It was there that Josephine first caught the eye of Napoleon Bonaparte. A true partner to Napoleon, she was equal parts political adviser, hostess par excellence, confidante, and passionate lover. In this captivating biography, Stuart brings her so utterly to life that we finally understand why Napoleon's last word before dying was the name he had given her: Josephine.

Troll: A Love Story

by Johanna Sinisalo

"A wily thriller-fantasy . . . Each discovery sounds like the voice of a storyteller reminding us of how the gods play with our fates."-New York TimesWinner of the Finlandia Award, Troll: A Love Story is an enchanting novel that has become an international sensation. Angel, a young photographer, comes home from a night of carousing to find a group of drunken teenagers in the courtyard of his apartment building, taunting a wounded, helpless young troll. He takes it in, not suspecting the dramatic consequences of this decision. What does one do with a troll in the city? As the troll's presence influences Angel's life in ways he could never have predicted, it becomes clear that the creature is the familiar of man's most forbidden feelings. A novel of sparkling originality, Troll is a wry, beguiling story of nature and man's relationship to wild things, and of the dark power of the wildness in ourselves.

Introduction to Stochastic Calculus (Indian Statistical Institute Series)

by Rajeeva L. Karandikar B. V. Rao

This book sheds new light on stochastic calculus, the branch of mathematics that is most widely applied in financial engineering and mathematical finance. The first book to introduce pathwise formulae for the stochastic integral, it provides a simple but rigorous treatment of the subject, including a range of advanced topics. The book discusses in-depth topics such as quadratic variation, Ito formula, and Emery topology. The authors briefly address continuous semi-martingales to obtain growth estimates and study solution of a stochastic differential equation (SDE) by using the technique of random time change. Later, by using Metivier–Pellaumail inequality, the solutions to SDEs driven by general semi-martingales are discussed. The connection of the theory with mathematical finance is briefly discussed and the book has extensive treatment on the representation of martingales as stochastic integrals and a second fundamental theorem of asset pricing. Intended for undergraduate- and beginning graduate-level students in the engineering and mathematics disciplines, the book is also an excellent reference resource for applied mathematicians and statisticians looking for a review of the topic.

Implementatie: Effectieve verbetering van de patiëntenzorg

by Richard Grol Michel Wensing

Dit boek helpt zorgverleners, leidinggevenden, staffunctionarissen, beleidsmakers en onderzoekers om pati#65533;ntenzorg op een effectieve manier te verbeteren. Het geeft een praktische, stapsgewijze aanpak voor de implementatie van innovatie in de gezondheidszorg, die rekening houdt met de weerbarstigheid van de praktijk. In Implementatie ligt de nadruk op het verbeteren van het handelen van artsen, verpleegkundigen, paramedici, andere zorgverleners, en de teams waarin zij werken. De pati#65533;nt staat hierbij centraal. Deze geactualiseerde uitgave geeft een toegankelijk overzicht van het wetenschappelijk onderzoek op het gebied van implementatie. Het beantwoordt bijvoorbeeld de vraag hoe het komt dat veel waardevolle inzichten, hulpmiddelen, programma's en best practices de weg naar de praktijk niet vinden. En andersom hoe het kan dat er soms werkwijzen gebruikt worden waarvan is aangetoond dat ze geen meerwaarde hebben voor pati#65533;nten of burgers. Implementatie beschrijft vele concrete voorbeelden van verandertrajecten in Nederland en daarbuiten. Bij het boek horen digitale verrijkingen, zoals samenvattingen van de hoofdstukken en toetsen met multiplechoicevragen en stellingen.  

Industrial Competitiveness and Design Evolution (Evolutionary Economics and Social Complexity Science #12)

by Takahiro Fujimoto Fumihiko Ikuine

This book integrates the concept of design into the existing framework of industrial performance, international trade and comparative advantage in trade and industrial phenomena, which increasingly have been affected by design characteristics of tradable goods. Design, capability and their evolution are introduced into current theories of trade to explain the reality of international trade in the early twenty-first century and the possibility of design-based comparative advantage is explored. Toward that end, the concepts of design, architecture, organizational capability and productivity are introduced, as are their interactions and evolution. The author starts from the fact that firms’ selection of design locations precedes that of production locations and that a new product’s initial production location is usually the same as its design location. In other words, design matters in explaining today’s trade phenomena. Thus, this book analyzes product design and its evolution in the context of the comparative advantage theory. The author argues that the concept of Ricardo’s comparative advantage must be reinterpreted in a more dynamic way than in the past, with changing labor input coefficients treated as variables and driven by international capability-building competition between factories. Some of the many topics dealt with in this volume include a capability-architecture view of industrial comparative advantage, a design-based view of manufacturing, the evolution of manufacturing capabilities, Ricardian comparative advantage with changing labor input coefficients, comparative design cost and selection of design locations and a design process model behind comparative design cost. In this way, the behaviors of factories, product development projects, firms, industries and national economies in today’s global competition are described and analyzed in the most realistic way.

Diabetes-Therapie – informiert entscheiden: Patientenzentriertes und fallbasiertes Vorgehen über Leitlinien hinaus

by Lars Kihm Stefan Kopf Peter Nawroth

Dieses Buch bietet Orientierung in der unübersichtlichen Vielzahl der Beobachtungs- und Interventionsstudien. Die Autoren lösen Widersprüche auf zwischen Studien und Leitlinienempfehlungen und kombinieren die Ergebnisse – zum bestmöglichen Therapie-Ergebnis für die Patienten.Kurz und bündigOptimale Therapie – für den jeweiligen Patienten adaptiert.Immer durch Studien belegt.Wo geben Studien klare HandlungsrichtlinienWie lassen sich diese Therapieempfehlungen einfach und praxisrelevant umgesetzt.Wo sind weiterhin Fragen offenDie Informationsgrundlage, auf der Arzt und Patient im persönlichen Gespräch die individuell passende Vorgehensweise finden können.Behandlungsmöglichkeiten „analog“ der Situationen, in denen Klarheit besteht.Klare Aussagen, wo eindeutige Therapieempfehlungen durch Studien fehlen, was unverändert unbekannt oder unsicher ist.Wo sollte der Arzt eine in ihrer Wirksamkeit unbelegte Therapie oder Lebensumstellung bewusst nicht empfehlen, um den Patienten nicht unnötig zu belasten oder gar zu schädigen.Für alle Ärzte, die Patienten mit Diabetes behandeln: Internisten, Allgemeinmediziner …Auch als Empfehlung für Ihre engagierten Diabetesberaterinnen, Diabetesassistentinnen, Ernährungsberaterinnen.

Flächeninanspruchnahme in Deutschland: Auf dem Wege zu einem besseren Verständnis der Siedlungs- und Verkehrsflächenentwicklung

by Martin Behnisch Gotthard Meinel Odette Kretschmer

Dieses Buch behandelt konzeptionelle und methodische Grundlagen zur Beschreibung und Erklärung der Flächennutzung und Flächenentwicklung. Ausgewählte Autorinnen und Autoren aus verschiedensten Forschungs- und Planungsinstitutionen stellen eine breite Vielfalt an aktuellen Forschungsansätzen zur Umwidmung von Freiflächen in Siedlungs- und Verkehrsflächen (Flächeninanspruchnahme) in Deutschland vor.In den einzelnen Kapiteln wird auf wichtige Fragen eingegangen: Wie messen und erklären wir Zustand und Struktur der Flächennutzung? Welche Instrumente können langfristig eine nachhaltige Flächenentwicklung unterstützen? Welche Herausforderungen bestehen für das Flächenmanagement im ländlichen Raum? Welche Einflussgrößen prägen die Siedlungsstruktur und Siedlungsentwicklung in Deutschland? Das Buch richtet sich an alle, die sich für den schonenden Umgang mit der begrenzten Ressource Boden, die räumliche Struktur und Entwicklung der Flächeninanspruchnahme, das komplexe Ursachenbündel der Siedlungs- und Verkehrsflächenentwicklung und die Instrumente einer nachhaltigen und klimagerechten Flächennutzungsentwicklung interessieren.

Not a Happy Camper: A Memoir

by Mindy Schneider

Remember those long sultry summer days at camp, the sun setting over the lake as you sang "Kumbaya”? Well, Mindy Schneider remembers her summer at Camp Kin-A-Hurra in 1974 just a wee bit differently. Not a Happy Camper chronicles a young girl’s adventures at a camp where the sun never shines, the breakfast cereal dates back to the summer of 1922, and many of the counselors speak no English. For eight eye-opening and unforgettable weeks, Mindy and her eccentric band of friends—including Autumn Evening Schwartz, the daughter of hippies, who communicates with the dead, and the sleep-dancing, bibliophile Betty Gilbert—keep busy feuding in color wars, failing at sports, and uncovering the camp’s hidden past. As she focuses on landing the perfect boyfriend and longs for her first kiss, Mindy unexpectedly stumbles across something infinitely grander: herself. Hilarious, charming, and glowing with nostalgia, Mindy Schneider’s memoir is a must-read for anyone who’s ever been to summer camp, or wishes they had.

The Miraculous Day of Amalia Gómez

by John Rechy

In The Miraculous Day of Amalia Gomez, Amalia Gomez thinks she sees a large silver cross in the sky. A miraculous sign, perhaps, but one the down-to-earth Amalia does not trust. Through Amalia, we take a vivid and moving tour of the "other Hollywood," populated by working-class Mexican Americans, as John Rechy blends tough realism with religious and cultural fables to take us into the life of a Chicano family in L.A. Epic in scope and vision, The Miraculous Day of Amalia Gomez is classic Rechy.

We Own This Game: A Season in the Adult World of Youth Football

by Robert Andrew Powell

Although its participants are still in grade school, Pop Warner football is serious business in Miami, where local teams routinely advance to the national championships. Games draw thousands of fans; recruiters vie for nascent talent; drug dealers and rap stars bankroll teams; and the stakes are so high that games sometimes end in gunshots. In America's poorest neighborhood, troubled parents dream of NFL stardom for children who long only for a week in Disney World at the Pop Warner Super Bowl.In 2001, journalist Robert Andrew Powell spent a year following two teams through roller-coaster seasons. The Liberty City Warriors, former national champs, will suffer the team's first-ever losing season. The Palmetto Raiders, undefeated for two straight years, will be rewarded for good play with limo rides and steak dinners. But their flamboyant coach (the "Darth Vader of youth football") will face defeat in a down-to-the-wire playoff game.We Own This Game is an inside-the-huddle look into a world of innocence and corruption, where every kickoff bares political, social, and racial implications; an unforgettable drama that shows us just what it is to win and to lose in America.


by Robert W. Howarth Michael Begon Colin R. Townsend

Dieses Ökologie-Lehrbuch führt in leicht verständlicher Weise in die Grundlagen - von den theoretischen Fundamenten bis zu Ihren praktischen Anwendungen - ein. Durchgehend farbige Abbildungen, einfache didaktische Elemente und eine Fülle an Beispielen machen dieses Buch zu einem idealen Einstieg in die Ökologie für Studierende aller Studienabschnitte. Neu in der 3. Auflage sind zusätzliche Erläuterungen in Form von Sprechblasen in den Abbildungen und die neue Gliederung des Textes in 5 Abschnitte. Ökosystem und Biogeochemie werden ausführlicher behandelt und hunderte neuer Studien sowohl für die grundlegenden als auch für die angewandten Aspekte der Ökologie werden einbezogen.

Die rechtssichere Abmahnung: Ein Leitfaden für Personalabteilung und Geschäftsführung

by Pascal Croset Markus Dobler

Dieses Werk dient als praktische Hilfe für den Alltag von HR-Managern und Personalverantwortlichen. Es zeigt, wie Arbeitgeber eine korrekte Abmahnung verfassen.Der unprofessionelle Umgang mit Abmahnungen als Vorstufe der Kündigung führt häufig zu unschönen Überraschungen im Kündigungsschutzprozess: Oft ist es nicht der Kündigungssachverhalt an sich, der die Kündigung zu Fall bringt, sondern die vorangegangene mangelhafte Abmahnung.Das Werk zeigt, was für eine ordnungsgemäße, formal und inhaltlich wirksame Abmahnung zu beachten ist und verzichtet dabei bewusst auf Anwaltsdeutsch. Eine Checkliste, über 30 Beispiel-Abmahnungen zu verschiedenen Anlässen sowie zahlreiche rechtliche Hinweise runden den Nutzwert des Buches ab. Die 3. Auflage wurde rechtlich auf den aktuellen Stand gebracht und enthält u. a. aktuelle Informationen zum Beteiligungsrecht der Schwerbehindertenvertretung bei Abmahnungen.

Supervised Descriptive Pattern Mining

by Sebastián Ventura José María Luna

This book provides a general and comprehensible overview of supervised descriptive pattern mining, considering classic algorithms and those based on heuristics. It provides some formal definitions and a general idea about patterns, pattern mining, the usefulness of patterns in the knowledge discovery process, as well as a brief summary on the tasks related to supervised descriptive pattern mining. It also includes a detailed description on the tasks usually grouped under the term supervised descriptive pattern mining: subgroups discovery, contrast sets and emerging patterns. Additionally, this book includes two tasks, class association rules and exceptional models, that are also considered within this field.A major feature of this book is that it provides a general overview (formal definitions and algorithms) of all the tasks included under the term supervised descriptive pattern mining. It considers the analysis of different algorithms either based on heuristics or based on exhaustive search methodologies for any of these tasks. This book also illustrates how important these techniques are in different fields, a set of real-world applications are described.Last but not least, some related tasks are also considered and analyzed. The final aim of this book is to provide a general review of the supervised descriptive pattern mining field, describing its tasks, its algorithms, its applications, and related tasks (those that share some common features).This book targets developers, engineers and computer scientists aiming to apply classic and heuristic-based algorithms to solve different kinds of pattern mining problems and apply them to real issues. Students and researchers working in this field, can use this comprehensive book (which includes its methods and tools) as a secondary textbook.

Adolescents with Chronic Kidney Disease: From Diagnosis to End-Stage Disease

by Maha N. Haddad Erica Winnicki Stephanie Nguyen

End-stage renal disease is a devastating diagnosis to the patient, family and their care provider. This book covers all aspects of chronic kidney disease from a general description to its psychological impact on the adolescent and lastly its progression to end-stage and dialysis. It details the important aspects of the patient’s journey from diagnosis to their final destination including transplant and discussion of the medications used. It includes chapters on important etiologies of chronic kidney disease in adolescence, addressing the particular challenges a provider may be faced with in caring for this age group, and finally transition of their care to adult care providers. Written by experts in the field of pediatrics and nephrology Adolescents with Chronic Kidney Disease is the definitive resource in diagnosing and transitioning patients with chronic kidney disease.

How to Tame a Fox (and Build a Dog) (and Build a Dog) (and Build a Dog) (and Build a Dog): Visionary Scientists and a Siberian Tale of Jump-Started Evolution: Visionary Scientists and a Siberian Tale of Jump-Started Evolution

by Lee Alan Dugatkin Lyudmila Trut

Tucked away in Siberia, there are furry, four-legged creatures with wagging tails and floppy ears that are as docile and friendly as any lapdog. But, despite appearances, these are not dogs—they are foxes. They are the result of the most astonishing experiment in breeding ever undertaken—imagine speeding up thousands of years of evolution into a few decades. In 1959, biologists Dmitri Belyaev and Lyudmila Trut set out to do just that, by starting with a few dozen silver foxes from fox farms in the USSR and attempting to recreate the evolution of wolves into dogs in real time in order to witness the process of domestication. This is the extraordinary, untold story of this remarkable undertaking. Most accounts of the natural evolution of wolves place it over a span of about 15,000 years, but within a decade, Belyaev and Trut’s fox breeding experiments had resulted in puppy-like foxes with floppy ears, piebald spots, and curly tails. Along with these physical changes came genetic and behavioral changes, as well. The foxes were bred using selection criteria for tameness, and with each generation, they became increasingly interested in human companionship. Trut has been there the whole time, and has been the lead scientist on this work since Belyaev’s death in 1985, and with Lee Dugatkin, biologist and science writer, she tells the story of the adventure, science, politics, and love behind it all. In How to Tame a Fox, Dugatkin and Trut take us inside this path-breaking experiment in the midst of the brutal winters of Siberia to reveal how scientific history is made and continues to be made today. To date, fifty-six generations of foxes have been domesticated, and we continue to learn significant lessons from them about the genetic and behavioral evolution of domesticated animals. How to Tame a Fox offers an incredible tale of scientists at work, while also celebrating the deep attachments that have brought humans and animals together throughout time.

Henry David Thoreau: A Life (Science And Literature Ser.)

by Laura Dassow Walls

“Walden. Yesterday I came here to live.” That entry from the journal of Henry David Thoreau, and the intellectual journey it began, would by themselves be enough to place Thoreau in the American pantheon. His attempt to “live deliberately” in a small woods at the edge of his hometown of Concord has been a touchstone for individualists and seekers since the publication of Walden in 1854. But there was much more to Thoreau than his brief experiment in living at Walden Pond. A member of the vibrant intellectual circle centered on his neighbor Ralph Waldo Emerson, he was also an ardent naturalist, a manual laborer and inventor, a radical political activist, and more. Many books have taken up various aspects of Thoreau’s character and achievements, but, as Laura Dassow Walls writes, “Thoreau has never been captured between covers; he was too quixotic, mischievous, many-sided.” Two hundred years after his birth, and two generations after the last full-scale biography, Walls restores Henry David Thoreau to us in all his profound, inspiring complexity. Walls traces the full arc of Thoreau’s life, from his early days in the intellectual hothouse of Concord, when the American experiment still felt fresh and precarious, and “America was a family affair, earned by one generation and about to pass to the next.” By the time he died in 1862, at only forty-four years of age, Thoreau had witnessed the transformation of his world from a community of farmers and artisans into a bustling, interconnected commercial nation. What did that portend for the contemplative individual and abundant, wild nature that Thoreau celebrated? Drawing on Thoreau’s copious writings, published and unpublished, Walls presents a Thoreau vigorously alive in all his quirks and contradictions: the young man shattered by the sudden death of his brother; the ambitious Harvard College student; the ecstatic visionary who closed Walden with an account of the regenerative power of the Cosmos. We meet the man whose belief in human freedom and the value of labor made him an uncompromising abolitionist; the solitary walker who found society in nature, but also found his own nature in the society of which he was a deeply interwoven part. And, running through it all, Thoreau the passionate naturalist, who, long before the age of environmentalism, saw tragedy for future generations in the human heedlessness around him. “The Thoreau I sought was not in any book, so I wrote this one,” says Walls. The result is a Thoreau unlike any seen since he walked the streets of Concord, a Thoreau for our time and all time.

The Royal Nonesuch: Or, What Will I Do When I Grow Up?

by Glasgow Phillips

Glasgow Phillips published his debut novel Tuscaloosa at the tender age of twenty-four. The results were disastrous: encouraging reviews, translations, a paperback sale, a film option, and a Stegner Fellowship at Stanford. But over the next two years, as Phillips’s second novel unraveled and freelance journalism assignments ended in humiliation, a horrible, secret thought took hold in him: perhaps, just possibly, whatever talent he had was of the kind that would never be more than promise.Washed up as a "real” writer before he was thirty, Phillips went to Los Angeles and formed a company with his best childhood friend Jason McHugh, independent producer of Cannibal! The Musical and Orgazmo. The Royal Nonesuch is the story of Phillips’s rollercoaster ride through the twisted world of underground Hollywood and the funhouse of the Internet during the boom. Phillips builds a hilarious and poignant memoir, in the tradition of Augusten Burroughs and Sean Wilsey, from tales of promise and failure, family and madness, friendship and redemption, fame and infamy, and good old-fashioned hustling. It is a remarkable book; a brilliant portrait of a generation in all its foolish glory.

Republican Party Reptile: The Confessions, Adventures, Essays and (Other) Outrages of . . . P. J. O'Rourke

by P. J. O'Rourke

"I think our agenda is clear. We are opposed to: government spending, Kennedy kids, seat-belt laws, busing our children anywhere other than Yale, trailer courts near our vacation homes, all tiny Third World countries that don't have banking secrecy laws, aerobics, the UN, taxation without tax loopholes, and jewelry on men. We are in favor of: guns, drugs, fast cars, free love (if our wives don't find out), a sound dollar, and a strong military with spiffy uniforms. There are thousands of people in America who feel this way, especially after three or four drinks. If all of us would unite and work together, we could give this country. . . well, a real bad hangover."

Parliament of Whores: A Lone Humorist Attempts to Explain the Entire U.S. Government

by P. J. O'Rourke Andrew Ferguson

Called "an everyman's guide to Washington" (The New York Times), P. J. O'Rourke's savagely funny and national best-seller Parliament of Whores has become a classic in understanding the workings of the American political system. Originally written at the end of the Reagan era, this new edition includes an extensive foreword by the renowned political writer Andrew Ferguson — showing us that although the names and the players have changed, the game is still the same. Parliament of Whores is an exuberant, broken-field run through the ethical foibles, pork-barrel flimflam, and bureaucratic bullrorfle inside the Beltway that leaves no sacred cow unskewered and no politically correct sensitivities unscorched.

Introduction to Multivariate Calibration: A Practical Approach

by Alejandro C. Olivieri

This book offers an introductory-level guide to the complex field of multivariate analytical calibration, with particular emphasis on real applications such as near infrared spectroscopy. It presents intuitive descriptions of mathematical and statistical concepts, illustrated with a wealth of figures and diagrams, and consistently highlights physicochemical interpretation rather than mathematical issues. In addition, it describes an easy-to-use and freely available graphical interface, together with a variety of appropriate examples and exercises. Lastly, it discusses recent advances in the field (figures of merit, detection limit, non-linear calibration, method comparison), together with modern literature references.

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