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A brand new adventure from the world of The 39 Clues! After 500 years, the Cahill family's most dangerous secrets are about to be revealed. Read at your own risk . . . Young Harry Houdini's family is eager for a fresh start in America, but secrets from their past have followed them to New York. When the aspiring magician is kidnapped by a dangerous enemy, the Vespers, Houdini discovers a secret talent: death-defying escapes. Will his rare talent allow him to survive the attack? Or will it get him into deeper trouble than he ever imagined?
The internationally bestselling author of the sensational 4 Ingredients series is back with super easy sweets and treats that look and taste like four-star creations, all using 1-2-3 . . . 4 ingredients! Wish you could prepare lavish, mouthwatering desserts and small bites with little money and time, but don't know where to start? This lively, resourceful, fully illustrated cookbook is your answer. You'll wow your friends and family with these fabulous low-budget, stress-free recipes, and fun little delicacies like: Brie & Quince Tarts Choc Mint Leaves Iced Bailey's Latte Butterscotch Pumpkin Pie In these pages, Kim McCosker shares eighty recipes and clever tips for scrumptious, homemade treats-- both sweet and savory. You'll also learn simple methods for baking with chocolate and getting the results you want. The ideal gift for Mother's Day, birthdays, or bridal and baby showers, this cookbook yields only the best--easy, delicious, and affordable treats, all with four ingredients or less!ous, and affordable treats, all with four ingredients or less!
Forty original smoothie and green drink recipes to make with your Vitamix--from the authors of Clean Cuisine. Packed with all-natural, nutrient-dense, anti-aging ingredients that will maximize your health, and designed for use with your Vitamix or other high-speed blender, these recipes will help you reverse diabetes, improve cholesterol and blood pressure, and ease the symptoms of other inflammatory diseases such as multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, asthma, allergies, and arthritis. Developed by Andy Larson, MD, and health fitness specialist Ivy Larson, Clean Cuisine has been scientifically proven to reverse or improve a variety of health issues. Now the authors present a delicious way to add even more phytonutrients to your diet--with 40 original smoothie and green drink recipes. "I have worked with some of the world's finest from the fields of fitness and nutrition. A common link among people considered the best in their chosen fields is they give you guidance for today but, more importantly, hope for tomorrow. This is Andy and Ivy's goal."--Jack Nicklaus, golf legend Andrew Larson, MD, FACS, FASMBS, is a board-certified general, laparoscopic, and bariatric surgeon, one of only a few hundred physicians in the world directing an internationally certified "Center of Excellence" program offering weight loss surgery. A University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine graduate, he serves on the affiliate faculty of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine as an affiliate assistant professor of surgery at the JFK Medical Center and is also an affiliate clinical assistant professor at the Schmidt College of Biomedical Science at Florida Atlantic University. He works in Palm Beach County, Florida, as medical director for JFK Medical Center's Bariatric Wellness and Surgical Institute and president of the Palm Beach County Medical Society. Ivy Larson is an American College of Sports Medicine certified health fitness specialist, TV personality, recipe developer, and "Clean Cuisine" cooking instructor. Ivy lives in North Palm Beach with Andy and their son.
Renowned evolutionary biologists Peter and Rosemary Grant have produced landmark studies of the Galápagos finches first made famous by Charles Darwin. In How and Why Species Multiply, they offered a complete evolutionary history of Darwin's finches since their origin almost three million years ago. Now, in their richly illustrated new book, 40 Years of Evolution, the authors turn their attention to events taking place on a contemporary scale. By continuously tracking finch populations over a period of four decades, they uncover the causes and consequences of significant events leading to evolutionary changes in species. The authors used a vast and unparalleled range of ecological, behavioral, and genetic data--including song recordings, DNA analyses, and feeding and breeding behavior--to measure changes in finch populations on the small island of Daphne Major in the Galápagos archipelago. They find that natural selection happens repeatedly, that finches hybridize and exchange genes rarely, and that they compete for scarce food in times of drought, with the remarkable result that the finch populations today differ significantly in average beak size and shape from those of forty years ago. The authors' most spectacular discovery is the initiation and establishment of a new lineage that now behaves as a new species, differing from others in size, song, and other characteristics. The authors emphasize the immeasurable value of continuous long-term studies of natural populations and of critical opportunities for detecting and understanding rare but significant events. By following the fates of finches for several generations, 40 Years of Evolution offers unparalleled insights into ecological and evolutionary changes in natural environments.
One of the most famous pseudonym's in history, the name O. Henry evokes wordplay that is dazzling, inventive, wry, and humorous. This anthology includes forty-one stories that continue to captivate generation after generation of readers, including "The Gift of the Magi", "The Furnished Room", and those which demonstrate the technical genius and wide range of O. Henry's world.
A startlingly original tale of heartbreak and suspense. A car tumbles down a snowy ravine. Accident or suicide'. On the other side of the world, a young woman walks out of a sandstorm in sub-Saharan Africa. In the labyrinth of the Niger Delta, a young boy learns to survive by navigating through the gas flares and oil spills of a ruined landscape. In the seething heat of Lagos City, a criminal cartel scours the internet looking for victims. Lives intersect, worlds collide, a family falls apart. And it all begins with a single email: ¿Dear Sir, I am the son of an exiled Nigerian diplomat, and I need your help . . . . 419 takes readers behind the scene of the world¿s most insidious internet scam. When Laura¿s father gets caught up in one such swindle and pays with his life, she is forced to leave the comfort of North America to make a journey deep into the dangerous back streets and alleyways of the Lagos underworld to confront her father¿s killer. What she finds there will change her life forever . . . From the internationally bestselling travel writer Will Ferguson, author of Happiness and Spanish Fly, comes a novel both epic in its sweep and intimate in its portrayal of human suffering. It¿s a story of love in a time of darkness, of one woman¿s search for redemption, and of a young boy who will triumph above it all.
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Before Mastery, came The 48 Laws of Power-the New York Times bestseller that started it all Amoral, cunning, ruthless, and instructive, The 48 Laws of Power is the definitive manual for anyone interested in gaining, observing, or defending against ultimate control. In the book that People magazine proclaimed "beguiling" and "fascinating," Robert Greene and Joost Elffers have distilled three thousand years of the history of power into 48 essential laws by drawing from the philosophies of Machiavelli, Sun Tzu, and Carl Von Clausewitz and also from the lives of figures ranging from Henry Kissinger to P. T. Barnum. Some laws teach the need for prudence ("Law 1: Never Outshine the Master"), others teach the value of confidence ("Law 28: Enter Action with Boldness"), and many recommend absolute self-preservation ("Law 15: Crush Your Enemy Totally"). Every law, though, has one thing in common: an interest in total domination. In a bold and arresting two-color package, The 48 Laws of Power is ideal whether your aim is conquest, self-defense, or simply to understand the rules of the game. .
Raise the bar to become the best version of you-and have fun doing it As a cognitive neuroscientist, anthropologist, and entrepreneur, Bob Deutsch has spent a lifetime studying people. What he has found is that most of us set the bar too low in our lives, both personally and professionally. We choose not to pursue our greatest ambitions because we feel we are incapable of reaching them. But he has also found that we are each born with the fundamental abilities to live the full, creative, dynamic life we dream about. Filled with great stories and interviews with inspiring people, including Wynton Marsalis, Richard Feynman, and Anna Quindlen, The 5 Essentials opens the door to a way of being more alive than you have ever been. In this compelling book, Deutsch shows us how to access and use our five inner resources -- Curiosity, Openness, Sensuality, Paradox, and Self-Story -- to open our lives to unimagined possibilities. The 5 Essentials will appeal to readers of The Element and The Tools. .
The tools we use play a critical role in how effective we are. In today's ever-changing world of technology, we tend to focus on the latest and greatest solutions and overlook the simple tools that are available. Constant improvement of tools is an important aspect of the DevOps movement, but improvement doesn't always warrant replacement. The tools presented in 5 Unsung Tools of DevOps provide insight into or control over a DevOps environment--and they require minimal installation and configuration. They're not the flashiest tools, but they're time tested and just work.
Two Ordinary Americans. Fifty Innocent Lives. One Unforgettable Journey.In early 1939, few Americans were thinking about the darkening storm clouds over Europe. Nor did they have much sympathy for the growing number of Jewish families that were increasingly threatened and brutalized by Adolf Hitler's policies in Germany and Austria. But one ordinary American couple decided that something had to be done. Despite overwhelming obstacles--both in Europe and in the United States--Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus made a bold and unprecedented decision to travel into Nazi Germany in an effort to save a group of Jewish children.Fewer than 1,200 unaccompanied children were allowed into the United States throughout the entire Holocaust, in which 1.5 million children perished. The fifty children saved by the Krauses turned out to be the single largest group of unaccompanied children brought to America.Drawing from Eleanor Kraus's unpublished memoir, rare historical documents, and interviews with more than a dozen of the surviving children, and illustrated with period photographs, archival materials, and memorabilia, 50 Children is a remarkable tale of personal courage and triumphant heroism that offers a fresh, unique insight into a critical period of history.
This cookbook-style guide to portrait lighting contains all the ingredients necessary for a successful photo shoot. With 60 two-page spreads highlighting the techniques used to create stunning portraits alongside the portraits themselves, aspiring photographers will have a clear sense of both the "how" and the "why" of good lighting. Difficult questions such as How can I downplay a double chin and dark shadows under the eyes? and How can I produce a soft, romantic feel in a woman's portrait? Are addressed and resolved in this no-nonsense guide to good lighting.
Containing numerous contemporary images by leading photographers, this indispensable manual concerning wedding portraits explains posing fundamentals as well as how to create a flattering, feature-specific photograph--one that focuses on the head, shoulders, arms, legs, or torso--in different levels of close-ups, from head-shots to full-lengths.
Next to lighting, posing is the most challenging aspect of photography#151;with so many body parts to capture, the possibilities are endless, and it's all too easy to make a wrong turn. This illustrated reference provides both amateur shutterbugs and seasoned pros with the perfect place to turn when in need of quick posing strategies and fresh ideas. Containing 500 contemporary images by leading photographers, this indispensable manual explains posing fundamentals as well as how to create a flattering, feature-specific photograph#151;one that focuses on the head, shoulders, arms, torso, or feet#151;in different levels of close-ups, from head-shots to full-lengths.
This dynamic fitness program, developed by international award-winning fitness instructor Maureen Hagan, will help you get in shape--and change your lifestyle so that you'll stay in shape for the rest of your life. GoodLife Fitness®: 6 Weeks to a New Body is an easy-to-follow exercise and nutritional program designed to deliver safe, effective results that will lead to improved health and fitness. All it takes is 30 minutes a day, 6 times a week--and Maureen will be with you every step of the way! She'll help you eat right and feel great as you build a new body over the next 6 weeks and beyond. This indispensable book features: illustrated exercises with clear step-by-step instructions; a 42-day program guide and tracking tools that will motivate you to achieve and maintain your goals; an Eat Smart plan to help you make good food choices without relying on a diet;strategies to help you stay on track with your new body and lifestyle after you've successfully completed the 6-week program.
Discover a name you and your baby will love! This book has everything you need to select a great name for your baby! -- A list of 60,000 popular and unusual names from around the world--complete with origins, meanings, and the latest variations -- 200 fascinating lists of names-to-consider--to help you discover names with special meaning for you -- The most recently available lists of the top 100 girls' and boys' names -- Lists of popular names over the last one hundred years -- Bruce Lansky's trend analysis to learn what's hot and what's not -- Over 7,000 American names, many of which African-American familes choose for their children -- Over 5,000 names that Hispanic families commonly use -- Over 4,000 French names; 9,000 English names; 6,000 Latin names; 4,000 Irish names; and 6,000 Greek names -- Nearly 6,000 Hebrew names; 2,500 Arabic names; and 4,000 German names -- Thousands of Scottish, Welsh, Italian, Russian, Scandinavian, Chinese, Japanese, Polish, Native American, Hawaiian, African, and Hindi names
¿Cómo saber si uno ha empezado a vivir el último año de su vida? Anna Katz acaba de cumplir 64 años, la edad a la que murieron su padre, su abuela y su tía y, por si acaso, lo ha celebrado en grande y ha hecho una lista con todo aquello que siempre quiso pero nunca pudo hacer. Sin embargo, sus planes pronto tropiezan con contratiempos. Su hija Sofía, una periodista de 32 años tan exitosa en el trabajo como desventurada en el amor, la sorprende con un embarazo no buscado, y su prima Bea decide encaminarse hacia la muerte. Con 73 años ha sobrevivido al número fatídico en la familia, pero la atormentan achaques imaginarios y una culpa que nadie más cree que se merezca. Anna y Leonardo, su "eterno novio", se enfrentan además a otra impactante noticia: Anna se ha descubierto un bulto en un pecho, y los exámenes confirman el más temido de los diagnósticos. Los fantasmas del 11 de septiembre, el drama compartido de la batalla contra el cáncer y la solidaridad inquebrantable de una familia en las buenas y en las malas se entrelazan en esta historia neoyorquina de amores y desamores, abandonos y felices reencuentros que nos recuerdan que todos tenemos siempre un motivo para seguir viviendo. Description in English How do you know if you have started to live your last year of life? Anna Katz has just turned 64, the age at which her father, her grandmother and her aunt died. So just in case, she celebrates big and starts keeping a list of all the things she wants to do but never could. Her plans, nevertheless, stumble over setbacks. Her daughter Sofia, a 32-year-old journalist who is successful at work but unfortunate in love, surprises her with an unplanned pregnancy while her cousin Beatriz decides to follow her path to death. At 73, she has survived the fateful familial unlucky number but is tormented by imaginary maladies and a guilt others don't think that she deserves. Anna and Leonardo, her husband, face another shocking piece of news: Anna has discovered a lump in her breast and tests confirm the most feared diagnosis. The ghosts of September 11, the shared drama of a cancer battle and the unswerving solidarity of a family in good times and bad intertwine in this New York story of affection and estrangement, abandonments and joyous reunions that remind us to keep on living.
It's Him vs. Her when romance collides with reality--and everyone is watching....He says...he'll have his way with her inside a week. Radio personality Matt Ransom of Atlanta's raucous, testosterone-fueled Guy Talk is counting on a sure thing when he agrees to be locked up in a tiny apartment for seven days with the competition: the earnest Dr. Olivia Moore. It's an on-camera publicity stunt and Matt's determined to come out on top. She says...she'll never make the same mistake twice. Though their long-ago affair is a secret, Olivia feels as if her broken heart is on display whenever she crosses paths with her infuriatingly cocky--and undeniably charismatic--nemesis. Now she's stuck with him in the reality show from hell...or is it heaven? All she has to do is keep a level head, even while every other part of her is spinning dizzily out of control.From the Paperback edition.
New York Times Bestselling Author of I Am Legend When a mysterious imposter steals his identity and life, mathematician Chris Barton is suddenly thrust into a whirlwind of danger and intrigue. Overnight, without warning or explanation, people he has never met are trying to kill him-not even his own sister recognizes him. On the run, from California to London to Paris and beyond, vicious assassins pursue Chris while cryptic messages lead him on a wild, danger-filled chase around the world. Full of twists and surprises, this is the story of an ordinary man driven to the breaking point in a high tension game of deceit and betrayal where there are no rules, nothing is as it seems, and it is always . . . 7 Steps to Midnight.
Full of outstanding images created on real assignments, this book provides a valuable insight into the creative process of one of today's top portrait photographers. In support of each portrait image is a setup image, an outtake image from the shoot, or both. Rodriguez is a master of lighting, so lighting diagrams are provided for every shot, making it easy for readers to adapt the setups to their own subjects and shooting style. The guide also provides ample description of the effects achieved through the selection of each light modifier and the placement of each light source within the overall setup. Posing techniques are covered in detail, with tips for both refining the appearance of the subject and for communicating the individual's personality through the pose selected. This book is a valuable addition to the library of any professional photographer or advanced student of photography. Lleno de imágenes espectaculares captadas durante tareas reales, este libro provee una perspicacia valiosa sobre el proceso creativo de uno de los mejores fotógrafos de retratos de hoy en día. Acompañando cada retrato hay una imagen de composición, una imagen eliminada de la sesión de fotos o a veces las dos. Rodríguez es maestro de la iluminación, por eso se incluyen diagramas de iluminación para cada foto, facilitando para el lector la adaptación de composiciones para que reflejen el principal punto de interés y el estilo del fotógrafo. La guía también describe con abundancia los efectos logrados a través de la selección de cada modificador de luz y la disposición de cada fuente de luz dentro de la composición en general. El manual detalla las técnicas de posturas e incluye consejos para refinar la apariencia del punto de interés y para expresar la personalidad del individuo a través de la pose escogida. Este libro es útil para los fotógrafos profesionales y los estudiantes de fotografía avanzados.
Eight simple money- and time-saving strategies to avoid probate. Includes a summary of the laws in each state.
92 Pacific Boulevard Cedar Cove, WashingtonDear Reader,I'm not much of a letter writer. As the sheriff here, I'm used to writing incident reports, not chatty letters. But my daughter, Megan--who'll be making me a grandfather soon--told me I had to do this. So here goes. I'll tell you straight out that I'd hoped to marry Faith Beckwith (my high school girlfriend) but she ended the relationship last month, even though we're both widowed and available. There were a few misunderstandings between us, some of them inadvertently caused by Megan. However, I've got plenty to keep me occupied, like the unidentified remains found in a cave outside town. And the fact that my friend Judge Olivia Griffin is fighting cancer. And the break-ins at 204 Rosewood Lane--the house Faith happens to be renting from Grace Harding. . . If you want to hear more, come on over to my place or to the sheriff's office--if you can stand the stale coffee! Troy Davis
In Iowa farm country, sixteen-year-old Aspen and her friend Laurel plan to get noticed the summer before their senior year and are unwittingly aided by pig triplets, a skunk, a chicken, bullies, a rookie policeman, and potential boyfriends.
Aaron loves animals more than anything else in the world. But when he is diagnosed with allergies, the doctor tells him that his pets -- a dog, a cat, six kittens and six guinea pigs -- have got to go.
"Told in clear and beautiful prose, Aaron's Leap is a deeply moving portrait of love, sacrifice, and the transformative power of art in a time of brutal uncertainty." -SIMON VAN BOOY, author of The Illusion of SeparatenessBased on the real-life story of Bauhaus artist Friedl Dicker-Brandeis, Aaron's Leap is framed by the lens of a twenty first-century Israeli film crew delving into the extraordinary life of a woman who taught art to children in the Nazi transport camp of Terezín and died in Auschwitz. Aided by the granddaughter of one of the artist's pupils, the filmmakers begin to uncover buried secrets from a time when personal and artistic decisions became matters of life-and-death. Spanning a century of Central European history, the novel evokes the founding impulses, theories, and personalities of the European Modernist movement (with characters modeled after Oskar Kokoschka, Alma Mahler and Franz Werfel) and shows what it takes to grapple with a troubled history, "leap" into the unknown, and dare to be oneself.Magdaléna Platzová was raised in Prague and has lived in Washington, DC and New York City, where she taught literature at NYU, and now lives in Lyon, France. She is the author of a children's book, two collections of short stories, and three novels, including Aaron's Leap, a Lidové Noviny Book of the Year Award finalist, hailed by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung as a novel that "must be counted among the best written by contemporary Czech writers." It is her first book to be published in English.
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