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In Marla Klein and Ivy Wilde's world, teens are the gatekeepers of culture. A top fashion label employs sixteen-year-old Marla to dictate hot new clothing trends, while Ivy, a teen pop star, popularizes the garments that Marla approves. Both girls are pawns in a calculated but seductive system of corporate control, and both begin to question their world's aggressive levels of consumption. Will their new "eco-chic" trend subversively resist and overturn the industry that controls every part of their lives? Smart, provocative, and entertaining, this thrilling page-turner for teens questions the cult like mentality of fame and fashion. Are you in or are you out?
"When I was little I believed in Jesus and Santa, spontaneous combustion, and the Loch Ness monster. Now I believe in science, statistics, and antibiotics." So says seventeen-year-old Zac Meier during a long, grueling leukemia treatment in Perth, Australia. A loud blast of Lady Gaga alerts him to the presence of Mia, the angry, not-at-all-stoic cancer patient in the room next door. Once released, the two near-strangers can't forget each other, even as they desperately try to resume normal lives. The story of their mysterious connection drives this unflinchingly tough, tender novel told in two voices.
CliffsNotes on Bertolt Brecht's plays Mother Courage and The Caucasian Chalk Circle.
RUTH REICHL"Mary Frances [Fisher] has the extraordinary ability to make the ordinary seem rich and wonderful. Her dignity comes from her absolute insistence on appreciating life as it comes to her."JULIA CHILD"How wonderful to have here in my hands the essence of M.F.K. Fisher, whose wit and fulsome opinions on food and those who produce it, comment upon it, and consume it are as apt today as they were several decades ago, when she composed them. Why did she choose food and hunger she was asked, and she replied, 'When I write about hunger, I am really writing about love and the hunger for it, and warmth, and the love of it . . . and then the warmth and richness and fine reality of hunger satisfied.' This is the stuff we need to hear, and to hear again and again."ALCIE WATERS"This comprehensive volume should be required reading for every cook. It defines in a sensual and beautiful way the vital relationship between food and culture."
What does it take to be a good citizen? Find out in this appealing new series about the importance of working together, taking turns, respecting differences, and getting along in the classroom, the community, and the world!
This companion to award-winning RED-EYED TREE FROG gives young readers an amazing close-up view of the colorful, quirky chameleon. Experience close-up the many moods (and colors) of chameleons. One brave chameleon ventures from the safety of his tree in search of a new home. On his journey, he meets other rain forest animals, not all of them friendly! Alas, the new tree he chooses is already home to another chameleon. She dons her aggressive coloring until she's sure that the visitor is friend, not foe. Then they welcome each other with brilliant, happy colors. Incredible photographs and simple text perfect for young children is rounded out with informative backmatter on one of the planet's most captivating creatures.
Now as sumptuously packaged as they are critically acclaimed--new deluxe trade paperback editions of the beloved stories. Husain Haddawy's rapturously received translation of The Arabian Nights is based on a landmark reconstruction of the earliest extant manuscript version. Readers of this classic will also want to own Sindbad, a collection of four later stories associated with the Arabian Nights tradition, including "Sindbad the Sailor" and "Aladdin and the Magic Lamp."
An addictively readable debut romantic comedy, drama, and mystery rolled into one, about two very different strangers whose lives become intertwined when they receive an unusual proposition. This is a funny, tender, and enchanting story about love, attraction, and friendship: Jane Austen in Los Angeles. A struggling Hollywood producer, Richard Baumbach is twenty-nine, hung-over, and broke. Ridiculously handsome with an innate charm and an air of invincibility, he still believes good things will come his way. For now he contents himself with days at the Coffee Bean and nights with his best friend Mike (that's a woman, by the way). At thirty-three, Elizabeth Santiago is on track to make partner at her law firm. Known as "La Máquina" The Machine--to her colleagues, she's grown used to avoiding anything that might derail her quiet, orderly life. And yet recently she befriended a homeless man in her Venice neighborhood, surprised to find how much she enjoys their early-morning chats. Richard and Elizabeth's paths collide when they receive a proposal from a mysterious, anonymous benefactor. They'll split a million dollars if they agree to spend at least two hours together--just talking--every week for a year. Astonished and more than a little suspicious, they each nevertheless say yes. Richard needs the money and likes the adventure of it. Elizabeth embraces the challenge of shaking up her life a little more. Both agree the idea is ridiculous, but why not? What ensues is a delightful journey full of twists, revelations, hamburgers, classic literature, poppy music, and above all love, in its multitude of forms. The Decent Proposal is a heartfelt and often hilarious look at the ties that bind not just a guy and a girl but an entire, diverse cast of characters situated within a modern-day Los Angeles brought to full and irrepressible life.
Out of the frying pan...Circumstances had changed; they had gotten worse. Valoree no longer had to masquerade as her murdered brother and scourge the oceans as Captain Red. She no longer had to command his pirate band in a quest to regain his birthright. She had been named heir to Ainsly Castle. But no executor would ever hand over the estate to an unmarried pirate wench and her infamous crew--no matter to whom she'd been born. And the will had distinctly stated that in order to inherit, Valoree must be married to a nobleman...and pregnant.Into the fire...Upon learning that, the virgin captain had been ready to return to the seas, bur her crew had put it to a vote--and for those rascally cusses she would do anything. Reluctantly, she agreed. If they could find a way--Henry and One-Eye and Slully--to put on her a sweet face that would fool the ton, she would handle the rest. Even with a drunken prostitute as an "aunt" and her merry cutthroat crew as "servants." But to herself she swore one thing: she could only marry a man who fired her blood, a man who was not afraid of a ...Lady Pirate.
Tis the season for trimming the tree, caroling, baking cookies, and curling up by the Yuletide waiting for Santa to drop down the chimney. But in this festive collection of holiday whodunits, murder is also paying a visit. . ."Candy Cane Murder" By Joanne FlukeWhen a trail of candy canes leads to a corpse outfitted in a Santa suit on a snowy bank, Hannah Swensen sets out to discover who killed Kris Kringle. . . "The Dangers Of Candy Canes" By Laura LevineA wealthy suburbanite takes a lethal tumble off his roof while installing a giant candy cane. Now it's up to Jaine Austen to sift through a long list of scheming neighbors with dirty secrets in their stockings to expose a murderer. . . "Candy Canes Of Christmas Past" By Leslie MeierLucy Stone must learn the mystery of a glass candy cane that was found smashed to bits by a corpse's body to unlock the doors of Christmas past--and find a killer who got away with murder. Whether a gift for yourself or that special someone on your list, there's no better way to spend the holidays than with these tantalizing mysteries of murder. . .Includes over 10 luscious holiday recipes!Scrumptious Praise For Candy Cane Murder! "Like a box of holiday chocolates, this recipe-studded assortment gives all readers a crack at their favorites." --Kirkus Reviews"Entertaining. . .a sweet holiday treat for mystery lovers." --Publishers Weekly"Delicious. . .will have your mouth watering." --Romantic Times
This comprehensive collection of cases and exercises allows students to practice organization development (OD) skills at the same time as learning about theories of organizational change and human behavior. The first part of the book presents cases about the OD process, and the second part includes cases in organization-wide, team, and individual interventions. The final part provides practical exercises that make the course material come alive through realistic scenarios that organizational change practitioners regularly experience.
Organization Development: The Process of Leading Organizational Change, Third Edition offers a comprehensive look at individual, team, and organizational change, covering classic and contemporary organization development techniques. Incorporating organization development ethics and values into each chapter, author Donald L. Anderson provides discussion of real-world application of these theoretical ideas to help students face today's challenging environment of increased globalization, rapidly changing technologies, economic pressures, and changing expectations in the contemporary workforce.
Ivan Jablonka's grandparents' lives ended long before his began: although Matès and Idesa Jablonka were his family, they were perfect strangers. When he set out to uncover their story, Jablonka had little to work with. Neither of them was the least bit famous, and they left little behind except their two orphaned children, a handful of letters, and a passport. Persecuted as communists in Poland, as refugees in France, and then as Jews under the Vichy regime, Matès and Idesa lived their short lives underground. They were overcome by the tragedies of the twentieth century: Stalinism, the mounting dangers in Europe during the 1930s, the Second World War, and the destruction of European Jews. Jablonka's challenge was, as a historian, to rigorously distance himself and yet, as family, to invest himself completely in their story. Imagined oppositions collapsed--between scholarly research and personal commitment, between established facts and the passion of the one recording them, between history and the art of storytelling. To write this book, Jablonka traveled to three continents; met the handful of survivors of his grandparents' era, their descendants, and some of his far-flung cousins; and investigated twenty different archives. And in the process, he reflected on his own family and his responsibilities to his father, the orphaned son, and to his own children and the family wounds they all inherited. A History of the Grandparents I Never Had cannot bring Matès and Idesa to life, but Jablonka succeeds in bringing them, as he soberly puts it, to light. The result is a gripping story, a profound reflection, and an absolutely extraordinary history.
A blueprint for sustainable growth based on world-class sales leadership Sales Growth details McKinsey & Company's essential insights on enhancing global sales in any organization. Based on research from more than 200 sales leaders at global companies, the strategies presented here form the foundation of sustainable growth for any business. From identifying growth opportunities before your competitors, to optimizing direct and indirect channels, to embedding excellence in the sales organization this book provides key insights to help you drive growth and build capabilities both now and in the future. This updated second edition has new chapters on why presales deserves more attention, how to get the most out marketing, and how technology and outsourcing could entirely reshape the sales function. More than 30 stand-alone interviews with sales leaders at the top of their industries make two things clear--sales are critical to growth, and it's the sales leaders that drive sales. This book shows you what you could be doing differently, with proven strategies from leading global organizations. Be the first to spot new growth opportunities Serve diverse customers with divergent needs Drive growth with technology and sales operations Build capabilities for the short and long term Be courageous in leadership How does an organization grow in the face of economic uncertainty? How do some companies find new markets and opportunities before everyone else? How can a company expand beyond its usual customer base without losing ground? These questions are universal, and a time-tested blueprint for sales growth--drafted by sales executives for sales executives--is the answer. Sales Growth provides expert insight and a practical framework for long-term growth at any company, in any industry, in any market.
A Vintage Shorts "Short Story Month" Selection Sam Lafferty has hit bottom. Under investigation and on leave from the financial services firm that employed him, Sam has uprooted his wife and two daughters and dragged them against their will to central China. While on this rotten family vacation, in an alien and uncomfortable landscape, after years of deception, lousy investment, moral--and soon-coming financial--bankruptcy, and with his family in tow--Sam pursues the man who had first set him on a path to corruption from crumbling binguan hotels without soap or towels to Buddhist caves near Xi'an. In this dazzling piece, selected from the stunning collection of short fiction Emerald City, by the critically acclaimed author and winner of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award, Jennifer Egan lays bare our capacity for failure. An ebook short.
Think inside the box! Looking for a fun way to make use of those offcuts you've been saving? Making wooden boxes is a great way to use scrap lumber or exotic woods that can prove too expensive for larger projects. Boxes require a minimal amount of material but afford you the opportunity to learn and practice a range of woodworking techniques. Plus, handmade boxes make great gifts.Build 25 Beautiful Boxes features an array of gorgeous boxes for a variety of special uses. You'll find stunning designs for jewelry boxes and chests, boxes for pens, a wedding ring music box, boxes with unique shapes and distinctive gift boxes. Along the way you'll learn inlay and joinery techniques that can be applied to other areas of your woodworking. Inside you'll find:25 art and heirloom box projects designed by a box-making masterStep-by-step instructions for making inlay and using it to enhance your projectsGreat ideas for using precious wood scrapsHelpful tips for sourcing woodLet this book be your guide and start making your own beautiful wooden boxes today.
A twelve-year-old girl and her younger brother go on the run in the woods of North Idaho, pursued by four men they have just watched commit murder---four men who know exactly who William and Annie are, and who know exactly where their desperate mother is waiting for news of her children's fate. Retired cops from Los Angeles, the killers easily persuade the inexperienced sheriff to let them lead the search for the missing children. William and Annie's unexpected savior comes in the form of an old-school rancher teetering on the brink of foreclosure. But as one man against four who will stop at nothing to silence their witnesses, Jess Rawlins needs allies, and he knows that one word to the wrong person could seal the fate of the children or their mother. In a town where most of the ranches like his have turned into acres of ranchettes populated by strangers, finding someone to trust won't be easy. With true-to-life, unforgettable characters and a ticking-clock plot that spans just over forty-eight hours, C. J. Box has created a thriller that delves into issues close to the heart: the ruthless power of greed over broken ideals, the healing power of community where unlikely heroes find themselves at the crossroads of duty and courage, and the truth about what constitutes a family. In a setting whose awesome beauty is threatened by those who want a piece of it, Blue Heaven delivers twists and turns until its last breathtaking page. Blue Heaven is the winner of the 2009 Edgar Award for Best Novel.
Country vet Deirdre Nightingale knows a swine when she sees one--whether human or animal. But a trip to New York City to learn about the common cat turns deadly when she witnesses a nightclub owner being gunned down by a bicycle messenger. The NYPD is on the case, but soon Didi has gathered more clues than cat hairs, inspiring a clever scheme that will either trap the killer--or be the end of her! The Dr. Nightingale series is top shelf reading for both mystery and animal lovers. Animals populate all of Didi's adventures and are described with warmth and knowledge as Didi, a rural vet, goes about getting herself into and out of trouble as she investigates murders she happens to stumble upon unexpectedly at locations like a farmyard, a circus, and a gala ball. Look for the other books in the Dr. Nightingale series including #1 Dr. Nightingale Comes Home, #2 Dr. Nightingale Rides the Elephant, #3 Dr. Nightingale Goes to the Dogs, #4. Dr. Nightingale Goes the Distance, #5. Dr. Nightingale Enters the Bear Cave, #6. Dr. Nightingale Chases Three Little Pigs, #7. Dr. Nightingale Rides to the Hounds, #9 Dr. Nightingale Races the Outlaw Colt, #10 Dr. Nightingale Traps the Missing Lynx and #11 Dr. Nightingale Seeks Greener Pastures Look for the Complete 21 volume Alice Nestleton Mystery series in the Bookshare collection also by Lydia Adamson. Alice is a mostly out of work actress and part time cat sitter in New York City. View the fascinating big city through her eyes as she solves mysteries where cats, in addition to her own two pets, are at least tangentially involved.
In 2270, archaeologist Prudence Odingo returns to Earth with news of a bizarre discovery of hundreds of ancient wheeled artifacts beneath the icy surface of Callisto, the eighth moon of Jupiter. The wheelers come to life just as several of Jupiter's moons change orbit, causing a comet to hurtle toward Earth. An expedition reveals that Jupiter is inhabited by an alien race that has declared war on humanity. Now, Prudence must discover why.
A practical and methodological approach to the statistical logic of biostatistics in the field of health research Focusing on a basic understanding of the methods and analyses in health research, Introduction to Biostatistical Applications in Health Research with Microsoft® Office Excel® provides statistical concepts for interpreting results using Excel. The book emphasizes the application of methods and presents the most common methodological procedures in health research, which includes multiple regression, ANOVA, ANCOVA, logistic regression, Cox regression, stratified analysis, life table analysis, and nonparametric parallels. The book is constructed around a flowchart that outlines the appropriate circumstances for selecting a method to analyze a specific set of data. Beginning with an introduction to the foundational methods of statistical logic before moving on to more complex methods, Introduction to Biostatistical Applications in Health Research with Microsoft® Office Excel® also includes: Detailed discussions of how knowledge and skills in health research have been integrated with biostatistical methods Numerous examples with clear explanations that use mostly real-world health research data in order to provide a better understanding of the practical applications Implements Excel graphic representations throughout to help readers evaluate and analyze individual results An appendix with basic information on how to use Excel A companion website with additional Excel files, data sets, and homework problems as well as an Instructor's Solutions Manual Introduction to Biostatistical Applications in Health Research with Microsoft® Office Excel® is an excellent textbook for upper-undergraduate and graduate-level courses in biostatistics and public health. In addition, the book is an appropriate reference for both health researchers and professionals.
Darci never expected to get soaked by a water balloon on the second day at her new school! When the popular girls find out what Nathan did, they tell Darci to get even with him. That's a great idea, until Darci ends up getting Nathan in trouble. What Darci needs are some friends like the ones she had at her old school. When she hears about the sixth-grade Dance Contest, she hopes she'll meet some nice kids by entering it. Only problem is. Darci doesn't have a partner. Who could she possibly ask? The only boy she knows is Nathan. Could they ever be friends? No way!
The Pentagon's New Map was one of the most talked-about books of the year - a fundamental reexamination of war and peace in the post-9/11 world that provided a compelling vision of the future. Now, senior advisor and military analyst Thomas P.M. Barnett explores our possible long- and short-term relations with such nations and regions as Iran, Iraq, and the Middle East, China and North Korea, Latin America and Africa, while outlining the strategies to pursue, the entities to create, and the pitfalls to overcome. If his first book was "a compelling framework for confronting twenty-first century problems" (Business Week), Barnett's new book is something more - a powerful road map through a chaotic and uncertain world to "a future worth creating."
A National Book Award nominee!The magic of Savvy meets the complexity of When You Reach Me in this "blithe magical puzzle," --The Wall Street JournalTold in multiple viewpoints, A Tangle of Knots is a magnificent puzzle. In a slightly magical world where everyone has a Talent, eleven-year-old Cady is an orphan with a phenomenal Talent for cake baking. But little does she know that fate has set her on a journey from the moment she was born. And her destiny leads her to a mysterious address that houses a lost luggage emporium, an old recipe, a family of children searching for their own Talents, and a Talent Thief who will alter her life forever. However, these encounters hold the key to Cady's past and how she became an orphan. If she's lucky, fate may reunite her with her long-lost parent. Lisa Graff adds a pinch of magic to a sharply crafted plot to create a novel that will have readers wondering about fate and the way we're all connected.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Complete and unabridged, Don Quixote is the epic tale of the man from La Mancha and his faithful squire, Sancho Panza. Their picaresque adventures in the world of seventeenth-century Spain form the basis of one of the great treasures of Western literature. In a new translation that "comes closest, among the modern translations, to the simple, intimate, direct style that characterizes Cervantes' narrative,"* Don Quixote is a novel that is both immortal satire of an outdated chivalric code and a biting portrayal of an age in which nobility was a form of madness. *John J. Allen, Professor Emeritus of Spanish, University of Kentucky and Past President of the Cervantes Society of America