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The Kingdom Within: The Inner Meanings of Jesus' Sayings

by John A. Sanford

By showing how Jesus' teachings relate to our inner depths, this book guides us toward a more conscious and creative life. The Kingdom Within explores the significance of Jesus' teachings for our interior life -- that inner reality that Jesus called "the kingdom of God." It is Sanford's conviction that contemporary Christianity has overlooked this inner dimension of Jesus' teachings and so has lost touch with the human soul.Illustrated with case histories and dream material drawn from the author's work as a psychotherapist, The Kingdom Within examines such characteristics as extroversion and introversion, masculinity and femininity, thinking and feeling, and sensation and intuition to show how Jesus met the criteria of wholeness or fullness of personhood. Step by step, Sanford helps us to shed the outer mask, to eschew sin, which "means living in enslavement to what we don't know about ourselves," and to follow the road of consciousness, which leads to "a great treasure waiting only to be discovered."

April 1865

by Jay Winik

One month in 1865 witnessed the frenzied fall of Richmond, a daring last-ditch Southern plan for guerrilla warfare, Lee's harrowing retreat, and then, Appomattox. It saw Lincoln's assassination just five days later and a near-successful plot to decapitate the Union government, followed by chaos and coup fears in the North, collapsed negotiations and continued bloodshed in the South, and finally, the start of national reconciliation. In the end, April 1865 emerged as not just the tale of the war's denouement, but the story of the making of our nation. Jay Winik offers a brilliant new look at the Civil War's final days that will forever change the way we see the war's end and the nation's new beginning. Uniquely set within the larger sweep of history and filled with rich profiles of outsize figures, fresh iconoclastic scholarship, and a gripping narrative, this is a masterful account of the thirty most pivotal days in the life of the United States.

The Sittaford Mystery

by Agatha Christie

In a remote house in the middle of Dartmoor, six shadowy figures huddle around a table for a seance. Tension rises as the spirits spell out a chilling message: "Captain Trevelyan . . . dead . . . murder." Is this black magic or simply a macabre joke? The only way to be certain is to locate Captain Trevelyan. Unfortunately, his home is six miles away and, with snowdrifts blocking the roads, someone will have to make the journey on foot. . . .

Scala High Performance Programming

by Vincent Theron Michael Diamant

Leverage Scala and the functional paradigm to build performant software About This Book * Get the first book to explore Scala performance techniques in depth! * Real-world inspired use cases illustrate and support the techniques studied and the language features * This book is written by Vincent Theron and Michael Diamant, software engineers with several years of experience in the high-frequency trading and programmatic advertising industries Who This Book Is For This book assumes a basic exposure to the Scala programming language and the Java Virtual Machine. You should be able to read and understand moderately advanced Scala code. No other knowledge is required. What You Will Learn * Analyze the performance of JVM applications by developing JMH benchmarks and profiling with Flight Recorder * Discover use cases and performance tradeoffs of Scala language features, and eager and lazy collections * Explore event sourcing to improve performance while working with stream processing pipelines * Dive into asynchronous programming to extract performance on multicore systems using Scala Future and Scalaz Task * Design distributed systems with conflict-free replicated data types (CRDTs) to take advantage of eventual consistency without synchronization * Understand the impact of queues on system performance and apply the Free monad to build systems robust to high levels of throughput In Detail Scala is a statically and strongly typed language that blends functional and object-oriented paradigms. It has experienced growing popularity as an appealing and pragmatic choice to write production-ready software in the functional paradigm. Scala and the functional programming paradigm enable you to solve problems with less code and lower maintenance costs than the alternatives. However, these gains can come at the cost of performance if you are not careful. Scala High Performance Programming arms you with the knowledge you need to create performant Scala applications. Starting with the basics of understanding how to define performance, we explore Scala's language features and functional programming techniques while keeping a close eye on performance throughout all the topics. We introduce you as the newest software engineer at a fictitious financial trading company, named MV Trading. As you learn new techniques and approaches to reduce latency and improve throughput, you'll apply them to MV Trading's business problems. By the end of the book, you will be well prepared to write production-ready, performant Scala software using the functional paradigm to solve real-world problems. Style and approach This step-by-step guide will help you create high performance applications using Scala. Packed with lots of code samples, tips and tricks, every topic is explained in a detailed, easy-to-understand manner.

R: Data Analysis and Visualization

by Brett Lantz Edina Berlinger Gergely Daroczi Jaynal Abedin Hrishi V. Mittal Bater Makhabel Tony Fischetti Ferenc Illes Adam Banai Milan Badics Balázs Árpád Szucs Dániel Havran Julia Molnár Péter Juhász István Margitai Tamás Vadász Barbara Dömötör Kata Váradi Ágnes Tuza Ágnes Vidovics-Dancs Balázs Márkus Péter Medvegyev Gergely Gabler

Master the art of building analytical models using R About This Book * Load, wrangle, and analyze your data using the world's most powerful statistical programming language * Build and customize publication-quality visualizations of powerful and stunning R graphs * Develop key skills and techniques with R to create and customize data mining algorithms * Use R to optimize your trading strategy and build up your own risk management system * Discover how to build machine learning algorithms, prepare data, and dig deep into data prediction techniques with R Who This Book Is For This course is for data scientist or quantitative analyst who are looking at learning R and take advantage of its powerful analytical design framework. It's a seamless journey in becoming a full-stack R developer What You Will Learn * Describe and visualize the behavior of data and relationships between data * Gain a thorough understanding of statistical reasoning and sampling * Handle missing data gracefully using multiple imputation * Create diverse types of bar charts using the default R functions * Produce and customize density plots and histograms with lattice and ggplot2 * Get to know the top classification algorithms written in R * Familiarize yourself with algorithms written in R for spatial data mining, text mining, and so on * Understand relationships between market factors and their impact on your portfolio * Harness the power of R to build machine learning algorithms with real-world data science applications * Learn specialized machine learning techniques for text mining, big data, and more In Detail The R learning path created for you has five connected modules,which are a mini-course in their own right.As you complete each one, you'll have gained key skills and be ready for the material in the next module! This course begins by looking at the Data Analysis with R module. This will help you navigate the R environment. You'll gain a thorough understanding of statistical reasoning and sampling. Finally, you'll be able to put best practices into effect to make your job easier and facilitate reproducibility. The second place to explore is R Graphs,which will help you leverage powerful default R graphics and utilize advanced graphics systems such as lattice and ggplot2, the grammar of graphics. Through inspecting large datasets using tableplot and stunning 3D visualizations, you will know how to produce, customize, and publish advanced visualizations using this popular and powerful framework. With the third module, Learning Data Mining with R, you will learn how to manipulate data with R using code snippets and be introduced to mining frequent patterns, association, and correlations while working with R programs. You will finish this module feeling confident in your ability to know which data mining algorithm to apply in any situation. The Mastering R for Quantitative Finance module pragmatically introduces both the quantitative finance concepts and their modeling in R, enabling you to build a tailor-made trading system on your own. By the end of the module, you will be well-versed with various financial techniques using R and will be able to place good bets while making financial decisions. Finally, we'll look at the Machine Learning with R module. With this module, you'll discover all the analytical tools you need to gain insights from complex data and learn how to choose the correct algorithm for your specific needs. You'll also learn to apply machine learning methods to deal with common tasks, including classification, prediction, forecasting, market analysis, and clustering. Style and approach Learn data analysis, data visualization techniques, data mining, and machine learning all using R and also learn to build models in quantitative finance using this powerful language

3D Printing Designs: Fun and Functional Projects

by Joe Larson

Get to grips with 3D printing and learn to model designs using Blender About This Book * From the author who brought you the first practical look at 3D printing with 3D Printing Blueprints * Get a comprehensive coverage of the prototyping techniques you need to know to start printing your own 3D designs * Rekindle your mathematical genius to design personalized objects for complex puzzles Who This Book Is For If you're new to the world of 3D printing, this is the book for you. Some basic knowledge of Blender and geometry would be helpful, but is not necessary. What You Will Learn * Get to know about the different types of 3D printers and their limitations * See how Y, H, and T shapes illustrate different ideas of successful 3D design for home 3D printers * Set up and configure Blender to model a file for 3D printing * Understand material characteristics, printing specifications, tolerances, and design tips * Work through the techniques of editing complex meshes, smoothing, combining shapes, and exporting them into STL files for printing * Break down complex geometries into multiple simple shapes and model them in layers using Blender * Design, manipulate, and export 3D models for 3D printing with Blender * Master the art of creating meshes, scaling, subdivision, and adding detail with the Boolean modifier as well as sculpting a custom shape * Cut a model into small pieces and understand how to design complex interlocking joints that form a part of a jigsaw puzzle In Detail 3D printing has revolutionized the way that global industries conceptualize and design products for mass consumption. Considered as the next "trillion-dollar" business, every industry is in the race to equip its personnel with techniques to prototype and simplify complex manufacturing process. This book will take you through some simple to complex and effective principles of designing 3D printed objects using Blender. There is a comprehensive coverage of projects such as a 3D print-ready octopus pencil holder, which will teach you how to add basic geometric shapes, and use techniques such as extruding and subdividing to transform these shapes into complex meshes. Furthermore, you'll learn to use various techniques to derive measurements for an object, model these objects using Blender, organize the parts into layers, and later combine them to create the desired object with the help of a 3D printable SD card holder ring design project. The final project will help you master the techniques of designing simple to complex puzzles models for 3D printing. Through the course of the book, we'll explore various robust sculpting methods supported by Blender to create objects. You'll move, rotate, and scale the object, and manipulate the view. You'll edit objects with actions such as bends or curves, similar to drawing or building up a clay structure of different shapes and sizes. By the end of the book, you will have gained thorough practical hands-on experience to be able to create a real-world 3D printable object of your choice. Style and approach This is a hands-on guide to the world of 3D printing. With the help of simple to complex projects, you'll learn various techniques to design 3D printable objects using Blender.

Extending Puppet - Second Edition

by Alessandro Franceschi Jaime Soriano Pastor

Start pulling the strings of your infrastructure with Puppet - learn how to configure, customize, and manage your systems more intelligently About This Book * Explore the wider Puppet ecosystem of useful tools * Design and manage your Puppet architecture for optimum performance * Write more efficient code that keeps your infrastructure more robust Who This Book Is For If you are a Puppet user, this book will help you on different levels. If you a beginner, we summarize the key Puppet components and give you the elements to have a broader vision. For more experienced users, you will be surprised by with topics on designing, implementing, adapting, and deploying Puppet architectures. If you are expert, you will find topics and information that is rarely exposed in other books, giving you an insight into Puppet's future and its usage on alternative devices. What You Will Learn * Learn the principles of Puppet language and ecosystem * Extract the features of Hiera and PuppetDB's power usage * Explore the different approaches to Puppet architecture design * Use Puppet to manage network, cloud, and virtualization devices * Manage and test the Puppet code workflow * Tweak, hack, and adapt the Puppet extension points * Get a run through of the strategies and patterns to introduce Puppet automation * Master the art of writing reusable modules In Detail Puppet has changed the way we manage our systems, but Puppet itself is changing and evolving, and so are the ways we are using it. To tackle our IT infrastructure challenges and avoid common errors when designing our architectures, an up-to-date, practical, and focused view of the current and future Puppet evolution is what we need. With Puppet, you define the state of your IT infrastructure, and it automatically enforces the desired state. This book will be your guide to designing and deploying your Puppet architecture. It will help you utilize Puppet to manage your IT infrastructure. Get to grips with Hiera and learn how to install and configure it, before learning best practices for writing reusable and maintainable code. You will also be able to explore the latest features of Puppet 4, before executing, testing, and deploying Puppet across your systems. As you progress, Extending Puppet takes you through higher abstraction modules, along with tips for effective code workflow management. Finally, you will learn how to develop plugins for Puppet - as well as some useful techniques that can help you to avoid common errors and overcome everyday challenges. Style and approach This is a collection of specific information about multiple topics related to Puppet and its ecosystem. Starting from a review of the very basics to more advanced topics, mixing practical advice with important theory and broader perspective, along with implementation details.

Node.js Web Development - Third Edition

by David Herron

Create real-time server-side applications with this practical, step-by-step guide About This Book * Learn about server-side JavaScript with Node.js and Node modules through the most up-to-date book on Node.js web development * Understand website development both with and without the Connect/Express web application framework * Develop both HTTP server and client applications Who This Book Is For This book is for anybody looking for an alternative to the "P" languages (Perl, PHP, and Python), or anyone looking for a new paradigm of server-side application development. You should have at least a rudimentary understanding of JavaScript and web application development. What You Will Learn * Install and use Node.js for both development and deployment * Use the Express application framework * Configure Bootstrap for mobile-first theming * Use data storage engines such as MySQL, SQLITE3, and MongoDB * Understand user authentication methods, including OAuth, with third-party services * Deploy Node.js to live servers, including microservice development with Docker * Perform unit testing with Mocha * Perform functional testing of the web application with CasperJS In Detail Node.js is a server-side JavaScript platform using an event driven, non-blocking I/O model allowing users to build fast and scalable data-intensive applications running in real time. Node.js Web Development shows JavaScript is not just for browser-side applications. It can be used for server-side web application development, real-time applications, microservices, and much more. This book gives you an excellent starting point, bringing you straight to the heart of developing web applications with Node.js. You will progress from a rudimentary knowledge of JavaScript and server-side development to being able to create and maintain your own Node.js application. With this book you'll learn how to use the HTTP Server and Client objects, data storage with both SQL and MongoDB databases, real-time applications with Socket.IO, mobile-first theming with Bootstrap, microservice deployment with Docker, authenticating against third-party services using OAuth, and much more. Style and Approach This book is a practical guide for anyone looking to develop striking and robust web applications using Node.js.

Mastering Chef Provisioning

by Earl Waud

Learn Chef Provisioning like a boss and finally own your infrastructure About This Book * This is the first Chef book focused on provisioning infrastructure as its sole task. The book offers a clear solution to a specific pain point: learn to make your system work faster. * Learning better approaches to load balancing and parallelization with this book will save you time * By mastering the techniques in this book, you will know how to run an entire fleet of machines without breaking a sweat * This book is more helpful than the documentation ( https://docs.chef.io/provisioning.html), with a stronger guiding voice and clearer explanations and use cases Who This Book Is For This book is for Software Engineers, System Administrators, or DevOps Engineers who need to quickly deliver reliably consistent infrastructure at scale. You are expected to have intermediate experience with Chef and Ruby and will be reading this book to advance your knowledge and take your skillset to the next level. What You Will Learn * Use best practices to describe your entire infrastructure as code * Automate and document every aspect of your network, from the hardware of individual nodes to software, middleware, and all containers and clouds * Create a perfect model system * Make the best possible use of your resources and avoid redundancy * Deliver on the promise of Infrastructure as Code * Scale with ease by properly provisioning their infrastructure * Use the best Test Driven Development methodologies In Detail This book will show you the best practices to describe your entire infrastructure as code. With the help of this book you can expand your knowledge of Chef because and implement robust and scalable automation solutions. You can automate and document every aspect of your network, from the hardware to software, middleware, and all your containers. You will become familiar with the Chef's Chef Provisioning tool. You will be able to make a perfect model system where everything is represented as code beneath your fingertips. Make the best possible use of your resources, and deliver infrastructure as code, making it as versionable, testable and repeatable as application software Style and approach By dedicating a whole book solely to the question of provisioning, this book will teach administrators to use Chef as a birds-eye lens for their entire system. It will moves you away from the specifics of each machine and its automations and instead will teach you them how to approach the entire cluster as something different than the sum of its parts. By focusing on infrastructure as code as its own project, the book offers elegant, time-saving solutions for a perfectly described and automated network.

ASP.NET Core 1.0 High Performance

by James Singleton

Create fast, scalable, and high performance applications with C#, ASP.NET Core 1.0, and MVC 6 About This Book * Learn the importance of measuring, profiling, and locating the most impactful problems * Discover the common areas you might encounter performance problems and areas you don't need to worry about * Understand the differences between development workstations and production infrastructure and how these can amplify problems * Design workflows that run asynchronously and are resilient to transient performance issues Who This Book Is For This book is for ASP.NET and C# developers who have experience with the MVC framework for web application development and are looking to deploy applications that will perform well in live production environments. These could be virtual machines or hosted by a cloud service provider such as AWS or Azure. What You Will Learn * Why performance matters and when it should be considered * Use different tools to measure performance * Spot common performance issues, their root causes, and how to easily mitigate them * Improve performance at the network level and I/O level, and how to optimize the application as a whole * Work with caching and message queuing tools, including patterns and strategies * Discover the dark side of performance improvement and find out how to manage complexity * Monitor performance as part of continuous integration and regression testing * Assess and solve performance issues with other advanced technologies In Detail ASP.NET Core is the new, open source, and cross-platform, web-application framework from Microsoft. It's a stripped down version of ASP.NET that's lightweight and fast. This book will show you how to make your web apps deliver high performance when using it. We'll address many performance improvement techniques from both a general web standpoint and from a C#, ASP.NET Core, and .NET Core perspective. This includes delving into the latest frameworks and demonstrating software design patterns that improve performance. We will highlight common performance pitfalls, which can often occur unnoticed on developer workstations, along with strategies to detect and resolve these issues early. By understanding and addressing challenges upfront, you can avoid nasty surprises when it comes to deployment time. We will introduce performance improvements along with the trade-offs that they entail. We will strike a balance between premature optimization and inefficient code by taking a scientific- and evidence-based approach. We'll remain pragmatic by focusing on the big problems. By reading this book, you'll learn what problems can occur when web applications are deployed at scale and know how to avoid or mitigate these issues. You'll gain experience of how to write high-performance applications without having to learn about issues the hard way. You'll see what's new in ASP.NET Core, why it's been rebuilt from the ground up, and what this means for performance. You will understand how you can now develop on and deploy to Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux using cross-platform tools, such as Visual Studio Code. Style and approach Starting with a drill down into the nuts and bolts of various performance parameters, you will get an understanding of the ASP.NET MVC 6 framework with the help of rich code-based examples that will equip you to build highly scalable and optimized applications.

Mastering Python Data Analysis

by Luiz Felipe Martins Magnus Vilhelm Persson

Become an expert at using Python for advanced statistical analysis of data using real-world examples About This Book * Clean, format, and explore data using graphical and numerical summaries * Leverage the IPython environment to efficiently analyze data with Python * Packed with easy-to-follow examples to develop advanced computational skills for the analysis of complex data Who This Book Is For If you are a competent Python developer who wants to take your data analysis skills to the next level by solving complex problems, then this advanced guide is for you. Familiarity with the basics of applying Python libraries to data sets is assumed. What You Will Learn * Read, sort, and map various data into Python and Pandas * Recognise patterns so you can understand and explore data * Use statistical models to discover patterns in data * Review classical statistical inference using Python, Pandas, and SciPy * Detect similarities and differences in data with clustering * Clean your data to make it useful * Work in Jupyter Notebook to produce publication ready figures to be included in reports In Detail Python, a multi-paradigm programming language, has become the language of choice for data scientists for data analysis, visualization, and machine learning. Ever imagined how to become an expert at effectively approaching data analysis problems, solving them, and extracting all of the available information from your data? Well, look no further, this is the book you want! Through this comprehensive guide, you will explore data and present results and conclusions from statistical analysis in a meaningful way. You'll be able to quickly and accurately perform the hands-on sorting, reduction, and subsequent analysis, and fully appreciate how data analysis methods can support business decision-making. You'll start off by learning about the tools available for data analysis in Python and will then explore the statistical models that are used to identify patterns in data. Gradually, you'll move on to review statistical inference using Python, Pandas, and SciPy. After that, we'll focus on performing regression using computational tools and you'll get to understand the problem of identifying clusters in data in an algorithmic way. Finally, we delve into advanced techniques to quantify cause and effect using Bayesian methods and you'll discover how to use Python's tools for supervised machine learning. Style and approach This book takes a step-by-step approach to reading, processing, and analyzing data in Python using various methods and tools. Rich in examples, each topic connects to real-world examples and retrieves data directly online where possible. With this book, you are given the knowledge and tools to explore any data on your own, encouraging a curiosity befitting all data scientists.

Pre-Calculus: 1,001 Practice Problems For Dummies (+ Free Online Practice)

by Sterling

Prepare for calculus the smart way, with customizable pre-calculus practice1,001 Pre-Calculus Practice Problems For Dummies offers 1,001 opportunities to gain confidence in your math skills. Much more than a workbook, this study aid provides pre-calculus problems ranked from easy to advanced, with detailed explanations and step-by-step solutions for each one. The companion website gives you free online access to all 1,001 practice problems and solutions, and you can track your progress and ID where you should focus your study time. Accessible on the go by smart phone, tablet, or computer, the online component works in conjunction with the book to polish your skills and confidence in preparation for calculus.Calculus-level math proficiency is required for college STEM majors. Pre-calculus introduces you to the concepts you'll learn in calculus, and provides you with a solid foundation of methods and skills that are essential to calculus success. 1,001 Pre-Calculus Practice Problems For Dummies gives you the practice you need to master the skills and conquer pre-calculus. Companion website includes: All 1,001 practice problems in multiple choice formatCustomizable practice sets for self-directed studyProblems ranked as easy, medium, and hardFree one-year access to the online question bankMath is notorious for giving students trouble, and calculus is the #1 offender. Fear not! Pre-calculus is the perfect calculus prep, and 1,001 Pre-Calculus Practice Problems For Dummies gives you 1,001 opportunities to get it right.

The Diet Trap Solution

by Judith S. Beck Deborah Beck Busis

The techniques developed by New York Times bestselling author and expert in cognitive behavior therapy Dr. Judith Beck and her daughter, Deborah Beck Busis, have helped hundreds of thousands of dieters lose weight. The Diet Trap Solution is the first book of its kind to isolate the most common ways we fail on our diets and offer concrete and practical solutions to avoid these pitfalls for good, even when it seems impossible. No equipment, membership fees, special meals, or specific diet plan required. Instead, dieters need only use that most powerful of all resources--their minds. This accessible and highly practical guide enables us to stay on the healthy diet of our choice and not only lose weight, but keep it off once and for all.Diet programs all profess to have the magic formula for weight loss: simply eat a certain way and drop ten pounds in a week. But what do you do when your plans fall apart? Your mother-in-law bakes you a surprise birthday cake. Stress at work leads to binge-eating peanut butter and chocolate. A painful breakup causes your diet to go out the window. The truth is, losing and keeping weight off can be extremely difficult, especially when unexpected challenges arise. But learning how to solve these very problems is the surprising solution to lasting weight loss. By identifying the most common traps--stress and emotional eating; friends and family pressure; holidays and travel; and feeling deprived, unmotivated, or discouraged--and then developing actionable escape plans that address each potential diet disaster, anyone can lose weight and keep it off.

Convergence of One-Parameter Operator Semigroups

by Adam Bobrowski

This book presents a detailed and contemporary account of the classical theory of convergence of semigroups and its more recent development treating the case where the limit semigroup, in contrast to the approximating semigroups, acts merely on a subspace of the original Banach space (this is the case, for example, with singular perturbations). The author demonstrates the far-reaching applications of this theory using real examples from various branches of pure and applied mathematics, with a particular emphasis on mathematical biology. The book may serve as a useful reference, containing a significant number of new results ranging from the analysis of fish populations to signaling pathways in living cells. It comprises many short chapters, which allows readers to pick and choose those topics most relevant to them, and it contains 160 end-of-chapter exercises so that readers can test their understanding of the material as they go along.

Recipe of the Year

by America'S Test Kitchen

One perfect recipe from each year of the celebrated Cook's Illustrated Magazine, 1993-2015 This is a capsule collection of the best of the best from Cook's Illustrated Magazine--one essential recipe from each year of publication that, in one affordable package, delivers foolproof recipes for appetizers, main dishes, and desserts.

For the Muslims: Islamophobia in France

by Edwy Plenel

A piercing denunciation of Islamophobia in France, in the tradition of Emile ZolaAt the beginning of the twenty-first century, leading intellectuals are claiming "There is a problem with Islam in France," thus legitimising the discourse of the racist National Front. Such claims have been strengthened by the backlash since the terrorist attacks in Paris in January and November 2015, coming to represent a new 'common sense' in the political landscape, and we have seen a similar logic play out in the United States and Europe.Edwy Plenel, former editorial director of Le Monde, essayist and founder of the investigative journalism website Mediapart tackles these claims head-on, taking the side of his compatriots of Muslim origin, culture or belief, against those who make them into scapegoats. He demonstrates how a form of "Republican and secularist fundamentalism" has become a mask to hide a new form of virulent Islamophobia. At stake for Plenel is not just solidarity but fidelity to the memory and heritage of emancipatory struggles and he writes in defence of the Muslims, just as Zola wrote in defence of the Jews and Sartre wrote in defence of the blacks. For if we are to be for the oppressed then we must be for the Muslims.From the Trade Paperback edition.

Matt Helm: The Detonators

by Donald Hamilton

A prim young lady needs a favor: help her father beat a bum drug rap. But when Dad's boat detonates outside Miami Harbor, Matt discovers that young Amy isn't as innocent as she looks. Lured to the Bahamas, he will discover an unlikely pack of fanatics hatching an explosive plan, and that daddy's little girl is surprisingly deadly.

Soft in the Head

by Frank Wynne Marie-Sabine Roger

His mother calls him a worthless halfwit while his fellow drunks at the local bar ensure he's the butt of all their jokes. He spends his days whittling wood, counting pigeons and adding his own name to the list on the town war memorial. So how could Germain possibly anticipate what a casual encounter on a park bench with eighty-five-year old Margueritte might mean?In this touchingly comic tale of an unusual friendship, that first conversation opens a door into a world Germain has never imagined--the world of books and ideas--and gives both him and Margueritte the chance of a happiness they thought had passed them by.From the Trade Paperback edition.

Who Really Feeds the World?: The Failures of Agribusiness and the Promise of Agroecology

by Vandana Shiva

Debunking the notion that our current food crisis must be addressed through industrial agriculture and genetic modification, author and activist Vandana Shiva argues that those forces are in fact the ones responsible for the hunger problem in the first place. Who Really Feeds the World? is a powerful manifesto calling for agricultural justice and genuine sustainability, drawing upon Shiva's thirty years of research and accomplishments in the field. Instead of relying on genetic modification and large-scale monocropping to solve the world's food crisis, she proposes that we look to agroecology--the knowledge of the interconnectedness that creates food--as a truly life-giving alternative to the industrial paradigm. Shiva succinctly and eloquently lays out the networks of people and processes that feed the world, exploring issues of diversity, the needs of small famers, the importance of seed saving, the movement toward localization, and the role of women in producing the world's food.From the Trade Paperback edition.

Guide to the Geology of Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park

by Sarah Hall Duane Braun Ruth Braun

This richly-illustrated, full-color guide to the geology of Mount Desert Island, Maine, the home of Acadia National Park, makes the spectacular scenery and rich geological history accessible to outdoor explorers, geology enthusiasts, and armchair travelers alike. The Guide grounds readers in basic geologic concepts before chronicling the unique history of the area from 550 million years ago to the present. Including information-packed self-guided trips with stops at 31 points of interest, this book is lavishly illustrated with 100 full color photos, maps, and illustrations that enhance appreciation of this national treasure.Duane and Ruth Braun relate the fascinating story of the region's formation, explaining how a slice of South America with Mount Desert Island bordering its southern side landed on the edge of North America to form Maine. Another piece of South America collided with this landing, causing Mount Desert Island to erupt violently in a ten mile wide volcanic caldera. The Island then underwent a long period of stream erosion culminating in a period of glacial erosion to form the present landscape. The exceptional scenery that resulted has attracted visitors from around the world. This book unlocks the many secrets of the formations, offering a deeper understanding of the land and its origins.

The Side Effects of You

by Anna Black

Andrea, Samantha, and Josie have one thing in common: an ex they want to forget. Although they've tried to keep it together, there comes a time when you have to move on. However, moving on only seems to make matters worse as they strive to make new lives for themselves. There is always something that keeps luring them back into the drama they're desperately trying to escape. Will these women finally find the path to happiness, or will the side effects of their exes keep them stuck in an unhappy rut?

Single Ladies

by Blake Karrington

Life is complicated for a group of five friends living in the inner city. Tammy is starting to feel the pressure of being a single mother of two girls. Chris, her kids' father has been incarcerated for the past five months, not making Tammy's situation any better. Lamar and Falisha have crossed the lines of their friendship after having sex for the first time, and Kim is in her own world lately. She is so focused on her job that she really doesn't have time for any kind of relationship at the moment. Lisa has bitten off more than she can chew when Dre, her prior boyfriend, comes home from prison demanding that they be together again.When it comes to love, hate, trust, honesty, lying, cheating, deceit, betrayal, drama, money, power, respect--and back-breaking, limitless, raw and uncut sex--these five childhood friends experience it all. There will be no holding back, no biting of the tongue, and best believe the gloves are coming off when the single ladies take you through the everyday life of living as a female in the hood. Expect everything . . . but boredom!

I Can Touch the Bottom

by Ms Michel Moore Marlon P.S. White

When he is released on parole, Stackz wants nothing more than to mind his own business and rebuild his empire. However, when he is forced to kill again, he links up with Ava, an eyewitness to the scene unfolding before the slaughter of her sister's boyfriend. Having one major thing in common--murder--the pair becomes inseparable, hoping love can conquer all. Their belief that they can live a happily-ever-after existence is soon shattered when his victim's crew wants the ultimate revenge: They want Stackz's life, and they'll take Ava's as well if she gets in the way. Ms. Michel Moore and newcomer Marlon P.S. White deliver a fast-paced street love story that will have readers rooting for Stackz and Ava.

Homeless

by Ms Michel Moore

Life is definitely not meant to be this hard. His mother tragically dies of cancer, his once perfect world is turned upside down, and the coldhearted streets of Detroit couldn't care less. Now Lonnie McKay, homeless and alone, is caught up in the system at the mercy of others. Faced with women who could possibly help him but refuse to do so, he soon develops a vindictive dislike for every female he comes in contact with. Under the influence of anything he can take to get high, a delusional Lonnie sets no limits to what he'll do to make these women pay--including murder.

Conglomerate: A Luxurious Tale

by Danielle Santiago

Joey, Evan, and Cee hail from Charlotte's infamous west side. Best friends since childhood, they have experienced highs, lows, and everything in between together.Evan is one of the country's most sought-after wedding and event planners. Cee is an A-list celebrity hairstylist. Joey is the East Coast's most popular female club promoter. Combining their talents, they form The Luxe Group Conglomerate. At the height of The Conglomerate's success, a series of mysterious fatal events occur. It is soon discovered that the secret past of one of the girls has come back to haunt them.In this tale of luxury, betrayal, and lies, the girls' friendship is put to the ultimate test. Lives are forever changed as the future of their lucrative conglomerate hangs in the balance.

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