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El pequeño dragón de jade verde

by Mónica M. Franco

¿Quieres acompañar a Lili en una increíble aventura que ni siquiera ella hubiera podido imaginar? <p><p>Aunque no conoce las tradiciones ni la cultura chinas porque fue adoptada de muy pequeña, sus raíces hacen de ella alguien muy especial, alguien de quien depende salvar el linaje del Dragón Verde. Es el cumpleaños de Lili y está jugando a pelota dentro de casa aunque sabe que a su madre no le gusta que lo haga. <p><p>Tampoco tiene permitido ir al salón, pero la pelota se le escapa, y es entonces cuando descubre que el dragón de jade verde la está mirando. Esa figurita que dejaron en el capazo en que fue abandonada en un orfanato en China ha cobrado vida el día en que Lili cumple los doce, con un inesperado propósito para ella. <p><p>A partir de este momento Lili viajará a su país de origen y descubrirá un mundo y una cultura que no había podido conocer, así como su singular origen. Con este relato, tierno y emocionante a la vez, la autora acerca al lectora la cultura china, tanto a la tradicional como la actual, a través de una realidad muy común en nuestra sociedad: la adopción de niñas chinas por familias occidentales. <p><p>Esta es, además, una historia sobre valores como la amistad, la superación y la colaboración, que hacen posible lograr grandes éxitos.

Light of the Stars: Alien Worlds And The Fate Of The Earth

by Adam Frank

Astrophysicist and NPR commentator on what the latest research on the existence and trajectories of alien civilizations may teach us about our own. Light of the Stars tells the story of humanity’s coming of age as we awaken to the possibilities of life on other worlds and their sudden relevance to our fate on Earth. Astrophysicist Adam Frank traces the question of alien life and intelligence from the ancient Greeks to the leading thinkers of our own time, and shows how we as a civilization can only hope to survive climate change if we recognize what science has recently discovered: that we are just one of ten billion trillion planets in the Universe, and it’s highly likely that many of those planets hosted technologically advanced alien civilizations. What’s more, each of those civilizations must have faced the same challenge of civilization-driven climate change. Written with great clarity and conviction, Light of the Stars builds on the inspiring work of pioneering scientists such as Frank Drake and Carl Sagan, whose work at the dawn of the space age began building the new science of astrobiology; Jack James, the Texas-born engineer who drove NASA’s first planetary missions to success; Vladimir Vernadsky, the Russian geochemist who first envisioned the Earth’s biosphere; and James Lovelock and Lynn Margulis, who invented Gaia theory. Frank recounts the perilous journey NASA undertook across millions of miles of deep space to get its probes to Venus and Mars, yielding our first view of the cosmic laws of planets and climate that changed our understanding of our place in the universe. Thrilling science at the grandest of scales, Light of the Stars explores what may be the largest question of all: What can the likely presence of life on other worlds tell us about our own fate?

A mulher solteira e os seus encontros

by Melanie B. Frank Kati Machado Gilli

Rebecca tem 36 anos, já está solteira há muito tempo e busca o parceiro ideal. Ela se dá conta, então, de que seu relógio biológico corre inexoravelmente e que não lhe resta muito mais tempo para formar uma família. Para conhecer o maior número possível de rapazes, ela usa todas as mídias disponíveis. Cada encontro representa novos desafios que frequentemente revelam os famosos mal-entendidos entre homens e mulheres.

La Mujer Solitaria y sus encuentros.

by Melanie B. Frank IRUA ROSALES DE DIAZ

Rebecca tiene 36 años, ya tiene la mitad de una eternidad soltera y está buscando el compañero adecuado. Ella se ha dado cuenta de que su reloj biológico está funcionando de manera acelerada y que no tiene mucho tiempo para formar una familia. Para llevar a cabo su sueño, recurre a todos los medios disponibles, para conocer a todos los candidatos posibles y poder encontrar al hombre de sus sueños. Cada cita representa nuevos desafíos, que a menudo revelan los famosos malentenidos entre un hombre y una mujer.

Vladimir Nabokov in Context

by Siggy Frank David Bethea

Vladimir Nabokov, bilingual writer of dazzling masterpieces, is a phenomenon that both resists and requires contextualization. This book challenges the myth of Nabokov as a sole genius who worked in isolation from his surroundings, as it seeks to anchor his work firmly within the historical, cultural, intellectual and political contexts of the turbulent twentieth century. Vladimir Nabokov in Context maps the ever-changing sites, people, cultures and ideologies of his itinerant life which shaped the production and reception of his work. Concise and lively essays by leading scholars reveal a complex relationship of mutual influence between Nabokov's work and his environment. Appealing to a wide community of literary scholars this timely companion to Nabokov's writing offers new insights and approaches to one of the most important, and yet most elusive writers of modern literature.

The Compleated Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin: 1757-1790 (The Compleated Autobiography #2)

by Benjamin Franklin Mark Skousen

Benjamin Franklin's autobiography is one of the greatest autobiographies of all time&mdahs;but it was incomplete. Franklin ended his life's story in 1757, when he was fifty-one. He lived another thirty-three eventful years, serving as America's advocate in London, Pennsylvania's representative in the Continental Congress, and America's wartime ambassador to France. Here is the rest of the story, in Franklin's own words. One of the most fascinating of our founding fathers, Franklin was a polymath, a practical statesman, and an incomparable cynic and wit. The Compleated Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin, faithfully compiled and edited from Franklin's papers, reveals why he became a spokesman for American independence as well as his views on the Constitution, such fellow patriots as Adams and Jefferson, on French women, and more. Mark Skousen is a descendant of Benjamin Franklin through Franklin's grandson Louis Bache.

Dark Days in Chicago: The Rehabilitation of an Urban Street Terrorist

by Larry L. Franklin Stanley Davis Adolfo Davis Patrick Pursley

The driving force behind this work was a shared commitment to violent ways, and to explore the newfound secrets to a better life. Their desire to help the at-risk youth of Chicago -- the place where street gangs rule -- gave the authors a reason to wake up each morning, a reason to live. Larry Franklin is the author who brought their work to public attention.

Faerie Apocalypse

by Jason Franks

<div> <p class="p1">Over the centuries the Faerie Realms have drifted away from the mortal world. But for some, the Doors will open. For some, there is a Way to travel there, if they want it badly enough.</p> <p class="p2">If they dream it hard enough.</p> <p class="p2">In this era, only lovers, poets, and madmen can access the Realms of the Land¿and for good reason.</p> <p class="p2">A succession of mortals travel to Faerie: a veteran seeking beauty; a magus seeking power; an urchin seeking his wayward father; an engineer seeking meaning. These mortals bring the horrors of our age to the Land, and the Folk who live there respond in kind.</p></div>

Soldiers of the Nation: Military Service and Modern Puerto Rico, 1868-1952 (Studies in War, Society, and the Military)

by Harry Franqui-Rivera

As the island of Puerto Rico transitioned from Spanish to U.S. imperial rule, the military and political mobilization of popular sectors of its society played important roles in the evolution of its national identities and subsequent political choices. While scholars of American imperialism have examined the political, economic, and cultural aspects of U.S. colonialism in Puerto Rico, few have considered the integral role of Puerto Rican men in colonial military service and in helping to consolidate the empire. In Soldiers of the Nation Harry Franqui-Rivera argues that the emergence of strong and complicated Puerto Rican national identities is deeply rooted in the long history of colonial military organizations on the island. Franqui-Rivera examines the patterns of inclusion-exclusion within the military and the various forms of citizenship that are subsequently transformed into socioeconomic and political enfranchisement. Analyzing the armed forces as an agent of cultural homogenization, Franqui-Rivera further explains the formation and evolution of Puerto Rican national identities that eventually led to the creation of the Estado Libre Asociado (the commonwealth) in 1952. Franqui-Rivera concludes that Puerto Rican soldiers were neither cannon fodder for the metropolis nor the pawns of the criollo political elites. Rather, they were men with complex identities who demonstrated a liberal, popular, and broad definition of Puertorriqueñidad.

A Lady's Guide to Selling Out: A Novel

by Sally Franson

A brilliant young woman navigates a tricky twenty-first-century career—and the trickier question of who she wants to be—in this savagely wise debut novel for fans of Younger, The Bold Type, and The Devil Wears Prada. Casey Pendergast is losing her way. Once a book-loving English major, Casey lands a job at a top ad agency that highly values her ability to tell a good story. Her best friend thinks she’s a sellout, but Casey tells herself that she’s just paying the bills—and she can’t help that she has champagne taste. When her hard-to-please boss assigns her to a top-secret campaign that pairs literary authors with corporations hungry for upmarket cachet, Casey is both excited and skeptical. But as she crisscrosses America, wooing her former idols, she’s shocked at how quickly they compromise their integrity: A short-story writer leaves academia to craft campaigns for a plus-size clothing chain, a reclusive nature writer signs away her life’s work to a manufacturer of granola bars. When she falls in love with one of her authors, Casey can no longer ignore her own nagging doubts about the human cost of her success. By the time the year’s biggest book festival rolls around in Las Vegas, it will take every ounce of Casey’s moxie to undo the damage—and, hopefully, save her own soul. Told in an unforgettable voice, with razor-sharp observations about everything from feminism to pop culture to social media, A Lady’s Guide to Selling Out is the story of a young woman untangling the contradictions of our era and trying to escape the rat race—by any means necessary. Advance praise for A Lady’s Guide to Selling Out“Bitingly funny . . . [Sally] Franson’s snappy debut nimbly skewers the high-flying world of advertising and romance in the age of social media. . . . Franson’s irresistibly flawed heroine holds her own as she strives to find honesty, meaning, and even love in a demanding world, resulting in an addictive, escapist novel.”—Publishers Weekly “A high-spirited heroine loses herself in a vortex of modern striving in this debut novel. . . . Come for the hilarious narration, stay for the whirlwind plot, luxuriate in the satirical gleam.”—Kirkus Reviews “Truly beautifully observed, A Lady’s Guide to Selling Out is a gorgeous treat. Sally Franson’s voice is addictive: whip-smart, biting, and clever. I kept pausing to reread parts of it with a huge smile on my face.”—Jane Green, author of Summer Secrets

Prairie Fires: The American Dreams Of Laura Ingalls Wilder

by Caroline Fraser

Millions of readers of Little House on the Prairie believe they know Laura Ingalls—the pioneer girl who survived blizzards and near-starvation on the Great Plains, and the woman who wrote the famous autobiographical books. But the true saga of her life has never been fully told. Now, drawing on unpublished manuscripts, letters, diaries, and land and financial records, Caroline Fraser—the editor of the Library of America edition of the Little House series—masterfully fills in the gaps in Wilder’s biography. Revealing the grown-up story behind the most influential childhood epic of pioneer life, she also chronicles Wilder's tumultuous relationship with her journalist daughter, Rose Wilder Lane, setting the record straight regarding charges of ghostwriting that have swirled around the books. <p><p> The Little House books, for all the hardships they describe, are paeans to the pioneer spirit, portraying it as triumphant against all odds. But Wilder’s real life was harder and grittier than that, a story of relentless struggle, rootlessness, and poverty. It was only in her sixties, after losing nearly everything in the Great Depression, that she turned to children’s books, recasting her hardscrabble childhood as a celebratory vision of homesteading—and achieving fame and fortune in the process, in one of the most astonishing rags-to-riches episodes in American letters. <p> Spanning nearly a century of epochal change, from the Indian Wars to the Dust Bowl, Wilder’s dramatic life provides a unique perspective on American history and our national mythology of self-reliance. With fresh insights and new discoveries, Prairie Fires reveals the complex woman whose classic stories grip us to this day.

Greyfriars House

by Emma Fraser

Once a home full of love, all that remains in Greyfriars House are secrets and lies . . .On a remote Scottish island sits Greyfriars House, a house haunted by unspoken words and family mysteries. But once it was a happy and comforting place and in the summer of 1939, family and friends gather to forget their fears about the impending war. Nine-year-old Olivia watches the grown-ups with fascination particularly her mother and her two aunts, the three daughters of the family who own the island. Then Olivia she sees something she isn't meant to and when the truth comes out it reverberates through the generations.Almost fifty years later, Olivia has fallen ill and urges her own daughter, Charlotte, to visit Greyfriars to reconnect the existing branches of the family. Charlotte is hesitant to get to know her great-aunts, women who have always shunned her mother, but curiosity and a desire to run from her own life get the better of her and she goes to the island.But Greyfriars House is a shadow of its former self and Charlotte finds her great-aunts tense and cautious. There is something they want to share with Charlotte, but in order to truly understand their secret Charlotte must first understand what happened to them before and during the war . . .

Paediatric Nursing in Australia: Principles for Practice

by Jennifer Fraser Nicola Brown Donna Waters Elizabeth Forster

The second edition of Paediatric Nursing in Australia: Principles for Practice brings the important care of the child and young person to life, by equipping students with essential knowledge and skills to become informed and capable partners in the nursing care of children, young people and their families across a variety of clinical and community settings. The text develops students' critical thinking and problem-solving skills by exploring contemporary issues impacting on the health of children, young people and their families. This new edition features the latest research and case studies, coupled with reflection points and learning activities in each chapter. Further resources, including links to video and web content, multiple-choice questions and critical-thinking problems, are available on the updated instructor companion website at www. cambridge. edu. au/academic/paediatricnursing. Written by a team of experienced nurses within the field, Paediatric Nursing in Australia: Principles for Practice, 2nd edition is grounded in current care delivery and is an essential resource in preparing future nurses for practice in paediatric settings throughout Australia.

Paediatric Nursing Skills for Australian Nurses

by Jennifer Fraser Elizabeth Forster

Paediatric Nursing Skills for Australian Nurses is the first Australia-focused, dedicated paediatric skills text for undergraduate students. Integrating the theoretical and clinical components of nursing knowledge, the authors outline the clinical skills needed in the care of children and young people. The journey begins with an introduction to communication - an essential skill for any paediatric nurse - before exploring crucial topics such as mental health, nutrition and medication. These discussions are presented in connection with the latest national competency standards for registered nurses to help equip readers with these necessary abilities. Pedagogical features include case studies, clinical tips and reflection questions to encourage active thinking and analysis of key concepts. Each chapter concludes with a set of review questions, a research topic and a list of recommended readings to consolidate student understanding. Paediatric Nursing Skills for Australian Nurses is an essential resource for pre-registered nurses within the Australian paediatric setting.

All That Matters

by Ross Fraser

Get to the heart of the most talked about topics of our time. All That Matters runs the gamut of the most exciting, interesting and topical subjects of today. To provide a flavour of the All That Matters series, this exclsuive sampler provides the opening chapters from nine notable books including the following: God by Mark Vernon Love by Mark Vernon Water by Paul L. Younger Space Exploration by David Ashford Modern China by Jonanthan Clements Shakespeare's Comedies by Michael Scott Cyber Crime and Warfare by Peter Warren and Michel Streeter Philosophy by Julian Baggini Future Cities by Camilla Ween All That Matters books are written by the world's leading experts, introducing to the quick-minded and curious reader the most important topics and hottest areas of debate on the subjects that really matter.

Proceedings of 3rd International Sustainable Buildings Symposium: Volume 2 (Lecture Notes In Civil Engineering Ser. #7)

by Seyhan Fırat John Kinuthia Abid Abu-Tair

This book describes the latest advances, innovations, and applications in the field of building design, environmental engineering and sustainability as presented by leading international researchers, engineers, architects and urban planners at the 3rd International Sustainable Buildings Symposium (ISBS), held in Dubai, UAE from 15 to 17 March 2017. It covers highly diverse topics, including smart cities, sustainable building and construction design, sustainable urban planning, infrastructure development, structural resilience under natural hazards, water and waste management, energy efficiency, climate change impacts, life cycle assessment, environmental policies, and strengthening and rehabilitation of structures. The contributions amply demonstrate that sustainable building design is key to protecting and preserving natural resources, economic growth, cultural heritage and public health. The contributions were selected by means of a rigorous peer-review process and highlight many exciting ideas that will spur novel research directions and foster multidisciplinary collaboration among different specialists.

Proceedings of 3rd International Sustainable Buildings Symposium: Volume 2 (Lecture Notes In Civil Engineering Ser. #7)

by Seyhan Fırat John Kinuthia Abid Abu-Tair

This book describes the latest advances, innovations, and applications in the field of building design, environmental engineering and sustainability as presented by leading international researchers, engineers, architects and urban planners at the 3rd International Sustainable Buildings Symposium (ISBS), held in Dubai, UAE from 15 to 17 March 2017. It covers highly diverse topics, including smart cities, sustainable building and construction design, sustainable urban planning, infrastructure development, structural resilience under natural hazards, water and waste management, energy efficiency, climate change impacts, life cycle assessment, environmental policies, and strengthening and rehabilitation of structures. The contributions amply demonstrate that sustainable building design is key to protecting and preserving natural resources, economic growth, cultural heritage and public health. The contributions were selected by means of a rigorous peer-review process and highlight many exciting ideas that will spur novel research directions and foster multidisciplinary collaboration among different specialists.

No te calles: Seis relatos contra el odio

by Sara Fratini Javier Ruescas Benito Taibo Fa Orozco Andrea Compton Chris Pueyo

Si ves que alguien comete una injusticia a tu lado# ¿Qué haces? NO MIRES HACIA OTRO LADO. Y si eres tú el que la ha cometido, ¿tratas de compensarlo? LUCHA CONTRA EL ODIO. Todos los días vivimos y escuchamos historias de discriminación hacia el indefenso, la que destaca o, simplemente, los diferentes. HA LLEGADO EL MOMENTO DE TOMAR LA PALABRA: Hagamos del mundo, entre todos, un lugar mejor. #NOTECALLES Queremos creer que se trata de algo lejano, pero en realidad está más cerca de lo que creemos. Lo vemos en la calle, en la escuela. A veces, tristemente, en nuestros hogares. Todos los días escuchamos historias de odio y discriminación, historias que nos hacen pensar hacia dónde va el mundo. Es momento de cambiar. No podemos voltear la mirada e ignorar el problema. No debemos callar más. Seis de los más destacados influencers nos prestan su voz para motivarnos a no callar la nuestra. Andrea Compton Chris Pueyo Javier Ruescas Benito Taibo Fa Orozco Sara Fratini

Yo os salvaré a todos

by Emilie Frèche

Dos diarios: Uno, de unos padres que no logran comprender qué llevó a su hija Eléa, de 17 años, a unirse al Estado Islámico. Otro, de Eléa, que nos irá descubriendo poco a poco cómo llegó a cruzar la frontera entre la influencia y la convicción. <P><P>Debido a que no tiene noticias de Eléa, su hija de 17 años reclutada por el Estado Islámico y desaparecida en Siria hace seis meses, Laurence comienza a escribir un diario. Escribir le impide entregarse por completo al dolor que la roe todos los días, a la rabia de no haberlo visto venir, y no haber sido capaz de entender que todo iba a cambiar. Laurence le habla a su hija y le cuenta todos los días su tristeza y su participación en grupos de desradicalización, su lucha para crear conciencia, tratando de impedir la salida de otros adolescentes... para de alguna manera contrarrestar la falta de su hija, para noperderlo todo por completo... <P><P>A sus palabras responden las del diario personal de Eléa, escrito un año antes. Y así descubrimos poco a poco cómo los sueños de futuro, el primer amor, las amistades, fueron reemplazados por la manipulación, la sumisión, el extremismo...

The Case Against Barack Obama: The Unlikely Rise and Unexamined Agenda of the Media's Favorite Candidate

by David Freddoso

Obama a Lefty, Not a ReformerThe first serious negative biography of Senator Barack Obama casts the Democratic nominee as a fake reformer and a real liberal.The Case Against Barack Obama by National Review's David Freddoso, blasts Obama for failing to take on the Chicago machine, for listening to "radical advisors," and for backing "doctrinaire liberal" causes from teachers unions to abortion rights.It does not, however, compare him to Paris Hilton, or dwell at length on his religion or race - making the substance of The Case Against Barack Obama sound a bit unfamiliar amid a campaign cacophony of hyperbolic web ads, alleged race cards, and viral smears.Freddoso says John McCain's campaign and Republicans at large are making the wrong case against the Illinois senator."I don't think you beat Obama by saying that he's Paris Hilton," said Freddoso, a reporter for the conservative magazine National Review, referring to McCain's latest advertising campaign. "The more important thing is really to look at is he who he says he is? Is he really this great reformer?"Freddoso's book, released today by the conservative publishing house Regnery and provided exclusively to Politico by the publisher, occupies a small island in the often-shrill sea of criticism of Obama. As a range of conservatives suggest that Obama is a closet radical, and as McCain's campaign aims to disqualify him from the White House on the grounds of his international fame, Freddoso makes a case that conservatives should look at the presumptive Democratic nominee's record.His thesis: "It's not that Obama is a bad person. It's just that he's like all the rest of them. Not a reformer. Not a Messiah. Just like all the rest of them in Washington. And just like all the other liberals too."Freddoso's is one of two new books harshly attacking Obama. The other, by Jerome Corsi, reportedly covers some of the same territory as the viral emails that have plagued the Democratic candidate, making much of his slender connections to Islam and his teenage drug use.Freddoso opts largely for a fact-based critique, and writes that the viral and overt smears have allowed Obama to evade substantive criticism."Too many of those criticizing Obama have been content merely to slander him," he writes. False rumors about Obama's religion and ancestry have produced, Freddoso writes, "an intellectual laziness among the very people who should be carefully scrutinizing Obama."His book comes with Republican popularity at a historic low, amid widespread disenchantment with Republican ideals of limited government and hawkish foreign policy. Many - including, apparently, McCain's strategists - doubt a Republican can win a policy face-off. But as the real campaign hones in on the character of the candidates, Freddoso's book attempts to build an alternate case against Obama. Freddoso's argument begins in Chicago....Though Obama's first political steps were in Hyde Park's reformist politics, Freddoso focuses on the smooth accommodation he made to the machine....

Gangster Government: Barack Obama and the New Washington Thugocracy

by David Freddoso

"GANGSTER GOVERNMENT" Columnist Michael Barone invented the phrase.President Obama has perfected the practice.And in this new and stunning book, New York Times best-selling author David Freddoso (The Case Against Barack Obama) provides the much-needed exposé of an administration that has brought Chicago-style corruption and strong-arm politics to Washington, looking to reward its friends (the unions, federal workers, and other liberal interest groups) and punish its enemies (the private sector workers and taxpayers who foot the bill for Obama¹s massive expansion of the federal government).In Gangster Government you'll learn, among other shocking revelations:How the Obama administration has used "czars" and "recess appointments" to install powerful bureaucrats, some with extreme views and shady pasts, without congressional oversightHow the Obama administration ignored the Constitution and reversed 100 years of bankruptcy law to reward its friends (the United Autoworkers) in the GM and Chrysler bailoutWhy even the pretense of "cutting costs" in Obamacare came second to rewarding the Democrat-supporting trial lawyers' lobbyWhy, ignoring federal law, the Obama administration is trying to shield the TSA workers who search passengers at airports from private sector competitionHow the trillion dollar "stimulus" was directed overwhelmingly at protecting government workers supported by the taxpayersWhy "green jobs" are all about shaking down the taxpayer for favored businesses-not about truly "sustainable" energy or jobsHow the Obama administration bullies private businesses and even state governments that don't cooperate with gangster governmentGangster Government is a devastating and revealing look at the momentous first two years of the Obama administration and its subversion of our Constitution and laws. It casts a hard look at a president whose training on Chicago's political playground shines through every bent law and every broken promise.

Spin Masters: How the Media Ignored the Real News and Helped Reelect Barack Obama

by David Freddoso

The biggest story of the election was how the media ignored the biggest story of the election.Amid all the breathless coverage of a non-existent War on Women, there was little or no coverage of Obama's war on the economy-how, for instance, part-time work is replacing full-time work; how low-wage jobs are replacing high-wage ones; how for Americans between the ages of 25 and 54 there are fewer jobs today than there were when the recession officially ended in 2009, and fewer, in fact, than at any time since mid-1997.The downsizing of the American economy wasn't the only story the media missed-or suppressed-there was also the unraveling of Obama's foreign policy and the deadly scandals at home (Fast & Furious) and abroad (the terrorist attack that killed the American ambassador at Benghazi).But instead of serious, substantive journalism, the media reported ad nauseam on trifles (Big Bird), Republican-baiting hysteria (how everything the Republicans said was allegedly "racial code"), and distortions of Romney's remarks (such as the 47% comment). The media dropped the ball in covering the 2012 election, writes David Freddoso, editorial page editor of The Washington Examiner, and in doing so the media failed in their responsibility to keep politicians honest and the public well-informed. Freddoso, a New York Times bestselling author and former congressional reporter for National Review, fills this volume not only with outrageous examples of media bias, but also with dozens of real stories that genuinely inquisitive reporters should have relished but that the overwhelmingly liberal press didn't even bother to cover.Full of the news you didn't hear about in 2012, David Freddoso's Spin: How the Media Ignored the Real News and Helped Reelect Barack Obama will be the most provocative and accurate take of just how Barack Obama managed to get reelected amidst the worst economic times since at least the 1970s, and how the media helped him do it.

The Book of Luce

by L Fredericks

'Truly a slice of magic and a work of imaginative genius.' StarburstA mind-bending mystery spanning continents and centuries for all fans of Neal Stephenson and David Mitchell.'A witty and weird tale with shades of both Philip K Dick, and Kieron Gillen/Jamie McKelvie's comic The Wicked + The Divine.' SFX'An experience that is both absorbing and emotional' SciFi NowMy obsession begins in the magical year 1967, at Luce and the Photons' legendary last secret gig. That night changes my life: I must know who Luce is. But the deeper I dig, the more questions I turn up. Is Luce a rock star or a pretender? An artist or an acid trip?My redemption . . . or my delusion?Drawn into the machinations of mysterious powers, I become the dark shadow who follows the light of Luce. But who follows me? Are they agents of evil or figments of my imagination? And do they follow me still?The quest for Luce will lead me to the farthest corners of the earth and into the deadliest danger. I will lose everything and everyone I love . . . except for Luce.Who is pawn and who is player? Murderer or victim? Betrayer or saviour?I am the only one who knows the truth.This is the truth.This is The Book of Luce.

Snowstruck: In the Grip of Avalanches

by Jill Fredston

Every year around the globe, people cross paths with avalanches-some massive, some no deeper than a pizza box-with deadly results. Avalanche expert Jill Fredston stalks these so-called freaks of nature, forecasting where and when they will strike, deliberately triggering them with explosives, teaching potential victims how to stay alive, and leading rescue efforts when tragedy strikes. InSnowstruck, Fredston draws on decades of personal experience to take "avalanches out of the statistical realm and into the human one” (Skiing Magazine): a skier making what may prove his final decision, a victim buried so tightly that he can’t move a finger, rescuers racing both time and weather, forecasters treading the line between reasonable risk and danger. Fredston brings to life the awesome forces of nature that can turn the mountains deadly-and the equally inexo rable forces of human nature that lure us time and again into treacherous terrain.

The Curse of the Appropriate Man: Stories

by Lynn Freed

These fourteen short stories, written over the past ten years but never before collected, deal with the struggles between mothers and their wayward daughters, the often preposterous bonds that tie men and women together, and the complex games masters and servants play with one another. In spare, elegant prose, Freed delivers surprise after surprise as she shakes the truth from life. Whether it's her portrayal of a mother mired in senile dementia in "Ma," a young girl experiencing her first sexual encounter with an itinerant knife-sharpener in "Under the House," or a young woman incapable of loving conventionally in "An Error of Desire," Freed portrays the absurdity, the delusions, the dramas, and the dignity of her characters' lives. These masterful stories reinforce her reputation as one of our most fearless and sophisticated explorers of sexual and filial love.

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