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El retorn d'ABBA

by Marc Ros

El debut literari de Marc Ros, cantant i compositor de Sidonie, amb una sorprenent i captivadora novel·la generacional que parla d'amistat, música i el final de l'estiu a Cadaqués. ABBA. Cantant i compositora. Tot just acaba de finalitzar una gira i una relació sentimental. Té experiència en viure grans finals i, amb una cançó lacrimògena, els pot arribar a gaudir. Sobre l'escenari et podria arrencar la gola, però quan en baixa desitjaries posar-la dins d'una cistella a la vora del foc. HUGO. Cantant i lletrista dels Televisores Rotos. S'ha convertit en el que més desitjava i alhora més temia ser: una estrella del rock turmentada i decadent. Ha llegit tots els clàssics moderns de la literatura del segle xx i ni un sol prospecte de la muntanya de medicaments que pren per a controlar l'ansietat. DOMÈNECH. Fotògraf i realitzador. Encara no ha après a dir que no a vídeos, curts i pelis pels que sap que no cobrarà. Necessita la il·luminació de les filosofies asiàtiques, la meditació i les drogues psicodèliques per a superar la seva crisi econòmica i personal. El retorn d'Abba és la història de tres personatges que es reuneixen a Cadaqués, poble de bruixes, pirates i artistes. En ella, Marc Ros relata el silenci de cases d'estiueig tancades i la música d'una amistat que es composa, com una melodia, en un racó del Mediterrani.

Sangre de lobos

by Alberto Rojas

Una novela negra que se adentra en el fascinante mundo del espionaje inglés y alemán durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial En septiembre de 1940 las divisiones de Hitler se encuentran en el punto álgido de su poder. La Europa continental se rinde ante la bota nazi sin que ningún país pueda frenarla. En el Reino Unido, el último enemigo que le queda por vencer, el primer ministro Winston Churchill promete una lucha desesperada hasta el final y crea la Dirección de Operaciones Especiales (DOE), un ejército en las sombras para llevar la guerra más allá de las líneas enemigas por medio del sabotaje, las redes de resistencia y el asesinato de líderes nazis. Mientras tanto, España trata de recuperarse de la terrible Guerra Civil que acaba de padecer con Franco como aliado del Tercer Reich. Aprovechando el vacío de poder, Andrés Valdivia, un seductor de viudas y ladrón especializado en su propia supervivencia, trata de robar las joyasde las hijas y esposas de los diplomáticos extranjeros que permanecen en Madrid. Una delegación de jerarcas nazis visita la ciudad y asiste a una corrida de toros en Las Ventas. Un agente de inteligencia británico los fotografía y descubre una increíble semejanza entre uno de ellos y el ladrón que pretende el collar de oro de la mujer del embajador británico. Ahí comienza el reclutamiento que lleva a Valdivia a la búsqueda de uno de los carniceros más despiadados de Alemania y a la de su propia identidad.

En busca de Venus

by Andrea Wulf

El emocionante relato de cómo los científicos ilustrados se unieron para medir las profundidades del universo. Durante dos días en 1761 y 1769, cientos de científicos de países europeos y de las colonias norteamericanas apuntaron sus telescopios hacia el cielo para observar un raro acontecimiento astronómico: el tránsito de Venus por delante de la superficie del Sol. Fueron enviados a los rincones más remotos de nuestro planeta para observar el encuentro celeste, que permitiría calcular el tamaño del sistema solar. En busca de Venus narra de manera extraordinaria la vida de las personas que se embarcaron en esta compleja y esencial aventura y nos ofrece un vívido retrato de las contribuciones y el entusiasmo que hubo detrás de la primera colaboración científica internacional, pero también nos presenta las rivalidades y los acontecimientos políticos que fueron obstaculizando cada paso de la investigación. Un libro rebosante de acción y detalles maravillosos que nos revela el espíritu de la Ilustración y la eterna obsesión del ser humano por entender el mundo. La crítica ha dicho...«Una aventura cautivadora. El maravilloso ojo de Wulf para los detalles y su talento a la hora de volver accesibles las complejidades científicas hacen de este libro una lectura muy recomendable.»San Francisco Chronicle «Un libro que tanto los astrofísicos como los poetas pueden comprender.»The Boston Globe «Apasionante. Sin duda será uno de los libros de no ficción del año. No se pierdan esta maravillosa obra.»The Daily Mail «Una historia seductora. La sensibilidad de Wulf para entender las personalidades y su atención tanto a los registros científicos como a los diarios de los astrónomos dan vida a sus hazañas como exploradores, pero también como aventureros.»The Washington Times «Un estupendo ejemplo de narración científica. Relatado con elegante pericia.»The Times «Una historia muy humana y una entusiasta invitación a la exploración del universo por placer.»The Daily Telegraph «Magistral. Wulf relata la impresionante transformación de Venus de objeto de asombro mitológico a instrumento para la revelación científica.»The Guardian «Emocionante. Wulf cuenta una historia cautivadora y fascinante.»The Independent

You Have to Make Your Own Fun Around Here

by Frances Macken

AN IRISH TIMES, IRISH INDEPENDENT and SUNDAY INDEPENDENT 'TITLE TO LOOK OUT FOR IN 2020' Katie, Maeve and Evelyn – friends forever, united by their childhood games and their dreams of escaping the tiny Irish town of Glenbruff. Outspoken, unpredictable and intoxicating, Evelyn is the undisputed leader of the trio. That is, until the beautiful, bold Pamela Cooney arrives from Dublin and changes Glenbruff forever... Told from Katie's witty, quirky perspective, Frances Macken's debut beautifully captures life in a small town and the power of yearning for something bigger. Filled with unforgettable characters and crackling dialogue, You Have to Make Your Own Fun Around Here takes a keen-eyed look at the complexities of female friendship, the corrosive power of jealousy and guilt, and the way that life can quietly erode our dreams unless we're willing to fight for them.

Honour: Achieving Justice for Banaz Mahmod

by Caroline Goode

When Rahmat Sulemani reported his girlfriend Banaz missing, it quickly became clear to DCI Caroline Goode that something was very wrong. In fact, Banaz had contacted her local police station multiple times before, even listing the names of the men she expected to murder her in a so-called 'honour' killing. Her parents didn't seem worried, but Banaz had already accused them of being part of the plot.DCI Goode's team took on the investigation before they even had proof that a murder had taken place. What emerged was a shocking story of betrayal and a community-wide web of lies, which would take the team from suburban south London to the mountain ranges of Kurdistan, making covert recordings and piecing together cell phone data to finally bring the killers to justice.

The Wanted Wife: Volume 6 (Volume 6 #6)

by Nuan Xin

In Li Jingjing's entire life, he had summed it up in a single sentence: Si Luoming, and Si Luoming was the loser. When he was young, he had chased after him, painstakingly becoming someone who could stand shoulder to shoulder with him. But in the end, it never occurred to her that he actually loathed her. Especially when she "indirectly killed" the person he had hidden in his heart, his hatred for her was no longer concealed. Only then did she know that she had suffered a crushing defeat after so many years.

Pretty Consort: Volume 6 (Volume 6 #6)

by Shui Guoxiaotianxin

She was a famous modern detective who had died in murder and had coincidentally transmigrated to the ugly woman of the ancient Prime Minister's Palace. He had thought that he would be able to survive in the ancient times, but in the end, he was betrothed to King Jing. King Jing … This happy enemy, King Jing! Her teeth itched with hate. You want to eat and stay with her? None at all!

Legitimate Daughter: Volume 6 (Volume 6 #6)

by Zi Yeyuni

On the day of the wedding, An Lingge was poisoned to death by her own little sister. Until the reappearance of such a fortuitous encounter, her hard and cold heart had cracked. The first time they met, she had saved him but he had treated her like a pair of lovebirds. The second time, he had helped her get away from it, and after that, he had met Qingcheng once again, and from then on, he would be wrong for life …

Baby Comes: Volume 7 (Volume 7 #7)

by An Jiu

Her brother went missing because of her ex-husband, who didn't know what was good for her, and planted a gentle prairie above her head?! Hmph, if that's the case, then don't blame her for hugging someone else's thigh to take revenge on you! Geng Bao helped her attack. What was there to be afraid of?

Remember Self-Control: Volume 6 (Volume 6 #6)

by Huan Tuotu

After two years of marriage, he had regarded her as an enemy and had not touched her in the slightest. He had humiliated her in front of other women: "Si Wan, you are the most disgusting woman in the world." Faced with his callousness, she finally decided to leave. Who knew that he would be so domineering? He wrapped her in his arms and said, "Without my permission, who allowed you to leave?"

Mistaken Love with Two Handsome Men: Volume 6 (Volume 6 #6)

by Murong Yiyi

Xiao Zian, chief executive of the Sant'Zine Group, has a weird allergy to all opposite sex except the female lead. Only one, gentle, pure, gentle, and beautiful. Feng Ze, the most famous celebrity in the entertainment circle, elegant, amorous and flowery, beautiful beyond compare. One was the CEO of the group, while the other was a superstar in the entertainment industry. The two people with completely different personalities shared the same looks. She first fell in love with Xiao Zan, but became Feng Ze's girlfriend by mistake. When she agreed to marry him, she found herself only thinking of Xiao Zan. The three of them pestered each other and acted out a love and hatred that was mixed with rich family's grudges.

Adorable Baby Comes: Volume 6 (Volume 6 #6)

by Wai Wai

Six years ago, she kidnapped him and forced him to take only one seed before disappearing without a trace. Six years later, she became a famous lawyer overseas and brought her son back to the country. She did not want to be targeted by that wild wolf on the day she returned home. She did everything she could to escape and he chased her! In this battle of emotions, who wins and who loses? Big Blue: I'm too tired. Help me beat my legs. CEO Gao Leng: I'm busy! Big Blue: Alright then... Then I'll look for someone else. CEO Gao Leng: Get the hell back here! Big Blue: Ai ai ai ai, where are you going to touch your hands? I'm going to beat your legs! Beating his legs! CEO Gao Leng: I only do full-body massage. After the massage, Big Blue's entire body was sore... Small Theatre 2: Why do you want to recognize him as your father? Cute Bao replied: Uncle Shuai said he was extremely capable! Everyone had a curious look on their face as they asked Gongbao: "How capable?" Kung Bao replied: Two hours at a time. Everyone: "..."

The Little Book of Natural Cleaning

by Sphere

Home is where the heart is... Home is the place where everyone should feel happy and at peace . . . and that means a house that is clean, safe and welcoming to all.Using traditional, natural cleaning methods to tackle everyday chores is not only a simple and effective way to help the environment, but also helps safeguard your family, friends and pets from germs and the potentially harmful side-effects of many modern cleaning products.THE LITTLE BOOK OF NATURAL CLEANING contains everything you need to know about cleaning with easy-to-find and inexpensive natural ingredients like lemons, bicarbonate of soda and white vinegar. Your home will soon be fresh, clean and safe for all the family.

90 Rules for Entrepreneurs: How to Hustle Your Way to a Business That Works

by Marnus Broodryk

Discover the secrets that distinguish successful entrepreneurs from those who fail, and learn which rules to follow and which to break. This is not just another one of those books about 'rules'; this book may be the defining factor that will turn your dream into reality. Many have succeeded at being an entrepreneur, but many, many more have failed. Which side would you rather be on? Sure, entrepreneurship is often about breaking the rules. But there are also a number of them that you should follow if you want to survive long enough to see what happens when you do. A business should be more than just a venture - it should be an adventure! The difference between a successful journey, rather than a wasted one, is knowing when to do what. That is what this book is about. Not science, but experience. The rules of hustle.Marnus Broodryk, one of South Africa's best-known young entrepreneurs, shares the lessons he wishes he'd been taught before he started out.

How to Work for Yourself

by Rachel Bridge

Working for yourself can be an incredibly rewarding way of making a living, giving you more freedom, control, fun, satisfaction and even money, than you could have imagined. But if you have never done it before, it can be difficult to know where to start, how to get established and the pitfalls to look out for along the way. This book is a step-by-step guide, showing you how to do it in an effective, fulfilling and rewarding way. Drawing on Rachel Bridge's extensive experience and those of many others who already work for themselves, it contains practical advice and information, real-life examples and essential top tips to help you make a successful transition to working for yourself. You'll learn how to decide if this is the right path for you, how to get started, the key issues you need to think about and how to overcome obstacles and setbacks - not just from a practical point of view, but from a personal, financial and emotional perspective too.So whether you are currently in a salaried job and exploring the idea of going it alone, about to take your first step into the workplace after school or university, have just been made redundant or are already working for yourself, but need help and guidance on how to do it better, this is the book for you.

The Break Up: The perfect heartwarming romantic comedy

by Tilly Tennant

What happens when Mr Right goes rogue? Lara doesn&’t have a back-up plan. So when her safe-bet boyfriend Lucien dumps her for her best friend, Lara&’s world implodes. Life after the break up stretches bleakly ahead, lonely evenings on the sofa with only a bottle of wine and her grey cat Fluffy for company… Down the road, Theo loves his job as a jazz musician, giving other people great nights out before coming home in the early hours and unwinding with his loyal cat Satchmo. What they don&’t know is that it&’s the same cat. And when they find out, standing in the streets in their pyjamas, both on the hunt for their lost pet, sparks of the wrong sort fly. Lara can&’t deny that Theo is one of the most gorgeous men she&’s ever met, but she can see exactly why he&’s still single. They do say opposites attract… but is she ready to move on? And when Lucien comes back into the picture, will she be tempted back to her life before the break up, or risk everything on the chance of something new? A wonderfully warm will-they-won&’t-they romantic read that will have you laughing one minute and crying the next. If you&’re a fan of Jill Mansell and Carole Matthews, The Break Up is the love story you&’ve been waiting for. Readers are loving The Break Up: &‘Oh my gosh I loved this book. I think it would make a great movie… Tilly Tennant books always warm my heart and always give me a giggle too&’ StefLoz Book Blog, ????? &‘I loved this book, it is such an enchanting read that I could have happily devoured in one sitting… it has just the right amount of romance and humour and is much more than a boy-meets-girl kind of book… It is a lovely story where we learn not to give up on our dreams and I highly recommend this book!&’ Goodreads Reviewer, ????? &‘This is such a magical and heartwarming story, I have absolutely adored this and I'm really sad that I will never be able to experience reading this for the first time again… it should be on everyone's TBR list. I cannot say anything negative about this one, it has been the perfect book to switch off with at the end of a busy day. This is most definitely a five star read, I only wish I could give this higher. It is truly deserving of all the stars and is magical.&’ Goodreads Reviewer, ????? &‘Such a sweet and comforting read, perfect for curling up with on a cold, wet day.&’ NetGalley Reviewer, ????? &‘I love this author and never miss one of her books.&’ Stardust Book Reviews, ????? &‘What a beautiful book this is! I wasn&’t sure what to expect at first but once I started reading I couldn&’t stop…

Forms and Concepts for Lightweight Structures

by Koryo Miura Sergio Pellegrino

Covering a wide range of structural concepts and presenting both relevant theories and their applications to actual structures, this book brings together for the first time lightweight structures concepts for many different applications and the relevant scientific literature, thus providing unique insights into a fascinating field of human endeavour. Evolved from a series of graduate courses taught by the authors at the University of Tokyo, the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, the University of Cambridge and the California Institute of Technology, this textbook provides both theoretical and practical insights and presents a range of examples which also provide a history of key lightweight structures since the Apollo age. This essential guide will inspire the imagination of engineers and provide an analytical foundation for all readers.

The Syrian Conflict's Impact on International Law

by Michael P. Scharf Paul R. Williams Milena Sterio

Written as the decade-long Syria conflict nears an end, this is the first book-length treatment of how the Syrian war has changed international law. In The Syrian Conflict's Impact on International Law, the authors explain the history of the current conflict in Syria and discuss the principles and process of customary international law formation and the phenomenon of accelerated formation of customary international law known as Grotian Moments. They then explore specific examples, including how use of force against ISIS in Syria has changed the law of self-defense against non-state actors, how the allied airstrikes in response to Syria's use of chemical weapons have changed the law of humanitarian intervention, and others. This book seeks to contribute both to understanding the concept of accelerated formation of customary international law and the specific ways the Syria conflict has led to development of new norms and principles in several areas of international law.

Manual of Inpatient Psychiatry

by Michael I. Casher Joshua D. Bess

Inpatient units treat some of the most clinically challenging psychiatric patients. Clinicians must carefully balance patients' rights with safety concerns of violence and suicide. This updated manual is compact and practical, addressing the common questions and issues clinicians face in day-to-day practice. Chapters are organised around the diagnoses found on inpatient psychiatric units, allowing readers to find their area of interest quickly. A user-friendly question and answer format anticipates commonly asked questions, and tables provide easily accessible information, including diagnostic criteria and medication effects. Incorporating advances in the field over the past decade, chapters review new treatments including ketamine use and chronotherapy, as well as the most recent evidence-based approaches for patients with borderline personality disorder. Drawing on the authors' wealth of experience, their recommendations for best practice and their treatment philosophies will be valuable for all healthcare professionals working in mental health.

The Origins of the Syrian Conflict: Climate Change and Human Security

by Marwa Daoudy

Does climate change cause conflict? Did it cause the Syrian uprising? Some policymakers and academics have made this claim, but is it true? This study presents a new conceptual framework to evaluate this claim. Contributing to scholarship in the fields of critical security, environmental security, human security, and Arab politics, Marwa Daoudy prioritizes non-Western and marginalized perspectives to make sense of Syria's place in this international debate. Designing an innovative multidisciplinary framework and applying it to the Syrian case, Daoudy uses extensive field research and her own personal background as a Syrian scholar to present primary interviews with Syrian government officials and citizens, as well as the research of domestic Syrian experts, to provide a unique insight into Syria's environmental, economic and social vulnerabilities leading up to the 2011 uprising.

Grow the Pie: How Great Companies Deliver Both Purpose and Profit

by Alex Edmans

What is a responsible business? Common wisdom is that it's one that sacrifices profit for social outcomes. But while it's crucial for companies to serve society, they also have a duty to generate profit for investors – savers, retirees, and pension funds. Based on the highest-quality evidence and real-life examples spanning industries and countries, Alex Edmans shows that it's not an either-or choice - companies can create both profit and social value. The most successful companies don't target profit directly, but are driven by purpose - the desire to serve a societal need and contribute to human betterment. This book explains how to embed purpose into practice so that it's more than just a mission statement, and discusses the critical role of working collaboratively with a company's investors, employees, and customers. Rigorous research also uncovers surprising results on how executive pay, shareholder activism, and share buybacks can be used for the common good.

Female Husbands: A Trans History

by Jen Manion

Long before people identified as transgender or lesbian, there were female husbands and the women who loved them. Female husbands - people assigned female who transed gender, lived as men, and married women - were true queer pioneers. Moving deftly from the colonial era to just before the First World War, Jen Manion uncovers the riveting and very personal stories of ordinary people who lived as men despite tremendous risk, danger, violence, and threat of punishment. Female Husbands weaves the story of their lives in relation to broader social, economic, and political developments in the United States and the United Kingdom, while also exploring how attitudes towards female husbands shifted in relation to transformations in gender politics and women's rights, ultimately leading to the demise of the category of 'female husband' in the early twentieth century. Groundbreaking and influential, Female Husbands offers a dynamic, varied, and complex history of the LGBTQ past.

The Things We Do That Make No Sense: Stories

by Adam Schuitema

We are guilty of actions that make no sense. We perform acts of beauty and acts of ugliness. We give in to hidden ambitions, latent hungers, and clumsy grasps at insight. At the heart of these stories are the rituals--grand and small--in which we humans partake; the peculiar gestures we hope will forge meaning or help us glean some sort of understanding. They may be formally ceremonial and spiritual, like the imposition of ashes in a darkened church. But often they are secular, private, and bizarre. A woman slipping her son's old baby tooth into her mouth as he's led away to prison. A girl in a tunnel playing an invisible piano while bombs ravage the city above. A man with a laser machine, creating a private galaxy to rekindle lost love. A daughter frantically searching a wax museum for her mother's second self. The power of ritual weaves through this collection amid lush descriptions and poignant dialogue. And from both the everyday and the sacred, these characters piece together the strange mosaic of life. Set mostly in Michigan, these stories will appeal to those who appreciate literary fiction, especially those with a connection to the Midwest.

The Cosmonaut Who Couldn’t Stop Smiling: The Life and Legend of Yuri Gagarin

by Andrew L. Jenks

“Let's go!” With that, the boyish, grinning Yuri Gagarin launched into space on April 12, 1961, becoming the first human being to exit Earth's orbit. The twenty-seven-year-old lieutenant colonel departed for the stars from within the shadowy world of the Soviet military-industrial complex. Barbed wires, no-entry placards, armed guards, false identities, mendacious maps, and a myriad of secret signs had hidden Gagarin from prying outsiders—not even his friends or family knew what he had been up to. Coming less than four years after the Russians launched Sputnik into orbit, Gagarin's voyage was cause for another round of capitalist shock and Soviet rejoicing. The Cosmonaut Who Couldn't Stop Smiling relates this twentieth-century icon's remarkable life while exploring the fascinating world of Soviet culture. Gagarin's flight brought him massive international fame—in the early 1960s, he was possibly the most photographed person in the world, flashing his trademark smile while rubbing elbows with the varied likes of Nehru, Castro, Queen Elizabeth II, and Italian sex symbol Gina Lollobrigida. Outside of the spotlight, Andrew L. Jenks reveals, his tragic and mysterious death in a jet crash became fodder for morality tales and conspiracy theories in his home country, and, long after his demise, his life continues to provide grist for the Russian popular-culture mill. This is the story of a legend, both the official one and the one of myth, which reflected the fantasies, perversions, hopes and dreams of Gagarin's fellow Russians. With this rich, lively chronicle of Gagarin's life and times, Jenks recreates the elaborately secretive world of space-age Russia while providing insights into Soviet history that will captivate a range of readers.

Smart Cities: Big Data Prediction Methods and Applications

by Hui Liu

Smart Cities: Big Data Prediction Methods and Applications is the first reference to provide a comprehensive overview of smart cities with the latest big data predicting techniques. This timely book discusses big data forecasting for smart cities. It introduces big data forecasting techniques for the key aspects (e.g., traffic, environment, building energy, green grid, etc.) of smart cities, and explores three key areas that can be improved using big data prediction: grid energy, road traffic networks and environmental health in smart cities. The big data prediction methods proposed in this book are highly significant in terms of the planning, construction, management, control and development of green and smart cities. Including numerous case studies to explain each method and model, this easy-to-understand book appeals to scientists, engineers, college students, postgraduates, teachers and managers from various fields of artificial intelligence, smart cities, smart grid, intelligent traffic systems, intelligent environments and big data computing.

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