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Lean Enterprise

by Joanne Molesky Jez Humble Barry O'Reilly

How well does your organization respond to changing market conditions, customer needs, and emerging technologies when building software-based products? This practical guide presents Lean and Agile principles and patterns to help you move fast at scale--and demonstrates why and how to apply these methodologies throughout your organization, rather than with just one department or team.Through case studies, you'll learn how successful enterprises have rethought everything from governance and financial management to systems architecture and organizational culture in the pursuit of radically improved performance. Adopting Lean will take time and commitment, but it's vital for harnessing the cultural and technical forces that are accelerating the rate of innovation.Discover how Lean focuses on people and teamwork at every level, in contrast to traditional management practicesApproach problem-solving experimentally, by exploring solutions, testing assumptions, and getting feedback from real usersLead and manage large-scale programs in a way that empowers employees, increases the speed and quality of delivery, and lowers costsLearn how to implement ideas from the DevOps and Lean Startup movements even in complex, regulated environments

What We Become

by Jesse Karp

Two years ago, teenagers Mal and Laura destroyed a corporate empire intent on controlling human thinking through technology. For a while, life was good. But now a new force has arisen: the Old Man. He's hungry for power and he knows who holds the key to getting it: Mal. Mal needs his beloved Laura's help to defeat the Old Man, but is he willing to risk her life in another battle to save humanity? What We Become combines mind-bending thrills with the hot immediacy of corporate greed. It will leave readers wondering who is really in control...

The Magician's Assistant

by Ann Patchett

Sabine-- twenty years a magician's assistant to her handsome, charming husband-- is suddenly a widow. In the wake of his death, she finds he has left a final trick; a false identity and a family allegedly lost in a tragic accident but now revealed as very much alive and well. Named as heirs in his will, they enter Sabine's life and set her on an adventure of unraveling his secrets, from sunny Los Angeles to the windswept plains of Nebraska, that will work its own sort of magic on her.

Surprised by Joy

by C. S. Lewis

In this book Lewis tells of his search for joy, a spiritual journey that led him from the Christianity of his early youth into atheism and then back to Christianity.

A Soldier of the Great War

by Mark Helprin

For Alessandro Giullani, the young son of a prosperous Roman Lawyer, golden trees shimmer in the sun beneath a sky of perfect blue. At night the moon is amber and the city of Rome seethes with light. He races horses across the country to the sea, and in the Alps he practices the precise and sublime art of mountain climbing. At the ancient university in Bologna he is a student of painting and the science of beauty. And he falls in love. His is a world of adventure and dreams, of music, storm, and the spirit. Then the Great War intervenes.Half a century later, in August of 1964, Alessandro, a white-haired professor, still tall and proud, finds himself unexpectedly on the road with an illiterate young factory worker. As they walk toward Monte Prato, a village seventy kilometers distant, the old man tells the story of his life. How he became a soldier. A hero. A prisoner. A deserter. A wanderer in the hell that claimed Europe. And how he tragically lost one family and gained another.The boy is dazzled by the action and envious of the richness and color of the story, and realizes that the old man's magnificent tale of love and war is more than a tale: it is the recapitulation of his life, his reckoning with mortality, and above all, a love song for his family.

The Blind Man of Seville

by Robert Wilson

Called to a gruesome crime scene, Inspector Javier Falcón is shocked and sickened by what he finds. Littered like flower petals on the victim's shirt are the man's own eyelids, evidence of a heinous crime with no obvious motive. When the investigation leads him to read his late father's journals, he discovers a disturbing and sordid past. Meanwhile, more victims are falling. While Falcón struggles to solve the case, he finds the missing section of his father's journal-and becomes the murderer's next intended victim.Combining suspenseful storytelling with a thoughtful exploration of the human psyche, The Blind Man of Seville confirms bestselling and award-winning author Robert Wilson as one of the greatest literary mystery writers working today.

The Neddiad: How Neddie Took the Train, Went to Hollywood, and Saved Civilization

by Daniel Pinkwater

Bestselling author Daniel Pinkwater's story of how Neddie, a shaman, a ghost, three pals, and a maneuver known as the French substitution determine the fate of the world.Melvin the Shaman. Sandor Eucalyptus. Billy the Phantom Bellboy. Daniel Pinkwater's weird and wonderful tale of Neddie Wentworthstein's quest to save civilization features some of the most unique heroes and villains a reader could hope to meet. Despite the heavy responsibility that Neddie must carry (not every kid is charged with rescuing humankind from doom), his story is hilarious, warm, welcoming, and sweet.

Farewell to Manzanar

by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston James D. Houston James A. Houston

During World War II a community called Manzanar was hastily created in the high mountain desert country of California, east of the Sierras. Its purpose was to house thousands of Japanese American internees. One of the first families to arrive was the Wakatsukis, who were ordered to leave their fishing business in Long Beach and take with them only the belongings they could carry. For Jeanne Wakatsuki, a seven-year-old child, Manzanar became a way of life in which she struggled and adapted, observed and grew. For her father it was essentially the end of his life. At age thirty-seven, Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston recalls life at Manzanar through the eyes of the child she was. She tells of her fear, confusion, and bewilderment as well as the dignity and great resourcefulness of people in oppressive and demeaning circumstances. Written with her husband, Jeanne delivers a powerful first-person account that reveals her search for the meaning of Manzanar. Farewell to Manzanar has become a staple of curriculum in schools and on campuses across the country. Last year the San Francisco Chronicle named it one of the twentieth century's 100 best nonfiction books from west of the Rockies.

A Killing Frost

by John Marsden

It's nearly six months since our country was invaded. We've lived in a war zone since January, and now it's July. So short a time, so long a time . . . I'm an expert on fear now. I think I've felt every strong feeling there is: love, hate, jealousy, rage. But fear's the greatest of them all. Nothing reaches inside and grabs you by the guts the way fear does. Nothing else possesses you like that. It's a kind of illness, a fever, that takes you over. Ellie and her friends return from a camping trip to find their country at war. Learning together, they fight back - battling fear, rage, and the invading army that has stolen their land, seized their homes, taken their families, and destroyed their future. Continuing the story begun in Tomorrow When the War Began and The Dead of Night, John Marsden paints a shockingly realistic portrait of teenagers who take great risks to defend what is theirs.

Gossip from Thrush Green

by Miss Read

GOSSIP FROM THRUSH GREEN returns readers to the delightful English village, neighbor to Fairacre, for a golden summer. But this sleepy, pristine setting conceals a flurry of activity amongst the villagers. Rumor has it that Mr. Venables is considering retirement just as the village's teacher is about to make an important decision. Molly Curdle prepares for a new baby. The kindly vicar, Charles Henstock, works on his sermon -- quite unaware of the disaster that will overtake him. However, there is never any doubt that all will end well in this very English village.

Fiasco

by Stanislaw Lem

The planet Quinta is pocked by ugly mounds and covered by a spiderweb-like network. It is a kingdom of phantoms and of a beauty afflicted by madness. In stark contrast, the crew of the spaceship Hermes represents a knowledge-seeking Earth. As they approach Quinta, a dark poetry takes over and leads them into a nightmare of misunderstanding. Translated by Michael Kandel. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book

Invitation to Psalms: Participant Book: A Short-Term DISCIPLE Bible Study

by Michael Jinkins

Psalms10 sessions, 60-90 minutesExperience required: Beginning to ModerateMake a deeper connection to the world of the Psalms so that these well known scriptures can help you give voice to all aspects of our human experience---joy, faith, uncertainty and sorrow. During two weekly video segments, experience a varied presentation of individual psalm texts, including dramatic reading, music, dance, and images. Listen to insights into specific psalms presented by one of two biblical scholars through an informal, roundtable conversation format. Ideal experience for adults who are interested in the practice of prayer and worship and would like to connect prayer practice with Scripture. The study is accessible for adults with little prior Bible experience. Sessions:1. Word of God, Words of Prayer2. The Prayer Book of God's People3. Praying the Psalms4. The Language of the Heart5. A Geography of the Imagination6. A Theology of the Imagination7. Lament and Praise8. Grace and Repentance9. Love and Wrath10. Hallelujah and AmenMichael Jinkins is an ordained Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA). He serves as Dean of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, where he is also Professor of Pastoral Theology. Michael is the author of eleven books, including In the House of the Lord: Inhabiting the Psalms of Lament (Liturgical Press, 1998), Invitation to Theology (InterVarsity Press, 2001), and Letters to New Pastors (Eerdmans, 2006).

Children with Specific Language Impairment

by Laurence B. Leonard

Children with specific language impairment (SLI) show a significant deficit in spoken language that cannot be attributed to neurological damage, hearing impairment, or intellectual disability. More prevalent than autism and at least as prevalent as dyslexia, SLI affects approximately seven percent of all children; it is longstanding, with adverse effects on academic, social, and (eventually) economic standing. The first edition of this work established Children with Specific Language Impairment as the landmark reference on this condition, considering not only the disorder's history, possible origins, and treatment but also what SLI might tell us about language organization and development in general. This second edition offers a complete update of the earlier volume. Much of the second edition is completely new, reflecting findings and interpretations based on the hundreds of studies that have appeared since the publication of the first edition in 1997. Topics include linguistic details (descriptive and theoretical), word and sentence processing findings, genetics, neurobiology, treatment, and comparisons to such conditions as autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, and dyslexia. The book covers SLI in children who speak a wide range of languages, and, although the emphasis is on children, it also includes studies of adults who were diagnosed with SLI as children or are the parents of children with SLI. Written by a leading scholar in the field, Children with Specific Language Impairment offers the most comprehensive, balanced, and unified treatment of SLI available.

Wonderland

by Rob Browatzke

Boy Meets Boy. Boy Loses Boy.Boy Goes to Wonderland...After six months of hot-and-heavy dating, Alex is ready to say goodbye to the sex-drugs-and-dance-till-dawn lifestyle and settle down with the love of his life, Steven. He even bought an engagement ring. But when Steven finds an illicit party favor in Alex's pocket, the powder hits the fan. Steven breaks it off, and Alex heads out to drown his sorrows--in Wonderland...The hottest, hippest nightclub in town, Wonderland is where every boy's dreams come true. Where the DJ, Hatter, spins the maddest tracks, the Caterpillar sells the trippiest drugs, and the Queen of Hearts sends every drag diva off with her head. Still, Alex can't stop thinking about Steven--even while being seduced by a pair of twinks who are tweedlehot and tweedlehotter. Things only get weirder when Alex learns that Steven is missing--and an anonymous phone call warns him that he'll never see Steven again...unless he eats this, drinks that, and dives deeper down the rabbit hole of decadence. This certainly isn't just another weekend--in Wonderland...

Cinderella and the Ghost

by Marina Myles

A DANGEROUS ATTRACTIONWhen her demanding stepmother died, Ella Benoit knew just how far their fortunes had fallen, unlike her spoiled stepsisters. So she never expected the bequest from her late father. A chateau in France and the freedom to live her own life, all at once!The chateau has seen better days, but Ella knows she can put the ruined house to rights. The life-size portrait of its first owner, Jean-Daniel Girard, seems to watch her work with approval, even pleasure. With bright blue eyes, strong features, and an athlete's body, the viscount is a tempting sight even now, more than three hundred years after his tragic death. But the more she looks at the portrait, the more convinced Ella is that she's met Jean-Daniel before. In another life, perhaps--or maybe, as the form who haunts the halls at night, invading Ella's dreams... and the Wolf is a deliciously dark retelling of the classic tale that will make you fall in love all over again."--Erin Quinn, author of The Five Deaths of Roxanne Love

The Spinster Bride

by Jane Goodger

Mr. Charles Norris needs help finding a wife...For he has the unfortunate habit of falling for each Season's loveliest debutante, only to have his heart broken when she weds another. Surely Lady Marjorie Penwhistle can help him. She's sensible, clever, knows the ton, and must marry a peer, which he is not. Since she's decidedly out of his reach, Charles is free to enjoy her refreshing honesty--and her unexpectedly enticing kisses...Lady Marjorie Penwhistle doesn't want a husband...At least not the titled-but-unbearable suitors her mother is determined she wed. She'd rather stay unmarried and look after her eccentric brother. Still, advising Mr. Norris is a most exciting secret diversion. After all, how hard will it be to match-make someone so forthright, honorable, and downright handsome? It's not as if she's in danger of finding Charles all-too-irresistible herself...

Desperate Measures

by Fern Michaels

The spellbinding story of a love triangle, and the heartbreak and elation that come with the search for true love. Pete Sorenson is an orphan who spends his childhood shuttling from one foster home to another. The only constant is his memory of Barney, a friend he had to leave behind after his mother died. Pete keeps the image of Barney forever in his mind, as a kind of guardian angel he can turn to, especially in times of trouble. The Pete's life takes a turn found only in fairy tales: a wealthy uncle whisks him away to enjoy the kind of life only money and education make possible. Pete goes to law school, and it is there that he meets Annie. Smart and funny, Annie is the best friend Pete has had since Barney. But it seems Annie is not to be the love of Pete's life. For in his early thirties, Pete falls in love with Maddie Stern across a crowded room. Maddie had been a foster child too, and along with her breathtaking beauty she seems to understand Pete as no one else can. But just days before the wedding, Maddie disappears. His world shattered, Pete reaches out to the one person who has always been there for him. Annie leaves behind her life in Boston to pick up the pieces for Pete, both of them knowing that Maddie must be out there somewhere . . . .

The Marshal and the Murderer

by Magdalen Nabb

A young Swiss art student who commutes to a small town near Florence is reported missing. Then her body is found. Was it a sex crime? Guarnaccia suspects a local feud with its roots in World War II.

She Survived: Jane

by M. William Phelps Jane Carson-Sandler

Pure Terror. Real Courage.Jane Sandler had just kissed her husband goodbye as he left for work that morning. When he pulled out of the garage, another man walked in unnoticed. Seconds later, as her three-year-old nestled by her side, Jane heard footsteps--and then saw an intruder wearing a black ski mask. He had a rope and a knife in his hands...This is the harrowing account of Jane's all-too real nightmare, told in her own words as part of a compelling narrative by award-winning, New York Times bestselling author M. William Phelps. It is also the true story of Jane's battle and will to survive, of how she fought back and learned to share her unspeakable ordeal to empower others--even as the remorseless murderer and rapist, known as the Original Night Stalker, went on to attack dozens more."Anything by Phelps is always an eye-opening experience."--Suspense Magazine"Phelps is the Harlan Coben of real-life thrillers."--Allison Brennan"An exceptional true crime writer."--Kathryn Casey

Cat with an Emerald Eye (A Midnight Louie Mystery)

by Carole Nelson Douglas

Carole Nelson Douglas's beloved sleuth is back in this sixth volume of the acclaimed Midnight Louie series. Our furry feline friend has dipped his paws into the muddy waters of murder once again--only this time, nothing is as it seems. Temple Barr, a redheaded public relations expert and Louie's human partner in detection, won't be trick-or-treating this Halloween Eve in Las Vegas: Her landlady, the eccentric Electra, is dragging her along to a séance intended to resurrect the spirit of Harry Houdini. Midnight Louie scoffs, as any sensible cat would do, but when the séance ends abruptly with the murder of a famous psychic, his well-trained nose smells something fishy, and it's not his dinner. When Temple discovers that the dead man was a debunker of false psychic phenomena, making any other supposed psychic in the room a prime suspect, she knows there's more to this case than meets the eye. Enter Mystifying Max the Magician, Temple's ex-lover and the victim's ex-student, who obviously knows more than he's telling about the murder. When Max gets in Temple's way, tampering with her emotions as well as with her crime scene, Louie realizes it's up to him to get to the bottom of this--before they find themselves at the bottom of a grave.

Baby-Sitters Club Mystery #19: Kristy and the Missing Fortune

by Ann M. Martin

Kristy and the Baby-sitters Club investigate a century-old mystery involving an heiress named Christina Thomas -- possibly an ancestor of Kristy's -- who disappeared in 1863 with a fortune that might belong to Kristy.

Property of Blood

by Magdalen Nabb

The kidnapping for ransom of a beautiful American-born contessa poses Marshal Guarnaccia's gravest challenge.

Literature: An Introduction to Reading and Writing AP 4th Edition

by Edgar V. Roberts Darlene Stock Stotler

Dedicated to the interlocking processes of reading and writing, this book contains carefully chosen literary selections, and each chapter contains detailed information on and sample essays for writing about literature.

The Resilient Investor

by Michael Kramer Christopher Peck Hal Brill Jim Cummings

The Future of InvestingIf you want to build a better life and a better world--and really be prepared for any possible future in these turbulent times--you need to become a resilient investor! This trailblazing guide will expand your ideas of investing way beyond Wall Street. Your time, your energy, and the things you own are investments too, and you'll learn to diversify them in ways that move you toward your life goals. The Resilient Investment Map lays out all your assets--personal and physical as well as financial--and then provides three essential, timely strategies (Close to Home, Sustainable Global Economy, and Evolutionary Investing) that will help you grow each of them. The goal is to become more resilient: able to anticipate disturbance, rebuild as necessary, and improve when possible. You'll discover that the choices making you more resilient also enhance our communities, our economy, and the planet--building real wealth for all.

Fail Fast or Win Big

by Bernard Schroeder

Entrepreneurs have long been taught that to be successful, they need to spend months perfecting a business plan and finding investors before they can finally launch their business. But with the marketplace changing at lightning speed, this notion is not only outdated--it's costly. There's no point to building a business in a bubble. Today's entrepreneurs must embrace the idea of "failing fast." They need to connect with real customers and determine quickly whether their idea is worth pursuing, needs new direction, or should be abandoned altogether. Fail Fast or Win Big shows entrepreneurs how to: Create a rapid prototype of their product or service * Develop a business model instead of a business plan * Test it repeatedly with customers so they can spot failure early * Continue to refine the model based on customer interactions * Leverage their network and resources in order to run lean The longer it takes to launch a company, the more changes there will have been in the market place. Featuring real-life examples of entrepreneurs who set out to fail fast and ended up winning big, this ground breaking guide reveals how the right kind of risk can really pay off.

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