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Nature's Allies: Eight Conservationists Who Changed Our World

by Larry Nielsen

It's easy to feel powerless in the face of big environmental challenges—but we need inspiration more than ever. With political leaders who deny climate change, species that are fighting for their very survival, and the planet's last places of wilderness growing smaller and smaller, what can a single person do? InNature's Allies, Larry Nielsen uses the stories of conservation pioneers to show that through passion and perseverance, we can each be a positive force for change.In eight engaging and diverse biographies—John Muir, Ding Darling,Aldo Leopold, Rachel Carson, Chico Mendes,Billy Frank Jr., Wangari Maathai, and Gro Harlem Brundtland—we meet individuals who have little in common except that they all made a lasting mark on our world. Some famous and some little known to readers, they spoke out to protect wilderness, wildlife, fisheries, rainforests, and wetlands. They fought for social justice and exposed polluting practices. They marched, wrote books, testified before Congress, performed acts of civil disobedience, and, in one case, were martyred for their defense of nature.Nature's Alliespays tribute to them all as it rallies a new generation of conservationists to follow in their footsteps.These vivid biographies are essential reading for anyone who wants to fight for the environment against today's political opposition. Nature's Allies will inspire students, conservationists, and nature lovers to speak up for nature and show the power of one person to make a difference.

Some Kind Of Girl

by Valeria Beotti Verdiana Nobile

London. A guy meets a girl. But this is not a love story. Not a traditional one, at least. She has petroleum coloured hair, she's a bit 'wacky, talkative, pushy. He, a brilliant young journalist trapped in an unrewarding job. Together they plunge to the discovery of their city, turning every date into a little adventure, learning to know each other and dreaming about the future. But, one morning, she disappears. Without a note, with no explanation. Every object related to her seems magically vanished. Finding her, for him, becomes an obsession leading him to doubt himself, to face uncomfortable truths, to re-evaluate his choices, his relationships with other poeple, the whole concept he has always had of himself and his world. Who really is Leila? How much is she real?


by Annemarie Nikolaus Nick Lanigan

There’s been a public disaster, and someone wants to sweep it under the rug. A journalist is asking questions, and she stumbles across another story, from several years ago. Any connection seems like pure speculation – but then her family is threatened. A short thriller playing on two historical events. Journalist Laura Schreiner faces a painful decision. She has asked too many questions, and now the lives of her children are in danger. A catastrophe has taken place, and a curiously large number of people care remarkably little about investigating it. The ambitious young journalist isn’t going to take it lying down. During her research, she meets someone who tries to convince her that there is a connection to another unresolved drama. It might just be wild speculation – but her children have been kidnapped. Whoever is behind it is powerful and ruthless. This short thriller draws the pieces of its puzzle from the mix of clues and theories surrounding a plane crash more than 30 years ago. This is a work of fiction. Although it is set against a backdrop of historical events, the plot is entirely the product of the author’s imagination.

Four steps to love yourself. Techniques to improve your own psychological well-being

by Mihaiela Corsatea Laura Pedrinelli Carrara

Handbook of psychological exercises to improve your self-knowledgde The book was intended to improve the psychological well-being with oneself, while putting an emphasis on oneself and improving the relationships with oneself and the others. It helps the participant reader because apart from reading, he or she will have to give their own contribution throughout a psychological and physical process, in order to improve their own emotional harmony. It refers to security, self-esteem, the relationship with the others and confronting stressful situations. The exercises are structured on four chapters, called “STEPS”, because they lead the person throughout a psychological, physical and creative journey, which helps the participant reader to better get in touch with oneself, to know more about him/her psychologically, manage to express parts of themselves and understand how to manage difficult situations.

The Boy Who Had a Demon

by Luís Phelipe Gomes Samuel Cardeal

Michael is a singular boy. Not the kind who suffers at school for not fitting, nor the mocking reason of of classmates. Michael is special. Beluparu is a demon. But not an evil creature that walks around with a trident. Not a punisher, tormenter or a bad influence on humans. Belu is special too. When the devil's child flees from hell to live his long dreamed freedom, his path crosses with Michael's. Two special creatures who meet to live an unexpected, but deep and true friendship.

Frightening Kidnap

by Roberto W. Nobrega Donnefar Skedar

“Frightening Kidnap” would be just an independent tale of any given work that I would create over time, but in every little bit of the story that I wrote, I ended up noticing it created its own course and totally swerved from the horror tale I was writing at first. Thus, this tale ended up being isolated and unique, a short and simple suspense tale, full of mystery. Nowadays, it is part of book “Cadavérico”, but the e-version was released separately. This version is the same as the one in the book, the only differences are the inscription and this note, which may be found in the original “Cadavérico”.

The First Crown

by Georgiana Bulancea Alexander Copperwhite

This story might be a sensitive issue for most religious people. In 66 AD Judas of Galilee led an uprising against the Romans and claimed the kingdom of Judea. It was then that he decided to send his trusted man in search of the relic with which he would be crowned king. The first crown. The young Daniel will face his values and discover a truth hidden between mysteries and legends. The true story of Christ. From the deepest Roman alleys, to the most hidden places of Judea, the adventure of discovering the origin and power of the longed-desired relic will change perspective and understand that we are all part of history ... one way or another.

Deadly Genome

by Alejo Viar Daniela Castillo Sabido

Private investigator Michael Lorrey Series Book 1 A corpse in Manhattan is not a big deal, but authorities trying to uncover the crime, that sure is. To be able to discover the truth, private investigator Michael Lorrey will have to untangle the web of lies suffocating the city. From the deep grounds to the tallest spheres, going through the ones that are destroying his very own life... A ruthless murderer, a moving love story, an ambitious game and dark interests where nothing is what it seems.

FINANCIAL FREEDOM IN TWO STEPS The proven method to generate passive income from scratch

by Agustin Grau Keith Baddeley

At last! Stop worrying about money. Start making money. Obtaining your financial freedom is simple using this proven method that I’ll show you. I have been using it for years and it’s easy enough for anyone to implement, whether they have experience or not. To make money, you don’t need to have money. You just need knowledge to lead you to money. This “knowledge” is what you’ll find in this book. A clear, simple and precise method that explains how to generate passive income from scratch, without needing to have money to invest. A two-step method: first, generate some money; second, invest that money earned. In simplicity is power. The key to financial independence is creating assets: making things that bring in a constant flow of cash every month. What’s more, this needs to happen in automatic mode and for an indefinite period of time. You can then keep on enjoying the income, as can your children even after you die. This is not science fiction: it’s a system, a passive income strategy that will provide you with freedom, financial freedom, financial independence and money. Why are there not more people doing it? Because they’re too busy working, tied to their jobs and not generating income. They’re focused on not being free and not being happy. The focus of this book, however, is something else. What? Abundance, wealth, fulfillment, creativity, personal growth, strategy, joy, prosperity and happiness. In this book, you will learn: •To make money, even though right now you have nothing. •To create assets that will bring in money every month. •To design a strategy that will make your money work for you. •To set up a system that will allow you to earn an income automatically, recurrently and continuously. •To develop yourself personally, putting to use your

The Flight of the Phoenix

by Luciana Kezen Raquel Pagno

Synopsis Natália is the secretary of a famous law firm, a position of which she holds with her hard work, just as her freedom and her independence of being able to afford a simple apartment but hers. Coming from a humble family, Natália grew up alongside Andrew, a problematic boy that swears he hears voices from beyond and sees Death accompanying people that are dying. That day, she wakes up indisposed, in a lot pain and feeling dizzy. She got up with a lot of effort and still had on her memory images of a nightmare. Natália went to answer her boss’ call that morning and lost her senses. She wakes up two days later in a hospital bed and faces a new reality: a will and joy to live her life, even though she knows she has a brain aneurysm that may not let her live long enough to make her new dreams come true. Among Natália’s new desires, the strongest one is to find the man that have been tormenting her nights in nightmares. For that, she counts fully on Andrew’s help, who encourages her to start regression. However, during the sessions she sees herself facing horrible memories from past lives and of how she witnessed many times the catastrophic deaths of this same strange man. Andrew, not only supports her decision to find out who this man is but also, follows her in a journey through the unknown. Once Natália finds the untouchable man of her dreams, she has to come up with a way calling his attention and making him listen to her account, who is convinced that this time she can prevent this man’s premature death.

Twelve Little Ways to Transform Your Heart: Lessons in Holiness and Evangelization from St. Thérèse Of Lisieux

by Mike Aquilina Susan Muto

St. Therese of Lisieux's "Little Way" has been embraced by people of all walks of life. In "Twelve Little Ways to Transform Your Heart," author Susan Muto explores twelve facets of St. Therese's simple spiritual path as a way to personal holiness and the secret to being a powerful witness to Christ in the world today. Though she lived only to the age of twenty-four and spent almost her entire life at her family home and in the Carmelite convent, St. Therese of Lisieux displayed a love for Jesus and a passion for his gospel that have made her the patroness of the missions. The "Little Flower's" humility and childlike trust are still powerful examples of how ordinary people can grow closer to Jesus and respond to Pope Francis's call for a new evangelization. The calls to holiness and to witness to Christ can seem daunting, but as Susan Muto--renowned speaker and expert on Carmelite spirituality--explains, Therese shows us that they are neither difficult nor dramatic. The Little Way can be lived by any of us, even with what Therese called the "ministry of the smile. "With deep insight and warm personal devotion, Muto explains the Little Way and will help you put twelve dimensions of it into practice, drawing others to Christ by living a simple, joyful life.

Castles in the Air

by Patricia Gallagher

An enthralling generation-long saga as monumental as the glorious epoch it portrays, Castles in the Air captures the heart of an American dream--and the soul of the woman who transcends it . . .

Of Gardens and Graves: Kashmir, Poetry, Politics

by Suvir Kaul Javed Dar

In Of Gardens and Graves Suvir Kaul examines the disruption of everyday life in Kashmir in the years following the region's pervasive militarization in 1990. Kaul's autobiographical and analytical essays, which were prompted by his yearly visits to Kashmir, are a combination of political analysis, literary criticism, memoir, and journalistic observation. In them he explores Kashmir's pre- and post-Partition history, the effects of militarization, state repression, the suspension of civil rights on Kashmiris, and the challenge Kashmir represents to the practice of democracy in India. The volume also features translations of Kashmiri poetry written in these years of conflict. These poems constitute an archive of heightened feelings and desires that affectively interrogate official accounts of Kashmir while telling us much about those who face extraordinary political turbulence and violence. Of Gardens and Graves also contains a photo essay by Javed Dar, whose photographs work together with Kaul's essays and the poems to represent the interweaving of ordinary life, civic strife, and spectacular violence in Kashmir.

Struck by the Sea

by Caroline Schena Daniele Galasso

The emotional story of two identical and orphaned twins whose lives were suddenly disrupted by the Tsunami of 2004. During her desperate and relentless search for her sister, Nilanthi met her future adoptive parents, who brought her back to the United States with them shortly after the natural disaster. Near Boston, she was given a home, an education and all the love she had ever hoped for. While her parents continued to search for Amandeep, her sister, Nilanthi sought refuge in her studies to suppress the feeling of emptiness that continued to fill her heart with tears. Eight years later, estranged from the rest of her peers, living in a world of her own and accademically over-achieved, Nilanthi came across a boy with a difficult and troublesome past who managed to revolutionized her world, her heart and her fate.


by Alec Silva Rosana Vargas Tradutora

Between reading little books accompanied by a stuffed bunny and listening to mother read stories on Sunday, the little Rube discovers much about the power of reading and imagination. And understand, little by little, how much it is special for parents.

Distress Signals

by Suzanne Toren Catherine Ryan Howard Bronson Pinchot Alan Smyth

An Amazon Rising Star Best Debut Novel 2016 (UK edition) and Shortlisted for the IBA Crime Novel of the Year Award 2016A debut thriller that channels Gone Girl, from a new writer to watch …The day Adam Dunne’s girlfriend, Sarah, fails to return from a Barcelona business trip, his perfect life begins to fall apart. Days later, the arrival of her passport and a note that reads, “I’m sorry—S” sets off real alarm bells. He vows to do whatever it takes to find her.Adam is puzzled when he connects Sarah to a cruise ship called the Celebrate—and to a woman, Estelle, who disappeared from the same ship in eerily similar circumstances almost exactly a year before.To get answers, Adam must confront some difficult truths about his relationship with Sarah. He must do things of which he never thought himself capable. And he must try to outwit a predator who seems to have found the perfect hunting ground …“An exhilarating debut thriller from a hugely talented author. Distress Signals is fast-paced, twisty, and an absolute joy to read.”—Mark Edwards, bestselling author of The Magpies“Pacey, suspenseful, and intriguing…[A] top-class, page-turning read. Catherine Ryan Howard is an astonishing new voice in thriller writing.”—Liz Nugent, author of Unraveling Oliver

Reading Allowed: True Stories and Curious Incidents from a Provincial Library

by Chris Paling

Chris works as a librarian in a small-town library in the south of England. This is the story of the library, its staff, and the fascinating group of people who use the library on a regular basis. We'll meet characters like the street-sleepers Brewer, Wolf and Spencer, who are always the first through the doors. The Mad Hatter, an elderly man who scurries around manically, searching for books. Sons of Anarchy Alan, a young Down's Syndrome man addicted to the American TV drama series. Startled Stewart, a gay man with a spray-on tan who pops in most days for a nice chat, sharking for good-looking foreign language students. And Trish, who is relentlessly cheerful and always dressed in pink - she has never married, but the marital status of everybody she meets is of huge interest to her.Some of the characters' stories are tragic, some are amusing, some are genuinely surreal, but together they will paint a bigger picture of the world we live in today, and of a library's hugely important place within it. Yes, of course, people come in to borrow books, but the library is also the equivalent of the village pump. It's one of the few places left where anyone, regardless of age or income or background, can wander in and find somebody to listen to their concerns, to share the time of day. Reading Allowed will provide us with a fascinating portrait of a place that we all value and cherish, but which few of us truly know very much about ...

All Kinds of Dead

by James Craig

Inspector Carlyle has a new partner in crime . . . but for how long?When a fortune in uncut diamonds are nicked by a group of soldiers, Carlyle teams up with Captain Daniel Hunter of the Military Police to hunt them down. But Hunter has come up against this crew before and they are not going to let him stand in their way a second time. The investigation is turned upside down when Hunter's family are kidnapped by the gang. The inspector has to look on helplessly while the military policeman goes off on a personal mission of revenge. As events spiral horribly out of control, Carlyle faces a terrible choice: does he let Hunter take matters into his own hands or should he try and bring his new partner to justice?'A cracking read' BBC Radio 4 'Fast paced and very easy to get quickly lost in'

The Adventure Of The Marie Antoinette Necklace: A Case for Sherlock Holmes

by David Stuart Davies

An original short story taken from the anthology Motives for Murder, by members of The Detection ClubWho can you turn to when the police can't help you? Another intriguing case for London's most celebrated detective. When Lady Bramingham's famous Marie Antoinette necklace is stolen from the safe in her bedroom during her summer ball, there is only one man that she can turn to in order to get it back discretely: the celebrated sleuth Sherlock Holmes. Aided by the faithful Dr Watson, Holmes sets out to find the prize and restore it to its rightful owner.

Unfinished Business

by David Roberts

An original short story taken from the anthology Motives for Murder, by members of The Detection ClubWhen an odd-job boy is killed at one of Britain's top schools, Sergeant Cribb and Inspector Thackeray are on the case. Called in to investigate what is a clear case of murder, Sergeant Cribb finds himself up against the establishment in trying to get justice for poor boy Tom Sayers. Can the rich really get away with murder? Not if Cribb can help it.

The Walrus and the Spy

by Catherine Aird

A new short story from CWA Diamond Dagger Award winner, Catherine Aird.When Henry Tyler meets Malcolm Carruthers unexpectedly at the Mordaunt Club, the club frequented by workers from the Foreign Office, he is tasked with decoding an important message that might shed light on a possible traitor. As Tyler tries to decipher the code he has no idea that he's about to be schooled in the art of code-breaking by two very unexpected 'spies'.

Painkiller Addict: From wreckage to redemption - my true story

by Cathryn Kemp

What if the drugs that were meant to cure you slowly started to kill you?After falling dangerously ill with acute-on-chronic pancreatitis, Cathryn Kemp left hospital with a repeat prescription for fentanyl, a painkiller 100 times stronger than heroin.Within two years she was taking almost ten times the NHS maximum daily dose - all on prescription - and her life began to spiral out of control. Cathryn discovered she had just three months to live, unless she gave up the drug she clung to so desperately.After selling everything she owned and checking into rehab, Cathryn was told by the doctors that recovery was highly unlikely. Yet to everyone's amazement, she proved them wrong.Coming Clean is a poignant, vivid and honest memoir of a woman's struggle with, and subsequent victory over, her demons. It is a love story, a horror story, a survival story, and one that shows the very real dangers of the over-prescription of painkillers.

The Mermaid's Scream

by Kate Ellis

Why did Wynn Staniland, a legend in the literary world, suddenly become a recluse in the 1980s? Most assumed he stopped writing because of his wife's bizarre suicide; a death that mirrored a murder case from the nineteenth century. And now a promising young author called Zac Wilkinson is working on Staniland's biography and hopes to reveal the true story to a waiting world - while at the same time keeping his own troubled past hidden from public view.When Wilkinson is found brutally murdered, DI Wesley Peterson finds links to the unexplained poisoning of a middle-aged couple at a local caravan park - and Wynn Staniland appears to be the connection.As Wesley delves further into the case he suspects a sinister puppet show might provide the solution: a grim re-enactment of the murder of Mary Field, a cause celebre from the reign of Queen Victoria that inspired Staniland's best-known novel.The case becomes personal for Wesley when he discovers his son is involved, and as he begins to unravel decades of secrets and deception, the shocking truth proves almost too much to bear . . .

The Talent Delusion: Why Data, Not Intuition, Is the Key to Unlocking Human Potential

by Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic

All organisations have problems, and they nearly always concern people: how to manage them; whom to hire, fire or promote; and how to motivate, develop and retain high performers. Psychology, the main science for understanding people, should be a pivotal tool for solving these problems - yet most companies play it by ear, and billions of dollars are wasted on futile interventions to attract and retain the right people for key roles. Bridging the gap between the psychological science of talent and common real-world talent practices, The Talent Delusion aims to educate HR and talent practitioners and leaders on critical talent issues. It will help readers understand the current problems pertaining employee selection, development and engagement; how to define and evaluate talent; how to detect and inhibit toxic employee behaviours; and how to motivate employees to perform to their best.

Longing for the Lost Caliphate: A Transregional History

by Mona Hassan

In the United States and Europe, the word "caliphate" has conjured historically romantic and increasingly pernicious associations. Yet the caliphate's significance in Islamic history and Muslim culture remains poorly understood. This book explores the myriad meanings of the caliphate for Muslims around the world through the analytical lens of two key moments of loss in the thirteenth and twentieth centuries. Through extensive primary-source research, Mona Hassan explores the rich constellation of interpretations created by religious scholars, historians, musicians, statesmen, poets, and intellectuals.Hassan fills a scholarly gap regarding Muslim reactions to the destruction of the Abbasid caliphate in Baghdad in 1258 and challenges the notion that the Mongol onslaught signaled an end to the critical engagement of Muslim jurists and intellectuals with the idea of an Islamic caliphate. She also situates Muslim responses to the dramatic abolition of the Ottoman caliphate in 1924 as part of a longer trajectory of transregional cultural memory, revealing commonalities and differences in how modern Muslims have creatively interpreted and reinterpreted their heritage. Hassan examines how poignant memories of the lost caliphate have been evoked in Muslim culture, law, and politics, similar to the losses and repercussions experienced by other religious communities, including the destruction of the Second Temple for Jews and the fall of Rome for Christians. A global history, Longing for the Lost Caliphate delves into why the caliphate has been so important to Muslims in vastly different eras and places.

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