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In a future America that feels increasingly familiar, you are your credit score. Extreme wealth inequality has created a class of have-nothings: Subprimes. Their bad credit ratings have lost them jobs and make them unemployable. Jobless and without assets, they have walked out on mortgages, been foreclosed upon, or can no longer afford a fixed address. Fugitives who must keep moving to avoid arrest, they wander the globally warmed American wasteland searching for day labor and a place to park their battered SUVs for the night.Karl Taro Greenfeld's trenchant satire follows the fortunes of two families whose lives reflect this new dog-eat-dog, survival-of-the-financially-fittest America. Desperate for work and food, a Californian Subprime family has been forced to migrate east, hoping for a better life. They are soon joined in their odyssey by a writer and his family--slightly better off but falling fast. Eventually they discover a small settle- ment of Subprimes who have begun an agrarian utopia built on a foreclosed exurb. Soon, though, the little stability they have is threatened when their land is targeted by job creators for shale oil extraction.But all is not lost. A hero emerges--a woman on a motorcycle--suspiciously lacking a credit score . . . who may just save the world.In The Subprimes, Karl Taro Greenfeld turns his keen and unflinching eye to our country today--and where we may be headed. The result is a darkly funny comedy about paradise lost and found, as well as the value of credit, economic policy, and the meaning of family.
Saying yes has always come easy for Fallon. Now, as Renita Pizzitola's steamy, poignant Crush series continues, winning her dream job means saying no to the guy she wants the most. Between all the parties and random hook-ups, Fallon Carr is this close to flunking out of college. But her internship working with pediatric patients means the world to her--especially since, at the end of the summer, one lucky intern will be offered a paid position. Determined to leave her bad reputation behind, Fallon even takes a bet that she won't sleep with anyone from work. But there's one little catch. . . . Not only is Cade Ryan the hottest guy Fallon has ever laid eyes on, he's a therapy dog handler who volunteers his time to visit kids at the hospital. So when he starts pursuing her, Fallon can't believe her bad timing. The thing is, Cade is different. He's not like the college guys who see her as a one-night stand, or the high-school boyfriend who took a part of her she can never get back. Cade genuinely wants to spend time with her--and not just between the sheets. Fallon won't let her growing feelings for Cade get in the way of her dreams. Besides, no guy can break down the walls she put up long ago. So what's the harm in a little flirting? It's not like she's falling in love. But she may have seriously underestimated how complicated things can get when the perfect guy falls for her first.Praise for Renita Pizzitola's Just a Little Crush "Brinley and Ryder are the perfect combination of sweet and hot. They'll have you pulling for second chances."--USA Today bestselling author Lisa Desrochers "Be prepared to swoon hard over Ryder in Just a Little Crush, Renita Pizzitola's impressive New Adult debut. Brinley and Ryder are drawn together in an almost hypnotic way and I couldn't help but be mesmerized by the utterly sexy, sweet, romantic, and scorching moments between them. I loved it!"--Christina Lee, author of the Between Breaths series
Good girls stay away from Ryder Briggs . . . or, at least, they try to. In the first emotional novel of heartache and seduction in Renita Pizzitola's Crush series, one college freshman just can't get enough. Brinley Dawson doesn't drink, she studies--and despite the accusations of her alcoholic mother, she's still a virgin. But if Brinley's life is so put together, why is she freaking out to be going to college with the gorgeous, green-eyed jerk she kissed on a stupid dare in high school? Ryder Briggs can have any girl he wants . . . and the rumors say that he does. So why, after publicly embarrassing Brinley four years ago, is he suddenly acting like he's interested? Ryder never forgot Brinley. In fact, those perfect seven minutes permanently raised the bar for what a kiss could be. The truth is, Ryder doesn't dare get too close to anyone. He knows how that worked out for his parents. But when his roommate takes a shot at Brinley, Ryder can't contain his jealousy. Now he must do the hardest thing he's ever done: forget about sex and convince Brinley his feelings are real. Brinley isn't sure whether she believes Ryder, but for the first time, her body isn't playing by the rules. Then she discovers that she's an unwilling part of a cruel game, humiliating her all over again--and Ryder might be to blame. Has Brinley's little crush turned into a huge mistake . . . or has she found the one guy worth trusting with her heart?Praise for Just a Little Crush "Brinley and Ryder are the perfect combination of sweet and hot. They'll have you pulling for second chances."--USA Today bestselling author Lisa Desrochers "Be prepared to swoon hard over Ryder in Just a Little Crush, Renita Pizzitola's impressive New Adult debut. Brinley and Ryder are drawn together in an almost hypnotic way and I couldn't help but be mesmerized by the utterly sexy, sweet, romantic, and scorching moments between them. I loved it!"--Christina Lee, author of the Between Breaths series"Just a Little Crush is everything I love about New Adult romance. . . . If you're a fan of college romance, stories where the not-so-popular girl gets the campus king, and characters that are wonderfully normal, flawed, and often funny, this is the book for you."--Fic Central "A sweet, hot, interesting story that makes you forget everything else."--Hot Stuff Book Reviews "Steamy . . . The pace was fast, and the premise intriguing. What more could you want in a book? I would definitely recommend this one to anyone who enjoys the New Adult genre or just romance in general."--Examiner.com
Maeve Greyson unleashes a thrilling tale of magic and desire as a feisty Southern gal falls into the arms of a rough-hewn Highland chieftain. As the proprietor of a homeopathic store in rural Kentucky, Trulie Sinclair knows that her neighbors think she's strange--but they have no idea how strange she really is. Trulie was born in Scotland in the thirteenth century to a line of time-traveling Highlanders. When Trulie's grandmother convinces her to return to their homeland, Trulie jumps back in time, right onto the powerful chest of Gray MacKenna. Just as his steely good looks send ripples through her body, their fierce attraction will send ripples through the ages. After his parents are murdered, Gray is consumed by thoughts of revenge. As the new chieftain of the MacKenna clan, he has reason to believe that there's a traitor in his midst, and nothing--not even the bonny lass who suddenly drops from the sky--can distract him from his single-minded pursuit of the culprit. But when Gray learns that this sassy beauty possesses gifts beyond the sparkle in her eye, he allows his gaze, and his heart, to linger. While he hunts for the murderer, Gray finds in Trulie a precious companion--and a timeless love.Praise for My Highland Lover "One of those books that stay in your mind long after you have finished reading it . . . I cannot wait for the next installment."--Fresh Fiction"Maeve Greyson surprises and enchants. The imaginative storytelling is hard to resist in this time-traveling tale of love, betrayal, and sacrifice."--Victoria Roberts, bestselling author of My Highland Spy "Allow Maeve Grayson to take you on a magic carpet ride from present-day Kentucky to the Highlands of the thirteenth century. My Highland Lover is a sensual story of desire, danger, and devilment woven with the strongest thread of all: love."--Vonnie Davis, author of the Highlander's Beloved series"From the wow opening to the ahh ending, My Highland Lover is a winner, a brilliant blend of historical and contemporary romance. Maeve Greyson writes with humor, heart and heat. She's an author to keep an eye out for!"--Kelly Moran, award-winning author of Return to Me "A heady, mystical mixture of modern wit and romantic historical charm."--Award-winning author Mackenzie Crowne"This was a fun, emotional and intriguing story that held my rapt attention. Can't go wrong with this book!"--Kilts and Words "A very well written Highland romance . . . There was something here for a lot of different kinds of readers. Mystery, romance, paranormal elements, Greyson gives us all of them and more, even a little bit of humor coming from the matchmaking efforts of Granny and her friends."--Debbie's Book Bag "A great new series for the talented Maeve Greyson . . . If you're like me, a fan of historical romance and paranormal romance, My Highland Lover is the perfect book for you! Can't wait to read the next one!"--Proserpine Craving Books "If you enjoy a little time travel, humor, and paranormal elements in your historical romance, you will enjoy this book."--Romance with a Book"I loved this book and I can't wait for the next one."--A Crazy Vermonter's Book Reviews Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
INTERNATIONAL THRILLER WRITERS AWARD FINALIST, BEST EBOOK ORIGINAL NOVELIn a savvy, stylish thriller debut perfect for anyone who loves the crime novels of Michael Connelly or Nevada Barr, Gil Reavill unravels a chilling tale of murder and mayhem among humans and their closest evolutionary relatives--a primate family that may just be too close for comfort. As a wildfire rages outside the Odalon Animal Sanctuary in the rugged Santa Monica foothills, the retired Hollywood movie chimpanzees housed there are shot and left for dead. When Malibu detective Layla Remington reaches the grisly scene the next morning, she's deeply disturbed--and even more confused. The victims are not human, so the attack cannot be classified as homicide. Yet someone clearly wanted these animals dead, and executed them with ruthless efficiency. Miraculously, there is one survivor: a juvenile male named Angle. But as Layla reaches the veterinarian's office where Angle is recovering, a man with rock-star good looks and a laid-back Southern California attitude swoops in and removes him. And just like that, an unusual case turns truly bizarre. Soon reports surface of ferocious attacks against Odalon employees . . . with Angle as the prime suspect. As a wave of senseless violence reaches its apex, Layla chases a mystery man and his chimp--but everything comes back to that terrible night at the sanctuary.
For fans of Fifty Shades of Grey and Bared to You comes an emotionally intense eBook novella from J. Kenner, bestselling author of Release Me. Following fan favorites Damien Stark and his wife, Nikki Fairchild, Play My Game is the story of their first Valentine's Day as newlyweds, and offers an alluring glimpse of Jackson Steele, the alpha male featured in Kenner's upcoming novel Say My Name. Includes a special preview of Say My Name, the highly anticipated first novel in J. Kenner's new trilogy in the Stark series. I never imagined that anything could top our honeymoon, but life as Mrs. Damien Stark is sweeter than any fantasy. We are forever bound by our love and our desire. His touch is my greatest treasure--and is purely mine alone. Yet no matter where we go, the ghosts of our pasts follow. We can't escape our secrets, or the people who desperately want to bring us down. Even on Valentine's Day, neither of us is safe. I'll do whatever it takes to protect Damien, to fulfill his every need. His kiss is my calling, his passion my truest bliss. The dangers we face, we now face together--and nothing can make me run. Play My Game is intended for mature audiences. Praise for J. Kenner and The Stark Trilogy "Kenner may very well have cornered the market on sinfully attractive, dominant antiheroes and the women who swoon for them."--RT Book Reviews "J. Kenner has written a sensually seductive storyline that catches your imagination. . . . [Release Me] will suck you in from the very start."--The Reading Cafe "Hot, passionate, thrilling, and enticing! . . . I couldn't put this book down."--Divas Daily Book Blog, on Complete Me
For fans of Fifty Shades of Grey and Bared to You comes an emotionally charged eBook novella from New York Times bestselling author J. Kenner. Following the novels in her blockbuster Stark Trilogy--Release Me, Claim Me, and Complete Me, as well as her tie-in novella Take Me--Have Me continues the story of fan favorites Damien Stark and his new wife, Nikki Fairchild. Our wedding was everything I dreamed of, and now the honeymoon is a living fantasy. To be Mrs. Damien Stark is the ultimate rush--to know that our claim to each other is real, our fierce passion sealing our bond. My kiss is forever his, his touch is forever mine. We both harbor deep scars from our pasts, and we've done everything we can to lay our ghosts to rest. But there are still dreams that haunt me, and people that threaten to tear us apart. Our shared ecstasy makes me feel alive, and I'll do anything to keep Damien close. He is my future, my hope, my every want and need. And once you've tasted that kind of obsession, nothing can make you give it up. Have Me is intended for mature audiences. Praise for J. Kenner and The Stark Trilogy "Kenner may very well have cornered the market on sinfully attractive, dominant antiheroes and the women who swoon for them."--RT Book Reviews "J. Kenner has written a sensually seductive storyline that catches your imagination. . . . [Release Me] will suck you in from the very start."--The Reading Cafe "An erotic, sexy and exciting ride."--Fresh Fiction, on Claim Me "[An] immensely satisfying series . . . The roller coaster events of Complete Me give this novel a page-turning quality."--Heroes and Heartbreakers
Two of the wildest hearts in Scotland fight for their destiny in this searing-hot romance, sure to be devoured by fans of Jennifer Ashley's Shifters Unbound series and Shelly Laurenston's Pride Stories. As a bear-shifter in a pack roaming the Scottish countryside, Bryce Matheson embodies brute force and untamed abandon. As a widower, he's running scared. When Bryce attempted to open his scarred heart to another, she grew tired of waiting for him to state his intentions, and the unearthly beauty spurned him for someone who wasn't worthy. But now that fate has conspired to set Kenzie Denune free once again, Bryce vows to finally win her love. Kenzie is a witch who summons her powers to protect those too weak to care for themselves. After surviving an abusive husband, she swears off men--even men like Bryce, whose iron muscles make her knees weak, and whose piercing eyes fill her with longing. Her life's purpose is to help others. However, dark forces have different plans for her gifts. To save herself, Kenzie must team up with the shifter who has always stirred her soul--and trust in a passion powerful enough to set her blood aflame.Praise for A Highlander's Passion "A sexy power play between two characters that brought me to tears with laughter and emotion . . . I'm in love with the Highlander's Beloved series!"--Kelly Moran, award-winning author of Return to Me "A sexy-hot blast of mystery, magic, and a second chance at claiming the love of a lifetime."--Maeve Greyson, author of the Highland Time Runners series "Packed with red hot passion, mystical suspense, and snicker-inducing humor, this heart-tugging kilted romance entertains and satisfies from beginning to end. Well done, Ms. Davis."--Mackenzie Crowne, RONE Award-winning author of A Song for Sophie"Vonnie Davis is a bard of romance in the truest sense of the word: She's a comedian, a storyteller, and a poet. I never hesitate to recommend her to readers because she never fails to deliver. She's absolutely brilliant."--Melissa Snark, author of Battle Cry"The beautiful Highlands, witchcraft, and shifters set the scene for this passionate tale."--Fresh Fiction "I am such a huge fan of Vonnie Davis. Her books just make me happy."--Romancing the Readers "I loved A Highlander's Passion. . . . We have some very sexy Highlander bear shifters, great fun-loving characters, and a sweet romance. . . . I can't wait for more books in this series."--Angel's Guilty Pleasures "An excellent story that had a whole lot of everything I needed to escape the real world for a few hours: lust, love, the past, the present, the future, a touch of mystery and suspense, and a healthy happily ever after."--Written Love "Quite an entertaining read, exciting and action-packed."--Musings of a Bookish Kitty "A good read for fans of Katie MacAlister's books . . . I'd recommend this to readers who like contemporary Highland romance and paranormal romance with a lot of action."--Libromancer's Apprentice "This fun, sexy read kept me turning the pages needing to know more about the sexy shifter and his witch."--Travels n Reads Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
"In this wildly entertaining debut novel, Australian author Franklin has kicked off what's sure to be a popular series. Fractured, funny, and fast-paced, this book is guaranteed to resonate with fans of mythopoeic fantasy from the likes of J.R.R. Tolkien, George R. R. Martin, and Neil Gaiman."--Library JournalAt the intersection of the magical and the mundane, Alis Franklin's thrilling debut novel reimagines mythology for a modern world--where gods and mortals walk side by side. Working in low-level IT support for a company that's the toast of the tech world, Sigmund Sussman finds himself content, if not particularly inspired. As compensation for telling people to restart their computer a few times a day, Sigmund earns enough disposable income to gorge on comics and has plenty of free time to devote to his gaming group. Then in walks the new guy with the unpronounceable last name who immediately becomes IT's most popular team member. Lain Laufeyjarson is charming and good-looking, with a story for any occasion; shy, awkward Sigmund is none of those things, which is why he finds it odd when Lain flirts with him. But Lain seems cool, even if he's a little different--though Sigmund never suspects just how different he could be. After all, who would expect a Norse god to be doing server reboots? As Sigmund gets to know his mysterious new boyfriend, fate--in the form of an ancient force known as the Wyrd--begins to reveal the threads that weave their lives together. Sigmund doesn't have the first clue where this adventure will take him, but as Lain says, only fools mess with the Wyrd. Why? Because the Wyrd messes back.Praise for Liesmith "A very entertaining yet touching read."--Popcorn Reads "A fabulous start to a new series."--The Blogger Girls "Cinematic with page-turning action sequences."--Blogger's Bookshelf "Liesmith is a delightful, refreshing story with some unlikely characters and a plot filled with mythology and adventure that will keep you guessing."--Bookwinked "Exciting and filled with danger . . . Fans of mythology will enjoy this urban fantasy story."--Inside of a Dog
Fans of Keri Arthur will love the Weird Girls, four sisters cursed with supernatural powers. In Cecy Robson's latest urban fantasy romance, the search is on for an unholy grail, while evil is licking its wounds--and looking for revenge. The preternatural world is changing. After a massive magical throwdown tore apart the established order, the dark elements are rebuilding their ranks unopposed. Celia Wird's world is changing, too. She's the mate of the pureblood were Aric, and his Warriors are honor-bound to protect her family as she and her sisters recover from unimaginable horrors. Celia hesitates to reveal the true extent of the Wird sisters' trauma, but they aren't the only ones keeping secrets: Aric and the werewolf Elders are tracking a stone that grants limitless power. So is a tough coven of witches. Then Misha, a master vampire with his own plans for the stone, sends Celia after it. Can she and the vamps beat both the weres and the witches to the treasure before it falls into the wrong hands? Fearing for Celia's safety, Aric begs her to stay out of the hunt. What they don't realize is that they're the ones being hunted. But Celia's ready to prove that she's not easy prey.Praise for A Curse Unbroken "Thrilling . . . I loved the danger, the action, the romance and the reveals. . . . This is one of the best new series I have read, and I highly recommend it."--Rainy Day Ramblings "The Weird Girls series is dark, romantic, and intense, and one I completely adore. The wait for A Curse Unbroken was worth it."--Caffeinated Book Reviewer "Whew! What a whirlwind. Each one of these books are incredibly intense."--A Book Obsession "Is it more than just bad luck that follows Celia around, or is it a malicious plot derived from the mind of author Cecy Robson?"--Heroes and Heartbreakers "I know that Ms. Robson has more stories to tell for these amazing characters and I can't wait to see what she comes up with next. I'll have my tissues and bottle of wine waiting for the next book."--Books-n-Kisses "Cecy Robson did another magnificent job with this novel. It was an equally hilarious, heartbreaking and action-filled romance story."--Under the Covers"This book gains a spot on my 'favorites' shelf and five stars from me."--The Hopeless Reader Praise for the Weird Girls series "One of my favorite books series . . . so much action, so much violence and, oh, the lust radiating off of our heroes . . . I definitely recommend this series for lovers of all things paranormal and awesome."--USA Today "[With Robson's] edgy, witty and modern style of storytelling, the reader will be drawn deep into this quirky paranormal world. . . . Strong pacing, constant action and distinctive, appealing characters--including a gutsy heroine--will no doubt keep you invested."--RT Book Reviews "A healthy dose of humor, a heaping dash of the supernatural, and a pinch of mystery all laced with a heavy dollop of action . . . Robson knows how to combine all the best ingredients to keep her readers hooked and begging for another hit."--Fresh Fiction Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
The Weird Girls return in another edge-of-your-seat novel from Cecy Robson! Just when Celia thinks the supernatural world can't turn deadlier, a new rival emerges, proving just how dangerous a power-hungry were can be. Since being cursed with unique abilities, Celia Wird and her three sisters have fought the most bloodthirsty preternaturals in the Lake Tahoe region. But Celia's greatest threat is someone she would have never suspected: Anara, a werewolf Elder who has allowed his hatred for Celia to spiral out of control. In a play for dominance, Anara tortures Celia and gives her an ultimatum: sever her mate bond with pureblood were Aric--or Anara will kill everyone she loves. From the instant they met, Celia and Aric have shared an attraction that cannot be tamed. So keeping Aric away is impossible, and Aric would sooner die than allow anyone to hurt the woman he loves. Misha, master vampire and Celia's sworn protector, also finds his way into the chaos, seeking blood from those who have harmed her. Now Celia and her sisters are caught in the middle of a war driven by lust, fueled by hatred, and destined to end in tragedy. For Anara is a force to be reckoned with, and he will not succumb without robbing Celia of those who hold her heart.Praise for A Cursed Bloodline "Brace yourself Cecy fans, A Cursed Bloodline will take you for an emotional roller-coaster ride. . . . A Cursed Bloodline is one of my Top Picks of the year."--Under the Covers "A fun and fascinating series."--That's What I'm Talking About "Cecy Robson makes you feel as though you are fighting alongside the sisters as they try to save the world."--Valley Girl Gone Country "The Weird Girls series is hands down one of my favorite series over all genres."--My ParaHangover "Did you really feel the need to put me through the emotional wringer? Oh, who am I kidding, I freaking enjoyed the hell out of it."--Christy's Love of Books "Powerful, fast-paced . . . A Cursed Bloodline will make your heart race."--Caffeinated Book Reviewer "As always, Cecy's writing is top notch."--The Bookaholic Cat"I would give this book a million stars if I could, but I will have to settle with five stars!"--The Hopeless Reader Praise for the Weird Girls series "One of my favorite books series . . . so much action, so much violence and, oh, the lust radiating off of our heroes . . . I definitely recommend this series for lovers of all things paranormal and awesome."--USA Today "[With Robson's] edgy, witty and modern style of storytelling, the reader will be drawn deep into this quirky paranormal world. . . . Strong pacing, constant action and distinctive, appealing characters--including a gutsy heroine--will no doubt keep you invested."--RT Book Reviews "A healthy dose of humor, a heaping dash of the supernatural, and a pinch of mystery all laced with a heavy dollop of action . . . Robson knows how to combine all the best ingredients to keep her readers hooked and begging for another hit."--Fresh Fiction Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
An examination of childhood trauma and its surreptitious, debilitating effects by one of the world's leading psychoanalysts. Never before has world-renowned psychoanalyst Alice Miller examined so persuasively the long-range consequences of childhood abuse on the body. Using the experiences of her patients along with the biographical stories of literary giants such as Virginia Woolf, Franz Kafka, and Marcel Proust, Miller shows how a child's humiliation, impotence, and bottled rage will manifest itself as adult illness--be it cancer, stroke, or other debilitating diseases. Never one to shy away from controversy, Miller urges society as a whole to jettison its belief in the Fourth Commandment and not to extend forgiveness to parents whose tyrannical childrearing methods have resulted in unhappy, and often ruined, adult lives. In this empowering work, writes Rutgers professor Philip Greven, "readers will learn how to confront the overt and covert traumas of their own childhoods with the enlightened guidance of Alice Miller."
"A splendid history of mind-body medicine...a book that desperately needed to be written."--Jerome Groopman, New York Times Is stress a deadly disease on the rise in modern society? Can mind-body practices from the East help us become well? When it comes to healing, we believe we must look beyond doctors and drugs; we must look within ourselves. Faith, relationships, and attitude matter. But why do we believe such things? From psychoanalysis to the placebo effect to meditation, this vibrant cultural history describes mind-body healing as rooted in a patchwork of stories, allowing us to make new sense of our suffering and to rationalize new treatments and lifestyles.
This powerful, unsettling book gives us a rare glimpse behind the closed doors of global financial institutions by the winner of the 2001 Nobel Prize in Economics. When it was first published, this national bestseller quickly became a touchstone in the globalization debate. Renowned economist and Nobel Prize winner Joseph E. Stiglitz had a ringside seat for most of the major economic events of the last decade, including stints as chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers and chief economist at the World Bank. Particularly concerned with the plight of the developing nations, he became increasingly disillusioned as he saw the International Monetary Fund and other major institutions put the interests of Wall Street and the financial community ahead of the poorer nations. Those seeking to understand why globalization has engendered the hostility of protesters in Seattle and Genoa will find the reasons here. While this book includes no simple formula on how to make globalization work, Stiglitz provides a reform agenda that will provoke debate for years to come. Rarely do we get such an insider's analysis of the major institutions of globalization as in this penetrating book. With a new foreword for this paperback edition. Those seeking to understand why globalization has engendered the hostility of protesters in Seattle and Genoa will find the reasons here. While this book includes no simple formula on how to make globalization work, Stiglitz provides a reform agenda that will provoke debate for years to come. Rarely do we get such an insider's analysis of the major institutions of globalization as in this penetrating book. With a new foreword for this paperback edition.
A fly-on-the-wall account of the smart and strange subcultures that make, trade, curate, collect, and hype contemporary art. The art market has been booming. Museum attendance is surging. More people than ever call themselves artists. Contemporary art has become a mass entertainment, a luxury good, a job description, and, for some, a kind of alternative religion. In a series of beautifully paced narratives, Sarah Thornton investigates the drama of a Christie's auction, the workings in Takashi Murakami's studios, the elite at the Basel Art Fair, the eccentricities of Artforum magazine, the competition behind an important art prize, life in a notorious art-school seminar, and the wonderland of the Venice Biennale. She reveals the new dynamics of creativity, taste, status, money, and the search for meaning in life. A judicious and juicy account of the institutions that have the power to shape art history, based on hundreds of interviews with high-profile players, Thornton's entertaining ethnography will change the way you look at contemporary culture.
"A colorful reinterpretation. . . . Stewart's wit and profluent prose make this book a fascinating read."--Publishers Weekly, starred review Philosophy in the late seventeenth century was a dangerous business. No careerist could afford to know the reclusive, controversial philosopher Baruch de Spinoza. Yet the wildly ambitious genius Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, who denounced Spinoza in public, became privately obsessed with Spinoza's ideas, wrote him clandestine letters, and ultimately met him in secret. "In refreshingly lucid terms" (Booklist) Matthew Stewart "rescues both men from a dusty academic shelf, bringing them to life as enlightened humans" (Library Journal) central to the religious, political, and personal battles that gave birth to the modern age. Both men put their faith in the guidance of reason, but one spent his life defending a God he may not have believed in, while the other believed in a God who did not need his defense. Ultimately, the two thinkers represent radically different approaches to the challenges of the modern era. They stand for a choice that we all must make.
An engaging, accessible guide to educating yourself in the classical tradition. Have you lost the art of reading for pleasure? Are there books you know you should read but haven't because they seem too daunting? In The Well-Educated Mind, Susan Wise Bauer provides a welcome and encouraging antidote to the distractions of our age, electronic and otherwise. In her previous book, The Well-Trained Mind, the author provided a road map of classical education for parents wishing to home-school their children, and that book is now the premier resource for home-schoolers. In this new book, Bauer takes the same elements and techniques and adapts them to the use of adult readers who want both enjoyment and self-improvement from the time they spend reading. The Well-Educated Mind offers brief, entertaining histories of five literary genres--fiction, autobiography, history, drama, and poetry--accompanied by detailed instructions on how to read each type. The annotated lists at the end of each chapter--ranging from Cervantes to A. S. Byatt, Herodotus to Laurel Thatcher Ulrich--preview recommended reading and encourage readers to make vital connections between ancient traditions and contemporary writing. The Well-Educated Mind reassures those readers who worry that they read too slowly or with below-average comprehension. If you can understand a daily newspaper, there's no reason you can't read and enjoy Shakespeare's Sonnets or Jane Eyre. But no one should attempt to read the "Great Books" without a guide and a plan. Susan Wise Bauer will show you how to allocate time to your reading on a regular basis; how to master a difficult argument; how to make personal and literary judgments about what you read; how to appreciate the resonant links among texts within a genre--what does Anna Karenina owe to Madame Bovary?--and also between genres. Followed carefully, the advice in The Well-Educated Mind will restore and expand the pleasure of the written word.
Greed and intrigue combine explosively in this gripping tale of how the mercurial Lawrence of Arabia changed the Middle East forever. It was T. E. Lawrence's classic Seven Pillars of Wisdom that made the Arab Revolt a legend and helped turn the British intelligence officer into the mythical "Lawrence of Arabia." But the intrigue behind the revolt and its startling consequences for the present-day Middle East have remained a mystery for nearly one hundred years. James Barr spent four years trawling declassified archives in Europe and crossing the hostile deserts of the Middle East to re-create the revolt as the international drama it really was. A colorful cast of Arab sheiks, British and French soldiers, spies, and diplomats come together in this gripping narrative of political maneuvering, guerrilla warfare, and imperial greed. Setting the Desert on Fire is a masterly account of a key moment in the history of the Middle East, and a portrait of Lawrence himself that is bright, nuanced, and full of fresh insights into the true nature of the master mythmaker.
The major new work by the best-selling author of T. Rex and the Crater of Doom--a fascinating history. Walter Alvarez and his team made one of the most astonishing scientific discoveries of the twentieth century--that an asteroid smashed into the Earth 65 million years ago, exterminating the dinosaurs. Alvarez had the first glimmer of that amazing insight when he noticed something odd in a rock outcrop in central Italy. Alvarez now returns to that rich terrain, this time to take the reader on an distant past. We encounter the volcanoes that formed the Seven Hills of Rome; the majestic limestone Apennine mountains that started to develop millions of years ago under water; the evidence that the Mediterranean Sea completely evaporated to a sunken desert, perhaps several times; and the proof that continental plates once overran one another to form telling, all major geologic episodes are as dramatic as the great impact that killed the dinosaurs, even when they happen over eons and without huge creatures to witness them.
Communities are at the core of disaster risk reduction (DRR), and community based approaches are getting increasing focus in national DRR plans. In the case of past disasters, communities were always the first responders and took leading roles in the post disaster recovery. The roles of communities in pre-disaster preparedness are also very important. This is the first comprehensive book available on CBDRR (community based disaster risk reduction) which outlines both research and practice, citing field examples and research results. It provides an overview of the subject and looks at the role of governments, NGOs, academics and corporate sectors in community based disaster risk reduction. It proceeds to examine experiences from Asian and African countries, and concludes by looking ahead to the future perspective of CBDRR.
Over recent decades few topics of American history have been subject to greater attention and more thorough revision than African Americans in colonial times. Acclaimed works by leading scholars, relying on new bodies of evidence and writing from a fresh, Atlantic perspective, have provided a broadened, more nuanced view of the topic. In this third edition of one of the most popular books in our American History Series, Donald Wright works new interpretations into a narrative that provides a clear understanding of the scope and nature of the early African-American experience. Included are discussions of African Americans African origins; the Atlantic slave trade, based on the latest data from an on-line Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database; the origins of slavery and race-based prejudice in the mainland colonies; the evolutionary formation of African-American culture; and the effects of the American Revolution on men and women of African descent, at the time and long thereafter. This third edition views African Americans in the British North-American mainland colonies more as their contemporaries did: as persons from one of the four continents who interacted economically, socially, and politically over a period of 180 years in a vast, vibrant, complex Atlantic world. It shows how the mainland North-American society that resulted from these interactions reflected the mix of Atlantic cultures and how the republic that a group of these people eventually constructed used European ideas to support creation of a favorable situation for those in control, persons largely of European descent. The African and African-American men and women, whose forebears had added greatly to the region s economic and cultural viability, found themselves in 1789 with the least benefit from the nation they helped bring into existence. Of special value is the book s bibliographical essay, an expansion and updating of earlier versions that led the historian Ira Berlin to label Wright the historiographer of slavery in the early period.
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This unique chapter book reveals unseen stories from Inside Out. Each chapter offers a different retelling of the film from one of Riley's Emotions: Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger, and Disgust.
"How to build a more just world and save the planet....We should all heed Brown's advice."--Bill Clinton In this updated edition of the landmark Plan B, Lester Brown outlines a survival strategy for our early twenty-first-century civilization. The world faces many environmental trends of disruption and decline, including rising temperatures and spreading water shortage. In addition to these looming threats, we face the peaking of oil, annual population growth of 70 million, a widening global economic divide, and a growing list of failing states. The scale and complexity of issues facing our fast-forward world have no precedent With Plan A, business as usual, we have neglected these issues overly long. In Plan B 3.0, Lester R. Brown warns that the only effective response now is a World War II-type mobilization like that in the United States after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
"If you're a parent who has decided to educate your children yourself, this book is the first you should buy."--?Washington Times The Well-Trained Mind will instruct you, step by step, on how to give your child an academically rigorous, comprehensive education from preschool through high school--one that will train him or her to read, to think, to ?understand?, to be well-rounded and curious about learning. Veteran home educators Jessie Wise and Susan Wise Bauer outline the classical pattern of education called the trivium, which organizes learning around the maturing capacity of the child's mind and comprises three stages: the elementary school "grammar stage," the middle school "logic stage," and the high school "rhetoric stage." Using this theory as your model, you'll be able to instruct your child in all levels of reading, writing, history, geography, mathematics, science, foreign languages, rhetoric, logic, art, and music, regardless of your own aptitude in those subjects. This newly revised edition contains completely updated ordering information for all curricula and books, new and expanded curricula recommendations, new material on using computers and distance-learning resources, answers to common questions about home education, information about educational support groups, and advice on practical matters such as working with your local school board, preparing a high school transcript, and applying to colleges.
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