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A disillusioned newspaper reporter turned private detective, Ray Dudgeon isn't trying to save the world. He just wants to do an honest job, and do it well. But when doing an honest job threatens society's most powerful and corrupt, Ray's odds for survival make for a sucker's bet. . . . While working on a movie in Chicago, Hollywood locations manager Bob Loniski saw something he shouldn't have. Now he's a prosecution witness against a suspected member of the Chicago Outfit. Petrified, he comes to Ray for protection. Ray's mob contacts insist that they have no interest in Loniski, so he takes the bodyguard gig. Then people start dying and everything goes to hell. Ray's investigation leads to a stash of blackmail files involving the sex trade, Washington political corruption, and a deadly power struggle among Chicago's organized crime bosses-setting the FBI, the Chicago police, and the mob on his tail. He now holds evidence against top-ranking cops and politicians . . . but with the line between good and bad blurring, he doesn't know who he can trust. If he does the right thing, Ray is sure to die. But if he doesn't, how can he live with himself? From the back alleys of Chicago to the man-sions of Beverly Hills to the corridors of power in Washington, D.C., Sean Chercover's Big City, Bad Blood propels readers relentlessly forward on a bullet-fast, adrenaline-pumping ride they will not soon forget.
President Bush has said coal is America's "economic destiny." Despite a century-long legacy that has claimed millions of lives and ravaged the environment, why has coal become hot again? Few of us realize that coal already supplies more than half the energy needed to power our iPods, laptops, lightsanything we use that consumes electricity. Every time we flip on a switch, we burn a lump of coal. Our desire to find a homegrown alternative to Mideast oil, the rising cost of oil and natural gas, and the fossil fuelfriendly mood in Washington will soon push our coal consumption through the roof. Because we have failed to develop alternative energy sources, coal has become the default fuel for the twenty-first century. In the tradition of Rachel Carson and Eric Schlosser, the veteran journalist Jeff Goodell examines the faulty assumptions underlying coal's revival and shatters the myth of cheap coal energy. In a compelling blend of hard-hitting investigative reporting, history, and business analysis, Big Coal illuminates the stark economic imperatives America faces and the collusion of business and politics that has already set us on the dangerous course. Filled with troubling environmental and health revelations, Big Coal shows us that our shiny white iPod economy is propped up by dirty black rocks.
A funny, clear-eyed view of the realities of teenage love from National Book Award winner Pete Hautman. Jen and Wes do not "meet cute." They do not fall in love at first sight. They do not swoon with scorching desire. They do not believe that they are instant soul mates destined to be together forever. This is not that kind of love story. Instead, they just hang around in each other's orbits...until eventually they collide. And even after that happens, they're still not sure where it will go. Especially when Jen starts to pity-date one of Wes's friends, and Wes makes some choices that he immediately regrets. From National Book Award winner Pete Hautman, this is a love story for people not particularly biased toward romance. But it is romantic, in the same way that truth can be romantic and uncertainty can be the biggest certainty of all.
What happens when a world-famous tough guy takes on the toughest job of all-- becoming a father? Welcome to the world of the Big Daddy. Steve Schirripa is known for his star turns on The Sopranos and The Secret Life of the American Teenager, but in his own life he's the father of two daughters of his own--and a self-confessed human volcano. In Big Daddy's Rules, Schirripa tells all and brings a welcome dose of old-school advice (and new-school humor) to the parenting wars. "You're not there to be a friend," Schirripa says bluntly. "You're there to be a dad." Schirripa serves up the heartwarming and hilarious stories of how he and his wife navigated the wild waters of parenthood: from the moment the tough guy's heart melted when he held his first-born in his arms to what he felt (and did) the time he caught someone looking at his teenage daughter's butt. He lays out all the rules for being a Big Daddy-- someone who is strong, devoted, and always looking out for his kids' best interests, even when that means not being the coolest dad on the block. Overprotective? Maybe. Willing to tone it down? Absolutely not. Big Daddy's Rules is filled with tales of his over-the-top yet heartfelt parenting style--confronting bad teachers, staring down boyfriends, and explaining just how crazy you're allowed to get if you catch your kid drinking (hint: really, really crazy). With a mixture of street-smart bravado and selfeffacing humor, Schirripa pulls no punches as he delivers his no-bull stance on what it takes to raise kids today. He's uproariously funny, but Schirripa isn't just cracking jokes here; this is also a call to action for dads to return to common-sense parenting and reclaim their role as protector and holder of values to be passed down.
Go ahead, be skeptical about big data. The author was-at first.When the term "big data" first came on the scene, bestselling author Tom Davenport (Competing on Analytics, Analytics at Work) thought it was just another example of technology hype. But his research in the years that followed changed his mind.Now, in clear, conversational language, Davenport explains what big data means-and why everyone in business needs to know about it. Big Data at Work covers all the bases: what big data means from a technical, consumer, and management perspective; what its opportunities and costs are; where it can have real business impact; and which aspects of this hot topic have been oversold.This book will help you understand: Why big data is important to you and your organization What technology you need to manage it How big data could change your job, your company, and your industry How to hire, rent, or develop the kinds of people who make big data work The key success factors in implementing any big data project How big data is leading to a new approach to managing analyticsWith dozens of company examples, including UPS, GE, Amazon, United Healthcare, Citigroup, and many others, this book will help you seize all opportunities-from improving decisions, products, and services to strengthening customer relationships. It will show you how to put big data to work in your own organization so that you too can harness the power of this ever-evolving new resource.
<p>The Big Data Now anthology is relevant to anyone who creates, collects\nor relies upon data. It's not just a technical book or just a business\nguide. Data is ubiquitous and it doesn't pay much attention to\nborders, so we've calibrated our coverage to follow it wherever it\ngoes.<br/><br/>\nIn the first edition of Big Data Now, the O'Reilly team tracked the\nbirth and early development of data tools and data science. Now, with\nthis second edition, we're seeing what happens when big data grows up:\nhow it's being applied, where it's playing a role, and the\nconsequences -- good and bad alike -- of data's ascendance.<br/><br/>\nWe've organized the second edition of Big Data Now into five areas:<br/><br/>\nGetting Up to Speed With Big Data -- Essential information on the\nstructures and definitions of big data.<br/><br/>\nBig Data Tools, Techniques, and Strategies -- Expert guidance for\nturning big data theories into big data products.<br/><br/>\nThe Application of Big Data -- Examples of big data in action,\nincluding a look at the downside of data.<br/><br/>\nWhat to Watch for in Big Data -- Thoughts on how big data will evolve\nand the role it will play across industries and domains.<br/><br/>\nBig Data and Health Care -- A special section exploring the\npossibilities that arise when data and health care come together.</p>
Big Data in Healthcare can be characterized by volume, velocity and variety. Enterprises have an ever-growing amount of data of all types equivalent to petabytes of information. Consider the amount of data created from the Genomic research on a daily basis. The velocity refers to how fast the input is and how quickly we can analyze data to yield measurable results. One example is how big data must stream in the instance of emergency care. There is a wide variety of data, structured and unstructured, such as text, sensor data, audio, video, click streams, log files and more. This bibliography will connect you with books and videos in the vast Safari Books Online library, covering all of the Big Data technologies and applications for the healthcare industry to help treatment effectiveness and efficiency.
From 1993 to 1999 an astounding $2 trillion worth of corporate assets changed hands. American-as-apple-pie companies like Chrysler became part of foreign conglomerates. The biggest bank merged with the biggest insurance company. And the map of international capitalism was radically redrawn. In a book that is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand the shape of big business today, legendary deal maker Bruce Wasserstein looks at why it happens, how it happens, and who the key players are in a decade of colossal buyouts and mergers. He takes us inside the boardrooms and high-stakes meetings, where CEOs and investment bankers go toe-to-toe, armed with numbers, bravado, and vision. Highlighting recent blockbuster deals, Wasserstein brilliantly shows how the current era compares to the years and even centuries before it, how technology and government affect these mega-mergers and buyouts, and, most important, what it means for us -- and for our future.
At Vancouver's Pacific National Exhibition, Joe Lumby, track star extraordinaire, finds himself caught up in a mystery involving the theft of a gallery treasure.
Smart phones and social media sites may be contemporary fixations, but using technology to replace face-to-face interactions is not a new cultural phenomenon. Throughout our history, intimacy with machines has often supplanted mutual human connection. This book reveals how consumer technologies changed from analgesic devices that soothed the loneliness of a newly urban generation to prosthetic interfaces that act as substitutes for companionship in modern America. The history of this transformation helps explain why we use technology to mediate our connections with other human beings instead of seeking out face-to-face contact. Do electronic interfaces receive most of our attention to the detriment of real interpersonal communication? Why do sixty million Americans report that isolation and loneliness are major sources of unhappiness? The author provides many insights into our increasingly artificial relationships and a vision for how we can rediscover genuine community and human empathy.
Have iPads replaced conversation at the dinner table? What do infants observe when their parents are on their smartphones? Should you be your childs Facebook friend?As the focus of family has turned to the glow of the screen--children constantly texting their friends, parents working online around the clock--everyday life is undergoing a massive transformation. Easy availability to the Internet and social media has erased the boundaries that protect children from the unsavory aspects of adult life. Parents often feel they are losing a meaningful connection with their children. Children are feeling lonely and alienated. The digital world is here to stay, but what are families losing with technologys gain?As renowned clinical psychologist Catherine Steiner-Adair explains, families are in crisis around this issue, and even more so than they realize. Not only do chronic tech distractions have deep and lasting effects, but children desperately need parents to provide what tech cannot: close, significant interactions with the adults in their lives. Drawing on real-life stories from her clinical work with children and parents, and her consulting work with educators and experts across the country, Steiner-Adair offers insights and advice that can help parents achieve greater under-standing, authority, and confidence as they come up against the tech revolution unfolding in their living rooms. We all know that deep connection with the people we love means everything to us. Its time to look with fresh eyes and an open mind at the disconnection we are experiencing from our extreme device dependence. Its never too late to put down the iPad and come to the dinner table.
The brand-new novel from the author of Lucky Bastard and Breathers--"one of today's very best writers" (Jonathan Maberry). A young man is having trouble with his identity working as the head of the Investigations Department for the LA bioengineering firm Engineering Genetics Organizations and Systems, or EGOS for short. A quarter of the way into the twenty-first century, EGOS has developed and produced groundbreaking technology in the form of a consumer product called, oddly enough, Egos. This product allows customers to become a fictional character or a dead celebrity for six to eight hours by injecting a DNA-laced cocktail into their brain stem, revolutionizing the concept of role-playing games. When a colleague stumbles upon an anomaly in a group of Egos that the protagonist has been injecting regularly for the past three years, the brass at EGOS waves it off as nothing to be worried about. Except he is exhibiting behaviors that are in line with the reported anomaly. Truth is, he's started to lose the ability to separate fact from fiction. The more he continues to play the role of someone else, the less of him remains, as the lines of reality and fantasy continue to blur...
Exploring the State of Nebraska from its rural reaches to its urban engines, from its marvelous ecosystems to its myriad historical and cultural offerings, these narratives evoke Nebraska in all its facets.
Designed nearly a century ago, the .45 ACP cartridge has earned a well-deserved reputation as a superbly accurate, slap-em-down handgun cartridge. An honored veteran of two World Wars, Korea, Vietnam and lesser conflicts across the globe, the .45 ACP is now more popular than ever for competition shooting, law enforcement and self-defense. Now, just in time for the .45 ACPs 100th anniversary, handgun expert Pat Sweeney gives us the inside scoop on America's favorite big-bore cartridge. If you own a handgun or carbine chambered for the big .45, or if you're considering buying on, you'll find everything you need in the Gun Digest Big Fat Book of the .45 ACP.
Feeling sorry for the Fat Girl? Let's take care of a few myths right now, before you even start to stereotype: Myth Number One. Speak gently to poor Fat Girl. She can't help her terrible disability. Myth Number Two. Poor Fat Girl needs to be educated about her problem. Myth Number Three. Poor Fat Girl laughs to hide her tears. Myth Number Four. Poor lonely Fat Girl can't get a date. Myth Number Five. All poor Fat Girl wants to do is lose weight. Writing a column every week in the school newspaper about what it really means to be fat, Jamie Carcaterra-high school senior, star of her school's production of The Wiz, and features editor of The Wire- offers readers a searing and hilarious account of her full-size fight to change the thinking of a very thin world.
Edward Bloom is dying, and his son William still doesn't know him. He knows some things about his father: Edward never missed school, even in the worst snowstorms. He could outrun anybody. He was generous. He had a way with animals. He knew every good joke ever told. He was a great salesman. A visionary. He saved lives. He knew how to court and win a woman. He was a good friend. He was an adulterer. These things William knows. But William realizes he still doesn't know his father: how he thinks, what is important to him--or who he really is. Sitting by his father's deathbed, William tries to understand the elusive Edward Bloom, the man quickly slipping from his grasp who is more interested in evading his son's questions than in answering them. In fact, Edward is most interested in running through his repertoire of classic jokes. This is his final performance, he's fading fast, and he's milking those last moments for all they're worth. Who can blame him for that? And so, as the son grows increasingly desperate to know the man about to step over permanently to the other side, he begins to make up stories. In a wonderful sleight of hand, William recreates his father's life in heroic proportions. William reconstructs Edward's life from beginning to end through a series of tales, legends, and myths; in doing so, he finds a way to understand his father's great feats and great failings, and he finds a way to say good-bye. With a mixture of humor and pathos, BIG FISH teaches us about the transformative powers of joke telling and storytelling, and one magical way of moving from life to death. A Penguin Readers Guide is included, containing an interview with the author, readers club questions, and more.
The dramatic fictionalized story of Simon Peter, from his first meeting with Christ, to his conversion and on through to Peter's death by crucifixion, set on the shores of Galilee, the crossroads of the world--a polyglot world of quarreling, scheming people, warring then as it is today. The author of The Robe takes us on a journey to discover the intertwined stories of Simon, the Big Fisherman, two-fisted and profane, who lays down his nets in a momentous act of faith; young princess Fara, half Judean and half Arabian, bent on an errand of vengeance to assassinate her Jewish father, Antipas, Tetrarch of Galilee; and Voldi, the young Arabian prince who takes up her vendetta when Fara is purged by an encounter with Jesus of her hate.
Hercule Poirot is preparing for a voyage to South America. Looming in the doorway of his bedroom is an uninvited guest, coated from head to foot in dust and mud. The man's gaunt face registers Poirot for a moment, and then he collapses. The stranger recovers long enough to identify Poirot by name and madly and repeatedly scribble the figure '4' on a piece of paper. Poirot cancels his trip. An investigation is in order. Fortunately, Poirot has the faithful Captain Hastings at his side as he plunges into a conspiracy of international scope -- one that would consolidate power in the deadly cabal known as 'The Big Four.'
Big Frog really, really wants to fit in. But how? Will Someone please show her?
You have to love your family. You do, even if you don't, right? You don't have to understand them or play tennis with them, but you have to love them. It's a rule, and it's the kind of rule you don't break unless you're some kind of animal. My brother happens to be some kind of animal. My sister rides this sweet gold Honda scooter and has amazing hair. You'd hate her. My parents are vegetarian let-the-sunshine-in freaks. Lovable freaks but freaks all the same. My grandfather possesses a shocking comb-over, a kilt, about half of his original marbles, and his own golf complex. This summer, we are all working for him. It is going to be two hot, lucrative, carefree months of paradise. Or, possibly something else.
Big Girl Panties! features a light, positive approach to motivate toddlers to become toilet trained. What could be more rewarding for a little girl than wearing big girl panties, just like mommy? Adult caregivers and toddlers alike will love the snappy, rhyming text and colorful, hip illustrations. Valeria Petrone's stylized artwork ensures that this commercial yet heartwarming book will have a special place on little girls' favorite bookshelves. Soon they'll all be saying, "Bye, bye diapers!"
The acclaimed author of "Repeat After Me" presents a scathingly funny and moving novel about a 16-year-old girl who becomes caught in a controversy that might bring down her whole school--a scandal that has something to do with the fact Judy is three feet nine inches tall.
At the heart of this electrifying novel is a crime of unfathomable horror and its effect on several profoundly different lives, each altered by a surprising connection to the others. We hear four brilliantly realized voices: Helen, an inmate at Sloatsburg women' s prison serving a life sentence for the murder of her children; trapped within the maze of her own tortured mind, she is the subject of damning national attention. Dr. Louise Forrest, the recently divorced mother of an eight-year-old boy-- the new chief of psychiatry at Sloatsburg. Angie, an ambitious Hollywood starlet, intent on nothing but fame. And Ike Bradshaw, a sardonic corrections officer, formerly a New York City narcotics detective. As the alternating narratives unfold, we begin to wonder why Dr. Forrest has chosen Sloatsburg over the Park Avenue practice for which she was trained. And the origin of Helen' s psychosis is revealed-- both its shocking depths and its disturbingly convincing rationale-- as well as why she is desperate to make herself known to the young actress Angie. "The Big Girls "is a powerful and audacious novel about the anarchy of families, the sometimes destructive power of the maternal instinct, the vitality and evil of communities, and the cult of celebrity-- written in spare, evocative prose and with a bold understanding of the darkest, most hidden aspects of human nature.
In Dr. Love the first story, a woman goes to the hospital due to fainting and falls for the doctor that treats her for high blood pressure.
A romantic comedy. A humorous tale. The secondary characters are comical and outrageous.
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