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Information is being generated at an astonishing rate, thanks to a proliferation of increasingly sophisticated technology tools. People are more informed and more connected than ever before, but the price is stress and a pervasive sense of overload. In such chapters as "The Connection Conundrum", "Launch the Search Engine Within", and "Your Digital Divide", the authors offer practical solutions for simplifying life, slowing down, and finding time for family, friends, and even a vacation. Through a process of self-analysis, self-insight, and priority setting, readers create individual solutions for achieving life balance.
From Randi Zuckerberg, social media and technology expert and former marketing executive at Facebook, comes a welcome, essential guide to understanding social media and technology and how they influence and inform our lives online and off. Technology and social media have changed, enhanced, and complicated every facet of our lives--from how we interact with our friends to how we elect presidents, from how we manage our careers to how we support important causes, from how we find love to how we raise our children. The technology revolution is not going away. We can't hide from it or pretend that it's not changing our lives in a thousand different ways. So how do we deal? In Dot Complicated, Randi Zuckerberg shows us. Through first hand accounts of her time at Facebook and beyond, where Zuckerberg witnessed this remarkable shift, she details the opportunities and obstacles, problems and solutions, to this new online reality. In the process, she establishes rules to bring some much-needed order and clarity to our connected, complicated, and constantly changing lives online. "The Internet, social networks, and smartphones," Zuckerberg writes, "have given us amazing new tools and ways of communicating, collaborating, and living with one another. We can use new technology to understand and solve some very old challenges that individuals and communities around the world have faced since long before Facebook, or anything like it, existed. "Invaluable, timely, and engaging, Dot Complicated reveals how to make it through your life online in one piece--from the etiquette of unfriending and the power of crowdsourcing to the perils of photo tags and the importance of teaching your kids how to be tech savvy.
Bugs are all over Dot and Jabber's meadow. Then--poof!--they're gone! Bugs can't just disappear, can they? The mouse detectives know a big bug mystery when they see one. Join them as they search for clues to prove that there's more to this vanishing act than meets the eye. An afterword provides clear and fascinating information about how insects and animals use camouflage.
Ten-year-old Ruby and Garnet are identical twins who do everything together. Especially since their mother died three years earlier. They dress alike, wear their hair the same, and sit together in every class. In fact, everything about them is the same -- except their personalities. Ruby is funny and outgoing, Garnet is sensitive and shy. Together they're the perfect double act -- and that's just the way they like it. Soon the twins' life is turned upside down. Their dad has been spending a lot of time with his new "friend" Rose. Ruby and Garnet can't stand Rose. To make matters worse, Dad and Rose buy a bookstore out in the country and the whole family moves. Ruby hates their new school, but Garnet thinks it isn't all that bad. When Garnet befriends some of their new classmates, Ruby feels betrayed and stops speaking to Garnet. Garnet misses her sister terribly, but has to admit it's nice doing things on her own for a change. Somehow, the girls will have to find a way to maintain their special twin relationship without spending every minute of the day together.
The eve of the outbreak of World War II: double-agent Arthur Owens, codenamed SNOW, is summoned to Berlin and appointed Hitler's chief spy in England. Days later: he finds himself in Wandsworth prison, betrayed by his scorned wife, and forced to transmit false wireless messages for MI5 to earn his freedom and escape the hangman's noose. A vain and devious anti-hero with no moral compass, Owens' motives for treachery were money, status and women. At times he posed as a true patriot, at others Owens saw himself as a daring rogue agent, outwitting British Intelligence and loyal only to the Fatherland. Yet in 1944, as Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy on D-Day, Hitler was caught unawares by a strategic deception played out by the double-cross agents who followed Owens at MI5. For all his flaws, Agent Snow became the traitor who saved his country. Based on recently declassified MI5 files and previously unpublished sources, Double Agent Snow is the remarkable story of a secret Battle of Britain, fought by Snow and his opposing spymasters. James Hayward weaves together a thrilling and evocative account populated by a colourful rogue's gallery of double-cross agents. ames Hayward's previous books include The Bodies on the Beach, Shadowplayers and Myths and Legends of the Second World War. As a solicitor he worked on the Bloody Sunday Inquiry, and as a historian has collaborated with organisations including the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Imperial War Museum and National Army Museum. He lives in Norfolk and is the proud owner (and very occasional rider) of a vintage 1938 autocycle.
Book 6 of the Men at War series focuses on the people that the OSS use to convince the Nazis that the Allies are not invading Europe.
A superb thriller from the pen of a master storyteller. A flurry of anonymous letters and two suicides leads Inspector Van der Valk to a mission in Drente where small-town hysteria may just lead to one of the century's most wanted criminals.
When Laurel Estabrook is attacked while out riding her bike one Sunday afternoon, her life is changed forever. She begins work at a shelter for the homeless and there meets Bobbie Crocker, a man with a history of mental illness and a box full of photos he won't let anyone see. When Bobbie dies suddenly, Laurel discovers that he was once a successful photographer, and her fascination with his former life begins to merge into obsession, not least because some of the photos are of the very same forest trail where she was attacked and nearly killed. Laurel becomes convinced that his photos reveal a deeply hidden, dark family secret. Her search for the truth leads her further from her own life and into a cat-and-mouse game with pursuers who claim they want to save her.
My name is Randi Wong, and I need a miracle! I'm having an ice-skating party for my birthday. But Frederika, another girl in Figure Eights, is having a party on the same day! And she's invited all my friends! Frederika has been telling everyone how great her party is going to be. She makes me so mad! What if everyone wants to go to her party instead of mine?
The stabbing of the college student pointed to a jealous lover, until clues led Frank Milkovich to believe it was too carefully planned to be a crime of passion.
Previously published in the print anthology Poirots Early Cases. A successful jewelry collector discovers that several of his valuable pieces have been stolen. Hercule Poirot investigates, but his only clues are a mans glove and a cigarette case . . .
The delightful new installment in Alexander McCall Smith's beloved and bestselling series finds Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi travelling to the north of Botswana, to the stunning Okavango Delta, to visit a safari lodge where there have been several unexplained and troubling events - including the demise of one of the guests. When the two ladies of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency arrive at the Okavango Delta, their eyes are opened, as if for the first time, to the natural beauty and wildlife of their homeland. With teeming wildlife, endless grasslands, and sparkling rivulets of water running in every direction, it is breathtaking. But they can't help being drawn into a world filled with other wildlife: rival safari operators, discontented guides, grumpy hippopotamuses. On top of that, the date has still not been set for Mma Makutsi and Phuti Radiphuti's wedding, and it's safe to say that Mma Makutsi is beginning to grow a bit impatient. And to top it all off, the impossible has happened: one of Mr. J. L. B. Matekoni's apprentices has gotten married&. Of course none of this defeats the indomitable Precious Ramotswe. Good sense, kindness, and copious quantities of red bush tea carry the day &- as they always do.
This is the story of the survival, recovery, astonishing success, and controversial status of the double-crested cormorant. After surviving near extinction driven by DDT and other contaminants from the 1940s through the early 1970s, the cormorant has made an unprecedented comeback from mere dozens to a population in the millions, bringing the bird again into direct conflict with humans. Hated for its colonial nesting behavi the changes it brings to landscapes; and especially its competition with commercial and sports fishers, fisheries, and fish farmers throughout the Great Lakes and Mississippi Delta regions, the cormorant continues to be persecuted by various means, including the shotgun. InThe Double-Crested Cormorant, Dennis Wild brings together the biological, social, legal, and international aspects of the cormorant's world to give a complete and balanced view of one of the Great Lakes' and perhaps North America's most misunderstood species. In addition to taking a detailed look at the complex natural history of the cormorant, the book explores the implications of congressional acts and international treaties, the workings and philosophies of state and federal wildlife agencies, the unrelenting efforts of aquaculture and fishing interests to "cull" cormorant numbers to "acceptable" levels, and the reactions and visions of conservation groups. Wild examines both popular preconceptions about cormorants (what kinds of fish they eat and how much) and the effectiveness of ongoing efforts to control the cormorant population. Finally, the book delves into the question of climate and terrain changes, their consequences for cormorants, the new territories to which the birds must adapt, and the conflicts this species is likely to face going forward.
The future looked bright for Matt McLeod. He was an outrider for the Two-Bar Ranch, hired to protect the ranch from poachers. Then he saw Riley Wilcox in the Denver City jail and everything changed. Wilcox had been convicted of a grisly murder and was sentenced to hang. But as soon as Matt caught sight of Riley he knew one thing--Riley was his twin brother, adopted by a different family as an infant. He also knew Riley couldn't have committed that murder. After a daring jailbreak, the two brothers set out to find their biological parents. But even more important, they have to track down the real killer if either of them ever wants to live free again.
The struggling orchid farm on the lush island of Maui is Kiki Brill's pride and joy. And she's not about to lose it, no matter how much money Ryan McClain is offering for her family's land. But it's becoming clear that the "accidents" threatening her peaceful life are really acts of sabotage. The wealthy, handsome businessman, once the prime suspect, is beginning to seem like her last hope. Now, if only she can bring herself to trust him with her home, her heritage--and her heart.
In his celebrated bestsellers Agent Zigzag and Operation Mincemeat, Ben Macintyre told the dazzling true stories of a remarkable WWII double agent and of how the Allies employed a corpse to fool the Nazis and assure a decisive victory. In Double Cross, Macintyre returns with the untold story of the grand final deception of the war and of the extraordinary spies who achieved it. On June 6, 1944, 150,000 Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy and suffered an astonishingly low rate of casualties. D-Day was a stunning military accomplishment, but it was also a masterpiece of trickery. Operation Fortitude, which protected and enabled the invasion, and the Double Cross system, which specialized in turning German spies into double agents, deceived the Nazis into believing that the Allies would attack at Calais and Norway rather than Normandy. It was the most sophisticated and successful deception operation ever carried out, ensuring that Hitler kept an entire army awaiting a fake invasion, saving thousands of lives, and securing an Allied victory at the most critical juncture in the war. The story of D-Day has been told from the point of view of the soldiers who fought in it, the tacticians who planned it, and the generals who led it. But this epic event in world history has never before been told from the perspectives of the key individuals in the Double Cross System. These include its director (a brilliant, urbane intelligence officer), a colorful assortment of MI5 handlers (as well as their counterparts in Nazi intelligence), and the five spies who formed Double Cross's nucleus: a dashing Serbian playboy, a Polish fighter-pilot, a bisexual Peruvian party girl, a deeply eccentric Spaniard with a diploma in chicken farming and a volatile Frenchwoman, whose obsessive love for her pet dog very nearly wrecked the entire plan. The D-Day spies were, without question, one of the oddest military units ever assembled, and their success depended on the delicate, dubious relationship between spy and spymaster, both German and British. Their enterprise was saved from catastrophe by a shadowy sixth spy whose heroic sacrifice is revealed here for the first time. With the same depth of research, eye for the absurd and masterful storytelling that have made Ben Macintyre an international bestseller, Double Cross is a captivating narrative of the spies who wove a web so intricate it ensnared Hitler's army and carried thousands of D-Day troops across the Channel in safety.From the Hardcover edition.
MIAMI HEAT Dozens are killed in a bloody attack outside a West Palm Beach courthouse when two Haitian gang leaders break out their brethren as a show of power over the city. Mack Bolan is sent in to neutralize the situation but finds that things have escalated. The two bosses have ambitions to rule the Miami underworld and have teamed with an arms-dealing motorcycle club to make it happen-promising pain to anyone who gets in their way.While the police department and local residents are too frightened to fight back, Bolan is not-especially after finding the battered remains of the gang's innocent victims. The leaders of this crime ring may have risen from the streets, but the Executioner is prepared to send them down to hell.
Sir John Masterman's account of the double-cross system in British intelligence is an important historical document. It details episodes and cases of the spies who worked ostensibly for the Germans but, in fact, and unknown to the Germans, were working for Great Britain.
The future for Jews in rural villages of Russia in 1905 held little promise. Stories of pogroms seeped through the countryside, and the czar was conscripting soldiers because of rumors of war and revolution. Benjamin Balaban, a poor but very devout Jew, determines to flee to America. He will take Raizel, his almost twelve-year-old daughter, and once they are settled he will send for his wife and other children. Raizel doesn't understand the reasons for leaving. How can her village be dangerous? It's full of magic and the stories and poems that her grandmother Bubba tells her. But go she must. Her odyssey with her father across Russia and Europe and on to America is full of adventure, adversity, and hardship. She desperately misses her family, but she retells Bubba's stories to keep her memories alive. Finally, they board a ship for America, but a terrible storm makes Raizel and her father sick. All their food is stolen, and Benjamin won't eat non-kosher food. At Ellis Island, his long beard and ear locks, his peasant clothes, his deep cough, and emaciated frame get them turned away from America. Raizel, though, is now determined to get back to America and the hope of a new life for her whole family. She must convince her father that he'll have to give up his orthodox food and traditions and put on the clothes of his new country. She and her father both will have to leave everything behind to make their final crossing to America.
When their new Korean sisters do not arrive at the airport, Abby and Carly have a mystery to solve, with God's help.
Tess wants to be noticed. But making her mark has a high cost. Is it all worth it? Can super achievements change her into someone really special? This year's birthday is the worst. First, Tess is cut from the school play.
Audra Walker's old crowd thought she'd turned her back on them and what they liked best-- namely hot sex and available men. But they were so wrong. . . . And Audra was in the mood to prove it. How? By taking their dare. The challenge? To seduce the very next man through the club door-- regardless of "who" he was. . . What the classy chick at the bar saw in his suspect was anybody's guess. But undercover cop Jesse Martinez would make it his business to find out. Because no guy-- unless he was dead from the neck down-- would miss the chance to investigate the curvy brunette, too. . . .
The story winds around Haley's frustration towards her sibling Morgan who seems to beat her in everything and is always supported by her mother.
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