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Jonathan Safran Foer, a character bearing the same name as the author, is looking for the woman he believes saved his grandfather Safran from the Nazis.
With only a yellowing photograph in hand, a young man - also named Jonathan Safran Foer - sets out to find the woman who might or might not have saved his grandfather from the Nazis. Accompanied by an old man haunted by memories of the war, an amorous dog named Sammy Davis, Junior, Junior, and the unforgettable Alex, a young Ukrainian translator who speaks in a sublimely butchered English, Jonathan is led on a quixotic journey over a devastated landscape and into an unexpected past.As their adventure unfolds, Jonathan imagines the history of his grandfather's village, conjuring a magical fable of startling symmetries that unite generations across time. Lit by passion, fear, guilt, memory, and hope, the characters in Everything Is Illuminated mine the black holes of history. As the search moves back in time, the fantastical history moves forward, until reality collides with fiction in a heart-stopping scene of extraordinary power.An arresting blend of high comedy and great tragedy, this is a story about searching for people and places that no longer exist, for the hidden truths that haunt every family, and for the delicate but necessary tales that link past and future. Exuberant and wise, hysterically funny and deeply moving, EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED is an astonishing debut.
In Everything Is Miscellaneous, David Weinberger charts the new principles of digital order that are remaking business, education, politics, science, and culture. In his rollicking tour of the rise of the miscellaneous, he examines why the Dewey decimal system is stretched to the breaking point, how Rand McNally decides what information not to include in a physical map (and why Google Earth is winning that battle), how Staples stores emulate online shopping to increase sales, why your children's teachers will stop having them memorize facts, and how the shift to digital music stands as the model for the future in virtually every industry. Finally, he shows how by "going miscellaneous," anyone can reap rewards from the deluge of information in modern work and life.
Why is the Mona Lisa the most famous painting in the world? Why did Facebook succeed when other social networking sites failed? Did the surge in Iraq really lead to less violence? How much can CEO's impact the performance of their companies? And does higher pay incentivize people to work hard?If you think the answers to these questions are a matter of common sense, think again. As sociologist and network science pioneer Duncan Watts explains in this provocative book, the explanations that we give for the outcomes that we observe in life--explanation that seem obvious once we know the answer--are less useful than they seem.Drawing on the latest scientific research, along with a wealth of historical and contemporary examples, Watts shows how common sense reasoning and history conspire to mislead us into believing that we understand more about the world of human behavior than we do; and in turn, why attempts to predict, manage, or manipulate social and economic systems so often go awry.It seems obvious, for example, that people respond to incentives; yet policy makers and managers alike frequently fail to anticipate how people will respond to the incentives they create. Social trends often seem to have been driven by certain influential people; yet marketers have been unable to identify these "influencers" in advance. And although successful products or companies always seem in retrospect to have succeeded because of their unique qualities, predicting the qualities of the next hit product or hot company is notoriously difficult even for experienced professionals.Only by understanding how and when common sense fails, Watts argues, can we improve how we plan for the future, as well as understand the present--an argument that has important implications in politics, business, and marketing, as well as in science and everyday life.From the Hardcover edition.
A memoir from the Canadian-born author, screenwriter, social media blogger and stay-at-home mom.
Before the X-Files, before alt.conspiracy, there was Robert Anton Wilson and his legendary Illuminatus! Trilogy. Now this avatar of conspiriology, renowned for his razor wit and progressive philosophy, takes you on a fascinating, eclectic ride through what Wilson has termed the "Cultic Twilight" where conspiracy theories flourish. <P> Everything Is Under Control covers the range of Wilson's kaleidoscopic knowledge, from John Adams to the Voronezh (former Soviet Union) UFO sighting, the Campus Crusade for Cthulhu to the Mothman prophecies, and everything in between. What do the Freemasons, the Kennedys, and Princess Diana have in common? All are at the center of gigantic conspiracy theories with incredibly complex and endlessly multiplying twists, turns, highways and byways. Arranged by alphabetical entries which include cross-references to other entries in the book and also provide addresses to related sites on the Web, this book is truly interactive--you can dip in, read through, or follow one of the URLs from an interesting entry onto the internet.
Everything is Wrong with You: The Modern Woman's Guide to Finding Self-Confidence Through Self-Loathingby Wendy Molyneux
Pretend advice about beauty, fashion and relationships for women who are pretending to care about that stuff. While other self-help books might tell you that something is wrong with you, this book is here to tell you that everything is wrong with you. In your quest for perfection, are there things you've forgotten to worry about? Like: Are your toes weird? I'm not saying they are, but are they? What if you think you are thin, but you actually have a vision disorder that just makes you see yourself as thin when, in fact, you are totally not thin? Think about it! What if whenever you go out of town your boyfriend has crazy orgies at your house? And what if all your best friends come to those orgies? Of course I can't prove it, but can you disprove it? Remember, if you were OK, there wouldn't be so many books and magazines out there devoted to helping you get prettier and be more stylish. I mean, if you think that publishers are just in it for the money, then you definitely have trust issues! How can you solve them? Please purchase this book to find out. On the other hand, you could just walk out of here without this book, thinking that you are great just the way you are . . . and arrive home to find that your husband has left you because of your weird toes. Good luck.
Jacqueline Lawson is a maverick focusing on her career abroad-a world away from the conservative Lawson dynasty. But when the award-winning photojournalist returns home to Baton Rouge after a high-stakes assignment, her parents welcome her back with open arms. But there's a shadow over Jacqueline's homecoming. She's hiding a secret-one she's determined to keep.Raymond Jordan has sworn to uncover all of Jacqueline's secrets, and her on-again, off-again lover is the only man who has ever gotten under her skin. Raymond didn't follow Jacqueline back to the United States just to let her get away again. The freelance photographer has been by her side in the most dangerous places, and now he wants them to be a permanent team. The passion's as hot as ever between them. But love means putting yourself in the line of fire. Is Jacqueline ready to risk her heart?
Sure to inspire and enlighten, this handy volume of 100 great principles to live by is a revelation at any age, but an especially great graduation present. Not your typical lackluster--and might we add heavy--book of quotes, Everything I've Learned is a practical volume rich in words to live by: words that are sometimes quirky, definitely wise, and always right on target. Readers will learn from such luminaries as Theodore Roosevelt, John Wayne, Joan Baez, and even the prolific Anonymous, and realize that life is about seizing the day, living in the moment, and being true to oneself. Divided into eight categories, the principles here include such practical wisdom as "Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut" (Ernest Hemingway) and familiar, but time-tested, words to live by like "Know thyself" (The Delphic Oracle).
Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy Onassis-better known as Jackie O. to the tabloids, "the deb" to the Kennedy clan, and the 35th First Lady to historians-is easily one of the most recognizable Presidential wives. She remains the model of the proper American woman. But what was Jackie O. hiding behind those big, dark shades? From her New York society upbringing to her time in the White House to her days spent as a Doubleday editor, this is the ultimate biography of a woman everyone recognized but few knew. Did you know that: Her first job was as the "Inquiring Camera Girl" for the Washington Times-Herald? Before she started dating Jack Kennedy, she hadn't even voted in a national election? She was the only family member strong enough to remove Robert Kennedy from life-support measures after he was shot? She asked Rose Kennedy for her blessing before she married Aristotle Onassis? She was American royalty and is now an American icon. The Everything Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Book delivers everything you always wanted to know about this captivating woman.
From the author of "The Everything Judaism Book, a guide to the key events, people, and places in Jewish culture.
From reciting the Kiddush (sanctification prayer) to building the chuppah (wedding canopy), the details of a Jewish wedding can be overwhelming! This wedding guide helps newlyweds understand tradition and plan a wedding they'll cherish forever. Written by a rabbi who has performed many weddings, this informative guide will help people navigate: the Judaic concept of marriage; engagement etiquette; the proper way to introduce the families; how to confer with a rabbi and the ritual director; the business of incorporating family heirlooms; and more! Whether the wedding is joining two Jewish people or an interfaith couple, this book is a must-have survival guide for any chatan (groom) or kallah (bride).
No matter how good your resume looks on paper, you won't get the job until you ace the interview. That critical one-on-one interview is yourbestchance to showcase your skills-if you make a good impression. InThe Everything Job Interview Book, 2nd Edition, you'll learn how to do just that-from what to wear and when to arrive, to closing words and what to write in a follow-up letter. You also get the inside scoop on how to: Calm pre-interview jitters Research potential employers Formulate specific questions Avoid common mistakes Answer tricky questions about salary and experience Keep track of interviews-the ones that went well and those that didn't Return to the workplace after serving in the military Look for a new job instead of retiring Conduct a professional interview over the phone, on the Web, or in a videoconference Packed with hundreds of real-life interview questions (and the answers that employers are looking for!), this is the only book you need to nail the big interview. Joy Darlingtonis a business writer whose work has been published inThe New York Times, The New York Post, The Daily News, Newsday, Readers' Digest, Good Housekeeping, and Cosmopolitan. She is the editor-in-chief forWoman Entrepreneur, a national newsletter for women small-business owners. She lives in New York, NY. Nancy Schumanis a vice president at Lloyd Staffing and the author of several books, includingThe Everything Resume Book, 3rd Edition, Revising Your Resume, andFrom College to Career. She is the resident weekly Jobs and Careers columnist forThe Long Island Pressand she has written articles on careers for consumer publications. She lives in East Northport, NY.
In 1,000 days in office, John F. Kennedy captivated a nation and inspired a generation. His mastery of a new form of media-television-enabled him to become the most accessible president of his time. Kennedy energized the presidency and imbued it with unrivaled style and grace.
Judaism has survived for four millennia, and many of its customs, laws, and traditions have remained exactly the same today as in the days of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The Everything Judaism Bookexplains the major precepts of this robust religion in language anyone can understand and appreciate. From High Holy Days, such as Passover and Yom Kippur, to symbols and objects, such as the Star of David and the tallis prayer shawl, Jews and non-Jews alike will gain new understanding and insights into the rich diversity and seemingly endless complexity of Jewish practices and culture. Authoritative and thought-provoking,The Everything Judaism Bookhas been exhaustively reviewed for accuracy by Orthodox Rabbi Jacob Rosenthal and Reform Rabbi Robert Leib. The Everything Judaism Bookis a terrific introduction if you're learning the religion for the first time, a great way to brush up on facts you may have forgotten from Hebrew school, and the perfect mitzvah (good deed) gift for a friend or relative.
Don't eat your veggies, drink them! If you're one of the millions of Americans who doesn't get their recommended daily amounts of fruits and vegetables, juicing is the perfect solution! This book is packed with 150 recipes to make consuming fruits and veggies fast, delicious, and fun, including: Asparagus squash medley Grape citrus apple juice Orange lemonade lift-off Broccoli apple carrot with parsley and lemon juice Strawberry patch juice This handy guide explains why millions of people have turned to juicing to help ward off everyday disorders like colds and migraines, promote longevity, shed excess pounds, and prevent and treat serious diseases. Whether you want to get more nutrients, cleanse your body of toxins, or prevent disease and live longer, juicing is the answer!
Are you ready to take your love life to the next level? Let the Kama Sutra be your guide!
The Everything® Kids' Astronomy Book: Blast into Outer Space with Stellar Facts, Intergalactic Trivia, and Out-of-this-World Puzzlesby Kathi Wagner Sheryl Racine
Aliens, space ships, constellations, oh my! "The Everything Kids' Astronomy Book" will give kids all of the information they need to know about the sun, moon, stars and planets. With 30 puzzles and activities, "The Everything Kids' Astronomy Book" offers astronomers-in-training information, facts and trivia about: galaxies like the Milky Way and the Big Bang Theory; the sun, its energy and it's 20,000-50,000 Farenheit-degree surface; the earth, gravity and how comets and asteroid impacts change the surface of the planets; why Mars is so hot and what those rings around Saturn are; and, the mystery of Pluto and how to identify constellations.
The Everything Kids' Baseball Book gives kids all they need to know about America's greatest pastime, including the best players, hottest teams, and favorite hall-of-famers--not to mention easy-to-follow instructions on getting down the rules and reading stats. Packed with tons of information, this all-inclusive guide to baseball is very kid-friendly, with sidebars defining important key words, fun facts to build their knowledge base, and puzzles and activities to keep them entertained for hours!
Kids can dribble, shoot, and swish with hours of gaming fun in this new guide! Featuring thirty puzzles, this fun and educational book is a must-have for basketball players and fans. Children will learn the rules of basketball, the history of this popular sport, and tips for enhancing their game, as well as: The inspirational stories of basketball stars of yesterday and today Various offensive and defensive plays Up-to-date statistics and records of NBA teams The scoop on the NCAA, WNBA, and Olympic basketball Fun basketball alternatives like ?Around the World,? ?Street Ball,? and ?H-O-R-S-E? Most importantly, this guide shows kids the importance of teamwork and motivates them to stay active and healthy. This book will score points with kids and parents alike!
Are you counting down the days until Christmas? Have you finished your Christmas list, hung up your stocking, and helped decorate the tree - only to sit back and continue counting down until the big event? The Everything Kids' Christmas Puzzle & Activity Book invites you to stop the waiting game and dive straight into the holiday fun! Jam-packed full of puzzles, mazes, games and activities, The Everything Kids' Christmas Puzzle & Activity Book will make the time before Christmas pass by in a flash! You are invited to use a decoder to unravel Christmas tree riddles, solve crossword puzzles hidden inside of stockings, and wind your way through a tree-farm maze.
Kids can get up close to fire-breathing dragons in this magical puzzle and activity book. Featuring more than 100 fantastical puzzles, this activity book teaches kids everything they need to know about these mystical creatures, including: the history of dragons, known as dragonology; dragons from around the world; friends of dragons and how baby dragons grow; the many different types of dragons; how to make friends with a dragon; dragons caves and lairs; and more! With this book, kids can dare to venture into the mythical world of dragons'without getting burned!
Touchdown to fun! Do you know: Which team has won the most Super Bowls? What a zone blitz is? Who holds the all-time touchdown record? You're sure to go from rookie to Pro Bowler in no time with this dynamic guide to the gridiron. Whether you're new to the sport or have been a fan for a while, this book has it all! Filled with thirty sporty puzzles, this pass-rushing book gives you all the ins and outs of the game, including how to: Set up defensive and offensive plays like a pro Master the rules of tackle football Keep tabs on your favorite players' stats Predict what teams will play in the Super Bowl Understand and map out on-field strategies Identify records broken in the history of the NFL Filled with the latest draft, scoring, and league information, this end zone-worthy book helps you discover fun facts about football heroes and legends and coaches you on the tactics of the game so you can make that first down like a pro!
A book about the most interesting thing on earth--you! What happens to food after you eat it? Why is your blood red? How do your bones grow? Your body is an amazing machine. Every second of the day and night--without you even knowing it--your body is busily working to keep you running smoothly. When you think about how complicated the human body is and how little goes wrong, it is really an incredible feat! So how does your body do it all? The Everything Kids' Human Body Book is the expert answer to all your questions--from the tips of your toes to the top of your head, you will learn the hows and whys of the human body. Author Sheri Amsel takes you on a journey through the body, with information on: The muscles--from your biceps to your heart Your nerves and how they transmit messages How your skin heals itself Bones, joints, and other things you shouldn't break Blood, guts, and the circulation system How your body digests food (it's not always pretty!) Why you need air and how breathing works With more than 30 different puzzles and games about the human body, plus information on how to take care of your own body with good nutrition, exercise, and more, The Everything Kids' Human Body Book is the ultimate way to learn how the body works--inside and out!
The Everything Kids' Knock Knock Book is full of hilarious sections such as: - Once Upon a Knock Knock- When Fun Comes a Knockin'- Tied Up in Knocks Knocks- Knock Knock Your Socks Off- Who's That Knockin'?
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