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The legend of the Dragon Warrior is famous all over the Valley of Peace. Many have dreamed of being chosen. The time has come to name the great warrior. And the Dragon Warrior is ... a clumsy panda?
Po is a clumsy, lazy panda. And, oh yeah, he has dreams of becoming a kung fu master instead of working in his family's noodle shop! Po's life gets turned upside down when he is chosen to enter the disciplined world of kung fu. There he meets his idols: Viper, Tigress, Crane, Mantis, Monkey, and kung fu master Shifu. When word gets out that the dangerous snow leopard Tai Lung is headed their way, Po must transform himself into a kung fu master like his idols . . . but will he be able to turn his dreams into reality?
On her fourteenth birthday, Cassidy Chen receives five ancient and mysterious Chinese coins, which introduce her to the supernatural world known to her Chinese and Irish ancestors, and which lead her to accept her destiny as a warrior princess.
Kurinjithen is a family saga of three generations of Badagas in the Nilgiris. As the winds of social change and modernity invade their protected lives, the innocence and harmony is replaced by conflict and tragedy that precede a new beginning.
This volume commemorates the life, work, and foundational views of Kurt Gödel (1906-1978), most famous for his hallmark works on the completeness of first-order logic, the incompleteness of number theory, and the consistency - with the other widely accepted axioms of set theory - of the axiom of choice and of the generalized continuum hypothesis. It explores current research, advances, and ideas for future directions not only in the foundations of mathematics and logic, but also in the fields of computer science, artificial intelligence, physics, cosmology, philosophy, theology, and the history of science. The discussion is supplemented by personal reflections from several scholars who knew Gödel personally, providing some interesting insights into his life. By putting his ideas and life's work into the context of current thinking and perceptions, this book will extend the impact of Gödel's fundamental work in mathematics, logic, philosophy, and other disciplines for future generations of researchers.
One of the great American iconoclasts holds forth on politics, war, books and writers, and his personal life in a series of interviews, including his last--for US Airways Magazine.During his long career Kurt Vonnegut won international praise for his novels, plays, and essays. In this new anthology of conversations with Vonnegut--which collects interviews from throughout his career--we learn much about what drove Vonnegut to write and how he viewed his work at the end.From Kurt Vonnegut's Last InterviewIs there another book in you, by chance?No. Look, I'm 84 years old. Writers of fiction have usually done their best work by the time they're 45. Chess masters are through when they're 35, and so are baseball players. There are plenty of other people writing. Let them do it.So what's the old man's game, then?My country is in ruins. So I'm a fish in a poisoned fishbowl. I'm mostly just heartsick about this. There should have been hope. This should have been a great country. But we are despised all over the world now. I was hoping to build a country and add to its literature. That's why I served in World War II, and that's why I wrote books.When someone reads one of your books, what would you like them to take from the experience?Well, I'd like the guy--or the girl, of course--to put the book down and think, "This is the greatest man who ever lived."From the Trade Paperback edition.
This extraordinary collection of personal correspondence has all the hallmarks of Kurt Vonnegut's fiction. Written over a sixty-year period, these letters, the vast majority of them never before published, are funny, moving, and full of the same uncanny wisdom that has endeared his work to readers worldwide. Included in this comprehensive volume: the letter a twenty-two-year-old Vonnegut wrote home immediately upon being freed from a German POW camp, recounting the ghastly firebombing of Dresden that would be the subject of his masterpiece Slaughterhouse-Five; wry dispatches from Vonnegut's years as a struggling writer slowly finding an audience and then dealing with sudden international fame in middle age; righteously angry letters of protest to local school boards that tried to ban his work; intimate remembrances penned to high school classmates, fellow veterans, friends, and family; and letters of commiseration and encouragement to such contemporaries as Gail Godwin, Günter Grass, and Bernard Malamud. Vonnegut's unmediated observations on science, art, and commerce prove to be just as inventive as any found in his novels--from a crackpot scheme for manufacturing "atomic" bow ties to a tongue-in-cheek proposal that publishers be allowed to trade authors like baseball players. ("Knopf, for example, might give John Updike's contract to Simon and Schuster, and receive Joan Didion's contract in return.") Taken together, these letters add considerable depth to our understanding of this one-of-a-kind literary icon, in both his public and private lives. Each letter brims with the mordant humor and openhearted humanism upon which he built his legend. And virtually every page contains a quotable nugget that will make its way into the permanent Vonnegut lexicon. * On a job he had as a young man: "Hell is running an elevator throughout eternity in a building with only six floors." * To a relative who calls him a "great literary figure": "I am an American fad--of a slightly higher order than the hula hoop." * To his daughter Nanny: "Most letters from a parent contain a parent's own lost dreams disguised as good advice." * To Norman Mailer: "I am cuter than you are." Sometimes biting and ironical, sometimes achingly sweet, and always alive with the unique point of view that made him the true cultural heir to Mark Twain, these letters comprise the autobiography Kurt Vonnegut never wrote.
In this final volume of the Kushiel trilogy, Milisande's son disappears and Hyacinthe is still imprisoned as the Master of the Straits. Once more, Phedre and Jocelyn must travel far and undergo strange adventures to eventually succeed. This is a blend of fantasy and romance with a little spice thrown in.
The land of Terre d'Ange is a place of unsurpassed beauty and grace. The inhabiting race rose from the seed of angels and men, and they live by one simple rule: Love as thou wilt. Phèdre nó Delaunay was sold into indentured servitude as a child. Her bond was purchased by a nobleman, the first to recognize that she is one pricked by Kushiel's Dart, chosen to forever experience pain and pleasure as one. He trained Phèdre in the courtly arts and the talents of the bedchamber -- and, above all, the ability to observe, remember, and analyze. When she stumbled upon a plot that threatened the very foundations of her homeland, she gave up almost everything she held dear to save it. She survived, and lived to have others tell her story, and if they embellished the tale with fabric of mythical splendor, they weren't far off the mark. The hands of the gods weigh heavily upon Phèdre's brow, and they are not finished with her. While the young queen who sits upon the throne is well loved by the people, there are those who believe another should wear the crown... and those who escaped the wrath of the mighty are not yet done with their schemes for power and revenge.
Born with a scarlet mote in her left eye, Phedre no Delaunay is sold into indentured servitude as a child. When her bond is purchased by an enigmatic nobleman she is trained in history theology, politics, foreign languages, the arts of pleasure And above all, the ability to observe, remember, and analyze. Exquisite courtesan, talented spy... and unlikely heroine. But when Phedre stumbles upon a plot that threatens her homeland, Terre d'Ange, she has no choice Betrayed into captivity in the barbarous northland of Skaldia and accompanied only by a disdainful young warrior-priest Phedre makes a harrowing escape and an even more harrowing journey to return to her people and deliver a warning of the impending invasion. And that proves only the first step in a quest that will take her to the edge of despair and beyond. Phedre no Delaunay is the woman who holds the keys to her realm's deadly secrets, and whose courage will decide the very future of her world. Not since Dune has there been an epic on the scale of Kushiel's Dart-a massive tale about the violent death of an old age and the birth of a new one. It is a novel of grandeur, luxuriance, sacrifice, betrayal and deeply laid conspiracies. A world of cunning poets, deadly courtiers deposed rulers and a besieged Queen, a warrior-priest the Prince of Travelers, barbarian warlords, heroic traitors, and a truly Machiavellian villainess... all seen through the unflinching eyes of an unforgettable heroine.
Named after Klimenti Voroshilov, the People's Commissar for Defence, the KVs proved a nasty surprise for German tank crews during the early days of Operation Barbarossa. Although slow, they were extremely heavily armoured. This volume examines the transition from multi-turreted tanks to heavy single-turret vehicles, consisting of the KV-1 and 2, and the increased favour given to the heavy single-turret after the Germans began to develop ammunition capable of penetrating even the thickest armour, whilst detailing the design, development and operational history of the Soviet Union's monstrous KV series of tanks.
ALL these white schools I've been sent to are racist," Sonya says. "I'd have done better in a black school. I was an outsider here." These are hard words for Vivian Paley, whose own kindergarten was one of Sonya's schools, the integrated classroom so lovingly and hopefully depicted by Paley in White Teacher. Confronted with the grown-up Sonya, now on her way to a black college, and with a chorus of voices questioning the fairness and effectiveness of integrated education, Paley sets out to discover the truth about the multicultural classroom from those who participate in it. This is an odyssey undertaken on the wings of conversation and storytelling in which every voice adds new meaning to the idea of belonging, really belonging, to a school culture. Here are black teachers and minority parents, immigrant families, a Native American educator, and the children themselves, whose stories mingle with the author's to create a candid picture of the successes and failures of the integrated classroom. As Paley travels the country listening to these stories, we see what lies behind recent moves toward self-segregation: an ongoing frustration with racism as well as an abiding need for a nurturing community. And yet, among these diverse voices, we hear again and again the shared dream of a classroom where no family heritage is obscured and every child's story enriches the life of the schoolhouse. "It's all about dialogue, isn't it?" asks Lorraine, a black third-grade teacher whose story becomes a central motif. And indeed, it is the dialogue that prevails in this warmly provocative and deeply engaging book, as parents and teachers learn how they must talk to each other, and to their children, if every child is to secure a sense of self in the schoolroom, no matter what the predominant ethnic background. Vivian Paley offers these discoveries to readers as a starting point for their own journeys toward community and kinship in today's schools and tomorrow's culture.
Discusses the origins, symbols, and celebration of Kwanzaa, the holiday that focuses on African American history, culture, and experiences.
Jack Frost is at it again! He and his goblins are always causing trouble for the fairies. This time, they've stolen the three magic hats that make Wetherbury's annual carnival so much fun.
An unforgettable novel about love-and the first work of fiction by the author of the groundbreaking nonfiction bestseller In a Different Voice Kyra is an architect, involved in a project to design a new city. Andreas, a theater director, is staging an innovative production of the opera Tosca. Both have come through political upheaval and personal loss. Neither wants to fall in love. Yet when she asks him, "What is the opposite of losing?" and he says, "Finding," it galvanizes a powerful attraction, and they risk opening themselves to love once again. When their love affair leads to a shocking betrayal, Kyra's fierce determination to see under the surface, to know what was true and real, brings her to Greta, a remarkable therapist. As the therapy itself repeats the themes of love and loss, Kyra challenges its structure, and the struggle that ensues between the two women opens the way to a larger understanding. Passionate and revolutionary, Kyra is an exquisitely written love story, imbued with gentle humor. This is an extraordinary work of fiction by one of the most brilliant writers of our time. "A triumph. Carol Gilligan has always dazzled and moved us with her brilliant mind, visionary wisdom, and compassionate heart. Now she gives us, as well, an irresistible novel about the power of history to hurt us, but the power of love to heal these wounds and redeem us. She is amazing. " -Catharine R. Stimpson From the Hardcover edition.
When Kyra of Macon, Iowa, becomes overwhelmed by the stress of senior year in high school, the school play, and early admission to drama school she begins taking prescription drugs, unaware that her twin brother will suffer the consequences.
With a clear overview of historical, cultural and social aspects, this edition of Odyssey's guide to Kyrgyzstan provides fresh information on both southwestern Issyk Kul and northeast Naryn provinces as well as expanded Jalalabad province.
It was preordained that Greek billionaire Zac Kyriakos would marry a woman pure of heart and body. His quest had proved futile until he found sheltered heiress Pandora Armstrong whose youth, beauty and naiveté suited all his needs. Zac's whirlwind courtship swept Pandora off her feet -- but it wasn't until after their amazing wedding night that she discovered why Zac had wanted her so desperately. Now she was left to doubt her husband's true feelings. . . and wonder if he would still want his virgin bride when he found out she hadn't been. . .
In this mosaic of sonnets, her fifth collection, Ellen Bryant Voigt takes on a monumental challenge: to conjure up the influenza pandemic of 1918-19, a little-recorded event that killed 25 million worldwide, half a million in America alone. The Nation calls Kyrie "an astonishing collection . . . so spare and tightly woven, yet so mindful of the cadences of the speaking voice, that the poems read like verse drama. "Starting with the family, Voigt creates voices that gather into one vast community story, a "true tour de force" (Boston Sunday Globe) that speaks to our own time of plague.
Lisa Neal has one shot at regaining her place in the film industry-and she'll do anything to get it right. Ken Harper has always wanted Lisa in his bed-and now he knows just how to get her there. Lisa Neal finally has the chance to make it big in the movie business. Only, that chance hinges on gaining the cooperation of Ken Harper, a well-known player in the hip L. A. scene and the fiancé Lisa walked out on five years earlier. But Ken's not the same man Lisa used to know. Now he's smooth, successful and very, very sexy. And he's willing to help Lisa out. For a price, that is. . .
A wild rollercoaster ride through the corrupt, cocaine-strewn corridors of Hollywood's rich, famous and powerful. . . In Hollywood, it takes more than ambition to make it to the top. No one is safe when passion becomes obsession. . . In Hollywood, living fast and paying the price are all part of the fame. But when the game spins recklessly out of control, life in L. A. can be murder. . . In Hollywood, a shocking web of power, obsession and murder will be revealed. And someone is about to discover the thrill of revenge. . . Murder, mayhem and a chilling conspiracy to hide the real truth.
Cop-turned-lawyer-and-investigator Stone Barrington ventures out to the West Coast -- and out on a limb -- in this scintillating tale of romance and murder from the bestselling author of The Run and Worst Fears Realized. No Stone Unturned... Trouble finds Stone smack in the middle of a romantic Mediterranean holiday. His trip to Venice -- with the fiery Mafia princess Dolce -- is cut short by a frantic phone call from half a world away. A celebrity murder has Los Angeles in an uproar and mysteriously threatens a former flame, Arrington Calder. And once he arrives there, amid Hollywood's sun and sin, he must plumb the depths of film society to find the killer -- before a court trial rips away his last chance at a life he once desperately wanted....
Critically acclaimed writer Neil McMahon firmly establishes himself as one of today's top thriller writers with this dark and mesmerizing story that weaves together Hollywood and a cult, old money and futuristic technologies-a powerful tale of suspense sure to catapult him to bestsellerdom. A respected judge goes berserk, destroying his home. . . . A wealthy celebrity widow is found floating unconscious in her pool. . . . A brilliant young astrophysicist is killed when he runs onto a busy freeway. . . . To psychologist Tom Crandall, the residents of Los Angeles seem to be going insane. Over the past few months, people have randomly become unhinged, exploding in violent, self-destructive rampages. Now Tom's younger brother Nick is lying in a hospital bed after narrowly surviving a fall off a Malibu cliff. But, as Tom soon finds out, the accident is only the latest in a string of alarming events involving his troubled sibling. Nick has been blackmailing members of his wealthy family, including his brother Paul-a would-be Hollywood mogul whose latest project involves a film-production company headed by a charismatic scientist who holds some disturbing theories about power and human behavior. Concerned about Paul's dealings, Tom heads to the film set, where he meets a physicist turned filmmaker, the brilliant and enigmatic Swede named Gunnar Kelso. Soon Tom is caught in a terrifying scheme that threatens his sanity and his very life, and he must race to uncover the truth before it's too late. A tightly plotted tale of twisting suspense and paranoia, of cutting-edge science, a diabolical conspiracy, and family betrayal, L.A. Mental is a roller-coaster ride from the first page to the last.
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