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Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth

**#1 *NEW YORK TIMES* BESTSELLER • “A lucid, intelligent page-turner” (*Los Angeles Times*) that challenges long-held assumptions about Jesus, from the host of *Believer***

Two thousand years ago, an itinerant Jewish preacher walked across the Galilee, gathering followers to establish what he called the “Kingdom of God.” The revolutionary movement he launched was so threatening to the established order that he was executed as a state criminal. Within decades after his death, his followers would call him God.

Sifting through centuries of mythmaking, Reza Aslan sheds new light on one of history’s most enigmatic figures by examining Jesus through the lens of the tumultuous era in which he lived. Balancing the Jesus of the Gospels against the historical sources, Aslan describes a man full of conviction and passion, yet rife with contradiction. He explores the reasons the early Christian church preferred to promulgate an image of Jesus as a peaceful spiritual teacher rather than a politically conscious revolutionary. And he grapples with the riddle of how Jesus understood himself, the mystery that is at the heart of all subsequent claims about his divinity.

*Zealot* yields a fresh perspective on one of the greatest stories ever told even as it affirms the radical and transformative nature of Jesus’ life and mission.

**Praise for *Zealot***

“Riveting . . . Aslan synthesizes Scripture and scholarship to create an original account.”**—*The New Yorker***
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“Fascinatingly and convincingly drawn . . . Aslan may come as close as one can to respecting those who revere Jesus as the peace-loving, turn-the-other-cheek, true son of God depicted in modern Christianity, even as he knocks down that image.”**—*The Seattle Times***

“[Aslan’s] literary talent is as essential to the effect of *Zealot* as are his scholarly and journalistic chops. . . . A vivid, persuasive portrait.”**—*Salon***
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“This tough-minded, deeply political book does full justice to the real Jesus, and honors him in the process.”**—*San Francisco Chronicle***

“A special and revealing work, one that believer and skeptic alike will find surprising, engaging, and original.”**—Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of *Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power***

“Compulsively readable . . . This superb work is highly recommended.”**—*Publishers Weekly* (starred review)**
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Out-Of-Style

”This is one of the most valued ‘go to’ books in my library with talking points new, even to me.” — Alyja Kalinich, Disneyland Costume Designer

Winner of 5 Best Book Awards:
• 2016 Hollywood Book Festival Awards: History
• 2015 Beverly Hills International Book Awards: Performing Arts, Film & Theater
• 2014 USA Best Book Awards: Performing Arts, Film & Theater
• 2014 Family Tree Magazine UK: ”Our Top Choice”
• 2013 Kirkus Reviews: Best Books

This volume of style clues for fashion detectives weaves fascinating elements of social history into tales of how, why, and when fashions evolved. Hundreds of sequential illustrations highlight the style flourishes that identify garments for men, women, and children as products of their individual periods. The images are accompanied by highly readable — and often humorous — comments and explanations by author and illustrator Betty Kreisel Shubert. A noted fashion historian, Ms. Shubert is a columnist for Ancestry Magazine and has designed clothes and costumes for stage and screen as well as hotels, restaurants, and casinos all over the world.
Ranging decade by decade from the nineteenth through twentieth centuries, this book offers a simple way to date photographs and clothing. It also provides background that makes less-accessible histories of costume easier to understand. This second edition, enhanced with a selection of new photographs, offers a valuable resource for costumers, vintage fashion enthusiasts, social historians, genealogists, and collectors of nostalgia items. The easy-to-follow format makes it a great browsing book even for those who are unversed in fashion design and history.

”A great reference book. I can’t wait to put it to use!” — Maureen Taylor, The Photo Detective

”Fascinating! I couldn’t put it down. The author shows how social development influenced how we dress. I would certainly include this book in my theater classes for its value to future costumers, directors, and actors.” — Allen M. Zeltzer, Professor of Theater, Emeritus, Cal-State University at Fullerton

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The Origins of Sex

Nowadays we believe that consenting adults have the freedom to do what they like with their own bodies. We publicise and celebrate sex; we discuss it endlessly; we are obsessed with the sex lives of celebrities. We think it wrong that in other cultures people suffer for their sexual orientation, that women are treated as second-class citizens, or that adulterers are put to death. Yet until quite recently our own society was like this too. For most of western history, all sex outside marriage was illegal, and the church, the state, and ordinary people all devoted huge efforts to suppressing and punishing it. This was a central feature of Christian civilization, one that had steadily grown in importance since the early middle ages.

In this brilliant, ground-breaking book, Faramerz Dabhoiwala describes in dramatic detail how, between 1600 and 1800, this entire world view was shattered by revolutionary new ideas – that sex is a private matter; that morality cannot be imposed by force; that men are more lustful than women. Henceforth, the private lives of both sexes were to be endlessly broadcast and debated, in a rapidly expanding universe of public media: newspapers, pamphlets, journals, novels, poems, and prints.

The Origins of Sex shows that the creation of this modern culture of sex was a central part of the Enlightenment, intertwined with the era’s major social, political and intellectual trends. It helped create a new model of Western civilization, whose principles of privacy, equality, and freedom of the individual remain distinctive to this day.
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Path-breaking … touching … This is a marvellously rich and thought-provoking book, written with clarity and humanity, and drawing on a huge range of materials, from sermons to pornography to social statistics — Noel Malcolm * Sunday Telegraph * The Origins of Sex overturns the conventional wisdom that the sexual revolution began in the Sixties … baby boomers will be shocked and, I suspect, a little upset — Cosmo Landesman * Sunday Times * A revelation … The book is not simply a finely crafted work of history, but a study that will reshape the way its readers understand the most intimate level of their lives.It may even bring some sanity to modern debates about sexuality — Diarmaid MacCulloch [A] sumptuously rich, learned and enlightening debut … What makes Dabhoiwala’s book so gloriously enjoyable is its happy blend of provocative ideas with splendidly rich historical anecdotes … [a] lucidly written, densely researched and thoroughly persuasive book — Dominic Sandbrook * Sunday Times * An extraordinary kind of sex book [from] one of Oxford’s brightest stars. His fat tome, The Orgins of Sex, took 20 years of historical research and is garnering the kind of magisterial reviews that cast Dabhoiwala in the role of the younger, cuter, Simon Schama — Helen Rumbelow * The Times * Faramerz Dabhoiwala’s The Origins of Sex, an enthralling history of changing ideas about sexual freedom and desire from 1600 to 1800, interestingly blends progressivist and circular approaches. He shows us a Western world (mainly England) emerging from medieval sexual morality and enjoying 200 years of relative freedom, but he also shows it sliding back into repression and denial in the 19th century. The future remains a question mark… his book [is] inspiring as well as provocative — Sarah Bakewell * The Independent * In The Origins of Sex, Faramerz Dabhoiwala does for the history of sexual attitudes what Lawrence Stone did for the history of sex and the family. Rigorously academic in his approach, Dabhoiwala focuses on intellectual and social currents to trace the grand sweep of sexual attitudes between 1600 and 1800. His aim is not primarily to enter into the bedrooms and between the sheets of the past , but to examine sex as a public, rather than private, preoccupation. It needed a writer as erudite as Faramerz Dabhoiwala to knit together established theories of changes in the Enlightenment and weave in the primary sources to show how sex figures in the bigger picture. The book is packed with information and peppered with fascinating examples. It will delight students of social and sexual history, and anyone interested in the history of ideas — Times Literary Supplement * Julie Peakman *
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Origami Fish and Other Sea Creatures Ebook

Origami Fish and Other Sea Creatures Ebook: 20 Original Models by World-Famous Origami Artists (with Step-by-Step Online Video Tutorials, 64 page instruction book & 60 folding sheets) by Nick Robinson
**Everything you need to fold a school of 60 origami fish!**
*Origami Fish and Other Sea Creatures Kit* presents this collection of 20 delightfully fishy designs by some of the world’s most famous origami artists including Robert Lang, John Montroll, Marc Kirschenbaum, Steven Palmer, Rob Snyder, Viviane Berty and many others. The book’s diagrams and instructions accompanied with the step-by-step videos are detailed enough for even origami beginners to have the guidance needed to create a virtual aquarium full of beautiful paper fish.
**This origami kit includes everything you need to get started:**
* A full-color 64-page origami book with step-by-step instructions
* 20 enjoyable aquatic origami projects
* 60 two-sided sheets of colorful patterned origami papers available for free download
* Step-by-Step online video folding instructions for each model
**Give as gifts to family and friends, or decorate your home or office with these 20 original designs, including:**
* The versatile “Multiform Fish,” which allows you to create a variety of fish based on one model by adjusting variables as you fold
* The 3-D “Bubblefish” and “Puffer Fish,” which assume their rounded forms when you inflate their bodies in the final step
* The playful “Clownfish,” with its distinctive stripes
* The action-model “Swimming Fish,” which can swish from side to side when you shift its tail between your fingers
* The unusual “Manta Ray,” with its realistically graceful form
* And many other beautiful fish!

Orchid & the Wasp

‘A gem of a novel.’ ELLE ‘Ambitious, full-bodied and fresh.’ Irish Times ‘A remarkable, propulsive debut novel.’ Sunday Times Literary Supplement ‘Ambitious, richly inventive and highly entertaining.’ John Banville, Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Sea An unforgettable young woman navigates Dublin, London and New York, striving to build a life raft for her loved ones in the midst of economic and familial collapse In this dazzlingly original debut novel, award-winning Irish writer Caoilinn Hughes introduces a heroine of mythic proportions in the form of one Gael Foess. Raised in Dublin by single-minded, careerist parents, Gael observes from a young age how a person’s ambitions and ideals can be compromised. When Gael’s financier father walks out during the economic crash of 2008, her family fractures. Her mother, a once-formidable orchestral conductor, becomes a shadow of her former self, and a tragic incident prevents her unwell brother Guthrie from finishing school. Determined not to let her loved ones fall victim to circumstance, Gael leaves Dublin for the leather-lined, coke-dusted social clubs of London, then Manhattan’s gallery scene during the throes of the Occupy movement, always working an angle, but slowly becoming a stranger to those who know her. Written in electric, heart-stopping prose, Orchid & the Wasp is a novel about gigantic ambitions and social upheaval, chewing through sexuality, class, and politics, and crackling with joyful, anarchic fury. It challenges bootstraps morality, questioning what we owe one another and what we earn, what makes for a good life, and how events in our lives can turn us into people we never intended to be. A first novel of astonishing talent, Orchid & the Wasp announces Caoilinn Hughes as one of the most exciting literary writers working today.
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Highly ambitious… Kick-ass, whip-smart and with a tongue like a catapult , Gael belongs to a venerable tradition of feisty heroines…readers are going to love her.’ * Sunday Times * Fiercely bright and moves like a bullet train.’ * Sebastian Barry, Costa Book of the Year-winning author of Days Without End * Orchid & the Wasp is a gorgeous novel told in an onrush of wit and ferocity. Art-forging, smack-talking, long-distance-running Gael Foess, three times smarter than everyone around her, proves to be an unforgettable heroine, and her journey will rattle your most basic assumptions about money, ambition, and the nature of love. Caoilinn Hughes is a massive talent.’ * Anthony Doerr, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of All the Light We Cannot See * Orchid & the Wasp is an ambitious, richly inventive and highly entertaining account of the way we live now. Caoilinn Hughes writes with authority and insight, and her novel is as up-to-date as tomorrow’s financial-page headlines.’ * John Banville, Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Sea * A remarkable, propulsive debut novel… No precis can adequately convey the novel’s startling, impressionistic prose, nor its corrosive humour. Jewels of observation glitter amid the earthy gags… Exuberant… it zings with energy, ambition and daring.’ * Times Literary Supplement * Caoilinn Hughes is the real thing – an urgent, funny, painstaking and heartfelt writer. Orchid & the Wasp is a startling debut full of the moral complexity, grief and strange bewilderments of humanity. As the world spins ever more quickly in response to the demands of grifters, parasites and liars, this book offers a troubling, beautiful and wise response.’ * A. L. Kennedy, Costa Prize-winning author of Day and Serious Sweet * A winning debut novel… Hughes, a poet, touches the prose with a comic wand… Orchid and the Wasp delivers a fantasy of competence, the kind that is in dialogue, if not always complete agreement, with morality.’ * Katy Caldwell, The New Yorker * Hugely ambitious and richly inventive.’ * Irish Examiner * Luminous…sparkles with acuity and concision… [Gael] is an indomitable, highly adaptable character who can navigate through tumultuous times and wildly disparate environments with ingenuity and grit.’ * Yoona Lee, LA Review of Books * A gem of a debut about the way we live now.’ * Elle * Ambitious, full-bodied and fresh. Hughes casts her unique gaze, her artistic, analytical and emotional intelligence, on us, not just in Ireland, but our capitalist world and the personal, political and social ramifications implicit in our acquiescence to, or indeed, championing of, its values. Bring Gael back, please.’ * Irish Times * Dazzling, heady fiction. Hughes is an award-winning poet and it’s barely concealable. She simply dances on the page, her imagination is riotous, her flawed characters have shape and colour and sometimes heartbreaking humanity. When I finished this book I wanted to return to the start. Immediately. Just to savour it all again.’ * Sunday Independent * This arch debut novel’s…satiric impulse – toward art-world hypocrisy, late capitalism, heterosexual love – is unsparing and ambitious.’ * The New Yorker * Extraordinary… It’s a mesmeric, immersive, often hilarious reading experience, driven by the force of the imagery-rich writing and the cast of distinctive characters… Asking complicated questions about meritocracy, Hughes explores the relationship between art and capitalism, art and ownership, art and authenticity, art and the gatekeepers of art.’ * Irish Independent * From first glances looks like it might be the smart, funny, scathing and profound take on the whole Celtic Tiger madness we’ve been waiting for.’ * Fintan O’Toole * A remarkable debut novel… intellectual fiction that provides a bracing and occasionally withering account of upper echelon Irish life.’ * Sunday Business Post * Beautiful and breathtaking language [is] peppered throughout this wonderful novel… It’s funny as hell in places and the characters will stick with you long after you’ve finished the final page. It’s nothing short of brilliant.’ * Rick O’Shea, RTE broadcaster * Caoilinn Hughes’ sharp and, at times, hilarious observations call to mind the unblinking writing and dysfunctional families not only of Jane Austen, but also Christina Stead and Jonathan Franzen. The full cast of characters is memorable and original, but Gael in particular challenges and charms. Orchid & the Wasp is a deceptively entertaining novel about merit and ambition, society and responsibility, and self-determination and fate, in which Hughes upends expectations and asks big questions, especially about obligation and love, without breaking stride, even for a moment.’ * Readings Monthly * Fresh, playful and exuberant: Hughes has arrived with a heady style that is full of surprise and invention.’ * Paul Lynch, Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year-winning author of Grace * Orchid & the Wasp is a hugely entertaining novel full of wit, intellect and sharp observations. Reading about a young female character who is not beset by the stereotypical problems that beset a person her age is refreshing… Caoilinn Hughes is definitely one to watch.’ * RTE Culture Magazine * Debut novelist Hughes, an award-winning poet, employs wry, crackling prose to proffer existential questions about what constitutes a meaningful life… This inventive book will entice readers who prefer the ambiguity of questions to the simplicity of answers.’ * Library Journal * A razor-sharp wit and an astonishing psychological and emotional perceptiveness combine to yield uncommonly rich portraiture in this bracing book by a deadly talented writer, in prose so refined one slows to savour each beautifully unfolding sentence. Unsentimental, yet sneakily moving and given to surprising bouts of joy.’ * Matthew Thomas, New York Times-bestselling author of We Are Not Ourselves * Gael, the young heroine of Orchid & the Wasp, is a magnificent and assured creation, breathtakingly smart, never self-pitying, impossible for others to manage, my favorite discovery this year. Hughes’ characters are rare, like no one you’ve read before. This is an entirely original novel, dazzling and beautiful, disturbingly cold and insistent.’ * David Vann, author of Legend of a Suicide * An ambitious and lyrical debut with an unforgettable heroine.’ * Largehearted Boy * Caoilinn Hughes’s debut novel, Orchid & the Wasp, has the fluid gait of something alive… At once exuberant and incisive, Hughes’s writing escapes simple characterization while somehow remaining welcoming… This is not simply a coming-of-age tale, nor is it an experiment in narrative philosophy. What is it, then? I’m not sure, other than that it’s something new.’ * Taylor Lannamann, Tin House * [A] visceral and electrifying debut… In Gael, Hughes has created a mesmerizing and compelling force.’ * Booklist * A dark but highly amusing coming-of-age story… Prize-winning Irish poet, Caoilinn Hughes has written a stunningly ambitious debut novel, revealing a considerable talent. If this is a beginning, she is destined for literary greatness.’ * Bookjotter * Hughes delivers a compelling exploration of what it means to create art, skewering the arbitrary restrictions of art-world gatekeepers along the way. At the emotional heart of this book lies a darker question, though: What does it mean to make a performance of your own life, in service of your family, when the cost might be to lose them forever? As strange, musical, and carefully calculated as its unusual heroine.’ * Kirkus * Orchid & the Wasp is a tremendously engaging novel, brimming with sparky humour and astute observations. Caoilinn Hughes’ prose fizzes with wit and intelligence. A joy to read.’ * Danielle McLaughlin, Saboteur Award-wining author of Dinosaurs on Other Planets * The excellent debut novel from Irish poet Caoilinn Hughes sees a compelling female protagonist navigate social upheaval in the wake of the financial crisis, as well as dealing with a complex family life… Orchid & the Wasp is the antithesis of the Irish coming-of-age story. Far removed from the tale of a young girl learning Catholic guilt before shrugging it off, Hughes upended it right from the first page… The novel also has a Franzenesque flair for showing the interconnectedness of western society.’ * Hot Press * In lush, envy-inducing prose we’re introduced to Gael Foess, the spikiest adult-in-training since Lolita, who has parents worthy of a Roald Dahl novel, in their poor caretaking efforts and self-absorption. We can only hang on in wonder as we witness the savvy Gael’s progression through life from such beginnings. Caoilinn Hughes’ crafted, intricate language is a joy and her characters strut their many flaws with panache. Orchid & the Wasp is an up-to-the-minute, radiant debut from a deeply talented writer.’ * Nuala O’Connor, author of Miss Emily * Caoilinn Hughes has given us an unforgettable character in Gael – an unflinchingly wise and wise-cracking guide through our fractured times. Hers is a story that holds the fun-house mirror to the society we have built of greed and twisted finance. From the doomed Irish boom to the Occupy movement, the novel lays bare the impoverished spirit that led to economic collapse while providing us a path out of it. By turns poetic, hilarious and raw, this novel gives us hope that love and the retrieval of spirit are not only achievable, but worth pursuing to the very last sentence.’ * Ana Menendez, Pushcart Prize-winning author of In Cuba I Was a German Shepherd * Though the stories she tells work their way through elaborate worlds, it is her characters, detailed with sharp and subtle grace, which power the engine of Caoilinn Hughes’s vivid prose.’ * Amelia Gray, author of Isadora and Gutshot * Hughes is an exciting writer who has rightfully attracted a lot of buzz for her debut, and this is sure to be one of my novels of the year.’ * Bookish Beck, blogger review * The novel showcases Hughes’s talent as both a shrewd student of character and an astute observer of contemporary life…[introducing] one of those literary characters whose life is so vividly depicted it’s easy to imagine it continuing beyond the last page of this refreshingly honest novel.’ * Shelf Awareness *
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Orbital Claims Adjuster: Adventures of a Jump Space Accountant Book 2

Our hero, Jake Stewart, the first Belter student at the Merchants Academy is ready for his first job. All past sins, like murder, theft, and shooting out an airlock are forgiven. He just has to see a man in a bar and pick up some information. What could possibly go wrong? How about assault., jail, vomit, and charging irregular expenses. Now he’s disgraced, possibly fired, in the militia, and on an out orbit trading voyage that is not going well. Oh, and his new boss hates him and might try to kill him. How is he going to get out of this mess?

OpenCV 3 Computer Vision With Python Cookbook

OpenCV 3 Computer Vision with Python Cookbook by Alexey Spizhevoy, Aleksandr Rybnikov
**Recipe-based approach to tackle the most common problems in Computer Vision by leveraging the functionality of OpenCV using Python APIs**
#### Key Features
* ●Build computer vision applications with OpenCV functionality via Python API
* ●Get to grips with image processing, multiple view geometry, and machine learning
* ●Learn to use deep learning models for image classification, object detection, and face recognition
#### Book Description
OpenCV 3 is a native cross-platform library for computer vision, machine learning, and image processing. OpenCV’s convenient high-level APIs hide very powerful internals designed for computational efficiency that can take advantage of multicore and GPU processing. This book will help you tackle increasingly challenging computer vision problems by providing a number of recipes that you can use to improve your applications.
In this book, you will learn how to process an image by manipulating pixels and analyze an image using histograms. Then, we’ll show you how to apply image filters to enhance image content and exploit the image geometry in order to relay different views of a pictured scene. We’ll explore techniques to achieve camera calibration and perform a multiple-view analysis.
Later, you’ll work on reconstructing a 3D scene from images, converting low-level pixel information to high-level concepts for applications such as object detection and recognition. You’ll also discover how to process video from files or cameras and how to detect and track moving objects. Finally, you’ll get acquainted with recent approaches in deep learning and neural networks.
By the end of the book, you’ll be able to apply your skills in OpenCV to create computer vision applications in various domains.
#### What you will learn
* ●Get familiar with low-level image processing methods
* ●See the common linear algebra tools needed in computer vision
* ●Work with different camera models and epipolar geometry
* ●Find out how to detect interesting points in images and compare them
* ●Binarize images and mask out regions of interest
* ●Detect objects and track them in videos
#### Who this book is for
This book is for developers who have a basic knowledge of Python. If you are aware of the basics of OpenCV and are ready to build computer vision systems that are smarter, faster, more complex, and more practical than the competition, then this book is for you.

Open Faced

Toasted tradition gets a modern makeover.
Open Faced crosses international borders to bring fresh, creative flavors to your toasted breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner.
Discover butterbrote, montaditos, smørrebrød, and other open-faced sandwiches that capture the essence of Germany, Spain, Scandinavia, France, Italy, and more.
Go beyond butter with inspired flavors like:
• Provençal Tuna and Vegetable Salad
• Cider and Honey-Scented Onion Marmalade, Cabrales Cheese, and Hazelnuts
• Curried Egg Salad with Mango Chutney, Raisins, and Cashews
• Meatballs with Beet and Apple Salad
With easy yet elegant recipes and romantic photography, this cookbook makes a striking gift for anyone who finds comfort in a warm slice of bread.
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Ontological Politics in a Disposable World

This book explores the intertwining of politics and ontology, shedding light on the ways in which, as our ability to investigate, regulate, appropriate, ‘enhance’ and destroy material reality have developed, so new social scientific accounts of nature and our relationship with it have emerged, together with new forms of power. Engaging with cutting-edge social theory and elaborating on the thought of Foucault, Heidegger, Adorno and Agamben, the author demonstrates that the convergence of ontology with politics is not simply an intellectual endeavour of growing import, but also a governmental practice which builds upon neoliberal programmes, the renewed accumulation of capital and the development of technosciences in areas such as climate change, geoengineering and biotechnology. With shifts in our accounts of nature have come new means of mastering it, giving rise to unprecedented forms of exploitation and destruction – with related forms of social domination. In the light of growing social inequalities, environmental degradation and resource appropriation and commodification, Ontological Politics in a Disposable World: The New Mastery of Nature reveals the need for new critical frameworks and oppositional practices, to challenge the rationality of government that lies behind these developments: a rationality that thrives on indeterminacy and an account of materiality as comprised of fluid, ever-changing states, simultaneously agential and pliable, to which social theory increasingly subscribes without questioning enough its underpinnings and implications. A theoretically sophisticated reassessment of the relationship between ontology and politics, which draws the contours of a renewed humanism to allow for a more harmonious relationship with the world, this book will appeal to scholars in social and political theory, environmental sociology, geography, science and technology studies and contemporary European thought on the material world.
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‘The relevance of cutting edge social theory to resolving the environmental crisis is often far from obvious. Luigi Pellizzoni brings welcome clarity to the often opaque world of post-humanism , new materialism and the ontological turn while providing an unusually sophisticated analysis of how we humans are transforming nature. There is a lot in this book to think about. It is worth reading at least twice.’ Stewart Lockie, James Cook University, Australia ‘Excellent, erudite speculative philosophy, insightful commentary on the works of Adorno, Heidegger, Foucault, etc. Most originally, it convincingly demonstrates the emergence of mastery-of-nature culture 2.0 for human enhancement, whereby the risks and uncertainties of manipulating nature’s dynamics are not ignored, nor feared, nor even managed, but instead exuberantly ridden, for better or for worse.’ Raymond Murphy, University of Ottawa, Canada ‘Ontological Politics in a Disposable World provides a rich and nuanced account of how society, scientific knowledge, and nature are being transformed in neoliberal times.’ Charles Thorpe, University of California, San Diego, USA
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One for the Money

One for the Money (Stephanie Plum Series #1) by Janet Evanovich
**Discover where it all began—*#1 New York Times *bestselling author Janet Evanovich’s first “snappily written, fast-paced, and witty” (*USA TODAY*) novel in the beloved Stephanie Plum series featuring a feisty and funny heroine who “comes roaring in like a blast of very fresh air” (*The Washington Post*). **
Meet Stephanie Plum, a bounty hunter with attitude. In Stephanie’s opinion, toxic waste, rabid drivers, armed schizophrenics, and August heat, humidity, and hydrocarbons are all part of the great adventure of living in Jersey.
She’s a product of the “burg,” a blue-collar pocket of Trenton where houses are attached and narrow, cars are American, windows are clean, and (God forbid you should be late) dinner is served at six.
Out of work and out of money, Stephanie blackmails her bail-bondsman cousin Vinnie into giving her a try as an apprehension agent. Stephanie knows zilch about the job requirements, but she figures her new pal, el-primo bounty hunter Ranger, can teach her what it takes to catch a crook. Her first assignment: nail Joe Morelli, a former vice cop on the run from a charge of murder one. Morelli’s the inamorato who charmed Stephanie out of her virginity at age sixteen. There’s still powerful chemistry between them, so the chase should be interesting…and could also be extremely dangerous.

One Door Away from Heaven

SUMMARY: Hailed as “America’s most popular suspense novelist” (Rolling Stone) Dean Koontz has entered a rich new phase of his writing career that is yielding his most imaginative, meaningful, and popular work yet. At the height of his powers as a literary craftsman, he has won the acclaim of critics as well as the allegiance of millions of fans the world over, transforming the greatest fears and hopes of our time into masterworks of dazzling originality and emotional resonance. Now, with the stunning depth and virtuosity of his storytelling, he brings to readers one of his most gripping and richly imagined novels to date an intoxicating story of adventure and suspense, mystery and revelation, told with humor, heart, and high art. One Door Away From Heaven In a dusty trailer park on the far edge of the California dream, Michelina Bellsong contemplates the choices she has made. At twenty-eight, she wants to change the direction of her troubled life but can’t find her way until a new family settles into the rental trailer next door and she meets the young girl who will lead her on a remarkable quest that will change Micky herself and everything she knows or thinks she knows forever. Despite the brace she must wear on her deformed left leg, and her withered left hand, nine-year-old Leilani Klonk radiates a buoyant and indomitable spirit that inspires Micky. Beneath Leilani’s effervescence, however, Micky comes to sense a quiet desperation that the girl dares not express. Leilani’s mother is little more than a child herself. And the girl’s stepfather, Preston Maddoc, is educated but threatening. He has moved the family from place to place as he fanatically investigates UFO sightings, striving to make contact, claiming to have had a vision that by Leilani’s tenth birthday aliens will either heal her or take her away to a better life on their world. Slowly, ever more troubling details emerge in Leilani’s conversations with Micky. Most chilling is Micky’s discovery that Leilani had an older brother, also disabled, who vanished after Maddoc took him into the woods one night and is now “gone to the stars.” Leilani’s tenth birthday is approaching. Micky is convinced the girl will be dead by that day. While the child-protection bureaucracy gives Micky the runaround, the Maddoc family slips away into the night. Micky sets out across America to track and find them, alone and afraid but for the first time living for something bigger than herself. She finds herself pitted against an adversary, Preston Maddoc, as fearsome as he is cunning. The passion and disregard for danger with which Micky pursues her quest bring to her side a burned-out detective who joins her on a journey of incredible peril and startling discoveries, a journey through terrible darkness to unexpected light. One Door Away From Heaven is an incandescent mix of suspense and humor, fear and wonder, a story of redemption and timeless wisdom that will have readers cheering. Filled with tragedy and joy, with terror and hope, it solidifies Dean Koontz’s reputation as one of the foremost storytellers of our time. This is Dean Koontz at his very best and it doesn’t get any better than that. From the Hardcover edition.

One Day

‘I can imagine you at forty,’ she said, a hint of malice in her voice. ‘I can picture it right now.’ He smiled without opening his eyes. ‘Go on then.’ 15th July 1988. Emma and Dexter meet for the first time on the night of their graduation. Tomorrow they must go their separate ways. So where will they be on this one day next year? And the year after that? And every year that follows? Twenty years, two people, ONE DAY. From the author of the massive bestseller STARTER FOR TEN.

One Corpse Too Many: The Second Chronicle of Brother Cadfael

SUMMARY: An ingenious killer disposes of a strangled corpse on a battlefield. Brother Cadfael discovers the body, and must then piece together disparate clues–including a girl in boy’s clothing, a missing treasure and a single flower–to expose a murderer’s black heart.

On The Road

SUMMARY: Pulsating with the rhythms of 1950s underground America, jazz, sex, illicit drugs, and the mystery and promise of the open road, Kerouac’s classic novel of freedom and longing defined what it meant to be ‘beat’ and has inspired generations of writers, musicians, artists, poets, and seekers who cite their discovery of the book as the event that ‘set them free.’ Based on Kerouac’s adventures with Neal Cassady, ‘On the Road’ tells the story of two friends whose four cross-country road trips are a quest for meaning and true experience.

On Her Majesty’s secret service

EDITORIAL REVIEW: High in the Swiss Alps, a man hunts respectability with all the cunning that made him Europe’s most ruthless criminal. Nothing is to stand in Ernst Stavro Blofeld’s way, certainly not 007.

The omnivore’s dilemma: a natural history of four meals

EDITORIAL REVIEW: A national bestseller that has changed the way readers view the ecology of eating, this revolutionary book by award winner Michael Pollan asks the seemingly simple question: What should we have for dinner? Tracing from source to table each of the food chains that sustain us— whether industrial or organic, alternative or processed—he develops a portrait of the American way of eating. The result is a sweeping, surprising exploration of the hungers that have shaped our evolution, and of the profound implications our food choices have for the health of our species and the future of our planet.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac 2019

America’s oldest and largest farmer’s almanac is back with its famous 80% accurate long-range weather predictions for 2019! As it has been since 1792 when George Washington was still in office, The Old Farmer’s Almanac is jam-packed with gardening advice and charts, notable astronomical events, folklore, humor, contests, husbandry, best fishing days, home remedies, wisdom, recipes, cultural and culinary trends, and more—too much more to mention. Makes a wonderful stocking stuffer and not just because it will fit inside one! The price is modest to begin with, plus it’s a gift that will be read and appreciated all year long! Printed in the USA.

The Old Curiosity Shop

The Old Curiosity Shop is the story of Little Nell, a beautiful and virtuous young girl who lives with her grandfather in his shop of curiosities. Her only friend is Kit, an honest young lad who works at the shop, and whom she is teaching to write. Unbeknownst to Nell, her grandfather is obsessed with their precarious financial position, trying to make Nell a good inheritance by winning at cards. He keeps these nocturnal activities a secret but borrows heavily from the evil Quilp. Losing everything, the grandfather and Nell are forced to go on the run.Charles Dickens was the foremost English novelist of the Victorian era and considered one of the English language’s greatest writers; he was acclaimed for his rich storytelling and memorable characters, and achieved massive worldwide popularity during in his lifetime. His first full novel, The Pickwick Papers, brought him immediate fame and this continued right through his career. He maintained a high quality in all his writings and, although rarely departing greatly from his typical “Dickensian” method of always attempting to write a great “story” in a somewhat conventional manner (the dual narrators of Bleak House are a notable exception). He experimented with varied themes, characterizations and genres. Some of these experiments were more successful than others and the public’s taste and appreciation of his many works have varied over time. He was usually keen to give his readers what they wanted, and the monthly or weekly publication of his works in episodes meant that the books could change as the story proceeded at the whim of the public.

The Official U.S. Army Combat Skills Handbook

The Official U.S. Army Combat Skills Handbook by Department of the Army, Matt Larsen
Modern combat is chaotic, intense, and shockingly destructive. A soldier will experience confusing and often terrifying sights, sounds, smells, and dangers—and he must learn to survive and win despite them.
This field manual, containing the essential combat skills the U.S. Army teaches its soldiers, is the Army’s most recent edition, which has been completely updated for Lyons Press by the soldier who wrote the manual for the army: Sergeant First Class Matt Larsen. Distributed to all soldiers, this is the must-have guide for those who want to know how U.S. Army soldiers are trained to prepare for—and perform during—combat. It includes photos, illustrations, and diagrams throughout depicting weaponry, combat maneuvers, warrior drills, survival techniques, fighting positions, camouflage, and basic field medicine.

Office 365 All-in-One For Dummies

One book that does the work of nine

Knowing your way around Microsoft Office requires you to be part mathematician, part storyteller, and part graphic designer—with some scheduling wizard and database architect sprinkled in. So what do you do if these talents don’t come naturally to you? 

Fear not! Office 2019 All-in-One For Dummies fills in the gaps and helps you create easy-to-read Word documents, smash numbers in Excel, tell your tale with PowerPoint, and keep it all organized with Outlook. With additional books covering Access, OneNote, and common Office tasks, this is the only Office book you need on your shelf.

  • Get insight into tools common to all Office applications
  • Find full coverage of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Access
  • Benefit from updated information based on the newest software release
  • Discover the tricks Office pros use to enhance efficiency
  • If you need to make…

    Off Broadway

    With the disappearance of her piano player, Avery’s Broadway cabaret is a breath away from ruined, until her agent finds a last minute replacement. Dan is charming and exudes the exact kind of sexiness that will draw in audiences—as quickly as it drew in Avery. But Avery knows better than to give in to her desires. The show is too important to risk, and messing with her piano player might destroy the career that’s just starting to take off. Too bad every time she’s in the same room with Dan, she keeps thinking about the other things she’d like to take off.
    A month after landing in the city of dreams, Dan finds himself brokenhearted and broke. Avery’s cabaret is his last desperate attempt to stay in New York. But Avery has every one of his nerve endings on edge—from her perfect ass to her mix of innocence and sex, he finds himself insane with need every time she’s close.
    When a bass player joins the act, and makes no secret about what he’d like to do to Avery’s body with his practiced hands, the tension between Dan and Avery grows even more. In an attempt to distract herself from her growing need for Dan, Avery invites the bass player to join her after the show. But when Dan walks into her dressing room, the two men tangle not only for her attention, but for her pleasure. Now Avery’s faced with a choice—her desires, her heart, or her show…

    Of Mice and Men

    While the powerlessness of the laboring class is a recurring theme in Steinbeck’s work of the late 1930s, he narrowed his focus when composing “Of Mice and Men” (1937), creating an intimate portrait of two men facing a world marked by petty tyranny, misunderstanding, jealousy, and callousness. But though the scope is narrow, the theme is universal; a friendship and a shared dream that makes an individual’s existence meaningful.

    The Odyssey of Nath Dragon Collection

    **Snatch up thise beautiful 8.5 X 11 Hardback Edition created for dragon fans of all ages! Over 750 pages, including detailed illustrations, making this a highly collectible hardbound book. This is the complete series, 5 grand books in 1! A great gift for book collectors!**
    ***A new twist on dragons unlike anything you’ve read before.***
    **A Man Born To Protect His Home**
    Nath Dragon’s place in life was determined at birth. He is destined to protect Dragon Home and must carry the burden of his legacy. He does not have the convenience of following his own desires.
    **Left To Face His Enemies Alone**
    With cunning dark elves out to destroy Nath, his life takes a turn that threatens to ruin his family. With nobody to trust and nowhere to go, the young warrior sets out to uncover answers that his rivals will kill to protect.
    **The Truth May Cost Him His Life, Or Change Everything**
    The closer he gets to the truth, the more dangerous Nath’s quest becomes. Battling ruthless enemies, wizards, dragons, and thieves, Nath uncovers the one thing he thought he always knew: who he actually is.
    This clean fantasy series intended for younger readers has proven to be a must read for readers of all ages. Don’t miss out on over 400,000 words of action-packed adventure that covers all of the bases of the dungeons and dragons spectrum! 
    **Scroll Up And Grab Your Copy Today!**
    The Odyssey of Nath Dragon is ***appropriate for readers of all ages*** but contains all of the page turning thrills one should expect from fantasy.  It is followed up by two more books series, The Chronicles of Dragon and the Tail of the Dragon, each 10 books long. Over 100,000 Nath Dragon stories have been sold worldwide. If you have any questions, please, email, [email protected]
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    Odessa Sea

    On a NUMA mission to the Black Sea to locate the wreck of a lost Ottoman Empire ship, Dirk Pitt and Al Giordino respond to an urgent Mayday from a nearby freighter. By the time they reach the area there’s no one left alive – just dead bodies and the …

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    Odd and the Frost Giants

    In this inventive, short, yet perfectly formed novel inspired by traditional Norse mythology, Neil Gaiman takes readers on a wild and magical trip to the land of giants and gods and back.

    In a village in ancient Norway lives a boy named Odd, and he’s had some very bad luck: His father perished in a Viking expedition; a tree fell on and shattered his leg; the endless freezing winter is making villagers dangerously grumpy.

    Out in the forest Odd encounters a bear, a fox, and an eagle—three creatures with a strange story to tell.

    Now Odd is forced on a stranger journey than he had imagined—a journey to save Asgard, city of the gods, from the Frost Giants who have invaded it.

    It’s going to take a very special kind of twelve-year-old boy to outwit the Frost Giants, restore peace to the city of gods, and end the long winter.

    Someone cheerful and infuriating and clever . . .

    Someone just like Odd .
    (source: Bol.com)

    OCA: Oracle Certified Associate Java SE 8 Programmer I Study Guide

    OCA: Oracle Certified Associate Java SE 8 Programmer I Study Guide: Exam 1Z0-808 by Jeanne Boyarsky, Scott Selikoff
    **Full coverage of functional programming and all OCA Java Programmer exam objectives**
    *OCA, Oracle Certified Associate Java SE 8 Programmer I Study Guide, Exam 1Z0-808* is a comprehensive study guide for those taking the Oracle Certified Associate Java SE 8 Programmer I exam (1Z0-808). With complete coverage of 100% of the exam objectives, this book provides everything you need to know to confidently take the exam. The release of Java 8 brought the language’s biggest changes to date, and for the first time, candidates are required to learn functional programming to pass the exam. This study guide has you covered, with thorough functional programming explanation and information on all key topic areas Java programmers need to know. You’ll cover Java inside and out, and learn how to apply it efficiently and effectively to create solutions applicable to real-world scenarios.
    * Work confidently with operators, conditionals, and loops
    * Understand object-oriented design principles and patterns
    * Master functional programming fundamentals

    Number 9 dream

    EDITORIAL REVIEW: **Number9Dream** is the international literary sensation from a writer with astonishing range and imaginative energy—an intoxicating ride through Tokyo’s dark underworlds and the even more mysterious landscapes of our collective dreams. David Mitchell follows his eerily precocious, globe-striding first novel, *Ghostwritten*, with a work that is in its way even more ambitious. In outward form, **Number9Dream** is a Dickensian coming-of-age journey: Young dreamer Eiji Miyake, from remote rural Japan, thrust out on his own by his sister’s death and his mother’s breakdown, comes to Tokyo in pursuit of the father who abandoned him. Stumbling around this strange, awesome city, he trips over and crosses—through a hidden destiny or just monstrously bad luck—a number of its secret power centers. Suddenly, the riddle of his father’s identity becomes just one of the increasingly urgent questions Eiji must answer. Why is the line between the world of his experiences and the world of his dreams so blurry? Why do so many horrible things keep happening to him? What is it about the number 9? To answer these questions, and ultimately to come to terms with his inheritance, Eiji must somehow acquire an insight into the workings of history and fate that would be rare in anyone, much less in a boy from out of town with a price on his head and less than the cost of a Beatles disc to his name.*From the Hardcover edition.*

    Nova Unchained

    Excerpt from **Luke & Nova Vs. The World**
    *Dear Diary,
    We were one hour away from fulfilling our fifteen-year-old dream. One hour.
    But then, they came. They killed. They took a part of my soul prisoner by putting Luke into a coma.
    Remember how, every time one of us gets in trouble with The World, the other comes to the rescue?
    Well, this time, Luke isn’t going to be there to fend off the bullies and the psychos who think my body is theirs to take. This time, Luke isn’t going to be there to wrap his arms around me while his father – my uncle – beats us bloody. This time, Luke isn’t going to be there… period.
    For the first time in my life, I’m going to be alone. I’m going to have to fight against The World all by myself.
    But mark my words, dear diary: I’m going to win.
    – Nova Vaughn*
    I used to be just a Mississippi girl with a dream bigger than the universe. I had no idea about the dangerous creatures that lurk in the darkest corners of the streets, until I come face to face with one.
    When my cousin Luke gets poisoned by a demonic vampire and falls into a coma, the Senior Order of Magic gives me a chance to both avenge him, and bring him back. I don’t think twice. I take it.
    But I had no idea that I’d have to sell my soul and become something else in order to save Luke.
    And when I do, something tells me that it’s going to be too late to save myself.

    Nothing but Trouble

    **Trouble…**
    Chelsea Ross’ acting career has been a total bust. The closest she ever came to stardom was her brilliant performance as “Pretty Dead Girl #1.” But leaving Hollywood to become the personal assistant to a famous hockey player could be her stupidest career move ever.
    **More Trouble…**
    Injured superstar Mark Bressler’s glory days are over. The bad-boy ex-jock could at least be *civil* to the pint-sized, pink-haired bombshell who the Seattle Chinooks hired to be his P.A. If Chelsea didn’t need the money, she’d be running from the world’s biggest jerk as fast as her feet could carry her.
    **Big Trouble!**
    Chelsea can deal with Mark’s rotten attitude and dark moods. The problem is those biceps and that red-hot bod! And when the bad boy starts to put the moves on her, Chelsea knows it’s time she banished him to the penalty box…if only she could resist the kind of trouble he has in mind.