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Fitting in Is Overrated

*To thine own self be true.* But can you do that while still being a valued part of the wider community? Or must you always sacrifice your own inclinations and desires to fit in? For anyone who has ever felt like an outsider at work, in groups, in school, or even in your own extended family, help is on the way. Bestselling author Leonard Felder, PhD, has written the first book with advice on how to be successful personally and professionally when you think differently, live differently, create differently, or solve problems differently than those around you. 
This wise and perceptive guide is neither about withdrawing into isolation and passivity, nor about spending every waking hour battling with others. Rather, it’s about choosing wisely when to speak your truth and saying it in a way that gets positive results. Dr. Felder shows exactly how creative, thoughtful, unique individuals can survive and thrive in situations that used to make them shut down or retreat into a shell. He provides actual examples from his own practice and precise techniques that will assure your good ideas, outsider perspective, and innovative solutions are respected and taken seriously, even by rigid people. 
Both inspiring and practical, it offers soothing balm and useful answers for everyone who heard too often during adolescence or young adulthood that “you just don’t fit in”—and for the ones who love and counsel them, too. Even more important, it reveals how the very qualities that made you different can become your greatest strengths and most important gifts to the world.

Firstborn

EDITORIAL REVIEW: The Firstborn–the mysterious race of aliens who first became known to science fiction fans as the builders of the iconic black monolith in 2001: A Space Odyssey*–*have inhabited legendary master of science fiction Sir Arthur C. Clarke’s writing for decades. With Time’s Eye and Sunstorm, the first two books in their acclaimed Time Odyssey series, Clarke and his brilliant co-author Stephen Baxter imagined a near-future in which the Firstborn seek to stop the advance of human civilization by employing a technology indistinguishable from magic.Their first act was the Discontinuity, in which Earth was carved into sections from different eras of history, restitched into a patchwork world, and renamed Mir. Mir’s inhabitants included such notables as Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, and United Nations peacekeeper Bisesa Dutt. For reasons unknown to her, Bisesa entered into communication with an alien artifact of inscrutable purpose and godlike power–a power that eventually returned her to Earth. There, she played an instrumental role in humanity’s race against time to stop a doomsday event: a massive solar storm triggered by the alien Firstborn designed to eradicate all life from the planet. That fate was averted at an inconceivable price. Now, twenty-seven years later, the Firstborn are back.This time, they are pulling no punches: They have sent a “quantum bomb.” Speeding toward Earth, it is a device that human scientists can barely comprehend, that cannot be stopped or destroyed–and one that will obliterate Earth.Bisesa’s desperate quest for answers sends her first to Mars and then to Mir, which is itself threatened with extinction. The end seems inevitable. But as shocking new insights emerge into the nature of the Firstborn and their chilling plans for mankind, an unexpected ally appears from light-years away.*From the Hardcover edition.*

First Meetings in Ender’s Universe

Meet Andrew Ender Wiggin, the unforgettable boy-hero of Ender’s Game –winner of the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award for Best Novel–and enter his Universe through First Meetings, a collection of stories from Orson Scott Card. The Polish Boy is John Paul Wiggin, the future father of Ender. In the years between the first two Bugger Wars, the Hegemony is desperate to recruit brilliant military commanders to repel the alien invasion. They may have found their man–or boy–in John Paul Wiggin…. In Teacher’s Pest -a novella written especially for this collection–a brilliant but arrogant John Paul Wiggin, now a university student, matches wits with an equally brilliant graduate student. The Investment Counselor is set after the end of the Bugger Wars. Banished from Earth and slandered as a mass murderer, twenty-year-old Andrew Wiggin wanders incognito from planet to planet as a fugitive–until a blackmailing tax inspector compromises his identity and threatens to expose Ender the Xenocide. Also reprinted here is the original award-winning novella, Ender’s Game, which first appeared in 1977.
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First Lord’s Fury

For Gaius Octavian, life has been one long battle. Now, the end of all he fought for is close at hand. The brutal, dreaded Vord are on the march against Alera. And perhaps for the final time, Gaius Octavian and his legions must stand against the enemies of his people. And it will take all his intelligence, ingenuity, and furycraft to save their world from eternal darkness.

The First King of Shannara

SUMMARY: Horrified by the misuse of magic they had witnessed during the First War of the Races, the Druids at Paranor devoted themselves to the study of the old sciences, from the period before the collapse of civilization a thousand years before. Only the Bremen and a few trusted associates still studied the arcane arts. And for his persistence, Bremen found himself outcast, avoided by all but the few free-thinkers among the Druids.But his removal from Paranor was not altogether a terrible thing, for Bremen learned that dark forces were on the move from the Northlands. That seemingly invincible armies of trolls were fast conquering all that lay to their south. That the scouts for the army–and its principal assassins–were Skull Bearers, disfigured and transformed Druids who had fallen prey to the seductions of the magic arts. And that at the heart of the evil tide was an archmage and former Druid named Brona!Using the special skills he had acquired through his own study of Magic, Bremen was able to penetrate the huge camp of the Troll army and learn many of its secrets. And he immediately understood that if the peoples of the Four Lands were to escape eternal subjugation they would need to unite. But, even united, they would need a weapon, something so powerful that the evil magic of Brona, the Warlock Lord, would fail before its might…

First Family

Following the instant #1 New York Times bestsellers Split Second, Hour Game, and Simple Genius, Sean King and Michelle Maxwell return in David Baldacci’s most heart-pounding thriller to date . . .
FIRST FAMILY
A daring kidnapping turns a children’s birthday party at Camp David, the presidential retreat, into a national security nightmare.
Former Secret Service agents turned private investigators, Sean King and Michelle Maxwell don’t want to get involved. But years ago Sean King saved the First Lady’s husband, then a senator, from political disaster. Now the president’s wife presses Sean and Michelle into a desperate search to rescue a kidnapped child. With Michelle still battling her own demons, the two are pushed to the limit, with forces aligned on all sides against them–and the line between friend and foe impossible to define . . . or defend.

The First Dragon Rider Trilogy: The Complete Series

** Dragon God **
The new world is calling…
Neill Torvald is desperate to prove himself—his father’s warlord kingdom depends on him. When a vicious attack on the way to the Draconis Order monastery nearly kills him, it becomes clear that grave trials await him on this path. Jodreth, the wise monk who saves his life, advises caution upon entering the sacred halls. His mission is to learn arcane magic from the monks that will help to cement his father’s power, but Neill will need more than magical arts alone to navigate the challenges before him.
Among the monks’ students, Neill meets the lovely and mysterious Char, who senses evil deep within the ranks of the Draconis Order’s members. She takes him to a dragon she has raised, Paxala, and the three of them become fast friends. Neill soon grows in strength as he and his fellow students gain ancient knowledge, and his closeness to Char blossoms into something more.
But when Neill ’s brothers grow impatient and attack the monastery in a bid to seize power, he will have to decide where his loyalties lie: with his warlord father’s domain, or the new friends he has made in the wider world.
**Dragon Dreams **
Sometimes, the past is best left behind… 

Char longs for peace and escape, preferring her dreams to the ugly realities of an uncertain age. As an illegitimate daughter of the North Prince, Char has always felt deep insecurity, but she must put that aside when Zaxx gives her the task of retrieving an ancient crown from her family’s palace. If she brings him this crown, he says, he will allow the dragon hoard to choose their riders.

When her father sends for her to return home, fearing war, she senses an opportunity. But Char’s dragon Paxala has grander ideas—she wants to become the greatest of all dragons and defeat the ancient Zaxx. But she can’t do it without Char’s guidance and aid. Employing patience and skill, Char will have to learn the secrets of dragon lore hidden away in her father’s archives before Zaxx’s suspicions turn aggressive. 

With the help of her love, Neill, Char discovers the secret of the old queen’s crown in her father’s castle, learning a tale of dark magic steeped in blood. But when her father wishes to marry her off to the leader of the Wildmen, the fate of Torvald will depend on her difficult choice: accept the role she has always played, or learn to trust her own power.

**Dragon Mage**
To unite a fractured kingdom, a reluctant hero must rise.
Neill has been charged with the impossible task of bringing the Middle Kingdom together to fight the burgeoning threat posed by the rogue sorcerer Ansall and his dragon Zaxx. Neill longs for his old life as a mere foot soldier for his father responsible only for his family’s wellbeing, and is unsure about whether he is fit to lead an army. Neill’s contemplative nature forces him to consider every aspect of the problems he faces, but often makes it difficult for him to take action—and failure to act could mean the deaths of many.

Now, echoing Char and their dragon Paxala, his duty beckons him to lead the Dragon Riders—and take his rightful place as king—but with doubt and new enemies creeping in, his resolve will be tested. When the mysterious Dark Prince arrives with an offer, Neill will have to make a decision that could change the course of history.
As Ansall grows in strength by harnessing black magic, Neill must choose between his own desires and the welfare of the entire kingdom.

First Degree

First Degree (Andy Carpenter Series #2) by David Rosenfelt
With his debut novel *Open and Shut,* David Rosenfelt earned wide and enthusiastic critical acclaim for his unique protagonist, Andy Carpenter. Now both creator and character are back in a new work that combines street-smart wit and nail-biting suspense.
*FIRST DEGREE*
“I sit at my desk for a while, moving the papers from the right side to the left. That makes the desk look left-heavy, so I move half the papers back to the right. The problem is, with papers now on each side, there’s no place for me to put my feet up. So with my feet resting uncomfortably on the floor, I pick up the newspaper and read about the discovery of Alex Dorsey’s headless body.”
An unabashed animal lover, Paterson, New Jersey, lawyer Andy Carpenter has grown a fast reputation as that rare defender who saves both dogs and humans from Death Row. Thanks to the high-profile success of his last case, he’s at the top of every local felon’s wish list of attorneys. But despite his newfound fame and fortune, he’s suffering from a painful attack of lawyer’s block, rejecting every potential client who comes his way. His office is eerily quiet, except for the pen of his secretary, Edna, scratching nimbly across and down the New York Times crossword puzzle, while his soul hungers for a case to sink its legal teeth into.
He’s about to get his wish. And it’ll be a first-degree kick in the head.
It begins in the asphalt heart of Paterson, with the discovery of a once dirty, now decapitated cop. Then not one but several prime suspects emerge. Drawn into this affair, Andy has things under control…until the last suspect turns out to be none other than Laurie Collins, Andy’s lead investigator and the love of his life. Now to clear Laurie, Andy must spring a brilliant yet desperate courtroom trap-before it engulfs them both.
With *FIRST DEGREE,* David Rosenfelt will rivet you with his storytelling, charm you with his characters, and show you why he’s the freshest new voice among today’s mystery writers.

A First Course in Analysis

This rigorous textbook is intended for a year-long analysis or advanced calculus course for advanced undergraduate or beginning graduate students. Starting with detailed, slow-paced proofs that allow students to acquire facility in reading and writing proofs, it clearly and concisely explains the basics of differentiation and integration of functions of one and several variables, and covers the theorems of Green, Gauss, and Stokes. Minimal prerequisites are assumed, and relevant linear algebra topics are reviewed right before they are needed, making the material accessible to students from diverse backgrounds. Abstract topics are preceded by concrete examples to facilitate understanding, for example, before introducing differential forms, the text examines low-dimensional examples. The meaning and importance of results are thoroughly discussed, and numerous exercises of varying difficulty give students ample opportunity to test and improve their knowledge of this difficult yet vital subject.
**Recensie(s)**

‘This is an excellent text for a first course in analysis in one and several variables for students who know some linear algebra. The book starts with the real numbers, does differentiation and integration first in one variable, then in several, and finally covers differential forms and Stokes’ theorem. The style is friendly and conversational, and hews to the principal of going from the specific to the general, making it a pleasure to read.’ John McCarthy, Washington University, St. Louis ‘Conway’s previous texts are all considered classics. A First Course in Analysis is destined to be another. It is written in the same friendly, yet rigorous, style that his readers know and love. Instructors seeking the breadth and depth of Rudin, but in a less austere and more accessible form, have found their book.’ Stephan Ramon Garcia, Pomona College, California ‘This is a beautiful yet practical introduction to rigorous analysis at the senior undergraduate level, written by a master expositor. Conway understands how students learn, from the particular to the general, and this informs every aspect of his text. Highly recommended.’ Douglas Lind, University of Washington ‘A First Course in Analysis charts a lively path through a perennially tough subject. Conway writes as if he’s coaching his reader, leavening the technicalities with advice on how to think about them, and with anecdotes about the subject’s heroes. His enjoyment of the material shines through on page after page.’ Bruce Solomon, Indiana University, Bloomington ‘This year-long undergraduate book carefully covers real analysis ‘from sets to Stokes’ and is done in a friendly style by an experienced teacher and masterful expositor. There are plenty of examples, exercises, and historical vignettes that both give the student the opportunity to gain technical mastery of the material and to whet their appetites for further study.’ William T. Ross, University of Richmond ‘A First Course in Analysis is a beautifully written and very accessible treatment of a subject that every math major is required to learn. It will join Conway’s other textbooks as a classic in Advanced Calculus. Those who teach and learn analysis through Conway’s book will appreciate his cheerful and easy-to-understand style.’ Wing Suet Li, Georgia Institute of Technology ‘The book has a good selection of exercises, most not very difficult; there are no answers or hints. A very good feature is the inclusion of many short biographies of the mathematicians involved … Bottom line: a well-done ‘theory of calculus’ text, that is especially useful if you need the theory of multivariate calculus.’ Allen Stenger, MAA Reviews ‘This is an excellent text for a first course in analysis in one and several variables for students who know some linear algebra. The book starts with the real numbers, does differentiation and integration first in one variable, then in several, and finally covers differential forms and Stokes’ theorem. The style is friendly and conversational, and hews to the principal of going from the specific to the general, making it a pleasure to read.’ John McCarthy, Washington University, St. Louis ‘Conway’s previous texts are all considered classics. A First Course in Analysis is destined to be another. It is written in the same friendly, yet rigorous, style that his readers know and love. Instructors seeking the breadth and depth of Rudin, but in a less austere and more accessible form, have found their book.’ Stephan Ramon Garcia, Pomona College, California ‘This is a beautiful yet practical introduction to rigorous analysis at the senior undergraduate level, written by a master expositor. Conway understands how students learn, from the particular to the general, and this informs every aspect of his text. Highly recommended.’ Douglas Lind, University of Washington ‘A First Course in Analysis charts a lively path through a perennially tough subject. Conway writes as if he’s coaching his reader, leavening the technicalities with advice on how to think about them, and with anecdotes about the subject’s heroes. His enjoyment of the material shines through on page after page.’ Bruce Solomon, Indiana University, Bloomington ‘This year-long undergraduate book carefully covers real analysis ‘from sets to Stokes’ and is done in a friendly style by an experienced teacher and masterful expositor. There are plenty of examples, exercises, and historical vignettes that both give the student the opportunity to gain technical mastery of the material and to whet their appetites for further study.’ William T. Ross, University of Richmond ‘A First Course in Analysis is a beautifully written and very accessible treatment of a subject that every math major is required to learn. It will join Conway’s other textbooks as a classic in Advanced Calculus. Those who teach and learn analysis through Conway’s book will appreciate his cheerful and easy-to-understand style.’ Wing Suet Li, Georgia Institute of Technology ‘The book has a good selection of exercises, most not very difficult; there are no answers or hints. A very good feature is the inclusion of many short biographies of the mathematicians involved … Bottom line: a well-done ‘theory of calculus’ text, that is especially useful if you need the theory of multivariate calculus.’ Allen Stenger, MAA Reviews
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A First Course in Analysis

This rigorous textbook is intended for a year-long analysis or advanced calculus course for advanced undergraduate or beginning graduate students. Starting with detailed, slow-paced proofs that allow students to acquire facility in reading and writing proofs, it clearly and concisely explains the basics of differentiation and integration of functions of one and several variables, and covers the theorems of Green, Gauss, and Stokes. Minimal prerequisites are assumed, and relevant linear algebra topics are reviewed right before they are needed, making the material accessible to students from diverse backgrounds. Abstract topics are preceded by concrete examples to facilitate understanding, for example, before introducing differential forms, the text examines low-dimensional examples. The meaning and importance of results are thoroughly discussed, and numerous exercises of varying difficulty give students ample opportunity to test and improve their knowledge of this difficult yet vital subject.
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First Course in Algorithms Through Puzzles

This textbook introduces basic algorithms and explains their analytical methods. All algorithms and methods introduced in this book are well known and frequently used in real programs. Intended to be self-contained, the contents start with the basic models, and no prerequisite knowledge is required. This book is appropriate for undergraduate students in computer science, mathematics, and engineering as a textbook, and is also appropriate for self-study by beginners who are interested in the fascinating field of algorithms.

More than 40 exercises are distributed throughout the text, and their difficulty levels are indicated. Solutions and comments for all the exercises are provided in the last chapter. These detailed solutions will enable readers to follow the author’s steps to solve problems and to gain a better understanding of the contents.

Although details of the proofs and the analyses of algorithms are also provided, the mathematical descriptions in this book are not beyond the range of high school mathematics. Some famous real puzzles are also used to describe the algorithms. These puzzles are quite suitable for explaining the basic techniques of algorithms, which show how to solve these puzzles.

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The First Commandment

**A master assassin. A vendetta years in the making. And a counter terrorism operative who will risk everything — even treason — to keep the people he loves alive.**
Brad Thor, the *New York Times* bestselling author of *Takedown,* delivers an explosive international thriller featuring Navy SEAL turned Homeland Security operative Scot Harvath, who somewhere, somehow, has left the wrong person alive.
“Thou shalt not negotiate with terrorists…”
**Six months ago:** In the dead of the night, five of the most dangerous detainees in the war on terror are pulled from their isolation cells in Guantanamo Bay, held at gunpoint, and told to strip off their orange jumpsuits. Issued civilian clothes and driven to the base airfield, they are loaded aboard a Boeing 727 and set free.
**Present day:** Covert counterterrorism agent Scot Harvath awakens to discover that his world has changed violently — and forever. A sadistic assassin with a personal vendetta is wreaking havoc of biblical proportions. Unleashing nightmarish horrors on those closest to Harvath, the attacker thrusts everything Harvath holds dear — including his life — into absolute peril.
Ordered by the president to stay out of the investigation, Harvath is forced to mount his own operation to uncover the conspiracy and to exact revenge. When he discovers a connection between the attacks and a group of prisoners secretly released from Guantanamo, Harvath must ask himself previously unthinkable questions about the organizations and the nation he has spent his life serving.
A renegade from his own government, Harvath will place his life on the line as his search for the truth draws him into a showdown with one of the most dangerous men on the face of the earth.
Brad Thor roars through this nonstop adventure full of international intrigue, twisted betrayals, and ultimate revenge.

The Firm

The Firm by John Grisham
For a young lawyer on the make, it was an offer he couldn’t refuse: a position at a law firm where the bucks, billable hours, and benefits are over the top. It’s a dream job for an up-and-comer–if he can overlook the uneasy feeling he gets at the office. Then an FBI investigation plunges the straight and narrow attorney into a nightmare of terror and intrigue, with no choice but to pit his wits, ethics, and legal skills against the firm’s deadly secrets–if he hopes to stay alive . . .

Firewall

Stopping to use a cash machine one evening, a man falls to the ground: dead. A taxi driver is brutally murdered by two teenage girls who demonstrate a complete lack of remorse. One girl escapes police custody and disappears without trace. Soon afterwards, a blackout covers half the country. When an engineer arrives at the malfunctioning power station, he makes a grisly discovery…

Inspector Kurt Wallander is sure that these events must be linked – somehow. Hampered by the discovery of betrayals in his own team, lonely and frustrated, Wallander begins to lose conviction in his role as a detective.

And somehow these criminals seem always to know the police’s next move.

**Recensie(s)**

Firewall is the eighth of his investigations, and the most enjoyable yet * Guardian * Another gripping Inspector Wallander mystery by Sweden’s master crime writer * The Times * Enormously enjoyable — Jessica Mann * Sunday Telegraph * Firewall cracks along at a punishing pace… I am already hankering for a return to Ystad and a few more sleepless nights traipsing after Kurt * Observer * Kurt Wallander is right up there with Ian Rankin’s John Rebus * Waterstone’s Books Quarterly *
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Firestarter

SUMMARY: You are about to meet the sweetest, most irresistible little girl you’ve ever known–8-year-old Charlie McGee. She’s everything that a proud father like Andy McGee could want–and all that he can fear. For Charlie was born with the most destructive power a human being has ever commanded–and somehow she must be saved from both herself and from those in high places who want to use her as their weapon.

Fireflies

Fireflies: A Father’s Classic Tale of Love and Loss by David Morrell
Morrell recounts the powerful story of watching his 15-year-old son wage a heroic but doomed struggle with bone cancer–an unforgettable story of fierce love, impenetrable loss, and an unexpected, breathtaking encounter with the miraculous.