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Bat Out of Spell

Welcome to Eternal Springs, home to more than a thousand “normal” people and four feisty witches. Just a tip, the witches are more fun.
Especially Skye Thornton, an air witch about town who would rather be on the mainland than a touristy island that’s home to four climate zones and a gaping hole under the local school that allows monsters to creep through and wreak havoc on the community.
A reporter, Skye likes to be in the thick of things – she’s a busybody and proud of it – until she quite literally trips over a dead body at the island resort. In quick order, she finds herself fighting off monsters while trying to discover one of the human variety.
Since she can’t keep clear of trouble, Skye is determined to track down a murderer, fight off a wishing well beast and stay away from a local security chief who she’s always hated … or has she?
It’s a full slate of activity for Skye and her witchy friends. The laughs and insults will be flying fast and furious. Of course, so will the danger.
Look out world, here come four witches with attitude, and they’re not taking any prisoners.
This is book 1 in a 4-book series. For more information on the author, please visit amandamlee.net

The Basics of Digital Privacy

Who’s watching you online? These days, it’s hard to be sure. But the recent Edward Snowden revelations of NSA data mining and the constant threat of identity theft from criminals mean your privacy is in jeopardy.

The Basics of Digital Privacy teaches you how to protect the privacy of your data and your identity while surfing, searching, and interacting with others in a virtual world. Author Denny Cherry teaches professionals how to keep huge databases secure, and he will introduce you to the basic concepts of protecting your identity, your financial data, and your personal information from prying eyes while using your computer and smartphone. You’ll learn how to stay connected and conduct business online, while protecting your privacy with every keystroke and click.

The Basics of Digital Privacy gives you clear, non-technical explanations of how to safely store personal information online, create secure usernames and passwords for websites, and participate in social media without compromising your privacy. Learn how to find out who’s watching you online, and what the law has to say about your privacy rights. A great resource for anyone who ventures into the online world on a daily basis!

* The most straightforward and up-to-date guide to privacy for anyone who goes online for work, school, or personal use

* Real-world examples show you how cyber criminals commit their crimes, and what you can do to keep your identity and your data safe

* Written by author Denny Cherry, who teaches top security professionals how to protect huge databases of information

* Learn the best ways to create secure passwords, chat, text, email and conduct business online without compromising your identity and your personal data

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Basic Writings of Nietzsche

1. Nietzsche remains one of the most influential philosophers of our time. As Walter Kaufmann notes, ‘No other philosopher since Plato and Aristotle, with the exception of Kant and Hegel, has influenced so many widely different thinkers and writers so profoundly.’ What are some of the main aspects of Nietzsche’s influence, and what are some of the factors that account for his tremendous and enduring influence? 2. One of Nietzsche’s major themes is the idea of ‘the eternal recurrence.’ What do you think Nietzsche was attempting to do with this idea? What does he seem to mean by it? What are its implications? 3. As Peter Gay notes, Nietzsche has been one of the most persistently misunderstood writers in the history of Western thought. What are some of the misunderstandings that have attended his work? Are some thinkers more easily misappropriated than others? 4. Nietzsche’s style is particularly iconoclastic and unique; as Walter Kaufmann notes, ‘Nietzsche clearly wanted to be read with a delighted awareness of nuances of style and thought.’ Discuss how Nietzsche’s style-which often condenses complex ideas into seemingly simple phrases-works to inform your reading or understanding of his thought. Is Nietzsche’s style inseparable from his meaning? 5. One of Nietzsche’s favorite devices is the aphorism. Why is this form significant for Nietzsche? What does he accomplish by writing in this way? Can all of his writing be said to be in some way aphoristic? 6. For Nietzsche, the most important philosophy is always ‘untimely,’ and Nietzsche had a particularly complicated and contentious relationship toward many of his contemporaries, for instance Wagner. Discuss Nietzsche’s various attitudes toward his contemporaries as stated in Basic Writings, and conversely the ideas, figures, and ways of thinking that Nietzsche seems to find most sympathetic to his own philosophy. 7. Nietzsche has been considered a nihilist, and also a philosopher who more than anything sought to transcend nihilism. Discuss the idea of nihilism in broad terms, and Nietzsche’s use or development of this idea. 8. What, for Nietzsche, is the ‘will to power’? 9. Throughout Nietzsche’s work is a call for a new philosophy, for radical breaks with various conventional ideas and methodologies, and for new philosophers. What are some of Nietzsche’s hopes for the future of philosophy?

Barron’s SAT Math Workbook

This workbook’s fifth edition has been updated to reflect questions and question types appearing on the most recent tests.
Hundreds of math questions in both multiple-choice and grid-in formats with worked out solutions Math strategies to help test-takers approach and correctly answer question types that might be unfamiliar to them All questions answered and explained
Here is intensive preparation for the SAT’s all-important Math section, and a valuable learning tool for college-bound students who need extra help in math and feel the need to raise their math scores.

Barren

*New York Times* best-selling author Peter V. Brett returns to his groundbreaking Demon Cycle series with this enthralling novella – the latest story set in his much-loved fantasy world.
Each night, the world is overrun by bloodthirsty demons. For centuries, humanity survived only by hiding behind defensive wards – magical symbols with the power to repel the demons. Now, the rediscovery of long-forgotten combat wards has given them the magic they need to fight back.
In Tibbet’s Brook, the fighting wards have brought change, but the factions and grudges of a troubled past remain. Selia Square, the woman they call Barren, has long been the force that holds the Brook together. As a terrifying new threat emerges, she rallies her people once again.
But Selia has a past of her own. And in a small community, the personal and the political can never be divided. If Tibbet’s Brook is to survive, Selia must uncover memories she has buried deep – the woman she once was, the woman she once loved – and retell their story.

Barrel Fever

In David Sedaris’s world, no one is safe and no cow is sacred. A manic cross between Mark Leyner, Fran Lebowitz and the National Enquirer, Sedaris’s collection of stories and essays is a rollicking tour through the American Zeitgeist: a man who is loved too much flees the heavyweight champion of the world; a teenage suicide tried to incite a lynch mob at her funeral; and in his essays, David Sedaris considers the hazards of rewards of smoking, writing for Giantess magazine, and living with his scrappy brother Paul, aka ‘The Rooster’. With a perfect eye and a voice infused with as much empathy as wit, Sedaris writes and reads stories and essays that target the soulful ridiculousness of our behaviour. Barrel Fever is like a blind date with modern life – and anything can happen.
**Recensie(s)**

BOSTON Globe New YORKER * ‘David and Amy Sedaris have a deadpan delivery as ironic as the words they read. The two of them create a nuclear barrage of humour you could never replicate by reading this material on your own’ * #NAME? * ‘A satirical brazenness that holds up next to Twain and Nathaneal West’ * I don’t very often find myself moved by a book to emit loud noises in public, but when I first read David Sedaris’s essays and short stories, they made me laugh so hard I had to stop taking them on the tube. All his collections are good but ‘Barrel Fever * is the best’ *
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Bared to You

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Sylvia Day comes the first novel in the Crossfire series—a provocative masterstroke of abandon and obsession that redefined the meaning of desire, and became a global phenomenon. Gideon Cross came into my life like lightning in the darkness…   He was beautiful and brilliant, jagged and white-hot. I was drawn to him as I’d never been to anything or anyone in my life. I craved his touch like a drug, even knowing it would weaken me. I was flawed and damaged, and he opened those cracks in me so easily…   Gideon knew. He had demons of his own. And we would become the mirrors that reflected each other’s most private wounds…and desires.   The bonds of his love transformed me, even as I prayed that the torment of our pasts didn’t tear us apart…

Bared for Her Bear

Wylde Bears, 1
February “Ary” Felina, an ocelot shifter with a weight complex, knows going out on her dirty thirty birthday is a bad idea, especially when she ends up in Charlie Wylde’s bed. The big, powerful alpha bear shifter is known in the town of Sweet Water for never having the same female twice. But that one-night stand turns into a disaster when the condom breaks.
When Charlie sees Ary for the first time he wants her. The bear in him needs to mark and claim her until everyone knows she is his. When she tells him she is pregnant and he’s the father, he has no choice but to step up and take care of her and his baby. It was only supposed to be that one night of pleasure, so when a jackal shifter comes sniffing around her, can Charlie show him that a bear always takes care of what’s his?
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Bardisms

William Shakespeare’s plays and poetry make up a vast repository of wit and wisdom, of insight and passion. For the momentous events in our lives—the ones that call for some memorable remarks or a great toast—the Bard is the perfect speechwriter. On any occasion, chances are there’s a Shakespeare quote that’s fitting. The challenge, of course, is finding the right one.Enter Barry Edelstein. One of the top Shakespeare directors and teachers in the country, he can help you pick the perfect “Bardism,” pronounce it with style, and craft an elegant speech, talk, or missive around it.Bardisms provides the best of Shakespeare’s wisdom, with passages that mark the special times as well as the everyday:A wedding vow: “To you I give myself, for I am yours.”—As You Like ItFor your darling little girl: “You gods, look down / And from your sacred vials pour your graces / Upon my daughter’s head.”—The Winter’s TaleBirthday greeting: “To me, fair friend, you can never be old;”—Sonnet 104Time to party: “Let’s mock the midnight bell.”—Antony and CleopatraOn reputation: “Good name in man and woman, dear my lord, / Is the immediate jewel of their souls.”—OthelloEdelstein takes the reader step by step through each Shakespeare quote, providing eminently helpful tips for speaking the lines like a pro. The book is organized chronologically, covering all stages of life—from childbirth to commencement, marriage, the workplace, old age, and all the significant events in between.Bardisms celebrates Shakespeare’s genius with a wealth of fascinating tidbits about his life and times, his work and his art. Edelstein explores what it is about Shakespeare’s writing that makes it so fitting for important moments: his perfect balance of wit and sentimentality; his boundless imagination; his ability to express emotion at its purest; and his talent for communicating a complex thought in vivid and energetic terms.Most of all, Bardisms makes Shakespeare infinitely more accessible, lending a freshness and vitality to his writing and fostering a new appreciation for its usefulness in our lives. For anyone struggling to come up with the perfect words, in any situation, Bardisms is the ultimate resource.

Banquets of the Black Widowers

Six distinguished gentleman (Ph.D.’s all) and one invited guest dine monthly at New York’s elegant Milano restaurant. the Black Widowers, whose number includes the peerless waiter, Henry have an uncanny ability to elicit from each guest a story that is somehow problematic, unsolved, a mystery—even if the guest is unaware of the problem.
But the Black Widowers, equipped with plenty of erudition and intuition, eagerly tackle the puzzle—until Henry, quietly amassing the facts, delight them all with the answer.
Contents:
* Sixty Million Trillion Combinations
* The Woman in the Bar
* The Driver
* The Good Samaritan
* The Year of the Action
* Can You Prove It?
* The Phoenician Bauble
* A Monday in April
* Neither Brute Nor Human
* The Redhead
* The Wrong House
* The Intrusion

Banquet for the Damned

Few believed Professor Coldwell was in touch with an unseen world – that he could commune with spirits. But in Scotland’s oldest university town something has passed from darkness into light. And now the young are being haunted by night terrors. And those who are visited disappear.This is not a place for outsiders, especially at night. So what chance do a rootless musician and burnt-out explorer have of surviving their entanglement with an ageless supernatural evil and the ruthless cult that worships it?This chilling occult thriller is both a homage to the great age of British ghost stories and a pacy modern tale of diabolism and witchcraft.Praise for Banquet for the Damned:“Superbly readable and a delight from the first word to last, Banquet for the Damned announces a major new talent in the field of supernatural fiction.”The Third Alternative“A wonderful story wonderfully told, this chilling novel reaffirms the place (and importance) of traditional supernatural fiction in the twenty-first century.”Cemetary Dance

Bank Shot

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Dopo “The Hot Rock” continua la saga degli “Ineffabili cinque” e di Dortmunder, genio del crimine, l’uomo in grado di rubare qualsiasi cosa. Questa volta la banda viene coinvolta in una rapina che prevede il furto di un’intera banca (dato che la banca in questione si trova su quattro ruote). Le “solite complicazioni” e la sfortuna che sempre li perseguita, costringeranno i nostri a scappare inseguiti da tutta la polizia di New York. Il piano, minuziosamente ideato da Dortmunder, porta i ladri ad un finale comico: un rocambolesco inseguimento attraverso Long Island che diventa quasi un gioco a guardie e ladri, in un susseguirsi inarrestabile di colpi di scena.
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Band of Brothers

As good a rifle company as any, Easy Company, 506th Airborne Division, US Army, kept getting tough assignments–responsible for everything from parachuting into France early DDay morning to the capture of Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest at Berchtesgaden. In “Band of Brothers,” Ambrose tells of the men in this brave unit who fought, went hungry, froze & died, a company that took 150% casualties & considered the Purple Heart a badge of office. Drawing on hours of interviews with survivors as well as the soldiers’ journals & letters, Stephen Ambrose recounts the stories, often in the men’s own words, of these American heroes.
Foreword
“We wanted those wings”; Camp Toccoa, 7-12/42
“Stand up & hook up”; Benning, Mackall, Bragg, Shanks, 12/42-9/43
“Duties of the latrine orderly”; Aldbourne, 9/43-3/44
“Look out, Hitler! Here we come!”; Slapton Sands, Uppottery, 4/1-6/5/44
“Follow me”; Normandy, 6/6/44
“Move out!”; Carentan, 6/7-7/12/44
Healing wounds & scrubbed missions; Aldbourne, 7/13-9/16/44
“Hell’s highway”; Holland, 9/17-10/1/44
Island; Holland, 10/2-11/25/44
Resting, recovering & refitting: Mourmelon-le-Grand, 11/26-12/18/44
“They got us surrounded-the poor bastards”; Bastogne, 12/19-31/44
Breaking point; Bastogne, 1/1-13/45
Attack; Noville, 1/14-17/45
Patrol: Haguenau, 1/18-2/23/45
“Best feeling in the world”: Mourmelon, 2/25-4/2/45
Getting to know the enemy: Germany, 4/2-30/45
Drinking Hitler’s champagne; Berchtesgaden, 5/1-8/45
Soldier’s dream life; Austria, 5/8-7/31/45
Postwar careers; 1945-91
Acknowledgments & Sources
Index

Ballerina: Sex, Scandal, and Suffering Behind the Symbol of Perfection

Throughout her history, the ballerina has been perceived as the embodiment of beauty and perfection she is the feminine ideal. But the reality is another story. Beginning with the earliest ballerinas, who often led double lives as concubines, Deirdre Kelly goes on to review the troubled lives of 19th-century ballerinas, who lived in poverty and worked under torturous and even life-threatening conditions. In the 20th century, George Balanchine created a contradictory ballet culture that simultaneously idealized and oppressed ballerinas, and many of his dancers suffered from anorexia and bulimia or underwent cosmetic surgery to achieve the ideal ethereal form. At the beginning of the 21st century, ballerinas are still underpaid, vulnerable to arbitrary discrimination and dismissal, and expected to bear pain stoically but much of this is beginning to change. As Kelly examines the lives of some of the world’s best ballerinas, she argues for a rethinking of the world’s most graceful dance form a rethinking that would position the ballerina at its heart, where she belongs. Highlighting the work of such great ballerinas such as Anna Pavlova, Isadora Duncan, Suzanne Farrell, Gelsey Kirkland, and Evelyn Hart Kelly illustrates how the world of ballet is slowly evolving.
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Ball Lightning

‘Cixin Liu is the author of your next favourite sci-fi novel’ WIRED.

On his fourteenth birthday, right before his eyes, Chen’s parents are incinerated by a blast of ball lightning. Striving to make sense of this bizarre tragedy, he dedicates his life to a single goal: to unlock the secrets of this enigmatic natural phenomenon. His pursuit of ball lightning will take him far from home, across mountain peaks chasing storms and deep into highly classified subterranean laboratories as he slowly unveils a new frontier in particle physics.

Chen’s obsession gives purpose to his lonely life, but it can’t insulate him from the real world’s interest in his discoveries. He will be pitted against scientists, soldiers and governments with motives of their own: a physicist who has no place for moral judgement in his pursuit of knowledge; a beautiful army major obsessed with new ways to wage war; a desperate nation facing certain military defeat.

Conjuring awe-inspiring new worlds of cosmology and philosophy from meticulous scientific speculation, Ball Lightning has all the scope and imagination that so enthralled readers of Cixin Liu’s award-winning Three-Body trilogy.

**Recensie(s)**

‘As elusive as a Venusian scout ship and as deadly as a nest of vipers … Through these characters we learn an awful lot about ball lightning and it shows the author’s deep knowledge of physics, cosmology, meteorology and the politics and morality of scientific research’ Starburst. ‘A fascinating piece of speculative fiction … This is unsettling and thoughtful writing … Ball Lightning does what all the best science fiction does – it makes the reader look at the world around them anew, and makes them think about the possibilities of the future’ Big Issue. ‘A striking, strange and sometimes quite chewy standalone novel about the uneasy alliance between cutting-edge scientific research and the agencies that fund it’ SFX.
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Bake Sale Murder

In this book, ever since local developer Fred Stanton and his wife, Mimi, built five modular homes next door to Lucy Stone’s farmhouse, life just hasn’t been the same. With Mimi complaining about everything from the state of Lucy’s lawn to another neighbor’s lovable dog, quaint Tinker’s Cove, Maine, is now entangled in cul-de-sac politics and backstabbing. And when Mimi doesn’t show up for her shift at The Hat and Mitten Fund bake sale, the scent of burnt sugar leads Lucy to a shocking discovery – Mimi, face down on her kitchen floor – with a knife in her back. While the police start their investigation, Lucy gets busy writing up the murder for the local Pennysaver – and following a few leads of her own. Lucy knows the women in her neighborhood didn’t like Mimi, but they certainly didn’t want her dead… right? Could the murder have been committed by bossy Christine Cashman, an ex-marketing exec and current housewife who’s running this year’s bake sale like it’s a board meeting? Or Bonnie Burkhart, the wife of the high school’s football coach, who Mimi had actually threatened? And who is that mysterious homeless man skulking around the cemetery? Of course some people don’t appreciate Lucy’s snooping – including Mimi’s very belligerent son. But when a rock comes crashing through her living room window accompanied by a note telling her ‘you could be next’, Lucy’s more determined than ever to get to the bottom of things… even if it means breaking a few eggs along the way.