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Marianna Sirca

Jan Kozma’s translation of Marianna Sirca is the near-literal rendering of a novel written by Grazia Deledda (1871-1936), the celebrated Italian author from Sardinia who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1926. Almost all of Deledda’s stories treat the lives, loves, tragedies, and triumphs of the author’s native land – the remote, isolated, and often forbidding island of Sardinia. This new translation includes an introduction that highlights the salient episodes of Grazia Deledda’s life and which situates Marianna Sirca both literarily within the author’s opera omnia and as part of the general literary trends of the early European twentieth century. Jan Kozma presents the homonymous protagonist, Marianna Sirca, as one of the great literary precursors of the liberated, independent, modern woman – an ironic twist, given the repressive culture in which Marianna lives. The translator also provides numerous explanatory foot-notes that elucidate particular arcane aspects of Sardinian life in the late nineteenth century.

Marching Through Peachtree

**FREE THE BLONDES!**
(America’s Civil War Turned Upside Down)
A terrible civil war was tearing apart the kingdom of Detina, a land which could no longer be half serf and half free. When the new ruler, King Avram, announced his intent to liberate the blond serfs upon which the northern provinces depended, Detina was torn in two, and the rebellious north took Avram’s cousin, Grand Duke Geoffrey, as their king.
Neither side could expect an easy victory. The south was larger and wealthier, but the north had better soldiers and more powerful wizards. Led by officers riding unicorns, supplied by flying carpets, both sides had been clashing for three years when Count Thraxton, a conceited wizardgeneral whose opinions of his spell-casting ability far outstripped the reality, bungled a spell which backfired disastrously against his own side, giving the Unionists a decisive victory.
But the war was far from over: Thraxton the idiot had been relieved of command; which meant that the south faced a far more competent general: Joseph the Gamecock. And Joseph and his troops were determined to hold Peachtree Province against the loyalist troops. They had occupied Rockface Rise, which offered only two narrow places where the Unionists could come at them, and had further fortified it with trenches and catapults. When the southern army attacked, they would face formidable obstacles both natural and manmade, as well as the repeating crossbows of the troops and the deadly sorcerous storm and lightning wielded by the northern wizards.
Still, the very survival of Detina as one united realm was at stake, and King Avram’s forces had no choice but to attack, no matter what the odds, no matter how desperate the situation ….
At the publisher’s request, this title is sold without DRM (Digital Rights Management).
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March Upcountry

EDITORIAL REVIEW: **The Royal Brat is in Trouble** Roger Ramius Sergei Chiang MacClintock didn’t understand. He was young, handsome, athletic, an *excellent* dresser, and third in line for the Throne of Man…so why wouldn’t anyone at Court *trust* him? Why wouldn’t even his own mother, the Empress, explain *why* they didn’t trust him? Or why the very mention of his father’s name was forbidden at Court? Or why his mother had decided to pack him off to a backwater planet aboard what was little more than a tramp freighter to represent her at a local political event better suited to a third assistant undersecretarv of state? It probably wasn’t too surprising that someone in his position should react by becoming spoiled, selfcentered and petulant. After all, what else did he have to do with his life? But that was before a saboteur tried to blow up his transport. Then warships of the Empire of Man’s worst rivals shot the crippled vessel out of space. Then Roger found himself shipwrecked on the planet Marduk, whose jungles were full of damnbeasts, killerpillars, carnivorous plants, torrential rain, and barbarian hordes with really *bad* dispositions. Now all Roger has to do is hike halfway around the entire planet, then capture a spaceport from the Bad Guys, somehow commandeer a starship, and then go home to Mother for explanations. Fortunately, Roger has an ace in the hole: Bravo Company of Bronze Battalion of The Empress’ Own Regiment. If anyone can get him off Marduk alive, it’s the Bronze Barbarians. Assuming that Prince Roger manages to grow up before he gets all of them killed.

March to the Sea

SOME DAYS IT JUST DOESN’T PAY TO
GET OUT OF YOUR SLEEPING BAG.
The successor to March Upcountry
It wasn’t so much that Prince Roger and his surviving remnant of elite bodyguards are marooned on a barbarian planet. Or that they have been on continuous operations for so long they are getting shocky. Or that they still have half a planet to cross. Or that they are basically out of ammunition for their plasma and bead rifles and just about out of cash. Sure, those are all problems, but they’re not the real problem.
No, the problem is Roger is in love. With one of his bodyguards. And the romance is not going well. Damnbeast Sure. Vampiric moths Okay. Screaming waves of barbarians No problem. But when you have Nimashet Despreaux and Prince Roger Ramius Sergei Chiang MacClintock at sword’s point, that’s real danger.
And it’s just the beginning.
To get to the distant port that is their only way off the planet, they’ll be forced to battle enraged monsters, displaced mercenaries, religious fanatics and a barbarian horde to shame the Huns. Along the way they’ll have to recreate the Reformation, the Renaissance and the Industrial Revolution. And do it all in a context their four-armed, horned, grizzly-bear sized native allies can handle.
It will strain all their experience and knowledge, as the most elite, the most multitalented and above all the toughest bodyguards in human space. But the really hard part will be keeping Roger and Nimashet from killing each other.
At the publisher’s request, this title is sold without DRM (Digital Rights Management).
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### From Publishers Weekly
In this admirable continuation of the authors’ March Upcountry (2001), Prince Roger McClintock and his diminishing band of Royal Marines are still on the soggy, hot planet Marduk and still having an interesting time. Their way to the sea and their ultimate goal is barred not only by jungle, swamp, weird wildlife and local politics, but also by a wandering barbarian horde known as the Boman. In addition, the Marines’ technological advantage is shrinking faster than their numbers, their vitamins may run out before they reach safety and the course of true or any other love for the prince and female sergeant Nimashet Despreaux is not running smoothly. However, human and Mardukan are able to combine resources including the engineering skills of the city of Diaspra, the wealth of the port city of K’Vaern’s Cove, and the military talents of Marine Captain Pahner, exiled Mardukan prince Raster and formidable general Bistem Kar to generate both weaponry and tactics to defeat the Boman. The development of a Mardukan combined-arms force will fascinate sophisticated readers (the manual of arms for a four-armed, 10-foot soldier is a thing of beauty), while the overthrow of the Boman will grip straightforward action lovers in spite of the staggering body count. And there’s the distinct hint of at least one more volume about Prince Roger’s homeward journey at the end of this one, a hint that will please many. (Aug.)
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.
### From Library Journal
Stranded on the hostile planet Marduk and charged with the protection of Prince Roger, Tertiary Heir to the Throne of Man, the Bronze Battalion of the Empress’s Own company of elite soldiers makes its tortuous way toward the sea and their only hope of returning home. This fast-paced sequel to March Upcountry continues the odyssey of men and women caught in a struggle for survival and determined to maintain their courage and humor in the face of overwhelming odds. Coauthors Weber (the Honor Harrington series) and Ringo (A Hymn Before Battle) excel in depicting the lives and times of soldiers both on and off the battlefield. With particular appeal to fans of military sf, this title belongs in most sf collections.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Manual of Zen Buddhism

Daisetsu Teitaro Suzuki was a Japanese author of books and essays on Buddhism, Zen and Shin that were instrumental in spreading interest in both Zen and Shin (and Far Eastern philosophy in general) to the West. Suzuki was also a prolific translator of Chinese, Japanese, and Sanskrit literature. Suzuki spent several lengthy stretches teaching or lecturing at Western universities, and devoted many years to a professorship at Otani University, a Japanese Buddhist school.Besides living in the United States, Suzuki traveled through Europe before taking up a professorship back in Japan. In 1911, Suzuki married Beatrice Erskine Lane, a Radcliffe graduate and Theosophist with multiple contacts with the Baha Faith both in America and in Japan. Later Suzuki himself joined the Theosophical Society Adyar and was an active Theosophist. While he was in Kyoto, he visited Dr. Hoseki Shinichi Hisamatsu, a famous Zen Buddhist scholar, and discussed Zen Buddhism together at Shunkoin temple in the Myoshinji temple complex.In 1921 he and his wife, Beatrice, founded the Eastern Buddhist Society; the Society is focused on Mahayana Buddhism and offers lectures and seminars, and publishes a scholarly journal. Besides teaching about Zen practice and the history of Zen (Chinese Chan) Buddhism, Suzuki was an expert scholar on the related philosophy called, in Japanese, Kegon, which he thought of as the intellectual explication of Zen experience.In addition to his popularly oriented works, Suzuki wrote a translation of the Lankavatara Sutra and a commentary on its Sanskrit terminology. He looked in on the efforts of Saburo Hasegawa, Judith Tyberg, Alan Watts and the others who worked in the California Academy of Asian Studies (now known as the California Institute of Integral Studies), in San Francisco in the 1950s.Suzuki is often linked to the Kyoto School of philosophy, but he is not considered one of its official members. Suzuki took an interest in other traditions besides Zen. His book Zen and Japanese Buddhism delved into the history and scope of interest of all the major Japanese Buddhist sects.In his later years, he began to explore the Jodo Shinshu faith of his mother’s upbringing, and gave guest lectures on Jodo Shinshu Buddhism at the Buddhist Churches of America. D.T. Suzuki also produced an incomplete English translation of the Kyogyoshinsho, the magnum opus of Shinran, founder of the Jodo Shinshu school. However, Suzuki did not attempt to popularize the Shin doctrine in the West, as he believed Zen was better suited to the Western preference for Eastern mysticism, though he is quoted as saying that Jodo Shinshu Buddhism is the “most remarkable development of Mahayana Buddhism ever achieved in East Asia”. Suzuki also took an interest in Christian mysticism and in some of the most significant mystics of the West, for example, Meister Eckhart, whom he compared with the Jodo Shinshu followers called Myokonin. Suzuki was among the first to bring research on the Myokonin to audiences outside Japan as well.Suzuki’s books have been widely read and commented on by many important figures. A notable example is An Introduction to Zen Buddhism, which includes a commentary by famous analytical psychologist Carl Jung. Other works include Essays in Zen Buddhism, Studies in Zen Buddhism, and Manual of Zen Buddhism. Additionally, American philosopher William Barrett has compiled many of Suzuki’s articles and essays concerning Zen into a volume entitled Zen Buddhism.”Suzuki believed that the Far Eastern peoples had a more sensitive or attuned to nature than either the people of Europe or those of Northern India.Suzuki subscribed to the idea that religions are each a sort of organism, an organism that is (through time) subject to “irritation” and having a capacity to change or evolve.
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Manual of the Warrior of Light

SUMMARY: ‘The Manual of the Warrior of Light’ is a handbook that shows human beings how to live as spiritual beings in the material world. This exciting new edition includes exclusive content, such as an interview with the author, in-depth background information on the book, recommended books if you liked this one, and much more.’The Manual of the Warrior of Light’ is an invitation to each of us to live our dream, to embrace the uncertainty of life, and to rise to meet our own unique destiny. In his inimitable style, Paulo Coelho helps us to discover the warrior of light within each of us.With inspiring short passages, we are invited to embark upon the way of the warrior: the one who appreciates the miracle of being alive, the one who accepts failure and the one whose quest leads him to become the person he wants to be.

The Manual of Detection

**In this tightly plotted yet mind-expanding debut novel, an unlikely detective, armed only with an umbrella and a singular handbook, must untangle a string of crimes committed in and through people’s dreams**
In an unnamed city always slick with rain, Charles Unwin toils as a clerk at a huge, imperious detective agency. All he knows about solving mysteries comes from the reports he’s filed for the illustrious detective Travis Sivart. When Sivart goes missing and his supervisor turns up murdered, Unwin is suddenly promoted to detective, a rank for which he lacks both the skills and the stomach. His only guidance comes from his new assistant, who would be perfect if she weren’t so sleepy, and from the pithy yet profound *Manual of Detection* (think *The Art of War* as told to Damon Runyon).
Unwin mounts his search for Sivart, but is soon framed for murder, pursued by goons and gunmen, and confounded by the infamous femme fatale Cleo Greenwood. Meanwhile, strange and troubling questions proliferate: why does the mummy at the Municipal Museum have modern-day dental work? Where have all the city’s alarm clocks gone? Why is Unwin’s copy of the manual missing Chapter 18?
When he discovers that Sivart’s greatest cases – including the Three Deaths of Colonel Baker and the Man Who Stole November 12th – were solved incorrectly, Unwin must enter the dreams of a murdered man and face a criminal mastermind bent on total control of a slumbering city.
*The Manual of Detection* will draw comparison to every work of imaginative fiction that ever blew a reader’s mind – from Carlos Ruiz Zafón to Jorge Luis Borges, from *The Big Sleep* to *The Yiddish Policeman’s Union*. But, ultimately, it defies comparison; it is a brilliantly conceived, meticulously realized novel that will change what you think about how you think.

Mani Di Luce

COME CURARE E CURARSI TRAMITE IL CAMPO ENERGETICO UMANO.
«Mani di luce» è un libro illuminante che spalanca le porte sulle infinite possibilità dell’uomo «intero», l’uomo in cui spirito e materia sono uniti e si potenziano a vicenda. È un messaggio di amore e di accettazione nei confronti di se stessi e dell’universo. Una dimostrazione estremamente convincente della compatibilità fra intelligenza e visione positiva dell’esistenza. Una prospettiva che concilia il mondo della scienza e quello dello spirito. Una guida preziosa e semplice alla guarigione e alla conservazione della salute.
Che cos’è l’energia? Da tempo la fisica moderna ha superato la distinzione fra materiale e immateriale: indagando sempre più a fondo nella materia, fino a raggiungere il livello subatomico della realtà, ha scoperto che tutto è fatto di energia. La materia, lo spirito, le emozioni non sono che gradi diversi di cristallizzazione dell’energia. Tutti i fenomeni, dunque, partecipano di un unico flusso energetico e ogni cosa è in costante trasformazione. Ogni persona è dotata di energia e può impiegarla per guarire se stessa e gli altri, e per conservare la salute psicofisica. Questo libro porta alla sua naturale conclusione la scoperta dei fenomeni psicosomatici e offre un quadro completo del retroterra che dovrebbe appartenere a ogni pranoterapeuta.

Manhunt

Manhunt by Janet Evanovich
A woman with a talent for numbers, Alexandra Scott wanted to escape the rat race and go someplace where the men outnumber the women. Trading in her Wall Street job and fancy condo for a rundown cabin in the woods. She’s now Alaskan Wilderness Woman. It isn’t long before she finds exactly what she’s looking for: one sexy pilot named Michael Casey. But this confirmed bachelor has no intentions of getting caught in any woman’s crosshairs — especially a hunter as appealing as Alex. It’ll take skill, determination, and a little romantic persuasion for this big-game hunter to bag her prey.

Manhattan Mayhem

From Wall Street to Harlem, the borough of Manhattan is the setting for all-new stories of mystery, murder, and suspense, presented by best-selling author Mary Higgins Clark and featuring an exclusive Jack Reacher story by Lee Child, as well as other takes from top Mystery Writers of America authors.
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In Lee Child’s “The Picture of the Lonely Diner,” legendary drifter Jack Reacher interrupts a curious stand-off in the shadow of the Flatiron Building. In Jeffery Deaver’s “The Baker of Bleecker Street,” an Italian immigrant becomes ensnared in WWII espionage. And in “The Five-Dollar Dress,” Mary Higgins Clark unearths the contents of a mysterious hope chest found in an apartment on Union Square. With additional stories from T. Jefferson Parker, S. J. Rozan, Nancy Pickard, Ben H. Winters, Brendan DuBois, Persia Walker, Jon L. Breen, N. J. Ayres, Angela Zeman, Thomas H. Cook, Judith Kelman, Margaret Maron, Justin Scott, and Julie Hyzy, Manhattan Mayhem is teeming with red herrings, likely suspects, and thoroughly satisfying mysteries.

**Recensie(s)**

Looking to take a literary vacation? Head to Manhattan with Manhattan Mayhem. – Creative Loafing MWA Grand Master Clark has assembled an impressive roster of talent for this strong anthology…The MWA has once again produced an anthology that’s a must for every mystery fan. –Publishers Weekly
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Manhattan Beach

Una grande casa di mattoni dorati con tende da sole a strisce verdi e gialle che svolazzano dalle finestre affacciate sulla spiaggia, mancano quattro giorni a Natale e fa un freddo cane. Anna Kerrigan, dodici anni, accompagna il padre a far visita a Dexter Styles, un uomo potente che spadroneggia su mezza New York e che, intuisce, è decisivo per la sopravvivenza della sua famiglia. Anna è ipnotizzata dal mare e dall’aria di mistero che sembra circondare la conversazione tra i due adulti.Anni dopo, suo padre è scomparso e l’America si sta preparando a entrare nella Seconda guerra mondiale. File di navi militari punteggiano l’orizzonte davanti ai cantieri navali dove Anna ha trovato lavoro, ora che alle donne è permesso sostituire gli uomini mentre sono al fronte.Anna è audace e combattiva – diventerà la prima donna palombaro! -, pronta a superare tutte le linee che dividono il mondo maschile da quello femminile, i ritrovi per le chiacchiere di signorine nubili dai nightclub dove gangster e ragazze spavalde ballano scatenati. Ed è qui che una sera rivede Dexter Styles e comincia a intuire i misteri che aleggiano attorno alla scomparsa di suo padre. È l’inizio di molti cambiamenti, nella vita di Anna e della sua famiglia, nella storia di New York.Jennifer Egan rovescia ancora una volta ogni aspettativa e scrive un romanzo storico, a modo suo. Seguendo Dexter e Anna in un mondo popolato da criminali, marinai, sommozzatori, banchieri aristocratici e uomini del sindacato, immortala le trasformazioni destinate a segnare l’intero secolo: gli anni in cui le donne conquistano libertà e indipendenza, l’America diventa una grande potenza militare, la malavita si mescola all’alta società newyorkese e ai gangster succede una nuova generazione senza scrupoli.Con la sicurezza abbagliante dei grandi scrittori, Jennifer Egan dà vita a un romanzo destinato a entrare nel canone della letteratura cogliendo in maniera magistrale un momento decisivo nella storia degli uomini e delle donne, dell’America e del mondo intero.Jennifer Egan è nata a Chicago. Ha trascorso l’adolescenza viaggiando per il mondo e solo a trent’anni si è stabilita a New York. Ha pubblicato i romanzi La figlia dei fiori, Guardami, La fortezza, Scatola nera. Nel 2011, con Il tempo è un bastardo, ha vinto il Premio Pulitzer. È unanimemente riconosciuta come una delle voci più importanti della narrativa americana contemporanea.

Manga Workshop Characters

Create your own manga characters!

The manga universe is diverse–full of cute chibis, soulful romantics, cunning villains and sassy schoolgirls. Whether you want to tell love stories, create fantasy worlds or explore the drama of everyday life, you can do it with the help of self-taught manga artist and YouTube celebrity Sophie-Chan. You’ll learn to draw personality-filled characters and create unique manga stories from start to finish, even if you’ve never drawn manga before!

Inside Manga Workshop:

* 30+ start-to-finish demonstrations teach you to draw women, men and children of all ages, perspectives and personality types, including classic manga schoolgirls, the boy next door, businesswomen, rock stars and gothic vampires.

* The Face. Using simple shapes, draw different eyes, noses and mouths to create endless expressions, from blushing surprise and happiness to full-blown tears–even cool hairstyles!

* The Figure. Follow easy guidelines to create proportionate characters–chibis and children, high schoolers and warriors–and place them in scenes. Plus, learn the secrets to drawing accurate hands and feet, including shoes!

* Color. Learn to color your manga with colored pencil, markers and digital drawing programs to reflect setting, genre, time of day and personality traits.

* Bonus pages show variations on facial expressions, common poses, extra outfits and how to use each in your story, plus special drawing demos, including an angel, vampire, witch, a magical cat and Chan’s own characters.

Includes publishing tips, words of advice and insider secrets!

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Manga Touch

Manga Touch by Jacqueline Pearce
Dana is excited about her school trip to Japan despite the fact that she is surrounded by the Melly Mob, “in-crowd” kids who make fun of her. Dana is certain she will be less of an outsider in Japan, home of manga and anime. But she soon discovers that it’s just as difficult to fit in with a foreign culture as it is to fit in at school. And the only other manga fan that she meets refuses to talk to her. As Dana learns to meet people halfway and gains some friends in Japan, Melissa, leader of the Melly Mob, makes every effort to remind her that she’s still an outsider.

Manga Magic

What do you get when you cross popular manga style with legends of old? Manga Magic! In this one-of-a-kind guide, beloved and prolific manga artist Supittha “Annie” Bunyapen (a.k.a. Ecthelian on deviantART) shows you how to put original spins on popular fantasy figures and creatures, with insight on everything from what they wear to where they dwell. Inside, you’ll learn how to:
* Develop fantastic characters–from basic anatomy to important details like hair and skin tones.
* Design costumes fit for a goddess (or fairy, or Pan, or what-have-you) right down to armor, jewelry and footwear.
* Color with confidence. Achieve various results using basic watercolor techniques, special effects and markers.
* Set the scene with great backgrounds–from aerial views to underwater scenes.
* Bring it all together, step by step. 20+ start-to-finish demos feature a variety of mythic characters, from wood nymphs and Golem, to multiple gods and goddesses.
Whether you base your characters on traditional Greek mythology, Japanese folklore or fantastical renditions of your own imagining, this guide will lead you step by step through the creation of your own magical manga worlds!
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The Manga Guide to Calculus

Noriko is just getting started as a junior reporter for the *Asagake Times*. She wants to cover the hard-hitting issues, like world affairs and politics, but does she have the smarts for it? Thankfully, her overbearing and math-minded boss, Mr. Seki, is here to teach her how to analyze her stories with a mathematical eye.
In *The Manga Guide to Calculus*, you’ll follow along with Noriko as she learns that calculus is more than just a class designed to weed out would-be science majors. You’ll see that calculus is a useful way to understand the patterns in physics, economics, and the world around us, with help from real-world examples like probability, supply and demand curves, the economics of pollution, and the density of Shochu (a Japanese liquor).
Mr. Seki teaches Noriko how to:
–Use differentiation to understand a function’s rate of change
–Apply the fundamental theorem of calculus, and grasp the relationship between a function’s derivative and its integral
–Integrate and differentiate trigonometric and other complicated functions
–Use multivariate calculus and partial differentiation to deal with tricky functions
–Use Taylor Expansions to accurately imitate difficult functions with polynomials
Whether you’re struggling through a calculus course for the first time or you just need a painless refresher, you’ll find what you’re looking for in *The Manga Guide to Calculus*.
This EduManga book is a translation from a bestselling series in Japan, co-published with Ohmsha, Ltd. of Tokyo, Japan.
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### Recensione
“*The Manga Guide to Calculus* would make an excellent supplement for anyone seeking a firmer intuitive grasp of the subject. It is entertaining, and it does an excellent job of exploring the meaning and relevance of calculus to the physical world.”
—Mathematical Association of America
### Sinossi
Noriko is just getting started as a junior reporter for the *Asagake Times*. She wants to cover the hard-hitting issues, like world affairs and politics, but does she have the smarts for it? Thankfully, her overbearing and math-minded boss, Mr. Seki, is here to teach her how to analyze her stories with a mathematical eye.
In *The Manga Guide to Calculus*, you’ll follow along with Noriko as she learns that calculus is more than just a class designed to weed out would-be science majors. You’ll see that calculus is a useful way to understand the patterns in physics, economics, and the world around us, with help from real-world examples like probability, supply and demand curves, the economics of pollution, and the density of Shochu (a Japanese liquor).
Mr. Seki teaches Noriko how to:
–Use differentiation to understand a function’s rate of change
–Apply the fundamental theorem of calculus, and grasp the relationship between a function’s derivative and its integral
–Integrate and differentiate trigonometric and other complicated functions
–Use multivariate calculus and partial differentiation to deal with tricky functions
–Use Taylor Expansions to accurately imitate difficult functions with polynomials
Whether you’re struggling through a calculus course for the first time or you just need a painless refresher, you’ll find what you’re looking for in *The Manga Guide to Calculus*.
This EduManga book is a translation from a bestselling series in Japan, co-published with Ohmsha, Ltd. of Tokyo, Japan.