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Orphan Train

The author of Bird in Hand and The Way Life Should Be delivers her most ambitious and powerful novel to date: a captivating story of two very different women who build an unexpected friendship: a 91-year-old woman with a hidden past as an orphan-train rider and the teenage girl whose own troubled adolescence leads her to seek answers to questions no one has ever thought to ask.
“Christina Baker Kline is not only a deft and snappy writer, but a true cartographer of the human heart.” -Jacquelyn Mitchard
Nearly eighteen, Molly Ayer knows she has one last chance. Just months from “aging out” of the child welfare system, and close to being kicked out of her foster home, a community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping her out of juvie and worse.
Vivian Daly has lived a quiet life on the coast of Maine. But in her attic, hidden in trunks, are vestiges of a turbulent past. As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly discovers that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.
The closer Molly grows to Vivian, the more she discovers parallels to her own life. A Penobscot Indian, she, too, is an outsider being raised by strangers, and she, too, has unanswered questions about the past. As her emotional barriers begin to crumble, Molly discovers that she has the power to help Vivian find answers to mysteries that have haunted her for her entire life – answers that will ultimately free them both.
Rich in detail and epic in scope, Orphan Train is a powerful novel of upheaval and resilience, of second chances, of unexpected friendship, and of the secrets we carry that keep us from finding out who we are.
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A compelling story about loss, adaptability, and courage . . . With compassion and delicacy Kline presents a little-known chapter of American history and draws comparisons with the modern-day foster care system. — Library Journal In ORPHAN TRAIN, Christina Baker Kline seamlessly knits together the past and present of two women, one young and one old. Kline reminds us that we never really lose anyone or anything or–perhaps most importantly–ourselves. — Ann Hood, author of The Knitting Circle I loved this book: its absorbing back-and-forth story, its vivid history, its eminently loveable characters. ORPHAN TRAIN wrecked my heart and made me glad to be literate. — Monica Wood, author of When We Were the Kennedys One of the most powerful novels I’ve ever read…I am compelling all of you, even begging you, to make this novel your next read. You’ll be talking about it for years to come! — Naples Daily News (FL) A gem. — Huffington Post Absorbing…a heartfelt page-turner about two women finding a sense of home…Kline lets us live the characters’ experiences vividly through their skin…The growth from instinct to conscious understanding to partnership between the two is the foundation for a moving tale. — Publishers Weekly Kline draws a dramatic, emotional story from a neglected corner of American history. — Kirkus Reviews I was so moved by this book. I loved Molly and Vivian, two brave, difficult, true-hearted women who disrupt one another’s lives in beautiful ways, and loved journeying with them, through heartbreak and stretches of history I’d never known existed, out of loneliness toward family and home. — Marisa de los Santos, New York Times-bestselling author of Belong to Me and Falling Together A lovely novel about the search for family that also happens to illuminate a fascinating and forgotten chapter of American history. Beautiful. — Ann Packer, New York Times-bestselling author of The Dive from Clausen’s Pier and Swim Back to Me Christina Baker Kline writes exquisitely about two unlikely friends . . . each struggling to transcend a past of isolation and hardship. ORPHAN TRAIN will hold you in its grip as their fascinating tales unfold. — Cathy Marie Buchanan, New York Times-bestselling author of The Painted Girls Christina Baker Kline’s latest wonder, ORPHAN TRAIN, makes for compulsive reading…Meticulously researched and yet full of the breath of life, Kline’s novel takes us on an historical journey where survival depends upon one’s own steely backbone, and the miracle of a large and generous heart. — Helen Schulman, New York Times-bestselling author of This Beautiful Life A poignant and memorable story of two steadfast, courageous women…A revelation of the universal yearing for belonging, for family, for acceptance and, ultimately, the journeys we must all make to find them. — Kathleen Kent, New York Times-bestselling author of The Heretic’s Daughter and The Traitor’s Wife Reminiscent of Elizabeth Strout’s Amy and Isabel, this Orphan Train carries us along until the stories of these two women become one. — Mary Morris, author of, most recently, Revenge This superbly composed novel tells two parallel stories of suffering and perseverance, capturing the heart and mind equally and remaining mesmerizing through the intensely heart-wrenching conclusion. — Romantic Times, Top Pick The intertwined stories in this novel will surely please those looking for a compelling new read. — Cleveland Plain Dealer One of the most intriguing, tender novels of 2013…This is a warm, satisfying, and inspirational story. — The New Maine Times Book Review
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Orphan Pirates of the Spanish Main

”Orphan Pirates of the Spanish Main” by Dennis Danvers is a science-fiction novelette that follows Stan and his brother Ollie, children of alien (or crazy) parents who receive a mysterious postcard from their father, who with their mother, disappeared decades earlier into the “Abyss” in New Mexico.

At the Publisher’s request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

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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!

Ordeal by Innocence

Het bewijs dat de naam wist van een jongen veroordeeld voor zijn geadopteerde moeder te doden komt te laat om zijn leven te redden – dus wie heeft haar vermoord? Dr. Arthur Calgary neemt een veerboot over de rivier de Rubicon naar Sunny Point, het huis van de familie Argyle. Een jaar eerder, de matriarch van de familie werd vermoord en een zoon, Jack, werd veroordeeld tot de rest van zijn leven doorbrengen in de gevangenis. Gedurende de proef Jack zijn onschuld had gehandhaafd, beweert hij werd liften op de avond van de moord en hij was opgepikt door een man van middelbare leeftijd in een donkere auto. Niet in staat om deze mysterieuze man van de politie gezien Jack als een leugen te lokaliseren. Calgary was de vreemdeling in kwestie, maar hij komt te laat voor Jack – die bezwijkt aan longontsteking na het uitzitten van slechts zes maanden van zijn straf. Een gevoel van plicht om de Argyles, Calgary is verrast als zijn openbaring heeft een storend effect op de familie – het betekent dat één van de familie is een moordenaar …
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Family tensions and suspicions are adroitly handled, and the solution is characteristically surprising’ New York Times Has the particular distinction of presenting a new temporary detective in place of Poirot or Miss Marple.’ New York Herald Tribune Book Review
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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?

Orange is the new black

**NOW A NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES • #1 *NEW YORK TIMES *BESTSELLER**

With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money ten years before. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to fifteen months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187–424—one of the millions of people who disappear “down the rabbit hole” of the American penal system. From her first strip search to her final release, Kerman learns to navigate this strange world with its strictly enforced codes of behavior and arbitrary rules. She meets women from all walks of life, who surprise her with small tokens of generosity, hard words of wisdom, and simple acts of acceptance. Heartbreaking, hilarious, and at times enraging, Kerman’s story offers a rare look into the lives of women in prison—why it is we lock so many away and what happens to them when they’re there.

**Praise for *Orange Is the New Black***

“Fascinating . . . The true subject of this unforgettable book is female bonding and the ties that even bars can’t unbind.”**—*People* (four stars) **
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“I loved this book. It’s a story rich with humor, pathos, and redemption. What I did not expect from this memoir was the affection, compassion, and even reverence that Piper Kerman demonstrates for all the women she encountered while she was locked away in jail. I will never forget it.”**—Elizabeth Gilbert, author of *Eat, Pray, Love***
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“This book is impossible to put down because [Kerman] could be you. Or your best friend. Or your daughter.”**—*Los Angeles Times***

“Moving . . . transcends the memoir genre’s usual self-centeredness to explore how human beings can always surprise you.”**—*USA Today***
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“It’s a compelling awakening, and a harrowing one—both for the reader and for Kerman.”**—Newsweek.com**

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Oral Sex That’ll Blow Her Mind

**BECOME AN ORAL SEX AFICIONADO**
You can’t be a superstar sex partner until you’ve mastered the subtle art of cunnilingus. For starters, you need to get your timing down, learn what licks feel good and how to be sure your partner is truly enjoying your efforts. Luckily, Oral Sex That’ll Blow Her Mind teaches all this and a whole lot more.
Whether you’re just getting started or are practically an oral expert, this book has just what you need. It’s packed with tips and techniques to improve those tingling tongue moves and features tastefully erotic photos of positions perfect for oral pleasuring.
Oral Sex That’ll Blow Her Mind is far more than a set of skills. It explains how cunnilingus helps you feel connected with your partner (whether you are the giver or the receiver) and how to enrich that experience.

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Operation Luna

Poul Anderson, recently the winner of the Nebula’s Grandmaster Award for lifetime achievement, returns to the world of his acclaimed novel Operation Chaos with the tale of one family’s mission to the moon. Ginny Greylock and Steven Matuchek are partners an Earth quite unlike our own. For starters, Ginny is a licensed witch and Steve is an engineer and werewolf. Steve moonlights by working on a spacecraft in the Arizona desert, a project which soon discovers that there is life on the moon. Neither Steve nor the US government has any inkling as to the nature of the moonsprites, and everyone is anxious to make contact. But when the time comes to test the spacecraft, a host of bugs, snafus, and angry spirits conspire to prevent the launch. It’s a recipe for perfect lunacy as Ginny and her clan struggle to figure out who, or what, is sabotaging the greatest magical and scientific achievement of the century.

Operation Chaos

Steve Matuckek Book 1In a war waged against Black Magic, the fact that Steve is a werewolf and his wife is a highly skilled witch is not unusual. But their adventures prove very unusual, even for their world, when they are given the task of neutralizing an enemy’s ultimate weapon – the world’s most powerful demon.

Operation Barracuda

As part of a top-secret initiative called Third Echelon, National Security Agency special operative Sam Fisher has been given license to spy, steal, destroy, and assassinate to protect America. And he does…

Opening Night

A classic Ngaio Marsh novel reissued in B-format. Dreams of stardom had lured Martyn Tarne from faraway New Zealand to make the dreary, soul-destroying round of West End agents and managers in search of work. The Vulcan Theatre had been her last forlorn hope, and now, driven by sheer necessity, she was glad to accept the humble job of dresser to its leading lady. And then came the eagerly awaited Opening Night. To Martyn the night brought a strange turn of the wheel of fortune – but to one distinguished member of the cast it was to bring sudden and unforeseen death…
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Miss Marsh at her best… she is thoroughly at home in the wings with a pack of actors locked in the grip of rehearsals and jealous intrigue.’New Statesman Miss Marsh’s best yet.’Observer
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OpenCV 3.x With Python by Example

Learn the techniques for object recognition, 3D reconstruction, stereo imaging, and other computer vision applications using examples on different functions of OpenCV. Key Features Learn how to apply complex visual effects to images with OpenCV 3.x and Python Extract features from an image and use them to develop advanced applications Build algorithms to help you understand image content and perform visual searches Get to grips with advanced techniques in OpenCV such as machine learning, artificial neural network, 3D reconstruction, and augmented reality Book DescriptionComputer vision is found everywhere in modern technology. OpenCV for Python enables us to run computer vision algorithms in real time. With the advent of powerful machines, we have more processing power to work with. Using this technology, we can seamlessly integrate our computer vision applications into the cloud. Focusing on OpenCV 3.x and Python 3.6, this book will walk you through all the building blocks needed to build amazing computer vision applications with ease. We start off by manipulating images using simple filtering and geometric transformations. We then discuss affine and projective transformations and see how we can use them to apply cool advanced manipulations to your photos like resizing them while keeping the content intact or smoothly removing undesired elements. We will then cover techniques of object tracking, body part recognition, and object recognition using advanced techniques of machine learning such as artificial neural network. 3D reconstruction and augmented reality techniques are also included. The book covers popular OpenCV libraries with the help of examples. This book is a practical tutorial that covers various examples at different levels, teaching you about the different functions of OpenCV and their actual implementation. By the end of this book, you will have acquired the skills to use OpenCV and Python to develop real-world computer vision applications. What you will learn Detect shapes and edges from images and videos How to apply filters on images and videos Use different techniques to manipulate and improve images Extract and manipulate particular parts of images and videos Track objects or colors from videos Recognize specific object or faces from images and videos How to create Augmented Reality applications Apply artificial neural networks and machine learning to improve object recognition Who this book is forThis book is intended for Python developers who are new to OpenCV and want to develop computer vision applications with OpenCV and Python. This book is also useful for generic software developers who want to deploy computer vision applications on the cloud. It would be helpful to have some familiarity with basic mathematical concepts such as vectors, matrices, and so on.
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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**
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* ●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
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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.

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