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By Invitation Only

By Invitation Only by Dorothea Benton Frank
The Lowcountry of South Carolina is where *By Invitation Onl*y begins at a barbecue engagement party thrown by Diane English Stiftel, her brother Floyd, and her parents to celebrate her son’s engagement. On this gorgeous, magical night, the bride’s father, Alejandro Cambria, a wealthy power broker whose unbelievably successful career in private equity made him one of Chicago’s celebrated elite, discovers the limits and possibilities of cell phone range. While the mother of the bride, Susan Kennedy Cambria, who dabbles in the world of public relations and believes herself deserving of every square inch of her multimillion-dollar penthouse and imaginary carrara marble pedestal, learns about moonshine and dangerous liaisons.
Soon *By Invitation Only* zooms to Chicago, where the unraveling accelerates. Nearly a thousand miles away from her comfortable, familiar world, Diane is the antithesis of the bright lights and super-sophisticated guests attending her son Fred’s second engagement party. Why a second party? Maybe it had been assumed that the first one wouldn’t be up to snuff? Fred is marrying Shelby Cambria, also an only child. The Cambrias’ dearest wish is for their daughter to be happy. If Shelby wants to marry Frederick, aka Fred, they will not stand in her way—although Susan does hope her friends won’t think her daughter is marrying more than a few degrees beneath her socially. At the same time, Diane worries that her son will be lost to her forever.
*By Invitation Only* is a tale of two families, one struggling to do well, one well to do, and one young couple—the privileged daughter of Chicago’s crème de la crème and the son of hard -working Southern peach farmers.
Dorothea Benton Frank offers a funny, sharp, and deeply empathetic novel of two very different worlds—of limousines and pickup trucks, caviars and pigs, skyscrapers and ocean spray—filled with a delightful cast of characters who all have something to hide and a lot to learn. A difference in legal opinions, a headlong dive from grace, and an abrupt twist will reveal the truth of who they are and demonstrate, when it truly counts, what kind of grit they have. Are they living the life they want, what regrets do they hold, and how would they remake their lives if they were given the invitation to do so?
*By Invitation Only* is classic Dorothea Benton Frank—a mesmerizing Lowcountry Tale that roars with spirit, humor, and truth, and forces us to reconsider our notions of what it means to be a Have or a Have Not.

Buzz Off

When beekeeper Story Fischer is on the case, you can run – but you can’t hive . . . It’s September – National Honey Month – in Moraine, Wisconsin, and things are looking up for Story Fischer. Her messy divorce is final, the honey from her beekeeping business has been harvested, and the market she owns is thriving. Life seems pretty sweet . . . until Manny, her mentor in the honey business, is found stung to death in his apiary. Story is still trying to explain to the panicked locals that her honeybees had nothing to do with Manny’s death, when another body is found floating in the Oconomowoc River. This time the evidence points to Story’s ex. Sure, he’s a womanizer and a buzzkill – but a murderer? Desperate to save her bees and her business (and, okay, her ex), it’s up to Story to find a way out of a very sticky situation. ‘A stellar debut . . . Once readers get a taste of the Queen Bee Mysteries, they will be swarming for more.’ Cleo Coyle, national bestselling author of the Coffeehouse Mysteries’You won’t want to put it down.’ Julie Hyzy, award-winning author of Eggsecutive Ordersand Grace Under Pressure’Action, adventure, a touch of romance, and a cast of delightful characters.’ Lorna Barrett, New York Timesbestselling author of the Booktown Mysteries

Buy Jupiter and Other Stories

Întemeietorii (1975) (titlu original Buy Jupiter and Other Stories) este o culegere de povestiri a scriitorului american Isaac Asimov.
Continut:
* Sala de biliard darwiniană (Darwinian Pool Room)
* Ziua vânătorilor (Day of the Hunters)
* Ban C. Uls-Lab (Shah Guido G.)
* Button, Button (Button, Button)
* Degetul maimuței (The Monkey’s Finger)
* Everest (Everest)
* Pauza (The Pause)
* Să nu (Let’s Not)
* Fiecare este un explorator (Each an Explorer)
* Nimic! (Blank!)
* Ce-i pasă unei albine? (Does a Bee Care?)
* Smintiții (Silly Asses)
* La bună vedere, Jupiter! (Buy Jupiter)
* O statuie pentru tata (A Statue for Father)
* Pleacă, pleacă, ploaie rea! (Rain, Rain, Go Away)
* Întemeietorii (Founding Father)
* Exil pe Iad (Exile to Hell)
* Elementul-cheie (Key Item)
* Studiul cuvenit (The Proper Study)
* 2430 A.D. (2430 A.D.)
* Bunul cel mai de preț (The Greatest Asset)
* Bățul de chibrit (Take a Match)
* Tiotimolina către stele (Thiotimoline to the Stars)
* Poezie imaterială (Light Verse)

Butterflies of Houston and Southeast Texas

All across the country, butterflies are becoming as popular as birds and wildflowers, especially among people seeking to enjoy the rich natural resources that Texas possesses. John and Gloria Tveten have been studying butterflies in Southeast Texas for thirty-five years, and here they offer their considerable knowledge to everyone who shares their passion for butterflies.
In this easy-to-use field guide, the Tvetens describe and illustrate more than 100 species of butterflies that live in Southeast Texas and can often be found across the state. Striking color photographs of living butterflies and caterpillars (a unique addition) show the key marks and characteristics necessary for field identification. The Tvetens’ enjoyable and authoritative text describes each species’ life history, habits, flight patterns, and characteristic markings.
An account of the different butterfly families, from swallowtails to longwings to skippers, precedes the descriptions of the species within each family. The Tvetens also include an interesting discussion of butterfly biology, a complete checklist of area butterflies, an index of butterfly-attracting plants, and pointers to other butterfly resources.
This field guide is the first to focus exclusively on Southeast Texas butterflies. It will be the essential reference for everyone seeking a reliable way to identify these butterflies, from field observers to apartment dwellers who wonder what is fluttering around the pot plants on the balcony.
(source: Bol.com)

Butcher’s Crossing

«Bastava un solo sguardo, o quasi, per contemplare tutta Butcher’s Crossing. Un gruppo di sei baracche di legno era tagliato in due da una stradina sterrata e poco oltre, su entrambi i lati, c’erano alcune tende sparse». Ecco lo sperduto villaggio del Kansas dove, in una torrida giornata del 1873, giunge Will Andrews, ventenne bostoniano affamato di terre selvagge. L’America sta cambiando, la ferrovia in breve scalzerà la tensione verso l’ignoto che aveva permeato il continente, lasciando solo il mito della frontiera. Eppure, il giorno in cui Will sente sotto i piedi la sua terra promessa, esiste ancora la caccia al bisonte, un’esperienza portentosa, cruenta e fondante, archetipo della cultura americana.
È questo che il ragazzo vuole: dimenticare le strade trafficate ed eleganti di Boston e rinascere in una terra che lo accolga come parte integrante della natura. Ma in questi luoghi lontani dalla costa orientale e dalla metropoli gli uomini sono legnosi, stremati dall’attesa di un riscatto mai ottenuto e negli occhi custodiscono tutta l’esperienza del mondo. La caccia, l’atroce massacro di cui Will si rende complice, è un momento in cui si addensano simbologie, dove il rapporto tra l’essere umano e la natura diventa grandiosa rappresentazione, ma soprattutto è un viaggio drammaticamente diverso da ciò che il ragazzo si aspettava, da quel che immaginava di scoprire su se stesso e sul suo paese.
Rito iniziatico, memoriale della fine di un’epoca, Butcher’s Crossing è una riflessione sul rapporto tra l’essere umano e la natura, il racconto di una rivoluzione personale e collettiva che si produce sullo sfondo di un paesaggio quasi mistico.
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«Bastava un solo sguardo, o quasi, per contemplare tutta Butcher’s Crossing. Un gruppo di sei baracche di legno era tagliato in due da una stradina sterrata e poco oltre, su entrambi i lati, c’erano alcune tende sparse». Ecco lo sperduto villaggio del Kansas dove, in una torrida giornata del 1873, giunge Will Andrews, ventenne bostoniano affamato di terre selvagge. L’America sta cambiando, la ferrovia in breve scalzerà la tensione verso l’ignoto che aveva permeato il continente, lasciando solo il mito della frontiera. Eppure, il giorno in cui Will sente sotto i piedi la sua terra promessa, esiste ancora la caccia al bisonte, un’esperienza portentosa, cruenta e fondante, archetipo della cultura americana.
È questo che il ragazzo vuole: dimenticare le strade trafficate ed eleganti di Boston e rinascere in una terra che lo accolga come parte integrante della natura. Ma in questi luoghi lontani dalla costa orientale e dalla metropoli gli uomini sono legnosi, stremati dall’attesa di un riscatto mai ottenuto e negli occhi custodiscono tutta l’esperienza del mondo. La caccia, l’atroce massacro di cui Will si rende complice, è un momento in cui si addensano simbologie, dove il rapporto tra l’essere umano e la natura diventa grandiosa rappresentazione, ma soprattutto è un viaggio drammaticamente diverso da ciò che il ragazzo si aspettava, da quel che immaginava di scoprire su se stesso e sul suo paese.
Rito iniziatico, memoriale della fine di un’epoca, Butcher’s Crossing è una riflessione sul rapporto tra l’essere umano e la natura, il racconto di una rivoluzione personale e collettiva che si produce sullo sfondo di un paesaggio quasi mistico.

The Business Blockchain

The definitive pioneering blueprint covering the what, why and how of the blockchain.

Blockchains are new technology layers that rewire the Internet and threaten to side-step older legacy constructs and centrally served businesses. At its core, a blockchain injects trust into the network, cutting off some intermediaries from serving that function and creatively disrupting how they operate. Metaphorically, blockchains are the ultimate non-stop computers. Once launched, they never go down, and offer an incredible amount of resiliency, making them dependable and attractive for running a new generation of decentralized services and software applications.

The Business Blockchain charts new territory in advancing our understanding of the blockchain by unpacking its elements like no other before. William Mougayar anticipates a future that consists of thousands, if not millions of blockchains that will enable not only frictionless value exchange, but also a new flow of value, redefining roles, relationships, power and governance. In this book, Mougayar makes two other strategic assertions. First, the blockchain has polymorphic characteristics; its application will result in a multiplicity of effects. Second, we shouldn’t ask ourselves what problems the blockchain solves, because that gives us a narrow view on its potential. Rather, we should imagine new opportunities, and tackle even more ambitious problems that cross organizational, regulatory and mental boundaries.

Drawing on 34 years of technology industry experience as an executive, analyst, consultant, entrepreneur, startup mentor, author, blogger, educator, thought leader and investor, William Mougayar describes a future that is influenced by fundamental shifts brought by blockchain technology as the catalyst for change. William Mougayar has been described as the most sophisticated blockchain business thinker. He is a blockchain industry insider whose work has already shaped and influenced the understanding of blockchain for people around the world, via his generous blogging and rigorous research insights. He is a direct participant in the crypto-technology market, working alongside startups, entrepreneurs, pioneers, leaders, innovators, creators, enterprise executives and practitioners; in addition to being an investor, advisor, and board member in some of the leading organizations in this space, such as the Ethereum Foundation, OpenBazaar and Coin Center.

Just as the Internet created new possibilities that we didn’t foresee in its early years, the blockchain will give rise to new business models and ideas that may still be invisible. Following an engaging Foreword by Vitalik Buterin, this book is organized along these 7 chapters:
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What is the Blockchain?
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How Blockchain Trust Infiltrates
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Obstacles, Challenges & Mental Blocks
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Blockchain in Financial Services
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Lighthouse Industries & New Intermediaries
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Implementing Blockchain Technology
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Decentralization as the Way Forward

The Business Blockchain is an invitation for technologists to better understand the business potential of the blockchain, and for business minded people to grasp the many facets of blockchain technology. This book teaches you how to think about the blockchain.

**Recensie(s)**

If you are thinking about your blockchain strategy, especially from the enterprise side, this is an important book that will allow you to understand the blockchain at a level you may have not enjoyed before. It is definitely a book to learn from. (International Business Times, April 2016)
(source: Bol.com)

Bury the Lead

Bury the Lead (Andy Carpenter Series #3) by David Rosenfelt
Northern New Jersey has a new local hero on its cultural crime turf.He’s Andy Carpenter, the Paterson defense attorney who can sling a quip as fast as he can outmaneuver a snarling prosecutor. Acclaimed author David Rosenfelt’s first novel, was nominated for an Edgar Award, now in this new novel, the intrepid lawyer is thrust into the spotlight where he risks becoming a media victim…of the most fatal kind. His streak of murder case acquittals made him a regular on cable talk shows. His recent $22 million inheritance bought him a dog rescue operation named the Tara Foundation after his own beloved golden retriever. Yet after turning down cases left and right, Andy Carpenter thinks he’s facing a midlife crisis. When a friend, a newspaper owner, calls in a favor and asks him to protect his star reporter, Andy is less than thrilled. His new client is Daniel Cummings, a journalist who is being used as a mouthpiece by a brutal serial killer. Things only get worse when Daniel is discovered near the body of the murderer’s latest victim. And after Andy himself starts collecting anonymous death threats, he hears the news every defense lawyer dreads…and moves to within a dangerous keystroke of becoming tomorrow’s obituary.

Burnt Offerings

An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, novel ‘You can’t trust anyone who sleeps with the monsters.’ That’s what I’ve always said. That’s what I’ve always believed. But now I’m the one sharing a bed with the Master Vampire of the City. I’m Anita Blake, the woman the vampires call the Executioner. From part of the solution, I’ve become part of the problem. So it hits close to home when an arsonist begins to target vampire-owned businesses all over town – an arsonist who seems to want to destroy more than just property. It’s the monsters who are in danger now. And it’s up to the Executioner to save them from the inferno.
(source: Bol.com)

Burning Bright

The crew of Persephone only has 300 days to find help for the planet of Uraniel. They return to Queen’s Hat Station with hopes of recruiting more people for their ship, or finding any leads about the super-powered aliens threatening the galaxy.
But Elaka Nota is waiting for them on Queen’s Hat, and the conflict sets the crew of Persephone on a path that will change their friendship forever.

Burned

Y’all need to get yourselves together. Here’s a newsflash from the only High Priestess you have left at this dang school: Zoey isn’t dead. And believe me, I know dead. I’ve been there, done that and got the fricken tee-shirt…

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The Burma Legacy

Sam Packer, hero of Firehawk and The Lucifer Network, has a new assignment that will combine all his diplomatic and survival skills. An aging, wealthy Japanese businessman, Tetsuo Kamata, wants to rescue an ailing British car company, but the moment the announcement is made, death threats are made against Kamata by a former prisoner-of -war, Peregrine Harrison, who was tortured on the infamous Burma Railway. For the last five decades, Harrison has been the leader of a British-based cult. Packer can’t believe that at the age of 77 Harrison has the strength or will to exact revenge, but he reckons without Harrison’s cult adherents, one of whom is a ruthless ex-SAS operative now involved in drug smuggling in the Burma triangle. Packer learns that Kamata will be hit while visiting a new factory site in Burma and is flown out under cover to prevent a tragedy. Kamata is kidnapped and Packer is soon in the jungle, both hunter and hunted as he searches for the missing man and is tracked by his enemies. The Burma Legacy combines Geoffrey Archer’s immaculate research with heart stopping action.

(source: Bol.com)

Burglars Can’t Be Choosers

Burglars Can’t Be Choosers (Bernie Rhodenbarr Series #1) by Lawrence Block
Bernie Rhodenbarr is a personable chap, a good neighbor, a passable poker player. His chosen profession, however, might not sit well with some. Bernie is a burglar, a good one, effortlessly lifting valuables from the not-so-well-protected abodes of well-to-do New Yorkers like a modern-day Robin Hood. (The poor, as Bernie would be the first to tell you, alas, have nothing worth stealing.)
He’s not perfect, however; he occasionally makes mistakes. Like accepting a paid assignment from a total stranger to retrieve a particular item from a rich man’s apartment. Like still being there when the cops arrive. Like having a freshly slain corpse lying in the next room, and no proof that Bernie isn’t the killer.
Now he’s really got his hands full, having to locate the true perpetrator while somehow eluding the police — a dirty job indeed, but if Bernie doesn’t do it, who will?

The Burglar Who Traded Ted Williams

Bernie Rhodenbarr is actually trying to earn an honest living. It’s been an entire year since he’s entered anyone’s abode illegally to help himself to their valuables. But now an unscrupulous landlord’s threat to increase Bernie’s rent by 1,000% is driving the bookseller and reformed burglar back to a life of crime — though, in all fairness, it’s a very short trip. And when the cops wrongly accuse him of stealing a priceless collection of baseball cards, Bernie’s stuck with a worthless alibi since he was busy burgling a different apartment at the time . . . one that happened to contain a dead body locked inside a bathroom.

So Bernie has a dilemma. He can trade a burglary charge for a murder rap. Or he can shuffle all the cards himself and try to find the joker in the deck — someone, perhaps, who believes that homicide is the real Great American Pastime.

“Lawrence Block clearly has a great deal of fun writing his Bernie Rhodenbarr mysteries, and the sense of whimsy is infectious.” —Richmond Times-Dispatch “Once again, Block has produced a funny and eminently readable mystery with clever plotting and amusing twists.” —Roanoke Times “Engaging. Have you read Block’s [Rhodenbarr} mysteries? You should. They are a real kick. Bernie Rhodenbarr is one of the most charming and witty characters in the burglar business.” —Rocky Mountain News “One of the mystery genre’s favorite characters. Delightful. Good fun.” —San Antonio Express-News “Bernie Rhodenbarr, lighthearted and light-fingered, is a most ingratiating sleuth. Delightful…good, clean fun…thank goodness for Lawrence Block.” —San Diego Union-Tribune “Bernie Rhodenbarr is such an outrageous and witty character, you wish he were real.” —San Francisco Examiner “Block’s Burglar series is one of crime fiction’s best.” —South Bend Tribune “It’s the mark if an innovative storyteller to turn a normally reprehensible character into a hero—of sorts. Author Lawrence Block’s Bernie the burglar series aren’t just good mysteries, they’re supreme escapism…Bernie is sheer amusement.” —South Florida Sun-Sentinel “Bernie Rhodenbarr is the perfect companion.” —Tampa Tribune
(source: Bol.com)

The Burglar Who Thought He Was Bogart

The Burglar Who Thought He Was Bogart (Bernie Rhodenbarr Series #7) by Lawrence Block
Bookseller Bernie Rhodenbarr’s in love—with an exotic Eastern European beauty who shares his obsession with Humphrey Bogart movies. He’s in heaven, munching popcorn with his new amour every night at a Bogart Film Festival—until their *Casablanca*-esque idyll is cut short by his other secret passion: *burglary*.
When he’s hired to pilfer a portfolio of valuable documents from a Park Avenue apartment, Bernie can hardly refuse. But the occupant’s early return forces Bernie to flee empty-handed—and he soon finds himself implicated in a murder. Before you can say “who stole the strawberries?” he’s hunting for a killer, up to his neck in the outrageous intrigues of a tiny Balkan nation . . . and menaced by more sinister fat men and unsavory toadies than the great Bogie himself butted heads with in pursuit of that darn bird!

The Burglar Who Studied Spinoza

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The Burglar Who Studied Spinoza (Bernie Rhodenbarr Series #4) by Lawrence Block
Bookselling burglar Bernie Rhodenbarr doesn’t generally get philosophical about his criminal career. He’s good at it, it’s addictively exciting—and it pays a whole lot better than pushing old tomes. He steals therefore he is, period.
He might well ponder, however, the deeper meaning of events at the luxurious Chelsea brownstone of Herb and Wanda Colcannon, which is apparently burgled *three times* on the night Bernie breaks in: once before his visit and once after. Fortunately he still manages to lift some fair jewelry and an extremely valuable coin. Unfortunately burglar or burglars number three leave Herb unconscious and Wanda dead . . . and the cops think Rhodenbarr dunnit.
There’s no time to get all existential about it—especially after the coin vanishes and the fence fencing it meets with a most severe end. But Bernie *is* going to have to do some deep thinking to find a way out of this homicidal conundrum.

The Burglar Who Painted Like Mondrian

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The Burglar Who Painted like Mondrian (Bernie Rhodenbarr Series #5) by Lawrence Block
It’s not that used bookstore owner and part-time burglar Bernie Rhodenbarr believes the less legal of his two professions is particularly ethical. (It is, however, a rush, and he is very good at it.) He just thinks it’s unfair to face a prison term for his legitimate activities. After appraising the worth of a rich man’s library — conveniently leaving his fingerprints everywhere in the process — Bernie finds he’s the cops’ prime suspect when his client is murdered.
Someone has framed Bernie Rhodenbarr better than they do it at the Whitney. And if he wants to get out of this corner he’s been masterfully painted into, he’ll have to get to the bottom of a rather artful — if multiply murderous — scam.