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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.

Bag of Bones

From international bestseller Stephen King, a tale of grief, of love’s enduring bonds, and the haunting secrets of the past—the inspiration for the A&E miniseries.

Stephen King’s most gripping and unforgettable novel, Bag of Bones, is a story of grief and a lost love’s enduring bonds, of a new love haunted by the secrets of the past, of an innocent child caught in a terrible crossfire.

Set in the Maine territory King has made mythic, Bag of Bones recounts the plight of forty-year-old bestselling novelist Mike Noonan, who is unable to stop grieving even four years after the sudden death of his wife, Jo, and who can no longer bear to face the blank screen of his word processor.

Now his nights are plagued by vivid nightmares of the house by the lake. Despite these dreams, or perhaps because of them, Mike finally returns to Sara Laughs, the Noonans’ isolated summer home.

He finds his beloved Yankee town familiar on its surface, but much changed underneath—held in the grip of a powerful millionaire, Max Devore, who twists the very fabric of the community to his purpose: to take his three-year-old granddaughter away from her widowed young mother.

As Mike is drawn into their struggle as he falls in love with both of them, he is also drawn into the mystery of Sara Laughs, now the site of ghostly visitations, ever-escalating nightmares, and the sudden recovery of his writing ability. What are the forces that have been unleashed here—and what do they want of Mike Noonan?

As vivid and enthralling as King’s most enduring works, Bag of Bones resonates with what Amy Tan calls “the witty and obsessive voice of King’s powerful imagination.” It’s no secret that King is our most mesmerizing storyteller. In Bag of Bones—described by Gloria Naylor as “a love story about the dark places within us all”—he proves to be one of our most moving.

**Recensie(s)**

Atlanta Journal & Constitution It may be that after thirty-one novels, Stephen King is just getting started….Bag of Bones may be Stephen King’s most ambitious novel …the effort has inspired a new directness and maturity in his work….Very few writers can convey the passive terrors of nightmares better than King, and he crafts one amazing dream sequence after another.
(source: Bol.com)

Bad Samaritans

It’s rare that a book appears with a fresh perspective on world affairs, but renowned economist Ha-Joon Chang has some startlingly original things to say about the future of globalization. In theory, he argues, the world’s wealthiest countries and supra-national institutions like the IMF, World Bank and WTO want to see all nations developing into modern industrial societies. In practice, though, those at the top are ‘kicking away the ladder’ to wealth that they themselves climbed.
Why? Self-interest certainly plays a part. But, more often, rich and powerful governments and institutions are actually being ‘Bad Samaritans’: their intentions are worthy but their simplistic free-market ideology and poor understanding of history leads them to inflict policy errors on others. Chang demonstrates this by contrasting the route to success of economically vibrant countries with the very different route now being dictated to the world’s poorer nations. In the course of this, he shows just how muddled the thinking is in such key areas as trade and foreign investment. He shows that the case for privatisation and against state involvement is far from proven. And he explores the ways in which attitudes to national cultures and political ideologies are obscuring clear thinking and creating bad policy. Finally, he argues the case for new strategies for a more prosperous world that may appall the ‘Bad Samaritans’.
(source: Bol.com)

Bad Programming Practices 101: Become a Better Coder by Learning How (Not) to Program

Bad Programming Practices 101: Become a Better Coder by Learning How (Not) to Program by Karl Beecher
This book takes a humorous slant on the programming practice manual by reversing the usual approach: under the pretence of teaching you how to become the world’s worst programmer who generally causes chaos, the book teaches you how to avoid the kind of bad habits that introduce bugs or cause code contributions to be rejected.
Why be a code monkey when you can be a chaos monkey? OK, so you want to become a terrible programmer. You want to write code that gets vigorously rejected in review. You look forward to reading feedback plastered in comments like “WTF???”. Even better, you fantasize about your bug-ridden changes sneaking through and causing untold chaos in the codebase. You want to build a reputation as someone who writes creaky, messy, error-prone garbage that frustrates your colleagues. *Bad Programming Practices 101* will help you achieve that goal a whole lot quicker by teaching you an array of bad habits that will allow you to cause maximum chaos.
Alternatively, you could use this book to identify those bad habits and learn to avoid them. The bad practices are organized into topics that form the basis of programming (layout, variables, loops, modules, and so on). It’s been remarked that to become a good programmer, you must first write 10,000 lines of bad code to get it all out of your system. This book is aimed at programmers who have so far written only a small portion of that. By learning about poor programming habits, you will learn good practices. In addition, you will find out the motivation behind each practice, so you can learn why it is considered good and not simply get a list of rules.
**What You’ll Learn**
* Become a better coder by learning how (not) to program
* Choose your tools wisely
* Think of programming as problem solving
* Discover the consequences of a program’s appearance and overall structure
* Explain poor use of variables in programs
* Avoid bad habits and common mistakes when using conditionals and loops
* See how poor error-handling makes for unstable programs
* Sidestep bad practices related specifically to object-oriented programming
* Mitigate the effects of ineffectual and inadequate bug location and testing
**Who This Book Is For**
Those who have some practical programming knowledge (can program in at least one programming language), but little or no professional experience, which they would like to quickly build up. They are either still undergoing training in software development, or are at the beginning of their programming career. They have at most 1-2 years of professional experience.

Bad Influence

A Bad in Baltimore Story
Bad in Baltimore: Book Four

Can a future be built from pieces of a broken past?

Jordan Barnett is dead, killed as much by the rejection of his first love at his moment of greatest need as by his ultraconservative parents’ effort to deprogram the gay away.

In his place is Silver, a streetwise survivor who’s spent the last three years becoming untouchable… except to those willing to pay for the privilege. He’s determined not to let betrayal find him again, and that means never forging bonds that can be broken.

No matter how hard he tried, Zebadiah Harris couldn’t outrun his guilt over abandoning his young lover—not even by leaving the country. Now, almost the moment he sets foot back in Baltimore, he discovers Silver on a street corner in a bad part of town. His effort to make amends lands them both in jail, where Silver plans a seductive form of vengeance. But using a heart as a stepping-stone is no way to move past the one man he can’t forgive, let alone forget….

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Bad Idea

*Bad Idea*: Some mistakes are worth making.
Reclusive comic book artist Trip Spector spends his life doodling supersquare, straitlaced superheroes, hiding from his fans, and crushing on his unattainable boss until he meets the dork of his dreams. Silas Goolsby is a rowdy FX makeup creator with a loveless love life and a secret streak of geek who yearns for unlikely rescues and a truly creative partnership.
Against their better judgment, they fall victim to chemistry, and what starts as infatuation quickly grows tender and terrifying. With Silas’s help, Trip gambles his heart and his art on a rotten plan: sketching out Scratch, a “very graphic novel” that will either make his name or wreck his career. But even a smash can’t save their world if Trip retreats into his mild-mannered rut, leaving Silas to grapple with betrayal and emotions he can’t escape.
What will it take for this dynamic duo to discover that heroes never play it safe?