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Achebe’s Things fall apart

EDITORIAL REVIEW: “Reader’s Guides” provide a comprehensive starting point for any advanced student, giving an overview of the context, criticism and influence of key works. Each guide also offers students fresh critical insights and provides a practical introduction to close reading and to analysing literary language and form. They provide up-to-date, authoritative but accessible guides to the most commonly studied classic texts. Chinua Achebe’s remarkable novel “Things Fall Apart (1958)” is probably the best known African novel and has become one of the world’s most influential literary masterpieces. Since publication, a total of nearly 12 million copies have been sold, with translations into more than 50 languages. Despite its undoubted success, its apparent simplicity has tended to blind readers to the dazzling storytelling resources and the inventive language, plot, setting, and characterization which first draw them to the novel and keep them reading. This is the ideal guide to the text, setting “Things Fall Apart” in its historical, intellectual and cultural contexts, offering analyses of its themes, style and structure, providing exemplary close readings, presenting an up-to-date account of its critical reception and examining its afterlife in literature, film and popular culture. It includes points for discussion, suggestions for further study and an annotated guide to relevant reading.

The Accountant’s Story: Inside the Violent World of the Medellin Cartel

Pablo Escobar and the Medellâin drug cartel formed the greatest criminal empire of all time. At its peak, in the 1980s, Forbes pegged the Escobar fortune at a cool $6 billion. Pablo’s older brother Roberto, the author of this book, says that actually the Escobars were worth far more than that. (He notes, for instance, that the family was trafficking so much cocaine that they spent $1,000 a week just on rubber bands to hold together their bundles of cash.) Here he offers far more than diverting contrabandtrivia, presenting us with an insider’s view of a murderous enterprise that outflanked governments on several continents. One of the most astonishing true crime books of the decade.–From publisher description.
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The Accidental Mermaid

**Mermaids, murder, and swimming lessons?**
*Where there’s a gill, there’s a way…*
**Esther Williams Sanchez is busy living her life like she’s always done. Spending time with her pets, working as a divorce mediator, and enjoying her newly renovated cottage on the beach.**
She’s also decided it’s high time she learn how to swim to prepare for an upcoming cruise. It’s time to let go of a horrible past experience and take some lessons. So at thirty-two, Esther enrolls in the only class at the Y with a spot left. A Mommy and Me class—which seems quite tame, considering her oldest classmate aside from her is three-years-old.
**Learn to swim with a bunch of babies and toddlers? Easy-peasy, right? Er, no.**
As Esther leaves the pool after her very first lesson, she sprouts a magnificent tail and fins. Oh, and hair the color of a rainbow. Lots and lots of luscious hair.
**Lucky for her, the OOPS girls are on site, and as they set about finding out how this happened to Esther, they run into a hunky Australian merman named Tucker Pearson who happens to be the key to Esther’s problem.** But Tucker has problems of his own, and they include being kicked out of his family’s bottled water company, booted from his pod, and accused of embezzling a million bucks.
Oh, and killing someone… OOPS, here we go again!”.
***USA Today* bestselling romantic comedy author Dakota Cassidy** delivers a laugh-out-loud addition to the Accidentally Paranormal series with Book 16, *The Accidental Mermaid.* The OOPs girls are on the scene to help the newest accidental paranormal adjust to life as a mermaid and in the process help a hunky Australian merman with a bucket full of problems!
**Accidentally Paranormal series by Dakota Cassidy**
*Interview With an Accidental*
10. *Accidentally Aphrodite*
11. *Accidentally Ever After*
12. *Bearly Accidental*
13. *How Nina Got Her Fang Back*
14. *The Accidental Familiar*
15. *Then Came Wanda…With a Baby Carriage*
16. *The Accidental Mermaid*
What readers are saying…
*”Yet another Accidental adventure that I just couldn’t put down… One of my favorites in the series by far…”* ~Bethney
*”The Accidental Mermaid is sweet, snarky, tongue in cheek fun”* ~D. Antonio
Perfect for fans of Larissa Emerald, Robyn Peterman, and Eve Langlais

Accident

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**Accident** is a powerful and ultimately triumphant novel of lives shattered and changed by one devastating moment.
Although frequent business meetings keep her husband, Brad, away from home, Page Clarke feels blessed with her happy family and comfortable marriage. They have a house near San Francisco and she keeps busy looking after their seven-year-old son, Andy, and their teenage daughter, Allyson.
Allyson, at fifteen, is trying her wings and one weekend, instead of an evening with her friend Chloe, the girls lie and go out with two older high school boys. But a Saturday night that was supposed to be fun ends in tragedy when their car collides head-on with another.
At the hospital, Page finds Chloe’s divorced father, Trygve, and, unable to locate Brad, she leans on his strength throughout the the long hours of tormenting questions. Will Allyson live? Will any of them? Were the teenagers drinking? Using drugs? Who was at fault? And where is her husband? Without Brad by her side Page feels her life start to come apart as she is forced to confront the fact that Allyson may not live, and if she does, she may never be the same again.
In an inspiring novel that explores how many people are affected by one tragic accident and how they survive it, Danielle Steel brings us close to the characters whose lives are as familiar as our own… and who live, as we all do, in a world where everything can change in a single moment.
**Recensie(s)**

Don’t tackle this book without a large packet of Mom-sized tissues — Georgia Metcalfe Daily Mail Steel is one of the best! Los Angeles Times The plot of Danielle Steel’s novels twist and weave as incredible stories unfold to the glee and delight of her enormous reading public United Press International Ms. Steel’s fans won’t be disappointed! The New York Times Book Review
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Accessory to War: The Unspoken Alliance Between Astrophysics and the Military

**New York Times Bestseller

An exploration of the age-old complicity between skywatchers and warfighters, from the best-selling author of Astrophysics for People in a Hurry.**

In this fascinating foray into the centuries-old relationship between science and military power, acclaimed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and writer-researcher Avis Lang examine how the methods and tools of astrophysics have been enlisted in the service of war. ”The overlap is strong, and the knowledge flows in both directions,” say the authors, because astrophysicists and military planners care about many of the same things: multi-spectral detection, ranging, tracking, imaging, high ground, nuclear fusion, and access to space. Tyson and Lang call it a ”curiously complicit” alliance. ”The universe is both the ultimate frontier and the highest of high grounds,” they write. ”Shared by both space scientists and space warriors, it’s a laboratory for one and a battlefield for the other. The explorer wants to understand it; the soldier wants to dominate it. But without the right technology—which is more or less the same technology for both parties—nobody can get to it, operate in it, scrutinize it, dominate it, or use it to their advantage and someone else’s disadvantage.”

Spanning early celestial navigation to satellite-enabled warfare, Accessory to War is a richly researched and provocative examination of the intersection of science, technology, industry, and power that will introduce Tyson’s millions of fans to yet another dimension of how the universe has shaped our lives and our world.

**Recensie(s)**

In Accessory to War, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Avis Lang give a sweeping panoramic overview of the enduring alliance between astrophysics and the military-from the Greeks to Galileo to GPS. The book’s key contribution is in documenting the various ways science has aided military endeavors over the millennia and making the sometimes-arcane source material accessible. — Science Accessory to War is thought-provoking and reflective… — Nature Throughout history, wars tend to be won by nations that are at the forefront of science. Thus astronomers and physicists have, since ancient times, benefited from an uneasy alliance with the military. This enlightening book explores the history and current implications of this partnership between space science and national security. — Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs and professor of history, Tulane University
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Accessory to War

A “thought-provoking and reflective” (Nature) exploration of the age-old complicity between sky watchers and war fighters from the author of Astrophysics to People in a Hurry…

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Acca Larentia. Asfalto Nero Sangue

La strage di via Acca Larentia, a Roma, ha rappresentato una delle pagine più drammatiche durante il cosiddetto periodo degli anni di piombo. Tre ragazzi, attivisti di destra più o meno impegnati in politica, vennero uccisi nel corso di un pomeriggio interminabile, intriso di lacrime e sangue. La data, il sette gennaio del 1978, un giorno come tanti altri. Francesco Ciavatta, Franco Bigonzetti e Stefano Recchioni furono assassinati in momenti diversi: due rimasero a terra colpiti dalle pallottole sparate dagli antagonisti di sinistra, sul terzo fece fuoco un rappresentante delle Forze dell’Ordine. I misteri su quelle vite spezzate restano tali ancora oggi. Perché proprio loro divennero i bersagli di rivalsa in quell’assurda guerra fra estremisti? Perché nessuno riuscì a fermare le mani assassine? Nel libro l’autore, Massimiliano Morelli, ha tratteggiato quei momenti, cercando particolari offuscati da memorie labili o completamente sconosciuti, aggiungendo le testimonianze di chi ha voluto parlare, di chi ha ricordato quegli attimi e di chi, ancora oggi, non ha capito cosa accadde quel maledetto 7 gennaio.
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La strage di via Acca Larentia, a Roma, ha rappresentato una delle pagine più drammatiche durante il cosiddetto periodo degli anni di piombo. Tre ragazzi, attivisti di destra più o meno impegnati in politica, vennero uccisi nel corso di un pomeriggio interminabile, intriso di lacrime e sangue. La data, il sette gennaio del 1978, un giorno come tanti altri. Francesco Ciavatta, Franco Bigonzetti e Stefano Recchioni furono assassinati in momenti diversi: due rimasero a terra colpiti dalle pallottole sparate dagli antagonisti di sinistra, sul terzo fece fuoco un rappresentante delle Forze dell’Ordine. I misteri su quelle vite spezzate restano tali ancora oggi. Perché proprio loro divennero i bersagli di rivalsa in quell’assurda guerra fra estremisti? Perché nessuno riuscì a fermare le mani assassine? Nel libro l’autore, Massimiliano Morelli, ha tratteggiato quei momenti, cercando particolari offuscati da memorie labili o completamente sconosciuti, aggiungendo le testimonianze di chi ha voluto parlare, di chi ha ricordato quegli attimi e di chi, ancora oggi, non ha capito cosa accadde quel maledetto 7 gennaio.

Academ’s Fury

For centuries, the people of Alera have relied on the power of the furies to protect them from outside invaders. But the gravest threat might be closer than they think. Tavi has escaped the Calderon Valley and the mysterious attack of the Marat on his homeland. But he is far from safe, as trying to keep up the illusion of being a student while secretly training as one of the First Lord’s spies is a dangerous game. And he has not yet learned to use the furies, making him especially vulnerable. When the attack comes it’s on two fronts. A sudden strike threatens the First Lord’s life and threatens to plunge the land into civil war. While in the Calderon Valley, the threat faced from the Marat is dwarfed by an ancient menace. And Tavi must learn to harness the furies if he has any chance of fighting the greatest threat Alera has ever known . . .
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Abstract Algebra

This carefully written textbook offers a thorough introduction to abstract algebra, covering the fundamentals of groups, rings and fields. The first two chapters present preliminary topics such as properties of the integers and equivalence relations. The author then explores the first major algebraic structure, the group, progressing as far as the Sylow theorems and the classification of finite abelian groups. An introduction to ring theory follows, leading to a discussion of fields and polynomials that includes sections on splitting fields and the construction of finite fields. The final part contains applications to public key cryptography as well as classical straightedge and compass constructions. Explaining key topics at a gentle pace, this book is aimed at undergraduate students. It assumes no prior knowledge of the subject and contains over 500 exercises, half of which have detailed solutions provided.
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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.
Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author’s own experiences, coupled with poignant drawings by Ellen Forney that reflect the character’s art, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live.
With a forward by Markus Zusak, interviews with Sherman Alexie and Ellen Forney, and four-color interior art throughout, this edition is perfect for fans and collectors alike.
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### From School Library Journal
*Starred Review.* Grade 7–10—Exploring Indian identity, both self and tribal, Alexie’s first young adult novel is a semiautobiographical chronicle of Arnold Spirit, aka Junior, a Spokane Indian from Wellpinit, WA. The bright 14-year-old was born with water on the brain, is regularly the target of bullies, and loves to draw. He says, “I think the world is a series of broken dams and floods, and my cartoons are tiny little lifeboats.” He expects disaster when he transfers from the reservation school to the rich, white school in Reardan, but soon finds himself making friends with both geeky and popular students and starting on the basketball team. Meeting his old classmates on the court, Junior grapples with questions about what constitutes one’s community, identity, and tribe. The daily struggles of reservation life and the tragic deaths of the protagonist’s grandmother, dog, and older sister would be all but unbearable without the humor and resilience of spirit with which Junior faces the world. The many characters, on and off the rez, with whom he has dealings are portrayed with compassion and verve, particularly the adults in his extended family. Forney’s simple pencil cartoons fit perfectly within the story and reflect the burgeoning artist within Junior. Reluctant readers can even skim the pictures and construct their own story based exclusively on Forney’s illustrations. The teen’s determination to both improve himself and overcome poverty, despite the handicaps of birth, circumstances, and race, delivers a positive message in a low-key manner. Alexie’s tale of self-discovery is a first purchase for all libraries.—*Chris Shoemaker, New York Public Library*
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### From Booklist
Arnold Spirit, a goofy-looking dork with a decent jumpshot, spends his time lamenting life on the “poor-ass” Spokane Indian reservation, drawing cartoons (which accompany, and often provide more insight than, the narrative), and, along with his aptly named pal Rowdy, laughing those laughs over anything and nothing that affix best friends so intricately together. When a teacher pleads with Arnold to want more, to escape the hopelessness of the rez, Arnold switches to a rich white school and immediately becomes as much an outcast in his own community as he is a curiosity in his new one. He weathers the typical teenage indignations and triumphs like a champ but soon faces far more trying ordeals as his home life begins to crumble and decay amidst the suffocating mire of alcoholism on the reservation. Alexie’s humor and prose are easygoing and well suited to his young audience, and he doesn’t pull many punches as he levels his eye at stereotypes both warranted and inapt. A few of the plotlines fade to gray by the end, but this ultimately affirms the incredible power of best friends to hurt and heal in equal measure. Younger teens looking for the strength to lift themselves out of rough situations would do well to start here. Chipman, Ian

Absolute Lesbian Sex – Volume 2

Five red hot stories focused girl on girl actionLipsmacker by Ashley Hind”This is the ballad of Fanny Spänkka, who fell in love with the beautiful drummer and then had her heart broken by Yours Truly. It’s not actually a ballad, obviously. It’s more of a swift tale, but I use the term for the musical connotations, since dearest Fanny does so love to boast to all her girly conquests that she is the lead singer of a rock band. She doesn’t mention that it’s a crap rock band. This isn’t even much of a tale, if I’m honest – more a cautionary note not to get ideas above your station where I am concerned. Because if you get me uncharacteristically drunk and perform your particularly nasty kink upon my person, you can bet your sweet ass that I, as the most luscious natural dominatrix imaginable, am going to bring a hefty bum-load of retribution straight round to your back door. And that’s exactly what I did…”Strap Happy by Erin PimTwo kinkster lesbians discover the pleasure of bringing a strap on phallus into the bedroom. It’s obvious that the girl on the receiving end gets her fill, but they soon find out that wearing the dildo also has its allure.An Old Fashioned Love Story by Vanessa de SadeAngie has known how she feels about Greta for a long time. But does Greta feel the same way? Find out in this sizzling-hot girl-girl romance.Special Delivery by Roxanna CrossAn intriguing package is delivered to a posh residence. The door woman who accepts the delivery for the tenant is piqued by the alluring box. Yet, she cannot phantom the sophisticated resident of flat 5233 to be involved in anything her twisted mind is cooking up…Lunch Break by Erin PimA highly sexed woman has trouble refraining from masturbating at work, especially when a female co-worker becomes the object of her affection. Not to mention, this co-worker has suddenly become curious of her frequent trips to the washroom stall. She can’t stop thinking about Dana’s glorious breasts, but is desperate to keep anyone from work from knowing her dirty little secret. What’s a hyper sexed girl to do?
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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

SUMMARY: Indiana, 1818. Moonlight falls through the dense woods that surround a one-room cabin, where a nine-year-old Abraham Lincoln kneels at his suffering mother’s bedside. She’s been stricken with something the old-timers call “Milk Sickness.” “My baby boy…” she whispers before dying. Only later will the grieving Abe learn that his mother’s fatal affliction was actually the work of a vampire. When the truth becomes known to young Lincoln, he writes in his journal, “”henceforth my life shall be one of rigorous study and devotion. I shall become a master of mind and body. And this mastery shall have but one purpose.”..” Gifted with his legendary height, strength, and skill with an ax, Abe sets out on a path of vengeance that will lead him all the way to the White House. While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon “The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln,” and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years. Using the journal as his guide and writing in the grand biographical style of Doris Kearns Goodwin and David McCullough, Seth has reconstructed the “true” life story of our greatest president for the first time-all while revealing the hidden history behind the Civil War and uncovering the role vampires played in the birth, growth, and near-death of our nation.

Above His Proper Station

Anrel Murau, a simple scholar, is secretly the notorious revolutionary Alvos the Orator–the Empire’s most wanted man. On the run and nearly penniless, Anrel finds himself forced to seek refuge in the capital city’s Pensioner’s Quarter, a den of thieves, murderers, and con men. Barely scraping out an existence on the fringe of respectable society, Anrel never forgets his demands for justice, nor the love of the woman he left behind.

The civil unrest that has long been simmering in the Empire is beginning to boil over into violent protests and Anrel’s enemy, Lord Allutar, continues to corrupt the Grand Council.

But Anrel’s alter-ego, Alvos the Orator, has taken on a life of his own and many factions of the Grand Council seek a way to harness his followers’ political might for their own ends. Which means they need Anrel to take on a surprising new role and gain access to one of the Empire’s greatest secrets to stop the rampant evil.

The adventure of Alvos the Orator continues with more action, more intrigue, and more suspense than ever before as Anrel seeks to at last clear his name and seek retribution against his old enemy once and for all.

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

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AARP the Paleo Answer: 7 Days to Lose Weight, Feel Great, Stay Young

AARP Digital Editions offer you practical tips, proven solutions, and expert guidance. Dr. Loren Cordain’s bestselling The Paleo Diet and The Paleo Diet Cookbook have helped hundreds of thousands of people eat for better health and weight loss by following the diet humans were genetically designed to eat: meats, fish, fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts and other foods that mimic the diet of our Paleolithic ancestors. In The Paleo Answer, he shows you how to supercharge the Paleo diet for optimal lifelong health and weight loss. Featuring a new prescriptive 7-day plan and surprising revelations from the author’s original research, it’s the most powerful Paleo guide yet. Based on the author’s groundbreaking research on Paleolithic diet and lifestyle Includes a new 7-day plan with recommended meals, exercise routines, lifestyle tips, and supplement recommendations Reveals fascinating findings from the author’s research over the last decade, such as why vegan and vegetarian diets are not healthy and why dairy, soy products, potatoes, and grains are not just unhealthful but may be toxic Includes health and weight-loss advice for all Paleo dieters—women, men, and people of all ages—and is invaluable for CrossFitters and other athletes Written by Dr. Loren Cordain, the world’s leading expert on Paleolithic eating styles internationally regarded as the father of Paleo Whether you’ve been following a Paleo-friendly diet and want to take it to the next level or are just discovering the benefits of going Paleo, this book will help you follow the Paleo path to the fullest—for lifelong health, increased energy, better sleep, lower stress and weight loss.

The A.B.C. Murders

The A.B.C. Murders (Hercule Poirot Series) by Agatha Christie
Alice Ascher, a shopkeeper in Andover, is bludgeoned to death at her place of work. Next to die is Miss Bernard in Bexhill, then Mr. Clarke in Churston. More disturbing than the alphabetic sequence of the killings or the ABC Railway guide that the killer leaves at the scene of each crime are the taunting notes Hercule Poirot receives each time the killer is about to strike again. It is one of Poirot’s most challenging cases yet.

A wrinkle in time

EDITORIAL REVIEW: When Charles Wallace Murry goes searching through a ‘wrinkle in time’ for his lost father, he finds himself on an evil planet where all life is enslaved by a huge pulsating brain known as ‘It’. How Charles, his sister Meg and friend Calvin find and free his father makes this a very special and exciting mixture of fantasy and science fiction, which all the way through is dominated by the funny and mysterious trio of guardian angels known as Mrs Whatsit, Mrs Who and Mrs Which.