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Madame Bovary

Madame Bovary (Lydia Davis Translation) by Gustave Flaubert
**A literary event: one of the most celebrated novels ever written, in a magnificent new translation**
Seven years ago, the incomparable Lydia Davis brought us an award-winning, rapturously reviewed new translation of Marcel Proust’s *Swann’s Way* that was hailed as “clear and true to the music of the original” (*Los Angeles Times*) and “a work of creation in its own right” (Claire Messud, *Newsday*). Now she turns her gifts to the book that defined the novel as an art form. 
When Emma Rouault marries dull, provincial doctor Charles Bovary, her dreams of an elegant and passionate life crumble. She escapes into sentimental novels but finds her fantasies dashed by the tedium of her days. Motherhood proves to be a burden; religion is only a brief distraction. She spends lavishly and embarks on a series of disappointing affairs. Soon heartbroken and crippled by debts, Emma takes drastic action with tragic consequences for her husband and daughter. When published in 1857, *Madame Bovary* was embraced by bourgeois women who claimed it spoke to the frustrations of their lives. Davis’s landmark translation gives new life in English to Flaubert’s masterwork.


Jenny Angell recounts the life of a madam, Peach, who runs a successful escort service. Told from Peach’s point of view, ‘Madam’ looks at all different facets of this life where drugs are always in attendance and the glamour of the life hides many shocking secrets.

Mad Ship

As the ancient tradition of Bingtown’s Old Traders slowly erodes under the cold new order of a corrupt ruler, the Vestrits anxiously await the return of their liveship—a rare magic ship carved from sentient wizardwood, which bonds the ships mystically with those who sail them. And Althea Vestrit waits even more avidly, living only to reclaim the ship as her lost inheritance and captain her on the high seas.

But the Vivacia has been seized by the ruthless pirate captain Kennit, who holds Althea’s nephew and his father hostage. Althea and her onetime sea mate Brashen resolve to liberate the liveship—but their plan may prove more dangerous than leaving the Vivacia in Kennit’s ambitious grasp.

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Robin Hobb’s Ship of Destiny.
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Praise for Robin Hobb and the Liveship Traders Trilogy
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“Fantasy as it ought to be written . . . Robin Hobb’s books are diamonds in a sea of zircons.”—George R. R. Martin

“A truly extraordinary saga . . . The characterizations are consistently superb, and [Hobb] animates everything with love for and knowledge of the sea.”—Booklist

“A major work of high fantasy, reading like a cross between Tolkien and Patrick O’Brian . . . one of the finest fantasy sagas to bridge the millennium.”—Publishers Weekly

“Rich, complex . . . [Hobb’s] plotting is complex but tightly controlled, and her descriptive powers match her excellent visual imagination. But her chief virtue is that she delineates character extremely well.”—Interzone

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Mad Amos Malone

**Eighteen twisted tales of the wildest West that’s ever been imagined, from the #1 *New York Times* bestselling author of the Pip & Flinx series**

Strange things lurk up in the mountains and out in the plains and deserts of the West, but few are as unique as the giant mountain man named Amos Malone, who some call “Mad Amos”—though not to his face. Atop his unnatural steed, Worthless, Mad Amos is prepared to step into any fray and set things right, albeit in his own unusual way.

Now all of his uncanny exploits—including the brand-new story “Stuck”—are collected together for the first time. For this special edition, Alan Dean Foster has also penned original introductions to the series and to each individual adventure.

**Featuring eight never-before-collected stories, including . . .**
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**GHOST WIND:** Nature has a way of making even the strongest folks meek. And with a ghost wind coming over the valley, even Mad Amos Malone is feeling the chill.

**HOLY JINGLE:** Of all the dangers of the Wild West, love might be the most perilous. Because when it goes awry, there’s no telling what might be at stake.

**A MOUNTAIN MAN AND A CAT WALK INTO A BAR:** Mad Amos isn’t quickly moved to action. Still, when it comes to a dog fight, he’s not afraid to bare his teeth.

**STUCK:** The untouched grove of Sequoias is one of the most beautiful, soul-rejuvenating, downright sacred places Amos has ever visited. Until he hears a cry for help. . . .
**Praise for *Mad Amos Malone***
“The consistent rhythms of [Alan Dean] Foster’s language, his shaggy-dog puns, and the distinctive clarity of Malone’s rough yet occasionally educated voice draw readers quickly into each story’s mood while maintaining strong connections between the pieces.”**—*Publishers Weekly***

Mad About Metal

Craft metal has endless decorative possibilities. It is pliable and can be wrapped around or adhered to any surface you can imagine. This book is all about using colored craft metal—decorating it by means of embossing, cutting out designs, adding further color, taking away color and filling in 3D designs, and much more—to customize found objects for your home.
You will learn more about the metal and supporting mediums, as well as how to use the tools and familiarize yourself with several techniques—all of which can be applied in making more than fifty decorative and functional items provided in this book. The original projects were designed and created specifically to showcase a variety of techniques and applications, including:
* Transferring and tracing designs
* Creating texture by means of inexpensive handheld tools or manual processes
* Using an embossing machine such as the cuttlebug™ for textures, patterns and die-cuts
* Finishing techniques such as sanding, ageing and painting
* Upcycling and repurposing
* Tips and tricks to simplify processes
The projects range from beginner to advanced levels and from quick ideas to masterpieces that will take longer to complete. Magnificent photographs of the finished objects will inspire you while step-by-step instructions and photographs will help you to get started right away.

Il Macigno: Perché Il Debito Pubblico Ci Schiaccia E Come Si Fa a Liberarsene

Dopo il clamoroso successo conseguito con “La lista della spesa”, Carlo Cottarelli torna a illuminare i conti pubblici italiani, puntando l’attenzione sul debito: come si forma? Perché è così difficile ridurlo? Come mai è così importante per l’economia delle nazioni? Ci si può convivere e come?
Cottarelli ha avuto esperienza diretta di molte crisi generate dal debito pubblico, come quella italiana che portò alla caduta dell’ultimo governo Berlusconi e quella greca degli ultimi anni, e può quindi illustrare rischi e opportunità delle varie, possibili soluzioni del problema: da quella più combattiva (non ti pago!) a quella più ortodossa (l’austerità), fino al cauto ottimismo di una possibile via di buon senso, fatta di credibilità, crescita e attenzione al lungo periodo.

Machine Learning with Python Cookbook

This practical guide provides nearly 200 self-contained recipes to help you solve machine learning challenges you may encounter in your daily work. If you’re comfortable with Python and its libraries, including pandas and scikit-learn, you’ll be able to address specific problems such as loading data, handling text or numerical data, model selection, and dimensionality reduction and many other topics.

Each recipe includes code that you can copy and paste into a toy dataset to ensure that it actually works. From there, you can insert, combine, or adapt the code to help construct your application. Recipes also include a discussion that explains the solution and provides meaningful context. This cookbook takes you beyond theory and concepts by providing the nuts and bolts you need to construct working machine learning applications.

You’ll find recipes for:

* Vectors, matrices, and arrays

* Handling numerical and categorical data, text, images, and dates and times

* Dimensionality reduction using feature extraction or feature selection

* Model evaluation and selection

* Linear and logical regression, trees and forests, and k-nearest neighbors

* Support vector machines (SVM), naïve Bayes, clustering, and neural networks

* Saving and loading trained models

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Machine Learning with PySpark

Build machine learning models, natural language processing applications, and recommender systems with PySpark to solve various business challenges. This book starts with the fundamentals of Spark and its evolution and then covers the entire spectrum of traditional machine learning algorithms along with natural language processing and recommender systems using PySpark.

Machine Learning with PySpark shows you how to build supervised machine learning models such as linear regression, logistic regression, decision trees, and random forest. You’ll also see unsupervised machine learning models such as K-means and hierarchical clustering. A major portion of the book focuses on feature engineering to create useful features with PySpark to train the machine learning models. The natural language processing section covers text processing, text mining, and embedding for classification.

After reading this book, you will understand how to use PySpark’s machine learning library to build and train various machine learning models. Additionally you’ll become comfortable with related PySpark components, such as data ingestion, data processing, and data analysis, that you can use to develop data-driven intelligent applications.

What You Will Learn


Build a spectrum of supervised and unsupervised machine learning algorithms

Implement machine learning algorithms with Spark MLlib libraries

Develop a recommender system with Spark MLlib libraries

Handle issues related to feature engineering, class balance, bias and variance, and cross validation for building an optimal fit model

**Who This Book Is For **

Data science and machine learning professionals.

(source: Bol.com)

Machine Learning for Absolute Beginners

Featured by Tableau as the first of “7 Books About Machine Learning for Beginners” Ready to crank up a virtual server and smash through petabytes of data? Want to add ‘Machine Learning’ to your LinkedIn profile?Well, hold on there…Before you embark on your epic journey into the world of machine learning, there is some theory and statistical principles to march through first. But rather than spend $30-$50 USD on a dense long textbook, you may want to read this book first. As a clear and concise alternative to a textbook, this book provides a practical and high-level introduction to the practical components and statistical concepts found in machine learning. Machine Learning for Absolute Beginners Second Edition has been written and designed for absolute beginners. This means plain-English explanations and no coding experience required. Where core algorithms are introduced, clear explanations and visual examples are added to make it easy and engaging to follow along at home.This major new edition features many topics not covered in the First Edition, including Cross Validation, Data Scrubbing and Ensemble Modeling. Please note that this book is not a sequel to the First Edition, but rather a restructured and revamped version of the First Edition. Readers of the First Edition should not feel compelled to purchase this Second Edition. Disclaimer: If you have passed the ‘beginner’ stage in your study of machine learning and are ready to tackle coding and deep learning, you would be well served with a long-format textbook. If, however, you are yet to reach that Lion King moment-as a fully grown Simba looking over the Pride Lands of Africa-then this is the book to gently hoist you up and offer you a clear lay of the land.In this step-by-step guide you will learn: – How to download free datasets- What tools and machine learning libraries you need- Data scrubbing techniques, including one-hot encoding, binning and dealing with missing data- Preparing data for analysis, including k-fold Validation- Regression analysis to create trend lines- Clustering, including k-means and k-nearest Neighbors- The basics of Neural Networks- Bias/Variance to improve your machine learning model- Decision Trees to decode classification- How to build your first Machine Learning Model to predict house values using PythonFrequently Asked QuestionsQ: Do I need programming experience to complete this book?A: This book is designed for absolute beginners, so no programming experience is required. However, two of the later chapters introduce Python to demonstrate an actual machine learning model, so you will see programming language used in this book. Q: I have already purchased the First Edition of this book, should I purchase this Second Edition?A: As majority of the topics from the First Edition are covered in the Second Edition, you may be better served reading a more advanced title on machine learning.Q: Can I get access to the Kindle version of this book?A: Yes. Under Amazon’s Matchbook program, the purchaser of this book can add the Kindle version of this title (valued at $3.99 USD) to their Amazon Kindle library at no cost.Q: Does this book include everything I need to become a machine learning expert?A: This book is designed for readers taking their first steps in machine learning and further learning will be required beyond this book to master machine learning.

Machine Learning Applications Using Python

Gain practical skills in machine learning for finance, healthcare, and retail. This book uses a hands-on approach by providing case studies from each of these domains: you’ll see examples that demonstrate how to use machine learning as a tool for business enhancement. As a domain expert, you will not only discover how machine learning is used in finance, healthcare, and retail, but also work through practical case studies where machine learning has been implemented.

Machine Learning Applications Using Python is divided into three sections, one for each of the domains (healthcare, finance, and retail). Each section starts with an overview of machine learning and key technological advancements in that domain. You’ll then learn more by using case studies on how organizations are changing the game in their chosen markets. This book has practical case studies with Python code and domain-specific innovative ideas for monetizing machine learning.

What You Will Learn


Discover applied machine learning processes and principles

Implement machine learning in areas of healthcare, finance, and retail

Avoid the pitfalls of implementing applied machine learning

Build Python machine learning examples in the three subject areas

Who This Book Is For

Data scientists and machine learning professionals.

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The MacGregor Grooms

SUMMARY: It worked with his granddaughters. Now Daniel MacGregor, powerful patriarch of the MacGregor clan, wants to see his three handsome, eligible—but stubbornly single—grandsons married. So he’s found just the women to tempt, tease and torture D.C., Duncan and Ian all the way to the altar. And you can bet Daniel will be sitting by with his feet up, a glass of whiskey in hand, smugly watching his plans unfold.…

The MacGregor Brides

**In this captivating story, #1 *New York Times* bestselling author Nora Roberts introduces us to the next generation of one of her most popular and celebrated families, as cousins Laura, Gwendolyn and Julia discover what their parents already know — that their busybody grandfather has an unerring instinct for love.**
**Daniel MacGregor is at it again!**
At age ninety, there is nothing the powerful patriarch of the MacGregor clan would like more than to see his three eldest granddaughters happily married — and he’s handpicked three unsuspecting candidates he believes would make perfect husbands. But this might be his biggest matchmaking challenge yet: his granddaughters are so focused on their careers that marriage is the last thing on their minds. It’s a good thing this meddlesome nonagenarian has a few tricks left up his sleeve . . .


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******He’s the best cop they’ve got. **
****When a drug bust turns into a bloodbath it’s up to Inspector Macbeth and his team to clean up the mess.
**He’s also an ex-drug addict with a troubled past. **
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****He’s rewarded for his success. Power. Money. Respect. They’re all within reach.** **
**But a man like him won’t get to the top.**
****Plagued by hallucinations and paranoia, Macbeth starts to unravel. He’s convinced he won’t get what is rightfully his.
**Unless he kills for it. **
**‘The king of all crime writers’**
*****Sunday Express*
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**Praise for *Macbeth*:
**“Inventive and deeply satisfying…[Nesbo] offers a dark but ultimately hopeful *Macbeth*, one suited to our troubled times.” 
—James Shapiro, *New York Times Book Review* (cover)
“Nesbo manages the balancing act of being true to the original play without slighting his own interests as a writer: bleak settings, loyalty (or the lack thereof) among crooks, clever escapes from tight spots, the affinities between policemen and the criminals they chase.”
—*The Washington Post***
**”Nesbø has adhered to his contract, delivering a book that plays off of Shakespeare’s work but succeeds as his own.”
“The legions of readers who adore the dark Scandinavian noir of Jo Nesbø will also love *Macbeth*, his adaptation of Shakespeare’s famous play.”
—*USA Today*
“*Macbeth* is a modern-day drug-war, power-struggle, double-cross, lawmen-versus-gangsters recast of Shakespeare’s Scottish play.”
—*Associated Press*

“Nesbø infuses the mythic elements of the tragedy with bold strokes of horrific, Don Winslow–like drug-war realism. The result displays in a strikingly original way both the timelessness of Shakespeare’s art and the suppleness of noir to range well beyond the strictures of formula.”
—*Booklist* (starred)
Praise for Jo Nesbø: **

“Jo Nesbø is my new favorite thriller writer.”
—Michael Connelly

“Nesbø’s much-heralded gifts are on display–using his talent for conjuring the chilly Munch-like atmospherics of Oslo in the winter and his eye for grisly, alarming details that slam home the horror of the evil that men do.”
—*New York Times Book Review*

“The world is dark and frozen, according to Nordic noir, and so is the human heart. But it’s the magic Nesbø works with the genre’s tropes that matters. . . . [He] might be my favorite of the lot.”
—*Chicago Tribune*
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“Nesbø writes like an angel. As in Lucifer.”
—*The Philadelphia Inquirer*

“Nesbø explores the darkest criminal minds with grim delight and puts his killers where you least expect to find them. . . . His novels are maddeningly addictive.”
—*Vanity Fair*
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“In the crowded field of Scandinavian crime fiction, Nesbø’s books stand out. . . . Nesbø likes to rip plots up . . . to play with the conventions of his genre.”
—*The New Yorker*
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“[Nesbø is] the writer most likely to take the ice-cold crown in the critically acclaimed—and now bestselling—category of Nordic noir.”
—*Los Angeles Times*
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“I am the world’s greatest living crime writer. [Jo Nesbø] is a man who is snapping at my heels like a rabid pitbull poised to take over my mantle when I dramatically pre-decease him.”
—James Ellroy

“The next Munch or Ibsen could be Jo Nesbø”
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**The gripping new thriller from the author of *The* *Snowman ***
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Lusus Naturae: A Dark Days Club Novella

Experience Lord Carlston and Lady Helen’s first meeting from Lord Carlston’s point of view in this compelling novella, a companion to The Dark Days Club.

Combining Jane Austen’s high society and Cassandra Clare’s supernatural underworld, Alison Goodman’s Lady Helen trilogy will delight fans of historical fiction and fantasy. Now readers can enjoy an exclusive insight into Lord Carlston’s world and his initial perceptions of much-loved heroine Lady Helen in this novella.

London, April 1812. Lord Carlston, a man of dubious reputation and infuriating manners, has recently returned from the Continent. He is in London to assess whether Lady Helen Wrexhall has inherited her mother’s Reclaimer abilities, which would mark her as a protector of society. These abilities would also take Lady Helen from the glittering ballrooms and bright lights of her first Season into a world of demonic creatures and deadly power. Not the usual aspirations for a young lady in Regency society…

Perfect for longstanding fans and readers new to the series, the novella also includes a chapter from The Dark Days Club, so you can experience the same scene from Lady Helen’s point of view.

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Luring a Lady

SUMMARY: Nothing in Sydney Hayward’s background of wealth and privilege prepared her to take the helm of her family’s corporation. And her new responsibilities left no room for complications. Earthly and entirely masculine, Mikahil came from a world entirely different from her own but the way she felt when he put his strong, work-hardened hands on her was wreaking havoc with Sydney’s resolve…

The Lunatic Cafe

‘You don’t volunteer for slugfests with vampires. It shortens your life expectancy.’And you don’t fall in love with a werewolf. It interferes with your work. Especially when you’re a preternatural expert, like me. My name is Anita Blake. My business brings me up close and personal with all shapes and sizes of monsters. And not all of them want to kill me.Take, for instance, the local pack of lycanthrops – they’re werewolves to you. A number of them are missing, and they’ve come to me for help. Maybe because I’m dating the leader of the pack. I’ve survived a lot – from jealous vampires to killer zombies – but this love thing may kill me yet.