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Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!: Adventures of a Curious Character

Winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1965, Richard Feynman was one of the world’s greatest theoretical physicists, but he was also a man who fell, often jumped, into adventure. An artist, safecracker, practical joker and storyteller, Feynman’s life was a series of combustible combinations made possible by his unique mixture of high intelligence, unquenchable curiosity and eternal skepticism. Over a period of years, Feynman’s conversations with his friend Ralph Leighton were first taped and then set down as they appear here, little changed from their spoken form, giving a wise, funny, passionate and totally honest self-portrait of one of the greatest men of our age.

Supra: A Feast of Georgian Cooking

Bordered by Russia, Turkey, Azerbaijan and Armenia, and situated at a crossroads on an ancient East-West trading route, Georgia’s rich and diverse history is nowhere more evident than through its cuisine and legendary hospitality.
Central and unique to the culinary tradition of Georgia is the ‘supra’, a coming together of family and friends to share heart-warming toasts, great conversation, free-flowing drink and, most importantly, dish upon dish of mouth-watering food.
In this, her first book, Tiko Tuskadze, chef-owner of London’s celebrated Little Georgia restaurant, opens her kitchen to share her love for the food of her home country and the recipes and stories that have been passed down through her family for generations.
The book opens with an introduction to the delicious, yet little-known, food of Georgia and an exploration and explanation of the traditions and cultural significance of the supra.
Tiko shares over 100 of the dishes that come together to make Georgian cuisine a true celebration of its country’s unique climate, history and culture.
Recipes follow the authentic procession of dishes, starting with pâtés and sauces then salads, which are traditionally laid out on the table before guests arrive; moving on to sections on soups, bread and cheese, meat dishes, poultry dishes, fish dishes, vegetable dishes and ending with a few fruity treats.
The recipes range from the iconic Khachapuri (cheese bread), Kebabi (lamb kebabs) and Khinkali (dumplings), to lesser-known classics, such as Ajapsandali (aubergine stew) and Ckmeruli (poussin in garlic and walnut sauce).
With wonderful stories and beautiful illustrations throughout, this book is the ultimate resource for anyone interested in discovering this unique and varied cuisine with the dual values of family and celebration firmly at its heart.


Explore the philosophical depths of Batman, Superman, Captain America, and your other favorite superheroes—FOR FREE!

Behind the cool costumes, special powers, and unflagging determination to fight evil you’ll find fascinating philosophical questions and concerns deep in the hearts and minds of your favorite comic book heroes.

Why doesn’t Batman just kill the Joker and end everyone’s misery? Does Peter Parker have a good life? What can Iron Man teach us about the role of technology in society? Bringing together key chapters from books in the Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture series, this free superhero sampler engages the intellectual might of big thinkers like Aristotle and Kant to answer these questions and many others, giving you new insights on everything from whether Superman is truly an American icon to whether Wolverine is the same person when he loses his memory.

* Features exclusive bonus content: all-new chapters on Captain America and Thor

* Gives you a sneak peek at upcoming books: Avengers and Philosophy, Spider-Man and Philosophy, and Superman and Philosophy

* Includes superheroes from both the DC and Marvel universes: the Avengers, Batman, Captain America, Green Lantern, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Superman, Thor, Watchmen, and the X-Men

* Gives you a perfect introduction to the Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture series (learn more at www.andphilosophy.com) FOR FREE!

Whether you’re looking for answers or looking for fun, this classic compilation will save the day by helping you gain a deeper appreciation of your favorite comics with an introduction to basic philosophical principles.

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Superfreakonomics: global cooling, patriotic prostitutes, and why suicide bombers should buy life insurance

EDITORIAL REVIEW: The *New York Times* bestselling *Freakonomics* was a worldwide sensation, selling more than four million copies in thirty-five languages and changing the way we look at the world. Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner return with *Superfreakonomics*, and fans and newcomers alike will find that the *freak*quel is even bolder, funnier, and more surprising than the first. *SuperFreakonomics* challenges the way we think all over again, exploring the hidden side of everything with such questions as: How is a street prostitute like a department-store Santa? What do hurricanes, heart attacks, and highway deaths have in common? Can eating kangaroo save the planet? Levitt and Dubner mix smart thinking and great storytelling like no one else. By examining how people respond to incentives, they show the world for what it really is—good, bad, ugly, and, in the final analysis, super freaky. *Freakonomics* has been imitated many times over—but only now, with *SuperFreakonomics*, has it met its match.

Super Sad True Love Story

The author of two critically acclaimed novels, *The Russian Debutante’s Handbook* and *Absurdistan*, Gary Shteyngart has risen to the top of the fiction world. Now, in his hilarious and heartfelt new novel, he envisions a deliciously dark tale of America’s dysfunctional coming years—and the timeless and tender feelings that just might bring us back from the brink.
In a very near future—oh, let’s say next Tuesday—a functionally illiterate America is about to collapse. But don’t that tell that to poor Lenny Abramov, the thirty-nine-year-old son of an angry Russian immigrant janitor, proud author of what may well be the world’s last diary, and less-proud owner of a bald spot shaped like the great state of Ohio. Despite his job at an outfit called Post-Human Services, which attempts to provide immortality for its super-rich clientele, death is clearly stalking this cholesterol-rich morsel of a man. And why shouldn’t it? Lenny’s from a different century—he totally loves books (or “printed, bound media artifacts,” as they’re now known), even though most of his peers find them smelly and annoying. But even more than books, Lenny loves Eunice Park, an impossibly cute and impossibly cruel twenty-four-year-old Korean American woman who just graduated from Elderbird College with a major in Images and a minor in Assertiveness.
After meeting Lenny on an extended Roman holiday, blistering Eunice puts that Assertiveness minor to work, teaching our “ancient dork” effective new ways to brush his teeth and making him buy a cottony nonflammable wardrobe. But America proves less flame-resistant than Lenny’s new threads. The country is crushed by a credit crisis, riots break out in New York’s Central Park, the city’s streets are lined with National Guard tanks on every corner, the dollar is so over, and our patient Chinese creditors may just be ready to foreclose on the whole mess. Undeterred, Lenny vows to love both Eunice and his homeland. He’s going to convince his fickle new love that in a time without standards or stability, in a world where single people can determine a dating prospect’s “hotness” and “sustainability” with the click of a button, in a society where the privileged may live forever but the unfortunate will die all too soon, there is still value in being a real human being.
Wildly funny, rich, and humane, *Super Sad True Love Story* is a knockout novel by a young master, a book in which falling in love just may redeem a planet falling apart.

Super Manga Matrix

With its stylistic characters and vivid colors, manga has captured the imagination of millions. However, creating it from nothing can be difficult, no matter how inventive an artist is. But now, following the success of Manga Matrix, which taught readers how to create manga characters, Super Manga Matrix will inspire and guide them to create both manga characters and manga stories!

Never has character making been approached as methodically as in Super Manga Matrix. Using the unique matrix system, the creation of manga can be plotted and cross-sectioned on a matrix diagram. The result is the remarkable creation of new types of heroes, evil creatures, and multi-formed beasts whose forms and costumes can be designed infinitely. Super Manga Matrix explores a myriad of creatures including angels, demons, dragons, monsters, phantoms, spirits, robots, human, beast combinations, and visionary beings.

Regardless of age or skill level, from budding artist to polished professional, anyone with an interest in creating manga will find Super Manga Matrix a valuable resource.

Hiroyoshi Tsukamoto is a veteran artist and educator of fine art and graphic design. He has been actively working in the field for over 30 years. Tsukamoto’s designs and artworks are numerous, including a mural for the pediatrics ward for the Japan National Cancer Center, character illustration and exhibit design for Nagoya Marine Museum, and character, stage, and costume design for the musical Borocchino!. Tsukamoto is also the author of Manga Matrix and the Japanese bestselling titles Manga Bible and CharaDeza Smash!

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In the tradition of Murder on the Orient Express, Jim Lehrer brings together a cast of characters as fascinating as the historic train that will carry them from Chicago to Los Angeles. In its heyday, the Santa Fe railroad’s famous Super Chief was so replete with wealth and celebrity that it became known as “The Train of the Stars.” And so we find it in April of 1956, embarking from the Windy City for its trip across the Plains to the West Coast. 

Climbing aboard is an amazing spectrum of passengers. There’s Darwin Rinehart, a once great Hollywood producer whose most recent movie was a total flop and who now faces bankruptcy and shame. In a dark recess of a train car hides a mysterious, disheveled, sickly man who has not paid for a ticket, smuggled inside by an unscrupulous porter. Millionaire Otto Wheeler arrives in a wheelchair; deathly ill, he knows that this will be his last trip on the great train. Clark Gable causes a stir when he steps aboard, and though he’s ridden these rails for years, indulging in booze and women with equal fervor, those around him sense that this time, something is different. And finally there’s former President Harry Truman, distinguished, congenial, and constantly accompanied, for his protection, by a railroad detective.

    As the Super Chief pulls out of Dearborn Station, the passengers—famous and infamous, anonymous and enigmatic—can’t possibly imagine what lies ahead. For as the train gains speed, a series of deadly events unfolds.

Full of remarkable detail and passion for a lost world of opulence and all its intrigue and delights, Jim Lehrer’s** Super** spins a complex web of suspense. The twists and turns will keep readers turning the pages at top speed to finish one of the most captivating stories of Lehrer’s prolific career.


EDITORIAL REVIEW: When Sir Arthur C. Clarke, the greatest science fiction writer ever, teams up with award-winning author Stephen Baxter, who shares Clarke’s bold vision of a future where technology and humanism advance hand in hand, the result is bound to be a book of stellar ambition and accomplishment. Such was the case with Time’s Eye. Now, in the highly anticipated sequel, Clarke and Baxter draw their epic to a triumphant conclusion that is as mind-blowing as anything in Clarke’s famous Space Odyssey series.**SUNSTORM**Returned to the Earth of 2037 by the Firstborn, mysterious beings of almost limitless technological prowess, Bisesa Dutt is haunted by the memories of her five years spent on the strange alternate Earth called Mir, a jigsaw-puzzle world made up of lands and people cut out of different eras of Earth’s history. Why did the Firstborn create Mir? Why was Bisesa taken there and then brought back on the day after her original disappearance?Bisesa’s questions receive a chilling answer when scientists discover an anomaly in the sun’s core–an anomaly that has no natural cause is evidence of alien intervention over two thousand years before. Now plans set in motion millennia ago by inscrutable watchers light-years away are coming to fruition in a sunstorm designed to scour the Earth of all life in a bombardment of deadly radiation.Thus commences a furious race against a ticking solar time bomb. But even now, as apocalypse looms, cooperation is not easy for the peoples and nations of the Earth. Religious and political differences threaten to undermine every effort.And all the while, the Firstborn are watching…

The summer of the Danes

SUMMARY: To tie in with the hardcover release of Peters’ The Benediction of Brother Cadfael, here is the 18th entry in the eminently successful medieval detective series. In the summer of 1144, Brother Cadfael is sent to Wales on church business and is captured by Danes. And when a prisoner is murderer, the clever monk knows he’ll not see Shrewsbury again until the killer is caught.

Summer of Night

It’s the summer of 1960 and in the small town of Elm Haven, Illinois, five twelve-year-old boys are forging the powerful bonds that a lifetime of change will not break. From sunset bike rides to shaded hiding places in the woods, the boys’ days are marked by all of the secrets and silences of an idyllic childhood. But amid the sun-drenched cornfields, their loyalty will be pitilessly tested. When a long-silent bell peals in the middle of the night, the townsfolk know it marks the end of their carefree days. From the depths of the Old Central School, a hulking fortress tinged with the mahogany scent of coffins, an invisible evil is rising. Strange and horrifying events begin to overtake everyday life, spreading terror through the once-peaceful town. Determined to exorcize this ancient plague, Mike, Duane, Dale, Harlen, and Kevin must wage a war of blood—against an arcane abomination who owns the night.…
“It stands with the best of King and Straub in the traditional modern horror genre.” —*Seattle Post-Intelligencer*
“Impressive…combines beautiful writing and suspense into a book for which Dan Simmons deserves the bestseller status of King and Koontz.” —*The Denver Post*
“One can only wonder what Simmons will do next, now that he’s shown us he can do everything the best writers in horror and science fiction can do.” —*The Philadelphia Inquirer*

Summer Knight

Meet Harry Dresden, Chicago’s first (and only) Wizard P.I. Turns out the “everyday” world is full of strange and magical things—and most of them don’t play well with humans. That’s where Harry comes in. Since his girlfriend left town to deal with her newly acquired taste for blood, Harry’s been down and out. He can’t pay his rent. He’s alienating his friends. He can’t recall his last shower. Then when things are at their worst, the Winter Queen of Faerie saunters in with an offer Harry can’t refuse. All he has to do is find out who murdered the Summer Knight, the Summer Queen’s right-hand man, and clear the Winter Queen’s name. It seems simple, but Faerie politics seldom work out that way. Then Harry discovers the fate of the entire world rests on this case. So no pressure…Magic—it can get a guy killed.

Summability Calculus

This book develops the foundations of ”summability calculus”, which is a comprehensive theory of fractional finite sums. It fills an important gap in the literature by unifying and extending disparate historical results. It also presents new material that has not been published before. Importantly, it shows how the study of fractional finite sums benefits from and contributes to many areas of mathematics, such as divergent series, numerical integration, approximation theory, asymptotic methods, special functions, series acceleration, Fourier analysis, the calculus of finite differences, and information theory. As such, it appeals to a wide audience of mathematicians whose interests include the study of special functions, summability theory, analytic number theory, series and sequences, approximation theory, asymptotic expansions, or numerical methods. Richly illustrated, it features chapter summaries, and includes numerous examples and exercises. The content is mostly developed from scratch using only undergraduate mathematics, such as calculus and linear algebra.

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The Sum of All Men

Prince Gaborn Val Orden is visiting Sylvarresta, whose Crown Princess, Iome, he is expected to marry. Speaking incognito to the people, he finds the matter is not as cut and dried as expected. However, that pales into insignificance when it becomes clear that Raj Ahten, overlord of the Southern Lands, is planning to invade the Northern Realms and add them to his power base. As the war goes on, so the teenage lovers must come to maturity too quickly. And the magical system by which people give their overlords ‘endowments’ comes to be used for horrific ends…
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The Sultan’s Harem Bride

**WANTED: Desert princess to join harem**** **
Sultan Asim of Jazeer has hundreds of women at his beck and call. So why does he want the only one who threatens to reveal his family’s shameful secrets? 
Journalist Jacqui Fletcher jumped at the chance to write a history of the harem—not to become a sultan’s plaything! But it’s hard to remember her assignment when the sultan’s sensuous caresses spark a fire she’s never experienced before… 
Asim is looking for a pliable princess for a marriage of duty. Brave, beautiful Jacqui couldn’t be more wrong for him. So why does holding her feel so right?
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“West’s desert romance of duty versus love stars a haunted but brave heroine and an autocratic but caring hero. The exotic, sumptuous settings exemplify palace life, and the royal co-stars are memorable. The first love scene is a sensual buffet! ~ **4 1/2 stars, Romantic Times**
### From the Author
This is the first book in my Desert Vows Duet (The Sheikh’s Princess Bride comes next) and it’s very special to me. Tariq and Jacqui’s story came to me some years ago but it took a while till the time was right to get it down. It was pure pleasure writing this story, and in the process discovering that there were not one but two linked stories here. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. I’d love to get your feedback on it, either by a review here or via email. You can contact me via my website annie-west.com


Questa raccolta inedita di poesie attraversa tutte le sfaccettature dell’amore secondo Charles Bukowski: l’amicizia, la riconoscenza verso il suo editore, l’affetto per la sua unica figlia, la devozione per i maestri; e, ovviamente, il sesso, la passione e il desiderio nei confronti di tutte le donne, dagli incontri di una notte a quelli che gli hanno cambiato la vita. E poi l’amore per i libri, la musica classica, i cavalli, l’alcol… Sono versi che raccontano relazioni reali, quotidiane, senza nascondere il narcisismo, l’egoismo e le miserie che a volte contraddistinguono questo sentimento, ma riscattandolo così da quella patina di retorica che troppo spesso lo circonda. Traboccante di nuda oscenità e sarcasmo abrasivo, ma anche di squarci di saggezza e profonda fragilità, Bukowski conduce il lettore a una nuova *definizione*: «amore non è altro che un faro di notte che fende la nebbia / amore è una chiave di casa tua persa quando sei sbronzo / amore è tutti i gatti spiaccicati dell’universo / amore è una sigaretta col filtro ficcata in bocca e accesa dalla parte sbagliata».
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Questa raccolta inedita di poesie attraversa tutte le sfaccettature dell’amore secondo Charles Bukowski: l’amicizia, la riconoscenza verso il suo editore, l’affetto per la sua unica figlia, la devozione per i maestri; e, ovviamente, il sesso, la passione e il desiderio nei confronti di tutte le donne, dagli incontri di una notte a quelli che gli hanno cambiato la vita. E poi l’amore per i libri, la musica classica, i cavalli, l’alcol… Sono versi che raccontano relazioni reali, quotidiane, senza nascondere il narcisismo, l’egoismo e le miserie che a volte contraddistinguono questo sentimento, ma riscattandolo così da quella patina di retorica che troppo spesso lo circonda. Traboccante di nuda oscenità e sarcasmo abrasivo, ma anche di squarci di saggezza e profonda fragilità, Bukowski conduce il lettore a una nuova *definizione*: «amore non è altro che un faro di notte che fende la nebbia / amore è una chiave di casa tua persa quando sei sbronzo / amore è tutti i gatti spiaccicati dell’universo / amore è una sigaretta col filtro ficcata in bocca e accesa dalla parte sbagliata».

Sudden Fearful Death

With each new novel, Anne Perry adds striking dimensions to the architecture of her fiction, building with inspired imagination a many-layered world of rich and poor, nobility and degradation. “She lifts the lace curtain from Victorian society, ” Sharyn McCrumb has said, “to reveal its shocking secrets.” Like her last William Monk novel, this one brilliantly evokes England’s nineteenth-century legal justice system and builds to a heart-stopping courtroom drama. In a sunny garden, in a pleasant London suburb, a young woman is brutally raped. In a London hospital, another young woman, a talented nurse who had been one of Florence Nightingale’s angels of mercy in the Crimean War, meets a sudden, fearful death by strangulation. William Monk, no longer a policeman but a private inquiry agent, is engaged to investigate these horrific crimes. The first is readily, if tragically, resolved. The murder of Nurse Prudence Barrymore, however, presents greater difficulties. Even the victim’s mother agrees that a rebellious young woman who flouts the traditional roles of marriage and motherhood to work in a filthy hospital must expect a bad end. In the brutal squalor of a Victorian hospital, death in any shape, even murder, can be no surprise. But Monk’s intuition tells him that Prudence Barrymore’s murder is no random stroke of violence by a madman. Greatly helped by Hester Latterly, a nurse who knew Prudence on the battlefield, Monk assembles the portrait of a remarkable woman. He also discerns the shadow of a tragic evil that darkens every level of society, and a frightening glimmer of his own eclipsed past. It all leads Monk, and the reader, to a denouement that ranks with Anne Perry’s best, as apacked audience waits breathlessly in the Old Bailey for the outcome of a sensational trial.