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McGraw-Hill Education Handbook of English Grammar & Usage

**The go-to guide for perfecting your grammar and communication skills in every situation**
English teachers aren’t the only ones who expect careful and correct language choices. Precision in language can be the deciding factor when it comes to getting a job or winning a promotion. Whether your skills need drastic improvement or a quick brush-up,* The McGraw-Hill Handbook of English Grammar and Usage* will get your grammar back on the right track. 
Written by two expert grammarians, the book provides bottom-line definitions, tips, and simple rules that summarize the essentials you need to know. You’ll find clear examples of usage and as well guidance on communication via text, email, and social media. 
The new, third edition of* The McGraw-Hill Handbook of English Grammar and Usage *features: 
•Straightforward explanations of common mistakes and why they happen
•Hundreds of correct and incorrect sentence examples, with errors clearly marked
•Quick tips for fixing your most stubborn grammatical mishaps
•Catchy memory aids for writing correctly the first time, and more
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McGraw-Hill Education GRE 2019

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With more than 125 years of experience in education, McGraw-Hill Education is the name you trust to deliver results. This MHE guide is the most comprehensive and relevant prep tool on the market. We will help you excel on the GRE with:
•6 full-length practice tests: 3 in the book and 3 more online
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•Extensive practice questions for both the Verbal and Quantitative Sections
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The Mayor of Casterbridge

**From the author of *Tess of the D’Urbervilles* comes a story of great psychological insight into a man who was at once violent and selfish but also magnanimous and humble.**
Michael Henchard gets drunk at a fair and sells his wife and child for five guineas to a sailor. By the time he has realized his terrible mistake, it is too late to save his family. Eighteen years later, after swearing off alcohol altogether, his wife and daughter return to the town where he is now mayor. Will their presence send Henchard spiraling backward into his old life? Will he be able to hold on to what he has so carefully built for himself?
This novel is part of Brilliance Audio’s extensive Classic Collection, bringing you timeless masterpieces that you and your family are sure to love.
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Max. Maximum Ride

Max, Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman e Angel sono stati vittime di un esperimento che ha mutato per sempre il loro DNA. Cresciuti in un laboratorio e, una volta fuggiti, costantemente braccati dai loro stessi creatori, i ragazzi sono costretti a combattere non solo per se stessi, ma per la salvezza del mondo intero… Non si può certo dire che Max e il suo gruppo di amici “alati” abbiano avuto una vita tranquilla. Ma stavolta c’è addirittura di mezzo la vera mamma di Max – la sua mamma “umana” – ritrovata dopo mille avventure e peripezie e adesso caduta nelle mani di un folle assassino, il cui obiettivo finale è scatenare una catastrofe ecologica su scala mondiale. I sei ragazzi sono più che disposti a collaborare con la Marina degli Stati Uniti, in prima linea nella caccia all’uomo che sta mettendo in pericolo la sopravvivenza della Terra, ma, per farlo, dovranno spingersi là dove si nasconde la fonte del male, cioè negli abissi dell’oceano. E può esserci qualcosa di più terrorizzante – per individui che sono al novantotto per cento umani e al due per cento uccelli – dell’essere costretti a combattere in un mondo fatto unicamente d’acqua, gelido, oscuro e insondabile?
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Mavericks

“The remnants of the Expeditionary Force stranded on the alien-controlled planet ‘Paradise’ get a chance to prove themselves, in a simple off-world training mission with a ship full of teenage alien cadets. When the mission goes horribly wrong and the survival of everyone on Paradise is at risk, the Merry Band of Pirates may have to come to the rescue. Unless they get killed first…” — Page [4] of cover.

Matter

Matter (Culture Series #7) by Iain M. Banks
In a world renowned even within a galaxy full of wonders, a crime within a war. For one brother it means a desperate flight, and a search for the one – maybe two – people who could clear his name. For his brother it means a life lived under constant threat of treachery and murder. And for their sister, even without knowing the full truth, it means returning to a place she’d thought abandoned forever.
Only the sister is not what she once was; Djan Seriy Anaplian has changed almost beyond recognition to become an agent of the Culture’s Special Circumstances section, charged with high-level interference in civilisations throughout the greater galaxy.
Concealing her new identity – and her particular set of abilities – might be a dangerous strategy, however. In the world to which Anaplian returns, nothing is quite as it seems; and determining the appropriate level of interference in someone else’s war is never a simple matter.
MATTER is a novel of dazzling wit and serious purpose. An extraordinary feat of storytelling and breathtaking invention on a grand scale, it is a tour de force from a writer who has turned science fiction on its head.

Matrices and Linear Transformations

“Comprehensive . . . an excellent introduction to the subject.” — *Electronic Engineer’s Design Magazine*.
This introductory textbook, aimed at sophomore- and junior-level undergraduates in mathematics, engineering, and the physical sciences, offers a smooth, in-depth treatment of linear algebra and matrix theory. The major objects of study are matrices over an arbitrary field.
Contents include Matrices and Linear Systems; Vector Spaces; Determinants; Linear Transformations; Similarity: Part I and Part II; Polynomials and Polynomial Matrices; Matrix Analysis; and Numerical Methods.
The first seven chapters, which require only a first course in calculus and analytic geometry, deal with matrices and linear systems, vector spaces, determinants, linear transformations, similarity, polynomials, and polynomial matrices. Chapters 8 and 9, parts of which require the student to have completed the normal course sequence in calculus and differential equations, provide introductions to matrix analysis and numerical linear algebra, respectively. Among the key features are coverage of spectral decomposition, the Jordan canonical form, the solution of the matrix equation AX = XB, and over 375 problems, many with answers.

Matplotlib for Python Developers

Leverage the power of Matplotlib to visualize and understand your data more effectively
Key Features

* Perform effective data visualization with Matplotlib and get actionable insights from your data

* Design attractive graphs, charts, and 2D plots, and deploy them to the web

* Get the most out of Matplotlib in this practical guide with updated code and examples

Book Description

Python is a general-purpose programming language increasingly being used for data analysis and visualization. Matplotlib is a popular data visualization package in Python used to design effective plots and graphs. This is a practical, hands-on resource to help you visualize data with Python using the Matplotlib library.

Matplotlib for Python Developers, Second Edition shows you how to create attractive graphs, charts, and plots using Matplotlib. You will also get a quick introduction to third-party packages, Seaborn, Pandas, Basemap, and Geopandas, and learn how to use them with Matplotlib. After that, you’ll embed and customize your plots in third-party tools such as GTK+3, Qt 5, and wxWidgets. You’ll also be able to tweak the look and feel of your visualization with the help of practical examples provided in this book. Further on, you’ll explore Matplotlib 2.1.x on the web, from a cloud-based platform using third-party packages such as Django. Finally, you will integrate interactive, real-time visualization techniques into your current workflow with the help of practical real-world examples.

By the end of this book, you’ll be thoroughly comfortable with using the popular Python data visualization library Matplotlib 2.1.x and leveraging its power to build attractive, insightful, and powerful visualizations.
What you will learn

* Create 2D and 3D static plots such as bar charts, heat maps, and scatter plots

* Get acquainted with GTK+3, Qt5, and wxWidgets to understand the UI backend of Matplotlib

* Develop advanced static plots with third-party packages such as Pandas, GeoPandas, and Seaborn

* Create interactive plots with real-time updates

* Develop web-based, Matplotlib-powered graph visualizations with third-party packages such as Django

* Write data visualization code that is readily expandable on the cloud platform

Who this book is for

This book is essentially for anyone who wants to create intuitive data visualizations using the Matplotlib library. If you’re a data scientist or analyst and wish to create attractive visualizations using Python, you’ll find this book useful. Some knowledge of Python programming is all you need to get started.

(source: Bol.com)

The Mating of Michael

“Sex in Seattle: Book Three ”
Everyone admires Michael Lamont for being a nurse, but his part-time work as a gay sex surrogate not only raises eyebrows, it’s cost him relationships. Michael is small, beautiful, and dedicated to working with people who need him. But what he really wants is a love of his own. He spends most of his time reading science fiction, especially books written by his favorite author and long-time crush, the mysteriously reclusive J.C. Guise.
James Gallway s life is slowly but inexorably sliding downhill. He wrote a best-selling science fiction novel at the tender age of eighteen, while bedridden with complications of polio. But by twenty-eight, he’s lost his inspiration and his will to live. His sales from his J.C. Guise books have been in decline for years. Wheelchair bound, James has isolated himself, convinced he is unlovable. When he is forced to do a book signing and meets Michael Lamont, he can t believe a guy who looks like Michael could be interested in a man like him.
Michael and James are made for each other. But they must let go of stubbornness to see that life finds a way and love has no limitations. ”
(source: Bol.com)

Mating in Captivity

When you love someone, how does it feel? And when you desire someone, how is it different? In Mating in Captivity, Esther Perel looks at the story of sex in committed couples. Modern romance promises it all – a lifetime of togetherness, intimacy and erotic desire. In reality, it’s hard to want what you already have. Our quest for secure love conflicts with our pursuit of passion. And often, the very thing that got us to into our relationships – lust – is the one thing that goes missing from them. Determined to reconcile the erotic and the domestic, Perel explains why democracy is a passion killer in the bedroom. Argues for playfulness, distance, and uncertainty. And shows what it takes to bring lust home. Smart, sexy and explosively original, Mating in Captivity is the monogamist’s essential bedside read.
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Math with Bad Drawings

In MATH WITH BAD DRAWINGS, Ben Orlin answers math’s three big questions: Why do I need to learn this? When am I ever going to use it? Why is it so hard? The answers come in various forms-cartoons, drawings, jokes, and the stories and insights of an empathetic teacher who believes that math should belong to everyone. Eschewing the tired old curriculum that begins in the wading pool of addition and subtraction and progresses to the shark infested waters of calculus (AKA the Great Weed Out Course), Orlin instead shows us how to think like a mathematician by teaching us a new game of Tic-Tac-Toe, how to understand an economic crisis by rolling a pair of dice, and the mathematical reason why you should never buy a second lottery ticket. Every example in the book is illustrated with his trademark bad drawings, which convey both his humor and his message with perfect pitch and clarity. Organized by unconventional but compelling topics such as Statistics: The Fine Art of Honest Lying, Design: The Geometry of Stuff That Works, and Probability: The Mathematics of Maybe, MATH WITH BAD DRAWINGS is a perfect read for fans of illustrated popular science.
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The book is a more polished, extensive discussion of the concepts that pepper Orlin’s blog, featuring his trademark caustic wit, a refreshingly breezy conversational tone, and of course, lots and lots of bad drawings. It’s a great, entertaining read for neophytes and math fans alike because Orlin excels at finding novel ways to connect the math to real-world problems-or in the case of the Death Star, to problems in fictional worlds. –Ars Technica MATH WITH BAD DRAWINGS is a gloriously goofy word-number-and-cartoon fest that drags math out of the classroom and into the sunlight where it belongs. Great for your friend who thinks they hate math – actually, great for everyone! –Jordan Ellenberg, author of How Not To Be Wrong Orlin’s ability to masterfully convey interesting and complex mathematical ideas through the whimsy of drawings (that, contrary to the suggestion of the title, are actually not that bad) is unparalleled. This is a great work showing the beauty of mathematics as it relates to our world. This is a must read for anyone who ever thought math isn’t fun, or doesn’t apply to the world we live in! –John Urschel, mathematician named to Forbes(R) 30 Under 30 list of outstanding young scientists and former NFL player Illuminating, inspiring, and hilarious, Math with Bad Drawings is everything you wanted to learn in class but never thought to ask. A joyful romp through mathematics and all its wisdom. –Bianca Bosker, author of the New York Times-bestselling Cork Dork Ben Orlin is terribly bad at drawing. Luckily he’s also fantastically clever and charming. His talents have added up to the most glorious, warm, and witty illustrated guide to the irresistible appeal of mathematics. –Hannah Fry, mathematician, University College London and BBC presenter Brilliant, wide ranging, and irreverent, Math with Bad Drawings adds ha ha to aha. It’ll make you smile – plus it might just make you smarter and wiser. –Steven Strogatz, Professor of Mathematics, Cornell University, author of The Joy of x
(source: Bol.com)

Mated in Mist

The Talon Pack continues with an outcast witch and a wolf who can see past the darkness.
As Heir to the Talon Pack, Ryder Brentwood carries the responsibility of not only protecting his Pack, but ensuring its future. Only no one knows that as he does this, he must also shield his people from their past. When a witch with no ties bursts into his life, he must decide if he can overcome the depravity of his secrets and trust the one person who could break the fragile hold on his control.
Grieving over the loss of her twin and on the run from the unknown, Leah Helm knows she is far more alone than she thought possible. Her coven shunned her before she was born and the wolves she sought protection with are in a war of their own. When a wolf with a whisper of secrets is forced to work with her in order to protect their people, she finds she might not be so alone after all.
The world knows more than they ever have before about those shrouded in darkness, while Ryder and Leah are thrust into the center of a conflict they never should have been part of to begin with. On their journey they must not only fight those against them, but the burning temptation that is flaring between them. Fate might have paved their path, but that doesn’t mean they have to follow.
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### From the Author
**Talon Pack Reading Order**
Book 1: Tattered Loyalties 
Book 2: An Alpha’s Choice 
Book 3: Mated in Mist
Book 4: Wolf Betrayed 
Book 5: Fractured Silence 
Book 6: Destiny Disgraced 
Book 7: Eternal Mourning 
Book 8: Strength Enduring
Book 9: Forever Broken 
*The Talon Pack is a spin off of the Redwood Pack series and is set in the same world only thirty years later. *
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A Matchless Man

Lexington Lovers

None of the matches caught his eye as much as the matchmaker himself.

Growing up poorer than poor didn’t leave Navashen Bhattathiri many options for life outside of school. All of his concentration was on keeping his scholarships. Sixteen years later, he’s fulfilled his dream and become a doctor. Now he’s returning home to Lexington and is ready to prove himself to the world. In doing so, he reconnects with Brent Carpenter—high school classmate, real estate agent, all-around great guy… and closet matchmaker.

Brent makes it his mission to help Navashen develop a social life and meet available, interesting men. Unfortunately Navashen’s schedule is unpredictable, and few of those available, interesting men value his dedication like Brent does. Brent’s unfailing friendship and support convince Navashen he’s the one, but can he capture Brent’s heart when the matchmaker is focused on finding Navashen another man?

(source: Bol.com)

The Matarese Circle

SUMMARY: Only two rival spies—and one mysterious woman—can stop them: Scofield, CIA, and Talaniekov, KGB. They share a genius for espionage—and a life of terror and explosive violence. Sworn enemies, they have vowed to terminate each other—yet now they must become allies. Because only they possess the brutal skills and ice-cold nerves vital to destroy an international circle of killers, the Matarese.

Masters of Sex

Now a New Showtime Original SeriesShowtime’s dramatic series Masters of Sex, starring Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan, is based on this real-life story of sex researchers William Masters and Virginia Johnson. Before Sex and the City and ViagraTM, America relied on Masters and Johnson to teach us everything we needed to know about what goes on in the bedroom. Convincing hundreds of men and women to shed their clothes and copulate, the pair were the nation’s top experts on love and intimacy. Highlighting interviews with the notoriously private Masters and the ambitious Johnson, critically acclaimed biographer Thomas Maier shows how this unusual team changed the way we all thought about, talked about, and engaged in sex while they simultaneously tried to make sense of their own relationship. Entertaining, revealing, and beautifully told, Masters of Sex sheds light on the eternal mysteries of desire, intimacy, and the American psyche.

Mastering SVG

**Take the plunge and develop cross-browser-compatible and responsive web designs with SVG**
#### Key Features
* Master the art of custom animations and visualizations with SVG, CSS, and JavaScript
* Combine SVG with third-party libraries and frameworks such as React, JQuery, D3, and Snap.svg for GUI-rich apps
* Create an awesome user experience with high-performance graphics for your web applications
#### Book Description
SVG is the most powerful image format in use on the web. In addition to producing resolution-independent images for today’s multi-device world, SVG allows you to create animations and visualizations to add to your sites and applications. The simplicity of cross-platform markup, mixed with familiar modern web languages, such as CSS and JavaScript, creates a winning combination for designers and developers alike.
In this book, you will learn how to author an SVG document using common SVG features, such as elements and attributes, and serve SVG on the web using simple configuration tips for common web servers. You will also use SVG elements and images in HTML documents.
Further, you will use SVG images for a variety of common tasks, such as manipulating SVG elements, adding animations using CSS, mastering the basic JavaScript SVG (API) using Document Object Model (DOM) methods, and interfacing SVG with common libraries and frameworks, such as React, jQuery, and Angular.
You will then build an understanding of the Snap.svg and SVG.js APIs, along with the basics of D3, and take a look at how to implement interesting visualizations using the library. By the end of the book, you will have mastered creating animations with SVG.
#### What you will learn
* Deliver the elements that make up an SVG image
* Replace your old CSS sprites with SVG
* Understand animation and data visualization with SVG are explained in pure JavaScript and using common libraries
* Use SVG to scale images across multiple devices easily
* Harness the power of CSS animations and transformations to manipulate your SVG images in a replicable, remixable way
* Interface SVG with common libraries and frameworks, such as jQuery, React, and Angular
#### Who this book is for
This book is for web developers and designers looking to add animation to their projects. Some experience with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript is required.