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Christian No More: A Former Devout Christian Dismantles Christianity

This book is for everyone: Atheists will find excellent arguments to help them defend their positions; Agnostics will appreciate the clarification it brings; Christians who are struggling will find this book a great help in breaking free from their shackles as they learn exactly why there’s no possible way Christianity is true and why they don’t have to worry ever again.
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The Bible says that the world’s languages began with the Tower of Babel. Today we know better. But how could the Bible contain stories that aren’t true? Author Jeffrey Mark was a devout Christian throughout his life until, during his early 30s, he began studying the Bible more seriously than he ever had. And that’s when he made the disturbing realization that so many stories were simply untrue. For him, this realization started with the Tower of Babel. That in turn launched a series of events that eventually led him to abandon his long-held beliefs.
Go into the mind of a former Christian. Understand why he believed what he did, why it was so hard to let go, and why, after understanding the truth about the Bible, he ultimately had no choice but to stop believing. Travel with him as you see how Christianity and Judaism rehash older beliefs that have long been written off as mythical. Find out how the Bible in its original form spoke of multiple gods creating the Earth, and how the dearly-held beliefs of today’s Christians bear no resemblance to the Bible’s stories in their original form.
As you take a journey into reason and the scientific method, find out why there is simply no possible way Christianity’s teachings can be true, and why we live in a universe that is guided by science–not by a god and his mythical son who rose from the dead.

China Sketchbook

This book is a little gem from an era long past which has huge value both as a window into that era and for the quality of the verses and accompanying illustrations. They illustrate in a unique way China and Shanghai in the late 1940s, and the mindset of the Americans who were here to help with the transition from Japanese occupation back towards normalcy. This collection of poems was written by A.L. Crouch, a lieutenant with the US Army stationed in Shanghai, and published by the US Army newspaper Stars and Stripes. It went into at least a second edition, indicating that resonated with many of the GIs stuck so far from home in a willow pattern world they hardly understood. The poems are poignant and insightful, and the drawings are effective in conveying the moment. Such portraits, both text and drawings, of ordinary people and things in old China have huge value in terms of transmitting a sense of the times. Here is the book, published first in 1946, given another run in the sun.

Centennial

Written to commemorate the Bicentennial in 1976, James A. Michener’s magnificent saga of the Westis an enthralling celebration of the frontier. Brimming with the glory of America’s past, the story of Colorado—the Centennial State—is manifested through its people: Lame Beaver, the Arapaho chieftain and warrior, and his Comanche and Pawnee enemies; Levi Zendt, fleeing with his child bride from the Amish country; the cowboy, Jim Lloyd, who falls in love with a wealthy and cultured Englishwoman, Charlotte Seccombe. InCentennial, trappers, traders, homesteaders, gold seekers, ranchers, and hunters are brought together in the dramatic conflicts that shape the destiny of the legendary West—and the entire country.Praise for Centennial“A hell of a book . . . While he fascinates and engrosses, Michener also educates.”—Los Angeles Times“An engrossing book . . . imaginative and intricate . . . teeming with people and giving a marvelous sense of the land.”—The Plain Dealer“Michener is America’s best writer, and he proves it once again in Centennial. . . . If you’re a Michener fan, this book is a must. And if you’re not a Michener fan,Centennial will make you one.”—The Pittsburgh Press“An absorbing work . . . Michener is a superb storyteller.”—BusinessWeek

Carmilla

Following a near fatal carriage collision, the beautiful young Carmilla is taken in by the narrator Laura and her father. The two young women become strangely attracted to each other, but there seems to be more to Carmilla than meets the eye. After her arrival in the village, local peasants begin to die and Laura falls ill and languishes. What is Carmilla’s true identity, and can she be to blame? A thrilling Victorian tale of horror and mystery and a major influence on Stoker’s Dracula, Carmilla remains one of Sheridan Le Fanu’s most enduring works.

Call of the Veld

**”Irma will be very happy when you go!”**
Carl’s words made her angry, but in truth Sara would have been equally happy to leave. Coming to Africa to care for her invalid sister, Irma, had brought her problems.
Irma had married Ray Barton, the man Sara had once loved, and her jealous accusations made them all miserable.
But the cold-blooded solutions suggested by Carl van Der Linden, their neighboring landowner, appalled Sara. She disliked Carl more than any other man she’d ever met!

Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales From the World of Wall Street

**“ *Business Adventures* remains the best business book I’ve ever read.” —Bill Gates, *The Wall Street Journal** *
What do the $350 million Ford Motor Company disaster known as the Edsel, the fast and incredible rise of Xerox, and the unbelievable scandals at General Electric and Texas Gulf Sulphur have in common? Each is an example of how an iconic company was defined by a particular moment of fame or notoriety; these notable and fascinating accounts are as relevant today to understanding the intricacies of corporate life as they were when the events happened.
Stories about Wall Street are infused with drama and adventure and reveal the machinations and volatile nature of the world of finance. Longtime *New Yorker* contributor John Brooks’s insightful reportage is so full of personality and critical detail that whether he is looking at the astounding market crash of 1962, the collapse of a well-known brokerage firm, or the bold attempt by American bankers to save the British pound, one gets the sense that history repeats itself.
Five additional stories on equally fascinating subjects round out this wonderful collection that will both entertain and inform readers . . .  *Business Adventures*  is truly financial journalism at its liveliest and best. **
### Review
“[Brooks] provides the early version of what we think of as Malcolm Gladwell–style or *Freakonomics* -style lessons. . . . But Brooks features another trait that modern business writers, whether James Stewart, Malcolm Gladwell, or Michael Lewis, do not. Brooks is truly willing to give up his own views to get inside the mind of all his subjects.” — *National Review*
“More than two decades after Warren [Buffett] lent it to me—and more than four decades after it was first published— *Business Adventures* remains the best business book I’ve ever read . . . Brooks’s deeper insights about business are just as relevant today as they were back then.” —Bill Gates, *The Wall Street Journal*
“The prose is superb. Reading Brooks is a supreme pleasure. His writing turns potentially eye-glazing topics (e.g., price-fixing scandals in the industrial electronics market) into rollicking narratives. He’s also funny. . . . He tells entertaining stories replete with richly drawn characters, setting them during heightened moments within the world of commerce.” — *Slate*
### Book Description
**This business classic written by longtime *New Yorker* contributor John Brooks is an insightful and engaging you-are-there look  into corporate and financial life in America. **

Building Tools With GitHub

For your next project on GitHub, take advantage of the service’s powerful API to meet your unique development requirements. This practical guide shows you how to build your own software tools for customizing the GitHub workflow. Each hands-on chapter is a compelling story that walks you through the tradeoffs and considerations for building applications on top of various GitHub technologies. If you’re an experienced programmer familiar with GitHub, you’ll learn how to build tools with the GitHub API and related open source technologies such as Jekyll (site builder), Hubot (NodeJS chat robot), and Gollum (wiki). * Build a simple Ruby server with Gist API command-line tools and Ruby’s “Octokit” API client * Use the Gollum command-line tool to build an image management application * Build a GUI tool to search GitHub with Python * Document interactions between third-party tools and your code * Use Jekyll to create a fully-featured blog from material in your GitHub repository * Create an Android mobile application that reads and writes information into a Jekyll repository * Host an entire single-page JavaScript application on GitHub * Use Hubot to automate pull request reviews

Building Serverless Microservices in Python

**A practical guide for developing end-to-end serverless microservices in Python for developers, DevOps, and architects.**
#### Key Features
* Create a secure, cost-effective, and scalable serverless data API
* Use identity management and authentication for a user-specific and secure web application
* Go beyond traditional web hosting to explore the full range of cloud hosting options

#### Book Description
Over the last few years, there has been a massive shift from monolithic architecture to microservices, thanks to their small and independent deployments that allow increased flexibility and agile delivery. Traditionally, virtual machines and containers were the principal mediums for deploying microservices, but they involved a lot of operational effort, configuration, and maintenance. More recently, serverless computing has gained popularity due to its built-in autoscaling abilities, reduced operational costs, and increased productivity.
Building Serverless Microservices in Python begins by introducing you to serverless microservice structures. You will then learn how to create your first serverless data API and test your microservice. Moving on, you’ll delve into data management and work with serverless patterns. Finally, the book introduces you to the importance of securing microservices.
By the end of the book, you will have gained the skills you need to combine microservices with serverless computing, making their deployment much easier thanks to the cloud provider managing the servers and capacity planning.
#### What you will learn
* Discover what microservices offer above and beyond other architectures
* Create a serverless application with AWS
* Gain secure access to data and resources
* Run tests on your configuration and code
* Create a highly available serverless microservice data API
* Build, deploy, and run your serverless configuration and code

#### Who this book is for
If you are a developer with basic knowledge of Python and want to learn how to build, test, deploy, and secure microservices, then this book is for you. No prior knowledge of building microservices is required.

Build Your Website With HTML5 and CSS3

Do you dream of learning how to create websites but are afraid that it’s too complicated as you’re a beginner?
This book is made for you! It’s designed for beginners and will allow you to discover HTML5 and CSS3, the latest technologies in terms of website design.
A course designed for beginners
No prerequisites, other than knowing how to turn on your computer
Gradually increasing difficulty so as not to lose anyone on the way
Praised by information technology teachers and professionals, as well as by their students!
Build the website you’ve always dreamed of!
What is a website and how do pros manage to create them?
Install the software you need, whether you’re running Windows, Mac or Linux
Discover HTML5 tags to structure your website
Format your web pages through CSS3
Improve your website page layout step by step through practical work!
Easily insert images and videos on your website
Host your website on the Web
Who is this book aimed at?
Computer enthusiasts who want to go further with their computer
Students in the field of new technologies seeking to produce course handouts
Anyone wanting to create websites
Biography
Mathieu Nebra alias [email protected] is the founder of the Site du Zéro website.
As a young man with a passion for new technologies, he scoured bookshops unsuccessfully in an attempt to find books suitable for teaching beginners.
To prove it was possible to do things “more clearly and simply,” he created the Site du Zéro website, which has now become the reference for online courses for beginners with several million visitors each month.
His previous books on programming are now bestsellers and have helped many beginners learn C, PHP, Linux, C++, etc.

Buddy Holly Is Alive and Well on Ganymede

**Publisher’s Weekly**
Denton ( Wrack and Roll ) offers pop culture, tabloid headlines and rock ‘n’ roll in an entertaining blend reminiscent of such quirky films as Repo Man and The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai. Kansas computer salesman Oliver Vale, who was conceived at the very moment that Buddy Holly’s plane crashed in Iowa, is surprised when Holly appears suddenly on televisions all over the world, apparently resurrected with his guitar on the bleak surface of Ganymede, with a sign bearing Oliver’s name and address. Fleeing angry neighbors and the FCC, who believe he’s responsible, Oliver heads for Lubbock, Tex., to visit Holly’s grave and learn whether he has indeed been raised. The broadcast continues unabated, and Oliver’s pursuers grow to include two groups of space aliens, a cyborg guard dog, a renegade CIA operative and Oliver’s own confused therapist, all heading for a transcendental climax at a Kansas drive-in. As the plot gathers momentum, Oliver’s memories and his mother’s diary entries capture the impulses at the heart of American popular culture. Although the finish doesn’t quite come off, Denton’s masterful balancing of humor, action and perceptive characterization yields intelligent, moving entertainment. **Library Journal**
When televisions worldwide begin broadcasting a nonstop, noninterruptible live performance by Buddy Holly purporting to originate somewhere in the vicinity of Jupiter, Oliver Vale–the apparent object of the broadcasts–finds himself drafted for a mission so secret that even he is not sure of its purpose. Denton ( Wrack and Roll , Warner, 1986) fills this supremely funny novel with warring space aliens disguised as humans, a robot dog, a psychopathic assassin, an overzealous psychologist and her jealous husband, a motorcycle gang, and a messianic televangelist–all to prove that rock ‘n’ roll never really died. A good supplementary purchase for most general fiction and sf collections.

Botchan

**A modern classic in Japan on par with *The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn* or *The Catcher in the Rye, Botchan* is a very popular Japanese novel and still widely read decades after its first publication.**
*Botchan* , a timeless Japanese novel written by Japan’s most beloved novelist, Soseki Natsume, is now available in a revised edition featuring a new foreword by Dennis Washburn, Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Languages at Dartmouth College. Prof. Washburn’s foreword places the importance of both the author and the book into perspective for the modern reader.
Botchan’s story is a familiar one: the youngest son in a middle-class Tokyo family, he is consistently in the shadow of his elder brother. With a practically nonexistent relationship with his family, Botchan finds himself cast adrift after both his parents die. Now on his own, Botchan drifts through college only to find himself thrust into a teaching job in the unfamiliar realm of a country school, far from Tokyo and the life he has known. Botchan’s difficulty adjusting to his new life is eloquently described, from his nosy landlord to his students, who delight in tormenting the newcomer from the big city.
Through it all, Botchen’s life is threaded with his vacillating concern for Kiyo, the family servant he left behind who was the only person to give him love and understanding in his life. Regardless of where he goes or what he does, he is always trying to apply the lessons she taught him to his life.

Booked

**A practical, armchair travel guide that explores eighty of the most iconic literary locations from all over the globe that you can actually visit.**
A must-have for every fan of literature, *Booked* inspires readers to follow in their favorite characters footsteps by visiting the real-life locations portrayed in beloved novels including the Monroeville, Alabama courthouse in *To Kill a Mockingbird* *,* Chatsworth House, the inspiration for Pemberley in *Pride and Prejudice* , and the Kyoto Bridge from *Memoirs of a Geisha*. The full-color photographs throughout reveal the settings readers have imagined again and again in their favorite books.
Organized by regions all around the world, author Richard Kreitner explains the importance of each literary landmark including the connection to the author and novel, cultural significance, historical information, and little-known facts about the location. He also includes travel advice like addresses and must-see spots.
*Booked* features special sections on cities that inspired countless literary works like a round of locations in Brooklyn from Betty Smith’s iconic *A Tree Grows in Brooklyn* to Jonathan Lethem’s *Motherless Brooklyn* and a look at the New Orleans of Tennessee Williams and Anne Rice.
Locations include:
Central Park, NYC ( *The Catcher in the Ry* e, JD Salinger)
Forks, Washington ( *Twilight* , Stephanie Meyer)
Prince Edward Island, Canada ( *Anne of Green Gables* , Lucy Maud Montgomery)
Kingston Penitentiary, Ontario ( *Alias Grace* , Margaret Atwood)
Holcomb, Kansas ( *In Cold Blood* , Truman Capote)
London, England ( *White Teeth* , Zadie Smith)
Paris, France ( *Hunchback of Notre Dame* , Victor Hugo)
Segovia, Spain, ( *For Whom the Bell Tolls* , Ernest Hemingway)
Kyoto, Japan ( *Memoirs of a Geisha* , Arthur Golden)

Blood War

“Tsk, tsk,” Erland muttered, shaking his head in mock sympathy. “Perhaps Lissa should raise the topic of Diplomatic Immunity at the Conclave.”
“That, my friend, would be inadvisable. She is new and many will be waiting, as vultures do when an ox is dying.”
“I know. At times, I feel the need to cover myself in oil, just to slip through the tripe and garbage of Wylend’s court. Lissa will have to contend with five hundred times that when she goes to Conclave.”
“I fear that no amount of diplomatic oil will keep her from the shock that is coming. She will be snubbed and mistreated by many, I fear. Not only because she is a new monarch, but because there is a price on her head. Most will be placing as much distance between that and themselves as they can get. It is never wise to befriend one who is marked by the Assassin’s Guild. That is usually a death waiting to happen.”
Death has come to Le-Ath Veronis. A would-be assassin, aiming at Lissa, kills someone close to her instead. A price has been placed on Lissa’s head by Black Mist, an assassin’s guild who have been paid by a reassembled Solar Red. Throw in a spin-off religion, betrayal, a misguided kidnapping and the Five-Year Conclave for the Reth Alliance, and you have the seeds of war.

Blood Wager

“I agree to pay Sergio Velenci one million pounds if the female takes less than nine days to fully turn.”
Lissa’s life as a vampire begins on the day her husband is removed from life support. Turned by rogue vampires who wager her life, Lissa is forced to run from her maker who is determined to kill her, hunted by the vampire council who has branded her a rogue, and blackmailed by the werewolves, who wish to utilize her newly-developed talents for their own gain.

Blood Sense

Saxom is dead. The vampires know this. Anthony Hancock, Director of the Joint NSA/Homeland Security Department, knows it as well. Tony and the vampires are now on the hunt for Saxom’s brood, all of whom are determined to avenge their sire’s death. Neither Tony nor the vampires are aware of the other’s efforts to search out these rogues, who may number in the hundreds at the very least. Tony holds information the vampires don’t—he knows that Xenides, Saxom’s eldest vampire child, has allied with terrorists (both foreign and domestic). Tony also neglects to provide vital information to Wlodek when he requests Lissa’s help. While struggling to recover from a near-fatal bout with the sun, Lissa fails to understand why Wlodek willingly sends her away on assignment so quickly. With very little information provided to her, Lissa is forced to face an enemy more deadly than anyone can imagine and unravel a plot that could kill millions.

Blood Reunion

“My love, the child almost died.” Lissa looked up in surprise at Roff’s words. His wings rustled after he spoke – he normally didn’t involve himself in the politics of Le-Ath Veronis. Not to this extent, anyway.
“I know, honey. And now two other children are likely to die as a result. Yes, I know they did this, but I’m not convinced we have all the ones involved in the crime.”
Toff’s life is in danger – someone from the Green Fae village wants him dead. In fact, the entire Fae community has begun to grumble as Kifirin’s judgment looms. With only a few exceptions, the Fae focus their anger (and the blame) on Toff, who fails to understand why everyone now seems to be against him.