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Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human

EDITORIAL REVIEW: Ever since Darwin and *The Descent of Man*, the existence of humans has been attributed to our intelligence and adaptability. But in *Catching Fire*, renowned primatologist Richard Wrangham presents a startling alternative: our evolutionary success is the result of cooking. In a groundbreaking theory of our origins, Wrangham shows that the shift from raw to cooked foods was the key factor in human evolution. When our ancestors adapted to using fire, humanity began. Once our hominid ancestors began cooking their food, the human digestive tract shrank and the brain grew. Time once spent chewing tough raw food could be sued instead to hunt and to tend camp. Cooking became the basis for pair bonding and marriage, created the household, and even led to a sexual division of labor. Tracing the contemporary implications of our ancestors’ diets, *Catching Fire* sheds new light on how we came to be the social, intelligent, and sexual species we are today. A pathbreaking new theory of human evolution, *Catching Fire* will provoke controversy and fascinate anyone interested in our ancient origins—or in our modern eating habits.

Cat’s Cradle

Kurt Vonnegut’s ”Cat’s Cradle” is an irreverent and highly entertaining fantasy about the playful irresponsibility of nuclear scientists, beautifully repackaged as part of the Penguin Essentials range. ‘All of the true things I am about to tell you are shameless lies.’ Dr Felix Hoenikker, one of the founding fathers of the atomic bomb, has left a deadly legacy to the world. For he is the inventor of Ice-nine, a lethal chemical capable of freezing the entire planet. The search for its whereabouts leads to Hoenikker’s three eccentric children, to a crazed dictator in the Caribbean, to madness. Will Felix Hoenikker’s death wish come true? Will his last, fatal gift to humankind bring about the end that, for all of us, is nigh? Told with deadpan humour and bitter irony, Kurt Vonnegut’s cult tale of global apocalypse preys on our deepest fears of witnessing the end and, worse still, surviving it …”The time to read Vonnegut is just when you begin to suspect that the world is not what it appears to be. He is not only entertaining, he is electrocuting. You read him with enormous pleasure because he makes your hair stand on end”. (”New York Times”). ”One of the warmest, wisest, funniest voices to be found anywhere in fiction”. (”Daily Telegraph”). ”Vonnegut has looked the world straight in the eye and never flinched”. (J. G. Ballard). Kurt Vonnegut was born in Indianapolis in 1922. He studied at the universities of Chicago and Tennessee and later began to write short stories for magazines. His first novel, ”Player Piano”, was published in 1951 and was followed by ”The Sirens of Titan” (1959), ”Mother Night” (1961), ”Cat’s Cradle” (1963), ”God Bless You Mr Rosewater” (1964), ”Welcome to the Monkey House” (1968); a collection of short stories, ”Slaughterhouse Five” (1969), ”Breakfast of Champions” (1973), ”Slapstick, or Lonesome No More” (1976), ”Jailbird” (1979), ”Deadeye Dick” (1982), ”Galapagos” (1985), ”Bluebeard” (1988), ”Hocus Pocus” (1990) and ”Timequake” (1997). He is also the author of a number of collections of short stories and essays. Kurt Vonnegut died in 2007.
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One of the warmest, wisest, funniest voices to be found anywhere in fiction * Daily Telegraph * The time to read Vonnegut is just when you begin to suspect that the world is not what it appears to be. He is not only entertaining, he is electrocuting. You read him with enormous pleasure because he makes your hair stand on end * New York Times * Vonnegut has looked the world straight in the eye and never flinched — J. G. Ballard
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Castle to Castle (French Literature)

From Library Journal

Published in English seven years after his death (LJ 11/15/68), this is considered one of Celine’s darkest novels. It is also autobiographical. Like the author, the novel’s central character is a Nazi collaborator who is nonetheless destroyed by them. This translation won a National Book Award.
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Review

“Castle to Castle [is] a literary event of the first order.” — Newsweek

“Castle to Castle proves how appallingly up to date its dead appalling author is. . . . Cline’s style consists of outcries and exclamations, groans and curses, all in white heat, separated by dots which like machine-gun bullets mow down even the mitigating orderliness of grammar.” — Nation

“Celine’s mastery in creating one of the truly cathartic experiences of contemporary literature is indisputable.” — Saturday Review

“Cline walks into great literature as other men walk into their own homes.” — Atlantic Monthly

“Cline’s experiences have not mellowed him. Here, as in all his novels, . . . he hates everybody, regardless of race, creed or color. If anyone is singled out, it is his publishers, whose limousines, he says, grow even longer, while their authors, in rags, cling behind like pitiful hitchhikers. . . . the translation is a masterpiece.” — New York Times Book Review

A case of identity

The story revolves around the case of Miss Mary Sutherland, a woman with a substantial income from the interest on a fund set up for her. She is engaged to a quiet Londoner who has recently disappeared. Sherlock Holmes’s detective powers are barely challenged as this turns out to be quite an elementary case for him, much as it puzzles Watson.
The fiancé, Mr. Hosmer Angel, is a peculiar character, rather quiet, and rather secretive about his life. Miss Sutherland only knows that he works in an office in Leadenhall Street, but nothing more specific than that. All his letters to her are typewritten, even the signature, and he insists that she write back to him through the local Post Office.
The climax of the sad liaison comes when Mr. Angel abandons Miss Sutherland at the altar on their wedding day.

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The Case for God

The Case for God by Karen Armstrong
A nuanced exploration of the part that religion plays in human life, drawing on the insights of the past in order to build a faith that speaks to the needs of our dangerously polarized age.

Moving from the Paleolithic age to the present, Karen Armstrong details the great lengths to which humankind has gone in order to experience a sacred reality that it called by many names, such as God, Brahman, Nirvana, Allah, or Dao. Focusing especially on Christianity but including Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Chinese spiritualities, Armstrong examines the diminished impulse toward religion in our own time, when a significant number of people either want nothing to do with God or question the efficacy of faith. Why has God become unbelievable? Why is it that atheists and theists alike now think and speak about God in a way that veers so profoundly from the thinking of our ancestors?
Answering these questions with the same depth of knowledge and profound insight that have marked all her acclaimed books, Armstrong makes clear how the changing face of the world has necessarily changed the importance of religion at both the societal and the individual level.  Yet she cautions us that religion was never supposed to provide answers that lie within the competence of human reason; that, she says, is the role of *logos.* The task of religion is “to help us live creatively, peacefully, and even joyously with realities for which there are no easy explanations.” She emphasizes, too, that religion will not work automatically. It is, she says, a practical discipline: its insights are derived not from abstract speculation but from “dedicated intellectual endeavor” and a “compassionate lifestyle that enables us to break out of the prism of selfhood.”
*From the Trade Paperback edition.*

Casanova’s Chinese Restaurant

**A Dance to the Music of Time** – his brilliant 12-novel sequence, which chronicles the lives of over three hundred characters, is a unique evocation of life in twentieth-century England.
The novels follow Nicholas Jenkins, Kenneth Widmerpool and others, as they negotiate the intellectual, cultural and social hurdles that stand between them and the “Acceptance World.”

Carrion Comfort

EDITORIAL REVIEW: “CARRION COMFORT is one of the three greatest horror novels of the 20th century. Simple as that.” –**Stephen King** “Epic in scale and scope but intimately disturbing, CARRION COMFORT spans the ages to rewrite history and tug at the very fabric of reality. A nightmarish chronicle of predator and prey that will shatter your world view forever. A true classic.” –**Guillermo del Toro** “CARRION COMFORT* *is one of the scariest books ever written. Whenever I get the question asked *Who’s your favorite author? *my answer is always Dan Simmons.” –**James Rollins** “One of the few major reinventions of the vampire concept, on a par with Jack Finney’s *Invasion of the Body Snatchers*, Richard Matheson’s *I Am Legend*, and Stephen King’s *Salem’s Lot*. –**David Morrell** THE PAST… Caught behind the lines of Hitler’s Final Solution, Saul Laski is one of the multitudes destined to die in the notorious Chelmno extermination camp. Until he rises to meet his fate and finds himself face to face with an evil far older, and far greater, than the Nazi’s themselves… THE PRESENT… Compelled by the encounter to survive at all costs, so begins a journey that for Saul will span decades and cross continents, plunging into the darkest corners of 20th century history to reveal a secret society of beings who may often exist behind the world’s most horrible and violent events. Killing from a distance, and by darkly manipulative proxy, they are people with the psychic ability to ‘use’ humans: read their minds, subjugate them to their wills, experience through their senses, feed off their emotions, force them to acts of unspeakable aggression. Each year, three of the most powerful of this hidden order meet to discuss their ongoing campaign of induced bloodshed and deliberate destruction. But this reunion, something will go terribly wrong. Saul’s quest is about to reach its elusive object, drawing hunter and hunted alike into a struggle that will plumb the depths of mankind’s attraction to violence, and determine the future of the world itself…

Cara MIA – Book One of the Immortyl Revolution

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Vampires Mia and Kurt become involved in a deadly mission to harness the power of immortality. Mia Disantini is a vampire whose greatest desire is to walk in the sun again. She is enslaved by her charismatic master, Ethan, and plunged into an ancient, unenlightened Immortyl culture. As Mia struggles for the freedom to live as she chooses, she is trained as Ethan’s Bird of Prey. Soon she becomes the pawn of their powerful, enigmatic elder, Brovik, in his deadly games of deception and intrigue against his rival, Gaius, concerning their forbidden science experiments. When Mia is cast out by Ethan she joins forces with Kurt, and together the lovers steal fire from the gods and deliver it to Genpath Laboratories. The company CEO Lee Brooks deceives and imprisons the pair. While held captive, Mia calls upon the aid of Dr. Joe Ansari. The couple is hunted for their crime and time is running out. Will Mia and Kurt escape with their lives and succeed in their mission before their Immortyl enemies harness the power of immortality for evil purposes?

The Captive

**What’s a little bondage between enemies?**
Women should be sweet, mild mannered…docile. Unfortunately, Lady Gwendolyn, a rich Saxon widow, is none of those things.
And Viking warrior Wulf Geirsson wants her desperately! One glimpse of the brazen beauty scrambling over the castle ramparts, and he knows he has to have her. Especially when she takes a tumble and lands at his feet.
But Wulf quickly finds that taking Gwendolyn and keeping her are two different things. And once she decides to engage in a seductive assault of her own, he’s the one captivated…

Capitalism, the Unknown Ideal

The foundations of capitalism are being battered by a flood of altruism, which is the cause of the modern world’s collapse. This is the view of Ayn Rand, a view so radically opposed to prevailing attitudes that it constitutes a major philosophic revolution. In this series of essays, she presents her stand on the persecution of big business, the causes of war, the default of conservatism, and the evils of altruism. Here is a challenging new look at modern society by one of the most provocative intellectuals on the American scene. This edition includes two articles by Ayn Rand which did not appear in the hardcover edition: The Wreckage of the Consensus,” which presents the Objectivists views on Vietnam and the draft; and Requiem for Man,” an answer to the Papal encyclical Progresso Populorum.

Canning & Preserving for Dummies 2nd Edition

SUMMARY: Provides step-by-step instructions on canning and preserving a variety of fruits and vegetables, and includes one hundred recipes for such items as pear-raspberry jam, chicken stock, and baked beans.

Cannery Row

Amid the honky-tonks and sardine canneries of Monterey, California, a motley band forms a colorful—even idyllic—world of its own. Unburdened by the material necessities of the more fortunate, the denizens of Cannery Row discover rewards unknown in more traditional society. Henry the painter sorts through junk lots for pieces of wood to incorporate into the boat he is building, while the girls from Dora Flood’s bordello venture out now and then to enjoy a bit of sunshine. Lee Chong stocks his grocery with almost anything a man could want, and Doc, a young marine biologist who ministers to sick puppies and unhappy souls, unexpectedly finds true love. Cannery Row is just a few blocks long, but the story it harbors is suffused with warmth, understanding, and a great fund of human values. First published in 1945, Cannery Row focuses on the acceptance of life as it is—both the exuberance of community and the loneliness of the individual. John Steinbeck draws on his memories of the…

Cane River

EDITORIAL REVIEW: Lalita Tademy was a corporate vice president at a Fortune(r) 500 company when she decided to give notice and embark upon an odyssey to uncover her family’s past. Through her exhaustive research, she would find herself transported back to the early 1800s, to an isolated, close-knit rural community on Louisiana’s Cane River. Here, Tademy takes historical fact and mingles it with fiction to weave a vivid account of what life was like for the four remarkable women who came before her. The result is a family saga that sweeps from the early days of slavery into a pre-Civil Rights South-a unique and moving slice of America’s past that will resonate with readers for generations to come.

Candide, or Optimism

With its vibrant new translation, perceptive introduction, and witty packaging, this new edition of Voltaires masterpiece belongs in the hands of every reader pondering our assumptions about human behavior and our place in the world…

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Can You Keep a Secret?

Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella
**SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE • From #1 *New York Times* bestselling author Sophie Kinsella, a novel with the same wicked humor, buoyant charm, and optimism as her beloved Shopaholic series.**
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Meet Emma Corrigan, a young woman with a huge heart, an irrepressible spirit, and a few little secrets:

**Secrets from her boyfriend: **I’ve always thought Connor looks a bit like Ken. As in Barbie and Ken.

**Secrets from her mother: **I lost my virginity in the spare bedroom with Danny Nussbaum while Mum and Dad were downstairs watching *Ben-Hur*.

**Secrets she wouldn’t share with anyone in the world: **I have no idea what NATO stands for. Or even what it is.

Until she spills them all to a handsome stranger on a plane. At least, she thought he was a stranger. . . .

But come Monday morning, Emma’s office is abuzz about the arrival of Jack Harper, the company’s elusive CEO.  Suddenly Emma is face-to-face with the stranger from the plane, a man who knows every single humiliating detail about her. Things couldn’t possibly get worse. Or could they?

**Praise for *Can You Keep a Secret?***

“Venturing beyond Saks and Barney’s, the bestselling author of *Confessions of a Shopaholic* and *Shopaholic Ties the Knot *entertains readers with backstabbing office shenanigans, competition, scandal, love and sex. . . . Kinsella’s down-to-earth protagonist is sure to have readers sympathizing and doubled over in laughter.”**—*Publishers Weekly ***
“If laughing out loud in public places is your bag, be sure to pick up [*Can You Keep a Secret?*]. Heroine Emma Corrigan is going to be your new best friend.”**—*Boston Herald***

“Kinsella’s timing is so perfect, her instincts so spot-on, that it’s easy to . . . devour the book like the guilty pleasure it is.”**—*Miami Herald***
“Chick lit at its lightest and breeziest . . . filled with fabulous clothes, stalwart friends, and snotty enemies waiting to be taken down a peg.”**—*Orlando Sentinel ***
“[Kinsella’s] dialogue is sharp, even her minor characters are well drawn, and her parody of the marketing world is very funny.”**—*Washington Post Book World ***
“[A] comedic frenzy of ill-fated events . . . punchy . . . fast-moving.”**—*Rocky Mountain News ***

The California Roll

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**Meet Radar Hoverlander, a witty, gifted con artist with the mind of David Mamet, the voice of Tom Robbins, and the morals of a sailor on shore leave. **
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What do the Merlin Game, the Penny Skim, the Doolally Snadoodle, and the Afterparty Snuke have in common? They’re all the work of world-class con artist and master bafflegabber Radar Hoverlander. Radar’s been “on the snuke” since childhood, but he’s still looking for his California Roll, the one big scam that’ll set him up in sushi for life.
 
Trouble arrives in the stunning, sassy package of Allie Quinn—either the last true innocent or a con artist so slick she makes Radar look like a Quaker. Radar’s hapless sidekick, Vic Mirplo, a lovable loser who couldn’t con a kid out of a candy cane, thinks Radar’s being played. But if love is blind, it’s also deaf, dumb and stupid, and before Radar knows it, he’s sucked into a vortex of double-, triple-, quadruple-crosses that’ll either net him his precious California Roll or put him in a hole in the ground. 
 
As timeless as a perpetual-motion machine, as timely as a Madoff arraignment, *The California Roll *brings you deep inside the world of con artistry, where every fact is fiction and the second liar never has a chance.