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The Clouds of Saturn

When the sun flared out of control and boiled Earth’s oceans, humanity took refuge in a place that few would have predicted. In the greatest migration in history, the entire human race took up residence among the towering clouds and deep clear-air canyons of Saturn’s upper atmosphere. Having survived the traitor star, they returned to the all-too-human tradition of internecine strife. The new city-states of Saturn began to resemble those of ancient Greece, with one group of cities taking on the role of militaristic Sparta …

The Clockwork Century 06: Fiddlehead

Young ex-slave Gideon Bardsley is a brilliant inventor, but the job is less glamorous than one might think, especially since the assassination attempts started. Worse yet, they’re trying to destroy his greatest achievement: a calculating engine called Fiddlehead, which provides undeniable proof of something awful enough to destroy the world. Both man and machine are at risk from forces conspiring to keep the Civil War going and the money flowing.
Bardsley has no choice but to ask his patron, former president Abraham Lincoln, for help.  Lincoln retired from leading the country after an attempt on his life, but is quite interested in Bardsley’s immense data-processing capacities, confident that if people have the facts, they’ll see reason and urge the government to end the war. Lincoln must keep Bardsley safe until he can finish his research, so he calls on his old private security staff to protect Gideon and his data.
Maria “Belle” Boyd was a retired Confederate spy, until she got a life-changing job offer from the Pinkerton Detective Agency. Pinkerton respects her work, despite reservations about her lingering Southern loyalties. But it’s precisely those loyalties that let her go into Confederate territory to figure out who might be targeting Bardsley. Maria is a good detective, but with spies from both camps gunning for her, can even the notorious Belle Boyd hold the greedy warhawks at bay?

The Circus of Adventure

**Enid Blyton’s much-loved classic series, packed full of adventure and mystery.**
Philip, Dinah, Lucy-Ann and Jack are not pleased when the wimpish Gustavus has to come with them on holiday. Even Kiki the parrot dislikes him! But when Gustavus is kidnapped along with Philip, Dinah and Lucy-Ann, Jack bravely follows them to a faraway country and unravels a plot to kill the king …
First published in 1952, this edition contains the original text and is unillustrated.

The Brewer’s Apprentice

Brewing craft and artisanal beer has become a labor of love for enthusiasts and epicures the world over, with new people joining the ranks every year. *The Brewer’s Apprentice* is a behind-the-scenes guide to all aspects of this classic art. However, instead of simply sharing brewing recipes, tasting guides, or buying recommendations as many other books do, our book gives readers unique insights into craft brewing culture, and let the “masters” speak in their own words. In a series of in-depth profiles, the legends, innovators, rising stars of the beer world share their deep reserves of brew knowledge, insider tips, recipes, and more.
Inside you’ll learn:
-Sourcing the best ingredients, brewing “locally” and seasonally
-Farm-to-table brewing: hops, barley, wheat, and more
-Setting up your homebrewing workshop
-Brewing chemistry: how does it all work?
-Nontraditional ingredients, extreme brews, and novelty drinks
-Meads…

The Blue Notebook

**A powerful debut from a new and exciting talent about the life of Batuk, a 15-year old child prostitute who lives in Mumbai’s red-light district.**
THE BLUE NOTEBOOK, James A. Levine’s first novel, tells the haunting story of Batuk, a 15-year old girl whose family, living in the Indian countryside, is in such poverty and debt that she is sold into sexual slavery and lives in a cage on the streets of Mumbai. Batuk is just one of many girls forced into prostitution, but against the odds, she manages to put pen to paper, writing stories of her life that help her transcend and make a certain sense of her daily existence. The novel is powerfully told in Batuk’s voice, through the words she writes in her journal. Searing, moving, and surprisingly hopeful, THE BLUE NOTEBOOK explores how people, in the most difficult of circumstances, can use stories to understand and give meaning to their lives.

The Blooming of a Lotus: Guided Meditation for Achieving the Miracle of Mindfulness

Compassionate and wise, Thich Nhat Hanh’s healing words and books have helped millions of people acknowledge and dissolve anger and separation by illuminating the way toward the miracle of mindfulness. In this revised and expanded edition, five new meditations show the reader how mindful consumption and mindful actions can help prevent suffering and water the seeds of compassion; how to be in touch with our Buddha selves; and how to see our parents more deeply.The Blooming of a Lotus—a companion to the best-selling The Miracle of Mindfulness—brings both beginning and experienced practitioners into closer touch with their selves, their families, and the world.

The Birth of Classical Europe

To an extraordinary extent we continue to live in the shadow of the classical world. At every level from languages to calendars to political systems, we are the descendants of a ‘classical Europe’, using frames of reference created by ancient Mediterranean cultures.
As this consistently fresh and surprising new book makes clear, however, this was no less true for the inhabitants of those classical civilizations themselves, whose myths, history, and buildings were an elaborate engagement with an already old and revered past filled with great leaders and writers, emigrations and battles. Indeed, much of the reason we know so much about the classical past is the obsessive importance it held for so many generations of Greeks and Romans, who interpreted and reinterpreted their changing casts of heroes and villains. Figures such as Alexander the Great and Augustus Caesar loom large in our imaginations today, but they were themselves fascinated by what had preceded them.
The Birth of Classical Europe is therefore both an authoritative history, and also a fascinating attempt to show how our own changing values and interests have shaped our feelings about an era which is by some measures very remote but by others startlingly close.

The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined

**Selected by* The New York Times Book Review* as a Notable Book of the Year. ****The author of* The New York Times *bestseller* The Stuff of Thought* offers a controversial history of violence. **
Faced with the ceaseless stream of news about war, crime, and terrorism, one could easily think we live in the most violent age ever seen. Yet as New York Times bestselling author Steven Pinker shows in this startling and engaging new work, just the opposite is true: violence has been diminishing for millennia and we may be living in the most peaceful time in our species’s existence. For most of history, war, slavery, infanticide, child abuse, assassinations, pogroms, gruesome punishments, deadly quarrels, and genocide were ordinary features of life. But today, Pinker shows (with the help of more than a hundred graphs and maps) all these forms of violence have dwindled and are widely condemned. How has this happened?
This groundbreaking book continues Pinker’s exploration of the essence of human nature, mixing psychology and history to provide a remarkable picture of an increasingly nonviolent world. The key, he explains, is to understand our intrinsic motives- the inner demons that incline us toward violence and the better angels that steer us away-and how changing circumstances have allowed our better angels to prevail. Exploding fatalist myths about humankind’s inherent violence and the curse of modernity, this ambitious and provocative book is sure to be hotly debated in living rooms and the Pentagon alike, and will challenge and change the way we think about our society.

The Best of Grand Designs

A complete celebration of Britain’s favourite architectural show. Kevin McCloud is widely recognised as the pre-eminent commentator on modern architecture and design in Britain, a reputation that has grown with the success of his series, the Bafta-nominated ‘Grand Designs’.The iconic series is broadcast in over 130 countries and regularly gleans 5 million viewers in the UK. Its success, says Kevin, is due to ‘good old-fashioned story telling; of joy and sorrow, torment and triumph, expressed tangibly in the making of a building’.To celebrate fourteen glorious years of film-making, 100 editions of Grand Designs Magazine, 100 separate programmes and ten years of hosting the Stirling Prize, Kevin now delves into the archives of the series, of the Grand Designs Awards and the magazine, to highlight his favourite projects. But this is not just an idiosyncratic choice; this book attempts to chart where domestic architecture has come from, and is moving to, in the first decade or so of a…