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Rocking the Pink

In 2008, just as Laura Roppé was poised to burst onto the music scene, her doctor called her with news that left her spinning-she had been diagnosed with an extremely aggressive form of breast cancer. Just days earlier, she had signed a dream-come-true contract with a record label; now, she wasn’t even sure how much longer she had to live. Never one to back down to a challenge, however, Roppé gathered her courage, took stock of her priorities, and made a decision: *Cancer may take my hair,* she told herself, *but that’s all it’s getting.* More than a cancer journey, *Rocking the Pink* is a quirky, charming, and poignant ode to love, friendship, and music. Roppé is unflinchingly honest and unfailingly funny as she tells the story of her odyssey: from childhood dreamer and giddy valet parker to the Hollywood stars to disillusioned lawyer, wife, and mother; from budding songwriter and late-blooming recording artist to determined cancer survivor. Full of raw emotion and humor that will make you laugh through your tears, *Rocking the Pink* is a chronicle of discovering one’s true self through life’s difficult circumstances-and a testament to the hang-in-tough, take-no-prisoners attitude it takes to kick cancer’s butt.

Robur the Conqueror

The story begins with strange lights and sounds, including blaring trumpet music, reported in the skies all over the world. The events are capped by the mysterious appearance of black flags with gold suns atop tall historic landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty in New York, the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt, and the Eiffel Tower in Paris. These events are all the work of the mysterious Robur,, a brilliant inventor who intrudes on a meeting of a flight-enthusiast’s club called the Weldon Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Members of the Weldon Institute are all firm believers that mankind shall master the skies using “lighter than air” craft, and that “heavier than air” craft such as airplanes and helicopters would be unfeasible. The institute has been constructing a giant dirigible called the Go-ahead, and are having a heated discussion of where to place its propeller (in front to pull it, or behind to push it) when Robur appears at the meeting and is admitted to speak to them. He chastises the group for being balloon-boosters when “heavier than air” flying apparatuses are the future. When asked if Robur himself has “made conquest of the air,” he states that he has, leading to him accepting the title “Robur the Conqueror.” During his short time at the Weldon Institute Robur so incites the members, that they chase him outside. Just as they are about to attack him, Robur appears to vanish into the mob, but he has actually been borne away by a flying machine… (Excerpt from Wikipedia)

Rinascita

So perché sono stata presa.
Quanto cambia le cose questo? Non so dirlo. Ho ancora un debole per Jeremy, quando è Jeremy. Ma quando è Stonehart? Beh, in quel momento si sprigiona tutto il mio odio.
Devo diventare fredda, indifferente, e distaccarmi emotivamente per prendere la giusta decisione su cosa fare dopo. Jeremy rende difficile il distacco. Stonehart lo rende facile.
Quale lato di lui otterrò? Non lo so. Solo una cosa è certa: in questo momento, sto giocando la partita della mia vita… contro il miglior giocatore del mondo.
Vedremo chi cede per primo.

Riccardin dal ciuffo

“…in quella guerra sanguinosa e piena di pericoli che è l’amore a volte è possibile anche assaporare un trionfo.” Due esistenze sembrano condannate alla solitudine, fin quando per caso il destino non le farà incontrare: il famoso ornitologo Deodato ha un aspetto repellente ma è provvisto di un’intelligenza fuori dal comune. Altea, al contrario, stupisce chiunque per la sua incantevole bellezza, che però sembra unirsi a un ingegno limitato e a una totale mancanza di interessi… Amélie Nothomb gioca ancora una volta con la fiaba popolare, come già in Attentato e Barbablù, offrendo al lettore un romanzo sui misteri dell’amore e della natura umana.

Revenge of the Fluffy Bunnies

CHEER the hapless heroism of Captain Crusader! JEER… the wanton wickedness of Antoinette, Mistress of Evil! FEAR the animated assault of the fearsome fluffy bunnies! A terrible change has come to the Cineverse. In all its many movie worlds, bad guys win, good guys perish, and boy doesn’t even get girl. Only Captain Crusader (until recently plain old Roger Gordon) can put things right — but the Captain has problems of his own. His sweetheart has been abducted by an amorous slime monster. His mother’s been transformed into a whip-cracking archvillainess. And his faithful sidekicks are stranded amidst the swords and sandals of an Italian gladiator flick. What’s a superhero to do? From the accelerating excitement of a cop-movie car chase to the fiendish heart of the Citadel of Dread, Roger must survive to the last act — or else the Forces of Darkness will meddle with movies better left unmade!

Redenzione

Mi sono fatta strada nel cuore di Jeremy, proprio come mi ero ripromessa.
Ma mentre prima volevo arrivarci per colpirlo… ora, non ne sono più così sicura.
La mia vita è ancora condizionata dai segreti. Segreti che non posso rivelare a nessun altro essere vivente.
Fey e Robin vogliono sapere. Vogliono sapere cosa mi sta succedendo.
Devo dir loro di no. Devo allontanarli perché solo Jeremy può unirsi a me in questo viaggio.
Lui c’è sempre. Lui è la mia unica costante. Le nostre vite sono irrevocabilmente intrecciate.
Non mi lascerà andare.
Desidero la pace. Ma voglio che sia reale, non la semplice quiete prima della tempesta.
Posso raggiungerla con Jeremy Stonehart?
È una strada impervia, ma in questo momento… sono disposta a provare.

Raising Dragons

A boy learns of his dragon past; a girl has known hers for years. They combine their faith, courage, and love to overcome an evil slayer who seeks to bring an end to dragon heritage, forever.
The kids at school call Billy “Dragon Breath” for good reason. His breath is bad! It isn’t the normal, morning-mouth bad; it’s the hot-as-fire, “don’t-you-dare-get-near-me” bad. Trouble erupts when his hot breath sets off the fire sprinklers in the boys’ restroom in school, and his parents learn that they’ve kept their secret for too long.
Billy finally discovers the secret. His father was once a dragon! Now that’s a piece of news a guy doesn’t deal with every day! Billy feels betrayed, alien, lost. When the dragon slayer traps him on a cold mountaintop in West Virginia, Billy learns to battle with weapons of steel and spirit while relying on a power he doesn’t understand, a power that helps him learn to trust again.
Bonnie, an orphan, tries to find a home, someone to love her, even though she feels like a freak because of a body feature that she calls a deformity. But this unusual feature becomes a life-saving attribute as she discovers that her love for others and her faith in a creator hold the answers she’s looking for.

Railsea

On board the moletrain Medes, Sham Yes ap Soorap watches in awe as he witnesses his first moldywarpe hunt: the giant mole bursting from the earth, the harpoonists targeting their prey, the battle resulting in one’s death and the other’s glory. But no matter how spectacular it is, Sham can’t shake the sense that there is more to life than traveling the endless rails of the railsea — even if his captain can think only of the hunt for the ivory-coloured mole she’s been chasing since it took her arm all those years ago. When they come across a wrecked train, at first it’s a welcome distraction. But what Sham finds in the derelict — a series of pictures hinting at something, somewhere, that should be impossible — leads to considerably more than he’d bargained for. Soon he’s hunted on all sides, by pirates, trainsfolk, monsters and salvage-scrabblers. And it might not be just Sham’s life that’s about to change. It could be the whole of the railsea.

Quicksilver’s Knight

“DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Boston” will lead you straight to the best attractions Boston has to offer, with over 500 detailed maps, illustrations, and color photographs. You’ll find detailed background information on the best things to do in Boston, from visiting the historical Harvard University to taking one of many historical walks to watching a Red sox Game. This bestselling travel guide is packed with beautiful cutaways and floor plans of all of Boston’s major sights, 3D aerial views of its most interesting districts, and now a new pullout map with detailed sheet maps and useful transportation information. Features include everything from a section on Four Great Days Out in Boston to where to go for a beer at the end of the day, with enlarged and enhanced Street Finder mapping throughout. “DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Boston” is fully updated and expanded with dozens of reviews for hotels in Boston, recommended restaurants, and tips for shopping and entertainment. Don’t miss a thing on your vacation with the “DK Eyewitness Travel” guidebook to Boston. HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE: Packed with photographs, illustrations, and maps Cutaways and floor plans of all the major sights 3D aerial views of the city’s most interesting districts Huge selection of hotels, restaurants, stores, and entertainment venues Specially devised walking tours Now includes a new durable, oversized pullout map with useful transportation information, a distance chart, a street and sight index, and practical information for getting around the city.

Quello che rimane

«La prima volta che ho letto Quello che rimane me ne sono immediatamente innamorato… mi è subito sembrato assolutamente superiore a qualsiasi romanzo di scrittori come John Updike, Philip Roth e Saul Bellow, contemporanei a Paula Fox. A più di dieci anni di distanza, e dopo averlo letto ormai decine di volte, lo amo ancora di più».
Jonathan Franzen
New York, fine anni Sessanta. Otto e Sophie Bentwood sono una tranquilla coppia di mezza età della borghesia americana. Un pomeriggio, mentre sono nel salotto di casa, fa l’ingresso nella loro vita un gatto randagio al quale Sophie, contro il parere del marito, dà del latte. Da questa scena iniziale, e dalla apparentemente trascurabile ferita inferta dal gatto a Sophie, si dipana quella che pagina dopo pagina, minuto dopo minuto, diventerà per i Bentwood una sorta di piccola e misteriosa tragedia che metterà in discussione il senso stesso del loro matrimonio e dell’intera loro vita. Come scrive nell’introduzione Jonathan Franzen, al quale si deve la riscoperta in America del grandissimo talento narrativo e stilistico di Paula Fox, a una prima lettura Quello che rimane è un romanzo di suspense, che però si trasforma in altro a ogni successiva lettura, riuscendo sempre a sorprendere il lettore e a catturarlo in uno straordinario meccanismo letterario che si svolge nell’arco di un weekend e che include un tragicomico party, la degenerazione della ferita di Sophie e il litigio tra Otto e il suo vecchio socio d’affari. Quello che rimane, originariamente pubblicato in America nel 1971 con il titolo Desperate Characters e dimenticato per anni, è oggi finalmente considerato uno dei capolavori assoluti della narrativa americana degli ultimi decenni: la riscoperta di Paula Fox è diventato un clamoroso caso editoriale non solo in America ma anche in Europa (in Germania Quello che rimane è stato a lungo nelle classifiche dei bestseller) e scrittori come David Foster Wallace, Jonathan Lethem e lo stesso Jonathan Franzen hanno riconosciuto esplicitamente in lei una delle grandi voci del Novecento americano. Del romanzo fu realizzata negli Usa una versione cinematografica nel 1971 dal titolo Desperate characters diretta da Frank D. Gilroy con Shirley McLaine.

Quando penso che Beethoven è morto mentre tanti cretini ancora vivono…

Il drammaturgo francese Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt, le cui pièces teatrali sono tra le più rappresentate, propone un volume divertente ma che fa anche riflettere. Il volume, corredato da un CD audio, si divide in due parti. La prima parte è un saggio che si apre su una mostra di maschere, durante la quale Schmitt ricorda Beethoven, e di quanto la sua musica lo appassionava quando era adolescente. Ora quei tempi sono finiti e Beethoven si è allontanato. L’autore si domanda perchè. Perchè nella vita degli uomini di oggi non ci sono più quelle passioni travolgenti, quelle emozioni profonde, il romanticisimo, la gioia? Chi è venuto meno? Beethoven oppure noi?
La seconda parte è un racconto dal titolo *Kiki Van Beethoven* , e narra la storia di un’anziana signora che, con la musica, cambia la sua vita e quella delle sue tre amiche.

Python for Finance

Annotation The financial industry has adopted Python at a tremendous rate recently, with some of the largest investment banks and hedge funds using it to build core trading and risk management systems. This hands-on guide helps both developers and quantitative analysts get started with Python, and guides you through the most important aspects of using Python for quantitative finance. Using practical examples through the book, author Yves Hilpisch also shows you how to develop a full-fledged framework for Monte Carlo simulation-based derivatives and risk analytics, based on a large, realistic case study. Much of the book uses interactive IPython Notebooks, with topics that include:Fundamentals: Python data structures, NumPy array handling, time series analysis with pandas, visualization with matplotlib, high performance I/O operations with PyTables, date/time information handling, and selected best practicesFinancial topics: mathematical techniques with NumPy, SciPy and SymPy such as regression and optimization; stochastics for Monte Carlo simulation, Value-at-Risk, and Credit-Value-at-Risk calculations; statistics for normality tests, mean-variance portfolio optimization, principal component analysis (PCA), and Bayesian regressionSpecial topics: performance Python for financial algorithms, such as vectorization and parallelization, integrating Python with Excel, and building financial applications based on Web technologies.