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Might as Well Laugh about It Now

EDITORIAL REVIEW: **Recollections, wisdom, and advice from the beloved entertainer, American icon, mother of eight children, and *New York Times* bestselling author.** When the *Donny and Marie* show ended its award-winning run on ABC in 1979, 19-year-old Marie was ready to leave the stage lights for a secretary’s life—she had prepared to say “goodbye” to fleeting fame by studying shorthand and typing! Clearly, life took a different turn. Now, decades later and still a beloved superstar, Marie opens the door to her thoughts on many of her milestones and missteps, both the public and the personal. In a life brimming with a mixture of charm and chaos, blessings and hilarious bungles, victory and vulnerability, Marie recounts for her “family of fans” her greatest successes as well as her most crushing disappointments, career pressures and expectations, marriage and divorce, depression, weight issues, tough choices, honors and awards, and the incredible joys and challenges of raising children. Through it all, Marie has bounced back time and again with unstoppable enthusiasm, resilience, and an unbeatably healthy and positive outlook on life. In *Might as Well Laugh About It Now*, she imparts her insights on surviving all of life’s roadblocks and detours in a collection of friendly musings and heartening advice about learning to survive— and moving forward—with humor and optimism.

The Midwich Cuckoos

In the sleepy English village of Midwich, a mysterious silver object appears and all the inhabitants fall unconscious. A day later the object is gone and everyone awakens unharmed – except that all the women in the village are discovered to be pregnant. The resultant children of Midwich do not belong to their parents: all are blonde, all are golden eyed. They grow up too fast and their minds exhibit frightening abilities that give them control over others and brings them into conflict with the villagers just as a chilling realisation dawns on the world outside . . . The Midwich Cuckoos is the classic tale of aliens in our midst, exploring how we respond when confronted by those who are innately superior to us in every conceivable way.

Midnight Tides

Midnight Tides (Malazan Book of the Fallen Series #5) by Steven Erikson
The epic fifth chapter in Steven Erikson’s mighty Malazan Book of the Fallen series — guaranteed to be crammed full of tremendous characters, old favourites and newcomers, wild and wonderful magic, awesome world-building — all bound together by a unique imagination and wonderful storytelling.

The Midnight Mayor

It’s said that if the ravens ever leave the Tower of London, then the Tower will crumble and the kingdom will fall. Resurrected sorcerer Matthew Swift is about to discover that this isn’t so far from the truth…
One by one, the protective magical wards that guard the city are falling. This is not good news. This array of supernatural defenses – a mix of international tourist attractions and forgotten urban legends – formed a formidable shield that protects the city of London from threats that are known to no one. But what could be so dangerous as to threaten an entire city?
Matthew Swift is about to find out. And if he’s lucky, he might just live long enough to do something about it…

Midnight Hero

Book-loving Bailey Chambers yearned to give herself, body and soul, to sexy SWAT cop Conall O’Rourke. His passionate kisses torched a four-alarm blaze in her body, but her growing fears of losing him to the hazards of his job led to a New Year’s Eve breakup. Then fate intervened…. Trying to convince Bailey to give them a second chance put Con and his lover in the line of fire, fighting deadly enemies with only a few short hours to save innocent hostages–and themselves. As the deadline ticked closer and the danger mounted, Bailey risked losing much more than just her heart….
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Midnight Caller

SUMMARY: Three deaths, one connection-the anonymous calls all three women reported in the weeks before they died. Detective Tony Marino wants to close this case before another woman disappears. Especially when he meets a fatherless little boy whose mother is being stalked. Single mom Erin O’Malley tells Tony about her anonymous caller’s heavy breathing and unnerving silences. And the feeling of being watched-constantly. Now, after years of thinking he had nothing to offer a wife and child, Tony will do anything to protect the family that feels like his own. Because Erinisnext on the killer’s list.

Midnight at the Well of Souls

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Entered by a thousand unsuspected gateways – built by a race lost in the clouds of time – the planet its dwellers called the Well World turned beings of every kind into something else. There spacefarer Nathan Brazil found himself companioned by a batman, an amorous female centaur and a mermaid – all once as human as he. Yet Nathan Brazil’s metamorphosis was more terrifying than any of those…and his memory was coming back, bringing with it the secret of the Well World. For at the heart of the bizarre planet lay the goal of every being that had ever lived – and Nathan Brazil and his comrades were…lucky?…enough to find it!

Michael’s Discovery

For years, Kelly Andrews had waited for her big brother’s best friend to notice her. Now, Navy SEAL Michael Devaney is back in Boston as her embittered physical therapy patient — but still every inch her hero. She vows he will be whole again with the help of his family and her healing touch.
Broken in body and spirit, Michael seems determined to defy Kelly and his reunited kin. Although he finally gazes at her with the passion she’s always craved, Michael holds himself back, saying he’s only half a man. How can Kelly convince her lifelong love that he’s all the man she will ever need; The Devaney brothers are products of a shattered family, and the scars followed them into their adult lives — and wreak particular havoc with their romantic relationships. It takes a strong and confident woman to tear down the walls of a Devaney man . . .
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Metaphysics – Aristotle

SUMMARY: Metaphysics is Aristotle’s version of philosophy examining the nature of reality, including the relationship between mind and matter, substance and attribute, fact and value. Aristotle argues that there are a handful of universal truths. Aristotle’s works have influenced science, religion, and philosophy for nearly two thousand years. He could be thought of as the father of logical thought. Aristotle wrote: “There is nothing in the intellect that was not first in the senses.” He wrote that everything that is learned in life is learned through sensory perception. Aristotle was the first to establish the founding principle of logic. The great writer Dante called Aristotle “The Master of those who know.”

Mercurial: The Definitive Guide

This instructive book takes you step by step through ways to track, merge, and manage both open source and commercial software projects with Mercurial, using Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Solaris, and other systems. Mercurial is the easiest system to learn when it comes to distributed revision control. And it’s a very flexible tool that’s ideal whether you’re a lone programmer working on a small project, or part of a huge team dealing with thousands of files.

Mercurial permits a countless variety of development and collaboration methods, and this book offers several concrete suggestions to get you started. This guide will help you:

* Learn the basics of working with a repository, changesets, and revisions

* Merge changes from separate repositories

* Set up Mercurial to work with files on a daily basis, including which ones to track

* Get examples and tools for setting up various workflow models

* Manage a project that’s making progress on multiple fronts at once

* Find and fix mistakes by isolating problem sources

* Use hooks to perform actions automatically in response to repository events

* Customize the output of Mercurial

Mercurial: The Definitive Guide maintains a strong focus on simplicity to help you learn Mercurial quickly and thoroughly.

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The Merchant of Venice

The Merchant of Venice is an intriguing drama of love, greed, and revenge. At its heart, the play contrasts the characters of the maddened and vengeful Shylock, a Venetian moneylender, with the gracious, level-headed Portia, a wealthy young woman besieged by suitors. At the play’s climax, Shylock insists on the enforcement of a binding contract that will cost the life of the merchant Antonio — inciting Portia to mount a memorable defense.
In this richly plotted drama, Shylock, whom Shakespeare endowed with all of the depth and vitality of his greatest characters, is not alone in his villainy. In scene after scene, a large cast of ambitious and scheming characters demonstrates that honesty is a quality often strained where matters of love and money are concerned.
The gravity and suspense of the play’s central plot, together with its romance, have made *The Merchant of Venice* a favorite of audiences, and one of the most studied and performed of Shakespeare’s plays. It is reprinted here from an authoritative text, complete with explanatory footnotes.
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Mercenary

SUMMARY: As a favor to a CIA officer, SBS operative Stratton carries out what appears to be an inconsequential task in Central America. But Stratton’s actions push him into the midst of a national rebellion, and against his own principles he becomes emotionally involved and decides to join the popular uprising. Unknown to him, however, the revolt is a fight not just against the local government, as the CIA is very much involved. As events spiral disastrously out of control, Stratton must face up to his biggest and most treacherous challenge to date.

Mental Floss Presents Instant Knowledge

Mental Floss Presents Instant Knowledge by Mental Floss Editors, Julie Sussman
Mental_floss is proud to present a full-bodied jolt of inspiration for thirsty minds on the go. Blended with titillating facts, startling revelations, and head-scratching theories collected from around the world, *Instant Knowledge* will jumpstart riveting exchanges at cocktail parties, the watercooler, or any powwow. To experience the clean, rich flavor at home, just tear into a topic of your choice, and add conversation. It’s that simple!

Meno

This volume contains new translations of two dialogues of Plato, the Protagoras and the Meno, together with explanatory notes and substantial interpretive essays. Robert C. Bartlett’s translations are as literal as is compatible with sound English style and take into account important textual variations. Because the interpretive essays both sketch the general outlines of the dialogues and take up specific theoretical or philosophic difficulties, they will be of interest not only to those reading the dialogues for the first time but also to those already familiar with them. The Protagoras and the Meno are linked by the attention each pays to the idea of virtue: the latter dialogue focuses on the fundamental Socratic question “What is virtue?,” the former on the specific virtue of courage, especially in its relation to wisdom. An appendix contains a short extract from Xenophon’s Anabasis of Cyrus that vividly portrays the figure of Meno.

Menexenus

This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment for protecting, preserving, and promoting the world’s literature in affordable, high quality, modern editions that are true to the original work.

A Memory of Wind

SUMMARY: The heroes are eager to sail to Troy for war, but the wind is still. To fill their sails and set out, they must sacrifice Agamemnon’s daughter Iphigenia—and how does a human girl become the wind? The starkness and psychological insight of Rachel Swirsky’s Tor.com story earned it a place among the finalists for the 2010 Nebula Award. Rachel Swirsky’s short fiction has appeared in Weird Tales, Fantasy Magazine, and Subterranean Magazine, among others, and has been collected in Year’s Best anthologies edited by Rich Horton, Jonathan Strahan, and the VanderMeers. She is also the submissions editor of Podcastle, an audio fantasy magazine.