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Regeneration

With the alien Dhryn helplessly following an instinct-driven migratory path through the inhabited spaceways-bringing about the annihilation of other races that lie along the star trail they are following-time is running out for all sentient life forms. Only Dr. Mackenzie Connor and her team stand any chance of solving the deadly puzzle of the Dhryn and the equally mysterious Ro. Are the Ro the universe’s last hope of halting the deadly Dhryn migration? Or are they something far more sinister? As the only human accepted by the Dhryn as one of their own, Mac perhaps can intervene and open a line of communication to the Dhryn. And her friend and fellow researcher, Dr. Emily Mamani, may prove key to the process, for she is the only human who has survived possession by the Ro. Can these two biologists solve the riddle of the Dhryn and the Ro before their part of the galaxy becomes as dead as the region known as the Chasm?

With the alien Dhryn helplessly following an instinct-driven migratory path through the inhabited spaceways-bringing about the annihilation of other races that lie along the star trail they are following-time is running out for all sentient life forms. Only Dr. Mackenzie Connor and her team stand any chance of solving the deadly puzzle of the Dhryn and the equally mysterious Ro. Are the Ro the universe’s last hope of halting the deadly Dhryn migration? Or are they something far more sinister? As the only human accepted by the Dhryn as one of their own, Mac perhaps can intervene and open a line of communication to the Dhryn. And her friend and fellow researcher, Dr. Emily Mamani, may prove key to the process, for she is the only human who has survived possession by the Ro. Can these two biologists solve the riddle of the Dhryn and the Ro before their part of the galaxy becomes as dead as the region known as the Chasm?

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Red Hood’s Revenge

**Wars may end. But vengeance is forever.**
Roudette’s story was a simple one. A red cape. A wolf. A hunter. Her mother told her she would be safe, so long as she kept to the path. But sometimes the path leads to dark places. Roudette is the hunter now, an assassin known throughout the world as the Lady of the Red Hood. Her mission will take her to the country of Arathea and an ancient fairy threat. At the heart of the conflict between humans and fairies stands the woman Roudette has been hired to kill, the only human ever to have fought the Lady of the Red Hood and survived-the princess known as Sleeping Beauty.

**Wars may end. But vengeance is forever.**
Roudette’s story was a simple one. A red cape. A wolf. A hunter. Her mother told her she would be safe, so long as she kept to the path. But sometimes the path leads to dark places. Roudette is the hunter now, an assassin known throughout the world as the Lady of the Red Hood. Her mission will take her to the country of Arathea and an ancient fairy threat. At the heart of the conflict between humans and fairies stands the woman Roudette has been hired to kill, the only human ever to have fought the Lady of the Red Hood and survived-the princess known as Sleeping Beauty.

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Python Programming Fundamentals

This easy-to-follow and classroom-tested textbook guides the reader through the fundamentals of programming with Python, an accessible language which can be learned incrementally. This revised and updated new edition will teach students how to recognize and apply abstract patterns in programming through the extensive use of illustrative examples and practical exercises. The book also demonstrates the benefit of using a debugger to inspect the state of a program while it is executing.Topics and features: incudes numerous examples and practice exercises throughout the text, with additional exercises, solutions and review questions at the end of each chapter; highlights the patterns which frequently appear when writing programs, reinforcing the application of these patterns for problem-solving through practice exercises; introduces the use of a debugger tool to inspect a program, enabling students to discover for themselves how programs work and enhance their understanding; presents the Tkinter framework for building graphical user interface applications and event-driven programs; provides instructional videos and additional information for students, as well as support materials for instructors, at an associated website.Ideal for introductory programming courses for undergraduates in computer science, this hands-on textbook for interactive classroom learning will help students to develop the necessary skills to begin writing their own programs. Due to the wealth of support material available, Python is selected as a good first language with little “overhead” in learning to write simple programs.

This easy-to-follow and classroom-tested textbook guides the reader through the fundamentals of programming with Python, an accessible language which can be learned incrementally. This revised and updated new edition will teach students how to recognize and apply abstract patterns in programming through the extensive use of illustrative examples and practical exercises. The book also demonstrates the benefit of using a debugger to inspect the state of a program while it is executing.Topics and features: incudes numerous examples and practice exercises throughout the text, with additional exercises, solutions and review questions at the end of each chapter; highlights the patterns which frequently appear when writing programs, reinforcing the application of these patterns for problem-solving through practice exercises; introduces the use of a debugger tool to inspect a program, enabling students to discover for themselves how programs work and enhance their understanding; presents the Tkinter framework for building graphical user interface applications and event-driven programs; provides instructional videos and additional information for students, as well as support materials for instructors, at an associated website.Ideal for introductory programming courses for undergraduates in computer science, this hands-on textbook for interactive classroom learning will help students to develop the necessary skills to begin writing their own programs. Due to the wealth of support material available, Python is selected as a good first language with little “overhead” in learning to write simple programs.

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Python All-in-One For Dummies

Your one-stop resource on all things Python

Thanks to its flexibility, Python has grown to become one of the most popular programming languages in the world. Developers use Python in app development, web development, data science, machine learning, and even in coding education classes.

There’s almost no type of project that Python can’t make better. From creating apps to building complex websites to sorting big data, Python provides a way to get the work done. Python All-in-One For Dummies offers a starting point for those new to coding by explaining the basics of Python and demonstrating how it’s used in a variety of applications.

  • Covers the basics of the language
  • Explains its syntax through application in high-profile industries
  • Shows how Python can be applied to projects in enterprise
  • Delves into major undertakings including artificial intelligence, physical computing, machine learning, robotics and data…
  • Your one-stop resource on all things Python

    Thanks to its flexibility, Python has grown to become one of the most popular programming languages in the world. Developers use Python in app development, web development, data science, machine learning, and even in coding education classes.

    There’s almost no type of project that Python can’t make better. From creating apps to building complex websites to sorting big data, Python provides a way to get the work done. Python All-in-One For Dummies offers a starting point for those new to coding by explaining the basics of Python and demonstrating how it’s used in a variety of applications.

  • Covers the basics of the language
  • Explains its syntax through application in high-profile industries
  • Shows how Python can be applied to projects in enterprise
  • Delves into major undertakings including artificial intelligence, physical computing, machine learning, robotics and data…
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    Psychology: A Crash Course

    The way humans think and behave is endlessly fascinating and often surprising. Professional psychologists spend their working lives analyzing individuals’ mental processes and responses. Their subject is a science, but their practice and approach are governed by ethics and morality. We may all consider ourselves to be incidental psychologists in our daily interactions, confident of our ability to judge character, read body language, or to get to know someone, only to find ourselves confounded by seemingly unpredictable actions. Why do entirely good people sometimes do bad things? Is personality inherited or learned? Is there really such a thing as “being normal”? Psychology: A Crash Course looks at how these and many other questions have exercised the minds of those leading the way in psychology for more than 100 years. It’s a story of bold thinking, ingenious experiments, and sometimes startling conclusions that will make you stop and think.

    The way humans think and behave is endlessly fascinating and often surprising. Professional psychologists spend their working lives analyzing individuals’ mental processes and responses. Their subject is a science, but their practice and approach are governed by ethics and morality. We may all consider ourselves to be incidental psychologists in our daily interactions, confident of our ability to judge character, read body language, or to get to know someone, only to find ourselves confounded by seemingly unpredictable actions. Why do entirely good people sometimes do bad things? Is personality inherited or learned? Is there really such a thing as “being normal”? Psychology: A Crash Course looks at how these and many other questions have exercised the minds of those leading the way in psychology for more than 100 years. It’s a story of bold thinking, ingenious experiments, and sometimes startling conclusions that will make you stop and think.

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    Proving History: Bayes’s Theorem and the Quest for the Historical Jesus

    This in-depth discussion of New Testament scholarship and the challenges of history as a whole proposes Bayes’s Theorem, which deals with probabilities under conditions of uncertainty, as a solution to the problem of establishing reliable historical criteria. The author demonstrates that valid historical methods—not only in the study of Christian origins but in any historical study—can be described by, and reduced to, the logic of Bayes’s Theorem. Conversely, he argues that any method that cannot be reduced to this theorem is invalid and should be abandoned.
    Writing with thoroughness and clarity, the author explains Bayes’s Theorem in terms that are easily understandable to professional historians and laypeople alike, employing nothing more than well-known primary school math. He then explores precisely how the theorem can be applied to history and addresses numerous challenges to and criticisms of its use in testing or justifying the conclusions that historians make about the important persons and events of the past. The traditional and established methods of historians are analyzed using the theorem, as well as all the major “historicity criteria” employed in the latest quest to establish the historicity of Jesus. The author demonstrates not only the deficiencies of these approaches but also ways to rehabilitate them using Bayes’s Theorem.
    Anyone with an interest in historical methods, how historical knowledge can be justified, new applications of Bayes’s Theorem, or the study of the historical Jesus will find this book to be essential reading.

    This in-depth discussion of New Testament scholarship and the challenges of history as a whole proposes Bayes’s Theorem, which deals with probabilities under conditions of uncertainty, as a solution to the problem of establishing reliable historical criteria. The author demonstrates that valid historical methods—not only in the study of Christian origins but in any historical study—can be described by, and reduced to, the logic of Bayes’s Theorem. Conversely, he argues that any method that cannot be reduced to this theorem is invalid and should be abandoned.
    Writing with thoroughness and clarity, the author explains Bayes’s Theorem in terms that are easily understandable to professional historians and laypeople alike, employing nothing more than well-known primary school math. He then explores precisely how the theorem can be applied to history and addresses numerous challenges to and criticisms of its use in testing or justifying the conclusions that historians make about the important persons and events of the past. The traditional and established methods of historians are analyzed using the theorem, as well as all the major “historicity criteria” employed in the latest quest to establish the historicity of Jesus. The author demonstrates not only the deficiencies of these approaches but also ways to rehabilitate them using Bayes’s Theorem.
    Anyone with an interest in historical methods, how historical knowledge can be justified, new applications of Bayes’s Theorem, or the study of the historical Jesus will find this book to be essential reading.

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    Promises to Keep

    The compendium of creations (SingleEarth, the Bruja guilds, the Midnight empire) intertwine in an exciting, unsettling plot featuring happenings both accidental and deliberate that will forever change the alternate landscape inhabited by vampires, Tristes, shapeshifters et al. It all begins with a wrong turn and a crashed party, and from there it’s an epic clash of elements and the promise of more chaos still to come. At the center of the storm is Jay, a young vampire hunter that no one would ever have predicted might be earth’s best bet to thwart the rise of a vampire-controlled slave empire called Midnight. Teens will find themselves drawn to Jay, who struggles to prove his worth even while he has his own fears that those who have written him off may be right to do so. 
    ### About the Author
    AMELIA ATWATER-RHODES’s most recent novel is *Poison Tree*. She wrote her first novel, In the *Forests of the Night,* when she was 13. Other books in the Den of Shadows series are *Demon in My View, Shattered Mirror, Midnight Predator, Persistence of Memory, Token of Darkness,* and *All Just Glass*. The five-volume series The Kiesha’ra includes: *Hawksong,* a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year and *VOYA* Best Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Selection; *Snakecharm; Falcondance; Wolfcry,* an IRA-CBC Young Adults’ Choice; and *Wyvernhail.*  

    The compendium of creations (SingleEarth, the Bruja guilds, the Midnight empire) intertwine in an exciting, unsettling plot featuring happenings both accidental and deliberate that will forever change the alternate landscape inhabited by vampires, Tristes, shapeshifters et al. It all begins with a wrong turn and a crashed party, and from there it’s an epic clash of elements and the promise of more chaos still to come. At the center of the storm is Jay, a young vampire hunter that no one would ever have predicted might be earth’s best bet to thwart the rise of a vampire-controlled slave empire called Midnight. Teens will find themselves drawn to Jay, who struggles to prove his worth even while he has his own fears that those who have written him off may be right to do so. 
    ### About the Author
    AMELIA ATWATER-RHODES’s most recent novel is *Poison Tree*. She wrote her first novel, In the *Forests of the Night,* when she was 13. Other books in the Den of Shadows series are *Demon in My View, Shattered Mirror, Midnight Predator, Persistence of Memory, Token of Darkness,* and *All Just Glass*. The five-volume series The Kiesha’ra includes: *Hawksong,* a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year and *VOYA* Best Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Selection; *Snakecharm; Falcondance; Wolfcry,* an IRA-CBC Young Adults’ Choice; and *Wyvernhail.*  

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    PROGRAMMARE PER IL WEB: HTML, PHP + MySQL, CSS

    Il libro tratta HTML, PHP + MySQL e CSS.
    Si passa dalla creazione di un file HTML fino a giungere alla creazione di un modulo all’interno della pagina WEB per spedire i dati.
    A questo punto si esaminano i costrutti principali del PHP: (Iterazione, Sequenza e tutti i costrutti tipici dei linguaggi di programmazione strutturati) e si analizzano quei concetti necessari per manipolare i dati provenienti dalle form. Inoltre si discute delle tecniche di memorizzazione per i dati poiché HTML è stateless. Ancora, si discute dei comandi necessari per creare e manipolare un DB e come è possibile accedere ai dati attraverso PHP.
    Infine, poiché le pagine HTML non sono belle, è necessario definire uno stile attraverso il CSS. Vengono analizzate tutte le regole per i possibili tag con degli esempi.
    Attraverso l’anteprima potrete visualizzare l’indice e quindi in dettaglio quali argomenti sono trattati.
    Per consigli, suggerimenti, richieste di codice, esempi e cosi via potete contattarmi all’indirizzo [email protected] Altro mezzo è attraverso il modulo disponibile su

    Prima di commentare in maniera negativa, contattatemi e provvederò in breve tempo a correggere il problema.

    Il libro tratta HTML, PHP + MySQL e CSS.
    Si passa dalla creazione di un file HTML fino a giungere alla creazione di un modulo all’interno della pagina WEB per spedire i dati.
    A questo punto si esaminano i costrutti principali del PHP: (Iterazione, Sequenza e tutti i costrutti tipici dei linguaggi di programmazione strutturati) e si analizzano quei concetti necessari per manipolare i dati provenienti dalle form. Inoltre si discute delle tecniche di memorizzazione per i dati poiché HTML è stateless. Ancora, si discute dei comandi necessari per creare e manipolare un DB e come è possibile accedere ai dati attraverso PHP.
    Infine, poiché le pagine HTML non sono belle, è necessario definire uno stile attraverso il CSS. Vengono analizzate tutte le regole per i possibili tag con degli esempi.
    Attraverso l’anteprima potrete visualizzare l’indice e quindi in dettaglio quali argomenti sono trattati.
    Per consigli, suggerimenti, richieste di codice, esempi e cosi via potete contattarmi all’indirizzo [email protected] Altro mezzo è attraverso il modulo disponibile su

    Prima di commentare in maniera negativa, contattatemi e provvederò in breve tempo a correggere il problema.

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    Problem at Pollensa Bay and Other Stories

    Problem at Pollensa Bay – Parker Pyne
    The Second Gong – Poirot
    Yellow Iris – Poirot
    The Harlequin Tea Set – Harley Quin
    The Regatta Mystery – Parker Pyne
    The Love Detectives – Harley Quin
    Next To A Dog – Romance
    Magnolia Blossom – Romance

    Problem at Pollensa Bay – Parker Pyne
    The Second Gong – Poirot
    Yellow Iris – Poirot
    The Harlequin Tea Set – Harley Quin
    The Regatta Mystery – Parker Pyne
    The Love Detectives – Harley Quin
    Next To A Dog – Romance
    Magnolia Blossom – Romance

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    Prisoner of Night

    **From #1 *New York Times* bestselling author J.R. Ward comes an unforgettable story of passion and vengeance in the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.**
    When Ahmare’s brother is abducted, there is nothing she won’t do to get him back safely. She is unprepared, however, for the lengths she will have to go to save his life. Paired with a dangerous but enticing prisoner, she embarks on an odyssey into another world.
    Duran, betrayed by his father, imprisoned in a dungeon for decades, has survived only because of his thirst for vengeance. He has been biding his time to escape and is shocked to find an unlikely and temporary freedom in the form of a determined young female.
    Battling against deadly forces and facing unforeseen peril, the pair are in a race to save Ahmare’s brother. As time runs out, and the unthinkable looms, even true love may not be enough to carry them through.

    **From #1 *New York Times* bestselling author J.R. Ward comes an unforgettable story of passion and vengeance in the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.**
    When Ahmare’s brother is abducted, there is nothing she won’t do to get him back safely. She is unprepared, however, for the lengths she will have to go to save his life. Paired with a dangerous but enticing prisoner, she embarks on an odyssey into another world.
    Duran, betrayed by his father, imprisoned in a dungeon for decades, has survived only because of his thirst for vengeance. He has been biding his time to escape and is shocked to find an unlikely and temporary freedom in the form of a determined young female.
    Battling against deadly forces and facing unforeseen peril, the pair are in a race to save Ahmare’s brother. As time runs out, and the unthinkable looms, even true love may not be enough to carry them through.

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    Phosphors, Up Conversion Nano Particles, Quantum Dots and Their Applications: Volume 2

    This book introduces readers to fundamental information on phosphor and quantum dots. It comprehensively reviews the latest research advances in and applications of fluoride phosphors, oxide phosphors, nitridosilicate phosphors and various quantum dot materials. Phosphors and phosphor-based quantum dot materials have recently gained considerable scientific interest due to their wide range of applications in lighting, displays, medical and telecommunication technologies.
    This work will be of great interest to researchers and graduate students in materials sciences and chemistry who wish to learn more about the principles, synthesis and analysis of phosphors and quantum dot materials.

    This book introduces readers to fundamental information on phosphor and quantum dots. It comprehensively reviews the latest research advances in and applications of fluoride phosphors, oxide phosphors, nitridosilicate phosphors and various quantum dot materials. Phosphors and phosphor-based quantum dot materials have recently gained considerable scientific interest due to their wide range of applications in lighting, displays, medical and telecommunication technologies.
    This work will be of great interest to researchers and graduate students in materials sciences and chemistry who wish to learn more about the principles, synthesis and analysis of phosphors and quantum dot materials.

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    Permanent Record

    **Edward Snowden, the man who risked everything to expose the US government’s system of mass surveillance, reveals for the first time the story of his life, including how he helped to build that system and what motivated him to try to bring it down.**
    * * *
    In 2013, twenty-nine-year-old Edward Snowden shocked the world when he broke with the American intelligence establishment and revealed that the United States government was secretly pursuing the means to collect every single phone call, text message, and email. The result would be an unprecedented system of mass surveillance with the ability to pry into the private lives of every person on earth. Six years later, Snowden reveals for the very first time how he helped to build this system and why he was moved to expose it. Spanning the bucolic Beltway suburbs of his childhood and the clandestine CIA and NSA postings of his adulthood, *Permanent Record* is the extraordinary account of a bright young man who grew up online—a man who became a spy, a whistleblower, and, in exile, the Internet’s conscience. Written with wit, grace, passion, and an unflinching candor, *Permanent Record* is a crucial memoir of our digital age and destined to be a classic. **
    ### Review
    “A riveting account… Reads like a literary thriller… Without belaboring his points, Snowden pushes the reader to reflect more seriously on what every American should be asking already. What does it mean to have the data of our lives collected and stored on file, ready to be accessed – not just now, by whatever administration happens to be in office at the moment, but potentially forever?”
    * **―The New York Times** *
    ### About the Author
    **Edward Snowden** was born in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, and grew up in the shadow of Fort Meade. A systems engineer by training, he served as an officer of the Central Intelligence Agency, and worked as a contractor for the National Security Agency. He has received numerous awards for his public service, including the Right Livelihood Award, the German Whistleblower Prize, the Ridenhour Prize for Truth-Telling, and the Carl von Ossietzky Medal from the International League of Human Rights. Currently, he serves as president of the board of directors of the Freedom of the Press Foundation. 

    **Edward Snowden, the man who risked everything to expose the US government’s system of mass surveillance, reveals for the first time the story of his life, including how he helped to build that system and what motivated him to try to bring it down.**
    * * *
    In 2013, twenty-nine-year-old Edward Snowden shocked the world when he broke with the American intelligence establishment and revealed that the United States government was secretly pursuing the means to collect every single phone call, text message, and email. The result would be an unprecedented system of mass surveillance with the ability to pry into the private lives of every person on earth. Six years later, Snowden reveals for the very first time how he helped to build this system and why he was moved to expose it. Spanning the bucolic Beltway suburbs of his childhood and the clandestine CIA and NSA postings of his adulthood, *Permanent Record* is the extraordinary account of a bright young man who grew up online—a man who became a spy, a whistleblower, and, in exile, the Internet’s conscience. Written with wit, grace, passion, and an unflinching candor, *Permanent Record* is a crucial memoir of our digital age and destined to be a classic. **
    ### Review
    “A riveting account… Reads like a literary thriller… Without belaboring his points, Snowden pushes the reader to reflect more seriously on what every American should be asking already. What does it mean to have the data of our lives collected and stored on file, ready to be accessed – not just now, by whatever administration happens to be in office at the moment, but potentially forever?”
    * **―The New York Times** *
    ### About the Author
    **Edward Snowden** was born in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, and grew up in the shadow of Fort Meade. A systems engineer by training, he served as an officer of the Central Intelligence Agency, and worked as a contractor for the National Security Agency. He has received numerous awards for his public service, including the Right Livelihood Award, the German Whistleblower Prize, the Ridenhour Prize for Truth-Telling, and the Carl von Ossietzky Medal from the International League of Human Rights. Currently, he serves as president of the board of directors of the Freedom of the Press Foundation. 

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    Père Goriot

    The text is accompanied by an introduction, textual annotations by the editor, and a map of Paris. “Responses: Contemporaries and Other Novelists” illustrates Balzac’s immense influence on other writers, among them Charles Baudelaire, Hippolyte Taine, ?mile Zola, and Marcel Proust. “Twentieth-Century Criticism” presents a superb selection of critical writing about the novel. The critics include Ernst Robert Curtius, Albert B?guin, Erich Auerback, Georges Poulet, Michel Butor, Louis Chevalier, Pierre Barb?ris, Peter Brooks, Sandy Petrey, Nicole Mozet, and Janet L. Beizer.

    The text is accompanied by an introduction, textual annotations by the editor, and a map of Paris. “Responses: Contemporaries and Other Novelists” illustrates Balzac’s immense influence on other writers, among them Charles Baudelaire, Hippolyte Taine, ?mile Zola, and Marcel Proust. “Twentieth-Century Criticism” presents a superb selection of critical writing about the novel. The critics include Ernst Robert Curtius, Albert B?guin, Erich Auerback, Georges Poulet, Michel Butor, Louis Chevalier, Pierre Barb?ris, Peter Brooks, Sandy Petrey, Nicole Mozet, and Janet L. Beizer.

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    People, Power, and Profits

    A Nobel prize winner challenges us to throw off the free market fundamentalists and reclaim our economy.

    We all have the sense that the American economy—and its government—tilts toward big business, but as Joseph E. Stiglitz explains in his new book, People, Power, and Profits, the situation is dire. A few corporations have come to dominate entire sectors of the economy, contributing to skyrocketing inequality and slow growth. This is how the financial industry has managed to write its own regulations, tech companies have accumulated reams of personal data with little oversight, and our government has negotiated trade deals that fail to represent the best interests of workers. Too many have made their wealth through exploitation of others rather than through wealth creation. If something isn’t done, new technologies may make matters worse, increasing inequality and unemployment.

    Stiglitz identifies the true sources of wealth and of…

    A Nobel prize winner challenges us to throw off the free market fundamentalists and reclaim our economy.

    We all have the sense that the American economy—and its government—tilts toward big business, but as Joseph E. Stiglitz explains in his new book, People, Power, and Profits, the situation is dire. A few corporations have come to dominate entire sectors of the economy, contributing to skyrocketing inequality and slow growth. This is how the financial industry has managed to write its own regulations, tech companies have accumulated reams of personal data with little oversight, and our government has negotiated trade deals that fail to represent the best interests of workers. Too many have made their wealth through exploitation of others rather than through wealth creation. If something isn’t done, new technologies may make matters worse, increasing inequality and unemployment.

    Stiglitz identifies the true sources of wealth and of…

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    Pedigree

    «Miliardi, miliardi e miliardi di animali sulla faccia della terra, per aria, nell’acqua, dappertutto, compiono senza sosta, minuto per minuto, uno sforzo di tutte le loro cellule verso un divenire che non conoscono, come le formiche che traversano precipizi trascinando fardelli cento volte più grandi di loro, si avventurano fra montagne di sabbia o di fango e ritentano dieci volte l’assalto a un medesimo ostacolo, senza che la loro carovana cambi strada». Così apparvero, all’occhio di Simenon, i primi anni della sua vita: innumerevoli piccoli gesti e piccole figure, grumi di pigmento su una tela sconfinata. Era un epos grandioso della piccolezza, delle esistenze oscure, una delle quali era stata la sua. Simenon viveva allora da sfollato a Fontenay-le-Comte, nel 1941. «Un medico, in base a una radiografia sospetta, mi annunciò che mi rimanevano al massimo due anni di vita e mi condannò a un’inattività quasi totale». Simenon non poteva però cessare di scrivere. Pensò a qualcosa di unico e di ultimo: raccontare la sua infanzia, in forma di lunga lettera al figlio. Poi quella lettera diventò romanzo, il più personale e segreto di Simenon, ma anche quello dove ritroviamo tutta la sostanza, in senso chimico, di tutti i suoi libri. Non è la storia dell’infanzia di un artista. Anzi, a lungo il piccolo Roger vi fa da comparsa, mentre campeggia sulla scena la minuta figura della madre Élise. Questa donna «che si scusa di esistere, di esserci, che chiede perdono prima d’aver fatto il male», ha la presenza perentoria dei grandi personaggi della letteratura. La sua fragilità è tutta apparente. Élise possiede una fibra inattaccabile e un occhio sicuro, che riconosce subito se il marito Désiré ha comprato un etto e mezzo di fegato invece di un etto. Pochi scrittori hanno saputo illuminare come Simenon i profondi misteri della piccola borghesia, e soprattutto della sua frangia più pura, quella che lotta testardamente per non cadere nella mera povertà, quella per cui il decoro è un baluardo contro l’umiliazione perpetua. Per questi esseri, fra i quali Simenon è cresciuto, i parenti, le stanze, i vestiti, le chiacchiere dei vicini formano una rete fittissima, che oscura il cielo e grava sulla vita. Quella rete è il pedigree di cui Simenon è stato il perfetto genealogista in tutta la sua opera. Mai però la sua lente si è avvicinata così tanto all’oggetto della narrazione come in questo libro. Qui i dettagli rimangono fissati come nella mente del bambino Roger quando finge di giocare e «contempla il meraviglioso pulviscolo dorato che sale dalla camera e viene come assorbito lentamente, irresistibilmente, dall’aria umida della strada». Così Roger diventerà, senza saperlo, uno scrittore già quella sera in cui, tornando a casa, ritrova «i pochi metri cubi luminosi e caldi della cucina, e tutti al loro posto, rigidi, racchiusi nell’immobilità dell’atmosfera come gli abitanti di Pompei nella lava». Allora, «per qualche istante sente il palpitare di una vita immateriale che è quella della casa, di quella casa e di nessun’altra, percepisce quasi il rodio del tempo». Diviso in tre parti, “Pedigree” fu scritto fra il 1941 e il 1943. La prima pubblicazione completa è del 1948.

    «Miliardi, miliardi e miliardi di animali sulla faccia della terra, per aria, nell’acqua, dappertutto, compiono senza sosta, minuto per minuto, uno sforzo di tutte le loro cellule verso un divenire che non conoscono, come le formiche che traversano precipizi trascinando fardelli cento volte più grandi di loro, si avventurano fra montagne di sabbia o di fango e ritentano dieci volte l’assalto a un medesimo ostacolo, senza che la loro carovana cambi strada». Così apparvero, all’occhio di Simenon, i primi anni della sua vita: innumerevoli piccoli gesti e piccole figure, grumi di pigmento su una tela sconfinata. Era un epos grandioso della piccolezza, delle esistenze oscure, una delle quali era stata la sua. Simenon viveva allora da sfollato a Fontenay-le-Comte, nel 1941. «Un medico, in base a una radiografia sospetta, mi annunciò che mi rimanevano al massimo due anni di vita e mi condannò a un’inattività quasi totale». Simenon non poteva però cessare di scrivere. Pensò a qualcosa di unico e di ultimo: raccontare la sua infanzia, in forma di lunga lettera al figlio. Poi quella lettera diventò romanzo, il più personale e segreto di Simenon, ma anche quello dove ritroviamo tutta la sostanza, in senso chimico, di tutti i suoi libri. Non è la storia dell’infanzia di un artista. Anzi, a lungo il piccolo Roger vi fa da comparsa, mentre campeggia sulla scena la minuta figura della madre Élise. Questa donna «che si scusa di esistere, di esserci, che chiede perdono prima d’aver fatto il male», ha la presenza perentoria dei grandi personaggi della letteratura. La sua fragilità è tutta apparente. Élise possiede una fibra inattaccabile e un occhio sicuro, che riconosce subito se il marito Désiré ha comprato un etto e mezzo di fegato invece di un etto. Pochi scrittori hanno saputo illuminare come Simenon i profondi misteri della piccola borghesia, e soprattutto della sua frangia più pura, quella che lotta testardamente per non cadere nella mera povertà, quella per cui il decoro è un baluardo contro l’umiliazione perpetua. Per questi esseri, fra i quali Simenon è cresciuto, i parenti, le stanze, i vestiti, le chiacchiere dei vicini formano una rete fittissima, che oscura il cielo e grava sulla vita. Quella rete è il pedigree di cui Simenon è stato il perfetto genealogista in tutta la sua opera. Mai però la sua lente si è avvicinata così tanto all’oggetto della narrazione come in questo libro. Qui i dettagli rimangono fissati come nella mente del bambino Roger quando finge di giocare e «contempla il meraviglioso pulviscolo dorato che sale dalla camera e viene come assorbito lentamente, irresistibilmente, dall’aria umida della strada». Così Roger diventerà, senza saperlo, uno scrittore già quella sera in cui, tornando a casa, ritrova «i pochi metri cubi luminosi e caldi della cucina, e tutti al loro posto, rigidi, racchiusi nell’immobilità dell’atmosfera come gli abitanti di Pompei nella lava». Allora, «per qualche istante sente il palpitare di una vita immateriale che è quella della casa, di quella casa e di nessun’altra, percepisce quasi il rodio del tempo». Diviso in tre parti, “Pedigree” fu scritto fra il 1941 e il 1943. La prima pubblicazione completa è del 1948.

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    Paris: A Curious Traveler’s Guide

    **A fresh approach to visiting the “city of love”**
    In the last few years, Paris has undergone a huge transformation. It’s fostered one of the coolest creative scenes in Europe, some of the continent’s best nightlife, and a “bistronomy” movement that has influenced dining around the globe. Yet while millennial travelers pour into the city, travel guides continue to focus on a staid checklist approach to Paris’s big attractions. There’s currently no book on the market aimed at younger (perhaps more budget-conscious) American visitors that truly captures the city’s revived energy—until this one.
    *A Curious Traveler’s Guide to Paris* will direct readers to the best paintings in the Centre Pompidou and tell them how to beat the lines at the Orangerie. It will guide them to quirky, little-known museums and secret squares. It will tell them how to find the city’s coolest speakeasies, best neo- bistros, and most unusual boutiques. Informative yet opinionated, it is an insider’s guide to Paris without pretension.

    **A fresh approach to visiting the “city of love”**
    In the last few years, Paris has undergone a huge transformation. It’s fostered one of the coolest creative scenes in Europe, some of the continent’s best nightlife, and a “bistronomy” movement that has influenced dining around the globe. Yet while millennial travelers pour into the city, travel guides continue to focus on a staid checklist approach to Paris’s big attractions. There’s currently no book on the market aimed at younger (perhaps more budget-conscious) American visitors that truly captures the city’s revived energy—until this one.
    *A Curious Traveler’s Guide to Paris* will direct readers to the best paintings in the Centre Pompidou and tell them how to beat the lines at the Orangerie. It will guide them to quirky, little-known museums and secret squares. It will tell them how to find the city’s coolest speakeasies, best neo- bistros, and most unusual boutiques. Informative yet opinionated, it is an insider’s guide to Paris without pretension.

    Only registered users can download this free product.