On Writing

Author: Stephen King

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0743455967

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 297

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The author shares his insights into the craft of writing and offers a humorous perspective on his own experience as a writer.

Sapiens

A Brief History of Humankind

Author: Yuval Noah Harari

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062316109

Category: Science

Page: 464

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New York Times Bestseller A Summer Reading Pick for President Barack Obama, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg From a renowned historian comes a groundbreaking narrative of humanity’s creation and evolution—a #1 international bestseller—that explores the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be “human.” One hundred thousand years ago, at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth. Yet today there is only one—homo sapiens. What happened to the others? And what may happen to us? Most books about the history of humanity pursue either a historical or a biological approach, but Dr. Yuval Noah Harari breaks the mold with this highly original book that begins about 70,000 years ago with the appearance of modern cognition. From examining the role evolving humans have played in the global ecosystem to charting the rise of empires, Sapiens integrates history and science to reconsider accepted narratives, connect past developments with contemporary concerns, and examine specific events within the context of larger ideas. Dr. Harari also compels us to look ahead, because over the last few decades humans have begun to bend laws of natural selection that have governed life for the past four billion years. We are acquiring the ability to design not only the world around us, but also ourselves. Where is this leading us, and what do we want to become? Featuring 27 photographs, 6 maps, and 25 illustrations/diagrams, this provocative and insightful work is sure to spark debate and is essential reading for aficionados of Jared Diamond, James Gleick, Matt Ridley, Robert Wright, and Sharon Moalem.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Author: Sherman Alexie

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 0316219304

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 272

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Bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot. Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author's own experiences, coupled with poignant drawings by Ellen Forney that reflect the character's art, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live. With a forward by Markus Zusak, interviews with Sherman Alexie and Ellen Forney, and four-color interior art throughout, this edition is perfect for fans and collectors alike.

The Secret of the Stone Frog

A Toon Graphic Novel

Author: David Nytra

Publisher: Candlewick Press

ISBN: 1935179187

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 80

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Siblings Leah and Alan wake one morning in the middle of an enchanted forest and encounter a strange and spectacular world filled with foppish lions, giant rabbits, and a talking stone frog for a guide.

The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Author: Jane Jacobs

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 052543285X

Category: Social Science

Page: 480

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Thirty years after its publication, The Death and Life of Great American Cities was described by The New York Times as "perhaps the most influential single work in the history of town planning....[It] can also be seen in a much larger context. It is first of all a work of literature; the descriptions of street life as a kind of ballet and the bitingly satiric account of traditional planning theory can still be read for pleasure even by those who long ago absorbed and appropriated the book's arguments." Jane Jacobs, an editor and writer on architecture in New York City in the early sixties, argued that urban diversity and vitality were being destroyed by powerful architects and city planners. Rigorous, sane, and delightfully epigrammatic, Jacobs's small masterpiece is a blueprint for the humanistic management of cities. It is sensible, knowledgeable, readable, indispensable. The author has written a new foreword for this Modern Library edition.

The Glass Castle

A Memoir

Author: Jeannette Walls

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439156964

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

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The child of an alcoholic father and an eccentric artist mother discusses her family's nomadic upbringing, during which she and her siblings fended for themselves while their parents outmaneuvered bill collectors and the authorities.

The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness

A Complete Handbook for the Use of the Lady in Polite Society ...

Author: Florence Hartley

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Etiquette

Page: 340

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The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, And Manual of Politeness: A Complete Handbook for the Use of the by Florence Hartley, first published in 1872, is a rare manuscript, the original residing in one of the great libraries of the world. This book is a reproduction of that original, which has been scanned and cleaned by state-of-the-art publishing tools for better readability and enhanced appreciation. Restoration Editors' mission is to bring long out of print manuscripts back to life. Some smudges, annotations or unclear text may still exist, due to permanent damage to the original work. We believe the literary significance of the text justifies offering this reproduction, allowing a new generation to appreciate it.

Kubla Khan

Author: Samuel Coleridge

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 1443442216

Category: Poetry

Page: 5

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Though left uncompleted, “Kubla Khan” is one of the most famous examples of Romantic era poetry. In it, Samuel Coleridge provides a stunning and detailed example of the power of the poet’s imagination through his whimsical description of Xanadu, the capital city of Kublai Khan’s empire. Samuel Coleridge penned “Kubla Khan” after waking up from an opium-induced dream in which he experienced and imagined the realities of the great Mongol ruler’s capital city. Coleridge began writing what he remembered of his dream immediately upon waking from it, and intended to write two to three hundred lines. However, Coleridge was interrupted soon after and, his memory of the dream dimming, was ultimately unable to complete the poem. HarperPerennial Classics brings great works of literature to life in digital format, upholding the highest standards in ebook production and celebrating reading in all its forms. Look for more titles in the HarperPerennial Classics collection to build your digital library.

Joe Gould's Teeth

Author: Jill Lepore

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 1101971797

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 235

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"A "New Yorker" staff writer and Harvard historian chronicles the discovery of Joe Gould's long-lost manuscript, "The Oral History of Our Time," and of the violence, betrayals, and madness that led to its concealment,"--NoveList.

The Art of Game Design

A Book of Lenses, Second Edition

Author: Jesse Schell

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 1498759564

Category: Computers

Page: 600

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Good game design happens when you view your game from as many perspectives as possible. Written by one of the world's top game designers, The Art of Game Design presents 100+ sets of questions, or different lenses, for viewing a game’s design, encompassing diverse fields such as psychology, architecture, music, visual design, film, software engineering, theme park design, mathematics, puzzle design, and anthropology. This Second Edition of a Game Developer Front Line Award winner: Describes the deepest and most fundamental principles of game design Demonstrates how tactics used in board, card, and athletic games also work in top-quality video games Contains valuable insight from Jesse Schell, the former chair of the International Game Developers Association and award-winning designer of Disney online games The Art of Game Design, Second Edition gives readers useful perspectives on how to make better game designs faster. It provides practical instruction on creating world-class games that will be played again and again.

Mom's Fun-Schooling Handbook

Flip to Fun-Schooling - an Idea Book and Coloring Journal for Homeschooling Moms

Author: Sarah Janisse Brown

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781530005246

Category:

Page: 268

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The Fun-Schooling Handbook for Fun-Loving Families! Summer Sale! Regular Price $24.50. Get ready for a new year of Fun-Filled Homeschooling! Over 200 Pages of Inspiration! Learn how to let go of all the pressure to be the perfect teacher, and experience the joy of learning with your children! This is a fun filled, yet relaxing book of ideas, homeschooling inspiration, and coloring pages designed to bless homeschooling moms. There are many quiet-time pages, organizing pages, thinking pages, and fun-school basket making activities! "This is a beautiful book and I don't just mean the amazing cover. This mom's journal is a great way to organize your thoughts about teaching your children. The book is designed to inspire mothers to be good moms and homemakers, enjoy homeschooling, create a fun learning environment, care for yourself as a woman, spark new ideas, and it even has organization ideas and suggestions on how to be an example to your children. It's thorough and well put together from the first to the last page. I will definitely be gifting this book to friends." - Homeschooling Mom What is Fun-Schooling? Fun-Schooling is all about learning while having FUN together with your family. Children Learn Best Through Curiosity, Discovery, Observation, Action, Play & Creativity! Fun-Schooling Moms help their children to learn about the real world by giving them the freedom and opportunity to learn by DOING real things. This handbook is is a fun activity book for moms to help you inspire your children in ways you never imagined. Fun quotes and ideas from over 20 Fun-Schooling Moms like you! More than 200 Pages - This could last a whole year!Find all Sarah's Fun-Schooling Books at www.FunSchoolingBooks.com I have three of the mom's journals , Homeschooling Handbook for moms, Coffee Time Quiet Time Journal, and this one The MOM's Fun-Schooling Handbook. I am a visual learner and I love to color in the adult coloring books. So I really enjoy the coloring pages. This book gives advice about creating fun-schooling baskets along with pictures of prepared baskets for those of us who need the pictures to fully "get" the idea. As well as making a mom-time basket. Before getting these journals I had never thought about a mom basket or making one but I have done it and I love my mom basket. Seeing my mom basket has helped me to remember to at least try and make time to sit down and use my basket. I'm working on sitting down with my kids and working in my book while they work in theirs. Through out the book there are quotes from other homeschooling moms which I love to read and find very inspiring. I have only been working in this book for about a week but I truly enjoy it and think I will continue as it really gets me thinking about my home and my homeschool as I journal my thoughts and color. - Homeschooling Mom The Mom's Fun Schooling Handbook is an awesome book written just for Moms by a Special Mom. This book is not like your ordinary planner or journal. There are awesome quotes/tips filling almost every page that you must read by dedicated homeschooling Moms like yourself. There are pages to Color Together with your Children. Pages to help you get Organized by writing down Your Goals as well as Goals for your Children and What They Want to Learn. A Reading Time page just for you that allows you to write special excerpts you want to remember from books you are reading. Creative Journaling and Doodling pages...these are my favorites. You just have to get this book and see it for yourself. It is a Mom book must have and like the title says, it's definitely a Fun-Schooling book needed for your homeschool library." - Jennifer

Joe Gould's Secret

Author: Joseph Mitchell

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1504026616

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 208

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The enduring cult classic by an icon of American journalism Acclaimed journalist and staff writer for the New Yorker Joseph Mitchell tells the story of Joe Gould, “an odd and penniless and unemployable little man who came to this city in 1916 and ducked and dodged and held on as hard as he could for over thirty-five years.” Written originally as two separate profiles (“Professor Sea Gull” in 1942 and then “Joe Gould’s Secret” twenty-two years later), the biography captures both Mitchell and Gould at their finest. Over a twenty-year association, as Mitchell learns more about Gould and his epic Oral History—a reputedly nine-million-word collection of philosophizing, wanderings, and hearsay that the supposed Harvard man Gould termed “the informal history of the shirt-sleeved multitude”—he uncovers a secret that adds even more eccentricities to the already unusual story of the local legend. This bounteous and elusive history, so esteemed that even Pound and Cummings discussed it in letters, would ultimately serve to unlock the “lost soul named Joe Gould.” Mitchell’s last major work before the writer’s block that left him virtually silent for thirty-two years, Joe Gould’s Secret captures one of American journalism’s ascendant young masters at his peak and serves to mark an artist-subject relationship for the ages. “You pick someone so close that in fact you are writing about yourself,” an aging Mitchell told the Washington Post four years before his death. “Talking to Joe Gould all those years he became me in a way, if you see what I mean.” And as the reader comes to understand Gould’s secret, Mitchell’s words become all the more prescient. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Joseph Mitchell including rare images from the author’s estate.

In the Beginning...Was the Command Line

Author: Neal Stephenson

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0061832901

Category: Computers

Page: 160

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This is "the Word" -- one man's word, certainly -- about the art (and artifice) of the state of our computer-centric existence. And considering that the "one man" is Neal Stephenson, "the hacker Hemingway" (Newsweek) -- acclaimed novelist, pragmatist, seer, nerd-friendly philosopher, and nationally bestselling author of groundbreaking literary works (Snow Crash, Cryptonomicon, etc., etc.) -- the word is well worth hearing. Mostly well-reasoned examination and partial rant, Stephenson's In the Beginning... was the Command Line is a thoughtful, irreverent, hilarious treatise on the cyber-culture past and present; on operating system tyrannies and downloaded popular revolutions; on the Internet, Disney World, Big Bangs, not to mention the meaning of life itself.

The Short Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald

Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald,Matthew Joseph Bruccoli

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0684842505

Category: Fiction

Page: 797

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F. Scott Fitzgerald is best known for his novels such as THE GREAT GATSBY, but during his all-too-brief literary life, he sold some 160 short stories to popular magazines. Here, noted scholar and biographer Matthew Bruccoli assembles in one volume the full scope of the best of Fitzgerald's short fiction. These 43 sparkling masterpieces are offered in a handsome Scribner Classics edition, perfect for the home library.