Ripley's Believe It Or Not: Impossibly Amazing

Author: N.A

Publisher: Ripley Publishing

ISBN: 9781609911218

Category: Reference

Page: 384

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The latest title in Ripley’s Curioddities series, Impossibly Amazing lives up to its name! Featuring incredible stories and amazing pictures, this new title is sure to thrill audiences of all ages. Learn about the crazy sport of buzkashi that uses a headless goat carcass as a ball, or how the incredible vampire woman got her fangs. These unbelievable tales and more can be found within this wildly awesome new book. Impossibly Amazing is the brand new volume in Ripley’s Believe It or Not Curioddities series, and certainly lives up to its name! Featuring incredible stories, amazing facts and astounding pictures, this new title is sure to provide a thrill for audiences of all ages. Learn about the crazy sport of buzkashi that uses a headless goat carcass as a ball, or how the incredible vampire woman got her fangs. And did you hear about the skydiving dog or the cat with two faces? With pages filled with facts and images similar to these and more, this title is perfect for reluctant readers and fans of the unbelievable of all ages.

Ripley's Believe It Or Not: Completely Awesome

Author: Ripley's Believe It Or Not

Publisher: Ripley Publishing

ISBN: 9781609911010

Category: Reference

Page: 384

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Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Completely Awesome is sure to thrill anyone who enjoys learning about the world of the extraordinary. The 384 pages of this book are packed with captivating facts, implausible feats, and far-fetched yet completely true stories. Readers will learn about a man who gargles molten lead, shoes made from elephant dung, a real-life invisibility coat, and the world’s scariest airplane runways.

The Joy Luck Club

Author: Amy Tan

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 014312949X

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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In 1949, four Chinese women--drawn together by the shadow of their past--begin meeting in San Francisco to play mah jong, invest in stocks and "say" stories. They call their gathering the Joy Luck Club--and forge a relationship that binds them for more than three decades. A celebrated novel in the tradition of Alice Adams and Margaret Atwood from the bestselling author of The Kitchen God's Wife.

Enter If You Dare

Author: Alyson Larrabee

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1611608392

Category: Fiction

Page: 287

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Anthony is so obsessed with Annabelle Blake that he would die for her. Except he's already dead. He's the ghost of the legendary Lonesome Boy but he's not lonesome anymore because now he has Annabelle. He's with her all the time. Stalking her. Waking her up in the middle of the night with his constant weeping and his ice cold wordless whispers. She needs help. Fast. Enter the mysterious new boy in town. Wyatt Silver is an amateur medium, but he doesn't just see dead people. He becomes them. Anthony takes possession of Wyatt's body and their terrifying adventure begins.

Ripley's Believe It Or Not: Utterly Crazy

Author: Ripley's Believe It Or Not!

Publisher: Ripley Publishing

ISBN: 9781609910013

Category: Reference

Page: 384

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Ripley fans the world over will love this utterly crazy book! Packed full of fascinating facts and strange tales about incredibly unbelievable but totally true stories, this new book celebrates the remarkable and the bizarre in our world today.

Creepy Stuff

Author: Mary Packard,Leanne Franson

Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks

ISBN: 9780439314572

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 87

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Collects factual stories about visions and dreams, spooky coincidences, not-so-inanimate objects, phantasms and witches, and miscellaneous weird occurrences.

Atlas Obscura

An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders

Author: Joshua Foer,Dylan Thuras,Ella Morton

Publisher: Workman Publishing

ISBN: 0761169083

Category: Travel

Page: 480

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It's time to get off the beaten path. Inspiring equal parts wonder and wanderlust, Atlas Obscura celebrates over 700 of the strangest and most curious places in the world. Talk about a bucket list: here are natural wonders—the dazzling glowworm caves in New Zealand, or a baobob tree in South Africa that's so large it has a pub inside where 15 people can drink comfortably. Architectural marvels, including the M.C. Escher-like stepwells in India. Mind-boggling events, like the Baby Jumping Festival in Spain, where men dressed as devils literally vault over rows of squirming infants. Not to mention the Great Stalacpipe Organ in Virginia, Turkmenistan's 40-year hole of fire called the Gates of Hell, a graveyard for decommissioned ships on the coast of Bangladesh, eccentric bone museums in Italy, or a weather-forecasting invention that was powered by leeches, still on display in Devon, England. Created by Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras and Ella Morton, ATLAS OBSCURA revels in the weird, the unexpected, the overlooked, the hidden and the mysterious. Every page expands our sense of how strange and marvelous the world really is. And with its compelling descriptions, hundreds of photographs, surprising charts, maps for every region of the world, it is a book to enter anywhere, and will be as appealing to the armchair traveler as the die-hard adventurer. Anyone can be a tourist. ATLAS OBSCURA is for the explorer.

Pseudoscience and Extraordinary Claims of the Paranormal

A Critical Thinker's Toolkit

Author: Jonathan C. Smith

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1444358944

Category: Psychology

Page: 432

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Pseudoscience and Extraordinary Claims of the Paranormal: A Critical Thinker's Toolkit provides readers with a variety of "reality-checking" tools to analyze extraordinary claims and to determine their validity. Integrates simple yet powerful evaluative tools used by both paranormal believers and skeptics alike Introduces innovations such as a continuum for ranking paranormal claims and evaluating their implications Includes an innovative "Critical Thinker’s Toolkit," a systematic approach for performing reality checks on paranormal claims related to astrology, psychics, spiritualism, parapsychology, dream telepathy, mind-over-matter, prayer, life after death, creationism, and more Explores the five alternative hypotheses to consider when confronting a paranormal claim Reality Check boxes, integrated into the text, invite students to engage in further discussion and examination of claims Written in a lively, engaging style for students and general readers alike Ancillaries: Testbank and PowerPoint slides available at www.wiley.com/go/pseudoscience

Ripley's Search for the Shrunken Heads

and Other Curiosities

Author: Ripley's Believe It Or Not!

Publisher: Ripley Publishing

ISBN: 9781893951242

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

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This fascinating facsimile diary offers a first-hand account of Robert Ripley's travels to far-flung exotic corners of the globe in search of the weird & wonderful during the 1930s. "Ripley’s Search for the Shrunken Heads" is an evocative pot pourri of the journeys and discoveries made by Robert Ripley in the 1920s and 1930s. It features the highlights of those daring escapades in which he set off on the merest whiff of a rumor that something exotic and unique was there to be found in Panang, or the Phunjab, or eastern Persia. With his drawings, cartoons, doodles, and memorabilia, the book puts in an atmospheric context the strange and bizarre world that unfolded before Ripley’s gaze. . From lakes of soda & bridges of blood to the shrunken heads themselves, Ripley's discoveries are laid out for you to explore in fantastic three-dimensional detail in this extraordinary book.

Fluency and Reading Comprehension in Typical Readers and Dyslexics Readers

Author: Simone A. Capellini,Giseli D. Germano

Publisher: Frontiers Media SA

ISBN: 2889454150

Category:

Page: N.A

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Reading involves decoding and comprehension components and, to become efficient, it requires a large number of cognitive and linguistic processes. Among those, the phonological awareness, the alphabetic principle, the decoding, the fluency, the lexical development and the text comprehension development. The reading comprehension is strongly related with the development of vocabulary, oral language, linguistic skills, memory skills and ability to make inferences, and the world experiences of each individual. These processes become important only when the professional needs to deal with students presenting difficulties in learning how to read. The difficulty using the knowledge of conversion rules between grapheme and phoneme to the word reading construction characterizes the dyslexia, which is a specific learning disorder with a neurological source. These difficulties presented by students with dyslexia interfere in their learning process impairing the learning development. Knowing and following the reading development and its processes, as well as obtaining the punctuation of fluency abilities and students comprehension allow us to understand what happens when the student presents difficulties to read. This could help in the identification of learning disabilities and in the development of intervention programs.

MicroBionic: Radical Electronic Music and Sound Art in the 21st Century

revised and expanded 2nd Edition

Author: Thomas Bey William Bailey

Publisher: Belsona Books Ltd.

ISBN: 0615736629

Category: Music

Page: 418

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Micro Bionic is an exciting survey of electronic music and sound art from cultural critic and mixed-media artist Thomas Bey William Bailey. This superior revised edition includes all of the original supplements neglected by the publishers of the first edition, including a full index, bibliography, additional notes / commentary and an updated discography. As the title suggests, the unifying theme of the book is that of musicians and sound artists taking bold leaps forward in spite of (or sometimes because of) their financial, technological, and social restrictions. Some symptoms of this condition include the gigantic discography amassed by the one-man project Merzbow, the drama of silence enacted by onkyo and New Berlin Minimalism, the annihilating noise transmitted from the humble laptop computers of Russell Haswell and Peter Rehberg and much more besides. Although the journey begins in the Industrial 1980s, in order to trace how the innovations of that period have gained greater currency in the present, it surveys a wide array of artists breaking ground in the 21st century with radical attitudes and techniques. A healthy amount of global travel and concentrated listening have combined to make this a sophisticated yet accessible document, unafraid to explore both the transgressive extremes of this culture and the more deftly concealed interstices thereof. Part historical document, part survival manual for the marginalized electronic musician, part sociological investigation, Micro Bionic is a number of different things, and as such will likely generate a variety of reactions from inspiration to offense. Numerous exclusive interviews with leading lights of the field were also conducted for this book: William Bennett (Whitehouse), Peter Christopherson (r.i.p., Throbbing Gristle / Coil), Peter Rehberg, John Duncan, Francisco Lopez, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, Bob Ostertag, Zbigniew Karkowski and many others weigh in with a diversity of thoughts and opinions that underscore the incredible diversity to be found within new electronic music itself."

Trigger Happy

Author: Steven Poole

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 162872224X

Category: Games & Activities

Page: 999

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The Edge calls Trigger Happy a "seminal piece of work." For the first time ever, an aficionado with a knowledge of art, culture, and a real love of gaming takes a critical look at the future of our videogames, and compares their aesthetic and economic impact on society to that of film. Thirty years after the invention of the simplest of games, more videogames are played by adults than children. This revolutionary book is the first-ever academically worthy and deeply engaging critique of one of today's most popular forms of play: videogames are on track to supersede movies as the most innovative form of entertainment in the new century.

The Nordic Theory of Everything

In Search of a Better Life

Author: Anu Partanen

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 0062316567

Category: Political Science

Page: 432

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A Finnish journalist, now a naturalized American citizen, asks Americans to draw on elements of the Nordic way of life to nurture a fairer, happier, more secure, and less stressful society for themselves and their children. Moving to America in 2008, Finnish journalist Anu Partanen quickly went from confident, successful professional to wary, self-doubting mess. She found that navigating the basics of everyday life—from buying a cell phone and filing taxes to education and childcare—was much more complicated and stressful than anything she encountered in her homeland. At first, she attributed her crippling anxiety to the difficulty of adapting to a freewheeling new culture. But as she got to know Americans better, she discovered they shared her deep apprehension. To understand why life is so different in the U.S. and Finland, Partanen began to look closely at both. In The Nordic Theory of Everything, Partanen compares and contrasts life in the United States with life in the Nordic region, focusing on four key relationships—parents and children, men and women, employees and employers, and government and citizens. She debunks criticism that Nordic countries are socialist “nanny states,” revealing instead that it is we Americans who are far more enmeshed in unhealthy dependencies than we realize. As Partanen explains step by step, the Nordic approach allows citizens to enjoy more individual freedom and independence than we do. Partanen wants to open Americans’ eyes to how much better things can be—to show her beloved new country what it can learn from her homeland to reinvigorate and fulfill the promise of the American dream—to provide the opportunity to live a healthy, safe, economically secure, upwardly mobile life for everyone. Offering insights, advice, and solutions, The Nordic Theory of Everything makes a convincing argument that we can rebuild our society, rekindle our optimism, and restore true freedom to our relationships and lives.

Ripley's Completely Awesome!

Author: Robert Le Roy Ripley

Publisher: Arrow

ISBN: 9780099568223

Category: Curiosities and wonders

Page: 384

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Packed full of fascinating facts and strange tales of the utterly unbelievable, Completely Awesome! celebrates everything that is incredible and true about the world around us. Illustrated throughout with over 300 colour photographs, and bristling with some 1,200 facts, this is a must-have for any child intrigued by the weirder aspects of our planet and its inhabitants.

eCulture

Cultural Content in the Digital Age

Author: Alfredo M. Ronchi

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 3540752765

Category: Social Science

Page: 456

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Do virtual museums really provide added value to end-users, or do they just contribute to the abundance of images? Does the World Wide Web save endangered cultural heritage, or does it foster a society with less variety? These and other related questions are raised and answered in this book, the result of a long path across the digital heritage landscape. It provides a comprehensive view on issues and achievements in digital collections and cultural content.

The Last Dickens

A Novel

Author: Matthew Pearl

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781588368584

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

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In his most enthralling novel yet, the critically acclaimed author Matthew Pearl reopens one of literary history’s greatest mysteries. The Last Dickens is a tale filled with the dazzling twists and turns, the unerring period details, and the meticulous research that thrilled readers of the bestsellers The Dante Club and The Poe Shadow. Boston, 1870. When news of Charles Dickens’s untimely death reaches the office of his struggling American publisher, Fields & Osgood, partner James Osgood sends his trusted clerk Daniel Sand to await the arrival of Dickens’s unfinished novel. But when Daniel’s body is discovered by the docks and the manuscript is nowhere to be found, Osgood must embark on a transatlantic quest to unearth the novel that he hopes will save his venerable business and reveal Daniel’s killer. Danger and intrigue abound on the journey to England, for which Osgood has chosen Rebecca Sand, Daniel’s older sister, to assist him. As they attempt to uncover Dickens’s final mystery, Osgood and Rebecca find themselves racing the clock through a dangerous web of literary lions and drug dealers, sadistic thugs and blue bloods, and competing members of Dickens’s inner circle. They soon realize that understanding Dickens’s lost ending is a matter of life and death, and the hidden key to stopping a murderous mastermind. From the Hardcover edition.

Archie Greene and the Alchemists' Curse

Author: D. D. Everest

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 0062312162

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 352

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Archie Greene and his fellow Flame Keepers return in the action-packed sequel to Archie Greene and the Magician’s Secret. Middle grade readers will love this new installment in a favorite fantasy series. Perfect for fans of Linda Sue Park’s Wing and Claw and J. A. White’s Thickety series. It’s been nearly three hundred years since anyone’s received the Golden Circle firemark, but when the symbol appears on Archie’s palm, it marks the resurgence of the Alchemists’ Club and its dreaded curse. Archie Greene is doomed, and he’s got the firemark to prove it. The last time the Golden Circle appeared, the marked apprentices were never heard from again. The rebirth of the Alchemists’ Club is met with uneasiness, but it’s clear the present is not so different from the past. The charms protecting the magical texts the Flame Keepers have sworn to look after are fading. If the spells are not rewritten, the little magic left in the world may fall into the hands of the dangerous Greaders. But can Archie and his friends rewrite the magic in time or will the Alchemists’ curse strike once more?