Welcome to the Big Apple! This city has something to offer everyone, from A to Z. Come visit the American Museum of Natural History and see prehistoric animals, get a bird’s-eye view of the Brooklyn Bridge, and check out Central Park. Fascinating details about the many neighborhoods and historic places of New York City accompany Melmed’s lively, informative verse, and Lessac’s vibrant folk-art paintings capture the essence of this unique and rich place that was once called the melting pot of America.
Containing ten classic fairy tales by authors such as the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen, ‘Usborne Illustrated Fairy Tales’ includes stories such as ‘The Frog Prince’, ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ and ‘The Swan Princess.
En Anglais In this sweeping epic of the northernmost American frontier, James A. Michener guides us through Alaska’s fierce terrain and history, from the long-forgotten past to the bustling present. As his characters struggle for survival, Michener weaves together the exciting high points of Alaska’s story: its brutal origins; the American acquisition; the gold rush; the tremendous growth and exploitation of the salmon industry; the arduous construction of the Alcan Highway, undertaken to defend the territory during World War II. A spellbinding portrait of a human community fighting to establish its place in the world, Alaska traces a bold and majestic saga of the enduring spirit of a land and its people.
“Brilliant, beautifully illustrated, children-appropriate versions of these classic Greek myths. My 3 year old loved it so much, we read the whole thing in just 3 sittings. We bought 2 more books in this range as a result.”
Heroes and heroines battle with terrifying monsters, mighty armies and scheming gods in this thrilling collection of famous myths from Ancient Greece including: “The Horse”, “The Minotaur”, “Bellerophon and Pegasus”, “The Twelve Tasks of Heracles”, “Perseus and the Gorgon”, “The Odyssey”, and more myths and a guide to the gods.
Nice, very nice book for children and their parents !
Eric is the new kid in seventh grade. Griffin wants to be his friend. When you’re new in town, it’s hard to know who to hang out with–and who to avoid. Griffin seems cool, confident, and popular. But something isn’t right about Griffin. He always seems to be in the middle of bad things. And if Griffin doesn’t like you, you’d better watch your back. There might be a target on it. As Eric gets drawn deeper into Griffin’s dark world, he begins to see the truth about Griffin: He’s a liar, a bully, a thief. Eric wants to break away, do the right thing. But in one shocking moment, he goes from being a bystander . . . to the bully’s next victim.
This is a true-life of one woman who sent to prison because she became involved in drug trafficking without realising what was being asked of her. The reader gets a glimpse of one woman’s life that started out well, complete with a good home, a loving husband and children, and a good job, then was lured into a nightmare that ended in prison. This is the story of her survivial and growth in the prison setting.
More than catching fireflies, more than eating triple–hot fudge sundaes, and even more than waking up on the first day of summer vacation, Fiona Finkelstein wants to become a ballerina. There’s just one problem: In her last recital, she starred as the unforgettable Fiona VOMITstein—her “performance” went all over the stage, and all over Benevolence Castles’s cancan costume. Can Fiona overcome her fears and blossom as a big-time ballerina in The Nutcracker, even in a snowstorm? Or will she be the only person in her family to have the flat-out worst case of stage fright ever?
Respect for human rights remains at the heart of the search for peace and justice on the African continent. Of much relevance to this search is the concept of human security, which demands, amongst other things, the safeguarding of peoples’ vital freedoms. This “shadow review” of human rights observance in a selection of eight African countries is inspired by the aims and ambitions of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD). Algeria, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa and Uganda are considered in terms of their commitments to protecting personal safety and security, which encompasses the right to life, freedom from arbitrary arrest and detention, and freedom from torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, access to justice and freedom of expression. The study forms part of wider project of the African Human Security Initiative.
Miss Burma tells the story of modern-day Burma through the eyes of Benny and Khin, husband and wife, and their daughter Louisa. After attending school in Calcutta, Benny settles in Rangoon, then part of the British Empire, and falls in love with Khin, a woman who is part of a long-persecuted ethnic minority group, the Karen. World War II comes to Southeast Asia, and Benny and Khin must go into hiding in the eastern part of the country during the Japanese Occupation, beginning a journey that will lead them to change the country’s history. After the war, the British authorities make a deal with the Burman nationalists, led by Aung San, whose party gains control of the country. When Aung San is assassinated, his successor ignores the pleas for self-government of the Karen people and other ethnic groups, and in doing so sets off what will become the longest-running civil war in recorded history. Benny and Khin’s eldest child, Louisa, has a danger-filled, tempestuous childhood and reaches prominence as Burma’s first beauty queen soon before the country falls to dictatorship. As Louisa navigates her newfound fame, she is forced to reckon with her family’s past, the West’s ongoing covert dealings in her country, and her own loyalty to the cause of the Karen people.
Li-yan and her family align their lives around the seasons and the farming of tea. There is ritual and routine, and it has been ever thus for generations. Then one day a jeep appears at the village gate—the first automobile any of them have seen—and a stranger arrives. In this remote Yunnan village, the stranger finds the rare tea he has been seeking and a reticent Akha people. In her biggest seller, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, See introduced the Yao people to her readers. Here she shares the customs of another Chinese ethnic minority, the Akha, whose world will soon change. Li-yan, one of the few educated girls on her mountain, translates for the stranger and is among the first to reject the rules that have shaped her existence. When she has a baby outside of wedlock, rather than stand by tradition, she wraps her daughter in a blanket, with a tea cake hidden in her swaddling, and abandons her in the nearest city. After mother and daughter have gone their separate ways, Li-yan slowly emerges from the security and insularity of her village to encounter modern life while Haley grows up a privileged and well-loved California girl. Despite Haley’s happy home life, she wonders about her origins; and Li-yan longs for her lost daughter. They both search for and find answers in the tea that has shaped their family’s destiny for generations.
The Glorious Qur-an is the book of Allah, the wise and worthy of all praise, who has promised to safeguard it from any violations in its purity. It becomes incumbent upon each and every person who seeks the dignity of this world and the bliss of the hereafter to regulate his life according to it, to implement its commandments and to pay homage to the magnificence opf the one who revaled it.
We create organizations because we need to get a job done–something we couldn’t do alone–and join them because we’re inspired by their missions (and our paycheck). But once we’re inside, these organizations rarely feel inspirational. Instead, we’re often baffled by what we encounter: clueless managers, a lack of clear objectives, a seeming disregard for data, and the vast gulf between HR proclamations and our experience in the cubicle.So where did it all go wrong?In THE ORG, Ray Fisman and Tim Sullivan explain the tradeoffs that every organization faces, arguing that this everyday dysfunction is actually inherent to the very nature of orgs. THE ORG diagnoses the root causes of that malfunction, beginning with the economic logic of why organizations exist in the first place, then working its way up through the org’s structure from the lowly cubicle to the CEO’s office. Woven throughout with fascinating case studies-including McDonald’s, al Qaeda, the Baltimore City Police Department, Procter and Gamble, the island nation of Samoa, and Google–THE ORG reveals why the give-and-take nature of organizations, while infuriating, nonetheless provides the best way to get the job done.
Pak Jun Do is the haunted son of a lost mother—a singer “stolen” to Pyongyang—and an influential father who runs a work camp for orphans. Superiors in the North Korean state soon recognize the boy’s loyalty and keen instincts. Considering himself “a humble citizen of the greatest nation in the world,” Jun Do rises in the ranks. He becomes a professional kidnapper who must navigate the shifting rules, arbitrary violence, and baffling demands of his overlords in order to stay alive. Driven to the absolute limit of what any human being could endure, he boldly takes on the treacherous role of rival to Kim Jong Il in an attempt to save the woman he loves, Sun Moon, a legendary actress “so pure, she didn’t know what starving people looked like.”
When you’re fumbling for words and pressed for time, you might be tempted to dismiss good business writing as a nicety. But it’s a skill you must cultivate to succeed: You’ll lose time, money, and influence if your e-mails, proposals, and other important documents fail to win people over. The HBR Guide to Better Business Writing, by writing expert Bryan A. Garner, gives you the tools you need to express your ideas clearly and persuasively so clients, colleagues, stakeholders, and partners will get behind them. This book will help you: Push past writer’s block, Grab—and keep—readers’ attention, Earn credibility with tough audiences, Trim the fat from your writing, Strike the right tone, Brush up on grammar, punctuation, and usage
Terrified of speaking in front of a group? Or simply looking to polish your skills? No matter where you are on the spectrum, this guide will give you the confidence and the tools you need to get results. Written by presentation expert Nancy Duarte, the HBR Guide to Persuasive Presentations will help you: Win over tough crowds, Organize a coherent narrative, Create powerful messages and visuals, Connect with and engage your audience, Show people why your ideas matter to them, Strike the right tone, in any situation
Exuberantly funny and deeply moving, a monumental American novel about family, identity and modern life . Jacob and Julia Bloch have a problem. While they’ve been coaxing Jacob’s grandfather into a retirement home, bracing themselves for a family reunion, and struggling to keep their eldest son from being expelled, a discovery is made that risks destroying their marriage. And as domestic crises multiply in the foreground, a global disaster is looming on the horizon… Confronting the enduring question of what it means to be human with inventiveness, irreverence and compassion, Here I Am is a great American novel for our times, a masterpiece about how we live now.
At 6’4″ and 375 pounds, Jack Garcia looked the part of a mobster, and he played his part so perfectly that his Mafia bosses never suspected he was an undercover agent for the FBI. ‘Big Jack Falcone’, as he was known inside La Cosa Nostra, learned all the inside dirt about the Gambino organized crime syndicate and its illegal activities – from extortion and loan-sharking to assault and murder. The result was a string of busts and a quarter of a million dollar contract put out on his life. A fascinating inside look at the struggle between law enforcement and organized crime, MAKING JACK FALCONE sheds new light on two organizational cultures that continue to exert an unparalled grip on our imagination.
Christmas began with a good but harassed woman giving birth in difficult domestic circumstances. Somewhere between then and now, the circumstances have changed, but for women today, Christmas is still a time of joys garnered against the odds. We have moved on from stables and mangers to supermarkets and microwaves; palm fronds and shepherds have given way to a spangled conifer and a fat man in a red suit. In this anthology, reflecting the experiences of more than 50 women at Christmas, Ntozake Shange and Agatha Christie rub shoulders with Emily Dickinson and Virginia Woolf. Curl up with a tantalizing volume that gives full reign to the seditious humor, peculiar discomforts, and exquisite social tortures of the season.
The ancient and secret knowledge isn’t a secret anymore. Has the new paradigm arrived, or have the pieces just been put back together ? Realising your full potential has never seen it unveiled before – no wonder the churches have bee worried. This is where we all end up whether we know about it or not, so why not find out in advance ?
Thirty-eight anonymous ballads, mainly dating from the early fourteenth to the mid-sixteenth centuries – The golden age of balladry- Long-established favourites like sir patrick spens are included alongside less familiar examples. In his introduction and notes Robert Graves dsiplays the liveliness and erudition that characterize his critical writing.
This concise book tells the story of Hoa Hakananai’a, a large stone statue from Easter Island, which became part of the collections of the British Museum in 1869. It examines Hoa Hakananai’a’s significance within the ceremonial village of Orongo on Easter Island and tells the history of how and when the statue was brought to England aborad HMS Topaze . The production of sacred moai stone icons on the island, their aesthetic and social context, is followed by a description of Hoa Hakananai’a and especially the carvings on her back, linked to birdman symbolism.
There are three new lunch ladies at George and Harold’s school, and there’s something not quite right about them… not to mention their new menu of Zombie-Nerd Milkshakes and Boston Baked Boogers. That’s because they’re INCREDIBLY EVIL TENTACLED ALIENS in school cafeteria lady disguise! Thank heavens for Captain Underpants. He defeated the diabolical Dr Nappy. He terminated the terrible talking toilets. But does Captain Underpants have the wedgie-power to take on three power-mad space aliens and their zombie legions… and to battle with the Giant Man-Eating Dandelion of Doom?
The winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, as well as seven other awards, The Sympathizer is one of the most acclaimed books of the twenty-first century. With the pace and suspense of a thriller and prose that has been compared to Graham Greene and Vladimir Nabokov, The Sympathizer is a sweeping epic of love and betrayal. The narrator, a communist double agent, is a “man of two minds,” a half-French, half-Vietnamese army captain who comes to America after the Fall of Saigon, and while building a new life with other Vietnamese refugees in Los Angeles is secretly reporting back to his communist superiors in Vietnam. The Sympathizer is a blistering exploration of identity and America, a gripping spy novel, and a powerful story of love and friendship.
It’s 2011, and Samuel Andresen-Anderson hasn’t seen his mother, Faye, in decades—not since she abandoned the family when he was a boy. Now she’s reappeared, having committed an absurd crime that electrifies the nightly news and inflames a politically divided country. The media paints Faye as a radical hippie with a sordid past, but as far as Samuel knows, his mother was an ordinary girl who married her high-school sweetheart. Which version of his mother is true? Two facts are certain: she’s facing some serious charges, and she needs Samuel’s help. To save her, Samuel will have to embark on his own journey, uncovering long-buried secrets about the woman he thought he knew, secrets that stretch across generations and have their origin all the way back in Norway, home of the mysterious Nix. As he does so, Samuel will confront not only Faye’s losses but also his own lost love, and will relearn everything he thought he knew about his mother, and himself.
From the author of The Devil That Danced on the Water – a timeless portrait of the lives of a family of independent, spirited African women over the last century of dramatic cultural change
Aminatta Forna’s The Devil That Danced on the Water was rapturously acclaimed, a moving and gorgeously written memoir that garnered international attention. Now she has seamlessly turned her hand to fiction and delivers a novel that is lush and beautiful, a touching and intimate portrait of several generations of African women. In Ancestor Stones, a young woman from West Africa, who has lived in England for many years and is married to a British man, returns to visit her family after years of civil war. Her four aunts have decided to leave her the family coffee plantation, as she is the last person in the family with the means to revive its fortunes. And on this trip home she is given an unprecedented look into the lives of the women in her family as her aunts Mary, Hawa, Asana, and Serah— women who were mysterious and a bit intimidating to her younger self—begin to tell her their stories.
Out of the rich culture of India and the brutal drama of the 1947 Partition comes this lush and eloquent debut novel about two women married to the same man. Roop is a young girl whose mother has died and whose father is deep in debt. So she is elated to learn she is to become the second wife of a wealthy Sikh landowner in a union beneficial to both. For Sardaji’s first wife, Satya, has failed to bear him children. Roop believes that she and Satya, still very much in residence, will be friends. But the relationship between the older and younger woman is far more complex. And, as India lurches toward independence, Sardarji struggles to find his place amidst the drastic changes.
With its expertly text and large clear colour plates (persian and other oriental carpets for today ) offers a detailed survey of the various persian carpets currently to be found in the trade. Apart from the present situation it discusses also the artistic and general history of carpets. This book is an invaluable source of information to anyone who owns a persian carpets or intends to buy one.
Nature documentaries often depict animal life as a grim struggle for survival, but this visually stunning book opens our eyes to a different, more scientifically up-to-date way of looking at the animal kingdom. In more than one hundred thirty striking images, The Exultant Ark celebrates the full range of animal experience with dramatic portraits of animal pleasure ranging from the charismatic and familiar to the obscure and bizarre. These photographs, windows onto the inner lives of pleasure seekers, show two polar bears engaged in a bout of wrestling, hoary marmots taking time for a friendly chase, Japanese macaques enjoying a soak in a hot spring, a young bull elk sticking out his tongue to catch snowflakes, and many other rewarding moments. Biologist and best-selling author Jonathan Balcombe is our guide, interpreting the images within the scientific context of what is known about animal behavior. In the end, old attitudes fall away as we gain a heightened sense of animal individuality and of the pleasures that make life worth living for all sentient beings.
En anglais – The novel begins in Monte Carlo, where our heroine is swept off her feet by the dashing widower Maxim de Winter and his sudden proposal of marriage. Orphaned and working as a lady’s maid, she can barely believe her luck. It is only when they arrive at his massive country estate that she realizes how large a shadow his late wife will cast over their lives–presenting her with a lingering evil that threatens to destroy their marriage from beyond the grave.
En Anglais – In very good condition – 256 pages – “These soups ARE the Best-Ever! I’ve made dozens of these recipes and they have all been wonderful: french onion soup, bisques, bean soups, asian broths, hearty stews, refreshing summer recipes, etc. And, it is so easy to make them even more special by adding or substituting a few of your own favorite ingredients. Yum! Great photos with the recipes, too.”
En Anglais – As a little girl, Jane has no one. Her mother, the powerful head of a Broadway theater company, has no time for her. She does have one friend-a handsome, comforting, funny man named Michael-but only she can see him. Years later, Jane is in her thirties and just as alone as ever. Then she meets Michael again-as handsome, smart and perfect as she remembers him to be. But not even Michael knows the reason they’ve really been reunited. SUNDAYS AT TIFFANY’S is a love story with an irresistible twist, a novel about the child inside all of us-and the boundary-crossing power of love.
60 years of collected letters, speeches, and articles. Contains:Appendix to The Quintessence of Ibsenism, A Dramatic Realist to his Critics, Preface to The Theatrical “World” of 1894, How to Lecture on Ibsen, The Problem Play-A Symposium, The Censorship of the Stage in England, On Being a Lady in High Comedy, Why Cyril Maude Did Not Produce You Never Can Tell, How to Make Plays Readable, The Dying Tongue of Great Elizabeth, Letters to Louis Calvert on Playing Undershaft, What Is the Finest Dramatic Situation?, Mr. Trench’s Dramatic Values, On the Principles that Govern the Dramatist, To Audiences at Major Barbara, On Cutting Shakespear, Lord Grey, Shakespear, Mr Archer, and Others, I Am a Classic But Am I a Shakespear Thief?, Letter to J.T. Grein, Shakespear: A Standard Text, On Clive Bell’s Article, The Art of Rehearsal, Shakespear and the Stratford-upon-Avon Theatre: A Plea for Reconstruction, On Printed Plays, John Barrymore’s Hamlet, Theatres and Reviews Then and Now, The Colossus Speaks, Playhouses and Plays, Mr. Shaw on Mr. Shaw, Bernard Shaw Talks about Actors and Acting, Speech as Guest of Honor at London Critics Circle Annual Luncheon, On Gordon Craig’s Henry Irving, My First Talkie, Gordon Craig and the Shaw-Terr Letters, Arms and the Man on the Screen, Too True to be Good, An Aside, Dramatic Antiquities at Malvern, Playwrights and Amateurs, The Simple Truth of the Matter, This Year’s Program, Saint Joan Banned.
Imagine seeing the Queen that close as she goes by in her golden carriage! The kiddies will have something to tell their kiddies, won’t they? And a drink of real champagne to go with it! Coronation Day, 2 June 1953! A humble, working-class family from Sheffield is desperate to buy train tickets to London to see the coronation, but doing so means forsaking their annual seaside holiday. After some scrimping and saving, and a family meeting in which the enthusiasm of the children overrules the reluctance of their long-suffering mother and grandmother, the Clagg family take the plunge and buy premium, champagne tickets for the big day.
Poor Mister Meddle is a very merry pixie always willing to help out and do good deeds, but he never quite gets it right. One day his meddling gets him into trouble with Aunt Jemima – he serves her up a treacle pudding covered in glue and gets chased home by a Biggle
En anglais – One of the most unusual adventures of the war years has now been written by the man who led it, and who has the ability to tell his story with the accuracy and vividness that compels the readers to live through it with him. Felice Benuzzi was a P.O.W. in a British Camp facing Mount Kenya (5,199 m – 17,058 ft). The depressing tedium of camp life and the fascination of the mountain combined to inspire him with a plan. He first put the prospect of escaping to climb it to a fellow prisoner who was a professional mountaineer. The expert told him that the idea was mad, that they would need six months’ training on first-class food and porters to carry equipment to a base camp. But Benuzzi was not to be put off. Eventually he got two others to conspire with him, a doctor and a sailor. Surreptitiously they improvised scant equipment and saved what food they could from rations. Their only ‘map’ of the mountain was a sketch of it on the label of an Oxo tin. // “And then they escaped, and went to climb the mountain ……
En anglais – Smell is a social phenomenon, given particular meanings and values by different cultures. Odours form the building blocks of cosmologies, class hierarchies, and political odours. They can enforce social structures or transgress them, unite people or divide them, empower or disempower. The authors argue that the sociology of smell is repressed in the modern West, and its social history ignored. This book breaks the “olfactory silence” of modernity. It offers the first comprehensive exploration of the cultural role of odours in Western history – from antiquity to the present. It also covers a wide variey of non-Western societies. Its topics range from the medieval concept of the “odour of sanctity”, to the aromatherapies of South America, and from olfactory stereotypes of gender and ethnicity in the modern West to the role of smell in postmodernity. Its subject matter will fascinate anyone who likes to nose around in the inner workings of culture.
Colonized by the British for more than 50 years, ending with independence in 1963, Kenya draws visitors from all over the world to see its fascinating mixture of landscape, wildlife and people. The snows of Mount Kenya astride the equator, sixteen national parks and over 300 miles of silver-sanded coast make Kenya one of the great holiday resorts – with surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving and big game fishing among the attractions which have lured such authors as Hemingway and Ruark. Blending historical fact with anecdote and imagery, and with an introduction by late film star William Holden, Mohamed Amin and Duncan Willetts’ 150 color illustrations and Brian Tetley’s text paint a vivid and exciting picture of an unforgettable nation.
When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days—as he has done before—and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine’s disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were to be published, it would ruin lives—meaning that there are a lot of people who might want him silenced. When Quine is found brutally murdered under bizarre circumstances, it becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any Strike has encountered before…
While in Paris, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is awakened by a phone call in the dead of the night. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, his body covered in baffling symbols. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist Sophie Neveu sort through the bizarre riddles, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Leonardo da Vinci—clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter. Even more startling, the late curator was involved in the Priory of Sion—a secret society whose members included Sir Isaac Newton, Victor Hugo, and Da Vinci—and he guarded a breathtaking historical secret. Unless Langdon and Neveu can decipher the labyrinthine puzzle—while avoiding the faceless adversary who shadows their every move—the explosive, ancient truth will be lost forever.
Nobody likes The Complaints–they’re the cops who investigate other cops. It’s a department known within the force as “The Dark Side,” and it’s where Malcolm Fox works. He’s a serious man with a father in a nursing home and a sister who persists in an abusive relationship, frustrating problems about which he cannot seem to do anything. Then the reluctant Fox is given a new case. There’s a cop named Jamie Breck, and he’s dirty. The problem is, no one can prove it. As Fox takes on the job, he learns that there’s more to Breck than anyone thinks–dangerous knowledge, especially when a vicious murder takes place far too close to home.
This thoughtful, investigative presentation on Audio CD will give you uncensored access to the truth behind the amazing claims made in The Secret written by Rhonda Byrne. There are some very significant secrets behind The Secret that aren’t being told, such as What are the true origins of the teachings? and What are the dangers of living according to the Secret? This audio book by James K. Walker and Bob Waldrep gives a reasoned response to the runaway bestseller.