Great American Outpost
By Maya Rao
The word was that you could earn $17,000 a month in the Bakken Oilfield of North Dakota. So they flooded in: the profiteers, deadbeats, ex-cons, dreamers, and doers. And so too did Maya Rao, a journalist who embedded herself in the surreal new American frontier.With an eye for the dark, humorous, and absurd, Rao set out in steel-toed boots to chronicle the largest oil boom since the 1968 discovery of oil in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. Businessmen turned up to restart their careers after bankruptcy or fraud allegations from the financial crisis. An ex-con found his niche as a YouTube celebrity exposing the underside of oilfield life. A high-rolling Englishman blew investors' money on $400 shots of cognac as authorities started to catch on that his housing developments were part of a worldwide Ponzi scheme.Part Barbara Ehrenreich, part Upton Sinclair, this is an on-the-ground narrative of capitalism and industrialization as a rural, insular community transformed into a colony of outsiders hustling for profit-a sobering exploration of twenty-first century America that reads like a frontier novel.
Great Americans In Sports: Blake Griffin
By Matt Christopher
Blake Griffin is known for being a #1 draft pick, Rookie of the Year, Slam Dunk Contest winner, and one of the best power forwards playing today. But he had to fight to make it onto the NBA court after sitting out his first pro season with a devastating knee injury. Learn more about the perennial All-Star in this comprehensive biography, complete with photos and fun infographics.
Great Americans In Sports: Mia Hamm
By Matt Christopher
Mia Hamm's speed, aggressive play, and ability to "read the field" helped her become the best women's soccer player in the world. Her stellar performance as a college, World Cup, and Olympic champion made her a sports hero, and her story will inspire a new generation of young athletes. This comprehensive biography--with bonus photos and infographics--gives readers an up-close look at one of America's greatest soccer stars.
Get Commando Fit
By Steve Willis
Steve 'Commando' Willis put contestants through their paces as a trainer on Channel Ten's top rating show AUSTRALIA'S BIGGEST LOSER. Let him do the same for you! Steve believes that mental strength is the key to staying fit and leading a healthy, happy and low stress lifestyle and GET COMMANDO FIT is where it all starts. Whether you're a desk jockey, a busy mum or managing a company, in these pages, Commando Steve provides you with the building blocks you need to kickstart you on your fitness journey - and gives you the motivation you need to keep going. Combining fully illustrated functional exercises, a fitness program that will get you moving, and delicious, balanced recipes to fuel you to optimum health, this is the book you need to get into top shape.There are no excuses - GET COMMANDO FIT today!
Grow Your Value
By Mika Brzezinski
A woman who wants to be successful must make sacrifices, but how can she determine which ones she'll be happy with five, ten, twenty years from now?Mika Brzezinski, Morning Joe co-host and New York Times best-selling author of Knowing Your Value, has built a career on inspiring women to assess and then obtain their true value in the workplace. In her books and in her conferences, Mika gives women the tools necessary to advocate for themselves and their financial futures. But that is only the first step once you know your value, you need to grow it,both professionally and personally.Drawing on deeply revealing conversations with powerful and dynamic women, input from researchers and relationship experts, and her own wealth of experience, Mika helps women pinpoint their individual definition of success. She advises her readers to define the professional value" that encompasses their worth in the workplace, and the inner value" made up of their core beliefs and goals.Women can stop feeling overwhelmed, overscheduled, frantic, and forever guilty,but only if they choose their objectives confidently and unapologetically, and focus their efforts accordingly. Mika encourages women to stop seeking the unobtainable work-life balance," and instead pursue a life of honesty and authenticity, where career and home life combine rather than collide.
The Great Divide
By Thomas Fleming
In the months after her husband's death, Martha Washington told several friends that the two worst days of her life were the day George died- and the day Thomas Jefferson came to Mount Vernon to offer his condolences.What could elicit such a strong reaction from the nation's original first lady? Though history tends to cast the early years of America in a glow of camaraderie, there were, in fact, many conflicts among the Founding Fathers- none more important than the one between George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. The chief disagreement between these former friends centreed on the highest, most original public office created by the Constitutional Convention- the presidency. They also argued violently about the nation's foreign policy, the role of merchants and farmers in a republic, and the durability of the union itself. At the root of all these disagreements were two sharply different visions for the nation's future.Acclaimed historian Thomas Fleming examines how the differing temperaments and leadership styles of Washington and Jefferson shaped two opposing views of the presidency- and the nation. The clash between these two gifted men, both of whom cared deeply about the United States of America, profoundly influenced the next two centuries of America's history and resonates in the present day.
Glory O'Brien's History of the Future
By A.S. King
Graduating from high school is a time of limitless possibilities - but not for Glory, who has no plan for what's next. Her mother killed herself when Glory was only four years old, and she's never stopped wondering if she will eventually go the same way...until a transformative night when she begins to experience an astonishing new power to see a person's infinite past and future. From ancient ancestors to many generations forward, Glory is bombarded with visions - and what she sees ahead of her is terrifying.A santimonious new leader raises an army. Women's rights disappear. A violent second civil war breaks out. And young girls vanish daily, sold off or interned in camps. Glory makes it her mission to record everything, hoping her notes will help people understand how misguided and extremist behaviour in the present will snowball into dire consequences. She may not see a future for herself, but she'll do everything in her power to make sure this one doesn't come to pass.A.S. King's newest offering is a masterful portrayal of a girl coping with devastating loss at long last - a girl who has no idea that the future needs her, and that the present needs her even more.
A Graduate Guide to Job Hunting in Seven Easy Steps
By Jackie Sherman
Getting a job can be hard if you are young and inexperienced, but there is a great deal you can do both before and after you leave university that will improve your chances. This book will show you how, despite all the difficulties and competing applicants you may face, you can still be the one to get the job you want. This book takes a seven step approach to introducing graduates to the analysis, preparation and application they will need in this competitive environment. It will help you decide what you want to do; plan how to get there; and help you use this knowledge to show that you are the best candidate for the job. Step 1: Discovering who you areStep 2: Deciding what to doStep 3: Finding out about workStep 4: Getting ready to applyStep 5: Making applicationsStep 6: Going for interviewsStep 7: Changing directionYou will also find ideas for earning a living, or spending time after university in unpaid but rewarding ways.
Grilling Vegan Style
By John Schlimm
Nothing says summer more than a feast hot off the barbecue. Grilling Vegan Style serves up backyard cooking and entertaining like never before. Running the gamut from plant-based appetizers, salads, sides, kabobs, and burgers to main dishes, desserts, and, of course, cocktails, John Schlimm also demonstrates the art of grilling faux meats, with key info on everything you need for proper heat and the best taste. With colour photographs throughout, this cookbook ensures that the magic of a summer barbecue or a night around the campfire can ignite your taste buds all year long.
By Mary Pat Kelly
GALWAY BAY is the story of an Irish family that has been shaped by the traditional elements of Ireland in the decade leading up to the 1840's--the tales, music, humor, community, and religious practices - but that will also be irrevocably shaped by 'the Great Hunger' - the potato famine - and its inescapable suffering. Two sisters from this family will not only survive the famine but also emigrate to America to constitute a vital part of the American melting pot, and to forge new lives for themselves. One of these two sisters is Honora who, in the course of her life, will experience two love stories -- one in Ireland, and one in America.This is a story of people living through incredibly turbulent times who have everything taken away from them--their families, their homes, their nourishment--yet somehow they survive and triumph. Ultimately, this is a story of survival, what we do to overcome adversity, and how we find strength when circumstances demand it.
Get Ready For School: Shapes And Colors
By Elizabeth Van Doren
Help your child prepare for kindergarten, develop confidence with age-appropriate activities, and acquire basic skills. The Get Ready for School books include entertaining and rewarding activities such as completing patterns, matching pairs, identifying sets, matching words or numbers to pictures, connecting the dots, completing mazes, and much more. Ninety-six write-on, wipe off pages allow children to practice skills over and over again. Sixty-four additional activity pages as well as memory game cards and congratulatory stickers reinforce the exercises and add to the learning and fun!Letters teaches basic pre-reading skills such as: ?Learning to write upper case and lower case letters ?Identifying beginning and ending sounds ?Rhyming ?Completing words ?Practicing alphabet order ?Distinguishing letters ?Matching upper case and lower case letters ?Completing letter patterns
Good Home Preserving
By Diana Peacock
This book will show you how to preserve our wonderful spring, summer and autumn harvests, so that you can enjoy nature's bounty even in the sparser months. From drying, bottling and freezing to simple jams, jellies, curds, cheeses, relishes, syrups and chutneys, all you will ever need to know is explained simply and clearly in this comprehensive guide to home preserving. As well as being fun, rewarding and easier than you might think to produce your own preserves, you won't believe the difference between the flavour of shop-bought products and your own home-made produce where the raw materials are as fresh as you can get. In this book you'll also find tasty recipes for using your home-made preserves in your cooking, from Tomato Chutney and Wensleydale Tart to Winter Conserve Roly Poly.Contents: 1. Drying Fruit and Vegetables; 2. Freezing Fruit and Vegetables; 3. Preparing for Preserving; 4. Making Jams; 5. Making Marmalades; 6. Making Jellies; 7. Making Fruit Curds, Cheeses and Butters; 8. Making Special Preserves; 9. Making Pickles; 10. Making Chutneys and Relishes; 11. Making Ketchups, Sauces and Flavoured Vinegars; 12. Making Fruit Syrups; 13. Recipes Using Your Preserves; Index.
Genesis: Memory of Fire, Volume 1
By Eduardo Galeano
Genesis , the first volume in Eduardo Galeano's Memory of Fire trilogy, is both a meditation on the clashes between the Old World and the New and, in the author's words, an attempt to rescue the kidnapped memory of all America." It is a fierce, impassioned, and kaleidoscopic historical experience that takes us from the creation myths of the Makiritare Indians of the Yucatan to Columbus's first, joyous moments in the New World to the English capture of New York.
General Ulysses S. Grant
By Edward Longacre
In this new biography of General Ulysses S. Grant, acclaimed Civil War historian, Edward G. Longacre, examines Grant's early life and his military career for insights into his great battlefield successes as well as his personal misfortunes. Longacre concentrates on Grant's boyhood and early married life his moral, ethical, and religious views his troubled military career his strained relationships with wartime superiors and, especially, his weakness for alcohol, which exerted a major influence on both his military and civilian careers. Longacre, to a degree that no other historian has done before, investigates Grant's alcoholism in light of his devout religious affiliations, and the role these sometimes conflicting forces had on his military career and conduct. Longacre's conclusions present a new and surprising perspective on the ever-fascinating life of General Grant.
A Grave Man
By David Roberts
A murder mystery featuring Lord Edward Corinth and Verity BrowneVerity Browne and Lord Edward Corinth are attending the memorial service in Westminster Abbey for Lord Benyon, killed a few months before when the Hindenburg airship burst into flames as it docked in New Jersey. As the congregation begins to disperse after the service, Edward hears Miss Pitt-Messanger cry for help. Her father is slumped in his seat, stabbed to death with an ancient Assyrian dagger.Edward has no wish to investigate the murder but Verity gets herself invited to Swifts Hill, the ultra-modern house in Kent belonging to the millionaire Sir Simon Castlewood. His wife, Virginia, is one of Verity's school friends and she is looking after Maud Pitt-Messanger who is still grieving for her father. Verity quickly discovers that the old man was a selfish bully who had made his daughter's life a misery and prevented her from marrying the man she loved.By coincidence, Mr Churchill then asks Edward to investigate the Castlewood Foundation which Sir Simon has set up to fund medical research among other worthy projects. Churchill has received information that Sir Simon's protege, the eminent surgeon Dominic Montillo, is using the Foundation to fund his own research into racial types - the so-called science of eugenics. Then Maud Pitt-Messanger is herself stabbed to death with a dagger from Sir Simon's archaeological museum, and Edward and Verity join forces to find her killer -- but Verity's distrust of Winston Churchill, and her growing attraction to the young German aristocrat, Adam von Trott, drives a wedge between them which brings them both unhappiness and endangers the outcome of the investigation.
By Hampton Sides
On a parched evening in the Philippines 53 years ago, 511 American POWs were saved from almost certain death. A force of elite US troops from the Sixth Ranger Battalion slipped 30 miles behind enemy lines and marched for three days through jungle and peat swamps. They stormed the camp at dusk, killing over 250 Japanese soldiers, rounded up the dazed prisoners and led them out of the gate. With bullets and mortars whining past, the Rangers hauled the prisoners across the Pampanga river and led them down a network of secret paths, past an 8000-man-strong phalanx of Japanese troops. A guerilla force of a few hundred men ambushed the Japanese, destroying a series of bridges along the river, holding off the enemy long enough for the POWs to escape.Today, the raid on Cabanatuan remains the largest and most successful operation of its kind ever undertaken by the US army. A mission of mercy, the raid was of immense symbolic importance for the USA in its fight against the Japanese. Dramatic, gripping, horrifying, GHOST SOLDIERS is narrative history at its best.
By Philip Lopate
From the man whose name is synonymous with the contemporary personal essay, Getting Personal is a rich and ambitious collection that spans Phillip Lopate's career as an essayist, teacher, film critic, father, son, and husband. Witty, insightful, deeply meditative, and self-revelatory, with his characteristic candour and curmudgeonly charm, he explores himself, his life, his family, his religion, and his friends.
By Charles Reich, Jann Wenner, Jerry Garcia
Jerry Garcia (1942-1995) is an American icon. The guitarist and de facto leader of the Grateful Dead was a gregarious talker, keenly engaged with the new world exploding around him. In 1972, Garcia was visited by Charles Reich, a Yale law professor, and Jann Wenner, the founder of Rolling Stone . Garcia was just thirty-one years old but already viewed- to his lasting dismay- as a social avatar for the new sensibility sweeping the land, an anarchist streak with a populist undercurrent that had roots in Ken Kesey's pranksters, the writers of the Beat Generation, and the libertine tradition of the American transcendentalists. In this interview, Garcia reveals how he is a combination of these and other influences, a high-school dropout and autodidact blessed with a gift for eloquent turns of phrase and a refreshing directness. He speaks of the saga of the Grateful Dead and his hoodlum youth growing up in San Francisco's Mission district. He delves into fascinating discourses on the music that shaped his own playing and writing, and freely discusses his use of drugs and explains why he felt it was important to stay high. Like the Grateful Dead's best music, Garcia: A Signpost to New Space is familiar, friendly, and inviting.
By John L. Casti, Werner DePauli
Kurt Gödel was an intellectual giant. His Incompleteness Theorem turned not only mathematics but also the whole world of science and philosophy on its head. Shattering hopes that logic would, in the end, allow us a complete understanding of the universe, Gödel's theorem also raised many provocative questions: What are the limits of rational thought? Can we ever fully understand the machines we build? Or the inner workings of our own minds? How should mathematicians proceed in the absence of complete certainty about their results? Equally legendary were Gödel's eccentricities, his close friendship with Albert Einstein, and his paranoid fear of germs that eventually led to his death from self-starvation. Now, in the first book for a general audience on this strange and brilliant thinker, John Casti and Werner DePauli bring the legend to life.
By Jon Rauch
An earlier edition of this extraordinarily prescient, elegantly written book created a sensation among Washington media insiders when it was published more than five years ago under the title Demosclerosis . In it, Jonathan Rauch, a former correspondent for The Economist and a columnist for National Journal , showed with startling clarity the reasons why America's political system (and, in fact, other political systems as well) was becoming increasingly ineffective. Today, as Rauch's predictions continue to manifest themselves in a national politics of "sound and fury" and little effective legislation, and in increasing voter cynicism, this book has achieved renown as the classic and essential work on why politics and government don't work.In Government's End , Rauch has completely rewritten and updated his earlier work to reassess his theory, analyze the political stalemate of the last few years, and explain why sweeping reform efforts of the kind led by Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, and Newt Gingrich aren't the answers. He also looks ahead at what is likely to happen,or not happen,next, and proposes ideas for what we must do to fix the system.For anyone who cares about the health of American democracy,and indeed of international security, Government's End is a fascinating, disturbing, and vitally important book.