The Signals Are Talking
By Amy Webb
A Washington Post BestsellerWinner of the 2017 Axiom Business Book Award in Business TechnologyAmy Webb is a noted futurist who combines curiosity, skepticism, colorful storytelling, and deeply reported, real-world analysis in this essential book for understanding the future. The Signals Are Talking reveals a systemic way of evaluating new ideas bubbling up on the horizon-distinguishing what is a real trend from the merely trendy. This book helps us hear which signals are talking sense, and which are simply nonsense, so that we might know today what developments-especially those seemingly random ideas at the fringe as they converge and begin to move toward the mainstream-that have long-term consequence for tomorrow.With the methodology developed in The Signals Are Talking, we learn how to think like a futurist and answer vitally important questions: How will a technology-like artificial intelligence, machine learning, self-driving cars, biohacking, bots, and the Internet of Things-affect us personally? How will it impact our businesses and workplaces? How will it eventually change the way we live, work, play, and think-and how should we prepare for it now?Most importantly, Webb persuasively shows that the future isn't something that happens to us passively. Instead, she allows us to see ahead so that we may forecast what's to come-challenging us to create our own preferred futures.
Stef Soto, Taco Queen
By Jennifer Torres
Seventh grader Estefania "Stef" Soto is itching to shake off the onion-and-cilantro embrace of Tia Perla, her family's taco truck. She wants nothing more than for her dad to get a normal job and for Tia Perla to be put out to pasture. It's no fun being known as the "Taco Queen" at school. But just when it looks like Stef is going to get exactly what she wants, and her family's livelihood is threatened, she will have to become the truck's unlikely champion. In this fun and multicultural middle grade novel, Stef will discover what matters the most, and ultimately embrace an identity that even includes old Tia Perla.
Secret Agent Jack Stalwart (Books 1-4)
By Elizabeth Singer Hunt
Meet Jack Stalwart. Code name: COURAGE.Jack is an ordinary kid who becomes a secret agent by night, thwarting evil all over the world as he searches for his missing brother, Max.The critically acclaimed bestselling middle grade series, now available in omnibus for the first time!
The Smarter Screen
By Shlomo Benartzi, Jonah Lehrer
The typical office worker now spends the majority of their waking hours staring at a screen. In the 21st century, every business is a digital business, which is why it's so critical to understand how we think and behave online.Acclaimed behavioural economist Shlomo Benartzi has teamed up with science writer Jonah Lehrer to reveal a toolkit of cues and nudges for the digital age. Using provocative case-studies and engaging reader exercises, Benartzi shows how businesses can update their nudges to help consumers make better decisions on screens. Up-to-the-minute research will help optimise your business's online presence, from designing a webshop that helps your customers find what they are looking for, to laying out your website so that it both attracts and holds attention.This book will help you transform the challenges of the digital world into powerful new opportunities that will drive your success.
The Sh!t No One Tells You About Toddlers
By Dawn Dais
They're getting bigger. And you're not getting any more sleep.Second in the Sh!t No One Tells You series, in The Sh!t No One Tells You About Toddlers Dawn Dais tells it like it is - again - offering real advice for parents of growing children. Filled with tips, encouragement, and a strong dose of humour, The Sh!t No One Tells You About Toddlers is a survival handbook for parents on the edge.Chapters include: You Suck at This. It's not just your imagination. Walking Is Hard. Bruising is considerably less difficult. Remember When You Judged Other Parents? Prepare to eat your words, with a side of karma's a bitch. Restaurants Are Battle Zones. Spoiler Alert: You are not the victor. Kids Get Sick. Then everyone gets sick. This Childhood Will Be Televised. Hello, camera phones. Your TV Has Been Hijacked. By things with very high-pitched voices. Coming from one empathetic parent to another, the tips in this book are real, clever, honest, and designed to make life with a terrible two- or three-year-old a little bit more manageable. Hilarious, helpful, and handy, this book will be appreciated by any parent who has asked: Why didn't anybody warn me that unconditional love would be so much work?"
Snoop Troop: Attack of the Ninja Potato Clones
By Kirk Scroggs
This second book in the wildly wacky Snoop Troop series is just right for newly independent readers, with art on every page, interactive seek-and-find elements, and a chance to solve the mystery! Fifth-grade detectives Logan Lang and Gustavo Muchomacho have landed their next case: a sneaky ninja is stealing the town's potato supply! The gumshoes are pretty sure a weirdo kindergartener named Chapster (who has a serious fondness for gouda cheese and cats) is the thief, but they soon discover that this case goes far beyond one crazy kid. There's a whole army of Chapster clones waiting for them! Who is creating them, and why would the mastermind behind this nefarious plot want to take away tater tots and French fries from potato-loving children everywhere?Over a dozen pages of bonus backmatter are loaded with extra puzzles and doodle activities!
By Stephan Eirik Clark
David Leveraux is an Apprentice Flavour Chemist at one of the world's leading production houses. While testing Sweetness #9, he notices that the artificial sweetener causes unsettling side-effects in laboratory rats and monkeys. But with his career amd family at risk, David keeps his suspicions to himself.Year later, Sweetness #9 is America's most popular sweetner - and David's family is changing. His wife is gaining weight, his daughter is depressed, and his son has stopped using verbs. Is Sweetness #9 to blame, along with David's failure to stop it? Or are these just symptoms of the American condition?An exciting literary debut, SWEETNESS #9 is a darkly comic, wildly imaginative investigation of whether what we eat makes us who we are.
By Nora Roberts
Three cousins inherit a gift that will transform their lives...Meara Quinn is in trouble. Fiercely independent and scarred by a tough childhood, she is convinced that love is for other people. She is certainly not going to fall for Connor O'Dwyer - her best friend's brother. He may be drop dead gorgeous, with a good heart and a wicked smile, but he's never taken his relationships seriously. Safer for them to stay friends, share the odd pint - nothing more. And loving Connor would be a dangerous business. With his sister Branna and his American cousin Iona, Connor has inherited a dark gift, passed down through generations. The cousins use their powers for good, but they are being hunted by evil. An evil that is determined to destroy them - and everyone they care for... In the enchanted woods of County Mayo, Meara must fight the one thing she fears the most - her own heart.
The Sh*tfaced Games
Drinking games are a pastime that bring out the best (and worst) in party-goers,a crossroads where fierce competition and drunken abandon meet. The Sh*tfaced Games takes the tradition to the next level by giving average folks their own chance to compete with their friends at something they're good at: drinking. In the spirit of the Olympiad, this book presents fifty drinking games from around the world from Ice Rink Drink to Alcohol Archery, and each is given a rating of bronze ( tipsy"), silver ( drunk"), or gold ( completely sh*tfaced") to help readers figure out exactly how drunk they are bound to get. The games are interspersed with commentary from stand-up comedian HogWild, drinking trivia, Games-inspired cocktail recipes, and a handful of illustrations throughout.
Song Without Words
By Gerald Shea
Much has been written about the profoundly deaf, but the lives of the nearly 30 million partially deaf people in the United States today remain hidden. Song without Words tells the astonishing story of a man who, at the age of thirty-four, discovered that he had been deaf since childhood, yet somehow managed to navigate his way through Andover, Yale, and Columbia Law School, and to establish a prestigious international legal career.Gerald Shea's witty and candid memoir of how he compensated for his deafness- through sheer determination and an amazing ability to translate the melody of vowels. His experience gives fascinating new insight into the nature and significance of language, the meaning of deafness, the fierce controversy between advocates of signing and of oral education, and the longing for full communication that unites us all.
The Soul of It All
By Michael Bolton
After four decades in the music industry, Michael Bolton has cemented himself as one of the most successful musicians of our time. THE SOUL OF IT ALL is his backstage pass into his life lvied thus far - into the venues, busses, limos and hotel rooms of stardom, and finally into his home and heart. His story will go long and dive deep, not only into his self-proclaimed 'vagabond vampire' life, but also into the belly of the beast that is the music industry, with its joys, follies and torments.From a 14-year-old kid performing in dive bars to struggling to provide for his wife and kids, to finally breaking thorugh with the Soul Provider album, Bolton has fought for and earned a life most just dream of. THE SOUL OF IT ALL is his life, chock-ful of all the incredible stories, and the star-studded cast you'd expect, including: Pavarotti, Bob Dylan, Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Ray Charles and Lady Gaga.
The Sirens Sang of Murder
By Sarah Caudwell
Whilst on a trip to the sunny Channel Islands to find the heir to a lucrative tax law case, young barrister Michael Cantrip finds himself in over his head. Peculiar things begin to occur on the mysterious and isolated islands with something - or somebody -- bumping off members of his legal team. With the help of his mentor, amateur investigator Hilary Tamar, Cantrip, must find a safe passage back to the Lincoln's Inn Chambers.
Suri's Burn Book
By Allie Hagan
Based on the popular blog of the same name, Suri's Burn Book is told from the harsh yet clever perspective of Suri Cruise," Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes' five-year-old daughter,and one of the youngest fashionistas in America today. Suri's snarky and clever wit will cover everything celeb obsessed, from celebrity culture and fashion mistakes to celebs who are annoying pregnant. Also included is Suri's very best advice and essays on topics ranging from pop culture to politics, accompanied by approximately 100 full-colour photos throughout.
She's Leaving Home
By Joan Bakewell
Liverpool late 1950s. This is a story of three people: a suppressed mother; a father, projectionist at the local cinema which has seen better days; and their daughter Martha. It is a time of many escapes: Nureyev defects in London; Gagarin escapes the earth's atmosphere to be the first man in space; the Beatles escape the dreariness of Liverpool to seek their fortune in Hamburg. In Britain the drab 50s are giving way to the lively 60s and the young sense it.With shades of Billy Liar, and Absolute Beginners, this novel brilliantly captures that longing for freedom. Sixteen year old Martha is leaving home.
Secret Agent Jack Stalwart: Book 14: The Mission to Find Max: Egypt
By Elizabeth Singer Hunt
The Mission to Find Max (Book 14) Jack joined the Global Protection Force for two reasons: to thwart evil around the world and to rescue his brother, Max, who went missing while working as a GPF agent. The GPF refused to share any details with Jack about Max's whereabouts, but on two previous missions, Jack had collected clues that pointed to Max is being in Egypt. Now Jack has reason to believe that King Tut's diadem-a crown thought to have magical powers-is the cause of Max's disappearance. The crown was so important that King Tut was buried with it on his head, but when the boy-pharaoh's tomb was opened in 1922, an assistant archaeologist named Omar Massri stole the artifact. Could a descendant of Massri somehow be involved in Max's disappearance? Jack and his old friend Kate must prevent an ancient and terrible curse of the pharaohs from wreaking havoc, or else Egypt-and Jack's brother-could be doomed.
Secret Agent Jack Stalwart: Book 13: The Hunt for the Yeti Skull: Nepal
By Elizabeth Singer Hunt
The Hunt for the Yeti Skull (Book 13) Jack has become the most decorated secret agent for the Global Protection Force, but during the day he's still just an ordinary kid who has to put up with annoying people-like Marko Mayer, a new student in Jack's rock-climbing class. When Jack and Marko race to the top of the wall, Marko stomps on Jack's hand and wins-then has the nerve to gloat! But Jack has no time to sulk-the GPF needs him in Nepal. A plane carrying a team of scientists has gone missing over Mount Everest. They were thought to be carrying the first true Yeti skull ever recovered-proof that the legendary Abominable Snowman really existed. Jack quickly discovers that a greedy collector is behind the theft-and he may have hired Jack's archnemesis for the job. Can Jack and his fellow agents use their climbing skills to brave the highest mountain on earth and recover the priceless skull?
By Jessica Blair
1858 - When a wheel breaks on 20-year-old Betsy Palmer's trap as she is crossing the North York Moors on her way to Rosedale with jewellery to sell to the ironstone miners, she is helped by Jim Fenwick, a supervisor on the mining project, and a special relationship between them develops.In Newcastle, love is also blossoming between Robert Addison, son of a successful merchant, and Adele Jordan when Robert discovers something scandalous that he fears will ruin many people's lives. He changes his identity and disappears, but the Addison family believe that Adele is the cause and blame her, which makes her determined to find Robert.But all is not straightforward as relationships are further complicated when Betsy, whose relationship with Jim is now struggling, meets Robert and falls in love for the second time. As these lives become interwoven the story moves to an exciting climax before some unexpected and dramatic truths are revealed...
By John Ure
Snow leopards and Cossacks can both be dangerous. But to young British officers in India in the nineteenth century there was only one thing more exciting than shooting wild game in the mountains and steppes of Central Asia, and that was spying out those uncharted lands and impeding the advance of Tsarist Russia towards the frontiers of the British Raj.When the two activities were combined - in what was euphemistically called 'shooting leave' - adventures followed thick and fast.Shooting Leave tells the thrilling story of the dashing cavalry officers who volunteered for these adventures. They were individuals of talent and courage, but also of disturbing prejudice, aristocratic arrogance, missionary zeal or trigger-happy temperament. But whatever their specific task, one factor remained common to all officers sent out on covert and exploratory missions: they were expendable.Here they are brought to life as characters in their own right, as well as players in the Great Game.
She Bets Her Life
By Mary Sojourner
What sets She Bets Her Life apart is Mary Sojourner's ability to take both an objective and a deeply personal look at the psychological and physiological impact of gambling addiction on women. Having lived it, Sojourner is brutally forthcoming, and with her penchant for research and fact-finding, the narrative is teeming with important information and resources to help steer women with gambling addictions (and their loved ones) toward help and healing.
Start & Run A Restaurant 2nd Ed
By Carol Godsmark
This book covers all apsects of the restaurant business - from initial start-up, to building up a regular trade. Running a restaurant can be a most rewarding and stimulating business - both on the personal and financial level, if you approach it with professionalism and dedication, together with inagination and flair. This book is full of up-to-date information for the aspiring or novice restaurateur, as well as those already in the business and striving to meet customer expectations. It covers: - Business and financial planning - Getting planning permission - Planning, designing and equipping the kitchen and restaurant - Dealing with environmental health officers and their required standards - Choosing a name, marketing the business and getting into guides - Planning the menu and choosing your suppliers You'll find all you need to know for the day-to-day running of the restaurant, plus tips from several experienced restaurateurs.Acknowledgements; Foreword; Preface; 1. Running your own restaurant; 2. Choosing your restaurant; 3. Location, design and legal requirements; 4. Financing your business; 5. Running a safe business; 6. Design and equipment for the kitchen and restaurant; 7. Marketing your business; 8. Staffing for the well-run restaurant; 9. Designing menus; 10. Choosing suppliers; 11. Wine and other drinks; 12. The day to day running of your restaurant; 13. Customer relations and being a customer; Glossary; Useful contacts; Bibliography; Index.