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Constable

Bethlehem

Nicholas Blincoe
Authors:
Nicholas Blincoe
Rick Steves

Rick Steves Amsterdam & the Netherlands, 2nd Edition

Rick Steves, Gene Openshaw
Authors:
Rick Steves, Gene Openshaw
Constable

A Cold Case in Amsterdam Central

Anja de Jager
Authors:
Anja de Jager
Robinson

Quick and Delicious Vegetarian Meals

Judy Ridgway
Authors:
Judy Ridgway
Piatkus

Deep Work

Cal Newport
Authors:
Cal Newport

Many modern knowledge workers now spend most of their brain power battling distraction and interruption, whether because of the incessant pinging of devices, noisy open-plan offices or the difficulty of deciding what deserves your attention the most. When Cal Newport coined the term 'deep work' on his popular blog, Study Hacks, in 2012, he found the concept quickly hit a nerve. Most of us, after all, are excruciatingly familiar with shallow work instead - distractedly skimming the surface of our workload and never getting to the important part. Newport began exploring the methods and mindset that foster a practice of distraction-free productivity at work, and now, in DEEP WORK, he shows how anyone can achieve this elusive state. Through revealing portraits of both historical and modern-day thinkers, academics and leaders in the fields of technology, science and culture, and their deep work habits, Newport shares an inspiring collection of tools to wring every last drop of value out of your intellectual capacity. He explains why mastering this shift in work practices is crucial for anyone who intends to stay ahead in a complex information economy, and how to systematically train the mind to focus. Put simply: developing and cultivating a deep work practice is one of the best decisions we can make in an increasingly distracted world.

Little, Brown

The Silo Effect

Gillian Tett
Authors:
Gillian Tett

In Silo, award-winning journalist Gillian Tett examines the structural development of institutions such as UBS, Sony and the Bank of England. While the world is increasingly interlinked in some senses, it remains profoundly fragmented in others. As organizations become larger and more global than ever before, they are apt to be divided and sub-divided into numerous different departments to facilitate productivity. However, there is a trap to the inevitability of these silos. The tunnel vision and tribalism that silos can lead to makes groups less innovative and can lead to disastrous mistakes.Institutions worldwide are made up of silos operating in isolation from one another. Silo is an eye-opening account that takes a radical anthropological approach in suggesting how we might draw them back together.

Westview Press

The Public Administration Theory Primer, 3rd Edition

Christopher W. Larimer, H. George Frederickson, Kevin B. Smith, Michael J. Licari
Authors:
Christopher W. Larimer, H. George Frederickson, Kevin B. Smith, Michael J. Licari
Basic Books

Mindless

Simon Head
Authors:
Simon Head

We live in the age of Computer Business Systems (CBSs),the highly complex, computer-intensive management programs on which large organizations increasingly rely. In Mindless , Simon Head argues that these systems have come to trump human expertise, dictating the goals and strategies of a wide array of businesses, and de-skilling the jobs of middle class workers in the process. CBSs are especially dysfunctional, Head argues, when they apply their disembodied expertise to transactions between humans, as in health care, education, customer relations, and human resources management. And yet there are industries with more human approaches, as Head illustrates with specific examples, whose lead we must follow and extend to the mainstream American economy. Mindless illustrates the shortcomings of CBS, providing an in-depth and disturbing look at how human dignity is slipping as we become cogs on a white collar assembly line.

Sphere

Bleed For Me

Michael Robotham
Authors:
Michael Robotham
Orbit

Small Favour

Jim Butcher
Authors:
Jim Butcher

Meet Harry Dresden, Chicago's first (and only) Wizard P.I. Turns out the 'everyday' world is full of strange and magical things - and most of them don't play well with humans. That's where Harry comes in.Harry Dresden is feeling happy. No one's tried to kill him in nearly a year, and the worst problem he's had lately is removing stains his apprentice bungled into his carpeting. The future seems bright. Unfortunately, the past isn't looking nearly so optimistic. An old bargain placed Harry in debt to Mab, faerie monarch of the Winter Court and the Queen of Air and Darkness. Harry still owes her two favours, and it's time to pay up. It's a small favour he really can't refuse, but it will trap Harry between a nightmarish foe and a deadly ally, stretching his skills and loyalties to their limits. It figures. Everything was going too well to last.Magic - it can get a guy killed.

Basic Books

The Art of Biblical Narrative

Robert Alter
Authors:
Robert Alter

Since it was first published nearly three decades ago, The Art of Biblical Narrative has radically expanded the horizons of biblical scholarship by recasting the Bible as a work of literary art deserving studied criticism. Renowned critic and translator Robert Alter presents the Hebrew Bible as a cohesive literary work, one whose many authors used innovative devices such as parallelism, contrastive dialogue, and narrative tempo to tell one of the most revolutionary stories of human history: the revelation of a single god.

Piatkus

Goddess Of Light

P. C. Cast
Authors:
P. C. Cast
Westview Press

Islamic Gunpowder Empires

Douglas E. Streusand
Authors:
Douglas E. Streusand
Sphere

Accused

Mark Gimenez
Authors:
Mark Gimenez
Piatkus

Talking To Heaven

James van Praagh
Authors:
James van Praagh
Westview Press

Ain't No Makin' It, 3rd Edition

Jay MacLeod
Authors:
Jay MacLeod
Running Press Mini Editions

The Mini Merry Berry Bonsai Kit

Running Press
Authors:
Running Press

Stressed out by the upcoming holidays? Invite tranquility into your home or workplace with your own holiday bonsai tree. Based upon a centuries-old tradition, the kit includes a pot, seeds, a peat pellet, and small scissors, plus a 44-page introduction to the beauty of berry bonsai. With a little patience, you'll enjoy growing a miniature version of this already miniature art!

Westview Press

Teachers As Cultural Workers

Paulo Freire
Authors:
Paulo Freire

In Teachers as Cultural Workers, Freire speaks directly to teachers about the lessons learned from a lifetime of experience as an educator and social theorist. Freire's words challenge all who teach to reflect critically on the meaning of the act of teaching as well as the meaning of learning. He shows why a teacher's success depends on a permanent commitment to learning and training, as part of an ongoing appraisal of classroom practice. By opening themselves to recognition of the different roads students take in order to learn, teachers will become involved in a continual reconstruction of their own paths of curiosity, opening the doors to habits of learning that will benefit everyone in the classroom. In essays new to this edition, well-known and respected educators Peter McLaren, Joe Kincheloe, and Shirley Steinberg add their reflections on the relevance of Freire's work to the study and practice of education across the globe.

Little, Brown Young Readers US

I Love My Hair!

Natasha Anastasia Tarpley, E. B. Lewis
Contributors:
Natasha Anastasia Tarpley, E. B. Lewis

Every night before she goes to bed, Keyana sits down between her mother's knees to have her hair combed. But no matter how gently Mama pulls, it still hurts sometimes! Keyana doesn't feel lucky to have such a head of hair--until Mama reminds her of all the lovely ways her wonderful hair can be fixed. Full color.

Da Capo Press

The Diary of a Country Priest

Georges Bernanos, Remy Rougeau
Authors:
Georges Bernanos, Remy Rougeau