A form of optimism

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Aims to engage in a prismatic meditation on beauty and evil, cornucopia and loss. Drawing on the author's cross-cultural work in international health, the poems in this book range widely and naturally across setting, personage, and tongue - from Istanbul to Detroit, Mother Teresa to Gorm the Old, Swahili to Sanskrit.

A Kid, A Grownup & A Travel Bag

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A guide to taking 'one-on-one' trips with a child, where one adult and one child have a unique opportunity to bond while sharing a travel adventure. In addition to endorsing such an experience, the book gives all the practical travel information needed to accomplish such a trip.

Beyon Tallulah

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Beyond Tallulah, the illustrated biography of Sam Wyly, the most versatile big-company entrepreneur in American history, tells one of the most compelling untold business stories of our time. Wyly has built 10 companies in nine different industries with 500 million- or billion-dollar valuations. He’s the reason that Bonanza Steakhouse, Michaels Arts & Crafts and Green Mountain Energy are household names today. And his achievements serve as a valuable point of reference for today’s generation of recession-fighting Start-up Whiz Kids.

After a mercurial rise through the early computer industry in Texas, Wyly founded a data transmission company (DATRAN) with the dream of building a network of microwave towers that would enable computers to talk to each other wirelessly—20 years before the World Wide Web existed. What happened next is a case study of high-wire business dealings that speaks to the core values of American enterprise. Wyly’s dealings with entrenched interests foreshadow the tough questions faced by today’s readership about the proper roles of government and business in rebuilding the country. As Wyly struggled to recover from disastrous setbacks, he never stopped asking, “What's next?”

With exclusive access to Wyly and original interviews of more than one hundred of his colleagues and family members, biographer Dennis Hamilton draws an energetic and fast-paced portrait of a business career that soared high, courted disaster and carved a memorable path through five decades. In the end, this story of an American titan of industry is made distinctive—and memorable—through the details readers learn about Wyly’s deft, sure-handed approach to deal making and a seeming sixth sense for the ebbs and flows of the financial market.

In Beyond Tallulah, we watch Wyly journey from small-town high school football in the South to IBM in its Information Age heyday, from the takeover wars of the 1980s to adventures in big-scale national retailing, from the Alaska pipeline to a new generation of clean energy. Wyly’s life promises to fascinate and inspire readers, while also serving as a blueprint for aspiring entrepreneurs. Illustrated with more than two hundred color and black-and-white photos, Beyond Tallulah preserves Wyly’s wholly original American journey—from his dirt poor Great Depression childhood in rural Louisiana to his triumph as a self-made billionaire . . . six times.

Born in 1934, Sam Wyly was raised in rural Louisiana. In 1957, he received his MBA from the University of Michigan's Business School and began his career as a salesman for IBM and then for Honeywell. Six years later, at the age of 28, Wyly was out on his own, creating his first company, University Computing, which offered computer services to local businesses. Over the course of the next 50 years, he founded or grew successful companies in computing, computer software products, oil refining, insurance, steakhouse franchising, arts-and-crafts retailing, hedge fund investing, environmentally friendly electricity, and carbon offsets.

In addition to being an entrepreneur, Wyly invests his time in educational institutions and has served as a trustee of Southern Methodist University, as vice chairman of the Princeton Parents Association, and on the board of PBS. One of Wyly’s proudest endeavors was providing the start-up capital for the Dallas PBS station to create a high-quality news program in 1968. The show was called Newsroom, which evolved into what’s known today as NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, one of the most trusted news sources for millions nationwide.

Over his storied career, Wyly has received many accolades and awards. Forbes named him one of its 10 greenest billionaires in 2010. In 2003, Wyly received the Murphy Award for Lifetime Achievement in Entrepreneurship from the University of North Texas Murphy Enterprise Center; in 1997, the Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship and the David D. Alger Award from the University of Michigan Business School; and in 1970, the Horatio Alger Award and Entrepreneur of the Year honor from Southern Methodist University. In 1968, he was named “One of Ten Outstanding Young Men in America” by U.S. Jaycees and in 1967, “One of Five Outstanding Young Texans” by Texas Jaycees. In 2002, Wyly was interviewed by David Allison from The Smithsonian Museum as part of an oral history project about the origins of the computing industry.

Today, Wyly is an active philanthropist, an avid reader and a family man. He resides with his wife, Cheryl, in Dallas and in Aspen, Colorado. They own an independent bookstore, Explore Booksellers. Wyly has six children, eleven grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.

He is the author of a memoir, 1,000 Dollars & an Idea.

Each in his season

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In Each In His Season Pulitzer Prize winner W. D. Snodgrass once again demonstrates the rich versatility that has made him a major presence in American poetry for more than thirty years.

Eureka graphic novel

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Acclaimed sci-fi series EUREKA continues in comic form written by the show's creators Andrew Cosby and Jaime Paglia!

Sci-Fi Channel's smash hit TV show comes to BOOM! written by the show's creator. The first arc of Eureka is collected in this volume, masterminded by the creator of the show and told completely in continuity! It's a game of cat and mouse when Sheriff Cater is on the hunt for an escapee from Global Dynamics. But what connection does this dangerous stranger have to Carter's partner, Jo Lupo?

Falling Out & Belonging: A Foot-Soldiers Life

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This WW II novel revolves around the experience of a callow youth destined to join the Fourth Infantry Division in Hrtgen Forest. The narrative traces the bonded ties of six comrades in arms, three of whom are killed and three wounded. Vividly detailed, the stressful existence of Combat Infantrymen causes some men to break. What helps those who see it through is their loyalty to one another, called a "culture of caring" by their Chaplain. In Part I our innocent recruits are sobered by incidental casualties on the way up, which initiate them into the inconsequence of death. Part II takes them into Hrtgen, a battle fought under continuous icy rain in steep-hilled terrain favoring the well entrenched Germans. Casualties often run over l00% of a Company's authorized strength. Attacks are met by unrelenting artillery and mortar fire-machine guns at close range. In a typical situation, our narrator covers a Sergeant, who, after taking out a machine gun pinning the Company down, is himself killed by a sniper. A hard-headed West Pointer insists on night action, impossible in the Forest, and, after stepping on a mine that takes his legs off, he rolls on another that hits those nearby. General Patton called Hrtgen "an epic of stark infantry combat." Part III deals with how, badly depleted in numbers and morale, the men successfully withstand the Breakthrough, thereby saving Luxembourg, a defense for which Patton gave the Fourth a Unit Citation. In the concluding Part, the narrator is wounded and put on limited assignment. He dislikes the rear echelon life-style, guys being obsessed with whores, drinking, stealing, and feasting, but he holds his peace and decides he'll return to the world wherereality matters.

Frank Harris

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Notorious writer and legendary sexual adventurer, Frank Harris scandalized Victorian and Edwardian England with his outrageous carnal exploits. He lived a sensational life surrounded by myth and exaggeration - much of which was perpetrated by himself.

Golf Getaways from Cleveland

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Want a golfing getaway that doesn't require paying airfare to Orlando or using up precious vacation time? Here are 40 of them, just a few hours' drive (or less) from Cleveland.A great golfing getaway includes more than just golf. There are accomodations, food, nighttime recreation--oh, and first-rate activities to keep the non-golfing spouse or kids happy while you're on the course. (After all, how else are married types going to justify a bunch of weekend golfing trips!)This book delivers enough nearby getaway ideas to help any golfer skip town for several weekends each season. It will also help anyone who wants to plan a business meeting, family reunion, or other group retreat around a golf outing.Compiled by John H. Tidyman, author of The Cleveland Golfer's Bible.

Leane Zugsmith- Thunder on the Left

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A lively, perceptive discussion of the activist years and literary works of a leading fiction writer on the Left during the turbulent '30s. Zugsmith drew upon social and economic struggles of that time for her novels and stories, with consummate skill and artistry. Notes, Bibliography.

Living in the trenches

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Whether you have one child or twelve (do you really have twelve?), they seem to come prepackaged with their own personality. You wonder how much nurture is going into this nature and how you'll ever survive let alone thrive.
In the throes of raising nine children ages three through twenty one, Robbins, the Pater Familius of Familius.com has penned his thoughts on how to be happy while raising children in such a way that we embrace the imperfect system we call parenthood. We laugh, we cry, we debate and finally agree that parenthood is a unique and individual journey that reveals far more about ourselves than any other pursuit.
In the spirit of Paul Arden's books on marketing, Robbins explores strategies, best practices, ideas, and the never-ending challenges of what it means to be a parent. In the end, he contends, family success and happiness is not only possible while raising children but is really all around us if we but stop, look, and listen.

Much Ado About Nothing

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Sparkling with witty dialogue, Much Ado About Nothing is one of Shakespeare's most enjoyable and theatrically successful comedies. This up-to-date edition offers a newly edited text and an exceptionally helpful and critically aware introduction which discusses Shakespeare's social transformation of his source material, and rethinks the attitudes to gender relations that underlie the comedy and determine its view of marriage.

Nanny returns

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More than four million readers fell in love with Nan, the smart, spirited, and sympathetic heroine of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Nanny Diaries.

After living abroad for twelve years, Nan and her husband, Ryan, aka H.H., have returned to New York to get her new business off the ground and fix up their fixer-upper. To compound the mounting construction woes and marital chaos of Ryan announcing his sudden desire to start a family, sixteen-year-old Grayer X makes a drunken, late-night visit wanting to know why Nan abandoned him all those years ago. Soon she is drawn back into Mrs. X's ever-bizarre Upper East Side conclave of power and privilege in this "eminently readable" and "surprisingly affecting" (Entertainment Weekly) tale of what happens when a community that chooses money over love finds itself with neither.

Night at the Museum the Reusable Sticker Book

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Young fans of Night at the Museum and its sequel, opening in theaters on May 22, can recreate all the action and adventure from the movies with the reusable stickers. Full color. Consumable.

Path of the soul

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A rabbi shares his wisdom on the most important journey of all. Drawing from the Talmud, the ancient Greeks, Native American tribes, and the customs and teachings of many other religions, The Path of the Soul provides useful contemplations on the reality and inevitability of death. This inspirational book is not about grieving, consoling, healing, or even about dying - it is a proactive examination of how mortality affects our lives and how to approach death in a way that makes life meaningful and redemptive.

"Kamin offers a compassionate and well-reasoned tour through modern Jewish interpretations of death. There is not so much explanation as the promise of life itself and 'the universe and its elusive yet comforting concept of God, ' as well as the duty to live our lives on earth in a way that uplifts spiritual values and does honor to the memory of the departed. Intelligent and consoling, Kamin's work should be well received by most readers."
-Library Journal

"Rabbi Kamin's book provides you with thoughtful glimpses into the personal realities of dying and death."
-Melvyn Effron, The Jewish Voice of Delaware

"This beautifully written book is filled with real-life stories of Kamin's friends, family, and congregants as well as the timeless wisdom of the scriptures. The Path of the Soul is a poignant and moving work that helps readers to face mortality and provides a new perspective on life." -Rabbi Allen S. Kaplan, Union of American Hebrew Congregations

Revolting Youth

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Nick Twisp is back! America's most literate teen diarist returns with more riotous adventures through the land mines of 21st century adolescence. This sequel to C.D. Payne's acclaimed first novel "Youth in Revolt" finds love-struck Nick Twisp still on the lam from the law and his parents. Our 14-year-old hero (and his multiplying alter egos) now must battle blizzards, back-stabbing aliens, vengeful parents, and school officials determined to schedule him into girls' gym. He conspires to play cupid, journeys south of the border on a secret mission, takes some gunplay lessons from his distraught mom, and still finds time to confide all to his diary while inadvertently wreaking havoc in cyberspace. A must-read for Nick Twisp fans.

Robinson Crusoe

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This classic story of a shipwrecked mariner on a deserted island is perhaps the greatest adventure in all of English literature. Fleeing from pirates, Robinson Crusoe is swept ashore in a storm possessing only a knife, a box of tobacco, a pipe-and the will to survive. His is the saga of a man alone: a man who overcomes self-pity and despair to reconstruct his life; who painstakingly teaches himself how to fashion a pot, bake bread, build a canoe; and who, after twenty-four agonizing years of solitude, discovers a human footprint in the sand... Consistently popular since its first publication in 1719, Daniel Defoe's story of human endurance in an exotic, faraway land exerts a timeless appeal. The first important English novel, "Robinson Crusoe" has taken its rightful place among the great myths of Western civilization.

SELU: Seeking the Corn-Mother's Wisdom Audio Book

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Awiakta -- under Selu's watchful eye -- weaves a spiritual basket of strength and beauty.

Silas Marner

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Driven out of the religious community to which he belongs on a false charge of theft, Silas Marner takes refuge in the village of Raveloe. He is a lonely man, whose only comfort is his gold. One night his gold is stolen and he is left with nothing, until a small child wanders into his cottage.

The colonial moment

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Explorers, colonists, native peoples—all played a role in early American settlement, and the legacy they left was a turbulent one. During the first three decades of the twentieth century, as the United States asserted itself as a world power, poets began to revisit this legacy and to create their own interpretations of national history. In The Colonial Moment, Jeffrey Westover shows how five major poets—Marianne Moore, William Carlos Williams, Robert Frost, Hart Crane, and Langston Hughes—drew from national conflicts to assess America's new role as world leader.

Sensitive to the nation's memory of colonial brutality, these poets mingled their pride in America with moral protest against racism. Some identified a dark side to the nation's history, particularly in the conflicts between white pioneers and Native Americans, that haunted their otherwise confident celebrations of patriotism. Others used poetry as a vehicle of discovery to challenge existing historical accounts or to criticize the failures of American democracy. Investigating these five major writers in terms of their cultural and political moment, Westover demonstrates how they dramatized the process of nation-building.

Colonization inevitably results in a sense of displacement. Each of these five poets struggled with such cultural alienation—especially those who belonged to a racial, sexual, or gender minority. They endeavored to unite their voices in a "vocabulary of the national," a search to define the concept of "we" that would encompass all modern readers while recognizing those whom previous generations had dismissed. In this way, each writer hoped to redeem the country's losses symbolically through language.

The Death of Artemio Cruz

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Hailed as a masterpiece since its publication in 1962, The Death of Artemio Cruz is Carlos Fuentes's haunting voyage into the soul of modern Mexico. Its acknowledged place in Latin American fiction and its appeal to a fresh generation of readers have warranted this new translation by Alfred Mac Adam, translator (with the author) of Fuentes's Christopher Unborn.

As in all his fiction, but perhaps most powerfully in this book, Fuentes is a passionate guide to the ironies of Mexican history, the burden of its past, and the anguish of its present.

The Mayor of Casterbridge

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Thomas Hardy's fascination with the dualities inherent in human nature is at the root of The Mayor of Casterbridge, now in a brand-new edition. In a drunken fit Michael Henchard sells his wife and infant daughter to a sailor at a country fair; when sobriety returns the following day, he is unable to find and reclaim his family. Vowing to transform his life, he settles in the town of Casterbridge, where he eventually rises to the position of mayor. Henchard is a man whose impulses are at war with one another, and when his wife and daughter, now a young woman, appear in Casterbridge, these internal contradictions drive him to commit acts that spell his final destruction. Employing the elements of classic tragedy Hardy took the English novel in a new direction, emerging as both the last Victorian novelist and the first modern one, and defines themes that would occupy such twentieth-century writers as Conrad and Lawrence.

Turbulence! Challenges & Opportunities in the World of Work

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Are you prepared for the turbulent years ahead? The world of work will change substantially...soon. Trends in the workforce, workplace, and workstyles will dramatically alter your life. "Turbulence!" will help the reader prepare for an exciting future. Powerful information that can be put to work right away...this practical book is filled with insights, answers and strategies.