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An Incomplete Education: 3,684 Things You Should Have Learned but...
by , William Wilson

Language

English

Pages

720

Publication Date

July 20, 2009

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<b>A completely updated, revised edition of the classic, outfitted with a whole new arsenal of indispensable knowledge on global affairs, popular culture, economic trends, scientific principles, and modern arts. Here’s your chance to brush up on all those subjects you slept through in school, reacquaint yourself with all the facts you once knew (then promptly forgot), catch up on major developments in the world today, and become the Renaissance man or woman you always knew you could be!</b><br /><br /> How do you tell the Balkans from the Caucasus? What’s the difference between fission and fusion? Whigs and Tories? Shiites and Sunnis? Deduction and induction? Why aren’t all Shakespearean comedies necessarily thigh-slappers? What are transcendental numbers and what are they good for? What really happened in Plato’s cave? Is postmodernism dead or just having a bad hair day? And for extra credit, when should you use the adjective continual and when should you use continuous?<br /><br /> <i>An Incomplete Education</i> answers these and thousands of other questions with incomparable wit, style, and clarity. American Studies, Art History, Economics, Film, Literature, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, Science, and World History: Here’s the bottom line on each of these major disciplines, distilled to its essence and served up with consummate flair.<br /><br /> In this revised edition you’ll find a vitally expanded treatment of international issues, reflecting the seismic geopolitical upheavals of the past decade, from economic free-fall in South America to Central Africa’s world war, and from violent radicalization in the Muslim world to the crucial trade agreements that are defining globalization for the twenty-first century. And don’t forget to read the section "A Nervous American’s Guide to Living and Loving on Five Continents" before you answer a personal ad in the <i>International Herald Tribune.</i> <br /><br /> As delightful as it is illuminating, <i>An Incomplete Education</i> packs ten thousand years of culture into a single superbly readable volume. This is a book to celebrate, to share, to give and receive, to pore over and browse through, and to return to again and again.
The Godfather: 50th Anniversary Edition
by Mario Puzo

Language

English

Pages

610

Publication Date

October 04, 2005

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<b>50th ANNIVERSARY EDITION—WITH A NEW INTRODUCTION BY FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA<br /><br />Mario Puzo’s classic saga of an American crime family that became a global phenomenon<b>—<b>nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s <i>The Great American Read</i>.</b></b></b><br /><br />With its brilliant and brutal portrayal of the Corleone family, <i>The Godfather</i> burned its way into our national consciousness. This unforgettable saga of crime and corruption, passion and loyalty continues to stand the test of time, as the definitive novel of the Mafia underworld.<br /><br />A #1 <i>New York Times </i>bestseller in 1969, Mario Puzo’s epic was turned into the incomparable film of the same name, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture. It is the original classic that has been often imitated, but never matched. A tale of family and society, law and order, obedience and rebellion, it reveals the dark passions of human nature played out against a backdrop of the American dream.<br /><br /><b>With a Note from Anthony Puzo and an Afterword by Robert J. Thompson</b>
The Haunting of Hill House (Penguin Classics)
by Shirley Jackson

Language

English

Pages

242

Publication Date

November 28, 2006

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<b>The greatest haunted house story ever written, the inspiration for a 10-part Netflix series directed by Mike Flanagan and starring Michiel Huisman, Carla Gugino, and Timothy Hutton</b><br /> <b> </b><br /> First published in 1959, Shirley Jackson’s <i>The Haunting of Hill House </i>has been hailed as a perfect work of unnerving terror. It is the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of a “haunting”; Theodora, his lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a friendless, fragile young woman well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable phenomena. But Hill House is gathering its powers—and soon it will choose one of them to make its own.<br />  <br /> For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
Kindred
by Octavia E. Butler

Language

English

Pages

306

Publication Date

February 01, 2004

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<b>The visionary author’s masterpiece pulls us—along with her Black female hero—through time to face the horrors of slavery and explore the impacts of racism, sexism, and white supremacy then and now.</b><br /><br />Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South. Rufus, the white son of a plantation owner, is drowning, and Dana has been summoned to save him. Dana is drawn back repeatedly through time to the slave quarters, and each time the stay grows longer, more arduous, and more dangerous until it is uncertain whether or not Dana's life will end, long before it has a chance to begin.
On the Road
by Jack Kerouac

Language

English

Pages

138

Publication Date

December 28, 1976

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<b>The classic novel of freedom and the search for authenticity that defined a generation<br /></b><br /><b>September 5th, 2017 marks the 60th anniversary of the publication of <i>On the Road</i></b><br /><br />Inspired by Jack Kerouac's adventures with Neal Cassady, <i>On the Road</i> tells the story of two friends whose cross-country road trips are a quest for meaning and true experience. Written with a mixture of sad-eyed naiveté and wild ambition and imbued with Kerouac's love of America, his compassion for humanity, and his sense of language as jazz, <i>On the Road</i> is the quintessential American vision of freedom and hope, a book that changed American literature and changed anyone who has ever picked it up.  
On Writing Well, 30th Anniversary Edition: An Informal Guide to W...
by William Zinsser

Language

English

Pages

334

Publication Date

September 11, 2012

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<p><em>On Writing Well</em> has been praised for its sound advice, its clarity and the warmth of its style. It is a book for everybody who wants to learn how to write or who needs to do some writing to get through the day, as almost everybody does in the age of e-mail and the Internet. Whether you want to write about people or places, science and technology, business, sports, the arts or about yourself in the increasingly popular memoir genre, <em>On Writing Well</em> offers you fundamental priciples as well as the insights of a distinguished writer and teacher. With more than a million copies sole, this volume has stood the test of time and remains a valuable resource for writers and would-be writers.</p>
The Art of Hearing Heartbeats: A Novel
by Jan-Philipp Sendker

Language

English

Pages

337

Publication Date

January 31, 2012

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A poignant and inspirational love story set in Burma, <i>The Art of Hearing Heartbeats </i>spans the decades between the 1950s and the present.  When a successful New York lawyer suddenly disappears without a trace, neither his wife nor his daughter Julia has any idea where he might be…until they find a love letter he wrote many years ago, to a Burmese woman they have never heard of. Intent on solving the mystery and coming to terms with her father’s past, Julia decides to travel to the village where the woman lived. There she uncovers a tale of unimaginable hardship, resilience, and passion that will reaffirm the reader’s belief in the power of love to move mountains.
I Know This Much Is True: A Novel (P.S.)
by Wally Lamb

Language

English

Pages

912

Publication Date

March 17, 2009

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<p>With his stunning debut novel, <em>She's Come Undone,</em> Wally Lamb won the adulation of critics and readers with his mesmerizing tale of one woman's painful yet triumphant journey of self-discovery. Now, this brilliantly talented writer returns with <em>I Know This Much Is True</em>, a heartbreaking and poignant multigenerational saga of the reproductive bonds of destruction and the powerful force of forgiveness. A masterpiece that breathtakingly tells a story of alienation and connection, power and abuse, devastation and renewal—this novel is a contemporary retelling of an ancient Hindu myth. A proud king must confront his demons to achieve salvation. <em>Change yourself,</em> the myth instructs, <em>and you will inhabit a renovated world.</em></p>
The Craft of Research, Fourth Edition (Chicago Guides to Writing,...
by , William T. FitzGerald

Language

English

Pages

336

Publication Date

October 07, 2016

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<div>With more than three-quarters of a million copies sold since its first publication, <i>The Craft of Research</i> has helped generations of researchers at every level—from first-year undergraduates to advanced graduate students to research reporters in business and government—learn how to conduct effective and meaningful research. Conceived by seasoned researchers and educators Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb, and Joseph M. Williams, this fundamental work explains how to find and evaluate sources, anticipate and respond to reader reservations, and integrate these pieces into an argument that stands up to reader critique.<br /><br /><br /><br />The fourth edition has been thoroughly but respectfully revised by Joseph Bizup and William T. FitzGerald. It retains the original five-part structure, as well as the sound advice of earlier editions, but reflects the way research and writing are taught and practiced today. Its chapters on finding and engaging sources now incorporate recent developments in library and Internet research, emphasizing new techniques made possible by online databases and search engines. Bizup and FitzGerald provide fresh examples and standardized terminology to clarify concepts like <i>argument</i>, <i>warrant</i>, and <i>problem</i>.<br /><br /><br /><br />Following the same guiding principle as earlier editions—that the skills of doing and reporting research are not just for elite students but for everyone—this new edition retains the accessible voice and direct approach that have made <i>The Craft of Research</i> a leader in the field of research reference. With updated examples and information on evaluation and using contemporary sources, this beloved classic is ready for the next generation of researchers.</div>
The Last Unknowns: Deep, Elegant, Profound Unanswered Questions A...
by John Brockman

Language

English

Pages

348

Publication Date

June 04, 2019

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<p><strong>Discover the universe's last unknowns—here are the unanswered questions that obsess "the world's finest minds" (<em>The Guardian</em>)</strong></p><p>Featuring a foreword by DANIEL KAHNEMAN, Nobel Prize-winning author of <em>Thinking, Fast and Slow</em></p><p></p><p>This is a little book of profound questions (<em>only</em> questions!)—unknowns that address the secrets of our world, our civilization, the meaning of life. Here are the deepest riddles that have fascinated, obsessed, and haunted the greatest thinkers of our time, including Nobel laureates, cosmologists, philosophers, economists, prize-winning novelists, religious scholars, and more than 250 leading scientists, artists, and theorists. In <em>The Last Unknowns, </em>John Brockman, publisher of Edge.org, asks "a mind-blowing gathering of innovative thinkers" (<em>Booklist</em>): "What is ‘The Last Question,’ <em>your </em>last question, the question for which you will be remembered?"</p><p>Featuring the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of <em>Guns, Germs, and Steel</em> JARED DIAMOND • Nobel Prize-winning University of Chicago economist RICHARD THALER • Harvard psychologist<strong> </strong>STEVEN PINKER • religion scholar ELAINE PAGELS • author of <em>Seven Brief Lessons on Physics</em> CARLO ROVELLI • Booker Prize–winning novelist IAN McEWAN • neuroscientist<strong> </strong>SAM HARRIS • philosopher DANIEL C. DENNETT • MIT theorist SHERRY TURKLE • decoder of the human genome J. CRAIG VENTER • <em>The Coddling of the American Mind</em> author JONATHAN HAIDT • Nobel Prize-winning physicist FRANK WILCZEK • UC Berkeley psychologist ALISON GOPNICK • philosopher REBECCA NEWBERGER GOLDSTEIN • <em>New York Times</em> columnist CARL ZIMMER • MIT cosmologist MAX TEGMARK • <em>Whole Earth </em>founder STEWART BRAND • "Marginal Revolution" economist TYLER COWEN • <em>Anatomy of Love </em>author HELEN FISHER • Noble Prize-winning NASA physicist JOHN C. MATHER • psychologist JUDITH RICH HARRIS<strong> </strong>• Princeton physicist FREEMAN DYSON<strong> </strong>• musician BRIAN ENO • environmental scientist JENNIFER JACQUET • Duke economist DAN ARIELY<strong> </strong>• Oxford philosopher A. C. GRAYLING • Harvard cosmologist LISA RANDALL<strong> </strong>• anthropologist MARY CATHERINE BATESON • <em>Emotional Intelligence</em> author DANIEL GOLEMAN<strong> </strong>• Harvard genticist GEORGE CHURCH<strong> </strong>• <em>Blueprint</em> author NICHOLAS A. CHRISTAKIS<strong> </strong>• Stanford political scientist MARGARET LEVI • economist ALAN S. BLINDER<strong> </strong>• publisher TIM O'REILLY<strong> </strong>• theoretical cosmologist JANNA LEVIN • Serpentine Gallery owner HANS ULRICH OBRIST<strong> </strong>• <em>Wired </em>founding editor KEVIN KELLY • Cambridge astrophysicist MARTIN REES, and more than 200 others.</p><p><br /><strong></strong> </p>

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