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The Golden House
Author: Salman Rushdie
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 0399592814
Pages: 400
Year: 2017-09-05
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A modern American epic set against the panorama of contemporary politics and culture—a hurtling, page-turning mystery that is equal parts The Great Gatsby and The Bonfire of the Vanities On the day of Barack Obama’s inauguration, an enigmatic billionaire from foreign shores takes up residence in the architectural jewel of “the Gardens,” a cloistered community in New York’s Greenwich Village. The neighborhood is a bubble within a bubble, and the residents are immediately intrigued by the eccentric newcomer and his family. Along with his improbable name, untraceable accent, and unmistakable whiff of danger, Nero Golden has brought along his three adult sons: agoraphobic, alcoholic Petya, a brilliant recluse with a tortured mind; Apu, the flamboyant artist, sexually and spiritually omnivorous, famous on twenty blocks; and D, at twenty-two the baby of the family, harboring an explosive secret even from himself. There is no mother, no wife; at least not until Vasilisa, a sleek Russian expat, snags the septuagenarian Nero, becoming the queen to his king—a queen in want of an heir. Our guide to the Goldens’ world is their neighbor René, an ambitious young filmmaker. Researching a movie about the Goldens, he ingratiates himself into their household. Seduced by their mystique, he is inevitably implicated in their quarrels, their infidelities, and, indeed, their crimes. Meanwhile, like a bad joke, a certain comic-book villain embarks upon a crass presidential run that turns New York upside-down. Set against the strange and exuberant backdrop of current American culture and politics, The Golden House also marks Salman Rushdie’s triumphant and exciting return to realism. The result is a modern epic of love and terrorism, loss and reinvention—a powerful, timely story told with the daring and panache that make Salman Rushdie a force of light in our dark new age. Praise for The Golden House “If you read a lot of fiction, you know that every once in a while you stumble upon a book that transports you, telling a story full of wonder and leaving you marveling at how it ever came out of the author’s head. The Golden House is one of those books. . . . [It] tackles more than a handful of universal truths while feeling wholly original.”—The Associated Press “The Golden House . . . ranks among Rushdie’s most ambitious and provocative books [and] displays the quicksilver wit and playful storytelling of Rushdie’s best work.”—USA Today “[The Golden House] is a recognizably Rushdie novel in its playfulness, its verbal jousting, its audacious bravado, its unapologetic erudition, and its sheer, dazzling brilliance.”—The Boston Globe
Requiem For a Glass Heart
Author: David Lindsey
Publisher: Bantam
ISBN: 0307568156
Pages: 444
Year: 2009-07-29
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REVENGE CAN BE ECSTASY. Irina Ismaylova is a sexual assassin, luring men and women to her bed...and their death. From St. Petersburg to Paris, she kills not for money or for pleasure, but under orders from the Russian mafioso who holds her in thrall. Desperate to buy back what is left of her shattered life, Irina must carry out one last mission.... Cate Cuevas is a special agent in Houston's FBI office. Devastated by her husband's death--and his betrayal--she has plunged into the most dangerous assignment of her career. But to succeed, she must form a secret and profoundly intimate alliance with the enemy: Irina Ismaylova. Two women. One a cop. The other a killer. For these two there is no right, no wrong, no rules. Only the truth...and terror. From the Paperback edition.
Rain Gods
Author: James Lee Burke
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1439137366
Pages: 448
Year: 2009-07-14
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“America’s best novelist” (The Denver Post) brings back one of his most fascinating characters—Texas sheriff Hackberry Holland, cousin to lawman Billy Bob Holland—in this heart-pounding bestseller. In a heat-cracked border town, the bodies of nine illegal aliens—women and girls, killed execution-style—are unearthed in a shallow grave. Haunted by a past he can’t shake and his own private demons, Hack attempts to untangle the grisly case, which may lead to more bloodshed. Damaged young Iraq vet Pete Flores, who saw too much before fleeing the crime scene, and his girlfriend, Vikki Gaddis, are running for their lives. Sorting through the lowlifes who are hunting down Pete, and with Preacher Jack Collins, a Godfearing serial killer for hire, in the mix, Hack is caught up in a terrifying race for survival—for Pete, Vikki, and himself.
26,2 Meilen für ein Leben
Author: Wolf G. Glas
Publisher: vss-verlag
ISBN: 3961271305
Pages: 300
Year: 2018-07-28
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Während des New Yorker Marathons verschwindet Robin Texters Frau Johanna spurlos. Tage später wird ihre grausam zugerichtete Leiche gefunden. Robins Leben wird zum Albtraum, denn alles deutet darauf hin, dass Johanna von Teufelsanbetern ermordet wurde. Und Robin steht ebenfalls auf ihrer Abschussliste. Aber warum? Die Flucht vor den Satanisten und die Suche nach Antworten führen ihn durch halb Europa und zu der Erkenntnis, dass er es mit einer sehr einflussreichen und weltweit operierenden Organisation zu tun hat. Schon bald weiß er nicht mehr, wem er noch trauen kann. Und als er endlich die Hintergründe von Johannas Tod erfährt, wird der Albtraum zum blanken Horror. Ein packender Thriller von einem deutschen Newcomer.
Author: Jean-Claude Baker, Chris Chase
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 0815411723
Pages: 532
Year: 1993
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This revelatory biography of Folies-Bergere dance Josephine Baker (1906-1975) is a study of struggle, triumph, and tragedy. Abandoned at birth, she battled racism, poverty, and sexism to become an international star.
Persuasive Games
Author: Ian Bogost
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 0262261944
Pages: 464
Year: 2010-08-13
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Videogames are an expressive medium, and a persuasive medium; they represent how real and imagined systems work, and they invite players to interact with those systems and form judgments about them. In this innovative analysis, Ian Bogost examines the way videogames mount arguments and influence players. Drawing on the 2,500-year history of rhetoric, the study of persuasive expression, Bogost analyzes rhetoric's unique function in software in general and videogames in particular. The field of media studies already analyzes visual rhetoric, the art of using imagery and visual representation persuasively. Bogost argues that videogames, thanks to their basic representational mode of procedurality (rule-based representations and interactions), open a new domain for persuasion; they realize a new form of rhetoric. Bogost calls this new form "procedural rhetoric," a type of rhetoric tied to the core affordances of computers: running processes and executing rule-based symbolic manipulation. He argues further that videogames have a unique persuasive power that goes beyond other forms of computational persuasion. Not only can videogames support existing social and cultural positions, but they can also disrupt and change these positions themselves, leading to potentially significant long-term social change. Bogost looks at three areas in which videogame persuasion has already taken form and shows considerable potential: politics, advertising, and learning.
Explosive Eighteen
Author: Janet Evanovich
Publisher: Bantam
ISBN: 0345527739
Pages: 352
Year: 2012
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Stephanie Plum finds herself in trouble when her seatmate on her Hawaii to Newark flight winds up dead and a motley collection of thugs, as well as the FBI, search for a photo the man was reportedly carrying--a photo that only Stephanie has seen.
Amtseid (Ein Luke Stone Thriller – Buch #2)
Author: Jack Mars
Publisher: Jack Mars
ISBN: 1640293477
Pages: 250
Year: 2018-03-26
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„Einer der besten Thriller, die ich dieses Jahr gelesen habe. Die Handlung ist intelligent und wird Sie von Anfang an fesseln. Der Autor hat ausgezeichnete Arbeit geleistet, eine Reihe von gut entwickelten und sehr unterhaltsamen Charakteren zu schaffen. Ich kann die Fortsetzung kaum erwarten.“ --Buch- und Filmbewertungen, Roberto Mattos (über: Koste es was es wolle) AMTSEID ist Buch #2 in der meistverkauften Luke Stone Serie, die mit KOSTE ES WAS ES WOLLE (Buch #1, ein kostenloser Download) beginnt! Ein bioaktiver Wirkstoff wird aus einem Hochsicherheitslaboratorium gestohlen. In eine Waffe umgewandelt, könnte er Millionen töten, und es folgt eine verzweifelte staatenweite Jagd, um die Terroristen zu erwischen, bevor es zu spät ist. Luke Stone, der Kopf einer Eliteeinheit des FBI’s, dessen eigene Familie noch immer in Gefahr schwebt, hat geschworen sich nicht einzumischen – aber als ihn die neue Präsidentin, die erst vor Kurzem den AMTSEID abgelegt hat, anruft, kann er sich nicht einfach abwenden. Was folgt, ist schockierende Verwüstung, die sich ihren Weg bis hin zur Präsidentin selbst bahnt, wodurch auch ihre eigene Familie in große Gefahr gerät. Ihre Belastbarkeit wird auf eine harte Probe gestellt, als sie ihre neue Rolle antritt und sie überrascht selbst ihre engsten Berater. Rivalisierende Mitglieder des präsidialen Mitarbeiterstabs wollen Luke außer Gefecht setzen und nun, da er auf sich allein gestellt ist und sein Team sich in Gefahr befindet, nimmt er es persönlich. Aber Luke Stone gibt niemals auf, bis entweder er selbst, oder die Terroristen, tot sind. Luke findet schnell heraus, dass das, worauf die Terroristen es abgesehen haben, noch wertvoller – und noch furchterregender – ist, als selbst er es für möglich gehalten hätte. Der Weltuntergang steht kurz bevor und es ist höchst unwahrscheinlich, dass er die Dinge aufhalten kann, die bereits in Bewegung sind. Ein Polit-Thriller mit nonstop Aktion, dramatischen internationalen Schauplätzen, unerwarteten Wendungen und atemberaubender Spannung. AMTSEID ist Buch #2 in der Luke Stone Serie, einer explosiven neuen Serie, die Sie bis tief in die Nacht hinein an sich fesseln wird. Buch #3 in der Luke Stone Serie ist jetzt ebenfalls erhältlich!
Der Spiegel
Year: 2008
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Trump: The Art of the Deal
Author: Donald J. Trump, Tony Schwartz
Publisher: Ballantine Books
ISBN: 0307575330
Pages: 384
Year: 2009-12-23
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President Donald J. Trump lays out his professional and personal worldview in this classic work—a firsthand account of the rise of America’s foremost deal-maker. “I like thinking big. I always have. To me it’s very simple: If you’re going to be thinking anyway, you might as well think big.”—Donald J. Trump Here is Trump in action—how he runs his organization and how he runs his life—as he meets the people he needs to meet, chats with family and friends, clashes with enemies, and challenges conventional thinking. But even a maverick plays by rules, and Trump has formulated time-tested guidelines for success. He isolates the common elements in his greatest accomplishments; he shatters myths; he names names, spells out the zeros, and fully reveals the deal-maker’s art. And throughout, Trump talks—really talks—about how he does it. Trump: The Art of the Deal is an unguarded look at the mind of a brilliant entrepreneur—the ultimate read for anyone interested in the man behind the spotlight. Praise for Trump: The Art of the Deal “Trump makes one believe for a moment in the American dream again.”—The New York Times “Donald Trump is a deal maker. He is a deal maker the way lions are carnivores and water is wet.”—Chicago Tribune “Fascinating . . . wholly absorbing . . . conveys Trump’s larger-than-life demeanor so vibrantly that the reader’s attention is instantly and fully claimed.”—Boston Herald “A chatty, generous, chutzpa-filled autobiography.”—New York Post
The Spy's Son
Author: Bryan Denson
Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
ISBN: 0802191312
Pages: 368
Year: 2015-05-05
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The true account of the Nicholsons, the father and son who sold national secrets to Russia. “One of the strangest spy stories in American history” (Robert Lindsey, author of The Falcon and the Snowman). Investigative reporter and Pulitzer Prize–finalist Bryan Denson tells the riveting story of the father and son co-conspirators who betrayed the United States. Jim Nicholson was one of the CIA’s top veteran case officers. By day, he taught spycraft at the CIA’s clandestine training center, The Farm. By night, he was a minivan-driving single father racing home to have dinner with his kids. But Nicholson led a double life. For more than two years, he had met covertly with agents of Russia’s foreign intelligence service and turned over troves of classified documents. In 1997, Nicholson became the highest-ranking CIA officer ever convicted of espionage. But his duplicity didn’t stop there. While behind the bars of a federal prison, the former mole systematically groomed the one person he trusted most to serve as his stand-in: his youngest son, Nathan. When asked to smuggle messages out of prison to Russian contacts, Nathan saw an opportunity to be heroic and to make his father proud. “Filled with fascinating details of the cloak-and-dagger techniques of KGB and CIA operatives, double agents, and spy catchers . . . A poignant and painful tale of family love, loyalty, manipulation and betrayal.” —The Oregonian
Absolute Fear
Author: Lisa Jackson
Publisher: Zebra Books
ISBN: 0821779362
Pages: 512
Year: 2008
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When a series of brutal ritual slayings is linked to Our Lady of Virtues Hospital, Eve Renner, whose past is tied to this old asylum, must learn to trust her former lover Cole Dennis, who had been accused of attempted murder, when she becomes the killer's next target. Reprint.
Wobblies and Zapatistas
Author: Staughton Lynd, Andrej Grubacic
Publisher: PM Press
ISBN: 1604861851
Pages: 300
Year: 2008-09-01
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Wobblies and Zapatistas offers the reader an encounter between two generations and two traditions. Andrej Grubacic is an anarchist from the Balkans. Staughton Lynd is a lifelong pacifist, influenced by Marxism. They meet in dialogue in an effort to bring together the anarchist and Marxist traditions, to discuss the writing of history by those who make it, and to remind us of the idea that "my country is the world." Encompassing a Left libertarian perspective and an emphatically activist standpoint, these conversations are meant to be read in the clubs and affinity groups of the new Movement. The authors accompany us on a journey through modern revolutions, direct actions, anti-globalist counter summits, Freedom Schools, Zapatista cooperatives, Haymarket and Petrograd, Hanoi and Belgrade, "intentional" communities, wildcat strikes, early Protestant communities, Native American democratic practices, the Workers' Solidarity Club of Youngstown, occupied factories, self-organized councils and soviets, the lives of forgotten revolutionaries, Quaker meetings, antiwar movements, and prison rebellions. Neglected and forgotten moments of interracial self-activity are brought to light. The book invites the attention of readers who believe that a better world, on the other side of capitalism and state bureaucracy, may indeed be possible.
Forensic Science Education and Training
Author: Anna Williams, John Paul Cassella, Peter D. Maskell
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 111868916X
Pages: 344
Year: 2017-04-05
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A comprehensive and innovative guide to teaching, learning and assessment in forensic science education and practitioner training Includes student exercises for mock crime scene and disaster scenarios Addresses innovative teaching methods including apps and e-gaming Discusses existing and proposed teaching methods
How to Win at the Sport of Business
Author: Mark Cuban
Publisher: Diversion Books
ISBN: 0983988536
Pages: 67
Year: 2011-11-20
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Mark Cuban shares his wealth of experience and business savvy in his first published book, HOW TO WIN AT THE SPORT OF BUSINESS. "It's New Year's resolution time, and Mark Cuban's new book offers the rationale for a good one." —BUSINESS INSIDER Using the greatest material from his popular Blog Maverick, Cuban has collected and updated his postings on business and life to provide a catalog of insider knowledge on what it takes to become a thriving entrepreneur. He tells his own rags-to-riches story of how he went from selling powdered milk and sleeping on friends' couches to owning his own company and becoming a multi-billion dollar success story. His unconventional yet highly effective ideas on how to build a successful business offer entrepreneurs at any stage of their careers a huge edge over their competitors. "In short, [HOW TO WIN AT THE SPORT OF BUSINESS] exceeded...expectations. Short chapters...got right to the point and were not filled with 'stuffing'." —HUFFINGTON POST

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