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Kristin bezva nápad(The Baby-Sitters Club #1)

  10/02/2012       demien14      0 Comments

okay, so i have never babysat a day in my life. is it surprising that no one would entrust their little precious dumplings to my care??however - i loved these books. and lately, i have found my mind drifting back to this series, and i kind of want to read them again, is that bad?? they were such a huge part of my early reading life - i read them ever so many times, and took my favorite ones on vacation with me year after year when my mom told me i could bring a friend.(is that super sad?) i still remember tons of tiny details about the series:i remember that kristy burned her mouth on pizza in book one.i remember that mary-annes father told her she could buy a bikini as long as the bottom was decent (guess he didnt mind seeing her boobs hanging all over the place)i remember that claudias sisters iq was 196.just stupid little facts, but i remember more about this series than i do about actual people i know (i recently got back in touch with one of my favorite people from high school and she mentioned that her brother just got engaged, and i was like - dude, you have a brother? however, i know that kristy had three (charlie, sam, and david michael))bsc was my introduction to camus (and you had better believe i mispronounced that shit. also janine for some reason i rhymed it with canine in my head.) see how cute i was??but what is the appeal of a series like this to a girl like me, who never wanted children, and preferred stuffed animals to dolls and never wanted even to be around other children?? was it just because i was a voracious reader, and these books came out so quickly that there was always something new? was it just for me to learn how to socialize with more normal girls with more traditional goals and mindsets? was it just because i had a mad crush on claudia and wanted to find all her hidden candy stashes? was it just because of the depth of characterization and high-lit postmodern flourishes of ann m martin?its anyones guess really, but i feel like these stories, read so long ago, are nonetheless deeply ingrained on my brain. and lo!i found a baby sitters club chronology,and i realize i only ever got up to number 24! so many more to read! plus super specials and bsc mysteries and baby sitters little sister and super specials and bsc friends forever, whatever those are. i might just toss proust in the corner and regress and only read this series for the rest of my life.but i looked at some silly timeline this on the internet, and now i have spoiled it - i know all the future events!! there is trauma and death and fire and leaving and returning and getting kicked out (!) of bsc!! (what did she do???) also, in researching to figure out where i stopped reading them, i found this woman whose bsc reviews own my heart now.i thank you for indulging me in what is in no way a book review, but a little squee of nostalgia from me to you.p.s. - i hate hate hate the new covers.

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Craved(The Vampire Journals #10)

  10/02/2012       vfvrjkz      0 Comments

A book to rival TWILIGHT and VAMPIRE DIARIES, and one that will have you wanting to keep reading until the very last page! If you are into adventure, love and vampires this book is the one for you! --Vampirebooksite.com {regarding Turned} From Morgan Rice, #1 Bestselling author of THE VAMPIRE JOURNALS, comes the second book in a new series: THE VAMPIRE LEGACY. In CRAVED (Book #2 of the Vampire Legacy series), 16 year old Scarlet Paine struggles to find out exactly what shes becoming. Her erratic behavior has alienated her new boyfriend, Blake, and she struggles to make amends, and to make him understand. But the problem is, she can barely understand herself whats happening to her. At the same time, the new boy in school, the mysterious Sage, comes into her life. Their paths keep intertwining, and although she tries to avoid it, he directly pursues her, despite the objections of her best friend, Maria, who has her own eyes set on Sage. Scarlet finds herself swept away by Sage, who takes her into his world, past the gates of his familys historic river mansion. As their relationship deepens, she begins to learn more about his mysterious past, his family, and the secrets he must hold. They spend the most romantic time she can imagine, on a secluded island in the Hudson, and she is convinced she has found the true love of her life. But then she is devastated to learn Sages biggest secret of all: he is not human, either, and he has only a few weeks left to live. Tragically, just at the moment when destiny has brought her greatest love, it also seems fated to tear them apart. As Scarlet returns to the high school parties leading up to the big dance, she ends up in a huge falling-out with her friends, who excommunicate her from their group. At the same time, Vivian rounds up the popular girls to make her life hell, leading to an unavoidable confrontation. Scarlets forced to sneak out, making matters worse with her parents, and soon finds pressure building from all sides. The only light in her life is Sage. But he is still holding back some of his secrets, and Blake resurfaces, determined to pursue her. Caitlin, meanwhile, is determined to find a way to reverse Scarlets vampirism. What she finds leads her on a journey to find the antidote, deep into the darkest corners of rare libraries and bookstores-and to an ancient discovery she can hardly imagine. But it may be too late. Scarlet is changing rapidly, barely able to control what shes becoming. She wants to be with Sage-but fate seems set on tearing them apart. As the book culminates in an action-packed and shocking twist, Scarlet will be left with a monumental choice-one that will change the world forever. How much is she willing to risk for love? Grabbed my attention from the beginning and did not let go....This story is an amazing adventure that is fast paced and action packed from the very beginning. There is not a dull moment to be found. --Paranormal Romance Guild {regarding Turned} A great plot, and this especially was the kind of book you will have trouble putting down at night. The ending was a cliffhanger that was so spectacular that you will immediately want to buy the next book, just to see what happens. --The Dallas Examiner {regarding Loved} Morgan Rice proves herself again to be an extremely talented storyteller....This would appeal to a wide range of audiences, including younger fans of the vampire/fantasy genre. It ended with an unexpected cliffhanger that leaves you shocked. --The Romance Reviews {regarding Loved} Morgan Rice is the #1 Bestselling author of THE VAMPIRE JOURNALS, an eight-book series which has sold over 100,000 copies and has been translated into six languages. Morgan is also author of ARENA ONE, the first book in a dystopian, post-apocalyptic action-thriller trilogy. Please visit www.morganricebooks.com to read free samples and to stay in touch.

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Richard Wright in a Post-Racial Imaginary

  10/02/2012       BARBIE2      0 Comments

In African American fiction, Richard Wright was one of the most significant and influential authors of the twentieth century. Richard Wright in a Post-Racial America analyses Wrights work in relation to contemporary racial and social issues, bringing voices of established and emergent Wright scholars into dialogue with each other.The essays in this volume show how Wrights best work asks central questions about national alienation as well as about international belonging and the trans-national gaze. Race is here assumed as a superimposed category, rather than a biological reality, in keeping with recent trends in African-American studies. Wrights fiction and almost all of his non-fiction lift beyond the mainstays of African-American culture to explore the potentialities and limits of black trans-nationalism. Wrights trans-native status, his perpetual outsidedness mixed with the essential humanness of his activist and literary efforts are at the core of the innovative approaches to his work included here.

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Lectures on the Geometry of Manifolds

  10/02/2012       vegzas      0 Comments

The object of this book is to introduce the reader to some of the most important techniques of modern global geometry. In writing it we had in mind the beginning graduate student willing to specialize in this very challenging field of mathematics. The necessary prerequisite is a good knowledge of the calculus with several variables, linear algebra and some elementary point-set topology.We tried to address several issues. 1. The Language; 2. The Problems; 3. The Methods; 4. The Answers.Historically, the problems came first, then came the methods and the language while the answers came last. The space constraints forced us to change this order and we had to painfully restrict our selection of topics to be covered. This process always involves a loss of intuition and we tried to balance this by offering as many examples and pictures as often as possible. We test most of our results and techniques on two basic classes examples: surfaces (which can be easily visualized) and Lie groups (which can be elegantly algebraized). When possible we present several facets of the same issue.We believe that a good familiarity with the formalism of differential geometry is absolutely necessary in understanding and solving concrete problems and this is why we presented it in some detail. Every new concept is supported by concrete examples interesting not only from an academic point of view.Our interest is mainly in global questions and in particular the interdependencegeometry topology, local global.We had to develop many algebraico-topological techniques in the special context of smooth manifolds. We spent a big portion of this book discussing the DeRham cohomology and its ramifications: Poincare duality, intersection theory, degree theory, Thom isomorphism, characteristic classes, Gauss Bonnet etc. We tried to calculate the cohomology groups of as many as possible concrete examples and we had to do this without relying on the powerful apparatus of homotopy theory (CW-complexes etc.). Some of the proofs are not the most direct ones but the means are sometimes more interesting than the ends. For example in computing the cohomology of complex grassmannians we returned to classical invariant theory and used some brilliant but unadvertised old ideas.In the last part of the book we discuss elliptic partial differential equations. This requires a familiarity with functional analysis. We painstakingly described the proofs of elliptic Lp and Holder estimates (assuming some deep results of harmonic analysis) for arbitrary elliptic operators with smooth coefficients. It is not a light meal but the ideas are useful in a large number of instances. We present a few applications of these techniques (Hodge theory, uniformization theorem). We conclude with a close look to a very important class of elliptic operators namely the Dirac operators. We discuss their algebraic structure in some detail, Weizenbock formulae and many concrete examples.Contents: ManifoldsNatural Constructions on ManifoldsCalculus on ManifoldsRiemannian GeometryElements of the Calculus of VariationsThe Fundamental Group and Covering SpacesCohomologyCharacteristic ClassesElliptic Equations on ManifoldsDirac OperatorsBibliographyIndexReadership: Mathematicians.

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Buddhist Origami: 15 Easy-to-make Origami Symbols for Gifts and Keepsakes

  10/02/2012       XSaiflol      0 Comments

Walk the Four-Fold path with Origami expert, Nick Robinson.The seated meditating Buddha is a popular sculptural figurine, conveying an ambience of sacred peace and love. Such an ornament is a perfect reminder, for tabletop or mantelpiece, of life’s higher values. Rendered in origami, a seated Buddha gives you the added satisfaction of being the product of your own mindful workmanship. It’s an ambitious project. But if you build up to this level gradually, by way of crafting simple Buddhist symbols such as the parasol, the dream flag and the lotus flower, then it should be well within your capabilities. Including 15 sheets of origami paper and detailed instructions, as well as inspiring photographs, this unique book equips readers to make 15 Buddhist symbols simply through artful paper folding. The book offers something new to seekers of inner peace and wisdom and to the many fans of origami worldwide. The author, a renowned origami artist, begins by explaining the spiritual dimension of origami, showing how this connects with Zen principles in releasing the possibilities inherent in paper. He describes basic origami techniques before presenting 15 projects, which progress from simple symbols suitable for beginners to the pièce de resistance – the Buddha! Each project comes with clear step-by-step artworks and photography to guide you. Uplifting quotations and superb photography will inspire all wishing to use their completed Buddhist sculptures for meditation.

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Zoo(Zoo #1)

  10/02/2012       kooiker      0 Comments

A Los-Angeles, deux lions dévorent leur gardien. Dans létat de New-York, des chasseurs sont tués par des ours bruns. En Inde, un éléphant piétine � mort son cornac...Partout, les bêtes, sauvages et domestiques, se montrent brusquement dune agressivité inouïe � lencontre dune espèce bien particulière : lHomo sapiens.Seul le biologiste Jackson Oz a conscience de la menace : lhumanité court � sa perte. Bientôt la Terre ne sera plus quun vaste zoo sans cages, dont les animaux auront pris le contrôle.

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Chameleon

  10/02/2012       Grinya777      0 Comments

Okay - I liked it. I am not a big fan of short stories; however, when an author that I read recommended that I read this short story I thought I would take a flyer. I was surprised at how quickly I became involved in the plot and enjoyed the principal character very much. The story actually captured me quickly and I knew I was going to be unhappy that this was in fact a short story. Briefly, it is a story about a future society that is totally controlled by government with of course the inevitable resistance. The heroine was trained and raised to fight within the government but as fate would have was given a chance to leave that life and find a different future. I wont go further but I do suggest you read it. It is a short story but a great one and it has just made me want to see a full-length book from this author.

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The Consuming Geographies of Food: Diet, Food Deserts and Obesity

  10/02/2012       craciunator      0 Comments

The consumption and distribution of food, as well as its production, has become a major policy issue over the past few decades; what we eat is no longer merely a private matter but carries significant externalities for wider society. Its increasing significance within the public arena implies a dissonance regarding the boundaries of food; where do we draw the line between food as private and food as public? What are the rights of society to impinge upon individual food consumption, and what conflicts will ensue when this boundary is disputed? The Consuming Geographies of Food explores these multiple issues of food across different regions of the world from the consumers perspective.

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Lost and Found

  10/02/2012       katuha1605      0 Comments

Lost: one dog and two men in need of each other. Found: love.RV resort security chief Ringo never believed in love at first sight . . . until he saw Gavin playing his sax on the beach for the tourists. But their on-again, off-again affair—even counting all the great makeup sex—doesn’t come close to the relationship he wants. All he really wants for Christmas is a commitment from Gavin.Instead he discovers that Gavin has had surgery without telling him, so he lays down a relationship ultimatum while Gavin recuperates. Complicating matters even more, Gavin’s beloved dog Bird runs away, and Gavin blames Ringo for the disappearance.While Ringo throws every resource he has into finding Bird, he learns deeper truths about Gavin—how hard it is for him to trust and how little faith he has in love. Maybe if Ringo can find Bird, he can salvage Gavin’s faith. Maybe this Christmas, they can all find each other.20% of all proceeds from this title are donated to the Ali Forney Center in New York, whose mission “is to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning (LGBTQ) youth from the harm of homelessness, and to support them in becoming safe and independent as they move from adolescence to adulthood.” To learn more about this charity or to donate directly, please visit http://www.aliforneycenter.org/.

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