Some men are born fathers, while others have fatherhood thrust upon them. The protagonist of John O’Farrell’s The Best a Man Can Get belongs indisputably in the latter category. When his first daughter is born, Michael Adams imagines her as the warden of a prison that will permanently deprive him of his youth and freedom. Terrified by his new responsibilities, he regularly escapes to a bachelor pad across the Thames, pretending to be at work. Another child arrives—and with still another on the way, it is only a matter of time until Michael’s wife discovers his double life. At that point, he must make a choice between his family and his hedonistic haven.
By turns hilarious and touching, O’Farrell’s book delves deeply into the anxieties of modern parenting. Yet the novel is not without empathy for the 21st-century father. After all, it’s easy to imagine the lure of a child-proof hideaway, insulated from sleepless nights and dirty diapers. At the same time, Adams often wonders whether “just being tucked up warm and cosy” is really “the best a man can get”. With its charming prose and its truant protagonist, this first novel is sure to win over even the most reluctant parent.
Jack Sheffield - Mister Teacher
It's 1978, and Jack Sheffield begins his second year as headmaster of a small village primary school in North Yorkshire. There are three letters on his desk - one makes him smile, one makes him sad and one is destined to change his life forever. This is from nine-year-old Sebastian, suffering from leukaemia in the local hospital, who writes a heartbreaking letter addressed to 'Mister Teacher'. Jack tries to help, and so begins a journey through the seasons of Yorkshire life in which the school is the natural centre of the community. There's a colourful cast of characters who accompany Jack through the ups and downs of the school year including Vera, the school secretary who worships Margaret Thatcher and whose greatest ambition is to become President of the Women's Institute; Ruby, the 20-stone caretaker who sings like Julie Andrews; and Dorothy, the coffee shop assistant who is desperate to be Wonder Woman. Most of all, there is the lovely Beth Henderson, a teacher from a nearby school, who with her sister Laura presents Jack with an unexpected dilemma.
D. L. Ashliman - Fairy Lore
Fairy lore concerns beliefs about elves, dwarfs, gnomes, trolls, mermaids, brownies, pixies, leprechauns, and many other beings found in world folklore. Written for students and general readers, this book is an introduction to fairy lore from around the world. The handbook defines and classifies types of fairies, provides numerous examples and texts, overviews scholarship, and discusses the role of fairies in art, film, and popular culture. It closes with a glossary and a bibliography of print and electronic resources.
Gary Staff - German Battlecruisers 1914-18
The task of Germany’s new Große Kreuzer at the beginning of the 20th century was to form an independent reconnaissance division that was able to perform special tasks. With a speed superiority of at least 3 knots, they should also be capable of fighting in the line, and would thus require heavy armour and good defensive qualities. The battlecruisers that were built did indeed have a remarkable ability to withstand battle damage, as demonstrated by the Goeben, which suffered five mine hits on one occasion. This title details all the classes of German battlecruiser, with particular emphasis on each individual ship’s battle experience and deployment in conflict.
Johnny Autonomy - Autonomy's Learn to Tie Knots
"Learn to Tie Knots" is the second book in the Autonomy's Series. This edition is for anyone that would like to learn the basics of knot tying. The book starts by introducing basic terms of tying that will be used. Each knot that is introduced comes with step by step instructions, and full color pictures accompany every instruction. "Learn to Tie Knots" covers 26 knots, including stopper knots, hitches, bends and three different lashings. The instructions are kept clear without filler or extra technical talk to avoid confusion. The pictures are colorful and are clearly marked to show which end of the rope to work with, and where it should go! Autonomy's "Learn to tie Knots" will help you learn and master basic knots faster and easier than you might think!
Káldor Márk - Man and Margot
Személyes tapasztalatok, “hallomások” összessége, egyfajta “pszicho-philodráma”, több szereplőre írva. Egyesek komplexnek, mások kuszának mondanák. Leginkább a nyelvi játékok, nyelvfilozófia területét érinti, ugyanakkor a hosszas elmélkedés, vissza-visszatérő elemek és lételemzés, amik mentén végigvonulhatunk. Amint írva van, nem maga a tökéletesség (“töredékes”…), de fel-felvillan(t). Nem egyszerű, nem pihentető vagy hétvégi olvasmány lett belőle. Egyértelműen táplálkozik korábbi szerzőkből, ugyanakkor talán mégis képes más aspektust kínálni. Messze áll a totális adaptációtól. Ironikus, cinikus, abszurd, szatirikus, szofisztikáltnak is mondott (úgy tűnhet, nincs túl jó véleménnyel az emberről, ámde a végén…), de azért története, cselekménye és vezérfonala is van. Eleve színházi darabnak íródott (külföldi megrendelésre), később alakult belőle bővebb szövegkönyv… Mérete miatt talán novellának titulálható. Egyelőre mindössze angolul fellelhető (a fenti okok miatt). In this story; Mr. Ian Who (i.e. Who I am? – vs. „I am, That (It) I am”) is the main character. An evil figure. He is maybe just a ’complex psycho’ /criminal–former psychiatrist, but nevertheless… we cannot measure his feature so easily/, maybe just a suffering man, maybe the evil itself… Or a bit, all of these. Or maybe Mr. Ian Who is only the temporal creature of Man’s sorrow? (I.e. The Man itself.) Did he kill her wife or the War did? Let the reader, listener to decide. He is searching for himself, but no way to find ’somewhat’. He is too harsh, against the Creator and Mankind. He feels too – knows himself exactly as a ’rational’ –, but a bit late. The visions of Man, Margot, Child… they are innocents and suffer, but not victims. Margot is a bit bizarre woman (this time and not only and not exactly and not always…, just thinking strange, because of the unquestioning and unconventional love of Man is not impulsive or understandable in times of rejections), the Child is the most and always positive character (here we can totally agree with Mr. Ian Who). The believer and ’blessed’, the most ’lovable’. She is able to mark when Mr. Ian Who was behind his Father’s ’mask’. All of all, the other women have their portrays underlined, negative a bit… the manly figures are more balanced. The Family has historic chance to live, to love, to be themselves. Of course, their life is full of sadness. Seems. Truly, they have everything. They have faith in love, they have found each other. They are capable to love. Being in love, being beloved. The sounding of words, philosophical language games, consonants… the biblical phrases, allusions and the ironical situations, rythm and ’comeback’ of expressions… e.g.| a 12 yrs. old child or a ’branch’ of prostitute is not a philosopher–partner normally…, but this time… – textuality wants to make the reader, listener to see, how remarkable and smashing the human being is, how complicated to define. Of course, it does in the aspect of love. Not a faith–story, not a romance, but faith can lay at the background… Names, some well known quotations may rely. To meet, usage of language, importance of language, to be understood… But not at the first sight, not for everyone and not by all. In this way, it may be an emotional–realistic story at the same time. Realistic, because shows us the truth about different habits and behaviour, emotional and faithful, because points to, nothing can be, can live without faith and true emotions. The last momentum of the first chapter, the monologues of Man, exactly puts he (us) back to the Beginning. The last, narrative sentence in the first scene is a bit complex. We have only one real solution, that; she made her Dad’s senses, dreams and remembrance aroused, for the Mother. For the Mankind. Selfless love. As it was happening at the Resurrection, or what Jeshua did at Pilate. Sacrificed. Or ’that’ Margarita (or Faust’s Gretchen/Margarita) at Bulgakov Story. So, Margot is undoubtedly, a ’perfectual’ descendant of Margarita, descendant of womenkind, or the ’later’ Margarita herself. So, this story is about the self–sacrifiction (too). Love is full of self–sacrifice. The Child’s (i.e. Jeshua’s real humble and the girl’s feinted naivity mixed with real humble) behavior, servility helped them out from the hands of evil. (Of course, the girl cannot be exactly the same as the genuine portrayal. Although, either cannot live without ’Father’ as well, but she could not let Him go, because of worldly needs. ’Only–human–needs’. And it is normal. It makes ’us’ ’different’.) So, on this way, – after this… let’s say… philosophical analysis/first part–second part–third part/provement – love, real humble and a bit of – not malicious – ironical– (philosopher) naivety is the only way to live, to survive for/from(?) the Mankind.
Tom Cox - Under the Paw
For years, Tom Cox might have seemed like a regular, hard-living sort of bloke -- a lover of late nights, rock music and beer -- but he had a dark, furry secret. Tom was a cat lover. For a while, he kept his passion in check, but there was only so long he could postpone his true dream, especially after he met Dee, his moggy-loving soulmate. He let London and his job as a rock critic behind, and he and Dee, her cat Janet and three new kittens, moved to a remote part of Norfolk. They thought it would be easy. They thought their cat madness had reached its limit. They were wrong. In Under the Paw, Tom records the chaos of owning seven of the most charismatic, idiotic and duplicitous cats in the country. Suddenly on call around the clock for multiple sets of whiskers, Tom encounters death, depression, flying fur and the first human sentence spoken by a feline. Running through all the maelstrom is the heartbreaking story of his relationship with The Bear, his oldest cat: a 'painfully sensitive' survivor moggy who may or may not be an evil genius.
Jeffrey G. Andrews - Arunabha Ghosh - Rias Muhamed - Fundamentals of WiMAX
"Andrews, Ghosh, and Muhamed have written the definitive textbook and reference manual on WiMAX, and it is recommended reading for engineers and managers alike." - Madan Jagernauth, Director of WiMAX Access Product Management, Nortel The Definitive Guide to WiMAX Technology WiMAX is the most promising new technology for broadband wireless access to IP services. It can serve an extraordinary range of applications and environments: data, voice, and multimedia; fixed and mobile; licensed and unlicensed. However, until now, wireless professionals have had little reliable information to guide them. Fundamentals of WiMAX is the first comprehensive guide to WiMAX–its technical foundations, features, and performance. Three leading wireless experts systematically cut through the hype surrounding WiMAX and illuminate the realities. They combine complete information for wireless professionals and basic, accessible knowledge for non-experts. Professionals will especially appreciate their detailed discussion of the performance of WiMAX based on comprehensive link- and system-level simulations. Whether you're a wireless engineer, network architect, manager, or system designer, this book delivers essential information for succeeding with WiMAX–from planning through deployment. Topics include: - Applications, history, spectrum options, technical and business challenges, and competitive technologies of WiMAX - 802.16 standards: physical and MAC layers, channel access, scheduling services, mobility, advanced antenna features, hybrid-ARQ, and more - Broadband wireless channels: pathloss, shadowing, cellular systems, sectoring, and fading–including modeling and mitigation - OFDM: from basic multicarrier concepts to synchronization, PAR reduction, and clipping - MIMO: Multiple antennas, spatial diversity, beamforming, and a cutting-edge treatment of the use of MIMO in WiMAX - OFDMA: multiple access, multiuser diversity, adaptive modulation, and resource allocation - Networking and services aspects: architecture and protocols for IP QoS, session management, ecurity, and mobility management - Predicting performance using link-level and system-level simulations - WiMAX network architecture: design principles, reference models, authentication, QoS, and mobility management Contents: Foreword Preface Acknowledgments About the Authors - Part I Overview of WiMAX Chapter 1 Introduction to Broadband Wireless Chapter 2 Overview of WiMAX - Part II Technical Foundations of WiMAX Chapter 3 The Challenge of Broadband Wireless Channels Chapter 4 Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing Chapter 5 Multiple-Antenna Techniques Chapter 6 Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access Chapter 7 Networking and Services Aspects of Broadband Wireless - Part III Understanding WiMAX and Its Performance Chapter 8 PHY Layer of WiMAX Chapter 9 MAC Layer of WiMAX Chapter 10 WiMAX Network Architecture Chapter 11 Link-Level Performance of WiMAX Chapter 12 System-Level Performance of WiMAX Acronyms Index
François Coppée - Ten Tales
It is of no importance, the name of the little provincial city where Captain Mercadier—twenty-six years of service, twenty-two campaigns, and three wounds—installed himself when he was retired on a pension. Two more geese, strolling in the grass across the bottom of the page. It was quite like all those other little villages which solicit without obtaining it a branch of the railway; just as if it were not the sole dissipation of the natives to go every day, at the same hour, to the Place de la Fontaine to see the diligence come in at full gallop, with its gay cracking of the whips and clang of bells. It was a place of three thousand inhabitants—ambitiously denominated souls in the statistical tables—and was exceedingly proud of its title of chief city of the canton. It had ramparts planted with trees, a pretty river with good fishing, a church of the charming epoch of the flamboyant Gothic, disgraced by a frightful station of the cross, brought directly from the quarter of Saint Sulpice. Every Monday its market was gay with great red and blue umbrellas, and countrymen filled its streets in carts and carriages. But for the rest of the week it retired with delight into that silence and solitude which made it so dear to its rustic population. Its streets were paved with cobble-stones; through the windows of the ground-floor one could see samplers and wax-flowers under glass domes, and, through the gates of the gardens, statuettes of Napoleon in shell-work. The principal inn was naturally called the Shield of France; and the town-clerk made rhymed acrostics for the ladies of society.
Jason R. Hanson - The Covert Guide to Concealed Carry
In his new book, Former CIA Officer Jason R. Hanson reveals concealed carry secrets most Americans will never know about, including... - How to choose the perfect concealed carry gun for you. - The two best storage options for your home defense gun. -The little-known secrets of improving your accuracy. - How to find the perfect holster. - The laws on when you're allowed to use deadly force to protect yourself on the streets and during a home invasion. -And much more.
Lorena Siminovich - Alex and Lulu - Two of a Kind
Meet best friends Alex and Lulu. Alex loves having noisy, exciting adventures, and Lulu likes painting and making things. Even though they are different, they always have fun together. Until Alex begins to worry that they might be TOO different — that they might actually be opposites! Discover what opposites really are in this quirky story that celebrates differences.
Ismeretlen szerző - Mother Love 2
More Stories About Births, Babies and Beyond. Following the enormous success of 'Mother Love' comes another collection of stories about having babies and being plunged into the role of motherhood. From the tricky process of conceiving a child, to the frustrating role of teaching a young child to read - with of course, a few more birth stories in between - here is writing that is honest and lively, passionate and moving. With over twenty new contributors, 'Motherlove 2' is a fascinating book about an endlessly fascinating process.
Noelle Adams - Missing
Sex would never be enough... Nathan Livingston has more in his life than he can handle--a high-powered job in D.C. politics, a sixteen-year-old daughter he's raising alone, and another daughter who ran away from him, whom he hasn't seen in two years. He doesn't have anything left to invest in a real relationship. A night of hot sex with Lynn every three months is as much as he'll allow himself, and it doesn't matter that it never feels like enough. Lynn shouldn't be involved with someone as high-profile as Nathan, since it could negatively affect her successful web magazine, but she just can't resist their nights together. Then his complicated personal life catches up to their no-strings-attached affair, and they both find out everything they're missing.
Karl Ove Knausgaard - Boyhood Island
"Rare and Ruthless...Perhaps the most significant literary enterprise of our times". (Guardian). Childhood is exhilarating and terrifying. For the young Karl Ove, new houses, classes and friends are met with manic excitement and creeping dread. Adults occupy godlike positions of power, benevolent in the case of his doting mother, tyrannical in the case of his cruel father. In the now infamously direct style of the My Struggle cycle, Knausgaard describes a time in which victories and defeats are felt keenly and every attempt at self-definition is frustrated. This is a book about family, memory and how we never become quite what we set out to be.
Elena Castedo - Paradise
Nominated for the 1990 National Book Award, here is the impressive literary debut of an acclaimed new Latin American talent. Ten-year-old Solita serves as the insightful narrator of this exquisitely written, richly imagined novel of the politics, pretentions and amours of Latin America's wealthy.
Lavinia Greenlaw - The Importance of Music to Girls
For Greenlaw, music--from bubblegum pop to classical piano to the passionate catharsis of punk rock--is at first the key to being a girl and then the means of escape. She has written a razor-sharp remembrance of adolescence, filtered through the art that strikes at the most visceral level.
Jessie Harrell - Destined
When Psyche receives a prophecy gone horribly wrong, she learns that even the most beautiful girl in Greece can have a hideous future. Her fate? Fall in love with the one creature even the gods fear. As she feels herself slipping closer into the arms of the prophecy, Psyche must choose between the terrifyingly tender touch she feels almost powerless to resist and the one constant she's come to expect out of life: you cannot escape what is destined. Destined is a fresh and heartachingly romantic retelling of the Cupid & Psyche myth from debut novelist, Jessie Harrell.
Roy Keane - Eamon Dunphy - Keane
A publishing phenomenon in hardback, Roy Keane's autobiography was the biggest selling sports book of the year. The book will include a new chapter covering events that followed the books publication: Keane's vindication by the FAI report; the punishment meted out by the FA and Mick McCarthy's resignation. Brilliantly reviewed, Roy Keane's riveting, brutally honest autobiography has the potential to be one of the year's biggest paperback bestsellers.