The Periodic Table

The Periodic Table

The Periodic Table by Primo Levi
Schocken Books | 1984 | ISBN: 0805239294 | EPUB | 233 pages | 629.98KB


The Periodic Table is largely a memoir of the years before and after Primo Levi’s transportation from his native Italy to Auschwitz as an anti-Facist partisan and a Jew.


It recounts, in clear, precise, unfailingly beautiful prose, the story of the Piedmontese Jewish community from which Levi came, of his years as a student and young chemist at the inception of the Second World War, and of his investigations into the nature of the material world. As such, it provides crucial links and backgrounds, both personal and intellectual, in the tremendous project of remembrance that is Levi’s gift to posterity. But far from being a prologue to his experience of the Holocaust, Levi’s masterpiece represents his most impassioned response to the events that engulfed him.


The Periodic Table celebrates the pleasures of love and friendship and the search for meaning, and stands as a monument to those things in us that are capable of resisting and enduring in the face of tyranny.


In 2006, the Royal Institution of Great Britain named it the best science book ever.


Jack the Ripper

Jack the Ripper

Jack the Ripper and the Case for Scotland Yard's Prime Suspect by Robert House
Wiley | 2011 | ISBN: 0470938994 | EPUB | 368 pages | 2.73MB


Did Scotland Yard Know who Jack the Ripper was— and Let HIM go?


The head of Scotland Yard's Criminal Investigation Department insisted they knew the identity of Jack the Ripper, but couldn't prove his guilt in court. The chief investigator on the case backed him up, as a note discovered a century later showed. So why did the police never publicly proclaim Aaron Kozminski the number one suspect in the most notorious serial-murder case of all time? And could twenty-first-century investigative techniques have helped the nineteenth-century detectives close their most famous unsolved case?


Ripperologist Robert House combines historical research and contemporary criminal profiling techniques to offer a compelling solution to one of the most vexing criminal mysteries of all time. He demonstrates that Kozminski had the means, the motive, and the opportunity to commit the horrific murders and that he fit the serial-killer profile as defined by the FBI today. He examines eyewitness testimony that placed Kozminski with one of the victims. He draws on a decade of his own research, including trips to Poland and England, to uncover Kozminski's past and details of the case, reveal his bizarre behavior, and build a strong circumstantial case against him.


With a Foreword by former FBI profiler and pioneer sexual predator profiler Roy Hazelwood and featuring dozens of photographs, illustrations, and maps, Jack the Ripper and the Case for Scotland Yard's Prime Suspect presents the only realistic and convincing solution to the notorious mystery of Jack the Ripper.


Why Men Love Bitches: From Doormat to Dreamgirl

Why Men Love Bitches: From Doormat to Dreamgirl

Why Men Love Bitches: From Doormat to Dreamgirl - A Woman's Guide to Holding Her Own in a Relationship by Sherry Argov
Adams Media | 2002 | ISBN: 1580627560 | EPUB | 255 pages | 735.19KB


Do you feel like you are too nice? Sherry Argov's Why Men Love Bitches delivers a unique perspective as to why men are attracted to a strong woman who stands up for herself. With saucy detail on every page, this no-nonsense guide reveals why a strong woman is much more desirable than a "yes woman" who routinely sacrifices herself. The author provides compelling answers to the tough questions women often ask:


● Why are men so romantic in the beginning and why do they change?

● Why do men take nice girls for granted?

● Why does a man respect a woman when she stands up for herself?


Full of advice, hilarious real-life relationship scenarios, "she says/he thinks" tables, and the author's unique "Attraction Principles," Why Men Love Bitches gives you bottom-line answers. It helps you know who you are, stand your ground, and relate to men on a whole new level. Once you've discovered the feisty attitude men find so magnetic, you'll not only increase the romantic chemistry-you'll gain your man's love and respect with far less effort.


The Skillful Huntsman

The Skillful Huntsman

The Skillful Huntsman: Visual Development of a Grimm Tale at Art Center College of Design by Khang Le, Mike Yamada, Felix Yoon
Design Studio Press | 2005 | ISBN: 0972667644 | PDF | 160 pages | 9.07MB


A tale from the Brothers Grimm provides inspiration for three gifted students from the world-renowned Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. Khang Le, Mike Yamada, and Felix Yoon were guided by their instructor, Scott Robertson, to create original design solutions for the environments, characters, props, and vehicles found within "The Skillful Huntsman". The trio's sketches and full-color renderings thoroughly document the creative process of concept design, revealing a host of intriguing places - from sci-fi cities to castles - and people - from giants to royalty. A must for artists, aspiring entertainment designers, comic aficionados, and anyone interested in the creative process, "The Skillful Huntsman" offers insight into the mysterious world of the imagination.


Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation

Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation

Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation by Daniel J Siegel
Bantam | 2010 | ISBN: 0553386395 | EPUB | 336 pages | 481.48KB


This groundbreaking book, from one of the global innovators in the integration of brain science with psychotherapy, offers an extraordinary guide to the practice of “mindsight,” the potent skill that is the basis for both emotional and social intelligence. From anxiety to depression and feelings of shame and inadequacy, from mood swings to addictions, OCD, and traumatic memories, most of us have a mental “trap” that causes recurring conflict in our lives and relationships. Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and co-director of the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center, shows us how to use mindsight to escape these traps. Through his synthesis of a broad range of scientific research with applications to everyday life, Dr. Siegel has developed novel approaches that have helped hundreds of patients free themselves from obstacles blocking their happiness. By cultivating mindsight, all of us can effect positive, lasting changes in our brains—and our lives. A book as inspiring as it is profound, Mindsight can help us master our emotions, heal our relationships, and reach our fullest potential.


The Optimism Bias: A Tour of the Irrationally Positive Brain

The Optimism Bias: A Tour of the Irrationally Positive Brain

The Optimism Bias: A Tour of the Irrationally Positive Brain by Tali Sharot
Knopf | 2011 | ISBN: 0307398188 | 272 pages | EPUB | 359.92KB


From a leading neuroscience researcher, an exploration of the neural basis of optimism, and how the brain simulates the future. How does the brain generate hope? How does it trick us into moving forward? What happens when it fails? How do the brains of optimists differ from those of pessimists? Psychologists have long been aware that most people tend to entertain an irrationally positive outlook on their lives. Optimism may be so crucial to our existence that it is hard-wired into our brains. With the emergence of MRI brain imaging, we are beginning to understand the neural mechanisms and to understand the biological basis of optimism, and how our optimistic illusions affect our financial, professional and emotional decisions.


With its cutting-edge science and its wide-ranging and accessible narrative, The Optimism Bias provides us with startling new insight into the workings of the brain.


The Arithmetic of Life and Death

The Arithmetic of Life and Death

The Arithmetic of Life and Death by George Shaffner
Ballantine Books | 2001 | ISBN: 0345426452 | 220 pages | EPUB | 3.1MB


Whether you realize it or not, numbers are everywhere--and integral to almost every facet of your life . . . from your next raise in pay to the inevitable rise of inflation, your weekly family budget to your end of the national debt. And as George Shaffner amazingly reveals, there are discerning answers (and a great measure of comfort) in numbers. In The Arithmetic of Life, he applies the basic principles of mathematics--addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division--to some of the most profound and just plain puzzling questions of our time.


Illuminated with anecdotes, humor, and insight, each chapter explains a unique part of life that can be understood only through the magic of numbers. Whether it's an unconventional theory on why more things go wrong than right, a simple calculation of how much it will cost you to smoke for a lifetime, why crime (accumulatively) doesn't pay, or a glimpse into the probability of life after death, this enlightening and lucidly reasoned book will forever change the way you think about numbers--and the world around you.


Liars and Outliers

Liars and Outliers

Liars and Outliers: Enabling the Trust that Society Needs to Thrive by Bruce Schneier
Wiley | 2012 | ISBN: 1118143302 | 384 pages | EPUB | 1.64MB


When we think about trust, we naturally think about personal relationships or bank vaults. That's too narrow. Trust is much broader, and much more important. Nothing in society works without trust. It's the foundation of communities, commerce, democracy—everything.


In this insightful and entertaining book, Schneier weaves together ideas from across the social and biological sciences to explain how society induces trust. He shows how trust works and fails in social settings, communities, organizations, countries, and the world.


In today's hyper-connected society, understanding the mechanisms of trust is as important as understanding electricity was a century ago. Issues of trust and security are critical to solving problems as diverse as corporate responsibility, global warming, and our moribund political system. After reading Liars and Outliers, you'll think about social problems, large and small, differently.


A Life of Picasso: The Triumphant Years, 1917-1932

A Life of Picasso: The Triumphant Years, 1917-1932

A Life of Picasso: The Triumphant Years, 1917-1932 by John Richardson
Knopf | 2007 | ISBN: 030749649X | 608 pages | EPUB | 22.81MB


Here is Picasso at the height of his powers in Rome and Naples, producing the sets and costumes with Cocteau for Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, and visiting Pompei where the antique statuary fuel his obsession with classicism; in Paris, creating some of his most important sculpture and painting as part of a group that included Braque, Apollinaire, Miró, and Breton; spending summers in the South of France in the company of Gerald and Sara Murphy, Hemingway, and Fitzgerald. These are the years of his marriage to the Russian ballerina Olga Khokhlova—the mother of his only legitimate child, Paulo—and of his passionate affair with Marie-Thérèse Walter, who was, as well, his model and muse.


A groundbreaking contribution to our understanding of one of the greatest artists of the twentieth century.


A Splintered History of Wood

A Splintered History of Wood

A Splintered History of Wood: Belt-Sander Races, Blind Woodworkers, and Baseball Bats by Spike Carlsen
HarperCollins | 2009 | ISBN: 0061982776 | 432 pages | EPUB | 5.03MB


In a world without wood, we might not be here at all. We wouldn't have had the fire, heat, and shelter that allowed us to expand into the planet's colder regions. If civilization somehow did develop, our daily lives would be vastly different: there would be no violins, baseball bats, chopsticks, or wine corks. The book you are now holding wouldn't exist.


Spike Carlsen's A Splintered History of Wood is a grand celebration of all things wooden and the characters who lovingly shape them—eccentric artisans and passionate enthusiasts who have created some of the world's most beloved musical instruments, feared weapons, dazzling architecture, and bizarre forms of transportation. From champion chainsaw carvers to blind woodworkers, from the Miraculous Staircase to the Lindbergh kidnapping case, here is a passionate, personal, amazingly entertaining exploration of nature's greatest gift.


Heat: An Amateur's Adventures as Kitchen Slave

Heat: An Amateur's Adventures as Kitchen Slave

Heat: An Amateur's Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker, and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany by Bill Buford
Vintage | 2007 | ISBN: 1400034477 | 336 pages | EPUB | 358.92KB


A highly acclaimed writer and editor, Bill Buford left his job at The New Yorker for a most unlikely destination: the kitchen at Babbo, the revolutionary Italian restaurant created and ruled by superstar chef Mario Batali. Finally realizing a long-held desire to learn first-hand the experience of restaurant cooking, Buford soon finds himself drowning in improperly cubed carrots and scalding pasta water on his quest to learn the tricks of the trade. His love of Italian food then propels him on journeys further afield: to Italy, to discover the secrets of pasta-making and, finally, how to properly slaughter a pig. Throughout, Buford stunningly details the complex aspects of Italian cooking and its long history, creating an engrossing and visceral narrative stuffed with insight and humor.


The Black Count

The Black Count

The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss
Crown | 2012 | ISBN: 030738246X | 432 pages | EPUB | 3.48MB


Here is the remarkable true story of the real Count of Monte Cristo – a stunning feat of historical sleuthing that brings to life the forgotten hero who inspired such classics as The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers.


The real-life protagonist of The Black Count, General Alex Dumas, is a man almost unknown today yet with a story that is strikingly familiar, because his son, the novelist Alexandre Dumas, used it to create some of the best loved heroes of literature.


Yet, hidden behind these swashbuckling adventures was an even more incredible secret: the real hero was the son of a black slave -- who rose higher in the white world than any man of his race would before our own time.


Born in Saint-Domingue (now Haiti), Alex Dumas was briefly sold into bondage but made his way to Paris where he was schooled as a sword-fighting member of the French aristocracy. Enlisting as a private, he rose to command armies at the height of the Revolution, in an audacious campaign across Europe and the Middle East – until he met an implacable enemy he could not defeat.


The Black Count is simultaneously a riveting adventure story, a lushly textured evocation of 18th-century France, and a window into the modern world’s first multi-racial society. But it is also a heartbreaking story of the enduring bonds of love between a father and son.


The Butterflies of Cascadia

The Butterflies of Cascadia

The Butterflies of Cascadia: A Field Guide to All the Species of Washington, Oregon, and Surrounding Territories by Robert Michael Pyle
Seattle Audubon Society | 2002 | ISBN: 0914516132 | 420 pages | PDF | 181.29MB


600+ color photos, maps. Complete field guide to the Lepidoptera of the Northwest is successor to the author’s Watching Washington Butterflies. Photos show live butterflies in their natural habitats plus spread specimens and paintings. Species accounts are presented in two parts: 1) range maps, description, recognition, variation, life history, flight time, habitat & range; and 2) a trademark Pyle commentary on each butterfly.


Butterflies through Binoculars: The West

Butterflies through Binoculars: The West

Butterflies through Binoculars: The West - A Field Guide to the Butterflies of Western North America by Jeffrey Glassberg
Oxford University Press | 2001 | ISBN: 0195106695 | 384 pages | PDF | 161.11MB


This field guide offers a comprehensive display of all the magnificent butterflies of the western region, stretching from the plains of middle America to the Pacific coast, and from southwestern Canada all the way to the Hawaiian islands.


Jeffrey Glassberg's acclaimed Butterflies Through Binoculars series has essentially revolutionized the way we view butterflies. Featuring an extensive array of photographs, this new volume offers expert guidance in locating, identifying, and enjoying all the butterflies of the West. In fact, together with its companion volume Butterflies Through Binoculars: The East, every type of butterfly from the continental United States is described and, in most cases, photographed. As a complement to its outstanding instruction in spotting both rare and common butterfly species, the volume also includes range maps, advice on food plants, wing areas, flight times, and a host of other butterfly facts. Moreover, each stunning photograph contains identification marks, shown clearly for ease in positive identification.


From butterfly biology to butterfly conservation, this useful and practical field guide provides all the necessary information to make your butterfly experience a success. Whether you are a butterfly enthusiast, a birder, a conservationist, or a nature lover in general, this guide is the ideal accompaniment to your search for western butterflies.


Blackstock's Collections: The Drawings of an Artistic Savant

Blackstock's Collections: The Drawings of an Artistic Savant

Blackstock's Collections: The Drawings of an Artistic Savant by Gregory L Blackstock
Princeton Architectural Press | 2006 | ISBN: 1568985797 | 144 pages | PDF | 10.28MB


Modern life is an ever-accelerating barrage of people, buildings, vehicles, creatures, and things. How much can a curious mind take in? And what can it do with all the data? Gregory L. Blackstock, a retired Seattle pot washer, draws order out of all the chaos with a pencil, a black marker, and some crayons.


Blackstock is autistic and an artistic savant. He creates visual lists of everything from wasps to hats to emergency vehicles to noisemakers. In the spirit of the Outsider art of Henry Darger and Howard Finster, Blackstock makes art that is stirring in its profusion and detail and inspiring in its simple beauty. He has never received formal artistic training, yet his renderings clearly and beguilingly show subtle differences and similaritiesenabling the viewer to see, for example, the distinctive features of a dolly varden, a Pacific Coast steelhead cutthroat, and fourteen other types of trout.


Each collection is lovingly captioned in Blackstock's unique hand with texts that reflect facts from his research as well as his passions and preferences. Blackstock's Collections contains over 100 extraordinary examples of his splendidly original taxonomy, offering a unique look inside the mind of a man making sense of life through art.


  • Monsters of the Deep
  • Major Forestry Pests
  • The Great Cabbage Family
  • The Spatulas
  • The World War II U.S. Bombers
  • The Buoys
  • King Sized Jails
  • Monsters of the Past
  • Classical Clowns
  • Great Italian Roosters
  • Our State Lighthouses
  • The Irish Joys

Volume: Writings on Graphic Design, Music, Art, and Culture

Volume: Writings on Graphic Design, Music, Art, and Culture

Volume: Writings on Graphic Design, Music, Art, and Culture by Kenneth FitzGerald, Rudy VanderLans
Princeton Architectural Press | 2010 | ISBN: 1568989644 | 256 pages | PDF | 2.42MB


Volume—a word that refers to sound, collections, and the measurement of space—is a crucial characteristic of both graphic design and popular music. While expressing different aspects of these two pervasive cultural mediums, the term also introduces a discussion on their many links. Volume: Writings on Graphic Design, Music, Art, and Culture is a collection of both new and classic writings by frequent Emigre contributor and educator Kenneth FitzGerald that survey the discipline of graphic design in context with the parallel creative fields of contemporary music and art. The topics of the writings are diverse: the roles of class in design, design education, Lester Bangs and Creem magazine, pornography, album cover art, independent record labels, anonymity and imaginary creative identities, and design as cultural chaos-maker.


Function, Restraint, and Subversion in Typography

Function, Restraint, and Subversion in Typography

Function, Restraint, and Subversion in Typography by J Namdev Hardisty
Princeton Architectural Press | 2011 | ISBN: 1568989660 | 256 pages | PDF | 15.37MB


The beauty of contemporary graphic design is that dozens of movements emerge and re-emerge from view. Yet, too often we are left with only the vague impression that something is going on. To appreciate what that might be requires us to slow down, ignore superficial trends, and take a more in-depth look. This is the approach taken by Function, Restraint, and Subversion in Typography, a survey of minimalist and brutalist typography in contemporary graphic design. This international collection documents the work of more than twenty-four graphic designers who engage in an aggressively simple typography. Lavishly illustrated with commentary by author J. Namdev Hardisty, the book explores the innovative posters, books, signage, and other forms of print design by such well-known designers as Daniel Eatock, Experimental Jetset, Spin, the Walker Art Center's design studio, as well as those just beginning to make a mark onthe design world, including MGMT., Project Projects, SEA, Xavier Encinas, Manuel Raeder, YES, and more.


America Again: Re-becoming the Greatness We Never Weren't

America Again: Re-becoming the Greatness We Never Weren't

America Again: Re-becoming the Greatness We Never Weren't [Audiobook] by Stephen Colbert
Hachette Audio | 2012 | ISBN: 1607889706 | MP3@64 kbps | 3 hrs 12 mins | 81.2MB


Book store nation, in the history of mankind there has never been a greater country than America. You could say we're the number one nation at being the best at greatness.


But as perfect as America is in every single way, America is broken! And we can't exchange it because we're 236 years past the 30-day return window. Look around - we don't make anything anymore, we've mortgaged our future to China, and the Apologist-in-Chief goes on world tours just to bow before foreign leaders. Worse, the L.A. Four Seasons Hotel doesn't even have a dedicated phone button for the Spa. You have to dial an extension! Where did we lose our way?!


It's high time we restored America to the greatness it never lost!


Luckily, America Again will singlebookedly pull this country back from the brink. Covering subject's ranging from healthcare ("I shudder to think where we'd be without the wide variety of prescription drugs to treat our maladies, such as think-shuddering") to the economy ("Life is giving us lemons, and we're shipping them to the Chinese to make our lemon-flavored leadonade") to food ("Feel free to deep fry this book-it's a rich source of fiber"), Stephen gives America the dose of truth it needs to get back on track.


Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot

Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot
Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot by Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
2012 | EPUB | 1.3MB

A riveting historical narrative of the shocking events surrounding the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and the follow-up to mega-bestselling author Bill O'Reilly's Killing Lincoln.

More than a million readers have thrilled to Bill O'Reilly's Killing Lincoln, the page-turning work of nonfiction about the shocking assassination that changed the course of American history. Now the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor; recounts in gripping detail the brutal murder of John Fitzgerald Kennedy--and how a sequence of gunshots on a Dallas afternoon not only killed a beloved president but also sent the nation into the cataclysmic division of the Vietnam War and its culture-changing aftermath.

In January 1961, as the Cold War escalates, John F. Kennedy struggles to contain the growth of Communism while he learns the hardships, solitude, and temptations of what it means to be president of the United States. Along the way he acquires a number of formidable enemies, among them Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, and Alan Dulles, director of the Central Intelligence Agency. In addition, powerful elements of organized crime have begun to talk about targeting the president and his brother, Attorney General Robert Kennedy.

In the midst of a 1963 campaign trip to Texas, Kennedy is gunned down by an erratic young drifter named Lee Harvey Oswald. The former Marine Corps sharpshooter escapes the scene, only to be caught and shot dead while in police custody.

The events leading up to the most notorious crime of the twentieth century are almost as shocking as the assassination itself. Killing Kennedy chronicles both the heroism and deceit of Camelot, bringing history to life in ways that will profoundly move the reader. This may well be the most talked about book of the year.

Alice in Quantumland: An Allegory of Quantum Physics

Alice in Quantumland: An Allegory of Quantum Physics

Alice in Quantumland: An Allegory of Quantum Physics by Robert Gilmore
Copernicus | 1995 | ISBN: 0387914951 | 184 pages | EPUB, MOBI | 8.74MB


In this cleverly conceived book, physicist Robert Gilmore makes accessible some complex concepts in quantum mechanics by sending Alice to Quantumland-a whole new Wonderland, smaller than an atom, where each attraction demonstrates a different aspect of quantum theory. Alice unusual encounters, enhanced by illustrations by Gilmore himself, make the Uncertainty Principle, wave functions, the Pauli Principle, and other elusive concepts easier to grasp.


Mountains of the Mind: Adventures in Reaching the Summit

Mountains of the Mind: Adventures in Reaching the Summit

Mountains of the Mind: Adventures in Reaching the Summit by Robert Macfarlane
Vintage Books | 2004 | ISBN: 0375714065 | 320 pages | EPUB | 4.38MB


Three centuries ago, mountains were considered forbidding and forbidden, the abodes of dragons and other ill-tempered grotesque beasts. But with the growing recognition that the Earth's surface had not been created once and for all but was slowly evolving, mountains came to be seen as the unexplored text of the Earth's story, a terrain that scientists, adventurers, naturalists, and, finally, travelers began to explore. In Mountains of the Mind, Robert Macfarlane blends cultural history, meditation, and memoir to show how early geologists helped transform our perceptions of the wild, chaotic landscapes; how the allure of height increasingly drew fearless climbers, culminating in the romantic figure of George Mallory, the passionate Englishman who died on Mount Everest in 1924; and how the elemental beauty of snow and ice coalesced into an aesthetic of the sublime.


Mountains of the Mind is at once an enthralling work of history, an intimate account of Macfarlane's own experiences, and a beautifully written meditation on how memory, landscape, imagination, and the landscape of mountains are joined together in our minds and under our feet.


Combining accounts of legendary mountain ascents with vivid descriptions of his own forays into wild, high landscapes, Robert McFarlane reveals how the mystery of the world’s highest places has came to grip the Western imagination—and perennially draws legions of adventurers up the most perilous slopes.


His story begins three centuries ago, when mountains were feared as the forbidding abodes of dragons and other mysterious beasts. In the mid-1700s the attentions of both science and poetry sparked a passion for mountains; Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Lord Byron extolled the sublime experiences to be had on high; and by 1924 the death on Mt Everest of an Englishman named George Mallory came to symbolize the heroic ideals of his day. Macfarlane also reflects on fear, risk, and the shattering beauty of ice and snow, the competition and contemplation of the climb, and the strange alternate reality of high altitude, magically enveloping us in the allure of mountains at every level.


Feng Shui that Makes Sense

Feng Shui that Makes Sense

Feng Shui that Makes Sense: Easy Ways to Create a Home that Feels as Good as it Looks by Cathleen McCandless
Two Harbors Press | 2011 | ISBN: 1936401568 | 302 pages | EPUB | 2.98MB


You don't need to be a professional designer or a feng shui expert in order to have a beautiful, comfortable home. Feng Shui That Makes Sense takes you step-by-step through the process of using feng shui principles to create a home that will please your eye, relax your body, inspire your mind, and lift your spirit.


After reading this book, you will be able to:


• Easily create a home of beauty, harmony, and comfort

• Learn basic feng shui principles that work every time in every space

• Improve the look and feel of any room in your home

• Discover the origins of popular feng shui myths and misunderstandings

• Enhance the areas of your home relating to Love, Money, Health, Family, and more

• Apply feng shui principles to your landscape and garden

• Integrate nature and natural materials into your living space

• Clear your home of unwanted energy

• Create a home that nurtures and inspires you physically, mentally, and spiritually

• Understand how and why your environment affects you the way it does


Thrifty Gardening: From the Ground Up

Thrifty Gardening: From the Ground Up

Thrifty Gardening: From the Ground Up by Marjorie Harris
House of Anansi Press | 2012 | ISBN: 0887842712 | 272 pages | EPUB | 757.16KB


Bestselling author and gardening columnist Marjorie Harris offers a timely and entertaining guide for gardeners at every stage of life. Whether you’re moving into your first apartment or condo, upgrading to a house, or downsizing to smaller digs, Harris shares the best tips on how to create a beautiful garden for any space — all on a budget.


The highly anticipated sequel to her popular book Thrifty: Living the Frugal Life with Style, Thrifty Gardening marries Harris’s passion for gardening with her thrifty lifestyle savvy so that everyone can create a natural oasis whatever their living situation is — and without breaking the bank.


Looking for Transwonderland: Travels in Nigeria

Looking for Transwonderland: Travels in Nigeria

Looking for Transwonderland: Travels in Nigeria by Noo Saro-Wiwa
Soft Skull Press | 2012 | ISBN: 1619020076 | 272 pages | EPUB | 492.99KB


Noo Saro-Wiwa was brought up in England, but every summer she was dragged back to visit her father in Nigeria -- a country she viewed as an annoying parallel universe where she had to relinquish all her creature comforts and sense of individuality. After her father, activist Ken Saro-Wiwa, was killed there, she didn’t return for several years. Recently, she decided to come to terms with the country her father given his life for.


Saro-Wiwa travels from the exuberant chaos of Lagos to the calm beauty of the eastern mountains; from the eccentricity of a Nigerian dog show to the decrepit kitsch of the Transwonderland Amusement Park. She explores Nigerian Christianity, delves into the country’s history of slavery, examines the corrupting effect of oil, and ponders the huge success of Nollywood.


She finds the country as exasperating as ever, and frequently despairs at the corruption and inefficiency she encounters. But she also discovers that it si far more beautiful and varied than she had ever imagined, with its captivating thick tropical rainforest and ancient palaces and monuments. Most engagingly of all, she introduces us to the many people she meets, and gives us hilarious insights into the African character, its passion, wit and ingenuity.


The Breakfast Taco Book

The Breakfast Taco Book

The Breakfast Taco Book by Hilah Johnson
Hilah Cooking | 2011 | ASIN: B005JTNP90 | 39 pages | EPUB | 455.58KB


The Breakfast Taco Book is packed with everything you need to know about breakfast tacos – including how to make them at home. Recipes cover everything from how to make your own tortillas and salsa to a wide variety of "taco-guts." Bacon, Eggs, Home Fries, Chorizo, Nopalitos - we've got you covered!


The Tassajara Bread Book

The Tassajara Bread Book

The Tassajara Bread Book by Edward Espe Brown
Shambhala | 2011 | ISBN: 1590308360 | 192 pages | EPUB | 741.5KB


The Tassajara Bread Book has been a favorite among renowned chefs and novice bakers alike for more than thirty years. In this deluxe edition, the same gentle, clear instructions and wonderful recipes are presented in a new paperback format with an updated interior design. Deborah Madison, author of Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone, says, “This little book has long been a guide for those who want to bake but don’t know where to begin, as well as for those who want to go beyond and discover not just recipes, but bread making itself.”


Spaghetti Sauces: Authentic Italian Recipes

Spaghetti Sauces: Authentic Italian Recipes

Spaghetti Sauces: Authentic Italian Recipes from Biba Caggiano
Gibbs Smith | 2011 | ISBN: 1423606884 | 128 pages | EPUB | 1.75MB


Eighty authentic Italian recipes are sure to indulge everyone at the table with palate-pleasing flavors. Twirl your fork into a plate of spaghetti topped with Pecorino Romano, Black Pepper, and Crisp Garlic; Mediterranean Pesto with Tomatoes; Prawns with Broccoli Florets and Paprika; Tomato Sauce with Goat Cheese and Basil; or Roasted Vegetables with Balsamic Vinegar.


Biba Caggiano is an award-winning author of eight cookbooks and the chef/owner of BIBA Restaurant. Her restaurant is the recipient of many awards and recognition from Food Network Canada, Wine Spectator, Conde Nast Traveler, Gourmet Magazine, and Taste of Italia. She lives in Sacramento, California.


Bread Matters

Bread Matters

Bread Matters: The State of Modern Bread and a Definitive Guide to Baking Your Own by Andrew Whitley
Andrews McMeel Publishing | 2009 | ISBN: 0740773739 | 416 pages | EPUB | 1.98MB


In Bread Matters, Andrew Whitley, professional organic baker, founder of Bread Matters, and cofounder of the Real Bread Campaign, exposes the terrible state of modern commercial bread and shares his recipes for making great, nutritious bread at home.


Using the skills he has amassed during more than 25 years as a professional bread baker, Whitley clearly explains the process in detailed discussions of the tools, ingredients, methods, and tricks of the breadmaking trade. He also offers more than 50 foolproof recipes for all types of bread, including yeast-free and gluten-free loaves, as well as uses for leftover crumbs once they've passed their prime.


Bread Matters is an essential bread book for beginning and seasoned bakers alike. Once you see how easy it is to make your own delicious bread at home, you may never buy commercial bread again.


Salsas and Tacos [The Santa Fe School of Cooking Series]

Salsas and Tacos [The Santa Fe School of Cooking Series]

Salsas and Tacos [The Santa Fe School of Cooking Series] by Susan Curtis
Gibbs Smith | 2006 | ISBN: 1423600150 | 96 pages | EPUB | 3.55MB


This charmer of a cookbook is dedicated to the crowd-pleasing duo of salsa and tacos in all its spicy glory. Starting with a brief tutorial on chiles and other southwestern ingredients, the collection then offers 24 salsas, each a lesson in creativity. Jicama-Watermelon Salsa begs to be paired with fish or shrimp straight from the grill, while earthy Roasted Pepper Rajas work tasty miracles on a chicken sandwich. The author suggests using Bing Cherry-Pistachio Salsa to complement a holiday meal: a fine idea, but why stop there? Atop a scoop of vanilla ice cream, it becomes an unusual and invigorating dessert. The taco selection is brief but well edited; Hot and Smoky Shrimp Tacos are simple but fiery, and Baja-Style Fish Tacos with Chipotle Mayonnaise taste like they just arrived from Cabo San Lucas. Carne Asada is a bigger production: a sirloin steak marinated in garlic and chiles, served alongside various salsas and tortillas. It's more involved than a simple taco, but it's the perfect recipe to show off the complexity and spice of Santa Fe cuisine.


Handbook of Food Proteins

Handbook of Food Proteins

Handbook of Food Proteins by Glyn O Phillips, Peter A Williams
Woodhead Publishing | 2011 | ISBN: 1845697588 | 464 pages | PDF | 8.26MB


Handbook of Food Proteins is intended to be a convenient reference aimed at professionals using food protein ingredients, rather than an academic work describing in detail the latest understanding of the scientific basis of the properties of different proteins and their interactions. The book aims to provide in one volume all the relevant information a professional would require to select proteins for particular applications, especially applications in food products. Information is presented readily and accessibly, yet at the same time authoritatively. Each chapter is devoted to a particular food protein (or group of proteins) and covers sources, structure and properties, food and non-food applications and health effects.


• An authoritative overview of the characteristics, functionalities and applications of different proteins of importance to the food industry

• Chapters each focus on a particular protein ingredient or group of ingredients and describe innovative products and potential methods for improving nutrition and diet using proteins


Into the Vietnamese Kitchen

Into the Vietnamese Kitchen

Into the Vietnamese Kitchen: Treasured Foodways, Modern Flavors by Andrea Nguyen
Ten Speed Press | 2006 | ISBN: 1580086659 | 352 pages | EPUB | 14.72MB


When author Andrea Nguyen's family was airlifted out of Saigon in 1975, one of the few belongings that her mother hurriedly packed for the journey was her small orange notebook of recipes. Thirty years later, Nguyen has written her own intimate collection of recipes, INTO THE VIETNAMESE KITCHEN, an ambitious debut cookbook that chronicles the food traditions of her native country. Robustly flavored yet delicate, sophisticated yet simple, the recipes include steamy pho noodle soups infused with the aromas of fresh herbs and lime; rich clay-pot preparations of catfish, chicken, and pork; classic bánh mì sandwiches; and an array of Vietnamese charcuterie. Nguyen helps readers shop for essential ingredients, master core cooking techniques, and prepare and serve satisfying meals, whether for two on a weeknight or 12 on a weekend.


How Old Is the Universe?

How Old Is the Universe?

How Old Is the Universe by David A Weintraub
Audible | 2012 | ASIN: B009EDDM0E | MP3@96 kbps+reference guide (PDF) | 10 hrs 37 mins | 388.87MB


Astronomers have determined that our universe is 13.7 billion years old. How exactly did they come to this precise conclusion? How Old Is the Universe? tells the incredible story of how astronomers solved one of the most compelling mysteries in science and, along the way, introduces listeners to fundamental concepts and cutting-edge advances in modern astronomy.


The age of our universe poses a deceptively simple question, and its answer carries profound implications for science, religion, and philosophy. David Weintraub traces the centuries-old quest by astronomers to fathom the secrets of the nighttime sky. Describing the achievements of the visionaries whose discoveries collectively unveiled a fundamental mystery, he shows how many independent lines of inquiry and much painstakingly gathered evidence, when fitted together like pieces in a cosmic puzzle, led to the long-sought answer. Astronomers don't believe the universe is 13.7 billion years old - they know it. You will too after listening to this book.


By focusing on one of the most crucial questions about the universe and challenging readers to understand the answer, Weintraub familiarizes listeners with the ideas and phenomena at the heart of modern astronomy, including red giants and white dwarfs, cepheid variable stars and supernovae, clusters of galaxies, gravitational lensing, dark matter, dark energy and the accelerating universe - and much more.


Offering a unique historical approach to astronomy, How Old Is the Universe? sheds light on the inner workings of scientific inquiry and reveals how astronomers grapple with deep questions about the physical nature of our universe.