X-Rated Drinks More Than 250 of the Hottest Drinks Ever Made

X-Rated Drinks More Than 250 of the Hottest Drinks Ever Made

X-Rated Drinks: More Than 250 of the Hottest Drinks Ever Made by Ray Foley
2006 | EPUB | 1.02MB

Take a walk on the wild side with X-Rated Drinks - sure to heat up any party, date or night at home. With more than 250 recipes for the adventurous, young and young-at-heart, you'll have a blast with these sultry concoctions.

Featuring recipes from America's best bartenders, the readers of Bartender magazine, this book contains the best X-rated drinks served anywhere.

Plato, Not Prozаc

Plato, Not Prozаc

Plato, Not Prozаc: Applying Eternal Wisdom to Everyday Problems by Lou Marinoff
2000 | EPUB | 2.11MB

If you're facing a dilemma -- whether it's handling a relationship, living ethically, dealing with a career change, or finding meaning in life -- the world's most important thinkers from centuries past will help guide you toward a solution compatible with your individual beliefs. From Kirkegaard's thoughts on coping with death to the I Ching's guidelines on adapting to change, Plato, Not Prozаc! makes philosophy accessible and shows you how to use it to solve your everyday problems.

Gone is the need for expensive therapists, medication, and lengthy analysis. Clearly organized by common problems to help you tailor Dr. Lou Marinoff's advice to your own needs, this is an intelligent, effective, and persuasive prescription for self-healing therapy that is giving psychotherapy a run for its money.

Sleep Well Again

Sleep Well Again

Sleep Well Again: Fall Asleep Quickly, Stay Asleep Longer, Wake Up Refreshed by Lisa Morrone
2012 | EPUB | 548.39KB

For readers who are tired of being tired...Lisa Morrone, author of Overcoming Overeating and Overcoming Headaches and Migraines offers hope for the "eight hours you don't want to miss!"

The rush of twenty-first century life has left many busy people underslept, irritable, and worn out from everyday life. In this helpful book, readers will learn:

  • the high cost of sleep deprivation
  • how to prepare for a good night's sleep
  • ways to deal with middle-of-the-night "plumbing problems"
  • whether medication will help
  • how to calm an overactive brain
  • how to deal with pain, sleep apnea, and restless leg syndrome

Refreshment, new energy, and a revitalized life await the readers of Lisa's new book.

One Bird, One Stone: 108 Contemporary Zen Stories

One Bird, One Stone: 108 Contemporary Zen Stories

One Bird, One Stone: 108 Contemporary Zen Stories by Sean Murphy
2013 | EPUB | 1.19MB

Drawn from the archives of major Zen centers in America and interviews with some of the most seminal figures of American Zen, including Philip Kapleau, Bernie Glassman, Gary Snyder, and Walter Nowick, One Bird, One Stone presents the notable encounters between teachers and students, the moments of insight and wisdom, the quotable quotes, and the humor of Zen as it has flowered in America over the last one hundred-plus years.

Murphy, a Zen student and an accomplished writer, conducted numerous personal interviews and distilled over one hundred pithy stories. He covers Zen masters Suzuki, Maezumi, Seung Sahn, Robert Aitken, and Philip Kapleau along with earnest students Gary Snyder, Alan Watts, and Philip Whalen and others.

The Quest for Gaia: A Book of Changes

The Quest for Gaia: A Book of Changes

The Quest for Gaia: A Book of Changes by Kit Pedler
2012 | EPUB | 2.53MB

Kit Pedler, the scientist who co-created the ‘Doomwatch’ television series to warn us of the dangers of technology, presents his vision of a totally different way of being in the world. Mankind, Pedler believes, stands at a critical point in history and has to reassess its relationship and the web of interactions that make up the total life-form of the planet. Pedler calls this life-form Gaia, after the Greek earth mother goddess, a being whose sole concern is the survival of the planet itself.

Mankind is provoking the wrath of the life-form by its high technology, accelerating entropy and production of planetary disorder. Can we halt the technological Behemoth and live in harmony with the planet again? Kit Pedler says ‘yes, we can, indeed, that we have no choice but to do so’. He outlines highly practical ways every individual can change his or her way of life to reduce our personal entropy debt. Do we need to eat factory-farm beef rather than, the sun-product, grain? Must be build homes from steel and concrete rather than, the renewable earth-product, timber? Is there an alternative to expensive, and ecologically destructive, drugs? From experiments with his own lifestyle Kit Pedler comes to some profoundly optimistic conclusions. He demonstrates how low-entropy living can have unexpected rewards, from restoring our respect for the creatures with which we share the earth, greater independence and freedom through learning abandoned skills and, above all, by the recovery of a lost vision, once possessed by our forefathers, which enables us to see and feel in ways forgotten by industrial man.

The Quest for Gaia is an exhilarating and optimistic book, and a challenge to capture a rewarding and sustainable future for ourselves and our earth. It is a blueprint for the Age of Gaia.

The Theory That Would Not Die [Audiobook]

The Theory That Would Not Die [Audiobook]

The Theory That Would Not Die: How Bayes' Rule Cracked the Enigma Code, Hunted Down Russian Submarines, and Emerged Triumphant from Two Centuries of Controversy [Audiobook] by Sharon Bertsch McGrayne
2012 | MP3@32 kbps + EPUB | 11 hrs 51 mins | 162.97MB

Bayes' rule appears to be a straightforward, one-line theorem: by updating our initial beliefs with objective new information, we get a new and improved belief. To its adherents, it is an elegant statement about learning from experience. To its opponents, it is subjectivity run amok.

In the first-ever account of Bayes' rule for general readers, Sharon Bertsch McGrayne explores this controversial theorem and the human obsessions surrounding it. She traces its discovery by an amateur mathematician in the 1740s through its development into roughly its modern form by French scientist Pierre Simon Laplace. She reveals why respected statisticians rendered it professionally taboo for 150 years—at the same time that practitioners relied on it to solve crises involving great uncertainty and scanty information, even breaking Germany's Enigma code during World War II, and explains how the advent of off-the-shelf computer technology in the 1980s proved to be a game-changer. Today, Bayes' rule is used everywhere from DNA de-coding to Homeland Security.

Drawing on primary source material and interviews with statisticians and other scientists, The Theory That Would Not Die is the riveting account of how a seemingly simple theorem ignited one of the greatest controversies of all time.

Underworld: the Mysterious Origins of Civilization

Underworld: the Mysterious Origins of Civilization

Underworld: the Mysterious Origins of Civilization by Graham Hancock, Santha Faiia
2002 | EPUB | 24.6MB

A physical and intellectual journey, a worldwide exploration diving for the underwater ruins of a lost civilization, this book follows clues in ancient scriptures and mythlogy and in the scientific evidence of the flood that swept the Earth at the end of the last Ice Age. This text explores the question of early humans swept away by the catastrpohe. Who were these populations - pre-civilised hunter-gatherers or more sophisticated peoples altogether?

The text is written as a personal adventure involving the reader in the travels, the practicalities and the risks while developing the larger themes along the way, building up to the explosive revelation of a global mystery.

Fingerprints of the Gods

Fingerprints of the Gods

Fingerprints of the Gods: The Evidence of Earth's Lost Civilization by Graham Hancock
1995 | EPUB | 6.92MB

Fingerprints of the Gods is the revolutionary rewrite of history that has persuaded millions of readers throughout the world to change their preconceptions about the history behind modern society. An intellectual detective story, this unique history book directs probing questions at orthodox history, presenting disturbing new evidence that historians have tried - but failed - to explain.

This groundbreaking evidence includes:

  • Accurate ancient maps that show the world as it last looked during the Ice Age, thousands of years before any civilisation capable of making such maps is supposed to have existed.
  • Evidence of the devastating scientific and astronomical information encoded into prehistoric myths.
  • The incredible feat of the construction of the great pyramids of Egypt and of megalithic temples on the Giza plateau.
  • The mysterious astronomical alignments of the pyramids and the Great Sphinx.
  • The antediluvian geology of the Sphinx.
  • The megalithic temples of the Andes.
  • The myths of Viracocha and Quetzalcoatl.
  • The pyramids of the Sun and the Moon in Mexico.
  • The doomsday calendar and eerie memories of the ancient Maya.
  • The warning from the Hopi of Arizona.

GoodFellas by Nicholas Pileggi

GoodFellas by Nicholas Pileggi

GoodFellas by Nicholas Pileggi
2011 | EPUB | 2.18MB
'At the age of twelve my ambition was to be a gangster. To me being a wiseguy was better than being president of the United States. To be a wiseguy was to own the world.'

GoodFellas is Henry Hill's own story, telling the fascinating and sometimes brutal details of the day-to-day life of a working New York mobster - the violence, wild spending sprees, his wife, his mistress, his code of honour. From the small-time scamming of his early years, his first arrest at the age of sixteen and initiation into the dealings of his wiseguy friends and bosses, Henry Hill tells of the good times, dodgy dealings, indulgences, and the insularity of the mob-controlled neighbourhoods. But things start to go too far. To save his own life, Hill turns into a Federal witness, and the mob is to this day still hunting him down for revealing their involvement in hundreds of crimes including arson, extortion, hijacking, the six-million dollar Lufthansa heist (the most successful cash robbery in US history), and murder.

Reality Bites Back

Reality Bites Back

Reality Bites Back: The Troubling Truth About Guilty Pleasure TV by Jennifer L Pozner
2010 | EPUB | 680.17KB

Nearly every night on every major network, “unscripted” (but carefully crafted) “reality” TV shows routinely glorify retrograde stereotypes that most people would assume got left behind 35 years ago. In Reality Bites Back, media critic Jennifer L. Pozner aims a critical, analytical lens at a trend most people dismiss as harmless fluff. She deconstructs reality TV’s twisted fairytales to demonstrate that far from being simple “guilty pleasures,” these programs are actually guilty of fomenting gender-war ideology and significantly affecting the intellectual and political development of this generation’s young viewers.

She lays out the cultural biases promoted by reality TV about gender, race, class, sexuality, and consumerism, and explores how those biases shape and reflect our cultural perceptions of who we are, what we’re valued for, and what we should view as “our place” in society. Smart and informative, Reality Bites Back arms readers with the tools they need to understand and challenge the stereotypes reality TV reinforces and, ultimately, to demand accountability from the corporations responsible for this contemporary cultural attack on three decades of feminist progress.

Rachmaninoff by Michael Scott

Rachmaninoff by Michael Scott

Rachmaninoff by Michael Scott
2011 | EPUB | 400.58KB

The musical child of Russia's golden age, Sergei Rachmaninoff, was the last great romantic. Scorned by the musical establishment until very recently, his music received hostile reviews from critics and other composers. Conversely, it never failed to find widespread popular acclaim. Michael Scott's book investigates Rachmaninoff's intense and often melodramatic life, following him from imperial Russia to his years of exile as a wandering virtuoso and his death in Beverley Hills during the Second World War, worn out by his punishing schedule.

Images: My Life in Film

Images: My Life in Film

Images: My Life in Film by Ingmar Bergman
1994 | EPUB | 8.08MB

In candidly discussing more than 30 of his movies, from Torment (1944) to Fanny and Alexander (1982) and more recent made-for-TV films, Swedish director Bergman offers a disarming glimpse into his private world. We learn that Wild Strawberries was a desperate, doomed attempt to justify himself to his "mythologically oversized parents" who had cruelly punished him as a child, while Through A Glass Darkly reflects his confused, noncommunicative marriage to Kabi Laretei. Bergman also divulges his numbing fear of death and ironically frequent thoughts of committing suicide.

For each film discussed, he pinpoints its essential themes, relates on-set anecdotes and trenchantly analyzes what he sees as its strengths and failings. Excerpts from his workbooks, plus film stills and photographs round out a self-portrait that will captivate fans.

My Autobiography by Charlie Chaplin

My Autobiography by Charlie Chaplin

My Autobiography by Charlie Chaplin
2012 | EPUB | 3.03MB
“The best autobiography ever written by an actor. An astonishing work.” —Chicago Tribune

Chaplin’s heartfelt and hilarious autobiography tells the story of his childhood, the challenge of identifying and perfecting his talent, his subsequent film career and worldwide celebrity. In this, one of the very first celebrity memoirs, Chaplin displays all the charms, peculiarities and deeply-held beliefs that made him such an endearing and lasting character.

Re-issued as part of Melville House’s Neversink Library, My Autobiography offers dedicated Chaplin fans and casual admirers alike an astonishing glimpse into the the heart and the mind of Hollywood’s original genius maverick.

Take this unforgettable journey with the man George Bernard Shaw called “the only genius to come out of the movie industry” as he moves from his impoverished South London childhood to the heights of Hollywood wealth and fame; from the McCarthy-era investigations to his founding of United Artists to his “reverse migration” back to Europe, My Autobiography is a reading experience not to be missed.

The Good, the Bad and the Multiplex [Audiobook]

The Good, the Bad and the Multiplex [Audiobook]

The Good, the Bad and the Multiplex: What's Wrong with Modern Movies [Audiobook] by Mark Kermode
2011 | MP3@32 kbps + EPUB | 7 hrs 57 mins | 108.83MB

A renowned film critic offers a no-holds-barred account of all that is great and all that is terrible about cinema.

Outspoken, opinionated, and hilariously funny, the critic who carved out a career in print, radio, and television based entirely on the belief that The Exorcist is the greatest movie ever made and that the Pirates of the Caribbean films should be buried in a very deep hole where they can never bother anyone ever again tackles the real questions that serious filmgoers need answered: What's wrong with the modern movie business? How can we make it right? If blockbusters make money no matter how bad they are, then why not make a good one for a change? How can 3-D be the future of cinema when it's been giving audiences a headache for more than 100 years? Why pay to watch films in theaters which don't have a projectionist but do have a fast-food stand? And, in a world in which Sex and the City 2 was a hit, what the hell are film critics for? This hilariously forthright, enthusiastic look at the state of film today will delight all film obsessives.

It's Only a Movie [Audiobook]

It's Only a Movie [Audiobook]

It's Only a Movie: Reel Life Adventures of a Film Obsessive [Audiobook] by Mark Kermode
2010 | MP3@32 kbps + EPUB | 7 hrs 52 mins | 107.6MB

To avoid fainting, keep repeating it's only a move ..only a movie ..only a movie ..only a movie.

If you grew up believing that Planet of the Apes told you all you needed to know about politics, that Slade in Flame was a savage exposé of the pop world, and that The Exorcist revealed the meaning of life, then you probably spent far too many of your formative years at the cinema. Just as likely, you soon would have realised that there was only one career open to you - you'd have to become a film critic.

In It's only a Movie, the incomparable Mark Kermode takes us into the weird world of a life lived in widescreen. Join him as he embarks on a gut-wrenching journey through the former Soviet Union on the trail of the low budget horror flick Dark Waters, cringe as he's handbagged by Helen Mirren at the Bafta awards ceremony, cheer as he gets thrown out of the Cannes film festival for heckling in very bad French, and don't forget to gasp as he's shot at while interviewing Werner Herzog in the Hollywood hills.

Written with sardonic wit and wry good humour, this compelling cinematic memoir is genuinely 'inspired by real events'.

Dave Gorman Vs The Rest of the World [Audiobook]

Dave Gorman Vs The Rest of the World [Audiobook]

Dave Gorman Vs The Rest of the World [Audiobook] by Dave Gorman
2011 | MP3@32 kbps | 8 hrs 40 mins | 118.61MB

Remember when you were a kid, and you used to go round to a friend's house to see if they were playing? Well, as adults we're not supposed to do that. Which is a shame... because Dave Gorman likes playing. He REALLY likes games. So he knocked on the biggest door you could ever imagine - the internet - and asked 76,000 people if they fancied a game. This is the story of what happened next. Dave was up for anything and gamely played them at whatever they chose. He played some classics - Monopoly, Scrabble, dominoes and cribbage. He played many games he'd never heard of before - Khet, Kubb, Tikal or Smite anyone? He played board games and physical games. He's thrown sticks, balls, frisbees and darts.

He's rolled dice and he's drawn cards. From Liverpool to Hampstead and from Croydon to Nottingham, Dave travelled the length and breadth of Britain meeting strangers in strange places -- their homes, at work, in the back rooms of pubs -- and getting some hard-core game action. From casual players to serious game geeks, from the rank amateur to the world champion, he discovered a nation of gamers more than happy to welcome him into their midst. He's travelled all around the country and met all sorts of people - and it turns out us Brits are a competitive bunch! And it seems that playing games can teach you a lot about what makes the British tick. Of course, Dave hasn't been keeping score. Much.

The Eternal Philistine

The Eternal Philistine

The Eternal Philistine by Odon Von Horvath
2011 | EPUB | 1.87MB

This never-before translated work by a major yet overlooked mid-20th century writer is a brutally funny look at the human comedy on the eve of Europe's decent into Fascism.

It tells the tale of a failed used car salesman who wants to live the high life, and so decides to travel by train from Munich to Barecelona to attend the World's Fair — in hopes of meeting a beautiful, rich woman who will provide for his every whim.

It's a highly-stylized and, at times, raucously funny tale of the almost-absurd: a dark and satiric look at Europeans, and especially Germans, on the brink of cataclysm. Adrift in their acquisitive desires, they are vulnerable to the propaganda of the State — making this novel brilliantly foresightful in its understanding of politics and human nature at a crucial point in modern history.

Ödön von Horváth’s scathing insight, in fact, led to his having to flee the very society he depicted when, living in Berlin, he drew the wrath of the Nazis. And yet this hilarious tour-de-force — written just after his escape, and just before his death in a tragic accident — eschews bitterness for rambunctious perseverance and compassion, and provides ample evidence of why von Horváth deserves renewed appreciation.

A Country Doctor's Notebook

A Country Doctor's Notebook

A Country Doctor's Notebook by Mikhail Bulgakov
2013 | EPUB | 1.91MB

Part autobiography, part fiction, this early work by the author of The Master and Margarita shows a master at the dawn of his craft, and a nation divided by centuries of unequal progress.

In 1916 a 25-year-old, newly qualified doctor named Mikhail Bulgakov was posted to the remote Russian countryside. He brought to his position a diploma and a complete lack of field experience. And the challenges he faced didn’t end there: he was assigned to cover a vast and sprawling territory that was as yet unvisited by modern conveniences such as the motor car, the telephone, and electric lights.

The stories in A Country Doctor’s Notebook are based on this two-year window in the life of the great modernist. Bulgakov candidly speaks of his own feelings of inadequacy, and warmly and wittily conjures episodes such as peasants applying medicine to their outer clothing rather than their skin, and finding himself charged with delivering a baby—having only read about the procedure in text books.

Not yet marked by the dark fantasy of his later writing, this early work features a realistic and wonderfully engaging narrative voice—the voice, indeed, of twentieth century Russia’s greatest writer.

Faithful Ruslan

Faithful Ruslan

Faithful Ruslan by Georgi Vladimov
2011 | EPUB | 1.93MB

Unavailable for twenty years, this harrowing allegory of obedience to authority is esteemed as “one of the defining literary texts of the post-Stalin period.” (The Guardian).

Set in a remote Siberian depot immediately following the demolition of one of the gulag’s notorious camps and the emancipation of its prisoners, Faithful Ruslan is an embittered cri de coeur from a writer whose circumstances obliged him to resist the violence of arbitrary power. “Every writer who writes anything in this country is made to feel he has committed a crime,” Georgi Vladimov said. Dissident, he said, is a word that “they force on you.” His mother, a victim of Stalin’s anti-Semitic policy, had been interred for two years in one of the camps from which Vladimov derived the wrenching detail of Faithful Ruslan. The novel circulated in samizdat for more than a decade, often attributed to Solzhenitsyn, before its publication in the West led to Vladimov’s harassment and exile.

A starving stray, tortured and abandoned by the godlike “Master” whom he has unconditionally loved, Ruslan and his cadre of fellow guard dogs dutifully wait for the arrival of new prisoners—but the unexpected arrival of a work party provokes a climactic bloodletting. Fashioned from the perceptions of an uncomprehending animal, Vladimov’s insistently ironic indictment of the gulag spirals to encompass all of Man’s inexplicable cruelty.

The Madonna of the Sleeping Cars

The Madonna of the Sleeping Cars

The Madonna of the Sleeping Cars by Maurice DeKobra
2012 | EPUB | 2.01MB

One of the biggest bestsellers of all time, and one of the first and most influential spy novels of the twentieth century, is back in print for the first time since 1948.

Alan Furst fans will note that train passengers in his bestselling thrillers are often observed reading The Madonna of the Sleeping Cars. It’s a smart detail: First published in 1927, the book was one of the twentieth century’s first massive bestsellers, selling over 15 million copies worldwide.

It’s the story of two tremendously charming characters who embark on a glamorous adventure on the Orient Express—and find themselves on a thrilling ride across Europe and into the just-barely unveiled territories of psychoanalysis and revolutionary socialism.

Gerard Seliman—technically, a Prince—is so discouraged by the demise of his marriage that he flees to London to become the personal assistant of a glamorous member of the British peerage, Lady Diana Wyndham. But he soon finds himself involved in a wild scheme by Lady Diana to save herself from looming financial ruin while simultaneously fending off rich lotharios. At the center of it all: a plan to rescue her rights to a Russian oil field now under the control of revolutionaries who don’t like capitalists.

The book that set the standard for intellectual thrillers of political and social intrigue, The Madonna of the Sleeping Cars, with its jetsetting and witty protagonists, is still as fresh a page-turner as ever—and as fun.

The Travels and Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchausen

The Travels and Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchausen

The Travels and Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchausen by Rudolf Erich Raspe
2012 | EPUB | 10.07MB

The restored, unbowdlerized text of Raspe's slapstick travel epic featuring the classic illustrations from Strang & Clark (1895).

No one has journeyed to as many foreign lands as Baron von Munchausen. Nor, when it comes time to fire a cannon, will you find anyone more accurate. The comfort of courtly life is as natural to him as the harshest polar desert. On the subject of politics and science he has no equal. And all discussion of the moon must start and stop with the only man who has ever been there. His feats of prowess are famed the world over. Who else could leap a hedgerow with a carriage and horse on their back? No one. And then of course there are the bears... My god the poor bears!

Written at a time when science was replacing religion, and explorers were mapping the globe, and in our own time made into an acclaimed movie by Terry Gilliam, The Travels and Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchausen unleashed the quintessential madman upon the Age of Enlightenment--and it remains the tallest of tall tales to this day.