The Shorter Columbia Anthology of Traditional Chinese Literature

The Shorter Columbia Anthology of Traditional Chinese Literature
The Shorter Columbia Anthology of Traditional Chinese Literature edited by Victor H Mair
2000 | EPUB | 13.94MB

With its fresh translations by newer voices in the field, its broad scope, and its flowing style, this anthology places the immense riches of Chinese literature within easy reach. Ranging from the beginnings to 1919, this abridged version of The Columbia Anthology of Traditional Chinese Literature retains all the characteristics of the original. In putting together these selections Victor H. Mair interprets "literature" very broadly to include not just literary fiction, poetry, and drama, but folk and popular literature, lyrics and arias, elegies and rhapsodies, biographies, autobiographies and memoirs, letters, criticism and theory, and travelogues and jokes.

The Tale of the Heike [EPUB]

The Tale of the Heike [EPUB]
The Tale of the Heike, translated by Royall Tyler
2012 | EPUB | 14.57MB

A masterpiece of world literature; the samurai saga of pride, romance, and warfare of medieval Japan.

With a reflection on the fleeting nature of power and glory begins The Tale of the Heike, an epic from twelfth-century Japan. Comparable in stature to The Tale of Genji, The Tale of the Heike narrates with wit, energy, and compassion the stories of such unforgettable characters as the ruthless warlord Kiyomori, who dies still burning with such rage that water poured on him boils; Hotoke, the beautiful young dancer who renounces wealth and fame to follow her conscience; Shigemori, the tyrant’s righteous son, who struggles against all odds to uphold fairness and justice; and Yoshitsune, the daring commander who defeats the enemy in battle after battle, only to be condemned by his jealous, powerful brother.

The Tale of the Heike is a foundation stone of Japanese culture and a major masterpiece of world literature. Lavishly illustrated and accompanied by maps, character guides, and genealogies, this book is a volume to treasure.

The Tale of Genji [EPUB]

The Tale of Genji [EPUB]
The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu, translated by Royall Tyler
2001 | EPUB | 4.88MB

Written in the eleventh century, this exquisite portrait of courtly life in medieval Japan is widely celebrated as the world’s first novel. Genji, the Shining Prince, is the son of an emperor. He is a passionate character whose tempestuous nature, family circumstances, love affairs, alliances, and shifting political fortunes form the core of this magnificent epic.

Royall Tyler’s superior translation is detailed, poetic, and superbly true to the Japanese original while allowing the modern reader to appreciate it as a contemporary treasure. Supplemented with detailed notes, glossaries, character lists, and chronologies to help the reader navigate the multigenerational narrative, this comprehensive edition presents this ancient tale in the grand style that it deserves.

Radical Shadows (Conjunctions, 31) [EPUB]

Radical Shadows (Conjunctions, 31) [EPUB]
Radical Shadows: Previously Untranslated and Unpublished Works by Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Masters (Conjunctions, 31) edited by Bradford Morrow, Peter Constantine
2014 | EPUB | 54.27MB

Radical Shadows collects lost, forgotten, suppressed, rare, or unknown works by major literary writers from the late nineteenth century forward. From previously unpublished work by Djuna Barnes and Truman Capote (his earliest known story), to writing by Chekhov, Dostoevsky, Kawabata, Musil, and other world-class authors, the issue is a celebration both of the art of translation and of the breadth and depth of the many revelatory discoveries that can still be found in the historical literary archive.

Words Will Break Cement [EPUB]

Words Will Break Cement [EPUB]
Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot by Masha Gessen
2014 | EPUB | 1.41MB

On February 21, 2012, five young women entered the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow. In neon-colored dresses, tights, and balaclavas, they performed a “punk prayer” beseeching the “Mother of God” to “get rid of Putin.” They were quickly shut down by security, and in the weeks and months that followed, three of the women were arrested and tried, and two were sentenced to a remote prison colony. But the incident captured international headlines, and footage of it went viral. People across the globe recognized not only a fierce act of political confrontation but also an inspired work of art that, in a time and place saturated with lies, found a new way to speak the truth.

Masha Gessen’s riveting account tells how such a phenomenon came about. Drawing on her exclusive, extensive access to the members of Pussy Riot and their families and associates, she reconstructs the fascinating personal journeys that transformed a group of young women into artists with a shared vision, gave them the courage and imagination to express it unforgettably, and endowed them with the strength to endure the devastating loneliness and isolation that have been the price of their triumph.

The Man Without a Face [EPUB]

The Man Without a Face [EPUB]
The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin by Masha Gessen
2012 | EPUB + MOBI | 0.32/0.48MB

In 1999, the “Family” surrounding Boris Yeltsin went looking for a successor to the ailing and increasingly unpopular president. Vladimir Putin, with very little governmental or administrative experience—he’d been deputy mayor of St. Petersburg, and briefly, director of the secret police—nevertheless seemed the perfect choice: a “faceless” creature whom Yeltsin and his cronies could mold in their own image. Russia and an infatuated West were determined to see in him the progressive leader of their dreams—even as Putin, with ruthless efficiency, dismantled the country’s media, wrested control and wealth from the business class, and destroyed the fragile mechanisms of democracy. Within a few brief years, virtually every obstacle to his unbridled control was removed and every opposing voice silenced, with political rivals and critics driven into exile or to the grave.

Masha Gessen has experienced and reported this history firsthand, and brings it up to its present moment of unrest and uncertainty. Her spellbinding account of Putin’s rise and reign will stand as a classic of narrative nonfiction.

We Survived [EPUB]

We Survived [EPUB]
We Survived: Fourteen Histories Of The Hidden And Hunted In Nazi Germany by Eric H Boehm
2003 | EPUB | 1.03MB

Thousands of Jews and “Aryan” Germans opposed to Hitler led illegal lives under the Nazi terror and survived the relentless hunt of the Gestapo, the concentration camps, and the bombing. They survived in various ways; some as ordinary citizens taking part in the work-day life, others with fake passports, hidden in cellars, living precariously in all the dark corners of a vigilantly policed country. In fourteen autobiographical accounts, author Eric Boehm offers a cross-section of these heroic personalities.

We Survived is itself an historical document, giving a window back into this epoch period during World War II. Now reappearing in print over fifty years after its original publication, We Survived remains as relevant and necessary as ever before - an honest testimony to the strength of the human spirit when it triumphs over adversity.

Dambusters: A Landmark Oral History [EPUB]

Dambusters: A Landmark Oral History [EPUB]
Dambusters: A Landmark Oral History by Max Arthur
2009 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.41/1.4MB

On 16 May 1943, nineteen Lancaster bomber crews gathered at a remote RAF station in Lincolnshire for a mission of extraordinary daring and high risk - a night raid on three crucial and heavily defended dams deep in the German industrial heartland. The raiders would have to fly across occupied Europe at a perilously low level and drop their bombs at a mere 60 feet above the water to destroy the dam walls. Eight planes never returned.

Bestselling author Max Arthur has collected together first-hand accounts of the preparation, practise, experimentation and the raid itself, and the sense of emptiness and loss at RAF Scampton when 56 men failed to return. From RAF personnel to German civilians who witnessed the raid, this landmark oral history collection paints a moving and personal picture of one of the most famous operations of the Second World War.

World War II Behind Closed Doors [EPUB]

World War II Behind Closed Doors [EPUB]
World War II Behind Closed Doors: Stalin, the Nazis and the West by Laurence Rees
2009 | EPUB | 5.87MB

In this revelatory chronicle of World War II, Laurence Rees, winner of the 2006 British Book Award for History, documents the dramatic and secret deals that helped make the war possible and prompted some of the most crucial decisions made during the conflict.

Drawing on material available only since opening of archives in Eastern Europe and Russia, Rees reexamines the key choices made by Stalin, Churchill and Roosevelt during the war. And as the truth about Stalin’s earlier friendly relationship with the Nazis is laid bare, a devastating and surprising picture of the Soviet leader emerges.

The emotional core of the book is the amazing new testimony obtained from nearly a hundred separate witnesses from the period—former Soviet secret policemen, Allied seamen who braved Arctic convoys and Red Army veterans who engaged Germans in hand-to-hand fighting on the Eastern Front. Their dramatic personal experiences make clear in a compelling and fresh way the reasons why the people of Poland, the Baltic states and other European countries simply swapped the rule of one tyrant for another.

Rees’ ability to weave high politics—the meeting of the Allied leaders at Tehran, Yalta and Potsdam—with the dramatic personal experiences of those on the ground who bore the consequences of their decisions is eye opening. World War II Behind Closed Doors will change the way we think about the Second World War.

Myths of Empire [EPUB]

Myths of Empire [EPUB]
Myths of Empire: Domestic Politics and International Ambition by Jack Snyder
1997 | EPUB + MOBI | 0.91/1.54MB

Overextension is the common pitfall of empires. Why does it occur? What are the forces that cause the great powers of the industrial era to pursue aggressive foreign policies? Jack Snyder identifies recurrent myths of empire, describes the varieties of overextension to which they lead, and criticizes the traditional explanations offered by historians and political scientists.

He tests three competing theories—realism, misperception, and domestic coalition politics—against five detailed case studies: early twentieth-century Germany, Japan in the interwar period, Great Britain in the Victorian era, the Soviet Union after World War II, and the United States during the Cold War. The resulting insights run counter to much that has been written about these apparently familiar instances of empire building.

Terrorism: Theirs and Ours [EPUB]

Terrorism: Theirs and Ours [EPUB]
Terrorism: Theirs and Ours by Eqbal Ahmad
2001 | EPUB | 2.28MB

In 1985, President Ronald Reagan received a group of bearded turban-wearing men who looked like they came from another century. After receiving them in the White House, Reagan spoke to the press, referring to his foreign guests as "freedom fighters." These were the Afghan mujahideen. In August 1998, another American president ordered missile strikes from the American navy based in the Indian Ocean to kill Osama bin Laden and his men in the camps in Afghanistan. The terrorist of yesterday is the hero of today, and the hero of yesterday becomes the terrorist of today.

In Terrorism: Theirs and Ours, Eqbal Ahmad holds up the concepts of "terrorist" and "freedom fighter" to U.S. foreign policy. What do these terms mean? Where do they apply? How can the roots of political violence be stemmed? An invaluable primer.

Days of God [EPUB]

Days of God [EPUB]
Days of God: The Revolution in Iran and Its Consequences by James Buchan
2013 | EPUB | 34.45MB

The 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran was one of the seminal events of our time. It inaugurated more than thirty years of war in the Middle East and fostered an Islamic radicalism that shapes foreign policy in the United States and Europe to this day.

Drawing on his lifetime of engagement with Iran, James Buchan explains the history that gave rise to the Revolution, in which Ayatollah Khomeini and his supporters displaced the Shah with little diffi­culty. Mystifyingly to outsiders, the people of Iran turned their backs on a successful Westernized government for an amateurish religious regime. Buchan dispels myths about the Iranian Revolution and instead assesses the historical forces to which it responded. He puts the extremism of the Islamic regime in perspective: a truly radical revolution, it can be compared to the French or Russian Revolu­tions. Using recently declassified diplomatic papers and Persian-language news reports, diaries, memoirs, interviews, and theological tracts, Buchan illumi­nates both Khomeini and the Shah. His writing is always clear, dispassionate, and informative.

The Iranian Revolution was a turning point in modern history, and James Buchan’s Days of God is, as London’s Independent put it, “a compelling, beautifully written history” of that event.

The Magic Kingdom [EPUB]

The Magic Kingdom [EPUB]
The Magic Kingdom: Walt Disney and the American Way of Life by Steven Watts
2001 | EPUB | 1.39MB

The Magic Kingdom is a full-length investigation of the life of Walt Disney, arguably the principal architect of mass culture in our time. By mid-century, "Uncle Walt" had become an American icon and was universally acknowledged as the spokesman for the American way of life; yet, paradoxically, he was instrumental in changing our social assumptions.

Probing Disney's public life as a creative entrepreneur, Steven Watts argues that Disney reflected a central irony of modern American culture: while proclaiming a genuine allegiance to the values of an earlier age (self-reliance, the work ethic, the culture of domesticity, sexual inhibition), he also took the lead in creating the modern world of consumer self-fulfillment. His great creations - from Mickey Mouse to Disneyland - embody the transformation of American popular culture, moving from the satirical edge of what Watts calls the "sentimental populism" of the Depression era to the uncritical, celebratory "sentimental libertarianism" of the Cold War.

Watts also digs deeply into Disney's private life, investigating his roles as husband, father, and brother and providing fresh insight into his peculiar psyche - his genuine folksiness and warmth, his domineering treatment of colleagues and friends, his deepest prejudices and passions.

Full of colorful sketches of daily life at the Disney Studio and tales about the creation of Disneyland and Disney World, The Magic Kingdom offers a definitive view of one of the most influential Americans in the twentieth century.

Mandela by Donna Faulkner [EPUB]

Mandela by Donna Faulkner [EPUB]
Mandela by Donna Faulkner
2013 | EPUB | 10.33MB

Nelson Mandela led a long and remarkable life. From his earliest days herding cows in a South African village, he became a child of privilege, a rebellious runaway, an impoverished student, a father, a successful lawyer, a political dissident, a rising star in the African nationalist movement, an underground saboteur, the chief defendant in three show trials, a political prisoner, a secret negotiator with South Africa's rulers, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, president of his country, and a statesman who held South Africa together long enough to find reconciliation and the path to prosperity.

But despite all this, Mandela saw himself as a pragmatic politician with one fixed goal: the end of apartheid rule in South Africa. Apart from that one overarching aim, everything else was tactics. If non-violence worked, he was for it; when bombs and guns were winning, he would use them, too. He started or suspended negotiations as circumstances demanded and ignored grievances in favor of peace. If the cause required that he sacrifice his freedom and much of his personal life, so be it. He was always focused on the prize, and, in the end, he won it - and with it, the world's adulation and the enduring love of his people. This is his story.

The Incredible Tito [EPUB]

The Incredible Tito [EPUB]
The Incredible Tito: Man of the Hour by Howard Fast
2011 | EPUB | 2.87MB

Fast’s fascinating biography of Joseph Broz, known to the world as Tito, including his rise to power and his remarkable stand against fascism.

The world was mired in the Second World War when Howard Fast wrote The Incredible Tito. Upon the book’s publication in 1944, there was still no united Yugoslavia, the Axis controlled most of Europe, and D-Day was only in the planning stages. In the Balkans, Tito was a beacon of hope against the advancing Nazis. He led a force of resistance fighters that bedeviled the occupying German army throughout Slavic regions and empowered people’s committees to act as local government in all liberated areas. For observers on the political left, Tito seemed uniquely poised to unite the East and West against fascism—once and for all.

This ebook features an illustrated biography of Howard Fast including rare photos from the author’s estate.

Angela Merkel: The Chancellor and Her World [EPUB]

Angela Merkel: The Chancellor and Her World [EPUB]
Angela Merkel: The Chancellor and Her World: The Authorized Biography by Stefan Kornelius
2013 | EPUB | 2.43MB

An authorized biography of one of the most powerful women in the world sheds light on the person behind the politician.

With the Eurozone engulfed in an unprecedented crisis, one political figure looms largest of all, Angela Merkel, the leader of its most powerful economy. While foreign affairs have become the central issues of her chancellorship in this crucial election year, the entire world is anxiously looking to Germany to play its part in Europe's rescue. From her youthful days of hitchhiking in Tbilisi to being the guest of honor at a White House state dinner, this book examines how a girl from East Germany rose to the highest echelons of European power.

As well as explaining how Angela Merkel's world view was shaped and influenced by her background and ideology, this lively account discusses her personal relations with international counterparts such as David Cameron, Barack Obama, and Vladimir Putin, as well as her attitude towards the countries and cultures over which they rule.

Diana: Story of a Princess [EPUB]

Diana: Story of a Princess [EPUB]
Diana: Story of a Princess by Tim Clayton, Phil Craig
2001 | EPUB | 28.05MB

The life story of Diana, Princess of Wales, at last is told in full. Here is the first complete, honest, and objective biography that shows all facets of this fascinating and enigmatic woman: her magic, her manipulations, her dazzling public persona, and her role inside the world's most exposed marriage. Drawn from years of research and dozens of interviews with friends and associates speaking on the record for the first time, and based on the groundbreaking four-hour ITV/The Learning Channel documentary series, "Diana" contains never-before-revealed detailed accounts and stunning insights, including

  • Diana's closest friends and colleagues as they refute the suggestion that she was "unbalanced" before she met her future husband
  • confirmation by a family member that Diana wanted to withdraw from the wedding only weeks before, as she learned more of her husband-to-be's secret relationships with other women
  • the loaded implications of Diana's pre-wedding lunch with Camilla Parker Bowles, held, ironically, at the Menage a Trois restaurant
  • new witnesses to the traumatic early years of Charles and Diana's marriage, and the loneliness that lay behind Diana's spectacular public success
  • interviews with senior royal officials, men and women who have never before shared their unique and objective views on the failure of the marriage
  • the truth, at last, about the allegation that Diana suffered from borderline personality disorderthe shocking story of a smear campaign
  • a world-exclusive interview with both James Hewitt and his mother, Shirley, including touching accounts of Hewitt's affair with Diana -- and why his family believed that the romance wasconsidered "authorized"
  • never-before-told details about Diana's "alternative family life" during the late 1980s -- the weekends she spent with the Hewitts even when James was away, and heartwarming stories of the close friendship she established with her surrogate mother-in-law, Shirley Hewitt
  • completely new details of the "arrangement," widely accepted inside the royal household, between two couples -- Charles and Camilla, James and Diana -- and their week-on, week-off sharing of their country home
  • the gruesome tactics of the paparazzi -- and the Palace's refusal to bar the "paps" from royal functions
  • confirmation from her closest confidantes that Diana made nuisance phone calls to a married art dealer
  • surprising revelations from those closely involved with Diana's charity work about how vindictive and spiteful she could be in her final years -- contrasted with a powerful account of her land mine crusade and her tender ministrations to victims
  • the real reason the royal family remained at Balmoral after Diana's death -- and how the fear of angry mobs may have prompted a warning from Scotland Yard: their safety in London could not be guaranteed.

Featuring thirty-two rare and unfamiliar photographsincluding seven never before published -- "Diana" not only captures the princess as she was, but also places her story in the context of twenty years of frantic social and economic change. It will stand as the ultimate, and ultimately most enlightening, telling of Diana's extraordinary life.

The True Secret of Writing [EPUB]

The True Secret of Writing [EPUB]
The True Secret of Writing: Connecting Life with Language by Natalie Goldberg
2013 | EPUB | 2.8MB

Sit. Walk. Write. These are the barest bones of Natalie Goldberg’s revolutionary writing and life practice, which she presents here in book form for the first time. A whole new slant on writing that she developed since the publication of her classic Writing Down the Bones, True Secret workshops have been limited until now to small, intensive groups at a remote center in the rural Southwest. In The True Secret of Writing, Goldberg makes this popular seminar available to any reader.

The True Secret is for everyone, like eating and sleeping. It allows you to discover something real about your life, to mine the rich awareness in your mind, and to ground and empower yourself. Goldberg guides you through your own personal or group retreat, illuminating the steps of sitting in silent open mind, walking anchored to the earth, and writing without criticism. Just as Goldberg cuts through her students’ resistance with her no-nonsense instruction—“Shut up and write”—the True Secret cuts to the core of realizing yourself and your world.

The capstone to forty years of teaching, The True Secret of Writing is Goldberg’s Zen boot camp, her legacy teaching. Stories of Natalie’s own search for truth and clarity and her students’ breakthroughs and insights give moving testament to how brilliantly her unique, tough-love method works. Beautiful homages to the work of other great teachers and observers of mind, life, and love provide further secrets and inspiration to which readers will return again and again.

In her inimitable way, Goldberg will inspire you to pick up the pen, get writing, and keep going. The True Secret of Writing will help you with your writing—and your life.

Writing Down the Bones [EPUB]

Writing Down the Bones [EPUB]
Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within by Natalie Goldberg
2010 | EPUB | 240.26KB

For more than twenty years Natalie Goldberg has been challenging and cheering on writers with her books and workshops. In her groundbreaking first book, she brings together Zen meditation and writing in a new way. Writing practice, as she calls it, is no different from other forms of Zen practice —"it is backed by two thousand years of studying the mind."

This new edition, which marks almost twenty years since the original book's publication, includes a new preface in which Goldberg expresses her trademark enthusiasm for writing practice, as well as a depth of appreciation for the process that has come with time and experience. Also included is an interview with the author in which she reflects on the relationship between Zen sitting practice and writing, the importance of place, and the power of memory.

Linux Administration A Beginners Guide, 6th Edition [EPUB]

Linux Administration A Beginners Guide, 6th Edition [EPUB]
Linux Administration A Beginners Guide, 6th Edition by Wale Soyinka
2012 | EPUB | 14.11MB

Deploy and manage a Linux server quickly and easily

Thoroughly revised to cover the most current Linux distributions and the latest Linux kernel release, Linux Administration: A Beginner’s Guide, Sixth Edition shows new and inexperienced Linux system administrators how to set up and configure Linux. The sixth edition adds key updates about the latest Linux distributions and focuses on Fedora, openSUSE, and Ubuntu. The book adds coverage of newer technologies, including virtualization, infrastructure services, Windows and Linux integration, Linux routers and firewalls, LDAP, printing, and new hardware now supported by the updated Linux kernel.

This trusted, bestselling beginner’s guide continues its recipe and step-by-step approach to Linux system administration, including managing files and software, users and user rights, basic security, Internet and intranet services, and kernel customization. The book makes it easy for existing system administrators to quickly zero in on relevant sections of the book to solve or tackle real-world Linux administration issues.

Linux Administration: A Beginner’s Guide, Sixth Edition:

  • Covers the major distributions of Linux server for Fedora, openSUSE and Ubuntu, and the latest Linux kernel release
  • Includes new chapters introducing Distributed File Systems—key for todays cloud computing/virtualization-centric world
  • Contains a new chapter on the business case for Linux and the marketability of Linux administration skills
  • Install and configure popular Linux distributions, including the latest versions of Fedora, CentOS, openSUSE, Debian, and Ubuntu
  • Administer Linux servers from the GUI or from the command line (shell)
  • Manage users, permissions, folders, and native FOSS applications
  • Compile, tune, upgrade, and customize the latest Linux kernel 3.x series
  • Work with proc, SysFS, and cgroup file systems
  • Understand and manage the Linux TCP/IP networking stack and services for both IPv4 and IPv6
  • Build robust firewalls, and routers using Netfilter and Linux
  • Create and maintain print, e-mail, FTP, and web servers
  • Use LDAP or NIS for identity management
  • Set up and administer DNS, POP3, IMAP3, and DHCP servers
  • Use GlusterFS, NFS, and Samba for sharing and distributing file system resources
  • Explore and implement Linux virtualization technologies using KVM

The Deadly Dinner Party [EPUB]

The Deadly Dinner Party [EPUB]
The Deadly Dinner Party: and Other Medical Detective Stories by Jonathan A Edlow
2009 | EPUB + MOBI | 3.18/1.85MB

Picking up where Berton Roueché’s The Medical Detectives left off, The Deadly Dinner Party presents fifteen edge-of-your-seat, real-life medical detective stories written by a practicing physician. Award-winning author Jonathan Edlow, M.D., shows the doctor as detective and the epidemiologist as elite sleuth in stories that are as gripping as the best thrillers.

In these stories a notorious stomach bug turns a suburban dinner party into a disaster that almost claims its host; a diminutive woman routinely eats more than her football-playing boyfriend but continually loses weight; a young executive is diagnosed with lung cancer, yet the tumors seem to wax and wane inexplicably. Written for the lay person who wishes to better grasp how doctors decipher the myriad clues and puzzling symptoms they often encounter, each story presents a very different case where doctors must work to find the accurate diagnosis before it is too late.

Edlow uses his unique ability to relate complex medical concepts in a writing style that is clear, engaging and easily understandable. The resulting stories both entertain us and teach us much about medicine, its history and the subtle interactions among pathogens, humans, and the environment.

Practical Classics [EPUB]

Practical Classics [EPUB]
Practical Classics: 50 Reasons to Reread 50 Books You Haven't Touched Since High School by Kevin Smokler
2013 | EPUB | 1.75MB

What do the great books of your youth have to say about your life now? Remember reading Catcher in the Rye and The Great Gatsby in high school? How about Slaughterhouse-Five and Pride and Prejudice? Would you read them again now that no one's grading you, just for your own enjoyment? This book helps you decide to do just that. Author Kevin Smokler will guide you through fifty books commonly assigned in high school English class and show you why you'd probably enjoy rereading the same books as an adult.

Smokler's essays on the classics - witty, down-to-earth, appreciative, and insightful - are divided into ten sections, each covering an archetypical stage of life - from youth and first love to family, loss, and the future. The author not only reminds you about the essential features of each great book but gives you a practical, real-world reason why revisiting it in adulthood is not only enjoyable but useful.

Can The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn help you cope with aging? What does To Kill a Mockingbird have to say about being a parent? How about Fahrenheit 451 on not getting stuck in a crappy job? Practical Classics gives you an incentive to reread and a reason why.

From Literature to Biterature [PDF]

From Literature to Biterature [PDF]
From Literature to Biterature: Lem, Turing, Darwin, and Explorations in Computer Literature, Philosophy of Mind, and Cultural Evolution by Peter Swirski
2013 | PDF | 2.52MB

From Literature to Biterature is based on the premise that in the foreseeable future computers will become capable of creating works of literature. Among hundreds of other questions, it considers: Under which conditions would machines become capable of creative writing? Given that computer evolution will exceed the pace of natural evolution a million-fold, what will such a state of affairs entail in terms of art, culture, social life, and even nonhuman rights?

Drawing a map of impending literary, cultural, social, and technological revolutions, Peter Swirski boldly assumes that computers will leap from mere syntax-driven processing to semantically rich understanding. He argues that acknowledging biterature as a species of literature will involve adopting the same range of attitudes to computer authors (computhors) as to human ones and that it will be necessary to approach them as agents with internal states and creative intentions.

Ranging from the metafiction of Stanislaw Lem to the "Turing test" (familiar to scientists working in Artificial Intelligence and the philosophers of mind) to the evolutionary trends of culture and machines, Swirski's scenarios lay the groundwork for a new area of study on the cusp of literary futurology, evolutionary cognition, and philosophy of the future.

Behind the Beautiful Forevers [Audiobook]

Behind the Beautiful Forevers [Audiobook]
Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity [Audiobook] by Katherine Boo, read by Sunil Malhotra
2012 | M4B + EPUB | 8 hrs 15 mins | 116.07MB

From Pulitzer Prize-winner Katherine Boo, a landmark work of narrative nonfiction that tells the dramatic and sometimes heartbreaking story of families striving toward a better life in one of the 21st century's great, unequal cities.

In this brilliantly written, fast-paced book, based on three years of uncompromising reporting, a bewildering age of global change and inequality is made human.

Annawadi is a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport, and as India starts to prosper, Annawadians are electric with hope. Abdul, a reflective and enterprising Muslim teenager, sees "a fortune beyond counting" in the recyclable garbage that richer people throw away. Asha, a woman of formidable wit and deep scars from a childhood in rural poverty, has identified an alternate route to the middle class: political corruption. With a little luck, her sensitive, beautiful daughter-Annawadi's "most-everything girl"-will soon become its first female college graduate. And even the poorest Annawadians, like Kalu, a fifteen-year-old scrap-metal thief, believe themselves inching closer to the good lives and good times they call "the full enjoy."

But then Abdul the garbage sorter is falsely accused in a shocking tragedy; terror and a global recession rock the city; and suppressed tensions over religion, caste, sex, power and economic envy turn brutal. As the tenderest individual hopes intersect with the greatest global truths, the true contours of a competitive age are revealed. And so, too, are the imaginations and courage of the people of Annawadi.

With intelligence, humor, and deep insight into what connects human beings to one another in an era of tumultuous change, Behind the Beautiful Forevers carries the reader headlong into one of the 21st century's hidden worlds, and into the lives of people impossible to forget.

Negroes and the Gun [EPUB]

Negroes and the Gun [EPUB]
Negroes and the Gun: The Black Tradition of Arms by Nicholas Johnson
2014 | EPUB | 4.67MB

Chronicling the underappreciated black tradition of bearing arms for self-defense, this book presents an array of examples reaching back to the pre—Civil War era that demonstrate a willingness of African American men and women to use firearms when necessary to defend their families and communities. From Frederick Douglass’s advice to keep “a good revolver” handy as defense against slave catchers to the armed self-protection of Monroe, North Carolina, blacks against the KKK chronicled in Robert Williams’s Negroes with Guns, it is clear that owning firearms was commonplace in the black community.

Nicholas Johnson points out that this story has been submerged because it is hard to reconcile with the dominant narrative of nonviolence during the civil rights era. His book, however, resolves that tension by showing how the black tradition of arms maintained and demanded a critical distinction between private self-defense and political violence.

Johnson also addresses the unavoidable issue of young black men with guns and the toll that gun violence takes on many in the inner city. He shows how complicated this issue is by highlighting the surprising diversity of views on gun ownership in the black community. In fact, recent Supreme Court affirmations of the right to bear arms resulted from cases led by black plaintiffs.

Surprising and informative, this well-researched book strips away many stock assumptions of conventional wisdom on the issue of guns and the black freedom struggle.

Jailing: The Prison Memoirs of 00040 [EPUB]

Jailing: The Prison Memoirs of 00040 [EPUB]
Jailing: The Prison Memoirs of 00040 by Clifford Irving
2012 | EPUB | 3.04MB

When the Nixon administration dealt Clifford Irving a 2 ½ year prison sentence for committing the Howard Hughes Autobiography, the 41-year-old author was shocked . . . and unprepared to serve time. In prison, he learned how to jail and prevail. But then he was caught with contraband, moved to a three-star penitentiary, and later accused of inciting a riot and conspiring to kill the warden.

This is the true and penetrating story of how Irving survived and won the battle for his freedom. After his journal was excerpted in Playboy, the full memoir hasn't been available until this special new for 2012 eBook edition.

The cover photo of the author was taken at Alcatraz in July 1979 - While on a voluntary visit!

Coroner [EPUB]

Coroner [EPUB]
Coroner by Thomas T Noguchi, Joseph Dimona
2012 | EPUB | 3.2MB

America's most controversial Medical Examiner explores the unanswered questions surrounding the deaths of Marilyn Monroe, Robert F. Kennedy, Sharon Tate, Janis Joplin, William Holden, Natalie Wood, John Belushi, and many of his other important cases.

Now, for the first time, Dr. Noguchi recounts his colorful and stormy career, explains his innovative techniques, and reveals the full story behind his most fascinating investigations.

In Coroner, Dr. Noguchi sheds new light on his most controversial cases - controversies that persist even today:

  • How did Natalie Wood spend the last terrifying moments of her life?
  • Did Marilyn Monroe commit suicide or were the drugs that killed her injected into her body by someone else?
  • Did Sirhan Sirhan or another gunman fire the bullet that killed Robert Kennedy?
  • How could the knives used in the murder of Sharon Tate be identified and traced to the Manson gang if they were never found?
  • What were the real circumstances behind the drug-related death of Janis Joplin?
  • Were the kidnappers of Patty Hearst victims of police brutality or of their own revolutionary zeal?
  • How and why did William Holden die?
  • Was John Belushi murdered?

These are just some of the questions answered in this powerful, gutsy book written by the real-life "Quincy" with co-author Joseph DiMona.

Newtown: An American Tragedy [EPUB]

Newtown: An American Tragedy [EPUB]
Newtown: An American Tragedy by Matthew Lysiak
2013 | EPUB | 0.93MB

12/14/12
Sandy Hook Elementary School
Newton, Connecticut

We remember the numbers: 20 children and 6 adults, murdered in a place of nurture and trust. We remember the names: teachers like Victoria Soto, who lost her life protecting her students. A shooter named Adam Lanza. And we remember the questions: outraged conjecture instantly monopolized the worldwide response to the tragedy—while the truth went missing.

Here is the definitive journalistic account of Newtown, an essential examination of the facts— not only of that horrific day but the perfect storm of mental instability and obsession that preceded it and, in the aftermath of unspeakable heartbreak, the controversy that continues to play out on the national stage. Drawn from previously undisclosed emails, police reports, and in-depth interviews, Newtown: An American Tragedy breaks through a miasma of misinformation with its comprehensive and astonishing portrayal.

This is the vital story that must be told—today—if we are to prevent another American tragedy in the days to come.

How to Destroy the Universe [EPUB]

How to Destroy the Universe [EPUB]
How to Destroy the Universe: And 34 Other Really Interesting Uses of Physics by Paul Parsons
2012 | EPUB | 1.71MB

If you thought physics was all about measuring the temperature of ice in a bucket or trying to fathom what E=mc2 means, think again ... . How to Destroy the Universe: And 34 Other Really Interesting Uses of Physics demystifies the astonishing world of physics in a series of intriguing, entertaining and often extraordinary scenarios -- that explain key physics concepts in plain and simple language.

You'll find out how to save the planet from energy shortages by mining the vacuum of empty space, engineer the Earth's climate to reverse the effects of global warming, and fend off killer asteroids just like Bruce Willis and his vest. You'll learn essential survival skills such as how to live through a lightning strike, how to tough it out during an earthquake and how to fall into a black hole without being squashed into spaghetti. And you'll discover some plain old cool stuff like how to turn lead into gold, how to travel to the centre of the Earth, how to crack supposedly unbreakable codes and how to use physics to predict the stock market.

So if you want to get to grips with science behind relativity, antigravity and parallel universes, or if you are really more interested in learning how to teleport, travel through time or achieve immortality, this is the perfect introduction to the amazing world of modern physics.

Before the Fallout [EPUB]

Before the Fallout [EPUB]
Before the Fallout: From Marie Curie to Hiroshima by Diana Preston
2005 | EPUB + MOBI | 13.84/11.91MB

On December 26, 1898, Marie Curie announced the discovery of radium and observed that "radioactivity seems to be an atomic property." A mere 47 years later, "Little Boy" exploded over Hiroshima. Before the Fallout is the epic story of the intervening half century, during which an exhilarating quest to unravel the secrets of the material world revealed how to destroy it, and an open, international, scientific adventure transmuted overnight into a wartime sprint for the bomb.

Weaving together history, science, and biography, Diana Preston chronicles a human chain reaction of scientists and leaders whose discoveries and decisions forever changed our lives. The early decades of the 20th century brought Einstein's relativity theory, Rutherford's discovery of the atomic nucleus, and Heisenberg's quantum mechanics, and scientists of many nations worked together to tease out the secrets of the atom. Only 12 years before Hiroshima, one leading physicist dismissed the idea of harnessing energy from atoms as "moonshine." Then, on the eve of World War II, the power of atomic fission was revealed, alliances were broken, friendships sundered, and science co-opted by world events.

Preston interviewed the surviving scientists, and she offers new insight into the fateful wartime meeting between Heisenberg and Bohr, along with a fascinating conclusion examining what might have happened had any number of events occurred differently. She also provides a rare portrait of Hiroshima before the blast.

As Hiroshima's 60th anniversary approaches, Before the Fallout compels us to consider the threats and moral dilemmas we face in our still dangerous world.

The Cosmic Landscape [EPUB]

The Cosmic Landscape [EPUB]
The Cosmic Landscape: String Theory and the Illusion of Intelligent Design by The Cosmic Landscape: String Theory and the Illusion of Intelligent Design
2006 | EPUB | 2.55MB

In his first book ever, the father of string theory reinvents our concept of the known universe and mans unique place within it. The beginning of the 21st century is a watershed in modern science, a time that will forever change our understanding of the universe, Leonard Susskind contends. Several decades ago, Susskind introduced the revolutionary concept of string theory to the world of physical science. In doing so, he inspired a generation of physicists who believed that the theory would uniquely predict the properties of our universe.

Now, in his first book ever, Susskind argues that the very idea of such an elegant theory no longer suits our understanding of the universe, and that our narrow 20th-century view of a unique universe will have to give way to the much broader concept of a gigantic cosmic landscapea megaverse, pregnant with new possibilities. His other contributions to physics are too numerous to mention, but his recent victory in an argument with Stephen Hawking over the nature of black holes made headlines everywhere.

Our Inner Ape [EPUB]

Our Inner Ape [EPUB]
Our Inner Ape: A Leading Primatologist Explains Why We Are Who We Are by Frans De Waal
2005 | EPUB + MOBI | 0.53/0.8MB

It’s no secret that humans and apes share a host of traits, from the tribal communities we form to our irrepressible curiosity. We have a common ancestor, scientists tell us, so it’s natural that we act alike. But not all of these parallels are so appealing: the chimpanzee, for example, can be as vicious and manipulative as any human.

Yet there’s more to our shared primate heritage than just our violent streak. In Our Inner Ape, Frans de Waal, one of the world’s great primatologists and a renowned expert on social behavior in apes, presents the provocative idea that our noblest qualities—generosity, kindness, altruism—are as much a part of our nature as are our baser instincts. After all, we share them with another primate: the lesser-known bonobo. As genetically similar to man as the chimpanzee, the bonobo has a temperament and a lifestyle vastly different from those of its genetic cousin. Where chimps are aggressive, territorial, and hierarchical, bonobos are gentle, loving, and erotic (sex for bonobos is as much about pleasure and social bonding as it is about reproduction).

While the parallels between chimp brutality and human brutality are easy to see, de Waal suggests that the conciliatory bonobo is just as legitimate a model to study when we explore our primate heritage. He even connects humanity’s desire for fairness and its morality with primate behavior, offering a view of society that contrasts markedly with the caricature people have of Darwinian evolution. It’s plain that our finest qualities run deeper in our DNA than experts have previously thought.

Frans de Waal has spent the last two decades studying our closest primate relations, and his observations of each species in Our Inner Ape encompass the spectrum of human behavior. This is an audacious book, an engrossing discourse that proposes thought-provoking and sometimes shocking connections among chimps, bonobos, and those most paradoxical of apes, human beings.

The Logic of Life [EPUB]

The Logic of Life [EPUB]
The Logic of Life: The Rational Economics of an Irrational World by Tim Harford
2009 | EPUB + MOBI | 0.33/0.46MB

Life sometimes seems illogical. Individuals do strange things: take drugs, have unprotected sex, mug each other. Love seems irrational, and so does divorce. On a larger scale, life seems no fairer or easier to fathom: Why do some neighborhoods thrive and others become ghettos? Why is racism so persistent? Why is your idiot boss paid a fortune for sitting behind a mahogany altar? Thorny questions–and you might be surprised to hear the answers coming from an economist.

But Tim Harford, award-winning journalist and author of the bestseller The Undercover Economist, likes to spring surprises. In this deftly reasoned book, Harford argues that life is logical after all. Under the surface of everyday insanity, hidden incentives are at work, and Harford shows these incentives emerging in the most unlikely places.

Using tools ranging from animal experiments to supercomputer simulations, an ambitious new breed of economist is trying to unlock the secrets of society. The Logic of Life is the first book to map out the astonishing insights and frustrating blind spots of this new economics in a way that anyone can enjoy.

The Logic of Life presents an X-ray image of human life, stripping away the surface to show us a picture that is revealing, enthralling, and sometimes disturbing. The stories that emerge are not about data or equations but about people: the athlete who survived a shocking murder attempt, the computer geek who beat the hard-bitten poker pros, the economist who defied Henry Kissinger and faked an invasion of Berlin, the king who tried to buy off a revolution.

Once you’ve read this quotable and addictive book, life will never look the same again.

No Size Fits All [EPUB]

No Size Fits All [EPUB]
No Size Fits All: From Mass Marketing to Mass Handselling by Tom Hayes, Michael S Malone
2009 | EPUB + MOBI | 0.26/0.4MB

Today's markets have splintered into millions of powerful consumer communities- how can businesses adapt?

It's no secret that traditional mass marketing- network television, newspapers, direct mail-is dying. Consumer markets are increasingly fragmented, even as they become more connected, transparent, and global. The future of business is about penetrating selfforming niches, from affinity groups on Facebook to thousands of satellite channels and millions of private online communities.

So how can businesses reach new customers, win their trust, and earn their loyalty? Tom Hayes and Michael S. Malone urge an entirely new approach, embracing small, trust-based online groups as powerful vehicles for creating customers and gathering invaluable feedback. But what they call "marketing 3.0" isn't as simple as setting up a YouTube channel.

Drawing on many case studies, the authors offer a new set of tools for a world where attention is harder than ever to capture, but even more lucrative to hold. They explain how to use social media for a new kind of marketing-bottom-up instead of top-down, personal rather than public, subtle rather than full frontal.

The payoff is a return to the power of oldfashioned handselling-turbocharged by bleedingedge technology.

Romancing the Brand [EPUB]

Romancing the Brand [EPUB]
Romancing the Brand: How Brands Create Strong, Intimate Relationships with Consumers by Tim Halloran
2014 | EPUB | 853.46KB

A young woman tells a focus group that Diet Coke is like her boyfriend. A twenty-something tattoos the logo of Turner Classic Movies onto his skin. These consumers aren’t just using these brands. They are engaging in a rich, complex, ever-changing relationship, and they’ll stay loyal, resisting marketing gimmicks from competitors and influencing others to try the brand they love.

How can marketers cultivate and grow the deep relationships that earn this kind of love and drive lasting success for their brands?

In Romancing the Brand, branding expert Tim Halloran reveals what it takes to make consumers fall in love with your brand. Step by step,he reveals how to start, grow, maintain, and troubleshoot a flourishing relationship between brand and consumer. Along the way, Halloran shares the secrets behind establishing a mutually beneficial “romance.” Drawing on exclusive, in-depth interviews with managers of some of the world’s most iconic brands, Romancing the Brand arms you with an arsenal of classic and emerging marketing tools—such as benefit laddering and word-of-mouth marketing—that make best-in-class brands so successful. The book is filled with examples, strategies, and tools from powerful brands that consumers love, including Coke, Dos Equis, smartwater, the Atlanta Falcons, Domino’s Pizza, Bounty, Turner Classic Movies, and many more.

Ultimately, Romancing the Brand provides marketers with a set of principles for making brands strong, resilient, and beloved—and the insight and confidence to use them.

How to Make Money in Stocks Success Stories [EPUB]

How to Make Money in Stocks Success Stories [EPUB]
How to Make Money in Stocks Success Stories: New and Advanced Investors Share Their Winning Secrets by Amy Smith
2013 | EPUB | 7.76MB

Millions of investors around the world have used William O'Neil's bestseller How to Make Money in Stocks as their guide to profiting in the stock market.

Now, the most successful investors explain exactly how they have used O'Neil's CAN SLIM method to generate outsized returns. Packed with tips, strategies, lessons, and do's and don'ts, How to Make Money in Stocks Success Stories gives first-hand accounts explaining the ins and outs of applying CAN SLIM in real situations, in the real market.

Learn how one woman, with no financial background at all, used the CAN SLIM method to get back on her feet after losing her husband and then shortly after, losing her job; she now invests full time and travels the world. She and many other regular people who have made huge gains with O’Neil’s investing method give their first-hand insights that can help anyone who reads this book.

"Anyone can become a successful investor," writes Amy Smith. "The success stories in this book will inspire you and show you how to find the market's biggest winners."

Whether you're just starting out or have been in the market for years, this hands-on companion to the classic stock investing guide gives you the keys to beating the market on a consistent basis.

Trade Like an O'Neil Disciple [EPUB]

Trade Like an O'Neil Disciple [EPUB]
Trade Like an O'Neil Disciple: How We Made 18,000% in the Stock Market by Gil Morales, Chris Kacher
2010 | EPUB | 12.55MB

How two former traders of William J. O'Neil + Company made mad money using O'Neil's trading strategies, and how you can, too.

From the successes and failures of two William O'Neil insiders, Trade Like an O'Neil Disciple: How We Made Over 18,000% in the Stock Market in 7 Years is a detailed look at how to trade using William O'Neil's proven strategies and what it was like working side-by-side with Bill O'Neil. Under various market conditions, the authors document their trades, including the set ups, buy, add, and sell points for their winners. Then, they turn the magnifying glass on themselves to analyze their mistakes, including how much they cost them, how they reacted, and what they learned.

  • Presents sub-strategies for buying pocket pivots and gap-ups
  • Includes a market direction timing model, as well as updated tools for selling stocks short
  • Provides an "inside view" of the authors' experiences as proprietary, internal portfolio managers at William O'Neil + Company, Inc. from 1997-2005

Detailing technical information and the trading psychology that has worked so well for them, Trade Like an O'Neil Disciple breaks down what every savvy money manager, trader and investor needs to know to profit enormously in today’s stock market.

Own Your Own Corporation [EPUB]

Own Your Own Corporation [EPUB]
Own Your Own Corporation: Why the Rich Own Their Own Companies and Everyone Else Works for Them by Garrett Sutton
2002 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.13/1.81MB

OWN YOUR OWN CORPORATION reveals the legal secrets and strategies that the rich have used for generations to run their businesses and protect their assets. Written in a clear and easily understandable style, and now completely revised and updated to reflect important changes in rules and regulations, OWN YOUR OWN CORPORATION provides the necessary knowledge to save thousands of dollars in taxes and protect your family assets from the attacks of creditors.

OWN YOUR OWN CORPORATION illustrates how to:

  • Select the best entity for your own personal strategy
  • Maximize the incredible benefits of corporations for asset protection and tax savings
  • Raise money for your new venture
  • Use employment agreements for your benefit
  • Easily prepare and maintain corporate records

The ABCs of Getting Out of Debt [EPUB]

The ABCs of Getting Out of Debt [EPUB]
The ABCs of Getting Out of Debt: Turn Bad Debt into Good Debt and Bad Credit into Good Credit by Garrett Sutton
2012 | EPUB | 378.66KB

In difficult times, debt can be a matter of life and death, happiness and despair. Controlling your debt can bring order and calm. Mastering debt can bring wealth and success. As bestselling Rich Dad Poor Dad author Robert Kiyosaki says, “Good debt makes you rich and bad debt makes you poor.”

The ABCs of Getting Out of Debt provides the necessary knowledge to navigate through a very challenging credit environment. A Rich Dad’s Advisor and best selling author of numerous business books, Garrett Sutton, Esq. clearly writes on the key strategies readers must follow to get out of debt. Unlike other superficial offerings, Sutton explores the psychology and health effects of debt. From there, the reader learns how to beat the lenders at their own game, and how to understand and repair your own credit. Using real life illustrative stories, Sutton shares how to deal with debt collectors, avoid credit scams, and win with good credit.

“The reason Garrett Sutton’s book is so important is that like it or not, debt is a powerful force in our world today. The financially intelligent are using debt to enrich themselves while the financially uneducated are using debt to destroy their lives.”- Robert Kiyosaki

The times call for a book that offers hope and education on mastering credit and getting out of debt.

Oh Myyy! (There Goes The Internet) [EPUB]

Oh Myyy! (There Goes The Internet) [EPUB]
Oh Myyy: There Goes The Internet (Life, the Internet and Everything) by George Takei
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.87/1.97MB

How did a 75-year old actor from Star Trek become a social media juggernaut? Why does everything he posts spread like wildfire across the ether, with tens or even hundreds of thousands of likes and shares? And what can other sites, celebrities and companies do to attain his stratospheric engagement levels, which hover or top 100 percent while theirs languish in the single digits?

Read about George Takei’s meteoric rise and dominance of the Internet in Oh Myyy (There Goes the Internet), published of course in electronic format.

In this groundbreaking, hilarious and informative book, Takei recounts his experiences on platforms such as Twitter, YouTube and Facebook, where fans and pundits alike have crowned him King. He muses about everything from the nature of viral sharing, to the taming of Internet trolls, to why Yoda, bacon and cats are such popular memes. Takei isn’t afraid to tell it likes he sees it, and to engage the reader just as he does his legions of fans.

Both provokingly thoughtful and wickedly funny, Oh Myyy! captures and comments upon the quirky nature of our plugged-in culture. With Takei’s conversational yet authoritative style, peppered with some of his favorite images from the web, readers should be prepared to LOL, even as they can’t help but hear his words in their heads in that unmistakable, deep bass.

Yoga Sparks [EPUB]

Yoga Sparks [EPUB]
Yoga Sparks: 108 Easy Practices for Stress Relief in a Minute or Less by Carol Krucoff
2013 | EPUB | 907.48KB

Given the popularity of yoga in this day and age, you probably know about the benefits it can have on both the mind and body. An increase in positive mood, a decrease in stress, better sleep, and fewer aches and pains are just a few. Maybe you’ve been busy, and have been meaning to try it—or maybe you have tried it but still find it difficult to fit into your schedule.

The most common excuse people give for not exercising is that they have no time. Between work, family, school, and social obligations, many of us are overbooked and scrambling to get things done in our daily lives. But what if there were quick, easy yoga exercises that could be integrated into your daily routine?

Yoga Sparks offers 108 quick, practical, and accessible yoga exercises that you can practice anytime, anywhere—no matter how busy or stressful your schedule. In this book, you will learn how yoga in “bite-size” pieces can become a healthy habit that can relieve emotional stress, increase your physical strength and flexibility, and help you to lead a happier, healthier life.

Whether practicing relaxed breathing while in traffic, sitting with proper alignment while working at your computer, or even balancing on one leg while waiting in line, the step-by-step, breath-by-breath practices in this book will help you bring the physical, emotional, and spiritual benefits of yoga practice into your daily life.

How to Develop a Brilliant Memory Week by Week [EPUB]

How to Develop a Brilliant Memory Week by Week [EPUB]
How to Develop a Brilliant Memory Week by Week: 52 Proven Ways to Enhance Your Memory Skills by Dominic O'Brien
2013 | EPUB | 1.76MB

The book that taught the 2013 World Memory Champion Jonas Von Essen the skills he needed to remember 1,266 shuffled cards and 3,841 binary digits – taking him from a man with an ordinary memory to one with extraordinary recall in less than 2 years.

From the little things (recalling statistics and facts) to the big (keeping track of anniversaries and important appointments), a good memory is essential to a happy life and a successful career. Improve yours, with these 52 proven techniques that helped win Dominic O'Brien accolades such as "Brain of the Year" and "Grandmaster of Memory." O'Brien has designed this guide as a year-long course in memory improvement, complete with a paced program of study that starts with the basics and slowly builds. Use it as a handy reference to target specific memory shortcomings: exercises such as "Pin Number" and "52 Shopping Items" provide tailored approaches to real-life situations.

Written by eight times World Memory Champion, Dominic O'Brien this book is a complete course to improve your memory. Dominic takes you step-by-step through an ingenious programme of skills, introducing all his tried and tested techniques on which he has built his triumphant memory championship performances. Pacing the course in line with his expert understanding of how the brain responds to basic memory training, Dominic offers strategies and tips that will expand your mental capacities at a realistic but impressive rate.

Flip It [EPUB]

Flip It [EPUB]
Flip It: How to Get the Best Out of Everything by Michael Heppell
2013 | EPUB | 1.52MB

There’s a simple way of thinking, acting and doing that, once learned, will make sure you get the very best out of everything. It’s called Flip It.

Flip It, the bestselling book of the same name, challenges you to rethink how you interpret and handle every situation. It liberates you from the beliefs that have been holding you back, and gives you powerfully simple ways to switch your thinking and change your actions so that you can get the very best out of whatever life sends your way.

Something or someone making you irritated or stressed?
Flip It!

Frustrated by not being able to get anywhere with anything?
Flip It!

Lacking energy, time, ideas or support?
Flip It!

And it really works! At home, at work, in love and in life, Flip It’s techniques have already helped millions of people achieve what they want, when they want.

Now it’s time for you to Flip It and reap the rewards: higher levels of happiness, confidence, creativity and success. With the new, revised edition of this bestselling book, you’ll discover how to make sure you never have a bad day ever again.

Boundaries in an Overconnected World [EPUB]

Boundaries in an Overconnected World [EPUB]
Boundaries in an Overconnected World: Setting Limits to Preserve Your Focus, Privacy, Relationships, and Sanity by Anne Katherine
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 0.92/1.49MB

Over the past decade, 24/7 connectivity has given us not only convenience and fun but worries about privacy, interruptions while working or trying to enjoy family or other downtime, and new compulsions — from shopping to tweeting and cute-cat watching. Anne Katherine, one of the authors who brought boundary setting to a mass audience, has now written a book on how to set healthy boundaries with technology. The first of its kind, this resource doesn't suggest anyone go “cold turkey.” Instead, it helps people make social media, smart phones, and other innovations work for, rather than against, them.

Readers learn to protect themselves online in every way — from predators and data mining as well as time-devouring friends and acquaintances — with an emphasis on preserving and optimizing meaningful personal connections. Anyone who has ever wondered if their cute little gadget was actually an enemy invader will welcome Katherine's strategies for ensuring “that your life is truly your own.”

Nasty People, Revised Edition [EPUB]

Nasty People, Revised Edition [EPUB]
Nasty People: How to Stop Being Hurt by Them without Stooping to Their Level by Jay Carter
2004 | EPUB + MOBI | 0.28/0.48MB

Fourteen years since its first publication, the bestseller Nasty People has been revised and updated to cover the motivations of nasty people, how to avoid confrontation with a nasty boss, how to handle a nasty spouse, and much more, including:

  • How to break the cycle of nastiness
  • A new understanding of personality disorders and depression
  • Narcissism, nasty behavior, and self-doubt
  • Nasty people and self-validation
  • The role adrenaline plays in nasty behavior and our responses to it.

Everyone knows a person who has been hurt, betrayed, or degraded by nasty individuals or has experienced it themselves. In three books, Jay Carter, Psy. D., shows readers how to stop this cycle of overt and covert abuse, without resorting to nasty tactics. Now for the first time, this series is released together to cover all areas of dealing with difficult people. With straight-talking advice, real-life anecdotes, and psychology that makes sense, Carter explains how to handle and stop painful behavior that harms both the perpetrator and the victim.

Personality Plus [EPUB]

Personality Plus [EPUB]
Personality Plus: How to Understand Others by Understanding Yourself by Florence Littauer
2004 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.07/1.12MB

Each of the following statements relates to one of the four basic personality types: Melancholy, Phlegmatic, Sanguine, and Choleric.

Which of these statements do you relate to most?

  • Whether at home or work, I am well organized and keep everything in its proper place.
  • It's difficult for me to express excitement, even about something that's really important to me.
  • When shopping at the mall, it's not unusual for me to forget where I parked the car.
  • I get annoyed when my employees don't follow my instructions to the letter.

In Personality Plus, Florence Littauer gives you valuable insight for appreciating your one-of-a-kind, God-given personality. She includes a Personality Profile test that reveals how your unique blend of traits affects your emotions, work performance, and relationships. Through humorous anecdotes and straightforward counsel, Personality Plus guides you to improve upon your strengths and correct your weaknesses.

This engaging book also provides keys to understanding those around you. You'll learn how to accept-and even enjoy-the traits that make each of us so different. Personality Plus is the tool you need to change your life, and the lives of those you care about, for the better.

Achieve Anything In Just One Year [EPUB]

Achieve Anything In Just One Year [EPUB]
Achieve Anything In Just One Year: Be Inspired Daily to Live Your Dreams and Accomplish Your Goals by Jason Harvey
2010 | EPUB + MOBI | 2.16/0.4MB

Learn to make small daily choices that will transform your life. Find your personal inspiration. Rediscover your motivation. Propel yourself out of an unfulfilling existence.

Comprehensive and inspiring, this self help book will teach you how to:

  • Set goals and stick with them
  • Take daily action that creates a ripple effect
  • Stay motivated, focused and balanced
  • Feel happier everyday!!!
  • Define, pursue and celebrate personal success

Fail Fast, Fail Often [EPUB]

Fail Fast, Fail Often [EPUB]
Fail Fast, Fail Often: How Losing Can Help You Win by Ryan Babineaux, John Krumboltz
2013 | EPUB | 0.77MB

What if your biggest mistake is that you never make mistakes?

Ryan Babineaux and John Krumboltz, psychologists, career counselors, and creators of the popular Stanford University course “Fail Fast, Fail Often,” have come to a compelling conclusion: happy and successful people tend to spend less time planning and more time acting. They get out into the world, try new things, and make mistakes, and in doing so, they benefit from unexpected experiences and opportunities.

Drawing on the authors’ research in human development and innovation, Fail Fast, Fail Often shows readers how to allow their enthusiasm to guide them, to act boldly, and to leverage their strengths—even if they are terrified of failure.

Born-Again Vintage [EPUB]

Born-Again Vintage [EPUB]
Born-Again Vintage: 25 Ways to Deconstruct, Reinvent, and Recycle Your Wardrobe by Bridgett Artise, Jen Karetnick
2008 | EPUB | 25.32MB

Fashion designer Bridgett Artise believes in second chances—a philosophy that extends all the way to her clothing line, B. Artise Originals. Fashion gave her a second chance at happiness and success, and, in turn, she gives vintage garments that have lost their luster another chance at being fashionable. Mixing contemporary clothing with the best elements of a vintage piece—like the collar of a funky fifties housedress or the pockets of a seventies-style jacket—and piecing them back together in a whole new way, she creates one-of-a-kind garments that are both trend setting and timeless.

An old-fashioned ruffled shirt with terrific buttons, plus an inexpensive tank top, can become a unique top. A poodle skirt and that so-last-year’s knee-length cardigan sweater can be turned into anything from a mini-poncho to a structured tube top. With fashions for every season, Born-Again Vintage contains patterns for:

  • Pants that pair perfectly with winter boots and a sweater dress that’s sexy and simple
  • A cropped jacket + sweater corset that are perfect for a flirty spring fling
  • Dresses + bags to keep summer easy and breezy
  • Pretty-in-a-blink dresses + accessories for a big night out

Born-Again Vintage updates the trends of fashion eras gone by and brings the unparalleled quality of vintage into a new age. Complete with a vintage shopping guide, handy style tips, and ideas for reinventing disused cast-offs, Born-Again Vintage is a must-have for vintage shoppers and sewers alike.

Essential Car Care for Women [EPUB]

Essential Car Care for Women [EPUB]
Essential Car Care for Women by Jamie Little, Danielle McCormick
2013 | EPUB | 10.86MB

Despite the many advances women have made since the internal combustion engine was invented, there is still one widely held belief that won’t seem to go away: that when it comes to cars, women should just leave it to the men. In Essential Car Care for Women, ESPN NASCAR pit reporter Jamie Little and Discovery Channel “Turbo Expert” Danielle McCormick team up to dispel this myth once and for all—and to offer the indispensable, hard-won advice women need to buy, sell, and care for their cars with confidence.

With this handy guide, women will learn how to save themselves money by performing basic—but essential—maintenance tasks on their own. Little and McCormick explain what an alternator, regulator, distributor, and timing belt are; how to change a tire, recharge a flat battery, check the oil, and assess tire pressure; what to do when a car breaks down or when an accident occurs; how to buy a car without being taken advantage of; and more. Straightforward and easy to follow—and including simple step-by-step diagrams and pictures to help along the way—Essential Car Care for Women is the ultimate handbook to everything a woman should know about her set of wheels.

The Great Cholesterol Myth Cookbook [EPUB]

The Great Cholesterol Myth Cookbook [EPUB]
The Great Cholesterol Myth Cookbook by Jonny Bowden, Stephen Sinatra, Deirdre Rawlings
2014 | EPUB | 909.18KB

For decades, low-fat and low-cholesterol diets have been touted as the way to prevent and reverse heart disease. In the groundbreaking book, The Great Cholesterol Myth, Jonny Bowden and Stephen Sinatra debunked that assertion, arguing that fat—often curtailed on traditional low cholesterol “heart-healthy” diets—is not the enemy and may in fact be part of the solution.

Now, in The Great Cholesterol Myth Cookbook, the authors and nutrition expert and whole foods chef Deirdre Rawlings, Ph.D., put their findings into action with a detailed meal plan and 100 delicious and nutritious recipes that will prevent and reverse heart disease and give you back the foods you thought were gone forever.

  • Learn how to live a life free of heart disease without the use of harmful statin drugs.
  • Based on the latest studies, discover why sugar (not fat), inflammation, stress, and high-carb diets full of processed foods are the true culprits of heart disease.
  • Combat heart disease with 100 mouthwatering recipes designed to satisfy your taste buds, provide key nutrients, and keep your heart healthy.

Recipes included:

  • Veal Scaloppini Supreme
  • Luscious Lemon Yogurt Cake
  • Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric Turkey Burgers
  • Soul Warming Tuna Lasagna
  • Fortifying Flourless Chicken Flapjacks
  • Hearty Mediterranean Frittata
  • Energizing Thai Spice Chicken Salad
  • Gluten-Free Mediterranean Veggie Pizza
  • Protein-Packed Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie
  • Sweet and Spicy Beef or Chicken Stir Fry

Ani's Raw Food Detox [EPUB]

Ani's Raw Food Detox [EPUB]
Ani's Raw Food Detox: The Easy, Satisfying Plan to Get Lighter, Tighter, and Sexier in 15 Days or Less by Ani Phyo
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.55/2.37Mb

Detoxing and cleanses have never been hotter—but many of them leave people cold with their strict liquid-only plans. Renowned raw foods chef Ani Phyo has adapted her signature recipes into a customizable detox with myriad health benefits. From building muscle, boosting energy, enhancing physical and mental performance, and making your skin glow, Phyo’s program offers the keys to lifelong health. She breaks down misperceptions of a raw foods diet and offers an easy plan for overall health and wellness based on delicious raw meals, from satisfying soups and smoothies to hearty salads, wraps, and desserts. With easy-to-find natural ingredients, all you need to do is eat up and speed up the fat burning and weight loss.

Along with delicious recipes, Ani’s Raw Food Detox offers top fat-fighting strategies and tools; lists of foods that burn fat, accelerate metabolism, and boost energy and immunity; and much more.

Paleo For Beginners [EPUB]

Paleo For Beginners [EPUB]
Paleo For Beginners: The Healthy Diet To Lose Weight, Burn Fat Fast and Build Muscle by J F Montoya
2014 | EPUB | 3.14MB

Start eating your way to better health and weight loss the cave man way with Paleo For Beginners.

Nutritional, Appetizing and Simple, Paleo For Beginners is the fun diet where you literally eat your way to better health. Sounds fun right?

Whether your looking to lose up to 50 pounds over a span of 3 months or less or just desiring to improve your overall healthy living , Paleo For Beginners will surprise you.

Inside of this book we elaborate on the different aspects of The Paleo Diet that other diet books are shying away from that will improve your overall understanding of diet and weight loss.

Here is a sneak preview of what Paleo For Beginners will be discussing:

  • What is the Paleo Diet?
  • Theory Behind “The Paleo Diet”
  • Paleo Diet: Dos and Donts
  • Benefits of the Paleo Diet
  • The Good Fats
  • Vitamins, Nutrients & Minerals
  • Insulin Response
  • Other Potential Benefits
  • The Paleo Diet and Scientific Studies
  • Disadvantages of the Paleo Diet
  • Availability of Foods
  • Paleo Living: More than Just a Diet
  • Exercise
  • At the Supermarket
  • Eating Out

Special Bonus Recipes:

  • Thai Pomelo Salad
  • Spinach Muffins
  • Green Pea Soup
  • Saffron Bulgur with Vegetables
  • Broccoli Pesto
  • and many more...

Paleolithic Diet [EPUB]

Paleolithic Diet [EPUB]
Paleolithic Diet: Digging Deeper In To The Original Human Diet and Paleo Recipes by Lindsay Sullivan, Bill Summers
2013 | EPUB | 1.23MB

Are you looking for a healthier way of eating that will help you lose weight and improve your overall health? If so, this book on the Paleolithic Diet can help. This helpful book offers essential information on Paleolithic nutrition, the history behind this diet and a look at why it’s one of the best healthy diets available today. Not only will you learn more about the Paleolithic diet plan when you read this book, but you’ll find helpful lists of Paleo foods, a great sample Paleolithic diet menu to follow and many great recipe ideas to get you started on the Paleolothic diet plan. Not only will you find some incredible recipes within this book, but the book also provides a closer look at the Caveman diet. Learn more about the secrets behind the diet and the science that shows that this may be the best diet to lose weight. You’ll even get a look at the benefits the diet has to offer you, from weight loss to incredible health benefits that can change your life.

The following are some of the things that you’ll discover once you begin reading this book:

  • Information on this history behind the Paleolithic diet plan
  • A close look at the main benefits of eating Paleo foods
  • Tips for purchasing the right foods for the diet
  • Preparation tips for various types of meat (ie. chicken, seafood, beef)
  • A Paleolithic diet food list that includes all the foods you can enjoy on the Caveman diet
  • Helpful meal plan to make starting the Paleolithic diet easier
  • Modern principles you can use when following this diet
  • Information on restaurants that serve up Paleo foods
  • Answers to frequently asked questions
  • Delicious Paleothic breakfast recipes to start out your day
  • Easy lunch recipes that follow Paleolithic nutrition principles
  • Tasty bread recipes to enjoy
  • Healthy, easy dinner recipes to help you stick to the Paleolithic diet plan, even on busy nights
  • And so much more

You can enjoy a healthier body and weight by eating right. By following the Paleolithic diet, you can begin your journey towards a leaner, healthier you. Everything you need to follow this diet plan is found within this book. From a Paleolithic diet food list to recipes for every meal, you’ll be on your way to success.

The Fast Metabolism Diet [Audiobook]

The Fast Metabolism Diet [Audiobook]
The Fast Metabolism Diet: Eat More Food and Lose More Weight [Audiobook] by Haylie Pomroy, read by Rebecca Lowman
2013 | MP3@64 kbps + PDF | 5 hrs 42 mins | 156.96MB

Haylie Pomroy has helped countless clients lose up to 20 pounds in just 4 weeks –all through the fat-burning power of food. Hailed as “the metabolism whisperer,” Haylie reminds us that food is not the enemy, it’s the rehab needed to rev-up your sluggish, broken-down metabolism and turn your body into a fat-burning furnace.

On this plan you’re going to eat a lot. You’re going to eat three full meals and at least two snacks a day – and you’re still going to lose weight. What you’re not going to do is count a single calorie or fat gram. You’re going not to ban entire food groups. You’re not going to go carb-free or vegan or go cold turkey on the foods you love. Instead, you’re going to rotate what you’re eating throughout each week according to a simple and proven plan carefully designed to induce precise physiological changes that will set your metabolism on fire.

  • Phase I (Monday-Tuesday): Lots of carbs and fruits
  • Phase II (Wednesday-Thursday): Lots of proteins and veggies
  • Phase III (Friday-Sunday): All of the above, plus healthy fats and oils

By keeping your metabolism guessing in this specific and deliberate way, you’ll get it working faster. This isn’t just a theory, it’s the results-based product of Haylie Pomroy’s successful programs. It’s worked for celebrities, for athletes, and for people with chronic illnesses who need to lose weight, doctor’s orders. Now it’s going to work for you.

In 4 weeks not only will you see the weight fall off, you’ll also see your cholesterol drop, your blood sugar stabilize, your energy increase, your sleep improve, and your stress dramatically reduce. All thanks to the miraculous power of real, delicious, satisfying food!

Plus, by switching up what you’re eating every few days, you’ll get to enjoy a greater variety of foods, so your palate will never feel bored or deprived. Complete with 4 weeks of meal plans and over 50 recipes – including vegetarian, organic, and gluten-free options – this is the silver bullet for the chronic dieter who has tried every fad diet and failed, the first time dieter attempting to kick her metabolism into gear, and anyone who wants to naturally and safely eat her way to a skinner, healthier self.

Good Eating's Quick Breads [EPUB]

Good Eating's Quick Breads [EPUB]
Good Eating's Quick Breads: A Collection of Convenient and Unique Recipes for Muffins, Scones, Loaves and More by Chicago Tribune Staff
2012 | EPUB | 1.31MB

Good Eating's Quick Breads provides a broad selection of quick bread recipes—all of which are made with a leavening agent like baking powder or soda instead of yeast to permit immediate baking—that are easily prepared and always enjoyed.

An engaging and helpful introduction to baking quick breads precedes recipes that cover everything from scones, muffins, and pancakes to biscuits, savory loaves, and sweet loaves baked with fruits, nuts, and spices. For those who rarely bake, or even for those who regularly do looking for something new, quick breads are perfect sure-success recipes that can be prepared for any occasion.

Written in the friendly tone of the Chicago Tribune and compiled from recipes kitchen-tested by the staff's award-winning food writers, Good Eating's Quick Breads is a terrific addition to any home cook's library. Filled with full-color photographs, helpful hints, and interesting back-stories, this book is a wonderful, straightforward way to add a unique twist to any chef's repertoire.

Sweet Potato Lover's Cookbook [EPUB]

Sweet Potato Lover's Cookbook [EPUB]
Sweet Potato Lover's Cookbook: More than 100 ways to enjoy one of the world's healthiest foods by Lyniece North Talmadge
2010 | EPUB | 4.02MB

Endless Mealtime Possibilities and Spectacular Flavors!

As every sweet potato lover knows, it's more than just a holiday side dish-it's one of the world's healthiest and most flavorful foods! In this unique collection bursting with over one hundred recipes, you'll find easy-to-make dishes that highlight the natural and delicious flavors of this versatile vegetable.

Enjoy sweet potatoes year-round with recipes for appetizers, soups, main courses, side dishes, and even breakfasts and desserts!

Tempt your taste buds with:

  • Orange Butter Sweet Potato Waffles
  • Andouille Sausage and Sweet Potato Soup
  • Sweet Potato Dumplings
  • Spiced Sweet Potato Chips
  • Candied Sweet Potatoes
  • Easy Caramel Sweet Potato Pie
  • And more!

Start cooking today and you'll discover why so many people are in love with The Sweet Potato Lover's Cookbook.

Handwritten Recipes [EPUB]

Handwritten Recipes [EPUB]
Handwritten Recipes: A Bookseller's Collection of Curious and Wonderful Recipes Forgotten Between the Pages by Michael Popek
2012 | EPUB | 20.61MB

Leaf through your cookbooks, and you’re likely to find a bit of paper with a recipe written in a familiar (or not-so-familiar) hand. It could be a family secret finally divulged, a scribbled interpretation of something seen on TV, even a culinary experiment long since forgotten. What happens to these recipes when the books are passed on?

By day, Michael Popek works in his family’s used bookstore. By night, he’s the voyeuristic force behind the websites ForgottenBookmarks and HandwrittenRecipes, where he shares the weird, wonderful objects he has found among the stacks at his store.

Handwritten Recipes is a treasury of Michael’s most fascinating found recipes. You’ll find classic Americana like pies and casseroles alongside ethnic mainstays such as Italian cookies, springerle, and German dumplings. Some are perfectly clear and complete, while others leave crucial elements—like cooking times and ingredient measurements—to the reader’s imagination. You can venture to try any recipe, or just enjoy Popek’s findings as a time capsule from kitchens of generations gone by.

Bubby's Brunch Cookbook [EPUB]

Bubby's Brunch Cookbook [EPUB]
Bubby's Brunch Cookbook: Recipes and Menus from New York's Favorite Comfort Food Restaurant by Ron Silver, Rosemary Black
2009 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.42/1.79MB

Brunch has become America’s favorite culinary pastime, a wonderfully appetizing and leisurely dining experience unfettered by either time constraints or choice of entrée–and a ritual so increasingly popular that it’s not just for Sundays anymore. And, hands down, no one does it better than Bubby’s, the New York City destination restaurant that has been a hangout for hungry city dwellers and celebrities for nearly two decades.

Luckily, you don’t need to travel all the way to the Big Apple to savor Bubby’s amazing array of brunch favorites. With nearly 200 delicious recipes, Bubby’s Brunch Cookbook will help you turn your kitchen into a little piece of heaven. From biscuits to muffins, pancakes to omelets, smoked salmon to hot toddies, there’s inspiration here for both beginner and seasoned chefs alike, and the easy-to-follow recipes invariably produce mouthwatering results.

Bubby’s owner and chef Ron Silver reveals the secrets behind his signature dishes–German Skillet-Baked Pancakes, Sizzling Ham and Gruyère Omelet, and Blueberry Scones–as well as scrumptious staples–Skillet Hash Browns, Creamy Buttermilk New Potato Salad, and six variations on classic Eggs Benedict. And don’t forget Bubby’s world famous Sour Cream Pancakes! Of course, no brunch is complete without libations, so Bubby’s stirs up tasty original variations on Bloody Marys and Mimosas, as well as freshly squeezed fruit juice combinations, coffees, and other cocktails. Plus, you’ll get more than twenty terrific menus for special occasions–New Year’s, Easter, Mother’s Day, Christmas, birthdays, and more–and creative tips on how to set the ideal table and pull off the perfect brunch, whether for a cozy twosome or a hungry crowd.

Complete with a helping of beautiful colorful photographs, Bubby’s Brunch Cookbook is a thoroughly inspiring cookbook that takes brunch to a whole new level.

Banh Mi: 75 Banh Mi Recipes [EPUB]

Banh Mi: 75 Banh Mi Recipes [EPUB]
Banh Mi: 75 Banh Mi Recipes for Authentic and Delicious Vietnamese Sandwiches Including Lemongrass Tofu, Soy Ginger Quail, Sugarcane Shrimp Cake, and Honey-Glazed Beef by Jacqueline Pham
2013 | EPUB | 3.01MB

The quintessential Vietnamese street food--in your own home!

Indulge in the intoxicating aroma and exotic taste of a freshly baked baguette topped with savory pork, bright cilantro, and thin strips of pickled carrots and daikon. With Banh Mi, you can enjoy these flavorful Vietnamese sandwiches without ever having to step out of your home. From vegetarian options to meat-filled sandwiches, this book will provide you with step-by-step instructions for creating 75 delicious banh mi recipes, including:

  • Spicy eggplant tofu
  • Vietnamese-style chicken curry
  • Char siu barbecue pork
  • Mango grilled shrimp

Complete with recipes for classic Vietnamese pickled condiments, flavorful sauces, fresh baked breads, and classic sides, Banh Mi brings the essential tastes of true Vietnamese cuisine into your kitchen!

Fast Food Fix [EPUB]

Fast Food Fix [EPUB]
Fast Food Fix: 75+ Amazing Recipe Makeovers of Your Fast Food Restaurant Favorites by Devin Alexander
2006 | EPUB | 4.83MB

Indulge your fast food cravings without guilt--with recipes that deliver the same great taste without putting your health at risk or inches on your hips

Americans all want to "eat healthy," but when they yearn for the fast foods they love, what they want most are the fabulous flavors that have made them favorites in the first place. That's what makes this collection of recipe makeovers so exceptional. Los Angeles food writer, chef, and caterer Devin Alexander specializes in low-fat, high-flavor, scrumptious cuisine. In Fast Food Fix, she shows the reader how to transform 75 fast food favorites into healthier versions that are even more flavorful than the originals. Fast Food Fix:

  • demystifies the special seasonings and secret sauces of choice fast foods--showing how to reproduce their flavors quickly and easily from common ingredients
  • teaches how to lighten many dishes with new cooking techniques, such as the oven-frying method that yields incredibly crunchy popcorn chicken with 35 fewer fat grams than the original version from KFC
  • reveals simplified cooking methods that save time in the kitchen, proving that "fast food" can still be fast even when prepared at home

For Americans hooked on fast food flavors, these recipe makeovers by a chef with an impressive repertoire of culinary tricks will quickly become a kitchen staple.

Cooking for Two 2013 [EPUB]

Cooking for Two 2013 [EPUB]
Cooking for Two 2013 by Editors at America's Test Kitchen
2013 | EPUB | 6.72MB

How to Cook for You, Plus One
Do you find yourself cooking for four or more, when there's only two of you sitting down to dinner? Are you single, and hesitant to try a new recipe because you don't want days of leftovers ahead of you? Welcome to the club.

For one reason or another, we've become a nation of smaller households. Yet most recipes are designed to serve four, six, or more people. Scaling down these recipes would seem simple enough, but we've found from our own kitchen testing that results can be disappointing.

For this innovative recipe collection, the editors and cooks at America's Test Kitchen decided to think big but cook small, and revamp 100 of the best recipes of the year to serve two.

You'll find all manner of recipes here, from simple weeknight fare to more elegant, special-occasion dinners as well as salads, soups, sides, baked goods, and desserts.

Barefoot Contessa Family Style [EPUB]

Barefoot Contessa Family Style [EPUB]
Barefoot Contessa Family Style: Easy Ideas and Recipes That Make Everyone Feel Like Family by Ina Garten
2002 | EPUB | 24.47MB

In Barefoot Contessa Family Style, Ina explains that sharing our lives and tables with those we love is too essential to be saved just for special occasions—and it’s easy to do if you know how to cook irresistible meals with a minimum of fuss.

For Ina, the best way to make guests feel at home is to serve them food that’s as unpretentious as it is delicious. So in her new book, she’s collected the recipes that please her friends and family most—dishes like East Hampton Clam Chowder, Parmesan Roasted Asparagus, and Linguine with Shrimp Scampi. It’s the kind of fresh, accessible food that’s meant to be passed around the table in big bowls or platters and enjoyed with warm conversation and laughter.

In Ina’s hands tried-and-true dishes are even more delicious than you remember them: Her arugula salad is bright with the flavors of lemon and Parmesan, the Oven-Fried Chicken is crispy without excess fat, and her Deep-Dish Apple Pie has the perfect balance of fruit and spice. Barefoot Contessa Family Style also includes enticing recipes that are memorable and distinctive, like Lobster Cobb Salad, Tequila Lime Chicken, and Saffron Risotto with Butternut Squash.

With vivid photographs of Ina cooking and serving food in her beautiful Hamptons home, as well as menu suggestions, practical wisdom on what to do when disaster strikes in the kitchen, and tips on creating an inviting ambience with music, Barefoot Contessa Family Style is the must-have guide to the joy of everyday entertaining.

Gingerbread: Timeless Recipes [EPUB]

Gingerbread: Timeless Recipes [EPUB]
Gingerbread: Timeless Recipes for Cakes, Cookies, Dessers, Ice Cream, and Candy by Jennifer Lindner McGlinn
2010 | EPUB | 2.83MB

Who says gingerbread is just for the holidays? This unique cookbook shows how gingerbread can be enjoyed for breakfast or dessert year-round. Reflecting the wisdom and creativity of a professional pastry chef and dedicated homecook, Gingerbread collects 60 traditional and modern recipes. Start with simple, yummy treats like Gingerbread Rum Cake and Sticky Toffee Gingerbread, then graduate to building your own gingerbread house for the holidays. Any way you slice it, these gingery goodies are sure to be a hit on any day of the year!

The Fat Chance Cookbook [EPUB]

The Fat Chance Cookbook [EPUB]
The Fat Chance Cookbook: More Than 100 Recipes Ready in Under 30 Minutes to Help You Lose the Sugar and the Weight by Robert H Lustig, Heather Millar, Cindy Gershen
2013 | EPUB | 10.64MB

Fat Chance became an instant New York Times bestseller. Robert Lustig’s message that the increased sugar in our diets has led to the pandemic of chronic disease over the last thirty years captured our national attention.

Now, in The Fat Chance Cookbook, Lustig helps us put this information into action for ourselves. With more than 100 recipes as well as meal plans, nutritional analyses, shopping lists, and food swaps, he shows us easy ways to drastically reduce sugar and increase fiber to lose weight and regain health – both for ourselves and for our families. Lustig also shows us how to navigate the grocery store with handy lists for stocking the pantry as well as how to read a food label in order to find hidden sugars and evaluate fiber content.

Accessible, affordable, and geared toward lasting results, The Fat Chance Cookbook will be a fun and easy roadmap to better health for the whole family.