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Los Inventores Spare Parts

Author : Joshua Davis
ISBN : 9780374714567
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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"Los inventores es una de esas historias raras que es difícil soltar. Narrada de manera impecable, es hilarante y también triste." --Chris Anderson, autor de The Long Tail En junio de 2004 el equipo de la preparatoria Carl Hayden, de Phoenix, sorprendió a todos los asistentes a la competencia anual de robótica auspiciada por la nasa cuando resultó ganador en el evento. No era para menos, el equipo estaba conformado por cuatro adolescentes, cuyas circunstancias a todas luces los colocaban en una situación poco aventajada. Se trataba de hijos de inmigrantes ilegales, provenientes de una escuela pública con recursos escasos para desarrollar un robot que resultara competitivo. O al menos eso parecía. Su ingenio, talento y perseverancia, además del apoyo de sus maestros, los hicieron merecedores a este galardón, por encima de equipos tan poderosos como el del mit, que cuenta con la mejor escuela de ingeniería del mundo. Los inventores retrata magistralmente la agridulce historia de estos muchachos y sus familias, y el verdadero esfuerzo que implica conquistar el sueño americano.
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Spare Parts

Author : Joshua Davis
ISBN : 9780374183370
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Tells the story of how, with the help of two inspiring science teachers, four undocumented Mexican immigrants in Arizona put together an underwater robot from scavenged parts and went on to win the National Underwater Robotics Competition at UC Santa Barbara.
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Deep Down Dark

Author : Hector Tobar
ISBN : 1444755412
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THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR LA TIMES BOOK PRIZE FINALIST 'Riveting ...The best book I've read all year.' Ann Patchett 'An astonishing tale of survival' Spectator THE STORY THAT GRIPPED THE GLOBE August 2010: the San Jose mine in Chile collapses trapping 33 men half a mile underground for 69 days. Faced with the possibility of starvation and even death, the miners make a pact: if they survive, they will only share their story collectively, as 'the 33'. 1 billion people watch the international rescue mission. Somehow, all 33 men make it out alive, in one of the most daring and dramatic rescue efforts even seen. Pulitzer-prize-winning journalist Héctor Tobar is the man they choose to tell their story. ' An eloquent testament to the human spirit' The Times 'A masterful account of exile and human longing, of triumph in the face of all odds.' Los Angeles Times

Vox Super Mini Spanish And English Dictionary 3rd Edition

Author : Vox
ISBN : 9780071788663
Genre : Foreign Language Study
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Revised and updated with sixty-four additional pages, the most readable and accessible compact Spanish and English Dictionary includes 15,000 headwords and more than 24,500 translations, including expanded coverage of technology words. Original. 50,000 first printing.
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The Underdog

Author : Joshua Davis
ISBN : 9780345476593
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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A young journalist analyzes humankind's obsession with competition and the offbeat subcultures that encourage it as, in order to prove something to his wife, he takes part in a variety of offbeat events, including the U.S. Armwrestling Championships, Japanese sumo wrestling, Spanish bullfighting, Italian backward walking races, and a Scandinavian sauna contest. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.
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Author : Laurie Halse Anderson
ISBN : 9781407145228
Genre : Juvenile Fiction
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Thoughtful teen fiction at its finest. Kate Malone: popular straight A student, long-distance runner, pillar of strength to her single-parent dad. She thinks she can she can handle anything. Until it all goes wrong. Kate's life is spiraling out of control - and Kate's about to find out how exhilarating that can be.
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The Underdog

Author : Joshua Davis
ISBN : 1588364917
Genre : Humor
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Joshua Davis dreams like most guys. He wants a fun career, exciting adventures, a happy wife who’s proud of him, and really big muscles that strangers can’t help but admire. Too bad he’s a 129-pound data entry clerk whose wife, Tara, has only three simple requests for their life together: direct sunlight, a dining room, and a bathtub. Since none of these exist in their 250-square-foot San Francisco apartment, Josh sets off on a quest to become the provider his wife wants him to be. The problem is that he does it in a way that most people in their right minds would never consider: he enters the most grueling and unusal contests in the world. In The Underdog, what begins as a means to get Tara her bathtub evolves into a charming story of courage, adventure, and just a little bit of insanity. On the heels of a fourth-place finish (out of four contestants) in the lightweight division of the U.S. National Armwrestling Championships, Josh gets a spot on Team USA and travels to Poland to face “The Russian Ripper” in the World Championships–and Tara finds herself wishing her husband would go back to data entry. Unfortunately for her, he’s just getting started. Over the next two years, Josh ventures to Spain to try his hand at bullfighting, sumo-wrestles 500-pound men, perfects his backward running in India and at the Golden Shrimp “retrorunning” race in Italy, and bonds with his family at the Sauna World Championships–because sometimes it takes a blistering 220-degree sauna to bring loved ones together. By turns hilarious, harrowing, and inspiring, The Underdog documents one man’s ballsy attempt to live the American dream to the extreme. From the Hardcover edition.
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Memoirs Of An Ex Prom Queen

Author : Alix Kates Shulman
ISBN : 9781453238349
Genre : Fiction
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“This story, told with astringent wit, explores every facet and cliché of what it means to grow up female and beautiful.” —San Francisco Chronicle Sasha Davis, smart and pretty, was once an all-American teenage beauty queen. Full of potential, she was the only student at her midwestern high school to attend college on the East Coast. But soon her promise begins to falter. After starting graduate school in New York, Sasha gets married and drops out of school to take a clerical job. Consigned to the role of trophy wife, and already feeling old at twenty-four, she lives in fear of turning thirty—the year, in her mind, when her beauty will fade and life as she knows it will end. While she still has time, she embarks on an adventure of self-discovery and sexual exploration. Only after entering a second marriage and finding herself trapped by her responsibilities as a mother, does she finally begin to figure out what’s gone wrong. Poignant, funny, and breathtakingly honest, Memoirs of an Ex–Prom Queen is a landmark in second-wave feminism and a must-read for anyone interested in what it really means to be a woman in America.
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Cora Fry S Pillow Book

Author : Rosellen Brown
ISBN : 9781466884137
Genre : Poetry
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Through the persona of Cora Fry, a wife and mother living in a small New Hampshire town, Rosellen Brown explores the ambivalent ties of love, loyalty, marriage, and family in a series of related poems. This volume includes the entire text of Cora Fry (1977), a kind of dramatic monologue, written in spare, simple lines, which describes the young woman's daily life and troubled marriage. A sequel of newer poems, Cora Fry's Pillow Book (1994), confronts the challenges that come with a woman's growth toward middle age, reflecting an older Cora's place in her family, community, and the larger world.
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When Your Kid Is Hurting

Author : Dr. Kevin Leman
ISBN : 9781493415182
Genre : Family & Relationships
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Children today live in an unpredictable, disruptive, and often violent world. Many of them live in two different homes with different sets of expectations. They face bullying at school and online. They hear news of school shootings, and racially or religiously motivated violence. They may have lost a friend or a loved one. As parents, the impulse to protect our children is strong, but that very protection can end up handicapping them for life. Rather than seek to save them from the hard things, parents must teach their kids how to cope with and rise above their problems. In one of his most important books to date, internationally known psychologist and bestselling author Dr. Kevin Leman shows parents how to - be good listeners - tell the truth, even when it's difficult - find balance between being protective and being overprotective - approach hurt and injustice as a learning experience rather than fostering a victim mentality - and much more Whether your child is dealing with a difficult family situation, bullies, the loss of friends, the death of a loved one, discrimination, abuse, a teen pregnancy, or even just trying to make sense of what they see in the news, this compassionate and practical book will help parents equip them to process, learn from, and rise above their situation.
Category: Family & Relationships