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Chancing It

Author : Robert Matthews
ISBN : 9781510723818
Genre : Mathematics
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Make your own luck by understanding probability Over the years, some very smart people have thought they understood the rules of chance?only to fail dismally. Whether you call it probability, risk, or uncertainty, the workings of chance often defy common sense. Fortunately, advances in math and science have revealed the laws of chance, and understanding those laws can help in your everyday life. In Chancing It, award-winning scientist and writer Robert Matthews shows how to understand the laws of probability and use them to your advantage. He gives you access to some of the most potent intellectual tools ever developed and explains how to use them to guide your judgments and decisions. By the end of the book, you will know: How to understand and even predict coincidences When an insurance policy is worth having Why “expert” predictions are often misleading How to tell when a scientific claim is a breakthrough or baloney When it makes sense to place a bet on anything from sports to stock markets A groundbreaking introduction to the power of probability, Chancing It will sharpen your decision-making and maximize your luck.
Category: Mathematics

Chancing It

Author : Ralph Keyes
ISBN : 0316491322
Genre : Psychology
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An exploration of the psychological dynamics of risk-taking profiles a variety of risk-takers, analyzes the risk-taking personality and discusses the elements--fear, danger, and desire--common to risk-taking situations
Category: Psychology

Gilles Deleuze S Difference And Repetition

Author : James Williams
ISBN : 9780748668953
Genre : Philosophy
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A new edition of this introduction to Deleuze's seminal work, Difference and Repetition, with new material on intensity, science and action and new engagements with Bryant, Sauvagnargues, Smith, Somers-Hall and de Beistegui.
Category: Philosophy

Asylum Seekers Social Work And Racism

Author : S. Masocha
ISBN : 9781137415042
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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This book analyses social work through the concept of 'xenoracism' to challenge the outdated concepts of racism that still pervade social work. It illustrates how, through their discursive practices, social workers are able to counteract the dominant anti asylum seeking discourses.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Bread Of Shame

Author : Marjorie Meyerle
ISBN : 9781440149566
Genre : Fiction
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Jack Pierce, a down and out writer, has retreated from society to the sanctuary of the mountains above Leadville, Colorado. To his astonishment, an old lover, Miranda Talbot, a poet and faith healer from Texas, arrives at his house shortly after the death of his live-in girlfriend and proceeds to inspire him to write a biography about the recently deceased Yale Nobel Prize recipient Theodore Hudson. Reluctant at first, he eventually succumbs to her charms and sets off for New Haven, Connecticut on a wild ride with the esoteric Miranda that could be the turning point in his miserable life. There he and Miranda learn about Hudson’s past and must wrestle with the moral dilemma this information presents. Bread of Shame is about the beauty of truth when the larger picture is finally glimpsed and made to benefit seeker and savior and all those in between. The novel speaks to what it is to be an artist and a human being in a world where perception is obscured by human need, and knowledge is ambiguous and conflicted. Finally, it is about what it takes to live and love and write. “Miranda’s and Jack’s determination to discover the truth about themselves and others adds layers of interest to a well-wrought mystery. Engaging and moving... the language is poetic and deliberate.” Kirkus Reviews
Category: Fiction

The Three Kings

Author : Doris Davidson
ISBN : 9780857905567
Genre : Fiction
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The three huge rocks rose from the bay of the tiny Scottish fishing village of Cullen. The locals called them 'The Three Kings', but to orphaned Katie Mair they were 'The Three Wise Men', her trusted friends and the only ones to whom she could tell her troubles. And as she leaves her childhood behind, her troubles can only increase. At fourteen, she is old enough to go into service, and her formidable grandmother has already found her a position. But the household, bleak and cut off at the Howe of Denty, is not as respectable as it first appears. And one desperate act of defence from Katie is to a start a chain of despair, passion and revenge.
Category: Fiction

Something For The Weekend Leo Street Book 1

Author : Pauline Mclynn
ISBN : 9780755390403
Genre : Fiction
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Dublin private-eye Leo Street feigns culinary prowess as she investigates marital infidelity in the countryside. Something for the Weekend is the first comic crime caper of the charming Leo Street series by Pauline McLynn. The perfect read for fans of Janet Evanovich and Joanna Cannon. 'Scandal, infidelity, secrets and soufflé are all explored with a healthy dollop of humour' - Express When private investigator Leo Street is sent to County Kildare to spy on the wife of a loathsome client, she's delighted to be getting away from rainy Dublin and her hopeless, permanently resting actor boyfriend Barry. The one catch is she has to masquerade as a member of a cookery course and the only piece of culinary equipment Leo can handle is a tin opener - Weekend Entertaining Part 1 is daunting to say the least. As she strips away layers of marital infidelity - not to mention several other scandalous secrets - she battles with bread-making and brûlée. But where will it all end - in triumph or tragedy? What readers are saying about Something for the Weekend: 'A well written, engaging plot makes this a page turner' 'Pauline McLynn has created a realistic character that jumps off the page and hits you between the eyes' 'Guaranteed to make you laugh... and then cry'
Category: Fiction

Summer Of The Cicada

Author : Will Napier
ISBN : 9781448112487
Genre : Fiction
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It's 1987 and Joseph Pullman and his parents have just moved to Maritime, Maryland. This is white-picket-fence America, but for fifteen-year-old Joseph the threat of violence at home is as unrelenting as the punishment he receives at school, and his mother is slowly slipping away from reality. Joseph forms an uneasy friendship with the awkward Dean Gillespie and the boys occupy themselves burying animal corpses at the Killing Tree. This is the summer the cicadas are due to come out of their seventeen-year hibernation and Joseph becomes convinced that their arrival will bring his salvation. Meanwhile, Mother is gone and Joseph's father has retreated to his basement workshop. When a local boy goes missing and is finally found unconscious in the woods, Maritime is shaken. Then a second boy disappears and the residents of the town are forced to confront the secrets of the Pullmans' house.
Category: Fiction

The Wune S Way

Author : M.T. Williams
ISBN : 9781469119007
Genre : Fiction
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Upon waking up after the huge storm called the Awakening, Tomas Nathaniel McGray finds himself in a bewildering predicament. The entire world he grew up in and knew is now an unrecognizable land of mystery. Now reunited with his family, he must seek out the means to find his missing daughter. In doing so he discovers a destined 500-year-old love mate. While coming across a nearly undefeatable foe who is a threat to all he holds dear, and has ties to him that go deeper than blood.
Category: Fiction

The Rise Of Viagra

Author : Meika Loe
ISBN : 9780814744994
Genre : Social Science
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Since its introduction in 1998, Viagra has launched a new kind of sexual revolution. Quickly becoming one of the most sought after drugs in history, the little blue pill created a sea change within the pharmaceutical industry—from how drugs could be marketed to the types of drugs put into development—as well as the culture at large. Impotency is no longer an embarrassing male secret; now it is called “erectile dysfunction,” and is simply something to “ask your doctor” about. And over 16 million men have. The Rise of Viagra is the first book to detail the history and the vast social implications of the Viagra phenomenon. Meika Loe argues that Viagra has changed what qualifies as normal sex in America. In the quick-fix, pill-for-everything culture that Viagra helped to create, erections can now be had by popping a pill, making sex on demand, regardless of age or infirmity, and, potentially, for the rest of one's life. Drawing on interviews with men who take the drug, their wives, doctors and pharmacists as well as scientists and researchers in the field, this fascinating account provides an intimate history of the drug's effect on America. Loe also examines the quest for the female Viagra, the impact of the drug around the world, the introduction of new erection drugs, like Levitra and Cialis, and the rapid growth of the multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical industry. This wide-ranging book explains how this medical breakthrough and cultural phenomenon have forever changed the meaning of sex in America.
Category: Social Science

Bold Ink

Author : Deborah Reber
ISBN : 0974125105
Genre : Fiction
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Fiction. Poetry. Cultural Writing. Education. A compilation of writing from girls and women ages 11 through 55. This unique collection of poems, short stories, essays, songs and scenes addresses everything from love and war to culture and current events. As a result of such diverse voices, BOLD INK provides the reader with insight into the minds of today's young women, while celebrating the art of creative writing like no other anthology.
Category: Fiction

Hello My Love

Author : Chase Brooks
ISBN : 9781469120072
Genre : Fiction
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High school. Love. Drama. Blondes. Brunettes. Friendship. Coffee. Grease. As a normal, high school freshman, Carrie Dawson has been thrown into a whole new world, following the tragic death of her father. Her cousin, best friend, second-mate, partner-in-crime, Jess, is behind Carrie in all aspects of life. They share a friendship that is unique and unlike any other. Carrie finds herself lost emotionally on how to feel when it comes to a confusing moment in every persons young life: First love. Shes torn between dating the guy that is perfect for her by everyone elses standards and that unforgettable, tingly feeling that she gets from her other indecisive, best friend Ben. Her Grease, coffee, and sarcasm addiction certainly do not help herself achieve her goal of finding the perfect, movie-like relationship.
Category: Fiction

Free Wind Home

Author : Gary Saunders
ISBN : 1550812319
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Free Wind Home carries the reader full circle through a childhood rooted in a sleepy Newfoundland outport with nineteenth century traditions, existing in a twentieth century world of war and uncertain politics. It is a visceral tale full of the tangible wonders of discovery and play, the fulfilling simplicity of nature, and the sometimes frightening shifts and changes life holds in store.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

The Secret Of Crickley Hall

Author : James Herbert
ISBN : 9780330472531
Genre : Fiction
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The Caleighs have had a terrible year... They need time and space, while they await the news they dread. Gabe has brought his wife, Eve, and daughters, Loren and Cally, down to Devon, to the peaceful seaside village of Hollow Bay. He can work and Eve and the kids can have some peace and quiet and perhaps they can try, as a family, to come to terms with what’s happened to them... Crickley Hall is an unusually large house on the outskirts of the village at the bottom of Devil's Cleave, a massive tree-lined gorge - the stuff of local legend. A river flows past the front garden. It's perfect for them... if a bit gloomy. And Chester, their dog, seems really spooked at being away from home. And old houses do make sounds. And it's constantly cold. And even though they shut the cellar door every night, it’s always open again in morning... The Secret of Crickley Hall is James Herbert’s Number One bestseller. It explores the darker, more obtuse territories of evil and the supernatural. With brooding menace and rising tension, he masterfully and relentlessly draws the reader through to the ultimate revelation – one that will stay to chill the mind long after the book has been laid aside.
Category: Fiction

The Courage To Write

Author : Ralph Keyes
ISBN : 9781466828094
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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The Courage to Write is an invaluable book and essential reading for anyone who wishes to learn how to write well. Katherine Anne Porter called courage "the first essential" for a writer. "I have to talk myself into bravery with every sentence," agreed Cynthia Ozick, "sometimes every syllable." E. B. White said he admired anyone who "has the guts to write anything at all."An author who has taught writing for more than thirty years, In The Courage to Write, Ralph Keyes, an author who has taught writing for more than thirty years, assures us that anxiety is felt by writers at every level, especially when they dare to do their best. He describes the sequence of "courage points" through which all writers must pass, from the challenge of identifying a worthwhile project to the mixture of pride and panic they feel when examining a newly published book or article. Keyes also offers specifics on how to root out dread of public "performance" and of the judgment of family and friends, make the best use of writers' workshops and conferences, and handle criticism of works in progress. Throughout, he includes the comments of many accomplished writers -- Pat Conroy, Amy Tan, Rita Dove, Isabel Allende, and others -- on how they transcended their own fears to produce great works.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

King And Maxwell

Author : David Baldacci
ISBN : 9781447251019
Genre : Fiction
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Former Secret Service Agents turned private investigators, Sean King and Michelle Maxwell, return in their most surprising, personal and dangerous case to date. King and Maxwell is the explosive finale to David Baldacci's phenomenal series. A family tragedy. Teenager Tyler Wingo learns the awful news that his father, a soldier, was killed in action in Afghanistan. But then Tyler receives an email from his father . . . after his supposed death. An investigation like no other. Tyler hires former Secret Service agents King and Maxwell to solve the mystery. The pair soon realize that they’ve stumbled on to something bigger and more treacherous than anyone could have imagined. Hunt for the truth. Could Tyler’s father really be alive? Was his mission all that it seemed? Has Tyler’s life been a lie, and could he be the next target? Determined to help and protect Tyler at any cost, King and Maxwell embark on a perilous journey, putting their lives at risk in their most dangerous case of all.
Category: Fiction

The Story Of Fester Cat

Author : Paul Magrs
ISBN : 9780698161269
Genre : Pets
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I always knew that the rest of my story is gonna be a good one. I don’t know how I knew that, but I always did. Ungow! I am Fester the cat. Welcome to my book, everyone! From when he first ambled into Paul Magrs’s yard—skinny, covered in flea bites, and missing all but one and a half teeth—Fester knew he’d found his family. Paul and his partner, Jeremy, thought it was the ragged black-and-white stray, tired from a rough life on the streets, who was in desperate need of support. But clever Fester knew better. He understood that it was his newfound owners who needed the help. Over the course of seven years, the feisty feline turned the quaint Manchester house into a loving home. Through his fierce spirit, strong will, and calming energy, Fester taught Paul and Jeremy how to listen and breathe, how to appreciate the joys of simply sitting and singing (what Fester’s purrs sounded like to his silly humans), and how to find joy and contentment in life, even when dealing with hardship. This is the true story of an extraordinary little cat whose gentle charm and trusting soul turned two young men into a family.
Category: Pets

Lawyers On Their Own

Author : Jerome E. Carlin
ISBN : 9781610270915
Genre : Law
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Foundational socio-legal study of lawyers in solo and small practice in Chicago in the 1950s and early 1960s, updated with later contributions from 1994 and 2011. Jerome Carlin's LAWYERS ON THEIR OWN is a recognized, foundational study of lawyers in individual practice in an urban setting. It became the template for an important form of social science research into lawyers in solo practice. The first extensive and grounded study of individual practitioners and their candid quotes in interviews, Carlin's book exposed the unique practices, class divides, ethical dilemmas and ultimate resentments of a little-viewed subgroup of attorneys and their clients. This book's findings and research methodology influenced many such studies of attorneys in action that followed it. The author's succinct and supported writing has proved to be an enduring and important study in this field of socio-legal research. Updated with the author's extensive introduction to the second edition, as well as a new foreword by law professor William Gallagher, this modern republication is presented to a new generation of readers and researchers into the daily lives, work, business angles and unique challenges of solo and individual-client law practice. Quality ebook formatting from Quid Pro Books includes linked notes, active Contents, legible tables and graphs, and careful proofreading. In addition, this ebook (and the new edition in paperback) embeds the original pagination from prior editions so that the reader, even of digital formats, has continuity in research, referencing, and classroom assignments.
Category: Law