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The Nix

Author : Nathan Hill
ISBN : 9781509807864
Genre : Fiction
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'The best new writer of fiction in America. The best.' - John Irving Nathan Hill's brilliant debut takes the reader from the rural Midwest of the 1960s, to New York City during Occupy Wall Street; from Chicago in 1968, to wartime Norway: home of the mysterious Nix. Meet Samuel: stalled writer, bored teacher at a local college, obsessive player of online video games. He hasn't seen his mother, Faye, in decades, not since she abandoned her family when he was a boy. Now she has suddenly reappeared, having committed an absurd politically motivated crime that electrifies the nightly news, beguiles the Internet, and inflames a divided America. The media paints Faye as a radical hippie with a sordid past, but as far as Samuel knows, his mother was an ordinary girl who married her high-school sweetheart. Which version of his mother is true? Two facts are certain: she's facing some serious charges, and she needs Samuel's help. As Samuel begins to excavate his mother's - and his country's - history, he will unexpectedly find that he has to rethink everything he ever knew about her - a woman with an epic story of her own, a story she has kept hidden from the world.
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Summary Of The Nix

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ISBN : 1540347168
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"Samuel thought how his father married to his mother was like a spoon married to a garbage disposal." - Nathan Hill "Seeing ourselves clearly is the project of a lifetime." - Nathan Hill "He longs for someone in the crowd to see the haunted expression he's sure is playing all over his face right now and come up to him and say, You seem to be experiencing overwhelming pain, how can I help you?" - Nathan Hill "It's no secret that the great American pastime is no longer baseball. Now it's sanctimony." - Nathan Hill ***Don't Miss Nathan Hill's sharp and fierce novel, "The Nix." Explore issues of family, of love, and of personal growth in this decade-spanning tale of the things that haunt us.*** Book Summary Overview It's 2011, and Samuel Andresen-Anderson - an embittered professor at a small Chicago university - is battling dragons on his computer screen and unrequited love in his heart. He has not seen his mother since she abandoned her family twenty-three years ago, and now she is all over the news after committing a peculiar political crime. She has been his Nix all these years, but he must save her from a begrudged judge and, in the process, save himself from a lawsuit that threatens to take away everything he has. "The Nix" follows Samuel as he uncovers the life of a mother he hardly knew. As he unearths his mother's dark secrets, he must confront the lies of his own life and embrace betrayal and the things that hurt him most. It is a tale of scarred childhoods and enduring love, of false starts and missed opportunities. Nathan Hill captures the turmoil of the 1960s and the absurdity of contemporary culture with surprising ease. He finds humor in the most unlikely places and weaves an intricate series of events into a unified plot that is as entertaining as it is astonishing. Click Buy now with 1-Click to Own Your Copy Today!

Novel Approaches To Design Eco Friendly Materials Based On Natural Nanomaterials

Author : Aiqin Wang
ISBN : 9782889459124
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Naturally available nanomaterials or those synthesized from natural resources become “new favorite” of material world due to their advantages of low cost, safety and environmental friendliness. They are honored as future “green materials” and widely used in fabricating various functional materials. Naturally available materials have been playing an increasingly important role in many fields such as environmental remediation, separation, catalysis, and polymer composites. This book collects latest research results on the new composites for environmental application, focusing on the study of fabricating functional composites using natural clay minerals. Naturally available materials or solid waste or minerals are good precursors for producing adsorbents. Composites based on sub-bituminous coal, lignite, and a blend of coal and Irvingia gabonensis seed shells, the Cl-type Mg-Al hydrotalcite (Cl-LDH), the hydroxyapatite decorated with carbon nanotube and Zirconium (Zr)-containing silica residue purification (ZSR-P) were proved to have good adsorption capability to Cd(II) and Pb(II) ions, antibiotic molecules, Cd(II), and fluoride, respectively. The nano-Mg(OH)2 loaded carbon cloth showed good separation effect for Eu(III), and the sodium-modified clinoptilolite showed good separation effect for CH4/N2 from coal bed gas. Also, natural nanoclay is an effective precursor for the preparation of inorganic-inorganic or organic-inorganic nano-hybrid materials. Using nano-kaolinite as a carrier, the inorganic-inorganic hybrid cobalt blue pigment with excellent color and stability can be obtained by surface co-precipitation and in-situ calcination crystallization process. The intercalation of 7-amino-4-methylcoumarin (AMC) molecules into the interlayer space of montmorillonite (MMT) can effectively inhibit fluorescence quenching and improve the detection effectiveness of Cr(VI) in water. The interlayer space of kaolinite can accommodate organic molecules to form an organic-inorganic hybrid composite. Natural clay minerals are also effective carriers for catalysts. Er3+:CeO2/palygorskite nanocomposites prepared by a facile precipitation method showed excellent desulfurization rate under visible light irradiation. The zero-valent iron-loaded nanoclays composite catalysts can degrade efficiently Rhodamine 6G (Rh 6G) under microwave irradiation. In addition, the polymer composites have been developed using natural palygorskite, montmorillonite nanosheets or silica nanoparticles as inorganic components, which are potential to be used in many fields such as packing, biomedicine, or rubber. With the increasing attention to clay minerals, research methods for the microstructure of clay minerals continue to receive attention. It is no doubt that natural materials have got a booming attention from researchers in mineralogy, materials science, chemistry, energy, biomedicine and other fields due to their advantages. However, there is still a long way to go to substitute traditional synthetic nanomaterials with natural ones, and there are still theoretical and technological limitation in the design and synthesis of new materials from natural materials. Related theoretical research and technological development require continuous exploration by researchers. This book has collected some recent advances in related research, and hopes to play a role in attracting more attention to the construction of functional materials from natural raw materials. It is also believed that through the unremitting efforts of all researchers, the dream of green materials and green preparation processes can be realized.

Wedding Bush Road

Author : David Francis
ISBN : 9781619028746
Genre : Fiction
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A family farm in rural Australia is the backdrop for “a rich, beautifully textured novel, unforgettable in its setting and the people who live there” (Los Angeles Review of Books). When he learns of his mother’s ailing health, young lawyer Daniel Rawson must leave Los Angeles and travel half a world away to the family’s horse farm on Wedding Bush Road, one hundred miles outside of Melbourne. Estranged from his parents, Daniel is hesitant to revisit their history: long divorced, his mother still maintains the farm having put out her cheating, rakish husband, and even in these later years her anger burns brightly. Daniel arrives at the farm in the heat of his parents’ conflict with Sharen, an alluring tenant and ex-lover of his father now perched on family land. Sharen and her unstable son Reggie complicate an already difficult family dynamic while Daniel has to tend to his mother’s condition, his father’s contentious behavior, and the swell of memory that strikes whenever he visits the farm. As Daniel is increasingly drawn to Sharen, the various tensions across the farm will spark events that cannot help but change them all. “A rich and moving and resonant story about the debts we owe to the people and places of our past, with writing so evocative that it feels like burying your face in the Australian soil. David Francis has given us a masterpiece, a novel for anyone who’s ever left their hometown.” —Nathan Hill, author of The Nix “In prose as severely beautiful as the land depicted, Francis takes us into the bleeding heart of family. Well recommended for many readers.” —Library Journal
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Author : Patrick Weekes
ISBN : 9781534400177
Genre : Young Adult Fiction
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A monster-hunter teams up with super-powered teens to protect her brother in this fast-paced adventure novel that’s X-Men meets Men in Black. Lori Fisher hunts monsters. Not with a sword or a gun, but with an interdimensional creature called Handler. Together they take down “feeders”—aliens who prey on mankind. When Lori touches a feeder, Handler’s impossibly large jaws appear and drag the beast into another dimension. It’s a living—or was, until a job for the Lake Foundation goes wrong, and Lori stumbles across the Nix, a group of mutant teenagers held captive on the docks. Now the Lake Foundation is hunting Lori, and if they find Lori, they find Ben, the brother Lori would do anything to protect. There’s only one thing to do: strike first. Lori teams up with the Nix to take on Lake, and to discover why the Nix were kidnapped in the first place. But as she watches their powers unfold, Lori realizes the Nix are nothing like her. She has no powers. She has…Handler. Maybe she’s not the monster hunter after all. Maybe she’s just the bait.
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Author : Kelley Armstrong
ISBN : 9780748108657
Genre : Fiction
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Eve Levine - half-demon, black witch and devoted mother - has been dead for three years. She has a great house, an interesting love life and can't be killed again - which comes in handy when you've made as many enemies as Eve. Yes, the afterlife isn't too bad - all she needs to do is find a way to communicate with her daughter Savannah and she'll be happy. But fate - or more exactly, the Fates - have other plans. Eve owes them a favour, and they've just called it in. An evil spirit called the Nix has escaped from hell. She feeds on chaos and death, and is very good at persuading people to kill for her. The Fates want Eve to hunt her down before she does any more damage, but the Nix is a dangerous enemy - previous hunters have been sent mad in the process. As if that's not problem enough, it turns out that the only way to stop her is with an angel's sword. And Eve's no angel . . .
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The Jolly Roger Tales 60 Pirate Novels Treasure Hunt Tales Sea Adventures

Author : Captain Charles Johnson
ISBN : 9788027219605
Genre : Young Adult Fiction
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This carefully edited collection has been designed and formatted to the highest digital standards and adjusted for readability on all devices. Treasure Island (Stevenson) Blackbeard: Buccaneer (R. D. Paine) Pieces of Eight (Le Gallienne) Gold-Bug (Edgar A. Poe) The Dark Frigate (C. B. Hawes) Hearts of Three (Jack London) Captain Singleton (Defoe) Swords of Red Brotherhood (Howard) Queen of Black Coast (Howard) Afloat and Ashore (James F. Cooper) Pirate Gow (Defoe) The King of Pirates (Defoe) Barbarossa—King of the Corsairs (E. H. Currey) Homeward Bound (James F. Cooper) Red Rover (Cooper) The Pirate (Walter Scott) Book of Pirates (Howard Pyle) Under the Waves (R. M. Ballantyne) Rose of Paradise (Howard Pyle) Tales of the Fish Patrol (Jack London) Peter Pan and Wendy (J. M. Barrie) Captain Sharkey (Arthur Conan Doyle) The Pirate (Frederick Marryat) Three Cutters (Marryat) Madman and the Pirate (R. M. Ballantyne) Coral Island (Ballantyne) Pirate City (Ballantyne) Gascoyne (Ballantyne) Facing the Flag (Jules Verne) Captain Boldheart (Dickens) Mysterious Island (Jules Verne) Master Key (L. Frank Baum) A Man to His Mate (J. Allan Dunn) Isle of Pirate's Doom (Robert E. Howard) Black Vulmea (Howard) Robinson Crusoe (Defoe) Count of Monte Cristo (A. Dumas) Ghost Pirates (W. H. Hodgson) Offshore Pirate (F. Scott Fitzgerald) The Piccaroon (Michael Scott) The Capture of Panama, 1671 (John Esquemeling) The Malay Proas (James Fenimore Cooper) The Wonderful Fight of the Exchange of Bristol With the Pirates of Algiers (Samuel Purchas) The Daughter of the Great Mogul (Defoe) Morgan at Puerto Bello Among Malay Pirates: A Tale of Adventure and Peril The Ways of the Buccaneers A True Account of Three Notorious Pirates Narrative of the Capture of the Ship Derby, 1735 Francis Lolonois The Fight Between the Dorrill and the Moca Jaddi the Malay Pirate The Terrible Ladrones The Female Captive The Passing of Mogul Mackenzie The Last of the Sea-Rovers Pagan Madonna...
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A Conversation In Blood

Author : Paul S. Kemp
ISBN : 9780553392012
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The hard-fighting, harder-drinking fortune hunters of The Hammer and the Blade and A Discourse in Steel are back to test their mettle and tempt fickle fate. Fantasy fiction has long welcomed adventurous rogues: Fritz Leiber’s Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, George R. R. Martin’s Dunk and Egg, and Scott Lynch’s Locke Lamora and Jean Tannen have all made their mark. In his Egil & Nix series, New York Times bestselling author Paul S. Kemp introduces a daring new duo to the ranks of fantasy fame—or is it infamy? Nix is a nimble thief with just enough knowledge of magic to get into serious trouble. Egil is the only priest of a discredited god. Together, they seek riches and renown, but somehow it is always misadventure and mayhem that find them—even in the dive bar they call home. And their luck has yet to change. All Nix wants to do is cheer Egil up after a bout of heartbreak. And, of course, strike it so rich that they need never worry about their combined bar bill. But when the light-fingered scoundrel plunders a tomb and snatches mysterious golden plates covered in runes, the treasure brings terrifying trouble. Pursued by an abomination full of ravenous hunger and unquenchable wrath, Egil and Nix find all they hold dear—including their beloved tavern—in dire peril. To say nothing of the world itself. Praise for A Conversation in Blood “An adventure perfect for fantasy fans and action-movie lovers. It will take readers on a wild ride with heart-pounding fights, harebrained schemes, and several laugh-out-loud moments.”—Booklist “If you enjoy storytelling with the content sensibilities of Game of Thrones, then imagine George R. R. Martin forced to write while strapped to the front of a War Boys’ car going 100 mph, pumped full of Jolt Cola and Pixy Sticks with Metallica blaring from the speakers and you approximate the full Egil & Nix experience that [Paul S.] Kemp delivers.”—Rebels Report Praise for Paul S. Kemp’s thrilling Egil & Nix novels “Most heroes work up to killing demons. Egil and Nix start there and pick up the pace.”—Elaine Cunningham, author of Honor Among Thieves “Kemp delivers sword and sorcery at its rollicking best, after the fashion of Fritz Leiber’s Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser.”—Library Journal “Egil and Nix might not be the safest guys to go adventuring with, but they’re sure good company.”—Ed Greenwood, bestselling creator of Forgotten Realms “Did I mention how much fun Egil and Nix are? So. Much. Damn. Fun.”—
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100 More Popular Young Adult Authors

Author : Bernard Alger Drew
ISBN : 1563089203
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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A ready reference for teenagers who seek information about well-known writers, either for school work, out of curiosity, to find more books by a favorite author, or to learn about the writing process.
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A Confusion Of Princes

Author : Garth Nix
ISBN : 9780062213563
Genre : Young Adult Fiction
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Garth Nix, bestselling author of the Keys to the Kingdom series and Shade’s Children, combines space opera with a coming-of-age story in his YA novel A Confusion of Princes. Superhuman. Immortal. Prince in a Galactic Empire. There has to be a catch…. Khemri learns the minute he becomes a Prince that princes need to be hard to kill—for they are always in danger. Their greatest threat? Other Princes. Every Prince wants to become Emperor and the surest way to do so is to kill, dishonor, or sideline any potential competitor. There are rules, but as Khemri discovers, rules can be bent and even broken. There are also mysteries. Khemri is drawn into the hidden workings of the Empire and is dispatched on a secret mission. In the ruins of space battle, he meets a young woman, called Raine, who challenges his view of the Empire, of Princes, and of himself. But Khemri is a Prince, and even if he wanted to leave the Empire behind, there are forces there that have very definite plans for his future.
Category: Young Adult Fiction