Description : Lauren thinks she has a pretty good life—so why is it that she feels crazy most of the time? She figures it’s nothing she can’t fix by getting her first girlfriend and doing better at school. But how is she ever going to find a girlfriend in Duluth, Minnesota? When she meets a group of kids who are telling a science fiction story online and gets invited down to the Twin Cities, she gets more attention than she ever expected, from two very different girls: charming Sierra and troublesome Blake. Blake helps Lauren understand that she’s not the crazy one in her life. But Blake's attention—and insights into life and living with bipolar disorder—threaten to destroy everything Lauren has created for herself, including her relationship with Sierra.
Description : August 1946. One year on from surrender and Tokyo lies broken and bleeding at the feet of its American victors. Against this extraordinary historical backdrop, Tokyo Year Zero opens with the discovery of the bodies of two young women in Shiba Park. Against his wishes, Detective Minami is assigned to the case, and as he gets drawn ever deeper into these complex and horrific murders, he realises that his own past and secrets are indelibly linked to those of the dead women and their killer.
Description : Surviving Year Zero is the story of one young man, yet it is the story of millions of people. It tells of how Sovannora Ieng lived through the genocide that tore at the heart of Cambodia in the 1970s. Sovannora survived in an environment where survival was barely possible. He and his family experienced starvation, backbreaking labour and constant surveillance. They learnt to be silent in a world where a casual remark could be turned into a sentence of death. Sovannora's experiences under the Khmer Rouge remind us of the terrible things that we humans have done to each other, and his eventual escape to Australia is a testament to his resilience and ingenuity in the face of constant danger. Sovannora Ieng escaped from Cambodia to Thailand as a refugee before migrating to Australia.
Description : NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Low-level entertainment lawyer Nick Carter thinks it’s a prank, not an alien encounter, when a redheaded mullah and a curvaceous nun show up at his office. But Frampton and Carly are highly advanced (if bumbling) extraterrestrials. The entire cosmos, they tell him, has been hopelessly hooked on American pop songs ever since “Year Zero” (1977 to us), resulting in the biggest copyright violation since the Big Bang and bankrupting the whole universe. Nick has just been tapped to clean up this mess before things get ugly. Thankfully, this unlikely galaxy-hopping hero does know a thing or two about copyright law. Now, with Carly and Frampton as his guides, Nick has forty-eight hours to save humanity—while hoping to wow the hot girl who lives down the hall from him.
Description : Mulder and Scully have finally come face-to-face with ''Mr. Zero'' and slowly unraveled a mystery stretching nearly 70 years in the past. But more major twists are revealed as this historic case comes to a close! For now€
Description : Providing a description of the forces that affect the valuation, risk and return of fixed income securities, this text outlines the importance of parameter data and the role of financial models.
Description : "Part memoir, part discourse on the art of music. . . . This is an intelligent, thoughtful look into the mind of an artist."--New York Times Book Review Since the release of his first best-selling album Look Sharp in 1979, Joe Jackson has forged a singular career in music through his originality as a composer and his notoriously independent stance toward music-business fashion. He has also been a famously private person, whose lack of interest in his own celebrity has been interpreted by some as aloofness. That reputation is shattered by A Cure for Gravity, Jackson's enormously funny and revealing memoir of growing up musical, from a culturally impoverished childhood in a rough English port town to the Royal Academy of Music, through London's Punk and New Wave scenes, up to the brink of pop stardom. Jackson describes his life as a teenage Beethoven fanatic; his early piano gigs for audiences of glass-throwing skinheads; and his days on the road with long-forgotten club bands. Far from a standard-issue celebrity autobiography, A Cure for Gravity is a smart, passionate book about music, the creative process, and coming of age as an artist. Ralph J. Gleason Music Book Award Finalist
Description : Photography Year Zero is a retrospective look at a serious amateur’s first year of photography and image production. It features full-page gallery images, play-by-play post-processing moves, Photoshop project breakdowns, camera settings, and shooting strategies. Balancing out the tech side, the gallery images launch discussions about workflow, the creative process, developing a personal style, the street photographer ethos, and the subjective nuances of modern digital photography as a gateway to artistic self-expression. Ranging from street photography to surrealist/abstract imagery, Photography Year Zero was designed to provide a rich viewing experience on high-resolution display equipped tablets. Swipe through page after page of scalable images, concise technical information, stories, analysis, and thought provoking quotes. Photography Year Zero is organized into 50 unique reflections, spread over nearly 300 pages, that can be enjoyed in any order by photography buffs at every level. HIGHLIGHTS: Stories and perspective. Photography Year Zero is the story of a novice photographer in search of a style. The author collected more than 17,000 exposures over the course of his first year of serious photography. Contemplating the work, basic questions about its nature and meaning kicked off an ongoing investigation of the medium. Using Susan Sontag’s notorious On Photography essays as a springboard, he branched off and took notes while using his own images to illuminate some influential historical insights and ideas about photography and art. More than 120 gallery images. Scalable gallery images occupy their own text-free pages. The first gallery image in every reflection launches the topics; supplemental images provide additional exemplars. More than 150 incidental images. View unprocessed gallery image source exposures, Photoshop project layer renders, images that illustrate insightful quotes and concepts, and more. The majority of images presented throughout the book are accompanied by their associated camera settings. More than 30 screen shots. Lightroom user interface settings are depicted for select images. Photography Year Zero is a beginner’s year-long running commentary on all things photography – gear, subjects, workflow, history, and philosophy. It will inspire the beginner and motivate the pro, and all readers will certainly identify with the dedicated photographer’s path that runs cover-to-cover throughout its nearly 300 pages of images and text.
Description : A marvelous global history of the pivotal year 1945 as a new world emerged from the ruins of World War II Year Zero is a landmark reckoning with the great drama that ensued after war came to an end in 1945. One world had ended and a new, uncertain one was beginning. Regime change had come on a global scale: across Asia (including China, Korea, Indochina, and the Philippines, and of course Japan) and all of continental Europe. Out of the often vicious power struggles that ensued emerged the modern world as we know it. In human terms, the scale of transformation is almost impossible to imagine. Great cities around the world lay in ruins, their populations decimated, displaced, starving. Harsh revenge was meted out on a wide scale, and the ground was laid for much horror to come. At the same time, in the wake of unspeakable loss, the euphoria of the liberated was extraordinary, and the revelry unprecedented. The postwar years gave rise to the European welfare state, the United Nations, decolonization, Japanese pacifism, and the European Union. Social, cultural, and political “reeducation” was imposed on vanquished by victors on a scale that also had no historical precedent. Much that was done was ill advised, but in hindsight, as Ian Buruma shows us, these efforts were in fact relatively enlightened, humane, and effective. A poignant grace note throughout this history is Buruma’s own father’s story. Seized by the Nazis during the occupation of Holland, he spent much of the war in Berlin as a laborer, and by war’s end was literally hiding in the rubble of a flattened city, having barely managed to survive starvation rations, Allied bombing, and Soviet shock troops when the end came. His journey home and attempted reentry into “normalcy” stand in many ways for his generation’s experience. A work of enormous range and stirring human drama, conjuring both the Asian and European theaters with equal fluency, Year Zero is a book that Ian Buruma is perhaps uniquely positioned to write. It is surely his masterpiece.