The New York Times bestselling Freakonomics changed the way we see the world, exposing the hidden side of just about everything. Now, with Think Like a Freak, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner have written their most revolutionary book yet. With their trademark blend of captivating storytelling and unconventional analysis, they take us inside their thought process and offer a blueprint for an entirely new way to solve problems. The topics range from business to philanthropy to sports to politics, all with the goal of retraining your brain. Along the way, you’ll learn the secrets of a Japanese hot-dog-eating champion, the reason an Australian doctor swallowed a batch of dangerous bacteria, and why Nigerian e-mail scammers make a point of saying they’re from Nigeria. Levitt and Dubner plainly see the world like no one else. Now you can too. Never before have such iconoclastic thinkers been so revealing—and so much fun to read. Steven D. Levitt, a professor of economics at the University of Chicago, was awarded the John Bates Clark medal, given to the most influential American economist under the age of forty. Stephen J. Dubner, an award-winning journalist and radio and TV personality, has worked for The New York Times and published three non-Freakonomics books. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stephen J. Dubner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/003938/bk_harp_003938_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The moment Diane Burke, an author and mother of two grown sons, received an unexpected certified letter in the mail, she had no idea her life would be shaken to its core. Memories of a past she had buried more than forty years ago suddenly resurfaced and she wasn't prepared to deal with them. Steve Orlandi, happily married, father of two and step-father of three, was living the typical middle class American life. But since the age of eight, when he discovered he was adopted, he had led that life dealing with inner questions about his self-identity and genetic history. Always on his mind was one simple, yet complicated and loaded question: Who am I? In One Perfect Day, Diane shares with readers how she came to the heartbreaking conclusion to give her baby up for adoption and how this decision has affected her life sense. Through Steve's invaluable perspective, readers will also experience the lengths he traveled to discover his mother's identity and reach out to her, not knowing whether she'd want to meet with him after nearly four decades of separation. It all comes together on one perfect day. This book asks and answers the questions: What defines family? What does it mean to forgive? And is it worth the time, energy, and emotional cost to love a stranger? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Coleen Marlo. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/017807/bk_adbl_017807_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Spectacular. (NPR) • "Uproariously funny." (The Boston Globe) • “An artistic triumph.” (San Francisco Chronicle) • “A novel in which comedy and pathos are exquisitely balanced.” (The Washington Post) • "Shteyngart's best book." (The Seattle Times) The best-selling author of Super Sad True Love Story returns with a biting, brilliant, emotionally resonant novel very much of our times. Named one of the 10 best books of the year by San Francisco Chronicle and Maureen Corrigan, NPR’s Fresh Air and named one of the best books of the year by The New York Times Book Review, NPR, The Washington Post, O: The Oprah Magazine, Mother Jones, Glamour, Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, Newsday, Pamela Paul - KQED, Financial Times, and The Globe and Mail. Narcissistic, hilariously self-deluded, and divorced from the real world as most of us know it, hedge-fund manager Barry Cohen oversees $2.4 billion in assets. Deeply stressed by an SEC investigation and by his three-year-old son’s diagnosis of autism, he flees New York on a Greyhound bus in search of a simpler, more romantic life with his old college sweetheart. Meanwhile, his super-smart wife, Seema - a driven first-generation American who craved the picture-perfect life that comes with wealth - has her own demons to face. How these two flawed characters navigate the Shteyngartian chaos of their own making is at the heart of this piercing exploration of the 0.1 percent, a poignant tale of familial longing and an unsentimental ode to what really makes America great. Longlisted for the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction “The fuel and oxygen of immigrant literature - movement, exile, nostalgia, cultural disorientation - are what fire the pistons of this trenchant and panoramic novel.... [ 1. Language: English. Narrator: Arthur Morey, Soneela Nankani. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/006220/bk_rand_006220_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
It is 1940. France has fallen. Bombs are dropping on London. And President Roosevelt is promising he won't send our boys to fight in "foreign wars." But American radio gal Frankie Bard, the first woman to report from the Blitz in London, wants nothing more than to bring the war home. Frankie's radio dispatches crackle across the Atlantic ocean, imploring listeners to pay attention--as the Nazis bomb London nightly, and Jewish refugees stream across Europe. Frankie is convinced that if she can just get the right story, it will wake Americans to action and they will join the fight. Meanwhile, in Franklin, Massachusetts, a small town on Cape Cod, Iris James hears Frankie's broadcasts and knows that it is only a matter of time before the war arrives on Franklin's shores. In charge of the town's mail, Iris believes that her job is to deliver and keep people's secrets, passing along the news that letters carry. And one secret she keeps are her feelings for Harry Vale, the town mechanic, who inspects the ocean daily, searching in vain for German U-boats he is certain will come. Two single people in midlife, Iris and Harry long ago gave up hope of ever being in love, yet they find themselves unexpectedly drawn toward each other. Listening to Frankie as well are Will and Emma Fitch, the town's doctor and his new wife, both trying to escape a fragile childhood and forge a brighter future. When Will follows Frankie's siren call into the war, Emma's worst fears are realized. Promising to return in six months, Will goes to London to offer his help, and the lives of the three women entwine. Alternating between an America still cocooned in its inability to grasp the danger at hand and a Europe being torn apart by war, The Postmistress gives us two women who find themselves unable to deliver the news, and a third woman desperately waiting for news yet afraid to hear it. Sarah Blake's The Postmistress shows how 1. Language: English. Narrator: Orlagh Cassidy. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/peng/001417/bk_peng_001417_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize For Comic Fiction 'If you're in need of a Succession replacement then this tale of a crumbling English dynasty clinging on to the past while coping with the fallout of the 2008 crash is for you. Pure pleasure' - Stylist 'Delights from start to finish' Mail on Sunday'Witty and stylish' Sunday Times'Jilly Cooper territory with a whiff of Joanna Trollope ... a lavish saga' The Times'Slyly comic' RedThe seat of the Trelawney family for over 800 years, Trelawney Castle was once the jewel of the Cornish coast. Each successive Earl spent with abandon, turning the house and grounds into a sprawling, extravagant palimpsest of wings, turrets and follies.But recent generations have been better at spending than making money. Now living in isolated penury, unable to communicate with each other or the rest of the world, the family are running out of options. Three unexpected events will hasten their demise: the sudden appearance of a new relation, an illegitimate, headstrong, beautiful girl, an unscrupulous American hedge fund manager determined to exact revenge, and the crash of 2008.A love story and social satire set in the parallel and seemingly unconnected worlds of the British aristocracy and high finance, House of Trelawney is also the story of lost and found friendships between three women. One of them will die, another will discover her vocation, and the third will find love.
This compelling, breath-taking read for fans of AMERICAN DIRT will make you question everything you thought you knewOne of the 'most important and prescient' books - Dolly Alderton and Pandora Sykes, The High Low'Bhutto's new novel will move you' - Elif Shafak_________________________ On the cusp of adulthood, three young people are about to make the most momentous decision of their lives. Anita lives in Karachi's slums - fearful that her fate is to serve the rich, until an elderly neighbour offers her an escape into another world . . . Monty belongs to Karachi's elite - his future is mapped out, until he meets a beautiful, rebellious girl . . . Sunny is a Portsmouth teenager - he is suffocated by the love and expectation of his father, until his charismatic cousin shows him a way to be his own man . . . These three paths are about to collide. And when they do, Anita, Monty and Sunny will find themselves at the mercy of powers beyond their control, and faced with a choice that will change them forever. _________________________ 'This is a bold and probing novel from a writer strikingly alert to something small and true' Guardian 'Bhutto's new novel will move you its profound wisdom and sharp grasp of our turbulent times' Elif Shafak 'A shocking, moving, and deeply compassionate novel' Vogue'Every page of this is priceless' Gary Shteyngart 'Stunning' Sunday Times'Highly topical . . . The Runaways offers an unflinching look at the key subjects of our time' Financial Times'A timely read that does a brilliant job of depicting the human cost when violence shifts from abstraction to reality' Mail on Sunday'An illuminating guide through the great disorder of our times' Pankaj Mishra, author of Age of Anger'Powerful and moving ... A book that anyone rushing to condemn young people for being radicalised should read' Anne Youngson, author of Meet Me at the Museum'Provocative and resolutely compassionate' Traveller
Kurt Austin and the NUMA crew risk everything to stop a cutthroat arms dealer from stealing a priceless ancient treasure in the thrilling new novel from the no. 1 Sunday Times-bestselling grand master of adventure.In 1074 B.C., vast treasures disappear from the tombs of Egyptian Pharaohs. In 1927, a daredevil American aviator vanishes on an attempted transcontinental flight. And in the present day, a fishing trawler - along with its mysterious cargo - sinks off the coast of Scotland. How are these three mysterious events connected? And, more importantly, what do they mean for Kurt Austin and his NUMA team?As they search for answers, the NUMA squad join the agents of the British MI5 to take on a wide-reaching international conspiracy. Their common enemy is the Bloodstone Group, a conglomerate of arms dealers and thieves attempting to steal ancient relics on both sides of the Atlantic. Kurt and his team soon find themselves wrapped up in a treacherous treasure hunt as they race to find the lost Egyptian riches. . . before they fall into the wrong hands. Praise for Clive Cussler'The Adventure King' Sunday Express 'Cussler is hard to beat' Daily Mail 'Nobody does it better... nobody!' Stephen Coonts
During the last three decades, the biography and teachings of Prophet Muhammad have been the topic of the printed Western media. Based on recent dramatic changes in the political situations of the world after Sept 11th, increased insult and depiction of the Prophet appeared particularly from 2005 in the US and many European countries. This book is a critical discourse analysis of the reproduction of linguistic and ideological aspects of three printed and social media controversies, namely the Danish Cartoons Controversy (2005), the US film Innocence of Muslims (2012), and the Charlie Hebdo Caricatures (2012) in selected British and American newspapers, particularly in The Guardian, The Daily Mail, The New York Times, and USA Today. The suggested terms "Anti-Prophet Muhammad Media" and "Anti-Prophet Muhammad Agenda" are used to entitle these three controversies which deliberately presented the Prophet in disgraceful positions. The European controversies were based upon integration-agitation agenda aiming at moving Islam from positive multi-culturalism into negative civic integration, while public diplomacy agenda seen in the US film,achieved through an implicit grey propaganda
Bachelor Thesis from the year 2013 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Linguistics, grade: 14/20, , course: Variation in Canadian English spelling, language: English, abstract: This paper addresses the issue of variation in Canadian English spelling, which is a blend of British and American spelling conventions. The study combines theoretical and practical work. The theoretical part briefly defines the concept of Canadian English in general, that is, its historical background and characteristics. Moreover, it describes some major spelling phenomena in Canadian English and examines the ways in which several Canadian style guides deal with the variation in Canadian English spelling. In turn, the practical part of the present paper deals with the actual spelling practices. Based on the investigation of the spelling practices of Canadian journalists, the research attempts to identify whether the newspapers follow any prescriptive spelling norms. The corpus for the analysis was extracted from a sample of articles taken from the online editions of three national Canadian dailies: (1) The Globe and Mail (2) Metro and (3) National Post. The research gathered 277 tokens of words, where spelling varies between British and American English