Books on Fire

Author: Lucien X. Polastron
Publisher: Lucien X. POLASTRON
ISBN: 1594771677
Release Date: 2007-08-13
Genre: History

Almost as old as the idea of the library is the urge to destroy it. Author Lucien X. Polastron traces the history of this destruction, examining the causes for these disasters, the treasures that have been lost, and where the surviving books, if any, have ended up. Books on Fire received the 2004 Société des Gens de Lettres Prize for Nonfiction/History in Paris.

The Case Against Homework

Author: Sara Bennett
Publisher: Harmony
ISBN: 9780307340184
Release Date: 2007-08
Genre: Education

Argues that homework has little to do with academic success, and offers parents strategies and techniques for communicating with teachers and schools to advocate for change. Reprint. 30,000 first printing.

Hey Ladies

Author: Michelle Markowitz
Publisher: Abrams
ISBN: 9781683352372
Release Date: 2018-05-01
Genre: Fiction

Based on the column of the same name that appeared in The Toast, Hey Ladies! is a laugh-out-loud read that follows a fictitious group of eight 20-and-30-something female friends for one year of holidays, summer house rentals, dates, brunches, breakups, and, of course, the planning of a disastrous wedding. This instantly relatable story is told entirely through emails, texts, DMs, and every other form of communication known to man. The women in the book are stand-ins for annoying friends that we all have. There’s Nicole, who’s always broke and tries to pay for things in Forever21 gift cards. There’s Katie, the self-important budding journalist, who thinks a retweet and a byline are the same thing. And there’s Jen, the DIY suburban bride-to-be. With a perfectly pitched sardonic tone, Hey Ladies! will have you cringing and laughing as you recognize your own friends, and even yourself.

The Battle Over Homework

Author: Harris M. Cooper
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 9781631440120
Release Date: 2015-02-03
Genre: Education

Homework is the cause of more friction between schools and home than any other aspect of education and becomes the prime battlefield when schools, families, and communities view one another as adversaries. This comprehensive fourth edition tackles all the tough questions: What’s the right amount of homework? What role should parents play in the homework process? What is the connection between homework and achievement? This essential reference offers all stakeholders—administrators, teachers, and parents—the opportunity to end the battle and turn homework into a cooperative endeavor to promote student learning.

Angela s Ashes

Author: Frank McCourt
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9780684842677
Release Date: 1999-05-25
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

The author recounts his childhood in Depression-era Brooklyn as the child of Irish immigrants who decide to return to worse poverty in Ireland when his infant sister dies

101 True Scary Stories to Read in Bed Tonight

Author: Lane Loomis
Publisher:
ISBN: 1945796685
Release Date: 2017-09-28
Genre: Fiction

This book contains 101 bite-sized horror stories that are intended to scare and unsettle you. These are real peoples' accounts of the creepy and the occult--of their near-misses with madmen and paranormal entities. Each chapter is a short, stand alone campfire tale, a retelling of a frightening or gruesome incident that has stuck with the teller, something that gives them pause to this day when they find themselves alone in the dark. These stories have been collected with the knowledge that real life is scarier than fiction. Read with caution.

The Manipulated Man

Author: Esther Vilar
Publisher: Pinter & Martin Publishers
ISBN: 9780953096428
Release Date: 2005-05-09
Genre: Social Science

This text explores the relationship between the sexes. Esther Vilar maintains that a man is a human being who works, while a woman chooses to become a prostitute, letting a man provide for her and her children in return for carefully dispensed praise and sex.

To Destroy A City

Author: Herman Knell
Publisher: Da Capo Press
ISBN: 0786748494
Release Date: 2009-06-16
Genre: History

Herman Knell was nineteen and living in Würtzburg in March of 1945 when hundreds of Allied planes arrived overhead, unleashing a torrent of bombs on the city. Würtzburg's tightly packed medieval housing exploded in a firestorm, killing six thousand people in one night and destroying 92 percent of the city's structures. Despite the fact that Würtzburg had no strategic value, the city emerged from World War II second only to Dresden in material destruction inflicted from the air. The experience led Knell to years of research on the history, development, and effects of the strategy of area bombing.To Destroy a City is the result of the author's long and unrelenting investigation. His analysis of this form of warfare, which reached its zenith during World War II, covers the history and the development of wide-area bombing since 1914, examines its wartime effectiveness and the consequences. But the extra dimension that Knell's book offers is his firsthand experience of the tension, fear, tentative defiance, and, finally, utter catastrophe of being on the receiving end of overwhelming air power. For Americans, who fortunately did not experience bombing during the war, this is essential reading.

Calcutta

Author: Sukanta Chaudhuri
Publisher:
ISBN: 0195636961
Release Date: 1995
Genre: Calcutta (India)

This text looks at the city of Calcutta, examining aspects pertaining to its past.

Eskimo Life

Author: Fridtjof Nansen
Publisher:
ISBN: HARVARD:32044043320704
Release Date: 1893
Genre: Eskimos

Observations of Eskimos during stay at Godthab, west Greenland, in winter of 1888-89 after crossing of Greenland ice sheet. Translation of Norwegian original Eskimoliv published in 1891.

Rothschild s Fiddle

Author: Anton Chekhov
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 9781443447973
Release Date: 2015-07-07
Genre: Fiction

Eaten away by illness, an elderly coffin maker named Yakov reflects on his life—in particular his indifferent relationship with his now-deceased wife, Marfa, and his antipathy towards Rothschild, the flutist in the Jewish klezmer orchestra in which Yakov occasionally plays. HarperPerennial Classics brings great works of literature to life in digital format, upholding the highest standards in ebook production and celebrating reading in all its forms. Look for more titles in the HarperPerennial Classics collection to build your digital library.

You Gotta Want It

Author: Jake Paul
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781501139499
Release Date: 2016-10-11
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

In this extremely positive, motivational, and often laugh-out-loud memoir, Jake Paul pauses long enough from his supercharged day-to-day as a nineteen year old social media heartthrob and costar on the Disney Channel series Bizaardvark to share his takes on life, love, fame, and shooting for the moon. Growing up as a regular kid in Ohio, Jake Paul always knew he wanted to do something big, but he wasn’t sure what that thing was—that is, until he found his calling as one of Vine’s most famous comedians. As a high school sophomore, Jake began making comedy videos with his older brother, Logan, and posting them online. With every carefully staged prank, Jake and Logan’s following grew—and after a few stumbling blocks, Jake finally forged his own way. Eventually, he traded his childhood home in Cleveland for sunny, sparkling Hollywood. In You Gotta Want It, Jake reflects on the path that led him to stardom. From learning the value of a disciplined work ethic, to achieving his goals and aspirations along the way to digital celebrity, to the crazy behind-the-scenes details of his journey as a creator and actor, Jake relates the most hysterical and intimate details of his life thus far—all with the signature humor, honesty, and unstoppable attitude that have won him millions of devoted followers.

Greater Fool

Author: Garth Turner
Publisher:
ISBN: 1554701082
Release Date: 2008-01-01
Genre: Business & Economics

A young couple in Toronto starts house-hunting with a $450,000 budget and ends up with a $700,000 home, after losing fifteen bidding wars. In Vancouver the average bungalow soars past $900,000. In Saskatoon, house values rock higher 56 per cent in one year. At the same time, real estate values in the US plunge for the first time since the Great Depression. Millions of families are forced out of their homes. Canadians are told it can't happen here, while first-time buyers outside Toronto sign up for monster houses with virtually no down payment and 40-year mortgages for 98 per cent of the cost. When the average family can no longer afford the average home, how can so many people be deluded into believing a boom will last forever'when none has before? How could we have put so much money into something we might never be able to sell, except to a greater fool? Truth is, homeowners and homebuyers have been seduced by a cabal made up of real estate marketers, builders, lenders and bankers, along with a pliant media, to buy, buy, buy. Canada has its own, hidden debt crisis just as dire as the subprime mortgage fiasco, and the same self-dealing industry tactics have led us to put more than 80 per cent of our net worth into a single asset, ignoring the obvious threats and repeating the disastrous mistakes of others. Are we next? Yes.