´´The Book´´ is an unfinished short story by American horror fiction writer H. P. Lovecraft, believed to have been written in late 1933. It was first published in the journal Leaves in 1938, after Lovecraft´s death. In the story fragment, the narrator is given an ancient book by a strange bookseller, and when he takes it home and examines it, weird and sinister events ensue.
Neil Gaiman´s perennial favorite, The Graveyard Book , has sold more than one million copies and is the only novel to win both the Newbery Medal and the Carnegie Medal. Bod is an unusual boy who inhabits an unusual place—he´s the only living resident of a graveyard. Raised from infancy by the ghosts, werewolves, and other cemetery denizens, Bod has learned the antiquated customs of his guardians´ time as well as their ghostly teachings—such as the ability to Fade so mere mortals cannot see him. Can a boy raised by ghosts face the wonders and terrors of the worlds of both the living and the dead? The Graveyard Book is the winner of the Newbery Medal, the Carnegie Medal, the Hugo Award for best novel, the Locus Award for Young Adult novel, the American Bookseller Association´s ´´Best Indie Young Adult Buzz Book;” a Horn Book Honor, and Audio Book of the Year.
The Jungle Book is a collection of stories by English author Rudyard Kipling. The tales in the book are fables, using animals in an anthropomorphic manner to give moral lessons. The verses of The Law of the Jungle, for example, lay down rules for the safety of individuals, families and communities. Kipling put in them nearly everything he knew or ´´heard or dreamed about the Indian jungle.´´ Other readers have interpreted the work as allegories of the politics and society of the time. The best-known of them are the three stories revolving around the adventures of an abandoned ´´man cub´´ Mowgli who is raised by wolves in the Indian jungle. The most famous of the other stories are probably ´´Rikki-Tikki-Tavi´´, the story of a heroic mongoose, and ´´Toomai of the Elephants´´, the tale of a young elephant-handler.
In his first book since the bestselling Fermat´s Enigma , Simon Singh offers the first sweeping history of encryption, tracing its evolution and revealing the dramatic effects codes have had on wars, nations, and individual lives. From Mary, Queen of Scots, trapped by her own code, to the Navajo Code Talkers who helped the Allies win World War II, to the incredible (and incredibly simple) logisitical breakthrough that made Internet commerce secure, The Code Book tells the story of the most powerful intellectual weapon ever known: secrecy. Throughout the text are clear technical and mathematical explanations, and portraits of the remarkable personalities who wrote and broke the world´s most difficult codes. Accessible, compelling, and remarkably far-reaching, this book will forever alter your view of history and what drives it. It will also make you wonder how private that e-mail you just sent really is.
The authors of the international bestseller The Decision Book teach us how to communicate better at work and in everyday life The internationally bestselling duo Mikael Krogerus and Roman Tschäppeler have tested the 44 most important communication theories - from Aristotle´s thoughts on presenting through Proust on asking questions to the Harvard Negotiation Project - for their practicality in daily business life. In The Communication Book they distil them into a single volume that in their winning way turns seemingly difficult ideas into clear and entertaining diagrams. From running better meetings and improving the conversations in your head to brushing up on your listening skills and small talk, the pair masterfully fuses theoretical knowledge and business advice with humour and practicality. They show that we can improve not only what we communicate, but how we do so. Whether you´re a CEO or starting out - or want to improve your relationships at home - this smartly-illustrated and compact guide will improve your communication skills and help you form more meaningful connections at work, while smiling too.
´´A constant pleasure to read…Everybody who loves books should check out The Library Book.´´ —The Washington Post ´´CAPTIVATING…DELIGHTFUL.´´ —Christian Science Monitor * ´´EXQUISITELY WRITTEN, CONSISTENTLY ENTERTAINING.´´ —The New York Times * ´´MESMERIZING…RIVETING.´´ —Booklist (starred review) A dazzling love letter to a beloved institution—and an investigation into one of its greatest mysteries—from the bestselling author hailed as a ´´national treasure´´ by The Washington Post. On the morning of April 28, 1986, a fire alarm sounded in the Los Angeles Public Library. As the moments passed, the patrons and staff who had been cleared out of the building realized this was not the usual fire alarm. As one fireman recounted, ´´Once that first stack got going, it was ´Goodbye, Charlie.´´´ The fire was disastrous: it reached 2000 degrees and burned for more than seven hours. By the time it was extinguished, it had consumed four hundred thousand books and damaged seven hundred thousand more. Investigators descended on the scene, but more than thirty years later, the mystery remains: Did someone purposefully set fire to the library—and if so, who? Weaving her lifelong love of books and reading into an investigation of the fire, award-winning New Yorker reporter and New York Times bestselling author Susan Orlean delivers a mesmerizing and uniquely compelling book that manages to tell the broader story of libraries and librarians in a way that has never been done before. In The Library Book, Orlean chronicles the LAPL fire and its aftermath to showcase the larger, crucial role that libraries play in our lives; delves into the evolution of libraries across the country and around the world, from their humble beginnings as a metropolitan charitable initiative to their current status as a cornerstone of national identity; brings each department of the library to vivid life through on-the-ground reporting; studies arson and attempts to burn a copy of a book herself; reflects on her own experiences in libraries; and reexamines the case of Harry Peak, the blond-haired actor long suspected of setting fire to the LAPL more than thirty years ago. Along the way, Orlean introduces us to an unforgettable cast of characters from libraries past and present—from Mary Foy, who in 1880 at eighteen years old was named the head of the Los Angeles Public Library at a time when men still dominated the role, to Dr. C.J.K. Jones, a pastor, citrus farmer, and polymath known as ´´The Human Encyclopedia´´ who roamed the library dispensing information; from Charles Lummis, a wildly eccentric journalist and adventurer who was determined to make the L.A. library one of the best in the world, to the current staff, who do heroic work every day to ensure that their institution remains a vital part of the city it serves. Brimming with her signature wit, insight, compassion, and talent for deep research, The Library Book is Susan Orlean´s thrilling journey through the stacks that reveals how these beloved institutions provide much more than just books—and why they remain an essential part of the heart, mind, and soul of our country. It is also a master journalist´s reminder that, perhaps especially in the digital era, they are more necessary than ever.
One of the Guardian ´s ´50 Biggest Books of Autumn 2018´ Early in the morning of 6 May 1840, on an ultra-respectable Mayfair street, a footman answered the door to a panic-stricken maid from a nearby house. Her elderly master, Lord William Russell, was lying in bed with his throat cut so deeply that the head was almost severed. The whole of London, from monarch to street urchins, was gripped by the gory details of the Russell murder, but behind it was another story, a work of fiction, and a fierce debate about censorship and morality. Several of the key literary figures of the day, including Dickens and Thackeray, were drawn into the controversy, and when Lord William´s murderer claimed to having been inspired by the season´s most sensational novel, it seemed that a great deal more was on trial than anyone could have guessed. Bringing together much previously unpublished material from a wide range of sources, Claire Harman reveals the story of the notorious Russell murder case and its fascinating connections with the writers and literary culture of the day. Gripping and eye-opening, Murder by the Book is the untold true story of a surprisingly literary crime. ´This beautifully produced and impressively researched historical account of a celebrated Victorian murder with a literary twist reads like a thriller. I devoured it in one sitting, and was at once enthralled and chilled. Highly recommended!´ Alison Weir
Amid the soaring grandeur of arches and spires lurks a more down-to-earth architectural flourish: the grinning head of a gargoyle. Singly and clustered, these intriguing creatures form as distinctive an element of Gothic architecture as the flying buttress. Nowhere are they more prominent than along the walls of French cathedrals, and this magnificently illustrated volume prowls the ramparts of those medieval buildings to discover hundreds of authentic gargoyle carvings.According to tradition, the gargoyles were posted as sentries, to ward off malevolent spirits and to remind parishioners of the evil beyond the church doors. Author Lester Burbank Bridaham takes a more optimistic view. Noting the stone guardians´ whimsical nature, he discusses the artisanal ingenuity involved in their creation. He also points out how they represented a rare sense of freedom in the Middle Ages, in terms of public satire and unbridled artistic enthusiasm. As this book reveals, the timeless appeal of the gargoyle?whether symbolic, spiritual, decorative, or fanciful?continues to captivate the imagination.
Das persönliche Frauengesundheitsbuch der beliebten Hollywood-Schauspielerin. Eine vitale und schöne Ausstrahlung kommt immer von innen, sagt Cameron Diaz. Hier erzählt sie authentisch ihre eigene Geschichte, wie sie nach vielen Jahren als Fastfood-Junkie endlich begann, sich intensiv mit Gesundheitsthemen zu beschäftigen. Neben jeder Menge biologischem, medizinischem Expertenwissen erfährt man in diesem Buch alles über die wichtigsten Nährstoffe, Powerfood, Verdauung, Schlaf, ausgewogene Bewegung, die Lebensphasen der Frau oder achtsames Essen. Es ist Cameron Diaz´ persönlicher Aufruf zu einem liebevollen Umgang mit dem eigenen Körper, denn nur durch bewusste Ernährung und Freude an Bewegung wird man langfristig gesund und glücklich sein.
´´I can´t.´´ ´´It´s just too much.´´ ´´Over it.´´ We´ve all seen the vague posts. We´ve all sat, wondering exactly how we should be responding to the oh-so-distressed regular vague book posters who use social media as personal diaries aimed at making sure inquiring minds want to know. But what is behind the posts? ´´I can´t.´´ (Finish clipping my toe nails). ´´It´s just too much.´´ (Food to eat). ´´Over it.´´ (The moon). A group of sassy authors will set out on a quest to collect vague book posts and unravel the mystery of all that ´please-ask´ drama… Vague Book, A Crazy Ink Anthology, will leave you fugly laughing, horrified, begging for more, and most certainly, never able to look at a vague post the same way again…