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From the creator of the wildly popular webcomic xkcd hilarious and informative answers to important questions you probably never thought to ask Millions of people visit xkcd com each week to read Randall Munroe s iconic webcomic His stick-figure drawings about science technology language and love have a large and passionate following Fans of xkcd ask Munroe a lot of strange questions What if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90 percent the speed of light How fast can you hit a speed bump while driving and live If there was a robot apocalypse how long would humanity last In pursuit of answers Munroe runs computer simulations pores over stacks of declassified military research memos solves differential equations and consults with nuclear reactor operators His responses are masterpieces of clarity and hilarity complemented by signature xkcd comics They often predict the complete annihilation of humankind or at least a really big explosion The book features new and never-before-answered questions along with updated and expanded versions of the most popular answers from the xkcd website What If will be required reading for xkcd fans and anyone who loves to ponder the hypothetical
Ken Follett s Century Trilogy follows the fortunes of five intertwined families American German Russian English and Welsh as they make their way through the twentieth century It has been called potent engrossing Publishers Weekly and truly epic Huffington Post USA Today said You actually feel like you re there Edge of Eternity the finale covers one of the most tumultuous eras of all the 1960s through the 1980s encompassing civil rights assassinations Vietnam the Berlin Wall the Cuban Missile Crisis presidential impeachment revolution and rock and roll East German teacher Rebecca Hoffman discovers she s been spied on by the Stasi for years and commits an impulsive act that will affect her family for generations George Jakes himself bi-racial bypasses corporate law to join Robert F Kennedy s Justice Department and finds himself in the middle of not only the seminal events of the civil rights battle but also a much more personal battle Cameron Dewar the grandson of a senator jumps at the chance to do some espionage for a cause he believes in only to discover that the world is much more dangerous than he d imagined Dimka Dvorkin a young aide to Khrushchev becomes an agent for good and for ill as the Soviet Union and the United... States race to the brink of nuclear war while his twin sister Tania carves out a role that will take her from Moscow to Cuba to Prague to Warsaw and into history These characters and many others find their lives inextricably entangled as they add their personal stories and insight to the most defining events of the 20th century From the opulent offices of the most powerful world leaders to the shabby apartments of those trying to begin a new empire from the elite clubs of the wealthy and highborn to the passionate protests of a country s most marginalized citizens this is truly a drama for the ages With the Century Trilogy Follett has guided readers through an entire era of history with a master s touch His unique ability to tell fascinating brilliantly researched stories that captivate readers and keep them turning the pages is unparalleled In this climactic and concluding saga Follett brings us into a world we thought we knew but now will never seem the same again more
THE 1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLEROn a warm summer morning in North Carthage Missouri it is Nick and Amy Dunne s fifth wedding anniversary Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick s clever and beautiful wife disappears Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife s head but passages from Amy s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge Under mounting pressure from the police and the media as well as Amy s fiercely doting parents the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies deceits and inappropriate behavior Nick is oddly evasive and he s definitely bitter but is he really a killer
1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERJack Reacher returns in the latest fast-moving action-packed suspenseful book from Lee Child You can leave the army but the army doesn t leave you Not always Not completely notes Jack Reacher and sure enough the retired military cop is soon pulled back into service This time for the State Department and the CIA Someone has taken a shot at the president of France in the City of Light The bullet was American The distance between the gunman and the target was exceptional How many snipers can shoot from three-quarters of a mile with total confidence Very few but John Kott an American marksman gone bad is one of them And after fifteen years in prison he s out unaccounted for and likely drawing a bead on a G-8 summit packed with enough world leaders to tempt any assassin If anyone can stop Kott it s the man who beat him before Reacher And though he d rather work alone Reacher is teamed with Casey Nice a rookie analyst who keeps her cool with Zoloft But they re facing a rough road full of ruthless mobsters Serbian thugs close calls double-crosses and no backup if they re caught All the while Reacher can t stop thinking about the woman he once failed to save But he won t let that that happen again Not this... time Not Nice Reacher never gets too close But now a killer is making it personal Praise for Personal The best one yet Stephen King Praise for 1 bestselling author Lee Child and his Jack Reacher series Welcome to the relentless world of Jack Reacher and his impressive tendency to be in the wrong place at the right time Child has created an iconic character that other thriller writers try to emulate but don t come close to matching Associated Press The Reacher novels are easily the best thriller series going NPR Child is a superb craftsman of suspense Entertainment Weekly The truth about Reacher gets better and better Janet Maslin The New York Times If you re a thriller fan and you re not reading the Reacher series you re not a thriller fan Chicago Tribune A feverishly thrilling series with Child you can always count on furious action The Miami Herald Irresistible Reacher remains just about the best butt-kicker in thriller-lit Kirkus Reviewsmore
Karon knits Mitford s small-town characters and multiple story lines into a cozy sweater of a book Somewhere Safe hits the sweet spot at the intersection of your heart and your funny bone 4 4 stars USA Today Welcome home Mitford fans to Karon s gift for illuminating the struggles that creep into everyday lives along with a vividly imagined world People The faster and more impersonal the world becomes the more we need Mitford Cleveland Plain Dealer After five hectic years of retirement from Lord s Chapel Father Tim Kavanagh returns with his wife Cynthia from a so-called pleasure trip to the land of his Irish ancestors While glad to be at home in Mitford something is definitely missing a pulpit But when he s offered one he decides he doesn t want it Maybe he s lost his passion His adopted son Dooley wrestles with his own passion for the beautiful and gifted Lace Turner and his vision to become a successful country vet Dooley s brother Sammy still enraged by his mother s abandonment destroys one of Father Tim s prized possessions And Hope Murphy owner of Happy Endings bookstore struggles with the potential loss of her unborn child and her hard-won business All this as Wanda s Feel Good Caf opens a romance catches fire through an... Internet word game their former mayor hatches a reelection campaign to throw the bums out and the weekly Muse poses a probing inquiry Does Mitford still take care of its own Millions of fans will applaud the chance to spend time once more in the often comic and utterly human presence of Jan Karon s characters Indeed they have never been more sympathetic bighearted and engaging more
The two-part season premiere of Super Soul Sunday featuring international bestselling author Paulo Coelho airs Sunday September 7 and 14 at 11 a m ET PT on OWN Oprah Winfrey NetworkThe Alchemist by Paulo Coelho continues to change the lives of its readers forever With more than two million copies sold around the world The Alchemist has established itself as a modern classic universally admired Paulo Coelho s masterpiece tells the magical story of Santiago an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure as extravagant as any ever found The story of the treasures Santiago finds along the way teaches us as only a few stories can about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts learning to read the omens strewn along life s path and above all following our dreams
The critically acclaimed bestselling novel from Gayle Forman author of Where She Went Just One Day and Just One Year Soon to be a major motion picture starring Chloe Moretz In the blink of an eye everything changes Seventeen year-old Mia has no memory of the accident she can only recall what happened afterwards watching her own damaged body being taken from the wreck Little by little she struggles to put together the pieces- to figure out what she has lost what she has left and the very difficult choice she must make Heartwrenchingly beautiful this will change the way you look at life love and family Now a major motion picture starring Chloe Grace Moretz Mia s story will stay with you for a long long time
The New York Times bestseller by the author of Cloud Atlas Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize With The Bone Clocks David Mitchell rises to meet and match the legacy of Cloud Atlas Los Angeles TimesFollowing a terrible fight with her mother over her boyfriend fifteen-year-old Holly Sykes slams the door on her family and her old life But Holly is no typical teenage runaway A sensitive child once contacted by voices she knew only as the radio people Holly is a lightning rod for psychic phenomena Now as she wanders deeper into the English countryside visions and coincidences reorder her reality until they assume the aura of a nightmare brought to life For Holly has caught the attention of a cabal of dangerous mystics and their enemies But her lost weekend is merely the prelude to a shocking disappearance that leaves her family irrevocably scarred This unsolved mystery will echo through every decade of Holly s life affecting all the people Holly loves even the ones who are not yet born A Cambridge scholarship boy grooming himself for wealth and influence a conflicted father who feels alive only while reporting on the war in Iraq a middle-aged writer mourning his exile from the bestseller list all have a part to play in this surreal... invisible war on the margins of our world From the medieval Swiss Alps to the nineteenth-century Australian bush from a hotel in Shanghai to a Manhattan townhouse in the near future their stories come together in moments of everyday grace and extraordinary wonder Rich with character and realms of possibility The Bone Clocks is a kaleidoscopic novel that begs to be taken apart and put back together by a writer The Washington Post calls the novelist who s been showing us the future of fiction An elegant conjurer of interconnected tales a genre-bending daredevil and a master prose stylist David Mitchell has become one of the leading literary voices of his generation His hypnotic new novel The Bone Clocks crackles with invention and wit and sheer storytelling pleasure it is fiction at its most spellbinding Praise for The Bone Clocks Astonishing Mitchell s brought together the time-capsule density of his eyes-wide-open adventure in traditional realism with the death-defying ambitions of Cloud Atlas The New York Times Book Review Editor s Choice One of the most entertaining and thrilling novels I ve read in a long time Meg Wolitzer NPR Magical perfectly illustrates the idea that we re all the heroes of our own lives as well as single cogs in a much larger and more beautiful mechanism Grade A Entertainment Weekly Rich in detail and incident funny rueful and terrifying by turns The Bone Clocks is a tour de force San Francisco Chronicle Mitchell is one of the most electric writers alive The Bone Clocks is his most far-flung tale yet The Boston Globe A slipstream masterpiece Mitchell is a genre-bending time-leaping world-traveling puzzle-making literary magician Esquire A rich selection of domestic realism gothic fantasy and apocalyptic speculation another example of Mitchell s boundless dexterity The Washington Postmore
From the highly acclaimed multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr the beautiful stunningly ambitious instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History where he works as the master of its thousands of locks When she is six Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home When she is twelve the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo where Marie-Laure s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea With them they carry what might be the museum s most valuable and dangerous jewel In a mining town in Germany the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister enchanted by a crude radio they find Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth then a special assignment to track the resistance More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence Werner travels through the heart of the war and... finally into Saint-Malo where his story and Marie-Laure s converge Doerr s stunning sense of physical detail and gorgeous metaphors San Francisco Chronicle are dazzling Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner he illuminates the ways against all odds people try to be good to one another Ten years in the writing All the Light We Cannot See is a magnificent deeply moving novel from a writer whose sentences never fail to thrill Los Angeles Times more
Orphan Train is a gripping story of friendship and second chances from Christina Baker Kline author of Bird in Hand and The Way Life Should Be Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to aging out out of the foster care system A community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories Molly learns that she and Vivian aren t as different as they seem to be A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance Molly discovers that she has the power to help Vivian find answers to mysteries that have haunted her for her entire life answers that will ultimately free them both Rich in detail and epic in scope Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline is a powerful novel of upheaval and resilience of unexpected friendship and of the secrets we carry that keep us from finding out who we are
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