Two Kinds of Truth (Michael Connelly)

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Two Kinds of Truth

“Harry Bosch is back as a volunteer working cold cases for the San Fernando Police Department and is called out to a local drug store where a young pharmacist has been murdered. Bosch and the town’s 3-person detective squad sift through the clues, which lead into the dangerous, big business world of pill mills and prescription drug abuse.

Meanwhile, an old case from Bosch’s LAPD days comes back to haunt him when a long-imprisoned killer claims Harry framed him, and seems to have new evidence to prove it. Continue reading…

The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results (Gary Keller)

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The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results

You want less. You want fewer distractions and less on your plate. The daily barrage of e-mails, texts, tweets, messages, and meetings distract you and stress you out. The simultaneous demands of work and family are taking a toll. And what’s the cost? Second-rate work, missed deadlines, smaller paychecks, fewer promotions—and lots of stress. And you want more. You want more productivity from your work. More income for a better lifestyle. Continue reading…

The Rooster Bar (John Grisham)

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The Rooster Bar

“Mark, Todd, and Zola came to law school to change the world, to make it a better place. But now, as third-year students, these close friends realize they have been duped. They all borrowed heavily to attend a third-tier, for-profit law school so mediocre that its graduates rarely pass the bar exam, let alone get good jobs. And when they learn that their school is one of a chain owned by a shady New York hedge-fund operator who also happens to own a bank specializing in student loans, the three know they have been caught up in The Great Law School Scam. Continue reading…

The Way Toward Health (Jane Roberts)

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The Way Toward Health

“In September 1984, the voice that had spoken for one of the most profound and prolific metaphysical teachers of the 20th century fell silent. Seth, the entity who described himself as an ‘energy personality essence no longer focused in physical matter,’ had spoken exclusively through Jane Roberts since 1963. During the long illness that led to her death, Jane continued to channel Seth from her hospital bed, but this final work was left unfinished. Now, in The Way Toward Health, Jane’s husband, Robert Butts, shares with us the intimate story of Jane’s final days, and the exquisite teachings that Seth gave during that time. Continue reading…

Back on Earth (Mark Andrew Heathcote)

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Back on Earth

“This is a collection of breath-taking poetry and prose, which is packed with a cacophony of emotions. The author is masterful in poetic metaphor, often using birds, flowers and nature as an effective method of telling a heart’s story. The deep emotions of the writer will not be missed, but rather felt in a profound way, with imagery so strong, that the reader easily identifies with what the poet is saying. Mark muses on subject matter which addresses ageing, fading love, love’s rebirth, peace, harmony, and the consuming emotions of rage and love, locked in a poet’s heart. Continue reading…

Flatland (Edwin A. Abbot)

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Flatland

“Flatland is a two-dimensional world of geometric figures. The narrator is a square, which makes him a member of the professionals. He has a dream about a one-dimensional world of lustrous points called Lineland. He trys to convince the Lineland King of a second dimension but it is impossible for the King to see outside of his straight line. A Sphere visits Flatland once each millennium to train a new apostle of the existence of Spaceland a three dimensional world. The Square cannot comprehend a third dimension until he sees Spaceland for himself. Continue reading…

Deep Freeze (John Sandford)

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Deep Freeze

“Virgil knows the town of Trippton, Minnesota, a little too well. A few years back, he investigated the corrupt—and as it turned out, homicidal—local school board, and now the town’s back in view with more alarming news: A woman’s been found dead, frozen in a block of ice. There’s a possibility that it might be connected to a high school class of twenty years ago that has a mid-winter reunion coming up, and so, wrapping his coat a little tighter, Virgil begins to dig into twenty years’ worth of traumas, feuds, and bad blood. Continue reading…

On Web Development: Articles 2005–2015 (Jens Oliver Meiert)

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On Web Development: Articles 2005–2015

“On Web Development bundles 134 articles and the last 11 years of technical writings by Jens Oliver Meiert (meiert​.com). Freshly reordered and commented, the articles cover processes and maintenance, HTML and CSS, standards, as well as development and design in general; they range from coding basics and principles, to carefully scathing criticism, to tips and tricks and trivia.”

New Books Playground says: On Web Development: Articles 2005–2015 is an anthology from one of the people behind New Books Playground. Continue reading…

Leonardo da Vinci (Walter Isaacson)

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Leonardo da Vinci

“He was history’s most creative genius. What secrets can he teach us?

The author of the acclaimed bestsellers Steve Jobs, Einstein, and Benjamin Franklin brings Leonardo da Vinci to life in this exciting new biography.

Based on thousands of pages from Leonardo’s astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, Walter Isaacson weaves a narrative that connects his art to his science. He shows how Leonardo’s genius was based on skills we can improve in ourselves, such as passionate curiosity, careful observation, and an imagination so playful that it flirted with fantasy. Continue reading…

All the Light We Cannot See (Anthony Doerr)

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All the Light We Cannot See

“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. Continue reading…