The Gunslinger (Stephen King)

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The Gunslinger

“With full-color illustrations by Michael Whelan. Revised and expanded throughout with a new introduction and foreword by the Author. In this first book of this brilliant series, now expanded and revised by the author, Stephen King introduces readers to one his most enigmatic heroes. Rolad of Gilead, the last gunslinger. He is a haunting figure, a loner on a spellbinding journey into good and evil. In his desolate world, which frighteningly mirrors our own. Roland pursues the man in black, encounters an alluring woman named Alice, and begins a friendship with the boy from New York called Jake. Continue reading…

Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life (Marshall B. Rosenberg)

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Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life

“An enlightening look at how peaceful communication can create compassionate connections with family, friends, and other acquaintances, this international bestseller uses stories, examples, and sample dialogues to provide solutions to communication problems both at home and in the workplace. Guidance is provided on identifying and articulating feelings and needs, expressing anger fully, and exploring the power of empathy in order to speak honestly without creating hostility, break patterns of thinking that lead to anger and depression, and communicate compassionately. Continue reading…

The Illustrated Guide to Criminal Law (Nathaniel Burney)

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The Illustrated Guide to Criminal Law

“‘An undercover has to tell you if he’s a cop. Otherwise it’s entrapment, right?’

Wrong! That’s just one of many popular myths about criminal law that get repeated on street corners, in locker rooms, and on websites every day—all of them wrong.

Based on his popular Illustrated Guide to Law webcomic series, Nathaniel Burney debunks all of those myths and teaches everything you never learned about the law. Not just what the law is, but why it’s like that and how it works. Continue reading…

Perfect English Grammar: The Indispensable Guide to Excellent Writing and Speaking (Grant Barrett)

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Perfect English Grammar: The Indispensable Guide to Excellent Writing and Speaking

“Expert linguist Grant Barrett gives you all the tools you need to improve your everyday communication—from perfecting your punctuation to polishing your speaking skills—with his accessible, go-to grammar guide.
Language learners of all levels can turn to this easy-to-navigate grammar guide again and again for quick and authoritative information. From conjugating verbs to crafting sentences to developing your own style, Grant Barrett provides you with the tools and motivation to improve the way you communicate. Continue reading…

Chasing Excellence: A Story About Building the World’s Fittest Athletes (Ben Bergeron)

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Chasing Excellence: A Story About Building the World’s Fittest Athletes

“CrossFit trainer Ben Bergeron has helped build the world’s fittest athletes, but he’s not like other coaches. He believes that greatness is not for the elite few; that winning is a result, not a goal; and that character, not talent, is what makes a true champion. His powerful philosophy can help anyone excel at all aspects of life.

Using the dramatic competition between the top contenders at the 2016 Reebok CrossFit Games® as a background, Ben explores the step-by-step process of achieving excellence and the unique set of positive character traits necessary for leveling up to world-class. Continue reading…

Advice to Young Men and (Incidentally) to Young Women in the Middle and Higher Ranks of Life (William Cobbett)

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Advice to Young Men and (Incidentally) to Young Women in the Middle and Higher Ranks of Life

“It is the duty, and ought to be the pleasure, of age and experience to warn and instruct youth and to come to the aid of inexperience. When sailors have discovered rocks or breakers, and have had the good luck to escape with life from amidst them, they, unless they be pirates or barbarians as well as sailors, point out the spots for the placing of buoys and of lights, in order that others may not be exposed to the danger which they have so narrowly escaped. Continue reading…

The Digital Banking Revolution (Luigi Wewege)

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The Digital Banking Revolution

“Over the past decade financial service innovations have contributed to a completely new way in which customers can bank, threatening the status quo of traditional retail banks, and redefining a banking model which has been in place for generations. These new technological advancements have facilitated the rapid emergence of digital banking firms and FinTech companies, leading to established banks being forced to swiftly increase their pace of digital adoption to stay relevant and stop mass client attrition to these agile financial start-ups. Continue reading…

On Certainty (Ludwig Wittgenstein)

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On Certainty

“Written over the last 18 months of his life and inspired by his interest in G.E. Moore’s defense of common sense, this much discussed volume collects Wittgenstein’s reflections on knowledge and certainty, on what it is to know a proposition for sure.”

New Books Playground says: On Certainty is one of our favorite philosophical writings, by one of our favorite philosophers. Continue reading…

The Luck Factor: Why Some People Are Luckier Than Others and How You Can Become One of Them (Max Gunther)

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The Luck Factor: Why Some People Are Luckier Than Others and How You Can Become One of Them

“Luck. We can’t see it, or touch it, but we can feel it. We all know it when we experience it. It’s an obvious description of obvious events. But does it go deeper than this? And if it goes deeper, does it do so in any way which we can harness to our own and others’ advantage?

Taking us on a richly anecdotal ride through the more popular theories and histories of luck—from pseudoscience to paganism, through mathematicians to magicians—Max Gunther arrives at a careful set of scientific conclusions as to the nature of luck, and the possibility of managing it. Continue reading…

Authority (Richard Sennett)

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Authority

“This book is a study of both how we experience authority and how we might experience it differently. Sennett explores the bonds that rebellion against authority paradoxically establishes, showing how this paradox has been in the making since the French Revolution and how today it expresses itself in offices, in factories, and in government as well as in the family. Drawing on examples from psychology, sociology, and literature, he eloquently projects how we might reinvigorate the role of authority according to good and rational ideals. Continue reading…