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The Memory Palace

Posted by admin | Posted in Biographies & Memoirs-New, New Releases | Posted on 29-01-2011-05-2008

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1439183317 : The Memory Palace
ISBN: 1439183317

 
Author: Mira Bartok

“ People have abandoned their loved ones for much less than you’ve been through,” Mira Bartók is told at her mother’s memorial service. It is a poignant observation about the relationship between Mira, her sister, and their mentally ill mother. Before she was struck with schizophrenia at the age of nineteen, beautiful piano protégé Norma Herr had been the most vibrant personality in the room. She loved her daughters and did her best to raise them well, but as her mental state deteriorated, Norma spoke less about Chopin and more about Nazis and her fear that her daughters would be kidnapped, murdered, or raped.

When the girls left for college, the harassment escalated—Norma called them obsessively, appeared at their apartments or jobs, threatened to kill herself if they did not return home. After a traumatic encounter, Mira and her sister were left with no choice but to change their names and sever all contact with Norma in order to stay safe. But while Mira pursued her career as an artist—exploring the ancient romance of Florence, the eerie mysticism of northern Norway, and the raw desert of Israel—the haunting memories of her mother were never far away.

Then one day, Mira’s life changed forever after a debilitating car accident. As she struggled to recover from a traumatic brain injury, she was confronted with a need to recontextualize her life—she had to relearn how to paint, read, and interact with the outside world. In her search for a way back to her lost self, Mira reached out to the homeless shelter where she believed her mother was living and discovered that Norma was dying. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Best Things in Life: A Guide to What Really Matters

Posted by admin | Posted in New Releases, Professional & Technical-New, Reference-New | Posted on 21-01-2011-05-2008

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0195331427 : The Best Things in Life: A Guide to What Really Matters (Philosophy in Action)
ISBN: 0195331427

 
Author: Thomas Hurka

For centuries, philosophers, theologians, moralists, and ordinary people have asked: How should we live? What makes for a good life?

In The Best Things in Life, distinguished philosopher Thomas Hurka takes a fresh look at these perennial questions as they arise for us now in the 21st century. Should we value family over career? How do we balance self-interest and serving others? What activities bring us the most joy? While religion, literature, popular psychology, and everyday wisdom all grapple with these questions, philosophy more than anything else uses the tools of reason to make important distinctions, cut away irrelevancies, and distill these issues down to their essentials. Hurka argues that if we are to live a good life, one thing we need to know is which activities and experiences will most likely lead us to happiness and which will keep us from it, while also reminding us that happiness isn’t the only thing that makes life good. Hurka explores many topics: four types of good feeling (and the limits of good feeling); how we can improve our baseline level of happiness (making more money, it turns out, isn’t the answer); which kinds of knowledge are most worth having; the importance of achieving worthwhile goals; the value of love and friendship; and much more. Unlike many philosophers, he stresses that there isn’t just one good in life but many: Read the rest of this entry »

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Step-by-Step Medical Coding 2011 Edition

Posted by admin | Posted in New Releases, New Used Textbooks | Posted on 19-01-2011-05-2008

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1437716431 : Step-by-Step Medical Coding 2011 Edition
ISBN: 1437716431

 
Author: Carol J. Buck MS CPC CPC-H CCS-P

Take your first step toward a successful career in medical coding with comprehensive coverage from the most trusted source in the field! Step-by-Step Medical Coding is the practical, easy-to-use resource that shows you exactly how to code using all of today’s coding systems, providing an in-depth introduction to essential coding concepts followed by practice exercises that reinforce your understanding. In addition to coverage of reimbursement, ICD-9-CM, CPT, HCPCS, and inpatient coding, the 2011 edition now provides full coverage of the ICD-10-CM diagnosis coding system in preparation for the transition in 2013. No other text on the market so thoroughly prepares you for all coding systems in one source!

  • Carol J. Buck’s proven step-by-step approach guides you through difficult concepts in the most direct, straightforward manner to ensure complete understanding.
  • Dual coding prepares you for the switch to ICD-10. In Units 3-5, for every exercise and chapter review question with an ICD-9 answer, you are provided with the matching ICD-10 code. Read the rest of this entry »
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Body By Design

Posted by admin | Posted in Health, Mind & Body-New, New Releases | Posted on 17-01-2011-05-2008

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1451602170 : Body By Design: The Complete 12-Week Plan to Transform Your Body Forever
ISBN: 1451602170

 
Author: Kris Gethin

MAKE YOUR DREAM BODY A REALITY

FROM KRIS GETHIN, editor in chief of the world’s leading online fitness site Bodybuilding.com, comes a revolutionary 12-week diet and exercise program—supported by two million members and thousands of real-life success stories. Body by Design is a plan that promotes health from the inside out, starting by breaking down the mental blocks that are holding you back, then by building up the muscles on your body, and finally by adding delicious, healthy food onto your plate.

Rather than subtracting things from your life— cutting out calories, losing weight, banishing your belly—here’s how to add more of the right things: more muscle, more support, and more success. Motivation is the key factor that drives permanent change, and with Body by Design you can finally learn how to activate your inner motivation and with the proper balance of weight training, make fit happen forever. cardiovascular exercise, and nutrition—along with the motivational tools to stick with that program for the long term—even people who have struggled with fitness for their entire lives can achieve spectacular, lasting results. Read the rest of this entry »

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Don’t Sing at the Table: Life Lessons from My Grandmothers

Posted by admin | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 28-11-2010-05-2008

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0061958948 : Don't Sing at the Table: Life Lessons from My Grandmothers
ISBN: 0061958948

 
Author: Adriana Trigiani

As devoted readers of Adriana Trigiani’s New York Times bestselling novels know, this “seemingly effortless storyteller” (Boston Globe) frequently draws inspiration from her own family history, in particular from the lives of her two remarkable grandmothers, who have found their way into all Trigiani’s cherished novels. In Don’t Sing at the Table, this much-beloved writer has gathered their estimable life lessons, revealing how her grandmothers’ simple values have shaped her own life, sharing the experiences, humor, and wisdom of her beloved mentors to delight readers of all ages.

Lucia Spada Bonicelli (Lucy) and Yolanda Perin Trigiani (Viola) lived through the twentieth century from beginning to end as working women who juggled careers and motherhood. From the factory line to the family table, Lucy and Viola, the very definition of modern women, cut a path for their granddaughter by demonstrating moxie and pluck in their fearless approach to life, love, and overcoming obstacles.

Lucy’s and Viola’s traditions and spiritual fortitude will encourage you to hold on to the values that make life rich and beautiful. Their entrepreneurial spirit will inspire you to take risks and reap the rewards. And their remarkable resilience in the face of tragedy will be a source of strength and comfort.

Trigiani visits the past to seek answers to the essential questions that define the challenges women face today at work and at home. This is a primer, grand-mother to granddaughter, filled with everyday wisdom and life lessons that are truly “tiramisu for the soul” (The Examiner), handed down with care and built to last.

Pages: 224
 
Binding: Hardcover
 
Publisher: Harper Year: 2010

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Zero Regrets: Be Greater Than Yesterday

Posted by admin | Posted in new used, Reference | Posted on 28-11-2010-05-2008

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145160906X : Zero Regrets: Be Greater Than Yesterday
ISBN: 145160906X

 
Author: Apolo Anton Ohno

?Zero regrets. It?s a philosophy not just about sport but about life. School, business, academics, love?anything and everything. It?s complicated and yet not. You have to figure out who it is you want to be. Not what you want to be?who. There has to be a vision, a dream, a plan. Then you chase that with everything you?ve got.?

Over three consecutive Olympic games, Apolo Ohno has come to symbolize the very best of the competitive spirit?remaining equally gracious in victory and defeat, always striving to improve his performance, and appreciating the value of the hard work of training as much as any reward it might bring. In Zero Regrets, Apolo shares the inspiring personal story behind his remarkable success, as well as the hard-won truths and strategies he has discovered in good times and bad.

Raised by his single father, an immigrant from Japan who often worked twelve-hour days, the young Apolo found it difficult to balance his enormous natural gifts as an athlete with an admittedly wild, rebellious streak. After making a name for himself as a promising young speed skater, his career was almost over before it began when his lack of preparation caused him to finish last at the U.S. Olympic trials in 1998. A life-changing week of solitary soul-searching at the age of fifteen led him to recommit himself to his training, and at the 1999 world junior championships he won first place overall?one of the most remarkable turnarounds in sports history. From that moment on, the world of speed skating had a new champion and Apolo was on his way to legendary status.

Much more than an account of races won and lost, Zero Regrets is a compelling portrait of a father-and-son relationship that deepened over time and was based on respect, love, and unshakable faith in each other. For the first time, Apolo reveals what he knows about his long-absent mother; he makes us feel what it is like to face the best competitors on the planet with the eyes of millions of fans upon you; and he shares his secrets for achieving total focus and mental toughness, secrets that can be applied in situations well beyond sports. We learn the details of the unbelievably intense workout and diet that he endured while training for the 2010 Winter Olympics, a regime that literally reshaped his body and led to some of his most thrilling victories.

In this deeply personal and entertaining book, Apolo shows how we can all come closer to living with zero regrets. While Apolo?s own journey may be unique, the insights he has gleaned along the way have the power to help us all feel like champions every day.

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Nine days after dropping me off, Dad came to pick me up.

In that call from the pay phone, I hadn?t said anything to him about what decision I had made. On the car ride back home, I told him. ?I want to try this,? I said.

?Are you willing,? he asked, ?to really put forth a true effort? From the bone??

I told my father: ?I want to skate.?

With clarity of purpose, everything suddenly seemed different. I didn?t just want to skate?I loved it. I realized, too, that while I had to want to buy into the training, the discipline, the self-sacrifice, I needed direction and guidance, too. You truly can?t get there by yourself. I needed not only to truly and profoundly depend upon Dad for help but also to welcome those?coaches, trainers, others?who could help me along the way. . . .

I was also making promises to myself and writing them in my journal:

I?m not going to mess it up this time. When I go home, I really am going to be the different person I decided in Iron Springs I would be. I know what I want to do. I want to be the best in the world.

I didn?t know quite yet how I would get there. But I was clear, and I had no doubt? that?s what I was after.

?From Zero Regrets

Pages: 304
 
Binding: Hardcover
 
Publisher: Atria Year: 2010

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