U.S. Navy Towing Manual Naval Sea Systems Command 2002
Shipboard Propulsion, Power Electronics, and Ocean Energy Mukund R. Patel 2012-02-17 Shipboard Propulsion, Power Electronics, and Ocean Energy fills the need for a comprehensive book that covers modern shipboard propulsion and the power electronics and ocean energy technologies that drive it. With a breadth and depth not found in other books, it examines the power electronics systems for ship propulsion and for extracting ocean energy, which are mirror images of each other. Comprised of sixteen chapters, the book is divided into four parts: Power Electronics and Motor Drives explains basic power electronics converters and variable-frequency drives, cooling methods, and quality of power Electric Propulsion Technologies focuses on the electric propulsion of ships using recently developed permanent magnet and superconducting motors, as well as hybrid propulsion using fuel cell, photovoltaic, and wind power Renewable Ocean Energy Technologies explores renewable ocean energy from waves, marine currents, and offshore wind farms System Integration Aspects discusses two aspects—energy storage and system reliability—that are essential for any large-scale power system This timely book evolved from the author’s 30 years of work experience at General Electric, Lockheed Martin, and Westinghouse Electric and 15 years of teaching at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. As a textbook, it is ideal for an elective course at marine and naval academies with engineering programs. It is also a valuable reference for commercial and military shipbuilders, port operators, renewable ocean energy developers, classification societies, machinery and equipment manufacturers, researchers, and others interested in modern shipboard power and propulsion systems. The information provided herein does not necessarily represent the view of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy or the U.S. Department of Transportation. This book is a companion to Shipboard Electrical Power Systems (CRC Press, 2011), by the same author.
Naval Accidents, 1945-1988 William M. Arkin 1989
When We Meet Again Caroline Beecham 2021-07-20 An emotionally compelling tale of love and mystery set in the publishing world of World War II London, When We Meet Again tells the story of a mother searching for her stolen child, and illustrates the unbreakable bonds among families, lovers, and readers under the shadow of war. London, 1943: War and dwindling resources have taken their toll on the book publishing industry, but Alice Cotton, a young editor at Partridge Press, has seen her star begin to rise. She has a knack for creating new books to distract readers from the grim realities of the war. And the demand for books is greater than ever, both on the battlefield and on the home front. But just as her hard work seems poised to pay off, Alice unexpectedly falls pregnant. Facing the stigma of being an unwed mother, Alice flees to a small town to give birth to her child, Eadie, whom her family has promised to help raise. Instead, her mother sells the newborn to "baby farmers" who plan to give the child up for a private adoption. Alice begins her desperate hunt to find the daughter she never planned for but suddenly deeply loves. Alice's story intertwines with that of Theo Bloom, an American editor tasked with helping Partridge Press overcome the publishing obstacles of the war. Theo and Alice are quickly drawn to each other during their darkest hours, bound by hope, love, secrets, and the belief that books have the power to change lives.
Flow and Rheology in Polymer Composites Manufacturing Suresh G. Advani 1994 Deals with the mechanics and modelling aspects of discontinuous and continuous fibre composites, and familiarizes engineers with the critical and fundamental issues of material processing and transport phenomena in polymeric composites and their applications in modelling.
The End of Bon Voyage Jared Muralt 2015
Tom Clancy's Op-Center: Into the Fire Dick Couch 2015-05-05 Tensions flare in Northwest Asia and Op-Center races to prevent World War III in this chilling, ripped-from-the-headlines thriller from the authors of the USA Today bestseller Out of the Ashes. When a team of assassins murder a high-ranking North Korean general and his family in their sleep, making it look like a robbery, events are set in motion that could shake the balance of world powers. Meanwhile, a U.S. naval combat ship, the USS Milwaukee, is attacked by North Korean forces in the middle of a training exercise off the shore of South Korea, and Commander Kate Bigelow is forced to ground the ship to avoid being captured. The crew takes refuge on a tiny island, trapped dangerously between the grounded ship and a fleet of hostile North Korean soldiers. Op-Center intelligence discovers a secret alliance behind the attack--a pact between China and North Korea that guarantees China total control of a vast oil reserve found beneath the Yellow Sea. As both sides marshal their forces for a major confrontation at sea, Chase Williams and his Op-Center organization devise a plan to secretly spirit the American crew from the island and out from under North Korean control. But the North Koreans are not finished. In a desperate gamble, they unleash a terrorist cell on the American homeland. Only Op-Center can uncover their plan and stop it in time to prevent a major catastrophe that could lead to all-out war.
100 Ideas that Changed the Web Jim Boulton 2014-08-11 This innovative title looks at the history of the Web from its early roots in the research projects of the US government to the interactive online world we know and use today. Fully illustrated with images of early computing equipment and the inside story of the online world’s movers and shakers, the book explains the origins of the Web’s key technologies, such as hypertext and mark-up language, the social ideas that underlie its networks, such as open source, and creative commons, and key moments in its development, such as the movement to broadband and the Dotcom Crash. Later ideas look at the origins of social networking and the latest developments on the Web, such as The Cloud and the Semantic Web. Following the design of the previous titles in the series, this book is in a new, smaller format. It provides an informed and fascinating illustrated history of our most used and fastest-developing technology.
Beans, Bullets, and Black Oil Worrall Reed Carter 1953
Commerce Business Daily 2001-10
Troopships of World War II Roland Wilbur Charles 1947 "This book contains authentic photographs and salient facts covering 358 troopships used in World War II. In addition, other vessels of miscellaneous character, including Victory and Liberty type temporary conversions for returning troops, are listed in the appendices ..."--Pref.
Torpedo Junction Homer Hickam Jr. 2014-01-15
Mini Sudoku 6x6 - Easy to Hard - Volume 43 - 276 Puzzles Nick Snels 2014-11-22 When you buy this book you get an electronic version (PDF file) of the interior of this book. Become a master in solving Mini Sudoku 6x6. After solving all the puzzles in this book, you will be a Mini Sudoku Pro. You start with easy Sudoku puzzles and you gradually build your way up to extremely hard Sudoku puzzles. Once you pick up this book, you won't be able to put it back down. You have been warned! Mini Sudoku 6x6 - Easy to Hard is a collection of 276 puzzles: 72 easy Mini Sudoku 6x6 puzzles 72 medium Mini Sudoku 6x6 puzzles 72 hard Mini Sudoku 6x6 puzzles 60 extra logic puzzles The goal of Mini Sudoku is to fill in the empty cells, one number in each, so that each column, row, and region contains the numbers 1-6 exactly once. I guarantee that every logic puzzle in this Sudoku puzzle book has been carefully checked to ensure that each puzzle has only 1 solution. None of the puzzles in this book will appear in any of the other English PuzzleBooks.net books. Sudoku is also known as Number Place, Nanpure, Su Doku. Quite often Sudoku is misspelled as Suduko, Soduko, Sodoku, Sudoko, Suduku and Soduku.
The Maritime Engineering Reference Book Anthony F. Molland 2011-10-13 The Maritime Engineering Reference Book is a one-stop source for engineers involved in marine engineering and naval architecture. In this essential reference, Anthony F. Molland has brought together the work of a number of the world's leading writers in the field to create an inclusive volume for a wide audience of marine engineers, naval architects and those involved in marine operations, insurance and other related fields. Coverage ranges from the basics to more advanced topics in ship design, construction and operation. All the key areas are covered, including ship flotation and stability, ship structures, propulsion, seakeeping and maneuvering. The marine environment and maritime safety are explored as well as new technologies, such as computer aided ship design and remotely operated vehicles (ROVs). Facts, figures and data from world-leading experts makes this an invaluable ready-reference for those involved in the field of maritime engineering. Professor A.F. Molland, BSc, MSc, PhD, CEng, FRINA. is Emeritus Professor of Ship Design at the University of Southampton, UK. He has lectured ship design and operation for many years. He has carried out extensive research and published widely on ship design and various aspects of ship hydrodynamics. * A comprehensive overview from best-selling authors including Bryan Barrass, Rawson and Tupper, and David Eyres * Covers basic and advanced material on marine engineering and Naval Architecture topics * Have key facts, figures and data to hand in one complete reference book
Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant? Roz Chast 2014-05-06 #1 New York Times Bestseller 2014 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST In her first memoir, New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast brings her signature wit to the topic of aging parents. Spanning the last several years of their lives and told through four-color cartoons, family photos, and documents, and a narrative as rife with laughs as it is with tears, Chast's memoir is both comfort and comic relief for anyone experiencing the life-altering loss of elderly parents. When it came to her elderly mother and father, Roz held to the practices of denial, avoidance, and distraction. But when Elizabeth Chast climbed a ladder to locate an old souvenir from the “crazy closet”-with predictable results-the tools that had served Roz well through her parents' seventies, eighties, and into their early nineties could no longer be deployed. While the particulars are Chast-ian in their idiosyncrasies-an anxious father who had relied heavily on his wife for stability as he slipped into dementia and a former assistant principal mother whose overbearing personality had sidelined Roz for decades-the themes are universal: adult children accepting a parental role; aging and unstable parents leaving a family home for an institution; dealing with uncomfortable physical intimacies; managing logistics; and hiring strangers to provide the most personal care. An amazing portrait of two lives at their end and an only child coping as best she can, Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant will show the full range of Roz Chast's talent as cartoonist and storyteller.
A Novel of the Next World War 2034 Elliot ACKERMAN 2021-03-27 From two former military officers and award-winning authors, a chillingly authentic geopolitical thriller that imagines a naval clash between the US and China in the South China Sea in 2034--and the path from there to a nightmarish global conflagration.On March 12, 2034, US Navy Commodore Sarah Hunt is on the bridge of her flagship, the guided missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones, conducting a routine freedom of navigation patrol in the South China Sea when her ship detects an unflagged trawler in clear distress, smoke billowing from its bridge. On that same day, US Marine aviator Major Chris "Wedge" Mitchell is flying an F35E Lightning over the Strait of Hormuz, testing a new stealth technology as he flirts with Iranian airspace. By the end of that day, Wedge will be an Iranian prisoner, and Sarah Hunt's destroyer will lie at the bottom of the sea, sunk by the Chinese Navy. Iran and China have clearly coordinated their moves, which involve the use of powerful new forms of cyber weaponry that render US ships and planes defenseless. In a single day, America's faith in its military's strategic pre-eminence is in tatters. A new, terrifying era is at hand.So begins a disturbingly plausible work of speculative fiction, co-authored by an award-winning novelist and decorated Marine veteran and the former commander of NATO, a legendary admiral who has spent much of his career strategically outmaneuvering America's most tenacious adversaries. Written with a powerful blend of geopolitical sophistication and human empathy, 2034 takes us inside the minds of a global cast of characters--Americans, Chinese, Iranians, Russians, Indians--as a series of arrogant miscalculations on all sides leads the world into an intensifying international storm. In the end, China and the United States will have paid a staggering cost, one that forever alters the global balance of power.Everything in 2034 is an imaginative extrapolation from present-day facts on the ground combined with the authors' years working at the highest and most classified levels of national security. Sometimes it takes a brilliant work of fiction to illuminate the most dire of warnings: 2034 is all too close at hand, and this cautionary tale presents the reader a dark yet possible future that we must do all we can to avoid.
Backpacker 2001-09 Backpacker brings the outdoors straight to the reader's doorstep, inspiring and enabling them to go more places and enjoy nature more often. The authority on active adventure, Backpacker is the world's first GPS-enabled magazine, and the only magazine whose editors personally test the hiking trails, camping gear, and survival tips they publish. Backpacker's Editors' Choice Awards, an industry honor recognizing design, feature and product innovation, has become the gold standard against which all other outdoor-industry awards are measured.
Create GUI Applications with Python & Qt5 (PySide2 Edition) Martin Fitzpatrick 2020-06-26 Building desktop applications doesn't have to be difficult. Using Python & Qt5 you can create fully functional desktop apps in minutes. This is the 4th Edition of Create GUI Applications, updated for 2020 & PySide2 Starting from the very basics, this book takes you on a tour of the key features of PySide you can use to build real-life applications. Learn the fundamental building blocks of PySide applications — Widgets, Layouts & Signals and learn how PySide uses the event loop to handle and respond to user input. Design beautiful UIs with Qt Designer and customize the look and feel of your applications with Qt Style Sheets and custom widgets. Use Qt's MVC-like ModelViews framework to connect data sources to your widgets, including SQL databases, numpy and pandas data tables, to build-data driven application. Visualize data using matplotlib & PyQtGraph and connect with external data sources to build live dashboards. Learn how to use threads and processes to manage long-running tasks and communicate with external services. Parse data and visualize the output in logs and progress bars. The book includes usability and architectural tips to help you build maintainable and usable PySide2 applications from the start. Finally, once your application is ready to be released, discover how to package it up into professional-quality installers, ready to ship. The book includes - 665 pages of hands-on PySide2 exercises - 211 code examples to experiment with - Includes 4 example apps - Compatible with Python 3.4+ - Code free to reuse in your own projects
Code Talker Joseph Bruchac 2006 Using their native language, the Navajo Marines played an invaluable part in World War II as they sent messages, did maneuvers, and completed tasks with words that couldn't be deciphered by the enemy. Reprint.
City of Thieves David Benioff 2008-05-15 From the critically acclaimed author of The 25th Hour and When the Nines Roll Over and co-creator of the HBO series Game of Thrones, a captivating novel about war, courage, survival — and a remarkable friendship that ripples across a lifetime. During the Nazis’ brutal siege of Leningrad, Lev Beniov is arrested for looting and thrown into the same cell as a handsome deserter named Kolya. Instead of being executed, Lev and Kolya are given a shot at saving their own lives by complying with an outrageous directive: secure a dozen eggs for a powerful Soviet colonel to use in his daughter’s wedding cake. In a city cut off from all supplies and suffering unbelievable deprivation, Lev and Kolya embark on a hunt through the dire lawlessness of Leningrad and behind enemy lines to find the impossible. By turns insightful and funny, thrilling and terrifying, the New York Times bestseller City of Thieves is a gripping, cinematic World War II adventure and an intimate coming-of-age story with an utterly contemporary feel for how boys become men.
Wings and Other Recollections of Early Hollywood Judy Watson 2015-06-04 Film buffs will be thrilled by this memoir of Hollywood movie star Richard Arlen as told to Maxine Koolish and edited by her daughter, Judy Watson. The silent World War I film, Wings, set the standard for aviation movies with its realistic sequences and was the first-ever winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture. Arlen played a starring role in this enduring classic and in the Western talkie, The Virginian, another film that forever changed the way movies would be made. Having been center stage during the golden age of film, Dick Arlen provides an unparalleled look inside the world of Hollywood filmmaking in this fascinating book. "Wings" and Other Recollections of Early Hollywood is based on the collection of photographs, books, letters, manuscripts, tapes, and diaries discovered by Judy Watson among her mother's things after she died. Maxine Koolish had been by Dick's side during the thirteen years leading up to his death in 1976. A born chronicler and storyteller, Maxine served as the aging matinee idol's biographer. Now, you can share in the exciting experience of film history in the making!
Ultimate Mind Games Parragon Books 2018-10-02 Ultimate Mind Games is a fantastic compendium that includes 400 puzzles to test your mind, set up over four sections, so that you can choose the puzzle that fits your mood. Become an all-round puzzler and improve your sudoku, word search, crossword and brain game skills. The perfect way of improving your vocabulary, mental agility and problem-solving skills, this puzzle-packed book will provide you with hours of mind-sharpening fun!
The Age of Surveillance Capitalism Shoshana Zuboff 2019-01-15 The challenges to humanity posed by the digital future, the first detailed examination of the unprecedented form of power called "surveillance capitalism," and the quest by powerful corporations to predict and control our behavior. In this masterwork of original thinking and research, Shoshana Zuboff provides startling insights into the phenomenon that she has named surveillance capitalism. The stakes could not be higher: a global architecture of behavior modification threatens human nature in the twenty-first century just as industrial capitalism disfigured the natural world in the twentieth. Zuboff vividly brings to life the consequences as surveillance capitalism advances from Silicon Valley into every economic sector. Vast wealth and power are accumulated in ominous new "behavioral futures markets," where predictions about our behavior are bought and sold, and the production of goods and services is subordinated to a new "means of behavioral modification." The threat has shifted from a totalitarian Big Brother state to a ubiquitous digital architecture: a "Big Other" operating in the interests of surveillance capital. Here is the crucible of an unprecedented form of power marked by extreme concentrations of knowledge and free from democratic oversight. Zuboff's comprehensive and moving analysis lays bare the threats to twenty-first century society: a controlled "hive" of total connection that seduces with promises of total certainty for maximum profit -- at the expense of democracy, freedom, and our human future. With little resistance from law or society, surveillance capitalism is on the verge of dominating the social order and shaping the digital future -- if we let it.
Puzzle Books for Adults Callisto Media
The Boat Alphabet Book Jerry Pallotta 1998 An alphabet book presenting unusual facts about a variety of boats from aircraft carriers to zodiacs.
Hard Logic Puzzles & Brain Games for Adults Khalid Alzamili 2020-05-09 - 500 Hard Puzzles & 12 Puzzle Types: 48 Sudoku, 36 Fillomino, 48 Battleships, 32 Calcudoku, 48 Binary Puzzle, 36 Slitherlink, 48 Sudoku X, 40 Masyu, 48 Jigsaw Sudoku, 36 Minesweeper, 48 Suguru, and 32 Numbrix. - Answers to every puzzle are provided. - Each puzzle is guaranteed to have only one solution.
Binary Puzzle Khalid Alzamili 2020-04-15 This Logic Puzzles book is packed with the following features: - 500 Binary Puzzle (10x10) from Easy to Hard. - Answers to every puzzle are provided. - Each puzzle is guaranteed to have only one solution. - Includes free bonus puzzles.
"Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!": Adventures of a Curious Character Richard P. Feynman 2018-02-06 One of the most famous science books of our time, the phenomenal national bestseller that "buzzes with energy, anecdote and life. It almost makes you want to become a physicist" (Science Digest). Richard P. Feynman, winner of the Nobel Prize in physics, thrived on outrageous adventures. In this lively work that “can shatter the stereotype of the stuffy scientist” (Detroit Free Press), Feynman recounts his experiences trading ideas on atomic physics with Einstein and cracking the uncrackable safes guarding the most deeply held nuclear secrets—and much more of an eyebrow-raising nature. In his stories, Feynman’s life shines through in all its eccentric glory—a combustible mixture of high intelligence, unlimited curiosity, and raging chutzpah. Included for this edition is a new introduction by Bill Gates.
The Guns at Last Light Rick Atkinson 2014-05-13 The final volume of the trilogy chronicles the Allied victory in Western Europe, from the brutal struggles in Normandy and at the Battle of the Bulge to the freeing of Paris, as experienced by participants from every level of the military.
Programming Challenges Steven S Skiena 2006-04-18 There are many distinct pleasures associated with computer programming. Craftsmanship has its quiet rewards, the satisfaction that comes from building a useful object and making it work. Excitement arrives with the flash of insight that cracks a previously intractable problem. The spiritual quest for elegance can turn the hacker into an artist. There are pleasures in parsimony, in squeezing the last drop of performance out of clever algorithms and tight coding. The games, puzzles, and challenges of problems from international programming competitions are a great way to experience these pleasures while improving your algorithmic and coding skills. This book contains over 100 problems that have appeared in previous programming contests, along with discussions of the theory and ideas necessary to attack them. Instant online grading for all of these problems is available from two WWW robot judging sites. Combining this book with a judge gives an exciting new way to challenge and improve your programming skills. This book can be used for self-study, for teaching innovative courses in algorithms and programming, and in training for international competition. The problems in this book have been selected from over 1,000 programming problems at the Universidad de Valladolid online judge. The judge has ruled on well over one million submissions from 27,000 registered users around the world to date. We have taken only the best of the best, the most fun, exciting, and interesting problems available.
USA TODAY Jumbo Puzzle Book 2 USA Today 2009-09-15 Bigger is definitely better in the case of the second oversized puzzle book from the world's top newspaper. The USA TODAY Jumbo Puzzle Book 2 is a collection of brain games including 400 puzzles that will amuse and entertain. Logic, crossword, Sudoku, Word Roundup, and Hidato will keep fans busy for hours and hours. This hefty tome features twice the number of puzzles than most books and for just a few dollars more. Sharpen your pencils and get ready for challenging fun!
Activity Book Khalid Alzamili 2019-11-16 This Medium Logic Puzzles book is packed with the following features: - 48 Sudoku Puzzles, 36 Fillomino Puzzles, 48 Straights Puzzles, 32 Futoshiki Puzzles, 48 Binary Puzzles, 36 Slitherlink Puzzles, 48 Sudoku X Puzzles, 40 Masyu Puzzles, 48 Jigsaw Sudoku Puzzles, 36 Minesweeper Puzzles, 48 Number Blocks Puzzles and 32 Numbrix Puzzles. - Answers to every puzzle are provided. - Each puzzle is guaranteed to have only one solution. Includes free bonus puzzles you can download book (Tons of Sudoku Puzzles for Adults & Seniors) Includes free bonus puzzles you can download book (Word Search With Hidden Message: 102 Puzzles for Adults and Seniors)
Logic Games for Clever Kids Gareth Moore 2020-05-14 A new title in the hugely successful Clever Kids series, this book is packed with logic puzzles that are guaranteed to put your powers of deduction to the test. From mind-boggling sudoku and stupefying simple-loop games to bridge-building challenges and cryptic conundrums, there are plenty of exciting puzzles to keep your brain busy. Created by bestselling puzzle book author Gareth Moore, author of the chart-topping success Brain Games for Clever Kids.
A Year of Paper Piecing Beverly Maxvill 2008 Features one quilt setting, an on-point square-in-a-square for displaying interchangeable blocks
Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms United States. Joint Chiefs of Staff 1987
Mine Finder Puzzle Book Visual Arts 2021-03-27 Mine Finder is a single-player puzzle game. The objective of the game is to clear a rectangular board containing hidden "mines" or bombs without detonating any of them, with help from clues about the number of neighboring mines in each field. The game originates from the 1960s, and it has been written for many computing platforms in use today, this is one of first books utilizing Mine Finder Puzzle. A logic puzzle variant of minesweeper, suitable for playing on paper, starts with some squares already revealed. The player cannot reveal any more squares, but must instead mark the remaining mines correctly. Unlike the usual form of minesweeper, these puzzles have a unique solution.
Bullshit Jobs David Graeber 2019-05-07 From bestselling writer David Graeber—“a master of opening up thought and stimulating debate” (Slate)—a powerful argument against the rise of meaningless, unfulfilling jobs…and their consequences. Does your job make a meaningful contribution to the world? In the spring of 2013, David Graeber asked this question in a playful, provocative essay titled “On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs.” It went viral. After one million online views in seventeen different languages, people all over the world are still debating the answer. There are hordes of people—HR consultants, communication coordinators, telemarketing researchers, corporate lawyers—whose jobs are useless, and, tragically, they know it. These people are caught in bullshit jobs. Graeber explores one of society’s most vexing and deeply felt concerns, indicting among other villains a particular strain of finance capitalism that betrays ideals shared by thinkers ranging from Keynes to Lincoln. “Clever and charismatic” (The New Yorker), Bullshit Jobs gives individuals, corporations, and societies permission to undergo a shift in values, placing creative and caring work at the center of our culture. This book is for everyone who wants to turn their vocation back into an avocation and “a thought-provoking examination of our working lives” (Financial Times).
German S-Boats in Action in the Second World War Hans Frank 2007-01-17 A detailed narrative of S-boat, or schnellboot, actions during World War II in all the theatres where they were deployed. The author, describes, with the help of a multitude of maps and photographs, all the incidents that these 45-knot fast attack craft were involved in. The German motor torpedo boat (German: S-boot, English: E-boat) was a controversial subject in the pre-war period of German naval rearmament. As late as 1938, the Fleet Commander recommended that S-boot building be terminated on the grounds that the craft was merely a 'weapon of opportunity' without a defined role. This outlook changed dramatically after the first wartime successes. Soon the S-boot was required on all fronts, and the area of operations. In this volume the operational deployment of the S-Boot in these theatres is given comprehensive treatment for the first time, and not purely from the isolated viewpoint of S-Boot warfare, but as an integral part of the overall military objectives of the time. This study of the effectiveness of the S-Boot, its successes and failures, is based on war diary entries and previously unseen original sources. It is a first-class account of this German naval arm in which survived to be the last class of German surface warship still carrying the offensive to the enemy.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Mark Haddon 2009-02-24 A bestselling modern classic—both poignant and funny—narrated by a fifteen year old autistic savant obsessed with Sherlock Holmes, this dazzling novel weaves together an old-fashioned mystery, a contemporary coming-of-age story, and a fascinating excursion into a mind incapable of processing emotions. Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, Christopher is autistic. Everyday interactions and admonishments have little meaning for him. At fifteen, Christopher’s carefully constructed world falls apart when he finds his neighbour’s dog Wellington impaled on a garden fork, and he is initially blamed for the killing. Christopher decides that he will track down the real killer, and turns to his favourite fictional character, the impeccably logical Sherlock Holmes, for inspiration. But the investigation leads him down some unexpected paths and ultimately brings him face to face with the dissolution of his parents’ marriage. As Christopher tries to deal with the crisis within his own family, the narrative draws readers into the workings of Christopher’s mind. And herein lies the key to the brilliance of Mark Haddon’s choice of narrator: The most wrenching of emotional moments are chronicled by a boy who cannot fathom emotions. The effect is dazzling, making for one of the freshest debut in years: a comedy, a tearjerker, a mystery story, a novel of exceptional literary merit that is great fun to read.
Chinese Cinderella Adeline Yen Mah 2009-05-06 More than 800,000 copies in print! From the author of critically acclaimed and bestselling memoir Falling Leaves, this is a poignant and moving true account of her childhood, growing up as an unloved daughter in 1940s China. A Chinese proverb says, "Falling leaves return to their roots." In her own courageous voice, Adeline Yen Mah returns to her roots to tell the story of her painful childhood and her ultimate triumph in the face of despair. Adeline's affluent, powerful family considers her bad luck after her mother dies giving birth to her, and life does not get any easier when her father remarries. Adeline and her siblings are subjected to the disdain of her stepmother, while her stepbrother and stepsister are spoiled with gifts and attention. Although Adeline wins prizes at school, they are not enough to compensate for what she really yearns for -- the love and understanding of her family. Like the classic Cinderella story, this powerful memoir is a moving story of resilience and hope. Includes an Author's Note, a 6-page photo insert, a historical note, and the Chinese text of the original Chinese Cinderella. A PW BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR AN ALA-YALSA BEST BOOK FOR YOUNG ADULTS “One of the most inspiring books I have ever read.” –The Guardian