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|Odd Is on Our Side (Graphic Novel)
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Author: Dean Koontz
When things get scary, it’s nice to know that Odd is on our side.
The one and only Odd Thomas is back—in his second edgy and enthralling graphic-novel adventure from #1 New York Times bestselling suspense master Dean Koontz.
It’s Halloween in Pico Mundo, California, and there’s a whiff of something wicked in the autumn air. While the town prepares for its annual festivities, young fry cook Odd Thomas can’t shake the feeling that make-believe goblins and ghouls aren’t the only things on the prowl. And he should know, since he can see what others cannot: the spirits of the restless dead. But even his frequent visitor, the specter of Elvis Presley, can’t seem to point Odd in the right direction.
With the help of his gun-toting girlfriend, Stormy, Odd is out to uncover the terrible truth. Is something sinister afoot in the remote barn guarded by devilish masked men? Has All Hallows Eve mischief taken a malevolent turn? Or is the pleading ghost of a trick-or-treater a frightening omen of doom?
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|Health Information: Management of a Strategic Resource, 4e
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Author: Mervat Abdelhak PhD RHIA FAHIMA
Following the AHIMA standards for education for both two-year HIT programs and four-year HIA programs, Health Information: Management of a Strategic Resource, 4th Edition describes the deployment of information technology and your role as a HIM professional in the development of the electronic health record. It provides clear coverage of health information infrastructure and systems along with health care informatics including technology, applications, and security. Practical applications provide hands-on experience in abstracting and manipulating health information data. From well-known HIM experts Mervat Abdelhak, Sara S. Grostick, and Mary Alice Hanken, this book includes examples from diverse areas of health care delivery such as long-term care, public health, home health care, and ambulatory care. An e-book version makes it even easier to learn to manage and use health data electronically.
- A focus on the electronic health care record helps you learn electronic methods of organizing, maintaining, and abstracting from the patient health care record.
- Learning features include a chapter outline, key words, common abbreviations, and learning objectives at the beginning of each chapter, and references at the end.
- Unique! Availability in the e-book format helps you in researching, abstracting, and managing data electronically.
- A study guide on the companion Evolve website includes interactive exercises and cases containing real-life medical records, letting you apply what you've learned from the book and in the classroom.
- Evolve logos within the textbook connect the material to the Evolve website, tying together the textbook, student study guide and online resources.
- Well-known and respected authors include Mervat Abdelhak and Mary Alice Hanken, past presidents of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), and Sara S. Grostick, a 2007 AHIMA Triumph Award winner for excellence in education.
- Self-assessment quizzes test your learning and retention, with answers available on the companion Evolve website.
- Did You Know? boxes highlight interesting facts to enhance learning.
|Tradition And Creativity In Japanese Dance
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Author: Michiyo Hata
The Kikunokai Dance Troupe, its name derived from the chrysanthemum (kiku in Japanese), was founded by Michiyo Hata in 1972. Trained in classical Japanese Kabuki dance by Onoe Kikunojo I, in 1970 Hata was tapped to choreograph dances for the Osaka World Fair, which brought her into contact with the vivid, dynamic folk dance that was still alive in rural and regional Japan. This inspired her to form the unique dance troupe Kikunokai, which draws on the classic and folk traditions to produce new works combining the best of both with an invigorating spirit and a warm humanism that speaks directly to our timesl
Kikunokai's activities included training and developing young dancers, and researching and studying folk arts - including traditional Japanese folk instruments - from different regions of Japan. Kikunokai has performed with great success not only in Japan but also France, Germany, England, India, Singapore, Guam, Thailand, the United States, Brunei, and Malaysia. It was awarded the Excellent Art Prize at the 1976 Cultural Festival sponsored by the Cultural Agency of Japan, received an official commendation from the Minister of Foreign Affairs in 1986, and it is the winner of many prizes and awards in Japan for its choreography and performances.
The present book features beautiful color visual presentation of works of the traditional repertoire performed by founder Hata, as well as her original pieces choreographed for Kikunokai and performed by the troupe. The startling range of the troupe's repertory is eloquently documented in over 100 photographs. Brief but evocative essays by Hata describe the important role that Kyoto and the four seasons have played in her work, and the exciting and inspiring experience of choreographing the late Akira Kurosawa's film Dreams, portions of which were also danced by troupe members.
|Peck: Impeckable Delicacies in Milan
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Author: Davide Paolini
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The history of this world damous brand began back in 1883, when Francesco Peck, delicatessen owner in Prague, decided to open a shop with an annexxed processing establishment in Milan.
His name quickly eached the heights of Milanese gastronomy, becoming a true symbol of Milan like the Duomol, La Scala and Bocconi University.
Peck soon became a meeting place of the intelligentsia: around its tables sat artists, journalists, writers and actors. Even D'Annunzio with Bacchello, Vergani, Monelli and Marcha, frequently attended the "Sbafing Club".
"Time and again, we were told" - recall the Stoppani brothers, Peck's owners for nearly 30 years - "that the best trade to choose in one where a morsel was always to be had, no matter what, be it that of a baker, a butcher, or grocer".
Today after the success of Angelo, Mario and Remo, it can be said that the 'morsel' is no longer bread and salami, but caviar and champagne.
The search for quality is Peck's primary aim, achieved through careful selection of products from around the world.
|The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid on Playaway: Ready-To-Go Digital Audiobooks
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Author: Bill Bryson
Playaway is the simplest way to listen to a book on the go. Small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, it comes with the audio content already on it and a battery to make it play. No Cassettes. No CDs. No Downloads. Simply plug in the earphones and enjoy. Bill Bryson was born in the middle of the American century 1951 in the middle of the United States Des Moines, Iowa in the middle of the largest generation in American history the baby boomers. As one of the best and funniest writers alive, he is perfectly positioned to mine his memories of a totally all-American childhood for 24-carat memoir gold. Like millions of his generational peers, Bill Bryson grew up with a rich fantasy life as a superhero. In his case, he ran around his house and neighborhood with an old football jersey with a thunderbolt on it and a towel about his neck that served as his cape, leaping tall buildings in a single bound and vanquishing awful evildoers (and morons) in his head as The Thunderbolt Kid. Using this persona as a springboard, Bill Bryson re-creates the life of his family and his native city in the 1950s in all its transcendent normality at once completely familiar to us all and as far away and unreachable as another galaxy. Warm and laugh-out-loud funny, and full of his inimitable, pitch-perfect observations, The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid is as wondrous an audiobook as Bill Bryson has ever recorded. It will enchant anyone who has ever been young.
|The Innocent Man on Playaway: Ready-To-Go Digital Audiobooks
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Author: John Grisham
In the major league draft of 1971, the first player chosen from the State of Oklahoma was Ron Williamson. When he signed with the Oakland A’s, he said goodbye to his hometown of Ada and left to pursue his dreams of big league glory.
Six years later he was back, his dreams broken by a bad arm and bad habits—drinking, drugs, and women. He began to show signs of mental illness. Unable to keep a job, he moved in with his mother and slept twenty hours a day on her sofa.
In 1982, a 21-year-old cocktail waitress in Ada named Debra Sue Carter was raped and murdered, and for five years the police could not solve the crime. For reasons that were never clear, they suspected Ron Williamson and his friend Dennis Fritz. The two were finally arrested in 1987 and charged with capital murder.
With no physical evidence, the prosecution’s case was built on junk science and the testimony of jailhouse snitches and convicts. Dennis Fritz was found guilty and given a life sentence. Ron Williamson was sent to death row.
If you believe that in America you are innocent until proven guilty, this book will shock you. If you believe in the death penalty, this book will disturb you. If you believe the criminal justice system is fair, this book will infuriate you.
From the Hardcover edition.
John Grisham tackles nonfiction for the first time with The Innocent Man, a true tale about murder and injustice in a small town (that reads like one of his own bestselling novels). The Innocent Man chronicles the story of Ron Williamson, how he was arrested and charged with a crime he did not commit, how his case was (mis)handled and how an innocent man was sent to death row. Grisham's first work of nonfiction is shocking, disturbing, and enthralling--a must read for fiction and nonfiction fans. We had the opportunity to talk with John Grisham about the case and the book, read his responses below. --Daphne Durham
20 Second Interview: A Few Words with John Grisham
Q: After almost two decades of writing fiction, what compelled you to write non-fiction, particularly investigative journalism?
A: I was never tempted to write non-fiction, primarily because it's too much work. However, obviously, I love a good legal thriller, and the story of Ron Williamson has all the elements of a great suspenseful story.
Q: Why this case?
A: Ron Williamson and I are about the same age and we both grew up in small towns in the south. We both dreamed of being major league baseball players. Ron had the talent, I did not. When he left a small town in 1971 to pursue his dreams of major league glory, many thought he would be the next Mickey Mantle, the next great one from the state of Oklahoma. The story of Ron ending up on Death Row and almost being executed for a murder he did not commit was simply too good to pass up.
Q: How did you go about your research?
A: I started with his family. Ron is survived by two sisters who took care of him for most of his life. They gave me complete access to the family records, photographs, Ron's mental health records, and so on. There was also a truckload of trial transcripts, depositions, appeals, etc., that took about 18 months to organize and review. Many of the characters in the story are still alive and I traveled to Oklahoma countless times to interview them.
Q: Did your training as a lawyer help you?
A: Very much so. It enabled me to understand the legal issues involved in Ron's trial and his appeals. It also allowed me, as it always does, to be able to speak the language with lawyers and judges.
Q: Throughout your book you mention, The Dreams of Ada: A True Story of Murder, Obsession, and a Small Town. How did you come across that book, and how did it impact your writing The Innocent Man?
A: Several of the people in Oklahoma I met mentioned The Dreams of Ada to me, and I read it early on in the process. It is an astounding book, a great example of true crime writing, and I relied upon it heavily during my research. Robert Mayer, the author, was completely cooperative, and kept meticulous notes from his research 20 years earlier. Many of the same characters are involved in his story and mine.
Q: You take on some pretty controversial and heated topics in your book--the death penalty, prisoner’s rights, DNA analysis, police conduct, and more--were any of your own beliefs challenged by this story and its outcome?
A: None were challenged, but my eyes were open to the world of wrongful convictions. Even as a former criminal defense attorney, I had never spent much time worrying about wrongful convictions. But, unfortunately, they happen all the time in this country, and with increasing frequency.
Q: So many of the key players in this case are either still in office or practicing attorneys. Many family members and friends still live in the same small town. How do you think The Innocent Man will impact this community and other small rural towns as they struggle with the realities of the justice system?
A: Exonerations seem to be happening weekly. And with each one of them, the question is asked--how can an innocent man be convicted and kept in prison for 20 years? My book is the story of only one man, but it is a good example of how things can go terribly wrong with our judicial system. I have no idea how the book will be received in the small town of Ada, Oklahoma, or any other town.
Q: What do you hope your readers will take away from The Innocent Man?
A: A better understanding of how innocent people can be convicted, and a greater concern for the need to reimburse and rehabilitate innocent men after they have been released.
|Milestone Documents in African American History: Exploring the Essential Primary Sources
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|Milestone Documents in American History: Exploring the Primary Sources That Shaped America
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|Milestone Documents in World History
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|The Eustace Diamonds
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The unabridged classic on MP3 audio, narrated by Anais 9000. Three playback speeds on one disk; etext edition included. Running time: 25.3 hours (slow), 23.1 hours (medium), 21.0 hours (fast). A scheming blonde marries a man of wealth, but after his death, a legal action pits her against lawyers supposedly acting for the benefit of his heirs. Sound familiar?
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