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Amoralman by Derek DelGaudio

Title Amoralman
Author Derek DelGaudio
Publisher Knopf
Release Date 2021
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 256
ISBN 9780525658559
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"Conscious of his own rather mind-boggling ability to deceive others professionally, [conjuror and slight-of-hand artist] Derek DelGaudio believed that the artifice in his life was always reserved exclusively for the stage. But when irrefutable evidence to the contrary is found in an old journal, Derek is forced to question his ability to see through an illusion, something he trained his whole life to do. Using his youthful notebook entries as a roadmap, DelGaudio embarks on a soulful, often funny, sometimes dark journey through his own past, stopping at the significant signposts that led him into the heart of a world populated by swindlers, con artists, and card cheats"--

Amoralman by Derek DelGaudio

Title AMORALMAN
Author Derek DelGaudio
Publisher Knopf
Release Date 2021-03-02
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 256
ISBN 9780525658566
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Truth and lies are two sides of the same coin. But who's flipping it? A thought-provoking and brilliantly entertaining work of nonfiction from one of the world's leading deceivers, the creator and star of the astonishing theater show and forthcoming film In & Of Itself. Derek DelGaudio believed he was a decent, honest man. But when irrefutable evidence to the contrary is found in an old journal, his memories are reawakened and Derek is forced to confront--and try to understand--his role in a significant act of deception from his past. Using his youthful notebook entries as a road map, Derek embarks on a soulful, often funny, sometimes dark journey, retracing the path that led him to a world populated by charlatans, card cheats, and con artists. As stories are peeled away and artifices are revealed, Derek examines the mystery behind his father's vanishing act, the secret he inherited from his mother, the obsession he developed with sleight-of-hand that shaped his future, and the affinity he felt for the professional swindlers who taught him how to deceive others. And once he finds himself working as a crooked dealer in a big-money Hollywood card game, Derek begins to question his own sense of morality, and discovers that even a master of deception can find himself trapped inside an illusion. A M O R A L M A N is a wildly engaging exploration of the fictions we live as truths. It is ultimately a book about the lies we tell ourselves and the realities we manufacture in others.

A Bandit by Glenn Kaino

Title A Bandit
Author Glenn Kaino
Publisher Prestel
Release Date 2017-11
Category
Total Pages 256
ISBN 3791355643
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This multifaceted book is the latest collaboration between Glenn Kaino and Derek DelGaudio, who work together as the conceptual performance art duo A.Bandit to make magical art. A.Bandit is an experimental performance art group started by conceptual artist Glenn Kaino and magician Derek DelGaudio. Together they have exhibited and performed their work in venues that span a diverse range of cultural activities. The book introduces their pioneering work in the fields of art and magic, along with interviews and stories from noteworthy practitioners from both fields. It will be a generous access point into the normally secret practice from which A.Bandit operates. The book itself will contain several secret elements and magical features that will distinguish it as a type of performance in and of itself.

To Be Honest by Michael Leviton

Title To Be Honest
Author Michael Leviton
Publisher Abrams
Release Date 2021-01-05
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 304
ISBN 9781683358220
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A memoir about an unusual upbringing in a family fanatically devoted to honesty, and what came next If you’re like most people, you probably lied today. It may have been a small one, some insignificant falsehood meant to protect someone’s feelings or guard your true thoughts. Now imagine if your parents had raised you to never lie, if they’d ingrained in you a compulsion to never, under any circumstances, withhold the truth or fail to speak your mind. It might be wonderfully freeing. Everyone else might not appreciate it so much. To Be Honest is Michael Leviton’s extraordinary account of being raised in a family he calls a “little honesty cult.” For young Michael, his parents’ core philosophy felt liberating. He loved “just being honest.” By the time he was twenty-nine years old, Michael had told only three “lies” (by most people’s understanding of the word) in his entire life. But this honesty had consequences—in friendships, on dates, and at job interviews. And when honesty slowly poisoned a great romance, Michael decided there had to be something to lying after all. He set himself the task of learning to be as casually dishonest as the rest of us. To Be Honest is a tender and darkly comic memoir about what it means and how it feels to tell more than the truth.

Alaskan Holiday by Debbie Macomber

Title Alaskan Holiday
Author Debbie Macomber
Publisher Ballantine Books
Release Date 2018-10-02
Category Fiction
Total Pages 256
ISBN 9780399181290
Language English, Spanish, and French
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Debbie Macomber brings us to the Alaskan wilderness for a magical Christmas tale about finding love where it’s least expected. “Picture-perfect . . . this charmer will please Macomber fans and newcomers alike.”—Publishers Weekly Before beginning her dream job as sous chef in one of Seattle’s hottest new restaurants, Josie Avery takes a summer position cooking at a lakeside lodge in the remote Alaskan town of Ponder. Josie falls for the rustic charms of the local community—including Jack Corcoran, the crotchety keeper of Ponder’s famed sourdough starter, and, in particular, the quiet and intense Palmer Saxon, a famed master swordsmith. Josie and Palmer become close during the long Alaskan summer days, but Josie knows that, come fall, she’ll be returning to reality and the career she’s worked so hard for. Palmer, on the other hand, would like nothing better than to make Josie his wife and to keep her in Ponder. But Josie can’t imagine abandoning her mother back in the Emerald City and sacrificing her career to stay in this isolated town—not even for a man she’s quickly coming to love. Fate has other plans. Josie misses the last boat out of town before winter sets in, stranding her in Ponder and putting her dream job at risk. As the holidays approach, Josie and Palmer must grapple with the complications that arise when dreams confront reality, and the Christmas magic that can happen when they put their faith in love. Debbie Macomber is at her best in this beautiful holiday story about the far journeys we travel to find a place to call home. Praise for Alaskan Holiday “[A] tender romance lightly brushed with holiday magic.”—Library Journal “[A] thoroughly charming holiday romance.”—Booklist

Martin Frobisher by James McDermott

Title Martin Frobisher
Author James McDermott
Publisher Yale University Press
Release Date 2001-01-01
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 509
ISBN 0300083807
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Details the life and exploits of the privateer who served Elizabeth I, battled against the Spanish Armada, and attempted to find the Northwest Passage.

Child Of God by Cormac McCarthy

Title Child of God
Author Cormac McCarthy
Publisher Vintage
Release Date 2010-08-11
Category Fiction
Total Pages 208
ISBN 9780307762481
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In this taut, chilling novel, Lester Ballard--a violent, dispossessed man falsely accused of rape--haunts the hill country of East Tennessee when he is released from jail. While telling his story, Cormac McCarthy depicts the most sordid aspects of life with dignity, humor, and characteristic lyrical brilliance.

The Theory Of Moral Sentiments by Adam Smith (économiste)

Title The Theory of Moral Sentiments
Author Adam Smith (économiste)
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 1812
Category
Total Pages 86
ISBN BCUL:1092833964
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Body Magic by John Fisher

Title Body Magic
Author John Fisher
Publisher Rowman & Littlefield
Release Date 2014-08-20
Category Games & Activities
Total Pages 158
ISBN 9781590774694
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Would you believe that you could ask a full-grown man to hold a penny for you and then tell him to drop it and finds he can’t, hard as he may try? In what is undoubtedly the most original magic book of our time, John Fisher shows the reader how, with minimal practice, he can use the marvels of the human body to entertain and mystify friends and family, small and large audiences. This book is first of all a delight to read because of the instant education it provides us with about the unknown powers we have in our hands, our eyes, our noses, and our incredible nervous system. In each case, Mr. Fisher shows the easy-to-grasp principle first and then how to put the principle to work in actual tricks. Most magic books require a great deal of study and dexterity. This one enables you to entertain people even before you have finished the book. Moreover, you never have to worry about being prepared, because you always have with you all the miraculous things you need—your hands, your eyes, and the rest of your body.

Title A Republic Under Assault
Author Tom Fitton
Publisher Simon and Schuster
Release Date 2020-10-20
Category Political Science
Total Pages 320
ISBN 9781982163679
Language English, Spanish, and French
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER In this explosive new book, New York Times bestselling author and president of Judicial Watch Tom Fitton explains how the Radical Left and the Deep State are trying to destroy the Trump presidency. Tom Fitton’s first two New York Times bestselling books, The Corruption Chronicles and Clean House, exposed the hypocrisy and corruption of Obama’s two terms. Now, in Fitton’s latest investigative probe, he identifies the four major forces posing a continued threat to American democracy. Deep State Efforts to Destroy the Trump Presidency: How the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign paid for the fraudulent anti-Trump “Steele Dossier,” and how it was used by the Obama FBI and DOJ to dupe the FISA Court to allow it to spy on the Trump presidential campaign AND President Trump. These and more dirty secrets of Obamagate and the impeachment coup attempt are exposed. Hillary Clinton Email Scandal: How the Clinton team and senior officials at the Obama State Department conspired to cover up Hillary Clinton’s secret email system—and shocking revelations that tie the Obama White House to the cover-up! Voter Fraud: How Soros-funded groups attack states that seek to protect clean elections by challenging voter ID laws, and how the Left is cynically peddling COVID-19 crisis electoral “reforms,” such as mail-in voting, which could increase voter fraud and election chaos. And shocking numbers about dirty voting rolls across the nation! Illegal Immigration: How deadly illegal “sanctuary” policies are exploding across America, and how our nation’s sovereignty has been under assault by radical open-border advocates. Subversive Deep State collaborators with ties to the Clinton and Obama machines not only launched countless—often illegal—operations to stop and then remove Trump, but even more alarmingly, are working to transform the United States into something truly unrecognizable to all who believe in liberty and the rule of law. Today one of their main targets is President Donald J. Trump. Tomorrow it could be you and anyone who believes in the US Constitution, believes the United States must have clearly defined and protected borders, believes in the need for a strong military, believes in the value of hard work and faith, and believes in the rule of law and American exceptionalism.

Title The Unreasonable Virtue of Fly Fishing
Author Mark Kurlansky
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Release Date 2021-03-02
Category Nature
Total Pages 304
ISBN 9781635573084
Language English, Spanish, and French
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From the award-winning, bestselling author of Cod--the irresistible story of the science, history, art, and culture of the least efficient way to catch a fish. Fly fishing, historian Mark Kurlansky has found, is a battle of wits, fly fisher vs. fish--and the fly fisher does not always (or often) win. The targets--salmon, trout, and char; and for some, bass, tarpon, tuna, bonefish, and even marlin--are highly intelligent, wily, strong, and athletic animals. The allure, Kurlansky learns, is that fly fishing makes catching a fish as difficult as possible. There is an art, too, in the crafting of flies. Beautiful and intricate, some are made with more than two dozen pieces of feather and fur from a wide range of animals. The cast as well is a matter of grace and rhythm, with different casts and rods yielding varying results. Kurlansky is known for his deep dives into the history of specific subjects, from cod to oysters to salt. But he spent his boyhood days on the shore of a shallow pond. Here, where tiny fish weaved under a rocky waterfall, he first tied string to a branch, dangled a worm into the water, and unleashed his passion for fishing. Since then, a lifelong love of the sport has led him around the world to many countries, coasts, and rivers--from the wilds of Alaska to Basque country, from the Catskills in New York to Oregon's Columbia River, from Ireland and Norway to Russia and Japan. And, in true Kurlansky fashion, he absorbed every fact, detail, and anecdote along the way. The Unreasonable Virtue of Fly Fishing marries Kurlansky's signature wide-ranging reach with a subject that has captivated him for a lifetime--combining history, craft, and personal memoir to show readers, devotees of the sport or not, the necessity of experiencing nature's balm first-hand.

Here Is Real Magic by Nate Staniforth

Title Here Is Real Magic
Author Nate Staniforth
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Release Date 2018-01-16
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 256
ISBN 9781632864260
Language English, Spanish, and French
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An extraordinary memoir about finding wonder in everyday life, from magician Nate Staniforth. Nate Staniforth has spent most of his life and all of his professional career trying to understand wonder--what it is, where to find it, and how to share it with others. He became a magician because he learned at a young age that magic tricks don't have to be frivolous. Magic doesn't have to be about sequins and smoke machines--rather, it can create a moment of genuine astonishment. But after years on the road as a professional magician, crisscrossing the country and performing four or five nights a week, every week, Nate was disillusioned, burned out, and ready to quit. Instead, he went to India in search of magic. Here Is Real Magic follows Nate Staniforth's evolution from an obsessed young magician to a broken wanderer and back again. It tells the story of his rediscovery of astonishment--and the importance of wonder in everyday life--during his trip to the slums of India, where he infiltrated a three-thousand-year-old clan of street magicians. Here Is Real Magic is a call to all of us--to welcome awe back into our lives, to marvel in the everyday, and to seek magic all around us.

A Man For All Seasons by Robert Bolt

Title A Man For All Seasons
Author Robert Bolt
Publisher A&C Black
Release Date 2013-12-04
Category Drama
Total Pages 128
ISBN 9781472536365
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A Man for All Seasons dramatises the conflict between King Henry VIII and Sir Thomas More. It depicts the confrontation between church and state, theology and politics, absolute power and individual freedom. Throughout the play Sir Thomas More's eloquence and endurance, his purity, saintliness and tenacity in the face of ever-growing threats to his beliefs and family, earn him status as one of modern drama's greatest tragic heroes. The play was first staged in 1960 at the Globe Theatre in London and was voted New York's Best Foreign Play in 1962. In 1966 it was made into an Academy Award-winning film by Fred Zinneman starring Paul Scofield."A Man for All Seasons is a stark play, sparse in its narrative, sinewy in its writing, which confirms Mr Bolt as a genuine and solid playwright, a force in our awakening theatre." (Daily Mail)

Body Brokers by Annie Cheney

Title Body Brokers
Author Annie Cheney
Publisher Broadway
Release Date 2006
Category Medical
Total Pages 205
ISBN 9780767917346
Language English, Spanish, and French
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An exposâe of the business of procuring and selling human cadavers and body parts describes how bodies meant for academic research, burial, or cremation make their way to body brokers who illegally capitalize on the need for human remains.

Cuckoo S Egg by Clifford Stoll

Title CUCKOO S EGG
Author Clifford Stoll
Publisher Doubleday
Release Date 2012-05-23
Category True Crime
Total Pages 326
ISBN 9780307819420
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Before the Internet became widely known as a global tool for terrorists, one perceptive U.S. citizen recognized its ominous potential. Armed with clear evidence of computer espionage, he began a highly personal quest to expose a hidden network of spies that threatened national security. But would the authorities back him up? Cliff Stoll's dramatic firsthand account is "a computer-age detective story, instantly fascinating [and] astonishingly gripping" (Smithsonian). Cliff Stoll was an astronomer turned systems manager at Lawrence Berkeley Lab when a 75-cent accounting error alerted him to the presence of an unauthorized user on his system. The hacker's code name was "Hunter"—a mysterious invader who managed to break into U.S. computer systems and steal sensitive military and security information. Stoll began a one-man hunt of his own: spying on the spy. It was a dangerous game of deception, broken codes, satellites, and missile bases—a one-man sting operation that finally gained the attention of the CIA . . . and ultimately trapped an international spy ring fueled by cash, cocaine, and the KGB.

Moral Clarity by Susan Neiman

Title Moral Clarity
Author Susan Neiman
Publisher Princeton University Press
Release Date 2009-09-06
Category Philosophy
Total Pages 470
ISBN 9780691143897
Language English, Spanish, and French
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For years, moral language has been the province of the Right, as the Left has consoled itself with rudderless pragmatism. In this profound and powerful book, Susan Neiman reclaims the vocabulary of morality--good and evil, heroism and nobility--as a lingua franca for the twenty-first century. In constructing a framework for taking responsible action on today's urgent questions, Neiman reaches back to the eighteenth century, retrieving a series of values--happiness, reason, reverence, and hope--held high by Enlightenment thinkers. In this thoroughly updated edition, Neiman reflects on how the moral language of the 2008 presidential campaign has opened up new political and cultural possibilities in America and beyond. --

Title The Truth at the Heart of the Lie
Author James Carroll
Publisher Random House
Release Date 2021-03-23
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 384
ISBN 9780593134726
Language English, Spanish, and French
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“Courageous and inspiring.”—Karen Armstrong, author of The Case for God “James Carroll takes us to the heart of one of the great crises of our times.”—Stephen Greenblatt, author of The Swerve An eloquent memoir by a former priest and National Book Award–winning writer who traces the roots of the Catholic sexual abuse scandal back to the power structure of the Church itself, as he explores his own crisis of faith and journey to renewal James Carroll weaves together the story of his quest to understand his personal beliefs and his relationship to the Catholic Church with the history of the Church itself. From his first awakening of faith as a boy to his gradual disillusionment as a Catholic, Carroll offers a razor-sharp examination both of himself and of how the Church became an institution that places power and dominance over people through an all-male clergy. Carroll argues that a male-supremacist clericalism is both the root cause and the ongoing enabler of the sexual abuse crisis. The power structure of clericalism poses an existential threat to the Church and compromises the ability of even a progressive pope like Pope Francis to advance change in an institution accountable only to itself. Carroll traces this dilemma back to the Roman Empire and the Middle Ages, when Scripture, Jesus Christ, and His teachings were reinterpreted as the Church became an empire. In a deeply personal re-examination of self, Carroll grapples with his own feelings of being chosen, his experiences as a priest, and the moments of doubt that made him leave the priesthood and embark on a long personal journey toward renewal—including his tenure as an op-ed columnist at The Boston Globe writing about sexual abuse in the Church. Ultimately, Carroll calls on the Church and all reform-minded Catholics to revive the culture from within by embracing anti-clerical, anti-misogynist resistance and staying grounded in the spirit of love that is the essential truth at the heart of Christian belief and Christian life.

Practical Mental Magic by Theodore Annemann

Title Practical Mental Magic
Author Theodore Annemann
Publisher Courier Corporation
Release Date 2012-04-27
Category Games & Activities
Total Pages 336
ISBN 9780486156613
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Outstanding collection of nearly 200 crowd-pleasing mental magic feats requiring no special equipment. Author offers insider's tips and expert advice on techniques, presentation, diversions, patter, staging, more.

The Streets Of Baltimore by J. O. E. Frantz

Title The Streets of Baltimore
Author J. O. E. Frantz
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2019-11-30
Category
Total Pages 86
ISBN 0578602768
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Brandon Novak (Jackass, the CKY Video Series, etc.) comes clean about his heroin addiction, in the bookthat takes you on a dope binge from the streets of Baltimore to the film set of the classic TV show, MTV's Viva La Bam!SYNOPSIS:Brandon Novak was a teenage skateboarder. He rode for the elite Powell-Peralta team, but his lust for heroin led to a junkie's destiny on the streets of Baltimore. Dope dens, arrests, rehabs, and drug-tortured love triangles were business as usual for Novak, until his childhood friend and Jackass alumnus Bam Margera guided him to fame on MTV's Viva La Bam. Novak's newfound stardom led him down a self-destructive path that forced him to confront his past, and sculpt his future.A suspenseful action-packed biography, interspersed with moments of insight, humor, and inspiration.Over fifty pages of rare color photos, authentic arrest records, and court documents!ABOUT BRANDON NOVAK: Brandon Novak is a motivational speaker, actor, skateboarder, MTV celebrity, model, author, and recovered addict.

How Magicians Think by Joshua Jay

Title How Magicians Think
Author Joshua Jay
Publisher Workman Publishing
Release Date 2021-09-28
Category Games & Activities
Total Pages 320
ISBN 9781523510917
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The door to magic is closed, but it’s not locked. And now Joshua Jay, one of the world’s most accomplished magicians, not only opens that door but brings us inside to reveal the artistry and obsessiveness, esoteric history, and long-whispered-about traditions of a subject shrouded in mystery. And he goes one step further: Joshua Jay brings us right into the mind of a magician—how they develop their other worldly skills, conjure up illusions, and leave the rest of us slack jawed with delight time after time. Along the way, Jay reveals another kind of secret, one all readers will find meaningful even if they never aspire to perform sleight of hand: What does it take to follow your heart and achieve excellence? In 52 short, compulsively readable essays, Jay describes how he does it, whether it’s through the making of illusions, the psychology behind them, or the way technology influences the world of magic. He considers the aesthetics of performance, discusses contemporary masters, including David Copperfield, Penn & Teller, and David Blaine, and details how magicians hone their craft. And answers questions like: Can a magic trick be too good? How do you saw a person in half? Is there real magic in the universe? The answers, like so much in magic and life, depend on you.