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Title Who Kidnapped Excellence
Author Harry Paul
Publisher Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Release Date 2014-01-06
Category Business & Economics
Total Pages 168
ISBN 9781626560888
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"In this entertaining parable, bestselling authors Paul and Britt tell how to give and be your best in five critical work dimensions - passion, competency, flexibility, communication, and ownership - and foster excellence in your organization"--

Title Who Kidnapped Excellence
Author Harry Paul
Publisher Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Release Date 2014-01-06
Category Business & Economics
Total Pages 168
ISBN 9781626560895
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Most companies talk about excellence, but what does excellence really mean? What specific attitudes and practices lead to excellence? Drawing on years of study and decades of experience, authors Harry Paul, John Britt, and Ed Jent have zeroed in on five core qualities of excellence. In this entertaining and enlightening book, they tell how to give and be your best in each of these five critical dimensions and foster excellence in your organization and in your life. The book begins with a crime being committed: Excellence (personified) has been kidnapped, and Leadership assembles Excellence’s team (Passion, Flexibility, Communication, Competency, and Ownership) and challenges them to work together to get their Excellence back. And who is the culprit? Has Average kidnapped Excellence and replaced Excellence’s team with his own: N. Different, N. Ept, N. Flexible, Miss Communication, and Poser? A mysterious ransom note sparks the struggle between Average and Excellence. Integrated into this tale of organizational excellence is the story of Dave, a delivery man. The kidnapping causes Dave to contemplate his own life and relationships in a way that makes the paths of personal and organizational excellence cross and intertwine. Who Kidnapped Excellence? is a parable that helps organizations and individuals achieve their best in every aspect of their lives.

A Secret Of The Sphinx by James L. McWilliams

Title A Secret of the Sphinx
Author James L. McWilliams
Publisher FriesenPress
Release Date 2016-05-05
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 348
ISBN 9781460283882
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Spring of 1978: Young Rory MacHugh leaves his Blackfoot World for an Ancient World. There determination, versatility, and several unique friends enable him to survive many new lives - a British sailor, an Egyptian Mameluke, a convict, a Secret Agent, a French Grenadier, a Highland solider, and a forbidden lover in an Egyptian court. But the most devastating is his first encounter with the man destined to plunge the world into war and to become Rory’s own personal demon, the young General Napoleon Bonaparte. http://jlmcwilliams.com/

Title The Complete Guide to High Fire Glazes
Author John Britt
Publisher Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
Release Date 2007
Category Crafts & Hobbies
Total Pages 184
ISBN 1600592163
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"With recipes for mixing, testing, applying, and firing hundreds of high-fire glazes, this fully illustrated reference will help all ceramists gain a better understanding of glazes and the factors that make them work."--Book Jacket.

Kidnap by Anja Shortland

Title Kidnap
Author Anja Shortland
Publisher Oxford University Press
Release Date 2019-01-24
Category Business & Economics
Total Pages 256
ISBN 9780192547514
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Kidnap for ransom is a lucrative but tricky business. Millions of people live, travel, and work in areas with significant kidnap risks, yet kidnaps of foreign workers, local VIPs, and tourists are surprisingly rare and the vast majority of abductions are peacefully resolved - often for remarkably low ransoms. In fact, the market for hostages is so well ordered that the crime is insurable. This is a puzzle: ransoming a hostage is the world's most precarious trade. What would be the "right" price for your loved one - and can you avoid putting others at risk by paying it? What prevents criminals from maltreating hostages? How do you (safely) pay a ransom? And why would kidnappers release a potential future witness after receiving their money? Kidnap: Inside the Ransom Business uncovers how a group of insurers at Lloyd's of London have solved these thorny problems for their customers. Based on interviews with industry insiders (from both sides), as well as hostage stakeholders, it uncovers an intricate and powerful private governance system ordering transactions between the legal and the criminal economies.

Title Introduction to Quantum Optics
Author Harry Paul
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Release Date 2004-05-20
Category Science
Total Pages 241
ISBN 0521835631
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Advanced text in quantum optics.

Truevine by Beth Macy

Title Truevine
Author Beth Macy
Publisher Little, Brown
Release Date 2016-10-18
Category History
Total Pages 432
ISBN 9780316337564
Language English, Spanish, and French
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NATIONAL BESTSELLER The true story of two African-American brothers who were kidnapped and displayed as circus freaks, and whose mother endured a 28-year struggle to get them back. The year was 1899 and the place a sweltering tobacco farm in the Jim Crow South town of Truevine, Virginia. George and Willie Muse were two little boys born to a sharecropper family. One day a white man offered them a piece of candy, setting off events that would take them around the world and change their lives forever. Captured into the circus, the Muse brothers performed for royalty at Buckingham Palace and headlined over a dozen sold-out shows at New York's Madison Square Garden. They were global superstars in a pre-broadcast era. But the very root of their success was in the color of their skin and in the outrageous caricatures they were forced to assume: supposed cannibals, sheep-headed freaks, even "Ambassadors from Mars." Back home, their mother never accepted that they were "gone" and spent 28 years trying to get them back. Through hundreds of interviews and decades of research, Beth Macy expertly explores a central and difficult question: Where were the brothers better off? On the world stage as stars or in poverty at home? TRUEVINE is a compelling narrative rich in historical detail and rife with implications to race relations today.

Chickadee by Louise Erdrich

Title Chickadee
Author Louise Erdrich
Publisher Harper Collins
Release Date 2012-08-21
Category Juvenile Fiction
Total Pages 224
ISBN 9780062190079
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Winner of the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction, Chickadee is the first novel of a new arc in the critically acclaimed Birchbark House series by New York Times bestselling author Louise Erdrich. Twin brothers Chickadee and Makoons have done everything together since they were born—until the unthinkable happens and the brothers are separated. Desperate to reunite, both Chickadee and his family must travel across new territories, forge unlikely friendships, and experience both unexpected moments of unbearable heartache as well as pure happiness. And through it all, Chickadee has the strength of his namesake, the chickadee, to carry him on. Chickadee continues the story of one Ojibwe family's journey through one hundred years in America. School Library Journal, in a starred review, proclaimed, "Readers will be more than happy to welcome little Chickadee into their hearts."

Title The 4 Disciplines of Execution
Author Chris McChesney
Publisher Simon and Schuster
Release Date 2016-04-12
Category Business & Economics
Total Pages 352
ISBN 9781451627060
Language English, Spanish, and French
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BUSINESS STRATEGY. "The 4 Disciplines of Execution "offers the what but also how effective execution is achieved. They share numerous examples of companies that have done just that, not once, but over and over again. This is a book that every leader should read! (Clayton Christensen, Professor, Harvard Business School, and author of "The Innovator s Dilemma)." Do you remember the last major initiative you watched die in your organization? Did it go down with a loud crash? Or was it slowly and quietly suffocated by other competing priorities? By the time it finally disappeared, it s likely no one even noticed. What happened? The whirlwind of urgent activity required to keep things running day-to-day devoured all the time and energy you needed to invest in executing your strategy for tomorrow. "The 4 Disciplines of Execution" can change all that forever.

Shamed by Linda Castillo

Title Shamed
Author Linda Castillo
Publisher Minotaur Books
Release Date 2019-07-16
Category Fiction
Total Pages 320
ISBN 9781250142887
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In this gripping thriller from New York Times bestselling author Linda Castillo, a devastating murder exposes an Amish family’s tortured past. The peaceful town of Painters Mill is shattered when an Amish grandmother is brutally murdered on an abandoned farm. When Chief of Police Kate Burkholder arrives on the scene, she learns that the woman’s seven-year-old granddaughter is gone, abducted in plain sight. Kate knows time is against her—the longer the girl is missing, the less likely her safe return becomes. The girl’s family is a pillar of the Amish community, well-respected by all. But Kate soon realizes they’re keeping secrets—and the sins of their past may be coming back to haunt them. What are they hiding and why? Kate’s investigation brings her to an isolated Old Order Amish settlement along the river, a community where family is everything and tradition is upheld with an iron fist. But the killer is close behind, drawing more victims into a twisted game of revenge. Left behind at each new crime scene are cryptic notes that lead Kate to a haunting and tragic secret. What she uncovers threatens to change everything she thought she knew about the family she’s fighting for, the Amish community as a whole—and her own beliefs. As time to find the missing girl runs out, Kate faces a harrowing choice that will test her convictions and leave one family forever changed.

Stolen by Richard Bell

Title Stolen
Author Richard Bell
Publisher 37 Ink
Release Date 2020-12-01
Category History
Total Pages 336
ISBN 9781501169441
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This “superbly researched and engaging” (The Wall Street Journal) true story about five boys who were kidnapped in the North and smuggled into slavery in the Deep South—and their daring attempt to escape and bring their captors to justice belongs “alongside the work of Harriet Beecher Stowe, Edward P. Jones, and Toni Morrison” (Jane Kamensky, Professor of American History at Harvard University). Philadelphia, 1825: five young, free black boys fall into the clutches of the most fearsome gang of kidnappers and slavers in the United States. Lured onto a small ship with the promise of food and pay, they are instead met with blindfolds, ropes, and knives. Over four long months, their kidnappers drive them overland into the Cotton Kingdom to be sold as slaves. Determined to resist, the boys form a tight brotherhood as they struggle to free themselves and find their way home. Their ordeal—an odyssey that takes them from the Philadelphia waterfront to the marshes of Mississippi and then onward still—shines a glaring spotlight on the Reverse Underground Railroad, a black market network of human traffickers and slave traders who stole away thousands of legally free African Americans from their families in order to fuel slavery’s rapid expansion in the decades before the Civil War. “Rigorously researched, heartfelt, and dramatically concise, Bell’s investigation illuminates the role slavery played in the systemic inequalities that still confront Black Americans” (Booklist).

No Exit by Taylor Adams

Title No Exit
Author Taylor Adams
Publisher HarperCollins
Release Date 2019-01-15
Category Fiction
Total Pages 368
ISBN 9780062875679
Language English, Spanish, and French
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“What a box of tricks! This full-throttle thriller, dark and driving, rivals Agatha Christie for sheer ingenuity and James Patterson for flat-out speed. Swift, sharp, and relentless.” — A. J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window A brilliant, edgy thriller about four strangers, a blizzard, a kidnapped child, and a determined young woman desperate to unmask and outwit a vicious psychopath. A kidnapped little girl locked in a stranger’s van. No help for miles. What would you do? On her way to Utah to see her dying mother, college student Darby Thorne gets caught in a fierce blizzard in the mountains of Colorado. With the roads impassable, she’s forced to wait out the storm at a remote highway rest stop. Inside are some vending machines, a coffee maker, and four complete strangers. Desperate to find a signal to call home, Darby goes back out into the storm . . . and makes a horrifying discovery. In the back of the van parked next to her car, a little girl is locked in an animal crate. Who is the child? Why has she been taken? And how can Darby save her? There is no cell phone reception, no telephone, and no way out. One of her fellow travelers is a kidnapper. But which one? Trapped in an increasingly dangerous situation, with a child’s life and her own on the line, Darby must find a way to break the girl out of the van and escape. But who can she trust? With exquisitely controlled pacing, Taylor Adams diabolically ratchets up the tension with every page. Full of terrifying twists and hairpin turns, No Exit will have you on the edge of your seat and leave you breathless.

The Method by Shannon Kirk

Title The Method
Author Shannon Kirk
Publisher Sphere
Release Date 2016-01-12
Category Kidnapping victims
Total Pages 336
ISBN 0751564311
Language English, Spanish, and French
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They thought she was the victim, but they're the ones in danger . . . Imagine a helpless, pregnant 16-year-old who's just been yanked from the serenity of her home and shoved into a dirty van. Kidnapped . . . Alone . . . Terrified. Now forget her . . . Picture instead a pregnant, 16-year-old, manipulative prodigy. She is shoved into a dirty van and, from the first moment of her kidnapping, feels a calm desire for two things: to save her unborn son and to exact merciless revenge. She is methodical - calculating - scientific in her plotting. Leaving nothing to chance, she waits . . . for the perfect moment to strike. The Method is what happens when the victim is just as cold as the captors.

Feel At Home by Tori Toth

Title Feel at Home
Author Tori Toth
Publisher Morgan James Publishing
Release Date 2015-05-30
Category House & Home
Total Pages 160
ISBN 9781630474720
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In a perfect world you wouldnt need to be living in your home while on the market. However, the list of reasons why someone sells is endless and in many cases forces a homeowner to stay put when selling. The experience can be grueling for sellers when your personal lives become public displays to strangers and their criticisms. If youre going to be living in your home when selling you have to willingly be inconvenienced---not only emotionally, but physically. So whats the best way to get out from under the microscope? Sell fast. In this game-changing book by Tori Toth, founder of the Stage 2 Sell Strategy and Stylish Stagers, Inc. youll discover: how home staging can change habits and emotions that will benefit your bottom line---and ultimately put a sold sign on your property. Preparing your home for sale is more than just cleaning and decluttering, learn insider home staging secrets on how to make your space feel like home to potential buyers. When buyers feel at home, theyre more comfortable and can relate to the space, which ultimately gets them to make an offer. How fast can you sell your home? See for yourself. In"Feel at Home", home staging expert Tori Toth pulls back the curtains on the home staging industry and shows you a simple 10-step plan for making an impact on your housing market. The place that youve called home is about to become your greatest asset, Im here to help you get the best return on your investment.,

Title The Great American Cheese War
Author Paul Flower
Publisher Prelude Books
Release Date 2019-06-27
Category Fiction
Total Pages 86
ISBN 9781788421560
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Governor Bill Hoeksma of Michigan is a simple, gun-loving son of a billionaire who idolises George W. Bush. When a mysterious illness afflicts members of his inner circle, his conspiring advisors point to a rumoured viral weapons attack – via monkeypox-carrying prairie dogs – launched by the Wisconsin government. Governor Bill decides the Michigan militia should lead the military response, chaos ensues, and he falls unwittingly into a scheme of his powerful father’s making. That scheme begins with cheese research and a Hollywood movie star. How it will end all depends on two unlikely heroes: an aging lesbian state senator, and a high-school teacher born and raised in the Michigan militia. When the conspiracy runs out of road, and guns are drawn in a showdown outside a Cracker Barrel, will anyone emerge victorious from the Great American Cheese War? What readers are saying about The Great American Cheese War: "A rollicking riot of insanity and I mean that in the most wonderful sense! I laughed my way through this story." "Highly recommended!! This book was a lot of fun, I laughed out loud, and it's a clever satire book. It's well written, engrossing and entertaining." "Enjoy your summer, read this book!" "Satire at its finest. The whole book had me rolling on floor laughing!"

Winning Grants Step By Step by Tori O'Neal-McElrath

Title Winning Grants Step by Step
Author Tori O'Neal-McElrath
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Release Date 2013-07-31
Category Business & Economics
Total Pages 144
ISBN 9781118662021
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Previous Praise for Winning Grants Step by Step "Warning: this book works. It provokes you to ask the rightquestions, hand-holds you through practical exercises, and offers amap that includes paths to develop strategic relationships withfunders." —E. Eduardo Romero, Nonprofit Roundtable "Winning Grants Step by Step is a very practical A-to-Z resourcethat speaks to the importance of staying focused on your missionevery step of the way. The third edition is artfully updated withwords of wisdom from grantmakers themselves, as well as updates onthe latest processes and buzzwords all grantseekers need toknow." —Heather Iliff, Maryland Association of NonprofitOrganizations "With solid advice and clear examples, nonprofit leaders willfind it a page turner!" —Clarence Hauer, senior director, strategy andorganizational development, St. Louis Nonprofit ServicesConsortium "Winning Grants Step by Step is a gift to nonprofitorganizations. The valuable insights and hands-on tools willinstantly make any proposal more competitive." —Alex Carter, Your Nonprofit Coach "Developing great grant proposals is essential for nonprofitleaders. Winning Grants Step by Step provides important guidance tothose who are new to fundraising as well as to anyone who needs arefresher. This new edition of Winning Grants brings updated tipsand vivid examples. As an experienced fundraising consultant, Ibelieve it will help my clients and colleagues alike." —Maria Gitin, CFRE, Maria Gitin & Associates "As an executive director, fundraising is on my mind every day.It's great to have a resource like Winning Grants Step by Step touse and share with my board, staff, and peers." —Deborah Menkart, executive director, Teaching forChange

The Real Lolita by Sarah Weinman

Title The Real Lolita
Author Sarah Weinman
Publisher Knopf Canada
Release Date 2018-09-11
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 320
ISBN 9780735272750
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A gripping true-crime investigation of the 1948 abduction of Sally Horner and how it inspired Vladimir Nabokov's classic novel Lolita. Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita is one of the most beloved and notorious novels of all time, selling over sixty million copies worldwide to date. Yet very few of its readers know that the subject of the novel was derived from a real-life case: the 1948 abduction of eleven-year-old Sally Horner. Weaving together suspenseful crime narrative, cultural and social history, and literary investigation, The Real Lolita tells Sally Horner's full story for the very first time. Drawing upon extensive investigations, legal documents, old news stories, public records, and interviews with remaining relatives, Sarah Weinman establishes with authority how much Nabokov knew of the Sally Horner case and the efforts he took to disguise that knowledge during the process of writing and publishing Lolita. As she walks us through Sally's story, Weinman takes us on an intimate and panoramic tour of mid-century America, from Sally's home in Camden, New Jersey, to her place of rescue in California, and back to the East Coast again. The story of Sally Horner echoes the stories of countless girls and women who never had the chance to speak for themselves. By diving deeper in the publication history of Lolita and restoring Sally to her rightful place in the lore of the novel's creation, The Real Lolita casts a new light on the dark inspiration for a modern classic.

The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox

Title The Slave Dancer
Author Paula Fox
Publisher Simon and Schuster
Release Date 2008-09-16
Category Juvenile Fiction
Total Pages 192
ISBN 9781416971399
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In this powerful historical novel a thirteen-year-old boy is kidnapped and brought aboard a slave ship, where he is forced to play music that will entice the slaves to exercise.

Title The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian
Author Sherman Alexie
Publisher Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date 2012-01-10
Category Young Adult Fiction
Total Pages 272
ISBN 9780316219303
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot. Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author's own experiences, coupled with poignant drawings by Ellen Forney that reflect the character's art, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live. With a forward by Markus Zusak, interviews with Sherman Alexie and Ellen Forney, and four-color interior art throughout, this edition is perfect for fans and collectors alike.

The Fantasticks by Harvey Schmidt

Title The Fantasticks
Author Harvey Schmidt
Publisher Hal Leonard Corporation
Release Date 2000-02-01
Category Performing Arts
Total Pages 176
ISBN 9781557839923
Language English, Spanish, and French
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(Applause Libretto Library). This edition features the complete libretto from the musical. "Richly illustrated, it is ideal for fans of the show, as well as admirers of musical theatre." Variety * "Anybody who has seen the show (who hasn't?) should read the book" Entertainment Today * "The perfect present for any Fantasticks fans." Cleveland Plain Dealer * "A valuable resource. Recommended for all collections." Choice