• Memoirs

      The Self: Between Existence and Creation

      by Bensalem Himmich

      Far more than a straightforward autobiography, celebrated Moroccan writer and former minister of culture Bensalem Himmich diffuses life with literary and intellectual dimensions. Himmich opens his book with a discussion on autobiographical writing, followed by chapters on the author’s early life, starting with his childhood in Meknes. In Paris, he completes a doctorate degree and there marries a Greek woman, Paneyota. The heroic figures of his “rebellious youth” are Marx and Sartre, and the challenges of these and other radical thinkers, in both Arabic and European languages, find their way into his doctoral thesis, Ideological Patterns in Islam: Ijtihad and History (in Arabic, 1990). Subsequent chapters move into the domain of creation, with four categories reflecting the author’s literary, intellectual, linguistic, and cultural interests. Starting with an epigraph of Italo Calvino, the “literary” chapter focuses on the novel, its history, and its complexities. The chapter on the “intellectual” dimension turns on the author’s lifelong interest in the two pillars of philosophy and history. For Himmich, philosophical thought is “the creative and innovative force through which truths and meanings are sought.” The two-part “linguistic” chapter opens with a discussion of identity as “a constantly developing entity”. In the second part he expresses disapproval of the worldwide prevalence of “Anglo-American English” and the weakening effects that a lack of language authority has on the sense of national identity. The “cultural” chapter includes Himmich’s observations from his career, including the poor state of public education and a decline in reading in Morocco. He also considers his time as the Moroccan Minister of Culture and the inevitable complexities of the political system within which he had to operate. The penultimate chapter entitled “My Polemics” offers four of his own polemical stands: on fundamentalist trends—specifically Islam and “Islamism”; on the prevalence in Moroccan publications of the Latin alphabet; and specific issues with the well-known littérateurs Adonis and Youssef Ziedan. The work closes with the author’s reflection on the emergence of a new and negative kind of cultural “hegemony”, the awareness of which he attributes with gratitude to Edward Said and the latter’s interpretation of the work of Franz Fanon.

    • Children's & YA

      I Dream of Being a Concrete Mixer

      by Hussain Al Mutawaa

      An uplifting tale about the power of friendship, finding your place in the world, and realising your dreams while remaining true to who you are. Tumbledown is a little demolition truck growing up in a loving family. His parents go to work every day demolishing buildings with their big wrecking balls. But soft-hearted Tumbledown doesn’t like to destroy. He’d rather build things. He dreams of being a cement mixer. When Tumbledown cries, his wrecking ball swings out and destroys everything it touches. When Tumbledown laughs, his wrecking ball swings out and destroys everything it touches. His soft heart can’t skip a beat without leaving a trail of destruction. At school other students laugh at him, but still he won’t let go of his dream. When Tumbledown makes friends with a feisty troop of metal springs, they hatch a plan to save him from himself. They fan out over his wrecking ball and every time it swings they do their best to absorb the shock. The day comes when the worn-out springs turn to the Wise Old Crane for help. Tumbledown can never be a cement mixer, but maybe there are other ways, better suited to his nature. After some search, the Wise Old Crane finds a new job for Tumbledown at a construction site using his wrecking ball to smooth out the cement on the ground. It’s hard work but Tumbledown is finally happy, and he grows stronger and more skillful with every passing day.

    • Children's & young adult fiction & true stories

      Archie of Outlandish

      The Man Who Lives Under Umbrellas

      by Kraft, Lynnette/Author, Kraft, Abigail/Illustrator

      At twenty years old, Archibald Plumby has learned to accept his odd phobia of not being able to look up into open spaces without having a panic attack. He enjoys life under his umbrellas, where he feels safe. He knows he’s a little spoiled to be living in the midst of the scenic beaches, fine restaurants, and charming attractions found in the town of Outlandish. But when Tallie, a photographer, comes to town and introduces herself to Archie, their connection is undeniable, and fears for the future begin to surface. When Archie and Tallie find themselves on diverging paths, only their faith can help them cope with separation, miscommunication, and unspoken anxieties that could keep them apart forever.

    • Classic science fiction
      May 2016

      Cyberworld 1.0: Mind Ripper

      by Nadine Erdmann

      When three teenagers agree to help a new friend with checking out the mysterious happenings inside a previously unreleased CyberGame, little do they know that they are being lured into a dangerous trap. The younger brother of their new friend is terminally ill with leukaemia and his father and his older brother are willing to risk everything to save his life. With the help of a brand-new CyberGame they want to transfer the mind of their beloved son and brother into an unprecedented artificial body before his own human body dies. To test the transfer from one body into the next they lure teenagers into the CyberGame to use them as unsuspecting test subjects. Suporting Informations are available in english language.

    • Fantasy
      November 2016

      Das Erbe der Macht - Schattenchronik 1: Das Erwachen / Legacy of Magic - The Shadow Chronicles 1: The Awakening

      by Andreas Suchanek

      History as you know it is a lie! For over a century the Wall has been hiding the magic society from human eyes, ensuring peace and equality between magicians and humans alike. However, a war for dominance rages in the shadows. Jennifer Danvers is a Warrior of Light. When her friend and battle companion dies, a new descendant of his magic awakens in Alexander Kent. Know Jen has to introduce him to the world of magic. Neither of them knows that the balance of power has been disturbed. Evil is gathering to smash the Wall to pieces once and for all. The Preview and supporting information are available in english language.

    • Fantasy
      March 2017

      Das Erbe der Macht - Schattenchronik 2: Feuerblut / Legacy of Magic - The Shadow Chronicles 2: Fireblood

      by Andreas Suchanek

      With the folios deciphered at long last, Jen unravels the secrets of Joshua’s prophecy. The friends are horrified to learn that the Veil is in greater peril than they had previously imagined. A race against time begins. Meanwhile, Leonardo da Vinci is gathering a team to uncover the identity of the Mistress of Shadows.

    • Fantasy
      July 2017

      Das Erbe der Macht - Schattenchronik 3: Ascheatem / Legacy of Magic - The Shadow Chronicles 3: Ashes out of Shadows

      by Andreas Suchanek

      Never again will things be as they once were. The Mistress of Shadows has been unmasked – and the consequences are devastating. A Warrior of Light has been mortally wounded, while another must face the greatest enemy ever known. But the truth is more disturbing than anyone could possibly have imagined. At the Castillo, the friends must confront a terrible danger that could seal the fate of the Warriors of Light.

    • Fantasy
      January 2019

      Das Erbe der Macht - Schattenloge 1: Die Rückkehr (Start Season 2) / Legacy of Magic - The Shadow Circle 1: Ressurection (Start of Season 2)

      by Andreas Suchanek

      The magic society can breathe again. The Shadow Woman was defeated and all evil chased away - at least that's what magicians and immortals think. Darkness rises as the friends least expect it. While Jen tries everything to get Alex his memories back Johanna tries to preserve the onyx-cube, but the powerful artefact seems to be doomed. In the ruins of the old refuge Moriarty makes an astonishing discovery.

    • Space opera
      January 2016

      Heliosphere 2265 - Der Fraktal-Zyklus 1: Dunkle Fragmente / Heliosphere 2265 - The Fractal-Cycle 1: Dark Fragments

      by Andreas Suchanek

      On 1st November 2265, Captain Jayden Cross takes command of the HYPERION. Equipped with an innovative engine and the latest in offensive and defensive technologies, the ship is deployed to the focal points of the Solar Union. On their very fi rst mission the crew is led into a dangerous adventure. A recovery mission degenerates into catastrophe. Surrounded by enemies, Captain Cross has to make a grave decision which could decide over life and death, peace and war in the Solar Union … The Preview and supporting information are available in english language.The Complete Hardcover-Collection also is available in english languge.

    • Space opera
      June 2016

      Heliosphere 2265 - Der Fraktal-Zyklus 2: Entscheidungen / Heliosphere 2265 - The Fractal-Cycle 2: Survivors Guilt

      by Andreas Suchanek

      The crew of the HYPERION has unmasked a traitor in their midst, but many unanswered questions remain. When a space station on the edge of the Silent Sector detects a spike in fractal energy, the Space Navy is called to investigate... What will they discover?

    • Classic crime
      January 2016

      Ein MORDs-Team - Der Fall Marietta King 1: Die vergessenen Akten / The Young Investigators - The Case of Marietta King 1: The forgotten Files

      by Andreas Suchanek, Nicole Böhm, Ute Bareiss

      Mason, Olivia, Randy and Danielle are four teenagers as diverging as they could be. When Mason is wrongly accused of a crime, a cascade of events is set in motion which unites all four in friendship. Together they try to identify the mastermind behind the crime. During their investigations, the team discover a secret room in an old mansion, which houses files about a 30-year-old murder. They are shocked to learn that their parents are also part of an enormous mystery which stretches all the way into the present. They start investigating to answer the one question overshadowing everything: Who killed high school student Marietta King 30 years ago? An obscure crime boss, a murder from the 1980s, a secret room in an old mansion and an all-encompassing mystery are now governing the lives of the four friends. The Preview and supporting information are available in english language.

    • Classic crime
      June 2016

      Ein MORDs-Team - Der Fall Marietta King 2: Spiel im Schatten / The Young Investigators - The Case of Marietta King 2: A Game of Shadows

      by Andreas Suchanek

      In the aftermath of the shocking revelations uncovered in the course of their last case, Mason, Olivia, Randy and Danielle are more determined than ever to solve the Marietta King Case. A note from Olivia’s contact at the Barrington Cove Gazette leads the four young investigators to an old orphanage in a nearby village. Did Marietta give birth to her child there? The investigation continues...

    • Fiction

      Frost & Payne - Die mechanischen Kinder 1: Die Jagd beginnt

      by Luzia Pfyl

      Former thief Lydia Frost runs an agency for lost and missing property. Her latest job sees her reunited with the notorious Madame Yueh and her so-called ‘Dragons’ – the very organization from which she only recently managed to extricate herself! Adding to her woes, Frost is tasked with tracking down missing Pinkerton agent Jackson Payne. But the American detective is on a mission of his own. Frost soon finds herself caught in a crossfire and must choose between Payne’s life and her own freedom.

    • Dog obedience & training
      April 2019

      Canine colleague:

      Reconciling dog and professional life

      by Christiane Wittig, Michaela Hares

      Do you want to take your dog with you to work? This guide provides many decision-making aids and arguments to persuade your employer and colleagues and tips for your own work organization and structuring your daily work routine. It also offers many tips how to train your dog how to behave in office: stay in place, ignore incoming visitors, keep calm when someone is knocking at the door and how to provide some activity in between. Key selling points: Increasing acceptance of dogs in offices Considers both employers and employees Training tips for dogs in daily work life

    • Dog obedience & training
      May 2019

      Thinking around the corner

      Distance control exercises for a better communication with your dog

      by Katrien Lismont:

      The distance control exercises described in this book, based on a triangle shape, are essentially borrowed from the training of working retrievers, but they are of general use to enhance every dog’s impulse control and help him to get along in our modern world. The author turns this concept into a team-play to encourage focus, happy excitement, cooperation, self-control and a clear communication between dog and owner. Key selling points: Unique newly developed concept Successful training for a more patient and focused dog New ideas for qualitative activities

    • Dog obedience & training
      May 2019

      Shake paws on it!

      Smart Dog Training easily explained

      by Christine Kompatscher

      This book includes all aspects of everyday dog training: house-training, walking on leash, recall, dealing with unwanted hunting behavior, car driving, self-control, politeness training and much more. An entertaining and smart dog training book, written with much heart and humour. Every chapter is opened with a short personal, funny story of the author and her dogs Smilla and Balou. Key selling points: Facts on positive reinforcement training easily explained Encouraging tips for every dog owner Training experience that really helps you in everyday life

    • Children's & YA
      June 2019

      Not Your Backup

      by C.B. Lee

      Emma Robledo has a few more responsibilities that the usual high school senior, but then again, she and her friends have left school to lead a fractured Resistance movement against a corrupt Heroes’ League of Heroes. Emma is the only member of a supercharged team without powers, and she isn’t always taken seriously. A natural leader, Emma is determined to win this battle, and when that’s done, get back to school. As the Resistance moves to challenge the League, Emma realizes where her place is in this fight: at the front.

    • Children's & YA
      October 2019

      Monster of the Week

      by F.T. Lukens

      Spring semester of Bridger Whitt’s senior year of high school is looking great. He has the perfect boyfriend, a stellar best friend, and an acceptance letter to college. Oh, he also has this incredible job: assistant to Pavel Chudinov, an intermediary tasked with helping cryptids navigate the modern world. His days are filled with kisses, laughs, pixies, and the occasional unicorn. Life is awesome. But as graduation draws near, Bridger’s perfect life begins to unravel. Uncertainties about his future surface, his estranged dad shows up out of nowhere, and, perhaps worst of all, a monster-hunting television show arrives in town to investigate the series of strange events from last fall. The show’s intrepid host will not be deterred, and Bridger finds himself trapped in a game of cat and mouse that could very well put the myth world at risk. Again.

    • Children's & YA
      September 2019

      How To Be Remy Cameron

      by Julian Winters

      Everyone on campus knows Remy Cameron. He’s the out-and-proud, superlikable guy who friends, faculty, and fellow students alike admire for his cheerful confidence. The only person who isn’t entirely sure about Remy Cameron is Remy himself. Under pressure to write an A+ essay defining who he is and who he wants to be, Remy embarks on an emotional journey toward reconciling the outward labels people attach to him with the real Remy Cameron within.

    • July 2018

      The Outline of China’s Economics

      by Lin XIAO,Heng QUAN

      This book makes base on the development experience of China's 40 years reform and opening-up, with the requirements of "New Experience and New Theory" embodied, and the book tries to set up the theoretical logic and practical framework of China's economic development, that is, the Outline of China’s Economics. This book argues that the Outline of China's Economics highlights economic reform and development with the four-dimensional unity, which is "institution-structure-government-growth", and its historical track. "Institution" reflects the fundamental direction of the market-oriented system innovation in the primary stage of socialism, revealing the fundamental system reform with transition of resource allocation mode and the improvement of economic growth efficiency in China's economic development. "Structure" reflects the direction of the industrialization, urbanization and information development, revealing the issue of the goal of modernization development for China's economic development. "Growth" reflects the integrated driving forces of China's market-oriented allocation of resources, industrialization strategy (especially for manufacturing sector), urbanization strategy and informatization strategy which ensures the inherent inevitability of China's economic catch-up growth, and it also means that the internal impetus and law of China's high-speed catch-up as a great economy. The model of China's economic growth is such a theoretical logic and practice process of "institutional innovation-structural change-government promotion-economic growth". Corresponding to this development practice and the theory logic, the outline of China’s Economics should revolve around analytical frame of "institution-structure-government-growth". Such an analytical framework is helpful to enrich, innovate and develop the political and economic system of socialism with Chinese characteristics.

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