A Year in Paris by John Baxter

A Year in Paris: Season by Season in the City of Light by John Baxter
Requirements: .PDF reader, 37 MB
Overview: From the incomparable John Baxter, award-winning author of the bestselling The Most Beautiful Walk in the World, a sumptuous and definitive portrait of Paris through the seasons, highlighting the unique tastes, sights, and changing personality of the city in spring, summer, fall, and winter.

When the common people of France revolted in 1789, one of the first ways they chose to correct the excesses of the monarchy and the church was to rename the months of the year. Selected by poet and playwright Philippe-Francois-Nazaire Fabre, these new names reflected what took place at that season in the natural world; Fructidor was the month of fruit, Floréal that of flowers, while the winter wind (vent) dominated Ventôse.

Though the names didn’t stick, these seasonal rhythms of the year continue to define Parisians, as well as travelers to the city. As acclaimed author and long-time Paris resident John Baxter himself recollects, "My own arrival in France took place in Nivôse, the month of snow, and continued in Pluviôse, the season of rain. To someone coming from Los Angeles, where seasons barely existed, the shock was visceral. Struggling to adjust, I found reassurance in the literature, music, even the cuisine of my adoptive country, all of which marched to the inaudible drummer of the seasons."
Genre: Non-Fiction > Travel

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The Original Encyclopizza by John Correll

The Original Encyclopizza: Pizza Ingredient Purchasing and Preparation by John Correll
Requirements: .PDF reader, 6.5 MB
Overview: Many pizzeria owners — and at-home pizza-makers, too — desire to create THE FINEST pizza possible. If you’re one of these persons, this book is for you. It’s 440 pages jam-packed with thousands of pizza technology facts, tips, procedures, ideas, and solutions. Using just one of these bits of information could further enhance the quality of your pizza … or solve a nagging problem … or make your pizza life easier and more enjoyable. This alone would repay your investment in this book ten times over. This is the definitive guide on purchasing and preparing the ingredients that make up a quality pizza. It’s a massive resource that combines scientific findings and industry research with hands-on experience. In doing so it provides proven practical answers for pizzeria owners, managers, chefs, buyers, R&D staff, suppliers, and franchisees, as well as at-home pizza-makers. It is a redesigned and republished edition of the seminal pizza guide created by John Correll in 1992. The original book, first titled “The Pizza Manager’s Guide to Ingredient Purchasing and Preparation” and later changed to “Encyclopizza,” was sold from 1992 to 1999. It was then retired, and remained out-of-print from 1999 to 2011.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Food & Drink

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Liberal Leviathan by G. John Ikenberry

Liberal Leviathan: The Origins, Crisis, and Transformation of the American World Order by G. John Ikenberry
Requirements: .ePUB reader, 1.3 MB
Overview: In the second half of the twentieth century, the United States engaged in the most ambitious and far-reaching liberal order building the world had yet seen. This liberal international order has been one of the most successful in history in providing security and prosperity to more people. But in the last decade, the American-led order has been troubled. Some argue that the Bush administration, with its war on terror, invasion of Iraq, and unilateral orientation, undermined this liberal order. Others argue that we are witnessing the end of the American era. Liberal Leviathan engages these debates.

G. John Ikenberry argues that the crisis that besets the American-led order is a crisis of authority. A political struggle has been ignited over the distribution of roles, rights, and authority within the liberal international order. But the deeper logic of liberal order remains alive and well. The forces that have triggered this crisis–the rise of non-Western states such as China, contested norms of sovereignty, and the deepening of economic and security interdependence–have resulted from the successful functioning and expansion of the postwar liberal order, not its breakdown. The liberal international order has encountered crises in the past and evolved as a result. It will do so again.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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High King of Heaven by John MacArthur

High King of Heaven: Theological and Practical Perspectives on the Person and Work of Jesus by John MacArthur
Requirements: .ePUB reader, 3MB
Overview: Featuring contributions from Al Mohler, John MacArthur, Mark Dever, and more

Curating insights from some of America’s greatest Christian minds, High King of Heaven is a series of reflections on Christology, one of the church’s central doctrines. It contains essays from over twenty well-known pastors and theologians, including John MacArthur, Mark Dever, Albert Mohler, Miguel Nuñez, and Ligon Duncan.

Each essay not only elucidates an aspect of Christ’s person and work, but also demonstrates how it applies to the life of the church. After reading High King of Heaven.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Faith, Beliefs & Philosophy

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A Doubter’s Guide to the Bible by John Dickson

A Doubter’s Guide to the Bible: Inside History’s Bestseller for Believers and Skeptics by John Dickson
Requirements: .ePUB, .MOBI/.AZW reader, 2 Mb
Overview: A Doubter s Guide to the Bible is a concise account of the whole biblical narrative and the lifestyle it inspires, representing a unique and engaging framework for those observing Christianity from the outside, especially those who think there are good reasons not to believe.
In this book, Dickson provides a readable and winsome Bible primer summarizing the main themes in scripture, and addresses tough questions such as How can we read the creation account in Genesis in light of modern science? and, how do we approach Old Testament law when it appears inconsistent and irrelevant?
By presenting the whole of the Bible as an account of God s promise to restore humanity to Himself, and humanity to one another and to creation, Dickson allows believers and skeptics alike to gain insight into why the Bible has been a compelling, life-changing, and magnetic force throughout the ages."
Genre: Non-Fiction > Faith, Beliefs & Philosophy

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Loneliness by John T. Cacioppo, William Patrick

Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection by John T. Cacioppo, William Patrick
Requirements: .MP3 reader, 218 MB
Overview: University of Chicago social neuroscientist John T. Cacioppo unveils his pioneering research on the startling effects of loneliness: a sense of isolation or social rejection disrupts not only our thinking abilities and will power but also our immune systems, and can be as damaging as obesity or smoking. A blend of biological and social science, this book demonstrates that, as individuals and as a society, we have everything to gain, and everything to lose, in how well or how poorly we manage our need for social bonds.
Genre: Audiobooks > Non-Fiction

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Having It All by John Assaraf

Having It All: Achieving Your Life’s Goals and Dreams by John Assaraf
Requirements: .MP3 reader, 63 MB
Overview: No matter what you want in your life, Having It All will take you from where you are to where you want to be. Entrepreneur John Assaraf started with nothing and went on to create a multimillion-dollar empire and achieve the life of his dreams, earning himself the nickname "The Street Kid." Now he shares the best of what he’s learned so you, too, can create the life of your dreams. Having It All contains practical exercises and powerful lessons to help you achieve greater happiness and long-lasting success. You will learn how to:
Develop and utilize the seven power factorsall highly successful people use
Apply the most advanced techniques that world-class athletes and entrepreneurs use to eliminate mental obstacles
Pinpoint and design the exact life you truly want
Use the power of your subconscious mind to develop empowering success habits
Genre: Audiobooks > Non-Fiction

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Absolute Monarchs by John Julius Norwich

Absolute Monarchs: A History of the Papacy by John Julius Norwich
Requirements: .MP3 reader, 521 MB
Overview: A SWEEPING CHRONICLE OF ONE OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT-AND CONTROVERSIAL-INSTITUTIONS IN HISTORY
With the papacy embattled in recent years, it is essential to have the perspective of one of the world’s most accomplished historians. In Absolute Monarchs, John Julius Norwich captures nearly two thousand years of inspiration and devotion, intrigue and scandal. The men (and maybe one woman) who have held this position of infallible power over millions have ranged from heroes to rogues, admirably wise to utterly decadent. Norwich, who knew two popes and had private audiences with two others, recounts in riveting detail the histories of the most significant popes and what they meant politically, culturally, and socially to Rome and to the world.
Norwich presents such brave popes as Innocent I, who in the fifth century successfully negotiated with Alaric the Goth, an invader civil authorities could not defeat, and Leo I, who two decades later tamed (and perhaps paid off) Attila the Hun. Here, too, are the scandalous figures: Pope Joan, the mythic woman said (without any substantiation) to have been elected in 855, and the infamous “pornocracy,” the five libertines who were descendants or lovers of Marozia, debauched daughter of one of Rome’s most powerful families.
Absolute Monarchs brilliantly portrays reformers such as Pope Paul III, “the greatest pontiff of the sixteenth century,” who reinterpreted the Church’s teaching and discipline, and John XXIII, who in five short years starting in 1958 “opened up the church to the twentieth century,” instituting reforms that led to Vatican II. Norwich brings the story to the present day with Benedict XVI, who is coping with a global priest sex scandal.
Epic and compelling, Absolute Monarchs is the astonishing story of some of history’s most revered and reviled figures, men who still cast light and shadows on the Vatican and the world today.
Genre: Audiobooks > Non-Fiction

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A Year in Paris by John Baxter

A Year in Paris: Season by Season in the City of Light by John Baxter
Requirements: .MP3 reader, 205 MB
Overview: From the incomparable John Baxter, the best-selling author of The Most Beautiful Walk in the World, a sumptuous and definitive portrait of Paris through the seasons, highlighting the unique tastes, sights, and changing personality of the city in spring, summer, fall, and winter.
"A man with a great appreciation of what makes Paris tick." (Newsday)
When the common people of France revolted in 1789, one of the first ways they chose to correct the excesses of the monarchy and the church was to rename the months of the year. Selected by poet and playwright Philippe-Francois-Nazaire Fabre, these new names reflected what took place at that season in the natural world; Fructidor was the month of fruit, Floréal that of flowers, while the winter wind (vent) dominated Ventôse.
Though the names didn’t stick, these seasonal rhythms of the year continue to define Parisians, as well as travelers to the city. As acclaimed author and long-time Paris resident John Baxter himself recollects, "My own arrival in France took place in Nivôse, the month of snow, and continued in Pluviôse, the season of rain. To someone coming from Los Angeles, where seasons barely existed, the shock was visceral. Struggling to adjust, I found reassurance in the literature, music, even the cuisine of my adoptive country, all of which marched to the inaudible drummer of the seasons."
Devoting a section of the audiobook to each of Fabre’s months, Baxter draws upon Paris’ literary, cultural, and artistic past to paint an affecting, unforgettable portrait of the city. Touching upon the various ghosts of Paris past, from Hemingway and Zelda Fitzgerald, to Claude Debussy to MFK Fisher to Francois Mitterrand, Baxter evokes the rhythms of the seasons in the City of Light and the sense of wonder they can arouse for all who visit and live there.
A melange of history, travel reportage, and myth, of high culture and low, A Year in Paris is vintage John Baxter: a vicarious thrill ride for anyone who loves Paris.
Genre: Audiobooks > Non-Fiction

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The Ubiquitous Siva by John Nemec

The Ubiquitous Siva: Somananda’s Sivadrsti and His Tantric Interlocutors by John Nemec
Requirements: .ePUB reader, 1.24 MB
Overview: John Nemec examines the beginnings of the non-dual tantric philosophy of the famed Pratyabhij?a or "Recognition [of God]" School of tenth-century Kashmir, the tradition most closely associated with Kashmiri Shaivism. In doing so it offers, for the very first time, a critical edition and annotated translation of a large portion of the first Pratyabhij?a text ever composed, the Sivadrsti of Somananda. In an extended introduction, Nemec argues that the author presents a unique form of non-dualism, a strict pantheism that declares all beings and entities found in the universe to be fully identical with the active and willful god Siva. This view stands in contrast to the philosophically more flexible panentheism of both his disciple and commentator, Utpaladeva, and the very few other Saiva tantric works that were extant in the author’s day. Nemec also argues that the text was written for the author’s fellow tantric initiates, not for a wider audience. This can be adduced from the structure of the work, the opponents the author addresses, and various other editorial strategies. Even the author’s famous and vociferous arguments against the non-tantric Hindu grammarians may be shown to have been ultimately directed at an opposing Hindu tantric school that subscribed to many of the grammarians’ philosophical views. Included in the volume is a critical edition and annotated translation of the first three (of seven) chapters of the text, along with the corresponding chapters of the commentary. These are the chapters in which Somananda formulates his arguments against opposing tantric authors and schools of thought. None of the materials made available in the present volume has ever been translated into English, apart from a brief rendering of the first chapter that was published without the commentary in 1957. None of the commentary has previously been translated into any language at all.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Faith, Beliefs & Philosophy

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Shiraz in the Age of Hafez by John W. Limbert

Shiraz in the Age of Hafez: The Glory of a Medieval Persian City (Donald R. Ellegood International Publications) by John W. Limbert
Requirements: .ePUB reader, 5.7 MB
Overview: In the fourteenth-century Persian city of Shiraz, poets composed, scholars studied, mystics sought hidden truths, ascetics prayed and fasted, drunkards brawled, and princes and their courtiers played deadly games of power. This was the world of Shams al-Din Mohammad Hafez Shirazi, a classical poet who remains broadly popular today in his native Shiraz and in modern Iran as a whole, and among all lovers of great verse traditions.

As John Limbert notes, Hafez’s poetry is inseparable from the Iranian spirit–a reflection of Iranians� intellectual and emotional responses to events. But if Hafez�s endurance derives from the considerable charm of his work, it also arises from his sure grounding in the life of his day, from a setting so deftly explored by his verse that his depictions of it retain a timeless relevance.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Educational > World Literature > Middle Eastern

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The Smiths FAQ by John D. Luerssen

The Smiths FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About the Most Important British Band of the 1980s by John D. Luerssen
Requirements: EPUB Reader 19.15 MB
Overview: Revered and massively influential the Smiths have been called the most important band of the fertile U.K. 1980s music scene. While the group was only active for five years (1982 to 1987) the cult of the Manchester-reared foursomehas ballooned in the three decades since its dissolution. Despite a $75 million offer to reunite for a two month tour in 2007 Morrissey and Johnny Marr the group’s principals refused opting to leave their legend untainted.
The Smiths have since influenced a who’s who of alternative music including Death Cab for Cutie Radiohead the Killers Jeff Buckley Pete Yorn the Decemberists and Oasis.ÞFeaturing a foreword by guitarist and Fifth Smith who played with the band in 1986 The Smiths FAQ traces the band’s history with clarity and detail illuminating such questions as Who were the Nosebleeds? Why did Morrissey shun the Ramones? Who were the Paris Valentinos? What was Cult guitarist Billy Duffy’s connection to the band? How was Morrissey injured during the group’s U.S. debut performance? What Smiths single paid homage to T. Rex?. John D. Luerssen (author of FAQ series titles about U2 Bruce Springsteen and Nirvana) gathers the indispensable early facts the legendary stories and inimitable anecdotes that make this a must-own tome for all fans.
Genre: Non-Fiction – Biographies

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