The PDA Paradox by Harry Thompson

The PDA Paradox: The Highs and Lows of My Life on a Little-Known Part of the Autism Spectrum by Harry Thompson
Requirements: PDF Reader 1.40 MB
Overview: Diagnosed with Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) in his teenage years, Harry Thompson looks back with wit and humour at the ups and downs of family and romantic relationships, school, work and mental health, as well as his teenage struggle with drugs and alcohol.
By embracing neurodiversity and emphasising that autistic people are not flawed human beings, Thompson demonstrates that some merely need to take the "scenic route" in order to flourish and reach their full potential. The memoir brings to life Harry’s past experiences and feelings, from his torrid time at school to the peaceful and meaningful moments when he is alone with a book, writing or creating YouTube videos.
Eloquent and insightful, The PDA Paradox will bring readers to shock, laughter and tears through its overwhelming honesty. It is a turbulent memoir, but it ends with hope and a positive outlook to the future.
Genre: Non-Fiction – Biographies –

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The Patient in Room Nine Says He’s God by Louis M. Profeta

The Patient in Room Nine Says He’s God by Louis M. Profeta
Requirements: .ePUB reader, 2.3 Mb
Overview: A young Jewish doctor prays to a coma patient’s Blessed Mother on Christmas Eve, only to have the woman suddenly awakened; there is the voice that tells a too-busy ER doctor to stop a patient walking out, discovering an embolus that would have killed him. The late-night passing of a beloved aunt summons a childhood bully who shows up minutes later, after twenty-five years, to be forgiven and to heal a broken doctor. This ER doctor finds God’s opposite in: a battered child’s bruises covered over by make-up, a dying patient whose son finally shows up at the end to reclaim the man’s high-top sneakers, the rich or celebrity patients loaded with prescription drugs from doctor friends who end up addicted. But, his real outrage is directed at our cavalier treatment of the elderly, If you put a G-tube in your 80-year-old mother with Alzheimer’s because she’s no longer eating, you will probably have a fast track to hell.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs

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The Anarchist Bastard by Joanna Clapps Herman (.EPUB)

The Anarchist Bastard: And Other Tales of Italian American Life (Excelsior Editions) by Joanna Clapps Herman
Requirements: .ePUB reader, 5.1 MB
Overview: I was born in 1944, but raised in the twelfth century. With that, Joanna Clapps Herman neatly describes the two worlds she inhabited while growing up as the child of Italian American immigrants in Waterbury, Connecticut, a place embedded with values closer to Homer s Greece than to Anglo-American New England, where the ethic of hospitality was and still is more Middle Eastern and North African than Anglo-European, and where the pageantry and ritual were more pagan Mediterranean than Western Christian. It was also a place where a stuffed monkey wearing a fedora sat and continues to sit on her grandmother s piano, and a place where, when the donkey got stubborn and wouldn t plow the field, her grandfather bit the animal in a fury. In essays filled with wry humor and affectionate yet probing insights, Herman maps and makes palpable the very particular details of this culture its pride and its shame, its profound loyalty and its Byzantine betrayals.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs

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The Ultimate Guide to VA Loans by Grant Moon

The Ultimate Guide to VA Loans by Grant Moon
Requirements: .ePUB reader, 1.4 MB
Overview: In 1944, Congress created the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act, later to be known as the G.I. Bill. The G.I. Bill provided an extensive collection of government-sponsored benefits to help returning soldiers better acclimate to civilian life after World War II and as a big "thank you" for their service to their country. Without a doubt, the veteran’s home loan entitlement program is the most widely-used VA benefit available today, with more than 20 million home loans insured by the Department of Veteran’s Affairs since the program’s inception.

The VA home loan provides qualifying veterans, service members and reservists financing to buy a house with no money down and reduced closing costs with the lowest delinquency rate of any mortgage program in the market today. Yet despite its advantages, many lenders and eligible borrowers shun the VA program due to its perceived complexity. Even the eligible borrowers that truly want the VA loan can find themselves cajoled into other, more familiar loan programs from Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and even the FHA loan program.
Genre: Non-Fiction > General

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The Routledge Companion to Jazz Studies by Nicholas Gebhardt

The Routledge Companion to Jazz Studies (Routledge Music Companions) 1st Edition by Nicholas Gebhardt , Nichole Rustin-Paschal , Tony Whyton
Requirements: .ePUB reader, 6,5 Mb
Overview: The Routledge Companion to Jazz Studies presents over forty articles from internationally renowned scholars and highlights the strengths of current jazz scholarship in a cross-disciplinary field of enquiry. Each chapter reflects on developments within jazz studies over the last twenty-five years, offering surveys and new insights into the major perspectives and approaches to jazz research. The collection provides an essential research resource for students, scholars, and enthusiasts, and will serve as the definitive survey of current jazz scholarship in the Anglophone world to-date. It extends the critical debates about jazz that were set in motion by formative texts in the 1990s, and sets the agenda for the future scholarship by focusing on key issues and providing a framework for new lines of enquiry. It is organized around six themes: I. Historical Perspectives, II. Methodologies, III. Core Issues and Topics, IV. Individuals, Collectives and Communities, V. Politics, Discourse and Ideology and VI. New Directions and Debates.
Genre: Non-Fiction > General > Music > Musical Genres > Jazz

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show FAQ by Dave Thompson

The Rocky Horror Picture Show FAQ: Everything Left to Know About the Campy Cult Classic by Dave Thompson
Requirements: .ePUB reader, 13 MB
Overview: With the single exception of Homer there is no eminent writer not even Sir Walter Scott whom I can despise so entirely as I despise Shakespeare when I measure my mind against his. – From SHAW ON SHAKESPEARE Celebrated playwright critic and essayist George Bernard Shaw was more like the Elizabethan master that he would ever admit.

Both men were intristic dramatists who shared a rich and abiding respect for the stage. Shakespeare was the produce of a tempestuous and enlightening era under the reign of his patron Queen Elizabeth I; while G.B.S. reflected the racy and risque spirt of the late 19th century as the champion of modern drama by playwrights like Ibsen and later himself. Culled from Shaw’s reviews prefaces letters to actors and critics and other writings SHAW ON SHAKESPEARE offers a fascinating and unforgettable portrait of the 16th century playwright by his most outspoken critic. This is a witty and provocative classic that combines Shaw’s prodigious critical acumen with a superlative prose style second to none (except perhaps Shakespeare!).
Genre: Non-Fiction > General

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The Practice of Natural Movement by Erwan Le Corre

The Practice of Natural Movement: Reclaim Power, Health, and Freedom by Erwan Le Corre
Requirements: .MOBI reader, 9.3MB
Overview: Erwan Le Corre, creator of the world-renowned fitness system MovNat, is on a mission to reintroduce natural movement to our modern lives with the most ancient movement skill set: walking, running, balancing, jumping, crawling, climbing, swimming, lifting, carrying, throwing, catching, and self-defense.

Try to imagine an out-of-shape tiger stepping on an exercise machine to get a workout. It doesn’t make any sense, does it? Wild animals simply move the way nature intended, and they become powerful, healthy, and free in the process. So why should it be any different for us? We have become "zoo-humans," separated from nature and living movement-impoverished, unnatural lifestyles. As a result, we are suffering physically, mentally, and spiritually. Exercise has become artificial and boring-a chore, if not a punishment. We are training parts of our bodies, not the whole, and we have lost our drive for movement. What we need is not a better understanding of exercise physiology or more variety in fitness programs and modalities. What we need is simplicity, meaning, purpose, inspiration, and enjoyment. We need to get back to natural movement. In The Practice of Natural Movement, Le Corre demonstrates our innate and versatile ability to perform practical and adaptable movements. With countless techniques and movement variations, as well as strategies for practicing anytime and anywhere, he will inspire you to build a naturally strong and flexible body and to form yourself anew into a mindful, skillful, and physically capable human being.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Health, Fitness & Medical

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The Islamic State by Anthony Celso +

The Islamic State: A Comparative History of Jihadist Warfare by Anthony Celso
Requirements: .ePUB, .PDF reader, 3.3 Mb
Overview: This book analyses the Islamic State (IS) within a comparative framework of past Sunni jihadist movements. It argues jihadist failure to overthrow Muslim apostate states has led to a progressive radicalization of violent Islamist terror networks. This outcome has contributed over time to more brutal jihadist doctrines and tactics contributing to a total war doctrine strategy targeting Muslim apostate states (the near enemy), non-Muslim civilizations ( the far enemy) and sectarian minorities (heterodox Muslims and Christians). These extremist tendencies have been building for over a generation and have reached their culmination in the rise and fall of the Islamic State’s caliphate. Given past tendencies the emergence of yet even more radical Sunni jihadist movement is probable.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Educational > Politics & Social Sciences

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The Indestructible Brand by Venke Sharma

The Indestructible Brand: Crisis Management in the Age of Social Media by Venke Sharma, Hushidar Kharas
Requirements: PDF Reader, 12.0 MB
Overview: Whether or not your brand is on social media, your consumers are. They are continuously sharing their good and bad experiences about your brand. Most brands are not prepared to deal with negative feedback which, if ignored, can spiral into a crisis.
This book seeks to aid brand and business owners to structure organizations to be crisis- ready. Creating a crisis squad and a crisis playbook, envisioning various scenarios that can occur, and what the brand’s response should be are some of the areas the book delves into. It also recommends preventive measures that can save brands from social embarrassment, and social listening strategies that can alert organizations to a problem before it becomes a crisis. When everything else fails and a crisis is at hand, the focus shifts to executing the playbook, turning the conversation around leveraging evangelists and influencers. Once the crisis has ended, it’s time to audit the playbook and close the gaps, as well as evaluate financial or reputational damage done to the brand, and see how quickly one can recover.
Genre: Non-Fiction – General

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The Essay Film: Dialogue, Politics, Utopia by Caroline Eades +

The Essay Film: Dialogue, Politics, Utopia by Caroline Eades, Elizabeth Papazian
Requirements: .PDF reader, 11.5MB
Overview: With its increasing presence in a continuously evolving media environment, the essay film as a visual form raises new questions about the construction of the subject, its relationship to the world, and the aesthetic possibilities of cinema. In this volume, authors specializing in various national cinemas (Cuban, French, German, Israeli, Italian, Lebanese, Polish, Russian, American) and critical approaches (historical, aesthetic, postcolonial, feminist, philosophical) explore the essay film and its consequences for the theory of cinema while building on and challenging existing theories. Taking as a guiding principle the essay form’s dialogic, fluid nature, the volume examines the potential of the essayistic to question, investigate, and reflect on all forms of cinema fiction film, popular cinema, and documentary, video installation, and digital essay.
Genre: Non-Fiction > General > Film

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The Essay Film: Dialogue, Politics, Utopia by Caroline Eades +

The Essay Film: Dialogue, Politics, Utopia by Caroline Eades, Elizabeth Papazian
Requirements: .PDF reader, 11.5MB
Overview: With its increasing presence in a continuously evolving media environment, the essay film as a visual form raises new questions about the construction of the subject, its relationship to the world, and the aesthetic possibilities of cinema. In this volume, authors specializing in various national cinemas (Cuban, French, German, Israeli, Italian, Lebanese, Polish, Russian, American) and critical approaches (historical, aesthetic, postcolonial, feminist, philosophical) explore the essay film and its consequences for the theory of cinema while building on and challenging existing theories. Taking as a guiding principle the essay form’s dialogic, fluid nature, the volume examines the potential of the essayistic to question, investigate, and reflect on all forms of cinema fiction film, popular cinema, and documentary, video installation, and digital essay.
Genre: Non-Fiction > General > Film

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The Design Thinking Playbook by Michael Lewrick

The Design Thinking Playbook: Mindful Digital Transformation of Teams, Products, Services, Businesses and Ecosystems by Michael Lewrick
Requirements: .ePUB reader, 22.8 MB
Overview: A radical shift in perspective to transform your organization to become more innovative

The Design Thinking Playbook is an actionable guide to the future of business. By stepping back and questioning the current mindset, the faults of the status quo stand out in stark relief–and this guide gives you the tools and frameworks you need to kick off a digital transformation. Design Thinking is about approaching things differently with a strong user orientation and fast iterations with multidisciplinary teams to solve wicked problems. It is equally applicable to (re-)design products, services, processes, business models, and ecosystems. It inspires radical innovation as a matter of course, and ignites capabilities beyond mere potential. Unmatched as a source of competitive advantage, Design Thinking is the driving force behind those who will lead industries through transformations and evolutions.

This book describes how Design Thinking is applied across a variety of industries, enriched with other proven approaches as well as the necessary tools, and the knowledge to use them effectively. Packed with solutions for common challenges including digital transformation, this practical, highly visual discussion shows you how Design Thinking fits into agile methods within management, innovation, and startups.

Explore the digitized future using new design criteria to create real value for the user Foster radical innovation through an inspiring framework for action Gather the right people to build highly-motivated teams
Apply Design Thinking, Systems Thinking, Big Data Analytics, and Lean Start-up using new tools and a fresh new perspective Create Minimum Viable Ecosystems (MVEs) for digital processes and services which becomes for example essential in building Blockchain applications Practical frameworks, real-world solutions, and radical innovation wrapped in a whole new outlook give you the power to mindfully lead to new heights. From systems and operations to people, projects, culture, digitalization, and beyond, this invaluable mind shift paves the way for organizations–and individuals–to do great things. When you’re ready to give your organization a big step forward, The Design Thinking Playbook is your practical guide to a more innovative future.
Genre: Non-Fiction > General

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