The Book: A Cover-to-Cover Exploration of the Most Powerful Object of Our Time

Author: Keith Houston

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393244806

Category: History

Page: 400

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“Everybody who has ever read a book will benefit from the way Keith Houston explores the most powerful object of our time. And everybody who has read it will agree that reports of the book’s death have been greatly exaggerated.”—Erik Spiekermann, typographer We may love books, but do we know what lies behind them? In The Book, Keith Houston reveals that the paper, ink, thread, glue, and board from which a book is made tell as rich a story as the words on its pages—of civilizations, empires, human ingenuity, and madness. In an invitingly tactile history of this 2,000-year-old medium, Houston follows the development of writing, printing, the art of illustrations, and binding to show how we have moved from cuneiform tablets and papyrus scrolls to the hardcovers and paperbacks of today. Sure to delight book lovers of all stripes with its lush, full-color illustrations, The Book gives us the momentous and surprising history behind humanity’s most important—and universal—information technology.
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The Great American Read: The Book of Books

Explore America's 100 Best-Loved Novels

Author: PBS

Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal

ISBN: 0316417548

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 288

View: 1967

A blockbuster illustrated book that captures what Americans love to read, The Great American Read: The Book of Books is the gorgeously-produced companion book to PBS's ambitious summer 2018 series. What are America's best-loved novels? PBS will launch The Great American Read series with a 2-hour special in May 2018 revealing America's 100 best-loved novels, determined by a rigorous national survey. Subsequent episodes will air in September and October. Celebrities and everyday Americans will champion their favorite novel and in the finale in late October, America's #1 best-loved novel will be revealed. The Great American Read: The Book of Books will present all 100 novels with fascinating information about each book, author profiles, a snapshot of the novel's social relevance, film or television adaptations, other books and writings by the author, and little-known facts. Also included are themed articles about banned books, the most influential book illustrators, reading recommendations, the best first-lines in literature, and more. Beautifully designed with rare images of the original manuscripts, first-edition covers, rejection letters, and other ephemera, The Great American Read: The Book of Books is a must-have book for all booklovers.
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People of the Book

A Novel

Author: Geraldine Brooks

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101158190

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

View: 9634

View our feature on Geraldine Books’s People of the Book. From the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of March, the journey of a rare illuminated manuscript through centuries of exile and war In 1996, Hanna Heath, an Australian rare-book expert, is offered the job of a lifetime: analysis and conservation of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, which has been rescued from Serb shelling during the Bosnian war. Priceless and beautiful, the book is one of the earliest Jewish volumes ever to be illuminated with images. When Hanna, a caustic loner with a passion for her work, discovers a series of tiny artifacts in its ancient binding—an insect wing fragment, wine stains, salt crystals, a white hair—she begins to unlock the book’s mysteries. The reader is ushered into an exquisitely detailed and atmospheric past, tracing the book’s journey from its salvation back to its creation. In Bosnia during World War II, a Muslim risks his life to protect it from the Nazis. In the hedonistic salons of fin-de-siècle Vienna, the book becomes a pawn in the struggle against the city’s rising anti-Semitism. In inquisition-era Venice, a Catholic priest saves it from burning. In Barcelona in 1492, the scribe who wrote the text sees his family destroyed by the agonies of enforced exile. And in Seville in 1480, the reason for the Haggadah’s extraordinary illuminations is finally disclosed. Hanna’s investigation unexpectedly plunges her into the intrigues of fine art forgers and ultra-nationalist fanatics. Her experiences will test her belief in herself and the man she has come to love. Inspired by a true story, People of the Book is at once a novel of sweeping historical grandeur and intimate emotional intensity, an ambitious, electrifying work by an acclaimed and beloved author. From the Hardcover edition.
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The Book

Author: Amaranth Borsuk

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 0262346893

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 344

View: 8811

The book as object, as content, as idea, as interface. What is the book in a digital age? Is it a physical object containing pages encased in covers? Is it a portable device that gives us access to entire libraries? The codex, the book as bound paper sheets, emerged around 150 CE. It was preceded by clay tablets and papyrus scrolls. Are those books? In this volume in the MIT Press Essential Knowledge series, Amaranth Borsuk considers the history of the book, the future of the book, and the idea of the book. Tracing the interrelationship of form and content in the book's development, she bridges book history, book arts, and electronic literature to expand our definition of an object we thought we knew intimately. Contrary to the many reports of its death (which has been blamed at various times on newspapers, television, and e-readers), the book is alive. Despite nostalgic paeans to the codex and its printed pages, Borsuk reminds us, the term “book” commonly refers to both medium and content. And the medium has proved to be malleable. Rather than pinning our notion of the book to a single form, Borsuk argues, we should remember its long history of transformation. Considering the book as object, content, idea, and interface, she shows that the physical form of the book has always been the site of experimentation and play. Rather than creating a false dichotomy between print and digital media, we should appreciate their continuities.
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One for the Books

Author: Joe Queenan

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101601191

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

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One of America’s leading humorists and author of the bestseller Closing Time examines his own obsession with books Joe Queenan became a voracious reader as a means of escape from a joyless childhood in a Philadelphia housing project. In the years since then he has dedicated himself to an assortment of idiosyncratic reading challenges: spending a year reading only short books, spending a year reading books he always suspected he would hate, spending a year reading books he picked with his eyes closed. In One for the Books, Queenan tries to come to terms with his own eccentric reading style—how many more books will he have time to read in his lifetime? Why does he refuse to read books hailed by reviewers as “astonishing”? Why does he refuse to lend out books? Will he ever buy an e-book? Why does he habitually read thirty to forty books simultaneously? Why are there so many people to whom the above questions do not even matter—and what do they read? Acerbically funny yet passionate and oddly affectionate, One for the Books is a reading experience that true book lovers will find unforgettable.
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The Book of Why

The New Science of Cause and Effect

Author: Judea Pearl,Dana Mackenzie

Publisher: Basic Books

ISBN: 0465097618

Category: Computers

Page: 432

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A Turing Award-winning computer scientist and statistician shows how understanding causality has revolutionized science and will revolutionize artificial intelligence "Correlation is not causation." This mantra, chanted by scientists for more than a century, has led to a virtual prohibition on causal talk. Today, that taboo is dead. The causal revolution, instigated by Judea Pearl and his colleagues, has cut through a century of confusion and established causality--the study of cause and effect--on a firm scientific basis. His work explains how we can know easy things, like whether it was rain or a sprinkler that made a sidewalk wet; and how to answer hard questions, like whether a drug cured an illness. Pearl's work enables us to know not just whether one thing causes another: it lets us explore the world that is and the worlds that could have been. It shows us the essence of human thought and key to artificial intelligence. Anyone who wants to understand either needs The Book of Why.
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The Book of Books

Author: Editors of The Book of Books

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781499728040

Category: Reference

Page: 252

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This tome steers you to both the established best-selling authors and the newest top writers—the must reads! There are more than 1,000 works with fun-to-read information, selected excerpts, and links to online retailers that sell them or offer more information about them.TAKE THE LUCK OUT OF FINDING THAT “GREAT READ”Be it fiction or nonfiction, luck usually plays a role in finding that extraordinary work, the great read that keeps you spell-bound. But now you can take the luck out of finding the best novels and nonfiction with this continuously updated book guide, which is crafted to steer you to ones that “hit the mark” every time. The reading recommendations cover 116 literary genres—in fiction and nonfiction—with a range as broad as American history and time travel to self-help, the best biographies, and even zombies. Selections include not only the classics and the best sellers, but also lesser known genre fiction and the leading nonfiction penned by the top authors in almost every major field. It also offers selected excerpts in every literary genre. And, it's a fun read that you'll enjoy on its own.FICTION and NONFICTIONThere are two general categories among our must reads: The greatest novels and the best nonfiction. There are over 100,000-words of informative text about them. Please see the sample pages found in the “Look Inside” feature on our Amazon page for a list of the over 100 fiction and nonfiction genres, encompassing over 1,000 titles you should read before your own “final chapter.” NONFICTION: There is a reason that so much of the suggested readings in this category are either best-selling works or the “classical treatments” of a particular subject: the marketplace and the experts are notorious for picking the leading books in the information world. It is, after all, the foremost professionals in the field that usually write them, and buy them. They usually possess some special knowledge in choosing the most reliable information sources in their areas of expertise, which means you have one of the most respected voices in each nonfiction genre. Our experts have identified them for you.FICTION: Big sales are not the only gauge of worth, though our reading recommendations don't ignore the bestsellers either; rather we look for authors with a knack for story-telling as well as those that have perfected a particular writing style.PERFECT FICTION is not just every great novelist's goal; it was also the goal in selecting inclusions in this guidebook to books. An experienced team of literary professionals chose works that meet three important criteria found in only the best fiction: 1. A story so good you don't want it to end2. Unforgettable characters3. Writing that hooks you on the first page A TEAM OF EXPERIENCED LITERARY PROFESSIONALSSelections in this book guide are chosen and penned by literary professionals: publishers, editors, authors, scholars, and critics, pointing you to the leading novels and nonfiction by the best writers. Each fiction genre provides an average of a dozen choices — making it much more likely that you'll find your next “great read.” This convenient handbook on literature also includes selected excerpts and online links to buy them or just learn more with a simple tap of your finger. No other literary guide has so much.REMEMBER: UPDATES ARE FREE! When you purchase this book now, you can receive up to two free books from our editors: The Best books of 2012 and another for2013. A free download link is inside the book. Scroll up and click the "Buy" button now and find your next great read in minutes.
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The book of Mormon

an account written by the hand of Mormon upon plates taken from the plates of Nephi

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Religion

Page: 568

View: 9172

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The Year of the Book

Author: Andrea Cheng

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0547684576

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 160

View: 3846

In Chinese, peng you means friend. But in any language, all Anna knows for certain is that friendship is complicated. When Anna needs company, she turns to her books. Whether traveling through A Wrinkle in Time, or peering over My Side of the Mountain, books provide what real life cannot—constant companionship and insight into her changing world. Books, however, can’t tell Anna how to find a true friend. She’ll have to discover that on her own. In the tradition of classics like Maud Hart Lovelace’s Betsy-Tacy books and Eleanor Estes’ One Hundred Dresses, this novel subtly explores what it takes to make friends and what it means to be one.
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The Book with No Pictures

Author: B. J. Novak

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0698176758

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 48

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A #1 New York Times bestseller, this innovative and wildly funny read-aloud by award-winning humorist/actor B.J. Novak will turn any reader into a comedian. You might think a book with no pictures seems boring and serious. Except . . . here’s how books work. Everything written on the page has to be said by the person reading it aloud. Even if the words say . . . BLORK. Or BLUURF. Even if the words are a preposterous song about eating ants for breakfast, or just a list of astonishingly goofy sounds like BLAGGITY BLAGGITY and GLIBBITY GLOBBITY. Cleverly irreverent and irresistibly silly, The Book with No Pictures is one that kids will beg to hear again and again. (And parents will be happy to oblige.)
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Off the Books

The Underground Economy of the Urban Poor

Author: Sudhir Alladi Venkatesh

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674044647

Category: Social Science

Page: 448

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In this revelatory book, Sudhir Venkatesh takes us into Maquis Park, a poor black neighborhood on Chicago's Southside, to explore the desperate and remarkable ways in which a community survives. The result is a dramatic narrative of individuals at work, and a rich portrait of a community. But while excavating the efforts of men and women to generate a basic livelihood for themselves and their families, Off the Books offers a devastating critique of the entrenched poverty that we so often ignore in America, and reveals how the underground economy is an inevitable response to the ghetto's appalling isolation from the rest of the country.
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The Book

A Global History

Author: Michael F. Suarez, S.J.,H. R. Woudhuysen

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 019967941X

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 748

View: 5839

"This volume seeks to delineate the history of the production, dissemination, and reception of texts from the earliest pictograms of the mid-4th millennium to recent developments in electronic books."--P. xi.
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The Rust Programming Language

Author: Steve Klabnik,Carol Nichols

Publisher: No Starch Press

ISBN: 1593278519

Category: Computers

Page: 552

View: 6614

The Rust Programming Language is the official book on Rust; a community-developed, systems programming language that runs blazingly fast, prevents segfaults, and guarantees thread safety. Rust’s memory safety guarantees, enforced at compile time, safeguard your programs against the many problems that pervade other systems languages. Rust offers the control and performance of a low-level language with the helpful abstractions of a high level one, and does this all without having a garbage collector. These characteristics make Rust useful for embedding in other languages, programs with specific space and time requirements, and writing low-level code, like device drivers and operating systems. The Rust Programming Language begins with a quick hands-on project to introduce the basics, then explores key concepts in depth, such as ownership, the type system, error handling, and fearless concurrency. Detailed explanations of Rust-oriented takes on topics like pattern matching, iterators, and smart pointers combine with examples and exercises to take you from theory to practice. In addition to its thorough coverage of more granular topics, The Rust Programming Language will show you how to: -Grasp important concepts unique to Rust like ownership, borrowing, and lifetimes -Use Cargo, Rust’s built-in package manager, to build your code, including downloading and building dependencies -Effectively use Rust’s zero-cost abstractions and learn to build your own Developed with help from the community, The Rust Programming Language is your official guide to becoming a productive Rust programmer.
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The Book

Author: N.A

Publisher: Potomac Books, Inc.

ISBN: 1597973653

Category: SPORTS & RECREATION

Page: 385

View: 8932

Baseball "by The Book"
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The Book

The Life Story of a Technology

Author: Nicole Howard

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313330285

Category: History

Page: 171

View: 6779

Introduces the history of the book, beginning with papyrus in ancient Egypt, through the development of the printing press, to current computer-based technologies, including its influence on societies and cultures around the world.
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A Companion to the History of the Book

Author: Simon Eliot,Jonathan Rose

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1444356585

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 616

View: 1657

From the early Sumerian clay tablet through to the emergence of the electronic text, this Companion provides a continuous and coherent account of the history of the book. Makes use of illustrative examples and case studies of well-known texts Written by a group of expert contributors Covers topical debates, such as the nature of censorship and the future of the book
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The Book of the Navajo

Author: Raymond Friday Locke

Publisher: Holloway House Publishing

ISBN: 9780876875001

Category: History

Page: 496

View: 9474

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The Book

Author: Tyndale House Publishers

Publisher: Tyndale House Pub

ISBN: 9780842332842

Category: Bibles

Page: 1440

View: 8374

A plain text Bible in the New Living Translation with book introductions and a list of great chapters and stories in the Bible as well as a compilation of verses on key topics.
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The Future of the Book

Author: Geoffrey Nunberg

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520204515

Category: Computers

Page: 306

View: 3167

The death of the book has been duly announced, and with it the end of brick-and-mortar libraries, traditional publishers, linear narrative, authorship, and disciplinarity, along with the emergence of a more equitable discursive order. These essays suggest that it won't be that simple. While the contributors to this volume are enthusiastic about the possibilities created by digital technologies, they also see the new meida raising serious critical issues that force us to reexamine basic notions about rhetoric, reading, and the nature of discourse itself.
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