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Hidden Intentions 2

Author: Meisha Camm
Publisher: Urban Renaissance
ISBN: 1622862651
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Upon the sudden and tragic death of his father, Tory's marital bliss comes to a halt. His wife, Nya, and his family members try to help him cope with the pain of losing his father, but instead of choosing to have his arms around Nya, Tory chooses to have his lips constantly around a bottle of alcohol. Tory vanishes, and Nya looks for him with the help of local law enforcement and a hired private investigator. Unfortunately, no one turns up anything. After a while, Nya gives up hope of ever finding Tory. The thought of not knowing what happened to him will always be in the back of her mind, but it's time for her to move on. She meets a man named Vince Rappaport, who offers her comfort. Their talks turn into friendship, and the friendship soon turns into love. For the first time in a long time, Nya is happy to wake up in the morning. After years missing in action, Tory shows up on her doorstep. He desperately wants to restore their crumbled marriage. He seems like a changed man, but has he given up alcohol once and for all? Nya will have some tough decisions to make as her past confronts her future.

Invisible Cities

Author: Italo Calvino
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 054413320X
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“Cities, like dreams, are made of desires and fears, even if the thread of their discourse is secret, their rules are absurd, their perspectives deceitful, and everything conceals something else.” — from Invisible Cities In a garden sit the aged Kublai Khan and the young Marco Polo — Mongol emperor and Venetian traveler. Kublai Khan has sensed the end of his empire coming soon. Marco Polo diverts his host with stories of the cities he has seen in his travels around the empire: cities and memory, cities and desire, cities and designs, cities and the dead, cities and the sky, trading cities, hidden cities. As Marco Polo unspools his tales, the emperor detects these fantastic places are more than they appear. “Invisible Cities changed the way we read and what is possible in the balance between poetry and prose . . . The book I would choose as pillow and plate, alone on a desert island.” — Jeanette Winterson

Hope Against Hope

Author: Sarah Carr
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 1608195139
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A moving portrait of school reform in New Orleans through the eyes of the students and educators living it.

Hidden Agendas

Author: Steve Brown, (Li
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781942572657
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We like to pretend that hidden agendas are just for self-important bosses or egotistical politicians, but

Teardown

Author: Gordon Young
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520270525
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After living in San Francisco for 15 years, journalist Gordon Young found himself yearning for his Rust Belt hometown: Flint, Michigan, the birthplace of General Motors and “star” of the Michael Moore documentary Roger & Me. Hoping to rediscover and help a place that once boasted one of the world’s highest per capita income levels, but is now one of the country's most impoverished and dangerous cities, he returned to Flint with the intention of buying a house. What he found was a place of stark contrasts and dramatic stories, where an exotic dancer can afford a lavish mansion, speculators scoop up cheap houses by the dozen on eBay, and arson is often the quickest route to neighborhood beautification. Skillfully blending personal memoir, historical inquiry, and interviews with Flint residents, Young constructs a vibrant tale of a once-thriving city still fighting—despite overwhelming odds—to rise from the ashes. He befriends a rag-tag collection of urban homesteaders and die-hard locals who refuse to give up as they try to transform Flint into a smaller, greener town that offers lessons for cities all over the world. Hard-hitting, insightful, and often painfully funny, Teardown reminds us that cities are ultimately defined by people, not politics or economics.

Rembrandts In The Attic

Author: Kevin G. Rivette
Publisher: Harvard Business Press
ISBN: 9780875848990
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FromForbesandFortuneto theWall Street JournalandHarvard Business Review,the pundits are calling it the next corporate strategy challenge: How to use patents and other intellectual property not just as legal tools but as weapons of business competition. WithRembrandts in the Attic, authors Kevin Rivette and David Kline provide the first practical and strategic guide that shows CEOs and other managers how to unlock the enormous financial and competitive power hidden in their patent portfolios. Writing engagingly and citing numerous case studies, the authors warn that firms can no longer ignore the growing power of patents in business competition. The competitive battles once fought for control of markets and raw materials are today increasingly being waged over the exclusive rights to new ideas and innovations. Where once executives may have feared that their competitors might out-market or out-produce them, they must now be concerned that rivals-especially in the booming e-commerce sectors of the Internet-may secure exclusive patent rights to the essential technologies or even to the fundamental business concepts that they need to be in business in the first place. Rembrandts in the Atticlifts the veil of secrecy surrounding the use of patents in business competition today, showing how some of the world's most successful firms-market leaders such as Intel and Microsoft, Lucent and Gillette, IBM, and Priceline.com-have used patents to capture and defend markets, outflank rivals, boost bottom-line revenues and shareholder return, and enhance the commercial success of their enterprises. Rembrandts in the Atticis a superb strategy guide that demonstrates the cross-functional value companies can gain by using patents and the gold mine of competitive intelligence that they contain. The book will enable readers to map out technology trends and convergences, uncover the strategies and capabilities of friends and foes alike, and strengthen the competitive efforts of every functional unit in the enterprise, from R&D and marketing to finance, human resources, and mergers and acquisitions. CEOs will learn how to use the authors' patent-enhanced "Grow-Fix-Sell triage" to help them better allocate corporate resources and build a higher growth portfolio of businesses. R&D managers can employ the authors' "IP-3" strategy to help build category-leading products, amplify the branding and marketing efforts devoted to them, and secure the key "choke points" that sustain their product or service advantage. And business development executives will discover how to use patents as competitive intelligence tools to uncover the most attractive M&A opportunities, strengthen valuation and due diligence efforts, and configure asset sales and transfers to greatest advantage. If patents are the "smart bombs" of tomorrow's business wars, thenRembrandts in the Atticis the definitive guide to deploying them for profit and competitive advantage.

Triumph Of The City

Author: Edward Glaeser
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101475676
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A pioneering urban economist presents a myth-shattering look at the majesty and greatness of cities America is an urban nation, yet cities get a bad rap: they're dirty, poor, unhealthy, environmentally unfriendly . . . or are they? In this revelatory book, Edward Glaeser, a leading urban economist, declares that cities are actually the healthiest, greenest, and richest (in both cultural and economic terms) places to live. He travels through history and around the globe to reveal the hidden workings of cities and how they bring out the best in humankind. Using intrepid reportage, keen analysis, and cogent argument, Glaeser makes an urgent, eloquent case for the city's importance and splendor, offering inspiring proof that the city is humanity's greatest creation and our best hope for the future. "A masterpiece." -Steven D. Levitt, coauthor of Freakonomics "Bursting with insights." -The New York Times Book Review

Before I Let Go

Author: Kimberly T. Matthews
Publisher: Urban Books
ISBN: 0758293747
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After waiting for what seemed like forever to get a marriage commitment from her fiancé, Micah Abraham's wedding day has finally arrived. Everything is set for her to have the wedding she'd always fantasized about, and has been fully paid for by her groom, Rossi Evans. There is only one thing wrong. . .Micah won't be there. Micah has long since reached the peak of her frustration. Unbeknownst to Rossi, he's already been dismissed, but instead of declining his proposal and breaking the engagement, Micah happily moves forward. . .with hidden intentions. Armed with Rossi's credit cards, Micah expertly feigns the role of an anxious and ecstatic bride-to-be, sparing no expense for their wedding, yet telling no one of her plans. The day of the wedding, she arrives as scheduled to the church for her hair and make up, then makes a request to her bridesmaids to allow her to spend her last few moments of singleness by herself. Micah uses this opportunity to slip out the side door, jump in her rented car and hot-foot it to the airport. By the time Rossi realizes that he (and the entire wedding party) has been standing at the alter, Micah is in Charlotte, NC, easing into a tub of warm bubbles, enjoying a glass of wine and leafing through her favorite magazine. When Micah and Rossi's paths cross again, Micah is caught totally off guard by the situation, and by the feelings that have been simmering deep inside her heart, despite her denial. Will Micah embrace love this second time around, having set it free the first time?

The Modernist City

Author: James Holston
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226349794
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The utopian design and organization of Brasília—the modernist new capital of Brazil—were meant to transform Brazilian society. In this sophisticated, pioneering study of Brasília from its inception in 1957 to the present, James Holston analyzes this attempt to change society by building a new kind of city and the ways in which the paradoxes of constructing an imagined future subvert its utopian premises. Integrating anthropology with methods of analysis from architecture, urban studies, social history, and critical theory, Holston presents a critique of modernism based on a powerfully innovative ethnography of the city.

From Friend 2 Foe

Author: Brandon Beatty
Publisher: Brian L King
ISBN: 0983680957
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Jazz had always wanted a loving family, like the ones she always sees on TV. But at an early age reality slapped her in the face, forcing Jazz into a lifestyle that she never thought she would become accustomed to. With an M.I.A. father and an alcoholic mother, who wanted nothing more than to pimp her out for money or force her to rob Mom & Pop stores for food. Not wanting to oblige her mother’s request, leading to an altercation that ultimately took her mother’s life. After a few days in the detention center she was relocated with a white family who took better care of her than her own mother, they later adopted her. Living a better life until a few months after her thirteenth birthday, when her adopted father tried to take advantage of her newly developing body. Jazz ran away and wondered the dark streets alone and confused, she dipped into a bus station to get warm and regroup her thoughts. Trying to plot her next life move, a young woman introduced herself by the name of Michelle. After sharing a blunt Michelle convinced Jazz to move to New York, until she gets on her feet. Being antisocial Jazz felt reluctant, then thinking back to what life was like at the detention center she quickly agreed. Jazz put her life in Michelle’s hands, unknowing of her hidden intentions. Minutes off the bus, switching into hustling mode, Michelle schooled Jazz about life in the dog eat dog big city, either you’re getting over or getting got! Jazz puts all her trust into their friendship, but in return receives nothing but lies, deceit and betrayal, all the ingredients to turn best friends into worst enemies! Find out what happens when Michelle is left for dead in cold blood. This novel will surely keep you on edge!