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Think Like A Freak

Think Like A Freak
  • Author : Steven D. Levitt,Stephen J. Dubner
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2014-05-12
  • Total pages :304
  • ISBN : 9781443416535
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Summary : Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner single-handedly showed the world that applying counter-intuitive approaches to everyday problems can bear surprising results. Think Like a Freak will take readers further inside this special thought process, revealing a new way of approaching the decisions we make, the plans we create and the morals we choose. It answers the question on the lips of everyone who’s read the previous books: How can I apply these ideas to my life? How do I make smarter, harder and better decisions? How can I truly think like a freak? With short, highly entertaining insights running the gamut from “The Upside of Quitting” to “How to Succeed with No Talent,” Think Like a Freak is poised to radically alter the way we think about all aspects of life on this planet.

Freak the Mighty

Freak the Mighty
  • Author : Rodman Philbrick
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2015-04-01
  • Total pages :208
  • ISBN : 9781409591054
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Summary : Max is used to being called Stupid. And he is used to everyone being scared of him. On account of his size and looking like his dad. Kevin is used to being called Dwarf. On account of his size and being some cripple kid. But greatness comes in all sizes, and together Max and Kevin become Freak The Mighty and walk high above the world. An inspiring, heartbreaking, multi-award winning international bestseller.

SuperFreakonomics

SuperFreakonomics
  • Author : Steven D. Levitt,Stephen J. Dubner
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2009-10-20
  • Total pages :320
  • ISBN : 9780061959936
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Summary : Freakonomics lived on the New York Times bestseller list for an astonishing two years. Now authors Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner return with more iconoclastic insights and observations in SuperFreakonomics—the long awaited follow-up to their New York Times Notable blockbuster. Based on revolutionary research and original studies SuperFreakonomics promises to once again challenge our view of the way the world really works.

Freakonomics

Freakonomics
  • Author : Steven D. Levitt,Stephen J. Dubner
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2009-11-24
  • Total pages :315
  • ISBN : 9780061992667
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Summary : Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? How much do parents really matter? These may not sound like typical questions for an economist to ask. But Steven D. Levitt is not a typical economist. He studies the riddles of everyday life-from cheating and crime to parenting and sports-and reaches conclusions that turn conventional wisdom on its head. Freakonomics is a groundbreaking collaboration between Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, an award-winning author and journalist. They set out to explore the inner workings of a crack gang, the truth about real estate agents, the secrets of the Ku Klux Klan, and much more. Through forceful storytelling and wry insight, they show that economics is, at root, the study of incentives-how people get what they want or need, especially when other people want or need the same thing.

Everything Is Obvious

Everything Is Obvious
  • Author : Duncan J. Watts
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2011-03-29
  • Total pages :368
  • ISBN : 9780385531696
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Summary : By understanding how and when common sense fails, we can improve our understanding of the present and better plan for the future. Drawing on the latest scientific research, along with a wealth of historical and contemporary examples, Watts shows how common sense reasoning and history conspire to mislead us into believing that we understand more about the world of human behavior than we do; and in turn, why attempts to predict, manage, or manipulate social and economic systems so often go awry. It seems obvious, for example, that people respond to incentives; yet policy makers and managers alike frequently fail to anticipate how people will respond to the incentives they create. Social trends often seem to be driven by certain influential people; yet marketers have been unable to identify these “influencers” in advance. And although successful products or companies always seem in retrospect to have succeeded because of their unique qualities, predicting the qualities of the next hit product or hot company is notoriously difficult even for experienced professionals. Watts' argument has important implications in politics, business, and marketing, as well as in science and everyday life.

The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth

The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth
  • Author : Chris Brogan
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2014-04-02
  • Total pages :208
  • ISBN : 9781118800317
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Summary : Do you ever wonder where you fit in? Do you sometimes get thatfeeling that you have something much bigger to offer the universe,but then it fills you with fear and anxiety, so you think maybeI’ll just pay it safe? But what is safe? The factory job? Thecubicle job? Factories all over have been converted to open spaces forstartups. Skyscrapers have entire floors open for lease because the“same as everyone else” class of jobs have dried up.Many of us were raised to seek out a job that required us to fitin, to conform, to adapt until we fit the mold. The Freaks Shall Inherit The Earth is a guide for the kindof person who wouldn’t normally pick up a businessbook. The personal business revolution is upon us. Here’s yourrecipe book for starting your revolutionary business, includingsome of what you will learn: How to be as weird as you want while providing a viablebusiness structure to support it What most people are missing from the basic frameworks of doingbusiness How to turn passions into businesses How to build out the Digital Channel What Kickstarter and Square mean for the future ofbusiness) Take the plunge. Learn to fail and then win. Dare to dosomething that “everyone else” doesn’t. TheFreaks Shall Inherit the Earth will help. Bestselling author and successful entrepreneur Chris Broganexplains step-by-step how to build your business from the groundup, all without compromising the unique mindset and personal valuesthat make you a freak in the first place.

Geek Love

Geek Love
  • Author : Katherine Dunn
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2011-05-25
  • Total pages :368
  • ISBN : 9780307794482
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Summary : National Book Award finalist Here is the unforgettable story of the Binewskis, a circus-geek family whose matriarch and patriarch have bred their own exhibit of human oddities (with the help of amphetamine, arsenic, and radioisotopes). Their offspring include Arturo the Aquaboy, who has flippers for limbs and a megalomaniac ambition worthy of Genghis Khan . . . Iphy and Elly, the lissome Siamese twins . . . albino hunchback Oly, and the outwardly normal Chick, whose mysterious gifts make him the family’s most precious—and dangerous—asset. As the Binewskis take their act across the backwaters of the U.S., inspiring fanatical devotion and murderous revulsion; as its members conduct their own Machiavellian version of sibling rivalry, Geek Love throws its sulfurous light on our notions of the freakish and the normal, the beautiful and the ugly, the holy and the obscene. Family values will never be the same.

The Five Life Decisions

The Five Life Decisions
  • Author : Robert T. Michael
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2016-08-05
  • Total pages :240
  • ISBN : 9780226354583
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Summary : Choices matter. And in your teens and twenties, some of the biggest life decisions come about when you feel the least prepared to tackle them. Economist Robert T. Michael won’t tell you what to choose. Instead, he’ll show you how to make smarter choices. Michael focuses on five critical decisions we all face about college, career, partners, health, and parenting. He uses these to demonstrate how the science of scarcity and choice—concepts used to guide major business decisions and shape national legislation—can offer a solid foundation for our own lives. Employing comparative advantage can have a big payoff when picking a job. Knowing how to work the marketplace can minimize uncertainty when choosing a partner. And understanding externalities—the ripple of results from our actions—can clarify the if and when of having children. Michael also brings in data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, a scientific sample of 18 million millennials in the United States that tracks more than a decade of young adult choices and consequences. As the survey’s longtime principal investigator and project director, Michael shows that the aggregate decisions can help us understand what might lie ahead along many possible paths—offering readers insights about how their own choices may turn out. There’s no singular formula for always making the right choice. But the adaptable framework and rich data at the heart of The Five Life Decisions will help you feel confident in whatever you decide.

Take on the Street

Take on the Street
  • Author : Arthur Levitt,Paula Dwyer
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2003
  • Total pages :364
  • ISBN : 9780375714023
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Summary : Examines how investors are being exploited and deceived by both financial institutions and corporate America, discussing such topics as broker compensation, fair disclosure, and 401(k) investments.

Freakboy

Freakboy
  • Author : Kristin Elizabeth Clark
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2013-10-22
  • Total pages :448
  • ISBN : 9780374324735
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Summary : From the outside, Brendan Chase seems to have it pretty easy. He's a star wrestler, a video game aficionado, and a loving boyfriend to his seemingly perfect match, Vanessa. But on the inside, Brendan struggles to understand why his body feels so wrong—why he sometimes fantasizes having long hair, soft skin, and gentle curves. Is there even a name for guys like him? Guys who sometimes want to be girls? Or is Brendan just a freak? In Freakboy's razor-sharp verse, Kristin Clark folds three narratives into one powerful story: Brendan trying to understand his sexual identity, Vanessa fighting to keep her and Brendan's relationship alive, and Angel struggling to confront her demons.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
  • Author : Sherman Alexie
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2012-01-10
  • Total pages :272
  • ISBN : 9780316219303
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Summary : Bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot. Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author's own experiences, coupled with poignant drawings by Ellen Forney that reflect the character's art, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live. With a forward by Markus Zusak, interviews with Sherman Alexie and Ellen Forney, and four-color interior art throughout, this edition is perfect for fans and collectors alike.

Fish in a Tree

Fish in a Tree
  • Author : Lynda Mullaly Hunt
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2015-02-05
  • Total pages :288
  • ISBN : 9781101601327
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Summary : A New York Times Bestseller! The author of the beloved One for the Murphys gives readers an emotionally-charged, uplifting novel that will speak to anyone who’s ever thought there was something wrong with them because they didn’t fit in. “Everybody is smart in different ways. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its life believing it is stupid.” Ally has been smart enough to fool a lot of smart people. Every time she lands in a new school, she is able to hide her inability to read by creating clever yet disruptive distractions. She is afraid to ask for help; after all, how can you cure dumb? However, her newest teacher Mr. Daniels sees the bright, creative kid underneath the trouble maker. With his help, Ally learns not to be so hard on herself and that dyslexia is nothing to be ashamed of. As her confidence grows, Ally feels free to be herself and the world starts opening up with possibilities. She discovers that there’s a lot more to her—and to everyone—than a label, and that great minds don’t always think alike.

Greekonomics

Greekonomics
  • Author : Vicky Pryce
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2012-10-15
  • Total pages :304
  • ISBN : 9781849544795
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Summary : The eurozone is in crisis. Spiralling debts, defaulting banks, high unemployment - the European dream of a united union appears to be over. All fingers point to the corrupt and greedy PIIGs: Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece and Spain. Profligate governments have exploited the system, squandered the benefits and now beg for bail-outs from those that prosper. But is it really that simple? Economist Vicky Pryce argues that, given the flaws at its conception, the eurozone has been doomed from the very start. Politicians ignored common sense and deliberately created a system based on political not economic motives. They failed to provide firewalls for inevitable crises and placed little emphasis on practical structural reforms for the countries that needed them. It was a recipe for disaster and Europe now reaps the whirlwind. Is it time for a Greek exit? Focusing on Greece - not only her home country but perceived as the main threat to the euro's survival - Pryce explores the history of the eurozone, the causes of the crisis and, damning the proposed official solutions as counterproductive, suggests a way out of the current mess.

When to Rob a Bank

When to Rob a Bank
  • Author : Steven D. Levitt,Stephen J. Dubner
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2016-05-24
  • Total pages :272
  • ISBN : 0062385801
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Summary : In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the landmark book Freakonomics comes this curated collection from the most readable economics blog in the universe. It’s the perfect solution for the millions of readers who love all things Freakonomics. Surprising and erudite, eloquent and witty, When to Rob a Bank demonstrates the brilliance that has made the Freakonomics guys an international sensation, with more than 7 million books sold in 40 languages, and 150 million downloads of their Freakonomics Radio podcast. When Freakonomics was first published, the authors started a blog—and they’ve kept it up. The writing is more casual, more personal, even more outlandish than in their books. In When to Rob a Bank, they ask a host of typically off-center questions: Why don’t flight attendants get tipped? If you were a terrorist, how would you attack? And why does KFC always run out of fried chicken? Over the past decade, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner have published more than 8,000 blog posts on Freakonomics.com. Many of them, they freely admit, were rubbish. But now they’ve gone through and picked the best of the best. You’ll discover what people lie about, and why; the best way to cut gun deaths; why it might be time for a sex tax; and, yes, when to rob a bank. (Short answer: never; the ROI is terrible.) You’ll also learn a great deal about Levitt and Dubner’s own quirks and passions, from gambling and golf to backgammon and the abolition of the penny.

Out of My Mind

Out of My Mind
  • Author : Sharon M. Draper
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2012-05
  • Total pages :295
  • ISBN : 9781416971719
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Summary : Considered by many to be mentally retarded, a brilliant, impatient fifth-grader with cerebral palsy discovers a technological device that will allow her to speak for the first time.

Adapt

Adapt
  • Author : Tim Harford
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2011-05-10
  • Total pages :304
  • ISBN : 9780385670258
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Summary : The Undercover Economist - famed for his explanations - now offers solutions. Tim Harford introduces a new way of thinking about how to solve the world's most urgent problems, from climate change to terrorism, African poverty to global finance - even the problems we encounter in our own daily lives. When faced with such challenges, we instinctively look to leaders, experts, and gurus to provide us with pre-chewed solutions. Harford argues that the world has become too unpredictable and complex for that. Instead, we must adapt - improvise rather than plan, work from the bottom up, take baby steps. Adapt draws on exciting new work by passionate young economists and on innovative ideas from across the sciences. It looks at how and why innovation really comes about, extolling the value of trial and error and arguing that we should learn to embrace failure. Above all, Adapt applies hard-won lessons learned in the field, from a spaceport in the Mojave Desert to the street of Iraq, from a blazing offshore drilling rig to the frozen tundra of Siberia. The book shows that it's up to individuals - us - to change the world.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • Author : Stephen Chbosky
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2012-08-14
  • Total pages :213
  • ISBN : 9781451696196
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Summary : Charlie struggles to cope with complex world of high school as he deals with the confusions of sex and love, the temptations of drugs, and the pain of losing a close friend and a favorite aunt.

Turbulent Souls:

Turbulent Souls:
  • Author : Stephen J. Dubner
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :1999-10-01
  • Total pages :368
  • ISBN : 038072930X
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Summary : The son of Catholic converts from Judaism chronicles his own return to the Jewish faith after being raised as an altar boy and a devout Christian. Reprint.

The Skin I'm in

The Skin I'm in
  • Author : Sharon Flake
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2011-07-06
  • Total pages :176
  • ISBN : 9781423132516
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Summary : Maleeka suffers every day from the taunts of the other kids in her class. If they're not getting at her about her homemade clothes or her good grades, it's about her dark, black skin. When a new teacher, whose face is blotched with a startling white patch, starts at their school, Maleeka can see there is bound to be trouble for her too. But the new teacher's attitude surprises Maleeka. Miss Saunders loves the skin she's in. Can Maleeka learn to do the same?

Mastermind

Mastermind
  • Author : Maria Konnikova
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2013-01-03
  • Total pages :288
  • ISBN : 9781101606230
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Summary : The New York Times bestselling guide to thinking like literature's greatest detective. "Steven Pinker meets Sir Arthur Conan Doyle" (Boston Globe), by the author of The Confidence Game. No fictional character is more renowned for his powers of thought and observation than Sherlock Holmes. But is his extraordinary intellect merely a gift of fiction, or can we learn to cultivate these abilities ourselves, to improve our lives at work and at home? We can, says psychologist and journalist Maria Konnikova, and in Mastermind she shows us how. Beginning with the “brain attic”—Holmes’s metaphor for how we store information and organize knowledge—Konnikova unpacks the mental strategies that lead to clearer thinking and deeper insights. Drawing on twenty-first-century neuroscience and psychology, Mastermind explores Holmes’s unique methods of ever-present mindfulness, astute observation, and logical deduction. In doing so, it shows how each of us, with some self-awareness and a little practice, can employ these same methods to sharpen our perceptions, solve difficult problems, and enhance our creative powers. For Holmes aficionados and casual readers alike, Konnikova reveals how the world’s most keen-eyed detective can serve as an unparalleled guide to upgrading the mind.

Ducks, Newburyport

Ducks, Newburyport
  • Author : Lucy Ellmann
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2019-08-20
  • Total pages :229
  • ISBN : 9781771963084
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Summary : SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2019 BOOKER PRIZE Baking a multitude of tartes tatins for local restaurants, an Ohio housewife contemplates her four kids, husband, cats and chickens. Also, America's ignoble past, and her own regrets. She is surrounded by dead lakes, fake facts, Open Carry maniacs, and oodles of online advice about survivalism, veil toss duties, and how to be more like Jane Fonda. But what do you do when you keep stepping on your son's toy tractors, your life depends on stolen land and broken treaties, and nobody helps you when you get a flat tire on the interstate, not even the Abominable Snowman? When are you allowed to start swearing? With a torrent of consciousness and an intoxicating coziness, Ducks, Newburyport lays out a whole world for you to tramp around in, by turns frightening and funny. A heart-rending indictment of America's barbarity, and a lament for the way we are blundering into environmental disaster, this book is both heresy—and a revolution in the novel.