Best of 2016

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  • Rise of Modern China

    The Rise of Modern China


    Now in its sixth edition, this book has been updated to examine the return of Hong Kong in 1997 and the upcoming return of Macao in 1999. Hsü discusses the end of the last vestiges of foreign imperialism in China, as well as China’s emergence as a regional and global superpower. U.S.-China rivalry and the prospect of unification between China and Taiwan are also considered.

  • Politics: Alcohol

    Vodka Politics: Alcohol, Autocracy, and the Secret History of the Russian State


    Russia is famous for its vodka, and its culture of extreme intoxication. But just as vodka is central to the lives of many Russians, it is also central to understanding Russian history and politics. In Vodka Politics, Mark Lawrence Schrad argues that debilitating societal alcoholism is not hard-wired into Russians’ genetic code, but rather their autocratic political system, which has long wielded vodka as a tool of statecraft. Through a series of historical investigations stretching from Ivan…

  • Knight of the Seven Kingdoms (A Song of Ice and Fire)

    A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms (A Song of Ice and Fire)


    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY LOS ANGELES TIMES AND BUZZFEED • Taking place nearly a century before the events of A Game of Thrones, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms compiles the first three official prequel novellas to George R. R. Martin’s ongoing masterwork, A Song of Ice and Fire. These never-before-collected adventures recount an age when the Targaryen line still holds the Iron Throne, and the memory of the last dragon has not yet passed from living…

  • Road Racing: 5K to Half Marathon

    Faster Road Racing: 5K to Half Marathon


    Renowned running authority, coach, and best-selling author Pete Pfitzinger teams with Philip Latter, senior writer for Running Times, in this must-have training guide for the most popular race distances, including the 5K, 10K, and half marathon. Faster Road Racing: 5K to Half Marathon presents easy-to-follow programs proven to give you an edge in your next race. You’ll discover detailed plans for race-specific distances as well as expert advice on balancing training and recovery, cross…

  • Practice of System and Network Administration

    The Practice of System and Network Administration, Second Edition


    The first edition of The Practice of System and Network Administration introduced a generation of system and network administrators to a modern IT methodology. Whether you use Linux, Unix, or Windows, this newly revised edition describes the essential practices previously handed down only from mentor to protégé. This wonderfully lucid, often funny cornucopia of information introduces beginners to advanced frameworks valuable for their entire career, yet is structured to help even the most a…

  • Promise She Made

    The Promise She Made


    Is the grass really greener on the other side?It’s something Evelyn Barnes asks every day as her relationship with Liam, her boyfriend, sinks further into mundanity. And it’s a question to which she desperately seeks an answer. So when the chance to get what she wants presents itself, Evelyn has little choice but to grab it with both hands.An opportunity in the form of LoveBite, an obscure piece of bleeding-edge technology with potential to revolutionise human interaction and transform societ…

  • of the Jungle

    Thinkers of the Jungle


    We all recognize these highly intelligent and impressive animals – orangutans. But very few people know anything about their habits and how they live. Around 6,000 of these animals die every year; they are among the world’s most endangered species. This book reveals the truth abouth the tragedy besetting the jungles of Borneo and Sumatra. The breathtaking and moving photographs cannot fail to trigger a strong emotional reaction on the part of the reader.

  • in the Viking Age

    Women in the Viking Age


    This is the first book-length study in English to investigate what women did in the Viking age, both at home in Scandinavia and in the Viking colonies from Greenland to Russia. Evidence for their lives is fragmentary, but Judith Jesch assembles the clues provided by archaeology, runic inscriptions, place names and personal names, foreign historical records and Old Norse literature and mythology. These sources illuminate different aspects of women’s lives in the Viking age, on the farms and in…

  • the Plains (World of Myth) (Volume 1)

    Beyond the Plains (World of Myth) (Volume 1)


    For sixteen years, Emily Stout has known a simple, yet harsh, life on the Great Plains—farming the land, avoiding thunderbirds and banshees, dealing with minotaurs and gnomes—but she dreams of more. She longs to wander the plains as a gunslinger, serve the angels as a knight, or anything else that could break her free of her trapped existence. Then, in a moment of desperation, Emily’s mother reveals a secret, one that will change everything for her, give her the chance to explore her world, …

  • Will to Keep Winning

    The Will to Keep Winning


    “No matter what your life plan is, no matter what your project, a close reading of the life and thoughts of Daigo will give you deep insight into how to be successful and help you reach your goals.”—Frank Lantz, Director, NYU Game Center”When Daigo wins, he does not simply elevate his own status, he elevates the entire genre alongside him. Through his play, and through his approach to life, Daigo changes the way people think about the game, and inspires even his enemies to new heights. This i…

  • Orthodox Church: An Introduction to Eastern Christianity

    The Orthodox Church: An Introduction to Eastern Christianity


    The readable, deeply authoritative and bestselling book on the Orthodox Church, in a fully updated and revised Third Edition.’Orthodoxy claims to be universal . . .’      Since its first publication fifty years ago, Timothy Ware’s book has become established throughout the English-speaking world as the standard introduction to the Orthodox Church. Orthodoxy continues to be a subject of enormous interest among western Christians, and the author believes that an understanding of its standpoint …

  • Linux Command Line: A Complete Introduction

    The Linux Command Line: A Complete Introduction


    You’ve experienced the shiny, point-and-click surface of your Linux computer—now dive below and explore its depths with the power of the command line. The Linux Command Line takes you from your very first terminal keystrokes to writing full programs in Bash, the most popular Linux shell. Along the way you’ll learn the timeless skills handed down by generations of gray-bearded, mouse-shunning gurus: file navigation, environment configuration, command chaining, pattern matching with regular ex…

  • Brown: EveryDayCook

    Alton Brown: EveryDayCook


    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • My name is Alton Brown, and I wrote this book. It’s my first in a few years because I’ve been a little busy with TV stuff and interwebs stuff and live stage show stuff. Sure, I’ve been cooking, but it’s been mostly to feed myself and people in my immediate vicinity—which is really what a cook is supposed to do, right? Well, one day I was sitting around trying to organize my recipes, and I realized that I should put them into a personal collection. One thing led to …

  • Breaks Over Dharamsala: A Memoir of Life Lost and Found

    Day Breaks Over Dharamsala: A Memoir of Life Lost and Found


    Day Breaks Over Dharamsala is an intimate, insightful and inspiring journey through the landscape of the mind as well as the landscape of northern India. Along the way, this book is funny, wise, helpless, and triumphant, a testament to spirit, to India, to taxi drivers, and to that which gets us there on time when we have no idea where we are going. The trip begins in Delhi, in 2004, and winds its way through a month-long pilgrimage through Tibetan India as well as through a life-long search …

  • Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for Girl Geeks

    The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for Girl Geeks


    Fanfic, cosplay, cons, books, memes, podcasts, vlogs, OTPs and RPGs and MMOs and more—it’s never been a better time to be a girl geek. The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy is the ultimate handbook for ladies living the nerdy life, a fun and feminist take on the often male-dominated world of geekdom. With delightful illustrations and an unabashed love for all the in(ternet)s and outs of geek culture, this book is packed with tips, playthroughs, and cheat codes, including:• How to make nerdy frien…

  • In The Butt By My Book "Pounded In The Butt By My Own Butt"

    Pounded In The Butt By My Book “Pounded In The Butt By My Own Butt”


    Buck Trungle is a world famous writer who is sick and tired of living in the shadow of his own books. But when his most recent novel, “Pounded In The Butt By My Own Butt” contacts him out of the blue and threatens a lawsuit, it’s a fear that Buck must now face head on.Buck’s novel is looking to collect royalties on sales of himself, and Buck’s lawyer is urging the writer to settle out of court, but when author and book finally meet face-to-face things take a turn for the erotic.Soon enough, …

  • Invisibles: The Untold Story of African American Slaves in the White House

    The Invisibles: The Untold Story of African American Slaves in the White House


    THE INVISIBLES: Slavery Inside The White House and How It Helped Shape America is the first book to tell the story of the executive mansion’s most unexpected residents, the African American slaves who lived with the U.S. presidents who owned them. Interest in African Americans and the White House are at an all-time high due to the historic presidency of Barack Obama, and the soon-to-be-opened Smithsonian National Museum of African American Culture and History. The Invisibles chronicles the Af…

  • "4" Cheap: The Magic of Toys Will Shut Up Your Child

    Toys “4” Cheap: The Magic of Toys Will Shut Up Your Child


    This hilarious catalog of insane and dangerous toys by Asterios Kokkinos (Something Awful) and Jimmy Hasse (The Onion) is a sharp and unrelenting satire of yesteryear’s most beloved playthings.Toys “4” Cheap is your #1 source for overlooked and discontinued toys like the Magic 1-Ball, My Digital Stepdad, and The Lack of Self-Care Bears. Make your selections, call (555) TOY-FUPB, then pick up your items at one of two convenient Montana Badlands locations. Remember: We put the “fun” in “No Refu…

  • Are A**holes: It's Not Your Fault

    Toddlers Are A**holes: It’s Not Your Fault


    Toddler a**holery is a normal part of human development—not unlike puberty, except this stage involves throwing food on the floor and taking swings at people who pay your way in life. For parents of toddlers, it’s a “you better laugh so you don’t cry” period. Bunmi Laditan’s hilarious, satirical guide to toddlerhood offers parents instant (and very welcome) comic relief—along with the very good news that “It’s Not Your Fault.” Chapters cover the cost of raising a toddler, feeding your toddler…

  • Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water

    Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water, Revised Edition


    “The definitive work on the West’s water crisis.” –NewsweekThe story of the American West is the story of a relentless quest for a precious resource: water. It is a tale of rivers diverted and dammed, of political corruption and intrigue, of billion-dollar battles over water rights, of ecological and economic disaster. In his landmark book, Cadillac Desert, Marc Reisner writes of the earliest settlers, lured by the promise of paradise, and of the ruthless tactics employed by Los Angeles poli…