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Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture

Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture

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2014 Locus Awards Finalist, Nonfiction Category

In this hip, accessible primer to the music, literature, and art of Afrofuturism, author Ytasha Womack introduces readers to the burgeoning community of artists creating Afrofuturist works, the innovators from the past, and the wide range of subjects they explore. From the sci-fi literature of Samuel Delany, Octavia Butler, and N. K. Jemisin to the musical cosmos of Sun Ra, George Clinton, and the Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am, to the visual and multimedia artists inspired by African Dogon myths and Egyptian deities, the book's topics range from the "alien" experience of blacks in America to the "wake up" cry that peppers sci-fi literature, sermons, and activism. With a twofold aim to entertain and enlighten, Afrofuturists strive to break down racial, ethnic, and social limitations to empower and free individuals to be themselves.

After Snowden

After Snowden

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Was Edward Snowden a patriot or a traitor?
Just how far do American privacy rights extend?
And how far is too far when it comes to government secrecy in the name of security?
These are just a few of the questions that have dominated American consciousness since Edward Snowden exposed the breath of the NSA's domestic surveillance program.
In these seven previously unpublished essays, a group of prominent legal and political experts delve in to life After Snowden, examining the ramifications of the infamous leak from multiple angles:
- Washington lawyer and literary agent RONALD GOLDFARB acts as the book's editor and provides an introduction outlining the many debates sparked by the Snowden leaks.
- Pulitzer Prize winning journalist BARRY SIEGEL analyses the role of the state secrets provision in the judicial system.
- Former Assistant Secretary of State HODDING CARTER explores whether the press is justified in unearthing and publishing classified information.
- Ethics expert and dean of the UC Berkley School of Journalism EDWARD WASSERMAN discusses the uneven relationship between journalists and whistleblowers.
- Georgetown Law Professor DAVID COLE addresses the motives and complicated legacy of Snowden and other leakers.
- Director of the National Security Archive THOMAS BLANTON looks at the impact of the Snowden leaks on the classification of government documents.
- Dean of the University of Florida Law School JON MILLS addresses the constitutional right to privacy and the difficulties of applying it in the digital age.

Agile Samurai: How Agile Masters Deliver Great Software

Agile Samurai: How Agile Masters Deliver Great Software

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Printed in full color.

Faced with a software project of epic proportions? Tired of over-committing and under-delivering? Enter the dojo of the agile samurai, where agile expert Jonathan Rasmusson shows you how to kick-start, execute, and deliver your agile projects. Combining cutting-edge tools with classic agile practices, The Agile Samurai gives you everything you need to deliver something of value every week and make rolling your software into production a non-event.

Get ready to kick some software project butt. By learning the ways of the agile samurai you will discover:

  • how to create plans and schedules your customer and your team can believe in
  • what characteristics make a good agile team and how to form your own
  • how to gather requirements in a fraction of the time using agile user stories
  • what to do when you discover your schedule is wrong, and how to look like a pro correcting it
  • how to execute fiercely by leveraging the power of agile software engineering practices
  • By the end of this book you will know everything you need to set up, execute, and successfully deliver agile projects, and have fun along the way. If you're a project lead, this book gives you the tools to set up and lead your agile project from start to finish. If you are an analyst, programmer, tester, usability designer, or project manager, this book gives you the insight and foundation necessary to become a valuable agile team member.

    The Agile Samurai slices away the fluff and theory that make other books less-than-agile. It's packed with best practices, war stories, plenty of humor and hands-on tutorial exercises that will get you doing the right things, the right way.

    This book will make a difference.

    Alaska: An Alaskan Author/Educator Shares Cool Activites, Projects, Games, Maps,

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    Alison Bechdel: Conversations

    Alison Bechdel: Conversations

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    Due to the huge success of her graphic memoir Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic in 2006 and its subsequent Tony Award-winning musical adaptation in 2009, Alison Bechdel (b. 1960) has recently become a household name. However, Bechdel, who has won numerous awards including a MacArthur Fellowship, has been writing and drawing comics since the early 1980s. Her comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For (DTWOF) stood out as one of the first to depict lesbians in popular culture and is widely hailed as an essential LGBTQ resource.

    It is also from this comic strip that the wildly popular Bechdel Test--a test to gauge positive female representation in film--obtained its name. While DTWOF secured Bechdel's role in the comics world and queer community long before her mainstream success, Bechdel now experiences notoriety that few comics artists ever achieve and that women cartoonists have never attained.

    Spanning from 1990 to 2017, Alison Bechdel: Conversations collects ten interviews that illustrate how Bechdel uses her own life, relationships, and contemporary events to expose the world to what she has referred to as the "fringes of acceptability"--the comics genre as well as queer culture and identity. These interviews reveal her intentionality in the use of characters, plots, structure, and cartooning to draw her readers toward disrupting the status quo.

    Starting with her earliest interviews on public access television and in little-known comics and queer presses, Rachel R. Martin traces Bechdel's career from her days with DTWOF to her popularity with Fun Home and Are You My Mother? This volume includes her "one-off" DTWOF strips from November 2016 and March 2017 (not anthologized anywhere else) and in-depth discussions of her laborious creative process as well as upcoming projects.

    All Over the Map: A Cartographic Odyssey

    All Over the Map: A Cartographic Odyssey

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    Created for map lovers by map lovers, this rich book explores the intriguing stories behind maps across history and illuminates how the art of cartography thrives today.

    In this visually stunning book, award-winning journalists Betsy Mason and Greg Miller--authors of the National Geographic cartography blog "All Over the Map"--explore the intriguing stories behind maps from a wide variety of cultures, civilizations, and time periods. Based on interviews with scores of leading cartographers, curators, historians, and scholars, this is a remarkable selection of fascinating and unusual maps.

    This diverse compendium includes ancient maps of dragon-filled seas, elaborate graphics picturing unseen concepts and forces from inside Earth to outer space, devious maps created by spies, and maps from pop culture such as the schematics to the Death Star and a map of Westeros from Game of Thrones. If your brain craves maps--and Mason and Miller would say it does, whether you know it or not--this eye-opening visual feast will inspire and delight.

    All the Math You Missed: (But Need to Know for Graduate School) (Revised)

    All the Math You Missed: (But Need to Know for Graduate School) (Revised)

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    Beginning graduate students in mathematical sciences and related areas in physical and computer sciences and engineering are expected to be familiar with a daunting breadth of mathematics, but few have such a background. This bestselling book helps students fill in the gaps in their knowledge. Thomas A. Garrity explains the basic points and a few key results of all the most important undergraduate topics in mathematics, emphasizing the intuitions behind the subject. The explanations are accompanied by numerous examples, exercises and suggestions for further reading that allow the reader to test and develop their understanding of these core topics. Featuring four new chapters and many other improvements, this second edition of All the Math You Missed is an essential resource for advanced undergraduates and beginning graduate students who need to learn some serious mathematics quickly.
    All-In-One Wedding Planner and Organizer

    All-In-One Wedding Planner and Organizer

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    Weddings require organization, record-keeping, legwork, logistics. In other words, a planner. From the celebrity wedding planner and author of the The Wedding Book, Mindy Weiss's All-In-One Wedding Planner & Organizer helps couples keep track of every detail leading up to their Big Day. It's the organizer that includes exactly what you need for on-the-go, on-the-ground wedding planning.

    Created as a three-ring binder, it has tabs for each category:
    - The Big Picture and Contacts
    - Budget
    - Location, Location, Location!
    - Menu and Flowers
    - Rentals
    - The Dress! (And What Everyone Else Is Wearing)
    - The Guests and the Invitations
    - Music, Photography, and Videography
    - Making It Official: Rings, Licenses, Vows, Officiants

    Packed throughout are tips, tools, checklists, spreadsheets, and schedules to help brides (and grooms) manage everything from building a wedding timeline and organizing the dreaded seating chart to getting the wedding party matched and fitted. From "Will you marry me?" to "I do," nothing will slip through the cracks.

    Alphabet Juice

    Alphabet Juice

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    From sources as venerable as the OED and as fresh as Urbandictionary.com, and especially from the author's own wide-ranging experience, this book derives an organic take on language that is unlike any other.
    Alphabet Juice

    Alphabet Juice

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    If everybody's first English teacher were Roy Blount Jr., we might still be trillions in debt, but we would be so deeply in love with words and their magic . . . that we'd hardly notice. --Chris Tucker, The Dallas Morning News

    After forty years of making a living using words in every medium except greeting cards, Roy Blount Jr. still can't get over his ABCs. In Alphabet Juice, he celebrates the juju, the crackle, the sonic and kinetic energies, of letters and their combinations. He has a strong sense of right and wrong, but he is not out to prescribe proper English. His passion is for questions such as these: Did you know that both mammal and matter derive from baby talk? Have you noticed how wince makes you wince?

    Three and a half centuries ago, Thomas Blount produced his Glossographia, the first dictionary to explore derivations of English words. This Blount's Glossographia takes that pursuit to new levels. From sources as venerable as the OED and as fresh as Urbandictionary.com, and especially from the author's own wide ranging experience, Alphabet Juice derives an organic take on language that is unlike, and more fun than, any other.

    Amusing, bemusing, and smart as hell. --Daniel Okrent, Fortune

    Danced in Blount's arms, English swings smartly. --Jack Shafer, The New York Times Book Review

    Gracefully erudite and joyous. --Katherine A. Powers, The Boston Sunday Globe

    Alphabetter Juice

    Alphabetter Juice

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    Fresh-squeezed Lexicology, with Twists
    No man of letters savors the ABC's, or serves them up, like language-loving humorist Roy Blount Jr. His glossary, from "ad""hominy" to "zizz," ""is hearty, full bodied, and out to please discriminating palates coarse and fine. In 2008, he celebrated the gists, tangs, and energies of letters and their combinations in "Alphabet Juice," to wide acclaim. Now, "Alphabetter Juice." Which is "better."
    This book""is for anyone--novice wordsmith, sensuous reader, or career grammarian--who loves to get physical with words. What is the universal sign of disgust, "ew," doing in "beautiful" and "cutie"? Why is "toadless," but not "frogless," in the Oxford English Dictionary? How can the U. S. Supreme Court find relevance in "gollywoddles"? Might there be scientific evidence for the sonicky value of "hunch"? And why would someone not bother to spell correctly the very word he is trying to define on Urbandictionary.com?
    Digging into how locutions evolve, and work, or fail, Blount""draws upon everything from "The Tempest" to "The Wire." He takes us to Iceland, for salmon-watching with a "girl gillie," and to Georgian England, where a distinguished etymologist bites off more of a "giantess" than he can chew. Jimmy Stewart appears, in connection with "kludge "and the bombing of Switzerland. Litigation over "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious "leads to a vintage werewolf movie; news of possum-tossing, to "metanarrative.
    "As Michael Dirda wrote in "The Washington Post Book World," "The immensely likeable Blount clearly possesses what was called in the Italian Renaissance 'sprezzatura, ' that rare and enviable ability to do even the most difficult things without breaking a sweat." "Alphabetter Juice" is brimming with sprezzatura. Have a taste.

    Always Apprentices

    Always Apprentices

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    Always Apprentices collects five years of intimate, wide-ranging conversations with many of today's most prominent writers, taken from the pages of the Believer. The participants don't limit themselves to issues of writing and craft, but instead offer unfettered exchanges on a wide range of topics--from what it means to be a consumer to whether or not to kill a deer, from how we get to know each other to walking while inebriated. The interviews feature the serious-yet-casual Believer approach to the often staid interview format. For example, Sheila Heti asks Mary Gaitskill, "If you go into a room or go to a party, is there a basic disposition you have toward humans going through the world?" Elsewhere, Colum McCann begins his conversation with Aleksandar Hemon by asking, "What are we doing here? Why aren't we in a pub?" Other interviews include Don DeLillo talking with Bret Easton Ellis; Joan Didion talking with Vendela Vida; and Barry Hannah talking with Wells Tower.
    American Flag

    American Flag

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    This handsome guide to the American flag is a concise collection of the history and etiquette of the U.S. flag in an elegant hardcover edition. The book includes details of the laws relating to the U.S. flag as described in the United States Code, information about the Pledge of Allegiance and Flag Day, a guide to flag presentation and care, and a timeline of flag history--noting the date each state was added to the union.
    American Heritage College Dictionary

    American Heritage College Dictionary

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    The newly updated American Heritage(R) College Dictionary, Fourth Edition, presents the very best that a college dictionary can offer.
    It features all the qualities that have distinguished the American Heritage(R) name for decades: a clear and accessible defining style, expert usage advice, and more than 2,500 photographs and drawings that enhance the definitions and invite browsing.
    New to this updated release are recently prominent terms such as blue state, edamame, and fattoush. The Periodic Table of the Elements includes the newest element, roentgenium. Biographical entries are fully up-to-date, and geographical entries reflect the latest geopolitical changes.
    And now for the first time, The American Heritage(R) College Dictionary includes a registration card with a unique passkey code that allows the user to download directly to a PC or Mac the entire contents of The American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition, as well as Roget's II: The New Thesaurus.
    The eReference Suite can be accessed within Microsoft(R) Office applications at the click of a button. This remarkable $34.95 value is free with the print product.
    American Heritage College Dictionary, 4th Edition

    American Heritage College Dictionary, 4th Edition

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    Bearing the hallmarks that characterize the American Heritage line, this fourth edition features clear definitions; expert usage advice; and more than 2,500 photos, maps, and drawings that enhance the definitions. Includes a free download of the eReference Suite.
    American Heritage College Writers Dictionary

    American Heritage College Writers Dictionary

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    Ideal for college students and advanced high school students, the American Heritage College Writer's Dictionary is a brand-new paperbound reference book from the editors of the American Heritage Dictionaries. It is aimed at users who need a dictionary that is more advanced than the Student Dictionary but more conveniently sized and priced than the 2084-page hardcover American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. The College Writer's Dictionary will be especially useful for customers who do not have ready access to our electronic products. Each entry is clearly defined, and thousands of example sentences show how entry words are used in context. There are no biographical or geographical entries, thus allowing more room for basic vocabulary. A gazetteer at the back of the book lists countries, states, and capitals. Hundreds of word history notes describe the development of words in clear, straightforward language. A style guide, detailed definitions of grammatical terms, and dozens of usage notes provide guidance on grammar and style points. This reference book is designed to be a workhorse for writers - great for high school students who are studying for standardized tests or who are allowed to use print dictionaries during tests, for college students whose schools lack the resources to provide online content, and for individuals who prefer a conveniently sized print dictionary for their home or office.
    American Heritage Desk Dictionary

    American Heritage Desk Dictionary

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    Based on the authoritative American Heritage (R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition, this new edition of the American Heritage (R) Desk Dictionary has been completely updated; every single entry has been reviewed and revised as necessary. Its thousands of new words and senses, such as antiquark, earbud, and the verb sense of friend, reflect recent developments in the sciences, technology, and popular culture. Hundreds of photographs and drawings enhance the text, and several tables such as the periodic table of the elements and a table of units of measurement provide helpful data in a useful visual format.

    Forming the heart of the dictionary, however, are its more than 70,000 entry words, whose clear, straightforward definitions--supplemented by pronunciations, inflections of irregular verbs and plural nouns, and selected etymologies--make the American Heritage (R) Desk Dictionary an essential reference for the office, school, or home.

    American Heritage Desk Dictionary

    American Heritage Desk Dictionary

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    American Heritage(R) dictionaries are known for their accessible definitions, informative art, and expert usage guidance. The handy new desk edition brings you all these features in a durable binding with clear, readable type, at a price that puts it in reach of every desk.
    - More than 70,000 entries, thoroughly revised and updated - More than 1,000 new words and meanings, from bioreserve and domestic partner to MP3 and zine - Expert guidance on correct English usage - 400 photographs and drawings that enhance the definitions - Synonyms, regional notes, etymologies, and more