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release date: Jan 02, 2018
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The Woman in the Window: A Novel

Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller!

“Astounding. Thrilling. Amazing.” —Gillian Flynn

“Unputdownable.” —Stephen King

“A dark, twisty confection.” —Ruth Ware

“Absolutely gripping.” —Louise Penny

For readers of Gillian Flynn and Tana French comes one of the decade’s most anticipated debuts, to be published in thirty-six languages around the world and already in development as a major film from Fox: a twisty, powerful Hitchcockian thriller about an agoraphobic woman who believes she witnessed a crime in a neighboring house.

It isn’t paranoia if it’s really happening . . .

Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.

Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare.

What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems.

Twisty and powerful, ingenious and moving, The Woman in the Window is a smart, sophisticated novel of psychological suspense that recalls the best of Hitchcock.

   
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release date: May 19, 2017
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A Handbook for Personalized Competency-Based Education: Ensure All Students Master Content by Designing and Implementing a PCBE System

In K-12 education's growing movement of competency-based education and personalized learning, both contradictory and overlapping definitions come up around these two terms. To clear up this confusion, A Handbook for Personalized Competency-Based Education delves into the components of a personalized competency-based education (PCBE) system.

This handbook explores approaches, strategies, and techniques that schools and districts should consider as they rethink traditional instruction to fit a PCBE system and support student learning. The authors share examples of how to use proficiency scales, standard operating procedures, behavior rubrics, personal tracking matrices, and other tools to aid in instruction and assessment.

Benefits

  • Receive clear guidance on implementing a personalized competency-based education (PCBE) system.
  • Determine what content to focus on and what standards to prioritize in personalized instruction.
  • Read vignettes that illustrate the shifts that should occur to foster PCBE.
  • Learn how a flexible PCBE learning environment of student agency can foster self-efficacy.
  • Understand the variety of assessments available for measuring student proficiency in a PCBE system.

Contents

Chapter 1: Why Competency-Based Education and Personalized Learning?

Chapter 2: What Content Will Be Addressed?

Chapter 3: How Will the Learning Environment Promote Student Agency?

Chapter 4: How Will Instruction Support Student Learning?

Chapter 5: How Will Student Proficiency Be Measured?

Chapter 6: How Will Scheduling Accommodate Student Learning?

Chapter 7: How Will Reporting Facilitate Student Learning?

Chapter 8: How Do Schools and Districts Transition to a PCBE System?

Epilogue

Appendix A: Tools to Support Student Agency

Appendix B: A Model of Effective Instruction

Appendix C: Sample Grading Sheet

Appendix D: Resources for Creating a Shared Vision

release date: Oct 31, 2017
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H.P. Lovecraft - The Complete Omnibus Collection - Supplement a: Collaborations and Ghostwritings

This supplement to the two-volume Pulp-Lit Omnibus Collection of the work of H.P. Lovecraft presents all the works of weird fiction which he ghostwrote or on which he collaborated with another author.

Highlights of this volume include:
- Under the Pyramids, with Harry Houdini;
- The Mound, with Zealia Bishop;
- Two Black Bottles, with Wilfred Blanch Talman;
- The Horror in the Burying-Ground, with Hazel Heald;
- The Disinterment, with Duane W. Rimel;
- The Night Ocean, with Robert Barlow;
- In the Walls of Eryx, with Kenneth J. Sterling;
- The Electric Executioner, with Adolphe de Castro;
- The Diary of Alonzo Typer, with William Lumley;
- And over 20 more.

Although none of them rise to the level of quality of Lovecraft's own by-lined work, the majority of these collaborations are still wonderful stories. They have a real contribution to make to the meta-story of Lovecraft's creative life; and they reveal aspects to Lovecraft's personality and especially his sense of humor that his more serious works seldom allow us to glimpse.


The reason for this is easily understood. When writing or revising a story for another writer, Lovecraft was able to fully relax. He knew (or thought he knew) that these stories would not affect his reputation as a literary figure; his name was not on them. So the terrible tension that dogged him throughout his literary life, the tension that kept him in a state of virtual creative paralysis for the last several years of his life, fell away like an old cloak, and his real style -- his relaxed, chatting-with-friends style -- was able to shine through.

In these collaborative stories we get to see glimpses of Lovecraft's wry humor, kindly and benevolent but edged with a gently sardonic erudition. We also get to roll in the kind of over-the-top campiness that one just doesn't see in most of his bylined stuff (after "Herbert West, Reanimator," that is) to the point where one wonders if he's secretly engaging in a little self-parody.

One of the reasons Lovecraft's output was so scant was that his almost obsessive perfectionism and severe self-criticism kept him diligently polishing and perfecting his own stories long past the point at which it made sense to continue doing so. This he could certainly not afford to do in a work-for-hire job that would pay him only $15 or $20. So in these anonymized stories we get to see Lovecraft's work as it might have appeared in his second or third drafts -- rough, sometimes unsubtle, often crammed with all-too-familiar buzzwords like "eldritch" and "cyclopean," yet eminently, fundamentally, and wonderfully Lovecraftian.

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release date: Apr 09, 2009
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Literacy with an Attitude, Second Edition: Educating Working-Class Children in Their Own Self-Interest
The classic, indispensable guide for teachers, parents, and community organizers concerned with educating working-class children, Literacy with an Attitude dares to define literacy as a powerful right of citizenship. Patrick J. Finn persuasively debunks the time-honored paradigm for teaching poor and working-class students. Our job, he argues, is not to help such students to become middle class and live middle-class lives--most don't want it. Education rather should focus on a powerful literacy--a literacy with an attitude--that enables working-class and poor students to better understand, demand, and protect their civil, political, and social rights.

This tenth-anniversary, second edition features eight new chapters and a revised and updated original text.

release date: Jul 16, 2009
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American Constitutional Law: Essays, Cases, and Comparative Notes (Volume 2)
American Constitutional Law: Essays, Cases, and Comparative Notes is a unique casebook that encourages citizens and students of the Constitution to think critically about the fundamental principles and policies of the American constitutional order. In addition to its distinguished authorship, the book has two prominent features that set it apart from other books in the field: an emphasis on the social, political, and moral theory that provides meaning to constitutional law and interpretation, and a comparative perspective that situates the American experience within a world context that serves as an invaluable prism through which to illuminate the special features of our own constitutional order. While the focus of the book is entirely on American constitutional law, the book asks students to consider what, if anything, is unique in American constitutional life and what we share with other constitutional democracies. Each chapter is preceded by an introductory essay that highlights these major themes and also situates the cases in their proper historical and political contexts. This new edition offers updated and expanded treatment of a number of important and timely topics including, the death penalty, privacy, affirmative action, and school segregation. Volume 2 of this text focuses on civil rights and basic freedoms and includes separate chapters on race and gender.
release date: May 10, 2012
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The Philosophy Skills Book: Exercises in Philosophical Thinking, Reading, and Writing
The Philosophy Skills Book will help you to master the core skills you need to succeed in your study of Philosophy.

Taking you through a series of exercises that will help you practise and perfect your reading and writing of Philosophy, this book covers such topics as:
Finding arguments and drawing conclusions
Finding and resolving inconsistencies
Brainstorming and planning your essays
Summarizing and defending your argument
Using quotations
Avoiding common errorsWhether you want to get your studies off to a flying start or improve your final grade, The Philosophy Skills Book will help you develop the skills you need to be a better Philosopher.
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release date: Jan 12, 2012
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Writing to Clients and Referring Professionals about Psychological Assessment Results: A Handbook of Style and Grammar
This book is the first on the craft of effective writing structured expressly for the psychologist-assessor. Author J. B. Allyn, a professional writer who specializes in psychology, combines reference book with tutorial. She blends information on the qualities that create a writer’s unique presence on the page with illustrations of correct English grammar. All of the questions, answers, and illustrations evolved from the concerns of psychologist-assessors, as did the examples, which are grounded in their writing and communication needs. The result creates a guide for report writing that can be used by either practicing professionals or graduate psychology students.
The book divides into three sections: The first and third sections discuss various aspects of effective communication, while the second is a handbook of common grammar problems. Helpful elements guide the reader through the text, including frequent bullet lists, tables and graphs, and grammar and style examples that are framed around assessment reports. It is also written in a conversational tone, which creates the same style it proposes for effectively written reports, and is a key tool for clear and appropriate communication. Readers will refer back to this book, both for quick tips on style and grammar, which are appropriate for any mental health practitioner, and for more detailed advice on writing and communication in assessment reports.
release date: Nov 07, 2017
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After the End
It has been nearly one thousand years since the second coming of Christ on the earth. The Kingdom period has been a time of joy, productivity and fellowship among peoples of all nations. Yet along the edges of this paradise, darkness threatens to emerge one last time. Mia, Jerusalem's representative to the North American Federation, and her grandfather Jacob Makawiwo find themselves in the midst of a cataclysmic rebellion that threatens to bring another, and potentially final, end to this world.
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release date: Apr 29, 2011
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Youth Violence: Sex and Race Differences in Offending, Victimization, and Gang Membership
"Youth Violence is a thorough and clearly written analysis. There is no other work that systematically examines the intersection of violent offending, victimization, and gang membership with original empirical analyses. This is a compelling policy concern because it is crucial to understand whether we need customized prevention and intervention programs to address these different phenomena."ùCheryl L. Maxson, Associate Professor, Department of Criminology, Law, and Society, University of California, Irvine

"Youth Violence fills a clear void in the literature. The major strength of this book is its exhaustive analysis of the Great (Gang Resistance Education and Training Program) data in reporting the distribution and nature of violence among teenagers and gang members. The authors have written a useful book that provides a unique big picture view of gang violence and victimization. As such, it should be required reading among those who seek to understand the factors responsible tiff gang membership,. Violence, and violent victimizationùChris Schreck, Department of Criminal Justice, Rochester Institute of Technology

Violence by and against youth continues to be one of the most challenging subjects facing criminologists. In this comprehensive and integrated analysis of the interrelationships of youth violence, violent victimization, and gange membership, Finn-Aage Esbensen, Dana Peterson, Terrance J. Taylor, and Adrienne Freng seek to understand what causes youth violence and what can be done about it. Using the results from an inclusive study they conducted of eight-graders in eleven American cities, the authors examine how the nature, etiology, and intersections of youth violence are structured by both sex and race/ethnicity.

Youth Violence is pertinent to juvenile justice policy considerations. The authors frame their discussion within the public health perspective, focusing on risk factors associated with violent behavior. The findings address prevalence and incidence, as well as the demographic correlates and cumulative effects of the risk factors associated with engagement in violence. Ultimately, the theories and research methodologies here are essential for understanding they dynamics of youth violence.
release date: Jul 16, 2009
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American Constitutional Law: Essays, Cases, and Comparative Notes (Volumes 1 and 2)
American Constitutional Law: Essays, Cases, and Comparative Notes is a unique casebook that encourages citizens and students of the Constitution to think critically about the fundamental principles and policies of the American constitutional order. In addition to its distinguished authorship, the book has two prominent features that set it apart from other books in the field: an emphasis on the social, political, and moral theory that provides meaning to constitutional law and interpretation, and a comparative perspective that situates the American experience within a world context that serves as an invaluable prism through which to illuminate the special features of our own constitutional order. While the focus of the book is entirely on American constitutional law, the book asks students to consider what, if anything, is unique in American constitutional life and what we share with other constitutional democracies. Each chapter is preceded by an introductory essay that highlights these major themes and also situates the cases in their proper historical and political contexts. This new edition offers updated and expanded treatment of a number of important and timely topics, including gerrymandering and campaign finance, the death penalty, privacy, affirmative action, and school segregation.

The new edition offers:

· Updated and expanded treatment of key cases on gerrymandering and campaign finance

· Expanded discussion of the Court's work federalism and the commerce clause

· Discussions of the Court's new cases on the death penalty, including a discussion of the controversy within the Court about the propriety of citing foreign case law

· An expanded discussion of the Court's recent work in the area of privacy, including the Court's decisions with regard to partial birth abortions and same sex marriages

· An expanded section on the Court's continuing efforts to develop a coherent takings clause jurisprudence

· Full coverage of new developments and cases concerning affirmative action an
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