New Release Books by Jeff Smith

Jeff Smith is the author of Tuki (2022), Shazam!: The Monster Society of Evil (2019), Introvert Secrets (2021), Suffer to Sing the Blues: A Philosophical Reflection On Living With a Traumatic Brain Injury (2018) and other 320 books.

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Shazam!: The Monster Society of Evil

release date: Feb 12, 2019
Shazam!: The Monster Society of Evil
When Billy Batson follows a mysterious stranger onto the subway, he never imagines heÕs entering a strange world of powerful wizards, talking tigers, kid-eating monsters, political intrigue and mysterious villains. But Billy encounters all that and more when the wizard gives him a magic word that transforms him into the WorldÕs Mightiest Mortal. Now he must use his extraordinary new abilities to face an incoming invasion of alien creatures and to stop mad scientist Dr. Sivana and his Monster Society of Evil from taking over the world! Collects the four-issue miniseries written and illustrated by New York Times best-selling author Jeff Smith.

Introvert Secrets

release date: Jun 29, 2021
Introvert Secrets
Are your habits been constantly questioned and misunderstood by those around you? Maybe you happen to be always referred to as quiet, shy by close friends? To those who are misunderstood, questioned and loners out there, Jeff Smith writes this well researched book. Using well researched evidence, Jeff Smith the author of this book provides a peak into an introvert lifestyle and mind. Inside this book, you will learn: How to know if you are an introverted person or not. The causes of introversion Popular myths about Introverts Vital information which introverts want those around them to know The amazing edge introverts have over others. Gain insight into the love life of introverts. And so much more With so much valuable information revealed, Introvert Secret provides essential information for thriving as an introvert in your everyday life. Start reading this book now to get started.

Suffer to Sing the Blues: A Philosophical Reflection On Living With a Traumatic Brain Injury

release date: Jul 28, 2018
Suffer to Sing the Blues: A Philosophical Reflection On Living With a Traumatic Brain Injury
***ALL BOOK PROCEEDS ARE DONATED IN SUPPORT OF TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY SURVIVORS AND/OR CANCER RESEARCH*** This is the personal story of a middle-aged man named Jeff Smith, reflecting back on what his life has been like since suffering a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in a car accident at the age of 20. The book is a result of “narrative therapy” work begun with Jeff by then licensed social worker Dr. Barbara Hogan 15 years post-injury and continued by neuropsychologist Dr. David Lamb 15 years later. It describes Jeff’s childhood leading up to the accident, the circumstances of the accident, the arduous physical and mental road back to a “new normal,” and the life lessons that Jeff would like others to gain from his experiences.

Learn Angular: Related Tool & Skills

release date: Jun 15, 2018
Learn Angular: Related Tool & Skills
Angular is not just a framework, but rather a platform that empowers developers to build applications for the web, mobile, and the desktop. This book provides an overview of some essential Angular tools--such as Angular CLI, Angular Augary, and Sublime Text--as well as outlining some must-have TypeScript tips. This book is for all front-end developers who want to become proficient with Angular and its related tools. You''ll need to be familiar with HTML and CSS and have a reasonable level of understanding of JavaScript in order to follow the discussion.

Shazam!: Monster Society of Evil

release date: Oct 03, 2017
Shazam!: Monster Society of Evil
"Remarkable . . . a comic book that can be savored and admired by everyone from kids to the most sophisticated graphic novel devotee." - Entertainment Weekly Jeff Smith, the award-winning creator of BONE, tells the story of young orphan Billy Batson who finds himself transformed into the World''s Mightiest Mortal whenever he says the magic word "Shazam!" Billy must use these extraordinary abilities to face an invasion of alien creatures as well as stop mad scientist Dr. Sivana and his Monster Society of Evil from taking over the world!

Craft Cider: How to Turn Apples into Alcohol

release date: Sep 14, 2015
Craft Cider: How to Turn Apples into Alcohol
In the spirit of Shrubs, a beautiful hard cider cookbook from the nation''s first cider pub Hard cider is far more than sweet apple juice with a kick. It is the fasted growing alcoholic beverage on the market today. After standing in the shadow of craft beer, hard cider is enjoying a much overdue renaissance. Craft Cider will uncover this unique beverage''s history, the current state of cider in the marketplace, and recommend commercial ciders that represent the best in each style. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned brewer, Craft Cider will be the go-to book for all skill levels to learn new brewing techniques, explore recipes, and learn about the expansive history of this age-old drink.

Mr. Smith Goes to Prison

release date: Sep 01, 2015
Mr. Smith Goes to Prison
The fall from politico to prisoner isn''t necessarily long, but the landing, as Missouri State Senator Jeff Smith learned, is a hard one. In 2009, Smith pleaded guilty to a seemingly minor charge of campaign malfeasance and earned himself a year and one day in Kentucky''s FCI Manchester. Mr. Smith Goes to Prison is the fish-out-of-water story of his time in the big house; of the people he met there and the things he learned: how to escape the attentions of fellow inmate Cornbread and his friends in the Aryan Brotherhood; what constitutes a prison car and who''s allowed to ride in yours; how to bend and break the rules, whether you''re a prisoner or an officer. And throughout his sentence, the young Senator tracked the greatest crime of all: the deliberate waste of untapped human potential. Smith saw the power of millions of inmates harnessed as a source of renewable energy for America''s prison-industrial complex, a system that aims to build better criminals instead of better citizens. In Mr. Smith Goes to Prison, he traces the cracks in America''s prison walls, exposing the shortcomings of a racially-based cycle of poverty and crime that sets inmates up to fail. Speaking from inside experience, he offers practical solutions to jailbreak the nation from the financially crushing grip of its own prisons and to jumpstart the rehabilitation of the millions living behind bars.

Photograph the Face

release date: Jun 10, 2014
Photograph the Face
The face is the most important part of any portrait—but there are over seven billion unique faces on this planet and no single approach that will flatter every one of them. In this book, acclaimed photo-educator Jeff Smith shows you how to rise to the challenge. Step-by-step lessons show you how to customize every aspect of the portrait to emphasize your client’s best features through careful posing and conscious placement of each light source. Simple fixes are also included to disguise common issues like double chins, larger noses, protruding ears, and uneven eyes—along with tips for slimming the face, enhancing symmetry, and de-emphasizing signs of aging. Before and after images are provided throughout, making it easy to master each skill and begin creating portraits that practically sell themselves.

Step-by-Step Lighting for Outdoor Portrait Photography

release date: Apr 15, 2014
Step-by-Step Lighting for Outdoor Portrait Photography
Hit the ground running with this no-nonsense guide to outdoor portraits! Acclaimed photo-educator Jeff Smith shows you how to design beautiful images that virtually sell themselves. Quick lessons take you through every step of the process in detail, showing you how to select locations, and then use natural light alone or in harmony with reflected light and/or strobe lighting for flawless results. Smith shows you what to look for (and avoid) when lighting the subject’s eyes and face, and demonstrates exactly how to balance your scene and subject for portraits all day long (even at the tricky midday hours). With this all-day approach to location lighting, you’ll be able to book sessions that are more personalized, more profitable, and more convenient—for both you and your clients.

Bone Adventures

release date: May 05, 2020
Bone Adventures
For the youngest fans of the bestselling graphic novel series BONE, Jeff Smith has created two hilarious tales to delight beginning readers. In Finders Keepers, the Bone cousins find a coin -- finders keepers! -- but the boys can''t agree on how to spend it. Fone Bone wants an apple and bananas they can share. Smiley Bone wants an ice cream cone with a pickle on top. And Phoney Bone wants to build a giant statue... of himself! Whose idea will win out? In Smiley''s Dream Book, Smiley Bone walks through the woods on a beautiful morning. During his journey, he meets a flock of friendly and playful birds. Smiley is having such a good time that he must find a fantastical way to keep up with his new friends as they soar into the big, blue sky. These wonderfully funny tales, told with lively artwork and expressive word balloons, will engage young readers like the best Sunday comics.

Film Criticism, the Cold War, and the Blacklist

release date: Mar 26, 2014
Film Criticism, the Cold War, and the Blacklist
Film Criticism, the Cold War, and the Blacklist examines the long-term reception of several key American films released during the postwar period, focusing on the two main critical lenses used in the interpretation of these films: propaganda and allegory. Produced in response to the hearings held by the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) that resulted in the Hollywood blacklist, these films’ ideological message and rhetorical effectiveness was often muddled by the inherent difficulties in dramatizing villains defined by their thoughts and belief systems rather than their actions. Whereas anti-Communist propaganda films offered explicit political exhortation, allegory was the preferred vehicle for veiled or hidden political comment in many police procedurals, historical films, Westerns, and science fiction films. Jeff Smith examines the way that particular heuristics, such as the mental availability of exemplars and the effects of framing, have encouraged critics to match filmic elements to contemporaneous historical events, persons, and policies. In charting the development of these particular readings, Film Criticism, the Cold War, and the Blacklist features case studies of many canonical Cold War titles, including The Red Menace, On the Waterfront, The Robe, High Noon, and Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

Loose Leaf for Film Art: An Introduction

release date: Jan 16, 2019
Loose Leaf for Film Art: An Introduction
Film is an art form with a language and an aesthetic all its own. Since 1979, David Bordwell, Kristin Thompson and now, Co-Author, Jeff Smith''s Film Art has been the best-selling and most widely respected introduction to the analysis of cinema. Taking a skills-centered approach supported by examples from many periods and countries, the authors help students develop a core set of analytical skills that will enrich their understanding of any film, in any genre. In-depth examples deepen students'' appreciation for how creative choices by filmmakers affect what viewers experience and how they respond. Film Art is generously illustrated with more than 1,000 frame enlargements taken directly from completed films, providing concrete illustrations of key concepts. Along with updated examples and expanded coverage of digital filmmaking, the twelfth edition of Film Art delivers SmartBook, first and only adaptive reading experience currently available, designed to help students stay focused, maximize study time and retain basic concepts.

Mommy Is on Vacation!

release date: Dec 01, 2018
Mommy Is on Vacation!
A child imagines all the fun her and her family will have, now that Mommy is on vacation.

Polly

release date: Nov 30, 2011
Polly
Born in 1911 into a close-knit family, Mary Rebecca Chambers (known to all as Polly) spent her formative years in the heart of the East End. This vivid account of life is told with passion and humour and is brimming with stories of how Londoners, and Polly’s family in particular, lived through two world wars and the Great Depression. Polly was a natural storyteller and this is a compilation of her heart-warming stories, arranged in chronological order, to tell the tale of life as she witnessed it, through adversity and danger, excitement and fun. The captivating anecdotes, poignant and entertaining, are suffused by the sights, sounds and smells of the East End in the first half of the twentieth century. This is a wonderful evocation of a bygone age and her affectionate memoirs will entrance anyone who reads them.

Rasl

release date: Oct 01, 2018
Rasl
The New York Times Bestseller, RASL is Jeff Smith''s follow up to his epic fantasy BONE. A tightly wound mixture of science fiction, noir and conspiracy theories, RASL is a gritty, hard-boiled tale of an inter-dimensional art thief caught between dark government forces and the mysterious powers of the universe itself.

Jeff Smith's Guide to Head and Shoulders Portrait Photography

release date: Jul 01, 2009
Jeff Smith's Guide to Head and Shoulders Portrait Photography
With detailed, informative instructions for capturing personable and memorable yearbook photos, actor and model portfolios, and business, bridal, and children’s portraits, this exhaustive reference covers what photographers need to know to be successful. Emphasizing that the client is always the center of the photograph, this resource illustrates how to evaluate the customer to determine which features to downplay and which to accent. Tips for creating the perfect image through posing and lighting, handling the post-shot conference, and previewing and retouching the images are supplied, as well as guidance for the technical and emotional challenges of shooting a portrait. Packed with step-by-step images, no-nonsense techniques, and practical advice, this is a must-have book for professional and advanced amateur photographers.

Corrective Lighting, Posing & Retouching for Digital Portrait Photographers

release date: Apr 29, 2010
Corrective Lighting, Posing & Retouching for Digital Portrait Photographers
With techniques for achieving a flawless portrait, this manual shows how to create stunning, professional images in any setting. Tips on how to delicately discuss and evaluate a subject’s appearance and his or her specific concerns combine with examples on how subtle changes in lighting and posing can flatter subjects—by slimming the waist and hips, enhancing the bust, narrowing the nose, reducing a double chin, and concealing baldness—helping portrait photographers sensitively downplay perceived flaws. Also illustrating how the latest in digital imaging technology can fix problems, this up-to-date resource shows how to digitally eliminate acne, whiten teeth, remove braces, and fix unnoticed clothing problems. Techniques for processing RAW files and for optimizing JPEG files for quick, but consistent, shooting are also included. With hundreds of new images, before-and-after sequences, and informative text, this is the ultimate reference for creating beautiful, flattering portraits.

Jeff Smith's Senior Portrait Photography Handbook

release date: Dec 01, 2009
Jeff Smith's Senior Portrait Photography Handbook
With detailed, informative instructions for capturing personable and memorable yearbook photos, this reference presents step-by-step demonstrations on advertising, talking to clients, producing outstanding images, and finalizing a sale. Noting the delicate balance of pleasing parents and teens alike, this resource illustrates how to marry the latest fashion-oriented photography trends with the needs of the family member who is paying for the session. A wealth of lighting and posing techniques combine with tips for analyzing the subject, choosing which features to accent and which to downplay, and creating alluring, fashionable looks that the whole family can appreciate. Emphasizing the value in allowing seniors to personalize their photos by bringing the shoot to their home or a more meaningful location, the guide also includes suggestions for incorporating additional visual elements such as pets, musical instruments, team uniforms, best friends, or significant others.

The Presidents We Imagine

release date: Mar 19, 2009
The Presidents We Imagine
In such popular television series as The West Wing and 24, in thrillers like Tom Clancy’s novels, and in recent films, plays, graphic novels, and internet cartoons, America has been led by an amazing variety of chief executives. Some of these are real presidents who have been fictionally reimagined. Others are “might-have-beens” like Philip Roth’s President Charles Lindbergh. Many more have never existed except in some storyteller’s mind. In The Presidents We Imagine, Jeff Smith examines the presidency’s ever-changing place in the American imagination. Ranging across different media and analyzing works of many kinds, some familiar and some never before studied, he explores the evolution of presidential fictions, their central themes, the impact on them of new and emerging media, and their largely unexamined role in the nation’s real politics. Smith traces fictions of the presidency from the plays and polemics of the eighteenth century—when the new office was born in what Alexander Hamilton called “the regions of fiction”—to the digital products of the twenty-first century, with their seemingly limitless user-defined ways of imagining the world’s most important political figure. Students of American culture and politics, as well as readers interested in political fiction and film, will find here a colorful, indispensable guide to the many surprising ways Americans have been “representing” presidents even as those presidents have represented them. “Especially timely in an era when media image-mongering increasingly shapes presidential politics.”—Paul S. Boyer, series editor “Smith''s understanding of the sociopolitical realities of US history is impressive; likewise his interpretations of works of literature and popular culture. . . .In addition to presenting thoughtful analysis, the book is also fun. Readers will enjoy encounters with, for example, The Beggar''s Opera, Duck Soup, Edward Bellamy''s Looking Backward, Philip Roth''s Plot against America, the comedic campaigns of W. C. Fields for President and Pogo for President, and presidential fictions that continue up to the last President Bush. . . . His writing is fluid and conversational, but every page reveals deep understanding and focus. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readers.”—CHOICE

Controller-Based Wireless LAN Fundamentals

release date: Oct 29, 2010
Controller-Based Wireless LAN Fundamentals
Controller-Based Wireless LAN Fundamentals An end-to-end reference guide to design, deploy, manage, and secure 802.11 wireless networks As wired networks are increasingly replaced with 802.11n wireless connections, enterprise users are shifting to centralized, next-generation architectures built around Wireless LAN Controllers (WLC). These networks will increasingly run business-critical voice, data, and video applications that once required wired Ethernet. In Controller-Based Wireless LAN Fundamentals, three senior Cisco wireless experts bring together all the practical and conceptual knowledge professionals need to confidently design, configure, deploy, manage, and troubleshoot 802.11n networks with Cisco Unified Wireless Network (CUWN) technologies. The authors first introduce the core principles, components, and advantages of next-generation wireless networks built with Cisco offerings. Drawing on their pioneering experience, the authors present tips, insights, and best practices for network design and implementation as well as detailed configuration examples. Next, they illuminate key technologies ranging from WLCs to Lightweight Access Point Protocol (LWAPP) and Control and Provisioning of Wireless Access Points (CAPWAP), Fixed Mobile Convergence to WiFi Voice. They also show how to take advantage of the CUWN’s end-to-end security, automatic configuration, self-healing, and integrated management capabilities. This book serves as a practical, hands-on reference for all network administrators, designers, and engineers through the entire project lifecycle, and an authoritative learning tool for new wireless certification programs. This is the only book that Fully covers the principles and components of next-generation wireless networks built with Cisco WLCs and Cisco 802.11n AP Brings together real-world tips, insights, and best practices for designing and implementing next-generation wireless networks Presents start-to-finish configuration examples for common deployment scenarios Reflects the extensive first-hand experience of Cisco experts Gain an operational and design-level understanding of WLAN Controller (WLC) architectures, related technologies, and the problems they solve Understand 802.11n, MIMO, and protocols developed to support WLC architecture Use Cisco technologies to enhance wireless network reliability, resilience, and scalability while reducing operating expenses Safeguard your assets using Cisco Unified Wireless Network’s advanced security features Design wireless networks capable of serving as an enterprise’s primary or only access network and supporting advanced mobility services Utilize Cisco Wireless Control System (WCS) to plan, deploy, monitor, troubleshoot, and report on wireless networks throughout their lifecycles Configure Cisco wireless LANs for multicasting Quickly troubleshoot problems with Cisco controller-based wireless LANs This book is part of the Cisco Press® Fundamentals Series. Books in this series introduce networking professionals to new networking technologies, covering network topologies, sample deployment concepts, protocols, and management techniques. Category: Wireless Covers: Cisco Controller-Based Wireless LANs

Little Mouse Gets Ready

release date: Jan 01, 2009
Little Mouse Gets Ready
Little Mouse gets dressed to go to the barn with his mother, brothers, and sisters.

Machine Learning Systems

release date: Mar 28, 2018
Machine Learning Systems
Summary Machine Learning Systems: Designs that scale is an example-rich guide that teaches you how to implement reactive design solutions in your machine learning systems to make them as reliable as a well-built web app. Foreword by Sean Owen, Director of Data Science, Cloudera Purchase of the print book includes a free eBook in PDF, Kindle, and ePub formats from Manning Publications. About the Technology If you''re building machine learning models to be used on a small scale, you don''t need this book. But if you''re a developer building a production-grade ML application that needs quick response times, reliability, and good user experience, this is the book for you. It collects principles and practices of machine learning systems that are dramatically easier to run and maintain, and that are reliably better for users. About the Book Machine Learning Systems: Designs that scale teaches you to design and implement production-ready ML systems. You''ll learn the principles of reactive design as you build pipelines with Spark, create highly scalable services with Akka, and use powerful machine learning libraries like MLib on massive datasets. The examples use the Scala language, but the same ideas and tools work in Java, as well. What''s Inside Working with Spark, MLlib, and Akka Reactive design patterns Monitoring and maintaining a large-scale system Futures, actors, and supervision About the Reader Readers need intermediate skills in Java or Scala. No prior machine learning experience is assumed. About the Author Jeff Smith builds powerful machine learning systems. For the past decade, he has been working on building data science applications, teams, and companies as part of various teams in New York, San Francisco, and Hong Kong. He blogs (https://medium.com/@jeffksmithjr), tweets (@jeffksmithjr), and speaks (www.jeffsmith.tech/speaking) about various aspects of building real-world machine learning systems. Table of Contents PART 1 - FUNDAMENTALS OF REACTIVE MACHINE LEARNING Learning reactive machine learning Using reactive tools PART 2 - BUILDING A REACTIVE MACHINE LEARNING SYSTEM Collecting data Generating features Learning models Evaluating models Publishing models Responding PART 3 - OPERATING A MACHINE LEARNING SYSTEM Delivering Evolving intelligence

Smiley's Dream Book

release date: Jul 31, 2018
Smiley's Dream Book
From the creator of the internationally bestselling and award-winning BONE series comes a charming and adorable picture book -- the first to feature Smiley Bone in an adventure all his own!

The Nama Group of Southern Namibia

release date: Jul 05, 2016
The Nama Group of Southern Namibia
Field guide to the Nama group sediments of southern Namibia

Becoming Amish

release date: Jun 16, 2016
Becoming Amish
A family living in one of America''s wealthiest communities steps away from mainstream society and joins the horse-and-buggy Amish life. The family of Bill and Tricia Moser are seeking deeper connections to belief, community and purpose in life. The book is rare in Amish literature because it presents the perspective of people who grew up in modern America and immersed in the Amish world, offering both the fresh view of a newcomer and the intimate view of an insider. The book explores such aspects of Amish culture as faith, business, community connectedness, what it was like to learn to drive a horse and buggy and make the family''s clothes.

Rose

release date: Aug 01, 2009
Rose
A prequel to the Bone Saga. When a terrifying dragon attacks the small towns of the Northern Valley, a young Princess Rose (known later as Gran''ma Ben) must defeat it.

The Absurdity of Philosophy

release date: Aug 01, 2008
The Absurdity of Philosophy
Jeff Smith-Luedke uses rudiments of logic and lingual philosophy. with broad strokes of reason, rationality and consistent argumentation, as well as anecdotes, humanism and descriptive word invention, to posit more specificity to our understanding of our language speaking history and condition.

Jeff Smith's Posing Techniques for Location Portrait Photography

release date: Dec 01, 2007
Jeff Smith's Posing Techniques for Location Portrait Photography
This comprehensive guide to location portraits teaches the basics of good head-to-toe posing, indoors and out, and shows the classical approaches used throughout photographic history to create a pleasing rendition of the human form. Additional introductory chapters detail the four main posing styles and reveal how to determine which will work best with a subject, their clothing, the location, and the purpose of the portrait. Chapters for advanced photographers highlight the creation of a wide variety of individual and group posesÑincluding ground, seated, head-and-shoulders, and standingÑto be utilized in tandem with stairs, rocks, and other architectural and natural elements. A chapter devoted to the essential business skills needed to professionally schedule appointments, work through consultations, manage sessions, and present and deliver final prints is also included.
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