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Streetlights and Shadows

Author : Gary A. Klein
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An expert explains how the conventional wisdom about decision making can get us into trouble—and why experience can't be replaced by rules, procedures, or analytical methods. In making decisions, when should we go with our gut and when should we try to analyze every option? When should we use our intuition and when should we rely on logic and statistics? Most of us would probably agree that for important decisions, we should follow certain guidelines—gather as much information as possible, compare the options, pin down the goals before getting started. But in practice we make some of our best decisions by adapting to circumstances rather than blindly following procedures. In Streetlights and Shadows, Gary Klein debunks the conventional wisdom about how to make decisions. He takes ten commonly accepted claims about decision making and shows that they are better suited for the laboratory than for life. The standard advice works well when everything is clear, but the tough decisions involve shadowy conditions of complexity and ambiguity. Gathering masses of information, for example, works if the information is accurate and complete—but that doesn't often happen in the real world. (Think about the careful risk calculations that led to the downfall of the Wall Street investment houses.) Klein offers more realistic ideas about how to make decisions in real-life settings. He provides many examples—ranging from airline pilots and weather forecasters to sports announcers and Captain Jack Aubrey in Patrick O'Brian's Master and Commander novels—to make his point. All these decision makers saw things that others didn't. They used their expertise to pick up cues and to discern patterns and trends. We can make better decisions, Klein tells us, if we are prepared for complexity and ambiguity and if we will stop expecting the data to tell us everything.

The Art of Negotiation

Author : Michael Wheeler
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Shedding new light on the improvisational nature of negotiation, explains how diplomats, deal-makers, and Hollywood producers apply their best practices to everyday transactions.

When Shadows Fall

Author : J. T. Ellison
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Forensic pathologist Dr. Samantha Owens autopsies the body of suicide victim Timothy Savage and discovers that he was murdered, but also finds DNA from a kidnapped child whose remains were recovered years earlier.


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Light and Color in the Outdoors

Author : Marcel Minnaert
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All of science springs from the observation of nature. In this classic book, the late Professor Minnaert accompanies the reader on a tour of nature's light and color and reveals the myriad phenomena that may be observed outdoors with no more than a pair of eyes and an enquiring mind. From the intriguing shape of the dapples beneath a tree on a sunny day, via rainbows, mirages, and haloes, the colors of liquid, ice, and the sky, to the appearance of the sun, moon, planets, and stars - Minnaert describes and explains them all in a clear language accessible to laymen. This new English edition is supplemented by 80 plates, over half of them in color, taken by the acclaimed photographer Pekka Parviainen, illustrating many of the phenomena - ordinary and exotic - discussed in the book.

Energy Humanities

Author : Imre Szeman
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"... these fields of scholarship are ones that demonstrate how the scale and complexity of the issues being explored demand insights and approaches that transcend old school disciplinary boundaries. This book offers a selection of the most influential work in energy humanities that has appeared over the past decade. Selections range from anthropology and geography to philosophy, history, and cultural studies to recent energy-focused interventions in art and literature..."--Provided by publisher.

Dancing with the Spirits of Shadowplay

Author : Bonnie Breuilly-Pike
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No matter what the faith or season of the year, all human beings seek everyday epiphanies; occasions when we can experience the sacred and the beautiful in the absolute ordinary. In doing so, we come to an awakening that we cannot afford to throw away even one more "unimportant" day by not noticing the wonder of it all. Sometimes, we just forget to take the time to honestly see our world; most times actually. Some of the simplest things that make us feel alive, and more importantly loved, are right at our fingertips or just outside our backdoor and we constantly seem to either ignore or miss them: A good morning kiss. The first real day of spring every year. An unexpected call from your significant other to just say I love you. The appreciative wag of your dogs tail when you give him his favorite treat. The scent of a newly opened rose bud. The hug your grandchild gives you when he runs across the yard when he first sees you. However, Bonnie Pike seems to notice all of these things and more. She has the wonderful talent to put into words those feelings and emotions of life with all of its loves as well as its pains This is Bonnie's third volume of poetry. Her prior volumes "Survive The Shadowstalker; A Poetic Journey Through Abuse",was released in 2002 and "Shadows Of Love, was released in 2011. In this compilation of poetry, Bonnie takes you through the natural order of life which she has gleaned through her love of her adopted home state of AZ. Do you want to come and play, and dance, and dream? Then meet Bonnie at the Superstition Mountain, just off the Apache Trail, and she will show you the way. Come and dance with the spirits of shadowplay.

The Shadow Men

Author : Christopher Golden
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A young Boston family is torn apart—into parallel dimensions—in this dark urban fantasy by the authors of The Map of Moments. From Beacon Hill to Southie, Boston is a place of close-knit neighborhoods. But as Jim Banks and Trix Newcomb soon learn, it is also a city divided, split into three separate versions of itself by a mad magician once tasked with its protection. Jim’s happy family includes his wife Jenny, their daughter Holly, and Jenny’s best friend Trix—who has secretly been in love with Jenny for years. But when Jenny and Holly inexplicably disappear, they leave behind a Boston in which they never existed. Only Jim and Trix remember them. Only Jim and Trix can bring them back. With the help of Boston’s Oracle, an elderly woman with magical powers, Jim and Trix travel between the fractured cities in search of Jenny and Holly. But if Jim and Trix fail, the spell holding the separate Bostons apart will fail too, and the cities will collide in a cataclysmic implosion. Someone, it seems, wants just that. And that someone has deadly shadow men at their disposal.

The Shadow Serpentine

Author : Matthew Davis
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Within the makeshift corridors of a dark labyrinth, lost beneath an old man's secluded mansion, five reluctant strangers will find one another, drawn together by a mysterious, luminescent force. Searching for lost companions, hidden exits, or redemption for wasted years, each of these strangers will face the toughest challenge of their lives. For, within the confines of the dark labyrinth, the strangers are being hunted by an ancient legend, a shadowy horror unknown to the world of man. Their journeys will take them through haunted graveyards, possessed swamps, and dreamscape realms filled with hopes and horrors; yet, along the way, through all their encounters, the sands of the hourglass are ever-shifting, counting down to a nightmarish reality. Now, racing against time and the shadows around them, these strangers must confront the darkest of demons, an aged man obsessed with immortality, and the ultimate horror he has awakened: the legend of the shadow serpentine.

Draconian New York

Author : Robert Sheckley
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Hob Draconian, American-born but a two-decade resident of Ibiza and a tie-dyed-in-the-wool hippie philosopher, is happily back from America and living in Ibiza - until he learns that the property he's renting is about to be sold for re-development and he needs a quick $10K to save his house. Time for the Alternative Detective Agency to find a lucrative case to solve - one where he can avoid danger, get away with being a smart-mouth quipster and still save the day - and get paid.