The New York Times best-selling sequel to "Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!" One of the greatest physicists of the twentieth century, Richard Feynman possessed an unquenchable thirst for adventure and an unparalleled ability to tell the stories of his life. "What Do You Care What Other People Think?" is Feynman’s last literary legacy, prepared with his friend and fellow drummer, Ralph Leighton. Among its many tales—some funny, others intensely moving—we meet Feynman’s first wife, Arlene, who taught him of love’s irreducible mystery as she lay dying in a hospital bed while he worked nearby on the atomic bomb at Los Alamos. We are also given a fascinating narrative of the investigation of the space shuttle Challenger’s explosion in 1986, and we relive the moment when Feynman revealed the disaster’s cause by an elegant experiment: dropping a ring of rubber into a glass of cold water and pulling it out, misshapen.
Running away to sea to escape a legal career, Robinson Crusoe ends up having rather more excitement than he'd bargained for in this infamous adventure yarn by Daniel Defoe. Only just surviving his first storm at sea, Crusoe goes on to become a successful merchant, until he's seized by pirates on his second voyage. He manages to escape and reinvents himself once more in his second career as a plantation owner. Lured to sea again as part of a slave-gathering expedition, Crusoe finds himself shipwrecked off the coast of Trinidad and in his third and most famous role - the original castaway. Crusoe salvages what he can from his wreck and establishes an existence on the island, as well as fitting in a religious conversion, adopting a pet parrot and goat, saving Friday from cannibals, seizing a ship from its mutineers and sails her back to England, to find that things have changed in the 3 decades that he's been away... Published in 1719, although many early readers initially assumed that Robinson Crusoe was a factual autobiography of a real man named Crusoe, the book was actually the first example of realistic fiction. It was a popular innovation, being reprinted four times in its first year, and going on to have a huge influence on writers as diverse as Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Beatrix Potter, and has been adapted many times for stage and screen. Unusually, this edition also includes The Further Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, where the action returns to the island and other exotic locations including Madagascar, Cambodia and Siberia. The original map of the island from the 1719 edition is included, plus a new map showing Crusoe's route, as well as a Foreword by Ray Mears.
A boy detective takes on the most brilliant thief in Europe. In a country manor, a terrible noise awakes the household. Downstairs, the estate's secretary has been murdered. There are signs of a break-in, but everything appears to be in its proper place. What kind of thief would commit murder to steal nothing? The first detective on the case is Isidore Beautrelet, a precocious teenager who wears a fake beard to disguise the fact that he has not yet graduated from high school. Although the other investigators do not take him seriously, Beautrelet is the one to pick up the trail of Arsène Lupin, the gentleman thief. Lupin, it is soon discovered, is chasing the most valuable object he has ever had the opportunity to steal: the Hollow Needle. Passed down for generations by the kings of France, it holds a secret that could undo the republic. No one has ever managed to foil one of Lupin's fiendish plans, but Beautrelet is counting on beginner's luck.
After the original collection of stories featuring his lovable collie Lad was met with astounding success, journalist and dog expert Albert Payson Terhune penned a second batch of canine-centric yarns to please his clamoring fans. As always, the proud and playful Lad is at the center of these stories, bringing his usual mix of adventure, action, and adorable hijinks.
Nan Hollaway, a 70-something TV talk show host in Upstate New York, was foisted on debonair, silver-haired detective Alex Rayburn as an unwelcome partner in solving a crime of international proportions. Following the successful conclusion of their first case, the problematic pair found themselves involved in more unlikely adventures - as well as an unlikely affair of the heart. What now? A quiet walk in the cemetery leads to an encounter with a frantic escaped prisoner who begs Alex to prove his innocence. Nan and Alex’s nubile grandniece Dani join in the Perilous Pursuits of the bad guys, but it’s Alex who must ultimately brave a watery grave. In Golden Retrievals, a historic buried treasure becomes an intriguing case for Alex and Nan. All is happily resolved until one dark and stormy night when an unlikely miscreant makes his move at the Rayburn mansion.
Ruth Plumly Thompson was hand picked by L. Frank Baum’s estate to continue on the wonderful stories from the Land of Oz because of her delightful and lively writing style. Collected here together are three of her best Oz books carrying on Baum’s delightful series. Journey with the Scarecrow and discover his royal past in The Royal Book of Oz. Adventure with Kabumpo the elephant and Ruggedo the Nome King in Kabumpo in Oz. And in Ozoplaning with the Wizard of Oz the Wizard builds two spaceships. Magical adventure awaits!
Available for the first time in one volume: three delectably puzzling mystery stories—including the Anthony Award–winning story “Lucky Penny”—starring the inimitable taxi-driving Boston private investigator Carlotta Carlyle Six-foot-tall, redheaded ex-cop and Boston-based private eye Carlotta Carlyle is “the genuine article: a straightforward, funny, thoroughly American mystery heroine” (New York Post). Struggling PI Carlotta Carlyle drives a cab at night to make ends meet. She’s almost done with the night shift when a fare tries to rob her, and her moonlighting gig becomes a crime scene. Unfortunately for the thief, nothing ruffles Carlotta. As she figures out why she was targeted, she uncovers startling information. Whether Carlotta is flying cross-country to safeguard a blues musician’s priceless guitar or stopping a killing at Fenway Park, this flame-haired, six-foot-one detective knows to never let a felony get in the way of a good time. In these three stories—“Lucky Penny,” “Miss Gibson,” and “Stealing First,”—acclaimed author Linda Barnes demonstrates precisely what makes Carlotta Carlyle one of mystery fiction’s most distinctive and engaging private detectives.
Here we go; here's another set of half-witted adventures and reminiscences from that most furry of all heroines, Tabitha Miggins. She's still brave, furry, resolute, bushy-tailed, adventurous and bewhiskered and she certainly does not match "the cat i' the adage" (another one for Shakespeare fans). In this (eminently bushy) tale, she manages to change the course of history thanks to a slight faux paw. It gets better, though, thanks to Tabitha going to have a chinwag with her future self, so as to find out how she saved the world from the radical, new history that she'd caused. As it turns out, saving the world involves passing Warp speed and knitting at Weft speed, even though this means Tabitha knitting herself out of history altogether. Some days a cat has to do what a cat has to do; that's what duty's all about. If all this isn't enough, Tabitha meets up again with the dastardly Smuckle and we find out how he survived throwing himself in the sea whilst bound in heavy, iron chains back in the last book. We also get to find out how the decorating in his hideout on Lundy went. And if that isn't enough, there lots more knitting, not to mention gallons of Pill Brewery Milk Stout, and we even get to hear about Nutter Slater's not-so-secret life as leader of The Pill Morris, the most feared Morris Team in the civilized world...and let's mention that their 'Obby 'Oss is the stuff of nightmare - and it's no good simply sticking your head under the covers. It knows where you are. And what you've done. Sleep tight, now, little ones, sleep tight.
This sequel to "Towing Icebergs, Falling Dominoes" presents a collection of puzzles for readers interested in sharpening their thinking and mathematical skills. Covering a broad range of fields, the author uses basic algebra and geometry to solve problems.
What do Postman Pat, Tommy Cooper, Norman Wisdom and George Best have in common with being abandoned in a Costa Rican jungle after a severe bout of flatulence? Indeed, how are they also connected to trying to buy an Australian brewery just to get a beer, owning twenty-two cars, an American soccer team and a Swiss mail-order pornography company? The common feature is of course a certain Richard Wakeman. The Further Adventures of a Grumpy Old Rock Star takes you, the privileged reader, on a trip of absurd excess, a cultural car crash of side-splitting hilarity and an unforgettable glimpse (again) into the life of one of Britain's most legendary showmen, rock stars and all-time great raconteurs.
The brand new adventure from the author of The Moonstone’s Curse, in which Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson travel to Paris to uncover a secret buried for over twenty years SECRETS AND LIES Sherlock Holmes’s latest case takes him to Paris in pursuit of Marguerite Hardy: a Frenchwoman who fled her London home in mysterious circumstances. Holmes discovers she left after receiving a mysterious letter, containing an obituary and the words “four for the devil”. Holmes’s investigations will take him and his cousin, Henry Vernier, into a world of seduction and betrayal – and lead them to uncover a secret buried for over twenty years.
More adventures with the Ruggles family from One End Street. This time three of them have measles - but it turns out to be a blessing in disguise as they are sent to Dew Drop Inn, a wonderful house in the country, while they recover. There are adventures galore - like the time Lily Rose is a bridesmaid, or when Mr Ruggles gets sent the wrong pig, and the day Baby Ruggles sees a cat at the kitchen window and it turns out to be an escaped tiger!
The Black Hand Gang is a neighbourhood group of young Kenyans, which meets in the eastern part of Nairobi. The gang members, Onyango, Waithaka, his sister Jane, V.J. Patel and Hassan make a lot of friends trying to help other people. The story is intended as a supplementary text for children fluent in reading, to encourage reading for pleasure.
The Further Adventures of Gorrin the Gnome By A.M.Singleton Gorrin’s adventures continue in this action packed sequel for the intrepid gnome. Searching for his long lost sister, he encounters the evil Horrin and the ancient hostility between them quickly resurfaces as Horrin does his utmost to prevent Gorrin in his quest with a succession of battles of wits and magic. Mystical Cornwall provides the atmospheric setting where Gorrin again meets his nemesis. The fate of all humans and gnomes will be decided high on a windswept moor above a secluded cove; will Gorrin triumph for good over evil?
An exploration of the science of everyday food preparation challenges popular misconceptions, offering information about the chemical nature of foods and how such knowledge can enable better food and cooking choices.