Brightness Falls Book
Score: 3.5
From 6 Ratings

Brightness Falls


  • Author : Jay McInerney
  • Publisher : A&C Black
  • Release Date : 2014-03-13
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 432
  • ISBN 10 : 9781408854471

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Brightness Falls Excerpt :

Corrine Calloway is a young stockbroker on Wall Street, her husband Russell an underpaid but ambitious publishing editor. The happily married couple head into New York's 1980s gold rush where prospects and money seem to be flying everywhere, and the best and the brightest vie with the worst and most craven for riches, fame and the love of beautiful people. But the Calloways soon find out that what goes up must come crashing down, both on Wall Street and at home. Brightness Falls captures lives-in-the-making: men and women confronting their sudden middle-age with wit and low behaviour, fear and confusion, and, just occasionally, a little honesty and decency.

Brightness Falls Book
Score: 3.5
From 6 Ratings

Brightness Falls


  • Author : Jay McInerney
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 1993-03-31
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 432
  • ISBN 10 : 9780679745327

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Brightness Falls Excerpt :

Combining the lyrical observation of F. Scott Fitzgerald with the laser-bright social satire of Evelyn Waugh, Jay McInerney gives us a novel that is stunningly accomplished and profoundly affecting. As he maps the fault lines spreading through the once-impenetrable marriage of Russell and Corrine Calloway and chronicles Russell's wildly ambitious scheme to seize control of the publishing house at which he works, Jay McInerney creates an elegy for New York in the 1980s. From the literary chimeras and corporate raiders to those dispossessed by the pandemonium of money and power, Brightness Falls captures a rash era at its moment of reckoning and gives reality back to a time that now seems decidedly unreal.

Brightness Falls from the Air Book
Score: 3.5
From 4 Ratings

Brightness Falls from the Air


  • Author : James Tiptree
  • Publisher : Open Road Media
  • Release Date : 2014-04-01
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 382
  • ISBN 10 : 9781497611412

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Brightness Falls from the Air Excerpt :

They have gathered now on Damien and are about to witness the last rising of a man-made nova. They are sixteen humans in a distant world about to be enveloped by an eruption of violence—horror and murder, oddly complemented by a bizarre, unforgiving love. But justice is not all that they’re about to find. Judgment is coming, and the sixteen unsuspecting ones are on the threshold of the murdered star.

Bright  Precious Days Book
Score: 3
From 6 Ratings

Bright Precious Days


  • Author : Jay McInerney
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2016-08-02
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 416
  • ISBN 10 : 9781101948019

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Bright Precious Days Excerpt :

From the best-selling author of Bright Lights, Big City: a sexy, vibrant, cross-generational New York story--a literary and commercial triumph of the highest order. Even decades after their arrival, Corrine and Russell Calloway still feel as if they’re living the dream that drew them to New York City in the first place: book parties or art openings one night and high-society events the next; jobs they care about (and in fact love); twin children whose birth was truly miraculous; a loft in TriBeCa and summers in the Hamptons. But all of this comes at a fiendish cost. Russell, an independent publisher, has superb cultural credentials yet minimal cash flow; as he navigates a business that requires, beyond astute literary judgment, constant financial improvisation, he encounters an audacious, potentially game-changing—or ruinous—opportunity. Meanwhile, instead of chasing personal gain in this incredibly wealthy city, Corrine devotes herself to helping feed its hungry poor, and she and her husband soon discover they’re being priced out of the newly fashionable neighborhood they’ve called home for most of their adult lives, with their son and daughter caught in the balance. Then Corrine’s world is turned upside down when the man with whom she’d had an ill-fated affair in the wake of 9/11 suddenly reappears. As the novel unfolds across a period of stupendous change—including Obama’s historic election and the global economic collapse he inherited—the Calloways will find themselves and their marriage tested more severely than they ever could have imagined.

Brightness Falls from the Air Book
Score: 3.5
From 4 Ratings

Brightness Falls from the Air


  • Author : James Tiptree
  • Publisher : Tor Books
  • Release Date : 1986
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 382
  • ISBN 10 : 0812556259

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Brightness Falls from the Air Excerpt :

The arrival of an odd assortment of suspicious tourists on the planet Damiem parallels the final moves in a twenty-year-old interplanetary war that ends in the destruction of a star

The Good Life Book
Score: 3
From 11 Ratings

The Good Life


  • Author : Jay McInerney
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2006-01-31
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307264695

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The Good Life Excerpt :

In this bestselling novel, the author of Bright Lights, Big City unveils a story of love, family, conflicting desires, and catastrophic loss in a powerfully searing work of fiction. Clinging to a semiprecarious existence in TriBeCa, Corrine and Russell Calloway have survived a separation and are wonderstruck by young twins whose provenance is nothing less than miraculous. Several miles uptown and perched near the top of the Upper East Side’s social register, Luke McGavock has postponed his accumulation of wealth in an attempt to recover the sense of purpose now lacking in a life that often gives him pause. But on a September morning, brightness falls horribly from the sky, and people worlds apart suddenly find themselves working side by side at the devastated site. Wise, surprising, and, ultimately, heart-stoppingly redemptive, The Good Life captures lives that allow us to see–through personal, social, and moral complexity–more clearly into the heart of things.

A Brightness Long Ago Book
Score: 4
From 11 Ratings

A Brightness Long Ago


  • Author : Guy Gavriel Kay
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2019-05-14
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 448
  • ISBN 10 : 9780143192640

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A Brightness Long Ago Excerpt :

From the internationally bestselling author of Tigana and The Lions of Al-Rassan comes a masterful new novel set in a vivid world evoking early Renaissance Italy and offering an extraordinary cast of characters whose lives come together through destiny, love, and ambition. In a chamber overlooking the nighttime waterways of a maritime city, a man recalls his youth and the people who shaped his life. Danio Cerra's intelligence won him entry to a renowned school even though he was only the son of a tailor. He took service at the court of a count--and soon learned why that man was known as the Beast. Danio's fate changed the moment he recognized Adria Ripoli as she entered the Beast's chambers one autumn night, intending to kill. Born to power, Adria had chosen, instead of a life of comfort, one of danger--and freedom--which is how she encounters Danio in a perilous time and place. Unforgettable figures share the unfolding story. Among them: a healer determined to defy her expected lot; a charming, frivolous son of immense wealth; a powerful religious leader more decadent than devout; and, affecting all these lives and many more, two larger-than-life mercenary commanders, lifelong adversaries, whose rivalry puts a world in the balance. A Brightness Long Ago offers both compelling drama and deeply moving reflections on the nature of memory, the choices we make in life, and the role played by the turning of Fortune's wheel.

Story of My Life Book
Score: 4
From 6 Ratings

Story of My Life


  • Author : Jay McInerney
  • Publisher : Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
  • Release Date : 2010-03-12
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN 10 : 9780802197566

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Story of My Life Excerpt :

A “brilliant” novel of a party girl in 1980s Manhattan, by the author of Bright Lights, Big City (The Sunday Times). Twenty-something aspiring actress Alison Poole is well versed in hopping the clubs, shopping Chanel, falling in and out of lust, and abusing other people’s credit cards. As she traverses nocturnal New York with her coterie of coke-addicted friends—and races toward emotional breakdown—the author of Brightness Falls and other acclaimed works of fiction gives us a funny, poignant portrait of a postmodern Holly Golightly coming to terms with a world in which everything is permitted and nothing really matters. “Jay McInerney has proven himself not only a brilliant stylist but a master of characterization, with a keen eye for incongruities of urban life.” —The New York Times Book Review “[McInerney’s] talent for capturing the nuances and idiosyncrasies of our culture [in Bright Lights, Big City] is even more powerfully evident in Story of My Life . . . Underneath Alison’s hip, party-girl exterior and flippant vernacular is McInerney’s disturbing depiction of a young woman caught in the traumatic reality of her times.” —San Francisco Chronicle “Story of My Life is quite as brilliant as Bright Lights, Big City and a lot funnier.” —The Sunday Times

The Last of the Savages Book
Score: 4
From 3 Ratings

The Last of the Savages


  • Author : Jay McInerney
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2011-08-10
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307763235

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The Last of the Savages Excerpt :

From the bestselling author of Bright Lights, Big City and Brightness Falls comes a chronicle of a generation, as enacted by two men who represent all the passions and extremes of the class of 1969. Patrick Keane and Will Savage meet at prep school at the beginning of the explosive '60s. Over the next 30 years, they remain friends even as they pursue radically divergent destinies--and harbor secrets that defy rebellion and conformity.

City of Light Book
Score: 3
From 59 Ratings

City of Light


  • Author : Lauren Belfer
  • Publisher : Dial Press
  • Release Date : 2010-09-01
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 514
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307764027

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City of Light Excerpt :

A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK It is 1901 and Buffalo, New York, stands at the center of the nation's attention as a place of immense wealth and sophistication. The massive hydroelectric power development at nearby Niagara Falls and the grand Pan-American Exposition promise to bring the Great Lakes “city of light” even more repute. Against this rich historical backdrop lives Louisa Barrett, the attractive, articulate headmistress of the Macaulay School for Girls. Protected by its powerful all-male board, “Miss Barrett” is treated as an equal by the men who control the life of the city. Lulled by her unique relationship with these titans of business, Louisa feels secure in her position, until a mysterious death at the power plant triggers a sequence of events that forces her to return to a past she has struggled to conceal, and to question everything and everyone she holds dear. Both observer and participant, Louisa Barrett guides the reader through the culture and conflicts of a time and place where immigrant factory workers and nature conservationists protest violently against industrialists, where presidents broker politics, where wealthy “Negroes” fight for recognition and equality, and where women struggle to thrive in a system that allows them little freedom. Wrought with remarkable depth and intelligence, City of Light remains a work completely of its own era, and of ours as well. A stirring literary accomplishment, Lauren Belfer's first novel marks the debut of a fresh voice for the new millennium and heralds a major publishing event.

The Volcano and After Book

The Volcano and After


  • Author : Alicia Suskin Ostriker
  • Publisher : University of Pittsburgh Press
  • Release Date : 2020-09-08
  • Genre: Poetry
  • Pages : 214
  • ISBN 10 : 9780822987819

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The Volcano and After Excerpt :

Alicia Suskin Ostriker’s passionate voice has long been acknowledged as a vital force in American poetry. From urgent spiritual quest to biting political satire, from elegy to comedy, from celebration of the city street and the world “as a paradise might be / if we had eyes to see,” to the “crack in earth . . . crack in her mind,” from brilliant evocations of art and music to mother-daughter wrestlings, Ostriker’s poetry rings with insistence on beauty and truth. Drawing from six of her previous books, and highlighting a sequence of bold new poems exploring the challenges and absurdities of aging, The Volcano and After is a masterpiece for our time. OLD WOMAN AT THE RIVER On the bank of the river I slide inside my sleeping bag sleep is good if I am not kept awake by coughing the sound of the water soothes time passes and does not pass when I am better I will sit and meditate for a while there may be birds to listen to then I will step down the bank and put my naked foot in the water which will shock at first, being so cold, so swift.

Orbital Motion Book
Score: 3.5
From 3 Ratings

Orbital Motion


  • Author : A.E. Roy
  • Publisher : CRC Press
  • Release Date : 2020-07-14
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 552
  • ISBN 10 : 1420056883

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Orbital Motion Excerpt :

Long established as one of the premier references in the fields of astronomy, planetary science, and physics, the fourth edition of Orbital Motion continues to offer comprehensive coverage of the analytical methods of classical celestial mechanics while introducing the recent numerical experiments on the orbital evolution of gravitating masses and the astrodynamics of artificial satellites and interplanetary probes. Following detailed reviews of earlier editions by distinguished lecturers in the USA and Europe, the author has carefully revised and updated this edition. Each chapter provides a thorough introduction to prepare you for more complex concepts, reflecting a consistent perspective and cohesive organization that is used throughout the book. A noted expert in the field, the author not only discusses fundamental concepts, but also offers analyses of more complex topics, such as modern galactic studies and dynamical parallaxes. New to the Fourth Edition: * Numerous updates and reorganization of all chapters to encompass new methods * New results from recent work in areas such as satellite dynamics * New chapter on the Caledonian symmetrical n-body problem Extending its coverage to meet a growing need for this subject in satellite and aerospace engineering, Orbital Motion, Fourth Edition remains a top reference for postgraduate and advanced undergraduate students, professionals such as engineers, and serious amateur astronomers.

Tbd Book

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  • Author : Shusuke Hayashi
  • Publisher : InterLingua Publishing
  • Release Date : 2006-01-01
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 182
  • ISBN 10 : 9781884730399

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Nikkei Microdevices' 2006 report on flat panel display (FPD) industry includes: -Exclusive in-depth interviews with 28 top executives in the industry -Over 250 information-packed figures, tables and pictures -Proprietary intelligence not available anywhere else In 2006, competitive conditions in the flat panel display (FPD) industry will change significantly. The era in which competition was primarily based on increasing investment and glass substrate sizes is over. Henceforth, overall capability, including parts/material strategy and equipment strategy, will become the decisive factor. By 2010, parts and material costs will account for 80% of the total cost of large-size LCD panels, which will drive future market expansions; thus, parts and materials will make up most of the value addition in panels. Leading panel makers are starting to reinforce their cooperative relationships with parts and material makers, as well as with equipment makers.

Up the Walls of the World Book
Score: 4
From 5 Ratings

Up the Walls of the World


  • Author : James Tiptree
  • Publisher : Open Road Media
  • Release Date : 2020-08-25
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 318
  • ISBN 10 : 9781504062350

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Up the Walls of the World Excerpt :

The first novel from the award-winning author of Brightness Falls from the Air, a writer “known for gender-bending, boundary-pushing work” (Tor.com). Up the Walls of the World is the 1978 debut novel of Alice Sheldon, who had built her reputation with the acclaimed short stories she published under the name James Tiptree Jr. A singular representation of American science fiction in its prime, Tiptree’s first novel expanded on the themes she addressed in her short fiction. “From telepathy to cosmology, from densely conceived psychological narrative to the broadest of sense-of-wonder revelations, the novel is something of a tour de force” (The Science Fiction Encyclopedia). Known as the Destroyer, a self-aware leviathan roams through space gobbling up star systems. In its path is the planet Tyree, populated by telepathic wind-dwelling aliens who are facing extinction. Meanwhile on Earth, people burdened with psi powers are part of a secret military experiment run by a drug-addicted doctor struggling with his own grief. These vulnerable humans soon become the target of the Tyrenni, whose only hope of survival is to take over their bodies and minds—an unspeakable crime in any other period of the aliens’ history . . . Praise for James Tiptree Jr. “[Tiptree] can show you the human in the alien and the alien in the human and make both utterly real.” —The Washington Post “Novels that deal with the mental gymnastics of superminds, or with concepts like eternity and infinity, are doomed to fall short of the mark. But Tiptree’s misses are more exciting than the bulls‐eyes of less ambitious authors.” —The New York Times

Image Sensors and Signal Processing for Digital Still Cameras Book

Image Sensors and Signal Processing for Digital Still Cameras


  • Author : Junichi Nakamura
  • Publisher : CRC Press
  • Release Date : 2017-12-19
  • Genre: Technology & Engineering
  • Pages : 403
  • ISBN 10 : 9781351836975

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Image Sensors and Signal Processing for Digital Still Cameras Excerpt :

Shrinking pixel sizes along with improvements in image sensors, optics, and electronics have elevated DSCs to levels of performance that match, and have the potential to surpass, that of silver-halide film cameras. Image Sensors and Signal Processing for Digital Still Cameras captures the current state of DSC image acquisition and signal processing technology and takes an all-inclusive look at the field, from the history of DSCs to future possibilities. The first chapter outlines the evolution of DSCs, their basic structure, and their major application classes. The next few chapters discuss high-quality optics that meet the requirements of better image sensors, the basic functions and performance parameters of image sensors, and detailed discussions of both CCD and CMOS image sensors. The book then discusses how color theory affects the uses of DSCs, presents basic image processing and camera control algorithms and examples of advanced image processing algorithms, explores the architecture and required performance of signal processing engines, and explains how to evaluate image quality for each component described. The book closes with a look at future technologies and the challenges that must be overcome to realize them. With contributions from many active DSC experts, Image Sensors and Image Processing for Digital Still Cameras offers unparalleled real-world coverage and opens wide the door for future innovation.