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Ecco!: An Introduction to Advanced Italian
Written in easy, conversational English, ECCO! reviews and explains allmajor points of Italian grammar, with special attention to those areasthat appear more foreign to English speakers. Emphasis is also placed onvocabulary enrichment. The book presents about 6,000 Italian words,grouped thematically by structural or grammatical characteristics, many ofthem illustrated by examples. It also includes about 1,000 Italian idioms(particular turns of phrase peculiar to the language) and lists all irregularforms of verbs and nouns. Students wanting to move beyond an elementaryacquaintance with Italian will fi nd the book useful as a self-teaching tool,an adjunct to other textbooks or as a reference source
Published by: Xlibris US | Publication date: 01/07/2014
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 330 pages

Ecco perché i cani fanno la pipì sulle ruote delle macchine: L'uomo e il suo rapporto con gli altri animali e le leggi della natura (Italian Edition)
Che tipo di animale è l'uomo? E come si comporta con gli altri animali? Con quelli che mangia, con quelli che veste di cappottini firmati, con quelli verso cui prova solo ribrezzo?Ferdinando Boero compie un viaggio nella storia dell'uomo nella biosfera, con ironia e rigore scientifico: da quando l'Homo sapiens ha iniziato a cacciare, e poi allevare, fino alla “conversione animalista” e agli eccessi morbosi dell'epoca contemporanea.E ci racconta quali sono i rapporti tra le specie: dalla predazione (gli animali che cacciamo e alleviamo), alla simbiosi (l'animale con cui si convive), allo schiavismo (quello che lavora per noi) fino alla pet therapy e alla patologia di considerare un cane come un bebè. Dopo una carrellata tra le specie, dalle scimmie ai molluschi agli ovini agli uccelli ecc., ricca di aneddoti scientifici e divertenti, Boero spiega alcune leggi della natura, e fa qualche previsione: ci stiamo mettendo contro di esse, e se non riusciremo a fermarci, le cose si metteranno male.
Published by: Manni | Publication date: 07/25/2018
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 218 pages

Ecco a voi. Una storia italiana (Italian Edition)
Quando Andreotti lo faceva andare in studio alle 6.30 di mattina «per organizzare l’intervista in diretta» e dopo un’ora di chiacchiere lo congedava con un disinvolto: «Improvviseremo».Quando Berlusconi come penale per l’interruzione di un contratto gli chiese un intero palazzo, e non gli lasciò neanche il bar! Quando la sua casa in riva al mare esplose per un attentato mafioso. Quando incontrò per la prima volta il proprio figlio nella gelida stanza di un tribunale, con il cognome di un altro. E quando Fellini… E quando Sanremo…Attraverso i ricordi di una vita che ha incrociato tutte le maggiori personalità della politica, dello spettacolo, del cinema, della musica, Pippo Baudo racconta non solo se stesso ma anche un’Italia in profondo mutamento. Una vera rivoluzione del costume nazionale di cui lui è stato, oltre che testimone privilegiato, anche autore e regista.
Author: Pippo Baudo
Published by: Solferino | Publication date: 11/15/2018
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 186 pages

Bird Box: A Novel
Now a Netflix film starring Sandra Bullock, Sarah Paulson, Rosa Salazar and John Malkovich!Written with the narrative tension of The Road and the exquisite terror of classic Stephen King, Bird Box is a propulsive, edge-of-your-seat horror thriller, set in an apocalyptic near-future world—a masterpiece of suspense from the brilliantly imaginative Josh Malerman.Something is out there . . . Something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse and a person is driven to deadly violence. No one knows what it is or where it came from.Five years after it began, a handful of scattered survivors remain, including Malorie and her two young children. Living in an abandoned house near the river, she has dreamed of fleeing to a place where they might be safe. Now, that the boy and girl are four, it is time to go. But the journey ahead will be terrifying: twenty miles downriver in a rowboat—blindfolded—with nothing to rely on but her wits and the children’s trained ears. One wrong choice and they will die. And something is following them. But is it man, animal, or monster?Engulfed in darkness, surrounded by sounds both familiar and frightening, Malorie embarks on a harrowing odyssey—a trip that takes her into an unseen world and back into the past, to the companions who once saved her. Under the guidance of the stalwart Tom, a motely group of strangers banded together against the unseen terror, creating order from the chaos. But when supplies ran low, they were forced to venture outside—and confront the ultimate question: in a world gone mad, who can really be trusted?Interweaving past and present, Josh Malerman’s breathtaking debut is a horrific and gripping snapshot of a world unraveled that will have you racing to the final page.
Published by: Ecco | Publication date: 05/13/2014
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 305 pages

Bowlaway: A Novel
A sweeping and enchanting new novel from the widely beloved, award-winning author Elizabeth McCracken about three generations of an unconventional New England family who own and operate a candlepin bowling alleyFrom the day she is discovered unconscious in a New England cemetery at the turn of the twentieth century—nothing but a bowling ball, a candlepin, and fifteen pounds of gold on her person—Bertha Truitt is an enigma to everyone in Salford, Massachusetts. She has no past to speak of, or at least none she is willing to reveal, and her mysterious origin scandalizes and intrigues the townspeople, as does her choice to marry and start a family with Leviticus Sprague, the doctor who revived her. But Bertha is plucky, tenacious, and entrepreneurial, and the bowling alley she opens quickly becomes Salford’s most defining landmark—with Bertha its most notable resident. When Bertha dies in a freak accident, her past resurfaces in the form of a heretofore-unheard-of son, who arrives in Salford claiming he is heir apparent to Truitt Alleys. Soon it becomes clear that, even in her death, Bertha’s defining spirit and the implications of her obfuscations live on, infecting and affecting future generations through inheritance battles, murky paternities, and hidden wills. In a voice laced with insight and her signature sharp humor, Elizabeth McCracken has written an epic family saga set against the backdrop of twentieth-century America. Bowlaway is both a stunning feat of language and a brilliant unraveling of a family’s myths and secrets, its passions and betrayals, and the ties that bind and the rifts that divide. 
Published by: Ecco | Publication date: 02/05/2019
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 384 pages

The Song of Achilles: A Novel
“At once a scholar’s homage to The Iliad and startlingly original work of art by an incredibly talented new novelist….A book I could not put down.”—Ann Patchett“Mary Renault lives again!” declares Emma Donoghue, author of Room, referring to The Song of Achilles, Madeline Miller’s thrilling, profoundly moving, and utterly unique retelling of the legend of Achilles and the Trojan War. A tale of gods, kings, immortal fame, and the human heart, The Song of Achilles is a dazzling literary feat that brilliantly reimagines Homer’s enduring masterwork, The Iliad. An action-packed adventure, an epic love story, a marvelously conceived and executed page-turner, Miller’s monumental debut novel has already earned resounding acclaim from some of contemporary fiction’s brightest lights—and fans of Mary Renault, Bernard Cornwell, Steven Pressfield, and Colleen McCullough’s Masters of Rome series will delight in this unforgettable journey back to ancient Greece in the Age of Heroes.
Published by: Ecco | Publication date: 03/06/2012
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 389 pages

Prisoner: My 544 Days in an Iranian Prison--Solitary Confinement, a Sham Trial, High-Stakes Diplomacy, and the Extraordinary Efforts It Took to Get Me Out
“An important story. Harrowing, and suspenseful, yes—but it’s also a deep dive into a complex and egregiously misunderstood country with two very different faces. There is no better time to know more about Iran—and Jason Rezaian has seen both of those faces.”   — Anthony BourdainThe dramatic memoir of the journalist who was held hostage in a high-security prison in Tehran for eighteen months and whose release—which almost didn’t happen—became a part of the Iran nuclear dealIn July 2014, Washington Post Tehran bureau chief Jason Rezaian was arrested by Iranian police, accused of spying for America. The charges were absurd. Rezaian’s reporting was a mix of human interest stories and political analysis. He had even served as a guide for Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown. Initially, Rezaian thought the whole thing was a terrible misunderstanding, but soon realized that it was much more dire as it became an eighteen-month prison stint with impossibly high diplomatic stakes. While in prison, Rezaian had tireless advocates working on his behalf. His brother lobbied political heavyweights including John Kerry and Barack Obama and started a social media campaign—#FreeJason—while Jason’s wife navigated the red tape of the Iranian security apparatus, all while the courts used Rezaian as a bargaining chip in negotiations for the Iran nuclear deal.In Prisoner, Rezaian writes of his exhausting interrogations and farcical trial. He also reflects on his idyllic childhood in Northern California and his bond with his Iranian father, a rug merchant; how his teacher Christopher Hitchens inspired him to pursue journalism; and his life-changing decision to move to Tehran, where his career took off and he met his wife. Written with wit, humor, and grace, Prisoner brings to life a fascinating, maddening culture in all its complexity.“Jason paid a deep price in defense of  journalism and his story proves that not everyone who defends freedom carries a gun, some carry a pen.”—John F. Kerry, 68th Secretary of State
Published by: Anthony Bourdain/Ecco | Publication date: 01/22/2019
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 305 pages

Scopri il tuo talento: C'è una dote in te che ti rende unico. Ecco come farla emergere e coltivarla (Italian Edition)
Il talento è una risorsa di tutti, ma che non tutti sanno di avere. Come scoprirlo dentro di sé?
Published by: Edizioni Riza | Publication date: 07/01/2015
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 109 pages

Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
In Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future, veteran technology journalist Ashlee Vance provides the first inside look into the extraordinary life and times of Silicon Valley's most audacious entrepreneur. Written with exclusive access to Musk, his family and friends, the book traces the entrepreneur's journey from a rough upbringing in South Africa to the pinnacle of the global business world. Vance spent over 40 hours in conversation with Musk and interviewed close to 300 people to tell the tumultuous stories of Musk's world-changing companies: PayPal, Tesla Motors, SpaceX and SolarCity, and to characterize a man who has renewed American industry and sparked new levels of innovation while making plenty of enemies along the way.         Vance uses Musk's story to explore one of the pressing questions of our time: can the nation of inventors and creators which led the modern world for a century still compete in an age of fierce global competition? He argues that Musk--one of the most unusual and striking figures in American business history--is a contemporary amalgam of legendary inventors and industrialists like Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Howard Hughes, and Steve Jobs. More than any other entrepreneur today, Musk has dedicated his energies and his own vast fortune to inventing a future that is as rich and far-reaching as the visionaries of the golden age of science-fiction fantasy.
Author: Ashlee Vance
Published by: Ecco | Publication date: 05/19/2015
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 399 pages

Let it Come Down: A Novel
In Let It Come Down, Paul Bowles plots the doomed trajectory of Nelson Dyar, a New York bank teller who comes to Tangier in search of a different life and ends up giving in to his darkest impulses. Rich in descriptions of the corruption and decadence of the International Zone in the last days before Moroccan independence, Bowles's second novel is an alternately comic and horrific account of a descent into nihilism.
Author: Paul Bowles
Published by: Ecco | Publication date: 08/09/2011
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 304 pages
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