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Answers in the Form of Questions: A Definitive History and Insider's Guide to Jeopardy!

Answers in the Form of Questions: A Definitive History and Insider's Guide to Jeopardy!

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What is the smartest, most celebrated game show of all time? In this insider's guide, discover the rich history of Jeopardy! -- the beloved game show that has shaped our culture and entertained audiences for years.
Jeopardy! is a lot of things: record-setting game show, beloved family tradition, and proving ground for many of North America's best and brightest. Nearly four decades into its current edition, Jeopardy! now finds itself facing unprecedented change.

This is the chronicle of how the show became a cross-generational touchstone and where it's going next. ANSWERS IN THE FORM OF QUESTIONS dives deep behind the scenes, with longtime host Alex Trebek talking about his life and legacy and the show's producers and writers explaining how they put together the nightly game. Readers will travel to bar trivia showdowns with the show's biggest winners and training sessions with trivia whizzes prepping for their shot onstage. And they'll discover new tales of the show's most notable moments-like the time the Clue Crew almost slid off a glacier-and learn how celebrity cameos and Saturday Night Live spoofs built a television mainstay.

ANSWERS IN THE FORM OF QUESTIONS looks to the past -- and the future -- to explain what Jeopardy! really is: a tradition unlike any other.

Emancipation Proclamation

Emancipation Proclamation

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A hardcover copy of the draft, preliminary, and final versions of Abraham Lincoln's January 1, 1863 Executive Order--the Emancipation Proclamation--which declared the freedom of 3.1 million of the nation's slaves.
KITE AND THE STRING: HOW TO WR

KITE AND THE STRING: HOW TO WR

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A targeted and insightful guide to the stages of writing fiction and memoir without falling into common traps, while wisely navigating the writing life, from an award-winning author and longtime teacher

"A book-length master class." --The Atlantic

Writing well does not result from following rules and instructions, but from a blend of spontaneity, judgment, and a wise attitude toward the work--neither despairing nor defensive, but clear-eyed, courageous, and discerning. Writers must learn to tolerate the early stages, the dreamlike and irrational states of mind, and then to move from jottings and ideas to a messy first draft, and onward into the work of revision. Understanding these stages is key.

The Kite and the String urges writers to let playfulness and spontaneity breathe life into the work--letting the kite move with the winds of feeling--while still holding on to the string that will keep it from flying away. Alice Mattison attends also to the difficulties of protecting writing time, preserving solitude, finding trusted readers, and setting the right goals for publication. The only writing guide that takes up both the stages of creative work and developing effective attitudes while progressing through them, plus strategies for learning more about the craft, The Kite and the String responds to a pressing need for writing guidance at all levels.

MASTERING ARABIC 1 WITH 2 AUDI

MASTERING ARABIC 1 WITH 2 AUDI

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Updated full-color edition of this bestselling Arabic course!

Mastering Arabic 1 has long been a trusted resource for beginner students of the Arabic language. This edition features an attractive full-color design with a wealth of illustrations and photos, access to a free website with online exercises and videos, and new conversation sections which encourage you to begin speaking Arabic right away.

Designed for both classroom use and self-study, Mastering Arabic 1 is a modern, engaging beginning Arabic course that offers lively dialogues, a variety of texts and exercises, and fascinating cultural insights.

  • Teaches Modern Standard Arabic, the universal language of the Arab world
  • Includes 20 carefully-paced units with cartoon illustrations, engaging exercises and conversation sections
  • Useful, relevant lessons cover everyday situations related to introductions, family, jobs, dining, shopping and much more
  • Offers a gradual introduction to the language, script, and grammar through audio, video, stories, and easy-to-follow explanations
  • 2 CDs featuring pronunciation by native speakers
  • Access to a free website with videos and online exercises to reinforce and supplement the lessons
  • Philosophy of Beer

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    WHY READ MOBY-DICK?

    WHY READ MOBY-DICK?

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    A "brilliant and provocative" (The New Yorker) celebration of Melville's masterpiece--from the bestselling author of In the Heart of the Sea, Valiant Ambition, and In the Hurricane's Eye

    One of the greatest American novels finds its perfect contemporary champion in Why Read Moby-Dick?, Nathaniel Philbrick's enlightening and entertaining tour through Melville's classic. As he did in his National Book Award-winning bestseller In the Heart of the Sea, Philbrick brings a sailor's eye and an adventurer's passion to unfolding the story behind an epic American journey. He skillfully navigates Melville's world and illuminates the book's humor and unforgettable characters--finding the thread that binds Ishmael and Ahab to our own time and, indeed, to all times. An ideal match between author and subject, Why Read Moby-Dick? will start conversations, inspire arguments, and make a powerful case that this classic tale waits to be discovered anew.

    "Gracefully written [with an] infectious enthusiasm..."--New York Times Book Review

    WRITING PICTURE BOOKS: A HANDS

    WRITING PICTURE BOOKS: A HANDS

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    Create engaging stories for the youngest readers!

    Writing picture books takes a unique set of skills. After all, you only have thirty-two pages to bring your story to life for readers ages two to eight, and the adults in their lives. Your text must be tightly focused yet leave room for illustrations to tell part of the story. And, of course, picture books should be a joy to read aloud.

    Award-winning author Ann Whitford Paul helps you develop the skills you need by walking you through techniques and exercises specifically for picture book writers. You'll find:
  • Instruction on generating ideas, creating characters, point of view, beginnings and endings, plotting, word count, rhyme, and more
  • Unique methods for using poetic techniques to enrich your writing and make your manuscript sing
  • Hands-on revision exercises (get out your scissors, tape, and highlighters) to help you identify problems and improve your picture book manuscripts
  • Tips on researching the picture book market and approaching publishers
  • Whether you're just starting out as a picture book writer or have tried unsuccessfully to get your work published, Writing Picture Books is just what you need to craft picture books that will appeal to young readers and parents, agents, and editors.
    Writing: Making Your Mark

    Writing: Making Your Mark

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    Writing surrounds us in the modern world--but how did it develop into the systems we use today, and given the technological developments of the 21st century, what does its future hold? This beautifully illustrated book, published to coincide with an interactive landmark British Library exhibition, celebrates the act of writing from across the globe. Exploring the history of writing and including more than 150 illustrations from carved stone inscriptions and medieval manuscripts to samples of early printing, modern handwriting, and digital inputting systems, it reflects on the use of writing over the last 5,000 years and challenges our preconceptions about writing's decline in the digital age.