48 HOURS IN NORTH AMERICAN CITIES

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Every Saturday in The Independent’s award-winning Traveller section, our “48 hours” stories explore new and exciting city-break itineraries. Now, 25 years after the series was first launched, we’ve produced this special, designed to help you get the most from a visit to a selection of 20 key North American cities. Among them, you can choose from New York’s dizzying nightlife, the rollercoaster thrills of Orlando, the Hollywood glitter of Los Angeles or Vancouver’s great outdoors. We’ve also included a range of accommodation options to suit your budget.
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ROBERT FISK ON ALGERIA

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The deserts of North Africa are a new front in the global “war on terror”. Islamic extremists, loosely affiliated to al-Qa’ida, are attacking Western interests. The legacy of years of horrifying sectarian bloodletting in Algeria has led to an “arc of insecurity” stretching from Senegal to Somalia, with some of the fiercest action in Algeria and Mali. Rarely has a nation’s suffering been so under-reported. More than 150,000 people have been killed by their fellow Algerians, mostly with sickening cruelty, since 1992. Meanwhile, the power and influence of the fighters who call themselves Al-Qa’ida in the Islamic Maghreb has been growing inexorably. For those seeking to understand why Algeria’s tragedy matters and what it means, Robert Fisk, who raised the alarm about what was happening in Algeria while the rest of the world looked away, it is essential reading.
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ROBERT FISK ON EGYPT

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No commentator is better qualified to tell the tragic tale of the cruel disappointments of the Arab Spring than Robert Fisk. He is the unflinching critic of the Mubarak regime and acclaimed chronicler of Middle-Eastern affairs for The Independent for 25 years. This powerful anthology of his journalism describes the full cycle of Egypt’s awakening and relapse, episode by episode, as it happened – from the first stirrings of unrest to the glorious dawn of Tahrir Square, and the days of shame and atrocity that followed. Told with rare insight into both Egyptian culture and the hypocrisy of the West, this is history at its most compelling, written by one of the very greatest commentators on the Arab world.
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ROBERT FISK ON ISRAEL

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No journalist has chronicled the tragedies of the Israelis and the Palestinians so exhaustively, so authoritatively ­- or so controversially - as Robert Fisk, the Independent’s correspondent in the region for 25 years. No US president has entered the White House carrying so much hope of peace and progress in the region as Barack Obama. Yet how much has the Nobel prize-winning icon of reconciliation actually delivered? And how much objectivity has the world’s media brought to its coverage of his Middle-Eastern initiatives? This unique anthology of six years of reporting and analysis allows you to re-examine a crucial period of history by following it episode by episode, through the ferociously clear-sighted eyes of one of the great foreign reporters of our times.
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SCIENCE MADE SIMPLE

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Every child goes through a phase of asking embarrassingly simple questions. Why is the sky blue? Why do we dream? Where did the Moon come from? Even the most educated adult can be stumped by such inquiries. But the curiosity behind them – and the urge to satisfy it – lies at the heart of science. This compendium of questions and answers is based on a weekly column first launched in The Independent more than 15 years ago under the rubric “Technoquest”.
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SYRIA

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This remarkable anthology chronicles more than three years of spiralling violence and despair in Syria: atrocity heaped upon atrocity, misery upon misery, and all - so far - to no avail. No faction is without blood on its hands; no crime, from torture to poison gas, has been deemed taboo. The dead are too numerous to count. As for the living, close to 3 million refugees have fled Syria, with millions more internally displaced. How did we come to this? There is no better way to answer this question than to revisit The Independent's published accounts of the unfolding tragedy. Spearheaded by peerless and profoundly experienced correspondents such as Patrick Cockburn, Robert Fisk, Kim Sengupta, our coverage has led the world in its fearlessness and insight. Syria's tragedy is not yet over.
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The Gamer's Bucket List

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#1 Amazon Best Seller! ─ Which games are worth playing?

The 50 best games: From pixelated pioneer adventures to stunning space odysseys, the boundaries of the video game world are expanding every day. Grand epics and gritty mysteries. Fierce competition and friendly cooperation. Powerful emotions and uproarious laughter. Video games are fantastically diverse and wonderfully creative, but not all games are created equal. With so many games out there on so many different consoles, computers, and devices, how do you decide which games are worth playing? Backed by years of writing about games professionally and decades spent playing them, Chris Watters lays out a list of 50 games to entertain and enlighten you. Whether you’re trying to learn more about the world of gaming or strengthening your claim to true gaming fluency, these are the games you’ll want to play, and why you’ll want to play them.

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Dream House

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A Fatal Car Accident That Leads to Startling Truths About the Home Gina Left Behind

Gina balances between her current life in California and her past in Maine. Torn between the two, she does what any architect will do. She deconstructs her old childhood home piece by piece and with it, the secrets it carries.

In the months following her parents’ fatal car accident in Maine, architect Gina Gilbert is coming apart: anxious with her two young children, alienated by her clients’ grand house dreams, and no longer certain she feels at home in San Francisco.

While she and her sister Cassie are cleaning out their childhood home on the coast of Maine, they stir up painful memories and resentments over family possessions. A legendary collection of historically significant letters is missing from the artifacts they unearth, supporting a decades-old suspicion that their aunt or estranged cousin has stolen them.

Threatened by the loss of the old house and its extraordinary seaside landscape, Gina finds her heart swinging wildly between Maine and California, creating conflict with her husband, Paul. To learn what the Maine house means to her, she approaches it objectively, as an architect, bringing it to life on paper. Her family’s story unfolds room by room: the darkroom from which her gentle but passive father, Ron, ran his photography business, the kitchen where her volatile mother, Eleanor, toiled under the weight of dashed dreams. As children, Gina and Cassie warily navigated rooms permeated with toxic secrets hobbling Eleanor and Ron’s marriage.

As Gina deconstructs the house, startling truths are revealed, changing family history and allowing Gina and Cassie to begin healing family wounds. Gina has the chance to search the recesses of her heart, too, discovering within her a vitalizing compassion and an awakened understanding of what makes a house a home.

If you enjoyed books like The Dancing GirlsThe Murmur of Bees, or Little White Secrets; then you’ll love Dream House.

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Being Present

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A Year of Daily Meditations

Learn how to start meditating. Learning how to meditate and how to be mindful is simpler than it looks. The whole purpose of your meditation is to show up as awake and aware as possible to your everyday life. Longtime therapist and meditator David Kundtz gives you permission not to fret about whether you're getting your meditation practice right or not. It's right.

Ponder daily quotes to help you live in this moment. Being Present has one purpose: to give you an opportunity to live in the moment once a day, every day. As you start to accumulate these mindful moments, your life will become more peaceful, more rewarding, and more awakened.

Discover the benefits of meditation for yourself. In Being Present, Kundtz guides us through the seasons of a year—and the seasons of a life—drawing inspiration and mindfulness quotes from poets and scientists, spiritual teachers and children, butterflies and big cities. With the help of this book, you will discover how to:

  • Be present and become a more mindful person
  • Maintain the focus, awareness, and equanimity that you need for getting through stressful situations
  • Experience the peaceful moments of mindful living

If you found the daily reflections in inspirational books like A Year of Positive ThinkingThe Daily Book of Positive Quotations, and Greatest Inspirational Quotes, then you'll love meditating on the mindfulness quotes and thoughts in Being Present.

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The Inspired Life

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Take a Deep Breath and Change the Direction of Your Thoughts from Negative to Positive

A tiny book that packs a powerful message. Learn what it takes to live happily. Change your mindset with words of encouragement, affirmations, and daily reflections.

This small book contains an enduring message of how to transform your life in simple yet profound ways. Filled with insightful quotes and empowering messages, The Inspired Life will embolden you to be the person you aspire to be. Encouraging quotes and achievable instructions help you become the triumphant person you always knew you could be. Reading this book is the first step in your journey towards a happy, purposeful, victorious life.

Take the leap and learn the secrets to:

  • Living deeply every day
  • Developing your passions
  • Discovering your life’s purpose
  • Transforming yourself into the person you want to be

If you enjoyed books like The Four AgreementsThe Mindfulness Journal or The Power of Now; then you’ll love The Inspired Life.

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Catarina's Ring

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Four Women. Four Generations. One Bond.

The stories of four generations of strong, vibrant women both idiosyncratic and adventuresome, each with a rich tale to tell.

Born at the end of the Nineteenth Century and nestled in South Western Italy, Catarina Pensbene’s life in Perdifumo is full of sun-drenched olive orchards, lush grape vines, delicious peasant food, family and love. Because of an unexpected plunge into an untenable situation, Catarina decides to take a huge risk to become a mail order bride and sets out across the ocean.

Interwoven with Catarina’s Ring is the story of her witty and self-deprecating granddaughter, Juliette Brice. Born and raised in Northern California, Juliette experiences an unfortunate tragedy that serves as the impetus for her to shake up her life, and travel to her grandmother’s homeland, where she enrolls in a six-month cooking class in Lucca, Italy. While abroad, Julliette becomes romantically involved with a handsome Italian man, yet her destiny dictates she is to return to California once her class ends. Through the author's attention to detail and employing both historically accurate and thoroughly modern storytelling, Catarina's Ring serves up Italian delicacies, luminous characters, a delicious escape and completely inspiring story.

If you enjoyed books like Where the Crawdads SingWhen We Believed in Mermaids or Before We Were Yours; then you’ll love Catarina's Ring.

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Put Anxiety Behind You

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Holistic Anxiety Relief for Optimal Health

From naturopathic doctor and licensed acupuncturist Dr. Peter Bongiorno comes Put Anxiety Behind You, a step-by-step program for natural anxiety relief.

A holistic approach to anxiety. According to Dr. Peter Bongiorno, you have more control over anxiety than you think. As it turns out, anxiety relief begins with managing everyday factors like lifestyle, diet, and sleep. Taking all aspects of the mind and body into consideration, Dr. Bongiorno looks for and addresses the underlying causes of different types of anxiety disorders, to help readers develop new, natural anti-anxiety habits for optimal health.

Panic free anxiety relief. If you're one of the 40 million Americans trying to stop panic attacks or overcome social anxiety, Put Anxiety Behind Youoffers the preliminary steps you can take to address anxiety, depression, and trauma in a completely natural, holistic way. With information on natural healing, safe weaning from medication, and naturopathy treatments, Put Anxiety Behind You helps readers rethink mental health and their relationship with anxiety. In addition to case studies and a handy instruction guide, inside you’ll also find:

  • Food, vitamins, and herbs for anxiety
  • Anxiety-reducing yoga poses and massage techniques
  • Acupressure points

If you’re ready to move forward with dealing with your anxiety, and enjoyed anxiety books like DareWhen Panic Attacks, or The Anti-Anxiety Food Solution, then you’ll love Put Anxiety Behind You.

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Money Hacks Handbook

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How to get your money life under control

Life is expensive. Rent. School. Gas. Dates. Breakfast. Alcohol. It just seems like all the best parts of life come with a price tag. Well, not anymore! Sort of. While things will always cost money, there is a way to make it work for you. Money Hacks Handbook will solve all your worries about budgeting, investing, and all things invovling money management. This is the definitive book when it comes to our fiscal needs. Overflowing with how-to illustrations, infographics and heavily researched insight on everything that requires a credit card, Money Hacks Handbook will make it so you never have to worry about being evicted again.

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Heal Your PTSD

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Self-Help Measures to Supplement PTSD Recovery

How self-empowerment and committing to change can help readers get over trauma in recovery.

From an author with a history of ptsd. Following a critical illness, Michele Rosenthal struggled with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder for twenty-five years. Now, a post-trauma coach and award-winning writer, Rosenthal shares the program that helped her and others.

Recovering from trauma in a new way. Trauma and recovery have never been easy, and with different trauma disorders, there is no one solution. Whether it’s psychological trauma or emotional trauma, by exerting self and emotional control, readers can examine how, when, and in what way to move toward recovery.

Self-treat and connect to your own beliefs. Find stages and exercises to build a flexible, unique system that strengthens trauma recovery. Inside, learn how to:

  • Connect to your own power and authentic self
  • Apply self-help measures like mindfulness and meditation
  • Handle trauma symptoms and recovery obstacles

If books like The Body Keeps the ScoreThe Complex PTSD Workbook, and Your Life After Trauma helped you through recovery, then Heal Your PTSD is your next read.

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Living Long, Living Passionately

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Learn to View Your Life Through a Peaceful Lens

Life can be hectic and doesn’t always seem to slow down when we want it to. This curated, 12-step, self-help guided meditative handbook by internationally recognized bestselling author Karen Casey will teach you the importance of daily meditation and contemplation.

Bring peace into your daily life. Living Long, Living Passionately is a guide you will find yourself returning to often. The book is composed of 75 personal essays. Each essay addresses an aspect of life that helps you move one step closer to living a well-meaning life filled with happiness and peace.

Change your mindset and learn to appreciate the now. We don’t know what the future holds, but if we dwell on the future we miss our chance to appreciate the present and all the beauty it contains. Benefit from this inspirational guide that contains:

  • Daily meditation and prayer practices
  • A 12-Step “Course in Miracles”
  • Guidance on how to live the best life you can live
  • And much more

Transform your life. Throughout this book, Casey helps you explore fear and love, resistance and acceptance, willpower, and discernment. Each of her essays ends with questions and prompts that encourage you to explore your life. Savor each of the essays and practices and choose the ones that speak to you.

If you enjoyed books like The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ckMake Your Bed, or The Gifts of Imperfection, then you’ll want to own a copy of Karen Casey's Living Long, Living Passionately.

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First Things First

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New York Times Best Seller!

First Things First is the gold standard for time management books

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Time management tips: Stephen R. Covey's First Things First is the gold standard for time management books. His principle-centered approach for prioritizing gives you time management tips that enable you to make changes and sacrifices needed in order to obtain happiness, and retain a feeling of security. First Things First: The Interactive Edition takes Dr. Covey's philosophy and remasters the entire text to include:

• Easy to understand infographics

• Analysis

• and more

The time-saving version of First Things First: The Interactive Edition of First Things First is the efficient way to apply Dr. Covey's tested and validated time management tips, while retaining his core message. First Things First: The Interactive Edition will help you:

• Get more done in less time

• Develop and retain rich relationships

• Attain inner peace

• Create balance in your life

• and, put first things first

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Trusting Yourself

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Stop Feeling Overwhelmed by Life

Learn how to stop your worries and self-doubt and start listening to yourself.

“Trust Yourself, then your will know how to live”-Goethe. We are living in an age of constant media messages and so-called expert advice telling us to be richer, thinner, smarter, and faster. You do not have to fall victim to what others say. In her warm and inimitable way, international expert on change and executive coach M.J. Ryan guides us to look at our lives from a different perspective. To imagine what they would be like if we practiced an attitude of self-trust, if we received the gifts trusting ourselves might give us. Trusting Yourself is a book that enables you to tap into the wisdom inside yourself by cultivating self-awareness, self-confidence, and self-reliance.

A life coach book with affirmations for self-esteem. Learn how to quiet the critics—inside and out—and trust yourself instead. If you accept that we learn through trial and error, if you believe that we each have unique strengths and that not one of us has to have them all, if you realize that labels only get in the way; then your self-trust will grow, your worries will shrink, and you’ll find happiness and success with a lot less effort.

A Love Letter to Ourselves. An ode to what is right with us, Trusting Yourself encourages you to find the power within yourself to overcome and succeed.

In Trusting Yourself discover:

  • Positive affirmations and heart-warming anecdotes
  • Helpful and thought-provoking quotes from renowned historical and cultural leaders of the last century
  • Authentic and genuine wisdom that is both healing and supportive

If books like Chasing the Bright SideGirl Wash Your Face, or You are a Badass have helped you live a better life, then Trusting Yourself should be your next read.

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52 Simple Ways To Start A Garden

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Level up your garden-knowledge with 52 Simple Ways to reduce your food budget, eat organic, and keep your home friendly. As you progress through each of the five levels, you'll find tips for greening up all areas of your garden. Learn surprising facts about your impact on the environment and change your habits with these do-it-yourself ideas. Start with small changes, like growing basic herbs, and work your way up to raising bees and composting your leftover food. Whether you want to be a green rookie or an eco-master, you can grow your own meals and help the planet every week of the year with these 52 Simple Ways To Start A Garden.

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