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Subject: Cool and unusual books on your shelves
Date Posted: 8/28/2008 2:06 PM ET
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Not ones you are offering deals on necessarily. Book Bazaar is also to feature your Bookshelf. So what do you have on your that is cool and unusual?

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Amazon Healer: The Life and Times of an Urban Shaman

Black Cats & Chimney Sweeps: AN Anthology of Superstition & Folklore in Prose and Poetry

Butter in the Bard: Reading Between the Viands of Wm Shakespeare

Castle Rackrent (1800, first historical novel)

Dave Barry's Book of Bad Songs

Dimboxes, Epopts, and Other Quidams: Words to Describe Life's Indescribable People

Dressing Rich: A Guide to Classic Chic for Women With More Taste Than Money

Enough Is Enough: Weekly Meditations for Living Dysfunctionally

 Famous Last Words and Tombstone Humor

A Guy's Guide to Life : How to Become a Man in 208 Pages or Less

Is It Hot in Here or Is It Me? : Personal Look at the Facts, Fallacies, and Feelings of Menopause

 Kick the TV Habit: A Simple Program for Changing Your Family's Television Viewing and More

Martha Stuart's Better Than You at Entertaining (A Parody)-this is really funny

Murder Most Rare (The Female Serial Killer)

Still Catholic After All These Fears

Once Upon a Time in Great Britain : A Travel Guide to the Sights and Settings of Your Favorite Children's Stories

The Wind Done Gone (Parallel of Gone With the Wind from a female slave's perspective)

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I have a book that I completely enjoyed, but nobody has requested it yet. It's called "Fame: Aint it a B****" by AJ Benza. He used to be a reporter for E! channel. It is a behind-the-scenes account of his time among celebrities. It has a decadent tabloid theme, but I couldn't help but have fun reading it!

Date Posted: 8/28/2008 2:13 PM ET
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Great. I am looking for cool and unusual books myself. If it is still there, I will go get it.

Date Posted: 8/28/2008 2:17 PM ET
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The Popular Mechanics's Do-It-Yourself Encyclopedia set.   It is a set of twelve encyclopedias on almost any kind of handywork you can imagine. They are from the late '50's and contain information on how to make practically anything.  

I am offering a deal on the set. If you order eight of them of my shelf, I will send the other four free.

Date Posted: 8/28/2008 2:21 PM ET
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Actually, I have that set and it is really neat, especially if you live in an older house.

Date Posted: 8/28/2008 2:49 PM ET
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I think these are nifty and unusual.  They are Boy Scout books from the 1960s.

Electronics (Merit badge series ; no. 3279) http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9780839532798-Electronics+Merit+badge+series+no+3279

Music and Bugling (Merit Badge Series) http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9780839533368-Music+and+Bugling+Merit+Badge+Series

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I also have A.J. Benza's book on my shelf but unlike Brandi, I didn't care for it. Two on my shelf that I thought were cool are:

Dream Factory by Janet Leigh (written a year or two before she died) (actress from Psycho).

Subversion of Trust by William Close (written by actress Glenn Close' father who is a rural doctor just like the character in his book)

Both are novels, and both are the only books in the system and I can't understand why they haven't been snatched up.

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Date Posted: 8/28/2008 4:07 PM ET
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Huh, my books must have been cooler than I thought! (gone...)

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I have a few interesting children's books:


 I Can Add (Lift-A-Flap)  ISBN-10: 0785382399

Night Sounds (Play the Sounds, Pull the Tabs) :: Frank Gallo, Lori Lohstoeter   ISBN-10: 1584760656

Practice Time: Addition & Subtraction :: Learning Playground ISBN-13: 140401

Sesame Street Fire Safety Station w/Audio Cassette :: Children's Television Workshop  ISBN-13: 139298



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Date Posted: 8/28/2008 5:55 PM ET
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The Mystery of the Russian Ruby  This is a kids solve the mystery book, but many of the clues are hidden behind flaps in the book.  And it has a wheel at the back so once you've solved the first mystery, you can reset the story and solve a new one!  The story can be changed three times and maybe when you move back to the first one, you have forgotten it, and it's like a new story.

Thanks for the order Hurricane shoals!

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I really think this is a neat book:

My Christmas fun book: In my own words, all about me :: Faye Deaton Brophy

A child or family can fill it out, sort of like moms in the 60s & 70s did baby books...places to put photos, and fill out what was done, but also with activities.

I also think these two are 'cool':

BagelmaniaBagelmania :: Mountain Lion Books

Let's Eat Out: How to Read Menus in Japanese :: P. Hinder

I just think they are unusual and interesting...and educational!

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I have one called Sharing Christmas.  On the front cover it says, "Cherished memories and momentos from over 100 celebrated men and women all over the world".

Some of the people who contributed to this book are Steve Allen, Julie Andrews, George Burns, Johnny Cash, Placido Domingo....the list goes on and on.  I picked it up at a yard sale and it looks so interesting.

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Wow, you guys!  Judging by  the lists above, nope I ain't got nothing cool or unusual!  Thanks for making me feel boring and stupid!

Date Posted: 8/29/2008 6:22 AM ET
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Now, Brat, you have a lot of good books on your shelf. I coonsidered at least 2 unusual and many cool.

Date Posted: 8/29/2008 6:32 AM ET
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Cool! I bagged the buzz & flutter and the Shower Book.

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I have hardcover books from some of the 60's tv shows like Combat, Hawii five O, Garrisons Gorillas, Mission Impossible, and Star Trek. They are vintage books as they were from the 1960's come  check them out. Michele. I will do a deal if you PM me.

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Date Posted: 8/29/2008 7:15 PM ET
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Well,  my other "cool and unusual" books got ordered, so i thought I'd bump this topic with a few more:

The Turn of the Screw and Daisy Miller  by Henry James - A little booklet containign the two short classics.  It is in good shape, but is 40 years old, and I had to post it without an ISBN.

Dilbert and the Way of the Weasel  by Scott Adams - A hilarious book about being a weasel in the workplace, with numerous funny anecdotes and comics to (literally) illustrate the points.  One of only two copies in the system.


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Well Matt, I will order the Victorian one, I have a book I won't post called Victorian Conventions which I feel the same way about.

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Wild Words from Wild Women: An Unbridled Collection of Candid Observations Extremely Opinionated Bon Mots

The Babe Signed My Shoe (Honoring a Detroit Legend)    Ernie Harwell

Total Health for Women: From Allergies and Back Pain to Overweight and Pms, the Best Preventive and Curative Advice for More Than 100 Women's Health Problems

The Quotable Climber : Literary, Humorous, Inspirational, and Fearful Moments in Climbing

Love Lies: What Men Don't Know and Women Won't Admit

Glimmer Train Stories (Bk 52) 

Literary short stories by such authors as Peters Selgin, Charlotte Forbes, Kevin Canty, Anya Robyak, Jenny Kennedy and Frances Hwang.

Date Posted: 8/30/2008 7:54 AM ET
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Referred to as "irreverent reference", I think all of these definitely qualify!  I will be happy to offer 2 for 1 on these, or any books on my shelf.  Happy Labor Day, all!

The Action Heroine's Handbook :: Jennifer Worick, Joe Borgenicht, Jennifer Worick





Undercover Golf: An Off-the Links Guide to Improving Your Game - at Work, at Home, and on the Sly :: Joe Borgenicht, R.D. Robinson

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Date Posted: 8/30/2008 9:33 AM ET
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Take a look at my shelf and among the many books in excellent condition you'll find these cool ones:

Tepper Isn't Going Out: A Novel by Calvin Trillin

Better Health through Natural Healing by Ross Trattler

Rasero by Francisco Rebolledo


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Date Posted: 8/30/2008 12:24 PM ET
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Well Matt, I will order the Victorian one, I have a book I won't post called Victorian Conventions which I feel the same way about.

JK - I should have specified that it was a textbook and does have some highlighting.  If you still want it just to read, let me know and I'll send it as a freebie.

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 TAKEN   Thanks :)


This book would be great for a kids project.... includes book and accessories needed, brand new

Make Your Own Newspaper/an Illustrated 48-Page How-To Book Plus Five Big, Four-Page Newspapers That Kids Fill Up With Their Own News and Pictures
Chris Harris, Ray Harris

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This is a very odd book that I picked up at a church rummage sale.  And this really IS a book, honest.  It's not a joke!  Hopefully, it is the cure to "road rage"


Zen Driving :: K.T. Berger

You may well ask, what is Zen driving?  The Japanese word zen literally means meditation, and meditation means being fully aware, fully in touch with your surroundings.  When you are in a meditative state, you are in your natural self, your Buddha self - and you can do it while driving.

But why Zen driving?  The purpose of Zen Driving, the book, is to introduce you to your natural self, which is what remains when you still your mind and ignore your chattering ego.  When you do this, you gain confidence in your natural ability, and finally your are that ability. 

In this case, the ability is driving.  Zen Driving can make each driving experience enjoyable, whether it's a daily hour-long drive to work, or a ten-minute run to the local Safeway.  The frustrations of other drivers cutting you off or causing you to sit through two red lights because they're too timid to make a left turn on yellow will no longer make your blood pressure explode.  Zen Driving will teach you to look, simply observe without qualification, and then make your move.

Zen Driving is effortless, spontaneous, nondeliberate.  It is being one with the road.  And in turn, driving becomes a pathway to consciousness, an activity that clears the mind and soothes the soul, something to take with you all those other times when you're not behind the wheel