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4001 Food Facts and Chef's Secrets
4001 Food Facts and Chef's Secrets
Author: Myles H Bader
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/13/2006


Useful tips on a various of food topics, such as: varieties of apples; how to shop for a watermelon; how to ripe an avocado; storage and preparation tips plus some "insider" knowledge regarding the food and restaurant industry.


ABC Practical Guide to Dog Training
Review Date: 2/3/2007


In ABC Practical Guide to Dog Training, Steven Appelbaum, an expert with over 25 years of professional experience training thousands of dogs and hundreds of professional dog trainers, shares his secrets to help you get your dog to behave - giving you tried, true, and tested techniques that work.


Adam's Dream: A Preface to Translation
Adam's Dream: A Preface to Translation
Author: Ben Belitt
Book Type: Paperback
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Review Date: 7/8/2006


Ben Belitt, a poet and scholar widely accolaimed for his translation of poetry from the Spanish of Alberti, Machado, Carcia Lorca, Borges and so forth has mapped out some of the terrain which divides and unifies the languages of the world and compels the translator's search for his function. This is a log-book, as well as a casebook on translation.


After the Tears: Reclaiming the Personal Losses of Childhood
Review Date: 7/8/2006


From backcover:
In After the Tears, Jane and Lorie touch and teach at the same time. Their warmth and understanding of adult children is obvious. Thier guidance for helping ACoAs work through grief, loss and depression dictates the relevancy of this book for any and all adult children who want to know if there's life after alchoholism in their family.


American Quest
American Quest
Author: Jack Barth
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 2.7/5 Stars.
 3
Review Date: 1/19/2007


From Publishers Weekly
In an amusing, undemanding read, the co-author of Roadside America reports on 10 "quests" that he undertook in semi-serious search of the elusive essence that may (or may not) be America. The quests include: retracing the route Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper charted in Easy Rider , this time in a Cadillac; kissing 10 of his favorite 1960s TV actresses; visiting the graves of nine famous, or at least interestingly nicknamed, baseball players; perpetrating a hoax in Harper's magazine; working in "the world's largest" McDonald's in Vinita, Okla.; and lobbying for a postage stamp commemorating comedian Freddie Prinze. Although he sometimes tries too hard, readers will find that his half-bewildered, half-belligerent attitude and pleasantly conversational assessments of the quests are worth the trip.


The Authoritative Calvin and Hobbes: A Calvin and Hobbes Treasury
The Authoritative Calvin and Hobbes: A Calvin and Hobbes Treasury
Author: Bill Watterson
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 6/16/2006


Nice collection of C&H comic strips! Some pages in color.


The Book of a Hundred Hands
The Book of a Hundred Hands
Author: George Brant Bridgman
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/13/2006


From Amazon.com:
Mainly for intermediate-level artists- it's actually *GREAT* for enthusiastic beginners. It's also great for general improvement; a few tips & tricks- an *excellent* reference for all working artists.
Bridgman's drawings are mainly simplistic- yet amazingly effective. This book, *along with photographs*, has enabled me to draw hands completely from memory in an amazing range of angles & views! Simple, easy, and effective; for beginners, intermediate & up.


Casino
Casino
Author: Nicholas Pileggi
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/3/2007
Helpful Score: 1


From Amazon.com

Note this book is not fiction, nor a novelization of the film Casino. Like Wiseguy, it's the real account that Scorsese fashioned into a film (with Pileggi's help again).

Casino tells the story of the Chicago mob's major role in running Las Vegas, how it happened, and how it more or less ended (or appeared to) in the 1980s. Corporations (institutionalized gangsters) took over, and now we're to assume that gambling is a respectable, fine industry. It's hard to cheer for the state 'gaming' officials as they pursue mobsters who are skimming a casino, of all places. A character in the film says it best when he exclaims, 'You mean the money we're robbing is bein' robbed?!'

A good read before or after the excellent film. There's quite a bit of detail as far shady business dealings, politics, and mob bosses go, but less of the nitty gritty mobster detail from Wiseguy.


Catspell
Catspell
Author: Colleen Shannon
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 2.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 9/2/2006


From Booklist
As a psychic investigator, Shelley Holmes is used to dealing with the supernatural, but her latest case may be her most unusual yet. Beautiful and innocent Lady Arielle Blaylock is haunted by dreams of a golden "lion man," who attempts to seduce her, and lately the lines between her dreams and reality are blurring. Not only has Arielle been waking up with mysterious scratch marks, which eerily resemble those found on the bodies of three women found murdered in Victorian London, but Arielle is also being courted by Luke Simball and Seth Taub, both of who resemble the mysterious lion man of her dreams. Soon Arielle finds herself caught up in a deadly romantic triangle as these two very different men battle for Arielle and her very soul. After triumphing over werewolves and vampires, the redoubtable Miss Holmes returns for her third deliciously entertaining paranormal adventure, and Shannon's potent blend of Egyptian myth, simmering sensuality, subtle wit, and imaginative storytelling will cast a spell of its own.


Children of the Mind (Ender, Bk 4)
Children of the Mind (Ender, Bk 4)
Author: Orson Scott Card
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 6/16/2006
Helpful Score: 2


This finale is definitely more interesting and more action-packed than the last two of the quartet. However, none of the three lives up to the Ender fame.


The Cove (FBI Thriller, Bk 1)
The Cove (FBI Thriller, Bk 1)
Author: Catherine Coulter
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/15/2007


From Publishers Weekly
"So perfect, like a Hollywood set," FBI agent James Quinlan thinks as he enters The Cove, a seemingly tranquil, picture-postcard town situated on the Oregon coast, selling the World's Greatest Ice Cream. Quinlan has been on Sally Brainerd's trail since her arms-dealing father, Amory St. John, was murdered. Sally is the key witness, and it's Quinlan's job to bring her in.


Creating with Concrete: Yard Art, Sculpture and Garden Projects
Review Date: 2/3/2007


From Amazon.com
Strong, versatile, and amazingly easy to work with, concrete is the ideal medium for outdoor art and long-lasting, practical projects for the garden. And, best of all, it doesn't cost a lot of money or require special equipment; everything you need is right at the local home improvement center. A celebrated teacher has gathered the tried-and-true techniques used by sculptors and folk artists, and then tailored them perfectly for low-tech surroundings and personal expression. Here are projects for making mosaic stepping stones, birdbaths, carved planters, and art figures. The projects are grouped by skill level and offer step-by-step instructions on how to mix concrete, make molds, and embed mosaics. Every one of the 25 projects will open up new creative horizons!


Dragon Tears
Dragon Tears
Author: Dean R. Koontz
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/3/2007


From Amazon.com

Harry and Connie are L.A. homicide detective's ala the "Odd Couple." Harry is obsessively neat, and Connie is a messy dirty Harry type. Both characters are tracking a serial killer who brutalizes women. Harry's life takes an unexpected turn, when he encounter a strange hobo who tells him "Tick Tock You'll Be Dead By Dawn," thus begins a 12 hour Odyssey wherein Harry, Connie, and a rag-tag group of homeless pit their wits against a psychic serial-killer with a God-Complex.


Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling
Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling
Author: John Taylor Gatto
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/8/2006


From Amazon.com:
John Gatto has been a teacher for 30 years and is a recipient of the New York State Teacher of the Year award. His book, Dumbing Us Down, is a treatise against what he believes to be the destructive nature of schooling. Everyone who has something to do with children should read this book: Educators, parents and counselors.


E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
Author: William Kotzwinkle
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 10/17/2006


reading this book brings back the magical moments of the movie.


Ghost Hunter  (Harmony, Bk 3) (Psynergy Inc, Bk 7)
Ghost Hunter (Harmony, Bk 3) (Psynergy Inc, Bk 7)
Author: Jayne Castle
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 370
Review Date: 9/2/2006


From Booklist
*Starred Review* Writing as Castle, the best-selling Jayne Ann Krentz creates another bewitching story set in the world of Harmony, a future planet of psychics and ghost hunters. If Elly St. Clair knew she was going to need Cooper Boone's help, she might have been nicer when she broke up with him. Instead, furious that Cooper had not only been involved in a duel over her but for all the wrong reasons, Elly gave Cooper back his ring, told him in no uncertain terms they were through, and left Aurora Springs for Cadence City. Then, when her good friend and neighbor Bertha Newell mysteriously disappears in the catacombs, Elly reluctantly admits that she needs the services of a hunter like Cooper. Fortunately, Cooper just happens to be in town, and he offers to help find Bertha. What Elly doesn't know is that Cooper never considered their engagement to be officially terminated. Castle's new futuristic romance brilliantly blends exceptionally entertaining characters, witty prose, and a thrilling paranormal-tinged plot in a sublime novel of romantic suspense. John Charles
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Great Gardens from Everyday Plants: How to Create a Beautiful Garden With Easy-To-Find Plants from Your Local Nursery or Garden Center
Review Date: 6/27/2006


A useful book with detailed description, clear photos and pictures. Unfortunately I just am not the type to manage a garden!


The Great Talking Contest
The Great Talking Contest
Author: George Shea
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/8/2006


A 64 page illustrated children's book.


Hide & Seek
Hide & Seek
Author: James Patterson
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 439
Review Date: 12/14/2006


Maggie Bradford is forced to kill her husband in self-defense and in defense of her daughter. From there, Maggie rises to stardom as a singer-songwriter and loses a life partner to a heart attack and another husband, an internationally famous soccer star, to a murder. The question is, who killed Will Shepherd, the soccer star?


Homicidal Psycho Jungle Cat (Calvin and Hobbes Collection)
Homicidal Psycho Jungle Cat (Calvin and Hobbes Collection)
Author: Bill Watterson
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.6/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 6/16/2006


A nice C&H collection w some full-color pages.


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