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The advanced winemaker's practical guide
The advanced winemaker's practical guide
Author: Stanley F Anderson
Book Type: Unknown Binding
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Review Date: 5/12/2007


by Stanley F. Anderson with Raymond Hull With technical hints, recipes, other cocentrates, country wines, liquers, etc. 117 pages.


Anonymous Was a Woman
Anonymous Was a Woman
Author: Mirra Bank
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 5/17/2006


A celebration in words and images of traditional American art - and the women who made it. By Mirra Bank There are some very nice illustrations. 128 pages - St. Martin's Press


Art of Sensual Massage
Art of Sensual Massage
Book Type: Paperback
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Review Date: 3/28/2007


Very serious massage book. B&W photos for mature learners of the technigues of basic massage. The book is not sexual in nature, but does have revealing photos. From head to toe, but skips private areas. Good technigues for shoulders and back.


Be Strong: Strength Training for Muscular Fitness
Review Date: 3/23/2007


Focuses on fitness & strength rather than bulk. Start building a safe and effective exercise program today.


The Blue Sword (Damar, Bk 1)
The Blue Sword (Damar, Bk 1)
Author: Robin McKinley
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 4.4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/10/2007
Helpful Score: 1


If you like fantasy, why haven't you read this? This takes place after "The Hero and the Sword", but is the first book in the duology.


Brightness Falls from the Air
Brightness Falls from the Air
Author: James Tiptree Jr.
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 3/23/2007
Helpful Score: 1


Haven't read it? You should! Combines sf and suspense well. Understand the human side of aliens better than before.


The Broken Land
The Broken Land
Author: Ian Mcdonald
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 2.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 3/23/2007


Great book. The one that got me addicted to Ian McDonald.


Catch Me, Catch Me! (Thomas the Tank Engine)
Catch Me, Catch Me! (Thomas the Tank Engine)
Author: W. Rev Awdry
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 6/26/2006
Helpful Score: 2


One of the first books my son memorized. Read over and over. An original & simple Thomas / Gordon story with learning cards intact. Great for any Thomas fan. "I may be slow, You may be fast. But I am first. And you are last!" - Thomas


Charles Dickens' Great Expectations (Monarch Notes)
Charles Dickens' Great Expectations (Monarch Notes)
Author: Leonard Jenkin, Charles Dickens
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 1.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 11/12/2006


Monarch Notes - A Guide to understanding the world's great writing.
Monarch Notes include: background on the author and the work, detailed plot summary, character analysis, major themes in the work, critical reception of the work, questions and model answers and guides to further study.


Chindi (Engines of God, Bk 3)
Chindi (Engines of God, Bk 3)
Author: Jack McDevitt
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 5/5/2006
Helpful Score: 1


A nice trip into outerspace the way we imagined it as kids. An entertaining book with nicely imagined alien landscapes. But will there be aliens.....?


Chuck and Gail's favorite bike rides: 75 great rides in the Mid-Atlantic from the Chesapeake Bay to the Shenandoah Valley
Review Date: 2/27/2007


Awesome resource, with great maps. Explore the diverse cycling in the Mid-Atlantic Sates. City Favorites, the Heartland, Horse Country, Chesapeake Treasures, and the Big Valley. Lists history of area, Inns, B&Bs, campgrounds, etc.


Deco Delights: Preserving the Beauty and Joy of Miami Beach Architecture
Review Date: 9/25/2006


Displays Art Deco Heritage of Miami with chronology of style changes of buildings, with lots of great color photos. Makes you want to visit there and see the buildings inside and out. (And stop at the yellow, pink, and blue Deco burger king if you prefer.)


Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (Blade Runner)
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (Blade Runner)
Author: Philip K. Dick
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 6/21/2006
Helpful Score: 1


Do not judge a book by the movie. They are different and great for different reasons. You should read this book. "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep." A must read for any Sci-Fi or Speculative fiction fan. Wonderful images and idea with great characters.


Doomsday Book
Doomsday Book
Author: Connie Willis
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 11/17/2006
Helpful Score: 7


A must read by a great author. She really studied her history for this one. I always enjoy her books, but I understand why this was a Nebula Award Winner. Dive into the 578 pages and enjoy this stunning novel. I would never part with this book, but some how I ended up with two copies.


The Fall of Neskaya (The Clingfire Trilogy, Book 1)
Review Date: 5/8/2006


A return to M.Z. Bradley's Darkover.


Future Think: Quantum Value Leadership in 21st Century Organizations
Review Date: 4/27/2006


Author Castle "Skip" Newell sees his job as this: At a time when the world is "rocketing forward at high velocity" he tries to shake business out of their denial and paralysis. The most unique and thought-provoking book I have read on organizational strategy. It is not for everybody, but gives new ideas for meeting customer expectations.


Helping Your Child Love to Read (Helping Families Grow)
Review Date: 9/25/2006


Helping Families Grow series by Dr. Elaine K. McEwan, author of "How to Raise a Reader." Benefits of reading aloud and suggestions on what else can be done in the home. Don't leave it to just the schools!


The Hero and the Crown
The Hero and the Crown
Author: Robin McKinley
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/31/2007


Great fantasy for all ages!
Although she is the daughter of Damar's king, Aerin has never been accepted as full royalty. Both in and out of the royal court, people whisper the story of her mother, the witchwoman, who was said to have enspelled the king into marrying her to get an heir to rule Damar-then died of despair when she found she had borne a daughter instead of a son. But none of them, not even Aerin herself, can predict her future-for she is to be the true hero who will wield the power of the Blue Sword...

"Vibrant, witty, compelling, the story is the stuff of which true dreams are made."

"Splendid high fantasy... filled with tender moments, good characters, satisfying action and sparkling dialogue... superb!"

Awards:
Winner of the 1985 Newbery Medal
An ALA Notable Book


The Inner Child
The Inner Child
Author: H. Paul Dr Gabriel
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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Review Date: 11/30/2006


"The Inner Child: Understanding Your Child's Emotional Growth in the First Six Years of Life" by Dr. Paul Gabriel & Robert Wool


Keys to investing in common stocks (Barron's business keys)
Review Date: 11/22/2006


A great help to undertstand investing A (arbitrage) to Z ("Zweig Forecast" -investment newsletter). 44 key concepts help you decide when to buy and sell stocks, and how to develop a succesful investment plan. Barron's Business Keys take the mystery out of business practices and make doing business understandable to everybody.


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