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301 Stylish Storage Ideas (Better Homes and Gardens)
301 Stylish Storage Ideas (Better Homes and Gardens)
Author: Linda Hallam
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.1/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 3/23/2007
Helpful Score: 2


Very readable - color photos on every page - many practical ideas on how to arrange your storage space.

From the back cover:
PLANNING AND DESIGN advice for every room of your home
QUICK FIXES for everyday storage needs
HANDSOME SOLUTIONS for home electronics
STRATEGIES TO DECLUTTER family living spaces
SOURCES for practical and stylish product information


500 Low-Carb Recipes (500 Recipes, from Snacks to Dessert)
500 Low-Carb Recipes (500 Recipes, from Snacks to Dessert)
Author: Dana Carpender
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/13/2007


The book is 7 1/2 by 9 1/2 inches, and 1 1/4 inches thick - 496 page hardcover. The 4 stars is for the recipe variety. But I am no longer low carb dieting.

From the book cover: "500 recipes from snacks, to dessert, that the whole family will love......
Okay, you've finally done it. You've gone low-carb! And no matter which one of the many low-carb diets you've chosen, you've discovered the joys of weight loss without hunger......
Just one little problem. If you have to face one more day of eggs for breakfast, tuna salad for lunch, and a burger without the bun for dinner, you're going to scream......
Rejoice....help is here....In this book you'll find options galore. You'll find dozens of new things to do with your protein foods and vegetables - and you'll find recipes for foods you thought you'd never, ever be able to eat on your low carb diet: Cinnamon Raisin Bread, Feta Spinach Salmon Roast, Sour Cream Coffee Cake, Obscenely Rich Schrimp, Chocolate Mousse to DIE For, Mom's Chocolate Chip Cookies, Mockhhlua Cheese Cake, French Toast........."


Absolute Zero
Absolute Zero
Author: Chuck Logan
Book Type: Audio Cassette
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/9/2007


Good plot. Medical mystery plus lots of action. Likable characters.
I listened to this audio version of the book. Superbly read by actor J. K. Simmons, on 6 cassettes.


Ada Blackjack: A true story of survival in the arctic
Ada Blackjack: A true story of survival in the arctic
Author: Jennifer Niven
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/17/2006


A wonderful story - adventure, hardship, endurance, exotic landscape - and even more interesting because it is true.


Adobe(R) Photoshop(R) by Design
Adobe(R) Photoshop(R) by Design
Author: Yuichi Inomata
Book Type: Paperback
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Review Date: 2/12/2009


Information from the back cover:
Transform photos into convincing illustrations, create new images from close-cropped photos and spruce up your own drawings by giving them CG graphic textures. Make the professionals' techniques your own and try your hand at becoming a computer graphics artist.

Information from the front cover:
Adobe - Beginner's Technique Guide
Supplementary CD-ROM


African and Asian Costumed Dolls Price Guide
Review Date: 7/10/2008


Too bad the colorful cover of this paperback is not showing up here.
This book is 176 pages of color and black & white photographs of beautifully costumed dolls. Although it is a price guide (prices as of 1995) it could be used as a reference book about the dolls and their clothing. A doll crafts person can get ideas here about making their own dolls and/or clothing. A detailed description of each doll is included, Prices are listed in a separate section in the back of the book.

From the back cover:
African and Asian Costumed Dolls contains a multitude of traditional costumes with identification and values in an easy-to-use reference style. Admire the beauty and detailed originality of African and Asian Costumed Dolls with 120 color and 130 black and white photos.


The Air traveler's handbook: The complete guide to air travel, airplanes, and airports (A Fireside book)
Review Date: 3/16/2009


Published 1978 - Still useful for basic info about airport terminals, includes maps, airplane construction, cabin layout, etc., aviation facts, navigation, control towers, and so much more.
Many diagrams, pictures, drawings.
Glossary.
For reading - not for the latest homeland security rules!


All the Flowers Are Dying (Matthew Scudder, Bk 16)
All the Flowers Are Dying (Matthew Scudder, Bk 16)
Author: Lawrence Block
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 8/25/2006


Another Mathew Scudder myster from Lawrence Block. I believe it is number 16. This series just gets better with time.


America's Best: A Collection of Savory Recipes, Vol. 1
Review Date: 12/6/2008


Many easy recipes that you will return to again and again.
Pork chops with brown rice, peach cobbler, cheese bread, sweet potato pie. steak and onions, and more.


Angela Lansbury's Positive Moves: My Personal Plan for Fitness and Well-Being
Review Date: 5/2/2007


Angela Lansbury shares the routines that help her stay an active, healthy, happy older woman. Practical advice for all of us who want to age well. Enjoyable to read the snipits about her acting, Hollywood and TV life, as well.


Are You Hungry, Dear? Life, Laughs, and Lasagna
Are You Hungry, Dear? Life, Laughs, and Lasagna
Author: Danelle Morton, Doris Roberts
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 8/19/2006


An enjoyable, easy to read, celebrity biography. Doris Roberts includes a recipe with each chapter. I am going to try her meatloaf recipe!


Are You Somebody? : The Accidental Memoir of a Dublin Woman
Are You Somebody? : The Accidental Memoir of a Dublin Woman
Author: Nuala O'Faolain
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 8/9/2006
Helpful Score: 2


We read another of her books - My Dream of You - in our book club. That led me to buy and try to read this earlier book - Are You Somebody? - by this author. I lost patience with this one, and gave up after about 40 pages. Other readers obviously didn't agree with me as this book was a NY Times Best Seller.


The Bagel Bible, 3rd : For Bagel Lovers, The Complet Guide to Bagel Noshing
Review Date: 12/19/2006


A fun short history of bagels, bagel styles of the rich and famous, recipes to make bagels, and recipes to make - with bagels. Very enjoyable read!


Bead Power!: A Guidebook to Bead Bracelets
Bead Power!: A Guidebook to Bead Bracelets
Author: Nancy Krulik
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 1.3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/2/2007


This book explains the meaning (karma) of the different kinds of stone power bead bracelets. Also includes instructions on how to make your own beads. Nice for kids and teens.


Bella Tuscany
Bella Tuscany
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 5/27/2007


Book Description:
Frances Mayes, whose enchanting #1 New York Times bestseller Under the Tuscan Sun made the world fall in love with Tuscany, invites us back for a delightful new season of friendship, festivity, and food there and throughout Italy.

Happiness? The color of it must be spring green, impossible to describe until I see a just-hatched lizard sunning on a stone. That color, the glowing green lizard skin, repeats in every new leaf. The regenerative power of nature explodes in every weed, stalk, branch. Working in the mild sun, I feel the green fuse of my body, too. Surges of energy, kaleidoscopic sunlight through the leaves, the soft breeze that makes me want to say the word "zephyr"--this mindless simplicity can be called happiness.

Having spent her summers in Tuscany for the past several years, Frances Mayes relished the opportunity to experience the pleasures of primavera, an Italian spring. A sabbatical from teaching in San Francisco allowed her to return to Cortona--and her beloved house, Bramasole--just as the first green appeared on the rocky hillsides.

Bella Tuscany, a companion volume to Under the Tuscan Sun, is her passionate and lyrical account of her continuing love affair with Italy. Now truly at home there, Mayes writes of her deepening connection to the land, her flourishing friendships with local people, the joys of art, food, and wine, and the rewards and occasional heartbreaks of her villa's ongoing restoration. It is also a memoir of a season of change, and of renewed possibility. As spring becomes summer she revives Bramasole's lush gardens, meets the challenges of learning a new language, tours regions from Sicily to the Veneto, and faces transitions in her family life.

Filled with recipes from her Tuscan kitchen and written in the sensuous and evocative prose that has become her hallmark, Bella Tuscany is a celebration of the sweet life in Italy.


The Big Bag Book: How to Make All Kinds of Carry-Alls
Review Date: 3/23/2007


Authors are Carter Houck AND Myron Miller - Scribner's - 1977.
Detailed instructions. I have made some of the tote bags.


Black White  Jewish
Black White Jewish
Author: Rebecca Walker
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 8/8/2006
Helpful Score: 5


Alice Walker's daughter, tells us of her unique experience of belonging to two worlds, and of having varying amounts of acceptance and non-acceptance in each one. After her parents divorce, she shifts from New York to California and back, spending two years at a time with each parent. That alone, along with the new friends, and new school each time, would add a measure of stress to anyone's life. That she has come through it all with her identity intact, is a miracle.


Blindsided : Lifting a Life Above Illness: A Reluctant Memoir
Blindsided : Lifting a Life Above Illness: A Reluctant Memoir
Author: Richard Cohen
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/24/2007


A touching memoir of one man's struggle to live with long term illness. Insightfull and inspiring.


Blue Blood
Blue Blood
Author: Edward Conlon
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 8/4/2006


I expected more from this book. The author couldn't decide if he was writing a biography, a history of the NYPD, or his family history. I gather that he is still a detective in the NYPD, so maybe he had to censor his writing. Strangely there is not a lot of personal information here either. It is mostly anecdotes about his job. Some are about before his time in the Dept., like the French Connection story, which has been told and retold elsewhere. I stuck with the 560 pages because I thought there had to be a point to this story by a Harvard education policeman. That said, the part about the Trade Towers and 9/11 was touching, and personal.


California Angel
California Angel
Author: Nancy Taylor Rosenberg
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/6/2006


From Library Journal: Toy Johnson, a teacher at an urban Los Angeles school who cannot resist helping children in trouble, has strange but realistic dreams in which she aids children around the world. As her marriage to a wealthy, selfish doctor falters, Toy begins to experience heart problems, during which these strange dreams become so vivid that she bears physical scars afterward. During a visit to New York City, her physical problems and dream sequences reach a peak after she is arrested for kidnapping a child in Kansas whom she dreamed she saved from a fire. A mysterious and ethereal transit cop may be her only salvation. In a departure from her best-selling suspense tales like Mitigating Circumstances, Rosenberg offers a well-written work of hope and faith.


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