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99 Lives Cats in History, Legend and Literature
99 Lives Cats in History, Legend and Literature
Author: Howard Loxton
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 9/14/2009


Brimming with cat lore, myth, and mystery, "99 Lives" is a colorful journey through the feline world from ancient Egypt to the present. Along the way we meet ninety-nine cats of great distinction--from Oscar, a World War II seafaring cat, to the honored Siamese who attended the coronation of the King of Siam. Spirited illustrations, enchanting photographs and enlightening stories reveal the secrets of the feline mystique.


Ain't She Sweet?
Ain't She Sweet?
Author: Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 10/2/2009


A fun, romantic read!

"My all-time favorite romance novel...already I've read it twice." Columbus Dispatch

"A wildly romantic, very funny story that is completely chick-lit, but never crosses the line into the dangerous territory of the cookie-cutter romance novel. 'Ain't She Sweet?' does not proceed down exactly the path the reader might expect." Sarasota Herald Tribune

"Fast-paced...cheeky." Publishers Weekly

"No one writes funnier romance than Susan Elizabeth Phillips." Detroit Free Press

"'Ain't She Sweet?' is one of those books that define romance novels...Wonderful characters that will capture your imagination and your heart...Scenes you'll never forget... Read this book...[It's]a gift that is guaranteed to leave you feeling gooey and happy." Columbia State


"Funny and sexy...[it] sparkles." Memphis Commercial Appeal


All Thru the House (Leisure Arts Presents Christmas Remembered)
All Thru the House (Leisure Arts Presents Christmas Remembered)
Author: Leisure Arts
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 11/7/2009


Are you looking for beautiful but inexpensive ways to decorate your home for Christmas or to give as gifts? This book of counted cross-stitch designs is the perfect answer. Included are wreaths, ornaments, stockings, coasters, and holiday pictures to be framed. There are also an afghan, bread cloth, wine bag, table runner, pillows, a standing figure, towel borders, jar lids, and many more. Each chart is shown in full color, as are photos of each completed project. There is a page of general instructions at the back. Although an advanced beginner might enjoy these, they may be easiest for an intermediate or experienced cross-stitcher.


All Winter Lond
All Winter Lond
Author: Anne Cosgrove
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 9/27/2009


"All Winter Long" (sorry for the typo in the original listing) is a book created by quilt shop owner and designer Anne Cosgrove. The projects include small wall hangings, a tree skirt, a table topper, placemats, pillows and shams. Her use of log cabins, stars, pinetree blocks, and applique are suited to the beginning to intermediate quilter. These items would also make great gifts. All projects are shown in full color on the inside front and back covers, with clear illustrations in black and white in the text. Anne also includes well-written yardage guides in her instructions.


Archetypal Reiki: Spiritual, Emotional and Physical Healing : Book and Cards
Review Date: 11/7/2009


Reiki, a traditional art of healing meditation, draws its name from the Japanese characters rei (spirit) and ki (life force). Archetypical Reiki offers a pack of cards--that skillfully embody the core ideas of Reiki healing--to help you focus on attaining greater physical, emotional, and spiritual health, and to live a life of increased well-being. Included are 28 cards falling into four categories. Each addresses a different aspect of healing: awakening; the path to truth; initiation and purification; and empowerment. The book explains the principles of Reiki healing and sets out guidelines for using the cards, including a selection of healing rituals; a wide array of meditations; 10 ways to lay out the cards to access Reiki energy; and "when you draw this card explanations, affirmations, and exercises for each of the 28 cards. Consult with the Archetypal Reiki cards with questions about your physical, spiritual, or emotional health. Let them guide you to an intuitive awareness of the self-empowering steps you can take along your healing path.


Basic Guide to Rotary Cut Quilts
Basic Guide to Rotary Cut Quilts
Author: Marianne Fons & Liz Porter
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 9/20/2009


A great guide for the beginning quilter, written by two women whom many will recognize through their show on some PBS stations and their magazine. The explanations are clear, and there are color photos which illustrate the written directions. There are four sections--Getting Started; Patchwork Block Lessons; Projects; and Making Your Quilt a Quilt.


Better Homes and Gardens Prize-Winning Recipes
Better Homes and Gardens Prize-Winning Recipes
Author: Better Homes and Gardens
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 10/10/2009


Searching for tasty, interesting, and easy-to-make dishes? They're all here--the best of the best. Every page features a photo with mouthwatering food and nutrition information. The 41 recipes range from appetizers and main dishes to breads and desserts. All have been kitchen-tested by Better Homes and Gardens. Great ideas for entertaining or for just a change of pace in what you serve at home!


Brazzaville Beach
Brazzaville Beach
Author: William Boyd
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 10/2/2009


Young, alone and far from her family in England, primate researcher Hope Clearwater contemplates the extraordinary events that left her washed up like driftwood on Brazzaville Beach. It is here, on the distant, lonely outskirts of Africa, where she must come to terms with the perplexing circumstances of her recent past. For Hope is a survivor of the devastating cruelties of apes and of men alike. And to move forward, she must first grasp hard and elusive truths--about marriage and madness, about the greed and savagery of charlatan science...and about what compels seemingly benign creatures to kill for pleasure alone.

"At once mythic and provocative...a novel of ideas, of big themes...William Boyd is a champion storyteller." The New York Times Book Review

"Breathtaking...rich in action and thought...Boyd is a daring craftsman, a writer who allows the scope of his work to expand to the point of bursting." Los Angeles Times Book Review

"What an engaging yet intellectually challenging novel this is...a bang-up adventure with substantial phrenic heft." People

"Remarkable...a bravura tale...'Brazzaville Beach' stands out like a clipper ship in a harbor full of dinghies." Atlanta Journal and Constitution

"A tour de force..daring...riveting...an altogether splendid entertainment." Cleveland Plain Dealer

"A gripping story told with a calm, austere beauty, as though in the aftermath of a tropical storm."


The Burden of Proof
The Burden of Proof
Author: Scott Turow
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 9/20/2009


Another well-written mystery by the author of "Presumed Innocent". Those who read that book will recognize the protagonist of this one as the brilliant, elegant, and elusive lawyer who mastermined the defense of Rusty Sabich. The novel probes the character and private life of this complex man as he attempts to understand his wife's suicide while representing his rich but shady brother-in-law.


Bushwhacked: Life in George W. Bush's America (Audio CD)
Bushwhacked: Life in George W. Bush's America (Audio CD)
Author: Molly Ivins, Lou Dubose
Book Type: Audio CD
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
 2
Review Date: 9/24/2009


For years, bestselling political commentator Molly Ivins has been sounding the alarm about George W. Bush. In this book, she and Lou Dubose take the wire brush to the Bush presidency and show how he applied the same flawed strategies he used in governing Texas to running the largest superpower in the world. "Bushwhacked" brings to light the horrendous legacy of the Bush tax cut, his appalling environmental record, and other issues to show how damaging his policies have been to ordinary Americans. To better understand why the US is where it is today, listen to this incisive, entertaining, and damning indictment of the Bush presidency. This 5-disc abridgement of the book has been approved by the authors and is read by Molly Ivins.


The Casual Quilter: 6 Stress-Free Projects
The Casual Quilter: 6 Stress-Free Projects
Author: Robin Strobel
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 9/19/2009


Wrap yourself up in it. Snuggle under it. Spill on it, lie on it, play on it--but don't stress about it! With these trouble-free quilts, there's no worry about perfect points or stick-straight seams. The patterns are simple, the piecing is quick, the results are rewarding. Six patterns include instructions for at least four different sizes. Build your skills by mastering just one key technique per project, with tips to make the process easier. Beginners, take a "don't sweat it" approach with easy, confidence-building projects. Seasoned quilters, take a break to make a quilt just for fun! Learn the number-one rule of the Casual Quilter: "If you like it, it works."


Cherry Preserves
Cherry Preserves
Author: Teri Christopherson
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 9/28/2009


This is a great book for the beginning to intermediate quilter looking for easy but fun projects. The piecing is straight-forward, as is the buttonhole stitch applique. Many of these--including wall hangings, pillows, and a sweatshirt jacket--would make great gifts. If you are an experienced quilter with lots of scraps, the projects provide good designs to use them. Many of the throws can also be made bed-sized if desired. The overall look is updated folk art, with a bit of whimsey.


Classic Australian Short Stories and Verse
Classic Australian Short Stories and Verse
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 9/14/2009


Are you making a trip "Down Under", or are you just interested in Australia? This collection of short stories, ballads, and poetry provides insight into the country's history, pysche, and national identity. It presents a vivid picture of a vanished Australia--peopled by rugged shearers, drovers, and rough-edged, laconic battlers--and helps the reader to understand the country's colonial past.


The Clearing
The Clearing
Author: Tim Gautreaux
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 10/2/2009


An excellent novel.

"'The Clearing' is a fine and exciting novel about place, work, violence, love, and loyalty. Tim Gautreaux is a literary writer unafraid to tell a brisk and jolting story that keeps the pages turning." Charles Frazier

"This novel soars in its evocation of a land and people lost to the mists of time. It's a story about men and women bound to a great forest by their destruction of it, and the great ties of family and blood, and evil and greed and good, and human tragedy and human triumph. Mr. Gautreaux has written a book that lives on in the mind after the last page is read." Larry Brown

"As a reader passes through the contagion of violence within this story, what is remembered are the tendrils of compassion and tenderness, small but enduring. Tim Gatreaux is a wonderful writer, and 'The Clearing' is a unique and fascinating story." Rick Bass

"I have long been an avid admirer of Tim Gatreaux, but after reading 'The Clearing' I came to a rare and notable state of mind as a reader. Hereafter, as with Mississippi and Faulkner, Northern California and Steinbeck, Georgia and O'Connor, when I think of Louisiana, I will hear the voice of Tim Gatreaux. He has for me become an enduring presence not just in the world of books but in the American landscape." Robert Olen Butler


The Complete Guide to Nonprofit Corporations/Step-By-Step Guidelines, Procedures and Forms to Maintain a Nonprofit Corporation
Review Date: 11/7/2009


Enjoy the privileges and benefits of launching your own nonprofit corporation--and save thousands in legal fees! Nearly one millions organizations in the U.S. hold tax-exempt status as nonprofit organizations. However, not all nonprofit organizations are incorporated, so they cannot take full advantage of the benefits awarded to nonprofit corporations. This book shows you exactly what you need to do to enjoy these benefits. Checklists as well as a complete set of forms and documents are all provided, including the Certificate of Incorporation. You'll also find out what fees, permits and taxes your state requires plus where to get information on laws and forms in your state.


Country French Quilting
Country French Quilting
Author: Sandra L. Hatch, Sue Harvey, & Connie Rand
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 10/23/2009


If you are planning to make a coordinating quilt set for your bedroom or are just looking for some fun designs, this book is perfect for you. Both the photos and the drawn illustrations are in color. The projects are as follows: Ribbon Stars Bed Set (a bed-sized quilt with matching pillow cases); Ribbon Stripe Wall Quilt (uses 12 6" x 8" blocks); Nine-Patch Garden Pillow (quilted pillow with flange edge and cord decoration); Garden Pathway Pillow (quilted pillow with ruffled edge); Garden View Pillow (14" x 10" quilted pillow with ruffled edge); Fenced-In Pillow Quilt (a "quillow", which is a 60" x 74" lap quilt that folds into a 25" x 25" pocket); Garden Maze Table Runner (25" x 13": 3 6" blocks with borders); Garden Cushion Set (designed for a settee--38" x 17"--and for a 17" x 17" chair, but the designs will work equally well for a table runner, wall hanging, or pillow); Chenille Garden Pillow (uses layers of fabric that are cut after assembly to create a chenille look); Lattice Posies Pillow (a 16" x 16" quilted pillow with Prarie Point edges); and Strip-Pieced Garden Pillow (a 14" x 14" quilted pillow with a diagonal design, finished with cord and tassels). The directions are clear, and the projects are suitable for a beginning to intermediate quilter or for an advanced quilter looking for a quick project.


Country Textiles of Japan: The Art of Tsutsugaki
Country Textiles of Japan: The Art of Tsutsugaki
Author: Reiko Mochinaga Brandon
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 11/7/2009


Tsutsugaki is a method of dyeing cloth using a resist agent to create a particular design. Though it has much in common with the more familiar Japanese batik and stencil-dying techniques, tsutsugaki is unique in the way the dye resist--in this case rice paste--is applied to the fabric. By squeezing the rice paste through a paper cone the textile artist draws, freehand, his chosen design. The results are a delightful sponteneity and rare individuality of expression that have come to distinguish tsutsugaki textiles. This technique boasts a long history in both cities and the countryside. This volume brings to light the little-known country tsutsugaki tradition, distinctive for its ceremonial textiles. These celebretory country textiles are stunningly reproduced in 48 plates, 16 in full color. The commentaries on the plates detail the history, particular function, design, materials, and method of execution for each piece. Forty-three black and white photographs and line drawings illustrate the text, in which the author traces the history of cotton and indigo cultivation in Japan in relation to the development of tsutsugaki, and offers a fascinating account of the creation of indigo dye--from the initial planting and harvesting of the indigo plants to the final preparation of the fermented dye bath. In addition, readers are invited inside one of the last remaining tsutsugaki dye shops where, closely observing the Nagata family at work, we are given the rare chance to witness the step-by-step making of traditional tsutsugaki textiles. This is the first such study in English of a truly representative Japanese textile tradition.


Creating Memories: Making a Memory Scrapbook for Life's Special Occasions
Review Date: 3/14/2010


Whether you are a beginning or experienced scrapbooker, this is a great resource for you. It is an idea book, rather than a project book. The author takes various special occasions--birthdays, a first home, and so on--and suggests ways to approch making your
scrapbook. After each section, there are blank pages for you to experiment with.


Enemy Women
Enemy Women
Author: Paulette Jiles
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 10/13/2009
Helpful Score: 2


I love this book and have shared it with several friends, all of whom found it equally good. Beautifully written, it presents a different view of the Civil War: that of a Southern woman who is captured, jailed, and finally makes her way home.

"Jiles carries her gifts with deft precision." The New York Times Book Review

"What a gifted writer Jiles is: she writes as naturally as breathing, yet with passages that soar into the most eloquent and beautiful poetry." Sharon Butala

"'Enemy Women', as all of Paulette Jiles's work, has a Homeresque feel to it. Like something written by an old soul. The wandering. Not just over earthly miles but through zones of sensuousness, epiphany, intuition, creatureliness, homely integrity, all that old, old, old true human stuff that goes in and out ot fashion and favor and takes a writer who is no-nonsense and hard-nosed to keep a hand on it. This is an ageless story that casts a different shadow than ordinary writers' earnest prostrated little tries at distinction. These are ageless truths. All is fair in love and war, as they say." Carolyn Chute


Fabric All Through the House: Window Treatments, Pillows, Bed Coverings, Tablecloths, and More
Review Date: 9/14/2009


"Fabric All Through the House" includes 68 inspirational photographs, 50 step-by-step project instructions, and important fabric and color facts. With an exciting before and after story of home decorating, this book will help you become your own interior decorator.


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