June 2010 Nonfiction

Computer Science, Information and General Works

Internet and E-mail for Seniors with Windows 7

Internet and E mail for Seniors with Windows 7 is the ultimate starting point for senior citizens who want to start using the Internet. The book’s easy to understand instructions will guide you step-by-step in learning to use the Internet and e-mail. Work through the book at your own pace and you’ll gain all the skills you need to take optimal advantage of everything the Internet and e-mail have to offer.

Blogging for Dummies

The blogging bestseller, now fully updated to reflect the latest tools and techniquesBlogging is forever evolving, and remains essential for anyone who wants a distinctive Web presence. There are many options that surround blogging-on everything from blogging software to hosting services-and this fun and friendly guide gets you started so can begin logging in hours of blogging!Building on the success of the two previous bestselling editions, this latest revision includes essential blogging basics, the elements required of a good blog, and the tools you′ll need to get started. You′ll discover how to determine the right blogging software for you, whether you should run your own blog or use a full-service hosting site, and how to set up an account and write your first post. Builds on the two previous bestselling editions and covers the latest advertising tools to attract an audience, methods for making money with your blog, and ways to measure your blog′s success Includes updates to the major blogging software utilities including Google′s Blogger, TypePad, and WordPress Walks you through the latest search engine optimization techniques for increasing your blog′s visibility Reviews the newest plug-ins and gadgets that will allow you to extend your blogIf you′re in a fog about how to blog, then this easy-to-understand guide is the right book for you.

The Rough Guide to Cloud Computing

The Rough Guide to Cloud Computing is your essential ‘how to’ guide for taking your life online, sharing 100 websites that will change your life forever. This guide takes a practical view at the phenomena of ‘cloud computing’ – in simple terms, computing that takes the focus away from applications that live on home PCs and instead puts it all online. This guide will teach you how to use these tools to become more productive, find new ways to work and, of course, play online in this ever changing digital age. Written for novices and experts alike this jargon-busting guide will teach you how to stay in sync so that your contacts, emails, bookmarks and calendars are always at your fingertips. Discover how to keep in touch with friends using Google Docs, Zoho Office, Twiddla and how to take your media online, sharing snaps on Flickr and discovering new music with Spotify and Last.fm. Rely on tips and tricks for protecting precious data online and avoiding getting scammed. Find the coolest Cloud tools including using Remember The Milk to plan your days and discover how to scrapbook your life with Evernote. The Rough Guide to Cloud Computing will help you find your feet, and keep a cool head, in the Cloud.

Philosophy and Pyschology

Growing Up Pyschic

This gripping memoir chronicles the hair-raising and hilarious moments in Michael Bodine’s haunted life. It includes amazing true stories-a dangerous ghost friend with a hidden agenda, the hodgepodge of psychics who gathered in his mother’s kitchen, ghost hunting misadventures, spirit messages, possession-along with an inspiring account of his successful battle against chemical dependency as he learned to accept his unusual gift.

Religion

Toward a True Kinship of Faiths

No country, no culture, no person today is untouched by what happens in the rest of the world. Technological innovation, environmental degradation, economic gain & loss, nuclear weapons, instant communication have all created unprecedented familiarity among the world’s many cultures. With this historic development, the Dalai Lama understands that the essential task of humanity in the 21st Century is to cultivate peaceful coexistence. Many believe in the inevitability of an escalating “clash of civilizations”. Peaceful coexistence has long been problematic with religion, and while previous conflicts over religious differences may have been significant and regrettable, they did not threaten the very survival of humanity. Now, when extremists can persuade followers with the immense emotional power of faith and have access to powerful technological resources, a single spark could ignite a powder keg of frightening proportions. Yet the Dalai Lama shows how the challenges of globalization can also move us in another direction, to a deeper plane where nations, cultures, and individuals connect through their shared human nature. All major religions confront the same perennial questions; each have distinct forms of expression. But this marvelous diversity of insight has the potential for inspiring dialogue which can enrich everyone’s pursuit of wisdom. All faith traditions turn to compassion as a guiding principle for living a good life. It is the task of all people with an aspiration to spiritual perfection to affirm the fundamental value of the compassion. In this way we can truly develop a deep recognition of the value of other faiths, and on that basis, we can cultivate genuine respect. In Toward a True Kinship of Faiths, the Dalai Lama also explores where differences between religions can be genuinely appreciated without serving as a source of conflict. The establishment of genuine harmony is not dependent upon accepting that all religions are fundamentally the same or that they lead to the same place. Many fear that recognizing the value of another faith is incompatible with having devotion to the truth of one’s own. Nevertheless, the Dalai Lama profoundly shows how a sincere believer can, with integrity, be a pluralist in relation to other religions without compromising commitment to the essence of the doctrinal teachings of their own faith. An issue of central importance for the Dalai Lama personally and for the entire world in general, Toward a True Kinship of Faiths offers a hopeful yet realistic look at how humanity must step into the future.

Bringing Up Girls

Bringing Up Boys by parenting expert and best-selling author Dr. James Dobson was, and continues to be, a runaway hit, selling more than 2 million copies to date. Now, Dr. Dobson presents his highly anticipated companion book: Bringing Up Girls.Based on extensive research, and handled with Dr. Dobson’s trademark down-to-earth approach, Bringing Up Girlswill equip parents like you to face the challenges of raising your daughters to become healthy, happy, and successful women who overcome challenges specific to girls and women today and who ultimately excel in life.

Social Sciences

The Book of Love

What does every couple want? A close, honest bond with their lover? Great communication and humor? Some romance? To feel loved, passionately, by their partner? The truth is that most couples aspire to have all of these things. But how do you get it and, more importantly, how do you keep your relationship fresh, vibrant, and sexy over the years? In The Book of Love, expert sex and relationship therapist Dr. Laura Berman teaches how to become connected, communicative, stable, romantic, and sexually-satisfied, as well as how to plan for a happy, intimate, and fantasy fueled future together.

Some Girls

A jaw-dropping story of how a girl from the suburbs ends up in a prince’s harem and emerges from the secret Xanadu both richer and wiser. At eighteen, Jillian Lauren was an NYU theater school dropout with a tip about an upcoming audition. The “casting director” told her that a rich businessman in Singapore would pay pretty American girls $20,000 if they stayed for two weeks to spice up his parties. Soon, Jillian was on a plane to Borneo, where she would spend the next eighteen months in the harem of Prince Jefri Bolkiah, youngest brother of the Sultan of Brunei, leaving behind her gritty East Village apartment for a palace with rugs laced with gold and trading her band of artist friends for a coterie of backstabbing beauties. More than just a sexy read set in an exotic land, Some Girls is also the story of how a rebellious teen found herself-and the courage to meet her birth mother and eventually adopt a baby boy.

Does the U.S. Two-Party System Still Work?

Shoo, Jimmy Choo!

You’re a latte-in-the-morning, closet-stuffed-with-shoes, can’t-resist-a-sale kind of girl. What’s the big deal? If you ever want to buy a house, stop paying astronomical interest on your credit card, and have a retire-in-style fund, you need to set out on the path to financial security and who better to lead you down that path than Catey Hill?

Life or Debt 2010

HOW WOULD YOU FEEL IF YOU NEVER HAD TO PAY OFF ANOTHER DEBT AGAIN? NO CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS! NO MORTGAGE PAYMENTS! NO AUTO LOAN PAYMENTS!If your answer is “free” or “secure” or even “happy,” then this step-by-step guide to eliminating debt forever is the book for you. Stacy W. Johnson, the creator of the personal finance news series Money Talks, has already helped millions of people get out of debt, achieve financial freedom, and earn from wise investments. Now, just by reading this down-to-earth book filled with no-nonsense facts, you too can share the secrets of an amazing program that will allow you to regain control and win you financial freedom for the rest of your life.Practical worksheets (each with detailed examples) will help you figure out the real numbers you need to know: How much do you really earn? How much do you really owe? How do you create a personalized DEBT DESTROYER?And finally, when you are free of debt forever, learn the ultimate tool that will transform the rest of your life…how to convert your Debt Destroyer into a Money Machine that will keep you solvent and happy even after you retire.

The Federal Budget Deficit

Passages in Caregiving

Gail Sheehy, author of the groundbreaking Passages-which was a New York Times bestseller for more than three years-now brings us Passages in Caregiving. In this essential guide, the acclaimed expert on the now aging Baby Boomer generation outlines nine crucial steps for effective, successful family caregiving, turning chaos into confidence during this most crucial of life stages.

Legalizing Drugs

Discusses issues pertaining to the legalization of drugs, covering the history of drug use and abuse, the war on drugs, potential risks and benefits, the medical marijuana movement, and other related topics, and includes quotes, anecdotes, and discussion which were originally published in “USA Today.”

Somewhere Inside

The never-before-told story of Laura Ling’s capture by the North Koreans and the role her sister played in bringing about her rescue by President Bill Clinton. A piercing look inside the world’s most secretive nation as well as a moving tale of sisterhood and love.

For the Children’s Sake

All of us, parents and teachers, want to give our children the best education possible. We hope the education we provide is a joyful adventure, a celebration of life, and preparation for living. Most education today, however, falls short of this goal.

The Everything Homeschooling Book

Homeschooling isn’t about teaching; it’s about learning together with your child. In this indispensible guide, author and homeschooler Sherri Linsenbach provides you with the encouragement, inspiration, and ideas you need to explore this option for your family. It’s packed full of ideas to make the experience easy, affordable, and, most of all, fun. Even veteran homeschoolers will find new ideas and techniques that help keep home education interesting and exciting.This edition includes completely new material on: Updated curriculum resources, strategies, and methods Fresh educational activities for grades K-12 Information on specific learning styles and special needs Ideas for tackling social issues and social skills in today’s world Typical homeschool days, schedules, and activities The author, a homeschool veteran of more than eighteen years, presents real-life examples and inspiring success stories from families across the country. This all-new edition of an Everything bestseller is the only reference you’ll need to ensure your children’s success at any age!

Think College!

As more and more students with intellectual disabilities think college, high schools and postsecondary schools must be fully prepared to meet their needs. Developed by two highly respected experts, this book uncovers the big picture of postsecondary education (PSE) options and reveals how to support students with disabilities before, during, and after a successful transition to college.

Preparing Students with Disabilities for College Success

During their pre-college education, students with disabilities generally have the support of an interdisciplinary team of professionals and parents who often make decisions for the student related to coursework and accommodations; once they enter higher education, students are faced with a challenging, increasing need for self-determination. In this practical text, 15 American academics, researchers, disability specialists, and independent consultants contribute 11 chapters outlining the complexities students with disabilities face in making the transition to college, and offering a variety of practical solutions and strategies to help students throughout the process. Using vignettes, tips, and activities, the text translates current research in a user-friendly format to guide students and their families. Each chapter focuses on early, coordinated, student-centered planning to help students develop the academic and personal skills needed for a successful adjustment to college. For secondary educators, transition specialists, postsecondary support professionals, and students with disabilities and their parents. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

101 Ways to Score Higher on Your SAT Reasoning Test

Each year millions of high school students dedicate a Saturday morning to taking the Scholastic Aptitude Test, more commonly referred to as the SATs. These tests are important because 92 percent of colleges require applicants to report their scores. In 2008 the average score for critical reading was 502, for math 515, and for writing 494. How can you boost your scores and stand out from the crowd when applying to college? Reading 101 Ways to Score Higher on Your SAT Reasoning Test, and employing the practices found within, is one way to do so. In this new book, you will learn about and understand the scoring system, as well as the format and content. You will learn how to read questions correctly, how to control your anxiety, and how to approach each section. In addition, you will be presented with a list of resources to help you prepare and dozens of teacher-recommended strategies. 101 Ways to Score Higher on Your SAT is filled with math, English, and writing practice questions; step-by-step instructions on writing an effective SAT essay; reviews of critical reading, grammar, and correct usage; and reviews of the most important math concepts. Some of the study strategies included are answering the easy questions first, making educated guesses, and budgeting your time. This book also directs you to a variety of resources for more practice tests, guidelines, and information about the standardized test which was taken by more than 1.5 million students in 2008. Instead of panicking and worrying about the SATs, pick up this book and be confident in your test-taking abilities. Whether you are taking the test for the first time or for the fifth, you will learn valuable information and practical tips for improving your score.

Weddings

Everybody has a little country in their heart, and this is for the bride who wants to embody the essence of country on her wedding day.Weddingspresents page after page of evocative photos demonstrating how to infuse this most special of days with quintessential country touches that will appeal to a range of tastes. Broken into three sections—Choosing a Location, Designing the Day, and A Wedding Primer—brides are taken step by step through the planning of the perfect country wedding. Learn how to assess the pros and cons of various locations—both indoors and out—and the logistics involved, from setting up a catering area to obtaining the necessary permits. Then choose a theme and all the elements that go along with it, such as stationery, flowers, favors, and a wedding cake. And of course those important nitty-gritty details are here, too:nbsp; setting a budget, deciding whether or not to use a wedding planner, choosing vendors, and much more. Sidebars throughout give helpful tips and evocative photos prove that even the most “country” wedding can be polished, stylish, and sophisticated.

Language

American Sign Language Demystified

Straightforward, step-by-step approach for fast and painless mastery of ASL from the trusted Demystified brand–great as a supplement to a high school or college course or as a guide for beginners studying on their own.

Easy & Effective Writing Lessons for English Language Learners

Drawing on more than fifteen years experience teaching English language learners, Marilyn Pryle has designed and classroom-tested these ten writing assignments that support the particular needs of ELLs. Each assignment includes whole-class lessons to introduce the topic and teach about genre; leveled mini-lessons that address students’ needs at the beginner, intermediate, and advanced language-proficiency levels; reproducible prewriting activities; and a rubric. Filled with scaffolding ideas, conferring tips, student work, and more, this resource gives teachers the tools to help their English Language Learners develop effective writing skills.

Perfect Phrases for ESL

Now you’ll know what to say atthe right time in any situationESL specialist Natalie Gast knows from her experiencethat the workplace presents some unique situations. Inthis book she presents scenarios, business slang, andother linguistic issues that typical language texts don’tgo into–for example, how to break the ice with smalltalk or ask for clarification. These hundreds of phrases will help younot only survive but thrive in your chosen field.

Science

Audubon North American Birdfeeder Guide

Produced in association with the National Audubon Society, the Audubon North American Birdfeeder Guidecovers the best ways to attract, observe, and feed birds in your own backyard. From profiles of individual species to understanding bird behavior, this new compact edition provides a wealth of knowledge in a convenient and portable format.

Technology

The Diet Joke

Filled with humor and fun, The Diet Joke is a laugh-riot, common-sense approach to better health. Unlike most diet books that are filled with diet regimes and recipes, this fun-to-read, entertaining book combines basic information with simple reprogramming activities that anyone can follow to improve one¿s lifestyle. No call to Veganland here. Just the basic facts, and why they¿re sometimes flawed. What we eat, why we eat, how we diet ¿ it¿s all covered in knee-slapping style. Funny illustrations and thought-provoking activities drive the message home: It¿s time we take better care of ourselves. Who says losing weight has to be so serious?

Get Your Body Back After Baby

Hurray, you are a mom. Now you need to know how to get your body back in shape and return you to fitness. Fit Pregnancy magazine presents Get Your Body Back After Baby, a program to restore your energy and get you back to better than your pre-pregnancy shape.

Baby Boot Camp

Created specifically for the postpartum body, this safe and highly effective fitness program enables mum to get back in shape … all while playing with her infant or toddler. To make things even better, the workouts take only nine minutes!

Quiet Your Mind and Get to Sleep

In this self-help workbook, behavioral medicine experts Carney (Sleep and Mood Disorder Program, Ryerson U., Toronto) and Manber (psychiatry and behavioral sciences, Stanford U.) demystify insomnia and treat persistent difficulty sleeping as a problem associated with stress and other health problems. The book includes case examples, strategies and worksheets for becoming aware of and changing sleep-incompatible behaviors, and resources. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Depression 101

Outsmart Your Cancer

This easy-to-read alternative treatment guide could save your life. Outsmart Your Cancer explodes the myths about alternative cancer treatments and explains why non-toxic methods are more effective than conventional ones. This second edition of Outsmart Your Cancer includes new chapters, an audio CD with inspiring recovery testimonials from cancer survivors, and an incredible amount of valuable information. Twenty-one different alternative methods are discussed along with real-life stories of people who completely recovered from a variety of advanced or late-stage cancers using alternative approaches. The book explains why alternative methods work better than conventional toxic treatments and presents details about the scientific basis for them, including the amazing formula called Protocel, which has produced incredible cancer recoveries over the past twenty years.

The Cleveland Clinic Guide to Bladder Cancer

It’s one of the most common cancers, yet most people know little about it. Its symptoms can be confusing and even undetectable. If you have received a diagnosis of bladder cancer, you want answers. The key to getting the best treatment is to stay informed.

The 100 Healthiest Foods to Eat During Pregnancy

Eat the best foods for your baby’s development! Nutrition is never more critical than during pregnancy. What you choose to put on your plate affects you and your baby’s health not just in utero but for years to come. However, many nutritional guidelines for pregnancy are complex, confusing, and offer an uninspiring list of things to eat for the next nine months. Backed up by the latest nutritional research, this guide debunks pregnancy food myths and uncovers a number of surprising food choices that are superfoods for expectant mothers. Anchovies are a high-protein, naturally salty snack-a great food for avoiding feelings of nausea; and they contain high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, which foster babyrsquo;s brain development during the first trimester. Leeks are the vegetable equivalent of a super multivitamin-mineral tablet containing high amounts of vitamin A, vitamin C, and iron, plus fiber, B vitamins, and other minerals. Their mild, slightly sweet flavor makes them appealing if yoursquo;re suffering from morning sickness. Cherries contain mel atonin, an antioxidant hormone that promotes healthy sleep for you and stimulates cell growth in your growing baby. Celery is a healthy snack rich in silica, a mineral which tones and firms your skin-the perfect nutritional support for your stretching and expanding breasts and belly. This one-of-a-kind nutrition reference guide is also packed with helpful quick-reference charts and sidebars, highlighting healthy (but no less delicious!) substitutes for commonly craved foods like ice cream and potato chips. You’ll also discover the most up-to-date research regarding pregnancy dilemmas, such as how to get more omega-3s from fish in your diet while avoiding mercury. It’s pregnancy nutrition made easy!

Teach Yourself Yoga for Pregnancy and Birth

Have a healthy, happy pregnancy through yogaTeach Yourself Yoga for Pregnancy and Birthoffers you a way to stay healthy during your pregnancy and nurture your spiritual and emotional well-being. Inside you’ll find breathing techniques and relaxation exercises to help during pregnancy and labor.

Baby Sleep Guide

Getting your baby to sleep during the first year has just gotten a whole lot easier-thanks to well-known baby experts Marcie Jones and Sandy Jones. Great Expectations: Baby Sleep Guide delivers reliable, sound, evidence-based information on everything from baby sleep-wake cycles, naptimes, and the “nighttime put-down” to insider information on “momsomnia” and what to do when you want to sleep but your baby doesn’t.

The Holistic Baby Guide

You can heal your baby’s symptoms with a holistic treatment plan that includes natural medicines, nutritional supplements, and lifestyle changes, instead of turning to potentially harmful chemical products and medications. This comprehensive handbook is filled with safe and effective holistic treatments for colds, digestive problems, allergies, asthma, and other health issues babies and toddlers commonly experience in their first years of life.

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Organizing Your Life

In today’s fast-paced, complex society, it’s crucial to find ways to increase productivity, simplify, and stay sane. The fifth edition of this highly successful guide emphasizes how organization helps people survive tough times, assists them with life’s challenges, and can lead to a happier, more peaceful life. New is this edition- Green organizing.Getting things done in the electronic age. Loads of new products that help people organize. Offers up-to-date information, a reading appendix, and new resources. An expanded focus on simple living, a popular topic even before the recession. Timeless themes of saving money and reducing stress.

The Coupon Mom’s Guide to Cutting Your Grocery Bills in Half

A book that pays for itself! The creator of couponmom.com, with 1.6 million subscribers and counting, shares her strategic money-saving techniques for saving big while living well Americans are hungry for bargains these days, but one woman has developed the ultimate strategy for enjoying a feast of savings. Taking the nation by storm, with appearances ranging from The Oprah Winfrey Show, Today and Good Morning America, Stephanie Nelson has shown countless women and men how to save thousands of dollars by becoming savvy coupon clippers- without sacrificing nutrition or quality. Now, in The Coupon Mom’s Guide to Cutting Your Grocery Bills in Half, Nelson demonstrates all of the tricks of the trade- beyond coupons and tailor-made for a variety of shopper lifestyles. Whether you’re a “busy” shopper and have only a small amount of time each week to devote to finding the best deal; a “rookie” shopper who is ready to put more effort into cutting bills; or a seasoned “varsity” shopper who is looking for new ways to get the deepest discounts possible, this book offers techniques that will make it easy to save money at any level and on any timetable. Extending her Strategic Shopping protocols to mass merchandisers, wholesale clubs, natural-food stores, drugstores, and other retailers, Nelson proves that value and variety can go hand in hand. With meal- planning tips, recipes, and cost-comparison guides, as well as inspiring real-life stories from the phenomenal Coupon Mom movement, this is a priceless guide to turning the checkout lane into a road of riches.

The Gourmet’s Guide to Cooking with Chocolate

Building on the concept of The Gourmet’s Guide to Cooking with Wine and The Gourmet’s Guide to Cooking with Beer,this fully illustrated book shows how to use chocolate as the ultimate convenience ingredient that will add big impact to your cooking and baking repertoire. Why? Chocolate is versatile. It can be used with many different types of food. Use it to add variety and flavor to ordinary dishes. Add chocolate and you instantly add class to the most humble fare. With more than 150 recipes for savory dishes and inspired desserts-all featuring chocolate-you’ll never look at a candy bar the same way again.

Better Homes and Gardens Budget-Friendly Meals

Save time and money with these simple recipes made with just a few ingredients. “Better Homes and Gardens Budget-Friendly Meals” simplifies dinner duties with 300 easy, tasty recipes that let cooks put an affordable dinner on the table in a flash.

Dinner Express

This cookbook offers a wealth of easy and inspiring ideas for main dishes, appetizers, desserts, and more–all ready in just 30 minutes or less. Filled with mouthwatering photos and 200 quick and easy recipes, this cookbook proves that quick can equal delicious.

Now Eat This!

FRIED CHICKEN, MACARONI AND CHEESE, BROWNIES, AND 147 OTHER FAVORITE RECIPES UNDER 350 CALORIES in this delectable cookbook, award-winning chef Rocco DiSpirito transforms America’s favorite comfort foods into deliciously healthy dishes-all with zero bad carbs, zero bad fats, zero sugar, and maximum flavor. What’s more, Rocco provides time-saving shortcuts, helpful personal advice, and nutritional breakdowns for each recipe from a board-certified nutritionist. So prepare your favorite foods without the guilt. Finally, a world-class chef has made healthy food taste great!

Sara Moulton’s Everyday Family Dinners

This collection by the popular Food Network television host features 200 exciting new recipes for over-scheduled home cooks.

Comfort Food Diet Cookbook

Taste of Home Comfort Food Diet Cookbook presents a common-sense approach to healthy living and dieting by focusing on what people can eat, not what they have to give up. With the help of provided calorie counts, readers can plan their day and feel confident knowing they’re within the desired calorie range for weight loss. All recipes come from real home cooks and combine realistic portions with exceptional taste-and all have been approved by the nutritionist on the Taste of Home staff. In addition to hundreds of satisfying recipes, this book contains: -A four-week meal plan that covers breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts, snacks, and beverages -Nutrition facts and calories, including diabetic exchanges -Notes on exercise and portion control -A code to access a special gated website, which contains additional meal plans, healthy tips, and online community support -Testimonials and photos from actual dieters -A free year subscription to Taste of Home Healthy Cooking magazine -Tips on dining out Readers will also find a number of “free foods” with low calories for guilt-free snacking and a clip-and-keep calorie guide they can remove from the book to carry on the go for use in restaurants. Put the Taste of Home Comfort Food Diet Cookbook’s meals on your menu, and you’ll be putting the pleasure back in healthy eating.

Low Carb, Sugar Free Desserts

If you are counting your carbs, diabetic, or just trying to cut back on your sugar intake, you have probably been craving the forbidden foods: cakes, pies, cookies, ice cream, and other desserts. Now, pastry chef Victor Kline has created over 100 delicious recipes to satisfy the sweetest tooth…even yours! Over 100 Low-Carb Sugar-Free Recipes Including: * New York Style Cheesecake * Chocolate Chip Cookies * Pumpkin Pecan Pie * Tiramisu * Fudge * Chocolate Ice Cream * Sugar-Free Sugar Cookies * Pound Cake * Chocolate Creme Pie * Brownies With the introduction of some remarkable sugar substitutes like Splenda, you can indulge in your favorite goodies without the guilt. With easy-to-follow instructions and easy-to-find ingredients, Cooking Well: Low-Carb, Sugar-Free Desserts is an essential cookbook for your kitchen.

The Allergy-Proof Cookbook

Each of the 150 recipes included in this family-friendly cookbook are free of gluten and the eight most common allergens thus taking the guesswork out of determining which recipes are safe and which are a risk. Culinary expert, Leslie Hammond teaches readers how to use naturally allergy-free ingredients and substitutes to add richness, texture, pizzazz and nutritional content to meals without losing the yummy factor.

The Everything Guide to Cooking for Children with Diabetes

All parents want their children to eat well?but for children with diabetes, eating well is not just a preference, it?s a requisite. When to eat, what to eat, and how much to eat are critical considerations?all day, every day. But with a little knowledge and planning, you can whip up meals that are as good for your child as they are good to eat, including: Ultimate Grilled Cheeseburger Sandwich Multigrain Pancakes and Vanilla Smoothies Baked Potato Chips and Creamy Spicy Dip Taco Salad Grilled Ranch Chicken Lobster Salad Chocolate Cheesecake Mousse With this cookbook, you can meet the dietary challenges of diabetes with delicious?and doable?meals. From bag lunches and after-school snacks to birthday treats and holiday feasts, children with diabetescanenjoy mealtime as much as kids everywhere?every day of the year!

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Vegan Eating for Kids

Children can thrive on a vegan diet! The Complete Idiot’s Guide(r) to Vegan Eating for Kids shows parents how they can raise a happy, healthy child on a vegan diet. The guide presents all the nutritional needs for children up to 12 years old, outlining what they need at what stage in their lives, and what vegan foods can provide those nutrients. bull; bull;The only book to present a complete plan for raising a vegan child. bull;Includes delicious vegan recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and snacks that especially appeal to children. bull;Will appeal to the nearly 5 million vegetarians/vegans in the United States. bull;Includes complete nutritional lists of fruits, vegetables, and nuts. bull;Features tips for teaching children how to cope in a non-vegan world.

The  Charleston Chef’s Table

In recent years, Charleston, which hosts more than four million visitors annually, has matured into a world-class culinary destination. Now, The Charleston Chef’s Table allows locals and visitors alike to take a bit of the city’s incomparable flavor home, with profiles of the city’s 100 best restaurants and a signature recipe from each. From roadside dives to upscale eateries, from Southern to Chinese, Holly Herrick leaves no stone unturned as she winnows Charleston’s 1,500 restaurants down to her top picks. From fried chicken to saut?ed duck livers, The Charleston Chef’s Table delivers all the goods that make Charleston such an exciting place to visit, live, and dine. Complementing the text are 100 full-color photographs as well as sidebars that highlight this Southern gem’s 300-year history.

Wild Sourdough

We have to thank the ancient Egyptians for the sourdough bread we know today. Wild Sourdoughis a hands-on and highly practical guide to sourdough bread-making at home. With more than 45 easy-to-follow sourdough recipes, written specifically for home-bakers,Wild Sourdoughinvites you to go back to basics, using flour, water and salt then add in feta, walnuts, dried fruit or figs to create your own unique loaf. It uses natural fermentation techniques to create simple, wholesome and preservative-free, sourdough bread.

Basements

Smart Guide®: Basements, All-New 2nd Edition, provides readers with the information they need to convert their dark, dreary basements into bright, airy living spaces. Readers learn how to eliminate moisture problems, change rough concrete walls and floors into finished surfaces, hide pipes and wiring, and bring light and ventilation to these rooms.

Green Remodeling

Ultimate Guide to Green Remodeling goes beyond other home improvement books in that it shows homeowers how they can take part in the “green” revolution when remodeling his or her home. Through common remodeling projects, such as replacing kitchen cabinets and installing new countertops, readers are presented with choices for using green, nontoxic building materials and techniques. Some of the topics covered include reducing home energy use, selecting nontoxic materials, saving water, and supporting the environment through the use of products that are manufactured responsibly or that come fromsustainable natural resources.

Carry Me

Highlighting the extraordinary influence Japanese craft has imparted on the world of fiber arts, this brilliantly illustrated manual showcases the stylish sensibilities of eastern expertise in creating gorgeously sophisticated handbags. Revealing a balanced selection of cleverly constructed handbags, exclusive pull-out pattern templates, intricate details and instructions, and simple sewing techniques, sewersnbsp;are shownnbsp;how to create distinct and fashionable works of functional art, such as a wool tweed travel bag, a stylish denim bag with grommet and zipper details, a roomy tote with contrast lining and inside pockets, a handy laptop bag, a wool messenger bag with flower detail, and a soft luggage tote. With several concepts offering matching companion projects—such as change purses, drawstring bags, and wristlets—and accessible advice and information, this lively guide will inspire sewers of all experience levels.

Meeting Your Match Online

Recent studies show that more than 20 million people will visit at least one online dating service a month in 2008. Internet dating has several advantages, among them the ability to discover everything about a potential partner before ever meeting them. You can learn their age, religious affiliations, education, expectations, interests, hobbies, and so on. Internet dating allows you to chat online and get to know someone before meeting them. There is also the ability to meet people on a varied schedule; you do not have to meet them face-to-face right away. Other advantages include protection of your personal identity, the exchange of photos, the ability to be yourself, less cost, and the ability to search by sexual or ethnic preference, all of which will increase the chances of finding that special someone. Aside from the many advantages, online dating has disadvantages as well. For example, you could be starting an online relationship with someone who, in actuality, does not look like they do in their photos or their personality is not as they described, it might have to be a long distance relationship, or they have a hidden criminal agenda. This is why you need the assistance of this groundbreaking new book that covers it all, allowing you to find the right partner and make your online dates safe and secure. The book features many available online dating services, such as PerfectMatch, which employs a scientific method to locate matches. eHarmony has a compatibility system that only pairs you with compatible singles. Yahoo Personals helps you choose from thousands of members to find singles in your area. True.com is likely the only dating site that checks new members for criminal activity and marriage history. Match.com guarantees you will meet someone special within six months – or they will extend your membership by six months at no cost to you. Also detailed are AmericanSingles.com, FriendFinder.com, Metrodate.com, Lavalife.com, Date.com, JDate.com, Great Expectations at GE-Dating.com and Chemistry.com. Also included are true stories from couples and singles who have been through the online dating process and have found it either worked or didn’t work for them. Other social networking sites, such as MySpace.com, are also touched upon.

House Works

America’s leading housekeeping expert shows you how to de-clutter, organize, and clean your home, with easy-to-remember tips for every job, from keeping your bathroom clean and doing the laundry to sorting out paperwork and organizing the family photo album.

Launching Your Teen Into Adulthood

Sending your child into the big, wide world is one of the scariest things you’ll ever do as a parent. There are so many questions: When should they leave? What will they need? How will you know they’re ready?

Help Your Child Develop Emotional Literacy

This book shows how parents can facilitate their child’s emotional and mental well being right from the start. It explains emotional literacy and draws on recent research to offer parents advice and to provide practical step-by-step activities for developing emotional and mental health in their children, from birth to adulthood.

Your Kids Are Your Own Fault

Straight-talking, bestselling Pitbull of Parenting Larry Winget says “This is not a fix your kid book. It’s a fix the way you parent book. You owe it to your kids to parent with a plan!” Being a parent is the toughest job in the world, especially with the increasing number of negative influences and pitfalls facing our kids today, from childhood obesity and out-of-control celebrity culture to the dangers of the internet and credit card debt. Larry Winget has never been one to shy away from tough truths, and what he says here may well be difficult for some parents to swallow: we are in the midst of a crisis with our kids. Kids today are over-indulged, over-entertained, under-achieving, and under-disciplined, with a sense of entitlement that is crippling society. And the real problem is that parents aren’t paying attention to what’s going on. If they were they would realize that most kids today barely read and write, except with their thumbs on their cell phones! Well-behaved, respectful kids are the exception, not the rule, and for the most part, parents are to blame. Responsible parenting is about beginning with the end in mind and parenting with a plan. But most parents have never stopped to consider what kind of adult they want to raise. They have all this fun creating a baby, but they don’t have a plan for the end product. Larry’s message to parents: Teach your kids to become the best adults they can be. But don’t expect your kids to improve until you improve. Your Kids Are Your Own Fault covers familiar lessons and principles that have led Larry’s readers to greater success with money, career, and goal setting, this time at a level where they can be taught to children. This book shows parents how to design the adult they want their kid to become and work backwards to make sure it happens. Kids don’t come with an instruction manual, but finally being a parent does!

How to Use the Internet to Get Your Next Job

A San Antonio-based writer/former employee relations manager offers advice on how to use the virtual world to land a job in the real world. Nagle covers how the Internet has changed the job search process, Internet lingo, where to find online advice and courses to brush up skills, and privacy concerns. The guide includes a foreword by a staffing agency owner, case studies, resources, and sample résumés and cover letters. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Where the Jobs Are Now

The 7 Best-Kept Secrets of Today’s Job Market The current employment outlook might seem grim at first glance, but onlyif you don’t know where to look. Government and individual investors arepouring billions of dollars into a handful of industries, sparking long-term growth and a wealth of great new career opportunities.Where the Jobs Are Now explains how you can find a long and lucrative career, at any level, inone of these robust, cutting-edge industries: Health Care, Biotechnology, Energy, Education, Government, Security, Information, and  Technology. This book helps you match your existing skills to the market and get thetraining you need—without overturning your life. Take control of your futurewith an exciting new career that is guaranteed to weather any economic climate.

How to Start a Home-Based Business

Have you ever dreamed of starting your own home-based business? Of being your own boss? Have you been hesitant to put your business plans into action? For many people in this economy, doing so is more a necessity than an option. With How to Start a Home-Based Business, you can plan out your business step-by-step instead of patching it together in a hurry and taking unnecessary risks. Here are all the necessary tools and success strategies you need to launch and grow your business-whatever your specialty. Bert Holtje and Susan Shelly share their experiences and advice on everything you need to know. Learn how to develop a business plan, estimate your start- up costs, price your services, and stay profitable once you’re in business. Read all about getting clients and referrals, outshining the competition, bidding competitively, establishing your daily schedule, organizing your business, getting paid, and much more.

Perfumes, Splashes and Colognes

With Nancy Booth’s easy instructions and “Personal Scent Profile Quiz,” readers will learn how to create customized perfume blends and re-create favorite commercial perfumes at a fraction of their retail price.

Easy to Build Backyard Projects

For any do-it-yourselfer, nothing is more rewarding than completing a project that’s not only functional, but also makes a welcome addition to the home. Among these projects, outdoor furniture has always been a DIY favorite.Easy-to-Build Backyard Projects offers places to pot and display plants, furniture for cooking and entertaining, storage and utility pieces, some things the kids can call their own, and chairs from which to admire handiwork in comfort. Every project is made with the simplest of materials: 2x4s and other standard lumber. Only basic power tools are required for construction, with no complicated joinery involved. This book provides all the ingredients that make it easy to get started—and quickly complete—beautiful and handy items for the backyard.

The Complete Guide to Building Your Own Tree House

As children, many people dreamed of having a tree house, a place where they could go to get away, to play, and to relax. Today, more and more people, especially in the United States, England, Germany, France, and Brazil, are making this dream a reality. This dream, however, is not just for children; in fact, Corbin Dunn, a 26-year-old, lives in his tree house in Santa Cruz, California, full-time. The Complete Guide to Building Your Own Tree House will show you how to create one of these sky-high getaways, whether it is a child’s play area or an adult hideaway.The oldest documented tree house still in existence is located in England on the grounds of Pitchford Hall and dates back to the 17th century. This proves that a tree house can be a lasting investment, especially if you choose the right tree and the right materials. This book will show you how to select a tree, prepare the tree, price materials, purchase the best materials, use the right tools, and buy lumber. You will learn about all the tree house basics and the anatomy of a tree house, including the four corners, the diagonal support, the floor, the ladder, the railing, and the roof.In this book you will also learn about waterproofing, safety precautions, and building regulations and restrictions. You will be provided with design, building, and decorating tips, as well as non-technical drawings to aid you in the building process. You will learn about supports, windows, skylights, and tree house designs, such as shingled, two trees and two posts, and perch. Also included is an additional section on all the accessories you can add on to your house, like a ladder hoist, a fire pole, swings, a zip line, a trash box, a pulley and basket, a drawbridge, a crow’s nest, a rope bridge, slides, and a trap door.Whether you are building a tree house for your child or for yourself, The Complete Guide to Building Your Own Tree House will provide you with dozens of helpful tips, tricks, and suggestions from people who have already undertaken this endeavor. With the help of this book, your treetop hideaway will quickly become a reality.

Sheds

Offers readers expert advice on everything they need to know to build a fantastic, professional looking shed, including: how to select and use the right tools for the job; how to build and install foundations, floors, walls and roofs; adding storage systems and other accessories; as well as 3 fully illustrated, step-by-step projects. This volume also includes: expert advice on fitting doors and windows; hints and tips to save time, effort, and money; and, a comprehensive glossary.

Do-It-Yourself Home Energy Audits

Reduce your utility bill and your carbon footprint This hands-on guide shows you how to access your home’s energy efficiency, and offers 140 energy- and money-saving solutions you can use right away. Inside, you’ll find simple, no- and low-cost measures to identify problems and increase your home’s livability and efficiency–as well as your expendable income–each and every year.Whether you’re moving into a brand new home, buying an existing property, or improving your current residence, you’ll find the practical tips and step-by-step projects inside Do-It-Yourself Home Energy Audits will dramatically reduce your energy usage and boost your savings in no time.Discover how to: Implement immediate no- and low-cost improvements for lighting, heating, electricity, insulation, water use, and more Identify and modify the most costly appliances in your home Reduce carbon emissions Develop a personal energy plan Determine how and when to contract your green renovation Understand ratings, standards, and conversions Fund your green home improvement projects and take advantage of grants, rebates, and tax incentives.

Arts and Recreation

What Shall We Do Today?

Encourage your kids to get in touch with their creative side with What Shall We Do Today? For children, the experience of creating is every bit as important as the end result. Crafting will fire their imaginations and offers an inspiring alternative to endless hours in front of the computer of TV screen. What Shall We Do Today? is packed with more than 50 colourful, fun, and imaginative projects designed for boys and girls aged between 3-12 years. The book is arranged by season, and each section is crammed full of vibrant, appealing ideas for fun crafting activities, great gifts, and pretty decorations. Every project can be completed using readily available materials–just follow the step-by-step instructions and you can’t go wrong.

Beyond Beading Basics

Take the next step in beading! Beyond Beading Basics teaches the more complex aspects of beading that go beyond basic techniques and introductory weaving stitches. Learn how to use common findings as an integral part of beading design, use multiple-hole beads and wrapped pins, how to make baskets and other shapes with wire and beads, bead around cobochons and combine stitches for unique effects. More than 25 projects demonstrate these techniques and provide additional inspiration.

Knitted Pirates, Princesses, Witches, Wizards and Fairies

Providing patterns for knitted dolls based on classical styles found in fairy tales, this guidebook’s enchanting projects will delight designers and crafters of all abilities.nbsp;Featuring widely available yarns and basic knitting principles, this gorgeous resource provides descriptive patterns for various dolls—such as Santa Claus, a fiery flamenco dancer, a pirate, a witch, and a wizard—all standing approximately 16 inches tall. Each doll shares a common knitted body shape, and elaborately detailed hair, clothes, and accessories—from layered bodices and tunics to knitted swords and a nose-wart for the witch—transforming each model into a charming character.

Dress Your Dog

Magnificent Mittens & Socks

The new, revised edition of Magnificent Mittens & Socks, includes directions for working socks. Anna’s toe-up, free-sole sock design works with all those beautiful color patterns: stranded patterning on the top of the foot and a reinforced sole. This practical approach avoids the inelasticity of most stranded, color-patterned socks and solves the problem of too much work for too little wear. Now your socks can be as magnificent as your mittens.

The Olympic Games Effect

The Olympic Games attracts fans from all over the world with a diverse range of interests, from passionate love of sports and competition, to fervent nationalism, to the thrill born of uncertainty.The Olympic Games brings the world together for 2 weeks every 4 years. This book will examine why companies vie to be an Olympics sponsor and the tangible and intangible returns they reap for their investment.

The Ulitmate Guide to Trail Running

The Ultimate Guide to Trail Running provides all the essential information, including finding trails and getting started; managing ascents and descents with ease; maneuvering off-road obstacles; strength, stretching, and cross-training exercises; selecting proper shoes, clothing, and accessories; safety on the trail; and racing and other trail events.

History, Geography and Biography

First-Time Europe

Brittany & Normandy

The Rough Guide to Paris

Woodalls. . .Mid Atlantic Campground Guide

Fredericksburg

The Timeline series brings readers face-to-face with the people and events that have shaped history and who have left their mark on some of the most popular and interesting landmarks and locations. Each of these full-size historical guides comes with two oversized PopOut maps – one, an archival map, and the other, showing the same location today. A timeline runs with the text, adding context and texture to the history described.

The Insider’s Guide to the Florida Keys & Key West

Vicksburg

The Timeline series brings readers face-to-face with the people and events that have shaped history and who have left their mark on some of the most popular and interesting landmarks and locations. Each of these full- size historical guides comes with two oversized PopOut maps – one, an archival map, and the other, showing the same location today. A timeline runs with the text, adding context and texture to the history described.

Woodalls’ Great Lakes Campground Guide 2010

Features Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Ontario.

Fodor’s Las Vegas

Fodor’s Northern California

Plan your Perfect Trip Full-color guide Make your trip to Northern California unforgettable with 69 maps, illustrated features, and 240 color photos. Customize your trip with simple planning tools Convenient overview of each region and its highlights Best bets for local dining Easy-to-read color regional maps Explore San Francisco, Napa, Sonoma, and beyond Discerning Fodor’s Choice picks for hotels, restaurants, sights, and more Word of Moutho tips from Fodor’s travelers Illustrated features on the Wine Country, cable cars, and the national parks Best outdoor adventures and San Francisco dining Opinions from destination experts Fodor’s Northern California-based writers reveal their favorite local haunts Revised annually to provide the most up-to-date information

Fodor’s Southern California

Fodor’s Alaska

The Rough Guide to First-Time Latin America

The Rough Guide First-Time Latin America tells you everything you need to know before you go to Latin America, from visas and vaccinations to budgets and packing. It will help you plan the best possible trip, with advice on when to go and what not to miss, and how to avoid trouble on the road. You’ll find insightful information on what tickets to buy, where to stay, what to eat and how to stay healthy and save money in Latin America. The Rough Guide First-Time Latin America includes insightful overviews of each Latin American country highlighting the best places to visit with country-specific websites, clear maps, suggested reading and budget information. Be inspired by the full-colour ‘things not to miss’ section whilst useful contact details will help you plan your route. All kinds of advice and anecdotes from travellers who’ve been there and done it will make travelling stress-free. The Rough Guide First-Time Latin America has everything you need to get your journey underway.

Islands of Hell

Hammel is a military historian whose accomplishments include preparation of some 40 narrative and pictorial books. In a prefatory note he discusses the changing scope and intensity of the photographic record apparent in this book as the photographers began to share day-to-day experiences with the Marines, acquired their own horrific battle experiences, and learned to face horrors directly. Published to coincide with an HBO TV miniseries “The Pacific,” this lavishly produced oversize book (11×12.5″) offers a complementary presentation that will appeal to those who enjoy the material experience afforded by ink & paper. The narrative and 567 captioned b&w photos are supported with seven color maps, a bibliography, and an index. This book is engaging on many levels–as history, as tribute, as documentation of what war entails, and as a multifaceted display of what cameras can bring home and preserve. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Afghanistan

War

In his breakout bestseller, The Perfect Storm, Sebastian Junger created “a wild ride that brilliantly captures the awesome power of the raging sea and the often futile attempts of humans to withstand it” (Los Angeles Times Book Review). Now, Junger turns his brilliant and empathetic eye to the reality of combat–the fear, the honor, and the trust among men in an extreme situation whose survival depends on their absolute commitment to one another. His on-the-ground account follows a single platoon through a 15-month tour of duty in the most dangerous outpost in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley. Through the experiences of these young men at war, he shows what it means to fight, to serve, and to face down mortal danger on a daily basis.

The Promise

Barack Obama’s inauguration as president on January 20, 2009, inspired the world. But the great promise of “Change We Can Believe In” was immediately tested by the threat of another Great Depression, a worsening war in Afghanistan, and an entrenched and deeply partisan system of business as usual in Washington. Despite all the coverage, the backstory of Obama’s historic first year in office has until now remained a mystery.InThe Promise: President Obama, Year One,Jonathan Alter, one of the country’s most respected journalists and historians, uses his unique access to the White House to produce the first inside look at Obama’s difficult debut.What happened in 2009 inside the Oval Office? What worked and what failed? What is the president really like on the job and off-hours, using what his best friend called “a Rubik’s Cube in his brain”? These questions are answered here for the first time. We see how a surprisingly cunning Obama took effective charge in Washington several weeks before his election, made trillion-dollar decisions on the stimulus and budget before he was inaugurated, engineered colossally unpopular bailouts of the banking and auto sectors, and escalated a treacherous war not long after settling into office.The Promiseis a fast-paced and incisive narrative of a young risk-taking president carving his own path amid sky-high expectations and surging joblessness. Alter reveals that it was Obama alone—”feeling lucky”—who insisted on pushing major health care reform over the objections of his vice president and top advisors, including his chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, who admitted that “I begged him not to do this.”Alter takes the reader inside the room as Obama prevents a fistfight involving a congressman, coldly reprimands the military brass for insubordination, crashes the key meeting at the Copenhagen Climate Change conference, and realizes that a Senate candidate’s gaffe about baseball in a Massachusetts special election will dash the big dream of his first year.In Alter’s telling, the real Obama is an authentic, demanding, unsentimental, and sometimes overconfident leader. He adapted to the presidency with ease and put more “points on the board” than he is given credit for, but neglected to use his leverage over the banks and failed to connect well with an angry public. We see the famously calm president cursing leaks, playfully trash-talking his advisors, and joking about even the most taboo subjects, still intent on redeeming more of his promise as the problems mount.This brilliant blend of journalism and history offers the freshest reporting and most acute perspective on the biggest story of our time. It will shape impressions of the Obama presidency and of the man himself for years to come.

This Time Together by Carol Burnett

THIS TIME TOGETHER is 100 percent Carol Burnett – funny, irreverent, and irresistible. Carol Burnett is one of the most beloved and revered actresses and performers in America. The Carol Burnett Show was seen each week by millions of adoring fans and won twenty-five Emmys in its remarkable eleven-year run. Now, in This Time Together, Carol really lets her hair down and tells one funny or touching or memorable story after another – reading it feels like sitting down with an old friend who has wonderful tales to tell. ‘ In engaging anecdotes, Carol discusses her remarkable friendships with stars such at Jimmy Stewart, Lucille Ball, Cary Grant, and Julie Andrews; the background behind famous scenes, like the moment she swept down the stairs in her curtain-rod dress in the legendary “Went With the Wild” skit; and things that would happen only to Carol – the prank with Julie Andrews that went wrong in front of the First Lady; the famous Tarzan Yell that saved her during a mugging; and the time she faked a wooden leg to get served in a famous ice cream emporium. This poignant look back allows us to cry with the actress during her sorrows, rejoice in her successes, and finally, always, to laugh. From the Hardcover edition.

The Bridge by David Remnick

No story has been more central to America’s history this century than the rise of Barack Obama, and until now, no journalist or historian has written a book that fully investigates the circumstances and experiences of Obama’s life or explores the ambition behind his rise. Those familiar with Obama’s own best-selling memoir or his campaign speeches know the touchstones and details that he chooses to emphasize, but now–from a writer whose gift for illuminating the historical significance of unfolding events is without peer–we have a portrait, at once masterly and fresh, nuanced and unexpected, of a young man in search of himself, and of a rising politician determined to become the first African-American president. The Bridge offers the most complete account yet of Obama’s tragic father, a brilliant economist who abandoned his family and ended his life as a beaten man; of his mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, who had a child as a teenager and then built her career as an anthropologist living and studying in Indonesia; and of the succession of elite institutions that first exposed Obama to the social tensions and intellectual currents that would force him to imagine and fashion an identity for himself. Through extensive on-the-record interviews with friends and teachers, mentors and disparagers, family members and Obama himself, David Remnick allows us to see how a rootless, unaccomplished, and confused young man created himself first as a community organizer in Chicago, an experience that would not only shape his urge to work in politics but give him a home and a community, and that would propel him to Harvard Law School, where his sense of a greater mission emerged. Deftly setting Obama’s political career against the galvanizing intersection of race and politics in Chicago’s history, Remnick shows us how that city’s complex racial legacy would make Obama’s forays into politics a source of controversy and bare-knuckle tactics: his clashes with older black politicians in the Illinois State Senate, his disastrous decision to challenge the former Black Panther Bobby Rush for Congress in 2000, the sex scandals that would decimate his more experienced opponents in the 2004 Senate race, and the story–from both sides–of his confrontation with his former pastor, Jeremiah Wright. By looking at Obama’s political rise through the prism of our racial history, Remnick gives us the conflicting agendas of black politicians: the dilemmas of men like Jesse Jackson, John Lewis, and Joseph Lowery, heroes of the civil rights movement, who are forced to reassess old loyalties and understand the priorities of a new generation of African-American leaders. The Bridge revisits the American drama of race, from slavery to civil rights, and makes clear how Obama’s quest is not just his own but is emblematic of a nation where destiny is defined by individuals keen to imagine a future that is different from the reality of their current lives.


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