December Nonfiction 2010

Philosophy and psychology

Being Happy: you don’t have to be perfect to lead a richer, happier life

A brilliant guide to living a happier life (even if it’s not so perfect)Bestselling author Tal Ben-Shahar has done it again. InBeing Happy(originally published in hardcover asThe Pursuit of Perfect, 978-0-07160882-4), he gives you not only you the theory but also the tools to help you learn how to accept life as it actually is instead of what you think it should be. By using the science of positive psychology along with acceptance, Ben-Shahar shows you how to escape the rat race and begin living a life of serenity, happiness, and fulfillment.With the same technique that madeHappiersuch a great success,Being Happyshows you how to let go of unrealistic expectations and truly accept your emotions for a more serene life.Praise for Ben-Shahar: “[Tal Ben-Shahar has] a rare brand of good sense that is embedded in scientific knowledge about how to increase happiness.”– Martin E. P. Seligman, author ofAuthentic Happiness”Ben-Shahar teaches that happiness isn’t as elusive as people think.”–Publishers Weekly”One of the most popular teachers in Harvard’s recent history.”– Ellen J. Langer, author ofMindfulnessandOn Becoming an ArtistTal Ben-Shaharis the New York Times bestselling author ofHappier. He consults and lectures around the world to executives in multinational corporations, the general public, and at-risk populations.

The Law of the Garbage Truck: how to respond to people who dump on you and how to not dump on others

Syndicated columnist and business consultant Pollay explains his life philosophy: by letting other people’s “garbage”–their negativity–simply “pass by,” and not dumping garbage on others, people can become happier and more successful, both personally and professionally.

A Woman’s Guide to Successful Negotiating: how to convince, collaborate and create your way to agreement

Are you afraid to ask for that raise or promotion or just don’t know how?

Religion

God of Liberty: a religious history of the American Revolution

Not just evangelical believers, claims Kidd (history and religion, Baylor U., Texas), but all denominations of Christians held the US Revolutionary War to be not simply about unfair taxes and colonial politics, but a summoning of Americans to support God’s sacred cause of liberty. His topics include the Great Awakening and the first American revolution, the bishop controversy and the Quebec Act, the evangelical roots of revolution, equality by creation, slavery and the American revolution, revivals and the era of American revolution, the election of 1800 and the triumph of religious liberty, and faith and the American civil society. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

City of Man: religion and politics in a new era

Former White House insiders Gerson and Wehner call evangelicals toward a new kind of political engagement–one that is better for the church and the country, that cannot be co-opted by either political party, and which avoids the historic mistakes of the Religious Left and the Religious Right.

Social sciences

The Hellhound of Wall Street: how Ferdinand Pecora’s investigation of the Great Crash forever changed American finance

Perino recounts in riveting detail the 1933 hearings that put Wall Street on trial for the Great Crash. Never before in American history had so many financial titans been called to account before the public, and they had come within a few weeks of emerging unscathed.

Best Careers for Veterans: transitioning into civilian life

You’ve served your country. Now, how do you transfer that experience into a lucrative and rewarding career in the civilian world? Packed with practical information and everything you need to transition successfully.

The Roth Revolution: pay taxes once and never again

20 Retirement Decisions You Need to Make Right Now

Inside are twenty major financial decisions which could profoundly impact your lifestyle over the next forty years. For many retirees, these decisions come as a surprise and must be made hastily without proper consultation. But by reading the expert, commission-free advice in this book, you’ll learn how to manage your assets and prepare for the best possible retirement.Do I have enough money to retire now? How will I cover my medical expenses during retirement? When should I begin taking Social Security? How much should I invest in stocks, bonds, and cash? What criteria should I use to identify the best investments? Should I cancel my life insurance policy? Should I pay off my mortgage at retirement? Ray E. LeVitre is a Certified Financial Planner with nearly twenty years of experience in the financial services industry, working for Fidelity, CitiCorp, Mutual of New York, and Merrill Lynch before starting his own firm. He has been featured in the Chicago Tribune, Money magazine, Newsweek, and Kiplinger’s. A fee-only advisor, Ray does not receive commission from any product or service he recommends.

Generation Earn: the young professional’s guide to spending, investing and giving back

As a young professional today, you are part of a generation with greater earning power and more advanced degrees than preceding ones along with a fresh, holistic outlook on fi nancial success. Yes, you might have taken out more debt than previous generations, but that doesn’t mean you’re a slacker living off credit cards and takeout as media pundits would have people believe. Kimberly Palmer, the Alpha Consumer columnist for US News and World Report, frequently receives questions from twenty-, thirty-, and forty-something readers like you about making smart, sustainable life choices, including: What should I be doing with my savings? Should I take on freelance jobs? Where should I invest my money? Should I buy a house or keep renting? Does it make sense to share a mortgage with my significant other? Can I afford a baby? How can I support the causes I believe in? Should I start a nonprofit? In Generation Earn, Palmer answers these questions and many more in three parts. Part one centers on the self, covering professional goals, personal spending, debt management, and investing. Part two focuses on creating a home, including renting, mortgages, marriage, and saving for baby. Part three addresses the world at large, including green spending, sustainable donating, and supporting nonprofits. Add it all up and you have a plan for every major decision you’ll have to make to create a successful life.

End the Fed

Americans have been facing the most significant financial collapse since the 1930s, and instead of a fundamental revaluation of the money machine, all we have gotten is more of the same. In END THE FED, eleven-term congressman Ron Paul gets to the root of our troubles. Simply and clearly, he weaves history, economics, and his own life story, from childhood to Capitol Hill, to tell us how, why, and for whom the Federal Reserve has been pulling the strings of the American financial system for nearly a century-and what we can do about it.

The Monster: how a gang of predatory lenders and Wall Street bankers fleeced America– and spawned a global crisis

In an enraging expos of the mercenary subprime mortgage industry, Hudson reveals how a gang of predatory lenders and Wall Street bankers fleeced America–and spawned a global crisis.

Master the Real Estate License Exams

Green Careers in Energy

About 2.3 million people worldwide are directly or indirectly employed in renewable energy-fields-and the greatest employment gains have occured in countries in which the government supports renewable energy,according to a recent Worldwatch institute study. * President Obama has emphasized thatsustainability and clean energy are vital elements in sucessfully rebuilding the U.S. economy and securing more jobs. And because renewable energy sources are commonly more labor-intensive than fossil fuel sources, a transition to renewables promises job gains. Peterson’s Green Careers in Energy pinpoints the best opportunities in the fast-growing and most promising renewable energy fields-solar, wind geothermal, hydroelectric and marine, biofuel, and hydrogen-with data on colleges,organizations, and institutions that offer courses,degrees,certification, and training/retraining.

When Oil Peaked

Despite the ensuing global recession and the extreme volatility in oil prices associated with it, geologist Deffeyes concludes that world oil production will continue to follow a bell-shaped curve, with the smoothed-out peak somewhere in the middle of the first decade of this millennium.

Civil Service Exams

From mail carriers to police officers, engineers to lumberjacks, the government employs nearly every kind of professional imaginable. Whether interested in employment at the federal, state, or local level, Civil Service Exams provides the strategies needed to find the right career and the test practice required to pass any civil service exam. This book contains a full math, reading comprehension, and civil service review, 3 practice exams, and free access to an online test.

Stages of Senior Care: your step-by-step guide to making the best decisions

This essential resource—written by the founders of Home Instead Senior Care, the world’s largest provider of nonmedical care for seniors—guides you through a comprehensive range of things to consider, step by step, so you can make better informed decisions and be confident that the senior in your life is receiving the best care possible. Checklists and diagnostics will help you: Decide if at-home care is the right choice for you and your loved ones Evaluate the pros and cons of retirement communities, adult care centers, nonmedical caregivers, assisted living facilities, nursing homes, and hospice Determine the costs of senior care options and find helpful support networks”This is not just another book about caring for aging parents. It’s a great reference you’ll use again and again. Stages doesn’t shy away from the hard questions. Rather, it shows you how to confront them.”—SUZANNE MINTZ, President/CEO, National Family Caregivers Association”Recognizing that there is no one-size-fits-all solution, this salient volume compassionately addresses a full range of hard-to-discuss subjects.”–PUBLISHERS WEEKLYAll of the authors’ profits from the sale of this book will be donated to the Home Instead Senior Care Foundation.Paul and Lori Hoganfounded Home Instead Senior Care in 1994. Now with 850 offices in 15 countries, Home Instead is recognized as a global leader and authority on senior care.

Becoming a Police Officer

Police work is an exciting and widely sought-after career field. From federal and international responsibilities to local support and protection to privatized security detail, a police officer is an asset to any community, large or small. There are many ways to pursue a demanding yet fulfilling career in this ever-growing field. But if you dream of working as a police officer, then you’ll need to be well prepared-competition is tough and so are the requirements. Do you have what it takes?

Cherries in Winter: my family’s recipe for hope in hard times

Taking inspiration from her stylish, indomitable grandmother Matilda, who was the sole support of her family as a teenager during the Great Depression, an unemployed Coln starts to approach her own crisis with a sense of wonder and gratitude.

Contemporary Wedding Crafts: over 40 stylish projects for the modern bride

The modern bride?s key to creating a unique wedding – projects to make and wedding ideas for a day that?s personalized, handcrafted and totally unique from the moment the wedding invitations are sent. Shows how to make wedding invitations, wedding favors, jewelry, wedding decorations, wedding cakes and wedding cake toppers, wedding centerpieces and wedding gifts. Ideal for the novice crafter, with lots of clear step-by-step photography and explanation, plus tips for producing multiples such as wedding invitations.

Ghosts

In the tradition of Spruce’s popular books,VampiresandWerewolves, Ghosts explores paranormal creatures in all their guises – from vengeful spirits to lost souls to mysterious apparitions. Through lore, legend and real-life accounts, learn what makes the dead so restless – and so utterly entrancing.

Language

The English is Coming!: how one language is sweeping the world

English has fast become the number one language for everything from business and science, diplomacy and education, entertainment and environmentalism to socializing and beyond—virtually any human activity unfolding on a global scale. Worldwide, nonnative speakers of English now outnumber natives three to one; and in China alone, more people use English than in the United States—a remarkable feat for a language that got its start as a mongrel tongue on an island fifteen hundred years ago.Through the fascinating stories of thirty English words used and understood in nearly all corners of the globe,The English Is Coming!takes readers on an eye-opening journey across culture and commerce, war and peace, and time and space. These mini-histories shed new light on everyday words: the strange turns of fate by which their meanings evolved and their new roles as the building blocks of the first language ever to forge a global community. Exploring such familiar terms asshampoo(from a Hindi word for scalp and body hygiene long practiced in India);robot(coined by Czech painter Josef Capek for his brother Karel’s 1921 play about man-made creatures);credit(rooted in a prehistoric phrase of sacred significance: “to put heart into”); and dozens of others, Dunton-Downer reveals with clarity and humor how these linguistic artifacts embody the resilience, appeal, adoptability, and wild inclusiveness that English, through a series of historical accidents, gained on its road to worldwide reach. These words explain not only how English has managed to link our distant and often disparate pasts but also how it is propelling humankind to a future that we can, for the first time, talk about and shape in a language that now belongs to all of us: Global English.Perfect for culture buffs, armchair travelers, and language lovers alike,The English Is Coming! is sure to inspire truly global conversations for decades to come.

Tawdry Knickers and Other Unfortunate Ways to be Remembered: a saucy and spirited history of ninety notorious namesakes

Some are born notorious. Others have notoriety thrust upon them. “Tawdry Knickers and Other Unfortunate Ways to Be Remembered” details the lamentable lives and legacies of 90 of history’s most infamous namesakes and the words they inspired.

Science (including mathematics)

Schaum’s Easy Outlines, Elementary Algebra

Let’s talk bottom line: Schaum;s Easy Outline of Elementary Algebra gives you what you want-better grades with less work and more free time! This super-condensed guide is built for quick, effective study that will make mastering this subject fast, fun, and painless. Inside you get the essentials your professor expects you to know on exam day, reducing the time you need to study. Whether you are doing a final review or a last-minute cram session, Schaum’s Easy Outline of Elementary Algebra will help you get the grade you want!

Schaum’s Easy Outlines, Geometry

Let’s talk bottom line: Schaum’s Easy Outline of Geometry gives you what you want-better grades with less work and more free time! This super-condensed guide is built for quick, effective study that will make mastering this subject fast, fun, and painless. Inside you get the essentials your professor expects you to know on exam day, reducing the time you need to study. Whether you are doing a final review or a last-minute cram session, Schaum’s Easy Outline of Geometry will help you get the grade you want!

Schaum’s Easy Outlines, Beginning Chemistry

Let’s talk bottom line: Schaum’s Easy Outline of Beginning Chemistry gives you what you want-better grades with less work and more free time! This super-condensed guide is built for quick, effective study that will make mastering this subject fast, fun, and painless. Inside you get the essentials your professor expects you to know on exam day, reducing the time you need to study. Whether you are doing a final review or a last-minute cram session, Schaum’s Easy Outline of Beginning Chemistry will help you get the grade you want!

Mariposa Road: the first butterfly big year

Part road-trip tale, part travelogue of lost and found landscapes, all good-natured natural history, this volume tracks Pyle’s journey across the United States as he races against the calendar in his search for as many of the 800 American butterflies as he can find.

Technology/Applied Science

The Seven-Day Total Cleanse: a revolutionary juice fast and yoga plan to purify your body and clarify your mind

A Cleanse for Both Body and Soul Gain clarity of purpose and peace of mind while losing weight and detoxifying your bodyEveryone wants a slimmer body, but you may not realize that a balanced mind and soul are the bedrock of true health and beauty.The Seven-Day Total Cleanseis a revolutionary seven-day juice fast that helps you shed weight and eliminate harmful toxins-all while restoring your emotional and spiritual wellness. Author Mary McGuire-Wien has guided thousands of clients through this unique program, which uses nutrient-rich juices, meditations, yoga, and self-care activities to cleanse the body, renew energy levels, and refresh the mind and soul.LET JUICE FASTING CHANGE YOUR LIFEThere are plenty of fad diets that help you quickly drop a few pounds–only to gain them back as soon as you start eating normally. But the Seven-Day Total Cleanse not only jump-starts weight loss but also fosters a mind-body connection, offering benefits far beyond the physical changes you experience when you stop eating.The Seven-Day Total Cleanse: Helps you achieve lasting weight loss and rid your body of unhealthy, energy-depleting toxins Includes delicious juice and raw food recipes Offers daily beauty indulgences to pamper yourself–while you cleanse or at any time!

Wilderness Survival Handbook: primitive skills for short-term survival and long-term comfort

Part 1 of the Wilderness Survival Handbook arms you with the know-how to survive a week or more of accidental exposure-for example, as a lost hiker or stranded motorist-in any backcountry terrain or season and with minimal or no gear and provisions. Part 2 shows you how to travel, retreat, or reside in the wilderness for weeks or even months at a time, comfortably and without loads of gear, using such skills and techniques as preserving fire, building hidden shelters, toolmaking, stone boiling, and trapping and hunting animals with handmade tools and weapons.

Lethal Warriors: when the new band of brothers came home

When the 506th Infantry Regiment—known since World War II as the Band of Brothers—returned to Colorado Springs after their first tour in Iraq, a series of brutal crimes swept through the city. The Band of Brothers had been deployed to the most violent places in Iraq, and some of the soldiers were suffering from what they had seen and done in combat. Without much time to recover, they were sent back to the front lines. After their second tour of duty, the battalion was renamed the Lethal Warriors, and, true to their name, the soldiers once again brought the violence home.Lethal Warriorsbrings to life the chilling true stories of these veterans—from their enlistment and multiple tours of duty to their struggles with ptsd and their failure to reintegrate in society. With ;piercing insight and employing his relentless investigative skills, journalist David Philipps shines a light not only to this particular unit, but also to the painful reality of ptsd as it rages throughout the country.By exploring the evolving the science and the stigma of war trauma throughout history—from “shell shock” to “battle fatigue” to “combat stress injuries”—Philipps shows that this problem has always existed and that, as the nature of warfare changes, it is only getting worse. In highlighting the inspiring stories of the resilient men and women in the armed forces who have the courage to confront the issue and offer a potential lifeline to the soldiers,Lethal Warriorschallenges us to deal openly, honestly, and intelligently with the true costs of war.

Healing the Addicted Brain: the revolutionary science-based alcoholism and addiction recovery program

New, scientifically-based approaches that recognize the biological basis of addiction have brought major advances in the treatment of addiction. Dr. Urschel is at the forefront of this treatment paradigm. Dr. Larry Hanselka, Psychologist The Proven Scientific Approach to Conquering Addiction and Defeating the Disease Healing the Addicted Brain is a breakthrough work that focuses on treating drug and alcohol addiction as a biological disease based on the Recovery Science program that has helped thousands of patients defeat their addictions over the past 10 years. It combines the best behavioral addiction treatments with the latest scientific research into brain functions, providing tools and strategies designed to overcome the biological factors that cause addictive behavior along with proven treatments and medications. Using this scientific approach, you will learn to conquer the physical factors that keep people tied to drug and alcohol addiction. The proven fact is addiction is not a moral failing or an issue of not having enough willpower. It is a disease of the brain that can and must be treated like other chronic medical illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension, or asthma in order to defeat the disease. This revolutionary program can triple the success rate of patients, from 20-30% to 90% There Is Hope. By understanding addiction and using 21st-century breakthroughs, for the first time drug and alcohol addiction can be, and will be, defeated.

The PTSD Breakthrough: the revolutionary, science-based compass reset program

The research uncovered by Dr. Lawlis and his colleagues presents new hope andtreatment for those who suffer from PTSD, as well as their families and lovedones, that this disorder can be treated and healed, and that veterans and allwho suffer from PTSD can regain true peace in their lives.

The Emperor of All Maladies: a biography of cancer

The Emperor of All Maladiesis a magnificent, profoundly humane “biography” of cancer – from its first documented appearances thousands of years ago through the epic battles in the twentieth century to cure, control, and conquer it to a radical new understanding of its essence. Physician, researcher, and award-winning science writer, Siddhartha Mukherjee examines cancer with a cellular biologist’s precision, a historian’s perspective, and a biographer’s passion. The result is an astonishingly lucid and eloquent chronicle of a disease humans have lived with – and perished from – for more than five thousand years. The story of cancer is a story of human ingenuity, resilience, and perseverance, but also of hubris, paternalism, and misperception. Mukherjee recounts centuries of discoveries, setbacks, victories, and deaths, told through the eyes of his predecessors and peers, training their wits against an infinitely resourceful adversary that, just three decades ago, was thought to be easily vanquished in an all-out “war against cancer.” The book reads like a literary thriller with cancer as the protagonist. From the Persian Queen Atossa, whose Greek slave cut off her malignant breast, to the nineteenth-century recipients of primitive radiation and chemotherapy to Mukherjee’s own leukemia patient, Carla,The Emperor of All Maladies is about the people who have soldiered through fiercely demanding regimens in order to survive – and to increase our understanding of this iconic disease. Riveting, urgent, and surprising, The Emperor of All Maladies provides a fascinating glimpse into the future of cancer treatments. It is an illuminating book that provides hope and clarity to those seeking to demystify cancer.

The Match: complete strangers, a miracle face transplant, two lives transformed

Joseph Helfgot, the son of Holocaust survivors, worked his way from a Lower East Side tenement to create a successful Hollywood research company. But his heart was failing. After months of waiting for a heart transplant, he died during the operation. Hours after his death, his wife Susan was asked a shocking question: would she donate her husband’s face to a total stranger? The stranger was James Maki, the adopted son of parents who spent part of World War II in an internment camp for Japanese Americans. Rebelling against his stern father, a professor, by enlisting to serve in Vietnam, he returned home a broken man, addicted to drugs. One night he fell facedown onto the electrified third rail of a Boston subway track. A young Czech surgeon who was determined to make a better life on the other side of the Iron Curtain was on call when the ambulance brought Maki to the hospital. Although Dr. Bohdan Pomahac gave him little chance of survival, Maki battled back. He was sober and grateful for a second chance, but he became a recluse, a man without a face. His only hope was a controversial face transplant, and Dr. Pomahac made it happen. In The Match, Susan Whitman Helfgot captures decades of drama and history, taking us from Warsaw to Japan, from New York to Hollywood. Through wars and immigration, poverty and persecution, from a medieval cadaver dissection to a stunning seventeen-hour face transplant, she weaves together the story of people forever intertwined—a triumphant legacy of hope.

Maintaining Mountain Bikes: the do-it-yourself guide

A comprehensive illustrated guide now updated with information on all of the latest bikes and equipment.Maintaining Mountain Bikes is the essential guide to getting the most out of riding and caring for any model and vintage of mountain bike, including the most recent versions and their components.Using detailed step-by-step photographs and clear text, two leading mountain bike experts show riders how to keep their equipment in tiptop shape. This updating of Mountain Bike Maintenance includes 100 new full-color photographs and fully revised text that covers the bicycle in detail from wheel to wheel, including: Bike parts terminology Basic repair tools Regular routines for maintenance and cleaning Safety routines Shimano chains Mending a broken chain, shortening a chain to single speed, deep cleaning a chain Twisted links Crank and pedal repairs Cantilever brakes and disc brakes Fitting and adjusting brake blocks, a new brake cable and new brake units Fitting a new gear cable Transmission troubleshooting Tires Suspension Creaking noisesEvery mountain bike component is thoroughly described, including its location, function, maintenance, common problems and repairs, as well as its replacement and installation. The authors also recommend the essential tools to carry on board and how to do roadside repairs. There is expert advice on annual and seasonal tunings, safety checks, and the nuts and bolts of adjusting, fitting, upgrading and replacing every part of a mountain bike. The updated resource list of suppliers is particularly valuable.

The Vertical Farm: feeding the world in the 21st century

When Columbia professor Dickson Despommier set out to solve America’s food, water, and energy crises, he didn’t just think big-he thought up. Despommier’s stroke of genius, THE VERTICAL FARM, has excited scientists, architects, and politicians around the globe. These farms, grown inside skyscrapers, would provide solutions to many of the serious problems we currently face, including: Allowing year-round crop production Providing food to areas currently lacking arable land Immunity to weather-related crop failure Re-use of water collected by de-humidification of the indoor environment New employment opportunities No use of pesticides, fertilizers, or herbicides Drastically reduced dependence on fossil fuels No crop loss due to shipping or storage No agricultural runoff, o And many more Vertical farming can be located on abandoned city properties, creating new urban revenue streams. They will employ lots of skilled and unskilled labor. They can be run on wind, solar, tidal, and geothermal energy. They can be used to grow plants for pharmaceutical purposes or for converting gray water back into drinking water. In the tradition of the bestselling The World Without Us, this is a totally original landmark work destined to become a classic. With stunning illustrations and clear and entertaining writing, this book will appeal to anyone concerned about America’s future.

The Complete Book of Vegetables: the ultimate guide to growing, cooking and eating vegetables

raise for Vegetables, Herbs and Fruit, by Matthew Biggs and others:”Solid gardening tips and tempting recipes … enough to teach even experienced gardeners new tricks.” — American Reference Books AnnualIn this encyclopedic guide, master gardener Matthew Biggs shows home gardeners how to grow a broad range of vegetables, from the traditional and most popular to the unusual and rare. In addition, celebrated chef Jean-Christophe Novelli provides delicious recipes that use the abundant harvest.This all-in-one resource features: An illustrated A-to-Z directory with detailed notes on hundreds of varieties that is organized into 80 vegetable families Unusual, exotic and rare vegetables for the home garden Directory of disease-resistant vegetables Hundreds of color photographs Practical gardening tips, including information on planning, soil, fertility, watering, crop rotation, growing systems, propagation and weed and pest control Expert advice on garden cultivation and maintenance, harvesting and storing A history of vegetable growing The ornamental vegetable garden, micro-greens, mini vegetables and making vegetable dyes A comprehensive lists of suppliers and prize-winning vegetablesThe Complete Book of Vegetables is a comprehensive guide for home gardeners.

Microgreens: how to grow nature’s own superfoods

Microgreens are the first true leaves of herbs and vegetables — and today’s hottest gourmet garnish.Microgreens is a practical guide to growing arugula and other popular mini-greens that offer a multitude of colors, textures and distinct flavors, as well as high levels of concentrated active compounds. Microgreens pack a powerful nutritional punch, are easily grown in containers as small as a bowl and can be ready to harvest in a week, giving quick rewards for the effort.Fionna Hill offers expert guidance on successfully growing, harvesting and preparing the 20 most popular microgreens, including arugula, beet, kale, radish, wheatgrass and basil. Her comprehensive instructions explain which containers and growing media to use, how to prepare and sow the seeds, when and how to harvest and how best to store the bounty.The book also includes 15 easy recipes that make the most of microgreens, including: Raw energy salad Spicy Asian salad Stuffed mushrooms Curry vinaigrette FrittataMicrogreens brings fresh, nutritional gourmet produce to the dinner table and is as an ideal choice for health-conscious home cooks and those following a 50-mile diet.

Pukka: the pup after Merle

Told in Pukka’s charming voice and accompanied by more than 200 photos, “Pukka: The Pup After Merle” tells the story of how Kerasote found Pukka, recounting the early days of their bonding as they explore the wider world.

Country Living Simple Country Wisdom: 501 old-fashioned ways to simply your life

Waggoner (Classic Household Hints: Over 500 Old and New Tips for a Happier Home) has compiled more of a guide to simplifying household chores than a decorating book. Advice is given on controlling clutter, cleaning house, doing laundry, cooking and baking, gardening, and using “green” ideas in the home. Copyright Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Instant Bargains: 600+ ways to shrink your grocery bill and eat well for less

Perfect for anyone who wants to buy smarter, spend less on food, and get the best nutritional and economic value for their buck, Instant Bargains offers more than 600 tips and tricks from Coupons.com family savings expert and mommysavers.com founder Kimberly Danger. No time for coupon clipping? No room to stockpile? No problem!  Harness dozens of ways to save online.  Use technology to make menu planning and shopping easier. Shop and cook efficientlyby spotting inexpensive ingredients. Create homemade versions of your favorite grocery items like sauces. Make the most of leftovers. Use couponing in a way that works for you. Beat supermarket marketing tricks and capitalize on loyalty programs. Eat healthier while spending less. A must-have collection that fits in your purse, Instant Bargains features one-stop shopping for savings ideas you can use today.

What Can I Bring? Cookbook

Potlucks and picnics, dinner parties and church socials, fundraisers, toasts to the teacher, reunions, cookoutsit’s the busy age of shared meals, which means with every invitation comes the question: ” What can I bring?” Anne Byrn, an inspired cook, problem solver, and bestselling author of The Cake Mix Doctor cookbook and other books with over 2.6 million copies in print, knows exactly how to answer the question. Cutting through menu blocka condition familiar to everyone who cookshere are over 200 delicious suggestions for crowd-pleasing food thats designed to travel. There are finger foods, canapes, and “trios’Trio of Marinated Goat Cheese, Asian Summer Rolls with a Trio of Sauces, Trio of Pastry-Wrapped Camemberts. 25 surprising salads: White Corn Salad with Fresh Thyme, Asparagus and Grilled Peppers with Asian Soy Dressing. Main dishes for a party, from Southern-Style Pulled Pork to Creamy White Bean and Spinach Lasagne. Desserts (of course, 25 of them), and a full chapter of loaves and other gifts from the kitchen, including Chocolate Sour Cherry Bread and Sun-Cooked Peach Preserves. Each recipe comes with Tote Notes (how best to transport the dish), Big Batch (how to multiply the dish), and When You Arrive (how to put the finishing touches on the dish). Plus there are “Grab super-quick recipesfor each section, etiquette tips for working in someone else’s kitchen, and a “Notes” area for each recipe, to jot down tips and log in when you made the dish and for what occasion, so you don’t repeat yourself.

Raw Energy: 124 raw energy recipes for energy bars, smoothies, and other snacks to supercharge your body

It’s time to rescue snacks from the realm of empty-calorie packaged junk food and transform everyday pick-me-ups into healthful, satisfying mini meals. Why waste calories on cookies or chips that have no nutritional value and provide only short-term satisfaction when raw foods are delicious, simple to prepare, and bursting with natural energy boosters that every body needs to stay fit and healthy? Thanks to Raw Energy, it has never been easier to add a full spectrum of raw ingredients to a healthful lifestyle. Author Stephanie Tourle’s 125 recipes for trail mixes, parfaits, energy bars, juice blends, smoothies, soups, vegetable chips, zippy dips, candies, and cookies combine raw ingredients in delicious snacks that are chock-full of nutrients and long-term energy boosters. Made from real, whole foods that are uncooked, unadulterated, and unprocessed, these snacks are 150- to 250-calorie packages of health and vitality, dense with naturally occurring vitamins, minerals, fiber, and enzymes. The snacks in Raw Energy do not rely on refined white flour or sugar, they are not cooked in any way, and, with the exception of honey, they do not use animal products. They do include raw nuts and seeds, nut butters, dried and fresh fruits, oats, carob, cocoa, freshly extracted juices, and vegetables. They taste great and are easy to digest. Tourles provides a complete overview of the benefits of raw foods, along with an introduction to uncooking techniques and an ingredientby-ingredient food guide. For anyone looking for more nutritional punch from low-calorie snacks, Raw Energy provides 125 tasty starting points.

Family Vegetarian Cooking: 225 recipes everyone will love

A vegetarian cookbook everyone in the family can love! From the most trusted name in America comes an all-purpose vegetarian cookbook for families looking to change their diet, in need of midweek meatless alternatives, or dealing with the demands of one vegetarian in the household. There’s hearty fare for breakfast and brunch (so no one will miss the bacon and sausage!); a chapter stuffed with tasty cold-cut–free wraps and sandwiches; and a wealth of dinner choices from soups and stews to chilis, stir-fries, sautes, casseroles and more. A special bonus: The last chapter is especially tailored to families with one vegetarian member in the midst of meat eaters; these recipes yield both meatless and meat-filled portions with little extra fuss. Chock-full of fresh vegetable goodness, these 225 dishes are guaranteed to satisfy vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike.

Quick-Fix Healthy Mix: 225 healthy and affordable mixes to stock your kitchen

Harvest to Heat: cooking with America’s best chefs, farmers and artisians

Now more than ever, Americans are giving careful thought to where their food comes from. And farmers, formerly anonymous suppliers of bounty, are proving an inspiration to chefs everywhere. This book celebrates the collaboration between farmer and chef–and the journey from land to table. Readers are invited along to visit the men and women who grow, herd, ranch, and create artisanal foods that supply the finest restaurant chefs in the country. “Harvest to Heat “explores this dynamic relationship and paints beautiful portraits of these often unheralded people, even while it offers up a bounty of never before published, easy to cook recipes–100 in all. It will encourage readers to think fresh first and buy food locally, as well as motivate them to cook with the confidence of a four-star chef.

Cookie Craft Christmas: dozens of decorating ideas for a sweet holiday

Make every Christmas a cookie craft Christmas! With more than 60 new Christmas cookie designs, along with festive New Year’s cookies and lovely Hanukkah treats, “Cookie Craft Christmas” delivers colorful inspiration to cookie decorators just when they need it most.

Kitchen Makeovers for any Budget

Redo or new? Get it right the first TimeAuthor Chris Gleason designs and builds kitchens for a living. In Kitchen Makeovers For Any Budget he offers his advice and how-to knowledge to help you make the correct decisions about whether to re-face or paint your present kitchen cabinets, add new appliances and cabinets, redo the workflow, move walls, etc.Kitchen Makeovers For Any Budget includes four complete remodeling projects; each one deals with a particular aspect of demolition, design and/or accessorizing. The companion DVD focuses on the design, workflow and accessories available to maximize your space and provide convenient storage solutions.

Practical Green Remodeling: down-to-earth solutions for everyday homes

Going green at home can seem like an all-or-nothing proposition. Do you sell everything (including the house) and start over, building and buying only eco-friendly, renewable goods? Or do you take the advice offered up in this smart and sensible book — and remodel instead? Green building expert Barry Katz makes a compelling argument for remodeling, as he guides readers through what can be a perplexing and daunting process. Too many decisions? No worries. Katz explains how different choices impact a home’s overall green quotient, as well as its bottom line. Emphasizing off-the-shelf materials, the book shows how homeowners of ordinary means can “green up” a remodel, resulting in less waste, more energy-efficient homes, lower maintenance costs, and more comfortable, healthful environments. This is an essential guide for anyone who has ever wanted to go green but wasn’t exactly sure where to begin.

Becoming a Culinary Arts Professional

Becoming a Police Officer helps candidates get a thorough understanding of how to get on track for a career in law enforcement, supplying a thorough overview, incisive insights, and other info specific to the field, such as:- available law enforcement jobs, from traffic cop, community patrol, and state trooper to crime lab, detective, and management- interviewing, record-keeping, and making ethical judgments- selecting the right education program and maximizing employment opportunities- passing various tests, including written and physical exams.

Mom’s Survival Guide: save time, money and your sanity

Being a mom can be challenging, rewarding, and incredibly frustrating! But with the hardworking advice inRedbook Mom’s Survival Guide, every mom’s life can be made a little easier. Time-tested tips from real moms as well as plenty of advice from the experts cover topics both serious and light-hearted. Everything from catching your child in a lie and stopping the dreaded tantrum to taking the perfect holiday photo and preparing for back-to-school madness is written in the engaging mom-to-mom voice that has been so popular in the magazine.

301 Ways to Use Social Media to Boost Your Marketing

Join the TubeMoguls, get Delicious, StumbleUponcustomers–and 298 more great tips!MARKETING The time to start social media marketing was yesterday. Don’t worry, though–this book will get you going today!301 Ways to Use Social Media to Boost Your Marketingis packed with quick “snapshot” lessons for spreading your message and building customers—with little effort and virtually no cost. Designed to help you take action right away, each tip is presented in a stand-alone format to help you focus on what you need to do–and only what you need to do.301 Ways to Use Social Media to Boost Your Marketingprovides simple strategies for capitalizing on the top social media platforms like: • BLOGS • MICROMEDIA • SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES • BOOKMARKING SITES • MULTIMEDIA SITES • REVIEW AND OPINION SITES • WIKISYou’ll own the crowds on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube–as well as on niche sites like Yelp, Ning, SmugMug, and Reddit. Potential customers are already having a conversation about your brand. Use301 Ways to Use Social Media to Boost Your Marketingto grab them before your competitors can say “tweet”!

Arts and recreation

More Not So Big Solutions For Your Home

Readers simply cannot get enough of Sarah Susanka. Homeowners are certain to embrace this new collection of articles by the best-selling author and visionary residential architect who sparked a movement toward “better, not bigger” homes. Practical solutions abound in this creative reference – everything from how to use color and unify an interior with trim to finding space for an “away room” and designing a laundry room that works. Susanka poses – and clearly answers – such questions as “How much space do you really need?” and “Where does the garage belong?” Written in her engaging conversational style and illustrated with her own inviting sketches, this collection of attainable home improvements is a valuable addition to any smart and thoughtful homeowner’s library.

Compact Cabins: simple living in 1,000 square feet or less

From a 200-square foot personal retreat to off-the-grid passive solar cabins, Rowan (who has taught architecture, art, and graphic design for many years) presents 50 designs for micro, mini, and compact cabins to fit a variety of lifestyles and budgets. For each modular design, he specifies the square footage, features, number it can accommodate, and its adaptability to being off-the-grid. He offers tips and illustrations on design, local building codes, location, logistics, construction materials and methods, and energy efficiency. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Crafting a Business: making money doing what you love

You can live your dream. Find both inspiration and practical advice for turning your creative passion into your livelihood.

Button! Button!: 50 cute & crafty projects

Whether they’re candy-colored plastic or retro-chic, buttons seem to go everywhere these days: delightfully decorating jewelry, embellishing home decor, and more. And anyone who knows how to use glue and do basic stitching and stringing can complete these 50 stylish, versatile projects with no problem at all. “Button up” a simple lampshade so that the light creates a fabulous graphic pattern of silhouettes. Craft a boutique-worthy brooch out of tiny vintage Bakelite bird buttons embroidered on felt ovals and set it in a sterling silver pre-made pin. The clean, contemporary photography that showcases the projects will appeal to today’s crafter—and amusing tidbits focus on such fun topics as button museums, the self-proclaimed Button King, and button lingo.

Beaded Treasures

Find over one hundred of the best small projects from favorite beading designer Dorothy Wood in Little Beaded Treasures, a treasury of ideas that offers something for everyone. All the projects are a small and manageable size making them quick and relatively inexpensive. Includes instructions for making all the popular jewelry pieces, plus handbag charms, trinket boxes and gift bags, and also features a thorough beading basics techniques section.

Nancy’s Favorite 101 Notions: sew, quilt and embroider with ease

The right notion just might unlock your creativityFor the past 25 years, Nancy Zieman has offered innovative ideas, inspiration and information designed to make sewing, serging, quilting and embroidering more efficient—and more enjoyable.Now she offers a guidebook to every tool you’ll ever need!Nancy’s Favorite 101 Notionscovers the standards—not all pins are created equal!—as well as some one-task wonders that can make the difference between a frustrating failure and a wonderful work of art.Nancy describes the features of each tool—so you can find a tool that works, regardless of brand—and details the various uses. Helpful Notes from Nancy and Budget-Friendly tips are sprinkled throughout, as are illustrated mini-demonstrations.WithNancy’s Favorite 101 Notions, you can find the tools that will make sewing easier, faster, more creative and more fun!Bio—include only if there is room, set apart form the rest:Nancy Zieman is executive producer and host of Public TV’s Sewing With Nancy, which has been teaching viewers for more than 25 years. She is also the founder and former president of Nancy’s Notions, the premier mail-order/online source for sewing and quilting notions. As one of the sewing industry’s most trusted voices, she has been honored and celebrated by organizations from the 4-H Club to the American Sewing Guild. So wherever you see a Note from Nancy, you’ll know you’re getting expert advice.

Colorwork Creations: knit woodland-inspired hats, mittens and gloves

Create beautiful woodland-inspired accessoriesThe gorgeous and cozy projects inColorwork Creationssimply beg to be knit. Choose from more than 30 hats, mittens and gloves that pair traditional Sanquhar knitting motifs with birds and beasts of the woodlands. Small enough for a quick-knitted gift, but precious enough to cherish forever, these pieces will, these pieces will delight and inspire for years to come.Colorwork Creationsfeatures:· Over 30 stunning patterns, ranging from ski hats, chullos and tams to flip-top mittens, knit in a wide variety of luscious yarns and colors.· Full-color charts showcasing traditional colorwork motifs and original designs inspired by creatures of the forest: nuthatches, butterflies, reindeer and more.· Detailed patterns, techniques and tips for stress-free knitting. An innovative “finger-to-cuff” construction method for mittens and gloves makes sizing and construction a breeze.· Options for mixing and matching motifs for truly unique and customized creations.Your adventure begins here: take a journey through colorwork with woodland-inspired knits.

The Yarn Garden: 30+ knits using plant based fibers

Pick a bouquet of beautiful projects from The Yarn Garden. Discover the joys of working with plant-based yarns! From traditional favorites like cotton and linen to more exotic choices such as nettle and hemp, plant-based yarns are a joy to knit with and offer many unique benefits. If you want to knit sweaters (and wear sweaters!) year-round, plant-based yarns are perfect for warm-weather knitting. Plant-based yarns also boast a wide range of weights and textures, so it’s easy to bring a new twist to your knits. If you want to make projects that are eco-friendly and animal-product free, you’ll find what you’re looking for here. The Yarn Garden includes: more than 30 beautiful patterns for garments and accessories for knitters and crocheters of all skill levels. helpful information about plant-based yarns, including how they are manufactured and their characteristics. everything you’ll need to know to create and care for projects made with plant-based yarns and enjoy them throughout every season. Pick up some needles and some plant-based yarns and find out how beautifully your yarn garden can grow.

Brave New Knits

Brave New Knits is the first book to celebrate the convergence of traditional hand-knitting and modern technology. The Internet has made it possible for the knitting community to connect through photos, pattern-sharing, and blogs that document the knitting projects and passions of dozens of designers and enthusiasts. With a Foreword written by Jessica Marshall Forbes, co-founder of Ravelry.com, Brave New Knits includes 26 must-have garment and accessory patterns, all gorgeously photographed by knitting celebrity Jared Flood of Brooklyn Tweed. Contributors range from established designers like Norah Gaughan, Wendy Bernard, Anne Hanson, and knitgrrl Shannon Okey, to rising stars such as Melissa Wehrle, Connie Chang Chinchio, and Hilary Smith Callis. In-depth interviews with the designers reveal their design philosophy and passions. From shapely sweaters and delicate shawls to fingerless gloves and stylish hats, each of the knitted designs features detailed directions and charts to inspire both the beginner and experienced knitter.

Hattitude: knits for every mood

With these 40 innovative patterns from renowned designer Carron, knitters can quickly and easily make a hat to express any mood, put the finishing touch on any outfit, and even change an entire look. Color photographs accompany the instructions for each pattern.

Stitch ‘n Bitch Superstar Knitting: go beyond the basics

Knitters: It’s time to take it to the next level. And who better than Debbie Stoller to show you how. The expert knitter and gifted, edgy author who introduced knitting to a new generation with her New York Times bestseller, Stitch ‘n Bitch: The Knitter’s Handbook, now shows her readers how to do more lots more. Stitch ‘n Bitch Advanced Course is the only knitter’s handbook to teach the full array of advanced knitting techniques and skills, such as double-knitting, knitting lace, complicated color work, beading, and more. Writing with the clarity that makes her such an effective teacher, and the attitude that got her dubbed “knitting superstar” (San Francisco Chronicle), Stoller explains how to “knit by the numbers;” get creative with stripes; embellish with crochet, beading, and I-cords; how to make cable patterns; and how to use color forms. There’s also a whole section on DIYwhich gives a tutorial on creating your own knitting patterns. And then the brilliant icing on the cake cool, funky, and fabulous patterns from Debbie and the Stitch ‘n Bitch community: a fluttery Rococco Shawl, Cap Sleeve Lattice Sweater, Jackie-O sequined cardigan, Empire Strikes Back dress, the adorable Button It children’s sweater with changeable animal patches. Plus sexy stockings, stylish handbags, blankets, scarves, and more, all photographed in full-color.

Quilt a Gift: 25 heart felt gifts from quick to intricate

Quilt A Gift is a precious collection of beautiful quilted gifts for every occasion including birthdays, Mother’s Day, weddings and Christmas. You will be able to create elegant home accents using pieced patchwork and appliqué, all featuring the author’s stylish country charm. The complexity of each project reflects the amount of time required to stitch the piece, meaning gifts for a dinner party’s hostess are quick-to-stitch and presents for a newborn baby are more heirloom.

Decorative Painting Made Easy

Features: Painting techniques including frottage, wood grain, and crackling are presented in real room settings; Full-size, half-page samples of 16 finishes allow readers to see how an application might look in their homes; Features step-by-step instructions for each technique along with complete materials listings; Provides additional information for choosing the right paint for a particular technique and the right technique for different decorating styles; Decorative-painting techniques explained through detailed instructions and photography.

Piano Lessons: a memoir

Anna Goldsworthy was nine years old when she met Eleanora Sivan, the charismatic Russian emigre and world-class pianist who became her piano teacher. Piano Lessons is the story of what Mrs. Sivan brought to Annarsquo;s lessons: a love of music, a respect for life, a generous spirit, and the courage to embrace a musical life.Beautifully written and strikingly honest, Piano Lessons takes the reader on a journey into the heart and meaning of music. As Anna discovers passion and ambition, confronts doubt and disappointment, and learns about much more than tone and technique, Mrs. Sivanrsquo;s wisdom guides her: ldquo;We are not teaching piano playing. We are teaching philosophy and life and music digested.rdquo; ldquo;What is intuition? Knowledge that has come inside.rdquo; ldquo;My darling, we must sit and work.rdquo; Piano Lessons reminds us all how an extraordinary teacher can change a life completely. A work that will appeal to all music lovers and anyone who has ever taken a music lesson, Piano Lessons will also touch the heart of anyone who has ever loved a teacher.

Literature

Take Ten for Writers: 1000 inspiring exercises

Looking for ideas? This book of ten-minute writing exercises gives you 100 exercises with ten different variables for 1,000 prompts. You’ll learn to play around with starting phrases, the last sentence of the story, locations and more. It only takes ten minutes to open up your writing to boundless possibilities!

Don’t Sing at the Table: life lessons from my grandmothers

As devoted readers of Adriana Trigiani’s New York Times bestselling novels know, this “seemingly effortless storyteller” (Boston Globe) frequently draws inspiration from her own family history, in particular from the lives of her two remarkable grandmothers, who have found their way into all Trigiani’s cherished novels. In Don’t Sing at the Table, this much-beloved writer has gathered their estimable life lessons, revealing how her grandmothers’ simple values have shaped her own life, sharing the experiences, humor, and wisdom of her beloved mentors to delight readers of all ages. Lucia Spada Bonicelli (Lucy) and Yolanda Perin Trigiani (Viola) lived through the twentieth century from beginning to end as working women who juggled careers and motherhood. From the factory line to the family table, Lucy and Viola, the very definition of modern women, cut a path for their granddaughter by demonstrating moxie and pluck in their fearless approach to life, love, and overcoming obstacles. Lucy’s and Viola’s traditions and spiritual fortitude will encourage you to hold on to the values that make life rich and beautiful. Their entrepreneurial spirit will inspire you to take risks and reap the rewards. And their remarkable resilience in the face of tragedy will be a source of strength and comfort.Trigiani visits the past to seek answers to the essential questions that define the challenges women face today at work and at home. This is a primer, grand-mother to granddaughter, filled with everyday wisdom and life lessons that are truly “tiramisu for the soul” (The Examiner), handed down with care and built to last.

I Remember Nothing: and other reflections

A humorous collection of personal essays discusses the author’s career in journalism, divorce, a long-anticipated inheritance with unanticipated results, and the evolution of her relationship with her e-mail in-box.

In His Own Write and A Spaniard in the Works

An Ominbus Editon of John Lennon’s whimsical poety, prose and drawings reissued in the celebration of the 70th anniversary of his birth.

History, geography, and biography

Why the West Rules–For Now: the patterns of history and what they reveal about the future

Sometime around 1750, English entrepreneurs unleashed the astounding energies of steam and coal, and the world was forever changed. The emergence of factories, railroads, and gunboats propelled the West’s rise to power in the nineteenth century, and the development of computers and nuclear weapons in the twentieth century secured its global supremacy. Now, at the beginning of the twenty-first century, many worry that the emerging economic power of China and India spells the end of the West as a superpower. In order to understand this possibility, we need to look back in time. Why has the West dominated the globe for the past two hundred years, and will its power last? Describing the patterns of human history, the archaeologist and historian Ian Morris offers surprising new answers to both questions. It is not, he reveals, differences of race or culture, or even the strivings of great individuals, that explain Western dominance. It is the effects of geography on the everyday efforts of ordinary people as they deal with crises of resources, disease, migration, and climate. As geography and human ingenuity continue to interact, the world will change in astonishing ways, transforming Western rule in the process. Deeply researched and brilliantly argued,Why the West Rules for Nowspans fifty thousand years of history and offers fresh insights on nearly every page. The book brings together the latest findings across disciplines from ancient history to neuroscience not only to explain why the West came to rule the world but also to predict what the future will bring in the next hundred years.

The Hard Way Around: the passages of Joshua Slocum

A masterful biographer now offers a thrilling, definitive portrait of one of history’s most legendary icons of adventure. In 1860, sixteen-year-old Joshua Slocum escaped a hardscrabble childhood in Nova Scotia by signing on as an ordinary seaman to a merchant ship bound for Dublin. Despite having only a third-grade education, Slocum rose through the nautical ranks at a mercurial pace; just a decade later he was commander of his own ship. His subsequent journeys took him nearly everywhere: Liverpool, China, Japan, Cape Horn, the Dutch East Indies, Manila, Hong Kong, Saigon, Singapore, San Francisco, and Australia—where he met and married his first wife, Virginia, who would sail along with him for the rest of her life, bearing and raising their children at sea. He commanded eight vessels and owned four, enduring hurricanes, shipwrecks, pirate attacks, cholera, smallpox, a mutiny, and the death of his wife and three of his children. Yet his ultimate adventure and crowning glory was still to come. In 1895 Slocum set sail from Gloucester, Massachusetts—by himself—in theSpray,a small sloop of thirty-seven feet. More than three years and forty-six thousand miles later, he became the first man to circumnavigate the globe solo, a feat that wouldn’t be replicated until 1925. His account of that voyage,Sailing Alone Around the World, soon made him internationally famous. He met President Theodore Roosevelt on several occasions and became a presence on the lecture circuit, selling his sea-saga books whenever and wherever he could. But scandal soon followed, and a decade later, with his finances failing, he set off alone once more—and was never seen again. Geoffrey Wolff captures this singular life and its flamboyant times—from the Golden Age of Sail to a shockingly different new century—in vivid, fascinating detail.

Genealogy Online

After reviewing the rules of online etiquette, ethics, and privacy, this authoritative guide explains how to navigate search engines and vital records offices to find familial ancestors, and recommends the best websites for discovering family history information, such as the LDS databases, Ellis Island records, and the National Genealogical Society. The eighth edition is fully revised with updated information on current websites and online resources. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

In the Dark Streets Shineth: a 1941 Christmas Eve story

Days after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt met at the White House. It was Christmas Eve, 1941. As war raged throughout the world, the two leaders delivered a powerful message that still resonates today. Bestselling author and historian David McCullough relates a compelling story about the spirit of Christmas and the power of light in difficult, dangerous times. Beautifully designed with historic photographs that transport readers to the early days of World War II Includes a DVD of David McCullough s presentation of this story at the Mormon Tabernacle Choir s 2009 Christmas concert.

No Ordinary Joes: the extraordinary true life story of four submariners in war and love and life

Colton tells the harrowing true story of four young sailors from the U.S.S. “Grenadier” who were captured and tortured by the Japanese during World War II, the bond that sustained them, and their struggles to resume their lives. 8-page bw photo insert.

The Twilight Warriors: the deadliest naval battle of World War II and the men who fought it

Gandt delivers an engrossing, utterly page-turning chronicle of a tightly knit crew of young naval aviators in the epic final–and most brutal–major battle of World War II: Okinawa.

Unbroken: a World War II story of survival, resilience and redemption

On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane’s bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard. So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War. The lieutenant’s name was Louis Zamperini. In boyhood, he’d been a cunning and incorrigible delinquent, breaking into houses, brawling, and fleeing his home to ride the rails. As a teenager, he had channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics and within sight of the four-minute mile. But when war had come, the athlete had become an airman, embarking on a journey that led to his doomed flight, a tiny raft, and a drift into the unknown. Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a foundering raft, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor; brutality with rebellion. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will. In her long-awaited new book, Laura Hillenbrand writes with the same rich and vivid narrative voice she displayed in Seabiscuit. Telling an unforgettable story of a man’s journey into extremity, Unbroken is a testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit. From the Hardcover edition.

My Nuclear Family: a coming-of-age in America’s 21st century military

The unsentimental education of an idealistic, brilliant American naval officer who comes of age in America’s 21st-century military. Brownfield writes about joining the nuclear submarine force, shipping out on secret missions in the war on terror even as his own faith in the entire operation began to erode.

Dear Mrs. Kennedy: a world shares its grief: letters, November 1963

From the bestselling author of “Kennedy Weddings” and “Diana and Jackie” comes a powerful and moving collection of letters Jacqueline Kennedy received after the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

Decision Points

President George W. Bush describes the critical decisions of his presidency and personal life. Decision Points is the extraordinary account of America’s 43rd president. Shattering the conventions of political autobiography, George W. Bush offers a strikingly candid journey through the defining decisions of his life. In gripping, never-before-heard detail, President Bush brings readers inside the Texas Governor’s Mansion on the night of the hotly contested 2000 election; aboard Air Force One on 9/11, in the hours after America’s most devastating attack since Pearl Harbor; at the head of the table in the Situation Room in the moments before launching the war in Iraq; and behind the Oval Office desk for his historic and controversial decisions on the financial crisis, Hurricane Katrina, Afghanistan, Iran, and other issues that have shaped the first decade of the 21st century. President Bush writes honestly and directly about his flaws and mistakes, as well as his accomplishments reforming education, treating HIV/AIDS in Africa, and safeguarding the country amid chilling warnings of additional terrorist attacks. He also offers intimate new details on his decision to quit drinking, discovery of faith, and relationship with his family. A groundbreaking new brand of memoir, Decision Points will captivate supporters, surprise critics, and change perspectives on one of the most consequential eras in American history—and the man at the center of events.

America by Heart: reflections on faith, family and flag

n the fall of 2009, with the publication of her #1 national bestselling memoir, Sarah Palin had the privilege of meeting thousands of everyday Americans on her extraordinary 35-city book tour. Inspired by these encounters, her new book, America By Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag, celebrates the enduring strengths and virtues that have made this country great. Framed by her strong belief in the importance of family, faith, and patriotism, the book ranges widely over American history, culture, and current affairs, and reflects on the key values-both national and spiritual-that have been such a profound part of Governor Palin’s life and continue to inform her vision of America’s future. Written in her own refreshingly candid voice, America By Heart will include selections from classic and contemporary readings that have moved her-from the nation’s founding documents to great speeches, sermons, letters, literature and poetry, biography, and even some of her favorite songs and movies. Here, too, are portraits of some of the extraordinary men and women she admires and who embody her deep love of country, her strong rootedness in faith, and her profound love and appreciation of family. She will also draw from personal experience to amplify these timely (and timeless) themes-themes that are sure to inspire her numerous fans and readers all across the country.

Biographies

Justice Brennan: liberal champion

This book is a sweeping andrevealing insider look at court history and the life of William Brennan, champion of free speech and public access to information, and widely considered the most influential Supreme Court justice of the twentieth century. Before his death, Brennan granted coauthor Stephen Wermiel access to a trove of personal and court materials that will not be available to the public until 2017. Wermiel also conducted more than 60 hours of interviews with Brennan over the course of six years. No other biographer has enjoyed this kind of access to a Supreme Court justice or to his papers. Justice Brennan makes public for the first time the contents of what Jeffrey Toobin calls “a coveted set of documents,” Brennan’s case histories, in which he recorded the strategizing behind all the major battles of the past half century, including Roe v. Wade, affirmative action, the death penalty, obscenity law, and the constitutional right to privacy. Revelations on a more intimate scale include how Brennan refused to hire female clerks even as he wrote groundbreaking women’s rights decisions his complex stance as a justice and a Catholic and new details on Brennan’s unprecedented working relationship with Chief Justice Earl Warren. This riveting information—intensely valuable to readers of all political persuasions—will cement Brennan’s reputation as epic playmaker of the Court’s most liberal era.

Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, the Georgia years 1924-1974

The first work in this two-volume biography details how the Carters rose to power, managed their private and public lives, governed Georgia, and seized control of the national Democratic party.

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