February 2011 New Nonfiction

Computer science, information and general works

How to do Everything iPad

Get the most out of the revolutionary iPad with help from this easy-to-follow guide. Covering both the Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi + 3G models, How to Do Everything: iPad shows you how to quickly master the basics, such as customizing your iPad, using the Multi-Touch screen, accessing the Internet through wireless and cellular connections, syncing, and backing up your data. Learn to use Mail, Safari, iBooks, iTunes, Maps, the App Store, and much more. View photos and video, create a slideshow, watch movies, use GPS, and play games. If you’re looking for a book as cutting-edge and streamlined as the iPad itself, you found it!

How to do Everything MacBook

Discover how to get more from your MacBook, MacBook Pro, or MacBook Air. Covering the latest models, How to Do Everything MacBook shows you how to use all the versatile features, including Mac OS X 10.5 Snow Leopard and built-in tools like iWork, iLife, iTunes, Safari, and MobileMe. Customization, networking, maintenance, and more are also covered. Throughout this practical guide, technology and travel writer Robin Noelle offers tested tips for getting the most our of your MacBook at home or on the road so you can stay connected and in sync no matter where you are.

Philosophy and psychology

Glimpses of Eternity: sharing a loved one’s passage from this life to the next

Raymond Moody, author of the multimillion copy best-seller, Life After Life, reveals new results from his life-long investigation of what happens when we die. Raymond Moody revolutionised the way we think about death with his first book, Life After Life, which was stories of people who died and then returned to life. Going through a tunnel, encountering an angelic being or having an out-of-body experience are hallmarks of what Moody termed a ‘near death experience’. Since the publication of his multimillion copy best-seller, hundreds of thousands of people have contacted Moody to share their own experiences. The startling pattern that Moody discovered is that at the time of death, loved ones also have inexplicable experiences. This is the first book to talk about the phenomenon of ‘shared death experiences’. Readers will discover deathbed moments when entire families see the light or the room changes shape. Others tell of seeing a film like review of a loved one’s life and learning things that they could never have known otherwise. The stories are at once a comfort and a mystery, giving us a new understanding of the journey that we will take at the end of our lives.

We Have Met the Enemy: self-control in an age of excess

Freedom is dangerous. Half of all deaths in America come from overeating, smoking, drinking too much, failing to exercise and other deadly behaviors that we indulge against our own better judgment. Why are we on a campaign of slow- motion suicide? The simple answer is that self-control is tough-especially now, when more calories, sex and intoxicants are more readily and privately available than at any time in memory. Gambling, once against the law almost everywhere, is now legal and ubiquitous. Trying to work? If so, chances are you’re also struggling to resist the siren call of the Internet-to say nothing of the snack machine. But while temptations have multiplied like fast-food outlets in suburbia, crucial social constraints have eroded. Tradition, family, church and ideology have lost much of their capacity to circumscribe behavior, while financial limits, once a ready substitute for thrift, were swept away by surging affluence and the remarkable open-handedness of lenders (a confluence that recently ended in tears). The result is a world that puts more pressure than ever on the “self” in self-control, sorely testing the limits of human willpower. How can we cope with our appetites in a landscape of such boundless temptation? We Have Met the Enemy is a brilliant and irreverent search for answers that delves into overeating, overspending, procrastination, anger, addiction, wayward sexual attraction and most of the other homely transgressions that bedevil us daily in a world of freedom, prosperity and technological empowerment. Akst ransacks history, literature, psychology, philosophy and economics to alarm, teach, empower and, at the very least, entertain. Using self-control as a lens rather than a cudgel, We Have Met the Enemy draws a vivid picture of the many-sided problem of desire-and delivers a blueprint for how we can steer shrewdly toward the wants we most want for ourselves. At stake is not just our health but our humanity, for what could make us more fully human than the ability to set aside impulse when we choose to do so? We Have Met the Enemy explains not just why you can’t, but how you can.

Stronger Day by Day: reflections for healing and rebuilding after divorce

Written by a professional divorce mediator and coach, Stronger Day by Day offers daily reflections and insights readers can turn to as they navigate through this emotionally turbulent time. Chapters focus on common stages and feelings that people undergoing divorce experience, including grief, resistance to change, and confusion. Within each chapter, Susan Pease Gadoua offers five-minute meditation exercises that encourage the reader to reflect and heal from the pain and confusion of divorce. Each of these meditations includes a question for readers to ponder throughout the day to gain new insight into their divorce and plans for the future. While most of the meditations deal with the emotional issues surrounding divorce, several exercises offer practical guidance for dealing with the legal system and seeking support from family, friends, and organizations.

The 7: seven wonders that will change your life

Radio and television host Glenn Beck has experienced the rollercoaster of life like few others. From the suicide of his mother when he was just thirteen, to his eventual alcoholism, depression, divorce, unemployment, and health scares Glenn has weathered life’s darkest storms.Any one of those struggles could’ve ruined him, yet Glenn was able to keep moving forward. He saw past the darkness into the light; past his grief and addictions and into what his life could be.YOU CAN DO IT TOO. The process of finding happiness through personal redemption was not easy, but it left Glenn with a blueprint for how to confront future adversity. Glenn is living proof that these steps he calls them wonders don’t just work on paper. They helped transform his life and can they can help to transform yours as well.THE 7 WONDERSGlenn Beck and Dr. Keith Ablow ;two of the most popular and influential personalities in American media today have joined forces to present a powerful guide to personal transformation and fulfillment that is as unique as their own unlikely partnership. They are called the 7 Wondersr and they can be used by anyone who has made the decision that they are ready to change their life.After the television talk show host and the bestselling psychiatrist struck up a fast friendship they realized that their experiences with lifes struggles were complementary. What Keith had studied, Glenn had lived. What Keith had counseled patients on for years, Glenn had suffered through for decades.The deeply personal insights they shared brought them to realize that their life stories had seven key principles in common; seven wonders that seemed to be essential ingredients for anyone attempting to transform their life. Where does the courage to persevere come from when everything seems hopeless? Why is it nearly impossible to succeed with faith? How much do family and friendships matter in our journey? How do we break down our walls and reveal our inner truths? What does having compassionreallymean? How do you tellrealfriends apart from those who are holding you back? If there’s no one to blame for my past, what do you do with your anger and resentment?These kinds of questions are the starting point toward fundamentally changing how you view past damaging relationships, toward breaking the debilitating grip of addiction and depression, toward injecting life with new meaning and purpose and toward helping you embark on a new journey based on hope, strength, and personal empowerment.As you unwrap each of the seven wonders for yourself, yoursquo;ll discover exactly what Glenn Beck found as he transformed his own life from darkness to light, from dead ends to endless possibilities, from addiction to freedom: it doesn’t take a superhero to find the strength to change it just takes the courage to take the first step.This book, which was only possible by combining together decades of personal struggle with world-class professional experience, can be that first step for you.The 7 Wonders grows out of a unique friendship that we’ve developed over the last five-years.It is unique because it brought together a psychiatrist who naturally burrows toward the truth, and a recovering addict who spent decades running from it.As we spent more time together we began to let our guards down. Over time we reached a level of honesty with each other that is rare. As a result, we learned that the principles that have guided the well-honed healing techniques of one of us are precisely the same principles that instinctively guided the other to replace nearly unbearable pain with genuine happiness.We believe that it was God’s plan for us to meet; that it was God’s.

Lift

From the “New York Times”-bestselling author of “The Middle Place” comes this memoir of Corrigan’s struggle with cancer and her family’s support and strength that sees her through.

Religion

The Miracle Chase: three women, three miracles and a ten year journey of discovery and friendship

In The Miracle Chase, three women embark on a spiritual quest in search of answers: Why do some people get miracles and others don’t? What do the voices of history and cultural traditions tell us? How can anyone believe in miracles in an age of science? And the most elusive question of all: What is a miracle, anyway? Over time, the Miracle Chase becomes a tool for their own survival as the three women face personal crises and develop a new dimension to the friendship that sustains them. As their journey progresses, Joan, Katie, and Meb make surprising discoveries, not only about God and miracles, but also about themselves.

The Amish Way: patient faith in a perilous world

A sensitive and realistic look at the spiritual life and practices of the Amish. This second book by the authors of the award-winning Amish Grace sheds further light on the Amish, this time on their faith, spirituality, and spiritual practices. They interpret the distinctive practices of the Amish way of life and spirituality in their cultural context and explore their applicability for the wider world. Using a holistic perspective, the book tells the story of Amish religious experience in the words of the Amish themselves. Due to their long-standing friendships and relationships with Amish people, this author team may be the only set of interpreters able to provide an outsider-insider perspective. Provides a behind-the-scenes examination of Amish spiritual life. Shows how the Amish practices can be applied to the wider world. Written by authors with unprecedented access to the Amish community. Written in a lively and engaging style, The Amish Way holds appeal for anyone who has wanted to know more about the inner workings of the Amish way of life.

In the Shadow of the Buddha: secret journeys, sacred histories, and spiritual discovery in Tibet

Spiritual biography meets edge-of-your-seat undercover reporting: how an American Buddhist smuggled out hard evidence of abuse and torture in Tibet. For nearly a decade, Matteo Pistono smuggled out of Tibet evidence of atrocities by the Chinese government, showing it to the U.S. government, human rights organizations, and anyone who would listen. Yet Pistono did not originally intend to fight for social justice in Tibet-he had gone there as a Buddhist pilgrim. Disillusioned by a career in American politics, he had gone to the Himalayas looking for a simpler way of life. After encountering Buddhism in Nepal, Pistono’s quest led him to Tibet and to a meditation master whose spiritual brother is Sogyal Rinpoche, bestselling author of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying. Pistono not only became the master’s student but also couriered messages to him in Tibet from the Dalai Lama in India. This began an extraordinary, and ultimately vital, adventure. In the Shadow of the Buddha is a book about Tibet through the eyes of a devotee-a stranger hiding in plain sight. It’s about how a culture’s rich spiritual past is slipping away against the force of a tyrannical future. It’s about how Tibetans live today, and the tenacity of their faith in the future in spite of dire repression and abuse. It’s also about Pistono’s own journey from being a frustrated political activist to becoming a practicing Buddhist mystic, a man who traveled thousands of miles and risked his own life to pursue freedom and peace.

Social sciences

The Internet

Several articles discuss the issues and influences of the internet.

Don’t Pick on Me: hefp for kids to stand up and deal with bullies

It’s impossible to protect a child from the reality of bullying, as all children experience it at some point in their lives. A child may be the target of a bully, bully others, or be a witness to the bullying behavior of their classmates. Adding to the problem, bullying has moved beyond face-to-face confrontations and into the online realm, where supervision by parents and teachers is limited. The activities in Don’t Pick on Me are designed to help children learn strategies they can use to avoid being victimized by bullies and stand up for themselves when they become a bully’s target. The book includes more than forty ten-minute activities children can do with their parents to learn how to effectively handle emotional and physical bullying and be conscientious bystanders if they witness this behavior. It also features advice for handling cyberbullying, harassment, and gossip.

The Good Daughter: a memoir of my mother’s hidden life

We were a world of two, my mother and I, until I started turning into an American girl. That’s when she began telling me about The Good Daughter. It became a taunt, a warning, an omen. Jasmin Darznik came to America from Iran when she was only three years old, and she grew up knowing very little about her family’s history. When she was in her early twenties, on a day shortly following her father’s death, Jasmin was helping her mother move; a photograph fell from a stack of old letters. The girl pictured was her mother. She was wearing a wedding veil, and at her side stood a man whom Jasmin had never seen before. At first, Jasmin’s mother, Lili, refused to speak about the photograph, and Jasmin returned to her own home frustrated and confused. But a few months later, she received from her mother the first of ten cassette tapes that would bring to light the wrenching hidden story of her family’s true origins in Iran: Lili’s marriage at thirteen, her troubled history of abuse and neglect, and a daughter she was forced to abandon in order to escape that life. The final tape revealed that Jasmin’s sister, Sara – The Good Daughter – was still living in Iran. In this sweeping, poignant, and beautifully written memoir, Jasmin weaves the stories of three generations of Iranian women into a unique tale of one family’s struggle for freedom and understanding. The result is an enchanting and unforgettable story of secrets, betrayal, and the unbreakable mother-daughter bond.

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

An awe-inspiring, often hilarious, and unerringly honest story of one mother’s exercise in extreme parenting, revealing the rewards – and the costs – of raising her children the Chinese way. All decent parents want to do what’s best for their children. What Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother reveals is that the Chinese just have a totally different idea of how to do that. Western parents try to respect their children’s individuality, encouraging them to pursue their true passions and providing a nurturing environment. The Chinese believe that the best way to protect your children is by preparing them for the future and arming them with skills, strong work habits, and inner confidence. Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother chronicles Chua’s iron-willed decision to raise her daughters, Sophia and Lulu, her way – the Chinese way – and the remarkable results her choice inspires. Here are some things Amy Chua would never allow her daughters to do: have a playdate, be in a school play, complain about not being in a school play, not be the #1 student in every subject except gym and drama, play any instrument other than the piano or violin, not play the piano or violin. The truth is Lulu and Sophia would never have had time for a playdate. They were too busy practicing their instruments (two to three hours a day and double sessions on the weekend) and perfecting their Mandarin. Of course no one is perfect, including Chua herself. Witness this scene: “According to Sophia, here are three things I actually said to her at the piano as I supervised her practicing: 1. Oh my God, you’re just getting worse and worse. 2. I’m going to count to three, then I want musicality. 3. If the next time’s not PERFECT, I’m going to take all your stuffed animals and burn them!” But Chua demands as much of herself as she does of her daughters. And in her sacrifices – the exacting attention spent studying her daughters’ performances, the office hours lost shuttling the girls to lessons – the depth of her love for her children becomes clear. Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother is an eye-opening exploration of the differences in Eastern and Western parenting – and the lessons parents and children everywhere teach one another.

Privacy

For over 25 years, the Greenhaven Press Opposing Viewpoints Series has developed and set the standard for current-issue studies. With more than 90 volumes covering nearly every controversial contemporary topic, Opposing Viewpoints is the leading source for libraries and classrooms in need of current-issue materials. Each title explores a specific issue by placing expert opinions in a unique pro/con format. The viewpoints are selected from a wide range of highly respected and often hard-to-find sources and publications. By choosing from such diverse sources and including both popular and unpopular views, the Opposing Viewpoints editorial team has adhered to its commitment to editorial objectivity. Readers are exposed to many sides of a debate, which promotes issue awareness as well as critical thinking. In short, Opposing Viewpoints is the best research and learning tool for exploring the issues that continually shape and define our turbulent and changing world.

Bought and Paid For: the unholy alliance between Barack Obama and Wall Street

‘When you strip away the name-calling and class warfare coming from the Obama administration, and when you ignore Wall Street’s gripes about new legislation that will put a crimp on some of its profits, Wall Street and Washington are far more aligned than meets the casual eye. They coexist to help each other-in an unholy alliance against the American taxpayer.’ For decades, most people have assumed that the corner offices on Wall Street are full of wealthy Republicans who lobby for low taxes and deregulation-while the Democrats, as defenders of the little guy, are the enemy of Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, and their ilk. This stereotype has never been more popular than during the current Great Recession, when liberals blame George W. Bush for coddling and bailing out Wall Street. But as top investigative reporter Charles Gasparino proves, the truth is more complicated, and a lost more disturbing. When you get past their blustering public statements, leading Wall Street executives have long been some of the biggest donors to liberal politicians, including Obama in 2008. The fat cats know that the bigger Big Government gets, the more business will trickle down to them. And they know that many of the Democrats’ call for tough financial reform are just hot air, to pacify their left-wing base while maintaining the status quo. The reality? Obama and the Democrats in congress have been bought and paid for by the same bad guys who wrecked the economy. The big banks will still be allowed to make a killing from shady practices.  Meanwhile, the burden of higher taxes and regulations will fall on small business-the true engine of our economic growth-and on ordinary, hard-working, middle-class Americans. Gasparino draws on exclusive interviews with dozens of highly placed sources, from Washington to Wall Street and beyond, to reveal some shocking true stories. For instance, in late 2007, when Obama was still a dark horse candidate, he met secretly with several high-powered Wall Street executives and convinced them that, despite his liberal reputation in the Senate, he was really a moderate who would help their business. Written in Gasparino’s famously blunt, no-nonsense style, this book is both an expose and a wake-up call to everyone who hates what Big Finance and Big Government are doing to our country.

Debt-free for Life: finish rich plan for financial freedom

GOODBYE DEBT-HELLO FREEDOM! Most of us grew up with the idea that there is good debt and there is bad debt. Good debts are generally considered to be debts you incur to buy things that can go up in value-like a home or college education.  Bad debts are things like credit card balances, where you borrowed money to buy things that depreciate or go down in value, like most consumer goods. But as America’s favorite financial coach, David Bach, points out, in difficult times there is no such thing as good debt. There is only debt.  And all debt is too expensive-if what you desire is FREEDOM! In fact, Bach believes the best investment you can make today is to pay down your debt, faster and smarter than you have ever attempted before-starting today! In Debt Free for Life New York Times bestselling author David Bach has written his most groundbreaking and important book since The Automatic Millionaire, giving us the knowledge, the tools, and the mindset we need to get out of debt and achieve financial freedom- forever. Offering a revolutionary approach to personal finance that teaches you how to pay down your debt and adopt a whole new way of living debt free. Bach unveils the Debt Wise program that empowers you to pare down your debt automatically. You’ll learn how to calculate your Debt Freedom Day the actual date you will be completely free of debt. And you’ll discover that when you are debt free, you need a lot less money to live on. You can retire, even with a smaller nest egg — perhaps earlier than you expected.

Peace and Plenty: finding your path to financial serenity

In Ban Breathnach’s answer to the world’s–and her own personal–financial crisis, “Peace and Plenty” culls together advice, deeply personal anecdotes, and excerpts from magazines, books, and newspapers to inspire readers who are mired in today’s financial difficulties.

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.

Chinamerica: the uneasy partnership that will change the world

Conventional wisdom pits China against the United States in a war for economic supremacy. However, inChinAmerica, Handel Jones, one of the leading experts on China”s industrial and economic emergence, demonstrates that the wave of the future is cooperation between the two titans, not conflict-and how America will benefit from increased economic engagement and competition with China.

To some, conflict between China and the United States appears to be both imminent and unavoidable (indeed, in some eyes, the battle has already begun). But this perspective badly overlooks one vital fact: both nations have no choice other than to act in their mutual interest. Focusing on several key areas of conflict and mutual interest, Jones gives a thorough and eye-opening portrait of the policies, history, and habits that have led to the intersecting fortunes of the two superpowers. Jones also outlines actions the United States must take to hold on to its leadership role by forging equilibrium with China that”s based on mutual respect and dependence.

As Jones makes clear, the contrast between the two powers couldn”t be more startling: while China is amassing through trade nearly one-fourth of the world”s foreign exchange reserves (nearly three-fourths of that amount in USD), the United States excels mostly as a consumer of finished goods, with Americans unconcerned about debt and other consequences of living beyond their means. China subsidizes development of more efficient manufacturing techniques, and in response America threatens protectionist barriers. Developments such as these, however, don”t necessarily put the nations on a collision course. To Jones, these facts point to a very real opportunity for Chinese and American governments and businesses to work together rather than be separated by economic tensions.

LSAT Premier 2011

The Complete Guide to Planning Your Estate in Pennsylvania: a step-by-step plan to protect your assets, limit your taxes and ensure your wishes are fulfilled for Pennsylvania residents

What happens to your estate after you are gone is very much within your control. Estate planning is not only for the wealthy; it is for everyone. It is simply the process of deciding where your assets are to be distributed after your death. For those people who wish to preserve their assets for designated purposes – such as family or special charities – it becomes necessary to make special advance preparations.To ensure your assets are protected and final wishes are carried out, there are some common actions that should be taken now. Proper estate planning allows you to plan for yourself and your loved ones without giving up control of your affairs.Your estate plan should also allow for the possibility of your own disability. It should detail what you own and whom you want to leave it to at a time of your choosing and the way you want. Your estate plan should include fully disclosed, controlled costs for you and your loved ones. The last thing you want to worry about is having your estate drained of value through taxes and legal costs.The right plan can protect the value of your estate and spare your loved ones unnecessary hassles and legal conflicts. The Complete Guide to Planning Your Estate in North Carolina will help you glide through this complicated process. This new book has been adapted to offer Ohio residents state-specific advice for estate planning. Co-authors Margo Pierce and Linda C. Ashar, attorneys at law, have crafted an estate planning primer, allowing North Carolina residents to become more informed and more involved during the process.Many books on estate planning indicate you do not need the services of an attorney, but this book highly recommends using an attorney versed in this area: You should not go through the process alone. This book is intended explain the complicated issues, terminology, and planning strategies of estate planning so when you do meet with a qualified attorney, you will be well prepared. You will understand the legal terms and be ready to discuss issues and strategies with familiarity, saving you time and legal fees and ensuring peace of mind.North Carolina -specific information is offered throughout this book, including: North Carolina ‘s probate code; North Carolina rules, regulations, and laws specific to estate planning; elements of a valid North Carolina will; planning your living will in North Carolina; explanations of North Carolina laws regarding durable health care power of attorneys, do not resuscitate (DNR) orders, and directives to withhold CPR. The book’s easy-to-understand context clarifies this complicated and sensitive subject and gives readers the power to take control of their future.This book also offers an overview of abatement rules, settlement costs, guardianship and minor children, executors and trustees, life insurance, potential long-term care needs, marital deductions, types of trusts, gift splitting, survivorship deeds, 529 plans, reducing or eliminating estate taxes, avoiding tax on life insurance, using insurance to pay estate taxes, gift tax issues, generation skipping transfer tax, and tax-deferred accounts.Estate planning should be a positive experience. It involves reviewing your situation and planning for your future. Although few people want to think about the possibility of disability or disease, advance planning is also a way to show your love and to reduce potential distress later.Other books offer a non-state-specific overview of estate planning, causing many readers to be misinformed about rules and regulations particular to their state; but, this new book provides information North Carolina residents need to know. Do not get outdated or wrong information that does not pertain to you specifically. Use this new book to craft an estate plan that is not only legally sound but also fully carries out your last wishes

Scorpions: the battles and triumphs of FDR’s  great Supreme Court Justices

A tiny, ebullient Jew who started as America’s leading liberal and ended as its most famous judicial conservative. A Klansman who became an absolutist advocate of free speech and civil rights. A backcountry lawyer who started off trying cases about cows and went on to conduct the most important international trial ever. A self-invented, tall-tale Westerner who narrowly missed the presidency but expanded individual freedom beyond what anyone before had dreamed. Four more different men could hardly be imagined. Yet they had certain things in common. Each was a self-made man who came from humble beginnings on the edge of poverty. Each had driving ambition and a will to succeed. Each was, in his own way, a genius. They began as close allies and friends of FDR, but the quest to shape a new Constitution led them to competition and sometimes outright warfare. SCORPIONS tells the story of these four great justices: their relationship with Roosevelt, with each other, and with the turbulent world of the Great Depression, World War II, and the Cold War. It also serves as a history of the modern Constitution itself.

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A Nautical Odyssey: an illustrated maritime history from Cook to Shackleton

A unique maritime history, illustrated and annotated by a noted maritime artist. A unique combination of paintings and maritime history, this collection follows a historian’s journey as he presents the ships whose line and design captivate him and the mariners he most admires. It includes sections on Captain Bligh and The Bounty, Admiral Nelson, and famous clipper ships such as The Cutty Sark. Illustrated and annotated to be not only fascinating to read but also a pleasure to behold, this stunning marriage of words and pictures will be coveted by anyone with an interest in sea history or maritime art.

Volunteer: a traveler’s guide to making a difference around the world

Are you looking for a more meaningful travel experience? Do you want to give back to the communities you visit, make a genuine connection with locals, meet like-minded travelers and build your skills? International volunteering opens up all these opportunities, and this book has all the advice you need to get you there. Much more than just a resource directory, Volunteer is packed with invaluable information and full-color inspiration to get you planning your perfect short- or long-term volunteer experience anywhere in the world whether it’s monitoring sea turtles in Greece, helping set up handicraft businesses in Ghana or building community centers in Guatemala! Features unique, user-friendly structure arranged by type of volunteering program. Over 170 organizations listed and reviewed. Dozens of seasoned volunteers share their experiences and top tips. Written by passionate, well-travelled LonelyPlanet authors advised by a team of experts in the field. Fully illustrated with color photographs of volunteers in action.

The Memory Palace

“ People have abandoned their loved ones for much less than you’ve been through,” Mira Bartok is told at her mother’s memorial service. It is a poignant observation about the relationship between Mira, her sister, and their mentally ill mother. Before she was struck with schizophrenia at the age of nineteen, beautiful piano protege Norma Herr had been the most vibrant personality in the room. She loved her daughters and did her best to raise them well, but as her mental state deteriorated, Norma spoke less about Chopin and more about Nazis and her fear that her daughters would be kidnapped, murdered, or raped. When the girls left for college, the harassment escalated—Norma called them obsessively, appeared at their apartments or jobs, threatened to kill herself if they did not return home. After a traumatic encounter, Mira and her sister were left with no choice but to change their names and sever all contact with Norma in order to stay safe. But while Mira pursued her career as an artist—exploring the ancient romance of Florence, the eerie mysticism of northern Norway, and the raw desert of Israel—the haunting memories of her mother were never far away. Then one day, Mira’s life changed forever after a debilitating car accident. As she struggled to recover from a traumatic brain injury, she was confronted with a need to recontextualize her life—she had to relearn how to paint, read, and interact with the outside world. In her search for a way back to her lost self, Mira reached out to the homeless shelter where she believed her mother was living and discovered that Norma was dying. Mira and her sister traveled to Cleveland, where they shared an extraordinary reconciliation with their mother that none of them had thought possible. At the hospital, Mira discovered a set of keys that opened a storage unit Norma had been keeping for seventeen years. Filled with family photos, childhood toys, and ephemera from Norma’s life, the storage unit brought back a flood of previous memories that Mira had thought were lost to her forever. The Memory Palace is a breathtaking literary memoir about the complex meaning of love, truth, and the capacity for forgiveness among family. Through stunning prose and original art created by the author in tandem with the text, The Memory Palace explores the connections between mother and daughter that cannot be broken no matter how much exists—or is lost—between them.

Underage Drinking

Behind each policy debate over welfare reform, AIDS funding, and hate crime laws are the people struggling with poverty, illness, and discrimination. While the experts cite statistics and employ rhetoric about drug abuse, crime, and child abuse, individuals confront the horrors of addiction and the trauma of victimization.

Learning to Let Go: making the transition into residential care

An exploration of the emotional toll a transition into assisted living can have, as well as an offering of practical knowledge and advice on how to make wise choices during this difficult time. While acknowledging the intense experience of grief and bereavement that surrounds the relinquishment of independent living, this book explores how to ensure that those going into care retain their identity and are not reduced to peripheral status as “patient” or “resident.” This book is written both for those preparing to enter residential care and for those professionals, volunteers, pastors, family members, and friends who can offer support to ease the struggle of transition. Covering practical details from how to choose a home to what to pack when moving, it will help facilitate a smooth transition at an emotional time of upheaval.

International Adoptions

For over 25 years, the Greenhaven Press Opposing Viewpoints Series has developed and set the standard for current-issue studies. With more than 90 volumes covering nearly every controversial contemporary topic, Opposing Viewpoints is the leading source for libraries and classrooms in need of current-issue materials. Each title explores a specific issue by placing expert opinions in a unique pro/con format. The viewpoints are selected from a wide range of highly respected and often hard-to-find sources and publications. By choosing from such diverse sources and including both popular and unpopular views, the Opposing Viewpoints editorial team has adhered to its commitment to editorial objectivity. Readers are exposed to many sides of a debate, which promotes issue awareness as well as critical thinking. In short, Opposing Viewpoints is the best research and learning tool for exploring the issues that continually shape and define our turbulent and changing world.

Pirate State: inside Somalia’s terror at sea

In 2009, the United States was hit broadside by Somali pirates who attempted to capture the U.S. flag shipMaersk Alabama. Suddenly, the pirates were no longer a distant menace. They had thrust themselves onto the American stage.

Are the Somali pirates a legion of desperate fisherman attacking cargo ships and ocean cruisers to reclaim their waters? Or is piracy connected to crime networks and the madness that grips Somalia? What threats do pirates pose to international security?

To answer these questions, Peter Eichstaedt crisscrosses East Africa, meeting with pirates both in and out of prisons, talking with them about their lives, tactics, and motives. Ultimately, he comes face-to-face with a former fighter with Somalia’s brutal Islamic al-Shabaab militia. He discovers that piracy is a symptom of a much deeper problem: Somalia itself.

PirateState explores the links between the pirates, global financiers, and extremists who control southern Somalia and whose influence extends across the Gulf of Aden into Yemen and connects to extremists in Pakistan and Afghanistan. The Somali pirates are desperate and dangerous men who will do just about anything for money, andPirate Stateargues that turning a blind eye to piracy and the problems of Somalia is inviting a disaster of horrific proportions.

Social Security

Several articles explore the multiple issues surrounding Social Security, its financial impact, societal costs, and its future.

PRAXIS

Master the GED

Pennsylvania Career Guide

Dream College: how to help your child get into the top schools

For parents who want to be fully informed about essential information that high school students need to know in order to plan for, apply to, and be successful in college, this guide details all stages of the process. It explains the terminology, policies, and procedures for successful college application, and will empower parents to manage their relationship with school counselors and admissions officers. Timelines and charts for teens at different points in the college search process, sample college admissions essays, and practical advice from parents and teens who have negotiated the process provide detailed steps—from what classes a teen should take in high school to managing personal finances once in college—guide parents and prospective college students toward successful college admission. Additional information for many different types of students and groups of families, including athletes, first-generation applicants, students with disabilities, minority students, and students interested in the visual and performing arts, plus appendices with sample thank-you letters, resumes, a self-evaluation, and a complete admissions checklist, make this a comprehensive one-stop resource for finding the perfect college.

GRE Premier 2011

Master the GMAT

GRE Math Prep Course

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Paying for College

With the lack of financial aid, grants, and scholarships available today due to the economic climate, parents and students need serious help in finding ways to pay for college. Savings plans and resources have disappeared. Loans seem impossible to pay off. That’s where The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Paying for College steps in. It helps develop an action plan for people to budget and pay for college right now, and if necessary, strategize repayment after graduation. It also explains how to: Find ways to lower the cost of tuition and room and board. Find honest-to-goodness free money. Discover more affordable options like college credit for military service, peer-to-peer lending, or attending nontraditional colleges and universities.

The Natural Wedding Book: ideas and inspirations for a stylish and green celebration

Green is the new white for today’s environmentally conscious couples- this timely yet stylish book is an inspirational guide to making that special day perfect. Louise Moon, a leading wedding planner, shows how to “green” the most important day in any couple’s life. From one or two thoughtful features, like using organic, locally grown food for the reception, to more imaginative solutions for making the entire event as low impact as possible, The Natural Wedding has everything couples need to make their special event naturally romantic, conscientious, and sustainable. The book shows that green weddings can be even more stylish than a traditional wedding and covers green options for all aspects of the big day: menus, the location, invitations, bridal party attire, flowers, the ceremony, the reception, gifts, the honeymoon, and beyond.

The Knot Ulitmate Wedding Lookbook

From the #1 wedding brand in the world comes the definitive, inspirational resource of ideas and images for brides everywhere choosing every detail for a perfect celebration. Includes information on more than 1,000 cakes, centerpieces, bouquets, dresses, and decorations.

Language

Teenage as a Second Language: a parent’s guide to becoming bilingual

What are you to do when your cheerful, friendly family members morph overnight into sarcastic, sullen, teens? How can you get through to these hormonally challenged strangers when all you get in return are sighs and eyerolls? <p>Thankfully, this book reveals the groundbreaking strategies you can use to maintain good communication, healthy interaction, and strong connections to your teen, no matter how rocky the road to puberty becomes. You’ll learn how to: Let your teens help set the rules–and the consequences for breaking them. Realize that “me, me, me!” is actually age-appropriate. Put honesty above all else. Try not to criticize, judge, or become angry. Based on the latest research, this book works as a Rosetta Stone to help you hear what your kids are really saying–and makes sure nothing is lost in translation!

Speaking and Writing Strategies for the TOEFL iBT

ncrease your TOEFL® iBT score by increasing your speaking and writing scores. How? By using the strategy called argument mapping. Why argument mapping? Because the TOEFL® iBT speaking and writing sections are all argument-based tasks. That means if you want high speaking and writing scores, you must know how to map out (develop and deliver) spoken and written arguments, quickly and proficiently. With argument mapping, you will be able to do just that. Best of all, you can apply argument mapping to all six speaking tasks and both writing tasks. That means you will spend less time reading about strategies and more time practicing them. You Will Also Learn: ¿ Essential rhetorical strategies and opinion development strategies ¿ Step-by-step basic responses for all speaking and writing tasks ¿ Step-by-step advanced responses for all speaking and writing tasks ¿ Step-by-step emergency responses for all speaking and writing tasks ¿ How to revise your spoken and written responses to maximize scoring ¿ How to rate spoken and written responses quickly and proficiently.

Science (including mathematics)

The MCAT Physics Book

The Hidden Reality: parallel universes and the deep laws of the cosmos

From the best-selling author of The Elegant Universe and The Fabric of the Cosmos comes his most expansive and accessible book to date—a book that takes on the grandest question: Is ours the only universe? There was a time when “universe” meant all there is. Everything. Yet, in recent years discoveries in physics and cosmology have led a number of scientists to conclude that our universe may be one among many. With crystal-clear prose and inspired use of analogy, Brian Greene shows how a range of different “multiverse” proposals emerges from theories developed to explain the most refined observations of both subatomic particles and the dark depths of space: a multiverse in which you have an infinite number of doppelgangers, each reading this sentence in a distant universe; a multiverse comprising a vast ocean of bubble universes, of which ours is but one; a multiverse that endlessly cycles through time, or one that might be hovering millimeters away yet remains invisible; another in which every possibility allowed by quantum physics is brought to life. Or, perhaps strangest of all, a multiverse made purely of math. Greene, one of our foremost physicists and science writers, takes us on a captivating exploration of these parallel worlds and reveals how much of reality’s true nature may be deeply hidden within them. And, with his unrivaled ability to make the most challenging of material accessible and entertaining, Greene tackles the core question: How can fundamental science progress if great swaths of reality lie beyond our reach? Sparked by Greene’s trademark wit and precision, The Hidden Reality is at once a far-reaching survey of cutting-edge physics and a remarkable journey to the very edge of reality—a journey grounded firmly in science and limited only by our imagination.

The MCAT Chemistry Book

MCAT Organic Chemistry Review

The MCAT Biology Book

Technology and applied Science

MCAT Verbal Reasoning and Writing Review

NCLEX-RN

I Shall Not Hate: a Gaza doctor’s sacrifice on the road to peace and human dignity

By turns inspiring and heart-breaking, hopeful and horrifying, I Shall Not Hate is Izzeldin Abuelaish’s account of an extraordinary life. A Harvard-trained Palestinian doctor who was born and raised in the Jabalia refugee camp in the Gaza Strip and “who has devoted his life to medicine and reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians” (New York Times), Abuelaish has been crossing the lines in the sand that divide Israelis and Palestinians for most of his life – as a physician who treats patients on both sides of the line, as a humanitarian who sees the need for improved health and education for women as the way forward in the Middle East. And, most recently, as the father whose daughters were killed by Israeli soldiers on January 16, 2009, during Israel’s incursion into the Gaza Strip. His response to this tragedy made news and won him humanitarian awards around the world. Instead of seeking revenge or sinking into hatred, Abuelaish called for the people in the region to start talking to each other. His deepest hope is that his daughters will be “the last sacrifice on the road to peace between Palestinians and Israelis.”

Cinch!: conquer cravings, drop pounds and lose inches

here are no calories to count; no points or grams to memorize. Just begin choosing four daily meals from over one hundred delicious options (along with a mandatory daily chocolate escape), and you’re well on your way to achieving your weight-loss goals. In thirty days on the Cinch! plan, you’ll shed pounds and inches-and overcome emotional eating in the process. Acclaimed weight-loss expert Cynthia Sass has arrived at the exciting secret to sustainable weight loss: her innovative combinations of clean, nutrient-rich foods not only maximize fat-burning but also deliver a faster, healthier metabolism forever. Following the plan is as simple as putting together an easy-to-understand fivepiece puzzle at every meal and enjoying four delicious, easy-to-prepare meals in addition to a chocolate treat. The Cinch! plan includes a full thirty days’ worth of quick-fix, satisfying meals and teaches you a simple strategy for creating your own, so you know exactly what, how much, and when to eat, whether you’re at home, at a restaurant, or on vacation. Cinch! makes weight loss simple, with meals you’ll look forward to eating (no “diet” foods). And best of all, Sass starts her plan with an innovative five-day “Fast Forward,” which jump-starts the plan’s impressive results and will leave you feeling lighter and healthier. If you’ve been trying to eat more clean, natural, and organic foods, but have lacked the structure needed to lose weight, this is the exact plan you’ve been waiting for. Cinch! includes every tool you’ll need for weightloss success: Sass’s proven plan, expert tips and advice, daily journals, grocery-shopping lists, chapters on exercise and emotional eating, and a month’s worth of recipes-customizable for meat eaters, vegetarians, and vegans. You’ll enjoy Chocolate Pear Ginger Smoothies, Jalapeno Guacamole, and Chicken Pesto Pitas-to name just a few luscious Cinch! options!

The Everything Mediterranean Diet Book: all you need to lose weight and stay healthy

With 150 original recipes, menu plans, and dieting tips, you’ll get a comprehensive tour of the Mediterranean diet! By combining nutrient-rich vegetables, healthful olive oils, and plenty of exercise, this lifestyle can help you shed pounds and prevent myriad diseases. Here, you’ll learn how to adopt heart-healthy habits and create recipes like: Chicken Tagine with Whole-Wheat Couscous White Bean and Tomato Pizza Grilled Fennel Shrimp Pancetta with Peaches Hazelnut Ricotta Cake.  By learning the science behind better eating and how to utilize the Mediterranean Diet Pyramid, you will eat your way to better health–and feel like a Greek god or goddess in the process!

The Life You Want: get motivated, lose weight and be happy

Teaming up with prominent psychologist Anne Kearney-Cooke and eating disorder expert and nutritionist Janis Jibrin, Greene helps readers recognize how their mindsets might be preventing them from achieving their fitness goals and gives them the tools they need to break down these barriers. Filled with psychological studies, practical tips, and empathic advice, this book can help anyone who is struggling. For the millions already following the Best Life plan, the book offers support through every phase of the program. And for those who are new to the Greene’s philosophy of incremental change and permanent transformation, the book will stand alone as a resource and an inspiration.

The 4-Hour Body: an uncommon guide to rapid fat-loss, incredible sex and becoming superhuman

Thinner, bigger, faster, stronger… which 150 pages will you read? Is it possible to: Reach your genetic potential in 6 months? Sleep 2 hours per day and perform better than on 8 hours? Lose more fat than a marathoner by bingeing? ndeed, and much more. This is not just another diet and fitness book. The 4-Hour Body is the result of an obsessive quest, spanning more than a decade, to hack the human body. It contains the collective wisdom of hundreds of elite athletes, dozens of MDs, and thousands of hours of jaw-dropping personal experimentation. From Olympic training centers to black-market laboratories, from Silicon Valley to South Africa, Tim Ferriss, the #1 New York  Times bestselling author of The 4-Hour Workweek, fixated on one life-changing question: For all things physical, what are the tiniest changes that produce the biggest results? Thousands of tests later, this book contains the answers for both men and women. From the gym to the bedroom, it’s all here, and it all works. YOU WILL LEARN (in less than 30 minutes each): *How to lose those last 5-10 pounds (or 100+ pounds) with odd combinations of food and safe chemical cocktails. * How to prevent fat gain while bingeing (X-mas, holidays, weekends) * How to increase fat-loss 300% with a few bags of ice * How Tim gained 34 pounds of muscle in 28 days, without steroids, and in four hours of total gym time * How to sleep 2 hours per day and feel fully rested * How to produce 15-minute female orgasms * How to triple testosterone and double sperm count * How to go from running 5 kilometers to 50 kilometers in 12 weeks * How to reverse permanent injuries * How to add 150+ pounds to your lifts in 6 months * How to pay for a beach vacation with one hospital visit. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. There are more than 50 topics covered, all with real-world experiments, many including more than 200 test subjects. You don’t need better genetics or more discipline. You need immediate results that compel you to continue. That’s exactly what The 4-Hour Body delivers.

Healing Yoga for Neck & Shoulder Pain: easy, effective practices for releasing tension and relieving pain

Everyday activities such as using the computer, driving, or even curling up with a good book can create tension in the neck and shoulders. It’s no wonder that so many of us have persistent discomfort and pain in these areas. Healing Yoga for Neck and Shoulder Pain presents simple, yoga-based practices that you can do at work and at home to release muscle tension for immediate relief.

The Panic Virus: a true story of medicine, science and fear

A searing account of how vaccine opponents have used the media to spread their message of panic, despite no scientific evidence to support them. In this searching exposé, the recent hysteria over childhood vaccinations and their alleged link to autism becomes a cautionary tale of bad science amplified by media sensationalism.

The Whole-Food Guide to Overcoming Irritable Bowel Syndrome

If you have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), you know all to well that its symptoms sometimes rule your life. While medication may temporarily alleviate IBS, diet and lifestyle changes target the root of the problem and can help you feel like yourself again. In The Whole-Food Guide to Overcoming Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Nutrition consultant and former digestive disorder sufferer Laura Knoff reveals powerful, natural strategies for relieving symptoms right away and offers a collection of easy and nutritious recipes to help you end your struggle with IBS once and for all.

Twin: a memoir

A heartbreaking yet deeply hopeful memoir about life as a twin in the face of autism. When Allen Shawn and his twin sister, Mary, were two, Mary began exhibiting signs of what would be diagnosed many years later as autism. Understanding Mary and making her life a happy one appeared to be impossible for the Shawns. At the age of eight, with almost no warning, her parents sent Mary to a residential treatment center. She never lived at home again. Fifty years later, as he probed the sources of his anxieties in Wish I Could Be There, Shawn realized that his fate was inextricably linked to his sister’s, and that their natures were far from being different. Twinhighlights the difficulties American families coping with autism faced in the 1950s. Shawn also examines the secrets and family dramas as his father, William, became editor of The New Yorker. Twinreconstructs a parallel narrative for the two siblings, who experienced such divergent fates yet shared talents and proclivities. Wrenching, honest, understated, and poetic, Twin is at heart about the mystery of being inextricably bonded to someone who can never be truly understood.

Asperger’s Syndrome: a guide to helping your child thrive at home and at school

How parents can help children with Asperger’s Syndrome to grow and prosperIf you are raising a child with Asperger’s Syndrome, it can be a real challenge to find answers to your questions and make decisions while trying to keep pace with the latest developments in research and changes in the growth and behavior of your child. This book comes to the rescue by combining the latest medical information and interventions with clearcut strategies to help your child thrive at home and at school. Covers the biological, psychological, social, and spiritual development of children with Asperger’s syndrome from 18 months through adolescence Presents the most up-to-date scientific data on Asperger’s Syndrome, including the latest neuro-imaging research Offers practical strategies for shaping social interactions, coping with repetitive thoughts and behavior, addressing sensory needs or avoidance, encouraging interests without enabling obsessions, and other challenges Reviews the advantages and disadvantages of available medical treatments, complementary therapies, and early intervention strategies Written by a medical doctor and an educator who has a child with Asperger’sFrom getting a diagnosis, to finding the best schooling options, to helping your child with day-to-day issues and challenges, Asperger’s Syndrome is an essential practical resource you will turn to again and again for reliable and current information.

Childhood Speech, Language, and Listening Problems: what every parent should know

The essential, up-to-date guide for helping children with language and listening problems. Does your child have trouble getting the right words out, following directions, or being understood? In this revised new edition of Childhood Speech, Language, and Listening Problems, speech-language pathologist Patricia Hamaguchi-who has been helping children overcome problems like these for more than thirty years-answers your questions to help you determine what’s best for your child. This newest edition: *Expands on speech and articulation issues affecting toddlers *Includes a new chapter on socially “quirky” children. Explains how to get the right help for your child, including when to wait before seeking help, how to find the right specialist, and how the problem may affect your child academically, socially, and at home. Covers major revisions in educational laws and programs and insurance coverage as well as current information on new interventions and cutting-edge research in the field. Updates information on autism spectrum disorders, neurobiological disorders, and auditory processing disorders.

The ADHD Workbook for Kids: helping children gain self-confidence, social skills & self-control

In The ADHD Workbook for Kids, an internationally-recognized child psychologist presents more than forty ten-minute games and activities children with ADHD can do to learn to make friends, gain confidence, and manage out-of-control behaviors.

Growing a Farmer: how I learned to live off the land

A bona-fide city dweller, Kurt Timmermeister never intended to run his own dairy farm. When he purchased four acres of land on Vashon Island, he was looking for an affordable home a ferry ride away from the restaurants he ran in Seattle. But as he continued to serve his customers frozen chicken breasts and packaged pork, he became aware of the connection between what he ate and where it came from: a hive of bees provided honey; a young cow could give fresh milk; an apple orchard allowed him to make vinegar. Told in Timmermeister’s plainspoken voice, <em>Growing a Farmer</em> details with honesty the initial stumbles and subsequent realities he had to face in his quest to establish a profitable farm for himself. Personal yet practical, <em>Growing a Farmer</em> includes the specifics of making cheese, raising cows, and slaughtering pigs, and it will recast entirely the way we think about our relationship to the food we consume.

The Everything Marijuana Book: your complete cannabis resource, including history, growing instructions and preparation

When someone wants to start growing cannabis, they may be filled with questions: Is it legal? Can it be done inside or outside? It is hard to grow? In this book, you’ll find a clear, step-by-step manual to the world of marijuana. Longtime licensed Oregon-based medical-grower Alicia Williamson explains the entire process–from choosing seeds or clones to proper curing and storage of harvest. You’ll also find: Information on the legality of growing. Tips on growing indoors, outdoors, and in containers. Troubleshooting information for plants that just won’t grow. Recipes for medibles such as fruit rollups and chocolate lollies. Growing cannabis can be challenging, yet rewarding. From the beginner just starting out to the experienced gardener wanting to improve quality and productivity, this is the complete guide to everything marijuana.

For the Love of an Orchard: everybody’s guide to growing and cooking orchard fruit

Whether you fantasize about having a whole orchard, just a cherry tree in a pot, or even the perfect apple pie, this beautifully illustrated and thoroughly practical guide bridges the gap between the special place orchards hold in our hearts and the practicalities of growing and cooking orchard fruit. Exploring the traditions of fruit growing and the story of individual fruits in orchards found worldwide, the generous size of this fruit bible is the perfect inspiration for getting out those jam jars or squeezing an apple tree onto the garden or patio. As interest grows in sustainability, the preserving of heritage varieties, and organic produce, this book provides delicious home-grown recipes and general cultivation advice and is a timely celebration of tree fruit and its unique enjoyment.

The Low Maintenance Vegetable Garden

Wouldn’t it be great to easily and quickly grow fresh fruit and vegetables in your own backyard? Through the simple shortcuts and unconventional low-maintenance strategies presented in this guide, would-be gardeners can learn the tricks needed to grow their own produce without putting in a lot of work. The simple instructions are accompanied by inspirational photographs that will encourage novices, while the solid horticultural advice will help even experienced gardeners get great results in no time.

Growing a Garden City

Fifteen people-plus a class of first graders-tell how local food, farms, and gardens changed their lives and their community…and how they can change yours, too. Growing a Garden City includes:  Fifteen first-person stories of personal and civic transformation from a range of individuals, including farmers and community garden members, a low-income senior and troubled teen, a foodie, a food bank officer, and many more Seven in-depth  How It Works sections on student farms, community gardens, community supported agriculture (CSA), community education, farm work therapy, community outreach, and more</li> <li>Detailed information on dozens of additional resources from relevant books and websites to government programs and national non-profit organizations</li> <li>Over 80 full-color photographs showing a diverse local food community at home, work, and play Read Growing a Garden City to:  Learn how people like you, with busy lives like yours, can and do enjoy the many benefits of local food without having to become full-time organic farmers Gain the information you need to organize or get involved in your own “growing community  anywhere across the country and around the world.

The Encyclopedia of Container Plants: more than 500 outstanding choices for gardeners

After a career in public horticulture with the U. of Pennsylvania’s Morris Arboretum and the American Horticulture Society, Rogers shifted to garden writing, speaking, and editing. An award-winning container gardener, he shares his expertise in this practical resource for all levels of gardeners, from the rank beginner to the seasoned veteran. The text includes an introductory discussion of the key considerations in container gardening; detailed descriptions of eight sample containers which demonstrate a wide range of plants, pots, and settings suitable for container gardening; and the A-Z encyclopedia profiling some 500 outstanding plants for containers. Each entry includes Rogers’ description of the plant; its height and spread; light, moisture, temperature, and soil requirements; ease and rate of growth; principal interest and design attributes; potential problems; and optimal propagation method.

Correcting Bad Habits in Dogs: easy solutions for pulling, jumping, barking, stealing and other behaviors

Correcting Bad Habits in Dogs contains expert advice on how to handle six of the most common problem behaviors pulling, not coming when called, jumping up, barking, stealing, and house soiling by offering reasons for these misbehaviors and the appropriate training methods to modify them. Written by a respected animal behaviorist and best-selling author, this practical guide presents positive training methods that emphasize the use of encouragements and rewards (rather than punishments) to help build a relationship of trust and understanding between dog and owner for maximum training results. The instructive, full-color photos simplify the concepts of correcting problem behaviors by presenting them in an accessible step-by-step format. An eight-page removable fold-out chart with star and ribbon award stickers helps mark training progress and set goals with an easy-to-follow master plan. The hardcover hidden spiral design makes this an ideal reference for the everyday dog owner and family to use while training their canine companion.

More Fun with Clicker Training: how communication and signing can improve learning with your dog

A guide to the best and clearest uses of clicker training to communicate with a pet and correct behavioral problems. Anyone can learn the popular and modern clicker training method, which is particularly good for developing a dog’s initiative and this book puts great emphasis on how to communicate clearly with dogs. With every click, the human highlights the desired dog behavior quickly and precisely. The click announces the subsequent reward, and the dog’s behavior is positively reinforced. Based on behavioral and neurological research, effective and animal-friendly clicker training has evolved to the point of genuinely facilitating communication between human and dog. In addition to basic knowledge regarding clicker training, easy-to-follow exercises and practical tips for correcting undesired behavior enable the reader to make best use of the clicker marker signal. It also demonstrates how cooperation, communication, and emotional change can each play an important part in modifying a dog’s behavior. By working in a self-reliant way, the dog learns to interact consciously with his environment.

Oogy: the dog only a family could love

In the bestselling tradition of  Rescuing Sprite comes the story of a puppy brought back from the brink of death, and the family he adopted.  In 2002, Larry Levin and his twin sons, Dan and Noah, took their terminally ill cat to the Ardmore Animal Hospital outside Philadelphia to have the beloved pet put to sleep. What would begin as a terrible day suddenly got brighter as the ugliest dog they had ever seen–one who was missing an ear and had half his face covered in scar tissue–ran up to them and captured their hearts. The dog had been used as bait for fighting dogs when he was just a few months old. He had been thrown in a cage and left to die until the police rescued him and the staff at Ardmore Animal Hospital saved his life. The Levins, whose sons are themselves adopted, were unable to resist Oogy’s charms, and decided to take him home.  Heartwarming and redemptive, OOGY is the story of the people who were determined to rescue this dog against all odds, and of the family who took him home, named him “Oogy” (an affectionate derivative of ugly), and made him one of their own.

Cooking for Dogs: new recipes from Dog’s Deli

Germany’s Dog’s Deli returns after Baking for Dogs with more than twenty of the latest doggy delicacies for your canine friend. Treat your pooch to healthy, all natural snacks and meals that are easy to make and even easier to watch disappear. Detailed ingredients, tips, and instructions provide the essentials for mastering a well-balanced diet. There’s even a section on nutrition for older dogs. Become the alpha chef as you prepare muffins, biscuits, elaborate feasts, and much more.

Golden Retriever

The Golden Retriever ranks #4 in dog registrations by the American Kennel Club (AKC) and is capable of a variety of tasks with his friendly, reliable, confident, and affectionate nature. Learn all about this beautiful breed with the sparkling personality that has made him one of the most popular canines in the world and ideally suited as a service dog and family pet.

Greyhound

The Greyhound ranks #127 in dog registrations by the American Kennel Club (AKC) and is a sweet and personable companion who is known for his sharp vision and incredible speed. This all-inclusive care and health guide covers the breed-specific ins and outs of caring for an adopted Greyhound as well as the distinct qualities that make him a beloved family pet.

Pugs

Pugs s a book in Barron’s series of Complete Pet Owner’s Manuals. The Pug, which originated in China, is a dog that makes an alert, loyal, and obedient household pet. Written especially to introduce inexperienced and prospective pet owners to the pleasures and duties of pet care, Barron’s Complete Pet Owner’s Manuals also make fine guides to pet care for older children. These heavily illustrated books are filled with helpful information on purchasing, housing, feeding, health care–and where applicable, grooming and training pets. Each book is individually written by an expert–a trainer, breeder, veterinarian, or other animal specialist. These manuals cover every popular dog and cat breed, as well as bird varieties, hamsters and other small caged animals, fish varieties for aquarium hobbyists, terrarium pets, and even exotics, such as reptiles, amphibians, and scorpions. All books have 70 or more color photos, and most also have instructive line illustrations.

Shih tzu

Shih Tzu is a book in Barron’s series of Complete Pet Owner’s Manuals. The small and friendly Shih Tzu is a breed of Chinese origin. The dog’s beautiful long hair requires frequent grooming. Written especially to introduce inexperienced and prospective pet owners to the pleasures and duties of pet care, Barron’s Complete Pet Owner’s Manuals also make fine guides to pet care for older children. These heavily illustrated books are filled with helpful information on purchasing, housing, feeding, health care–and where applicable, grooming and training pets. Each book is individually written by an expert–a trainer, breeder, veterinarian, or other animal specialist. These manuals cover every popular dog and cat breed, as well as bird varieties, hamsters and other small caged animals, fish varieties for aquarium hobbyists, terrarium pets, and even exotics, such as reptiles, amphibians, and scorpions. All books have 70 or more color photos, and most also have instructive line illustrations.

The Everything Guide to Wine: all you need to know about buying, storing, serving and enjoying the worlds’ most remarkable wines

A robust resource to take you from first sip to fully stocked wine cellar! Complete with a pronunciation guide and glossary of terms, this book will turn you into a true wine connoisseur.

The Fresh Girl’s Guide to Easy Canning and Preserving with Step-by-Step DVD

Canning is an easy, fun, and affordable way to enjoy fresh-grown local foods all year long.The Fresh Girlrsquo;s Guide to Easy Canning and Preservingprovides all the information you need to know to start canning today, including basic steps to canning foods safely and easily; recipes for preserving everything from the standard tomatoes and jams to soups, sauces, and other hearty meals; and tips on where to find the freshest local produce. Includes a how-to DVD.

Wholesome Kitchen: delicious recipes beans, lentils, grains, and other natural foods

Star of the Sydney food scene, Ross Dobson, has long championed farmers markets, eating food when it is seasonally available, and using simple cooking techniques to showcase good produce at its best. In this book, he turns his attention to creating meals from wholefoods, using nutritious legumes and grains as the basis of the recipes. GreatAppetizers include Carrot, Cumin, and Lentil Dip; Smoky Paprika Hummus; and Falafel with Minted Yogurt. Hearty Soups include Curried Parsnip and Butterbean Soup; and Pinto Bean Soup with Shredded Lettuce and Sour Cream. Try a fresh idea from Salads such as Quinoa Tabbouleh; Lentil, Artichoke, and Salsa Verde Salad; and Warm Salad of Black-eyed Peas with Halloumi. Perfect Sides include Lemon and Cardamom Rice; Buttered Buckwheat with Corn and Green Herbs; and Tuscan Beans with Sage. Hearty Mains are Sausage, Fennel, and Haricot Bean Stew; Slow-cooked Miso Pork Belly with Soy Beans; and Barley Risotto with Mushrooms and Goat Cheese. Enjoy a wholesome treat from Baking and Sweets try Couscous and Cashew Nut Soda Bread; or Blueberry and Bran Muffins. For dessert, indulge in Apple and Raisin Crumble or Honey Couscous with Figs and Rosewater Cream. Although some recipes include meat and fish, vegetarian options are given throughout. Eating healthily has never tasted so good! Mouth-watering photography by Peter Cassidy.

The Illustrated Step-by-Step Cook: more than 300 updated recipes from DK’s classic Look & Cook series

For any cook, illustrated step-by-step instructions that explain an unfamiliar technique or guide them through the crucial part of a recipe can be invaluable.  The Illustrated Step-by-Step Cook recognizes the importance of this and in classic DK style includes a photographic sequence of more than 300 classic recipes, positioned alongside the recipe so the reader doesn’t have to go searching for it in a separate techniques section. Particularly useful for relative beginners, by providing reassurance and demystifying methods that are new to them, the  Illustrated Step-by-Step Cook allows anybody to cook classic recipes perfectly and with confidence.

Semi-Homemade: the complete cookbook

A massive collection of the best of the best recipes from Sandra’s Semi-Homemade Cooking. This new compilation is filled to the brim with 1,001 of her most popular recipes including 200 brand new recipes from Sandra’s personal recipe box and never-before-seen full-color photos taken at Sandra’s new home, Lilly Pond, in Bedford Falls, NY. Sandra Lee’s  Semi-Homemade The Complete Cookbook serves up delicious recipes from 20 in depth, unique chapters like Sandra’s Cooking Basics, Poultry & Beef, 20 Minute Meals, International Fare, Slow Cooker & One Pot Wonders and provides an insider’ view of Sandra’s new kitchen, pantry and three at home eating areas-formal, family and kitchen dining. Sandra, who can often be seen on the Today show and Good Morning America is thrilled to share with her readers, an excusive chapter featuring cherished recipes from her sister, muse and frequent guest on  Semi-Homemade Cooking with Sandra Lee, Kimber Lee.These quick and easy recipes, straight from Sandra Lee’s dining room table to yours, are based on Sandra’s Semi-Homemade philosophy and use roughly 70 percent readymade products and 30 percent fresh ingredients, so you can take 100% of the credit. Includes 1,001 semi-homemade recipes-800 fan favorites from the show and 200 brand-new for this collection-the biggest Sandra Lee collection ever. These family-friendly recipes featuring food for every dining occasion are quick to make and easy to put together. An insider’s look into the personal home of Sandra Lee and the re-launch of a brand-new, modernized Semi-Homemade Cooking with Sandra Lee’s show on Food Network. The first book Sandra has published in partnership with Food Network with extensive on-air promotion. For Sandra Lee fans, this is the ultimate Semi-Homemade collection, packed with all-time favorites, fresh fares and fun new recipes. Between the stresses and duties of family and work, it’s tough to put a delicious meal that saves time and money on the table every night of the week. Thankfully, there’s Sandra Lee!

Pillsbury Annual Recipes

Clean Start : inspiring you to eat clean and live well with 100 new clean food recipes

This cookbook features 100 exciting new recipes for the foods people need more of, featuring the author’s signature quick, easy, and delicious preparations.

Zwilling J.A. Henckels Complete Book of Knife Skills: the essential guide to use, techniques & care

The definitive book on knife skills from the knife manufacturer recognized worldwide as the symbol of the best quality and function.Every home chef needs a knife skills book. Cooks who know how to choose a knife, how to maintain it and how to use it properly work more safely, more quickly and more efficiently. Good knife skills also allow a cook to cut ingredients uniformly, allowing everything to cook at the same rate and creating the best presentation in the final dish.The authors’ unique approach in this book stems from their experience in the culinary classroom, where they observed how people learn. Elliot and DeWan refined their teaching process based on this vast experience.Some of the features in the book are: More than 1,200 color step-by-step photos that clearly instruct and provide information on each technique Instructions on proper knife sharpening techniques Arrows and other graphic devices that direct the reader to the exact photo on the page and the precise skill illustrated A concealed wiro binding that lies flat, keeping a cook’s fingers on the knife, where they safely belong Concise, detailed and easy-to-understand instructions on how to hold a knife, the basic cuts and the proper techniques for cutting poultry, fish and specific vegetables and fruits, and creative garnishes Coverage of Japanese-style knives and cutting techniques Concise history of knives and knife-makingThe Complete Book of Knife Skills was created in collaboration with Zwilling J.A. Henckels, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of high-quality knives. This indispensable reference will allow home cooks to teach themselves knife skills based on professional instructors’ years of experience.

Tapas and Other  Spanish Plates to Share

Traditionally served as a bar snack alongside a beer, wine, or sherry, tapas have become a firm fixture on the culinary map thanks to their variety and versatility. They are great shared amongst friends, making them the perfect choice for party nibbles or as an accompaniment to pre-dinner drinks. You can also serve them as a convivial starter for sharing or cook up several different dishes to make a more substantial lunch or dinner. This book covers all the great classics from perennially popular Patatas Bravas (potatoes in tomato sauce) and Gambas Al Ajillo (garlic shrimp) to deliciously simple Tortilla Espaola (Spanish omelet) and Piquillos Rellenos (stuffed peppers) so that you can recreate your favorite tapasdishes at home. A wonderful sharing plate such as the Garlic Olive Oil, Warm Marinated Olives, and Jaman Serrano Platter can be created with very little effort what matters is marrying the right flavors. Many of the dishes can be made inadvance such as the Gazpacho, Albandigas (meatballs), Alioli, or marinated fish dishes, leaving you free to enjoy time with your guests rather than being stuck in the kitchen. Tapas contains all of the recipes you need to discover a new way ofeating and entertaining.  More than 60 recipes to help you make a range of delicious tapas at home. Mix and match these mouthwatering recipes ranging from chorizo in red wine to paella tortilla.

The Arabian Nights Cookbook: from lamb kebabs to baba ghanouj, delicious homestyle Arabian cooking

For untold centuries, the Bedouin of the Arabian Peninsula, in their desert tents, have served their honored guests lavish meals featuring roasted lamb with rice. Arab hospitality has not changed over the ages but the cuisine has undergone a remarkable evolution in the last 100 years, making it extremely diverse. This diversity is due, in part, to the thriving petroleum industry which has drawn people—along with their foods and cooking methods—from around the world. The blending of these culinary worlds has produced something remarkable. In The Arabian Nights Cookbook, author Habeeb Salloum has compiled an amazing array of recipes that celebrate this blending of cultures while still making it compatible with the everyday kitchens of the Western world. From the familiar, Hummus Bi-Tahini, to the unique, Stuffed Lamb, Salloum offers an accessible world of savory tastes and memory provoking aromas.

The Big Book of Curries: 365 mouthwatering recipes from around the world

The savory aroma of a well-cooked curry drifting out of a kitchen is unmistakably pleasurable.The Big Book of Curriesdetails the intricacies of these delicious dishes, from the numerous herbs and spices that flavor them to essential equipment and accompaniments. The recipes are organized by main ingredient-meat, poultry and eggs, fish, and shellfish-with a special section on vegetarian meals. Techniques for cooking the perfect rice are included, and there is even a selection of starters to prepare the palate. With these 365 recipes to try, an amazing culinary experience is only a few minutes away.

Good Housekeeping Chocolate!: favorite recipes for cakes, cookies, pies, puddings and other sublime desserts

Got a craving for something sinfully delicious?  Just looking at the photographs of these more than 100 sweet sensations will make your mouth water: Dark Chocolate-Walnut Caramel Pie, Swiss Chocolate Almond Tort, and the willpower-melting Chocolate Nemesis. From cakes and cookies to pies and puddings, every recipe is delectable and each step easy to follow.

Cinnamon, Spice and Warm Apple Pie: comforting baked fruit desserts for chilly days

Nothing beats a home-baked fruit dessert served warm from the oven. Whether bubbling up with delicious juices, fragrant with spices, or encased in crisp buttery pastry, fruit desserts are comfort food at its very best. In Crumbles & Streusels you’ll find traditional recipes such as Apple & Blackberry Crumble, as well as plenty of new ideas such as Cranberry and Orange Streusel. A chapter of Cobblers & More includes recipes guaranteed to become family favorites a try Blueberry and Lemon Polenta Cobbler or an indulgent Molasses Banana Cobbler. For a fun twist on a cobbler, try a Plum and Hazelnut Pandowdy. Bettys & Crisps are easy to make yet delicious to eat. Try an Apple Brown Betty with Dried Cranberries and Pecans, Caramel Apple Crisp, or Nectarine and Ginger Crisp.Rich battered desserts such as Clafoutis, Slumps, & Puddings are simplicity itself to make and always impressive. Try a classic Cherry Clafoutis, an Apricot and Almond Slump, or Baked Brioche Pudding with Blackberries. If pastry is your thing, you’ll find the perfect recipe in Pies, Tarts, & Strudels. Try a slice of spiced Dutch Apple Pie, Free-form Caramelized Peach Tart, individual Apple and Blueberry Tarts, or Praline Apple Strudel, all perfect for fuss-free entertaining.Deliciously moist Dessert Cakes to be eaten with a fork and served with plenty of chilled cream include Strawberry Buttermilk Cake, Pear and Ginger Crumble Cake, and Upside-down Peach Cake. Comfort food is enduringly popular and this book provides more than 65 simple recipes for much-loved baked fruit desserts.

Tomatoes: more than 70 delicious recipes

Inspired by the fragrant tomatoes found at farmers’ markets, this collection of more than 70 recipes brings the staple ingredient’s natural balance of tartness and sweetness to the table. The attractive Tomato and Fresh Goat Cheese Tarts are the perfect way to start off a meal, before progressing to a spicy Moroccan Fish and Tomato Bake or a family-style Roasted Beef Shoulder in Tomato Sauce. Featuring mouthwatering photos, this cookbook will stay in season all year long.

Candy Construction: how to build edible race cars, castles and other cool stuff out of store bought candy!

This guide reveals how inexpensive and readily available store-bought candy can be used to build race cars, castles, and other cool stuff kids love. Each project is accompanied by full-color photos and step-by-step instructions.

Yummy: desserts you can make in 5 to 30 minutes

Designed to help busy people whip up luscious desserts in the blink of an eye, this fabulous cookbook is handily arranged according to the time it takes to make each treat. For example, Amaretto Affogato takes five minutes, Sweet & Sour Strawberries with White Chocolate Cream requires 10, and if you have the luxury of 25 minutes, you can wow your dinner guests with Black-Bottomed Lime Cheesecakes. Whatever the preparation time, each dessert is original, delicious, and gorgeous to look at.

Crazy About Cookies: 300 scrumptious recipes for every occasion & craving

Bakers everywhere went crazy over Krystina Castella’s Crazy About Cupcakes, and will go completely wild over these 300 clever cookie recipes. The baking phenomenon whips up delicious riffs on the classics and more adventurous offerings (like savory cornmeal olive cookies). There’s something for every occasion, from melt-in-your-mouth after-school snacks to fun Christmas cookie constructions. A basics section on doughs, toppings and decoration techniques makes this the cookie foundation every creative foodie needs.

Everyday Easy Cakes and Cupcakes: cheesecakes, brownies, muffins, sponge cakes

Delicious, easy sweet treats for the everyday cook. From quick and easy flapjacks to stunning party centrepieces; sumptuous sweet treats that produce beautiful results every time. Featuring 90 simple and cheap recipes that use readily available ingredients and are quick to cook. Packed with helpful step-by-step instructions that ensures what comes out of the oven always looks good and tastes great. Plus, tips on how to get great results when finishing and decorating. With a mouth-watering photograph of each dish, these books are a must have collection.

Fine Cooking Appetizers: 200 recipes for small bites with big flavor

From simple to sophisticated, the 200 recipes in Fine Cooking Appetizers will get any party started. This latest collection of recipes from Fine Cooking features the best starters and small bites for any occasion, from holiday party to weeknight noshing. Like each issue of Fine Cooking, the delicious recipes are accompanied by time-saving tips, step-by-step techniques, and handy kitchen advice. In addition, fun cocktails, party menus, and entertaining tips will make this the only guide you need for year-round celebrations and get-togethers.

Brownies!: favorite recipes for brownies, blondies and cookie bars

Brownies, blondies, bars, squares, shortbread, and more:Good Housekeepinghas packed nearly 100 triple-tested treats in this delectable cookbook. With its fresh look and a handful of new recipes to tingle the taste buds, this updated classic has a treat for everyone. You’ll even find easy recipes for dressing up box mixes and a recipe for low-fat brownies (Healthy Makeover Brownies-with only 95 calories!).

Tastefully Small Savory Bites: easy sophisticated hors d’oevres for any occasion

Cake Decorating at Home: discover cake decorating for fun with over 30 designs!

Cake decorating is creative, fun and easy to learn, and this book proves that you shouldn’t save your cake decorating ideas just for birthday and weddings! Over 30 designs for cakes, cupcakes, minicakes and cookies allow you to make sweet treats for friends and family all year round; the featured cake decorating techniques suit all skill levels.

Brownie Bliss

Soft, sticky, and fudgy here really is nothing quite like a brownie. Linda Collister, the queen of baking, brings you all her favorite brownie recipes in one perfect little book. Ifyou’ve never made brownies before, Everyday Brownies is the place to start. Bake Classic Fudge Brownies following Linda’s step-by-step instructions and once you’ve mastered those try Peanut Butter Brownies or Triple Choc Brownies. More indulgent ideas can be found in a chapter of Special Brownies try rich Espresso Brownies, Sour Cream and Spice Brownies, or Black Forest Brownies, laced with kirsch. Blondies are a delicious variation on the brownie theme. Who can resist White Chocolate and Raspberry Blondies, Coconut Blondies, orCinnamon Pecan Blondies? Finally, fun Brownie Treats for all the family include Brownie Muffins, Brownie Cheesecake, and Brownie Ice Cream.  Brownies make an inexpensive treat and so does this perfect little recipe book!  Featuring 30 of Linda’s quick and easy recipes, Brownie Bliss will transport you to brownie heaven in no time. Linda Collister’s baking books published by Ryland Peters & Small have sold more than 500,000 copies.

Celebrating Cookies. Book 2

“More, please!” These two words are at the top of every cookie lover’s vocabulary, and Leisure Arts is preparing to serve up satisfaction with a second volume of Celebrating Cookies. Book 2 presents 75 more recipes selected from hundreds of delicious cookies developed in the Leisure Arts Test Kitchen. There are traditional favorites, as well as kid-pleasing goodies, sophisticated tastes, healthy choices, and scrumptious selections for celebrating special occasions and holidays. Luscious photography provides mouthwatering glimpses of Mocha-Almond Cookies, Peanut Butter-Filled Chocolate Buttons, Raisin Crunch Cookies, Honey-Nut Drops, Tropical Key Lime Bars, Pineapple Jumbles, Hermits, Cashew Dreams, Pecan Praline Bars, and other cookies.

Decorated Cookies

Guaranteed to spice up birthday parties, anniversaries, and countless holidays, this medley of decoration tips is ideal for dressing up any type of cookie. Guidelines for sprucing up ready-made cookies are included as well as instructions for making fresh batches when needed. Each project is accompanied by accessible explanations, equipment recommendations, and lists for required utensils and ingredients. Providing a handy source for ideas and inspiration, this is a welcome reference for any aspiring baker’s kitchen.

Celebrate with Mini Cakes

Take your cake decorating skills to the next level with this fantastic collection of fun and stylish minicakes ? ideal for beginner sugarcrafters or cupcake experts alike. Over 25 creative minicake designs to suit a wide range of occasions, from nursery bricks and wedding bouquets to funky flowers, cheeky chimps and fairytale castles. With expert sugarcrafting tips and techniques presented in an easy-to-follow step by step format.

Perfect Table Settings: hundreds of easy and elegant ideas for napkin folds and table arrangments

An easy guide to the art of napkin folding and creating beautiful table settings from a seasoned professional.This comprehensive do-it-yourself guide is fun and demonstrates in great detail the art of easy and elegant napkin folding. The author also provides festive, imaginative and inexpensive table decor ideas, featuring everything from favors and linens to centerpieces — she even shows readers how to create the perfect buffet setting.From the casual to the elegant, more than 250 full-color photographs illustrate napkin folding how-tos and place-setting ideas. All the projects are graded for beginners, intermediates or advanced, providing a myriad of ways for all readers to express their creativity.The book is divided into four parts: Part one features 100 napkin folding ideas and dozens of suggestions for incorporating napkins into place settings and decor. Part two includes table-setting ideas that enhance various menus — everything from a garden brunch to location parties such as a beach or mountaintop. Diagrams and photos clearly illustrate table settings in detail. Part three provides ideas for centerpieces and favors. There are dozens of classic centerpiece designs as well as both non-floral and edible centerpieces. The author also includes party favor ideas for all occasions, from fun to romantic to kid’s parties. Part four shows readers how to incorporate decor ideas (props, linens, flowers) into an event. Whether planning a buffet, an hors d’oeuvre station or a barbecue, it’s all covered in easy-to-follow detail.

The Complete Guide to Bathrooms: remodeling projects on a budget

“Remodeling projects on a budget; vanities & cabinets; plumbing & fixtures; showers, sinks & tubs.”

Lunch Bags!: 25 handmade sacks and wraps to sew today

Packed-lunches are back in style with these 25 stylish lunch-bag projects from simple sandwich wraps to functional bicycle bags and from cute little carriers to sophisticate shoulder bags from some of today¿s hottest designers. Featuring easy-to-follow instructions accompanied by full-colour step-by-step illustrations, these 25 projects are not only stylish, but also fun, functional, quick to make, and eco-friendly!

The Bag Making Bible: the complete creative guide to sewing your own bags

Introduces, explains and demonstrates the myriad materials, hardware, tools and techniques available to the modern crafter, including using the sewing machine. Each fully illustrated chapter ends with a unique, step-by-step project that builds the ultimate handbag wardrobe, with tips for customization. Full size patterns on a separate pull-out section mean you can get started right away ? no photocopying or enlarging required.

The Fast and Furious Five-Step Organizing Solution: no fuss clutter control from a professional organizer

Feel like you’re buried in clutter? Are you in desperate need of an organizational overhaul? Having trouble finding your first-born underneath all those toys? With The Fast and Furious 5 Step Organizing Solution, you can turn your chaotic casa into a peaceful palace by simply applying this simple, time-saving method throughout your home:  Step 1: Plan Step 2: Weed and Sort Step 3: Remove  Step 4: Name to Create Boundaries Step 5: Containerize  Author and professional organizer Susan C. Pinsky will show you the perfect and most maintainable method for every room and space in your home and how to achieve it in the fastest time possible. She’ll also provide you with tactical strategies and simple solutions for something you never thought possible: keeping it that way! Filled with inspirational and instructional photos-including real-life before and after photos of every room in a typical home-The Fast and Furious Five-Step Organizing Solution will show you what you need to do to achieve the results you only thought possible on television. Your dream home is just five steps away!

Fabric Remix: repurpose and redecorate with simple sewing & easy upholstery

Why pay the upscale prices at eco-chic boutiques when you can creatively upcycle? Sandy Stone presents her unique outlook on sewing and decorating: repurpose, reconstruct, and renew. Learn all the techniques and how to find vintage fabrics and furnishings “scavenger style” at thrift stores, then get to work at transforming these treasures with delightfully unexpected projects. Old ties become a sturdy chair back, vintage scarves become luxurious pillows, and a trampoline becomes a chic window treatment. With plenty of inspiration in each eye-popping photograph,Fabric Remix doesn’t just instruct stitchers, it upcycles their style.

Heading Home with Your Newborn: from birth to reality

This fully updated guide offers “parent-tested, pediatrician-approved” advice for new parents finding themselves overwhelmed with the reality of caring for a baby in the first eight weeks of its life. The second edition features a wealth of new information on topics such as vaccines, child care providers, babies and learning, car seats, safe sleep, cord blood, what to keep in the medicine cabinet, postpartum depression, and organic formulas. With wit and humor, the pediatrician moms allay the feelings of anxiety, guilt, and inadequacy that inevitably plague first-time parents home alone with a newborn, providing authoritative yet compassionate advice for the sleep-deprived and overwhelmed. From “Going with the Flow” (the trials of breastfeeding) and “What Goes in Must Come Out” (a discussion of “pee and poop”) to “Fever: Trial by Fire” and “Seeing Yellow: Jaundice,” this handbook provides solid, practical, balanced guidance that will enable parents to feel confident about their parenting skills.

1-2-3 Magic

This revised edition of the award-winning 1-2-3 Magic program addresses the difficult task of child discipline with humor, keen insight, and proven experience. The technique offers a foolproof method of disciplining children ages two through 12 without arguing, yelling, or spanking. By means of three easy-to-follow steps, parents learn to manage troublesome behavior, encourage good behavior, and strengthen the parent-child relationship avoiding the “Talk-Persuade-Argue-Yell-Hit” syndrome which frustrates so many parents. Ten strategies for building a child’s self-esteem and the six types of testing and manipulation a parent can expect from the child are discussed, as well as tips on how to prevent homework arguments, make mealtimes more enjoyable, conduct effective family meetings, and encourage children to start doing their household chores. New advice about kids and technology and new illustrations bring this essential parenting companion completely up-to-date.

The Personal MBA: a world-class business education in one volume

Sharing the essentials of sales, marketing, negotiation, strategy, and much more, the creator of PersonalMBA.com shows readers how to master the fundamentals, hone their business instincts, and save a fortune in tuition.

GMAT Math Prep Course

GMAT Premier Program

McGraw-Hill’s GMAT

Knock ’em Dead Resumes

Fearless Job Hunting:powerful psychological strategies for getting the job you want

Successful job seekers have two major skills their competitors don’t: the psychological endurance to approach job opportunities fearlessly, and the ability to adapt to a variety of situations to position themselves as each interviewer’s dream candidate. Fearless Job Hunting offers these powerful psychological techniques drawn from cognitive behavioral therapy and reveals the strategies decision makers in top corporations use to find and hire exceptional employees.

Knock ’em Dead Cover Letters

Start Your Own Business: the only start up book you’ll ever need

Marketing in a Web 2.0 World

Marketing in a Web 2.0 World shows you how to take advantage of these latest technologies to market your business, and many of the tools require little or no money to implement. With Peter VanRysdam, as your guide, you will understand how social networks have fundamentally altered how the Internet is used as a marketing tool. You will discover how to draw visitors to your Web site with search engine optimization (SEO) and how to use Webinars, blogs, and podcasts to establish yourself as a leader in your industry. –from publisher description

From a Good Sales Call to a Great Sales Call: close more by doing what you do best

Create a Tailor-Made Sales Strategy Using Lessons from the Field! When things don’t go well on a sales call, you probably ask yourself, “Why did I lose that sale?” . . . and then move on. But the question remains: Why did you lose that sale? Learning the answer can mean the difference between landing and losing the next sale. From a Good Sales Call to a Great Sales Call teaches you how to assess your strengths and weaknesses based on information you can get from the most qualified source available—the buyer. You’ll learn how to: Approach postdecision prospects using best practices and proper etiquette Design a comprehensive “debrief” questionnaire. Obtain more candid and accurate feedback from prospects. Identify important patterns in your techniques. Use what works and improve what doesn’t to close more sales than ever. Filled with sample dialogs you can use with prospects, From a Good Sales Call to a Great Sales Call is neatly organized into eight easy-to-follow steps that take you through the whole process: Step 1.Discover the Benefits of Successfully Debriefing with Prospects Step 2. Understand the Postdecision Mind-Set of the Prospect Step 3. Recognize How Salespeople Can Inhibit the Feedback Process Step 4. Design a Prospect Debrief questionnaire Step 5. Utilize Proven Interviewing Techniques for Conducting Debrief Calls Step 6.Identify and Analyze Your Win/Loss Trends Step 7. Benchmark Your Feedback Step 8. Implement the Right Techniques to Increase Your Close Rate Refreshingly direct and right to the point, this system is based on 12 years of research and thousands of sales prospect interviews. This comprehensive, powerful program leads to better sales techniques and increased close rates. In short, it works.

Arts and recreation

Success with Small-Space Gardening

“How to make the most of your small plot, whether it be a courtyard, balcony, roof garden or a window box; clever tricks and tips on how to make your space look bigger–vertical planting, optical illusions, using colour, perspective, containers, paving and pathways; design basics–how to measure up and put your plans onto paper; productive space–how to measure up and put your plans onto paper; productive spaces– how to grow fruit and vegetables in confined areas; handy, illustrated A-Z directory of plants suited to small-space gardens”–P. [4] of cover.

Green Careers in Building and Landscaping

Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), millions of dollars have been allocated to improve energy efficiency in building construction.  ARRA’s substantial federal investments in building and retrofitting are likely to become a major source of revenue for suppliers of “green” products and services: For example, under ARRA, the government has authorized $4.5 billion alone for “greening” federal buildings. Clearly, building and large-scale landscaping businesses that invest in sustainable practices are poised for great success and with success comes the need to increase the workforce. Peterson’s Green Careers in Building and Landscaping is your one-stop resource for entry into the burgeoning green building sector.

Wired Beautiful: 30+ jewelry projects to hammer, coil, spiral and twist

Wired Beautiful features 30+ projects that will get you excited about the many ways you can use wire in your jewelry projects. Best-selling author Heidi Boyd takes you through the ins and outs of working with wire for your jewelry designs. You’ll learn how to make wire do your bidding in four detailed chapters: Spiraled & Coiled, Linked & Hammered, Wrapped & Bundled and Knotted & Stitched. Each project includes clear step-by-step photos and detailed instructions.WithWired Beautiful, you’ll discover: Unique techniques. Introduces traditional wire techniques, but also new methods not typically found in wire-jewelry books, such as using a knitting spool, creating cages and flower shaping. Fresh designs and great basics. In addition to the 30+ projects—including bracelets, earrings, necklaces pendants and rings—you’ll learn basic jewelry-making techniques you can use in your own designs. Easy-to-find materials.You’ll be introduced to a range of materials you can easily find at your favorite online and local craft supply retailers.

Papercrafting in no Time: 50 inspirational projects crafted from paper

Fold, cut, and glue 50 of the most amazing decorative paper creations you have ever seen. Here, Clare Youngs presents unique ways to make use of letters, labels, leaflets, and more to decorate your home in an elegant yet affordable fashion. All you need are a few simple tools: scalpel, some glue, and a cutting mat and you will soon be making stunning creations, such as a wreath made of paper leaves, a pretty butterfly curtain, and an intricate cutwork framed stencil. Every project has clear step-by-step instructions with illustrations, and the techniques section explains all the basics of papercrafting you will need, including transferring your sketches into stencils and working with negative space to give the right effect. Templates are provided, and you will also learn how to keep an eye out for great sources of paper, such as scraps of gift wrap and wallpaper or vintage maps and music scores. Clear step-by-step instructions demonstrate in detail how to make stunning paper decorations. Work with a wide range of paper from magazine scraps and old maps to tissue and the finest Japanese Kyoseishi paper.

Bead Chic: 36 stylish jewelry projects and inspired variations

Bead Chic, Chic You Bead Chic will show you how to take inspiration that you love and forge your own creative path. After learning basic jewelry techniques, you’ll be launched into 36 gorgeous projects. Each project comes with a variation, so you’ll learn how easy it is to adapt virtually any project to suit your individual style, making you your own designer. Each of 36 stepped-out projects features an inspiring variation, including some from today’s hottest jewelry makers, including Jean Campbell, Tammy Powley, Cathie Filian and more. Clear step-by-step photography and instructions allow beaders of all skill levels create projects exactly “as-is” in the book, while variations show how swapping out just one or two elements can make an entirely different look. You’ll get to play with beads, a variety of stringing materials—from coated wire, to shapeable wire to commercial chain—and findings, all easily found at local and online craft retailers. Let Bead Chic bring out the designer in you!

Tasty Trinkets: polymer clay food jewelry

Demonstrating the entertaining and simple process for creating food-themed polymer clay beads, this guide also illustrates how to fashion them into attractive accessories. Beginning with advice about the few simple tools and the basic techniques needed to make the beads, this concise manual includes instructions on texturing and varnishing them to create realistic food models. An array of striking jewelry is featured, including chili charms, cupcake brooches, dolly mixtures necklaces, burger bracelets, fondant fancies earrings, and much more. Step-by-step instructions and detailed close-up photographs make these projects easily achievable, outlining the constituent parts of the beads along with clear instructions and annotations for clarity. With visually engaging examples of the finished ornaments in all their splendor, this handbook is a must-have for craftspeople and foodies who favor fun and funky jewelry.

Palm-size Softies: patterns & ideas for 44 stuffed pets & dolls that fit in the palm of your hand

Learn how easy it is to create some of the most stylish stuffed toys around. Step-by-step instructions and templates will make construction of your new friends effortless and quick.

Scrapbook Page Maps 2

More PageMaps to Kick-Start Your Creativity! Even the most imaginative people get stumped sometimes. Author and artist Becky Fleck’s easy-to-use sketches will help get you over the hurdle with 92 brand new sketches for traditional and digital layouts, greeting cards, mini albums and home decor items. In addition, you’ll find new artwork for over 140 incredible layouts and projects in a variety of sizes that will inspire your own artistic creations.  Discover new layout sketches and artwork from the author of Scrapbook PageMaps, including a full chapter devoted to greeting cards. Learn to use sketches to focus and coordinate your ideas whenever you’re feeling overwhelmed by materials, photos and journaling.  Take your favorite sketches along with you! Included are 64 travel-size sketch cards for easy planning wherever you get inspired. Learn new techniques and methods with easy to follow step-by-step instructions. Find “Eye Spy” tips from the author that point out the unique, unusual and unexpected elements you can use to make any page even more special. If you’re feeling stumped with how to use that special photo, or if you just can’t decide how to use those beautiful supplies, Scrapbook PageMaps 2 will help you tell your story!

Candlemaking the Natural Way: 31 projects to make with soy, palm and beeswax

Natural is trendy, part of the wide-ranging cultural shift toward homemade and handcrafted.  Discover the latest in candlemaking techniques with this complete, contemporary guide to the green side of the craft. Using soy, palm wax, and beeswax, these 30 projects create beautiful, eco-friendly pieces perfect for gift-giving or home display. Fragrance, color, and wax additives are explored along with a range of basic techniques including dipped, rolled, and molded methods.

175 Fresh Card Ideas: designs to make and give through the year

Share joy with handmade cards!Handmade cards are fun to give and receive!175 Fresh Card Ideas is packed with ideas for all occasions—from kid-friendly themes and milestone birthdays to holidays, bridal and baby showers and sweet sentiments—so you’ll never be stuck without a design idea for any card-giving occasion. More than 50 cards include step-by-step instructions and each chapter features a gallery brimming with more inspiration.You’ll discover:• Essential techniques for card-making—including rubber stamping, paper trimming, using Copic markers and more—makes this book great for beginning card-makers and enthusiasts alike.• Ideas for special sentiments that will work interchangeably with many of the cards.• Sketches for creating cards and inspiration for tags, gift bags, candy wrappers and more are also included.Let 175 Fresh Card Ideashelp you celebrate any occasion!

Felt Fashion: creative projects for felted couture

Felting is an ancient craft that enjoys an endless variety of forms and uses. Felt Fashion captures the art and sophistication that is possible with handmade felt, while keeping it simple and attainable for anyone to master. Whether it’s a collar or an entire dress, each project is irresistible and brings felting to an entirely new level. The author demonstrates several basic felting techniques including: basic wet felting, needle felting, nuno, and punch needle felting. For the more advanced fiber artist and sewer, she provides patterns and instructions for original clothing designs including vests, jackets, and skirts. Felt Fashion is a standout from other felting books for its scope, originality, and its distinct ties to couture.

Knit & Purl Pets: 20 patterns for little pets with big personalities

Knitting patterns for pets include a menagerie of animals readers have always wanted to create. Many of the projects include knitting instructions for accessories such as a dog bed and yummy carrots for the rabbits. The patterns make ideal knitting for beginners and the more advanced, with knitting techniques ranging from easy knit and purl to sock knitting styles on double pointed needles.

Knit and Wrap: 25 capelets, cowls and collars

Capelets, cowls, and collars-whether in a chunky knit or dainty lace-have been storming the runways for the past few seasons, but knitting books have been slow to pick up the trend. This collection of 25 knitted projects is the first to focus exclusively on beautifying the neck and shoulders. There are romantic capelets that float and flutter about, bold collars, and high-drama cowls that frame the face when worn slipped over the head or that drape elegantly when pushed down. With these projects-done up in a variety of yarns with simple stitches and techniques such as cabling-knitters of all skill levels will soon see how so little fabric can convey so much.

Sweet Baby Crochet

From pretty in pink to beautiful in blue, babies everywhere will look adorable in these projects! Discover designs from The Little Box of Crochet for Baby and The Little Box of Crocheted Gifts in this heartwarming collection. Choose from more than 20 sweaters, booties, and hats in sizes from 6 to 18 months. Crochet blankets and wearables for boys and girls with affordable, easy-care fibers. Drop this book into your crochet bag and go–the compact size makes it perfect for take-along projects.

The Knitter’s Year: 52-make-in-week projects–quick gifts and seasonal knits

Cowl Girls: the neck’s best thing to knit

Forget tired scarves and bulky turtlenecks-funky, chunky, hip and happening cowls are where it’s at! Following up her hit book Hattitude, author and designer Cathy Carron weaves a fashion statement that puts in-the-know women head and shoulders above the rest. Among the more than 35 patterns provided here are a cozy neck wrap featuring a built-in iPod holder, a lacy drawstring hood, and a woven necklace sparkling with Swarovski crystals.

Stitch Library

Over 200 knitted stitches for creative knitters to discover, learn and use. Every stitch is shown as a clear swatch to show the effect and texture, and the pattern is given both written and as an easy-to-follow diagram. Conveniently grouped stitches allow for easy browsing and location of favorites. Includes projects that feature some of the stitches, and show how effective it is to incorporate new and different  stitches into your work.

Cute and Easy Baby Knits: 25 adorable projects for babies 0 to 3 months

Cute and Easy Baby Knits is a collection of 25 charming designs to keep little ones cozy and comfortable all year round. Discover classic designs for booties and a bonnet to give to newborns and fresh, modern items like the textured tunic sweater using knit and purl stitches and the pretty skirt with detachable straps and ribbed waistband. Make practical items that are certain to be a hit, including the blanket with ribbed border to wrap up a baby and the drawstring bag to store toys, or knit gifts for others, such as a teddy bear or bunting to hang above a baby’s bed and jingle in the breeze. The projects are designed to be  accessible to all as Susie Johns, an author of over 30 books, uses her experience to create patterns that can be knitted by beginners as well as more competent crafters. A variety of techniques which all givedelicate detailing and eye-catching features to the knits are clearly explained in a handy section at the front of the book. This collection of knits for 0 to 3 year olds aims to simplify knitting and make the projects accessible to newcomers. A helpful Knitting Know-how section provides a comprehensive guide to all the stitches you will need. Beautiful watercolors complement the color photographs and show how your finished pieces will look.

Baby Knits

Following the Knitter’s Bible project book series format, all techniques are clearly explained and easy-to-follow for even the novice knitter. Features over 25 essential designs to create adorable and practical items. Use baby-friendly fibers and knitter-friendly techniques to make designs that are fun and satisfying to produce.

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Knitting

Fun instructional chapters that build on one another, guiding you from the very beginning to more advanced stitches; hundreds of easy-to-follow photos paired with clear, step-by-step instructions; beautiful project patterns ranging from a simple scarf, to hats and handbags, socks and sweaters!; plain-English explanations of more complicated knitting techniques like intarsia and entrelac; easy instructions for felting your work; a simple yarn primer, including both natural and man-made yarns; a full-color insert with inspirational photos of the finished projects featured throughout the book.

The Perfect Finish

A no-nonsense guide to finishing techniques for knitters of every level.

It’s Quilting Cats and Dogs

A collection of delightful character quilted projects from world-renowned designer Lynette Anderson, perfect for cat and dog lovers. Several large quilts are featured in this book, along with bags, pincushions, pillows and needlecases. These smaller projects make ideal gifts.

Aged to Perfection: adding rustic charm to your modern home inside & out

Lavishly illustrated and inspirational, this guide reveals the secrets to adding old-world charm and character to any home-even newly constructed houses. From heirloom furniture to classic window treatments, ideas abound for creating a beautiful rustic effect. Add simple architectural details such as crown molding. Or try paint techniques like crackling, mosaics, and staining to keep a new house from seemingtoonew. Gorgeous photographs show what’s possible with a wide variety of homes.

Casual Living: no-fuss style for a comfortable home

Many of us live stressful lives, so we deserve a home that delivers no-fuss style for comfortable living. “Casual Living” puts such a goal firmly within reach. In the first section, Casual Style, Judith maps out the three facets of the look – Country Casual, City Casual and Seaside Casual – so you can identify the style that suits you best. Next, Casual Elements focuses on the different ingredients that come together to create the perfect home. In part three, Casual Rooms, Judith shows how the style translates to every room in the house, from Relaxed Kitchens to Soothing Bathrooms and Cosy Sitting Rooms to Tranquil Bedrooms, taking in Children’s Spaces along the way. We can’t all achieve the perfect, stress-free life, but in “Casual Living” Judith Wilson will inspire you to create a practical, welcoming and comfortable home that you’ll enjoy and appreciate every day. * Explores an affordable look that’s practical, relaxed, and stylish. * From the author of the best-selling Children’s Spaces (more than 100,000 copies sold). * All-new photography of vibrant, appealing family homes, by Polly Wreford.

Romantic Style

If you love elegant furniture and soft colours and a home filled with flowers and candlelight, then you’ll adore Romantic Style. In this beguiling new book, stylist Selina Lake and interiors writer Sara Norrman show you real homes beautifully decorated with an eye for the elegant. First, explore Romantic Inspirations – Vintage Romantic, Simple Romantic, Elegant Romantic and Modern Romantic – four very different facets of the romantic look. Next, Romantic Styling outlines the key ingredients of any romantic scheme – colours, flowers and fabrics, collectables and lighting. Romantic Rooms takes a room-by-room tour of the home, with explanations of how to create such a scheme yourself. Finally, Sources will help you find the perfect pieces for your romantic home.nbsp; * Romantic Style gives you all the know-how to reproduce this beautiful, elegant look in your home. * From the team that created the best-selling Bazaar Style. * Evocative photography by Debi Treloar.

Small Kitchen Solutions

“If your kitchen cramps your style, help is right here in your hands. ‘Better Homes and Gardens Small Kitchen Solutions’ is packed with before and after photos, design plans, and tips from the pros. Page after page of inspiring ideas and space savvy suggestions will help you make your kitchen the true heart of your home.”–P. [4] of cover.

Literature

On the Edge: and other stories

In “On The Edge – and other stories” Ray Verola has put together a collection of his own edgy short stories, influenced by the likes of King and Bradbury – some of the greatest “thriller” writers of all times. “If the old adage that says ‘In every person there is a book’ is true, then Ray Verola must have enough volumes in him to fill a library. His collection of short stories is uniquely relevant to the human experience. His book is a MUST READ! The stories will make one think, cry, and laugh. I could not put this book down-and I want more!” -Michael Phelps, author of “The Execution of Justice” (a Mike Walsh Detective Novel) and “David Janssen-My Fugitive” (with Ellie Janssen) “Every now and then an outstanding storyteller emerges. Ray Verola has created an original pageturner that hooks and holds the reader’s interest with every story. From the first story to the last in this collection, “On the Edge” had me riveted.” -Jim McDevitt, newspaper/magazine columnist and freelance writer.

History, geography, and biography

100 Journeys for the Spirit: sacred, inspiring, mysterious, enlightening

Sacred grounds and even simple landscapes can put us in direct touch with the spirit. From the prehistoric megaliths of Carnac in Brittany to the Shrine of Imam Reza in Mashhad, Iran, to the giant medicine wheel at Bighorn, Wyoming, 100 Journeys for the Spirit reveals the mysticism enveloped in these tranquil settings. Accompanying the superb photographs are descriptions of each place, including 25 personal responses from esteemed writers and poets. Plus, a gazetteer provides key facts for those wishing to visit the locations themselves.

Cancun, Cozumel & the Yucatan

Fodor’s Washington D.C.

The Insider’s Guide to Florida Keys &  Key West

Fodor’s Florida

Fodor’s New Orleans

Fodor’s San Francisco

The Family Tree Sourcebook: your essential directory of American county and town records

The one book every genealogist must have! Whether you’re just getting started in genealogy or you’re a research veteran, The Family Tree Sourcebook provides you with the information you need to trace your roots across the United States, including: Research summaries, tips and techniques, with maps for every U.S. state. Detailed county-level data, essential for unlocking the wealth of records hidden in the county courthouse. Websites and contact information for libraries, archives, and genealogical and historical societies. Bibliographies for each state to help you further your research. You’ll love having this trove of information to guide you to the family history treasures in state and county repositories. It’s all at your fingertips in an easy-to-use format and it’s from the trusted experts at Family Tree Magazine!

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

In her long-awaited new book, Hillenbrand writes with the same rich and vivid narrative voice she displayed in “Seabiscuit.” Telling an unforgettable story of a young lieutenant’s journey into extremity, “Unbroken” is a testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit.

Iran

For over 25 years, the Greenhaven Press Opposing Viewpoints Series has developed and set the standard for current-issue studies. With more than 90 volumes covering nearly every controversial contemporary topic, Opposing Viewpoints is the leading source for libraries and classrooms in need of current-issue materials. Each title explores a specific issue by placing expert opinions in a unique pro/con format. The viewpoints are selected from a wide range of highly respected and often hard-to-find sources and publications. By choosing from such diverse sources and including both popular and unpopular views, the Opposing Viewpoints editorial team has adhered to its commitment to editorial objectivity. Readers are exposed to many sides of a debate, which promotes issue awareness as well as critical thinking. In short, Opposing Viewpoints is the best research and learning tool for exploring the issues that continually shape and define our turbulent and changing world.

Decision Points

In this candid and gripping account, President George W. Bush describes the critical decisions that shaped his presidency and personal life. George W. Bush served as president of the United States during eight of the most consequential years in American history. The decisions that reached his desk impacted people around the world and defined the times in which we live. Decision Pointsbrings readers inside the Texas governorrsquo;s mansion on the night of the 2000 election, aboard Air Force One during the harrowing hours after the attacks of September 11, 2001, into the Situation Room moments before the start of the war in Iraq, and behind the scenes at the White House for many other historic presidential decisions. For the first time, we learn President Bushrsquo;s perspective and insights on: His decision to quit drinking and the journey that led him to his Christian faith The selection of the vice president, secretary of defense, secretary of state, Supreme Court justices, and other key officials His relationships with his wife, daughters, and parents, including heartfelt letters between the president and his father on the eve of the Iraq War His administrationrsquo;s counterterrorism programs, including the CIArsquo;s enhanced interrogations and the Terrorist Surveillance Program Why the worst moment of the presidency was hearing accusations that race played a role in the federal governmentrsquo;s response to Hurricane Katrina, and a critical assessment of what he would have done differently during the crisis His deep concern that Iraq could turn into a defeat costlier than Vietnam, and how he decided to defy public opinion by ordering the troop surge His legislative achievements, including tax cuts and reforming education and Medicare, as well as his setbacks, including Social Security and immigration reform The relationships he forged with other world leaders, including an honest assessment of those he did and didnrsquo;t trust Why the failure to bring Osama bin Laden to justice ranks as his biggest disappointment and why his success in denying the terrorists their fondest wish-attacking America again-is among his proudest achievements A groundbreaking new brand of presidential memoir,Decision Pointswill captivate supporters, surprise critics, and change perspectives on eight remarkable years in American history-and on the man at the center of events.

As Always, Julia

With her outsize personality, Julia Child is known around the world by her first name alone. But despite that familiarity, how much do we really know of the inner Julia? Now more than 200 letters exchanged between Julia and Avis DeVoto, her friend and unofficial literary agent memorably introduced in the hit movie Julie & Julia, open the window on Julia’s deepest thoughts and feelings. This riveting correspondence, in print for the first time, chronicles the blossoming of a unique and lifelong friendship between the two women and the turbulent process of Julia’s creation of Mastering the Art of French Cooking, one of the most influential cookbooks ever written. Frank, bawdy, funny, exuberant, and occasionally agonized, these letters show Julia, first as a new bride in Paris, then becoming increasingly worldly and adventuresome as she follows her diplomat husband in his postings to Nice, Germany, and Norway. With commentary by the noted food historian Joan Reardon, and covering topics as diverse as the lack of good wine in the United States, McCarthyism, and sexual mores, these astonishing letters show America on the verge of political, social, and gastronomic transformation.

Jackie as Editor

An absorbing chronicle of a much overlooked chapter in Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’s life—her nineteen-year editorial career. History remembers Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis as the consummate first lady, the nation’s tragic widow, the millionaire’s wife, and, of course, the quintessential embodiment of elegance. Her biographers, however, skip over an equally important stage in her life: her nearly twenty year long career as a book editor. Jackie as Editor is the first book to focus exclusively on this remarkable woman’s editorial career.At the age of forty-six, one of the most famous women in the world went to work for the first time in twenty-two years. Greg Lawrence, who had three of his books edited by Jackie, draws from interviews with more than 125 of her former collaborators and acquaintances in the publishing world to examine one of the twentieth century’s most enduring subjects of fascination through a new angle: her previously untouted skill in the career she chose. Over the last third of her life, Jackie would master a new industry, weather a very public professional scandal, and shepherd more than a hundred books through the increasingly corporate halls of Viking and Doubleday, publishing authors as diverse as Diana Vreeland, Louis Auchincloss, George Plimpton, Bill Moyers, Dorothy West, Naguib Mahfouz, and even Michael Jackson. Jackie as Editor gives intimate new insights into the life of a complex and enigmatic woman who found fulfillment through her creative career during book publishing’s legendary Golden Age, and, away from the public eye, quietly defined life on her own terms.

Known and Unknown

With the same directness that defined his career in public service, Rumsfeld’s memoir is filled with previously undisclosed details and insights about the Bush administration, 9/11, and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. It also features Rumsfeld’s unique and often surprising observations on eight decades of history.

Autobiography of Mark Twain

“I’ve struck it!” Mark Twain wrote in a 1904 letter to a friend. “And I will give it away–to you. You will never know how much enjoyment you have lost until you get to dictating your autobiography.” Thus, after dozens of false starts and hundreds of pages, Twain embarked on his “Final (and Right) Plan” for telling the story of his life. His innovative notion–to “talk only about the thing which interests you for the moment”–meant that his thoughts could range freely. The strict instruction that many of these texts remain unpublished for 100 years meant that when they came out, he would be “dead, and unaware, and indifferent,” and that he was therefore free to speak his “whole frank mind.” The year 2010 marks the 100th anniversary of Twain’s death. In celebration of this important milestone and in honor of the cherished tradition of publishing Mark Twain’s works, UC Press is proud to offer for the first time Mark Twain’s uncensored autobiography in its entirety and exactly as he left it. This major literary event brings to readers, admirers, and scholars the first of three volumes and presents Mark Twain’s authentic and unsuppressed voice, brimming with humor, ideas, and opinions, and speaking clearly from the grave as he intended.

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