July 2011 Nonfiction

Computer science, information & general works

 The Complete Idiot’s Guide to PC Basics: Windows 7 Edition

“An easy introduction to your PC–setting it up, learning about its features, using e-mail, getting online, and more; tips for personalizing Windows 7, installing programs, creating and printing letters, working with photos and video, and other common tasks; advice on using your PC to organize your finances, set up and manage accounting spreadsheets, and pay bills online; helpful information on connecting with friends and family on Facebook, watching videos on YouTube, and even creating your own blog; simple directions for maintaining your computer and troubleshooting when things go wrong”–P. [4] of cover.

 Degunking Windows 7

This new edition of this popular guide to optimizing Windows computer performance is updated to reflect the totally new structure of the Windows 7 operating system and a host of new problems brought on by the personal technology boom of the last several years. The work covers removing un-needed applications and data, organizing file systems, cleaning up desktops and taskbars, optimizing drives, Internet, computer and local network security, syncing peripheral devices such as phones and media players and backing up important data. The work includes clear step-by-step instructions, tips and screen shots. Ballew is a technology trainer and the author of several books on technology management. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

  How to Publish a Kindle Book with Amazon.com: everything you need to know explained simply

In this how-to guide for authors, Reeser, editor of a literary journal, explains all aspects of electronic publishing, from generating ideas to obtaining an ISBN and getting paid by Amazon. The book begins with an overview of the history of electronic publishing and digital books and a description of Amazon’s Kindle electronic reader and its features, then explains step-by-step how to create and publish Kindle e-books, blogs, newspapers, and magazines using Amazon’s digital text platform. Other areas covered include marketing and promotion, copyright, security issues, self-employment taxes, and accounting. A final chapter recommends ways to stay abreast of changes in the industry with social media tools and online forums. Appendices offer a list of links to online Kindle resources, a list of websites and blogs related to digital publishing, a primer on HTML, and a sample review slip, review query, and press release. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Philosophy and Psychology

 Psychic Intelligence: tune in and discover the power of your intuition

The Psychic Twins, Terry and Linda Jamison, have amazed audiences all over the world with their eerie predictions. In “Pyschic Intelligence,” the twins explain, step-by-step, how to dissolve the blocks that can prevent readers from using and trusting their own intuition.


 Real Happiness: the power of meditation: a 28-day program

Thousands of years prove it, and Western science backs it: Meditation sharpens focus. Meditation lowers blood pressure, relieves chronic pain, reduces stress. Meditation helps us experience greater calm. Meditation connects us to our inner-most feelings and challenges our habits of self-judgment. Meditation helps protect the brain against aging and improves our capacity for learning new things. Meditation opens the door to real and accessible happiness. There is no better person to show a beginner how to harness the power of meditation than Sharon Salzberg, one of the world s foremost meditation teachers and spiritual authors. Cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society, author of Lovingkindness, Faith, and other books, Ms. Salzberg distills 30 years of teaching meditation into a 28-day program that will change lives. It is not about Buddhism, it s not esoteric it is closer to an exercise, like running or riding a bike. From the basics of posture, breathing, and the daily schedule to the finer points of calming the mind, distraction, dealing with specific problem areas (pain in the legs? falling asleep?) to the larger issues of compassion and awareness, Real Happiness is a complete guide. It explains how meditation works; why a daily meditation practice results in more resiliency, creativity, peace, clarity, and balance; and gives twelve meditation practices, including mindfulness meditation and walking meditation. An extensive selection of her students FAQs cover the most frequent concerns of beginners who meditate Is meditation selfish ? How do I know if I m doing it right ? Can I use meditation to manage weight ?

 Sex, Mom and God: how the Bible’s strange take on sex led to crazy politics, and how I learned to love women (and Jesus) anyway

“A penetrating analysis of political extremism, with a moving and at times hilarious account of growing up in one of the Christian right’s most influential families. Few writers command Frank Schaeffer’s intimate understanding of right-wing radicalism, and even fewer are able to share their insight as entertainingly and with as much moral weight as he has in Sex, Mom, and God .”-Max Blumenthal, author of  Republican Gomorrah   “Mom was a much nicer person than her God. There are many biblical regulations about everything from beard-trimming to menstruating. Mom worked diligently to recast her personal-hygiene-obsessed God in the best light.”   Alternating between laugh-out-loud scenes from his childhood and acidic ruminations on the present state of an America he and his famous fundamentalist parents helped create, bestselling author Frank Schaeffer asks what the Glenn Becks and the Rush Limbaughs and the paranoid fantasies of the “right-wing echo chamber” are really all about.   Here’s a hint: sex.   The unforgettable central character in Sex, Mom, and God is the author’s far-from-prudish evangelical mother, Edith, who sweetly but bizarrely provides startling juxtapositions of the religious and the sensual thoughout Schaeffer’s childhood. She was, says Frank Schaeffer, “the greatest illustration of the Divine beauty of Paradox I’ve encountered & a fundamentalist living a double life as a lover of beauty who broke all her own judgmental rules in favor of creativity.”   Charlotte Gordon, the award-winning author of Mistress Bradstreet, calls Sex, Mom, and God “a tour de force . . . Sarah Palin, ‘The Family,’ Anne Hutchinson, adultery, abortion, homophobia, Uganda, Ronald Reagan, B. B. King, Billy Graham, Hugh Hefner-it’s all here. This is the kind of book I did not want to end.”

 Buddha Standard Time: awakening to the infinite possibilities

National bestselling author and renowned Buddhist teacher Lama Surya Das delivers a practical guide to discovering the power of living fully and completely in the now.

Social Sciences

 The Everygirl’s Guide to Life

Raised by working class immigrant parents and exposed to Hollywood’s most elite experts in every field, Maria Menounos shares her tips and secrets with the EveryGirl, on Everything: her systems to organize life, manage time and ascend the ladder of success, her lazy woman’s workout, her method to lose weight (how she lost 40 lbs and kept it off) and her guide to being your own stylist (how to do hair, makeup and fashion as if you had a team of stylists). The EveryGirl’s Guide to Life includes Maria’s personal experiences, photos from her life and red carpet journey as well as the various mantras, mottos and philosophies she’s adapted from the world’s most successful women. Maria gives advice on health, career, relationships, renovations, recreation and so much more. From your carpet to the red carpet, she teaches the EveryGirl, on the “every salary,” how to groom herself like the stars, how to live a healthier and happier life and how to set herself up for success.

  The Clamorgans: one family’s history of race in America

The historian Julie Winch uses her sweeping, multigenerational history of the unforgettable Clamorgans to chronicle how one family navigated race in America from the 1780s through the 1950s. What she discovers overturns decades of received academic wisdom. Far from an impermeable wall fixed by whites, race opened up a moral gray zone that enterprising blacks manipulated to whatever advantage they could obtain.   The Clamorgan clan traces to the family patriarch Jacques Clamorgan, a French adventurer of questionable ethics who bought up, or at least claimed to have bought up, huge tracts of land around St. Louis. On his death, he bequeathed his holdings to his mixedrace, illegitimate heirs, setting off nearly two centuries of litigation. The result is a window on a remarkable family that by the early twentieth century variously claimed to be black, Creole, French, Spanish, Brazilian, Jewish, and white. The Clamorgans is a remarkable counterpoint to the central claim of whiteness studies, namely that race as a social construct was manipulated by whites to justify discrimination. Winch finds in the Clamorgans generations upon generations of men and women who studiously negotiated the very fluid notion of race to further their own interests. Winch’s remarkable achievement is to capture in the vivid lives of this unforgettable family the degree to which race was open to manipulation by Americans on both sides of the racial divide.

  It’s Not Him, It’s You: how to take charge of your life and create the love and intimacy you deserve

Designed to be both inspirational and achievable, this guide by the “New York Times”-bestselling author of “Real Sex for Real Women” helps women break out of bad relationship patterns and achieve lasting romance and sexual satisfaction.

 The Old Man and the Swamp: a true story about my weird dad, a bunch of snakes and one ridiculous road trip

Consummate indoorsman John Sellers takes to the swamps of Southern Michigan in search of snakes and a better understanding of his father.

 Love  Shrinks: a memoir of a marriage counselor’s divorce

Wolf, marriage counselor to the stars, frequent “Oprah” guest, and bestselling self-help author, confesses the startling truth about her own failed marriage.

 Tiger Trap: America’s secret spy war with China

For decades, while America obsessed over Soviet spies, China quietly penetrated the highest levels of government. Now, for the first time, Wise tells the full story of China’s many victories and defeats in its American spy wars.

  The Hard Times Guide to Retirement Security: practical strategies for money, work and living

America’s baby boom generation has done a poor job preparing for retirement. Now, the economic crisis has ushered in a new reality that will be with us for years to come. Boomers must reexamine their retirement outlook: income, the role of work, and lifestyle expectations. The Hard Times Guide to Retirement Securitydetails realistic strategies for money, work, and living that can be interwoven and leveraged for retirement security despite the tough economy. • Money: annuities and Social Security, 401(k)s and IRAs, taxes, health care • Work: reinvent yourself, job-hunting strategies, entrepreneurship • Life: indulge your passions, voluntourism, returning to school.

 The 10 Commandments of Money: survive and thrive in the new economy

From the #1 personal finance columnist on the Internet (Nielsen/NetRatings) comes a clear prescription for financial health in the 2010s and beyond.

 Warren Buffet Invests Like a Girl: and why you should too

“Investing isn’t a man’s world anymore–and this book shows why that’s a good thing for individual portfolios, Wall Street, and the world’s financial system”– c Provided by publisher.

 The Complete Guide to Investing in Gold and Precious Metals: how to earn high rates of return

Northcott, a financial author, freelance writer, and trader, provides a guide for investors to understanding how gold and precious metal investments work and how to make the most money from an investment. He relates the history of gold; why to invest in it; gold mining, refining, and uses; stock investments; trading for profit; finding a broker; silver and other metals; tax issues; and how to decide whether to invest. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

 The Bond Book: everything investors need to know about treasuries, municipals, GNMAs, corporates, zeros, bond funds, money market funds and more

Everything on Treasuries, munis,bond funds, and more! The bond buyer’s answer book–updated for the new economy “As in the first two editions, this third edition of The Bond Boo continues to be the idealreference for the individual investor. It has all the necessary details, well explained andillustrated without excessive mathematics.

 America’s Ticking Bankruptcy Bomb: how the looming debt crisis threatens the American dream–and how we can turn the tide before it’s too late

In this timely book, Ferrara examines how the looming debt crisis threatens the American dream–and how we can turn the tide before it’s too late.

 Business Lessons from a Radical Industrialist

The founder and chairman of a major carpet manufacturer describes how he transformed his company in accordance with Earth-friendly initiatives and sustainable practices, and reveals how his company’s examples can be adopted by other businesses.

 I’m Feeling Lucky: the confession of Google employee number 59

Comparing Google to an ordinary business is like comparing a rocket to an Edsel. Edwards, Employee Number 59, offers the first inside view of Google, giving readers a chance to fully experience the bizarre mix of camaraderie and competition at this phenomenal company.

McGraw-Hill’s LSAT

 The Heart and the Fist: the education of a humanitarian, the making of a Navy SEAL

How best to save the world as saint or soldier? The answer for Eric Greitens is “both.” Like many young idealists, Eric Greitens wanted to make a difference. During college and afterward, he traveled to the world’s trouble spots, working in refugee camps, serving the sick and the poor on four continents, from Gaza to Croatia to Mother Theresa’s home in Calcutta, among others. Yet he could not prevent violence or save anyone from becoming a refugee, he could only step in afterward and try to ease the damage. So he joined the Navy SEALs and became one of the world’s most elite warriors. In a moving and inspiring memoir, told with genuine humility, Eric offers something new in the history of military memoirs: a warrior who wanted to be strong to be good, only to discover that he had to be good to be strong. Throughout his SEAL training and deployments in Kenya, Thailand, Afghanistan, and Iraq, the lessons of his humanitarian work bore fruit. The result is a lesson for us all: The heart and fist together are more powerful than either one alone.

 Managing Your Medicare: an insider’s guide to maximizing benefits and lowering costs

Medicare doesn’t have to be confusing! Complex rules and regulations can confuse users of the Medicare system. This book is for anyone — seniors, children or aging parents, or even health-care professionals. Managing Your Medicare is the complete guide to understanding and taking advantage of the best Medicare plans to suit your needs.Author George Jacobs explains in easy-to-understand language how the system works and what you can do to take advantage of it.The book includes a CD-ROM for use on a Windows-based PC, with forms and checklists to help readers to plan, keep track of and manage their Medicare needs.Now, more than ever, people need clear, reliable information to help them understand how Medicare works so they can make smart, cost-saving healthcare decisions. This book will help you do just that.

 It Happened on the Way to War: a marine’s path to peace

“It Happened on the Way to War” is a true story of sacrifice and courage and the powerful melding of military and humanitarian service. It’s a story of what America’s role in the world could be.

 The Girl’s Guide to Homelessness: a memoir

Karp delivers a heartwrenching and darkly funny memoir about her experience becoming homeless after losing her corporate job in the Great Recession.

 Popular Crime: reflections on the celebration of violence

From the one-of-kind mind of James, famous for revolutionizing the way people think about baseball, comes an epic tour through American crime.

 True Crime: an American anthology

Americans have had an uneasy fascination with crime since the earliest European settlements in the New World, and right from the start true crime writing became a dominant genre in American writing. True Crime: An American Anthology offers the first comprehensive look at the many ways in which American writers have explored crime in a multitude of aspects: the dark motives that spur it, the shock of its impact on society, the effort to make sense of the violent extremes of human behavior. Here is the full spectrum of the true crime genre, including accounts of some of the most notorious criminal cases in American history: the Helen Jewett murder and the once-notorious “Kentucky tragedy” of the 1830s, the assassination of President Garfield, the Snyder- Gray murder that inspired Double Indemnity , the Lindbergh kidnapping, the Black Dahlia, Leopold and Loeb, and the Manson family. True Crime draws upon the writing of literary figures as diverse as Nathaniel Hawthorne (reporting on a visit to a waxworks exhibit of notorious crimes), Ambrose Bierce, Mark Twain, Theodore Dreiser (offering his views on a 1934 murder that some saw as a “copycat” version of An American Tragedy ), James Thurber, Joseph Mitchell, and Truman Capote and sources as varied as execution sermons, murder ballads, early broadsides and trial reports, and tabloid journalism of many different eras. It also features the influential true crime writing of best-selling contemporary practitioners like James Ellroy, Gay Talese, Dominick Dunne, and Ann Rule.

 Railway Maps of the World

“Transit Maps of the World” was an extraordinary and unexpected success and is now a cult favorite. In his irresistible follow-up Ovenden has produced a mesmerizing compendium of historical and contemporary railway maps and posters from every corner of the world.

 The Efficient Driver’s Handbook: your guide to fuel efficient driving techniques and car choice

This book describes in a clear, friendly manner everything today’s driver needs to know about choosing and using a car in an economical and eco-efficient way. It explains what matters most to the car buyer when optimum fuel economy and lowest emissions are priorities, and why four wheel drive and automatic transmission present challenges to eco-friendly driving.


 Better Than Great: a plenitudinous compendium of wallopingly fresh superlatives

A veritable “tko of terminology,” Better Than Great is the essential guide for describing the extraordinary — the must have reference for anyone wishing to rise above tired superlatives. Deft praise encourages others to feel as we do, share our enthusiasms. It rewards deserving objects of admiration. It persuades people to take certain actions. It sells things. Sadly, in this “age of awesome,” our words and phrases of acclaim are exhausted, all but impotent. Even so, we find ourselves defaulting to such habitual choices as good, great, and terrific, or substitute the weary synonyms that tuble our of a thesaurus — superb, marvelous, outstanding, and the like. The piling on of intensifers such as the now-silly “super,” only makes matters worse and negative modifiers render our common parlance nearly tragic. Until now. Arthur Plotnik, the wunderkind of word-wonks is, without mincing, proffering a well knit wellspring of worthy and wondrous words to rescue our worn-down usage. Plotnik is both hella AND hecka up to the task of rescuing the English language and offers readers the chance to never be at a loss for words!

Science (including mathematics)

 Wild New Jersey: nature adventures in the Garden State

The fastest animal on earth dive-bombs him from the skies. A young black bear bounds up a mountain trail a few yards away. Poisonous snakes swirl at his feet. A thousand bats careen past his head in a pitch-black roost. Pods of dolphins swim right past him by the scores. Who? Experienced naturalist David Wheeler. Where? In Wild New Jersey , of course. Wild New Jersey invites readers along Wheeler’s whirlwind year-long tour of the most ecologically diverse state for its size in America. Along with the expert guidance of charismatic wildlife biologists and local conservationists, he explores mountains, valleys, beaches, pine barrens, caves, rivers, marshlands, and more-breathtaking landscapes and the state’s Noah’s Ark of fascinating creatures. This isn’t your ordinary ride on the Jersey Turnpike. Fasten your seatbelts and join Wheeler as he . . . Kayaks through the Meadowlands under the watchful eye of the Empire State Building, Pans for cretaceous fossils in a hidden brook once home to mastodons and giant sloths, Rides a fishing boat in the frigid snows of winter on a high-seas quest for Atlantic puffins, Trudges through the eerie darkness of a bog on a mysterious night hike, Dogsleds across the windswept alpine slopes in the haunts of the porcupine and bobcat. With Wheeler’s compelling narrative, in-depth background details, and eye for revealing the offbeat, you can count this as the first nature book to paint the extraordinary picture of New Jersey’s unlikely wilderness in all its glory. Come along for all the adventure and insight in Wild New Jersey !

 Moby-duck: the true story of 28,800 bath toys lost at sea, and of the beachcombers, oceanographers, environmentalists, and fools, including the author, who went in search of them

A revelatory tale of science, adventure, and modern myth When the writer Donovan Hohn heard of the mysterious loss of thousands of bath toys at sea, he figured he would interview a few oceanographers, talk to a few beachcombers, and read up on Arctic science and geography. But questions can be like ocean currents: wade in too far, and they carry you away. Hohn’s accidental odyssey pulls him into the secretive world of shipping conglomerates, The daring work of Arctic researchers, The lunatic risks of maverick sailors, And The shadowy world of Chinese toy factories. Moby-Duck is a journey into the heart of the sea and an adventure through science, myth, The global economy, and some of the worst weather imaginable. With each new discovery, Hohn learns of another loose thread, and with each successive chase, he comes closer to understanding where his castaway quarry comes from and where it goes. In the grand tradition of Tony Horwitz and David Quammen, Moby-Duck is a compulsively readable narrative of whimsy and curiosity.

 Elixir: a history of water and humankind

Spanning five millennia, from ancient Mesopotamia to the parched present of the Sun Belt, “Elixir” chronicles the three ages of water on the planet, and explains what should be done to solve the water crises of the future.


 Smart Medicine: how the changing role of doctors will revolutionize health care

We’re a nation in love with the drama of the medical world ”from fast-paced hospital life to the race to discover cures for diseases. InSmart Medicine, William Hanson brings to life the fascinating true world of doctors and nurses and reveals the revolutionary changes that will soon be sweeping through the medical community: pharmacies that double as walk-in clinics; health services that will be delivered onli≠ electronic records that hold the history of every drug or blood test you ever took. You might go to a genome specialist to identify the ticking time bomb in your genes, or you might show a rash to your doctor via videophone from thousands of miles away. The plethora of new options will change the way you and your doctor make decisions. Sophisticated yet written in easily accessible language, this is a penetrating look at the new world of medicine.

 The Dukan Diet: 2 steps to lose weight, 2 steps to keep it off forever

Devised by a French medical doctor who has spent his career helping people to lose weight, the Dukan Diet rejects counting calories and promises permanent weight loss while allowing adherents to eat as much as they like. “The Dukan Diet” has helped millions in France, where it has been #1 for more than 10 years and adopted in 20 countries.

 The 17 Day Diet: a doctor’s plan designed for rapid results

Presents a revolutionary program adjusts your body metabolically so that you burn fat day in and day out. The program is structured around four 17 day cycles, one of which helps flush sugar and fat storage from your system. Every phase comes with an extensive list of foods, recipes, and sample meal plans to help make grocery shopping a breeze.

 Yoga for Mother and Baby: interactive poses for you and your baby

Yoga is beneficial to everyone, and with today’s emphasis on a healthy lifestyle, what could be better than carrying out simple yoga exercises with your baby? In this book, Françoise Barbira Freedman offers simple stretches, poses, and massages that will help your flexibility and suppleness, as well as nurture the bond between you and your baby. With basic postnatal stretches and routines you can do with children from 0 to 3 years old, there are exercises for all stages of early parenthood. The stretches have been designed to calm the mind and increase alertness, but not put strain on any part of the body. If you already practice yoga, suggestions are offered on adapting classic poses to include your baby. Also included are exercises for special babies with particular combinations of motor skills. The exercises aren’t just aimed at mothers—fathers and grandparents are encouraged to take part as well, and no previous experience is required. • Build a strong bond in a natural way between you and your baby that will continue into childhood. • Exercises are simple and effective and are suitable for all levels of physical fitness.• No expensive equipment is needed—just some comfortable clothing and a mat.

 Hand & Foot Massage: the at-home massage class to help stimulate circulation, increase mobility and relieve pain

Hand and foot massage is a nurturing, personal way to promote relaxation. Its health benefits are vast, from increased circulation and mobility to better skin and nails. This easy-to-follow guide is the ideal introduction to self and secondary massage. Home masseurs will find information on creams and oils, hand and foot care, and all the key techniques, as well as a general overview of the process. Step-by-step instructions are illustrated with detailed photographs that show how to perform the massages, and there’s advice on adapting the techniques for children and the elderly.

 Animals in Our Lives: human-animal interaction in family, community and therapeutic settings

What do we know about the benefits of human-animal interaction (HAI)-and what future research needs to be done to ensure high-quality, evidence-based practices? Find out in this book, an essential research volume for anyone interested in the impact of animal therapies and interactions on child health and development.

 The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Eating Well with IBS

Soothe your digestive system with 200+ meal plans and recipes. The Complete Idiot’s Guide(r) to Eating Well with IBS will introduce readers suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) to the information they need to identify the foods that trigger symptoms and prepare recipes meal plans that alleviate those symptoms. “Features more than 200 recipes and meal plans “Kate Scarlata is a licensed dietician with 20 years of experience helping IBS patients with their condition, and an IBS sufferer herself.

 The Better Bladder Book: a holistic approach to healing interstitial cystitis & chronic pelvic pain

 The  Woman’s Migraine Toolkit: managing your headaches from puberty through menopause

Migraines are a common, controllable type of headache that affects one in every six women, more than 20 million in the United States alone. The Woman’s Migraine Toolkit helps readers take charge of their migraines by learning what causes them and effective treatments for every stage in a woman’s life. Useful tools, quizzes, and diaries for evaluating headaches and determining the best treatment are provided through the book, and downloadable versions are available on the publisher’s and authors’ websites. Practical instructions are provided for effective non-drug and medication therapies, as well as advice about how natural remedies and nutritional supplements can help at each stage of life. The authors provide a comprehensive, holistic approach to headache management that addresses diet, sleep patterns, exercise habits, mood, and social concerns.

 Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis: an evidence-based guide to recovery

A research-based approach to treating the devastating neurological condition multiple sclerosis, based on a combination of drug treatment and lifestyle modifications   Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a serious, progressively disabling condition for which current medical treatment is not particularly effective and has many side effects, however, this guide provides a genuine alternative. Through an exhaustive, evidence-based analysis of medical research, the study concludes that MS is a disease largely determined by lifestyle factors. Showing that people with MS who modify their diet, their exercise habits, and other aspects of their lifestyle can stabilize the illness and potentially recover, these recommendations will change the lives of thousands of people with MS and support their loved ones.

 The Psychopath Test: a journey through the madness industry

In this madcap journey, a bestselling journalist investigates psychopaths and the industry of doctors, scientists, and everyone else who studies them.

 Adult ADD: a guide for the newly diagnosed

After receiving a diagnosis of attention deficit disorder (ADD), you may feel relieved to finally have an explanation for your symptoms, but also concerned and full of questions about the future. Questions like: What are the best ways to get your symptoms under control? Should you tell people at work? And-wait a minute-there can be good things about having ADD?

 The Everything Guide to Stress Management: step-by-step advice for eliminating stress and living a happy, healthy life

With the plethora of pressures you face each day, you may be stuck in unending stressful cycles. Learn how to fight back by getting rid of unhealthy stress in your daily life.

 The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Back Pain

You don’t have to live with the pain! This guide gives you everything you need to know to determine why you hurt, relieve your discomfort now, and prevent future episodes.

You’ll Lose the Baby Weight: (and other lies about pregnancy and childbirth)

You’ll Lose the Baby Weightis a humorous look at pregnancy and childbirth. The author shares the parts about pregnancy that your doctor doesn’t tell you–like how many times you are asked to pee whether you want to or not, from figuring out if you’re pregnant by peeing on a pee stick to every time you go in for your doctor visit. And then there is the time when you are not allowed to pee but are bursting to when you’re five months pregnant and have to drink thirty-two ounces of water for your ultrasound–and it feels like you’ve drank fifty-five gallons. As she shares stories from her own six pregnancies and births and those of her friends, Dawn cues readers into the important things they need to know, like how they should order their epidural as soon as they see a pink line on the pregnancy test, the unexpected changes your body goes through, and the fact that they will never again sleep through the night uninterrupted. This book even offers advice for fathers-to-be, including a list of thingsnotto do in the delivery room if they don’t want a bedpan thrown at their heads.With such chapters as “I’m Not a Doct∨ I Just Play One on TV” and “Morning Sickness: It Isn’t Just for Breakfast Anymore,” each chapter opens with a list of tips–some serious and some not–including thingsnotto be suckered into buying for your baby and the essentials that you really do need. This hilarious book takes readers through nine months of pregnancy and all the accompanying symptoms to labor and delivery and the weeks postpartum. It will have readers doubled over in laughter, as it walks them through pregnancy with sympathetic honesty. While acknowledging that pregnancy is not always easy, the end result of that sweet-smelling, soft baby somehow make it all worth while.

 Your Healthy Pregnancy: a practical guide to enjoying your pregnancy

“Includes content previously published in Conception, pregnancy, and birth, by Dr. Miriam Stoppard.”

Cutting-edge Therapies for Austism, 2011-2012

 ADHD: what every parent needs to know

Based on the American Academy of Pediatrics’ current clinical practice guidelines for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), this updated guide offers parents balanced, reassuring, and authoritative information on this challenging and often misunderstood condition. Written in clear, accessible language, the new edition features the latest information on ADHD medications and offers expanded sections on preschoolers and adolescents. A new chapter on advocacy, updates on special education services and laws, and the role of the medical home are also included. Among the common questions examined areHow is ADHD diagnosed?What are today’s best treatment options’andWill my child outgrow ADHD?The reference also addresses what schools can do to support children with the condition and offers ADHD management strategies that balance the roles of behavior therapy, medications, and parenting techniques.

 Amazing Android Apps for Dummies

Find the Android apps that are right for you so you can have fun and get more done! The popularity of Android apps is exploding and this handy guide helps you sort through the thousands of available applications so you can find the ones that are ideal for you. You′ll explore a variety of apps in the areas of entertainment, finance, health, food, music, news, weather, photography, reference, dining out, social networking, sports, travel, and more. Author Daniel Begun helps you navigate through this enormous-and potentially overwhelming-array of Android apps. Holds your hand through the oftentimes overwhelming app selection and shares helpful advice for sorting through the tens of thousands of apps to find the ones that are right for you. Helps you uncover which apps are worth the price and what′s fabulous for free. Provides advice on what apps work best for all your favorite hobbies – from movies to music, sports to social networking, fitness to fun games, and everything in between. Amazing Android Apps For Dummies walks you through the process of finding, purchasing, and installing the most appealing apps for your needs.

 Quick & Easy Curb Appeal

Expert tips to spruce up the front of any home Anyone who buys or sells a home knows that, when it comes to real estate, books are judged by their covers. Creating curb appeal is a key way to accomplish preserving and protecting the value of what is most likely to be a family’s biggest single investment. Unlike most books that focus on projects to enhance a home’s backyard, Quick & Easy Curb Appeal focuses on projects that help make the front of the house more attractive. Pulls together information from Better Homes and Gardens’ rich library of content Projects for tackling walkways, driveways, porches, and more Ten must-dos for re-selling a home from real estate pros Part inspiration and ideas, part resource guide, and part home maintenance reference, this book arms readers with everything they need to let their home give its guests a great first impression.

 Urban Farming: sustainable city living in your backyard, in your community and in the world

It doesn’t take a farm to have the heart of a farmer. Now, due to a burgeoning sustainable-living movement, you don’t have to own acreage to fulfill your dream of raising your own food. Hobby Farms Urban Farming, from Hobby Farm Press and the same people who bring you Hobby Farms and Hobby Farm Home magazine, will walk every city and suburban dweller down the path of self sustainability. Urban Farming will introduce readers to the concepts of gardening and farming from a high-rise apartment, participating in a community garden, vertical farming, and converting terraces and other small city spaces into fruitful, vegetableful real estate. This comprehensive volume will answer every up and coming urban farmer’s questions about how, what, where and why-a new green book for the dedicated citizen seeking to reduce his carbon footprint and grocery bill.

 Sheepish: two women, fifty sheep and enough wool to save the world

What do you do when you love your farm . . . but it doesn’t love you? After fifteen years of farming, Catherine Friend is tired. After all, while shepherding is one of the oldest professions, it’s not getting any easier. The number of sheep in America has fallen by 90 percent in the last ninety years. But just as Catherine thinks it’s time to hang up her shepherd’s crook, she discovers that sheep might be too valuable to give up. What ensues is a funny, thoughtful romp through the history of our woolly friends, why small farms are important, and how each one of us-and the planet-would benefit from being very sheepish, indeed.

 Self-Sufficiency: a complete guide to baking, carpentry, crafts, organic gardening, preserving your harvest, raising animals and more!

Now, more than ever, people across the country are turningtoward simpler, greener, and quieter ways of living-whetherthey’re urbanites or country folk. Following in the footsteps ofBack to Basics and Homesteading, this large, fully-illustrated bookprovides the entire family with the information they need to makethe shift toward self-sufficient living. Self-Sufficiency provides tips, advice, and detailed instructions onhow to improve everyday life from an environmentally and organicperspective while keeping the focus on the family. Readers willlearn how to plant a family garden and harvest the produce; canfruits and vegetables; bake bread and cookies; design interactiveand engaging “green” projects; harness natural wind and solar energyto cook food and warm their homes; boil sap to make maplesyrup; and build treehouses, furniture, and more. Also included arenatural crafts readers can do with their kids, such as scrapbooking,making potato prints, dipping candles, and constructing seasonaldecorations. Whether the goal is to live entirely off the grid orjust to shrink their carbon footprints, families will find this book athorough resource and a great inspiration.

 Homemade Cheese: recipes for 50 cheeses from artisan cheesemakers

Making cheese at home is one of the joys of a self-sufficient lifestyle, along with gardening, canning, and raising chickens. Author Janet Hurst is a twenty-year-veteran home cheesemaker, who shows you how to easily craft your own cheddar, feta, ch vre, mozzarella, and 50 more cheeses. Included are profiles of 20 artisan cheesemakers-from Cypress Grove, Vermont Butter and Cheese, Shelburne Farms, Does Leap, Pure Luck, and more-and their favorite recipes.

 The Everything Restaurant Recipes Cookbook

Everyone enjoys eating out at a favorite restaurant. But who likes waiting for a table or paying inflated prices for a meal? With more than 300 fast and easy recipes, now you can re-create your favorite restaurant dishes and “dine out” in the comfort of your own home! This cookbook includes family-sized portions of favorites like: Chili’s Grill & Bar Boneless Buffalo Wings, Applebee’s Bourbon Street Steak, Olive Garden’s Minestrone Soup, Long John Silver’s Fish Tacos, T.G.I. Friday’s Dragonfire Chicken, Cinnabon’s Cinnamon Rolls. With these tested and verified recipes, The Everything Restaurant Recipes Cookbook will help you make near-identical restaurant meals–and earn rave reviews from family and friends–on a much smaller tab!

 The Amish Cook’s Anniversary Book: 20 years of food, family, and faith

Part cookbook, part cultural education, part family memoir, “The Amish Cook’s Anniversary Book” celebrates two decades of home and hearth straight from the pens of the original Amish Cook, Elizabeth Coblentz, and her daughter and successor, Lovina Eicher.

 My Father’s Daughter: delicious, easy recipes celebrating family & togetherness

The Academy-Award winning actress and avid foodie shares a sumptuous collection of recipes and gorgeous photographs celebrating the joy of preparing food for loved ones, a passion she learned from her beloved father. As an actress, author, trendsetter, creator of goop.com, and host of the popular PBS series, Spain: On the Road Again, Gwyneth Paltrow is an icon of style and good taste around the world. As a young girl eating and cooking with her father, Bruce Paltrow, she developed a passion for food that has shaped how she lives today and strengthened her belief that time with family is a priority. Now in MY FATHER’S DAUGHTER, Paltrow shares her favorite family recipes along with personal stories of growing up with her father, Bruce Paltrow. She discusses how he has influenced her in the food she loves, how she involves her kids in cooking, and how she balances healthy food with homemade treats. And, for the first time, Paltrow offers a glimpse into her life as daughter, mother and wife, sharing her thoughts on the importance of family and togetherness. Complete with 150 delicious ideas for breakfast, sandwiches and burgers, soups, salads, main dishes, sides, and desserts, this beautifully illustrated book includes full-color photos throughout, many featuring Paltrow at home with her family and friends. MY FATHER’S DAUGHTER is a luscious collection that will inspire readers to cook great food with the people who mean the most to them.

 My Kid’s Allergic to Everything Dessert Cookbook: more than 100 recipes for sweets & treats the whole family will enjoy

Created with the idea that a child’s diet should be healthy and fun, this inviting and easy-to-use cookbook features more than 100 delicious allergy free dessert recipes the whole family will enjoy. From birthday cakes and cupcakes to chocolate-chip cookies and banana cream pie, these recipes substitute rye flour, carob, almond milk, and other ingredients for foods children may be allergic to.   This second edition includes updated substitution charts enabling any cook to convert family-favorite recipes into allergen-free delights, and a buying guide shows where to find special ingredients. There is even a chapter covering breakfast ideas, including pancakes, smoothies, waffles, and granola bars. It addresses the allergy and environmental food concerns that parents and caregivers face today as more and more children are diagnosed with multiple food allergies. Helpful tips cover how to avoid allergic foods while traveling, great snacks to take along for the ride, and how to create an allergy-free home.

 The Complete Guide to Sausage Making: mastering the art of homemade bratwurst, bologna, pepperoni, salami and more

With The Complete Guide to Sausage Making, you can impress your family and friends by making all types of sausages in your own kitchen. In an easy to follow manner, writer-outdoorsman Monte Burch explains how to make sausages using both wild game and more common meats like pork, chicken, and beef. Learn to make dozens of delicious variations, including bratwurst, bologna, pepperoni, salami, liver, and smoked sausages. Follow the simple directions for treats such as Farm-Fresh Breakfast Sausage, Maple-Flavored Sausage, Hot Italian Sausage, Jalapeño-Cheese Venison Summer Sausage, and Potato Sausage, or learn how to experiment with unique meat mixes and spice combinations to make your own specialty recipes. With Burch as your guide, you can master the art of making sausage and proudly present your family and friends with delectable creations. Book jacket.

 The Sriracha Cookbook: 50 “Rooster Sauce” recipes that pack a punch

You’ve drizzled the addictively spicy chili sauce over your breakfast eggs, noodles, and French fries, but now it’s time to take your Sriracha obsession to bold, new heights. Food writer and trained chef Randy Clemens presents 50 palate-expanding recipes that make the most of Sriracha’s savory punch, such as:Spicy Ceviche, Honey-Sriracha Glazed Buffalo Wings, Bacon-Sriracha Cornbread, the Ultimate Sriracha Burger, Peach-Sriracha Sorbet,and more. NamedBon AppÉtit’sIngredient of the Year, the piquant pureÉ of chili peppers is one of the few kitchen standbys adored by adventurous cooks of all stripes-from star chefs to college freshmen-who appreciate its vibrant, versatile balance of ketchup-like sweetness, garlicky pungency, and just the right amount of spice. Whether you’re a die-hard fan or a recent convert to the revered “rooster sauce,” you’ll love adding heat, depth, and an intriguing Southeast Asian twist to your dishes beyond just a tableside squeeze.

 The Art of Charcuterie

A comprehensive, professional-level guide to the making of sausages and cured meats The art of charcuterie has been practiced since the fifteenth century, but in recent years interest has escalated in this artisanal specialty. PÂtÉs, cured meats, terrines, and gourmet sausages are staples at upscale restaurants as well as cocktail and dinner parties. Modern charcutiers have introduced new and exciting techniques and flavors for delicious (and even healthy) charcuterie. Written by John Kowalski and the experts at the CIA, The Art of Charcuterie covers every aspect of this rediscovered culinary art: curing and brining, smoking, terrines, pÂtÉs, sausages, herbs and seasonings, sauces and relishes, and kitchen sanitation. • Features thorough explanations of tools of the trade, kitchen equipment, and ingredients • Includes technical and nutritional explanations of all the meats used in the charcuterie kitchen and how to best prepare them • Heavily illustrated with 200 full-color photographs, including techniques and finished items The Art of Charcuterie is the ultimate companion for professionals and dedicated home cooks who want to master both traditional and contemporary techniques.

 Mini Cupcakes

Mini Cupcakes specifies the finest ingredients, including Madagascar vanilla, dark Belgium chocolate, and organic fruits to create amazing mini cupcake creations. Combine great cake recipes, such as Key Largo Lime or Chocoholic, with filling recipes, such as banana cream or salted caramel. Add frosting and toppings such as white chocolate ganache or margarita cream cheese and you have endless combinations of rich and decadent goodness. With tips for making, baking, and decorating, this cookbook offers perfect combinations, from the Breakfast at Tiffany’s cupcake to Pretty in Pink, from the Diva cupcake to the Mocha Latte. Part delicious cupcake, part tiny pieces of art, Mini’s cupcakes are the perfect treat to satisfy your cravings or entertain in style.

 Pies, Pies & More Pies!

Easy as pie! Everyone knows the saying, but most people actually feel a little scared when it comes to baking one. But these mouthwatering varieties will entice anyone into the kitchen-and the instructions by a leading pastry chef will make preparation simpler than you ever would have imagined. Viola Goren, who trained at the world’s most prestigious cooking schools, explains how to whip up puff pastry, dough for savory pies, and crusts for sweet ones. Then, she presents nearly 80 recipes for everything from a Cherry Tomato Pie with Basil and Mozzarella to a classic French Tarte Tatin to a decadent chocolate cheese. Each pie-Sweet Potato Pie with Thyme and Blue Cheese, Vol-au-Vent, Chicken Pot Pie, and Rustic Double-Crust Apple Tart, to name just a few-appears in delectable photographs, including many close-up shots that focus on the details of preparation. One look and home bakers will grab their rolling pins and get ready to rock their pies! Guaranteed to make your mouth water… * Berry Pies, including Strawberry Tartlets and Raspberry Pie with Lemon Creme Brulee * Classic American and French Pies, such as Chocolate Pecan, Clafouti (a French Cherry Almond Custard Tart), a Pavlova, and Cinnamon Pumpkin. * Apples in Every Way, from Brandy Apple Crumble to Normandy Pie * Pudding and Cheese Pies, including Mascarpone and Coffee Cheese and Vanilla Cream with Wild Berries * Chocolate Pies, such as a Chocolate Mint tart and Orange Chocolate Saint-Honore * Nut Pies: Baklava Baskets, Chestnut with Whipped Cream, Nougat Mouss * Savory Pies: Mushroom Pie with Creme Fraiche; Roasted Eggplant and Cheese; Spinach, Onion, and Pine Nut; Ratatouille Tartlets; Shepherd’s Pie

 Sandra Lee Bake Sale Cookbook

Sandra Lee is a long-time spokeperson for Share Our Strength’s Great American Bake Sale charity. Just look on the back of any package of Domino brand sugar and you’ll find one of Sandra’s recipes prominently displayed, promoting the cause. This book will be published and promoted in partnership with the Great American Bake Sale, giving it even greater reach than her books always enjoy, thanks to her two popular Food Network shows, Semi-Homemade Cooking and Money Saving Meals. Sandra’s time-saving dessert recipes have long been favorites among her legions of loyal fans, who will be eagerly awaiting this publication. The estimated 120 recipes will all be photographed in gorgeous full-color.

 Pop Bakery: 25 recipes for delicious little cakes on sticks

If you like cake, and you like chocolate, then you’ll love cake POPs! These delicious little treats are a cross between a cake and a popsicle: a combination of moist cake and a sweet candy coating, molded onto a popsicle stick and then decorated to create a whole host of characters. ClareO’Connell of the Pop Bakery teaches you all you need to know, from how to create the cake balls—a mouthwatering mixture of chocolate cake and frosting—to dipping the cake balls in the special candy coating. Then she explains her unique method of painting the POPs using cocoa butter. Choose from 25 scrumptious recipes, from cute panda POPs to a family of Russian dolls. Clare also introduces you to her special layer cakes, which are embellished with classic flower cake POPs. With clear, step-by-step photography and Clare’s easy-to-follow instructions, cake POPs are incredibly fun and easy to bake and make. Both children and adults will adore thesebitesize delights that are perfect for parties and special occasions. So what are you waiting for? Start cake POPping now!• Cake POPs are billed as the new cupcake.• The Pop Bakery has been a huge success in London in only a short time, and Clare’s cake POPs are regularly used for promotional events by various companies including Topshop and Calvin Klein, as well as by Vogue during London Fashion Week.• Clare O’Connell has been featured on the UK’s DailyCandy website.

 Fabulous Brownies

Brownies are so easy and yummy that everyone has their favorite recipe. Debates rage about whether a real brownie should be chewy or gooey, rich or sweet, nutty or plain but whatever your preference, they are always a great, no-fuss treat. Now’s the time to expand your repertoire with Annie Rigg’s collection of brownie recipes—both plain and decorated. Start with a Simple recipe—easy and delicious flavor combinations for the ultimate undecorated brownie. As well as the classic brownie (which provides the base for many of the subsequent recipes), you will find mouthwatering Caramel Swirl Brownies and Blondies, made with white chocolate chunks. Turn to the Pretty chapter for a little sophistication. Petits Fours are made from cubes of brownies coated in chocolate ganache and decorated with crystallized roses and candied orange peel—perfect for a Mother’s Day celebration. Melt someone’s heart with your Valentine’s Brownies, complete with velvety frosting and white chocolate hearts. Indulgent brownies are for every occasion. Coffee lovers will go crazy for Cappuccino Brownie Squares covered with coffee buttercream and chocolate curls! And let’s not forget the biggest fans of all things chocolatey—Kids! This chapter is designed to be cute, fun, and creative, so you’ll find Brownie Sandwiches, Brownie Popsicles, and even Brownie Cupcakes, all aiming to be made and enjoyed by budding little bakers. • Brownies are back in food fashion. • Everyone loves brownies and this book has plenty of decorating ideas. • Mouthwatering photography by Laura Edwards.

 Zombie Cupcakes

Conjuring up her inner George A. Romero, professional cake designer Zilly Rosen focuses her creative attention on crafting a legion of edible undead inside Zombie Cupcakes: From the Grave to the Table with 16 Cupcake Corpses . With a nod to Romero’s zombie franchise, Rosen offers instructions for crafting 16 terrifying treats, including: * Toxic Bite * Zombie Rising * Keep an Eye Out * Destroy the Brain and more! Readers can raise their own macabre multitude of Zombie Cupcakes creations from the undead with an average creation time of less than one hour. Each Zombie Cupcakes design includes a full-color photograph of the zombie creation at hand, as well as an illustrated instructional overview and a convenient sidebar list of every item you will need to complete the cupcake.

 Church Supper Desserts

Watch eyes light up when you set out a treat at your next church supper, potluck, or bake sale. These recipes from Taste of home magazine are perfect for any bring-a-dish event!

 In-laws, Outlaws, and Granny Flats: your guide to turning one house into two homes

In response to tight times, a remarkably upbeat and widespread change is taking place in households across America. Homeowners are creating second dwelling units-often called in-law suites, mother-in-law apartments, or granny flats. Second units make a lot of sense. They’re perfect for families who want several generations living close by, they enable Baby Boomers to care for elderly parents while respecting their independence, provide private quarters for adult children still at home or, rented out, second units can generate income to pay the mortgage or provide for retirement.   In-Laws, Outlaws, and Granny Flats is the first book to explore the many designs, uses and benefits of this time-honored and emotionally satisfying living arrangement. In-law units take many forms and they’re all shown here: attic, basement and garage conversions, bump-out additions, carve-out suites, and backyard cottages. This book covers every aspect of turning one house into two homes. Its first four chapters deal with the specifics of assessing your needs, selecting an appropriate design, choosing space- and energy-saving appliances, and getting your plans approved. The book’s second half is a warm and engaging portfolio of in-law units and the families who created them: what needs prompted their decisions, which layouts worked best, and how they met life challenges with common sense, creativity and compassion. With more than 200 color photographs, 50 floor plans and architectural details, and a lively, personable voice, In-laws, Outlaws, and Granny Flats is perfect for homeowners who want richer lives and a more secure future.

 DIY Projects fro the Self-Sufficient Homeowner: 25 ways to build a self-reliant lifestyle

Do you dream of a perfect sun-ripened tomato fresh from the garden? Would you love a flavorful, more nutritious option than boneless, skinless chicken breast from the supermarket that tastes just like the foam tray it’s packaged on? Does it trouble you to pay more and more for energy that consumes resources and creates pollution? You’re in luck. The time has never been better to take charge of the things you consume. From farmers markets to fine dining, the growing appeal of locally produced food is making it easy to find seedlings, supplies and DIY information. Call it green, call it sustainable, call it small-footprint… whatever the name, the tools you need to step back from the grid and become a more independent provider and consumer are right in front of you. In fact, you’re holding one of them now.

 Upgrade Your House

It doesn’t take a lot of money to make a huge difference in the livability of your home. Here are dozens of important but easy improvement you can make, most of which can be done in a couple of hours, at an expense of less than $100.

 Cute and Easy Costumes for Kids: 35 fun dressing up ideas for kids

Whether you have a boy who wants to be a cowboy or a girl who dreams of becoming a princess, you’ll find the perfect costume in this great book from crafting expert and mother of two Emma Hardy. This collection of fun outfits is guaranteed to delight kids and please parents with easy-to-follow designs. If it’s inspiration for Halloween you are after, try the witch or pumpkin, or one of the outfits for wannabe adventurers, like the swashbuckling pirate or matador. For the rest of the year, make one of the medieval characters or wild animals. The35 projects include pieces that can be put together in no time and require no previous crafting expertise, plus more advanced pieces for those with more experience. The clear step-by-step instructions guide you through every stage and the helpful techniques section offers advice on everything you need to create a great costume. Every outfit is designed using readily available materials, so you won’t have to makeunscheduled trips to the store to hunt down unusual items.• All the elements of costume-making are explained—from cutting cloth to decorative detailing.• Includes full-size pull-out patterns, templates, and a handytechniques section.

 Toss, Keep, Sell!: the suddenly frugal guide to cleaning out the clutter and cashing in

The American house is one cluttered place. Frugal folks need to get their homes in order and find ways to make money from the junk they no longer need or want. That’s where this book comes in! Organized by rooms of the house and tasks of the day, this book becomes a veritable clutter checklist. Each chapter in this reader-friendly guide features: Cashing In: A profile of everyday people who have earned big while clearing out Quick Clutter Challenge: Easy ways for you to declutter a space in thirty minutes or less A Keep, Toss, Sell Chart: A visual organizer to help get every room of the house under control Cash Back in This Chapter: What better way to motivate you than to point out potential earnings from one chapter’s worth of tips? You can forget paying big bucks for a professional organizer. With Leah Ingram as your guide, you’ll have extra money–and a home you can be proud of–in no time!

 Express Housekeeping: how to speed clean, lighten the laundry load, cleaning tricks & tips

How to speed-clean your way to a spotless home in just minutes a day.

 The Bed Bug Book: the complete guide to prevention and extermination

Bedbugs were believed to have been eradicated in the 1940s and 50s, but after a 1972 ban on the use of DDT, the dreaded insects are now reaching epidemic levels. Recent high profile infestations include the Empire State Building, the New York Public Library, the Times Square AMC Theatre, the Time Warner Center, Fox News, the New York City Department of Health, and the Victoria “s Secret and Elle Magazine headquarters. Exterminators were unprepared for the resurgence of these tiny pests and the public is now scrambling for information on how bedbugs spread and how to get rid of them. The Bedbug Book has the answers. Based on years of pest control experience, bedbug expert Ralph H. Maestre tells you how to spot bedbugs (they look like poppy seeds), how to identify a bedbug bite (it “s not a mosquito bite, sorry!), and most importantly, the steps you must take to rid your home of these pests. Includes handy tips for travelers (hotels are a common hideout for these critters), advice on buying secondhand goods, and the know-how for protecting yourself against future infestations. Includes environmentally friendly methods and solutions. Remember, bedbugs can affect anyone. But having bedbugs need not be a traumatic experience ”spot them early, take action, and get on with your life with the help of The Bedbug Book. This is a must-have handbook for every homeowner, renter, landlord, and traveler.

 Expert Resumes for Computer and Web Jobs

One of the best-selling books in the successful Expert Resumes series is being revised for a third edition! This collection of resumes is aimed at computer professionals at all levels¿from entry-level to executive. This book gives strategies as well as 180 pages of sample resumes and cover letters for computer, Web, and IT professionals. The authors present sound resume and cover letter writing advice, including an all-new chapter on how to create and use an electronic resume. The appendix includes Internet job search resources.

 The Handbook of Natural Plant Dyes: personalize your craft with organic colors from acorns, blackberries, coffee and other everyday ingredients

Buttery yellow from garden weeds or gorgeous garnet-red dye from flowers ” achieving stunning colors for your fabric, yarn, and other natural materials is almost as easy as boiling water, with ingredients as close as your spice cabinet and as plentiful as fallen leaves on an autumn day. Through step-by-step instructions and color-saturated photographs, textile designer Sasha Duerr explains the basics of making and using natural plant dye, from gathering materials and making the dyes to simple ideas for how to use them. Have a picnic on a sunny turmeric-yellow tablecloth, give a baby some adorable acorn-dipped booties, craft a set of stunning black-walnut pillows, or treat yourself to a little black(berry) dress. Experimenting with color has never been more tempting to try. Gentle, sustainable, garden-to-garment practices will inspire knitters, sewers, and fabric lovers of all stripes to transform fiber, textiles, and even pre-loved clothes into works of art ” and to have a lot of fun in the process.


 A Guide to Smithsonian Gardens

A beautifully illustrated guide to the colorful gardens that surround the Smithsonian museums along the National Mall, each unique in its design, plant materials, and purpose. Many visitors are surprised to learn that the Smithsonian Institution includes extensive gardens and landscape areas. All have been designed to complement the museums they border and to enhance the overall museum experience. Imagine having the Smithsonian’s resources and knowledge to solve the problems that confront every gardener: growing roses without pesticides, holding four-season interest, experimenting with exotic plants, designing a garden that reflects the architecture around it, creating a contemplative space, recreating historic or themed gardens, and much more.

 Mosaics: 20 great weekend projects

Mosaics are enjoying a resurgence, and this handsome book shows beginners how easy-and quick-it is to transform everyday items into functional objects of surprising style, simply by covering them with broken pottery, glass, tiles, and even pebbles. Large step-by step color photographs, simple techniques, and 18 great-looking projects will help crafters create stunning results.

 Knits for Kids: 20 knitting projects, cute, easy, fun

What do you get when you combine a rainbow of cheerful yarns with playful (and practical) knitting patterns for kids? These hip garments and accessories! Authored by the owners of The Sassy Skein, which specializes in children’s wear, this appealing package features 20 projects for boys and girls ages 5 to 10. Bright colors and cool embellishments add to the fun.

 Knitting Knee-Highs: sock styles from classic to contemporary

In this book, author Barb Brown takes sock knitting to new heights by teaching you the ins and outs of knitting kneehighs, a popular sock, but one that needs more explanation than most books and magazines give it. Here, in the first book on the topic, you will learn how to size these socks as you knit them, with 20 great patterns to pick from. Each of the 20 knee-high patterns comes with a variation that features that design in a different color and style of sock, perfect for knitters who want to mix up their sock drawer.

 Entrelac: the essential guide to interlace knitting

One of today’s hottest knitting trends is entrelac, a modular technique that results in striking basketwork designs of rows within rows and interlocking diamond patterns. Using only simple knit and purl stitches, knitters can create eye-catching pieces with incredible texture.Entrelacintroduces both the history and how-to of this fun style, along with 20 patterns for a variety of garments, home décor items, and baby accessories. Comprehensive instructions and a wide array of swatches provide endless possibilities in lace, colorwork, and much more.

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 Terrific Toe-Up Socks: knit to fit

The author of the popular Toe-Up Techniques for Hand-Knit Socks, Revised Edition, is back with even more stylish socks! Knitters will be glad to find the same helpful techniques they relied on in the previous book – plus the Mediterranean cast-on, three-needle bind-off, and more. Features 10 all-new designs, including lace, cables, ribbing, beads, and Fair Isle Includes fully illustrated instructions for three cast-on methods, three different heel styles, and tips for the perfect fit Slips easily into your knitting bag for toting your sock projects anywhere

 Fearless Fair Isle Knitting: 30 gorgeous original sweaters, socks, mittens and more

Why “fearless”? In the past, knitters have considered Fair Isle knitting, or stranded knitting as it’s also known, to be an advanced style that involves the frightening task of taking scissors to your hard-won work. As intimidating as this may seem, the cutting process, or steeking, is actually not something to worry about. In Fearless Fair Isle Knitting , best-selling knitwear designer Kathleen Taylor walks knitters of all levels through the technique. With Taylor’s simple patterns and large, easy-to-follow charts, the projects yield delightfully vibrant results. The 30 stunning designs, which represent Taylor’s updates on classic Fair Isle motifs, include sweaters, socks, dresses, vests, mittens, hats, and bags. With this book, Fair Isle knitting has become more accessible than ever – and serious knitters will agree  that’s a beautiful thing.

 Cut the Scraps!: 7 steps to quilting your way through your stash

All quilters know one thing for sure: a fabric stash is a living thing. It grows imperceptibly at first, but soon takes over your sewing room, and, if you’re not careful, your life. Joan Ford is a quilt designer who recognized a need to clear the clutter among her fellow quilters and came up with a fun and effective way to deal with it. Enter ScrapTherapy™, Ford’s feel-good method for organizing the mounds of fabric – from yards and fat quarters to skinny scraps – and turning them into quilts and a wide array of accessories. In this innovative book, Ford offers step-by-step instructions for cutting a fabric stash down to size – quite literally – and provides 20 original patterns for quilts, pillows, table runners, and more.

 Fanciful Stitches, Colorful Quilts: 11 easy applique projects to embroider

Learn how to create bright and cheery fused-appliqué quilts the easy way with this superb new volume from renowned art quilter Laura Wasilowski. Featuring 11 truly original projects that teach you a host of great new hand stitching techniques, as well as a simple guide to creating exciting wavy bindings, this is perfect for anyone wanting to enhance their appliqué skills.

 Simplicity’s Home Decorating Book: hundreds of step-by-step techniques and easy-to-make projects

The classic home decorating reference is revised, updated, and better than ever, with hundreds of time- and money-saving projects Successful decorating is the artful blending of colors, patterns, and textures to create a harmonious effect in the home. Within these pages are a whole house of clever ideas, design tips, and easy-to-make projects for sprucing up the home, from window dressings of every type to bed covers, cushions, and a whole range of decorative accessories. It’s not necessary to be an expert sewer to follow the simple instructions and create stunning results-this comprehensive guide offers chapters of clear, step-by-step techniques and full-color pages containing plenty of inspirational ideas. For any soft furnishing project in the home, this is the one stop sewing reference that will make it easy and beautiful every time.

 Small Bath Solutions

Bring big style to a small bathroom! In these tough economic times, more and more people are downsizing their living spaces to smaller, more functional homes. But as typical living quarters become smaller, it doesn’t mean that those dwelling in smaller digs need to sacrifice style along with space. Small Bath Solutions is packed with example bathrooms, galleries of ideas, and tons of projects for readers to bring a big punch to even the smallest bathroom. Includes before-and-after photos, design plans and helpful advice from professional designers. Projects showcase a variety of styles, from traditional to cottage to contemporary. Packed with tips and tricks from the pros for designing small bathrooms that really work, this idea book is perfect for DIYers of any skill level.

 Creative Walls: how to display and enjoy your treasured collections

Any wall is perfect for display, whatever its size, shape, or style. In this inspirational guide, Geraldine James, veteran collector of all things beautiful, shows ways to organize and display your valuables to celebrate their uniqueness and your creativity. A collection of fans, teapots, or clocks willilluminate a little corner, whereas a teenager’s bedroom will transform instantly when hoarded football memorabilia makes the leap from the floor to the wall in a bold, clever arrangement. Look for unusual spaces and items: line up a series of themed prints above a picture rail, set heaps of floral china plates in grand style above the fireplace, or simply add a mirror into a display to instantly create another in its image. Chapter by chapter, discover how to arrange virtually anything from scratch, rearrange the collections you treasure to best effect, and begin a journey into color, texture, and themes to create elegant displays that give a home character and charm. From a memory wall of sepia family photographs to witty collections of kitsch art, this clever guide shows how to create a look that will bring any space to life.• Learn the art of display using photographs, objects, textiles, china, and other collected treasures.• Wall displays are an easy, inexpensive way to decorate your home with a personal touch.• Geraldine is a home buying manager at Selfridges, the most dynamic department store group in the UK, and knows what people want.

 Digital SLR Photography All-in-One for Dummies

A complete, full-color guide to all the elements of dSLR photography If you have a digital SLR camera, you’ll find everything you need in this full-color reference to help you get the best results. Ten self-contained minibooks cover the basics of dSLR photography and address camera models from the five leading dSLR manufacturers. Topics include lenses, exposure, lighting, composition, processing and editing, a guide to manufacturers and systems, and a guide to camera settings, plus separate minibooks covering video and high dynamic range (HDR) photography. This full-color volume covers all the key elements essential to good photography as well as the basics of camera bodies and lenses, dSLR workflow, and advice on the best camera settings to use for different situations Covers lighting, composition, and exposure as well as macro and telephoto lenses Features minibooks on video, HDR photography, processing and editing images, and a guide to leading camera manufacturers and systems Digital SLR Photography All-in-One For Dummies replaces an entire shelf of digital photography books and helps you get the photos you dream of.

 Princess Party Cookbook: over 100 delicious recipes and ideas

Every little girl dreams of being a princess . . . And there’s nothing a princess likes more than throwing a party! This enchanting new book allows you to indulge the princess in your little girl with recipes and ideas designed to feed her imagination and encourage her participation in the kitchen. From Fairy Finger Sandwiches and Rice Krispies Hearts to Emerald Pizza, Ruby-Glazed Chicken, and Gelatin Gems, these are magical, delicious dishes fit for a royal banquet. You’ll be able to celebrate every occasion in style, with Snowflake Cupcakes for the holidays, Pretzel Broomsticks for Halloween, and Tropical Smoothies for the beach. Filled with ideas for creating themed invitations and table settings, plus tips for making jewelry, gifts, and decorations, this is truly the indispensable guide to the perfect princess party!

American Casino Guide

 The Way of Baseball: finding stillness at 95 mph

Major League All-Star Shawn Green shares how his baseball career has taught him to live life being fully present in every moment.

 The Happiness of Pursuit: a father’s courage, a son’s love and life’s steepest climb

For two decades, Phinney was one of America’s most successful cyclists, until he was diagnosed with early-onset Parkinson’s. “The Happiness of Pursuit” is the story of how he sought to overcome his Parkinson’s by reaching back to what had made him so successful on the bike and adjusting his perspective on what counted as a win.

 Top 50 Canoe Routes of Ontario

Kevin Callan’s top 50 canoe trips. It’s no surprise that Kevin Callan lives in Peterborough, Ontario, deep in the heart of canoe country and home to the Canadian Canoe Museum. He has written 12 other books on canoe trips in Ontario, and this new book will be welcomed by his many readers, especially novice canoeists. Some of these routes are well known, and others are hidden secrets. Callan gives all the information paddlers need to complete each route, from detailed descriptions and maps of all access points to accurate portage lengths and important river features, as well as general advice on everything from running rapids to shuttle arrangements – all embellished with historical notes and his trademark humor. Ranging from two-day paddles to week-long expeditions, Top 50 Canoe Routes of Ontario includes 40 routes taken from Callan’s Paddler’s Guides series, including: Turtle River White River Nellie Lake Loop Eighteen-Mile Island Loop Old Voyageur Channel Big Trout Loop Nipissing River Barron Canyon Leopold’s North Country Loop The Pines Loop Sturgeon Lake/Olifaunt Lake Wabakimi Provincial Park Bark Lake Loop York River The book also includes 10 new routes that Callan has yet to share with his readers. They include: Elliot Lake Blue Lake Loop Lake Superior Provincial Park’s Old Woman Lake Spanish River, Biscotasing Lake Loop Island Lake Upper Ottawa River Algonquin’s South Panhandle Here are the 50 best canoe routes of Ontario as chosen by one of Canada’s most famous paddlers.


 I Wore the Ocean in the Shape of a Girl: a memoir

At the age of fifteen, Kelle Groom found that alcohol allowed her to connect with people and explore intimacy in ways she’d never been able to experience before. She began drinking before class, often blacked out at bars, and fell into destructive relationships. At nineteen, already an out-of-control alcoholic, she was pregnant. Accepting the heartbreaking fact that she was incapable of taking care of her son herself, she gave him up for adoption to her aunt and uncle. They named him Tommy and took him home with them to Massachusetts. When he was nine months old, the boy was diagnosed with leukemia–but Kelle’s parents, wanting the best for her, kept her mostly in the dark about his health. When Tommy died he was only fourteen months old. Having lost him irretrievably, Kelle went into an accelerating downward spiral of self-destruction. She emerged from this free fall only when her desire to stop drinking connected her with those who helped her to get sober. In stirring, hypnotic prose, I Wore the Ocean in the Shape of a Girl explores the most painful aspects of Kelle’s addiction and loss with unflinching honesty and bold determination. Urgent and vital, exquisite and raw, her story is as much about maternal love as it is about survival, as much about acceptance as it is about forgiveness. Kelle’s longing for her son remains twenty-five years after his death. It is an ache intensified, as she lost him twice–first to adoption and then to cancer. In this inspiring portrait of redemption, Kelle charts the journey that led her to accept her addiction and grief and to learn how to live in the world. Through her family’s history and the story of her son’s cancer, Kelle traces with clarity and breathtaking grace the forces that shape a life, a death, and a literary voice.

 Tiger, Tiger

One summer day, Margaux Fragoso meets Peter Curran at the neighborhood swimming pool, and they begin to play. She is seven; he is fifty-one. When Peter invites her and her mother to his house, the little girl finds a child’s paradise of exotic pets and an elaborate backyard garden. Her mother, beset by mental illness and overwhelmed by caring for Margaux, is grateful for the attention Peter lavishes on her, and he creates an imaginative universe for her, much as Lewis Carroll did for his real-life Alice. In time, he insidiously takes on the role of Margaux’s playmate, father, and lover. Charming and manipulative, Peter burrows into every aspect of Margaux’s life and transforms her from a child fizzing with imagination and affection into a brainwashed young woman on the verge of suicide. But when she is twenty-two, it is Peter–ill, and wracked with guilt–who kills himself, at the age of sixty-six. Told with lyricism, depth, and mesmerizing clarity, Tiger, Tiger vividly illustrates the healing power of memory and disclosure. This extraordinary memoir is an unprecedented glimpse into the psyche of a young girl in free fall and conveys to readers–including parents and survivors of abuse–just how completely a pedophile enchants his victim and binds her to him.

History and geography

 The Everything Family Guide to Budget Travel

Planning a fun family vacation doesn’t have to break the bank. Travel writer Kelly Gray offers creative ways to plan affordable trips. Families with young children can visit popular sites at off-peak times. Adventurers can travel off the beaten path. And everyone can look for historic sites, scenic areas, and fun-filled attractions close to home.Featuring unique, family-friendly destinations, including: Camping, from the mountains to our national parks Adventure travel Water and island vacations All-inclusive resorts and cruises Special-interest travel locations Trips to Europe and beyond This book helps you make the most affordable decisions about lodging, food, and tourist attractions. This easy-to-use guide will be an invaluable tool families simply won’t travel without!

Europe by Eurail

 Fodor’s the Complete Guide to European Cruises

Fodor’s Complete Guide to European Cruises, 1st Edition Europe was the fastest-growing cruising region in the world in 2006, and more ships will cruise there in 2007 than ever before. But cruising in Europe isn’t the same as cruising anywhere else in the world! This guide offers everything a traveler needs to know in order to plan the ideal European cruise. Cruise expert Linda Coffman explains what makes a European cruise different and offers travelers insightful guidance on planning the best European cruise. She shares how to find the best ship and itinerary to fit every need and gives a complete overview of all the cruise lines and ships that travel European waters. At last, Fodor’s has cut through the clutter, providing: *Clear, detailed reviews of every major ship sailing in European waters *Full-color photos of the best ships inside and out *Thorough coverage of 60 major ports of call (including recommendations for the best ship-sponsored excursions and what you can see on your own) *A complete guide to European river cruising by veteran cruiser Ralph Grizzle

Fodor’s Spain

 The Rough Guide to Boston

The Rough Guide to Boston is the definitive guide to this historic city, with in-depth coverage of everything from Fenway Park’s ‘Green Monster’ to the purple windowpanes of Beacon Hill. Whether you’re looking for great places to eat and drink or inspiring accommodation and the most exciting places to party, you’ll find the solution. The Rough Guide to Boston also includes two full-colour sections documenting the city’s zealous relationship with sports, plus a guide to Yankee cooking and eats. For out-of-city excursions, there’s an additional in-depth chapter on the beach region of Cape Cod and the islands. Accurate maps and comprehensive practical information help you get under the skin of this engaging city, whilst stunning photography and a full-colour introduction make The Rough Guide to Boston your ultimate travelling companion. Make the most of your trip with The Rough Guide to Boston.

 The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Best Family Destination

Are we there yet? In The Complete Idiot’s Guide(r) to the Best Family Destinations experienced travel writer Kyle McCarthy-in conjunction with one of the top family travel sites, FamilyTravelForum.com-takes readers through five U.S. regions, Canada, and Mexico, uncovering the top 150 destinations for family travelers. • •FamilyTravelForum.com is ranked 2nd on Google and 3rd on Bing for people searching for family travel. •According to Vacation Rental Managers Association, 64% of people say that on their next vacation they want to go someplace they’ve never been before. •The perfect vacation planning tool in a single volume.

 The  Rough Guide to Boston

Provides advice on planning a trip to Boston, presents descriptions of the highlights in each part of the city, and offers information about restaurants, nightspots, shops, and lodging.

 New Jersey Day Trips:  a guide to outings in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Delaware

Revised and expanded, this updated edition offers a fascinating journey through hundreds of attractions across the Garden State. Both comprehensive and practical, this bestselling guidebook includes dozens of new entries to its already extensive list of destinations.

Washington, D.C.

New Orleans

Fodor’s Pacific Northwest

Peru, Bolivia & Ecuador

 The Everything Guide to Online Genealogy

With millions of records now available online, those interested in their family history have a wealth of information and misinformation at their fingertips. It can be difficult to know where to start! Enter expert genealogist Kimberly Powell to steer you in the right direction. Powell helps you: Effectively search various websites Decipher census data and other online records Choose the best way to share their data, both on- and offline Connect with other genealogists via social media outlets Packed with tips on free databases, search sites, and downloadable government records, you have all you need to find your family going back dozens of generations!

 The Family Tree Problem Solver: tried-and-true tactics for tracing elusive ancestors

Has your family history research hit a brick wall? Marsha Hoffman Rising’s best-selling book The Family Tree Problem Solver has the solutions to help you find the answers you seek.

 Royal Romance, Modern Marriage: the love story of William & Kate

Perhaps the world loved Prince William before he was ever born, as 750 million viewers watched the fairytale wedding of his parents, Prince Charles of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer. Thirty years later, the world is spellbound again by the wedding plans of Prince William and Catherine “Kate” Middleton. Royal Romanceis a comprehensive, chronological telling of this charming, contemporary fairytale. After an overview of the British Royal Family, the book deconstructs William and Kate’s childhoods before they met as St. Andrews University in 2001. From their on-again, off-again eight-year courtship to their Kenyan holiday engagement, from up-to-date ceremony details to post wedding day expectations, this well-researched but concise book explores not only the past but future of this royal couple, presumbly destined to be crowned the King and Queen of England.

 Paris to the Past: traveling through French history by train

In one of the most inventive travel books in years, Caro invites readers on 25 one-day train trips that depart from Paris and transport travelers back through 700 years of French history.

 Napoleon and the Rebel: story of brotherhood, passion and power

Lucien was the most talented of the Bonaparte brothers, who not only can be credited for helping Napoleon seize power, but who also had a promising political career of his own. He was a romantic, an idealist, and an anti-monarchist whose love for Alexandrine, the woman he married in spite of Napoleon’s objections, caused him to fall out of favor with his powerful brother. Here, authors Simonetta and Arikha draw from a massive trove of first-hand documents, allowing them to present a rare, detailed portrait of this remarkable dynasty that reveals Emperor Napoleon and his family at their most intimate and vulnerable moments. The turbulent relationship between Napoleon and his favorite brother, Lucien, of whom the emperor said, “of all my siblings, he was the most gifted, and the one who hurt me most,” creates the perfect springboard to illustrate the bloody power struggles, romantic idealism, and corruption that characterized nineteenth-century Europe, as well as the rise and fall of the French empire.

 Forbidden Lessons in a Kabul Guesthouse: the true story of a woman who risked everything to bring hope to Afghanistan

Set amidst some of the most inhospitable conditions in war-torn, Taliban-seized Afghanistan, “Forbidden Lessons in a Kabul Guesthouse” is an adventure story with heart that tells Sadeed’s inspiring fight to bring aid, education, and peace training to Afghan citizens.

 This Life in Your Hands: one dream, sixty acres and a family undone

A luminous, evocative memoir that explores the hope and struggle behind one family’s search for a self-sufficient life, from a writer of power and beauty reminiscent of Tobias Wolff, Jeannette Walls, and Dave Eggers.


Harrisburg lies on a broad swath of the great Susquehanna River, punctuated with its distinctive bridges. Founder John Harris ventured beyond the frontier and established a ferry in 1733 that ushered the pioneer migrants as they trickled west. Many stayed on to establish a city that became the legislative seat of America’s most industrious state. The unusual vintage postcards in Harrisburg illustrate the history of a city that played an important role in the Civil War and politics of a growing nation. From canals to superhighways, Harrisburg was always one step ahead of others. Birthplace of the steel mill and transportation giant of the North, this city is a story of triumph, tragedy, and rebirth.


 A Singular Woman: the untold story of Barack Obama’s mother

Barack Obama has written extensively about his father, but little is known about Stanley Ann Dunham, the fiercely independent mother who raised him – the person he credits for what is best in him. A Singular Woman is the missing piece of the President’s story.

My Year with Eleanor

 There are Things I Want You to Know About Stieg Larsson and Me

Here is the real inside story-not the one about the Stieg Larsson phenomenon , but rather the love story of a man and a woman whose lives came to be guided by politics and love, coffee and activism, writing and friendship. Only one person in the world knows that story well enough to tell it with authority. Her name is Eva Gabrielsson. Eva Gabrielsson and Stieg Larsson shared everything, starting when they were both eighteen until his untimely death thirty-two years later at the age of fifty. In There Are Things I Want You to Knowabout Stieg Larsson and Me , Eva Gabrielsson accepts the daunting challenge of telling the story of their shared life steeped in love and sharpened in the struggle for justice and human rights. She chooses to tell it in short, spare, lyrical chapters, like snapshots, regaling Larsson’s readers with the inside account of how he wrote, why he wrote, who the sources were for Lisbeth and his other characters-graciously answering Stieg Larsson’s readers’ most pressing questions-and at the same time telling us the things we didn’t know we wanted to know-about love and loss, death, betrayal, and the mistreatment of women.

 Stories I Only Tell My Friends: an autobiography of Rob Lowe

A wryly funny and surprisingly moving account of an extraordinary life lived almost entirely in the public eyeA teen idol at fifteen, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at twenty, and one of Hollywood’s top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences as a painfully misunderstood child actor in Ohio uprooted to the wild counterculture of mid-seventies Malibu, where he embarked on his unrelenting pursuit of a career in Hollywood.The Outsiders placed Lowe at the birth of the modern youth movement in the entertainment industry. During his time on The West Wing, he witnessed the surreal nexus of show business and politics both on the set and in the actual White House. And in between are deft and humorous stories of the wild excesses that marked the eighties, leading to his quest for family and sobriety.Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last twenty-five years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.

 Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin: a memoir of our tumultuous years

This explosive, up-close view of Sarah Palin comes from an inner-circle confidant who shares surprising information about how Sarah dealt with staff and perceived “enemies” and the discrepancy between what she said and what she did.

 Nerd Do Well: a small boy’s journey to becoming a big kid

The unique life story of one of today’s most talented and inventive comedians, star of “Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz,” and “Star Trek.” “Self-confessed geek turned Brit Hollywood hero Simon Pegg opens the book on his nine-to-five.”–“GQ” (UK).

 Mr. Speaker!: the life and times of Thomas B. Reed, the man who broke the filibuster

James Grant’s enthralling biography of Thomas B. Reed, Speaker of the House during one of the most turbulent times in American history–the Gilded Age, the decades before the ascension of reformer President Theodore Roosevelt–brings to life one of the brightest, wittiest, and most consequential political stars in our history. The last decades of the nineteenth century were a volatile era of rampantly corrupt politics. It was a time of both stupendous growth and financial panic, of land bubbles and passionate and sometimes violent populist protests. Votes were openly bought and sold in a Congress paralyzed by the abuse of the House filibuster by members who refused to respond to roll call even when present, depriving the body of a quorum. Reed put an end to this stalemate, empowered the Republicans, and changed the House of Representatives for all time. The Speaker’s beliefs in majority rule were put to the test in 1898, when the sinking of the U.S.S. Maine in Havana Harbor set up a popular clamor for war against Spain. Reed resigned from Congress in protest. A larger-than-life character, Reed checks every box of the ideal biographical subject. He is an important and significant figure. He changed forever the way the House of Representatives does its business. He was funny and irreverent. He is, in short, great company. “What I most admire about you, Theodore,” Reed once remarked to his earnest young protégé, Teddy Roosevelt, “is your original discovery of the Ten Commandments.” After he resigned his seat, Reed practiced law in New York. He was successful. He also found a soul mate in the legendary Mark Twain. They admired one another’s mordant wit. Grant’s lively and erudite narrative of this tumultuous era–the raucous late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries–is a gripping portrait of a United States poised to burst its bounds and of the men who were defining it.

 Black Milk: on writing, motherhood and the harem within

After the birth of her first child in 2006, Turkish writer Shafek suffered from postpartum depression that triggered a profound personal crisis. In this elegantly written memoir, she retraces her journey from free-spirited, nomadic artist to dedicated but emotionally wrought mother.

 My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business

One of the greatest entertainers of his generation, Van Dyke’s talents range from TV (the beloved “Dick Van Dyke Show”) to film (“Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”) to the stage. Here, in his first memoir, Van Dyke reveals he still thinks of himself as a simple song and dance man, but one who is, in every sense of the word, a classic entertainer.


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