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Maran Illustrated Yoga
 
Produced by the award-winning maranGraphics Group, Maran Illustrated Guide to Yoga is a valuable resource for all readers, regardless of age or fitness level. Instead of describing the myriad ways to perform each pose, Maran Illustrated Guide to Yoga shows you the best way, while the full-color photographs and clear, step-by-step instructions walk the reader through each pose from beginning to end. Thorough topic introductions and useful tips provide additional information and advice to enhance your yoga experience and help meet your individual needs. Maran Illustrated Guide to Yoga is packed with essential information including warm-up poses, breathing exercises, seated poses, chair poses, standing poses, bends, relaxation poses, practice sequences and much more. This book is an invaluable guide for beginners who wish to familiarize themselves with the basics of yoga without having to participate in classes, or as a refresher course for individuals wishing to become reacquainted with yoga. Maran Illustrated Guide to Yoga costs less than the price of one private yoga lesson and will be a permanent resource that can be accessed at any time.
 

Voices of Dragons
 
Wow. Following in the footsteps of the great dragon writer, Anne McCaffrey, Carrie Vaughn created a fantastic new world and beautiful young adult story in VOICES OF DRAGONS. Combining a modern world with creatures we normally reserve for mythological places, Ms. Vaughn gave us what many readers search high and low for: real life with a touch of fantasy.
Kay Wyatt is our heroine of the story and probably one of the best aspects of the book. She is a well rounded character and very relatable. Not overly gorgeous or full of angst, Kay allows us to delve into the story with her and join in her adventures. Seventeen and feeling the pressures of teenaged life, Kay escapes to nature when she needs to clear her head. Hiking and rock climbing are her passions, the exhilaration of feeling free enough to calm any frazzled nerves. More than that, her outdoors activities end up serving another purpose. Coupled with fate, they lead her over the border to Dragon and to Artegal, with whom communication is strictly forbidden.
While Kay discovers that dragons may not be as evil as humans think, the rest of her normal life still has to go on. Her best friend, Tam, goes out of her way to encourage the budding romance between Kay and Jon. Caught in the middle of the peer pressure to take their relationship farther than either are really prepared for, the two navigate confusing and rocky waters while still managing to find comfort in the presence of one another. Unlike many new young adult stories hitting the market, Ms. Vaughn allows Kay and Jon to have a simple and fairly innocent romance. It was refreshing in a way because it kept the story light and sweet in terms of that aspect of the book.
 

Do I Need to See the Doctor: The Home-Treatment Encyclopedia
 
Dr. Brian Murat is a specialist in internal medicine and gastroenterology. Educated at Queen's University, his practice now includes comprehensive gastroenterology and emergency internal medicine. Dr. Greg Stewart is a family physician, as well as staff physician in a hospital emergency department and coordinator of continuing medical education. Educated at Memorial University and Dalhousie University, he organizes an annual conference for family physicians from across Canada. Dr. John Rea completed his medical training in Ottawa, which included a family medicine residency and Certificate of Special Competence in Emergency Medicine. His comprehensive family medicine practice includes obstetrics and emergency medicine.
 

The Red Pyramid
 
I must say, when I read the Percy Jackson series, I instantly liked it. I enjoyed the whole Greek Pantheon of ancient gods & goddesses, magic, etc. So, naturally, I wanted to read "The Red Pyramid" to see if it had the same magic. I can happily say that it does and then some. I would even volunteer that I liked "The Red Pyramid" even more than the Percy Jackson books for several reasons.
First, in "The Red Pyramid", we're introduced to two amazing lead characters who both share in the story's narration. Carter Kane, age 14, is an African American teen who has lived with his father, Julius, his entire life...due to what is described as an ugly custody battle between Julius and his former in-laws (Julius' wife, mother to both Carter and Sadie Kane, died when the children were quite young). Sadie Kane, age 12, looks caucasian (taking after their mother) with light skin, blue eyes, and hair she likes to put colored streaks throughout. Because of the custody agreement, Sadie lives in London year-round with her grandparents - seeing her brother and father only two times per year, which has resulted in the siblings being more like distant relatives to each other. Julius is an archeologist, traveling around the world studying ancient Egyptian artifacts and bringing his son Carter along with him wherever he goes. Carter, because of his father's teachings, is an awkward 14 year old boy, a bit hesitant and unsure of himself. Sadie, on the other hand, despite being two years younger than Carter, is quite a bit more bold, quick to speak her mind and very sure of herself and her opinions. I must say, I loved both Carter and Sadie Kane...for their differences as well as how they grow together as siblings! I cannot reveal much more than this without revealing too much of the book...but I think you'll know what I mean when you read "The Red Pyramid".
 

The Allergy-Free Cook Book
 
Over 50 delicious, healthy recipes that avoid all the commong problem foods, includes expert nutritional advice with help on excluding foods and adapting your diet. Essential information on cooking for children who have food allergies.
 

Shit My Dad Says
 
If you like the quotes (and who doesn't???) then you will LOVE this book. There are even more gems from Sam, some of the best yet, plus stories that provide context and touching moments, as well as more hilarity. I seriously couldn't put it down and I will definitely be giving at as a gift all year...
This book will have you laughing till you cry. Justin's dad, Sam, has a way with words, but the book is much more than just a collection of quotes. Justin has chronicled the story beautifully. Thanks for the great read, Justin! Can't wait for the t.v. show!
 

The Apocalypse: A Brief History
 
This accessible and enlightening history provides insights into the fascinating genre of apocalyptic literature, showing how the apocalypse encompasses far more than popular views of the last judgment and violent end of the world might suggest.
An accessible and enlightening history of the "apocalypses" ancient Jewish and Christian works providing fresh insights into the fascinating genre of literature
Shows how the apocalypses were concerned not only with popular views of the last judgment and violent end of the world, but with reward and punishment after death, the heavenly temple, and the revelation of astronomical phenomena and other secrets of nature
Traces the tradition of apocalyptic writing through the Middle Ages, through to the modern era, when social movements still prophesise the world’s imminent demise.
 

The Art of Polymer Clay Creative Surface Effects
 
Polymer clay has grown and grown in popularity since the publication of Donna Kato’s best-selling The Art of Polymer Clay in 1997. And there have been so many technical advances, too. Now poly-diva Donna Kato presents an all-new look at one of crafters’ all-time favorite mediums. Donna Kato’s Polymer Clay Innovations begins with the essentials of polymer clay, including its working properties, plus tools, curing, safety recommendations, and color blending (with full information on the now-indispensable Skinner Blend). Photo-packed chapters focus on exciting projects—beads, bracelets, pins, pendants, and boxes--and showcase new techniques, including image transfers, surface treatments such as stencils, stamps, paints, and inks, sculpting, inclusions, special effects, and finishing. Finished pieces by some of the biggest names in polymer clay, including Kathleen Dustin, Pier Voulkos, and Nan Roche, plus Donna Kato herself, offer ideas and inspiration.
 

Revealers
 
Vampires, werewolves and demons are no problem for Jules, Dani, Zahara and Margo. That's because these girls are young members of a powerful coven of witches and it is their job to hunt down these evil creatures of the night. If there is a threat to innocent humans, they will be there with cape, broom and spell to take the monsters back to...where bad things go. While they fight the things that go bump in the night, they still have to keep their grades up in school and literally fly under the radar, careful to keep their magical identities a secret. They have been told that if anyone finds out, there will be consequences. They aren't sure what these consequences are, but they suspect it can't be anything good and accept it as one of the many secrets that the coven seems to be keeping. Besides, when the girls turn 18, they will be initiated into the inner circle and the secrets will be revealed to them.
Jules is the youngest and most rebelious of the group. She's always the first to break the rules or question the outdated traditions of the coven. She even gets herself involved in a dangerously forbidden romance. She is trying to be a good little witch, but it's dificult for her to follow every rule and regulation, especially when some of them don't make sense or don't seem fair.
As Jules watches her friends become part of the inner circle, she notices a change in each of them. They are acting strange and seem very afraid of something. She wonders exactly what secrets the coven is hiding. As Jules gets closer to the truth she begins to doubt the intentions of her own friends and family and she has no idea who or what she can trust. Up until now, she's been hunting "monsters" for what she thought was the good of the world, but she's not so sure who the real monsters are anymore. As she watches her world crumble, she now must decide if she will follow the ways of the coven or stand up and fight for what she thinks is right.
Revealers is a fantastic, supernatural coming of age story about friendship, courage and trust. It is a perfect mix of magic, suspense and sweetness, a delicious treat with a few tricks up it's sleeves.
 

Devoured
 
This book was a fun read. When I started it, I thought wow, finally a YA supernatural romance that doesn't take itself so seriously. Some of the elements she was introducing were really fun connections to the snow white story. I enjoyed the characters- it was a nice "ensemble cast". The story does turn really dark at the end and I think the author did an excellent job in switching from a light hearted fairy tale to a grim one. The biggest surprise is that this book, aside from having the fairy tale thing going on, and a charming romance, also has a really good ghost story. The character of Remy will tug at your heart and I think it was this part of the story that was the most effective. I have read other books by this author and felt that this was by far her best effort. I probably won't recommend it to younger teens, but older ones should really enjoy it.
 

Complete Idiot's Guide to Total Nutrition
 
This book should be titled "Total Guide to Nutrition AND Fitness". Ms. Bauer does a great job of explaining nutrition and it's role in maintaining one's health. She also covers exercise, pregnancy, eating disorders, and dieting. Quite a complete book. Don't let the "Idiot's" title fool you--this book goes into detail with many topics and serves as much more than just an intro. Bravo Ms. Bauer!
 

The Nostradamus Prophecies
 
Mario Reading presents a fresh and original take on Nostradamus that takes the reader into unchartered territory. The missing prophecies provide an absorbing hook but do not over-burden and this provides space for the narrative to take us in new directions, which Reading does through his fascinating look at gypsy history. Add to this a cast of distinctive and funny characters and a shocking, thoroughly unexpected ending, the Nostradamus Prophecies was everything I was looking for.
If fast-paced historical thrillers in the Dan Brown vein are your thing then this is definitely a recommended read. Gripping from beginning to end I read the whole thing in one fraught sitting.
 

Touch of Evil
 
Touch of Evil is an action-packed police procedural romantic suspense enhanced by a strong ER medical thriller subplot. The cast is solid especially the beleaguered sheriff and the emergency room doctor. However, it is the investigation that owns the novel as evidence points to serial suicides in what looks like a band member's pact until the deputy dies. Although perhaps there is too much negative activity engulfing Justine that threatens to overwhelm the whodunit, Colleen Thompson provides an entertaining gripping thriller.
 

The Hot Shoe Diaries: Big Light from Small Flashes
 
When it comes to photography, it's all about the light.
After spending more than thirty years behind the lens - working for "National Geographic, Time, Life, and Sports Illustrated" - Joe McNally knows about light. He knows how to talk about it, shape it, color it, control it, and direct it. Most importantly, he knows how to create it...using small hot shoe flashes.
In "The Hot Shoe Diaries", Joe brings you behind the scenes to candidly share his lighting solutions for a ton of great images. Using Nikon Speedlights, Joe lets you in on his uncensored thought process - often funny, sometimes serious, always fascinating - to demonstrate how he makes his pictures with these small flashes. Whether he's photographing a gymnast on the Great Wall, an alligator in a swamp, or a fire truck careening through Times Square, Joe uses these flashes to create great light that makes his pictures sing.
 

Crafting springtime gifts: 25 adorable projects featuring bunnies, chicks, lambs and other springtime favourites
 
Lambs, bunnies, geese oh my! This book offers sewers 25 quick and easy projects, using accessible materials, for the perfect touch of spring.
Step-by-step instructions, actual-size patterns and 65 color photos and illustrations aid sewers as they create an adorable collection of hand-sewn farmyard favorites such as hens, lambs, bunnies and geese. In addition, sewers will tap into applique and patchwork to design delightful cards, bags, and wall hangings. For gift-giving ideas or adding a touch of spring to a favorite room, Crafting Springtime Gifts is the essential guide!
 
-25 pastel-themed projects offer sewers perfect ideas for unique hand-sewn gifts
-Full-size projects for quick reference
-Includes small and simple projects to be done quickly and beautifully
 

Everybody Wants Your Money: The Straight-Talking Guide to Protecting (and Growing) the Wealth You Worked So Hard to Earn
 
Most books talk about how to earn wealth, not how to protect what you've already got: enter EVERYBODY WANTS YOUR MONEY: THE STRAIGHT-TALKING GUIDE TO PROTECTING (AND GROWING) THE WEALTH YOU WORKED SO HARD TO EARN. Now, here's a winning guide which tells how to stay in touch with what you've already got. Chapters come from a self-made multimillionaire who came from a lower-middle-class family and today manages over $100 million in client assets. They speak of how brokers, financial advisors and others get their hands on your money, how to avoid scams and pick pros you can trust, how to manage divorce and wills to keep money options in the best possible places, and more. From common scams and con games to understanding how financial predators work, EVERYBODY WANTS YOUR MONEY doesn't require a million in the bank: even small-scale investors will learn from Latko's wisdom.
 

Night of Power
 
This is one of Hugo and Nebula award winning author, Spider Robinson's earliest books. The American-born author, now living in Canada paints a grim but possibly accurate picture of the possible future between white and African Americans. As with all of Robinson's books, the characterisation is excellent and the plot well developed. An excellent story that holds you until the last page.
 

Professor Trim's Ultimate Food Energy Guide
 
This is the third book in Garry Egger's series of books based on his "Professor Trim's Medically Supervised Weight Loss Program", a medically-based programme endorsed by GPs. The book provides a listing of hundreds of food products broken down by "energy density", a hot topic in weight control research. Regulating the energy density of food that is consumed has begun to supersede previous medical arguments about fat or carbohydrate content as the pivotal factor in weight loss. This is a quick reference listing which can be used in conjunction with the "Becoming Gutless" or "Becoming Slim" weight loss books for men and women respectively.
 

Vacations from Hell
 
I had bought this originally because I loved the Mortal Instruments series. I did not know the other authors, but I figured it was worth a shot. I was beyond pleasantly surprised! It is a compilation of short stories about supernatural and weird events that all take place with the characters on vacation. What is so great about this book is now I have knowledge of a handful of other authors to check out now! The first story is a little cheesy, still not bad, and they get better as they go along! I read the whole book in one day, and am now going to try out the rest of the Hell books! Happy reading :)
 

Time of Our Lives: The Science of Human Aging
 
If you've ever wondered why we can live to 80 years while our pets or livestock can expect to live for only a small fraction of that span, you'll find the explanations in "The Time of our Lives" very satisfying.
The best part of this book is its exploration of what aging is, in biological terms, and how different modes of aging can be explained by Darwinian theory. This is not a book on how to live longer, but rather a book on what scientists are learning about the mechanisms and reasons for aging.
Kirkwood writes in a lighthearted and readable style, but unlike many popular science writers, he gives his reader total respect. In areas where I keep up with medical research, (like the long-term effects of HRT) I found his book to be right up to date with the research published within the last year.
Best of all, he has no "do this and live for ever" prescription--a nice change from most other books about aging available nowadays, which seem to have been written under the sponsorship of supplement manufacturers.
 

The Proof House
 
After years spent in the saps under the defenses of the apparently impregnable city of Ap’Iscatoy, Bardas Loredan, sometimes fencer–at–law and betrayed defender of the famed Triple City, is suddenly hero of the Empire. His reward is a boring administrative job in a backwater, watching armor tested to destruction in the Proof House. But the fall of Ap’Iscatoy has opened up unexpected possibilities for the expansion of the Empire into the land of the Plains people, and Bardas Loredan is the one man Temrai the Great, King of the Plains tribes, fears the most… The Proof House is the gripping, hugely entertaining conclusion of K.J. Parker’s Fencer Trilogy.
 

The Collector's Guide to eBay
 
I've been a collector for more than 8 years and have built up what I think is a great rare book collection, but trying to crack this ebay nut has been tough. This book was a big help to me. It explains in down to earth language how to start making money on ebay, and also how to locate rare items that others won't find, you just have to know some clever tips on searching. I would highly recommend this book to other collectors who want to get their feet wet using ebay, or others who maybe have some experience on the site but want tips on making better money. Overall a great read.
 

Summertime Treats
 
Great summer recipes for you and your friends.
 

Negotiate Your Way to Riches: How to Convince Others to Give You What You Want
 
I don't usually recommend books but I think this book is awesome. I have put some of Peter's negotiating techniques in action and they work. I found the book not only informative but also interesting and doable. The execises were very helpful and certainly help to create the negotiating mindset that Peter talks about.
Make sure and read each chapter over until Peter's teachings are fully understood and make sure and do the exercises.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to win in the negotiating process. Can't wait to read his next book.
 

Twist and Loop: Dozens of Jewelry Designs to Knit and Crochet with Wire
 
Annie Modesitt is the most creative and imaginative designer I know. In Twist and Loop she uses her ample talent with color and texture to create a collection of gorgeous knit and crochet wire jewelry. Ranging from simple and elegant to flamboyant and funky, there are designs here to compliment every wardrobe. These portable projects also make terrific gifts, and each includes an estimate of how long it will take to complete. Sections on knitting and crocheting with wire and beads round out the book, and provide all of the skills necessary to succeed in learning to work with these unusual materials. A must have for every adventurous knitter and crocheter.
 

Feminine Knits: 22 Timeless Designs
 
This is a really good book. I'm impressed with the quality of the patterns, I would make and wear most of them. Unlike several of other knitting books, this one has mostly garments and not a lot of accessories like hats and scarves. The patterns are up to date and elegant. Lots of possibilities here!
 

China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know
 
"China in the 21st Century" provides a good background on China, though it is rather bland reading. In addition to providing background on China, Wasserstrom also addresses important issues (eg. "Is war likely over Taiwan?") in a even-handed manner. The author also brings appropriate focus - eg. reminding readers that even though intensively competitive, about 70% of its largest businesses are still state-owned. However, the book lacks any solid projections for the future - especially China's economics.
 

Baby & Toddler Sleep Solutions For Dummies
 
Understand the sleep effects of life changes, prematurity, and health issues
Find your way to your family's best sleep solutions!
Do you wonder whether you'll ever sleep through the night again? Relax! This reassuring guide provides the essential information you need to help your kids to go to sleep and stay asleep all night long, whatever their age or stage of development. So cheer up a good night's sleep is just pages away!
 

The Awakening
 
In the sequel to The Summoning, Chloe Saunders finds herself betrayed, and back in the hands of the Edison Group. There she discovers the truth: she's part of an experiment, her genes modified in an attempt to suppress her supernatural powers. But when she manages to get away--with the help of an unlikely ally--and join Simon and Derek again, she finds that the Edison Group is relentless and ruthless, and keeping away from them will be harder than they originally thought. In the meantime, Chloe learns that controlling her powers is a lot harder than she imagined, and there's too much she doesn't know...
The Awakening is even more riveting and full of nonstop action than its prequel. Armstrong offers an unflinching and oftentimes grim look at what life on the streets is like for teens, with the added appeal of a perfectly sinister and powerful enemy and the suspense of unknown supernatural powers. Armstrong's teen characters are smart and resourceful, and each obstacle thrown their way requires them to use every bit of caution, wits, and intelligence they possess. Armstrong focuses a little more on the technical aspects of the teens' powers and abilities as Derek and Chloe especially explore their capabilities and restraints. Their difficulties and the tension that they face help them grow as characters and make them more appealing characters to the reader. This dark, gripping, and highly suspenseful read will have readers chomping at the bit for a sequel.
 

Animalkind: What We Owe to Animals
 
In Animalkind: What We Owe to Animals Jean Kazez argues for a drastic reduction in our consumption of animal products. Though certainly not an abolitionist, Kazez argues we owe all animals a "respect" which, though its exact boundaries are "fuzzy", is clearly incompatible with our current treatment of them. Kazez's writing style is at both accessible and engaging but what is most impressive is the book's breadth, as it moves elegantly through history, theology, anthropology, neuroscience and philosophy. Both the book's limited conclusion and Kazez's refusal to reduce her position to a set of simple moral prohibitions may frustrate some vegans. Vegans are, however, not Kazez's intended audience. Instead this book is addressed to omnivores who, after decades of consuming a large number of animal products, are open to considering whether their life choices are consistent with their moral commitments. Kazez's style is perfectly suited to this task, with the charming honesty of her brief autobiographical interludes (despite considerable changes to her lifestyle, Kazez is not yet vegan) making it clear that this is not the saint preaching to the sinners. If you are already a committed vegan, then this may not be the book for you but it is the perfect present for your omnivorous friends and family.
 

Angels: A History
 
Angels are all around us. They flutter in stained glass windows, of course, and in cemeteries, but little ones shoot arrows into hearts, especially around Valentine's Day, and they show up in movies like _It's a Wonderful Life_ or _Wings of Desire_. Something like seventy percent of Americans believe in real angels, not just the one shown in art, and they believe that angels are busy doing things and helping us along. Belief in angels seems to be increasing when our age is proud of its science and rationality. Why are we infested with these celestial beings, or at least with those who are certain of their existence? There are answers in an agreeable little book _Angels: A History_ (Oxford University Press) by David Albert Jones. Jones has been a friar, and is a Professor of Bioethics in the School of Theology, Philosophy, and History at St. Mary's University College in Twickenham, England. He thus knows angels up and down. He's not going to tell you if they exist or not, advising that it is foolish to try to prove or disprove their existence; but since he advises keeping an open mind about the existence of immaterial spirits (just as others might advise us to keep open minds about fairies or alien abductions), it might be clear upon what side he leans. Nonetheless, there are reasons we think of angels the way we do, and depict them, for instance, with wings or with harps or arrows. Jones's book is a welcome examination of millennia of religiously-approved folklore, true or not.
 

 

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