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Excel 2010 For Dummies Quick Reference
Find the answers to your most important Excel questions with this reference
John Walkenbach’s name is synonymous with excellence in computer books that decipher complex technical topics. Known as "Mr. Spreadsheet," Walkenbach—along with Excel expert Colin Banfield—answers your most common and important Excel questions in this easy-to-understand reference.
You'll learn how to open, save, protect, and recover workbook files; add, copy, and delete worksheets; enter and edit data and text; create formulas and functions; audit, format, and print; and more. Highly organized and free of unnecessary jargon, this essential reference allows you to find the answers you’re looking for quickly and easily.
Excel gurus Walkenbach and Banfield offer quick and easy answers to common Excel questions
Offers information in a highly organized, easy-to-understand format so you can find exactly what you need
Includes information on opening, saving, protecting and recovering workbook files; adding, copying, and deleting worksheets; entering and editing data and text; creating formulas and functions; auditing; formatting; printing; and more
Covers navigating the user interface; using the Ribbon and Quick Access toolbar; saving, protecting, and recovering workbook files; entering and editing data; creating formulas and functions, and much more
Excel 2010 For Dummies Quick Reference enables you to spend more time working on your projects rather than trying to figure how to make Excel work for you!

Office 2010 All-in-One For Dummies
The leading book on Microsoft Office, now fully updated for Office 2010
Microsoft Office, the world's leading productivity suite, has been updated with new tools. Veteran Office users as well as newcomers will need the comprehensive information in this bestselling All-in-One guide.
With a self-contained minibook devoted to each Office application plus minibooks on how Office works together and how you can expand its usefulness, Office 2010 All-in-One For Dummies gets you up to speed and answers the questions you'll have down the road.
Microsoft Office is the office productivity suite used around the globe; nearly every business worker encounters it daily
The 2010 revision will affect all applications in the suite
Eight minibooks cover Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, Publisher, common Office tools, and ways to expand Office productivity
Also covers the new online versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint as well as changes to the interface and new tools and techniques
Office 2010 All-in-One For Dummies makes it easy to learn to use Office and gets you up and running on all the changes and enhancements in Office 2010.

Word 2010 Simplified
Simply the easiest way yet to get up to speed on Word 2010
Microsoft Word 2010 includes all sorts of new features and functionalities, a redesigned interface, new emphasis on collaboration, and many additional changes. Both users of previous editions and those new to the Office applications will appreciate the clear, visual instruction in this book.
With step-by-step instructions and large, full-color screen shots demonstrating dozens of Word 2010 tasks, Word 2010 Simplified gets you up and running faster than you ever thought possible.
Word is the most-used application in Microsoft Office, which holds more than 90 percent of the market for Windows-based productivity suites
The new version of Word includes many changes and new features; both newcomers to Word and users of previous editions will appreciate this clear, visual introduction to the program
A streamlined interior with large font and screenshots, makes this guide easy to follow for all users at any age
Covers the basics, document fundamentals, formatting documents and adding graphics, collaborating and sharing documents, how and when to use Office Web Applications, and much more
If you learn best when you see how things are done, or if you just want a quick and easy guide to familiarize you with the new features of Word 2010, Word 2010 Simplified fills the bill.

Excel 2010 Visual Quick Tips
 Work smarter and faster in Excel 2010 with this quick, practical guide!
Want quick answers to your Excel 2010 questions? This handy guide breaks down big tasks into bite-sized how-tos that quickly show you how to accomplish what you want to do. Full-color screenshots and numbered steps clearly explain dozens of features and functions-while shortcuts, tips, and tricks help you save time and boost productivity. There's no fluff-these nuggets are pure gold Excel essentials. And the book's handy 6" x 9" size makes it even easier for you to find what you need.
Demystifies the 2010 version of Excel, the world's leading spreadsheet application that is part of Microsoft Office 2010
Walks you through dozens of new features and functions
Helps you migrate from older versions of Excel and ramp up to new Excel functionality in no time
Uses straightforward descriptions and explanations, full-color screenshots, and easy-to-follow numbered steps to help you glean what you need, fast
Boosts your productivity with shortcuts, tips, and tricks that help you work smarter
Make Excel 2010 work for you with the invaluable quick tips in Excel 2010 Visual Quick Tips.

Word 2010 All-in-One For Dummies
A complete guide to the world's most popular word processing software
Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software on the planet, and the most-used application in the Microsoft Office productivity suite. Along with the rest of Office, Word has been enhanced with new features and capabilities in the 2010 version.
Word's many users will find new things to learn and use in Word 2010, and this all-in-one guide gets them up to speed while providing a reference for taking Word to the next level.
Word is the top-selling application in the Microsoft Office suite and is the leading word processing software
Both newcomers to Word and experienced users will need instruction in Word 2010's new features, including online editing capabilities, online document collaboration, and an improved search function
Nine minibooks cover Word basics, editing, formatting, inserting bits and pieces, publishing documents, using reference features, mailings, customizing Word, and special features for developers
Word 2010 All-in-One For Dummies makes it easier for Word users everywhere to get up and running with Word 2010 and its new features.

Access 2010 Bible
The expert guidance you need to get the most out of Access 2010
Get the Access 2010 information you need to succeed with this comprehensive reference. If this is your first encounter with Access, you'll appreciate the thorough attention to database fundamentals and terminology. If you're familiar with earlier versions, you can jump right into Access 2010 enhancements such as the new Access user interface and wider use of XML and Web services.
Takes you under the hood of Microsoft Access 2010, the database application included with Microsoft Office 2010
Explores the latest enhancements, such as a new user interface and wider use of XML and Web services; also, how to exchange data with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other Office apps
Covers how to create tables, manipulate datasheets, and work with multiple tables
Explains the seven database objects and how to use a seven-step design method to build a database tailored to your needs
Shows you how to build forms, use Visual Basic and the VBA Editor, automate query parameters, create functions and subroutines, use XML to create data access pages, and more

Project 2010 For Dummies
A friendly reference guide to Microsoft Project, the leading enterprise project management software
As project management software, Microsoft Project allows you to oversee your business activities effectively. You can manage resources, share project info, perform modeling and scenario analysis, and standardize reporting processes. This easy-to-understand guide is completely updated to cover the latest changes and newest enhancements to Project 2010 and shows you how to get Project 2010 to work for you.
After an introduction to basic project management concepts, you’ll discover the mechanics of using Project software to create and manage projects. Other topics covered include working with calendars, using and sharing resources, budgeting, formatting taskbars, gathering and tracking data, working with reports, and creating templates.
Microsoft Project allows you to manage resources, share project information, perform scenario analysis, and standardize reporting processes
Offers completely updated coverage of the new Project 2010, which is expected to implement the Office Ribbon
Reviews formatting taskbars, gathering and tracking data, and working with reports
Addresses using and sharing resources, creating templates, and managing projects

Office 2010 Simplified
A clear, visual way to learn Office 2010 quickly and easily
If you're looking for a way to get up to speed quickly on the newest version of Microsoft Office, these 400 pages of step-by-step instructions and full-color screen shots make it easy. Office 2010 has new features and tools to master, and whether you're upgrading from an earlier version or encountering the Office applications for the first time, you'll appreciate this simplified approach.
This easy-to-follow guide covers Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Publisher. Microsoft Office holds more than 90 percent of the market for Windows-based productivity suites.
More than 90 percent of Windows users use Microsoft Office
This guide covers all the Office applications: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Publisher
Designed for people who learn best visually, with step-by-step instructions illustrated with full-color screen shots throughout
Revamped interior design makes it even easier to find and understand information
Teaches dozens of common Office tasks
Office 2010 Simplified makes this technology easy to understand, even for those who are completely new to computers.

The Church and Slavery
This scarce antiquarian book is included in our special Legacy Reprint Series. In the interest of creating a more extensive selection of rare historical book reprints, we have chosen to reproduce this title even though it may possibly have occasional imperfections such as missing and blurred pages, missing text, poor pictures, markings, dark backgrounds and other reproduction issues beyond our control. Because this work is culturally important, we have made it available as a part of our commitment to protecting, preserving and promoting the world's literature.

Japanese Cuisine
Noted for its light, subtly contrasted sweet and sour flavor, Japanese Cuisine showcases a selection of Japan's best loved dishes. Featured are delicious and elegant recipes for a party of two to a banquet feast: Broiled Fresh Eel, Fried Pork Cutlet, Seafood Tempura, assorted sushi and sashimi, udon noodles, and egg dishes. Photographes illustrate preparation steps fully. Included 71 recipes and is bilingual in English and Chinese.

Modern Japanese Cuisine: Food, Power and National Identity
Over the past two decades, the popularity of Japanese food in the West has increased immeasurably—a major contribution to the evolution of Western eating habits. But Japanese cuisine itself has changed significantly since pre-modern times, and the food we eat at trendy Japanese restaurants, from tempura to sashimi, is vastly different from earlier Japanese fare. Modern Japanese Cuisine examines the origins of Japanese food from the late nineteenth century to unabashedly adulterated American favorites like today’s California roll.

ArtTalk, Student Edition
The perfect blend of art criticism, art history, aesthetics, and studio production.
ArtTalk has expanded its coverage of art history, strengthened its technology integration features, and placed more emphasis on the performing arts - all while maintaining its focus on a media approach to the elements and principles of art.

Frommer's 500 Extraordinary Islands
Escape to the World's Most Spectacular Islands
This guidebook leads you on an irresistible tour of some of the most magnificent islands around the globe—from tiny isles to island nations, and from the well-trod to the totally uninhabited. Whether it's the history and charm of islands like Mont-Saint-Michel (France) and Ocracoke (United States) or the unspoiled vistas of far-flung places like Antarctica and Polynesia's Tuvalu, you'll discover a host of islands you'd love to visit—or stay on forever.
The book includes contact information and details on transportation and accommodations to make trip-planning easy. A geographical index helps you find destinations quickly.
Choose Your Own Island Adventure
Great escapes: unspoiled beaches, tropical retreats, exotic hideaways
Leisure and pleasure: sun worshiping, land and water sports, nightlife
Nature and wildlife: lush landscapes, nature preserves, rare species
Cities and countries: vibrant metropolises, independent nations, city enclaves
History and mystery: ancient marvels, cultural treasures, spiritual centers
Find travel news & deals, expert advice, and connect with fellow travelers at

Frommer's China
Our expert authors, longtime residents in and frequent travelers to China, share their candid opinions on what's worth your time and what's?not.
Frommer's China takes you from the Great Wall, to the terracotta warriors of Xi'an; from hidden Buddhist caves along the Silk Road to mystical mountains in the East. Plus, you'll have everything you need to enjoy a cosmopolitan adventure in Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong.
Learn strategies for when to travel independently and when to travel with a tour group. Our extensive transportation information and author recommendations help get you off the beaten path.
Detailed maps have Chinese characters, pinyin spelling, and English;?supplemental chapters list translations of hotels, restaurants, and points of interest.
Extensive and invaluable supplemental language and dining chapters help make sense of Mandarin for the traveler. Plus, useful Chinese characters throughout the book?make navigating the country easier.

Effective Telephone Fundraising
An authoritative guide to boosting your nonprofit's bottom line through effective telephone fundraising
Presenting a detailed structure for writing effective telephone call "scripts", Effective Telephone Fundraising explains the necessary and effective components of an effective call from beginning to end, and provides helpful hints, detailed examples, phrases to employ, phraseology to avoid, and a "road map/chart" for structuring effective call scripts.
•This how-to manual examines in detail the various stages of an effective telephone call from identifying the prospect and introducing yourself; getting through screens and talking to the decision maker; developing rapport and a creating two-way conversation; explaining the purpose of your call; making a proposal to the prospect;the process of negotiation and effective closing strategies; results of the negotiation;and ending the call.
•Examines in detail a systematic way of dealing with objections
•Deflection/decision deferral strategies, along with psychological motivators for giving over the telephone
•Reveals how to assess the giving potential of prospects
•Includes sample scripts or call outlines
•Effective lines that could immediately be incorporated into existing telephone fundraising strategies to improve results
A complete, start-to-finish guide for successful telephone fundraising, Effective Telephone Fundraising helps you structure effective call scripts for your nonprofit's best advantage.

Fundraising Principles and Practice
This books offers a definitive text on the vital topic fundraising. It provides students of fundraising and nonprofit professionals access to the most relevant theories and includes concrete examples of modern fundraising practice. The book contains clear learning objectives, recommended readings, case studies, summary self-test questions, and exercises at the end of each chapter. The Principles and Practice of Fundraising comprehensively addresses all the major forms of fundraising and critical topics such as donor behavior and fundraising planning.

Start and Run a Shop: How to Open a Successful Retail Business
There is nothing more satisfying than owning a shop of your own. Whether it's a designer clothing store, an exciting florist, or something for practically everything, this book will guide you through all you need to know about opening your own retail business. It is aimed at anyone who has a dream or a practical idea. It includes case histories of hands-on shop owners, their advice and top tips. You will be able to browse through such topics as: - Choosing the best location - Finding finance in a dwindling market - Developing a business plan - Exploring the costs of setting up - Selecting the products you want to carry - Decoration, displays and shelving - Meeting the challenges of a new business - Getting your business noticed in an internet age - Turning your passion into a profitable business

Teaching English Language Learners Across the Content Areas
The audience for Teaching English Language Learners Across
the Content Areas is teachers, supervisors, curriculum specialists,
principals, and superintendents who are working with
English language learners (ELLs) in their classrooms. This
book is the result of our combined experience working with
ELLs: Judie taught elementary and middle school ELLs for
28 years and has been working with teachers of ELLs for the
last 16 years; Debbie worked with high school ELLs for six
years, administered K–12 English language education for over
20 years, and taught at a university for over a decade where
she designed and developed courses for general classroom,
secondary subject-matter, special education, resource, and
English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers, as well as for
administrators who taught English to ELLs. Debbie directs a
professional development, consulting, and support center for
teachers and administrators of ELLs.
Educators are teaching a rapidly growing number of ELLs in
U.S. schools, yet most public school teachers are not trained
to do so. As a result, they are challenged to find effective ways
to ensure that ELLs are actively participating in content area
instruction. This is particularly so because many ELLs receive
limited instruction in ESL.

Electronic Crime Scene Investigation
This book is intended to assist State and local law enforcement and other first responders who may be responsible for preserving an electronic crime scene and for recognising, collecting, and safeguarding digital evidence. It is not all inclusive but addresses situations encountered with electronic crime scenes and digital evidence. All crime scenes are unique and the judgement of the first responder, agency protocols, and prevailing technology should all be considered when implementing the information in this guide. First responders to electronic crime scenes should adjust their practices as circumstances - including level of experience, conditions, and available equipment - warrant.The circumstances of individual crime scenes and Federal, State, and local laws may dictate actions or a particular order of actions other than those described in this guide. First responders should be familiar with all the information in this guide and perform their duties and responsibilities as circumstances dictate. This is an edited and excerpted edition of a U.S. Dept. of Justice publication.

Diet Quality of Americans
This book uses the most recently available data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES 1999-2004) to provide an up-to-date and comprehensive picture of the diets of Food Stamp Program (FSP) participants in three age groups - children 1-18 years old, adults 19-59 years old, and older adults 60 years and older. The book examines nutrient intakes, diet quality, and food choices. Data are presented for FSP participants and two groups of nonparticipants - those who were income-eligible for the FSP but did not participate, and higher-income individuals who were not eligible for the FSP.

Desk Encyclopedia of Microbiology
The Desk Encyclopedia of Microbiology, Second Edition is a single-volume comprehensive guide to microbiology for the advanced reader. Derived from the six volume e-only Encyclopedia of Microbiology, Third Edition, it bridges the gap between introductory texts and specialized reviews. Covering topics ranging from the basic science of microbiology to the current "hot" topics in the field, it will be invaluable for obtaining background information on a broad range of microbiological topics, preparing lectures and preparing grant applications and reports.
* The most comprehensive single-volume source providing an overview of microbiology to non-specialists
* Bridges the gap between introductory texts and specialized reviews.
* Provides concise and general overviews of important topics within the field making it a helpful resource when preparing for lectures, writing reports, or drafting grant applications

The Art of Painting Animals on Rocks
A step-by-step handbook on painting animals on rocks, which contains 11 projects including ladybirds, turtles, rabbits, kittens, foxes and owls.

Encyclopedia Of Haunted Places Ghostly Locales From Around The World
The Encyclopedia of Haunted Places - Ghostly Locales From Around The World, is the first directory to be written by dozens of the world’s leading paranormal investigators. Research notes, location background, first-hand accounts, and many anomalous photographs featuring ghostly manifestations comprise the hundreds of haunted listings in this directory.
Belanger is the founder of, the Internet's largest supernatural community, which attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors per year. He's the author of: The World's Most Haunted Places: From the Secret Files of (New Page Books 2004), and The Encyclopedia of Haunted Places (New Page Books 2005).
Jeff Belanger has been studying and writing about the supernatural for regional and national publications since 1997. He's the founder of, the largest supernatural community on the Web, and the author of more than 10 books, including The World's Most Haunted Places, Our Haunted Lives, and The Ghost Files.

The Concise Focal Encyclopedia of Photography
From the history of photography to the digital images of today, this book describes how photos were first made and how they'll last. It melds photography with sociology to make this a unique reading experience.

Yoga with Weights For Dummies
The hardest part of any exercise program is getting started. Often the programs are too complex and expect the participant to be "in shape". Then there is the cost of expensive equipment and the time commitment. Finding the right exercise program that suits your lifestyle, your needs, and your schedule seems like a recipe for disaster.
Yoga with Weights For Dummies to the rescue. Yoga with Weights is a unique program that combines the stretching and flexibility aspects of yoga with the strength training benefits of weights. The end result is long lean muscles that are strong, without the expensive equipment or inflexible exercise regime.
Yoga with Weights For Dummies actually outlines a number of different programs to gently fit different needs for energy, balance, restoration, strengthening, endurance, and abs workouts. Special adaptations and workouts are also giving for seniors and pregnant women. In all cases, the amount of weight (from no weight at all to 5 pounds) is left up to the participant based upon his or her needs, fitness levels, and goals. Moreover, unlike other fitness regimes, yoga with weights can be done in a twenty minute block of time or broken up throughout your day.

Tree Shepherd's Daughter
As soon as I started reading this book I absolutely fell in love. The story is great, it is easy to read, and also highly enjoyable. I love the fantasy elements in it as well as the issues a young girl faces when she meets a father she barely even knows. I could relate to the girl very well, and it hit home as for many years I, too, did not know my father very well. She even used some of the same terms I used to describe my father in the past due to the lack of father/daughter relations; like bio-dad for example. Because of that it really made the story feel real, and you could definatly sympathize with the girl who is brought into an enviroment totally different from what she had been raised in. How fun would it be to live at a Ren Faire?! This book has definatly made me want to go to one someday.
It does become a heart warming story as she does eventually develop a better relationship with her father, and also develops friendships along the way too. Of course you cannot escape some drama, a feud between her and another Faire person, a little bit of struggle due to some other Faire Folk not taking kindly to her heritage, but she pulls though like a shining star. She also learns more about herself, her family history, and what she really is.
I eagerly await the next two books that will come, unfortunatly the only downfall I have is that the next book does not come out until Summer of '08. Really that is the only bummer I have, having to wait so long to continue this wonderful literary adventure!
I recommend this book for teens, young adults, and 'grown-ups' who want to delve into a bit of fantasy and fun. One is never too young to read a great book!

The Story of Mankind
Anyone who can chronicle world history from 500,000 B.C. to present times--and do so in a lively, entertaining style--deserves a medal. Luckily, the bestowers of the very first Newbery Medal in 1922 thought so, too. The warm, personable tone of Hendrik Willem van Loon's writing lends itself to true learning in a way that stern, dry textbooks never do. In the introduction, he describes climbing a tower in Rotterdam in his youth. Years later, the perspective at the top inspired the author to develop a metaphor of history as a "mighty Tower of Experience, which Time has built amidst the endless fields of bygone ages."
This genuinely enjoyable charmer, for history buffs and the historically challenged alike, covers human history from prehistoric times, when our earliest ancestors were learning to communicate with grunts, right through to the issues of the latter 20th century: gay rights, Arab-Israeli conflicts, and health and fitness. Revised and updated several times since 1921, van Loon's inviting classic is filled with stories (and witty parenthetical asides) that bring history alive. His pen-and-ink illustrations, maps, and animated chronology contribute to the cozy, round the fireplace aspect of the book.

The Secret of the Dread Forest
I really liked this book, for all ages. The story line and plot kept you wanting to read more. I liked that the trees were not only able to talk but that they all had different personalities. I am sure that people can relate to many of the things Keelie had to deal with. I like it when the story makes it hard for you to tell the good character from the bad. It makes me have to pay attention to the story plot. I am looking forward to the next set of books.

The Romanov Prophecy
If enough people knew about this book to put it on the best seller list, I have no doubt it would become the phenomenon that is The DeVinci Code. That's how good this book is.
The book is built upon that much debunked but won't die theory that one or more of the Romanov children escaped the basement in Ekateranberg where the rest of the Imperial family was murdered. Because the escape of at least one child, Anastasia, is a well known urban myth, the plot will feel familiar to those who don't know a whole lot about the former Imperial rulers of Russia.
The plot is plausable once you get over the fact that the entire urban myth about any Romanov's surviving the murder scene is laughable and has no basis in reality. But getting over that isn't hard if all you want is a good read. It is, after all, a fiction book.
The chase and escape scenes are at least as well done and believable as those in The DeVinci Code with the exception of one towards the end of the book. But because it is fiction, I'm inclined to give the author a pass on that scene.
The premise of a Russian return to tsarism in the book, while far fetched, isn't out of the relm of eventual possibility as Russians search to rid themselves of the mafia style oligarchs that have hijacked their attempts at dimocracy and find a style of government that actually can deliver on its promises.
The author has also provided an extremely well designed premise for how Anastasia and Alexi could have survived the murder of their family and stayed in hiding throughout Lenin and Stalin's regimes. He builds well upon the Russian hiding of so much in their archives and Stalin's well known paranoia. If anyone would have gone to great lengths to cover an escape up had he known about it, it would be Stalin.

Step by Step Landscaping
General to semi-technical information for creating a landscape plan and building common landscaping structures, including 500 full-color photographs and more than 100 illustrations. This book has great, easy-to-understand ideas, from planning to installation, and includes plant selection charts.

The Best American Short Stories of the Century (Audio Book!)
The task had to be daunting, selecting the 55 stories that grace this volume. The title alone is daunting: the best? But the riches containedAincluding a foreword by Kenison and a deft introduction from UpdikeAprove the title accurate. Consider the resources mined: 2000 stories anthologized in annual best-of volumes since 1915. Although certain notable story writers, John O'Hara for one, never made it into the series and others who did have been crowded out of this volume, the stories excavated and displayed herein are gems. Often these are the gems one would expectAsuch as John Cheever's balance of the magical and the sinister in "The Country Husband," about an inappropriate desire that floods a man after a plane crash. What story captures better than "Greenleaf" Flannery O'Connor's affrontery before Protestantism and her vision of unearned grace? And would readers expect anything less of Dorothy Parker than "Here We Are," a scathing yet poignant depiction of a newly married couple bickering like old retirees? Indeed, the volume includes such signature stories as Joyce Carol Oates's "Where Are You Going, where Have You Been?," Cynthia Ozick's "The Shawl," Raymond Carver's "Where I'm Calling From" and Tim O'Brien's "The Things They Carried." But some stories here by the well-known are not necessarily the best known. Fitzgerald is represented not by "Babylon Revisited" but by "Crazy Sunday," about the perilous life of a screenwriter employed at a director's whim. The transient world captured in Eudora Welty's "The Hitch-Hikers" seems far removed from the homier gardens, parlors, and post offices familiar from her other fiction. And readers can be grateful that Updike chose not "The Magic Barrel" but Bernard Malamud's "The German Refugee," a tale that ends with a dark if O. Henry-like reversal. In Kenison's words, these stories are "an invaluable record of our century." The book opens with Benjamin Rosenblatt's "Zelig," a tale of an immigrant who longs against reason to return to Russia. Immigration is a recurring theme, picked up again in Alexander Godin's sadly ironic "My Dead Brother Comes to America," And that we are nearly all descendants of immigrants is Aas apparent in Willa Cather's "Double Birthday" or Saul Bellow's "A Silver Dish" as in Gish Jen's bitterly funny "Birthmates," about a Chinese-American as trapped by his self-definition as by the racism of others. In his introduction, Updike writes, "The American experience... has been brutal and hard." The stories bear this out. In Elizabeth Bishop's "The Farmer's Children," two boys freeze protecting their father's equipment, while in Grace Stone Coates's lovely "Wild Plums," a young girl is forbidden to gather fruit with a family her mother deems socially inferior. Life on this continent may be brutal, but this extraordinary collection offers up dazzling writing that salves the wounds, as well as stories full of the pleasures of life.

Teach Yourself Beginner's Spanish (Audio Book!)
For those who find learning a new language daunting, the Teach Yourself Beginner's Language Series is just what the language teacher ordered. Each friendly and practical course introduces the new language without overwhelming the learner and includes:
Lively dialogues and exercises
A helpful pronunciation section
Manageable lists of practical vocabulary
A glossary of grammar terms
Hints on how to make learning easy
Fascinating language and cultural information
Accompanying dialogue recordings on CD

The Complete Infidel's Guide to the Koran (Audio Book!)
The Koran: It may be the most controversial book in the world. Some see it as a paean to peace, others call it a violent mandate for worldwide Islamic supremacy.
How can one book lead to such dramatically different conclusions? New York Times bestselling author Robert Spencer reveals the truth in The Complete Infidel's Guide to the Koran: not many Westerners know what's in the Koran, since so few have actually read it -- even among the legions of politicians, diplomats, analysts, and editorial writers who vehemently insist that the Koran preaches tolerance.
Now, Spencer unveils the mysteries lying behind this powerful book, guiding readers through the controversies surrounding the Koran's origins and its most contentious passages. Stripping out the obsolete debates, Spencer focuses on the Koran's decrees toward Jews, Christians, and other Infidels, explaining how they were viewed in Muhammad's time, what they've supposedly done wrong, and most important, what the Koran has in store for them.

English Today. Multimedia Course - Advanced DVD (Audio/Video/Book Course)
It is not simply the next stage in the advancement from video cassettes or CD-ROM’s, but a whole new kind of product. It represents a completely new approach: instead of the typical video-lesson structure, a teacher guides the student through a series of narrative episodes arranged as in a sit-com.
There are also interactive exercises so that the user can practice what he or she has learned. All with the flexibility afforded by a multimedia product.
Each publication (or module) presents three main features:
- The DVD, compatible with either a television or a computer. The DVD is the core of the course,
- An audio CD containing the transcriptions from the video episodes on the DVD along with some new interesting materials for in-depth study and revision.
- A paperback course book with the transcriptions of the episodes from the DVD and their translation, exercises and a section dedicating special attention to new vocabulary.
Each DVD consists of a video episode and a lesson which clarifies the language issues set out in the programme. The “standard” lessons are integrated by a “special” lesson at the end of each DVD. This may be either a video episode with an independent storyline or a cartoon based on typical literature or cinema genres and which explores the language of various expressive forms. Each lesson also contains a workshop section with interactive exercises and grammar tables to test specific grammar skills and check progress.
The President's House: 1800 to the Present The Secrets and History of the World's Most Famous Home
Author and a former first daughter (unbelievably over fifty years ago) Margaret Truman provides the perfect combination to escort readers to an insider tour of the White House (past and present). The best-selling writer provides numerous anecdotes from history as she escorts her visitors through the kitchen, garden and the famous social functions, etc. The book also contains chapters on the household, political and security staffs, the press corps, and White House weddings. Of course other sections provide insight into the first families including pets.
Though history buffs will think it is too much fluff the former first daughter turned novelist provides a fun look at America's showcase home over the two plus centuries of residents. Readers will enjoy this book written in a light-hearted upbeat manner enhanced by color and black and white photos.

Beautiful Quiltagami : New Ideas for Fabric Folding
A book as popular and well-reviewed as "Quiltagami"  cries out for a sequel - and here it is, with 19 new and exciting projects that range from animal purses to scrapbook wall hangings. This fun craft combines quilting with origami, and has intrigued needleworkers eager to add new techniques to their repertoire.

The Encyclopedia of Magic And Alchemy
This user-friendly, comprehensive, and informative resource traces the history of Western magic and alchemy, from their origins in ancient Egypt to the 20th century. It emphasizes rituals, materials, literature, practitioners, and the presence of magic as an undercurrent in everyday life. Alphabetically arranged, absorbing entries cover a plethora of subjects such as curses, divination, Tarot, kabbalah, Harry Potter (complete with a glossary of Potter magic), Grigori Rasputin, J. R. R. Tolkien, and sorcery and witchcraft. A well-assembled series of instructive black-and-white photos and illustrations enhance the usefulness of this work. A thorough bibliography and accurate index are appended

The Millionaire Maker's Guide to Creating a Cash Machine for Life
I have read many books like this and one thing that is a certain turn- off is a book that promises large sums of money very quickly and with very little work. These "get rich quick" types of books are common and they all make lofty promises and "guarantees" of great, limitless wealth. This book does talk about getting wealthy, but it is far more realistic in its approach. Langemeier doesn't guarantee great riches and she doesn't lead the reader to believe success will take place overnight. On the contrary, she talks about the demands of owning a small business; the commitment; the necessity of an exit strategy; and the gradual build- up to success. This is one of the many positive aspects of this book. It shows how financial independence can be reached, but it never claims the road to success will be smooth and completely free from bumps, roadblocks, and detours.

The Encyclopedia of Demons and Demonology
The conflict between good and evil can be found in every culture, mythical tradition, and religion throughout history. In many cases, the source of evil has been personified as demons or devils, and in many belief systems, both are considered to be real entities operating outside the boundaries of the physical world to torment people or lead them astray. In some traditions demons are believed to be the direct opposite of angels, working against the forces of good and challenging them. Real or not, demons are at the heart of many fascinating beliefs and traditions, several of which are widely held today.

The Encyclopedia of Witches, Witchcraft, and Wicca
Uncover the magic and truth behind this compelling topic.In more than 480 entries, “The Encyclopedia of Witches, Witchcraft, and Wicca, Third Edition” is an exciting update to one of the landmark references on the subject – by paranormal expert Rosemary Ellen Guiley. This new edition provides unparalleled coverage of witchcraft practices around the world – spanning different time periods and societies – including entries on magic, shamanism, the occult, and wizardry.

The Crimson Rooms
The Crimson Rooms is set in post World War I London, England in the year 1924. Evelyn Gifford is haunted by the death of her cherished brother James, who died in the Great War. Evelyn is stunned when a young woman named Meredith and her 6 year old son Edmund show up on the families doorstep. Meredith who is a nurse, claims that Edmund , conceived in a battlefield hospital, is the son of her brother James. The family take Meredith and Edmund in but they are still grief stricken from James death as well as the recent death of Evelyn's father.
Evelyn is 30 years old, unmarried and lives with her mother, grandmother and Aunt Prudence and supports her family. This is quite unusual as Evelyn is one of few female lawyers and is struggling in a field that is dominated by men and a society that is not accepting of female lawyers. Most women of this time do not attend college and have their own careers. They are to focus on finding a husband and starting a family.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Bartending
OK, I happen to be a relative, but that has nothing to do with my review of this book. Well, maybe a little, but the fact is, I'm no bartender. I don't have the know-how to mix drinks properly and I found this book REALLY easy to use. The arrangement by types of liquor make this guide truly idiot proof (no pun intended!).
It's a great bar companion especially when my more liquor adventurous guests are around and they want a drink even they don't know how to make.
Kudos to Amy for creating such a simple yet so useful guide!

The Cave and the Cathedral: How a Real-Life Indiana Jones and a Renegade Scholar Decoded the Ancient Art of Man
Aczel's latest book addresses the truly fascinating topic of the origins and meanings of early cave art. I had never really given much thought to what these early artists had in mind as they created their marvellously evocative and complex images underground in the damp fetid darkness aided by the light of animal fat lamps. I frankly had no idea exactly how old these images were (12,000 to 32,000 years old) nor some of the extraordinarily difficult environments in which these brilliant images were created.
The opening chapter recounts Aczel's visit to the cave art at Niaux and shows the strengths of Aczel's narrative style. I was getting claustrophobic just reading it. Alas, apart from the 16 color plates, it is the high point of the book.

The BBQ and Campfire Recipe Book
This volume contains a selection of recipes for barbecue and campfire food. The recipes range from old favourites to the more adventurous, and are accompanied by practical hints on cooking outdoors.

The Ask
I was in New York and read a review of the book in the Village Voice. At the Atlanta airport I decided to buy the book on my Kindle and started reading it. Within minutes I was sitting in the airport and was laughing so loud that I must've looked nuts. Bottom line: if you are kind of feeling a little bitter about life right now - and who isn't with this economy - you need to read this book. It's as acidic and dirty as they come, but you're guaranteed to laugh!

The Anthropology of Ireland
What are the identities of the people of Ireland? How has European Union policy shaped Irish people's lives and interests?This book argues that such questions can be answered only by understanding everyday aspects of Irish culture and identity. Such understanding is acheived by paying close attention to what people in Ireland themselves say about the radical changes in their lives in the context of wider global transformation. As notions of sex, religion, and politics are radically reworked in an Ireland being re-imagined in ways inconceivable just a generation ago, anthropologists have been at the forefront of recording the results. The first comprehensive book-length introduction to anthropological research on the island as a whole considers the changing place in a changing Ireland.

The Encyclopedia of Ghosts and Spirits
Ghosts and spirits 3 Entries on people, terms, and phenomena relating to ghosts and spirits are arranged alphabetically with see references and are indexed in the back. From apparitions to La Llorona, phantom nuns, and the Winchester Mystery House, Guiley seems to give an even-handed treatment to these phenomena, indicating where something is "according to legend" or "disputed," but otherwise describing events as they were reported.
Four hundred entries arranged A-to-Z flesh out our beliefs about all that haunts. Illustrations.
This encyclopedia is about as fair as one can expect about a subject that many people think doesn't exist. The author ( Harper's Encyclopedia of Mystical and Paranormal Experience , LJ 8/91) has tried to read much of the skeptical literature and at least to report what it says. Yes, the believers get much more coverage, but there is an attempt to present both sides. The accuracy of the book is also fairly high. A number of errors do occur, which, surprisingly, seem not to have been copied from other sources but to have resulted from misremembering. These small errors do not significantly affect the utility of the book. A useful addition to the reference collection of any academic or public library.

Cool Restaurants Top of the World
A lavishly illustrated compendium of the world's most fashionable restaurants culled from teneues' best-selling cool restaurant series.

Totally Frank - My Autobiography (Audio Book!)
One of the best footballers in Britain today, and the 2005 Footballer of the Year, Lampard has been lauded by fans, managers and fellow players alike. A vital cog in the midfield engine room for Chelsea and England, he is poised to become one of the true legends of the game.
The young lad from Romford was born into a football family. His father, a former West Ham star, saw the raw talent in his boy at an early age and was unstinting in his determination for him to succeed. The hard work paid off and Frank Jr kept it in the family by signing to West Ham in 1995, then managed by his uncle Harry Redknapp.
Since transferring to Chelsea in a blaze of controversy, he silenced any critics and proved himself indispensable to his club. No-one his age has played more Premiership football than Lampard, and no-one played more at Chelsea a€“ in fact, he has broken the record for number of consecutive appearances for the Blues. He also holds the record for most goals scored in a season by a Premiership midfielder.
In his book, Lampard opens up on his early years, how he dealt with the fame and fortune that has come his way since becoming a key member of the England side, his frank opinions on former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson and his manager at Chelsea Jose Mourinho, fascinating insights into Roman Abramovich and revealing tales on his current team-mates.
He reveals both the privileges and the pressures of being one of the 'golden generation' of England players. He gives a fascinating inside account of World Cup 2006 in Germany, and describes the disappointment of not fulfilling the dream of bringing the biggest prize in football back to England.

Making and Dressing Miniature Teddy Bears
This text presents a step-by-step guide to making a basic miniature teddy bear, with detailed photographs of the techniques. It provides a simple introduction to creating a selection of ten different bears and a collection of costume ideas so that the designs can be personalized for a variety of occasions and festivities. The bears include a birthday bear for each month, a Father Christmas bear and a bridal bear.

Tell Me About Yourself: Storytelling to Get Jobs and Propel Your Career
This book was surprisingly fun to read, mainly because it's full of true employee stories, which are always interesting. I think the book would have been more appropriately titled if it had something--anything--in the title about interviewing. Really, this book is about how to interview successfully and make yourself really memorable.
The book also has numerous examples of successful resumes, cover letters, bios, and other correspondence to help "sell" yourself to a prospective employer.

Jaci's Experiment
Bianca D'Arc is constantly changing and improving as a writer each and every time I read one of her books. JACI'S EXPERIMENT is a testimony to her ability to formulate, plot, and invariably write some of the most risque but sweetest menages I have ever read. Mike and Dave love Jaci - that is apparent. Their ability to invade her dreams made me blush more than once, but luckily enough I was able to continue to read because I couldn't put JACI'S EXPERIEMENT down. Jaci's characterization is perfect for this storyline. Her swiftly changing DNA and change from unemotional alien to that of a resonance mate and lover of two men is written perfectly.
As this is the third book of the Resonance Mates series, I enjoyed seeing some characters previously introduced in the first two installments. Ms. D'Arc even leaves readers with quite a cliff hangar at the end that has me chomping at the bit for book four. If you are a fan of menage love stories in which the female is the main focus, look no further. JACI'S EXPERIMENT is the book for you!

Private Life
This is the first book I've read by this author and I'm hooked. As soon as I finished, I started researching to find out what else she's written, I can't wait to hit the library this week!
It's set in the years 1883-1942 and is basically about a woman who marries late in life (27, old at that time). she finally meets and marries a man who on paper, seems to be a good match. But she finds that he's more interested in his work than her and she's just as lonely as she was before they married.
I don't want to give too much away but this is a great historical fiction book by a talented author. The main character seems never to get a break as one tragedy after another seem to follow her from beginning to end. Definitely one of those books that left me wanting more.

There is a serial killer on the loose in London and it's Detective Inspector Tom Thorne's job to catch him. However the victims are a little out of the ordinary, they are rapists right out of prison and the general consensus seems to be pretty much that they had it coming and they way they get it ain't pretty. However, murder is murder and someone has to put an end to it and besides, if not Thorne, who?
I will admit that at first I thought this was going to be just another serial killer book. I hadn't read Billingham before, though I love British thrillers, especially those penned by Ian Rankin, Peter Robinson and Debra Crombie, so I wasn't prepared for the brilliant writing, the brilliant story and for the outstanding character of D.I. Thorne, who in kind of a crazy way kind of reminded me a a guy named Thorn (different spelling) who lives in Florida. I love James Hall's Thorn, and now I love mark Billingham's Thorne as well. I plan on going straight out and buying, "Sleepyhead" and "Scaredy Cat" and since I can't wait for them to release "The Burning Girl" in the U.S., I plan on going online and getting it from the U.K. Mr. Mark Billingham tells a super story, pick up one of his books and see if I'm not telling you true.

Known to Evil
In a world of overused superlatives; Walter Mosley stands out as TRUE recipient of the word 'genius' and any other accompanying synonyms. I get nervous when writing a review for one of Mosley's books because I feel like a third grader standing in front of the `Mona Lisa' and being told to critique it. So instead of trying to wrack my brain, write something profound or critique the work of a word-smith master... I'll just tell you how much I enjoyed this book (that kind of IS the purpose of a review, huh?).
Leonid is a poor man's private eye. And like any good private eye, he has people on the good (and bad side) of the law, and the good (and bad side) of society. He's like a modern day mercenary, a gun for hire, a man's-man when you're in a pinch... a professor in philosophy for the street. Leonid is caught up in another octopus-type mystery. I say "octopus-type" because there are a LOT of characters and a LOT going on within the streets of New York. Come to think of it, New York is probably the only city with enough chutzpah to handle Leonid AND Mr. Mosley. Leonid's personal life is convoluted. Leonid's professional life is convoluted. Together they create a labyrinth of shady characters, bad cops, loose women, and nocturnal friends.

The Company
The Company is fantasy only in that it isn't set in the 'real world'. Parker invents battles and geography as he/she sees fit, in order to make the story as compelling as possible. Still, The Company could work in a modern, futuristic, historical... any sort of setting. The characters, their conflict and the ultimate resolution - it is about the people, and not where they are.
As a result, the best comparison would be to the existential science fiction of a writer like JG Ballard, who used science fiction or fantasy settings/analogues to explore the darker aspects of human nature. Parker isn't perfect, but The Company is an ambitious, aggressive book, and the author deserves a lot of credit for making it an absorbing read, as well as an overtly meaningful one.

Into the Wildewood
Gillian Summers has done it again! Into the Wildewood is the second book in The Faire Folk Trilogy and I can't stress enough how much I love it. I read The Tree Shepherd's Daughter when it first came out and spent the last year anticipating this new release. I was rewarded beyond belief with a fabulous story.
Ms. Summers starts us off with the move to a second Renaissance Faire and Keelie getting into hot water when she commits to buying a $900 pair of boots. Irritated with her dad for not allowing her to use the money her mother left her and even more ticked that he is now making her WORK to pay off the debt, Keelie's positive this place is destined to be worse than the last. Even with the way things have started off, she has no idea about the trouble in store for her; not only with her new job as Jill-of-the-Faire, but with the trouble brewing in the woods as well.
As she deals with the snotty elf girl causing havoc with her new job, angry oak trees showering the attendees with acorns, a mangy looking unicorn asking for her help in saving the forest, and a much anticipated visit from her best friend (who she can't tell about her newfound abilities); Keelie is kept hopping. But when all the other elves start getting deathly sick and the health department converges onto the grounds to investigate the cause, she has to step it up as she searches for a way to save everyone. All the while, she also has to keep their uniqueness from being discovered; tough job for someone so young, but even tougher as she deals with the prejudice directed at her because of her half elf/half human status.

Fever Dream
In "Fever Dream" by Lincoln Child and Douglas Preston, Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast is faced with an impossible task solving the mysterious murder of his wife Helen Easterhazy, a medical researcher, who is ferociously eaten by a lion during their African safari after somebody, loads her gun with blanks. Twelve years later, Pendergast must re-trace the events of that fateful safari and pinpoint Helen's enemies.
As Pendergast starts the investigation, with the help of NYPD Lieutenant Vincent D'Agosta, he realizes that he never really knew his wife. Returning to Africa, he learns that the lion that ate her was an elaborate set-up and most of the people involved in the original safari have since passed. Back in America, Pendergast and D'Agosta learn of Helen's mysterious obsession with famous painter John James Audubon and his masterpiece known as the Black Frame. The painting was never found, and Audubon's life ended in madness.

The Memoirs of Field Marshal Keitel
The memoirs of Field-Marshal Keitel were written in manuscript in prison at Nuremberg beginning on 1st September, 1946. The original is in the possession of the Keitel family. His narrative covering the years 1933 to 1938 is included in the German edition, but in this English edition Keitel's life up to 1937 is dealt with in the editor's introduction, which contains many extracts from Keitel's own account of those years. The translation of the memoirs themselves here begins with 1937, on page 36. On the other hand, some passages from the original manuscript, which were not included in the German edition, appear in this translation, as for example the description of the Munich crisis and the planning discussions for the invasion of Britain.

The Secret Diaries of Hitler's Doctor
The story of Hitler's V-weapons the British Intelligence attack on them. The first edition had to be cleared by the Ministry of Defence, the Cabinet Office, the Foreign Office and the Prime Minister.

Goring. A Biography
"I've had a good run for my money," said Hermann Goring shortly after his capture by American troops in 1945. In this important biography, Irving amply demonstrates that this gloating summation was justified. The book is the first major effort at documenting the life of the complex, multifaceted Nazi whom Hitler had named as his successor. Working from diaries, letters, medical reports, interviews and archival records, the author describes Goring's experiences as World War I fighter ace, Stormtroop commander in the 1920s, Reichstag official in the 1930s and Luftwaffe chief throughout World War II. New material includes details of Goring's two marriages, his morphine addiction and withdrawal, his role in founding the Gestapo, his secret negotiations with Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain before the war with England, his intrigues to take over command of the German army as well as the air force, and his impressive performance during the Nuremberg war-crimes trials. Irving ( The Destruction of Dresden ) claims to have solved one minor but intriguing mystery: how the closely monitored Goring obtained the poison with which he committed suicide on the eve of his execution by hanging. Photos.

The Mare's Nest
The story of Hitler's V-weapons the British Intelligence attack on them. The first edition had to be cleared by the Ministry of Defence, the Cabinet Office, the Foreign Office and the Prime Minister.

The Destruction of Convoy PQ.17
Of some 38 ships that sailed in PQ.17, nearly

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