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Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Hunt, Gather, Cook: Finding the Forgotten Feast

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Hunt, Gather, Cook is a fabulous resource for anyone who wants to take more control over the
food they eat and have more fun doing so. It’s a complete reference on foraging, fishing, and
hunting, with great recipes by a writer, outdoorsman, and cook with enormous passion.” —Michael Ruhlman, author of Charcuterie and Ratio: The Simple Codes Behind the Craft of Everyday Cooking

Saturday, 23 October 2010

Catalogue of Rare and Valuable Books On Sale

This is an EXACT reproduction of a book published before 1923. This IS NOT an OCR'd book with strange characters, introduced typographical errors, and jumbled words. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book.Catalogue of Rare and Valuable Books On Sale

Sunday, 17 October 2010

Free Books for Your iPad and How to Find Them

Short and straight to the point: From the author of the best-selling book “Free Kindle Books and How to Find Them” comes this guide to millions of free books online! Rather than limit yourself to the offerings in the Apple iPad or Amazon Kindle store, this guide shows you where you can receive several hundred thousand (actually over a million) free books, blogs, short stories, and other content.

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

The Jungle Book (Puffin Classics)

No child should be allowed to grow up without reading The Jungle Books. Published in 1894 and 1895, the stories crackle with as much life and intensity as ever. Rudyard Kipling pours fuel on childhood fantasies with his tales of Mowgli, lost in the jungles of India as a child and adopted into a family of wolves. Mowgli is brought up on a diet of Jungle Law, loyalty, and fresh meat from the kill. Regular adventures with his friends and enemies among the Jungle-People--cobras, panthers, bears, and tigers--hone this man-cub's strength and cleverness and whet every reader's imagination. Mowgli's story is interspersed with other tales of the jungle, such as "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi," lending depth and diversity to our understanding of Kipling's India. In much the same way Mowgli is carried away by the Bandar-log monkeys, young readers will be caught up by the stories, swinging from page to page, breathless, thrilled, and terrified. (Ages 9 to 12) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.The Jungle Book (Puffin Classics)

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

Digg BottomAutobiography of Benjamin FranklinIt's a little presumptuous to write a "review" of a book as historically important as this, so I'll just give a few reasons why you should read it.

It's well-written and engaging, even 200+ (nearing 300+; Franklin was born in 1706) years later. It stops in 1760, well before his involvement with the Revolution, but it covers in detail his youth, apprenticeships, the formation of his philosophy and ideals, and his path from poor roots to business and social success -- the first telling of the American Dream, the idea that a poor young man could Find His Fortune in the New World through enterprise, wisdom, and work.

There is a high degree of self-hagiography here, and it would be amusing to tally up (for example) how many times Franklin praises himself vs. how many times he advises on the virtue of humility. He smooths over issues like his illegitimate son, he doesn't mention his membership in the Freemasons, etc. The construction is also a bit rambling ("Then I did this thing. Next, I did another thing. Then I did a third thing"), but Franklin simply did so many interesting things -- even in this short slice of his life -- that the book is interesting despite that. There's a great deal of discussion on his scientific and inventive accomplishments, and he talks at length about his development of his own personal moral code and how he achieved business success (along with Franklin's Personal Method You Can Use for Self-Improvement -- in some ways, this is the first self-help book!)

"Writing has been of Great Use to me in the Course of my Life," Benjamin Franklin said in his famous Autobiography. With characteristically calculated understatement, he attributed his enormous and varied successes to "my having learnt a little to scribble."

This collection of Franklin's works begins with letters sent from London (1757-1775) describing the events and diplomacy preceding the Revolutionary War. The volume also contains political satires, bagatelles, pamphlets, and letters written in Paris (1776-1785), where he represented the revolutionary United States at the court of Louis XVI, as well as his speeches given in the Constitutional Convention and other works written in Philadelphia (1785-1790), including his last published article, a searing satire against slavery.

Also included are the delightfully shrewd prefaces to Poor Richard's Almanack (1733-1758) and their worldly, pungent maxims that have entered our American culture. Finally, the classic Autobiography, Franklin's last word on his greatest literary creation-his own invented personality-is presented here in a new edition, completely faithful to Franklin's manuscript.

A companion volume includes the complete "Silence Dogood" series, "Busy-Body" essays, and a generous selection of his early writings, including letters to the press, satires, and pamphlets.

 Benjamin Franklin: Autobiography, Poor Richard, and Later Writings (Library of America)This fine volume from the wonderful Library of America, is a collection of the great Benjamin Franklin's later writings. It is the second volume of what used to be a single huge book from the LOA. This volume begins with Franklin's letters from his time as a diplomat in London, and then his pamphlets, political satires, and other writings when he represented our Revolutionary Government from 1776-1785 from Paris at the doomed court of Louis VI. His writings from the Constitutional Convention and writings from Philadelphia after his return to the United States are also included. Probably the most popular items included will be the Preface and Maxims of the Poor Richard's Almanac and the FOUR parts of his autobiography. Franklin is simply an amazing man.

Saturday, 2 October 2010

The World's Greatest Books Volume 02 Fiction

"In THE WORLD'S GREATEST BOOKS an attempt has been made to effect a compendium of the world's best literature in a form that shall be at once accessible to every one and still faithful to its originals; or, in other words, it has been sought to allow the original author to tell his own story over again in his own language, but in the shortest possible space.

An important additional feature of the work is the brief, yet highly critical biographical and bibliographical note which accompanies every author "

These volumes might be called the "Cliff Notes" collection. The World's Greatest Books Volume 02 Fiction

Thursday, 30 September 2010

Ore International 4 Tier Bookshelves - Espresso

The quality on this piece is substandard. We have just put together one of two that we purchased and already see that it has a poor paint job (you can see the color of the unfinished wood at the internal corners), no covers to cover the bolt heads, a scratch on one shelf, and in fact the top piece is so badly damaged I just got online to figure out how we can return it. The damage also shows this piece to be made of particleboard, not solid wood as you might expect from the description (I think the sides might be solid wood though). If this was priced at below $80, I might have given it a higher rating, but it definitely is not worth the current price. Ore International 4 Tier Bookshelves - Espresso