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The Private Life of the Diary
The Private Life of the Diary By Sally Bayley

From Pepys to tweets, the elegantly told story of the evolution of the diary—from a private means of self-expression in the 17th century to the public sharing of our life via social media. Diaries keep secrets, harboring our fantasies and fictional histories. They are substitute boyfriends, girlfriends, spouses and friends. But in this age of social media, the role of the diary as a private confidante has been replaced by a culture of public self-disclosure. This is an elegantly-told story of the evolution—and perhaps death—of the diary. It traces its origins to 17th-century naval administrator, Samuel Pepys, and continues to 20th-century diarist Virginia Woolf, who recorded everything from her personal confessions about her irritation with her servants to her memories of Armistice Day and the solar eclipse of 1927. Sally Bayley explores how diaries can sometimes record our lives as we live them, but that we often indulge our fondness for self-dramatization, like the teenaged Sylvia Plath who proclaimed herself "The Girl Who Would be God." This book is an examination of the importance of writing and self-reflection as a means of forging identity. It mourns the loss of the diary as an acutely private form of writing, and champions it as a conduit to self-discovery, allowing us to ask ourselves the question: Who or What am I in relation to the world?
Simply Vegetables
Simply Vegetables By Sybil Kapoor

Exciting, modern recipes for everything from peas and new potatoes through more unusual produce such as scorzonera and borlotti bean. This beautiful vegetable book offers simple, modern recipes, and encourage readers to cook vegetables when they are at their very best and come into season—especially useful if they grow their own. Discover an incredible range of vegetable dishes. Each of the 49 featured vegetables is accompanied by practical information for preparation and culinary notes with options for different ways of cooking. The book is packed with atmospheric photography and contains mouth-watering recipes such as cucumber ice cream, salt-baked celeriac, wild mushroom and barley risotto, sticky blackcurrant shallots and carrot and cardamom cake. This is a timely book to tie in with the current renaissance in vegetable gardening community agriculture schemes. Includes dual measures.
Cuba - Culture Smart!
Cuba - Culture Smart! By Russell Maddicks

Cuba is a land of contradictions that is easy to enjoy but difficult for first-time visitors to decipher. The largest island in the Caribbean, it is a tropical paradise that Christopher Columbus called "the most beautiful land that human eyes have ever seen." It is famous for the romantic charm of its crumbling colonial cities, the beauty of its white sand beaches, and its irresistible Afro-Cuban dance beats. But it is also a land of shortages and tight government control, which has been in a sixty-year political standoff with its superpower neighbor, the USA. The homegrown version of single-party socialism created by Fidel Castro has kept Cuba in a Cold War time warp that only now is beginning to change. As travel restrictions are relaxed US tourists can once again visit the island. Greater flexibility toward private enterprise is opening it up to boutique hotels and high-quality home-based restaurants. There is a boom in special-interest tourism for cyclists, hikers, birdwatchers, and scuba divers, while foreign entrepreneurs are eagerly exploring investment opportunities. Culture Smart! Cuba will take you beyond the usual descriptions of Havana nightlife, vintage cars, and hand-rolled cigars and give you an insider's view of an island that is teetering on the brink of historic change. It offers insights into Cuba's fascinating history, national icons, unique food, vibrant cultural scene, and world-renowned music. Practical tips help business travelers gain an edge on the competition. But most of all, this book aims to show you how best to break the ice and get a better understanding of the infinitely resourceful Cuban people, who despite severe hardships and shortages over many years remain optimistic and fiercely proud of their heritage and culture.
Never Say No To A Rock Star
Never Say No To A Rock Star By Glenn Berger

In 1974, at the age of seventeen, author Glenn Berger served as "Schlepper" and apprentice to the legendary recording engineer Phil Ramone at New York City's A&R Studios, and was witness to music history on an almost daily and nightly basis as pop and rock icons such as Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger, Frank Sinatra, Burt Bacharach, Bette Midler, and James Brown performed their hit-making magic, honed their sound, strutted their stuff, bared their souls, and threw epic tantrums. In this memoir, full of revelatory and previously unknown anecdotal observations of these musical giants, Glenn recounts how he quickly learned the ropes to move up from schlepperhood to assistant to the tyrannical Ramone, and eventually, to become a recording engineer superstar himself. Not only is Never Say No to A Rock Star a fascinating, hilarious and poignant behind-the-scenes look of this musical Mecca, but Berger, now a prominent psychologist, looking back through the prism of his youthful experience and his years working as a counselor and therapist, provides a telling and honest examination of the nature of fame and success and the corollaries between creativity, madness and self-destruction.
Real Fresh Coffee
Real Fresh Coffee By Union Hand-Roasted Coffee, By Torz Jeremy, By Macatonia Steven

Perfect your barista technique and find out about coffee styles around the world, with profiles on single-origin coffee beans and their flavors. Coffee is the most popular drink worldwide with around two billion cups consumed every day. More and more people are turning to good quality, fair trade coffee (premiumization); evident by the number of independent coffee shops opening up in towns and cities as well as the number of us playing home barista as the choice of specialist beans and professional coffee-making gadgets grows. This book is the ideal companion for those who want to understand more about how to source and brew quality coffee. Good coffee and wine have much in common, not least how the terroir of the crop affects the flavor profile of the finished coffee from different geographical areas, so that you can choose your beans with confidence. Whether you enjoy light and bright, warm and mellow, or dark and aromatic flavors, discover how to roast and grind your own beans and use the brewing guides to refine your coffee-making skills.
Pojo's Unofficial Ultimate Pokemon
Pojo's Unofficial Ultimate Pokemon By Triumph Books

From receiving his very first Pokémon, Pikachu, in Pallet Town to exploring the Kalos region, Ash Ketchum has been on the ultimate adventure since 1996, and fans around the world have been involved all along the way in the same journey. Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, the world of Pokémon continues to grow, gaining new trainers and reminding the world why Pokémon was no passing fad. Pojo's Unofficial Ultimate Pokémon is a comprehensive review of everything to know and love about Pokémon with character profiles, anime and movie reviews, tips for building your team in the video games, collectors information about the Pokémon Trading Card Game, Pokémon puzzle pages, and more! Featuring all six generations of Pokémon, this is the ultimate guide for Pokémon fans of all ages.
Just Because
Just Because By Rebecca Elliott, Illustrated by Rebecca Elliott

Amusing and often touching, this story encompasses the issue of disability in a charming celebration of sibling friendship to which all children can relate. Amusing and often touching, this story encompasses the issue of disability in a charming celebration of sibling friendship to which all children can relate My big sister Clemmie is my best friend. She can’t walk, talk, move around much, cook macaroni, pilot a plane, juggle or do algebra. I don’t know why she doesn’t do these things. Just because. A younger brother describes all the fun he has with the big sister he loves so much—just because, in this heartwarming picture book about being perfectly loved, no matter what. He is enthusiastic about just how loving and special she is, and delights in telling us about all the fun things they do together. Only as his tale unfolds does the reader begin to realize that his sister has special needs—and by then the reader just accepts, as he does, all the wonderful things about her. Teachers and librarians will appreciate this book for its sincere and convincing treatment of children with special needs, while parents will use this book to encourage sibling friendship and to read with children who are beginning to ask why a particular child they know is "different."
Fleetwood Mac on Fleetwood Mac
Fleetwood Mac on Fleetwood Mac By Sean Egan

Fleetwood Mac was a triumph from the beginning—their first album was the UK's bestselling album of 1968. After some low points—when founder Peter Green left, some fans felt that the band continuing was sacrilege—Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks joined, and their 1977 album, Rumours, became one of history's immortals, a true classic that remained on the charts for years and in the public's affection forever.In the press, the ethereal Californian Stevie Nicks, the tormented rocker Lindsey Buckingham, the dignified English rose Christine McVie, the blunt-speaking John McVie, and the loquacious Mick Fleetwood have all regularly been astoundingly candid. This collection of interviews across the entirety of Fleetwood Mac's career features articles from such celebrated publications as Crawdaddy, New Musical Express, Circus, Creem, Mojo, Goldmine, Classic Rock, Blender, and Elle, as well as interviews that have never previously appeared in print. Here is the only place you can learn the Fleetwood Mac story from the band members' own mouths.
Feel-Good Patterns
Feel-Good Patterns By Calm Waters Studios

Prepare to be uplifted with these serene and playful ready-to-color illustrations. Feel-Good Patterns is a collection of soothing designs, just waiting to be filled in with vibrant coloring. Unleash your hidden creative potential with each one-of-a-kind masterpiece, from birds and flowers to houses and hearts. Calm Waters Studios brings you the ultimate anti-stress coloring book experience with everything you need to set everything aside, relax, and immerse yourself in these detailed designs. A truly delightful mix, colorists of any age or experience will create inspiring, beautiful originals to display. • Color more than 90 full-page beautiful designs.• Designs printed only on one side of the page. Never worry about color bleed-through again!• Easily remove and display your colorful creations with perforated pages. 
Miracles Ain't What They Used to Be
Miracles Ain't What They Used to Be By Joe R. Lansdale

Miracles Ain't What They Used to Be features new fiction starring Joe R. Lansdale's unlikely best friends Hap and Leonard, two good ol' boys from East Texas who have a way of getting into some bad fixes, along with some of Lansdale's most famous and hard-to-find Texas Observer columns. In his nonfiction, Lansdale discusses, dissects, and discovers the trials of a Southern writer's life, his personal literary inspirations from Poe to porn, race and class in today's unsettled South, the Cold War in East Texas, the tornado, and the Bomb. Also featured is a candid and often coruscating Outspoken Interview, and an essential bibliography of one of today's most prolific and eclectic writers.
Washington, DC, History for Kids
Washington, DC, History for Kids By Richard Panchyk

A fascinating journey through the history of America's capital. In 1790, after seven years of heated debate, the Continental Congress approved a plan to establish the nation's offical capital in a barely populated swamp straddling the Potomac River. Ten years later, in November 1800, Congress gaveled in its first session in the federal city—Washington—in what was then called the Territory of Columbia.Washington, DC, History for Kids chronicles the rich and fascinating history of our nation's capital. Its first years were difficult—in 1814 the British invaded and burned the White House, the Treasury Building, and the Half-built Capitol Building—yet the city survived and flourished. During the next two centuries, District residents endured the Civil War at the front lines, witnessed the assassinations of two presidents, erected national monuments, and strove to overcome the city's shameful racial segregation.This lively history also includes a time line, a list of online resources, and 21 engaging hands-on activities. Kids will: gather items for a cornerstone time capsule, take a walking tour of the national mall, research family history through the National Archives, design a memorial for a favorite president, plant a cherry tree, and more. 
Those That Cause Fear
Those That Cause Fear By Neil Christopher, Illustrated by Germaine Arnaktauyok

Introduces kids to the spine-tingling, hair-raising creatures found in Inuit myths. From the mahahaa, a fearsome creature that tickles people to death, to the palraiyuk, a reptilian creature said to have six legs and the body of a snake, this book includes all the creepy, spooky, and down right scary creatures told about in Inuit traditional myths.
Immortal's Spring
Immortal's Spring By Molly Ringle

Sophie Darrow said yes once to a young man offering a realm of Greek gods and immortality. Now her home has been shattered, and her friends and family pulled along with her as they run from an evil cult and take shelter in the gloomy Underworld. To love, trust, and smile again seems almost out of Sophie's reach. But remembering the life of the original Persephone and her fellow immortals long ago may prove the best therapy, as well as their key to victory. In ancient times too, the murderous cult Thanatos attacked and eventually wiped out the Greek immortals who sought to bring good to humankind. But those immortals planted seeds in both their realm and ours to ensure that their season would bloom again someday. And spring is finally coming.
Robots
Robots By Roberto Stelzer, Illustrated by Roberto Stelzer

Easy to build models with simple visual instructions for modelers of all ages, and 50 stickers to add to the designs. Making your own robot has finally become a reality with these bright and sunny models that robot heads will love to use to make their own robot world. There are three robots with readymade bright designs and an array of 50 stickers to add, and three more plain robots just waiting for you to customize with paint, pens or the stickers provided. The instructions are mostly visual, making this an easy build for any age. These robots make great craft activities and very stylish finished pieces for any home.
Anthropocene or Capitalocene?
Anthropocene or Capitalocene? Edited by Jason W. Moore, By Elmar Altvater, By Eileen C. Crist, By Donna J. Haraway, By Daniel Hartley, By Christian Parenti, By Justin McBrien

The Earth has reached a tipping point. Runaway climate change, the sixth great extinction of planetary life, the acidification of the oceans—all point toward an era of unprecedented turbulence in humanity's relationship within the web of life. But just what is that relationship, and how do we make sense of this extraordinary transition? Anthropocene or Capitalocene? offers answers to these questions from a dynamic group of leading critical scholars who challenge the conventional practice of dividing historical change and contemporary reality into "Nature" and "Society," demonstrating the possibilities offered by a more nuanced and connective view of human environment-making, joined at every step with and within the biosphere. In distinct registers, the authors frame their discussions within a politics of hope that signal the possibilities for transcending capitalism, broadly understood as a "world-ecology" that joins nature, capital, and power as a historically evolving whole.
A Dog like That!
A Dog like That! By Janene Cooper, Illustrated by Evie Kemp

A delightfully warm story about a little girl and her unruly but loyal and loveable best friend. This girl has a cute, little dog. Everybody tells her how dogs should be, but this girl knows better. Her dog does what he likes, which just so happens to fit perfectly with the owner. "A Dog like That!" was a finalist in the New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards. It also won a Storylines Notable Book Award and was a LIANZA Russell Clark Award Finalist.
Genesis Girl
Genesis Girl By Jennifer Bardsley

Eighteen-year-old Blanca has lived a sheltered life. Her entire childhood has been spent at Tabula Rasa School where she's been protected from the Internet. Blanca has never been online and doesn't even know how to text. Her lack of a virtual footprint has made her extremely valuable and upon graduation Blanca, and those like her, are sold to the highest bidders. Blanca is purchased by Cal McNeal, who uses her to achieve personal gain. But the McNeal's are soon horrified by just how obedient and non-defiant Blanca is. All those mind-numbing years locked away from society have made her mind almost impenetrable. By the time Blanca is ready to think for herself, she is trapped. Her only chance of escape is to go online.
Lucie Aubrac
Lucie Aubrac By Siân Rees

In May 1943, a young Frenchwoman called Lucie Aubrac engineered the escape of her husband, Raymond, from the clutches of Klaus Barbie, the feared Gestapo chief later known as the "Butcher of Lyon."  When Raymond was arrested again that June, Lucie mounted a second astonishing rescue, ambushing the prison van that was transporting him. As a founding member and leader of the important French Resistance group Liberation-Sud, Lucie served as a courier, arms carrier, and saboteur who engineered these and other escape plans on behalf of her husband and other Resistance fighters.Spirited out of France with Raymond by the RAF, Lucie arrived in London a heroine. For the postwar generation the couple embodied the spirit of "the real France": the one that resisted, and eventually expelled the Nazis. However, in 1983, Kalus Barbie made the bombshell claim that the Aubracs had become informers in 1943, betraying their comrades. The French press and the couple themselves furiously denounced this as slander, but as worrying inconsistencies were spotted in Lucie's story, doubts emerged that have never quite gone away. Who was Lucie Aubrac? What did she really do in 1943? And was she truly the spirit of la vraie France, or a woman who could not resist casting herself as a heroine? Siân Rees's penetrating, even-handed account draws from letters, newspaper articles, and other archival materials, as well as several interviews, to decipher the truth behind Lucie and her husband's wartime endeavors and near fall from grace. It offers a thrilling portrait of a brave, resourceful woman who went to extraordinary lengths for love and country.  
Yoga Poga Shmoga!
Yoga Poga Shmoga! Illustrated by Todd Dakins, By Sonia Jones

An endearing story of how yoga teaches more than just poses and transforms the relationship between two young siblings. When Mitzi turns ten, she gets a yoga mat as a birthday gift and her brother Axel feels left out because he thinks yoga is for girls! 100% of the author's proceeds go to the Sonima Foundation, which provides dynamic health and wellness programs to children across the country, and engages and inspires them with yoga-based exercise and mindfulness practices.
Swallow This, Second Edition
Swallow This, Second Edition By Mark Phillips

The iconoclastic host of the PBS show Enjoying Wine with Mark Phillips, has been turning the wine world on its ear since it first aired. In his 2009 wave maker, Swallow This, Mark stirred things up even more to the delight of consumers. Now comes the second edition, and it's a doozy. Among its new material are topics such as how to "fix" wine if you don't like it; wine selection and pricing ratings for major retail chains' additional food and wine pairing guidelines; how global warming is significantly changing wine growing regions; and a list of restaurants with the best deals on wine in the major metros of every state. Mark offers a whole new approach to wine, which flies in the face of what has been traditionally taught and serves as a practical and empowering alternative. Witty, unique and never boring, Swallow This will change the way you think about wine.