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The Rough Guide to India
David Abram
1843535017
Nov 2005
Paperback
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Philadelphia Chickens: A Too-Illogical Zoological Musical Revue
Sandra Boynton
0761126368
October 2002
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Sandra Boynton, long heralded for her menagerie of animal characters (Moo, Baa, La La La; Rhinoceros Tap), puts a fresh cast of singing, dancing critters center stage-from the titular boogying chickens to a tail-wagging "snuggle puppy"-in Philadelphia Chickens, a book-and-CD package billed as an "imaginary musical revue." The first 32 pages contain lyrics and illustrations, the second half of the book includes musical notation and additional lyrics for each song. An all-star cast, including Meryl Streep, Laura Linney, Eric Stoltz and the Bacon Brothers, headlines the musical recording, which features a variety of original show tunes penned by Boynton and composed by Boynton and frequent collaborator Michael Ford.Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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The Rough Guide to South India
David Abram
1843535025
Nov 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Introduction Though its borders are uncertain, there's no doubt that South India, the tapering tropical half of this mighty peninsula, differs radically from the landlocked north. Stepping off a winter flight from foggy Delhi into the glasshouse humidity of Chennai (Madras) or Thiruvanathapuram (Trivandrum), you enter a world far removed from the muted hues of Punjab and the great Indian river plains. In the south, the coconut groves seem a deeper green and the rice paddy positively luminescent, the faces darker brown and the vermilion caste marks smeared over them arrestingly red. The region's heavy rainfall means that lush wheatfields and palm plantations patchwork the sun-bleached volcanic soils during all but the hottest months. But under a sun whose rays feel concentrated by a giant magnifying glass, the...


Rhinoceros Tap: 15 Seriously Silly Songs
Sandra Boynton
0761133232
June 2004
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 4. Best-selling greeting card artist Sandra Boynton expands her repertoire with this wonderfully zany collection of songs for children. Lyrics by Boynton and musical composition by Boynton and Michael Ford have produced such toe-tapping numbers as the Big Band style "Rhinoceros Tap"; a traditional sailor song in which the sailor piggies sing about their captain; a calypso tune in which a moose sings about how much more he likes Alaska than the sandy tropics; the square-dance style "Barnyard Dance" ("Bow to the horse/ Bow to the cow/ Twirl with the pig/if you know how"); a mousy love song, "I Love You More Than Cheese"; and several other equally whimsical numbers incorporating rock, blues, doo-wop, and traditional rounds. Adam Bryant does a magnificent job singing each of the ditties,...


Ten Thousand: A Novel of Ancient Greece
Michael Curtis Ford
0312980329
October 2002
Mass Market Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
The ill-fated campaign of Xenophon's army in the political chaos following the Peloponnesian War is the subject of Ford's debut, a long and labyrinthine affair that begins with the army's successful journey to Babylon and an initial battle in which the Persian forces are routed. But the tide quickly turns when the Persians sneak behind enemy lines and pillage the Greek camp, leaving Xenophon's army stranded hundreds of miles from home with few supplies. Rather than starve by taking the desert route back, Xenophon decides to attempt a perilous journey through hostile enemy terrain populated by several dangerous tribes, and as they progress the Greeks are forced to endure a horrific series of hardship just to survive. The more intriguing scenes: the Greeks use a tribe of deadly slingshot artists to defeat a...


Dog Train: A Wild Ride on the Rock-and-Roll Side
Sandra Boynton
0761139664
October 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. The creative team that so cleverly presented musical theater for kids with the star-studded recording Philadelphia Chickens is back—this time with a mostly rock-and-roll romp, and another stellar cast of musical talent. Blues Traveler, replete with John Popper wailing on his harmonica, rides the rails for the driving title track about, yes, dogs on board a midnight train where "Kittycats are not allowed/ .../ their ears in the breeze/ .../ Their cold, wet, happy,/ quiv'ring noises outside." Mark Lanegan takes the octave down a few notches with his deep and bluesy rendition of "Sneakers" about the favorite footwear that's both comfy and quiet. The 1960s British invasion star Billy J. Kramer sounds every bit up-to-date as he blasts off on the spaceship song "Cow Planet." And who would've...


Ultimate Gay Sex
Michael Thomas Ford
0789496976
May 2004
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
This handsomely illustrated and informative gay man's guide to sex offers the perfect marriage... er, civil union... between reassuring, good-humored and consistently engaging text with more than 300 lush, full-color photographs that are explicit but tastefully erotic. Lambda Literary Award-winning humorist Ford (That's Mr. Faggot to You and Alec Baldwin Doesn't Love Me) enters Dr. Ruth's territory and aces the difficult task of writing a breezy but comprehensive guide that covers everything from gay identity, relationships, health issues and sex play. As a tour guide, Ford is playful (a sidebar on sex toys is called "Dil-Do's and Don'ts") and shockproof ("Rather than seeing kinks as extremes, they should be viewed as different forms of more basic sexual activities") as he explores the good (coming out, building...


The Sword of Attila: A Novel of the Last Years of Rome
Michael Curtis Ford
0312333609
March 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
Only one man has the power and courage to preserve Rome from utter destruction-but to save the Empire, he must first overcome the Sword of Attila.

In an epic campaign that historians have called the most crucial in history, two great warriors match strength and tactics in a colossal struggle for the fate of the known world.

Ultimate authority in the fragile Western Empire rests on the shoulders of one man. Adhering to the ancient code of honor on which Rome was founded, he wages a single-minded struggle against barbarian invasions and internal decadence to prevent a catastrophic reign of terror. Respected and feared by friends and enemies alike, he is Count Flavius Aetius, Supreme General of the Legions-better known to history as the Last of the Romans.

Facing him is a foe who has led his Asian...


Gods and Legions: A Novel of the Roman Empire
Michael Curtis Ford
0312989407
September 2003
Mass Market Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
This second historical novel by Ford (after The Ten Thousand) follows the rise of the Emperor Julian, the fourth-century Roman Caesar who has been vilified by Christian historians for his reintroduction of Hellenistic religions to Rome. The narrator is Julian's physician, Caesarius, ostensibly a loyal adviser but also a dogmatic Christian who wants to save Julian's soul and thinks very little of the man he serves. Battle scenes predominate in the early going, as Ford traces Julian's military campaigns in Gaul and documents his growing opposition to his uncle, Constantine the Great. The fast-paced narrative competently examines Julian's development as a soldier, inspired military commander and rhetorician. Ford clearly admires Julian's breadth of intellectual curiosity and his mission to restore diversity of...


The Sword of Attila
Michael Curtis Ford
0312939159
April 2006
Mass Market Paperback
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Review
“A massively long, brutal spectacle, supremely well-executed...again, Ford offers solidly researched and lustily violent military historical fiction.”—Kirkus Reviews


Midnight Thirsts: Erotic Tales of the Vampire
Greg Herren
0758206631
September 2004
Paperback
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From Booklist
Greg Herren's "The Nightwatchers," the first story in Midnight Thirsts, is a thriller. Nightwatcher Nigel informs Rachel that friend Philip has been seduced by the evil vampire Gunther, who is seeking to replace his lost love; with Nigel's help, Rachel must save Philip before Gunther kills him--or worse. In Michael Thomas Ford's "Carnival," a mysterious Mr. Star brings his exotic cadre to a traveling carnival; proprietor Joe becomes increasingly suspicious of Star but is drawn to a young man in Star's employ who harbors a dangerous secret. An antique box brings vampire Rocceres and antiques dealer Roland Weir together in Timothy Ridge's "The Vampire Stone," but Roland's decision to become a vampire reveals a startling secret about his lover. An exciting, sexy collection. Kristine Huntley
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Complete Mustang: A Model-By-Model History
Mike Mueller
0760318743
October 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
The Complete Mustang follows the history and technological developments of the car that has captured the heart of American. From the 1963 prototype and 2+2 Fastback, back in 1964, through the high-performance Shelbys, the 1978 King Cobra and the "new breed" Fox Mustang, with its popular 5.0-liter-of-the-pack, engine, and on to the SN-95 and the SVT Cobra to today's Mustang Mach 1, this book tackles all the great models. Each legendary car comes with detailed specifications, information and production features, and color photography, alongside an extensive narrative text that leads the reader sequentially through Mustang's exuberant history. For all Mustang enthusiasts and car devotees, this is an invaluable insight and comprehensive guide to a perrenial favorite.- This lavish, profusely illustrated, large format book...

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