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Mike Mulligan and More: A Virginia Lee Burton Treasury
Virginia Lee Burton
061825627X
October 2002
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
A handsome, weighty volume preserves the pace and feel of the above title plus three more of the author's best-loved works-Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel (1939); Katy and the Big Snow (1943); and Maybelle the Cable Car (1952)-Mike Mulligan and More: A Virginia Lee Burton Treasury. Barbara Elleman's introduction precedes the quartet of tales. Ages 2-8.Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Book Description
Best known for the ever popular Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel and the Caldecott Medal winner The Little House, Virginia Lee Burton wrote and illustrated stories that have been entertaining children, parents, and grandparents for more than sixty years. Many of her bookswith themes that honor a simple way of life and celebrate heroes who endure through...


Mad Girls in Love
Michael Lee West
006018406X
July 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
With young Bitsy Wentworth's nose-shattering blow to her philandering husband Claude's handsome face (motive: self-defense; weapon: frozen rack of baby back ribs), West launches this warm but overloaded chronicle of three generations of Southern female eccentricity and spunk. It's August 1972, and Claude is out cold, so Bitsy flees Crystal Falls, Tenn., with their baby, Jennifer, a move that will lose her custody of (though not contact with) her daughter while setting in motion her evolution from girl-wife to worldly interior decorator 20 years later. This follow-up to West's debut, Crazy Ladies, reunites readers with familiar characters, including Bitsy's mother, Dorothy McDougal—who from a Nashville mental institution wages a letter-writing campaign to Pat Nixon on Bitsy's behalf—and Dorothy's...


Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel
Virginia Lee Burton
0395259398
October 1977
Paperback
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Book Review
Mike Mulligan and his steam shovel Mary Anne make quite a team. The inseparable duo digs the great canals for the big boats to travel through, cuts through the large mountains so trains can pass, and hollows out the deep cellars for the great skyscrapers in the city. But the introduction of gasoline, electric, and diesel shovels means big trouble for Mike and Mary Anne. No one wants an old-fashioned steam shovel like Mary Anne when a modern shovel can do the digging in half the time! Forced to travel far out of the city to look for work, Mike and Mary Anne find themselves in the little town of Popperville. Mike and Mary Anne make a bid to dig the cellar for the new town hall, promising the town that if they can't dig the cellar in just one day they'll accept no payment for the job. Will Mike and Mary Anne be able to...


Crazy Ladies
Michael Lee West
0060977744
Apr 2000
Paperback
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Book Review
Rebecca Wells's Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood is rivaled by a fictional sibling: Michael Lee West's Crazy Ladies. West's tale of wild women down South is faster and snappier than Wells's thick bayou prose gumbo, but it has some of the same virtues--a cast of wacky characters, lively regional dialogue, and a satisfying multigenerational time frame. The scene shifts from 1932 to 1972, and from Crystal Falls, Tennessee, to New Orleans to hippie Frisco and L.A., though it's mostly rooted in Tennessee, where sunflower gardens contain deep secrets and kids can light up whole summers with lightning bugs in a jar.

The crazy lady who starts the story is Gussie, vexed by her ornery first daughter, Dorothy. When Dorothy's kid sister, Clancy Jane, comes of age, the real ruckus begins, thanks partly to Gussie's helpless...



Creating Romantic Characters: Bringing Life to Your Romance Novel
Leigh Michaels
1892689073
July 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
No matter how exciting the plot, it's the people in a story who make it memorable. The techniques and examples in CREATING ROMANTIC CHARACTERS will help you produce provocative, exciting, forceful characters with dynamic stories. Whether you're writing romance novels, stories which include romantic relationships, or general fiction, this book will help you create characters who are romantic and heroic, adventurous and mysterious-- larger than life.

About the Author
LEIGH MICHAELS is the author of more than 70 contemporary romance novels. More than 30 million copies of her books have been printed, in 25 languages and more than 120 countries. A six-time finalist in the Romance Writers of America RITA contest for best traditional romance, she also writes non-fiction and has...


The Memory Workbook
Douglas J. Mason
1572242582
Jan 2001
Paperback
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Book Description
Like clay, memory needs applied energy to give it form. However, this energy is often blocked by negative thoughts about aging and memory. Building on this underlying principle, this workbook shows readers how to rewire the mental habits that interfere with memory functioning and offers practical solutions based on the latest scientific research. Anyone at any age, the authors say, can tap into the natural strength of the brain's multiple memory systems. Through innovative techniques, exercises, games, and puzzles, readers learn how to maximize the receptiveness of their senses, focus on what is important and block out what isn't, rehearse and imprint information, and use visual imagery to retain experiences. The latest scientific findings on memory provide a wealth of information on medications, memory disorders, and...


Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel
Virginia Lee Burton
0395169615
September 1939
Hardcover
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Book Review
Mike Mulligan and his steam shovel Mary Anne make quite a team. The inseparable duo digs the great canals for the big boats to travel through, cuts through the large mountains so trains can pass, and hollows out the deep cellars for the great skyscrapers in the city. But the introduction of gasoline, electric, and diesel shovels means big trouble for Mike and Mary Anne. No one wants an old-fashioned steam shovel like Mary Anne when a modern shovel can do the digging in half the time! Forced to travel far out of the city to look for work, Mike and Mary Anne find themselves in the little town of Popperville. Mike and Mary Anne make a bid to dig the cellar for the new town hall, promising the town that if they can't dig the cellar in just one day they'll accept no payment for the job. Will Mike and Mary Anne be able to...


She Flew the COOP
Michael Lee West
0060926201
May 1995
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
When 16-year-old Olive Nepper eschews Jesus and drinks a Nehi laced with rose poison, it is with good reason: she is carrying the child of Baptist minister T. C. Kirby, a man of stolen identity who once didn't know "Jesus from a Junebug." As Olive lingers in a two-month coma, and radios spew updates on Korea, polio and the Rosenberg trial, the town of Limoges, La., flutters with private dramas and the ensuing public whispers. Olive's frowzy mother, Vangie, whose expertise lies in canning, recipe reduction and horticulture, is protected by all but the most vicious gossipmonger from learning of Olive's pregnancy and the affair between her husband, pharmacist Henry, and his countergirl, Dee Dee Robichaux. The story is told with perfect pitch by many voices, including those of transplanted New York artist Edith...


Last Full Measure
Jeff Shaara
0345434811
May 2000
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Review
Author Jeff Shaara rounds out the Civil War trilogy started by his late father Michael Shaara, whose book The Killer Angels describes the Battle of Gettysburg. Just as Jeff Shaara's Gods and Generals covers action prior to Gettysburg, The Last Full Measure picks up with Confederate General Robert E. Lee's retreat from Pennsylvania and continues through the end of the war. Shaara focuses on the characters of Lee and Union commander Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, both of whom play prominent roles in the earlier books. He also introduces a new one: Ulysses S. Grant, the Union general who would finally defeat the South--something no soldier before him could manage. The Last Full Measure is often exciting and poignant, and fans of The Killer Angels and Gods and Generals won't be disappointed. --This text refers to the...


Turn Stress Into Bliss
Michael Lee
1592331173
May 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Recently, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, a well-respected certifying yoga school and organization, has created a program to help people reduce stress through yoga. The findings have been spectacular. The eight-week program has helped students find a 55% reduction in stress-related symptoms (mostly of a physical nature, such as upset stomach, headache, etc.). These findings have already been reported in Yoga Journal. Turn Stress Into Bliss is an at-home version of this proven program. The book includes a description of the course and its results, why it works, and then a complete eight-week program, including meditations, asanas, and lifestyle changes that readers can do on their own.

About the Author
Michael Lee is the founder of Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, a well-known and...


Holy Blood, Holy Grail
Michael Baigent
0440136482
January 1983
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Review
Michael Baigent, Henry Lincoln, and Richard Leigh, authors of The Messianic Legacy, spent over 10 years on their own kind of quest for the Holy Grail, into the secretive history of early France. What they found, researched with the tenacity and attention to detail that befits any great quest, is a tangled and intricate story of politics and faith that reads like a mystery novel. It is the story of the Knights Templar, and a behind-the-scenes society called the Prieure de Sion, and its involvement in reinstating descendants of the Merovingian bloodline into political power. Why? The authors of Holy Blood, Holy Grail assert that their explorations into early history ultimately reveal that Jesus may not have died on the cross, but lived to marry and father children whose bloodline continues today. The authors' point here is not...


The Military 100
Michael Lee Lanning
0806524251
Oct 2002
Paperback
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The Corporate Marriage Campaign (Harlequin Romance #3857)
Leigh Michaels
0373038577
August 2005
Mass Market Paperback
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Blood Warriors
Michael Lee Lanning
034544891X
Oct 2002
Paperback
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From AudioFile
In his overview of our nation's Special Forces, Lanning provides a history of each (Navy SEALs, Army Rangers, Delta Force, etc.) and then describes aspects of their missions and training. The author uses some military slang, which may create difficulties for unacquainted listeners. L.J. Ganser's reading is competent. His crisp and clear delivery is varied enough to keep the work from becoming monotonous. M.T.F. © AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

Book Description
Rangers, Green Berets, SEALs, Delta Force, LRRPs, Force Recon—
and the struggle of the best and the bravest to keep America free

They’re some of the toughest and most...


Holy Blood, Holy Grail
Michael Baigent
0385338597
March 2004
Hardcover
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Book Review
Michael Baigent, Henry Lincoln, and Richard Leigh, authors of The Messianic Legacy, spent over 10 years on their own kind of quest for the Holy Grail, into the secretive history of early France. What they found, researched with the tenacity and attention to detail that befits any great quest, is a tangled and intricate story of politics and faith that reads like a mystery novel. It is the story of the Knights Templar, and a behind-the-scenes society called the Prieure de Sion, and its involvement in reinstating descendants of the Merovingian bloodline into political power. Why? The authors of Holy Blood, Holy Grail assert that their explorations into early history ultimately reveal that Jesus may not have died on the cross, but lived to marry and father children whose bloodline continues today. The authors' point here is not...


Inside the Crosshairs
Michael Lee Lanning
0804116202
July 1998
Paperback
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Book Description
"The American sniper could be regarded as the greatest all-around rifleman the world has ever known. . . ."

At the start of the war in Vietnam, the United States had no snipers; by the end of the war, Marine and army precision marksmen had killed more than 10,000 NVA and VC soldiers--the equivalent of an entire division--at the cost of under 20,000 bullets, proving that long-range shooters still had a place in the battlefield. Now noted military historian Michael Lee Lanning shows how U.S. snipers in Vietnam--combining modern technology in weapons, ammunition, and telescopes--used the experience and traditions of centuries of expert shooters to perfect their craft.

To provide insight into the use of American snipers in Vietnam, Lanning interviewed men with combat trigger time, as well as their...


Holy Blood, Holy Grail
Michael Baigent
0385338457
January 2004
Paperback
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Book Review
Michael Baigent, Henry Lincoln, and Richard Leigh, authors of The Messianic Legacy, spent over 10 years on their own kind of quest for the Holy Grail, into the secretive history of early France. What they found, researched with the tenacity and attention to detail that befits any great quest, is a tangled and intricate story of politics and faith that reads like a mystery novel. It is the story of the Knights Templar, and a behind-the-scenes society called the Prieure de Sion, and its involvement in reinstating descendants of the Merovingian bloodline into political power. Why? The authors of Holy Blood, Holy Grail assert that their explorations into early history ultimately reveal that Jesus may not have died on the cross, but lived to marry and father children whose bloodline continues today. The authors' point here is not...


The African-American Soldier
Michael Lee Lanning
0806526297
May 2004
(Paperback) - Revised Ed.
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From Booklist
Lanning, an experienced military writer and retired army officer, provides a good overview of African Americans' military service to their country, a service that started with the American Revolution. Leaving the reader to learn the social and political background from the books listed in the bibliography, he offers a primarily narrative history, and an excellent one, even when it recounts events that make the blood boil. But it has some compensatory pleasant surprises in it, too, such as the comparatively rapid and painless integration of the Marine Corps during the Korean conflict. Overall, it may offer little to seasoned students of African American or military history, yet it is an invaluable resource for those with limited knowledge and a slightly whitewashed (so to speak) view of U.S. military history. What is now...


Battle 100
Michael Lee Lanning
1402202636
Apr 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
This handy browser's reference from retired Army officer and decorated Vietnam veteran Lanning offers brief accounts of the author's choice of the 100 most influential battles in history. The selections are wide-ranging: the first three are household words-Yorktown, Hastings and Stalingrad-while the last three are Tel-el-Kebir, which established the British protectorate over Egypt in 1882, Vyborg, the White victory over the Reds in 1918 that ensured the independence of Finland, and Little Big Horn, whose major importance is the amount of controversy it has generated since 1876. The author has impartially included wars of colonial conquest (Cajamarca, which gave Pizarro and Spain rule over the Inca Empire) and colonial liberation (Carabobo, which freed Venezuela, and Dien Bien Phu). He also offers useful...


Fried Twinkies, Buckle Bunnies, and Bull Riders: A Year inside the Professional Bull Riders Tour
Josh Peter
1594861196
October 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Sportswriter Peter chronicles a year on the circuit of the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) tour, yet fails to capture the excitement of the tenacious battle between man and beast. Readers meet former champ Chris Shivers, whose injuries—broken bones and worse—in 2004 prevented him from finishing in the top 10 that year; Brazilian rider Adriano Moraes, who rides atop the field all year until the final showdown in Vegas; Justin McBride, whose nickname, "McBridesmaid," indicates his perennial runner-up status; and Mike Lee, a devout Christian rider and eventual 2004 champion. Peter tells their potentially enthralling stories in a pedestrian fashion, simply narrating the details of each event on the tour. Readers also meet the bulls, like Little Yellow Jacket, who wins Bull of the Year honors for the third...

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