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The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know about Your Baby from Birth to Age Two [Revised and Updated]
Martha M. Sears
0316778001
March 2003
Paperback
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Book Review
In their excellent (and hefty) resource guide, The Baby Book, attachment parenting specialists William Sears and Martha Sears have provided new parents with their approach to every aspect of baby care basics, from newborns to toddlers. Attachment parenting is a gentle, reasonable approach to parenting that stresses bonding with your baby, responding to her cues, breastfeeding, "wearing" your baby, and sharing sleep with your child. For those parents who worry about negative effects of this attention, the Sears say, "Spoiling is what happens when you leave something (or some person) alone on the shelf--it spoils." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly
William and Martha Sears, a pediatrician and a...


A Death in the Family
James Agee
0375701230
July 1998
Paperback
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Book Description
Forty years after its original publication, James Agee's last novel seems, more than ever, an American classic. For in his lyrical, sorrowful account of a man's death and its impact on his family, Agee painstakingly created a small world of domestic happiness and then showed how quickly and casually it could be destroyed.

On a sultry summer night in 1915, Jay Follet leaves his house in Knoxville, Tennessee, to tend to his father, whom he believes is dying. The summons turns out to be a false alarm, but on his way back to his family, Jay has a car accident and is killed instantly. Dancing back and forth in time and braiding the viewpoints of Jay's wife, brother, and young son, Rufus, Agee creates an overwhelmingly powerful novel of innocence, tenderness, and loss that should be read aloud for the sheer music of...


The Leadership Challenge
James M. Kouzes
0787968331
July 2003
Paperback
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Book Review
In the 1980s and again in the '90s, James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner published The Leadership Challenge to address issues they uncovered in research on ordinary people achieving "individual leadership standards of excellence." The keys they identified--model the way, inspire a shared vision, challenge the process, enable others to act, encourage the heart--have now been reexamined in the context of the post-millennium world and updated in a third edition. "What we have discovered, and rediscovered, is that leadership is not the private reserve of a few charismatic men and women," write Kouzes, chairman emeritus of the Tom Peters Company, and Posner, dean of the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University. "People make extraordinary things happen by liberating the leader within everyone." After explaining their...


James Agee
James Agee
1931082812
Sept 2005
Hardcover
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From The Washington Post's Book World/washingtonpost.com
Like many of the world's most interesting books, James Agee's youthful masterpiece Let Us Now Praise Famous Men has a lot wrong with it. Upon its initial publication in 1941, critics savaged this account of "Three Tenant Families" as self-indulgent, tedious, overblown. Originally, Fortune magazine had commissioned Agee and photographer Walker Evans to report on the conditions of cotton farmers in Depression-era Alabama, but they killed the resulting article as unusable. Who could blame them? Certainly Agee's heated, self-exculpatory prose would have been more at home in The Masses than in Henry Luce's Fortune.But Agee couldn't forget the Ricketts, Woods and Gudger families. So he rewrote and further amplified his material, mixing in autobiography, reflections on art and society,...


James Agee
James Agee
1931082820
Sept 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
James Agee brought to bear all his moral energy, slashing wit, and boundless curiosity in the criticism and journalism that established him as one of the commanding literary voices of America at mid-century. In 1944 W. H. Auden called Agee's film reviews for The Nation "the most remarkable regular event in American journalism today." Those columns, along with much of the movie criticism that Agee wrote for Time through most of the 1940s, were collected posthumously in Agee on Film: Reviews and Comments, undoubtedly the most influential writings on film by an American.

Whether reviewing a Judy Garland musical or a wartime documentary, assessing the impact of Italian neorealism or railing against the compromises in a Hollywood adaptation of Hemingway, Agee always wrote of movies as a pervasive,...


Talking to Heaven: A Medium's Message of Life after Death
James Van Praagh
0451191722
October 2001
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Review
As in the case of James Redfield's The Celestine Prophecy, once in a while a book comes along that unexpectedly soars to the bestseller lists simply because it feeds a specific spiritual hunger. Talking to Heaven is one such book. Based on the personal insights and memories of highly acclaimed medium James Van Praagh, Talking to Heaven offers comforting and startling stories about his contact with the deceased. Van Praagh could have used this text to prove that his gifts as a medium are authentic--the story about the deceased teenager who led his parents to his murderer is impressive (the result was a murder conviction)--but instead, Van Praagh offers spiritual and psychological comfort to those grappling with the loss of a loved one. He also helps readers develop their own means of talking to heaven....


Let Us Now Praise Famous Men
James Agee
0618127496
Aug 2001
Paperback
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Book Review
Just what kind of book is Let Us Now Praise Famous Men? It contains many things: poems; confessional reveries; disquisitions on the proper way to listen to Beethoven; snippets of dialogue, both real and imagined; a lengthy response to a survey from the Partisan Review; exhaustive catalogs of furniture, clothing, objects, and smells. And then there are Walker Evans's famously stark portraits of depression-era sharecroppers--photographs that both stand apart from and reinforce James Agee's words.

Assigned to do a story for Fortune magazine about sharecroppers in the Deep South, Agee and Evans spent four weeks living with a poor white tenant family, winning the Burroughs's trust and immersing themselves in a sharecropper's daily existence. Given a first draft of the resulting article, the editors at Fortune quite...



Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble and Coming of Age in the Bronx
Adrian Nicole LeBlanc
0743254430
January 2004
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Politicians rail about welfare queens, crack babies and deadbeat dads, but what do they know about the real struggle it takes to survive being poor? Journalist LeBlanc spent some 10 years researching and interviewing one extended family-mother Lourdes, daughter Jessica, daughter-in-law Coco and all their boyfriends, children and in-laws-from the Bronx to Troy, N.Y., in and out of public housing, emergency rooms, prisons and courtrooms. LeBlanc's close listening produced this extraordinary book, a rare look at the world from the subjects' point of view. Readers learn that prison is just an extension of the neighborhood, a place most men enter and a rare few leave. They learn the realities of welfare: the myriad of misdemeanors that trigger reduction or termination of benefits, only compounding a desperate...


Brooklyn Is
James Agee
0823224929
Oct 2005
Hardcover
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From Booklist
*Starred Review* Agee (1909-55) is now considered a classic American writer, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning and posthumous novel A Death in the Family (1957), of a brilliant and seminal body of movie criticism that shaped how that genre is perceived and practiced, and coauthor, with Walker Evans, of the photo-and-text Let Us Now Praise Famous Men (1941), a heart-touching account of Depression-era farmers. Now, with this little book about Brooklyn, he can also be counted a travel writer. It remained unpublished during his lifetime (though written in 1939), saw its first appearance in print in 1968 (in Esquire), and finally has been given separate publication as a book. Introduced by Jonathan Lethem, author of the riveting and place-defining novel Motherless Brooklyn (1999), Agee's...


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter #1)
J. K. Rowling
0807281956
December 1999
Compact Disc
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Book Review
Say you've spent the first 10 years of your life sleeping under the stairs of a family who loathes you. Then, in an absurd, magical twist of fate you find yourself surrounded by wizards, a caged snowy owl, a phoenix-feather wand, and jellybeans that come in every flavor, including strawberry, curry, grass, and sardine. Not only that, but you discover that you are a wizard yourself! This is exactly what happens to young Harry Potter in J.K. Rowling's enchanting, funny debut novel, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. In the nonmagic human world--the world of "Muggles"--Harry is a nobody, treated like dirt by the aunt and uncle who begrudgingly inherited him when his parents were killed by the evil Voldemort. But in the world of wizards, small, skinny Harry is famous as a survivor of the wizard who tried to kill him. He is...


Ecosystem Management for Parks and Wilderness
James K. Agee
0295968176
Apr 1989
Hardcover
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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4) (17 CDs)
J. K. Rowling
0807282596
July 2000
Compact Disc
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Book Review
In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J.K. Rowling offers up equal parts danger and delight--and any number of dragons, house-elves, and death-defying challenges. Now 14, her orphan hero has only two more weeks with his Muggle relatives before returning to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Yet one night a vision harrowing enough to make his lightning-bolt-shaped scar burn has Harry on edge and contacting his godfather-in-hiding, Sirius Black. Happily, the prospect of attending the season's premier sporting event, the Quidditch World Cup, is enough to make Harry momentarily forget that Lord Voldemort and his sinister familiars--the Death Eaters--are out for murder.

Readers, we will cast a giant invisibility cloak over any more plot and reveal only that You-Know-Who is very much after Harry and that this...



Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter #3)
J. K. Rowling
0807282324
February 2000
Compact Disc
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Book Review
For most children, summer vacation is something to look forward to. But not for our 13-year-old hero, who's forced to spend his summers with an aunt, uncle, and cousin who detest him. The third book in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series catapults into action when the young wizard "accidentally" causes the Dursleys' dreadful visitor Aunt Marge to inflate like a monstrous balloon and drift up to the ceiling. Fearing punishment from Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon (and from officials at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry who strictly forbid students to cast spells in the nonmagic world of Muggles), Harry lunges out into the darkness with his heavy trunk and his owl Hedwig.

As it turns out, Harry isn't punished at all for his errant wizardry. Instead he is mysteriously rescued from his Muggle neighborhood and...



Agee on Film
James Agee
0375755292
Mar 2000
Paperback
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From Library Journal
Agee was an avid film reviewer for Time magazine and a columnist for the Nation as well as the author of several popular screenplays for his friend John Huston. This volume is among the first in the Modern Library's new paperback film series being edited by Martin Scorsese, who also provides an introduction. Film heads will jump on this. Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Book Description
"In my opinion, [Agee's] column is the most remarkable regular event in American journalism today."--W. H. Auden

James Agee was passionately involved with the movies throughout his life. A master of both fiction and nonfiction, he wrote about film in clean, smart prose as the reviewer for Time magazine and as a columnist for The Nation. Agee was particularly...


Let Us Now Praise Famous Men
James Agee
0395957710
Mar 2000
Hardcover
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Book Review
Just what kind of book is Let Us Now Praise Famous Men? It contains many things: poems; confessional reveries; disquisitions on the proper way to listen to Beethoven; snippets of dialogue, both real and imagined; a lengthy response to a survey from the Partisan Review; exhaustive catalogs of furniture, clothing, objects, and smells. And then there are Walker Evans's famously stark portraits of depression-era sharecroppers--photographs that both stand apart from and reinforce James Agee's words.

Assigned to do a story for Fortune magazine about sharecroppers in the Deep South, Agee and Evans spent four weeks living with a poor white tenant family, winning the Burroughs's trust and immersing themselves in a sharecropper's daily existence. Given a first draft of the resulting article, the editors at Fortune quite...



Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6)
J. K. Rowling
030728364X
July 2005
Audio
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Book Review
The long-awaited, eagerly anticipated, arguably over-hyped Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince has arrived, and the question on the minds of kids, adults, fans, and skeptics alike is, "Is it worth the hype?" The answer, luckily, is simple: yep. A magnificent spectacle more than worth the price of admission, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince will blow you away. However, given that so much has gone into protecting the secrets of the book (including armored trucks and injunctions), don't expect any spoilers in this review. It's much more fun not knowing what's coming--and in the case of Rowling's delicious sixth book, you don't want to know. Just sit tight, despite the earth-shattering revelations that will have your head in your hands as you hope the words will rearrange themselves into a different story....


Prescribed Burning in California Wildlands Vegetation Mgnt
Harold Biswell
0520219457
Aug 1999
Paperback
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David J. Parsons, Journal of Forestry
"Discussions of the natural role of fire, the history of fire management, fire behavior and planning, and the effects of fire on natural resources combine a professional ecological perspective with a casual, folksy style derived from years of practical experience. . . . Biswell shows considerable foresight in recognizing the need for greatly expanded research to better understand the influence of fire and fire suppression on natural ecosystems. Overall, the story that Biswell tells is both important and convincing. It provides a valuable historical account of the development of prescribed fire as a management technique and its associated science."

Norman L. Christensen, Bioscience
"Biswell's combination of solid basic research, attention to...


Hawaii
James A. Michener
0449213358
April 1994
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Description
"[A] mammoth epic of the islands, [a] vast panorama, wonderful."
THE BALTIMORE SUN
America's preeminent storyteller, James Michener, introduced an entire generation of readers to a lush, exotic world in the Pacific with this classic novel. But it is also a novel about people, people of strength and character; the Polynesians; the fragile missionaries; the Chinese, Japanese, and Filipinos who intermarried into a beautiful race called Hawaiians. Here is the story of their relationships, toils, and successes, their strong aristocratic kings and queens and struggling farmers, all of it enchanting and very real in this almost mythical place.

Inside Flap Copy
"[A] mammoth epic of the islands, [a] vast panorama, wonderful."
THE BALTIMORE SUN
America's preeminent...


The Stones of Summer
Dow Mossman
0760748845
October 2003
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
After its 1972 publication, this sprawling, modernist Great American Novel-style epic garnered its author critical comparison to Faulkner, for its saga of rural dynastic decline; Salinger, for its mood of youthful alienation; and Joyce, for its labyrinthine, cryptically allusive, stream-of-consciousness renditions of the private psyche. The episodic coming-of-age narrative follows budding writer Dawes Williams from boyhood on his grandfather's greyhound ranch, through a feckless Iowa adolescence of drinking and joyriding, to a mentally unstable adulthood in which, through rants against propriety, positivism and the establishment and a terminal bout of countercultural dissoluteness in Mexico, he becomes the voice of the 1960s' lost generation. The real action, though, is the development of Dawes's writerly...


Death in the Family
James Agee
0808514695
July 1998
Hardcover
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Book Description
Forty years after its original publication, James Agee's last novel seems, more than ever, an American classic. For in his lyrical, sorrowful account of a man's death and its impact on his family, Agee painstakingly created a small world of domestic happiness and then showed how quickly and casually it could be destroyed.

On a sultry summer night in 1915, Jay Follet leaves his house in Knoxville, Tennessee, to tend to his father, whom he believes is dying. The summons turns out to be a false alarm, but on his way back to his family, Jay has a car accident and is killed instantly. Dancing back and forth in time and braiding the viewpoints of Jay's wife, brother, and young son, Rufus, Agee creates an overwhelmingly powerful novel of innocence, tenderness, and loss that should be read aloud for the sheer music of...

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