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Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog
John Grogan
0060817089
October 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Labrador retrievers are generally considered even-tempered, calm and reliable;and then there's Marley, the subject of this delightful tribute to one Lab who doesn't fit the mold. Grogan, a columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer, and his wife, Jenny, were newly married and living in West Palm Beach when they decided that owning a dog would give them a foretaste of the parenthood they anticipated. Marley was a sweet, affectionate puppy who grew into a lovably naughty, hyperactive dog. With a light touch, the author details how Marley was kicked out of obedience school after humiliating his instructor (whom Grogan calls Miss Dominatrix) and swallowed an 18-karat solid gold necklace (Grogan describes his gross but hilarious "recovery operation"). With the arrival of children in the family, Marley became so incorrigible that Jenny,...


PAAS: The Great Egg Show! (Paas: Coloring and Activity)

0448441365


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Book Description
It’s that time of year when everyone gets together to present their favorite egg designs at the Great Egg Show! With a ton of eggs to color, and patterns to use as inspiration for their own egg designs, this coloring book is perfect for all little dippers! And the heartwarming message about using your imagination and appreciating everyone’s uniqueness will have parents excited to share this book with their children.


The Polar Express
Chris Van Allsburg
0395389496
Oct 1985
Hardcover
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Book Review
One couldn't select a more delightful and exciting premise for a children's book than the tale of a young boy lying awake on Christmas Eve only to have Santa Claus sweep by and take him on a trip with other children to the North Pole. And one couldn't ask for a more talented artist and writer to tell the story than Chris Van Allsburg. Allsburg, a sculptor who entered the genre nonchalantly when he created a children's book as a diversion from his sculpting, won the 1986 Caldecott Medal for this book, one of several award winners he's produced. The Polar Express rings with vitality and wonder.

Book Review Audiobook Review
The Polar Express book and CD gift set is a charming collage of enchanting sounds, lyrical words, and climatic storytelling. Read by Academy Award-winning actor William Hurt, author Chris Van...


A Tale For Easter

0689828446


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Book Review
You know Easter is near, but "you're not always sure when it is coming even though you go to Sunday school." In fact, "it is only when Good Friday comes, and you have hot cross buns for tea, that you know for certain Easter will be the day after tomorrow." A little girl prepares for Easter by asking the chickens to lay her plenty of Easter eggs and dreaming "the loveliest dreams" of a wee fawn that makes her light as thistledown and takes her on a journey past shiny-coated rabbits, lambs frolicking among buttercups, and stardusted daffodils.

Beloved artist Tasha Tudor, creator of the Caldecott Honor book 1 Is One and more than 90 other picture books, looks through the eyes of a child at a favorite springtime holiday. With her trademark delicate watercolors and honey-sweet text, Tudor revisits her childhood...



Holidays on Ice: Stories
David Sedaris
0316779237
November 1998
Paperback
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Book Review
Holidays on Ice is a collection of three previously published stories matched with three newer ones, all, of course, on a Christmas theme. David Sedaris's darkly playful humor is another common thread through the book, worming its way through "Seasons Greetings to Our Friends and Family!!!" a chipper suburban Christmas letter that spirals dizzily out of control, and "Front Row Center with Thaddeus Bristol," a vicious theatrical review of children's Christmas pageants. As always, Sedaris's best work is his sharply observed nonfiction, notably in "Dinah, the Christmas Whore," the tale of a memorable Christmas during which the young Sedaris learns to see his family in a new light. Worth the price of the book alone is the hilarious "SantaLand Diaries," Sedaris's chronicle of his time working as an elf at Macy's, covering...


The Story of Easter

0824940903


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Book Description
This board book describes this well-known story from the Bible, told in only a few very simple and easily understood words.

Card catalog description
Explains the celebration of Easter by telling the story of Jesus' life, Resurrection, and love for us all.

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Holiday Princess: A Princess Diaries Book
Meg Cabot
0060754346
October 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description

A princess always knows how to celebrate the holidays. There's Christmas, Hanukkah, Yule, Chinese New Year, Saturnalia . . .to name just a few.

Then there's gift giving, the royal Genovian Fabergé advent calendar, hot chocolate with marshmallows -- oh, and all those fabulous holiday movies. How will YOU celebrate this holiday season? Mia and her subjects have a few ideas.

About the Author

Meg Cabot is the author of the best-selling, critically acclaimed Princess Diaries books, which were made into the wildly popular Disney movies of the same name. Her other books for teens include the Mediator series, the 1-800-Where- R-You books, All-American Girl, Ready or Not, Teen Idol, and Avalon High, as well as Nicola and the Viscount and...



Visions of Sugar Plums
Janet Evanovich
0312986343
Nov 2003
Paperback
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Book Review
Christmas in bounty hunter Stephanie Plum's world isn't quite like Christmas in Whoville. With only four days to go before December 25, she doesn't have a decorated tree in her apartment or any presents bought. Plus she's chasing an elusive bail-jumper named Sandy Claws; a hunky guy named Diesel is literally popping in and out of her apartment; and a mob of manic elves is threatening to assault her with cookies. The end result is that Stephanie is feeling a tad stressed over the holiday season. Life isn't any calmer over at her parents' home in the Burg, where Grandma Mazur is dating a new octogenarian stud muffin; sister Valerie is wailing over some unwelcome news; and Stephanie's mother is coping by belting back tumblers of Red Roses in the kitchen. Just where is the elusive Mr. Claws hiding, and why? What's...


The War on Christmas: How the Liberal Plot to Ban the Sacred Christian Holiday is Worse Than You Thought
John Gibson
1595230165
October 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
Yes, Virginia, there is a war on Christmas. It’s the secularization of America’s favorite holiday and the ever-stronger push toward a neutered "holiday" season so that non-Christians won’t be even the slightest bit offended. Traditionalists get upset when they’re told—more and more these days—that celebrating Christmas in any public way is a violation of church and state separation. That is certainly not what the founders intended when they wrote, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." John Gibson, a popular anchor for the Fox News Channel, has been digging up evidence about the liberal activists, lawyers, politicians, educators, and media people who are leading the war on Christmas. And he reveals that the...


Junie B., First Grader Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! (P.S. So Does May.)
Barbara Park
0375828087
Sept 2005
Hardcover
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Review
“Junie B. is sassy, hilarious, and insightful. . . . Park understands the passions and fears of first-graders.”–Booklist


From the Trade Paperback edition.

Book Description
It’s holiday time, and Room One is doing lots of fun things to celebrate.
Like making elf costumes! And singing joyful songs! Only, how can Junie B. enjoy the festivities when Tattletale May keeps ruining her holiday glee? And here is the worst part of all! When everyone picks names for Secret Santa, Junie B. gets stuck with Tattletale you-know-who! It’s enough to fizzle your holiday spirit! Hmm . . . or is it? Maybe, just maybe, a Secret Santa gift is the perfect opportunity to give May exactly what she deserves.

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The Best Light Recipe (The Best Recipe)
Editors of Cook's Illustrated magazine (Editor)
0936184973
March 1, 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
In an ongoing effort to bring readers the flakiest pie crusts and the most tender of meat loafs, the mad scientists at Cook's Illustrated subject recipes to endless tests in order to find out exactly how much cream the perfect corn chowder requires or how much salt the perfect veal roast needs. In this cookbook, they turn their attention to light versions of their favorite recipes, using the same trial-and-error method to devise healthier finished products. The recipes in this book are middle-American classics such as Chicken Pot Pie, Crab Cakes and Spaghetti and Meatballs. For the most part, these dishes taste as luxurious as their full-fat siblings-the pot pie is tender and creamy, the crab cakes are dense with lump crabmeat and the spaghetti and meatballs are hard to stop eating. Even desserts are terrific,...


The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World, 2006
Bob Sehlinger, Len Testa
0764583417
September 9, 2005
Paperback
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Review
"...I can't think of much this book doesn't cover...I really can't fault this guide, it contains more than enough information for anyone planning to visit Walt Disney World...I'd highly recommend the Unofficial Guide 2006." (www.wdisneyw.co.uk, 28th September 2005)

"....how to spare yourself queuing for hours on end is where this book really comes into it's own..." (The Economist, April 2006)

Book Description
"A Tourist's Best Friend!"
-Chicago Sun-Times

"Indispensable"
-The New York Times

Five Great Features and Benefits offered ONLY by The Unofficial Guide(r):
* Exclusively patented, field-tested touring plans that save as much as four hours of standing in line in a single day
* Tips, advice, and...



A Holiday to Remember: Heartland Super Speical
Lauren Brooke
0439675014
October 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
It's December, and Amy can't help but remember the last holiday she spent with her mother. Back then, Amy was training Sundance, the feisty pony they had rescued from an auction. While Sundance had proven to be a talent in the show ring, he was still impossible to handle in the stable. Frustrated by the pony's attitude and her mother's rigorous training schedule, Amy is lacking holiday - and Heartland - spirit. But then, Sundance falls ill. As Amy watches over him, she is finally able to glimpse the vulnerable pony's true heart - and understand the precious gift she shares with her mother.


Clifford's Birthday Party
Norman Bridwell
0590442791
Feb 1988
Paperback
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Card catalog description
Clifford, the big, lovable, red dog, celebrates his birthday. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Holiday in Death
J. D. Robb
0425163717
Nov 2003
Paperback
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Book Review
In the seventh of J.D. Robb's futuristic romance thrillers, NYPD Lieutenant Eve Dallas is on the trail of a serial killer terrorizing the city during the holidays. The only link between the victims--all are patrons of an exclusive dating service, Personally Yours. Working with her aide Officer Peabody, Peabody's nemesis Ian McNab, and her own intriguing husband, Roarke, Eve uncovers secrets that link the victims: secrets that involve both the owners and the clients of Personally Yours and which might be worth killing for. Whether she's writing as Nora Roberts or as J.D. Robb, Roberts weaves a taut and powerful story with lush sensuality and masterful characterization. This murder mystery combines elements of romance, science fiction, and police procedural genres in an entertaining mix that will keep readers turning the...


Lilly's Big Day
Kevin Henkes (Illustrator)
0060742364
April 1, 2006
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 2-When her teacher, Mr. Slinger, announces that he is going to marry Ms. Shotwell, the school nurse, the indomitable Lilly takes her role as flower girl at their wedding for granted. Of course, he hasn't asked her-yet-but the young mouse commences practicing her very slow walk, eyebrows raised, hands in front grasping her imaginary bouquet. Her parents give her reasons why her plan might go awry. Do you understand-¦? they ask. I understand that I'm going to be a flower girl, she responds. At school, she writes Mr. Slinger a note, declaring herself The World's Best and Most Famous Flower Girl. He finally persuades her to be an assistant to his niece, and Lilly rises to the rescue in a surprise twist that satisfies everybody. Henkes's familiar watercolor cartoons elaborate on the witty...


Silver Bells: A Holiday Tale
Luanne Rice
0553588559
October 2005
Mass Market Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
A Christmas tree farmer from Nova Scotia and a lonely New York widow come together in this Christmas weepie by bestseller Rice (Beach Girls, etc.). Catherine Tierney, a corporate librarian who lives in a 19th-century townhouse on a quaint street in the Manhattan neighborhood of Chelsea, used to love Christmas until her husband, Brian, died of cancer. Each year, she awaits a sign from him that'll let her know he's watching over her. Christy Byrne, a widower from Nova Scotia, is in Manhattan with his 12-year-old daughter, Bridget, to sell his Christmas trees. Every night he leaves his boarding house in Chelsea to go looking for his estranged 16-year-old son, Danny, who ran off the year before. When Danny resurfaces and it's revealed that he's been living on the streets with the help of Catherine and her friend...


The America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook: Featuring More Than 1,200 Kitchen-Tested Recipes

0936184876
bound - October 1, 2005
Ring-bound
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Book Review
Over time, twin enterprises Cook's Illustrated magazine and America's Test Kitchen have published many books dedicated to providing exhaustively tested recipes--"best" versions of traditional dishes plus definitive takes on kitchen equipment and ingredients. Some series readers have complained of endlessly recycled or rejiggered recipes; others take each book at face value, finding the formulas and cooking insights good and helpful. America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook, which calls itself a cookbook, cooking school, and kitchen reference in one, offers over 1,200 approachable recipes for a very wide range of dishes--from "weekday" fare like Creamy Rice Casserole, Cheesy Nachos with Spicy Beef, and Skillet Lasagna, to dressier recipes, including Pan-Seared Lamb Chops with Red Wine Rosemary Sauce, Roasted Trout...


The Crippled Lamb
Max Lucado
0849910056
Oct 1994
Hardcover
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Book Description

Because Joshua the Lamb was different, he often felt left out-like on the wintry night when he was left behind in a Bethlehem stable. This touching tale helps kids see that even if they're different, God has a unique plan for their lives.

Card catalog description
A lamb who has always felt different and sad because of his black spots and his limp, feels his true worth when he is called upon to help keep the baby Jesus warm.

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Festivus: The Holiday for the Rest of Us
Allen Salkin
0446696749
October 2005
Hardcover
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--January Magazine
"(Salkin) chronicles Festivus's absurdity and purity...the funniest thing about this book is that everything in it is true."

Tampa Tribune
"The perfect stocking stuffer... Salkin finds people who take the holiday to new heights."

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Home for the Holidays: The Forgetful Bride / When Christmas Comes
Debbie Macomber
0778322394
October 2005
Mass Market Paperback
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Publishers Weekly on The Snow Bride
". . . a fast, frothy fantasy for those looking to add some romance to their holidays."

Publishers Weekly on The Snow Bride
". . . a fast, frothy fantasy for those looking to add some romance to their holidays."

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A Passover Haggadah
Herbert Bronstein, Leonard Baskin (Illustrator)
0916694054
June 1994
Paperback
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Book Description
The revolutionary Haggadah is written in gender-inclusive contemporary language and has sold over 900,000 copies since its introduction.


Thanksgiving on Thursday
Mary Pope Osborne
0375806156
Sept 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
The Magic Tree House whisks Jack and Annie back to the eve of the first Thanksgiving. There they meet the Pilgrims as well as Squanto, a Native American who helped them. The story offers an age-appropriate, in-depth picture of what life was really like for early settlers, as well as the usual Magic Tree House adventure and excitement.

Card catalog description
Jack and Annie travel in their magic treehouse to the year 1621, where they celebrate the first Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians in the New Plymouth Colony.

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Stories Behind the Great Traditions of Christmas
Ace Collins
0310248809
Oct 2003
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Collins serves up some little-known holiday history in this interesting book that teems with Christmas facts and legends, arranged alphabetically by topic. Readers will be fascinated to learn, for example, that the holiday shopping season used to be only a couple of weeks long, but was extended during WWII so families could get care packages off to soldiers in a timely fashion. Or that St. Francis of Assisi was one of the first people to use a live nativity scene to teach others about Christ's birth. Collins tackles customs such as Christmas gifts and cards, and the popularity of cultural events like the Nutcracker and the Messiah (which, intriguingly, fell entirely out of fashion in the decades after Handel's death). There are chapters on the history of holly, mistletoe, Christmas trees, candy canes,...


Frommer's Italy 2006 (Frommer's Complete)
Darwin Porter, Danforth Prince
0764595393
August 12, 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Completely updated every year Frommer's Italy features a completely redesigned section of gorgeous color photos and maps of the most of the ancient and modern cities, classical architecture and ruins, vineyards, villages, and gorgeous countryside vistas that await you. Much more detailed and comprehensive than the major competition, this is simply the most reliable and in-depth guide you can buy. It's personally researched and full of candid opinions. Our authors have chosen the very best places to stay, from the grand hotels of Rome and the chic resorts of Capri to charming and affordable inns and small hotels in regions like Tuscany and the Lake District. And of course, we'll make sure that you dine memorably throughout Italy, whether you're splurging on a world-class restaurant in Florence or looking for a...


Holidays on Ice
Read by David Sedaris
1586212222
September 2002
Compact Disc
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Book Review
Holidays on Ice is a collection of three previously published stories matched with three newer ones, all, of course, on a Christmas theme. David Sedaris's darkly playful humor is another common thread through the book, worming its way through "Seasons Greetings to Our Friends and Family!!!" a chipper suburban Christmas letter that spirals dizzily out of control, and "Front Row Center with Thaddeus Bristol," a vicious theatrical review of children's Christmas pageants. As always, Sedaris's best work is his sharply observed nonfiction, notably in "Dinah, the Christmas Whore," the tale of a memorable Christmas during which the young Sedaris learns to see his family in a new light. Worth the price of the book alone is the hilarious "SantaLand Diaries," Sedaris's chronicle of his time working as an elf at Macy's, covering...


Jacob's Gift
Max Lucado
084995830X
Sept 1998
Hardcover
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Book Description

Jacob is a young boy with a gift for carpentry who is busy finishing up a project for a contest. His teacher, Rabbi Simeon, not only instructs him in carpentry, but also teaches him important lessons about God. Rabbi has just taught Jacob that when you give a gift to one of God's children, it's like giving a gift to God. The night before the contest while working on his project, Jacob has fallen asleep in the workshop and is awakened by a bright light. The light is a star which is directly over Jacob's father's stable. As he approaches the stable, he sees a man, a woman, and a newborn baby which is laying in the straw. Remembering what Rabbi Simeon had told him, Jacob returns to the workshop and takes his project (a feeding trough) to the new family. The morning of the contest, the Rabbi pleased to find out...



Handknit Holidays: Knitting Year-Round for Christmas, Hanukkah, and Winter Solstice
Melanie Falick
1584794542
October 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
For many people, the best part of the winter holidays is the anticipation: planning the perfect gifts, decorating the house, looking forward to seeing family and friends. Holidays can be particularly special for knitters, whose preparations often start months in advance and involve their own creations. In Handknit Holidays best-selling knitting author Melanie Falick presents an eclectic collection of more than 50 original gifts, decorations, and clothing pieces for Christmas, Hanukkah, and the winter solstice, providing year-round inspiration for knitters of all levels.Created by top knitwear designers, the projects include colorful ornaments; funky and classic Christmas stockings; a wire-and-bead menorah; sparkly ribbon scarves; a poncho and matching dog sweater; and a range of super-quick projects for that...


Michelin the Green Guide Greece (Michelin Green Guide: Greece English Edition)
Michelin
2060008859


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Book Description
This title in the acclaimed Michelin Green Guide series is an indispensable guide to the natural and cultural attractions of Greece - the islands, the mountains of the mainland and their volcanic craters, miles of beaches. The many layers of civilization may be traced in the ancient ruined temples and theatres, the magnificent churches of the Orthodox rite, and rare vestiges of the Turkish occupation. The noisy exuberance of Athens contrasts with the natural charm of rural and maritime resorts; the country attracts archeologists and botanists, walkers and mountain climbers, water-sports enthusiasts and sunworshippers.

Language Notes
Text: French, English, German, Spanish


Grandpa's Little One
Billy Crystal, Guy Porfirio (Illustrator)
0060781734
April 1, 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Crystal's granddaughter turns a year old in this emotion-charged follow-up to I Already Know I Love You. "Happy birthday, little sweet one,/ you're one year old today./ I gave you your first piece of cake,/ once Mommy said, 'OK.' " Ironically, this talented comedian's stabs at humor tend toward the banal ("I'm glad it was hot out so we could/ go swimming in the pool./ I love to watch you do new things—/ all you used to do was drool"). More effective are revelations of simple yet precious moments, as the grandfather watches his daughter sharing a hug with her little one and delights in introducing the child to her image in the mirror. Porfirio's (The Littlest Angel) illustrations convey the affection between grandfather and his cherubic granddaughter. But in some images of the grandfather attempting to...


Counting Kisses: A Kiss & Read Book
Karen Katz (Illustrator)
068985658X
January 1, 2003
Board book
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From Publishers Weekly
With buoyant cartoons rendered in a bouquet of vibrant pastel tones, Katz (Over the Moon) creates a book as irresistible as a baby's smile. At first, however, the baby in the story is anything but smiling; that's why her family tries to woo her into sleep with a countdown of kisses on every darling part of her body. Mommy starts things rolling with "ten little kisses on teeny tiny toes," and "nine laughing kisses on busy, wriggly feet." Each full-bleed, densely colored vignette that follows depicts an ecstatic baby being coddled and cuddled in a new way: Grandma holds her high in the air to give her belly button seven "loud kisses," and the dog licks her six times while she's on the changing table. By the time the final kiss is delivered on her "sleepy, dreamy head," the baby is utterly beatificAand fast asleep. Everything about...


Michelin 2006 Red Guide France: Hotels & Restaurants (Michelin Red Guide: France)
Michelin Staff
2067115693
March 15, 2006
Hardcover
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New York Times, 2/21/06
listing includes 481 "Bib Gourmand" restaurants (no more than $40 Paris/$30 outside Paris)...276 "Bib Hotels" less than $100/night".

Book Description
With its selection of the best hotels and restaurants covering all comfort and price categories, the Michelin Guide France 2006 is more contemporary than previous editions and contains additional information. Guesthouses: A new accommodation category is included for the first time, symbolized by the pictogram I or I for the most pleasant establishments. The development of guesthouses in France has been an important trend in recent years. Reflecting a desire for peace, quiet and a return to basics, these establishments provide a good alternative to hotels, especially since today’s guesthouses offer high-quality...

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