Wednesday, October 20, 2010

A Modern Egyptian Adventure

"The Red Pyramid" by Rick Riordan, is a story that takes some of the elements that made his "Percy Jackson" books famous and incorporates them into a new story using Egyptian mythology. The story is about Carter and Sadie; two children that have grown apart. One lives with their grandparents, the other with their father. Their mother passed on due to mysterious circumstances. When their father gets them together to take a tour of the British Museum reality gets turned on its side when their father disappears, the children get kidnapped, and five Egyptian gods get released into the world. The children learn they can use magic and they will go on a great adventure to stop Set. If you like adventure, magic and fantasy, try this book out. If you like this book, you may want to try some of Rick Riordan's other books.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

A Classic Video Game in Manga Form!

Akira Himekawa's "The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time" is a great manga based on a video game by Nintendo widely considered to be one of the best games of all time. The story is about a boy named Link who is charged with delivering one of three spiritual stones to Princess Zelda of the land of Hyrule. Link faces many trials and finds that this adventure is much bigger, and much more important than he originally expected. If you are a fan of the Zelda video games, or you are new to manga, you should definitely check this one out! If you have read and liked this one, Akira Himekawa has written others for the other Zelda games!

Note: Most manga style books are printed to be read from right to left.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Poker Strategy From a Master!

Doyle Brunson is one of the most respected professional poker players ever to play the game. He has won 2 World Series of Poker (WSoP) main events as well at 8 other events at the WSoP. He's also won on the World Poker Tour. He had made many other final tables in tournament play. His book, "Super System" is one of the best resources for poker knowledge. Not only do you get some of the best advice from Brunson, but also from other well established poker players. It is the must have book for anyone that wants to be a serious poker player. It can help your game if you play at home, at a casino, or online.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Need some car repairs?

We just got a large load of car repair manuals in! You can the "Ford Explorer 1991 thru 2001 Haynes Repair Manual" and repair manuals for many other cars at very low prices. Click here to see a large selection of car repair manuals covering many models and years.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Review: Women Food and God

Hello everyone! Another review was posted by Mary VanderGoot. If you think you may like the book you can buy it by clicking here.

Here is the start of the review:

Many readers who pick up Geneen Roth’s new book have already worked their way through her previous bestseller: When Food is Love. Both narrate her therapy with women who do battle with food. Those who believe they love nothing more than they love food, and those who believe that they hate nothing more than they hate food. Roth tells the stories of many women who are caught in a tug of war between these feelings. They love to hate food; they hate to love it. (Read More)

Friday, May 21, 2010

A Review of Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert

Once again Elizabeth Gilbert has given her readers a book long on charm. This time it is about marriage. She writes like a journalist. Her style is one most often found in an eight paragraph op-ed. A catchy idea and some utterly delightful one liners. It is nothing short of remarkable that she can sustain this for eight chapters.

Click here to see the full review.
Click here for this book at our store.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Stay Possitive

"How Full Is Your Bucket?" by Tom Rath and Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D. is a book that looks at how negative and positive interactions affect your everyday life. It shows how negative interactions can severely increase your chances for poor health and low productivity. It also gives you ways to increase the positive interactions you have in your life, making you happier and healthier. Take a look and see what this book has to offer you!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Meet our new guest reviewer!

 Check out the reviews of Mary VanderGoot. She is being kind enough to review some books for us. She already has a couple of reviews up!

Check out her review of "The Cellist of Sarajevo" by Steven Galloway by clicking here.

Monday, May 3, 2010

A Tale of Government and Religion

"The Septembers of Shiraz" by Dalia Sofer is a book about an Iranian family dealing with life in the aftermath of the Iranian revolution. Isaac Amin, a rare-gem dealer, is accused of being a spy and taken away to prison. While Isaac has to deal with life in an Iranian prison, his family has to deal with life in the new Iranian society. What happens to Isaac and his family? Read this book and find out. Let us know what you think of it.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

A True Classic

This edition of "Don Quixote" by Miguel De Cervantes was translated into English by Edith Grossman. "Don Quixote" is a story about a man named, Alonso Quixano. Quixano is a gentleman in his fifties who becomes obsessed with books about chivalry. He becomes so obsessed that he determines to be a knight himself and, while others think him mad, he sets out to do spectacular and chivalrous things. Full of comedy and tragedy, this is a true must read! This book is one of the most influential Spanish writings ever. Take a look and let us know what you think.

Friday, April 23, 2010

A Powerful Memoir

"The Glass Castle" is a memoir written by Jeannette Walls. It takes a look at a family that is not only very dysfunctional, but very unique. With a drunkard father, and a mother that doesn't want to be tied down to family life, the children have to grow up fast. The children take care of each other and protect each other as they grow up. The memoir shows the struggle of growing up and the pain of being successful, while the parents are homeless. This is an intense book that shows even if some aspects of family life are terrible, people can find a way to not only survive, but prosper. Take a read and let us know what you think of it!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

High Quality Notebooks

We just got a shipment that includes some Moleskine notebooks. Moleskine creates some of the best notebooks of all sorts. From large ruled notebooks, to pocket sized memo packets, to music notebooks, you'll always find high quality notebooks. Each has an elastic band to close it, acid free paper, and oilcloth cover. We have a wide variety of these notebooks, so check them out! If you take notes, journal, or sketch, you definitely won't regret picking up one of these!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Choice Poetry

Have you ever wondered what a poetry book would look like if it had poems selected from a wide range of famous people. Wonder no more! "Poems for Life" is a compilation of poems selected by famous people of all sorts. Famous authors, actors, newscasters, politicians, and others have come together to share poetry that has moved them and inspired them. Pick this book up and find out if these poems can move you as well.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Politics and Comedy

"Aristotole and an Aardvark Go to Washington" by Thomas Cathcart & Daniel Klein is a book that takes the methods that politicians use to spin the facts and puts a humorous spin to them. This hilarious book will use cartoons, wise words from some of the greatest philosophers, and examples from political situations, to show the way that politicians twist words and divert attention from scandals and issues. Take a look at this hilarious book and then listen to what all of the politicians say.

Monday, April 5, 2010

21 Classic Disney Stories

"Disney Storybook Collection" is a book with many stories based on classic Disney movies. Including stories from Bambi, Peter Pan, The Little Mermaid, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Alladin, and many others. This book also has full color images from the movies most memorable scenes. Enjoy sharing these classic tales with your child.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

A Long Happy Healthy Life

"Secrets of Longevity: Hundreds of Ways to Live to be 100" by Dr. Maoshing Ni is a book full of surprising natural ideas for how to live longer, happier lives. Dr. Mao provides many simple ways that you can improve the quality of your life. Including chapters on subjects ranging from the food you eat, to the environment you live in, to the relationships you have. Take a look and try it out!

Friday, March 26, 2010

An Interesting Look at the Afterlife

"Journey of Souls: Case Studies of Life Between Lives" is a controversial book concerning the ideas of reincarnation and the period of time between lives. Written by Michael Newton, Ph.D., Newton uses deep hypnosis to take twenty-nine people into a "superconscious" state. While in this state people relate experiences about the time in between lives. The book takes on questions about Heaven and Hell, ghosts, and what happens when we die. While there is no physical evidence, the book is still quite interesting. Michael Newton, Ph.D. has been a psychologist, hypnotherapist, and teacher for more than forty years. If you have read this book, let us know what you thought of it!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

If you are looking for a way to get 'naturally thin' without being hungry all of the time, doing a ton of exercises, or 'dieting' by starving yourself, take a look at "Naturally Thin" by Bethenny Frankel. Frankel is a monthly columnist for Health magazine and founder of a natural food company called BethennyBakes. She tries to shed light on the bad habits that we form that if gotten rid of, could help themselves loosing the weight they've been trying to get rid of. With over thirty recipes and a one week program to try to get you out of the bad habits and into the good, Frankel can help you get thinner and healthier.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

The Piano Teacher

"The Piano Teacher" by Janice Y. K. Lee is a story of love, betrayal, and war. Will Truesdale, an Englishman that has recently arrived in Hong Kong, falls madly in love with a Eurasian woman, Trudy Liang. When the Japanese invade during World War II, the affair is threatened by the surrounding events.
Ten years later, the Chen Family hires Claire Pendleton to be their daughter's piano teacher. When Claire starts to have an affair herself, she soon discovers that her lover has been hiding his past. What does Claire find out? Read this book and tell us what you think!

Friday, March 12, 2010

A Journey of the Mind

What happens when a brain scientist has a stroke? That is what "My Stroke of Insight" is all about. It's a very interesting book written by Jill Bolte Taylor Ph.D. Taylor had a stroke in the left hemisphere of her brain. She soon deteriorated to the point she could not walk, talk, or even remember aspects of her life. Her road to recovery also included some insight towards inner peace. What did she find on this journey? Read the book and find out! Let us know if you have read this and what you thought.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Flip for Love

We recently got a lot of copies of a great children's book. "I Love You More" is a flip book written by Laura Duksta and illustrated by Karen Keesler. Each side of the book ends in the middle and describes love from the perspectives of a mother and her child. Using rhymes you and your child can share with each other for years.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Romance for all!

With many tips of ways you can be romantic, "1001 Ways to Be Romantic" by Gregory J.P. Godek will give you all of the ideas you need to become a more romantic person. It will help you if you already a romancer or if you are someone new to wooing. It includes ideas from the inexpensive to the extravagant. Check it out if you are looking to add some romance to your relationship.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Writings of Peace

Thich Nhat Hanh, a Zen master, Buddhist monk, and advocate for peace, has helped many people of all kinds of religious backgrounds. Martin Luther King, Jr. thought that he should win the Nobel Peace Prize for his ideas for peace. "Thich Nhat Hanh: Essential Writings" is a book comprising of writings from more than twenty of his books. Read what one of the most influential spiritual figures wrote in some of his most important writings.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Finish the Story of Harry Potter

We just got some more copies of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" by J. K. Rowling. It is the last book in the Harry Potter Series. Unlike previous books in the series, Harry Potter does not go to class while he searches for a way to defeat he-who-must-not-be-named. This story answers questions started in the previous books. Is Snape really a servant of Voldemort? Will Harry Potter die? Read it and find out.

Part one of this book is going to be in movie theatres this year.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Try this one on!

"Cowboy Boots - The Art & Sole" by Jennifer June is a pictorial history of the cowboy boot from around 1930 on. It details different styles, materials, and decoration of the cowboy boot throughout the years. Jennifer June, a custom boot maker herself, gives stories from other boot makers about what created the inspiration for particular boots. It also details how you can design your own boots! Check it out and let us know what you think.

Friday, February 19, 2010

A Great Starting Point To Learn Spanish

"Behind The Wheel - Spanish Level 1" is a great source of learning for anyone that wants to learn Spanish. This 8 disc set uses native speakers to help teach you not only the language, but how someone speaking the language would actually sound. You have immediate English translation of all the material covered throughout the lessons. It uses special retrieval memory techniques to help you retain what you learn. There is also a 128 page compannion book that comes along with it. If you are interested in learning Spanish, or need a refresher, try this system out!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

New recipes from a trusted source.

Better Homes and Gardens has always been a trusted source for recipes. This book, the “Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book”, has 1400 recipes. It covers many cooking topics including desserts, grilling, slow cooking and many others. With full color pictures of most of the recipes, this book is a great resource for anyone! If you are new to cooking, or if you want to expand the recipes you use, check this book out! If you have this book, tell us what your favorite recipe is.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

A True Classic

Ernest Hemingway's "The Old Man and the Sea" is a story about a Cuban fisherman on hard times, and his battle with a giant marlin in the Gulf Stream. It is a story of courage against overwhelming odds. It is one of Hemingway's most loved works. Written in 1952, this book won the Pulitzer Prize in 1953. Hemingway was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1954. Take a look at this book, and let us know what you think.

Monday, February 8, 2010

What do you get when you mix 3 parts flour to 2 parts eggs?

"Ratio: The Simple Codes Behind the Craft of Everyday Cooking" by Michael Ruhlman discusses how proportions make up the base of many recepies. Examples include Biscut dough (3 parts flour to 1 part fat to 2 parts liquid) and Vinaigrette (3 parts oil : 1 part vinegar). It includes information about making all kinds of doughs, batters, sauces, custard, and soup stocks. It even includes information about making meat based ratio recipies like sausage. If you are looking to expand your knowledge of cooking take a look at this book. Let us know if it helped you!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Is your child having problems sleeping? Maybe you should take a look at "Solve Your Child's Sleep Problems" by Richard Ferber, M.D. Dr. Ferber discusses some basic causes of most sleep problems for children of all ages. In the book he gives safe, sound ideas for ways to help your child go to sleep and stay asleep. The book shows information about the nature of sleep and how certain factors can affect your child's sleeping. If you need help getting your child to sleep, this book is a great place to look for help.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Orwell and the Spanish Civil War

George Orwell's "Homage to Catalonia" is a book detailing George Orwell's experience in the Spanish Civil war. His account shows the difficulties and hardships he and the army he was with had to deal with. It shows how Orwell had to deal with the differences between the realities of political power struggles and his own ideals. It may be one of the best books about the Spanish Civil War. Buy it, read it, and let us know what you think!

Friday, January 22, 2010

A Journey of Healing

This one was picked out by one of the staff because of how quickly it's been going out the door. "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close: A Novel" By Jonathan Safran Foer, is about a boy's adventure through New York. Oskar has a key that belonged to his father, who died in the World Trade Center during the 9/11 attacks. Oskar travels through the five boroughs looking for the lock that the key goes to. The journey ends up connecting him to other survivors and helps heal his pain and others. Pick up this book, read it, and let us know what you thought.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Here is a book we recently got out of a batch of Houghton Mifflin. If you are very devout or an athiest, you can find value in "The God  Delusion" by Richard Dawkins. This book argues against the belief in a supreme being using well thought out arguments and humor. He makes the case that taken to extremes, faith can not only be irrational but deadly.

Friday, January 15, 2010

How Doctors Think

"How Doctors Think" by Jerome Groopman M.D. is a book that takes a look at the doctor-patient relationship. It has interesting insights into the mind of the doctor. Why do they make the decisions they make? How you as a patient can help prevent rash decisions and snap judgments. Time said that it is "Must reading for every physician who cares for patients and every patient who wishes to get the best care." If you have read this book, let us know what you thought in the comments.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Today I've got another classic for you guys. "Mrs. Dalloway" by Virginia Woolf. It's one of Virginia Woolf's best known novels telling the story of the preporation of a party hosted by Clarissa Dalloway. It uses her thoughts and momories to construct a picture of her life. If you have read this book, let people know what you thought about it!

Friday, January 8, 2010

What would you do on a boat with a Tiger?

Yann Martel's "The Life of Pi" is a book about a boy named Pi Patel. Pi is the son of a zookeeper who enjoys the stories and practices of many religions. While moving to the United States on a cargo ship, a disaster happens as the boat he is traveling on sinks. Pi ends up on a life boat with many animals including a large tiger. What happens to Pi and all of the animals on the lifeboat in the middle of the ocean? Read the book and find out! If you have read it, let people know what you thought of it by commenting.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

"The Time Traveler's Wife" by Audrey Niffenegger is a love story between a time traveling librarian and an artist. Both characters are put into many situations that test the bonds of their love. This was made into a motion picture released in August of 2009. Try this book out and let us know what you think. If you have already read this, please comment on this and let others know what you thought.