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    1. Land Development Handbook (Handbook)
    by The Dewberry Companies
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    Asin: 0071375252
    Catlog: Book (2002-03-29)
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional
    Sales Rank: 29523
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars very good all-around reference
    I primarily work as a structural-architectural engineer and am becoming more and more involved in civil-site work. This handbook is exactly what I was looking for in terms of something that would quickly get me "up to speed" in the fundamentals of civil-site design.
    Of course, no single book could (or should) be thought of as a substitute for the experience and mentoring received from seasoned professionals in a design office, but this one has enough technical explanation and details to get you going with confidence.
    I choose this one over the Colley book (reviewed both before making purchase) as Land Development Handbook has more of the technical info that engineers would seek.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Difficult to follow!
    I am in a class at Community College of Baltimore County and we are using this book at this time. Our whole class along with the Professor find this book to be very difficult to follow. The book constantly repeats itself making it extremely boring to read and is not fluent at all. They have examples that reference charts that are 3-5 pages apart from the problem being discussed the formulas you almost have to figure out for yourself how they are used and there are alot of typos.
    I recomend burning this book!!!!!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Have Pub
    Ever since I purchased this publication I can't stop using it. Every civil engineer should have this as part of their reference library, regardless of your area of specialty. It provides macro to micro scale explanations of general processes, design applications, etc in a very readable format. More times than I can remember I have looked to this book for an answer or at least for some guidance and was throuroughly satisfied. No it is not a definitive reference for civil engineers but its' breadth and usability overshadows any technical shortcomings. If I had to have just one reference book for my area of practice (general civil), this would be it. Yeah, yeah, the "Standard Handbook for Civil Engineers" is a more definitive reference, but I usually find out what I need in this pub.

    ps - Almost everyone of my fellow employees that has used the book has purchased their own, find someone you know who has a copy and check it out for yourself.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent, very thourough book
    This book covers it all. Although I've never used it for actual design, it covers quite a lot as far as verious issues you may encounter during design. It seems to be geared towards the East Coast. Highly recommended book.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A Book for the Project Engineer Engaged in Land Development
    This book is the first book that really reflects and addresses most of the "everyday" issues encountered in site design and land development. It has a practical application and includes most of the charts, tables and nomographs that are necessary to complete a given design procedure. It also provides very appropriate and helpful examples. ... Read more

    2. Get Togethers: Rachael Ray 30 Minute Meals
    by Rachael Ray
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    Asin: 1891105116
    Catlog: Book (2003-12)
    Publisher: Lake Isle Press Inc
    Sales Rank: 670
    Average Customer Review: 4.22 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Simplistic
    Simple is a good thing. As someone in his twenties, I don't like a cook lavish meals for my friends. Ray's book is good. It has a lot of fun in it. It's like the written version of Ray's Food Network show.
    I tried the tuna burger with the cocnut/white chocolate bars. I liked mixing the menus, instead of following them completley. Fun and easy foods that you'll love.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource
    I love this cookbook. It is simple and delicious. It makes a beginner like me into a Grade A chef with little effort. My family raves about my meals all the time. I can't wait for the next book.

    2-0 out of 5 stars a little too simplistic
    Not my favorite cookbook. I love Rachael's show, and I don't own any of her other books, but I thought for sure I'd love this one. Way too simplistic for above-average cooks, in my opinion. Few photos and even fewer inspired ideas. I am reluctant to try her other books now.

    3-0 out of 5 stars SORRY RACHEL BORING
    Im sorry Rachel Cookbook is Boring and doesnt inspire you to cook..Recipes Im sure are good however you didnt put any love into this book...feels slapped together...

    5-0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER WINNER!!!!!!
    As before, I was NOT disappointed Rachael's latest book. Her technique and enthusiasm comes thru clearly, as it does on her show. I LOVE being able to make something in about 30 min.. even if it takes ME 31 min or so (I don't chop as fast)!! BUT!!! being retired does not mean I have more time to spend in the kitchen..if anything I have LESS.. So being able to put together a meal quickly works great for me and my (also retired) husband. THANKS FOR THE LATEST EDITION of your collection of recipes and cooking techniques. WE LOVE your show and watch it all the time. You have an infectious smile... Can't wait for the next cook book ...I AM SURE one is in the works!!!!! ... Read more

    3. International Residential Code 2003 (International Residential Code)
    by International Code Council
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    Asin: 1892395584
    Catlog: Book (2003-02-16)
    Publisher: Thomson Delmar Learning
    Sales Rank: 6169
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    4. Patternmaking for Fashion Design (4th Edition)
    by Helen Joseph-Armstrong
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    Asin: 0131112112
    Catlog: Book (2005-01-15)
    Publisher: Prentice Hall
    Sales Rank: 331748
    Average Customer Review: 4.21 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars The textbook I go back to most often
    This was one of my favorite textbooks from design school. It's the one I refer back to most often, because I know what I want will be there, and will be presented clearly. It is the most complete reference I have in my library for flat-patternmaking, and covers everything from making basic slopers from measurements (the book provides measurements for standard sizes, or substitute a real client's), through all sorts of bodices, sleeves, collars, skirts, pants, and other details. Also included are sections on knitwear, including swimwear, and a good portion of the book is devoted to children's clothing. Highly recommended and well worth the price.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
    This is a great book to learn how to make patterns and also a great reference if you already know how. The pictures and diagrams are very detailed and helpful and the instructions are easy to read. I highly reccomend it!

    2-0 out of 5 stars [Knock off]
    Okay, this book promises good stuff, but ... could it be any harder to understand? You basically need two books to interpret how to make a single pattern. Very vague. We use this book at FIDM and I think it would have been better if the two books we use were put into one. Use it if you must, because it is a good reference for children's and body suits. Also, the illustrations are better than most.

    3-0 out of 5 stars It has its shortcomings
    This is the book we use at my college. I can't compare it to other patternmaking books, but I know that Armstrong's has problems and really needs a good editor. Occasionally, steps are missing and measurements aren't accurate, and both my classmates and my teacher have found it frustrating.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Teacher's Guide
    I am living in Jamaica West Indies,We do not have this book here on the market so a friend who travel brought it and lown it to me .As a fashion desinging teacher i found this book very good,i need one for myself but i can notbuy it through this method.
    So the bottom line is i used this book as my teaching guide.
    Thank you.
    I am,
    Cynthia Mcdonald.
    31 Aqualitavale Ave,
    Kingston 20.
    jamaica West Indes. ... Read more

    5. Paula Deen & Friends : Living It Up, Southern Style
    by Paula H. Deen, Martha Nesbit
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    Asin: 0743267222
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-01)
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    Sales Rank: 72767
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    6. What You Wear Can Change Your Life
    by TrinnyWoodall, SusannahConstantine
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    Asin: 1594481482
    Catlog: Book (2005-02-01)
    Publisher: Riverhead Trade
    Sales Rank: 28
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description



    Here is the "bible" from the authors of the New York Times bestseller What Not to Wear. What You Wear Can Change Your Life shows you how to redefine your look and style from head to toe.

    Trinny and Susannah go over the basics of choosing colors that suit you best, what underwear to buy, which accessories to look for, how to store clothing, how to revamp your wardrobe at no cost, and how to make the sartorial most of being pregnant.

    This is a gorgeous, lavishly illustrated package--a resource to consult again and again. Trinny and Susannah anticipate the needs and questions of every woman and address them with the surefire style, self-deprecating wit, and friendly but firm empathy that have made them the last word in looking better.

    Topics covered include:

    - Defining the Shape
    - Underwear
    - How to Wear Color
    - What to Keep, What to Toss
    - Accessories
    - Storage
    - Make-up
    - Travel
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Bad Tone, and Worse Typesetting, 3 and 1/2 Stars
    Okay, I know "the girls" are pull-no-punches types. And I know they try to be humorous as they tell-it-like-it-is.Honesty and humor are admirable attributes for writers and fashion consultants alike.

    However, and I admit this is very personal reaction, I found the the writing "voice" used by Trinny and Susannah too shrill. (I had the same reaction watching them on the Oprah show.)

    Granted, there are a few "compassionate moments" in the book, for those who don't look their best (such as the mention of new mothers who spend all their money on others so there's none left to buy clothes). But again, the condescending tone grates on the nerves.

    Probably what I liked least about the book was the typesetting and style of type used. VERY hard on the eyes.

    Nice pictures though. And SOME decent suggestions for improving one's look and wardrobe. Which is why I've thrown in the extra 1/2 star on this rating.

    Reviewer: Linda Painchaud-Steinman, PARK EDGE BOOKS

    1-0 out of 5 stars This book is simply horrid!!!!
    I have read many style books and this book is the most unhelpful guide I have ever read.You may find this book helpful if you have the same size and shape and Suzanne and Tiffany, no boobs verse big boobs.I fall into none of these categorizes and nor is any advise presented for my size, shape or color.The authors mention that the most important thing when wearing a scarf is how it is tied, however, they neglected to provide any detail descriptions on how to tie a scarf.I have had my colors evaluated on what would enhance my appearance (i.e. spring, summer, fall, winter).The authors, again, informs the reader on what colors look good on Suzanna and Tiffany.If you are not Caucasion, stay far away from this book.

    There is very little information provided in this book.The pages contain more pictures of Suzanne and Tiffany in various outfits, undergarments, and assessories than written advise.

    This is definitely a must have not book!!!!!!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Good points, bad points, and potty-mouth
    This companion book from the BBC show "What Not To Wear" contains generally solid advice about dressing for success, and includes sections on understanding your body shape, proper undergarments, make-up, general color choice, pregnancy clothing, scaling jewelry to your bone structure, as well as pant, neck-line, shoe and boot style guidelines for your body type, etc.Not bad at all, particularly if you like Trinny and Susannah and are a fan of the show.

    The photos are large and clear and illustrate their points well.To their credit, these photos show Trinny and Susannah at their absolute un-made-up worst -- they are brave and admirable women indeed!

    HOWEVER, this book is seriously marred by hard-to-read type layout at the beginning of each section and lots of casual potty-mouth language throughout the text, which detract from whatever useful advice might be found here.The language isn't even that bad, it's just stupid, and makes them appear painfully juvenile which in turn makes it very hard -- for this reader at least -- to take anything they have to say seriously.

    The book is up-to-the-minute fashion-wise and well worth a look, but they could have benefited from a better editor.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Helped me realize that I am not THAT ugly : -)
    I realized once again that some books are worth buying and keeping. This particularly applies to "What You Wear..." Theses two ladies really know their subject. They made me realize that the way I feel depends a lot on the way I am dressed. They made me realize that looking good is not only the privilege of young and healthy...

    Like after reading "Ca We Live 150 Years?" by Tombak I have become more self-confident when it comes not only to my longevity and my health, but also to my looks and day-to-day happiness. Dr. Tombak helped me sort out some problems that I had before considered as the inevitable result of aging...

    Well, maybe I am too preocupied with my age, but these two books are loaded with many excellent tips that make them worth each penny...

    3-0 out of 5 stars Not that helpful if you don't have obvious flaws
    I adore Trinny & Susannah for giving me hope that even my Mum can look good, and for doing so much to save humanity from pleated tapered pants.However, the more I think about it, the more I realise that their advice doesn't apply to me.

    I have a fantastic figure compared to the women they work with on the show, yet I know I have flaws.The thing is that my flaws are minor (very slight belly, very slightly untoned upper arms, very slight wobble on my inner thighs) and I can get away with a lot of different kinds of clothes.In fact, if I apply their advice tailored for the extreme cases on my not-so-extreme flaws my wardrobe choices become severely limited and unfairly so.

    I am a very confident dresser, feel comfortable wearing colour and don't fear prints, accessories, high heels, vintage.Yet, if I try to ignore my innate sense of what's right for me, and try to apply their rules, say, for colour and accessories, as detailed in this book, I find myself completely at sea.I feel like everything I know is wrong, yet I know it can't be, because everyone who knows me considers me their best dressed acquaintance (mind you, my friends are not the snappiest of dressers but even so).

    So what I'm saying is - if you have a good sense of style already, maybe this book will confuse you more than it'll help you.

    I actually found their first book the most helpful in general because it shows in a very clear pictorial manner what works and what doesn't for people with obvious figure flaws.Again, I didn't think it was helpful to me, but I use that book all the time to point out to friends how to disguise and correct areas they're insecure about.

    I find this book rather carelessly and hurriedly written, and the photos are not as inspiring as in their first two books.Also the fonts used are not unlike those in a children's book, very big and bold, but then the text is denser and hard to read.

    Bottom line: if you think you're a good candidate for Trinny & Susannah's TV show, then you would probably benefit from this book.

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    7. Fundamentals of Building Construction : Materials and Methods
    by EdwardAllen, JosephIano
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    Asin: 0471219037
    Catlog: Book (2003-12-12)
    Publisher: Wiley
    Sales Rank: 145862
    Average Customer Review: 4.71 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Surpassed expectations
    Being a student in Construction Management Edward Allen's book was assigned as our text book. The course entitled materials and methods is intended to teach future construction manajors about the wide variety of materials on the market today as well as tradional methods of constructing with these materials.
    The book is chalked full of knowledge most of which would take a person hours, even days of research to uncover with other sources. It is very comprehensive. If you are active in the comercial building construction this book is a must for your refrence shelf. Residential construction owners/workers would gain considerable knowledge from the book it has plenty of useful information however I feel the book is leaning more towards heavy commercial.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good reading--too expensive
    The author's readable style helps a lot. Also, interesting background material and history begin each chapter, and some industrial processes--glass-making, for example--are explained more fully. You won't regret reading this book, but you may be inclined to sell it when you're through.

    5-0 out of 5 stars very helpfull
    This book is a must have for every body who is in the architecture's worth every penny..

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book on Construction
    Simply put, this is one of the best technical textbooks I've ever read. It's basic stuff for someone just starting out in the discipline of architecture, but I'm keeping it as a reference for future professional use. It is clearly written and well illustrated and worth it's high price. I wish Allen would now write a book on Environmental Control Systems--everything in that field is too dry and too technical.

    5-0 out of 5 stars NOT JUST FOR UNIVERSITY
    We read this bookas a textbook when I was in college. It is so helpfull ,it explains the electrical and mechanical systems in detail.Now we are using it at the office. It gives you so much detail and explains how is the connections between architecture and mechanics(plumping,air conditioning,etc) with photos and diagrams .It is an expensive book, I agree but has a lot of information.Thats why we steel using it at the office . I like the book because it explains so clearly the plumping and the air condition systems and how to connect and use them architecturally in the buildings.I recomend this book all architecture students. ... Read more

    8. Being Dead is No Excuse : The Official Southern Ladies Guide to Hosting the Perfect Funeral
    by Gayden Metcalfe, Charlotte Hays
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    Asin: 1401359345
    Catlog: Book (2005-03-16)
    Publisher: Miramax Books
    Sales Rank: 752
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Plenty of social and cultural insights throughout
    Southern life and death receive close inspection and a healthy dose of humor in Being Dead Is No Excuse; The Official Southern Ladies Guide To Hosting The Perfect Funeral.. Traditional Southern recipes for casseroles, relishes, and 'funeral and wake food' dish up a healthy (or unhealthy, at times) dose of authentic Southern cooking and observation mixed with a pinch of humor. Plenty of social and cultural insights throughout.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A Yankee View
    "Being Dead is No Excuse" by Gayden Metcalfe and Charlotte Hays is very funny, charming, and perhaps more accurate than some might like to admit.I admit it, I am a "Yankee," (Though to a true Northerner, a Yankee is from New England, and one who eats apple pie with sharp Cheddar cheese for breakfast!), but I am highly familiar with funerals and preparations for "a good send-off."Metcalfe and Hays have written a funny, touching book that has aspects (and aspics!) that are applicable anywhere in the United States.However, this otherwise excellent book has been marred by sloppy, sloppy editing, as is too common any more.One thing, the hymn is "Our God, Our Help in Ages Past," not "Oh God....."And some of the recipes, which are mostly Southern classics (and rightly so!) lack crucial information as to pan sizes, or yields.If you're not going to cook from this book, no problem, but many of the recipes are so appealing, that it is really unfortunate that they were not edited better.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Gayden, you still got it!
    My family has known Gayden Metcalfe's family all my life.I even went to school with Gayden's daughter.This wonderful book is pure Greenville, Mississippi.I think it would surprise many to know that most of the tongue in cheek stories and commentary are much more fact-based than anyone outside the Delta would guess. My favorite has got to be the difference between Episcopalians and Methodists.Having grown up on the Methodist side of the battle, I have to admit she's dead on in her description of our Campbell's mushroom soup-based funeral fare.I was so happy to see that Daddy had picked up a signed copy for me from McCormick's when I was home to visit last week.It's a wonderful triumph for Greenville, Gayden, and the Owen family salutes you.Cheers!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars THAT'S WHAT I LIKE ABOUT THE SOUTH !

    Forget Scarlet, Zelda, and Tallulah, they pale beside the ladies of the Mississippi Delta who are dedicated, determined, and (pun intended) deadset on seeing the dearly departed off in style.

    "Being Dead Is No Excuse" is laugh out loud funny, true, and chock full of recipes for must-be-served dishes at after funeral receptions.Tomato aspic with homemade mayonnaise tops the list that includes Aunt Hebe's Coconut Cake and Virginia's Butterbeans. Those who doubt the import of a table groaning under countless casseroles will learn that "Nobodyeats better than the bereaved Southerner.We celebrate weddings, christenings, birthdays, and just about every milestone in life with food.But every southerner knows that death cooking is our very best."

    Now, it's not only the food, but it's also the presentation. For Southern ladies, polishing silver is a form of grief therapy thus the serving pieces will be immaculate.In addition, linens are required."We do not want Mildred to go under with paper napkins."

    Metcalfe forthrightly addresses the vanity often ascribed to Southern women by describing an older lady who passed away and wanted to be "laid out" as she looked during the happiest days of her life - when she was a waitress.Thanks to the craftsmanship of the local undertaker she appeared in her coffin in waitress uniform with ruby red lips and the same color hair.

    Then there is Lavinia, the former wife of a philanderer.Not wishing to be outdone at his services, she made a Botox appointment, bought designer duds, and hired a King Air private jet which she directed to buzz the church.There wasn't anyone with ears who didn't know "someone" had arrived.Then, Lavinia strode smartly down the aisle stage-whispering, "I don't want anybody to know I'm here.....I just came for the children."

    Greenville, Mississippi native Metcalfe hasn't missed a beat in relating the rollicking rites and rituals necessary for the Southerner's final goodbye, including the frequency of their visits to the local cemetery."We won't forget you just because you've up and died," she writes."We may even like you better and visit you more often."

    Few will forget "Being Dead Is No Excuse."

    - Gail Cooke

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Near Perfect Funeral
    Having just laid to rest my 96 year old Aunt Jewel the very day the review came out about "Being Dead is No Excuse," I knew things were really OK and she was sent off in good stead, not just with the Lord but in good ole Mississippi Delta style.The family having all gathered for visiting and telling funny stories about Aunt Jewel, along with friends for the after funeral socializing, prepared to feast.I should add that being Baptists, there was no official alcohol present...!However, there were cakes, fudge, brownies, chocolate pies, banana puddings, Coca Cola cake (my personal favorite), lemon icebox pies, then the casseroles, deviled eggs, fried chicken, potato salads, chicken salads, congealed salads,lasagne, iced teas (both sweet and unsweet)Cokes and diet Cokes, and other beverages.I was saddened, however that there were no pimento cheese finger sadwiches or even pimento chees sadwiches cut on a diagonal with the crust sad.As a matter of fact, there was no pimento cheese of any sort. I felt that we owed someone an apology for not having the PC sandwiches but didn't know who to apologize to, so I just let it go. The night before there wwere deviled eggs, potato salad along with the best darned bbq chopped Boston butt you could ever sinkyou teeth into.
    I loved my Aunt dearly and am proud to say we sent her on her jouney in style.
    We read the book review the afternoon of the funeral and laughed til we cried and wished Aunt Jewel could have been there to enjoy all that magnificent Southern cuisine and laugh with us.It acutally made things a little easier and a lot more enjoyable.
    If you want to go in style but are of the Northern persuasion, feel free to come to the Mississippi Delta to die...we won't mind very's a Southern thing you know.You really should get this book, it's a hoot and it's Southern...! AND, Being Dead is (Really) No Excuse.
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    9. Architectural Graphic Standards for Residential Construction (Ramsey/Sleeper Architectural Graphic Standards Series)
    by Janet Rumbarger, Richard J. Vitullo
    list price: $125.00
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    Asin: 0471241091
    Catlog: Book (2003-01-24)
    Publisher: Wiley
    Sales Rank: 34495
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    * State-of-the-art information on energy efficiency, HVAC, home wiring, accessibility, indoor air quality, and more.
    * New pages on specialty rooms such as home offices, home theaters, spas, and wine cellars.
    * Content organized to reflect the needs of residential projects.
    * Cross-referenced for quick access to key information.
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    3-0 out of 5 stars One volume encyclopedia
    Experienced readers will benefit from its brief summaries and drawings covering the broadest range of topics imaginable. Some economizing is evident in the paper and printing quality, some of the drawings look 50 years old, but there is lots of reference information, like span tables, solar position data, etc. Probably not the last word on every topic, but still worth consulting.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A wonderful resource
    Following in the terrific legacy of the benchmark Architectural Graphic Standards book, this edition clearly makes building for residences an easier task. I've found innumerable details that I've used in my residential practice on a daily basis, details not found in other reference books. Of particular help are the pages that give an overview of how parts of a house interconnect with each other, such as foundation-to-framing. Also, there is a wealth of info on HVAC, new window technology and other things I've found very, very helpful. ... Read more

    10. The Official Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide, Edition #35 (Official Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide)
    list price: $25.00
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    Asin: 037572107X
    Catlog: Book (2005-05-10)
    Publisher: House of Collectibles
    Sales Rank: 1123
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    11. The New Best Recipe (With Free Issue of Cook's Illustrated)
    by Editors of Cook's Illustrated magazine
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    Asin: 0936184795
    Catlog: Book (2004-10-01)
    Publisher: America's Test Kitchen
    Sales Rank: 1077
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    Book Description

    With The New Best Recipe, we invite you into America’s Test Kitchen where you will stand by our side as we try to develop the best macaroni and cheese, the best meatloaf, the best roast chicken, the best brownie, and nearly 1,000 more best recipes for all your favorite home-cooked foods.

    Behind this book is a deeply felt understanding of how frustrating it can be to spend time planning, shopping and cooking only to turn out dishes that are mediocre at best. With The New Best Recipe in hand, you will have access to a wealth of practical information that will not only make you a better cook but a more confident one as well. In fact, as long as you follow our instructions, we guarantee that these recipes will work the first and every time.

    We have also included 800 illustrations showing you the best way to do almost everything from how to carve a turkey and beat egg whites properly to how to frost a layer cake and set up your grill. Also, get valuable information on how and when to splurge on that expensive knife or baking pan and when the basic model will do just fine. We also explain the science of cooking since understanding the science of food can help anyone become a better cook.Complete with recipes ranging from appetizers to desserts, The New Best Recipe ... Read more

    12. P. Allen Smith's Container Gardens : 60 Container Recipes to Accent Your Garden
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    Asin: 1400053439
    Catlog: Book (2005-03-01)
    Publisher: Clarkson Potter
    Sales Rank: 332514
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    13. Graphic Guide to Frame Construction: Details for Builders and Designers
    by Rob Thallon
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    Asin: 1561583537
    Catlog: Book (2000-10-30)
    Publisher: Taunton Press
    Sales Rank: 4007
    Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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    Teaching through hundreds of meticulous drawings, Rob Thallon's guide covers foundations, roofs, building systems and materials, durability, energy efficiency, and more. ... Read more

    Reviews (18)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great reference book with TONS of Practical information
    I am a homeowner and adventurous tinkerer with all things mechancial/technical. I have never swung a hammer for a living, and am fairly clueless when it comes to general construction. (I have installed windows, replaced drywall, repaired plumbing, and run electrical simple lines, never built anything from scratch).

    I am about to embark on a complete remodel of a previously converted garage, and wanted to do most of the work myself. Armed with a copy of Visio 2002, I planned the layout of the new room (about 20' x 15') which will include moving some interior walls and doors, blocking an exterior window, installing a new interior window, and extensive removal and replacement of siding, sheathing, drywall, stucco, flooring, etc.

    Well, I needed a book that could augment my basic "sense" of the way things should look with some actual technical information. For example, how exactly do you frame an opening for a new window or door? How do you frame up a new wall segment that joins to an existing wall segment? What the heck is a "king stud" any way?

    All of this information is laid out very nicely in a textbook-like format, with lots of diagrams. The great thing is the way that the author starts each section with an overview drawing (say of a typical exterior frame of a house), then points to specific features, which are then detailed in subsequent sections.

    I would liken this to a "Bentley Manual" for automotive repair; it will not tell the complete novice how to build a wall, but for someone who already knows the difference between a 10d hot-dipped box nail and a 8 x 1-1/4" Drywall screw it is a great reference and can add a LOT of clarity to the way that homes are actually constructed using "best practices". (It will also help point out all the shortcomings of the manner in which your 50's era home was built! :-)

    My only complaint with the book is that it is very sparse on "method" descriptions. Essentiallly there are just short paragraphs with brief descriptions that can sometimes be a bit cryptic. These would be very clear to a professional builder, but for someone like me, they require a bit of head scratching and guessing at times.

    I had great fun looking at the diagrams, then pulling off wall paneling and seeing the relationship between the drawings in the book and the actual construction of my home.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Detail of Graphics For Do-It-Yourself
    This is one of the best books that I have found so far ! We are remodeling and renovating an old home built in the 1920's. The graphic layouts in this spiral bound book have been to a great advantage for the home do-it-yourselfer. Mainly for those who have some basic knowledge of construction and building.

    5-0 out of 5 stars my most-used reference book
    I am a residential architect, and I refer to this book constantly when drawing details for a variety of projects. No book could show every possible detail, but this one does a great job of illustrating and describing the situations most likely to be encountered. I have found that the recommendations are consistent with general construction practices in my area. I almost always turn to this book first when I get stuck and need a little extra information to complete my drawings.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best Framing book for Do-It-Yourselfers!
    I had to replace a small shed roof (15'X4.5') on the back of a sun room and was very disappointed in ALL of the responses I received from the local contractors. Northern Virginia has been a hot spot for home renovations the past 5 years and apparently, these guys simply do not have to try to get work. Their complete lack of professionalism, responsiveness, and outrageous prices convinced me to do the project myself and thankfully, I found this book before I started. It provided clear, concise drawings and pictures that showed me, a beginner, how to frame, flash, and roof my entire project. The room is dry as bone now and I can't tell you how often I hear, "You did that yourself!". Great book.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great reference book with TONS of Practial information
    I am a homeowner and adventurous tinkerer with all things mechancial/technical. I have never swung a hammer for a living, and am fairly clueless when it comes to general construction. (I have installed windows, replaced drywall, repaired plumbing, and run electrical simple lines, never built anything from scratch).

    I am about to embark on a complete remodel of a previously converted garage, and wanted to do most of the work myself. Armed with a copy of Visio 2002, I planned the layout of the new room (about 20' x 15') which will include moving some interior walls and doors, blocking an exterior window, installing a new interior window, and extensive removal and replacement of siding, sheathing, drywall, stucco, flooring, etc.

    Well, I needed a book that could augment my basic "sense" of the way things should look with some actual technical information. For example, how exactly do you frame an opening for a new window or door? How do you frame up a new wall segment that joins to an existing wall segment? What the heck is a "king stud" any way?

    All of this information is laid out very nicely in a textbook-like format, with lots of diagrams. The great thing is the way that the author starts each section with an overview drawing (say of a typical exterior frame of a house), then points to specific features, which are then detailed in subsequent sections.

    I would liken this to a "Bentley Manual" for automotive repair; it will not tell the complete novice how to build a wall, but for someone who already knows the difference between a 10d hot-dipped box nail and a 8 x 1-1/4" Drywall screw it is a great reference and can add a LOT of clarity to the way that homes are actually constructed using "best practices". (It will also help point out all the shortcomings of the manner in which your 50's era home was built! :-)

    My only complaint with the book is that it is very sparse on "method" descriptions. Essentiallly there are just short paragraphs with brief descriptions that can sometimes be a bit cryptic. These would be very clear to a professional builder, but for someone like me, they require a bit of head scratching and guessing at times.

    I had great fun looking at the diagrams, then pulling off wall paneling and seeing the relationship between the drawings in the book and the actual construction of my home. ... Read more

    14. Hidden Block Quilts: Discover New Blocks Inside Traditional Favorites : 13 Quilt Settings, Instructions for 55 Blocks
    by Lerlene Nevaril
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    Asin: 1571201793
    Catlog: Book (2003-02-01)
    Publisher: C&T Publishing
    Sales Rank: 4439
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Find new designs hidden in favorite blocks! By changing patches in beloved traditional blocks, you'll find variations that blend beautifully with the original. This book features 13 imaginative quilt projects based on this clever hidden block technique. Quilters will find 76 variations on 12 favorite traditional patterns, such as Carpenter's Wheel, Friendship Star, and Bear's Paw. Also featured is a full-color gallery of incredible hidden block quilts. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars an excellent design resource
    This is a five-star quilting book.
    In this book, many traditional blocks are broken down into their components and "new" blocks evolve from these components. When the new block(s) are combined with the traditional block, magic happens.
    The best quilt books provide inspiration to the reader to move beyond just replicating a pattern to create her/his own works, and Lerlene Nevaril achieves this in Hidden Block Quilts.
    I don't think I will ever run out of unique design ideas with this book in my quilting library! ... Read more

    15. American Horticultural Society A to Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants
    by H. MarcCathey, ChristopherBrickell
    list price: $80.00
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    Asin: 0756606160
    Catlog: Book (2004-10-18)
    Publisher: DK ADULT
    Sales Rank: 6819
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Collecting contributions from 100 distinguishedhorticulturists, the handsome and lavishly illustrated AmericanHorticultural Society A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants is a trulydefinitive gardening reference. With its 1,092 tiny-print pages, thismay not be the book to tuck into your pocket as you weed and mulch, butwhat this encyclopedia lacks in portability, it certainly makes up forin scope. Hardy and tender plants, heirloom varieties and the latesthybrids--they're all accounted for here, with growing tips andbackground information about native habitats and ornamental features.You'll also find a fascinating section about botany, as well asinformation about basic gardening techniques such as mulching, staking,pruning, propagating, and protecting plants for winter. But theencyclopedia's main attraction is the individual plant entries--morethan 15,000 of them, embellished with 6,000 full-color photographs andillustrations. From the visual glossary of leaves to the map of growingregions, The American Horticultural Society A-Z of Garden Plantsprovides an unsurpassed wealth of botanical information, making it theyardstick by which all other gardening references must be measured. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The Most Complete Source Around
    Simply put, this is the most thorough, most complete, book on garden plants that is available. It includes some 15,000 garden plants. Usually each plant is completely discussed, pictured, given hints on cultivation, some history, territorial range, propagation, pests and diseases, common names, and varieties.

    The plants are listed by their botanical names, which is probably the only way they could have done it. For instance, under Clematis, the common names Old Man's Beard, Traveler's Joy, and Virgin's Bower are given. Since Clematis has some 250 separate varieties with wildly differing flowers and sizes, the description runs about five and two thirds pages with 54 illustrations of various blooms. Dozens of varieties are discussed.

    There is no question that this book belongs on the desk of any serious gardener. The one complaint about it is the common name section at the back of the book is a bit week. For instance if you look up Old Man's Beard, it properly refers you to Clematis. But Carnaby, one of the varieties of Clematis it isn't listed. I can't think of any other problems. And when I put Carnaby Flower into the Google search engine, it immediately came up with Clematis-Carnaby so I rank this a minor problem.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Strange--the zone information often appears to be wrong
    This book is great in some ways--beautiful pictures of plants are more useful than Southern Living or Sunset.Minor quibbles are that a very few unusual species aren't listed and it doesn't always give a good reason why a particular cultivar is preferred.The choice of zone information--USDA & AHS--is more useful for me than the more-general Southern Living or Sunset zones. But the USDA zone rating appears to often be inaccurate, particularly (but not only) for the new tropical zones 12-15 (lots of plants commonly grown in the continental US can't be grown there, according to this rating).Since I don't get the USDA zone from Southern Living or Sunset, I was hoping to get it from this book.It's often correct---but since it also has many mistakes, I always need to double-check elsewhere.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best Plant Book Known to Man!
    This book as never let me down.A friend recently gave me a leaf of a plant from her yard.I was able to identify it within 4 minutes!

    5-0 out of 5 stars The only resource you'll ever need.
    The A-Z is a serious horticulturalist's tool. It's comprehensive, has great color photos, and is the only gardening encyclopedia you'll ever need. It doesn't follow fads or trends (like Flora) but rather stays more academic in its scope. Also it gives a basic lesson in botany and growing and disesaes, so it's very thorough and useful. Love it love it love it.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Useful, but...
    The variety of plants contained in this volume is comparatively remarkable and I have successfully found information on quite a few things.

    That said, the descriptions and other details on the varieties within the genera are uneven and illustrations used are often too small for identification, particularly if the foliage is not shown in the cases of flowers which appear nearly-identical.

    Some varieties of plants such as calabrichoa (million bells) which are very popular, at least in my own area, are not there; some which are included, such as bacopa, only mention two colors when there are several in circulation.

    These sticking points are relatively minor compared to my principal and ongoing complaint about nearly every plant book I have read or purchased: there is no pronunciation guide. This is a huge handicap when one is attempting to ask for, or for information about, plants such as Heuchera, Weigela, Clematis, Corydalis and a multitude of others with multiple possibilities.

    It makes no sense that such an obviously huge undertaking as the compilation of this book could not include how the name should be said in the heading (not some section in the back which would require constant turning). ... Read more

    16. How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend: The Classic Training Manual for Dog Owners (Revised & Updated Edition)
    by The Monks of New Skete
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    Asin: 0316610003
    Catlog: Book (2002-09)
    Publisher: Little, Brown
    Sales Rank: 2101
    Average Customer Review: 3.97 out of 5 stars
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    How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend, an informal, friendly guide by The Monks of New Skete, is really two books in one: a step-by-step training manual and a philosophical discussion of the spiritual benefits of owning a dog. The Monks, who support their community in upstate New York by breeding and training German shepherds, reveal a profound devotion to all breeds in this detailed guide to every imaginable aspect of dog ownership. They cover it all: naming the puppy, training with eye contact and jingling keys, establishing the best sleeping arrangements, even dealing with pet loneliness. Owners are advised to think of themselves as the dog's alpha figure, to train with praise instead of punishment, and to beware of becoming the dog's maid or doorman. Throughout, the authors reflect on the deep spiritual connection possible between humans and dogs. Generations of dogs have been trained with the bestselling 1978 edition of this book. With this update, the Monks are bound to gain many new fans--happy humans and obedient canines alike. With modesty and generosity, the Monks offer an extensive list of other helpful books about dogs, as well as a useful appendix of American Kennel Club titles and terms. --Judy Fireman ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing Insight and Understanding for any dog owner
    This book was written with utmost respect and understanding for dogs. The monks understand the pack dynamic and have devised a training manual no dog owner should be without. Many people bash this book claiming it teaches you to hit your dog, but this is untrue. First and foremost the monks emphasize the importance of praise and patience when training your dog. Only when all else fails, and only for exttreme behavior (agression / biting), do the monks recommend physical punishment. The monks are not big on treats, but not because it spoils the dog. Rather, they prefer verbal and physical praise because it creates a closer bond between owner and dog. I would recommend both "How to be your dog's best friend" and "The art of raising a puppy" to any current or will be dog owner. An investment well worth the money and time to read.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This book saved my dog!
    The first day I had my rescue dog he snapped at my 1-year-old daughter. I was contemplating sending him back, but someone suggested this book to help teach him "pack" behavior, i.e. that he is lower in the pack hierarchy than my daughter. It wasn't long before my daughter could safely do anything with him. I was also able to housebreak him, crate train him, and just make him a good dog based on the training techniques.

    Yes, the discipline techniques can seem a little extreme, but they are by no means inhumane. And they WORK because the dog understands. My dog usually "got it" after one time and stopped the behavior. I have not had to discipline him for anything in several years. Now he understands from just a look, a word or a gesture. This book helped us get to that point. Highly recommended!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
    I just finished this book and found it to be a well organized and thorough treatise on the subject. Those who say the book focuses too much on punishment must not have read the latest edition. The monks no longer recommend the alpha roll and "strongly discourage its use to our clients". Rewards are used as the primary means of training. Punishment is only recommended in certain severe situations.

    If you really want to learn about your dog and your relationship with your dog, buy this book. I loved it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
    I have a very large dog that tried to bite my 7 year old (the youngest in the house) when he he was about 6 months old. At 6 months old he already weighed about 80 pounds and wanted very badly to be Alpha. Before reading this book I would have gotten rid of the dog. However, I decided to try the Alpha Wolf technique and see if he could be broken of this. I did it ONCE and the dog NEVER snapped at my child or any other child again. That was 5 years ago. This technique really does work. Read the book!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent info for seasoned dog owners
    Although I grew up with dogs until I was 21, I am now 26 and buying my own first puppy, so I thought I would research training a bit before I bring home my new lab.

    What I really liked about this book is that is spent a lot of time explaining the reasons behind the recommendations. It allows you to understand why certain methods are effective, and why it fits with the way that a dog's mind works.

    I found this book much better and more thurough than other books on the subject. Many books seems to be a step-by-step intruction manual on how to train your dog. This book is more like taking a short course on how and why training works.

    All the negative reviews of this book have to do with dicipline. Please ignore these people. You can read for yourself the sections dealing with discipline using the "look inside this book" feature. You will see that the authors have a true love of dogs and that they only use dicipline in a humane manner with the least amount of force necessary.

    I highly recommend this book to everyone form a first-time dog buyer, to someone who has spoent their lives around dogs. ... Read more

    17. Clear Your Clutter With Feng Shui
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    Asin: 0767903595
    Catlog: Book (1999-05-04)
    Publisher: Broadway
    Sales Rank: 1317
    Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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    Drawing on the success of her first book, Creating Sacred Space with Feng Shui, Karen Kingston has met popular demand by expanding on the indispensable activity of clearing clutter. There is very little of actual Feng Shui here, and certainly nothing you can't get elsewhere, but the clutter problem gets full and complete treatment. Kingston reminds us that clutter is stuck energy that keeps you stuck in undesirable life patterns. Therefore, you can "sort out your life by sorting out your junk." Kingston covers the reasons we keep things as well as the amazing stories of people who have cleared their clutter away. More than just junk, clutter is all those things that have negative symbology and that collect stagnant energy. This latter can also apply to bodily, emotional, and spiritual clutter, all of which Kingston describes with characteristic passion. In an age of accumulation, it's good to see a book that frees up life again. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book that I love sharing with others
    This book is wonderfully useful for clutterholics like myself. I have read several Feng Shui books but have found the information difficult to implement due to all the STUFF I have littered about. Tackling the task of getting rid of or organizing my piles (of stuff I use and enjoy, not trash) has been almost insurmountable. This book provides a useful and easy way to accomplish this task. But even more than this, the author is exceedingly compassionate toward my plight, and nowhere do I find the judgmental attitude that I would expect (and I am even encouraged to go easy on myself in this regard ... what a concept!) When reading the book I had the feeling of getting useful and loving advice from a friend (instead of having a so-called "expert" talk down to me). True, this book is not a comprehensive guide to implementing Feng Shui, but it was never meant to be. Instead, it provides a rational and gentle path for clearing my clutter, and in doing so enriching my life.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Speaking of clutter clearing...
    The editor should have cleared a little clutter when publishing this book. I had to read through 7 chapters of the author puffing herself up with examples of her "successes" and telling us a bunch of stuff we already know (clutter is oppressive, reasons why we collect clutter, etc. DUH! I know that stuff and/or I don't care. I bought the book to find out what to _do_ about it!). Anyway, chapters 8 and 9 almost give some information on clutter in feng shui, chapters 16 and 17 actually suggest how to approach the decluttering task, and the rest is fluff. Beware - there is very little actual feng shui in this book, and only slightly more useful information on how to clear your clutter. There are even bonus chapters completely unrelated to either feng shui or clutter; instead they're on clearing out your colon and the like. In all, I found roughly 37 pages of the 166 actually useful. Talk about clutter!

    5-0 out of 5 stars This book is truly amazing - a life changer
    This book has permanently altered my relationship to things and energy. It is so much FUN! After I read it I went out and bought four copies and gave them away making each recipient promise to then pass it on to the next person! You'll love it.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Laugh out loud funny!
    Author Karen Kingston needs to stick with what she knows, and that is obviously about dealing with clutter. That portion of the book is useful, but doesn't really say anything new.

    Where she totally loses credibility is when she makes gigantic, illogical leaps and says things like, "..if the previous occupants were happily married, it is likely that you, too, will find marital bliss there." I could have done without the chapter on de-cluttering your colon (really), her assertion that wearing bras causes breast cancer (puh-leese!), and her instructions to clap in my corners to relieve the static energy there. Probably my favorite quote would be, "...leave exorcism to trained professionals." 'Cause, you know, we're all wanting to de-clutter our homes of those evil spirits.

    If you're swamped with clutter, get real and throw stuff out, recycle it, or give it to someone else who might be able to use it. If you're highly motivated, have a garage sale. There, now you don't have to buy this book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This Book Helped Me
    Whether or not you are a practioner or believer in Feng Shui, this book is helpful. It's easy to read and makes you think. I have read it more than once and having lent it out on more than one occasion, find myself having to repurchase it because the people I lend it to love it so much. It is a good book to get you started in clearing out the clutter in your home & in your life. I didn't jump right in and create a perfect world for myself. But I did take the lessons to heart and started off slowly. I came to realize that my stuff was controlling me instead of the other way round. When I allowed myself to look at my belongings the way Ms. Kingston suggests, I was finally able to start clearing my home of the un-needed stuff & low energy. I have been working on this for a year now. And everytime I go through a certain part of my home, even if it is just to dust, I clear out even more. (I originally started as a way to eliminate dust collectors due to allergies). It has even helped me curb my spending habits. I need less space to live in now and have managed to tackle some other things that needed doing to help myself emotionally & physically. This book isn't a cure all, but it is a great way to get jumpstarted. I now keep more than 1 copy to give out to anyone who expresses an interest in how I helped myself find a better way of life. ... Read more

    18. Concrete Countertops: Design, Form, and Finishes for the New Kitchen and Bath
    by Fu-Tung Cheng, Eric Olsen
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    Asin: 1561584843
    Catlog: Book (2002-03)
    Publisher: Taunton Press
    Sales Rank: 3485
    Average Customer Review: 4.61 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars From Grogg to Artisan
    As a young man I paid for my through school by doing concrete work - sidewalks, driveways, paths... etc - At the time I felt concrete had a certain fluid beauty - but that was lost on all my co-workers. Today many years later as a business professional I'd come across Buddy Rhodes web site - and eventually that lead me to this book and building my own countertop. Form Soup to Nuts - this book is it. Design - Mold making - installation - care and finishing. It has it all - in beautiful semi-gloss photos. It's well written and easy to follow. If you're looking to build your own or are simply interested in the design aspect - give this book a browse. My wife even picked it up to look at the beautiful kitchens.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Book on Concrete
    I love the idea of using concrete in the home, for unusual uses i.e. table tops, counters. I have been looking for a good how-to book, and this book fills the bill. It is well written; nice, clear photography and very helpful step-by-step instructions on how to do it right. They are frank with mistakes they have made, but the projects they have completed make me think they got most of it right.

    It is a great book even if you are just interested in seeing how versatile and beautiful concrete can be, written by an architect from San Francisco. Nice, buy it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome
    I have been looking for ways to add onto my Concrete Home Business this book was an essential add on to show me how to add counter tops. Find out more at our website.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An invaluble secret has been revealed by this book
    For the author to give the secrets away that he does in this book to his very special craft tells a lot about him as a person. Many people would love to keep unique skills such as this to themselves. This book contains every piece of information you need to create your own work of art that doubles as a kitchen counter or an end table, the possibilities are endless.

    The format of the book is more of a guideline on how to create from concrete than a step by step procedure on how to conjure a countertop from cement. The author shows examples (very nice photography) of work that he has done and gives details on how it all came together, so it isnt as dry as a manual on how to assemble a swingset or an entertainment center. Each part of the process is outlined by chapters, of which go into detail on how to construct a mold, mix cement, design, etc. The reason for this is there are so many ways to change each part of this process and expand on it, to me it seemed the author wanted to incite creativity upon the reader to make this art bigger and create upon the ideas that he has rather than just saying "take a mold, pour, glue it to some wood and viola". He gives multiple examples on the many unique things that can be done, things to avoid that cause problems such as sections too large (heavy), cracks, etc.

    I recommend this book to anyone interested in creating with concrete things that are outside of the mainstream. Concrete isnt just for sidewalks and driveways!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best book that I know of on the subject
    I'm giving this book 5 stars, since it inspired me to create my countertops in concrete; something I wouldn't have done otherwise. Don't be confused by my comments below, I don't regret buying this book at all. I even plan to put concrete countertops in the next house I build. However, there were quite a few hurdles that had to be overcome. It has been mentioned that the author glossed over quite a few things, and I agree.

    A few comments:

    First, contrary to the author's comments, an electric sander is completely inadequate for vibrating the concrete. Buy or rent a professional vibrator unless you want pinholes in your work. Hand "massaging" and rapping the sides with a hammer will not completely eliminate the problem either. I tried all three methods and still ended up with a moderate amount of honeycombing. As the author mentions, this is easily patched, and it even adds character to the work if you use a slightly different color, but be aware: properly vibrating the mix is not nearly as simple as it seems to be in the book. My comments pertain to a mix that has proper slump (i.e., not too wet).

    Second, the author makes a reference to plastic cabinet legs being inadequate to support a concrete countertop. That may be accurate for the flimsy off-the-shelf cabinets, but the plastic cabinet legs that are quickly becoming a standard ... are load-rated at 650 pounds EACH. This is more than enough to support a think concrete countertop (probably even better than a shimmed 2x4 base).

    Next, I would have to say that I was slightly annoyed at the lack of "recipes" needed to produce some of the stunning work shown in the book's illustrations. Visiting the author's website was also annoying since there it doesn't help much (unless you want to buy one of his pricey kits.) One of the reasons I went with concrete was because it is cheap. We ended up using Quickrete5000 and a Quickcrete dye (Buff). We threw in a couple of geodes for effect. It turned out quite nice, and works well with our slate floor. I understand and respect that the author is trying to run a business, but I have to reconcile that with my being on a budget.

    Again, I'd like to remind the reader that I would not have built my countertop if I had not found this book, but the method for building a form split at the sink seemed a bit silly. They used a single form that then had to be flipped all at once (very heavy, dangerous, and a potential cause for damage to the countertop). Because of the weight, I chose to split my countertop (diagonally at the sink, as in the book), but instead I built two forms. Much safer and easier to flip over.

    Finally, it is a matter of taste, but as soon as you are happy with the texture of your countertop, stop grinding/polishing! As he states in the book, the pads are expensive.

    One more thing, In the future I'd like to try using something other than melamine for the forms. The slight texture of the melamine is perfectly reproduced in the concrete. I noticed in a few of the angled spots that used paint over bare wood, the concrete was perfectly smooth (i.e., no grinding required). I suspect that using perfectly smooth plywood with a smooth coat of polyurethane would produce a better countertop out of the box. Since I don't really want to expose any aggregate (accomplished by grinding), this might work better for me, although I won't know until I try. All in all, I'd have to say it is a wonderful book, but be prepared to experiment and to think for yourself. ... Read more

    19. Energy Efficiency Manual: for everyone who uses energy, pays for utilities, designs and builds, is interested in energy conservation and the environment
    by Donald R. Wulfinghoff
    list price: $199.95
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    Asin: 0965792676
    Catlog: Book (2000-03)
    Publisher: Energy Institute Press
    Sales Rank: 127769
    Average Customer Review: 4.89 out of 5 stars
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    This is the primary reference, how-to guide, and sourcebook for energy conservation.It lets you improve efficiency and save money in all types of buildings and plants, ranging from individual houses to commercial buildings to large institutions and industrial plants.It is organized around 400 logically grouped energy conservation actions, presented in language that everyone understands.

    It's for everyone who uses energy, pays for utilities, manages property, operates energy systems, designs, builds, and values conservation and the environment.It's loaded with features that help you quickly find the right information for each application. "Ratings" and "Selection Scorecards" identify your best conservation opportunities."Traps & Tricks" ensure success."Economics" estimate savings and costs.It has been acclaimed by professional and non-technical users.Publishers Weekly says it "answers just about any question [from] homeowner, plant manager, energy policy guru ... as practically useful as it is informative."830 photographs and drawings illustrate the methods.Hundreds of examples give you a feel for real applications.A complete index makes it easy to find every topic and term. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Superlative! A must have!
    Superlative!  The ENERGY EFFICIENCY MANUAL by Donald Wulfinghoff is a "must have" for professionals, libraries, facility managers, policy makers, homeowners, and anyone else who is serious about saving energy and cashing in on lower energy bills. It is the ultimate energy saving resource for businesses, industry, and government. PLUS, it will save money and reduce pollution, satisfying corporate bottom lines, policy makers, and environmentalists all at the same time. This book is unique. Highly informative, illustration-rich, and user-friendly, it is treasure trove of everything you need to know about energy efficiency from A to Z. Don't bother looking elsewhere -- the ENERGY EFFICIENCY MANUAL simply has it all. This book will pay for itself almost as fast as you can spot a hot air leak or install an energy-efficient light bulb!

    -- Amy Vickers

    5-0 out of 5 stars A secret weapon for the energy auditor
    As an energy auditor I'd almost call the Energy Efficiency Manual a secret weapon, except it has so many good ideas that I can't help but show it to many of the customers and prospective customers I meet. The diagrams are very useful, as is the self contained but well cross-referenced way in which each improvement measure has been written. For example, talking to the maintenance manager of a hospital, we looked at the diagrams of hot/cold deck multi-zone systems while discussing the pros and cons of upgrading a constant volume air conditioning system to a variable volume system. It is by far the most useful book on energy management that I have ever read (well, in the case of the Energy Efficiency Manual, that I have partially read - its an enormously large book!), and the ratings of each of the measures are particularly useful, along with the practical, no-nonsense approach. The book is extremely well cross referenced and Wulfinghoff has covered an enormous body of knowledge in writing the book. As someone fairly new to the field I'm grateful that he went to the effort of documenting and making available his knowledge and 30 odd years experience in the Energy Efficiency Manual.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Everything you always wanted to know, in plain English
    I nodded my head in agreement while reading Wulfinghoff's philosophy about energy savings in commercial and light industrial facilities. He distills 20+ years of experience in this field with practical, no-nonsense how-tos to gain energy and dollar savings in a wide variety of facilities and end-uses: lighting, water use, steam systems, space heating, water heating, air conditioning, scheduling, pumps, energy management controls: its all here in a well-written, well-illustrated book.

    Perhaps best of all, the author goes beyond theoretical considerations of high-tech efficiency products, with precautions of what works and what might fall short. He also reminds facility managers to be mindful of the human factors that can foil our best efforts. He offers suggestions on how to plan and manage efficiency upgrades complete with information for building operators and occupants, so that the savings persist.

    Highly recommended for anyone managing energy use in facilities, ranging from individual buildings to college campuses to government facilities. [I am a local government energy manager myself.]

    5-0 out of 5 stars Provides practical advice for avoiding pitfalls
    Donald Wulfinghoff's Energy Efficiency Manual is a massive, 1,536-page reference work that is organized to guide the reader quickly to the right information for their particular energy project, problem, or inquiry. The first part of this "user friend" manual has 400 logically grouped activities for improving energy efficiency. each activity begins with Ratings and a Selection Scorecard to help the reader judge the merits and difficulties of that particular activity. "Economics" sidebars estimates the savings, cost, and payback period. The "Traps & Tricks" sidebars provides practical advice for avoiding pitfalls plaguing energy conservation efforts. Energy Efficiency Manual will earn back its cover price over and over again and is an essential, core reference for personal, professional, and community library energy conservation and energy efficiency reference book collections.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Efficiency in technical publications.
    I have been in the Architect/Engineering business for over 20 years. There were several cases in the past where this book would have been of great value. The Energy Efficiency Manual is now my standard resource in saving money and energy for my clients. Mr. Wulfinghoff has invested over 20 years in compiling this manual and this is reflected in the quality of the content. I am particularly impressed with the format, which is extremely accessible to anyone. The book gets right to the point in a highly straightforward manner. I would recommend that authors of other technical books take note and attempt the same. It would certainly make my life easier. In other words I honestly feel that I got my money's worth this time and recommend it to anyone who wants to save energy. ... Read more

    20. Stitch 'N Bitch: The Knitter's Handbook
    by Debbie Stoller
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    Asin: 0761128182
    Catlog: Book (2003-10-01)
    Publisher: Workman Publishing
    Sales Rank: 105
    Average Customer Review: 4.48 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars one of the best knitting books out there
    I LOVE this book. My friend got it for me as a gift, and though I'd been knitting for about 3 months, I only knew how to make scarves using the knit stitch. Though the left-handed instructions are near-absent, the patterns are extremely cute, though some of the designs wouldn't appeal to older knitters, they certainly appeal to me and all of my friends (mostly 13-year-olds.). The instructions seem easy enough to follow, and I love the knit bikini (very 70's) and the cell phone cozy (Each of my friends is getting one as an Un-birthday present.) Though this book doesn't have the clearest instructions, I would definitely recommend this book to knitters with a bit of previous experience.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best of the bunch!
    I should start this review with a disclaimer: one of the patterns in the book is mine (the Princess Snowball Cat Bed). But even if that wasn't true, I would absolutely LOVE this book!!

    I've been a knitter for a lonnnng time, so I don't need help in the beginner-knitter department. But, if I did, Debbie's advice and instructions would have me well on the way to creating fun, wearable stuff. And the patterns! Simple - yes. But they are so cute! I can't wait to make about half of them for myself.

    The thing I like best about the book is that Debbie doesn't always try to present every single way to knit (/cast on/finish/block/make an edge stitch). In some cases she does this (her contrast of continental vs. English method is very good), but mostly she talks about how she prefers to do things. In a very fun and personal way, she passes on her knowledge and love of the craft to a whole new generation of knitters, the way centuries of our foresisters have done before us -- knitter to knitter, one-on-one. We love her and the book for that.

    If you've never knitted before, or have knitted for decades, you owe it to yourself to add this one to your bookshelf. It epitomizes the best qualities of this "new generation" of knitters, and is going to prove to be one of the reasons our great-granddaughters are knitting 100 years from now.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great patterns and informative writing.
    I'm an intermediate knitter and I bought this book for the great patterns but was very impressed by the way it was written. It's easy to understand and offers tons of information. I have several knitting books, but this is the one that I refer to when I have questions. It's an excellent investment and is great for all levels of knitters.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An instructive, original and highly entertaining book
    I love this book. I am a beginning knitter and this book has been very helpful to me - it is easy to follow and I have been able to try new techniques simply by following along with the pictures and instructions in the book. Each pattern describes the skills needed so you'll have a good idea as to how hard each pattern is before you get going. Plus, this book is so much fun to read!! I found her writing style and this book to be absolutely refreshing.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Any plans for Stitch 'N Bitch 2??
    I got this book after seeing an interview with Debbie Stoller on the Today show and have had many hours of knitting pleasure since. The instructions are clear and have helped me to advance my skills. I'd say I'm an intermediate knitter now after reading this book. This book is a great resource for deciphering the cryptic abbreviations in patterns and introduced me to the extremely cool technique of illusion knitting. The patterns are fresh, but not too young. I'm in my early 30s and I've made several patterns for myself, along with items for family and friends. I have not found that the patterns ran small as was noted in other reviews. I found that the patterns seem to be pretty true to the measurements given as long as your gauge is consistant. As with any pattern, you should always do a gauge swatch. I know it's tedious, but it saves you the heartbreak of frogging a piece you've spent hours on. I'd love to see a second (third, fourth) collection of patterns from the contributors to this book. It's so hard to find patterns that aren't intended for grannies or infants. I've also given this book several times as a gift to both beginning knitters and to more advanced knitters looking for interesting patterns. This makes a great gift when paired with the supplies for one of the patterns that reinforce the basic lessons taught in the book. Happy knitting everyone!! ... Read more

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