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41. The Audubon Backyard Birdwatcher: Birdfeeders and Bird Gardens
by Robert Burton, Stephen W. Bird Garden Kress, National Audubon Society
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Asin: 1571451862
Catlog: Book (1999-08-01)
Publisher: Thunder Bay Press (CA)
Sales Rank: 4760
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Discover how to create a backyard bird sanctuary with the expert guidance of the National Audubon Society.Your backyard will come alive by applying these feeding and gardening techniques.Includes a photographic guide to the birds of North America, as well as the trees and plants that attract them.The ultimate resource for anyone interested in creating a bird-friendly habitat. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful baby pictures.....
I recently purchased THE AUDUBON BACKYARD BIRDWATCHER, as well as WHERE THE BIRDS ARE published by the National Wildlife Federation and BIRDS OF NORTH AMERICA from the Smithsonian. All three books have something to recommend them, and if you are an avid bird watcher or want to become one you will want all three. The Audubon book will have the greatest appeal to the backyard bird watcher who has neither the time nor inclination to travel to the wonderful sites listed in the NWF publication. The Audubon book is not exhaustive or even nearly so. For a more complete listing of birds, turn to another Audubon publication or the Smithsonian publication I mentioned above. Audubon offers complete listings of birds by geographic regions in other publications. You'll find only birds adapted to areas inhabited by humans in the AUDUBON BACKYARD BIRDWATCHER -- familiar friends like Robins and Finches, Pine Siskins and Chickadees. Each bird entry contains a photograph of the bird under discussion, sometimes in flight, sometimes posing and sometimes feeding itself or it's young. This book is wonderful for kids and I am using it to teach my grandchildren about birds just as my grandparents taught me!! The book contains sections on bathing, bird calls (including call notes and mimicry), and baby raising, and all are illustrated with many wonderful photos including some amazing shots of babies hatching, babies being fed, and babies launching into independence. Sections on bird pests, bird deaths, and bird rescues explain foiling predators, warning birds about glass windows, and banding and tracking birds. The child exposed to this book will learn someting about birds and life. Probably one of the most informative sections for the new birder or even old birders like me includes suggestions about what to grow in your own backyard to attract the birds. It's not enough to put out seed in a birdfeeder if you want diversity, though the book covers what to use in bird feeders. If you want to see anything other than seed eaters however, you'll have to provide other types of foods including bugs and berries. Usually where you grow berries, you'll have bugs. The book contians sections on hedging, vegetation variety, leaf litter (for cover, food, and nest-building), dust for baths, and water requirements. While the Audubon book isn't a gardening book per se, you'll find more information about building a bird friendly garden in this book than in most gardening books. I recommend the Audubon book as a teaching and instuction tool for the new birders and old birders alike. Oh--my favorite baby picture? -- the short-eared owls. If you don't think owls can come to your back yard guess again. I've had them in my backyard and I live 10 minutes from the White House. I won't tell you want owls eat. You just go right on thinking it's mice.

5-0 out of 5 stars A wonderful reference book
Before I purchased this book, I struggled to find something that I could refer to quickly when I spotted a bird at my feeder. Not only did this book provide me with basic features such as nesting habits, song descriptions, and typical diets of each bird, it also gave vital information on how to attract these fascinating little guys into your yard through the use of water, food, shelter, & shrubs and flowers. The photos are fantastic as well. I find myself referring to this book constantly, and keep it right by my binoculars.

5-0 out of 5 stars About the birds you see and how to attract more of them
Bird profiles, behavior guide, nesting, eggs, curious behavior, songs, displays. Ways to attract birds to your backyard no matter what kind of area you live in... landscaping, supplemental feeding, water. The photos are fantastic and are very valuable to the backyard birder. Great book. ... Read more


42. Scalamandre: Luxurious Home Interiors
by Brian D. Coleman, DAN MAYERS
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Asin: 1586854089
Catlog: Book (2004-10)
Publisher: Gibbs Smith Publishers
Sales Rank: 38332
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Since 1929, Scalamandré has been weaving its own exquisite silks, wools, linens and cottons as well as laboriously hand making elaborate and ornate passementerie (trims, cordings, tiebacks and fringes) for some of the finest interiors in the world.Scalamandré also has the unique role of being the major manufacturer of historical fabrics in the world, and over the years has woven historically accurate textiles for restorations ranging from the Red Room of the White House to William Morris' home in England.

At last, the story of this leading design and manufacturing house is told, and is introduced by personal reminiscences by Adriana Scalamandre Bitter, chairman of the board.

Tour some of the most exclusive and well-appointed homes in America, and experience the lavish and colorful furnishings, draperies, wall coverings, and decorative elements that Scalamandre textiles produces. From Traditional to Neoclassical, from Cottage to Country French, Scalamandre products exude personality and exemplify elegance.

Designers featured in the book include: Michael Simon, Melinda Gray, Nancy Serafini, Carol Knott, Robert Bitter, and JZ Knight.

Brian D. Coleman, M.D., is a practicing psychiatrist in Seattle, Washington.Brian is a graduate of Stanford University and Chicago Medical School.Also an old house enthusiast, Brian has grown his love for historic restoration into an active second career. He is the author of Classic Cottages, Vintage Victorian Textiles, and The Victorian Dining Room. Brian divides his time between New York and Seattle.

Dan Mayers is a New York-based photographer whose work appears regularly in Country Decorating, Country Collectibles, and Country Victorian as well as Old House Interiors.His work has been included in such books as The Ultimate Kitchen and has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. ... Read more


43. How to be the Leader of the Pack...And have Your Dog Love You For It. ("How to" booklets from Dog's Best Friend)
by Patricia B. McConnell
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Asin: 189176702X
Catlog: Book (1996-01-01)
Publisher: Dog's Best Friend, Ltd.
Sales Rank: 1718
Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars
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Learn how to love your dogs without spoiling them and provide boundaries without intimidation. This booklet clarifies how to be a benevolent leader and avoid aggression related to fear or dominance. If you want to be a natural leader to your pack and teach your dog that being polite is fun, this book tells you how to do it in a peaceful, kind way. The ideas and exercises in this booklet are based on the way dogs communicate with each other, so they are highly effective and easy for your dog to understand. An essential part of any canine library! ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Mixed reaction
I've read several different dog training and behavior books, and Patricia McConnell is one of the best... and one of the funniest. Everything in this pamphlet is good advice, and good things to be reminded of. We have a problem in our household with different "standards" for our dog, so I will leave this book around the house hoping my DH reads it. It is short, so he might, and if he tries some of the suggestions it would solve many problems. Pushy begging, refusals to give back stolen objects, you get the idea -- involving the dog and DH.

So yes, this book is an excellent resource for new dog owners or dog owners that are having problems. It is a short read, so it is good for experienced owners to look at to. I earmarked a few passages to remind myself to work on those things with the dog myself.

However, this is not The Other End of the Leash. There isn't anything new or deeply in depth in this pamphlet, and having read other of McConnell's writing, I was hoping it would have some new insights. So I was a little disappointed.

But the trainer's assistant in me is delighted that there is a brief and clear pamphlet with a lot of good advice in it that I could hand to a student and expect them to read it, understand it, and learn gentle things they can do to improve their relationship with their dog from it. McConnell clearly wrote this because she found that many of her human clients (she is a behavioral consultant and trainer) needed this information, and wouldn't it be nice if she could hand them a pamphlet so they could easily remember what she explained to them. And yes, the information in this pamphlet could certainly help reduce the number of dogs visiting the behaviorist or the humane society. So, brava on that score.

5-0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT
Patricia is an excellent animal behaviorist and I recommend all her books. One of my dogs has had dog training with Dogs Best Friend and they have the kindest and most dog-friendly ways of teaching!! Any dog lover is at a loss without this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect guide for dog lovers and owners
Small but perfect guide for dog lovers and owners. Simple steps to provide loving boundaries, and dealing with aggression in canines. Arlene Millman, author of BOOMERANG - A MIRACLE TRILOGY (The tale of a remarkable Boston Terrier).

3-0 out of 5 stars The Cliff Notes of Puppy 101
I guess I should have paid more attention to the number of pages contained in this book. When I received it, I was glad I'd paid so little for it. Unfortunately I didn't learn anything new about my 'pack' from this book having been through various courses of beginning and advanced training with both my dogs.

That said, this is a great book for kids as it is short and to the point and I don't think it's too complicated. Same goes for an adult who is getting their first dog, or not necessarily their 'first' dog, but the first one they get once they leave their parents house.

The recommendations in this book are all tried and true and have worked for me and it's a very good start to getting your dog to know who the big dog is at your house.

4-0 out of 5 stars So Good I had to Order a Second Copy!
Good, basic, reasonable information that could benefit any dog owner, especially those who are not familiar with the "pack mentality" dogs exhibit by nature. ... Read more


44. At Knit's End : Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much
by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
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Asin: 1580175899
Catlog: Book (2005-03-15)
Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC
Sales Rank: 1965
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Knitting finally takes its rightful place on the spectrum of personal obsessions, alongside golfing, fishing, and gardening. The tangled life of the knitter is the subject of inspired nuttiness in these 300 tongue-in-cheek meditations from the self-proclaimed yarn harlot, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee.

As any knitter can attest to, this is an activity fraught with guilt, frustration, over-optimism, sly deception, and compulsion, along with passionate moments of creative enlightenment. To soothe the unraveled knitter's soul, Pearl- McPhee has selected some of her favorite quotes to cast off from, and then, like the standup comic of the knitting world, she rants, raves, and reflects on common experiences that are sure to leave avid knitters in stitches.

At Knit's End captures the wicked — and wickedly funny — musings of someone who doesn't really believe it's possible to knit too much, and who willingly sacrifices sleep, family, work, and her sanity on a regular basis in order to keep doing it. Stephanie Pearl-McPhee has seen it all — from the deadly “second sock syndrome,” to a house so full of yarn she can't find her washing machine, to desperate all-nighters spent feverishly finishing gifts.

This hilarious collection of short, pithy readings offers plenty of reassurance for anyone who has ever wondered, “Am I alone in my mania?”
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5-0 out of 5 stars At Knit's End
We,knitters, have all been there "at knit's(wit's)end".And that is just one of the ways the reader will relate to this book.With each page one finds a tidbit of something familiar.The entry about finding the value in work out machines based upon could you knit at the same time was right from my life.The key is to go when no one else is there and actually enjoy the stationary cycle.Stephanie Pearl-McPhee is right on target and this book is a delightful read, that can be picked up and put down based on ones knitting schedule.

5-0 out of 5 stars pith is in
not so big in stature, but very big on human nature and knitting. get it.

5-0 out of 5 stars What a wonderful little book
I was given this book as a birthday present, and the next day I finished it at work.I was surprised by how entertaining and practical a book with no patterns in it could be!It made me long to get home and grab my knitting needles, even though I had only just put them aside the night before.The book is funny and bright and shows me that the problems I have encountered knitting are not mine alone.Other people do understand.It was actually my boyfriend who objected to the words "too much" in the title."Hey," he reminded the cousin who gave me the gift, "Don't forget that she's still working on projects for me."Luckily, the book had quite the right affect and I rushed home today to finish the first sleeve of a sweater I'm making him.

5-0 out of 5 stars Non-knitter
I don't knit and I still loved this book!(Although I just might start.)

5-0 out of 5 stars More of the Harlot
Stephanie does a wonderful job of pointing out the foibles of knitters. As a regular reader of her blog, I wasn't surprised to find this a funny book. I'm just happy to add it to my library.

Read it if you knit, or if you know someone who does. It explains a lot. ... Read more


45. The Complete Photo Guide To Home Repair: with 350 Projects and 2300 Photos (Black & Decker)
by Black & Decker
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Asin: 1589231813
Catlog: Book (2004-09-30)
Publisher: Creative Publishing International
Sales Rank: 2171
Average Customer Review: 4.79 out of 5 stars
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Book Description

The new edition of a home repair classic.

The Complete Photo Guide to Home Repair is the most up-to-date, complete, and useful guide to home repair a homeowner can have.

With more than 350 projects and 2500 photos, virtually every home repair challenge is covered. New in this major revision to an all-time classic best-seller are important chapters on: choosing and using hand and power tools; diagnosing and correcting home safety and health problems; and creating and maintaining a home workshop.

We've made the best home repair book even better!

  • More than 500 new photos.
  • Information on how to choose and use the latest hand and power tools.
  • Updated to reflect the latest building code changes.
  • Shows how to test for radon, lead, asbestos and water contaminants.
  • Workshop section includes helpful reference tables and charts for hardware, lumber, and other building materials.
  • Includes helpful building projects for workshops, including building utility shelves, workbenches, and sawhorses.
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5-0 out of 5 stars FIVE STARS...AND MORE STARS!
How I wish this book had been around when I needed it most. As a single mother who was working, finishing my eduation and raising three daughters in the 70's and 80's, money was scarce and one learned how to do what had to be done. So, through a variety of good but not great books, a few friends, and trial and error(more error than trial,) I repaired the plumbing, replaced the light fixtures, painted, papered, patched and mended! Life would have been so much easier with a book like this one.

There is not a thing about general home repair that cannot be found here and the photographs make the task a breeze. No more sketchy illustrations or trying to follow instructions with a diagram that best resembles Heiroglyphics! For anyone who is a novice at home repair, this book is a must, and even the more experienced person is sure to find some excellent tips and techniques to make the job easier. I now have a husband who looks after the household repairs, but even "Mr. Fix-it" could benefit from this terrific book. Black & Decker "really know their stuff" and have come up with a fantastic, indispensable book!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
Being a first-time homebuyer, I knew i would have many projects to accomplished. After purchasing my home, I quickly realized my lack of both skills and knowledge of basic home improvements and or repairs. I decided to shop around for a home improvement book. After a couple of hours, I came upon a pot of gold(The complete photo guide to home repair). This book is filled with useful information. If you are looking for the perfect home improvement book, do purchase this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars CLEAR AND SIMPLE! HIGHLY RECOMMEND,,,
An excellent "do it yourself" "PICTURE" book which is quite fitting for the home improvment newbie. Everything from "A" to "Z" is practically covered. Also receommended are the Black and Decker specific projects books, i.e. wiring, plumbing, baths, carpentry, etc...

2-0 out of 5 stars Frustratingly professional, not for the idiot :)
I have this book for the last 3 years. I could never make use of the book because it assumes that I'm already a plumber, a technician, a carpentar, a mason etc...

This book is not for the ordinary people like me; rather it is for a professional who is already in this type of craft and trying to improve himself.

However, I turn the pages from time to time like a National Geographic Atlas, or my high school photo album.

I never ever recommend this for people like me. If you are not in this "home repair" business, please refrain from the idea of having this heavy gizmo.

4-0 out of 5 stars No cd-rom with some copies
Some of these copies don't come with the cd-rom. All the books on our shelves had the same ISBN # BUT the copies with the cd-rom had an extra "FREE CD INSIDE" sticker stuck onto the front cover (cd was designed for Windows 3.1 or 95). If you want a cd-rom - look for sticker on front cover, make sure it's included (page 504) or ask the seller before you buy. This is a great book. ... Read more


46. Journey of an Art Quilter : Creative Strategies and Techniques
by Barbara Olson
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Asin: 0964120186
Catlog: Book (2004-04-01)
Publisher: Dragon Threads
Sales Rank: 13939
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As much about motivation as it is about teaching techniques, this bold and vibrant quilting resource guides readers through the stages of the quilting process while offering encouragement and advice. Leading readers on a personal journey, the projects detail the joy of pursuing a passion for quilts through the creative exercises designed to help others tap into their own individual style and free their artistic spirit. With hints and tips on everything from fabric selection to choosing the right tools, this inspirational and instructive guide is a must for anyone interested in quilting.
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47. Bridal Bargains: Secrets to Throwing a Fantastic Wedding on a Realistic Budget (Bridal Bargains)
by Denise Fields, Alan Fields
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Asin: 1889392138
Catlog: Book (2002-11-01)
Publisher: Windsor Peak Press
Sales Rank: 2996
Average Customer Review: 4.63 out of 5 stars
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Wedding experts Denise and Alan Fields say it isn’t necessary to spend the nationwide average of 11 months of planning and $20,000 for a fabulous wedding. In this new edition of the bridal bargain bible, they outline specific budgets for beautiful weddings that cost a fraction of the average price. This edition includes reviews and ratings of more than 50 new bridal gown designers, tips on surfing the Web and saving on honeymoon costs, and a guide to the best online wedding bargains in the aftermath of the dot-com shake-up. The authors explode the "three costly myths" about wedding catering, show how to negotiate a great deal on a ceremony and reception site, and point prospective brides and grooms toward savings on invitations, flowers, wedding videos, entertainment, and more. Illustrations are also included in this latest edition of the best-selling book on weddings. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Bridal Bargains - A Great Gift for the Bride-to-be!!!
"Bridal Bargains" was the best wedding book I ever read. The advice was practical and helpful. Since reading it while I was getting married, I have given the book as a gift to my sister-in-law and niece for their upcoming weddings. I would recommend it to anyone getting married. It's not just for people who want to have a "cheap" wedding, but for people who want to have a quality wedding for the price they are spending.

A lot of people commented that the book might scare brides-to-be with its emphasis on wedding industry scams. This did not make me feel intimidated at all but instead I felt prepared to deal with wedding professionals. I was glad to know what questions to ask a caterer or DJ - how would an average person know anything about cake cutting fees and couture gowns? This book really prepared me for the interviews with vendors and helped me to find places where I could negotiate in price.

On a final note, I didn't agree with all of their advice, for example I wanted real flowers rather than silk, because the silk flowers looked so fake to me. I know this was a good money saving option, but I decided real flowers were more important to me than saving some money. This is true of any advice in the book - if you don't want to do it - don't! I don't think the author's want to substitute their own judgment in place of yours - you're the one who has to experience your wedding day - it should be the kind of day you want without emptying your bank account!

This book is A+ and I would recommend it to anyone getting married!

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazingly superb!
I will be forever in debt to my future sister-in-law for buying me this book! Not only is it packed with everything I've ever had a question about, but it is really FUNNY! I've chuckled my way through this book. It is a very easy read and very well organized too. I consider myself pretty savvy but there is NO WAY I would have caught onto the hundreds of scams that everyone is pulling on brides! It is sickening but now I feel confident that I won't be taken advantage of!! It has great links to online sites too. I just ordered their book Cyberbride to get even more online info. My fiance and I have very little money but big, close-knit families. (I have three brothers w/spouses and another brother with a SO!) A big wedding is a must for me and this book has really given me some great ideas for cutting the costs down BIG TIME. I will forever recommend this book to any bride! I've already sung its praises to my cousin and my younger brother will be sure to get this book too when he's ready!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Answers to all the questions
This book was one that my fiancee and i have read through at least 3 times each. It's a super reference for those who have no idea what to expect or where to get started. I actually kicked myself a few times when I did not review a section before visiting a vendor. These tips are REALLY useful. Even the ones you don't use yourself. Of all the books I was given or bought when we got engaged, this was hands down the most helpful. Compared to this one, none of the others were even worth the paper on which they were printed.

5-0 out of 5 stars Now I buy this book for all my friends that are brides-to-be
i found i couldn't live without this book, so now as soon as i find out a friend of family member is recently engaged, i buy every one of them a copy! i can't imagine planning without it. i keep it on my bedside table and have read it at least a dozen times! i always check back for ideas to keep my memory fresh, even after i've booked all the vendors.

5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent research guide!
I am currently in the planning process. This book has given me the information I need to plan my wedding exactly the way that I want. I've been able to avoid the industry wedding invitation trap by using book tips and the internet. I found the dress that I wanted, with the help of the designer reviews section. I've been able to avoid several large additional fees from the caterer that I've hired and the reception venue, because those fees were explained very clearly in this book.

I noticed that there were several reviewers that did not like the short-cuts and money-saving tips that the authors recommended. There were a few tips that were not ethical, but most of them help the reader deal with retailers who are just out to make a buck, at your expense. I'm sure that it would be nice, in a sad, self-indulgent way, to expect your middle class parents to foot the bill for your gala, $100,000 wedding event-the one that society seems to think is necessary. But the bottom line is, most brides (and their families) can't afford to do that, don't feel the need to, or don't want that type of wedding. And this book is exactly the resource needed to have a beautiful wedding that fits your ideals and your budget. It's the only wedding book that has been useful in my planning process. ... Read more


48. Bungalow Kitchens
by Jane Powell, Linda Svendsen
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Asin: 0879059508
Catlog: Book (2000-04-01)
Publisher: Gibbs Smith Publishers
Sales Rank: 37189
Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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81/2x10 in, 160Pp, 120 Color Photographs, 25 Black and White Photographs, and line drawings.

Bungalow Kitchens:Bungalow and Period kitchens come alive in this style book with how to complete, a reference guide and exquisite photographs.This is the ultimate guidebook to preserving the beauty and integrity of the past while adapting it to the utilitarian values of the present. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars The Real Deal
This book is great encouragement for those homeowners who know they want authentic vintage, but have to deal with current day construction fellas who just don't get it. The authors give many tips on how and where to get what you are looking for. The only drawback is that I was looking for a 1950's looking style, and this book very much focuses on an era before that. Their focus on a style largely from the 1920's has styles and functions somewhat limited to that era. Still it did help me make some remodeling choices, and the photographs are wonderful.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must read before you remodel your old kitchen
My first impression was WOW! Here is a book for anyone who has an old house to remodel. These kitchens will fit into any house older than 1950. Bungalow doesn't begin to say it all. My son is remodeling a Californis Arts and Crafts house with obsessive zeal,whereas, my goal is just to get the feel of an old house in a new addition to a two hundred year old cape in Maine. Read the book from cover to cover.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is the best guidebook available on the subject to date.
In Bungalow Kitchens, Jane Powell and Linda Svendsen have successfully collaborated to create, quite simply, the best guidebook available today for preserving the beauty and integrity of yesteryear's bungalow kitchen while adapting it to the utilitarian values and conveniences of today. Every aspect is covered from plumbing to windows to shelving to electrification. What the remodeling householder needs to know about contractors and subcontractors is also informatively dealt with. Highly recommended reading for anyone contemplating an upgrade or modernization of their bungalow kitchen facilities, Jane Powell's informative and detailed text is superbly enhanced by Linda Svendsen photography showcasing bungalow kitchen examples throughout.

5-0 out of 5 stars An indispensable resource
As an interior designer working in home restoration, I'm constantly searching through books and magazines to find answers to my clients' questions about period kitchens. This book has all the answers - not just about bungalow kitchens, but also those in other styles of period houses. I especially appreciate the fact that both the "Obsessive Restoration" and "Compromise Solution" sections focus on how it would have been done originally. There's enough information in other places to tell us how to build modern kitchens - in fact, we're overwhelmed by it! It's obvious the author has a love and respect for original styles and her take on kitchen restoration is something that's been sorely lacking until this book. In addition, "Bungalow Kitchens" is a lot of fun to read and the pictures illustrate beautifully the points that are being made. I don't know how I got along without this book!

3-0 out of 5 stars Interesting but sometimes impratical
"Bungalow Kitchens" offers an outstanding historical perspective on the use and layout of the kitchen in bungalow homes. As someone who is in the process of restoration/rennovation of a 1920s bungalow I found the suggestions for restoration a bit unforgiving however. I felt the breakdown on restoration ideas into the two catagories of "obsessive" and "compromise" to be a good idea for presenting rennovation ideas. However, even the compromise ideas seem to be impratical for someone who will continue to use their bungalow kitchen frequently. I had hoped the author would have dedicated more time towards rennovating bungalow kitchens using materials of the present day. A more complete discussion of maintaining the character of the bungalow kitchen using modern materials and amenities would have been more useful to those of us embarking on a "semi-restoration" effort. ... Read more


49. The Rolex Report: An Unauthorized Reference Book For The Rolex Enthusiast
by John E. Brozek, Jeffrey P. Hess
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Asin: 0972313303
Catlog: Book (2002-07-01)
Publisher: Infoquest Pub
Sales Rank: 10111
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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The Rolex Report is the result of over 10 years of personal research, cram-packed with 288 pages of facts and figures with over 400 high-resolution illustrations. The book gives a chronological history of The Rolex Watch Company, as well as a look at each of the Rolex models including variations and evolutions over the years. In addition to identifying hundreds of Rolex watches and parts, it includes a unique resource for spotting counterfeit Rolex watches, with incredibly detailed side-by-side macro photos. Whether you're a serious collector, or just considering a Rolex in the future this is a must have resource. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Resource!
This book is an outstanding resource and provides a wealth of information for Rolex "fanatics"-- Novice or Pro!

5-0 out of 5 stars Simply a MUST HAVE book!
Over the years, I have purchased DOZENS of books on Rolex, but they simply pale in comparison to the VOLUMES of information contained in "The Rolex Report".

This book features a very interesting and beautifully illustrated history of the Rolex watch company. Also included are individual histories of the more popular watches they have released. The section on counterfeits is just amazing, as is the section on parts, prices, "basic operations", glossary of terminology, faq... I could go on and on and on.

I have owned the book for only a few weeks, but I have read it cover to cover FIVE TIMES! In my business I travel quite often, and take it with me to read on the plane. It always seems to start a good conversation with the passenger sitting next to me.

Last week I was seated next to a gentleman who was reading THE SAME BOOK. For the entire plane ride we talked about Rolex and this fine book.

I would like to congratulate the author, John E. Brozek, on a remarkable accomplishment in researching these fine watches. You obviously love your work, and I'm very envious.

From a fellow Rolex-aholic I commend you-- WELL DONE!

5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFT !!!
I got my first Rolex for Christmas (last month), as well as a copy of this book. I have enjoyed reading it (almost) as much as I've enjoyed the watch. :)

It has really helped me appreciate the watch that much more and I would recommend it to anyone. This is a great book that every Rolex owner should read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Instant education for the future buyer
A well formated book that will no doubt become the standard "field manual" of the Rolex collector.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must have reference source!
It's very simple, if you own or want to own a Rolex watch of any pedigree this book can help you know about it and/or make sure you're buying the real thing. A must have for both the photos and the data. Period. ... Read more


50. American Horticultural Society Encyclopedia of Gardening
by Christopher Brickell, Christopher Crickell, American Horticultural Society
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Asin: 0789496534
Catlog: Book (2003-09-01)
Publisher: DK Publishing Inc
Sales Rank: 6663
Average Customer Review: 4.93 out of 5 stars
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An essential volume packed with authoritative advice for all gardeners, the AHS Encyclopedia of Gardening guides readers expertly through the latest gardening techniques, details information on garden planning and design, covers useful tools and materials, and features an extensive glossary of plants, including trees, shrubs, and perennials. Written by experts and endorsed by the American Horticultural Society, this is truly the most comprehensive gardening reference available. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars This is it. It's a must have. Truly an Encyclopedia
It's is worth the money. It is the single most comprehensive book on Gardening. I know it does not give super detailed descriptions of every plant out there. Their supplemental book can help you with that. Buy this one first. When I built a greenhouse, this book have several pages on construction, types of materials, venting, watering systems, cooling, hydrating, you name it, it was covered. When my neighbors pine tree was getting a white pithy coating on the lower leaves, this book described the problem to a T, and had several methods of curing it. No matter where I go, in irrigation, propogation, seed starting, grading, setting up a bed, identifying which plants work, where, when, and in what kind of soil, climate, etc., this book is there. They must of had a zillion contributing editors-authors create this work, because nobody knows everything this book has to offer. It is big, it is well illustrated, and a definite must have for any gardener. It is even a great read during the winter, for planning your spring garden. Even at this price, it is about twice what other books cost, but it is 5 times the book. It's a bargain. In the long run it will save you money by avoiding costly mistakes. I highly reccomend it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great reference guide but you may need a compliment
This book as a reference is great. It provides me, the novice and working my way up gardener, with a great source for understanding the fundamentals of gardening. However, I think I'm going to purchase one of its sister books, American Horticultural Society A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. The A-Z provides more details about specifc varieties which can be helpful when you're selecting plants for your garden or simply trying to learn more about a specific plant. I believe the A-Z also contains much of the information contained in this one altough it is not as encompassing from a general perspective.

5-0 out of 5 stars Master Gardeners and All, this is a GREAT book!
I've had my book for quite some time, picked it up sometimes to read. Now I've started a Master Gardeners course. It's amazing how helpful this book is. Everything being taught in class is in this book, but in much simpler terms than used in class. Our class in propagation was only 3 hours. This book goes into detail about it which will help with my class assignment - to go forth and propagate!

5-0 out of 5 stars Quite simply one of the best books out there for what we do!
Being a California Certified Nurseryman, I can say that I've dealt with people all different type of gardening experience. This book is one of the best out there in terms of reference and guide for making gardens do really well. It covers everything from landscaping, management, soil preparation, and plant selection.

If you're wanting a great reference book that you'll look at time and time again, this is the tome to look for.

4-0 out of 5 stars Just one thing lacking
This book is definitley a wealth of information. As a novice gardener, I wish more of the plants were listed not only with their scientific name but also their common name. ... Read more


51. Construction Jobsite Management 2e
by William R. Mincks, Hal Johnston
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Catlog: Book (2003-09-05)
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This book deals with all facets of construction project management from the contractors point of view.It examines the duties that are handled by the project manager, construction superintendent, and construction engineer throughout the progress of a job, from the configurations of a project team through project closeout.A hallmark of this book is its dedicated focus on the activities of jobsite personnel that includes helpful techniques and procedures for effectively managing a project from start to finish.The clear, concise language in which it is written makes this book an essential introduction to the real world of effective management techniques. ... Read more


52. Fundamentals of Residential Construction
by EdwardAllen, RobThallon
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Catlog: Book (2002-01-15)
Publisher: Wiley
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Average Customer Review: 4.25 out of 5 stars
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Residential construction accounts for more than half of all of the building construction dollars spent annually in the United States. Architects and construction professionals must have a basic understanding of the material and structural systems appropriate to this type of construction as well as a working knowledge of codes and management procedures. Building on Edward Allen's best-selling Fundamentals of Building Construction, this book provides the information they need, with an authoritative, in-depth look at the procedures and materials specific to home building. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars A modified "Fundamentals of Building Construction"
This is awfully similar to the book in the title. Even down to the same photos separating the chapters. I'd buy F of BC if I had to choose, since it has so much more material. There's nothing in here that cannot be found in the two other Rob Thallon books.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great book, but overpriced
I bought this book sight unseen because I also have Rob Thallon's book "Graphic Guide to Frame Construction" and was pretty impressed with it. While "Fundamental of Residential Construction" is a very good book on all aspects of residential construction, there's isn't that much of an improvement on the typical voc-tech textbooks on construction (which are available for less) to make it worth the price.

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5-0 out of 5 stars THE reference for Designer, Builder, or Student
Fundamentals of Residential Construction is a welcome update for my reference library. As a residential architect, it is refreshing not to have to wade through irrelevant commercial methodology. This edition is residential specific, but broad-based covering alternative building systems and the most current construction materials. I especially appreciate that it begins with chapters on the context for construction, and the construction and design communities, areas of discussion most often neglected. The well-balanced mix of diagrammatic and photographic details is very helpful. I highly recommend it for both the student and the professional.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Book!
Its simple, well-illustrated explanations make understanding and implementation easy. It covers every aspect of residential construction, including trowel trades, mechanical and structural systems, and landscaping! In a nutshell- this is a 'must-have' for anyone working in residential construction! ... Read more


53. The Knit Stitch (The Knitting Experience, Book 1)
by Sally Melville, Alexis Xenakis
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Asin: 1893762130
Catlog: Book (2002-10-15)
Publisher: XRX Books
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Average Customer Review: 4.74 out of 5 stars
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The Knitting Revolution? What`s revolutionary about knitting today is who is knitting (the new knitters are young women and retiring baby-boomers), what they are knitting (exciting yarns and projects), and most of all, why they are knitting (it feels good: the process, its creative and relaxing qualities, is at least as important to them as what they are knitting). What better time for a fresh approach to the learn-to-knit book?
Join The Knitting Revolution focuses on the knit stitch. With introductory chapters titled The Basics of Knitting, What You Need to Know Before You Begin a Project, and So You`re Ready to Start Knitting, this primer is the closest thing betweeen two covers to a knitting coach. Hundreds of clear, step-by-step photographs take you through each skill. Always the goal is to show you what you need to know when you need to know it. Choices are given, so each knitter can find the way that works best. Then the skills are put to work (and into a meaningful context) in the chapter`s projects. Loads of tips and special attention to details ensure that absolute beginners can complete any of the more-than-30 projects successfully; class, yet fun designs assure that they will want to.Like knitting today, this book is personal, passionate, powerful—exactly what the new knitter is looking for and irresistible to the already-converted.
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5-0 out of 5 stars IF YOU COULD ONLY BUY ONE KNITTING BOOK . . .
If you could only buy one knitting book - this should be it! The author provides the best of both worlds, a basic knitting instruction for those who are new to the craft, and a book filled with patterns that will please even the more seasoned knitter. The styles are sophisicated but easy to knit - and the patterns progress in level of difficulty.

I particularly like: the Ruana shawl, the Best Friends Jacket and the Einstein sweater coat.

I also love the way she talks about her philosophy of knitting - what it means to her.

The book is also filled with several photo examples of each pattern - and provides interesting variations of each. The reader is able to easily envision the projects.

In her "Oops!" section of the book, I also found many helpful tips and tricks to solving common knitting problems - such as what do you do when you have a hole in the knitting? How do you weave ends in when changing yarn? etc. She shares many clever ideas and techniques and best of all - they are presented just at the time/place in the book where each is needed.

This book will please knitters of all levels.

5-0 out of 5 stars This book taught me to knit!
It was a rainy December day in Northern California when I stepped into a yarn shop to avoid being drenched. I couldn't believe the beautiful yarns I saw. It wasn't like a trip to Woolsworth with Grandma when I was a kid! After feeling almost every ball of yarn in the store, I knew I just had to start knitting. But how? I remember a very funky chain stitch with a crochet hook when I was 7 years old...

I asked the sales consultant to recommend a good basic instructional manual to teach me to knit. She recommended "The Knit Stitch".

In the past 4 weeks, I have knitted Joel's scarf, the flat knit hat, a couple of basic scarves using luxurious yarns, and am now feeling confident enough to try the ruana!

I have never knitted before. The only knitter I know lives over 400 miles away. This book has taught me to relax, enjoy the simple things, appreciate some hot chai, and learn what satisfaction can be derived from such pleasures.

Thanks Sally! Can't wait for book #2!

4-0 out of 5 stars Not bad, not bad at all
This book is probably the best I've seen for teaching the basics of knitting in a clear, interesting fashion. The short essays on knitting are fascinating and uplifting. I am also amazed at how much this woman can do with a simple garter stitch.

The patterns aren't quite as good as the rest of the book. Most of them are oversized and not exactly the hippest designs. There were actually only two patterns in the book that I had a desire to make, and they were both scarves.

In general, I highly recommend this book if you are just learning to knit, or are looking for some good, insightful words about this wonderful craft. However, if you just want some cool patterns, I suggest you look elsewhere.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome Book
I'm a self taught knitter from the beginning of this year. I wish I'd started with this book. It is so easy to follow and has many great projects. I wish weight of yarn were listed in addition to yardage, but all in all, great book.

5-0 out of 5 stars This book surprised me
I bought this book after reading other people's reviews and it was the right thing to do. I can't believe how many projects in this one book that I want to make. It's all I can do to not abandon my current WIPs and start on the Opaque and Sheer sweater, or the Einstein Coat, or Sally's Favorite summer sweater, to name a few. Yes they are boxy, we're talking garter stitch afterall, but they look good. I never would have guessed garter stitch could be so versatile. Not only that, but her instructions are great and she has something I haven't seen in any other book - how to fix mistakes. And I mean MISTAKES - like something is too long, or too short or you purled when you should have knitted 10 rows back or you ran out of yarn before you ran out of pattern and much, much more. I am an experienced knitter and would recommend this book to all levels. ... Read more


54. The Annotated Mona Lisa: A Crash Course in Art History from Prehistoric to Post-Modern
by Carol Strickland, John Boswell
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Asin: 0836280059
Catlog: Book (1992-06-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.79 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent from middle school to college
This book is wonderful for several reasons:

1) clear and concise; 2) inclusive of the audience; 3) makes art very approachable; 4) places art within its historical context and development; 5) quick reference;

I was exposed to this book after taking various humanities courses and found this book great. It does a much better job of making art accessable than books like Gardner and Janson. I was impressed that the book covered a variety of bases without leaving too much out.

The tone of the work was inclusive and allowed anyone with an interest in understanding methods, techniques, personalities and history of art to do well towards approaching that goal. It does not approach art for the few with a rarefied tone nor does it talk down to the reader.

The layout of the pages are done well and have a decent flow of text and image. It does not, thank god, go into list memorization which is the downfall of some compact versions of some topics.

Highly recommended for those who play academic tournaments at the high school and college levels. The topics covered and interesting personal history found in this book will be found at all levels of play. The pricing of the paperback version will allow people to compete very well indeed.

For home schoolers/educators this book is a good survey introduction and is portable enough for museum trips.

Very few books do so well with so much material to compress. Very impressive. The only thing I could wish further is a music history version of this work.

4-0 out of 5 stars Useful
I've found this book to be helpful as a teaching tool. I teach from Gardner's, but this book helps me to focus my lectures, since I can't cover absoultely everything in class.

My only gripe is that on the book flaps Strickland unnecessarily pans introductory art textbooks in order to bolster her own book, saying "The Annotated Mona Lisa isn't bogged down with convoluted theories or author's pet peeves," or jargon. Being someone who has read Janson, Gardner's and Stockstad, I can honestly say that these books are quite approachable and traditional, and can not be sweepingly characterized in that way. My feeling is that these statements may be a manifestation of her own feeling of alienation from the academic community; her work appears in some venues -- the Christian Science Monitor, Wall Street Journal, Arts and Antiques -- that aren't exactly on friendly terms with the academic world of art history. Fortunately, however, the actual text of Strickland's book does not resort to backhanded and reactionary gripes about other authors' approaches to art history.

Strickland and authors of college-level introductory textbooks have different goals and intentions. Textbooks offer a kind of engagement with the material that is essential to any comprehensive study of art history. The author does a good job of touching on key issues, but the book could not possibly serve as a replacement of introductory texts such as Gardner's, Janson, or Stockstad.

For the person with a only a casual interest in art history this book would be a very nice thing to have on hand. It would also serve well as a study aid for a student who is taking an in-depth art history course.

4-0 out of 5 stars Too much fun
Sadly, I have to thank this book for sparking my interest in art history. Now that I know more about the subject, of course, I can see how simple and inadequate "The Annotated Mona Lisa" really is, but for anyone who is grossly unfamiliar with art, as I once was, this is a fine place to start. The book's coverage of pre-Renaissance art and non-Western art is limited, but the sections on 19th- and 20th-century art are fairly thorough, and certainly entertaining--you've gotta love those gossipy stories the author throws with her descriptions of every artist.

I heard somewhere that someone read this book and then scored a 5 on the Art History AP exam without doing any other work, but having just taken the test I very much doubt this is true. Art History students might benefit from reading the chapter on modern art, since the AP doesn't require much knowledge about 20th century art movements beyond their general characteristics, which "The Annotated Mona Lisa" provides. The rest of the book, however, is guilty of dangerous oversimplification, and probably wouldn't be useful to serious students, though it is still way too much fun.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great source
I use the Annotated Mona Lisa in my 8th grade Art History class. Throughout my years of using it I have seen this as my most reliable source of information. Each period or movement is well introduced and there is a lot of information on each major artist. It is filled with many colorful quotes, all coming from people of the time period. Overall I consider this a great source and I recomend it to any aspiring art historians. im 14

4-0 out of 5 stars a wonderful introduction
The Annotated Mona Lisa is a fabulous introduction to the history of western art from pre-history to the Post-Modern era. Artists, movements, vocabulary, and specific works of art are all discussed in enough detail to give the reader a very good foundation. The only thing lacking is that it is oriented exclusively towards Western art. Boswell has done a marvelous job on the art of the West, its a pity attention was not given to the art of Asia, the Americas or Africa - especially considering the influence these regions have had on western art through the ages. Nonetheless, a recommended resource. ... Read more


55. Don't Shoot the Dog! : The New Art of Teaching and Training
by KAREN PRYOR
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Catlog: Book (1999-08-03)
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Average Customer Review: 4.38 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Kudos for Karen Pryor's Honesty
"Don't Shoot the Dog" is the best comprehensive guide I know of that encourages the use of Positive Reinforcement. There is no question that PR goes a long way and should always be used as a first option (with both animals and people). Karen Pryor's honesty in this book is to be applauded. While she champions using PR as far as it works to produce the desired result, she realistically acknowledges that PR does not always work. As a dog trainer and author using a balanced approach, I find her candor and her desire to make the world a better place for dogs and people quite noble. If all we needed in our relationships with dogs and people was to find the right reward, this would be the only book we would need.

The structure of the book is easy to follow, and along with emphasizing PR, also gives excellent advice about the crucial element of timing in training. I also find this book useful as a tool to help people decide NOT to use muzzle restraining devices. If a dog training student of mine is thinking of using a muzzle restraining device on a dog, I have the student read Karen's comments about restraint as the bottom of page 101. Her clearly stated explanation hits the nail right on the head. Restraining has its place, but it isn't training.

Karen's comments about rewarding the wrong behavior also makes a lot of sense. Our leaders in government would benefit from her political applications of her principles.

5-0 out of 5 stars If you have a submissive dog, GET THIS BOOK, though...
it is about behavior modification and not dog training per se.
Don't Shoot the Dog! is the best fundamental description of behaviorism I have ever read. My husband and I have used its principles in training our extremely submissive and abused by a former owner Jack Russell terrier to develop some mental health. This is not a cookbook, it is a philosophy. Pryor does not endorse pure behaviorism; in her work with dolphins described in Lads Before the Wind, she writes extensively about her philosophy falling between that of Konrad Lorenz, the ethologist, and B.F. Skinner. There are hard wired behavior traits present in all species and using operant conditioning via a method like clicker training actually uses those traits to the trainer's advantage, never forgetting that there are some instincts that are so hard wired that they are impossible to overcome. This training is not necessarily an easy to do BECAUSE IT REQUIRES REAL INSIGHT, PATIENCE AND SENSITIVITY ON THE PART OF THE TRAINER! Our dog had been beaten for being a submissive urinator which -- gues what!! -- made her more of a submissive urinator. Three months of hard work following the philosophy of this book have helped immensely. This book has applications in all of our dealings with other sensient beings.

5-0 out of 5 stars Now: Someone that actually read the book
Believe me when I tell you that those that criticized this book never read it and integrated its principles. Instead, these are people that might have vast experience with different systems that give them good results. The techniques they use have become second nature to them. They conclude: my system is different, my system works, therefore every thing else is crap. One reviewer rambled about how it mainly applies to dolphins because they are confined to a tank. The kindest thing I can say about him is that he never read DON'T SHOOT THE DOG. If he did, I would have to insult his reading comprehension. Little of what he rants about is even in the book. Instead of ranting about hearsay on the somewhat different topic of clicker training, allow me to tell you about "Don't Shoot the Dog". This book teaches far reaching techniques with universal application. I have trained dogs, horses, and wild caught birds of prey (which were flown free daily not confined to pools or tanks). Though I understand alpha dog training, use negative reinforcement, and have employed many successful techniques, this is one of my all time top 10 books on any subject and it is a MUST READ even for those that will never own a pet. Karen Pryor was in fact a trainer at Sea World but contrary to the title this book is not about the specifics of animal training. It is instead a handbook on behavioral modification complete with an introduction written by B.F. Skinner, the father of behavioral psychology. While he was not a man without faults, he was a huge contributor to some profoundly simplified techniques for modifying behavior. While an easy read (one long afternoon) the power of this book lies in studying the principles and then training yourself to modify behavior. In an entraining and practical manner Karen explains a principle, explains its applications and LIMITATIONS and then gives a scenario that illustrates how to apply this principle with an animal, an adult, and a child. A lay person soon learns that most instinctive responses to unwanted behavior are non productive. We have many roles in life and it is a rare person in which some of these roles don't require us to influence behavior. While people are not animals, behavior modification is behavior modification and we all use it. Unfortunately, more often than not we make critical mistakes that result in the opposite result we want and expect. I read this book 10 years ago. As soon as I did I wished I had read it about 25 years sooner. It brought greater success to training at opposite ends of the animal kingdom. It worked on free flying wild birds of prey that are not social creatures and interpret any negative reinforcement as a death threat. These wild animals can easily leave the trainer and return to the wild to fend for themselves. They get this chance every day. In fact it is nothing but unnatural that they will return from being a tiny speck in the sky just from operant conditioning and positive reinforcement. More amazing, they can be properly trained to do this within 10 days of being trapped from the wild, so much for the hilarious comment about it won't work on things that can run loose like dogs. Speaking of dogs, I have used it on Setters and Springer's not to mention a very strong willed, male Jack Russell Terrier, with a well developed alpha dog mentality. Karen never implies that negative reinforcement is not a legitimate tool. She simply fine tunes its use, timing, and consistency to give you an even more powerful tool. The principles in this book have greatly enhanced what was decades of successful training. Finally, don't under estimate these principles when it comes to inter- personal relationships. If you do, you missed a great part of what makes this a must read.

5-0 out of 5 stars not just for the dogs
I've read quite a few dog behavior, training and intelligence books and always had this on the to read list because of its reputation of being the "bible" of dog training. But I didn't really want to read it because of the title, and hey, the cover isn't too imaginitive either. I know don't judge a book by a cover, but to be honest, reading has a sensual side too -- good clean lines, fits nice in the hands, smooth paper. You bookaholics know what I'm saying.

So, I finally got around to reading this and I can see why people say this book is life-changing. Pryor spent very little time talking about dogs specifically but showed many examples on how these methods could be used with people with disabilities, your own kids, spouse, cat etc.

I'm a trainer's assistant at a dog obedience school, and as I read this, it all looked familiar. It is basically the foundation philosophy of our school. It's a method of communication. A way to build a relationship and communicate what you want from your dog in a positive, punishment-free manner. Reading this book helped me clarify why we at the school do things as we do. And as I finished the book, I was thinking of one of the comments a woman made at a trainer's funeral. The gist was that she had learned from his gentle approach to the dogs, and this had spread to the way she approached people as well.

It's true. "Clicker training" as some people call this training philosophy will spill outside of your doggy life and into other areas... if you come to this as a dog trainer. As a dog trainer, your dog doesn't sit when you say sit. Instead of getting mad and saying sit sit sit! jerking on the collar or pushing on the butt, first you think "does my dog understand 'sit?'" Then you'd break it down into it's components -- sit is an action (head goes up, butt goes down) and responding to the command requires that 1. the dog knows the action 2. the dog knows the word is connected to the action. Then you'd find a way to get your dog past whatever is hanging him up. So, if this is your habitual style of response to other's "mistakes," you will start to develop patience, compassion and clear communication. And those skills will take you far in life.

And extra bonus -- besides learning training methods, you'll read alot of funny anecdotes about frisbee-playing elephants and bell-ringing hermit crabs too.

4-0 out of 5 stars great primer on operant conditioning
This book explains the philosophy behind operant conditioning, as well as giving basic tips on how to work WITH your dog (or other trainee--this method can be used on cats, people, fish...).

I'm grateful to the people who directed me toward positive training. Visit Karen Pryor's website or clickersolutions.com to learn more about clicker training and positive pet interactions. ... Read more


56. On Foreign Soil : American Gardeners Abroad
by May Brawley Hill
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The very act of making a personal garden implies that the gardener feels at home, and creating a garden in a foreign country requires a special character. This handsomely illustrated volume features gardens by fascinating Americans, from Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson to Edith Wharton and Gore Vidal, who have planted their roots in England, France, and Italy since the earliest days of our nation.

In a readable text filled with insights into expatriate life, art historian May Brawley Hill describes how American gardens on foreign soil, like autobiographies, reveal the personalities, values, and experiences of their makers. Henry James began as a novice, but quickly developed a flair for growing flowers. Gerald and Sara Murphy lived well in their beautiful flower garden at Villa American in Antibes. Art historian Bernard Berenson loved to take walks in the garden he invariably left his wife to tend. The first book to study American horticultural society abroad, this delightful book, illustrated with period prints, photographs, and paintings, will captivate all those interested in gardening, great American thinkers, and life as a foreigner. AUTHOR BIO: May Brawley Hill is an art historian with a special interest in American art and a passionate interest in gardening. She is the author of several books on American gardens and has contributed articles to a number of journals.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Charming, Evocative, and Useful
The book is charmaing, evocative and useful -- giving carefully researched or inferred descriptions of real gardens that were manufactured by and for real American artists who worked abroad.We are effectively carried across oceans, and back in time -- and a wealth of illustrations both of paintings and of places, makes it possible for readers to walk with the author, and to experience with her, artists' gardens that may long since have gone to seed. ... Read more


57. The Working American Bulldog
by Dave Putnam
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Asin: 0967271002
Catlog: Book (1999-12-16)
Publisher: Bulldog Press (CA)
Sales Rank: 37257
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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The Working American Bulldog is a comprehensive history of a specific breed of dog, the American Bulldog. This is the most numerous rare breed in the US. This book gives information about training, raising, breeding, care and nutrition of American Bulldogs. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A real book for a proud breed..........
I personally believe, given the limited amount of information available to the searching public on the subject of the American Bulldog, that this publication is well worth the buyers time and money. As one of the breeders mentioned within it's pages I assure you that our names are not found there as mere filler and we all sought no advertisement whatsoever. It is my honest belief that Mr. Putnam truely desired to gain perspective from those among us who have been involved with this breed for a number of years. This was proven by the amount of effort that he had personally put into both time and travel. As stated above so correctly by Mr. Deleon, "Currently this book is the most acurate and informative book out about this breed" . Thank you for your effort, Dave.

4-0 out of 5 stars Working American Bulldog
It would be impossible to write the perfect book on American Bulldogs. Our breed certainly has its share of unknowns, but Dave Putnam did a great job in writing this book. His research and investigation allowed him to discuss aspects of the American Bulldog that are not widely known. Dave addressed American Bulldogs of all types with fairness and equality. He spoke of specific breeders and trainers yet he kept the American Bulldog in full focus. I highly recommend this book for the new comers to the breed as well as the old timers. It is a very interesting and educational reference source for the American Bulldog.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great book on the history of the American Bulldog!!!!
I really enjoyed this book for many reasons: 1)This is a good book for the history of the American Bulldog...there are not a lot of books out there on American Bulldogs 2)The pictures are awsome 3)Written very well. I would recommend this book to anyone that has an American Bulldog or is thinking about owning one.

5-0 out of 5 stars Expertise from an Expert!
Interested or merely curious about this breed, this magnificent book is the major definitive work! Full of beautiful photos which enhance the personal stories and factual data! This is not a "cookie-cutter" series, but rather a hands-on knowledge from first-hand experience, tempered with candid observations! This is a marvellous volume in every respect on many aspects of this canine species!

4-0 out of 5 stars Good book... but needs a review
I liked the book especially because of author's attempt to be polite and neutral in a world where breeders tend to show very little respect to the ideas and preferences of the folks breeding "the other" type of AB (Scott ABs vs JDJ ABs vs etc).

The author talks about all "kinds" of ABs, but I somehow think that the book now needs a complete review, in order to accomodate the changes and perceptions in the last few years.

I also would like to see a more complete section (or perharps a complete new book) exclusively about JDJ ABs, which happens to be the type of AB that I prefer and breed.

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58. 300 Paper-pieced Quilt Blocks
by Carol Doak
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Asin: 1564775348
Catlog: Book (2004-10-04)
Publisher: Martingale and Company
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The "Queen of Paper Piecing" is back with her most block-packed book ever! Find paper-pieced blocks for almost every theme, occasion, and style imaginable. Print patterns in minutes with the included easy-to-use CD-ROM!

· These 3" and 4" block patterns—over 300 of them!—feature traditional blocks, seasonal and holiday themes, alphabets, numbers, and much more

· You can print patterns on the spot using a home computer—even resize or make multiple patterns with the click of a mouse

· Beginners can create perfect patchwork; just follow along the lines for perfect results every time ... Read more


59. Square Foot Costs 2005 (Means Square Foot Costs)
by Barbara Balboni, Robert A. Bastoni, John H. Chiang, Robert J. Kuchta, Robert C. McNichols, Robert W. Mewis, Melville J. Mossman, John J. Moylan, Stephen C. Plotner, Michael J. Regan
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Asin: 0876297599
Catlog: Book (2004-11-01)
Publisher: R. S. Means Company
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60. American Horticultural Society Plant Propagation: The Fully Illustrated Plant-by-Plant Manual of Practical Techniques
by American Horticultural Society, Peter Anderson, Alan Toogood
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Asin: 0789441160
Catlog: Book (1999-03-01)
Publisher: DK Publishing Inc
Sales Rank: 5321
Average Customer Review: 4.83 out of 5 stars
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The American Horticultural Society's Plant Propagation is one of those stuck-on-a-desert-island books. All the information you could ever possibly want in order to propagate virtually any plant or tree or cactus or succulent that might be growing on said desert island is to be found somewhere between the covers of this marvelous, informative book. If you're tired of buying many pots of expensive perennials, tuck a copy of Plant Propagation under your arm and buy one good specimen. From that specimen, following the simple directions, make many plants. It's the kind of skill that all grandmothers of a more distant generation seemed to have.

Still mixed up about hypogeal and epigeal germination? Can't tell a bulbil from a cormel? The very first section covers all the basics of plant biology as well as the history and basic how-to of propagation. The body of the book is divided into "Garden Trees," "Shrubs and Climbing Plants," "Perennials, Annuals and Biennials," "Cacti and Other Succulents," "Bulbous Plants," and "Vegetables." Each section begins with an overview of appropriate propagation techniques: the many styles of grafting, seed saving, taking cuttings, and bulb and root division. Individual plants within each section are addressed alphabetically. With Plant Propagation in hand, you can hybridize your own rose and name it after yourself. The text is written to an intelligent, somewhat experienced gardening reader, and the lush illustrations are accurate and effective. --Schuyler Ingle ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Best book on plant propagation
Book contains 46 pages on introductory propagation methods, followed by very specific information on propagating these plant types: 44 pages on trees, 54 pages on shrubs, 64 pages on perennials, 16 pages on annuals, 20 pages on cacti, 28 pages on bulbs, and 28 pages on vegetables and herbs. In the back are a glossary, an index, and north america hardiness map. Very complete.

If you can grow it, the instructions are listed in this book.

Book contains hundreds of small, but helpful photographs that demonstrate a process or identify some plant anatomy.

Solid information, well worth the money!

5-0 out of 5 stars Stop here!
Extremely pleased with the American Horticultural Society "Plant Propagation"

No need to search further, the authors explain everything, when to and how to, and many, many plants are covered with excellent information on grafting and budding as well. I rate it among the best books in my library.

5-0 out of 5 stars The mysteries of propagation have finally come together...
I was in search of a good informative book for seed starting and stumbled upon this one. What a find!!! They give detailed instructions for hundreds of plants (including hardy and tropicals) defining exactly what propagating technique(s) works best for each. Softwood cuttings, hardwood cuttings, dividing, grafting (far more methods than I have ever seen in one book) and the various methods of gathering and seed-starting, whether your species prefers cold-stratifying, soaking, scarification or if it prefers to be direct-sown. This book has techniques for reproducing just one or hundreds of plants. I could go on and on but it all boils down to this; If you have any interest in multiplying plants this book is a must!

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book overall
Being new to propagation, I have found this book extremely useful and have successfully tried some of the techniques. My only complaint is that the book does not go into further details about how to care for the young, newly rooted plants. For example, how do I overwinter a newly rooted hydrangea? How long after it's rooted in the rooting medium can I safely transplant it? What do the terms "grow on" and "grow under cover" really mean? The book assumes you know little details like this already.

But really, considering the breadth of information the book is trying to cover, I'd say it does a good job of it. It is clear and easy to understand and the instructions are easy to follow. And, yes, it really does list every single kind of plant. I haven't looked one up yet that I couldn't find in this book!

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazingly thorough
This book is amazingly thorough, teaches you every method of propagation. I recommend it as well as a whole slew of the other books put out by the AHS. I also recommend that you read the first bunch of chapters like a novel. The rest of the book you can use as a reference, and skip around using the index to find the information you want. But the first half of the book, if read entirely, will turn you into an amateur botanist. ... Read more


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