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21. Webster's New World Deluxe Dictionary
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22. Visits to the Most Blessed Sacrament
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23. Nelson Classic Giant Print-kjv
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24. Bipolar Disorder: A Guide for
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25. Giant Print Reference Bible-kjv
26. More Than Money: True Stories
27. Sanctuary: A Peter Decker/Rina
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28. Ask Dr. Weil : The Complete Series
29. Longman English Dictionary
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30. NIV Classic Reference Bible, Indexed
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31. Nelson Classic Giant Print Center-column
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32. The Self-publishing Manual
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33. Julia's Kitchen Wisdom : Essential
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35. How to Read and Why
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37. BEACH MUSIC (LARGE PRINT) (Bantam/Doubleday/Delacorte
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38. Irvine's Writing About Music
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39. Random House Webster's Large Print
40. En El Tiempo De Las Mariposas

21. Webster's New World Deluxe Dictionary
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Asin: 0764559362
Catlog: Book (2004-04-26)
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Sales Rank: 185216
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Easy to read, authoritative, and up to date

No more struggling with the fine print, thanks to the Webster’s New World® Large Print Dictionary, which has all the outstanding features of other Webster’s New World dictionaries.

  • More than 60,000 entries, including all the current vocabulary needed for everyday use
  • Technical, scientific, cultural, business, and professional terms
  • Clear, highly readable type
  • Foreign words and phrases often used in English
  • Biographical and geographical entries conveniently included in the main A—Z section


  • Etymologies – word histories that add depth and historical context to the understanding of a word
  • Appendix with weights and measures, U.S. and Canadian data, U.S. presidents, and books of the Bible

With all this information presented in highly readable type, this is the one large print dictionary that you can’t afford to be without. ... Read more

22. Visits to the Most Blessed Sacrament & the Blessed Virgin Mary (Redemptorist Pastoral Publication)
by St. Alphonsus Liguori
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Asin: 0892437707
Catlog: Book (1994-09-01)
Publisher: Liguori Publications
Sales Rank: 558859
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23. Nelson Classic Giant Print-kjv Center-column Reference Bible
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Asin: 0840704909
Catlog: Book (1994-02-09)
Publisher: Nelson Bibles
Sales Rank: 765414
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Set in giant print type (13 1/2 point), this King James Giant Print Bible is great for individual study, teaching, or reading from the pulpit. It makes using a reference Bible more comfortable and less eye-straining. Added features include: center-column references and notes in large type, translation notes, topical running heads, self-pronouncing text, and stars to mark messianic prophecies. The affordable price and beautiful leather binding make this a great choice for anyone who is looking for value in a giant print Bible.

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24. Bipolar Disorder: A Guide for Patients and Families (Johns Hopkins Press Health Book)
by Francis Mark, Md. Mondimore
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Asin: 0801878578
Catlog: Book (2004-03-12)
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Sales Rank: 109124
Average Customer Review: 4.65 out of 5 stars
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Now available in a large print edition, the best-selling Bipolar Disorder offers a comprehensive, practical, compassionate guide to the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of this potentially devastating psychiatric illness, formerly known as "manic-depression." Dr. Mondimore provides practical advice for getting the most out of the various treatments that are now available and discusses advantages, disadvantages, and side effects to help patients make informed decisions. This book offers understanding, empowerment, and hope to persons with this disorder and to their families and friends. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Practical guide to living with bipolar disorder
Dr. Mondimore has provided a practical, easy-to-read guide for understanding and coping with bipolar disorder. Through the use of case studies, the suthor outlines the types of bipolar disorder, and what symptoms are related to each one. He describes the treatments and lifestyle habits that will help prevent relapse, allowing a person with bipolar disorder to lead a normal life. For the technically oriented reader, Dr. Mondimore also discusses the biological basis of moods, and what is biologically known about the disorder. This is by far the most comprehensive and helpful book I have read on the subject. Dr. Mondimore's writing style is conversational and familiar, and as a result, the information may be readily accepted and applied in the treatment of bipolar disorder by patients and family members alike.

5-0 out of 5 stars Extremely comprehensive information!
This really was a very informative, practical, easy flowing guide for understanding and coping with Bipolar. Dr. Mondimore describes the lifestyle habits and treatments that will help you prevent relapse, allowing anybody with bipolar disorder to lead a happy, normal life. This was excellent for any family member with somebody who does have this disorder. It really is explained to why they do what it is we do. He covers Moods, medications, alcoholism and drug abuse. Treatment, where to go for help. Getting better and staying well. Also the role the family has and this really was by far the most comprehensive book I have read yet on this matter.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good resource but to much medical jargon
Buying this book should depend on what you are looking for. This book has a lot of medical stuff like how each medication works in the body. It has pages of info on the synapse of a nerve. I really just wanted some basic info on what this disorder is and how to treat it. I skiped tons of pages because knowing how every drug works wasn't my main objecitve and the doctor decideds what to use on my son anyway. I guess it was to in depth for me and I would have liked more help with "how to handle the manic times with my 8 year old than the synapse of a nerve" I needed symptoms of the disease so I could feel more confidant about the doctors diagnosis. I think this book was ok but it didn't make me convinced of my sons diagnosis. I wanted info on how to help my loved ones deal with my son running around the house in 80 degree weather and a snow suit. When your child is manic and wild at times it seems to others that you are just not strict enough on them but in reality your very hard on the child and it seems that they are out of control and you just have to let the mania run its course. I found that hot baths has helped my son when he is in a fit of rage but this book never told me that!

4-0 out of 5 stars A Good Guide
This is an all-around good guide for patients with bipolar disorder and their families. About the only thing I disagree with the author on is the need for psychotherapy. About the only psychotherapy I get is an occasional visit to a local support group, but I'm doing pretty well. Furthermore, like a very high percentage of manic depressives, I have a low income and my insurance covers only visits to the psychiatrist and meds.

The author has a very interesting chapter on schizoaffective disorder and expresses an opinion on it that I don't believe I've read elsewhere.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Good Info
This book is a must-have for people with bipolar &/or family members of a loved one with bipolar disorder. The book explains things really well and helps you understand the illness. ... Read more

25. Giant Print Reference Bible-kjv
by Not Applicable (Na )
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Asin: 0840717318
Catlog: Book (1986-02-01)
Publisher: Nelson Bibles
Sales Rank: 852204
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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The majestic King James Version in popular giant print. Available in a wide range of colors and high-quality bindings.

Giant print makes Bible reading easier, more enjoyable for everyone who spends time in the Scriptures. Our best-selling King James Version edition, this classic is easy to find with its attractive packaging.

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5-0 out of 5 stars entertaining inspiring life changing
The Bible, which is actually a compilation of books packed into one volume is the greatest book ever written and the best selling book of all time. According to The Guinness Book Of World Records, the Bible has been translated into over 1500 languages and over 6 billion copies have been printed. Not only is the Bible an inspiring spiritual guide, but it's also one of the most entertaining books ever written. It has action, adventure, drama, joy, horror, suspense, mystery, prophecy, romance, and history. The Bible is a great self help manual, can help you psychologically, can help end depression, give you self esteem, bring you happiness, inspire you, help you over come trouble, give you wisdom, give you victory, and make you fearless. These and much much more are what the Bible have to offer you. I own several different versions of the Bible, but the King James Version, is one of my favorites. The Bible has changed my life, and it can do the same for you, and, you can also learn how to receive eternal life. Just to give you an idea of some of the writings of the Bible, here are a few examples: 1- Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love is better than wine. (excerpt from the Song Of Solomon 1:2) 2- A man that bearth false witness against his neighbor is a maul, and a sword, and a sharp arrow.(excerpt from Proverbs 25:18) 3- And about the time of forty years suffered he their manners in the wilderness. And when he had destroyed seven nations in the land of Chanaan, he divided their land to them by lot. (excerpt from Acts 13:18,19) 4- But as it is written, eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him (excerpt from First Corinthians 2:9) 5- I Jesus have sent mine Angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, AND the bright and morning star. (excerpt from Revelation 22:16) Want to read a book that could bring a tear to your eye or make you jump for joy, this is the one ! There are, of course different versions of the Bible, many of which are written in a more modern language to help the reader better understand what is written. There are many mysteries in the Bible, so no one can really fully understand all of it, some things are not meant to be understood until later in the future. Still there are other Bibles written to help you better understand much of the text. If one of those bibles is what you would like to study or enjoy, let me recommend those such as published by Tyndale House Publishing, especially The Living Bible. I own 2 copies of The Living Bible. In closing ,let me say that if you want to read a book that is as entertaining as any you would find in a book store, The Bible is an excellent choice. ... Read more

26. More Than Money: True Stories Of People Who Learned Life's Ultimate Lesson (Wheeler Large Print Compass Series)
by Neil Cavuto
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Asin: 1587248557
Catlog: Book (2004-12-09)
Publisher: Wheeler Publishing
Sales Rank: 811860
Average Customer Review: 4.64 out of 5 stars
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Neil Cavuto's world was turning in his favor: joining the nascent Fox News Channel in 1996, he was set to establish himself as one of business journalism's most important players. Ten years after being diagnosed with cancer, though, misfortune touched him again: He was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. As those closest to him -- and many he didn't even know -- gathered to offer their support, Cavuto became attuned at the same time to the stories of others in the business world who had struggled with serious obstacles of their own. Now, in More Than Money, he offers portraits of the many people who have motivated and inspired him -- and whose stories can inspire us all.

The men and women Cavuto profiles have faced setbacks of all kinds -- from illness to catastrophic acts of God. But every one of them has gone on to achieve great things in spite of the odds -- reclaiming their own lives, and, just as important, taking time out to better the lives of others along the way. Among Cavuto's subjects:

  • Evelyn Lauder, the cosmetics executive who pioneered the pink ribbon campaign after her own battle with breast cancer

  • Jon huntsman, who survived two bouts with cancer to build one of the largest petrochemical companies in the world and found one of the most prominent cancer research centers

  • Richard Branson, the irrepressible (and dyslexic) entrepreneur whose outrageous sense of humor helped him build the Virgin brand into the epitome of cool

Throughout, Cavuto weaves their stories and countless others into a compelling, uplifting tribute to the human spirit and the attributes that help us triumph over the obstacles, big and small, that life puts in our way. Moving, sincere, and wise, More Than Money reaffirms that true wealth is measured not by the sprawl of our bank accounts, but by the grace in our hearts.

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5-0 out of 5 stars More than Money, More than heart, Truly Inspirational!
More than Money, More than heart, Truly Inspirational!
Reviewer: cathy ellis from orlando, fl United States
Neil Cavuto always seems to speak the truth with his no-nonsense business centered television, but his words go far beyond traditional corporate America in this truly inspirational book. Cavuto has had to deal with some very challenging problems in his relatively young life. He faces each hurdle and continues to take on what life may bring, stronger because of his faith, family and friends. There could never be a better time for a warm, fuzzy, feel-good book about "Corporate America," especially in light of the deceptive scandals and greed of some CEOs in the past few years. Cavuto captures the true spirit of American worker, the loyalty, the drive, the integrity that once was and hopefully will be again. This is a must read for everyone that wants to see greatness in the workplace restored. These are the true stories of people that should be known as no less Corporate Saints. Cavuto is proving to be a role model, again! This book is one that's time has truly come.

5-0 out of 5 stars Will Use This Book With My Coaching Clients
I was drawn to this book because I'm a Coach who specializes in Professional Development and Business Success, helping others succeed despite tough challenges. I often recommend that my clients read books on optimism because optimistic individuals generally achieve more than pessimists. What I like about Neil Cavuto's book is that it presents case studies on how people achieve great goals in part by maintaining their optimism. Also, I know a great deal about the achievements of Southwest Airlines founder Herb Kelleher and British entrepreneur Richard Branson and can vouch that Mr. Cavuto did an excellent job in summarizing their stories. The sections on Kelleher and Branson give me every reason to trust that stories on the others are accurate, too. Finally, since one of my friends is afflicted with MS, and has managed to keep a positive outlook (I am in awe of her), I have some sense of the health and psychological struggles Mr. Cavuto is facing. It is a testament to his strength that he has written this type of book. I will recommend this work to my clients when I believe case studies will reinforce the coaching process.

5-0 out of 5 stars Only in America...
A great book, Cavuto tells some great stories. It doesnt slam the left, it doesnt pimp the right, it just gives great stories about people rising to the top and living the American dream. The trick is these people he profiles did it without backstabbing and corporate hijinks. You'll be glad you read it, I promise.

5-0 out of 5 stars Compassionate, humble and inspiring
At a time in our country's hsitory when we look at every successful CEO and wonder "on whose back did he make his money" - comes this collection of examples of the so many who struggled to overcome what most would say are impossible odds to pursue and attain their dreams. I am fortunate to know Mr. Neil Cavuto personally and each and every day, when I think things are getting too much for me, just thinking of the focus and dedication with which he has overcome his many challenges in life to achieve his lifelong goal and how humbly he compares himself to others like him, who would let no challenge go unmet to attain their goals, allows me to realize just how much I have going for me. Neil is an inspiration to everyone whose life he has touched and I am truly grateful he took the time to give us all a glimpse into the personal lives and sacrifices that so many "heroes" make to attain their dreams. Truly worth the read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Inspirational
What an inspiration Neil Cavuto and all of his heros are! I left a successful "job" to start a business and this book has helped me tremendously. ... Read more

27. Sanctuary: A Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus Mystery (Wheeler Large Print Book Series)
by Faye Kellerman
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Asin: 156895090X
Catlog: Book (1994-11-01)
Publisher: Wheeler Pub Inc
Sales Rank: 424165
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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A diamond dealer and his entire family have mysteriously disappeared from their sprawling Las Angeles manor, leaving the estate undisturbed and their valuables untouched. Investigating detective Decker is stumped--faced with a perplexing case riddled with dead ends. Then a second dealer is found murdered in Manhatten, catapulting Decker and his wife, Rina, into a heartstopping maze of murder and intrigue that spans the globe...only to touch down dangerously in their own backyard.A diamond dealer and his entire family have mysteriously disappeared from their sprawling Los Angeles manor, leaving the estate undisturbed and their valuables untouched. Investigating detective Decker is stumped--faced with a perplexing case riddled with dead ends. Then a second dealer is found murdered in manhattan, catapulting Decker and his wife, Rina, into a hearstopping maze of murder and intrigue that spans the globe. . . .only to touch down dangerously in their own backyard. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars ROUGH DIAMONDS
In this entry of the popular Rina/Peter Decker series, Kellerman assures us of more Jewish history and customs as the victims in this one are of the Jewish faith.This time the double-edged mystery sends Peter and Rina to Israel to track down the sons of a wealthy diamond magnate and his wife.Did the boys kill their parents?Add to this, the search for a friend of Rina's from New York, who comes to California for a visit with her three children and then mysteriously vanishes as well---to Israel.Add a cool ice queen named Kate Milligan, a shady partner named Shaul Gold, add a few other nasties and Kellerman sends her heroes off into a labyrinthine plot.
Kellerman's a good writer and as she progresses, she tries to focus more on plot and suspense, and not so much on Rina's faith.It does seem surprising though that she manages to slight other religious beliefs while sanctifying her own?Hopefully, as she progresses she'll take some clues from her husband Jonathan and write more substantial works.

5-0 out of 5 stars A well-plotted pageturner with vivid characters
I had trouble putting down this book from the very start -- it's a real page turner with a well-plotted mystery -- two of them actually -- keeping you going.The mysteries involve a family who has disappeared out of the blue -- he's a California diamond dealer, so perhaps this was part of a theft -- and a woman and children who arrive unexpectedly for a visit with Detective Decker and his family -- her husband is also a diamond dealer in a Chasidic community in New York.As Decker goes about trying to solve the disappearance of the California family, odd things begin happening with the New York family who are visiting -- they also disappear.Is there a connection?

The mystery takes Decker and wife Rina to Israel, a major diamond cutting/dealing country.

I learned a lot about diamonds and Israel reading this book, and for the most part really enjoyed it.The dialogue was more natural than in some Kellerman books I've read.But -- her pro-Jewish, anti-everything else sentiment was present in this book again, this time in an anti-Moslem bias.Why are metal boxes on door frames considered good religious practice but painting a doorway blue (as Moslems do) treated as superstitious?It seems to me that the customs of Orthodoxy Judaism are unusual enough that Kellerman should be more tolerant and openminded about the practices of other faiths.

4-0 out of 5 stars Diamonds are a detective's best friend
Peter Decker and his wife Rina are enjoying family life with her sons and their new baby daughter when Rina's old friend Honey Klein asks to come visit.Rina is surprised because they hasn't been in close contact with Honey in recent years, but she agrees to the visit.Meanwhile Peter works with his partner Marge on a case involving an entire family who have suddenly vanished.The husband is a diamond dealer, and there are many motives for a possible murder, most of them having to do with money.Coincidentally, after Honey comes to the Lazarus home, her husband, also a diamond dealer, is mysteriously killed.Peter's quest for the truth in these matters eventually takes him and Rina to Israel where they pursue missing persons from both of these cases.As usual, author Kellerman weaves interesting facts about the orthodox Jewish religion as well as Peter and Rina's evolving family life.The trip to Israel adds an extra dimension to the story, and the total package is very satisfying for a mystery reader.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best in an incredible series!
In my book 'Sanctuary' is one of the best in the Peter Decker/ Rina Lazarus series.The story revolves around the missing husband of Rina's friend.The search takes Rina and Peter to Israel where we are treated to a fascinating tour of the West Bank and the diamond trade in Israel.What makes this entry so important today is the portrayal of the continuing conflict and violence that shapes Israel's future and her people. It is a pleasure to read a book that is both thoughtful and fun to read.

My only other suggestion if you are new to Faye Kellerman is to start at the beginning with 'Ritual Bath' to see the relationship between Rina and Peter unfold. Then read all her books in the order in which they were written.Its a great series.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of Faye Kellerman's best!
In my book, this title vies with 'Ritual Bath' and 'Justice' as Kellerman's best. As with 'Ritual Bath' the reader is treated to the all encompassing traditions of Judaism. Although the Honey Klein angle seems toget more emphasis in reviews, I found the diamond merchant subplot morebelievable and fascinating.Descriptions of Israel and the West Bank weresuper--I enoyed the travelogue. Faye, give us more! ... Read more

28. Ask Dr. Weil : The Complete Series in One Volume (Random House Large Print)
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Asin: 0375704450
Catlog: Book (1998-08-18)
Publisher: Random House Large Print
Sales Rank: 170116
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Make it easy on yourself - discover Andrew Weil in Large Print
* About Large Print
All Random House Large Print editions are printed in a 16-point typeface

Whether you are eager to learn about the best path to recovery from illness or hoping to enhance your overall well-being, Dr. Weil's expert advice will gently guide you toward the healthier, fuller life you deserve.

In his #1 New York Times bestsellers Spontaneous Healing and Eight Weeks to Optimum Health, Dr. Andrew Weil opened our eyes to the body's wondrous ability to heal itself naturally. And after the tremendous response he received from countless readers, he launched the Web site "Ask Dr. Weil", which is the HotWired Network's top-rated program on the Internet. Now, in this comprehensive edition of the complete Ask Dr. Weil book series, he offers guidance on the issues that matter to us most, including

Your Top Health Concerns
* Does red wine really help my heart?
* What do I do for a aching back?

Natural Remedies
* What can I do to stop snoring?
* Is chicken soup a good cold remedy?

Common Illnesses
* Can I fight depression without drugs?
* Is there a natural cure for bad breath?

Healthy Living
* Does an aspirin a day keep the doctor away?
* Is decaf healthier?

Women's Health
* How can I fight PMS naturally?
* Which herbs help hot flashes?
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5-0 out of 5 stars Ask Dr. Weill by the author
This is an excellent work which focuses on the alternative
medicinal protocols. For instance, Dr. Weill recommends utilizing
fresh ginger and dried feverfew for arthritic patients plaqued
by autoimmune problems and issues. In addition, he cites the
use of tumeric three times a day for arthritis. He would treat
bee stings with tea tree oil. The author recommends the use
of magnets for arthritic problems-particularly the "Northern"
pole of the magnetic known for its alternative medicinal
benefit. Dr. Weill indicates that psyllium is a superior
source of fiber. In addition, Selenium is useful for colon and
prostate cancer. This work is a worthy addition to any health
library. It is perfect for a science project on the alternative
medicinal protocols.

5-0 out of 5 stars Dr. Weil is your trusted expert, order his newest CD
I first heard of Dr. Weil while watching a show on TV. His calming voice and interesting breathing techniques got my attention. I was interested in Yoga and could relate to the calming effects of a peaceful lifestyle. This book is a complement to all the great work Dr. Weil has done. I also recently purchased his CD called Sound Body,Sound Mind and play it often to recieve the benefits of deep relaxation, not to mention the healing effects. I used to drink Decaf coffee but still felt that it affeted my sleep. Dr. Weil had the answer! I started drinking a relaxing tea for improved sleep. I also take my vitamin C, cook with lots of garlic and take echinacea as advised. While no one could have all the ailments discussed - you will feel like an expert when a friend asks you for a solution to their problem. If you find even one solution to a need in your life - I think this book would be worth purchasing. ... Read more

29. Longman English Dictionary
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Asin: 1850890153
Catlog: Book (1986-03-01)
Publisher: ISIS Large Print Books
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30. NIV Classic Reference Bible, Indexed
by Not Applicable (Na )
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Asin: 0310945690
Catlog: Book (1989-06-01)
Publisher: Zondervan Publishing Company
Sales Rank: 779502
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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- A handy-sized reference Bible with extra study features and clear, readable type - Extensive center-column reference system - 14 in-text maps and charts and a 13,000-entry concordance - Also available in the New American Standard Bible ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Resource for Spititual Enhacement.
I been reading this Bible for close to eight years now and love it so much, I am purchasing two for my 2 daughters.

The Cross Reference System in this Bible is an excellant reference tool for those new to reading the Bible. I purchased my first, after reading the introduction and preface. It is a new translation from the best available Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek texts.

The sectional headings, at the beginning of each book, Summarize the title, background, author, date of writing, theme of Book, and Message, which for me, enhanced my reading of each Book.

5-0 out of 5 stars A very nice basic Bible
I recommend this as an everyday-use Bible.

Don't be mis-led by the photo at the top of the page. This Bible has a high-quality, plain navy blue leather cover with silver printing on the binder and silver-leaf pages.

As with all NIV's the print is clear and easy to read. The page is in a two-column format, with Christ's words in red letters. The layout is clean since there are no study guides or running commentaries (a plus as far as I am concerned; I find them distracting). There is a brief concordance with a few maps in the back.

It's a clear, readable, and convenient Bible that should last for years. ... Read more

31. Nelson Classic Giant Print Center-column Reference Bible
by Not Applicable (Na )
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Asin: 0840708580
Catlog: Book (1994-06-22)
Publisher: Nelson Bibles
Sales Rank: 723870
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Now there is a New King James Version Reference Bible available in giant print. With center-column references, self-pronouncing text, topical running heads, messianic prophecies with stars, 8 pages of maps, and concordance, this is a true reference Bible.

The giant 13 1/2 point type makes reading easy! A dependable reference Bible, this giant print Bible is also an excellent choice for a pulpit Bible. The 8-page family record offers room to record important milestones, such as births, weddings, and family history. Available in durable leatherflex, the Nelson Classic Giant Print Center-Column Reference Bible comes in popular colors.

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1-0 out of 5 stars Another Shlocky Item from Thomas Nelson
Up until approximately ten years ago, Nelson Bibles were quality, and I am referring to their Leather-bound editions. They were Smyth-sewn/whipstitched, and would last for years. Unfortunately,except for their "Signature Series" Bibles, which are priced at $99 and more, Nelson Bibles, in my opinion, are the most inferior on todays market. They are all glue-bound, and have a limited life-expectancy. This is a prime example of it. The New King James translation is an excellent translation. Unfortunately, it is Nelson's house translation, and they charge unreal royalties to any other publishing house who wishes to use it.
If you wish to have a decently made, quality NKJV, seek out the offerings from Broadman/Holman. They will last.

5-0 out of 5 stars A very readable, accurate, and reliable Bible version
When I first became a Christian I was reading the NIV, but upon comparing it to the word-for-word translation in an interlinear I realized that it was not that accurate. The reason for this is the NIV follows a "dynamic equivalence" (thought for thought) translation principle. So I changed to using the NASB, which follows a "formal equivalence" (word-for-word) principle. And the NASB did match up much better to the interlinear.

But then I began to investigate the issue of Greek text type. And my research convinced me that the Critical Text that the NIV and NASB are based on was less reliable than the Textus Receptus that the KJV and NKJV utilize. So I switched to the NKJV as my primary Bible, and have been using it as such for over a decade now.

Now I know there are many KJV-onlyists who consider the NKJV to be a "perversion" of the KJV. But I have taken the time to research their arguments and have found them to be faulty. I present my counter-arguments to the KJV-onlyists' arguments against the NKJV in much detail in the section on "KJV-onlyism" in my book Differences Between Bible Versions.

In my book I quote from numerous KJV-onlyist sources. I look at their arguments against the NKJV in general along with evaluating in detail their complaints on specific verses. And I conclude that yes, there are times the NKJV is not translated as accurately as it could be, but the same could be said for the KJV. And overall, both versions are very reliable.

But the big difference between these two versions is the KJV's use of Elizabethan English can make it very difficult to understand while the NKJV utilizes modern-day English and thus is relatively easy to read. And frankly I see no reason why I should struggle unnecessary with the KJV's archaic English when the NKJV is just as accurate while so much more readable.

To conclude, the NKJV is a very readable and accurate Bible version. One can read it with confidence that they are utilizing a reliable version of the Bible. If the reader wants even more confidence in this regard, then see my Bible versions book. Along with looking at the KJV and NKJV, my book also reviews over 30 other versions of the Bible.

5-0 out of 5 stars NKJV easy to read
Nelson does a good job with Bibles, and the NKJV is easy to understand. It is also useful as a reference tool to be used with the KJV.
The Bible is God's word. He has revealed His plan for His creation in it, and those who care about what is going to happen in the long run will be glad to read the Bible.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Edition of the New King James Version
I received this edition as an anniversary gift, and have not been able to put it down. The cross-references are wonderful, and the translation definitions are very useful. I would recommend this highly - a beautifully bound, durable book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Super Readable and Functional
If you are of the bi-focal age and looking for an easy to read format of the NKJV, without commentary and notes, this is the one you want. The format is the classic two-column format, rather than the book-style format, and the print is large enough to read without eye strain, yet not too large to be gaudy. The Center-Column Reference helps you locate passages with similar ideas or the exact ideas. ... Read more

32. The Self-publishing Manual
by Dan Poynter
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Catlog: Book (2004-11-30)
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5-0 out of 5 stars The Bible Of Self Publishing
Any book that is in its 14th edition must be doing something right. Such is the case with author Dan Poynter`s, The Self-Publishing Manual: How To Write, Print and Sell Your Own Book.
Poynter, in addition to authoring The Self-Publishing Manual: How To Write, Print and Sell Your Own Book, has written more than 100 books, 50 monographs and over 500 magazine articles.

The latest edition of The Self-Publishing Manual is required reading for anyone contemplating self-publishing.
Succinctly, it is a "soup to nuts" manual that takes you by the hand and reveals all of the intricacies that you must know about self-publishing.

Divided into twelve chapters, the book opens with what are the publishing choices available to authors. Poynter explores various possibilities- big publishing firms, medium size niche publishers, vanity or subsidy publishers, and finally self-publishing.
It is the last one which much of the book revolves around, and where the author presents a very extensive overview of self-publishing.
Poynter acknowledges that self-publishing is where you will make more money, get to press sooner and keep control of your book. Although, as mentioned, "you will invest your time as well as your money, but the reward is greater. You will get it all."

The author no doubt has done some rigorous research and every chapter is substantiated with invaluable information covering specific topics as: writing your book, starting your own publishing company, announcing your book, how to evaluate your book's worth, promoting your book, targeting your market, advertising, moving your book out the door, electronic book publishing and promotion, and coping with being published or once you are published what do you do know.
At the back is a well- presented information section containing excellent resources for publishers, recommended reading, book production and promotion resource, a calendar to keep you on track while you go through the various phases from writing to completion, and a glossary.

Readers seeking to learn the hard facts about self-publishing do not need to go elsewhere-it is all wrapped up here in 430 pages that just about answers everything you want to know.
However, as the author points out in his preface, there isn't sufficient room in one manual to include everything. Consequently, as a compliment the book, the publishers, Para Publishing, have prepared several supplemental reports (called documents, special reports or instant reports) that are referred to throughout the book. These can be found on the author's web site. Appendix 2 lists all of these resources.

Norm Goldman, Editor of

2-0 out of 5 stars Sales Ad for other books and reports.
This book had all the basic self-publishing information. However, I felt like if I wanted the real important information I would have to purchase it from one the many books and reports that he advertising in this book. Information was dangled but never delivered.

5-0 out of 5 stars He covers it all
Dan Poynter's The Self-Publishing Manual is about as complete as any book you'd ever want on the topic. He goes from one end of the process to the other, each step vital to the success of the entire journey. His professional generosity continues to show itself well in this latest edition of this title.

3-0 out of 5 stars Why not packing all necessary information in one real manual
Have some good materials and a lot of useless common knowledge. Many important information is referred to other books. It seems you have to buy his over twenty books on this narrow topic.
Try to find another real manual which can keep it simple and complete!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent reference of self-publishing
I had heard that this book was the standard reference for self publishing.After having read the book, I can see why.It truly contains all that you need to know (and then some).Highly recommended. ... Read more

33. Julia's Kitchen Wisdom : Essential Techniques and Recipes from a Lifetime in Cooking (Random House Large Print)
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This brilliant little book distills all of Julia Child's years of experience into just over 100 pages. But instead of scratching the surface of cooking and its techniques, Ms. Child tells you everything you need to know. Whether you're an expert in the kitchen or a beginner with only three favorite recipes, this book will help you expand your repertoire. Its quick reference structure makes it a snap to check the best way to cook, say, a pork chop, or how to make your vegetables tastier than ever. And interspersed among the chapters are Julia's "Master Recipes" for those classic dishes that never go out of style. A real gem.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Wealth of Sound, Useful Recipes and Advice
Julia Child is my greatest culinary hero. Her first two books, the two volumes of 'Mastering the Art of French Cooking' influenced two generations of home cooks, caterers, and restaurateurs. Her PBS television series did not invent the TV cooking show, but they made such an indelible impression on the genre that I am sure their influence will be felt long after Julia is cooking for St. Peter. Her generous support of charities and freedom from commercial influences should be a model for other culinary professionals who wish our respect.

After all that, I confess a certain irony in expecting to give this book a cautionary review. It is certainly a joy to read a new work by Ms. Julia, but I anticipated a few things you should consider, based on the fact that this is a very short book.

First, there are 105 pages of kitchen wisdom for a list price of $20, not including introductions and index. Short books leave things out. The book very wisely advocates a slow rise to bread dough to get better development of flavor, but it doesn't explain why. Another area where the book is clearly leaving things out is where it mentions the five French mother sauces, but only gives details on making two of the five.

Second, it seems to concentrates on the faster rather than the tastiest result, as this requires less space. One example I found is in the recipe for creating a crème fraiche at home. Almost every recipe I have found asks you to let the mixture of cream and sour cream or yogurt to sit in the fridge for at least 24 hours. Some have it sit for up to three days. This book allows for no waiting time. I confess the book does not always take the shortest route, as the recipe for pie dough (pate brisee) recommends a rest period of two hours in the fridge. Most writers suggest at least 30 minutes.

I bought this book over a year ago and I do not use it for anything except for its crepe recipe, which I find to be both effective and simple. Rereading selected sections a year after reading it the first time shows me that in spite of it's small size, it simply does not mislead by omission. When an important detail is needed for a technique, the detail is there. I expected the book to skimp on the discussion of the omelet, for example, but it did not. It stated that there are many ways to make an omelet and the method presented was simply Julia Child's preference, not the Gospel. I was especially fond of the fact that on the matter of fresh vegetables, Julia was closer to Nigella Lawson's common sense approach to using goods out of season than to the stoic 'only fresh and local' dogma. She does confess that we have not yet corrected the insipidness of tomatoes out of season, but almost all other produce is as good as gold, and healthy to boot.

The lesson I take from the change in my impression of this book over the last year is that one may not be able to appreciate this book or be comfortable in using it unless you are already comfortable in the kitchen and know why you do certain things in certain ways. To use an Alton Brown metaphor, this book is excellent at giving you directions, but it leaves out all the details of alternate routes in the event you stray from the straight and narrow.

I highly recommend this book, but I urge you to not take it as a shortcut to kitchen wisdom. The best way to use the book is to have studied these techniques in more detailed books and to come back to this book for a reminder. The irony in this advice is that Julia herself says that once you know a technique, you rarely have to refer to a recipe again. To those of you who are reading the book without a wide reading in other good books on cooking, please take my word for the fact that this lady knows what she is talking about.

Very highly recommended for all amateur cooks.

5-0 out of 5 stars what can I say...
God I wish I were a 30-year-old in Boston in 1960! Julia is the mother of American Cuisine just as James Beard is the father of American Cuisine. This book tells you all her secrets. Every chef has his/her own secret book in how to do things around the kitchen. With this book Julia seems to say, "What the heck, I have nothing left to hide... I might as well share it now."

5-0 out of 5 stars Just had to have it.
Being a Julia Child enthusiast, I just had to get this cookbook. It's written in her usual forrm, and the recipes are more of a collection of many of her books and tv shows. I have made several of the recipes from this book with no problem at all. My only complaint is the ingredients are not listed in normal recipe formum, but are incorporated in sentance form. Otherwise a great addition to my cookbook collection!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Julia Childs books are always a must own for me.....
I own just about every cookbook Ms Childs has written and this year 2002 she turns 90 years old and I have purchased this one book of hers a a gift for the young men and women in my life who need to learn the basics. Because it is basic and has down to earth recipes that wont scare the novice. Then I will get them others of her books. But this is also a fun book because like her new PBS series it is full of foods that are delicious, easy to make, great visually and made with items that most well stocked grocery stores carry. The directions are easy to follow and actually a blast to make. ... Read more

34. Giant Print Reference Bible-kjv
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Catlog: Book (1986-02-01)
Publisher: Nelson Bibles
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Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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The majestic King James Version in popular giant print. Available in a wide range of colors and high-quality bindings.

Giant print makes Bible reading easier, more enjoyable for everyone who spends time in the Scriptures. Our best-selling King James Version edition, this classic is easy to find with its attractive packaging.

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Baroque Bible in a solemnly grand paperback
For Gibbon-thumping Milton fans like myself, it's troubling to have to experience the poetic majesty of the King James Bible through some sorrily-printed Zondorvan or Nelson edition, especially as it is likely to be larded with commentary of the most dubious (considered archaeologically or theologically) nature. There's always "The Bible Designed to Be Read as Living Literature," but who wants to be cheated by abridgment (to say nothing of RSV substitutions)? This lovely Ivy Books paperback is the perfect answer to this dilemma. Its virtue is to present the KJV in a readable format, sans additions of any kind, with a majestic veined-granite cover. It places the Bible as a book among other books, without making it humble. A comfort in the hands and easy on the eyes, this edition allows the majesty of this Renaissance cathedral of Words to speak to the reader with all the billowing grandeur of its majestic style and substance. Nor would it seem cheaply out of place in a place of worship. Whether one seeks literary or divine intoxication, this edition is worthy of one's affection.

1-0 out of 5 stars Forget this one.
This ill-conceived and poorly written compilation of superstition and combined myth and fairy tale has nothing of redeeming value except for the study of possible ancient beliefs. I write "possible" as there are no corroborating texts with which to gauge whether or not described customs were in fact part of the described culture or simply "literary license" by the author. Without this, nothing credible exists within the text.

3-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book!
Wonderful version of this age old and fabulus crutch. Explore the limits of who we are - where we come from and how we shold treat each other.

Theoretically this is morality. Politicians take note: Read this and learn from it. Everyone could (and should) take a page from this book. It would be a lot smaller. Not to be taken lightly or literally. Scholars will learn the lessons and forget the words.

The final point is: If you can't find someone to blame well then just blame it on God. Perhaps you should buy numerous copies to prop up your life when the good word just isn't working. When did it become necessary for a new version anyway? I guess politically correct has even gotten to the religious right. Did we find any new clues along the way?

5-0 out of 5 stars Faithful Translation of the Word of God
I have studied some Greek and the original texts, and I must say many modern bibles are corrupting the Word of God, no only in the unliteral translations but faulty originals they use. The King James Version is faithful, both in being literal and using authentic texts. The New King james Version is faithful in this attempt, the only changes being bringing the bible into more modern, but still respectful, English, and a few clarifications of words which have changed their meanings. I recommend it to all Christians. ... Read more

35. How to Read and Why
by Harold Bloom
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Catlog: Book (2000-06)
Publisher: Scribner
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Average Customer Review: 3.84 out of 5 stars
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For more than forty years, renowned literary critic Harold Bloom has transformed college students into lifelong readers with his unrivaled love for literature. Now, at a time when faster and easier electronic media threaten to eclipse the practice of reading, Bloom draws on his experience as critic, teacher, and prolific reader to plumb the great books for their sustaining wisdom.

Shedding all polemic, Bloom addresses the solitary reader, who, he urges, should read for the purest of all reasons: to discover and augment the self. Bloom provides illuminating guidance on how to read the works of beloved writers such as William Shakespeare, Ernest Hemingway, Jane Austen, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, and Charles Dickens; and he illustrates what such reading can bring -- aesthetic pleasure, self-knowledge, and the lifetime companionship of the most intriguing and complex literary characters.

Bloom's engaging prose and brilliant insights will send you hurrying back to old favorites and entice you to discover new ones. His ultimate faith in the restorative power of literature resonates on every page of this infinitely rewarding and important book.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Showing by sincere example
The title of the book is misleading. Those looking for, as the title suggests it is, a primer on how to read literature deeply will be disappointed. Aside from a few pointers in the beginning, Bloom really does not explicitly address strategies for how to read and appreciate literature. In my opinion, this is unfortunate because such a book can be written and would be useful.

What Bloom does instead is discuss a variety of novels and short stories. Perhaps Bloom is attempting to show how to read by providing examples of how he reads. As such, this succeeds, and the examples he provides are generally good ones.

I praise Bloom for writing as if he was one reader simply talking to another. I wish all his books were like this one. Gone is the academic Bloom who can't even take time to read his students' papers. That Bloom is replaced by someone who wants to communicate simply his love for books and for reading. Along the way he illuminates many of the novels and short stories he reviews. In this book Bloom follows the examples of his heroes, Johnson and Hazlitt, and brings readers closer to great books by showing what makes them great. Given the state of contemporary literary criticism, this is a welcome relief. Bloom returns to being what a critic should be.

3-0 out of 5 stars interesting but unsatisfying
Much of Bloom's recent--that is, post-The Western Canon--fare has the flavor of being written for the sake simply of publishing another book or for broadcasting his literary affinities. Having some familiarity with Bloom's ideas and passions, I know this not to be the case; there's always something more to his books. Still, How to Read and Why possesses that written-on-the-fly quality, and while Bloom's assembly of diverse and interesting pieces of literature is excellent as always, I ultimately found the book to be unsatisfying.

Aside from some introductory hows and whys, the book never really explains, satisfactorily, how we should read and, more importantly, why. He speaks of reading to re-capturing irony, of reading to accustom ourselves to change (and especially to the final and universal change), of reading because we cannot hope to meet all people. This is all true, of course, and the book might have been more successful had he pursued those threads and others throughout the text. After the introduction, however, Bloom begins his analysis of literature, broken down into sections on short stories, poetry, plays, and novels. The analyses are often interesting, sometimes wrong (just my opinion...for example, his opinions of Flannery O'Connor and Dostoevsky are severely limited here, as they were in Bloom's more recent Genius; in How to Read and Why, both writers receive similar treatment from Bloom, in the form of D.H. Lawrence's admonition, "Trust the tale but not the teller"), but they are his; they show only one "how" of reading; they are not readily generalized.

Yes, literature is enriching and enlightening; it enhances the experience of being alive. The insights it offers are diverse and often debatable. That's all part of reading's allure. But too often Bloom allows his analyses of works to speak for themselves, to show by their simple existence how and why to read. Perhaps this is mildly justifiable, since most folks who pick up a Bloom book are likely bibliophiles themselves. Nevertheless, and even to a bibliophile like myself, the book proved interesting but not entirely enriching.

4-0 out of 5 stars Why read??? Why look at a painting?
Because these things exist and continue existing in our minds, what other justification do you want? They lift up our imaginations and the imaginations of the artists. Bloom presumes anyone still cares about imagination.

There was a newspaper article published here just recently that said adults don't read as much as we think. Of course they don't, they don't have time, they don't want to, they don't see the need to. They're too busy making money, going out and drinking, getting divorced, playing golf, etc etc etc. Keep this in mind, and this book becomes more a lament on where inquisitive minds have gone.

3-0 out of 5 stars Rewarding, but not essential Bloom
Other reveiwers have pointed out the inaccuracy of the title, and I state my agreement with their judgement. However, the book stands well upon the merits it does offer as a casual toned discussion of Bloom's encounters with the works he examines. Because Bloom is widely read, subtle, and grand, his personal insights can function as markers of the depth and profundity literary works can attain, but he puts forth no theory or system designed to make his audience better readers. What we have is a book of encouragement, not instruction. Furthermore, readers of Bloom will find the book repetitive of his later, popular works. Bloom continues his invective against current critical trends (justifiably, I think) and continues his idiosyncratic exaltation of Shakespeare within the context of the Anxiety of Influence. I recommend reading The Western Canon first since this book reads almost like lost chapters of that earlier and very worthwhile book, although some of the material is repeated.

4-0 out of 5 stars Sincere Analysis From Harold Bloom
How to Read and Why is a fascinating introduction to the world of adult literature (no, not the erotica but the serious, more mature side of reading). The author, Yale professor Harold Bloom, wrote a book that is revealing and easy to comprehend- a good reference especially for those, like me, without any formal qualification to discuss literature.

His guide to Faulkner is thought-provoking, and his admiration for Melville intriguing. Here he even argued that the author of Moby Dick influenced, in some ways, Toni Morisson's art of writing.

Of course, one should never forget that Bloom is a passionate advocate of Shakespeare, and his article on this god-like English writer is not something one could ignore. For Bloom, Shakespeare is the only possible rival to the bible, in literary power at least.

This is a sincere analysis on how to read and why. A brilliant and outrageous compilation. ... Read more

36. Nelson Classic Giant Print-kjv Center-column Reference Bible
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Set in giant print type (13 1/2 point), this King James Giant Print Bible is great for individual study, teaching, or reading from the pulpit. It makes using a reference Bible more comfortable and less eye-straining. Added features include: center-column references and notes in large type, translation notes, topical running heads, self-pronouncing text, and stars to mark messianic prophecies. The affordable price and beautiful leather binding make this a great choice for anyone who is looking for value in a giant print Bible.

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37. BEACH MUSIC (LARGE PRINT) (Bantam/Doubleday/Delacorte Press Large Print Collection)
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Catlog: Book (1995-07-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.18 out of 5 stars
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Pat Conroy is without doubt America's favorite storyteller, a writer who portrays the anguished truth of the human heart and the painful secrets of
families in richly lyrical prose and unforgettable narratives. Now, in Beach Music, he tells of the dark memories that haunt generations, in a story
that spans South Carolina and Rome and reaches back into the unutterable terrors of the Holocaust.

Beach Music is about Jack McCall, an American living in Rome with his young daughter, trying to find peace after the recent trauma of his wife's
suicide. But his solitude is disturbed by the appearance of his sister-in-law, who begs him to return home, and of two school friends asking for his help in
tracking down another classmate who went underground as a Vietnam protester and never resurfaced. These requests launch Jack on a journey that encompasses the past and the present in both Europe and the American South, and that leads him to shocking--and ultimately liberating--truths.

Told with deep feeling and trademark Conroy humor, Beach Music is powerful and compulsively readable. It is another masterpiece in the legendary
list of classics that his body of work has already become.

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5-0 out of 5 stars EMOTIONAL BEACH MUSIC
BEACH MUSIC is one of the best books I've ever read. Pat Conroy's writing style immediately identifies him as a master at his craft. This is an emotional work and it is for the person who enjoys feeling the full range of emotions (joy, anger, helplessnes, etc.) while reading a book.

This book covers life in the McCall family, where the father is an embarrasing alcoholic, a brother has volatile, and sometimes comical instances of mental instability, and the mother is regal, despite all. BEACH MUSIC also goes outside of the family where there is parental abuse, accidental death, protection of a friend, and betrayal by another friend. There are many little subplots going on throughout the book, which all come together to form a marred, but realistic portrayal of family, friends and love.

The main characters are extremely well-developed, particularly that of the mother, whose history I found to be the most heartwrenching.

The majority of BEACH MUSIC takes place in costal South Carolina, but some action occurs in Rome, Italy. In both of these places, the scenes are so vividly described that it feels like the reader is actually there.

If you like to feel your emotions raging, this is THE book for you. Pat Controy may prove to be one of the best writers of our time.

5-0 out of 5 stars Simply Amazing
Beach Music is about Jack McCall, an American living in Rome with his young daughter, trying to make peace after the recent shock of his wife's suicide. But his loneliness is disturbed by the appearance of his sister-in-law, who begs him to return home to his dying mother, and of two school friends asking for his help in tracking down another classmate who went underground as a Vietnam protester and never resurfaced. These requests catapult Jack on a journey that takes in the past and the present in both Europe and the American South, and that leads him to shocking and eventual liberating facts.

(...) I would recommend this book to anyone who likes suspense and great storytelling. As a writer Conroy has the ability to make you hate the characters then totally reverse that thought and love them by the end of the book. He also captures the setting through detailed descriptions that truly make you feel like you are there and actually witnessing the story. The story is of love and hate and what a thin line they are. With twists and ethical dilemmas, Beach Music, is a great book for anyone to read.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent, but could have been three books
For a book that curiously begins with an error in the first sentence (the "Silas Pearlman Bridge in Charleston" is really the Silas Pearman Bridge), this is a fine read. Perhaps the change in spelling is literary license. After 500 pages down and 300 to go, I was ready to drive to Charleston and throw the book over the bridge from which Shyla leapt. However, I'm afraid of heights and, since the book was heavy enough to kill a whale if it hit him on the head, I decided to just finish it. It was a richly rewarding experience.

Still, I was left with the feeling that I had read three different books rolled into one. The material relating to the holocaust could have been incorporated into one standalone book, the story of Jack and his friends would have made a great vacation read all by itself, and the story of Jack and his family would have been a wonderful third book. Beach Music is a good thing, but maybe too much of a good thing. Anyway, I loved the story but wished the descriptions of food, marshes, cities, sunsets, sunrises, so forth and so on could have been shorter. At 800 pages, even a masterpiece can be laborious. No doubt though, Conroy should never be speed-read, just as Mozart should never be fast-played.

5-0 out of 5 stars Case Studies
To fans telling the story again and overwriting are cause to rejoice. The main character is a widower of one year. He has a young daughter and determines to move to Europe. Jack McCall has been blamed by his wife's family for her death. His sister-in-law seeks him out in Rome. Jack had been in love with his wife's mother when he was a boy. Jack survives in Europe by writing about beautiful cities and great places to eat.

Mike, Capers, Jordan, Ledare, and Jack were students in the same high school group. Mike Hess is doing better than anyone. He has appeared in PEOPLE MAGAZINE. Capers Middleton is running for Governor of South Carolina. Jordan Elliott has joined the Benedictine Order. For all intents and purposes Jordan has vanished. There is a suspense build-up as the reader wonders what it is that Jordan has done to make him hide away in various monasteries.

Jack has four brothers-- Tee, Dallas, Dupree and John Hardin. Their father used to be a man of substance. Unfortunately he was the town drunk, too. The father had loved Tolstoy but could not bring himself to love his own family. Jack returns to South Carolina upon learning that his mother is hospitalized. Mike sets up a meeting that includes Ledare and Capers in order to obtain the help of his classmates to create a miniseries. (Actually the author uses a delightful conceit here, that of having a group of high school friends gather together to produce a miniseries.) Capers begs Jack to support his political career. It turns out that Capers took child custody from Ledare through the use of private eyes and other machinations and even arranged to kill her favorite tree.

Jack thinks that if Italy survived the Huns it could survive a visit from his mother. Jack does make peace with his deceased wife's parents and his daughter Leah gets to know her grandparents during a visit to North Carolina after Jack's mother's visit to Rome which ended in a shoot-out at the airport. Jack's mother is a story teller. His father married the shape of a woman and had no particular clue to her nature. Jack's parents inherited a notable house from a woman with ties to South Carolina history who had been a friend of Jack's mother.

Leah, Jack's daughter, finds Waterford, South Carolina comfortable. She wonders why her father took them to Rome, (where he attempted to come to terms with his demons). Leah's maternal grandmother Ruth Fox had come to Waterford as an orphaned teenager. Jack's father had loved drink too much to provide his sons with a happy childhood but his friend Jordan had an even worse time with his Marine officer father. Once in boyhood though Capers, Jack, Jordan, and Mike were lost at sea. Jrodan's survival skills learned from his father ensured their safety. They landed at Cumberland Island, Georgia after fifteen days at sea. It seems that Jack's wife's father served on the Judenrat. In the camp he lived in his head and concentrated on music.

Mike restages their college years for the participants in a mock trial setting. After the shooting at Kent State Jack and his friends were arrested for attempting to destroy the South Carolina draft records. Capers, it was discovered, had been working for the state investigative body all along. They had received a suspended sentence from a generous-spirited judge. The writing is sensuous. The story is very very moving.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the Best
I first read this book several years ago and then again about three years ago and now again. As a southerner with a love/hate relationship with the south, Conroy was right on target with his character and location discriptions. The book gets slow at times but just sticking with it pays off. The only thing I hated about it was finishing it. It draws you in and you just want it to continue forever. ... Read more

38. Irvine's Writing About Music
by Demar Irvine, Mark A. Radice, Reinhard G. Pauly
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Asin: 1574670492
Catlog: Book (1999-10-01)
Publisher: Amadeus Press
Sales Rank: 366986
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars Not comprehensive enough
This book is probably okay for junior-level undergraduate students who are writing their music papers, but will be too simplified for the more advanced music students who want to produce a good essay/term paper. The parts on 'Documentation' and 'Bibliography' tend to be incomprehensive and outdated. Very often, additional manuals are needed to supplement the lack of information, particularly when it comes to 'Citations.' ... Read more

39. Random House Webster's Large Print Thesaurus (Random House Newer Words Faster)
by Random House
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Catlog: Book (1998-06-16)
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Specially designed to be easy on the eyes, Random House Webster's LARGE PRINT Thesaurus is an indispensable reference for the visually impaired or anyone who has difficulty reading normal type.

Includes more than 85,000 synonyms and antonyms specially formatted for visual clarity

Conforms to the specifications of the NAVH (National Association for the Visually Handicapped)

Provides the most current words and word usage

Synonyms and antonyms conveniently arranged in order of relevance and meaning
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40. En El Tiempo De Las Mariposas
by Julia Alvarez, Rolando Costa Picazo, Rolando Costa Picazo
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Catlog: Book (2002-11-01)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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Average Customer Review: 4.85 out of 5 stars
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On a deserted mountain road in the Dominican Republic in 1960, three young women from a pious Catholic family were assassinated after visiting their husbands who had been jailed as suspected rebel leaders. The Mirabal sisters, thus martyred, became mythical figures in their country, where they are known as Las Mariposas (the butterflies). Three decades later, Julia Alvarez, daughter of the Dominican Republic and author of the acclaimed How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, brings the Mirabal sisters back to life in this extraordinary novel.Each of the sisters speaks in her own voice, beginning as young girls in the 1940s, their stories vary from hair ribbons to gun-running to prison torture. Their story is framed by their surviving sister who tells her own tale of suffering and dedication to the memory of Las Mariposas.This inspired portrait of four women is a haunting statement about the human cost of political oppression, and is destined to take its place alongside Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude and Allende's The House of the Spirits as one of the great 20th-century Latin American novels. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Un Grandioso Libro
Soy dominicana, y apenas tengo 17 años..., desde siempre he sabido sobre las Mirabal, pero nunca me habia decidido a investigar mas, hasta q lei este libro.
Me encanto, relata los hechos vividos y sufridos en mi pais, y claro, todo lo que sucedio con las "Mariposas".
Lo unico que puedo decir es que me alegra muchisimo que personas de otros paises, e incluso de aqui de USA, sepan y se interesen en la vida de estas GRANDES HEROINAS dominicanas.
Es muy emocionante, y a la vez triste, recordar todos estos hechos; yo tuve la oportunidad de visitar el Casa Museo de las Mirabal, en Ojo de Agua, Salcedo es una experiencia muy "emocionante" senti como si volviera al pasado, es algo que una persona q conoce y sabe de las Mirabal, no se deberia perder.
Estoy muy orgullosa de ser dominicana, y de haber tenido heroinas , las MARIPOSAS.
Tambien me siento orgullosa porque el nombre de mi abuelita sea Ana Mercedes Then Mirabal :)

5-0 out of 5 stars La dictadura en un pais latinoamericano
Mucho se ha escrito sobre la dictuadura de Trujillo en Republica Dominicana, pero esta historia es la mas humana de las que se han contado. Nos lleva a conocer QUE ES lo que convierte a una persona en heroe o heroina. Nos muestra la dictadura desde la perspectiva de los habitantes mas sencillos. Es lindo conocer la personalidad de cada una de las hermanas Mirabal. Recomiendo leer este libro y tambien "La Fiesta del Chivo", de Vargas Llosa, para tener un panorama completo de lo que es una dictadura. Ambos libros se complementan de una forma genial, pues los dos son excelentes a su manera.

5-0 out of 5 stars El punto de vista femenino
Este libro ofrece una visión muy femenina de hechos reales. Aunque esto pueda sonar a que está escrito para mujeres, no es cierto. Es un libro que todos deberían leer primero, para conocer a fondo la historia, y segundo para entender un poquito mas la naturaleza de la mujer.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Book A Person Should Read Especially If Dominican
This book was a very interesting and sad book. I enjoyed myself reading it. My parents has always spoken about Trujillo, but never were so explicit as was this book. The history of what was said in this book opened up, I think, what eventually was the independence of the Dominican Republic. Unfortunately, still things need to be done, but the country has changed some good some bad as compared to the Trujillismo......Read the book if you are interested in learning how the Dom Rep. started in getting their independence from El Jefe.

5-0 out of 5 stars En el Tiempo de las Mariposas
Precioso libro,a los que no somos dominicanos nos hace volvernos dominicanos viviendo y sintiendo lo que nuestros hermanos pasaron en esa dictadura infernal. Preciosa forma de hacernos vivir los escenarios, los personajes y el ambiente que se vivio en esa era. Bravia historia de las hermanas que quisieron ser parte y no simples espectadoras de la liberacion de su pais, quien lea este libro va a llorar y sentirse en adhesion a esta Mariposas heroicas. Vivan las Mariposas.

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