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August 17th, 2015 by admin

The Best 380 Colleges, 2016 Edition (College Admissions Guides) Book
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The Best 380 Colleges, 2016 Edition (College Admissions Guides)

by: Princeton Review

Product rating: 4.4 with 40 reviews

What Makes THE BEST 380 COLLEGES the Most Popular College Guide?

Written for any student or parent mystified by the confusing college admissions process, The Best 380 Colleges provides the facts and information needed to make a smart decision about which of the country’s best schools to consider. It contains everything you need to make the right college choice and features:

· In-depth school profiles covering academics, administration, campus life, and financial aid
· Insights on unique college character, social scene, and more
· Candid feedback from 136,000 students

· Lists of the top 20 colleges in 62 categories based on students’ opinions of academics, campus life, facilities, and much more
· Ratings for every school on Financial Aid, Selectivity, and Quality of Life
· Bonus list of the 200 schools featured in Colleges That Pay You Back

· The “Inside Word” on competitive applications
· Tuition, graduation rates, and average indebtedness

What the media is saying about The Best 380 Colleges from The Princeton Review:

“The offbeat indexes, along with the chattily written descriptions of each school, provide a colorful picture of each campus.”–The New York Times

“The most efficient of the college guidebooks. Has entertaining profiles larded with quotes from students.”–Rolling Stone

“A great book…. It’s a bargain.”–CNN

“Our favorite college guidebook.”–Seventeen

“Provides the kind of feedback students would get from other students in a campus visit.”–USA Today

The Best 379 Colleges, 2015 Edition (College Admissions Guides)

An Interview with Rob Franek, author of The Best 379 Colleges
What makes The Best 379 Colleges different from other college guides?

The biggest difference is our one-of-a-kind ranking lists. Or, better put: 62 of a kind. We ask students (130,000 for this edition!) at the colleges in this book to rate their schools on dozens of topics and report on their experiences at them. From that student survey data, we tally the book’s 62 ranking lists, each one revealing the top 20 schools in a category that an applicant — or a parent of an applicant — has told us matters to them. Want to know which colleges have the best career services? The most accessible profs? Are LGBT-friendliest? We have lists for each of these in our book. Another feature only in our book is our eight college rating scores. Using data we get from our college administrator surveys, we score each school from 60 to 99 in eight categories including financial aid, admission selectivity, and fire safety.

Why 379 colleges?

The Best 375 Colleges might be catchier– but we don’t start with a fixed number, then “back in” schools to make that number work as a title. The number of colleges we profile in the book is based on the number of schools that meet our criteria each year as “best. “

How do you pick these “best” colleges?

Three factors are involved: academics, student survey data, and balance. First, a “best” school must offer an outstanding undergraduate education. Our academic evaluations are based on our own visit to the schools (I visit about 50 a year, and collectively our editors and staff visit hundreds), plus data we get from the schools on their program offerings, majors, faculty, and admitted students. We also consider recommendations from our extraordinarily informed National College Counselor Advisory Board. Second, we weigh what students tell us about their schools in our survey. Third, we maintain a balanced representation of colleges in the book by region, size, character and type. Only about 15% of the nation’s four-year colleges make it into our book, and we add ‒and drop‒ schools from it every year.

What’s new in this edition?

Eight colleges are new to this edition: Assumption College (MA), Coe College (IA), College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University (MN), Gordon College (MA), Randolph-Macon College (VA), Siena College (NY), State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (NY), and the University of Louisville (KY). Of course for each edition we also update our school profiles, ranking lists, rating scores, and other data.

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August 11th, 2015 by admin

Wally's Best Friends (Wallykazam!) (Friendship Box) Book
Book Title:

Wally’s Best Friends (Wallykazam!) (Friendship Box)

by: Random House Books for Young Readers

Product rating: 3.5 with 2 reviews

Meet Wally Trollman and his friends, the stars of the Nickelodeon’s hit animated series Wallykazam! This boxed set includes four board books and a sturdy handle, so boys and girls ages 2 to 5 can take Wally and his adventures wherever they go.

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August 10th, 2015 by admin

The Art of Natural Cheesemaking: Using Traditional, Non-Industrial Methods and Raw Ingredients to Make the World's Best Cheeses Book
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The Art of Natural Cheesemaking: Using Traditional, Non-Industrial Methods and Raw Ingredients to Make the World’s Best Cheeses

by: Chelsea Green Publishing

Product rating: 5.0 with 5 reviews

Including more than 35 step-by-step recipes from the Black Sheep School of Cheesemaking

Most DIY cheesemaking books are hard to follow, complicated, and confusing, and call for the use of packaged freeze-dried cultures, chemical additives, and expensive cheesemaking equipment. For though bread baking has its sourdough, brewing its lambic ales, and pickling its wild fermentation, standard Western cheesemaking practice today is decidedly unnatural. In The Art of Natural Cheesemaking, David Asher practices and preaches a traditional, but increasingly countercultural, way of making cheese―one that is natural and intuitive, grounded in ecological principles and biological science.

This book encourages home and small-scale commercial cheesemakers to take a different approach by showing them:

•    How to source good milk, including raw milk;

•    How to keep their own bacterial starter cultures and fungal ripening cultures;

•    How make their own rennet―and how to make good cheese without it;

•    How to avoid the use of plastic equipment and chemical additives; and

•    How to use appropriate technologies.

Introductory chapters explore and explain the basic elements of cheese: milk, cultures, rennet, salt, tools, and the cheese cave. The fourteen chapters that follow each examine a particular class of cheese, from kefir and paneer to washed-rind and alpine styles, offering specific recipes and handling advice. The techniques presented are direct and thorough, fully illustrated with hand-drawn diagrams and triptych photos that show the transformation of cheeses in a comparative and dynamic fashion.

The Art of Natural Cheesemaking is the first cheesemaking book to take a political stance against Big Dairy and to criticize both standard industrial and artisanal cheesemaking practices. It promotes the use of ethical animal rennet and protests the use of laboratory-grown freeze-dried cultures. It also explores how GMO technology is creeping into our cheese and the steps we can take to stop it.

This book sounds a clarion call to cheesemakers to adopt more natural, sustainable practices. It may well change the way we look at cheese, and how we make it ourselves.

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August 3rd, 2015 by admin

Colorful Cats: 30 Best Stress Relieving Cats Designs Book
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Colorful Cats: 30 Best Stress Relieving Cats Designs

by: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Product rating: 4.0 with 3 reviews

Colorful Cats: Over 30 Stress Relieving Cats Designs for Adult Coloring

This adult coloring book has over 30 cat’s designs, featuring the Almighty Lions, the daring Tigers and the Adorable cats. We have carefully selected the best cat’s designs from our favorite artist to give you the best coloring experience. Cat fanciers and coloring enthusiasts would definitely love this one.

Each full-page image is so highly detailed you could easily spend several hours on just one image! And, each image is printed on its own page to reduce bleed-through.

Provides hours and hours of stress relief, mindful calm, and fun, creative expression.

Get Started Today, Order your Copy Now!

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July 13th, 2015 by admin

Creative Beading Vol. 10: The Best Projects From a Year of Bead&Button Magazine Book
Book Title:

Creative Beading Vol. 10: The Best Projects From a Year of Bead&Button Magazine

by: Kalmbach Books

Product rating: 5.0 with 2 reviews

This collection offers beaders at every level over 75 projects from the October 2013 through August 2014 issues of Bead&Button magazine, all in one gorgeous, hardcover volume. The latest edition in this popular series features a thorough basics section, hundreds of helpful tips and beading ideas, and more than 75 projects for beaders at every skill level. The projects are grouped by technique – single stitches, combined stitches, and other techniques – and feature the latest trends, bead shapes, and techniques. Hundreds of editor-tested instructions, step-by-step photos, and clear illustrations ensure beading success! Every beader will find something to love!

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June 25th, 2015 by admin

A Dish Best Served Cold: An Italian Kitchen Mystery Book
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A Dish Best Served Cold: An Italian Kitchen Mystery

by: NAL

Product rating: 4.8 with 4 reviews

The national bestselling author of The Wedding Soup Murder returns to the Jersey Shore where a killer is stirring up trouble during a hurricane…

At the Casa Lido, the end of summer means a party, and hit whodunit writer Victoria “Vic” Rienzi and her family are cooking like crazy for the restaurant’s seventieth anniversary celebration. As they chop onions and garlic, old family friend Pete Petrocelli stops by, saying he knows something that would make for a good mystery novel. Curious, Vic asks Nonna to elaborate on Pete’s claim and learns of a relative who mysteriously disappeared back in Italy…

The night of the party brings a crowd—and a full throttle hurricane. When the storm finally passes, everyone thinks they’re in the clear—until the first casualty is found, and it’s Pete. Remembering his visit, Vic isn’t certain Pete’s death was an accident and decides to dig deeper into his story. What she finds is meatier than Nonna’s sauce…

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June 22nd, 2015 by admin

Hunting Big Mule Deer: How to Take the Best Buck of Your Life Book
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Hunting Big Mule Deer: How to Take the Best Buck of Your Life


Product rating: 5.0 with 4 reviews

With his boots on the ground and his eyes scanning rocky ridgelines across the West for more than 30 years, Robby Denning has more in-the-field trophy mule deer hunting experience than most. A humble student of nature, his understanding of the sport has been refined by trial and error, observation, and faithful persistence. Whether you’re planning your first Western hunting adventure or you’ve already been bitten by the trophy mule deer bug, you will gain from this book an arsenal of proven tips and tactics, along with a renewed vigor to seek lonesome mountains in pursuit of the buck of a lifetime.

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June 16th, 2015 by admin

Position to Win: A Look at Baseball and Life From the Best Seat in the House Book
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Position to Win: A Look at Baseball and Life From the Best Seat in the House

by: Advance Ink Publishing

Product rating: 5.0 with 1 reviews

Dewayne Staats marks his 40th year as a Major League Baseball broadcaster with POSITION TO WIN, a book that chronicles his amazing journey through America’s pastime – a fascinating career working alongside some of baseball’s all-time great announcers and calling some of the memorable moments of the game. Many Tampa Bay Rays fans may only know Staats as a Fox Sports/Sun Sports fixture, and the only television play-by-play man in the 18-season history of the Tampa Bay franchise. But in Position to Win: A Look at Baseball and Life from the Best Seat in the House. Staats reflects on his vast experiences in the booth that include: Being a partner with three Hall of Fame announcers: Gene Elston with the Houston Astros, Harry Caray with Chicago Superstation WGN covering the Cubs and Tony Kubek with the MSG Network doing the games of the New York Yankees, as well as working as a national baseball broadcaster for ESPN. Calling nine no-hitters (among them Nolan Ryan’s record-breaking fifth and one of the game’s most dramatic – thrown by New York’s inspirational, one-armed star Jim Abbott). A total of nearly 6,000 MLB broadcasts, with the unique distinction of being the announcer to make the call the first two of the three times in major league history a player has homered for his 3,000th hit (Wade Boggs in 1999 and Derek Jeter in 2011). Dewayne has collaborated with veteran Florida-based author and national award-winning journalist Dave Scheiber (co-author of “Covert” and “Surviving the Shadows”). The result is a lively book that will appeal to anyone who loves baseball or enjoys an engaging success story with a message: How hard work, preparation and persistence helped position him to achieve a childhood dream and rise to the top of his profession. It’s a universal lesson that can apply to everyone, no matter what a person’s passion or pursuit in life may be.

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May 30th, 2015 by admin

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Second Annual Collection Book
Book Title:

The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Second Annual Collection

by: St. Martin’s Griffin

Product rating: 4.7 with 9 reviews

In the new millennium, what secrets lay beyond the far reaches of the universe? What mysteries belie the truths we once held to be self evident? The world of science fiction has long been a porthole into the realities of tomorrow, blurring the line between life and art. Now, in The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Second Annual Collection the very best SF authors explore ideas of a new world. This venerable collection brings together award winning authors and masters of the field such as Robert Reed, Alastair Reynolds, Damien Broderick, Elizabeth Bear, Paul McAuley and John Barnes. And with an extensive recommended reading guide and a summation of the year in science fiction, this annual compilation has become the definitive must-read anthology for all science fiction fans and readers interested in breaking into the genre.

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May 30th, 2015 by admin

My Very Best Friend Book
Book Title:

My Very Best Friend

by: Kensington

Product rating: 4.6 with 27 reviews

From a childhood friendship sustained over years and distance, to a journey of discovery, Cathy Lamb’s poignant novel tells of two women whose paths converge with unforeseen results—and reveals the gift of connection, and the challenges that can change everything for the better…
Charlotte Mackintosh is an internationally known bestselling romance writer who has no romance, and remains a mystery to her fans. In fact, she has little in her life besides her work, her pampered cats, and her secluded home off the coast of Washington. And then there is her very best friend, Bridget, who lives in Scotland, where Charlotte lived until she was fifteen. Bridget, whom Charlotte hasn’t seen in twenty years, but continues to write to—though the replies have stopped. Hurt by the silence, an opportunity arises to find answers—and maybe much more.
Charlotte must finally return to Scotland to sell her late father’s cottage. It was his tragic death when Charlotte was fifteen that began her growing isolation, and the task is fraught with memories. But her plans are slowed when she’s confronted with the beautiful but neglected house, the irresistible garden—and Toran, Bridget’s brother. Capable and kind, Toran has the answers Charlotte seeks. And as she is drawn deeper into the community she thought she’d left behind, Charlotte learns not only more about her dear friend, but about herself—and discovers a new and unexpected path.

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May 24th, 2015 by admin

Baby, You're the Best (The Crystal Series) Book
Book Title:

Baby, You’re the Best (The Crystal Series)

by: Dafina

Product rating: 5.0 with 6 reviews

New York Times bestselling author Mary B. Morrison introduces her most seductive and vulnerable characters yet with the Crystal women, a family whose bonds are tested by love, lust, and the elusive quest for true happiness.  .  .

Blake Crystal has the best of almost everything. She’s at the top of her game at work, she has four wonderful daughters, and at fifty, she’s more financially secure than she’s ever been. In and out of the bedroom, her new younger lover takes her in breathtaking directions that force her to make decisions she never imagined.  .  .

On the surface, Alexis Crystal is an ideal daughter. As confident as she is beautiful, she can have any man or woman she wants, so she has both in her collection of bed partners. Determined to add one more, she doesn’t care that he’s dating a family member. But for all the satisfaction she gets between the sheets, she’s left unsatisfied by the one thing that troubles her–the identity of her father is listed as unknown on her birth certificate. Her mother has kept him a secret for twenty-six years. Alexis can’t move forward with her life until she stands face-to-face with the man she feels abandoned her. It doesn’t help that her three other sisters don’t know the identity of their fathers either.  .  .but they’ve also got their hands full with problems.  .  .

As the Crystal women celebrate Blake’s big birthday, they realize the issues in their relationships are too big to ignore. To get what they want, they’ll have to lie, use their seductive power, battle their insecurities, and if necessary, betray each other.  .  .

Book 1 in The Crystal Series

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May 18th, 2015 by admin

Llewellyn's 2016 Astrological Calendar: 83rd Edition of the World's Best Known, Most Trusted Astrology Calendar Book
Book Title:

Llewellyn’s 2016 Astrological Calendar: 83rd Edition of the World’s Best Known, Most Trusted Astrology Calendar

by: Llewellyn Publications

Product rating: 4.7 with 3 reviews

Llewellyn’s Astrological Calendar–The Most Trusted Astrological Calendar in the World

Let the stars and planets guide you to a prosperous year. Featuring monthly horoscopes, an astrology primer, and beautiful original artwork by Kim Kincaid.

  • Monthly horoscopes by Lesley Francis
  • An introduction to astrology
  • Best days for planting and fishing
  • Travel and vacation forecasts
  • Gorgeous and inspiring artwork
  • Major daily aspects, monthly ephemerides, and 2016 eclipses
  • Retrograde notations for Mercury, Venus, and Mars


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May 7th, 2015 by admin

Splash 16 - The Best Of Watercolor: Exploring Texture Book
Book Title:

Splash 16 – The Best Of Watercolor: Exploring Texture

by: F+W Media

Product rating: 5.0 with 2 reviews

100 top artists share the tricks behind their textures!

Have you ever stood fascinated before a painting, wondering, “How did they do that?” In this 16th book in the ever-popular Splash series, 100 of today’s top watercolor artists share the techniques behind the remarkable textures that bring their subjects to life. You’ll learn how to create the look of rippling water, backlit glass, fur, fruit, stone, textiles, rust and a world of other illusions that make viewers forget–if only for an instant–that they are looking at mere pigment on paper.

  • 130+ brilliant paintings and the stories behind them
  • The how’s behind a multitude of textures, from the delicate softness of rose petals and the flush on the cheek of a sleeping child, to peeling paint, and reflections on polished metal
  • Six subject-themed chapters explore landscapes, close-ups, animals, urban scenes, still lifes, machines and people
These pages are filled with experiments, happy accidents and techniques perfected over a lifetime. Discover the many ways color is drybrushed, layered and manipulated…applied with plastic wrap, chopped brushes, sponges and fingers…sprayed, splattered, scrubbed and sanded…whatever it takes to achieve that sense of believability. A palpable display of artistic invention, Splash 16 celebrates the magnificent versatility of the medium. Can you feel it?

“When it comes to texture, just go for it–wash, scrub, glaze, scratch and lift!” –Yael Maimon, p39

“Music is what feelings sound like and paintings are what feelings look like.” –Judi Betts, p107

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