30 Years, 30,000 Miles: What I Learned from God While Running
Product rating: 5.0 with 1 reviews
Like it or not, we are all running a race called life, and we all have the exact same finish line. How we run our course matters, but even if we stumble and fall, there is always an opportunity to learn to race in a better way. Runners and nonrunners alike will appreciate the lessons on such topics as rest and waiting while drawing inspiration to look at life from the viewpoint of seeing what God reveals.
With humor and a compelling storytelling style, Tretter allows you to accompany her on a journey covering thirty years and 30,000 miles. You will encounter the extraordinary people and events that can impact an ordinary life. With intimate looks at subjects such as winning, infertility, forgiveness, and healing, you are sure to be inspired on your own spiritual journey. Or at the very least, you will be able to make perfect Crème Brulée and Thai Sticky Rice!
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World of Reading: Miles From Tomorrowland Who Stole the Stellosphere?: Level 1
by: Disney Press
Product rating: 5.0 with 2 reviews
Ready, Set, Blast Off! When Miles Callisto and Merc are unknowingly kidnapped on the Stellosphere, they must find a way to thwart the villainous Gadfly Garnett and return the Stellosphere to safety in this super-stellar Level 1 Reader!
Posted in Beginner Readers Tagged with: Disney Press, from, Level, Miles, Reading, Stellosphere?, Stole, Tomorrowland, World
HDR Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots
by: Peachpit Press
Product rating: 5.0 with 1 reviews
Are you an aspiring landscape, architecture, interior, or real estate photographer? Do you struggle with a lack of detail in the highlight or shadow areas of your scene? Then the world of high-dynamic range (HDR) photography is for you. This guide by pro photographer Tim Cooper will help you understand how to capture your subjects and process them for amazing, realistic results.
In HDR Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots, Tim takes you step by step through the capture process and provides his tips and techniques for producing natural-looking HDR images using Lightroom and Photomatix. In this guide you will:
- Learn what HDR is and when and why to use it
- Understand the equipment and camera settings required to capture your images
- Expose your images properly to bring out the important details in your scene
- Conquer nature/landscape, architecture/interiors, and night/low light shooting
- Master the processing of your images in Lightroom and Photomatix for advanced techniques and stunning results
Beautifully illustrated with large, compelling photos, this book for beginning-to-intermediate digital photographers will help you take control and get the image you want every time you pick up your camera. Once you have the shot, show it off and join the book’s Flickr group: www.flickr.com/groups/HDR_fromsnapshotstogreatshots.
Posted in Digital Photography Tagged with: from, Great, Peachpit Press, Photography, Shots, Snapshots
Atlas of Adventures: A collection of natural wonders, exciting experiences and fun festivities from the four corners of the globe.
by: Wide Eyed Editions
Product rating: 4.6 with 5 reviews
Set your spirit of adventure free with this lavishly illustrated trip around the world. Whether you’re visiting the penguins of Antarctica, joining the Carnival in Brazil, or a canoe safari down the Zambezi River, this book brings together more than 100 activities and challenges to inspire armchair adventurers of any age.
Find hundreds of things to spot and learn new facts about every destination. With epic adventures from the four corners of the globe and discoveries to be made on your own doorstep, this book will inspire you to set off on your own journey of discovery.
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Web Scraping with Python: Collecting Data from the Modern Web
by: O’Reilly Media
Product rating: 4.5 with 6 reviews
Learn web scraping and crawling techniques to access unlimited data from any web source in any format. With this practical guide, you’ll learn how to use Python scripts and web APIs to gather and process data from thousands—or even millions—of web pages at once.
Ideal for programmers, security professionals, and web administrators familiar with Python, this book not only teaches basic web scraping mechanics, but also delves into more advanced topics, such as analyzing raw data or using scrapers for frontend website testing. Code samples are available to help you understand the concepts in practice.
- Learn how to parse complicated HTML pages
- Traverse multiple pages and sites
- Get a general overview of APIs and how they work
- Learn several methods for storing the data you scrape
- Download, read, and extract data from documents
- Use tools and techniques to clean badly formatted data
- Read and write natural languages
- Crawl through forms and logins
- Learn image processing and text recognition
Posted in Python Tagged with: Collecting, Data, from, Modern, O'Reilly Media, Python, Scraping, with
A Thousand Miles to Freedom: My Escape from North Korea
by: St. Martin’s Press
Product rating: 4.4 with 35 reviews
Eunsun Kim was born in North Korea, one of the most secretive and oppressive countries in the modern world. As a child Eunsun loved her country…despite her school field trips to public executions, daily self-criticism sessions, and the increasing gnaw of hunger as the country-wide famine escalated.
By the time she was eleven years old, Eunsun’s father and grandparents had died of starvation, and Eunsun was in danger of the same. Finally, her mother decided to escape North Korea with Eunsun and her sister, not knowing that they were embarking on a journey that would take them nine long years to complete. Before finally reaching South Korea and freedom, Eunsun and her family would live homeless, fall into the hands of Chinese human traffickers, survive a North Korean labor camp, and cross the deserts of Mongolia on foot.
Now, Eunsun is sharing her remarkable story to give voice to the tens of millions of North Koreans still suffering in silence. Told with grace and courage, her memoir is a riveting exposé of North Korea’s totalitarian regime and, ultimately, a testament to the strength and resilience of the human spirit.
Posted in Chinese Tagged with: Escape, Freedom, from, Korea, Miles, North, St. Martin's Press, Thousand
Escape from Baxters’ Barn
by: HMH Books for Young Readers
Product rating: 4.8 with 21 reviews
When Burdock the barn cat sneaks into the Baxters’ farmhouse kitchen to hide behind a warm stove, he overhears a sinister plot that endangers all the animals on the farm. It’s up to him and his cacophonous cohorts to figure out how to bust out of the barn before it’s too late. In this winning debut, readers will fall in love with the solitary cat, the self-effacing cow, the unstoppable pig, even a wayward she-owl—all brought to life with clever dialogue, poetic descriptions, and expressive black-and-white illustrations. This warm, lively read-aloud story about teamwork and friendship has the timeless appeal of a much-loved quilt.
Posted in Farm Animals Tagged with: Barn, Baxters', Escape, from, HMH Books for Young Readers
Delusions of Grandeur: A Few Hundred Tales from the Emperor of St. Louis
by: Cahokia Press
Product rating: 5.0 with 26 reviews
“Not since Charles Bukowski have I found myself so submerged into the life and times of so many colorful characters. Acclaimed writer Chris Andoe brings a modern flair to such a missing style of literature today. I felt intrigued, enlightened, dirty, amused, outraged, betrayed and in awe of all that is Delusions Of Grandeur.” – Karla Templeton, Vital Voice Oklahoma native Chris Andoe has lived from San Francisco to New York, but for nearly twenty years has remained captivated by the drama, culture, and tragedy of the haunted old river city of St. Louis, a place he’s likened to Sunset Boulevard’s Norma Desmond, simultaneously celebrating yet mourning a glorious past. Delusions of Grandeur is a compilation of tales and snippets of many lives and characters whose stories entertain standing alone and enrapture woven together. From a deranged conman penetrating the highest reaches of state politics to shocking headlines of a ‘human slaughter chamber’ on the East St. Louis riverfront, Andoe has collected and craftily chronicled the whole spectrum of the St. Louis LGBT community and beyond, and the outcome is nothing short of page turning. Often mired in controversy for his unflinching style, “Emperor of St. Louis” Chris Andoe is a columnist for Vital Voice.
Posted in Uncategorized Tagged with: Cahokia Press, Delusions, Emperor, from, Grandeur, Hundred, Louis, Tales
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!
Posted in Decorating Tagged with: Bead&Button, Beading, Best, Creative, from, Kalmbach Books, Magazine, Projects, Vol., Year
In Cod We Trust: From Sea to Shore, the Celebrated Cuisine of Coastal Massachusetts
by: Globe Pequot Press
Product rating: 5.0 with 2 reviews
The Massachusetts seacoast is as varied as the coast of France. Built on whaling oil and hauls of cod, fishing villages from New Bedford to Rockport emerged as distinctively different cultures––different accents, different customs, different recipes––like strewn pearls along the tidal marshes and granite promontories that make up the Massachusetts shore. When people think of dock-side dining in Massachusetts they imagine buttery toasted lobster rolls, steaming bowls of creamy fish chowder, and alabaster-white slabs of baked cod piled with bread crumbs, but its rich and varied cuisine reflects all who have come to call these seaports home. Cultures––including, Sicilian, Portuguese, Finnish, and Irish––that fished and worked the granite quarries there a century ago were so tightly bound that generations have stayed and continue to leave their culinary mark on coastline. Their culinary influence shows in the sweet smells coming from the bakeries and restaurants. It’s a cuisine almost frozen in time, but ever reflecting the Atlantic Ocean. In Cod We Trust features over 175 recipes that celebrate the area’s unique place in the culinary world, and is a photographic journey for both people who love the area and those who hope to visit one day.
Posted in New England Tagged with: Celebrated, Coastal, Cuisine, from, Globe Pequot Press, Massachusetts, Shore, Trust
Epic Survival: Extreme Adventure, Stone Age Wisdom, and Lessons in Living From a Modern Hunter-Gatherer
by: Gallery Books
Product rating: 5.0 with 6 reviews
Matt Graham, star of the Discovery Channel s Dual Survival
and Dude, You re Screwed
, details the physical, mental, and emotional joys and harrowing struggles of his life as a modern-day hunter-gatherer.
Early on in his life, Matt craved a return to nature. When he became an adult, he set aside his comfortable urban life and lived entirely off the land to learn from the smallest and grandest of all things. In this riveting narrative that brings together epic adventure and spiritual quest, he shows us what extraordinary things the human body is capable of when pushed to its limits.
In Epic Survival
, written with Josh Young, coauthor of five New York Times
bestsellers, Matt relays captivating stories from his life to show just how terrifying and gratifying living off the grid can be. He learns the secrets of the Tarahumara Indians that helped him run the 1,600-mile Pacific Crest Trail in just fifty-eight days and endure temperature swings of 100 degrees. He takes us with him as he treks into the wilderness to live alone for half a year, armed with nothing but a loincloth, a pair of sandals, a stone knife, and chia seeds. He recounts near-death experiences of hiking alone through the snowdrifts at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, and tells us about the time he entered a three-day Arabian horse race on foot and finished third.
Above all, Epic Survival
is a book about growing closer to the land that nurtures us. No matter how far our modern society takes us from the wilderness, the call remains. Whether you re an armchair survivalist or have taken the plunge yourself, Matt s story is both inspiration and invigoration, teaching even the most urbane among us important and breathtaking lessons.
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Once Upon a Time . . . in Crochet: 30 Amigurumi Characters from Your Favorite Fairytales
by: Search Press
Product rating: 5.0 with 6 reviews
This fun, quirky book contains 12 cute and whimsical fairy tale favorites, from Puss in Boots and the Ugly Duckling to Thumbelina and Rapunzel, using both amigurumi and standard crochet designs. The book also contains an easy-to-use step-by-step techniques section, showing the reader how to pin out their crochet pieces before assembling, make moving arms and legs and create a range of hairstyles.
Posted in Crocheting Tagged with: Amigurumi, Characters, Crochet, Fairytales, Favorite, from, Once, Search Press, Time, Upon, Your
The Master Guide to Drawing Anime: How to Draw Original Characters from Simple Templates
by: Drawing with Christopher Hart
Product rating: 4.8 with 6 reviews
Nothing satisfies anime artists more than creating original characters for comics and graphic novels—and bestselling author Christopher Hart helps them achieve this goal. He provides insight into the six most popular anime types, from schoolgirls and boys to vengeful bad guys and fantasy creatures, along with templates; step-by-step drawing exercises; and “menus” of head and body types, outfits, and accessories.
Posted in Cartooning Tagged with: Anime, Characters, Draw, Drawing, Drawing with Christopher Hart, from, Guide, Master, Original, Simple, Templates