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A Cat Named Darwin: Embracing the Bond Between Man and Pet
by William Jordan

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English

Pages

210

Publication Date

November 12, 2003

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<DIV><B>A scientist contemplates his bond with a sick stray cat in this “gripping and powerful” memoir (<I>The San Diego Union-Tribune</I>).</B><BR />  <BR /> Bill Jordan’s life changed forever the day a stray cat nesting under his bougainvillea bit him on the hand. Trained in biology, Jordan had no particular love for animals and felt vaguely contemptuous of those who did—until the cat, beckoning with a wink and a yawn, led him on a journey to exotic lands, strange cultures, and fascinating discoveries. As their bond deepened and the cat’s health began to fail, Jordan was forced into a commitment more devoted and sincere than any he had known before.<BR />  <BR /> Puzzling through his own feelings, Jordan came to some remarkable conclusions: that those we love live in the synapses and molecules of memory, and that as long as we exist, they exist as part of our brain. In this recollection of the relationship, he meditates on the nature of humans and animals, and the scientific truths about solitude, communication, and companionship. <BR />  </DIV>
Let It Go: Downsizing Your Way to a Richer, Happier Life
by Peter Walsh

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English

Pages

256

Publication Date

February 14, 2017

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<b>Say goodbye to clutter, reduce stress, and live simply with this easy-to-use guide to downsizing!</b><br /><br />Whether you are selling your family home, blending households into a new home, or cleaning out your aging parents’ home, sorting through a lifetime’s worth of accumulated possessions can be a daunting and stressful experience. Decluttering guru Peter Walsh recently went through the process of downsizing his childhood home and dividing his late parents’ possessions among his family. He realized that making these decisions about mementos and heirlooms creates strong emotions and can be an overwhelming chore. <br /><br />In <i>Let It Go,</i> Peter will help you turn downsizing into a rejuvenating life change with his useful tips and practical takeaways, including how to:<br /><br />• Understand the emotional challenges that accompany downsizing<br />• Establish a hierarchy of mementos and collectibles<br />• Calculate the amount of stuff you can bring into your new life<br />• Create strategies for dividing heirlooms among family members <i>without</i> drama<br /><br />This new phase brings unexpected freedoms and opportunities, and Peter walks you through every step of the process. You’ll feel freer and happier than you ever thought possible once you Let It Go.
Whiskey in a Teacup: What Growing Up in the South Taught Me About...
by Reese Witherspoon

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English

Pages

299

Publication Date

September 18, 2018

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<b>Academy Award–winning actress, producer, and entrepreneur Reese Witherspoon invites you into her world, where she infuses the southern style, parties, and traditions she loves with contemporary flair and charm.</b><BR><BR>Reese Witherspoon’s grandmother Dorothea always said that a combination of beauty and strength made southern women “whiskey in a teacup.” We may be delicate and ornamental on the outside, she said, but inside we’re strong and fiery.<BR> <BR>Reese’s southern heritage informs her whole life, and she loves sharing the joys of southern living with practically everyone she meets. She takes the South wherever she goes with bluegrass, big holiday parties, and plenty of Dorothea’s fried chicken. It’s reflected in how she entertains, decorates her home, and makes holidays special for her kids—not to mention how she talks, dances, and does her hair (in these pages, you will learn Reese’s fail-proof, only slightly insane hot-roller technique). Reese loves sharing Dorothea’s most delicious recipes as well as her favorite southern traditions, from midnight barn parties to backyard bridal showers, magical Christmas mornings to rollicking honky-tonks.<BR> <BR>It’s easy to bring a little bit of Reese’s world into your home, no matter where you live. After all, there’s a southern side to every place in the world, right?
Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave
by Joanna Gaines

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English

Pages

352

Publication Date

November 06, 2018

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<p></p><p></p><p>In <em>Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave</em>, Joanna Gaines walks you through how to create a home that reflects the personalities and stories of the people who live there. Using examples from her own farmhouse as well as a range of other homes, this comprehensive guide will help you assess your priorities and instincts, as well as your likes and dislikes, with practical steps for navigating and embracing your authentic design style. Room by room, <em>Homebody </em>gives you an in-depth look at how these styles are implemented as well as how to blend the looks you're drawn to in order to create spaces that feel distinctly yours. A design template at the end of the book offers a step-by-step guide to planning and sketching out your own design plans. The insight shared in <em>Homebody </em>will instill in you the confidence to thoughtfully create spaces you never want to leave.</p>
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Declut...
by Marie Kondō

Language

English

Pages

226

Publication Date

October 14, 2014

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<b>This #1 <i>New York Times</i> best-selling guide to decluttering your home from Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes readers step-by-step through her revolutionary KonMari Method for simplifying, organizing, and storing.</b><br /><br />Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles?<br /><br />Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever. The KonMari Method, with its revolutionary category-by-category system, leads to lasting results. In fact, none of Kondo’s clients have lapsed (and she still has a three-month waiting list). <br /><br /> With detailed guidance for determining which items in your house “spark joy” (and which don’t), this international bestseller featuring Tokyo’s newest lifestyle phenomenon will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home—and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire.<br /><br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>
Never Home Alone: From Microbes to Millipedes, Camel Crickets, an...
by Rob Dunn

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English

Pages

278

Publication Date

November 06, 2018

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<b>A natural history of the wilderness in our homes, from the microbes in our showers to the crickets in our basements</b><br /><br />Even when the floors are sparkling clean and the house seems silent, our domestic domain is wild beyond imagination. In <i>Never Home Alone</i>, biologist Rob Dunn introduces us to the nearly 200,000 species living with us in our own homes, from the Egyptian meal moths in our cupboards and camel crickets in our basements to the <i>lactobacillus </i>lounging on our kitchen counters. You are not alone. Yet, as we obsess over sterilizing our homes and separating our spaces from nature, we are unwittingly cultivating an entirely new playground for evolution. These changes are reshaping the organisms that live with us--prompting some to become more dangerous, while undermining those species that benefit our bodies or help us keep more threatening organisms at bay. No one who reads this engrossing, revelatory book will look at their homes in the same way again.<br /><br />
Unstuff Your Life!: Kick the Clutter Habit and Completely Organiz...
by Andrew J. Mellen

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English

Pages

402

Publication Date

July 22, 2010

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<b>A professional organizer and life coach shows readers how to kick the clutter habit with his complete how-to guide to total organization</b><p>Arguably the most organized man in America, sought-after coach Andrew J. Mellen has created unique, lasting techniques for streamlined living, bringing order out of chaos for the chronically overwhelmed everywhere. Acknowledging that it's often the "stuff behind the stuff" that holds people back, Mellen offers a surprisingly simple, yet effective solution in his step-by-step guide, guaranteed to help achieve organizational bliss for everyone from perpetual key-misplacers to hard-core hoarders.</p><p>From basement to bedroom, kitchen to car, and into every corner of life, Mellen’s system yields lasting results. Discover how to:</p><ul> <li>Never lose your keys or wallet again</li> <li>Stop mail, magazine, and paper pileups for good</li> <li>Feel empowered to tackle bills and budgets</li> <li>Reclaim space and time once dominated by clutter</li></ul><p>Built on the principle that we must distinguish ourselves from our possessions, <i>Unstuff Your Life!</i> starts with truly achievable goals and works toward the nightmare projects everyone tries hard to avoid. With humor, honesty, tough love, and foolproof advice, Mellen makes it easy to finally let go and embrace the decluttered life.</p>
The Magnolia Story (with Bonus Content)
by , Mark Dagostino

Language

English

Pages

189

Publication Date

October 18, 2016

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<p><strong>This eBook includes the full text of the book plus an exclusive additional chapter from Chip and Joanna that is not found in the hardcover!</strong></p><p><strong>Are you ready to see your fixer upper?</strong></p><p>These famous words are now synonymous with the dynamic husband-and-wife team Chip and Joanna Gaines, stars of HGTV’s <em>Fixer Upper</em>. As this question fills the airwaves with anticipation, their legions of fans continue to multiply and ask a different series of questions, like—<em>Who are these people?</em><em>What’s the secret to their success? And is Chip actually that funny in real life?</em> By renovating homes in Waco, Texas, and changing lives in such a winsome and engaging way, Chip and Joanna have become more than just the stars of <em>Fixer Upper</em>, they have become America’s new best friends.</p><p><em>The Magnolia Story</em> is the first book from Chip and Joanna, offering their fans a detailed look at their life together. From the very first renovation project they ever tackled together, to the project that nearly cost them everything; from the childhood memories that shaped them, to the twists and turns that led them to the life they share on the farm today.</p><p>They both attended Baylor University in Waco. However, their paths did not cross until Chip checked his car into the local Firestone tire shop where Joanna worked behind the counter. Even back then Chip was a serial entrepreneur who, among other things, ran a lawn care company, sold fireworks, and flipped houses. Soon they were married and living in their first fixer upper. Four children and countless renovations later, Joanna garners the attention of a television producer who notices her work on a blog one day.</p><p>In <em>The Magnolia Story</em> fans will finally get to join the Gaines behind the scenes and discover:</p><ul><li>The time Chip ran to the grocery store and forgot to take their new, sleeping baby</li><li>Joanna’s agonizing decision to close her dream business to focus on raising their children</li><li>When Chip buys a houseboat, sight-unseen, and it turns out to be a leaky wreck</li><li>Joanna’s breakthrough moment of discovering the secret to creating a beautiful home</li><li>Harrowing stories of the financial ups and downs as an entrepreneurial couple</li><li>Memories and photos from Chip and Jo’s wedding</li><li>The significance of the word <em>magnolia</em> and why it permeates everything they do</li><li>The way the couple pays the popularity of <em>Fixer Upper</em> forward, sharing the success with others, and bolstering the city of Waco along the way</li></ul><p>And yet there is still one lingering question for fans of the show: Is Chip really that funny? “Oh yeah,” says Joanna. “He was, and still is, my first fixer upper.”</p>
City of Women: A Novel
by David R. Gillham

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English

Pages

408

Publication Date

August 07, 2012

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER<br /><br /><b><b>David R. Gillham’s next remarkable book, <i>Annelies</i>, is coming in 2019 from Viking Books</b></b></b><br /><br /> It is 1943—the height of the Second World War. With the men away at the front, Berlin has become a city of women.<br /><br /> On the surface, Sigrid Schröder is the model German soldier’s wife: She goes to work every day, does as much with her rations as she can, and dutifully cares for her meddling mother-in-law, all the while ignoring the horrific immoralities of the regime.<br /><br /> But behind this façade is an entirely different Sigrid, a woman of passion who dreams of her former Jewish lover, now lost in the chaos of the war. But Sigrid is not the only one with secrets—she soon finds herself caught between what is right and what is wrong, and what falls somewhere in the shadows between the two . . .
Craig & Fred: A Marine, A Stray Dog, and How They Rescued Each Ot...
by Craig Grossi

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English

Pages

278

Publication Date

October 31, 2017

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<p>The uplifting and unforgettable true story of a US Marine, the stray dog he met on an Afghan battlefield, and how they saved each other and now travel America together, "spreading the message of stubborn positivity."</p><p>In 2010, Sergeant Craig Grossi was doing intelligence work for Marine RECON—the most elite fighters in the Corps—in a remote part of Afghanistan. While on patrol, he spotted a young dog "with a big goofy head and little legs" who didn’t seem vicious or run in a pack like most strays they’d encountered. After eating a piece of beef jerky Craig offered—against military regulations—the dog began to follow him. "Looks like you made a friend," another Marine yelled. Grossi heard, "Looks like a 'Fred.'" The name stuck, and a beautiful, life-changing friendship was forged.</p><p>Fred not only stole Craig’s heart; he won over the RECON fighters, who helped Craig smuggle the dog into heavily fortified Camp Leatherneck in a duffel bag—risking jail and Fred’s life. With the help of a crew of DHL workers, a sympathetic vet, and a military dog handler, Fred eventually made it to Craig’s family in Virginia. </p><p>Months later, when Craig returned to the U.S., it was Fred’s turn to save the wounded Marine from Post-Traumatic Stress. Today, Craig and Fred are touching lives nationwide, from a swampy campground in a Louisiana State Park to the streets of Portland, Oregon, and everywhere in between. </p><p>A poignant and inspiring tale of hope, resilience, and optimism, with a timeless message at its heart—"it is not what happens to us that matters, but how we respond to it"—<em>Craig & Fred</em> is a shining example of the power of love to transform our hearts and our lives.</p>

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