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To Knit or Not to Knit: Helpful and Humorous Hints for the Passio...
by Elvira Woodruff

Language

English

Pages

160

Publication Date

July 15, 2014

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<i>To Knit or Not to Knit</i> is a unique Dear Abby/mini-knitting essay collection, offering humorous tales of triumph and terror on the needles, with a witty nod to the famous and infamous throughout history.<br /><br />As Mrs. Wicks happily quotes everyone from William Shakespeare to Beatrix Potter, she adds her own wit<i> and wisdom to answer a variety of questions on knitting ranging from, Is there a quick fix for dropped stitches? to My boyfriend says my passion for knitting is stronger than my passion for him—what should I do?</i><br /><br />A number of Mrs. Wicks’ own patterns are sprinkled throughout, along with her sound advice for stitches dropped and love gone wrong. Ever the optimist, she advises her readers to pick up their needles, dust off their hearts, and cast on without looking back.<br /><br />Knitter and non-knitters alike will enjoy this literary look at life lessons offered through a wooly lens, from Pablo Narudo’s poem “Ode to My Socks” (hand knit of course), to Ogden Nash’s witty words on the frustration of being married to a knitter,<br /><i>To Knit or Not to Knit</i> is a quirky, enjoyable read, making it the perfect gift for the passionate knitter and thoughtful reader alike.
Lives in Ruins: Archaeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Ru...
by Marilyn Johnson

Language

English

Pages

283

Publication Date

November 11, 2014

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<p>The author of <em>The Dead Beat</em> and <em>This Book is Overdue!</em> turns her piercing eye and charming wit to the real-life avatars of Indiana Jones—the archaeologists who sort through the muck and mire of swamps, ancient landfills, volcanic islands, and other dirty places to reclaim history for us all.</p><p>Pompeii, Machu Picchu, the Valley of the Kings, the Parthenon—the names of these legendary archaeological sites conjure up romance and mystery. The news is full of archaeology: treasures found (British king under parking lot) and treasures lost (looters, bulldozers, natural disaster, and war). Archaeological research tantalizes us with possibilities (are modern humans really part Neandertal?). Where are the archaeologists behind these stories? What kind of work do they actually do, and why does it matter?</p><p>Marilyn Johnson’s <em>Lives in Ruins</em> is an absorbing and entertaining look at the lives of contemporary archaeologists as they sweat under the sun for clues to the puzzle of our past. Johnson digs and drinks alongside archaeologists, chases them through the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, and even Machu Picchu, and excavates their lives. Her subjects share stories we rarely read in history books, about slaves and Ice Age hunters, ordinary soldiers of the American Revolution, children of the first century, Chinese woman warriors, sunken fleets, mummies.</p><p>What drives these archaeologists is not the money (meager) or the jobs (scarce) or the working conditions (dangerous), but their passion for the stories that would otherwise be buried and lost.</p>
The Jewish Book of 1 Enoch with Illustrations (Second Temple Jewi...
by Eli Lizorkin-Eyzenberg

Language

English

Pages

116

Publication Date

November 05, 2019

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In this book, Dr. Eli Lizorkin-Eyzenberg and Prof. Pinchas Shir, invite you on a journey of discovery. You will witness the ancient culture embodied by the 1st Book of Enoch and see some of the significant ways it may have influenced the New Testament writers with its peculiar Old Testament interpretations. This fabulous collection of Enoch material (originally translated into English by the late George H. Schodde, but adopted into a modern English and accompanied by the fascinating illustrations of a talented Colombian artist, Lyda Estrada) can easily be read in a single evening. We suggest that you start by reading the entire work, beginning to end, in one sitting. Then, for your second read, get your pen (or e-reader notetaker) ready, because there will be many things you will want to note as you read through the book. We guarantee it.
So You Think You Know CANADA, Eh?: Fascinating Fun Facts and Triv...
by Marianne Jennings

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English

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Publication Date

November 13, 2019

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<h1><strong>How well do you <u>REALLY</u> know Canada? </strong></h1><h2><em><strong>Did you know:</strong></em></h2><ul><li><h3><strong>Santa Claus is a Canadian</strong> citizen? </h3></li><li><h3>That hockey is<strong> NOT</strong> the official national sport of Canada? </h3></li><li><h3>The Canadian <strong>passport contains hidden images</strong>?</h3></li><li><h3>Canada could have been <strong>named Britannia or Borealia</strong>? </h3></li><li><h3>Parts of Canada are as <strong>cold as Mars</strong>? </h3></li><li><h3>A Canadian <strong>pharmacist invented peanut butter</strong>?</h3></li></ul><h3><em>If you're Canadian, know any Canadians, or have ever wanted to know more about Canada, this fun little fact book will help.</em></h3><p><em></em><br /></p><h3>Inside this <u><strong>TWO-HOUR, easy-to-read book</strong></u>, you'll <strong>discover fun nuggets</strong> of knowledge and trivia about:</h3><ul><li><h3>The <strong>kind people</strong> who live there</h3></li><li><h3><strong>All things maple syrup</strong></h3></li><li><h3>A list of <strong>cool Canadian inventions</strong></h3></li><li><h3>Famous and <strong>amazing Canadians</strong></h3></li><li><h3>Unique history</h3></li><li><h3>The breathtaking nature</h3></li><li><h3>A few words to help you<strong> speak Canadian</strong> </h3></li></ul><h3>As a<u> <strong>fun bonus</strong> </u>and to test how well you and your friends REALLY know Canada, there's a<strong> <u>fun short quiz</u></strong> with answers at the end to <strong>test your Canadian knowledge</strong>. </h3><p><br /></p><h3>This is a great gift for family, friends, co-workers and anyone you think would enjoy learning more about Canada. </h3><p><br /></p><h3>Check out the "Look Inside" to see more of the topics covered. </h3><p><br /></p><h2>SCROLL UP to the Top and hit that BUY BUTTON and we'll see you on the inside..:)</h2>
The Great Book of North Carolina: The Crazy History of North Caro...
by Bill O'Neill

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English

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Publication Date

November 05, 2019

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<p>How much do you know about the Tar Heel State? There’s so much to learn about North Carolina that even natives of the state don’t know. In this trivia book, you’ll learn more about North Carolina’s history, pop culture, sports, unsolved mysteries, and so much more.   </p><p>In <em>The Great Book of North Carolina</em>, you’ll find the answers to the following questions:</p><ul><li>How did North Carolina get its name?  </li><li>Why is it known as the “Tar Heel State”?</li><li>What happened to the “Lost Colony”?</li><li>Which famous pirate was killed in the Outer Banks?</li><li>What popular recreational activity was invented in the state?</li><li>What soda company got its start in North Carolina?</li><li>Which sport originated from the Tar Heel State?</li><li>Which NBA legend was raised in North Carolina? </li><li>What urban legends haunt the state?</li><li>What’s the most haunted spot in North Carolina?</li></ul><p>And so much more!</p><p>This book is packed with facts about North Carolina. Some of the facts in this book may shock you. Others may give you chills. But the one thing they all have in common is that they’re all interesting!</p><p>Whether you feel like an amateur or a pro on North Carolina trivia, you’re bound to walk away with plenty of new knowledge about the state once you finish this book. Your friends won’t stand a chance at your next trivia night!  </p><p>So, what are you waiting for? Get started now to learn more about North Carolina!  </p>
You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, ...
by David McRaney

Language

English

Pages

320

Publication Date

October 27, 2011

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<b> An entertaining illumination of the stupid beliefs that make us feel wise. </b><p>You believe you are a rational, logical being who sees the world as it really is, but journalist David McRaney is here to tell you that you're as deluded as the rest of us. But that's OK- delusions keep us sane. <i>You Are Not So Smart</i> is a celebration of self-delusion. It's like a psychology class, with all the boring parts taken out, and with no homework.</p><p>Based on the popular blog of the same name, <i>You Are Not So Smart</i> collects more than 46 of the lies we tell ourselves everyday, including: </p><ul> <li>Dunbar's Number - Humans evolved to live in bands of roughly 150 individuals, the brain cannot handle more than that number. If you have more than 150 Facebook friends, they are surely not all real friends. </li> <li>Hindsight bias - When we learn something new, we reassure ourselves that we knew it all along. </li> <li>Confirmation bias - Our brains resist new ideas, instead paying attention only to findings that reinforce our preconceived notions. </li> <li>Brand loyalty - We reach for the same brand not because we trust its quality but because we want to reassure ourselves that we made a smart choice the last time we bought it. <p></p> <p>Packed with interesting sidebars and quick guides on cognition and common fallacies, <i>You Are Not So Smart</i> is a fascinating synthesis of cutting-edge psychology research to turn our minds inside out.</p> </li></ul>
Taking Back Your Holidays: A Whimsical Guide to a Lighter, Bright...
by Yvonne Lacey

Language

English

Pages

110

Publication Date

October 23, 2017

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Maybe you love Christmas, or maybe you <i>want</i> to love Christmas, but you feel like the time between the beginning of Fall and the start of the New Year flies by so fast that you can’t stop to enjoy a moment of it.<br /><br />Did you get a chance to sing Christmas songs together? <br />To cook your grandmother’s secret recipes in your own kitchen?<br />To make a snow angel?<br />To sing “Happy Holidays” to your neighbors? <br /><br />This year is your chance to take back your holidays. Not-your-typical Martha Stewart holiday planning, this book gives you insights to your favorite holiday traditions, practical tips for creating pockets of peace for your family, and ideas for sharing a stress-free Christmas with your loved ones. Bring the true Presence of Christmas into your home this year.<br /><br /><i>“Filled with practical tips and humorous history, Taking Back Your Holidays will remind you of why we go through these insane weeks each year, and show you how to truly enjoy the holidays and not just muddle through them. So, tell your inner kid it’s safe to come out. Then grab a candy cane or hot cocoa, slip on a cozy sweater, and let Dr. Xmas remind you that there is indeed magic in them thar holiday moments.”</i> - Eric Poole, Author of Where’s My Wand: One Boy’s Magical Triumph Over Alienation and Shag Carpeting
An Underground Education: The Unauthorized and Outrageous Supplem...
by Richard Zacks

Language

English

Pages

433

Publication Date

October 06, 2010

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The best kind of knowledge is uncommon knowledge.<br /><br />Okay, so maybe you know all the stuff you're supposed to know--that there are teenier things than atoms, that <i>Remembrance of Things Past</i> has something to do with a perfumed cookie, that the Monroe Doctrine means we get to take over small South American countries when we feel like it.  But really, is this kind of knowledge going to make you the hit of the cocktail party, or the loser spending forty-five minutes examining the host's bookshelves?<br /><br />Wouldn't you rather learn things like how the invention of the bicycle affected the evolution of underwear?  Or that the 1949 Nobel Prize for Medicine was awarded to a doctor who performed lobotomies with a household ice pick?  Or how Catherine the Great really died?  Or that heroin was sold over the counter not too long ago?<br /><br />For the truly well-rounded "intellectual," nothing fascinates so much as the subversive, the contrarian, the suppressed, and the bizarre.  Richard Zacks, auto-didact extraordinaire, has unloosed his admittedly strange mind and astonishing research abilities upon the entire spectrum of human knowledge, ferreting out endlessly fascinating facts, stories, photos, and images guaranteed to make you laugh, gasp in wonder, and occasionally shudder at the depths of human depravity.  The result of his labors is this fantastically illustrated quasi-encyclopedia that provides alternative takes on art, business, crime, science, medicine, sex (lots of that), and many other facets of human experience.<br /><br />Immensely entertaining, and arguably enlightening, <i>An Underground Education</i> is the only book that explains the birth of motion pictures using photos of naked baseball players.<br /><br /><br />Richard Zacks is the author of <i>History Laid Bare: Love, Sex and Perversity from the Ancient Etruscans to Warren G. Harding,</i> which was excerpted in classy magazines like <i>Harper's</i> and earned the attention of the even classier <i>New York Times,</i> which noted that "Zacks specializes in the raunchy and perverse."  The Georgia State Legislature voted on whether to ban the book from public libraries.  He has studied Arabic, Greek, Latin, French, Italian, and Hebrew, and received the Phillips Classical Greek Award at the University of Michigan.  He has also told his publisher that he made a living in Cairo cheating royalty from a certain Arab country at games of chance, although the claim remains unverified.  His writing has appeared in the <i>New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, Time, Life, Sports Illustrated, The Village Voice, TV Guide,</i> and similarly diverse publications.  Zacks is married and busy warping the minds of his two children, Georgia and Ziegfield.  He resides in New York City.<br /><br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>
A Short History of Drunkenness: How, Why, Where, and When Humanki...
by Mark Forsyth

Language

English

Pages

244

Publication Date

May 08, 2018

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<b>From the internationally bestselling author of <i>The Etymologicon</i>, a lively and fascinating exploration of how, throughout history, each civilization has found a way to celebrate, or to control, the eternal human drive to get sloshed</b><br /><br />Almost every culture on earth has drink, and where there's drink there's drunkenness. But in every age and in every place drunkenness is a little bit different. It can be religious, it can be sexual, it can be the duty of kings or the relief of peasants. It can be an offering to the ancestors, or a way of marking the end of a day's work. It can send you to sleep, or send you into battle.<br /><br /> Making stops all over the world, <i>A Short History of Drunkenness</i> traces humankind's love affair with booze from our primate ancestors through to the 20th century, answering every possible question along the way: What did people drink? How much? Who did the drinking? Of the many possible reasons, why? On the way, learn about the Neolithic Shamans, who drank to communicate with the spirit world (no pun intended), marvel at how Greeks got giddy and Sumerians got sauced, and find out how bars in the Wild West were never quite like in the movies.<br /><br /> This is a history of the world at its inebriated best.
Uncle John's Truth, Trivia, and the Pursuit of Factiness Bathroom...
by Bathroom Readers' Institu...

Language

English

Pages

512

Publication Date

September 03, 2019

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<b>It’s all about the facts—and Uncle John is back with a ton of them!</b><br /><br />For the 32nd year, Uncle John and his loyal researchers have teamed up to bring you the latest tidbits from the world of pop culture, history, sports, and strange news stories. If you want to read about celebrity misdeeds, odd coincidences, and disastrous blunders, <i>Uncle John’s Truth, Trivia, and the Pursuit of Factiness </i>has what you need. With short articles for a quick trip to the throne room and longer page-turners for an extended visit, this all-new edition of Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader is a satisfying read.<br />  

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