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1. Dear Mrs. Parks: A Dialogue With
2. Fishing Yellowstone National Park,
3. The Life And Travels Of Mungo
4. National Geographic Guide to the
5. Park Profiles: America's Hidden
6. Visiting the Dog Park: Having
7. Wind Cave National Park, South
8. Illustrated Flora of Keoladeo
9. I Am Rosa Parks (Easy-to-Read,
10. Sunrise to Paradise: The Story
11. California State Parks : A Complete
12. Biting the Bullet (Jaz Parks)
13. The Geology of the Parks Monuments
14. Allen Park (MI) (Images of America)
15. Baltimore's Patterson Park (MD)
16. National Park Ranger: An American
17. Maryland'sAmusementParks(MD)(ImagesofAmerica)
18. Linkin Park - Hybrid Theory (Guitar
19. David Park, Painter: Nothing Held
20. Rosa Parks: My Story

1. Dear Mrs. Parks: A Dialogue With Today's Youth
by Rosa Parks, Gregory J. Reed
Paperback: 111 Pages (1997-08)
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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In this collection of children's letters and her responses, Rosa Parks shares her legacy of courage and wisdom, reminding young readers that their actions will determine the future. Dear Mrs. Parks is a moving commentary on our times, full of hope for the future.Amazon.com Review
On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give her seat to a white passenger on a Montgomery, Alabama, bus. This simple act of defiance spurred African American residents' 381-day boycott of the Montgomery bus system and arguably fueled the civil rights movement itself.

For the last 40 years, Rosa Parks has received thousands and thousands of letters, most of them from children. This elegantly designed book contains a diverse selection of these letters on topics ranging from hope to O.J. Simpson, and Parks's replies are simple, sometimes poignant, but always reassuring.

The first letter from a child in Oakland, California, begins, "I am sorry that you went to jail because you did not give in to the system. Mrs. Parks, please try and stop the violence and the killing, because where I live lots of people get taken out (killed). "With her thoughtful answers to this ("Life should not be taken for granted") and other letters, Rosa Parks continues her legacy of challenging us to become a force for positive change. Children will be inspired and soothed by the words of this remarkable woman. (Ages 8 and older) ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Rosa Parks book, Dear Mrs. Parks
The Book, "Dear Mrs. Parks A Dialogue With Today's Youth"
Thank you for sending the books, so quickly. I'm going to order some more books today. Excellent service thanks once again. The book is very
good, because Mrs.Parks answers childrens questions from all over the world. The book answered only a few of the thousand of questions that she
received on a daily basis. I wish that she had been able to write more books for the children. Mrs. Parks was working with children at the NAACP when she was arrested. She had so much to tell the children. This book Dear Mrs. Parks give you an insight into her life. During the days of the Modern Day Civil Rights Movement.

Ella M. Haygan

5-0 out of 5 stars Rosa Parks answers questions from today's young people
In 1999 Rosa Parks was honored with the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor for being the "Mother of the Modern Day Civil Rights Movement."I still remember being stunned by the news because I could not believe that it had taken forty-four years to honor the woman whose refusal to give up her bus seat to a white passenger in Montgomery, Alabama, on December 5, 1955, triggered a black boycott of the city's bus system.The boycott lasted 381 days and eventually led to laws that ended legalized segregation.You have to go back to the Boston Tea Party to find an act of defiance that is as important in American history and if there is any one citizen who deserves the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor it would have to be Rosa Parks.

After receiving her medal Parks said it was "encouragement for all of us to continue until all have rights.""Dear Mrs. Parks: A Dialogue with Today's Youth" is a collection of letters between Rosa Parks and children over the last forty years.A Preface on "Rosa Parks: Model of Courage, Symbol of Freedom" covers the highlights of her life story. The opening section presents "The Most Commonly Asked Questions From Letters to Mrs. Parks" such as "How old are you?" and "Do you have any children?" (Parks was 83 in 1996 when the book was published and while she never had any children she does "consider all children as mine.

The letters and Mrs. Parks' responses are divided into five categories: I. Courage and Hope ("Dear Mrs. Parks, What gave you the courage to say no and not move to the back of the bus and then get arrested?"), II. The Power of Knowledge and Education ("Dear Mrs. Parks, I heard you were having your 83rd birthday celebration.I told my dad you must know everything now.My dad disagrees with me, but I don't believe him."), III. Living With God ("Dear Mrs. Parks, Why does God let people do mean things, like when the police put you in jail?It seems like you kept going back to jail."), IV. Pathways to Freedom ("Dear Mrs. Parks, Sometimes people call me names because of my freckles. How do you feel good about yourself when other people try to make you feel bad?"), and V. Making a Difference ("Dear Mrs. Parks, It seems that my grandparents are always right, and they always want to help someone.Why do older people seem to be smarter than young people").The questions are a nice mix of specific inquiries as to what Parks endured during the Civil Rights Movement and general concerns about the universal issues that have perplexed all children pretty much since the start of time.She also responds to questions about not only the Montgomery Bus Boycott but the Internet, the O.J. Simpson trial, and the Million Man March.

On the back cover of this book President Jimmy Carter writes "These letters provide heartening evidence that today's young people continue to be inspired, educated, and influenced by Rosa Parks' remarkable example."Parks answers these questions with simple wisdom, and sometimes simple humor as well, much as you would expect to hear from a grandmother.Her inspiration comes from her repeated insistence that young people embrace their role as agents for positive change in the society in which they live.Of course, there is no better person in the United States to make the point that in this country anybody really can make a difference than Rosa Parks.For students and teachers studying the Civil Rights Movement this certainly makes clear the relevance of the past for young people today.
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2. Fishing Yellowstone National Park, 3rd: An Angler's Complete Guide to More than 100 Streams, Rivers, and Lakes (Regional Fishing Series)
by Richard Parks
Paperback: 256 Pages (2007-04-01)
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Asin: 1599211424
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Fishing Yellowstone National Park is the definitive access guide for the Park's angling opportunities
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3. The Life And Travels Of Mungo Park In Central Africa
by Mungo Park
 Paperback: 324 Pages (2010-09-10)
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Asin: 1162670878
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On the 2d of December 1795, I took my departure from the hospitable mansion of Dr. Laidley. I was fortunately provided with a Negro servant, who spoke both the English and Mandingo tongues. His name was Johnson. He was a native of this part of Africa; and having in his youth been convoyed to Jamaica as a slave, he had been made free, and taken to England by his master, where he had resided many years; and at length found his way back to his native country. As he was known to Dr. Laidley, the Doctor recommended him to me, and I hired him as my interpreter, at the rate of ten bars monthly, to be paid to himself, and five bars a month to be paid to his wife during his absence. ... Read more

4. National Geographic Guide to the National Parks of the United States, Fourth Edition
by National Geographic Society
Paperback: 464 Pages (2003-02-01)
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Asin: 0792269721
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Straight forward and easy to use, here are firsthand, field-tested recommendations on what to see and how to organize and embark on a park trip. Acclaimed National Geographic writers introduce readers to all 55 U.S. national parks, conducting dozens of tours tailored to suit the needs of even the most ambitious sightseers. Widely recognized as the definitive guide to our nation's most cherished natural oases, this new edition of a long-standing bestseller provides in-depth insights and information, covering everything from major landmarks and wildlife to lesser-known attractions, accommodations, and suggested excursions.

Includes 450 full-color photographs and more than 75 up-to-date color maps; detailed descriptions of each national park; sight-by-sight author-guided tours full of specific, personal recommendations; Accessible Information and Activities pages; an essay by naturalist Paul Schullery; and excursions to hundreds of nearby sites, including national monuments, wildlife refuges, and forests.Amazon.com Review
It's impressive how much National Geographic can squeeze into a small book. Each entry tells how big the park is, describes its flavor, indicates when it's best to go and how to get there, and includes an elegantly useful map. A detailed tour of the sights includes glorious pictures (450 total), highlighting the best of each park. But practicalities are not neglected: entries include headquarters' addresses and phones, entrance fees, facilities for the disabled, accommodations, pet regulations, and what there is to do. And so it goes for each of the 54 parks--it's a gem of a guide. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (21)

5-0 out of 5 stars National Park Must Have
This book has real nice full color pictures, maps of the parks and good details. It does not have all the parks but all the big well known parks are in it.

5-0 out of 5 stars The BEST guide to the National Parks
We originally owned an older edition of this book and just purchased this to replace it.We have been to many National Parks over the years and have found this guide to be the best one out there.The drives as listed are fantastic... you won't miss anything if you have this book along with you!

5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Resource
I obtained the first edition of this book over ten years ago, and have kept that along with the latest edition in my book collection ever since.At that time I had never been to a national park, but this little book insipired me to visit 35 of them, volunteer in two, and work seasonally as a ranger at one.

This book is packed with useful and interesting information about each of the parks, and it is a pleasure to read even when not planning a trip.I highly recommend it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best comprehensive guide to the national parks
We recently purchased this book just before our four-national-parks tour.The book not only gives you an overview of the parks, practical information such as how to get there, and nearby lodging etc., it has very good recommendation of must-see stops, and different levels of hikes you can take and what to expect.We used the book at every park and it helped us effectively use our time and it is a joy to read even without going to the parks.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent guide for National Parks
If you like to visit the National Parks or just want to know more about them, this is a great source of information.All National Parks, Monuments, Wildlife Refuges and some National Forests are covered.It is full of pictures and maps that look great.Nice all in one book. ... Read more

5. Park Profiles: America's Hidden Treasures
by National Geographic Society
Paperback: 200 Pages (1997-04-01)
list price: US$12.95 -- used & new: US$3.91
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Asin: 0792270339
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Relax. Linger over the national parks you'll visit in this book.

Seven maps and 129 photographs will take you there. In the northern Cascade Range in Washington State, you'll hike amid snowy crags and alpine meadows. In Minnesota's Voyageurs National Park, you'll cruise among lakes once plied by fur trappers. In the badlands of North Dakota, you'll dodge bison, and off California's coast, you'll discover an isolated wildlife haven in the Channel Islands. In the Guadalupe Mountains of Texas, you'll explore an exposed portion of a 400-mile-long marine fossil reef. In Florida, you'll snorkel among the coral islands and reefs of Biscayne National Park, and in Alaska, you'll hike in the wilderness park of Katmai. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Beauty at the Margins
This 1992 books visit some of the newer National Parks in the United States.Traveling in a great loop around the nation's edges we encounter North Cascades NP in Washington state on the Canadian border, Voyageurs NP along the lakes that divide Minnesota and Ontario, Theodore Roosevelt NP in the North Dakota badlands, Channel Islands NP off the California coast, Guadalupe Mountains NP in west Texas (where the Chihuahuan Desert meets the hills), Biscayne NP on Florida's Atlantic coast (more under water than above), and finally over four million acres of Alaskan lakes, mountains and coastline in Katmai NP.

The variety in this book will delight any armchair traveler.The National Geographic photography lives up to that organization's stellar reputation.

This volume is part of the National Geographic's Special Publications Series, one of the best-kept secrets in the world of books. Since 1966 the Society had released four titles per year. The same size and shape as their iconic magazine, these hardcovers present the best that National Geographic has to offer, and without the ads! Authors have included such scientific luminaries as Isaac Asimov, Bob Ballard, Jane Goodall and Louis Leakey.

5-0 out of 5 stars Lesser-known National Parks, a fine introduction:
Biscayne, Katmai, North Cascades, Guadelupe Mountains, Voyageurs, Theodore Roosevelt, Channel Islands: Not seven of the best-known National Parks to be sure.But each is eminently deserving of inclusion into the system of "Nation's Crown Jewels".This book shows why.

In a well-drafted, readable, interesting text, accompanied by excellent National Geographic photography, the ins and outs of each named park, including highlights, topography, natural features, climate, hazards, and accessibility are brought out in an imaginative, pleasant manner.

Each park is shown to be a microcosm of a facet of the American wilderness, and each chapter makes you want to visit that park.I have been to Theodore Roosevelt and Biscayne.both were fascinating, and this book helped whet my appetite.I was never misled.

This is a real keeper for any traveler's national park library.
Five stars.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Great Little Guide!
This little park guide has been the best one I've found for the "not-so-well-known" parks.Some friends and I have used it quite a bit on several little trips we've taken. If you're looking for a guide tosmaller, less publicized parks then this is a great one.Some of thedirections could have been a bit better, but all-in-all they were prettygood (we may have just been dumb). ... Read more

6. Visiting the Dog Park: Having Fun, Staying Safe
by Cheryl S. Smith
Perfect Paperback: 128 Pages (2007-03-16)
list price: US$11.95 -- used & new: US$5.85
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Asin: 192924245X
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Dog parks are great - just not for every dog, every time. Taking your dog to a dog park is a great way to exercise and socialize your canine companion. Dog parks offer fresh air, open space, and freedom - a chance for your dog to be a dog. But not all dogs enjoy the experience and not all dog parks are safe for your dog. Learn Practical skills: Evaluate your dog's temperament to decide if he's dog park ready. What design features a well-planned dog park should have. Teach your dog four simple behaviors to make him dog park safe. How to read canine body language to avoid problems. Dog park etiquette for both dogs and humans. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars really well put together ! ! !
When I got this book, I wasn't expecting much - - still, I wanted to see what it had to say, because for me, a trip to the dog park can be just as fun as stressful. - - I have a very small poodle, and always worry about his safety.- - Within moments of getting it, I have to say, I realized that I picked a good book... especially when I got to the chapter that includes training tips to prepare your dog for a trip to the dog park.(- - I've put a lot of time and effort into training my dog, but the book presents some really useful ideas I had never thought of myself...)As an added bonus, the book is full of ideas that simply don't seem to be "floating around the net" (This is a shortcoming of buying books these days... I hate it when I buy a book and find out I could have gotten the same information off of WIKIPEDIA!)

Well written, the book is substantive, yet short of "fluff" and has an excellent further reading session.I also like the layout of the book - - its very straightforward and well done... not a lot of goofy graphics, fillers and "white space" - - you open the book, you read the 127 pages comfortably ... and if you've got a highlight pen, can walk away with lot's and lot's of stuff to think about as you get ready for your next trip.

Topics include: suggestions of who should and shouldn't use a dog park; dog park design and safety, rules and etiquette; training issues;understanding canine temperament body language; conflict resolution and health issues. All in all, as a person who likes dog parks, I really feel that the book lives up to the claims on the back cover which promises ways of having fun and staying safe at a dog park... and offers to teach practical skills to reach this goal...Based on this fact, and the fact that the book will definitely be a KEEPER that I'll come back to for many years to come, I give it a full five stars... and hope you'll decide to get it and enjoy it too !

5-0 out of 5 stars Essential for Communities establishing Dog Parks
this book is a useful reference for both the general public and for councils/communities establishing dog parks and for those that are already established.

very well written and researched - the dog park ettique guidelines and the body language sections are essential reading in my opinion. I feel too many dog people go to these parks in total ignorance as to proper ettique and K9 body language.
I highly recommened this book to all.

5-0 out of 5 stars Dog Park planning
I am in the process of organizing a group to have a Free Run Dog Park built in Anderson County SC.I have excellent planning documents from Barkingham park in Florida and some additional input.I purchased this book as a guide to writing rules & recommendations for potential users.It will serve that purpose well, but it is an even better source of ideas for the layout and planning of our own park.As part of our project we intend to donate several copies of the book to our county library and post that information with the rules.

5-0 out of 5 stars Unfair Review
Anyone can post an Amazon review. And I've never commented before. But I feel it is unfair to mark the book down just because your home country doesn't have dog parks. Then don't post a review. Obviously, even she found the book helpful, so it shouldn't be damaged by her review.
Thank you.

5-0 out of 5 stars Finally have a dog park? Get this book and be prepared!
If you finally have a dog park coming near you and you want to
take your dog(s) to the park for some off leash fun, get this
book to prepare beforehand. Cheryl covers what to look for in a
good dog park - rules, park etiquette (yours and your dog),
openings, landscaping and clean-up.

Cheryl also covers different personality types in dogs and
which dog may want to stay home rather than go to the park.

There's also a very cool section of scenarios to see if you can
tell what is going on in different dog interactions. Don't
worry if you don't get them all right, it takes practice
reading dog body language.

There's a whole chapter that acts as a checklist for those who
enjoy making sure they have all the details to prepare for a
good experience with their dog. What to wear - you and your
dog. How to arrive and enter as well as exit the park. What to
do while in the park.

Cheryl also covers health issues that may come up from visiting
a dog park. The various illnesses that can come from shared
water bowls, airborne illnesses, and poop-borne illnesses.
These aren't meant to scare you from going!

The last chapter has suggested resources for training behaviors
as well as how to learn canine body language. There is a lot of
resources for dog park rules, how to find one, and how to get
one setup in your area. ... Read more

7. Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota (024-005-00766-1)
Mass Market Paperback: 143 Pages (1987)
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Describes and illustrates the discovery and commercial development of the Wind Cave and its later development as a national park. A guide to the park is also included. Contains copyright material. ... Read more

8. Illustrated Flora of Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan: A general guide to the wetland flora of the Gangetic plains
by V. P. Prasad, Daniel Mason, Joy E. Marburger, C. R. Ajith Kumar
Hardcover: 448 Pages (1998-05-07)
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This book was written for naturalists, students, and professionals who visit Keoladeo National Park in northwestern India. Although the park covers a very small area, it contains a large number of species due to the mosaic of varied habitats. The book helps readers identify most tropical wetland species, with vivid illustrations and keys to the family, genera, and species. ... Read more

9. I Am Rosa Parks (Easy-to-Read, Puffin)
by Rosa Parks, Jim Haskins
Paperback: 48 Pages (1999-12-01)
list price: US$3.99 -- used & new: US$1.35
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Asin: 0141307102
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. The African American woman whose acts of civil disobedience led to the 1956 Supreme Court order to desegregate buses in Montgomery, Alabama, explains what she did and why. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A really good book
Reviewed by Madeline McElroy (age 7) for Reader Views (8/08)

I was surprised that I liked this book; I didn't even want to read it. I guess I thought it would be boring. My Mom told me we had studied this during Black History Month last year in first grade, but I didn't remember.

This book was a story about Rosa Parks, who some say started the civil rights movement because she would not give up her seat on the bus. I learned about black history and segregation. Rosa Parks probably thought it was really unfair how she and all the other black people were treated. If I was her I would feel mad!

I'm happy I read "I Am Rosa Parks.". I think it is a really good book for kids my age. It was a little hard to read with all of the big new words I learned. But it told me a lot about Rosa's life in the South when things weren't so good for black people.

5-0 out of 5 stars Rosa Parks
This is a wonderful book for children.It teaches them about segregation, and about being brave and standing up for your ideas.
Great story...Too bad it was true.

5-0 out of 5 stars a book that captures the history of the civil rights era
This book was well received by our 6 yr old granddaughter.It is a book that can be read with a youngster.It captures the spirit of Rosa Parks in easily understood language.

4-0 out of 5 stars Rosa Parks
This book is a great read for a young child...maybe K-2nd grade. It was good at laying out for the reader the life of Rosa Parks.

3-0 out of 5 stars Next to Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks is remembered!
Rosa Parks is best remembered as the Black woman who refused to give up her seat on a bus to a White person.However, she was much more that that. She was raised by grandparents because her mother taught school in another city. Her grandfather was the child of a slave owner and a slave. Rosa was determined to make a difference for her people. She and her husband took part in supporting the Scottsboro boys, Black youth who were accused of crimes they did not commit. Rosa became secretary of the NAACP and contributed greatly to her people, eventually receiving the Congressional Gold Metal award. ... Read more

10. Sunrise to Paradise: The Story of Mount Rainier National Park
by Ruth Kirk
Paperback: 140 Pages (1999-02)
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Asin: 029597771X
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Mount Rainier is the fifth highest peak in the United States outside of Alaska, and it soars higher above its immediate base than does any other in the lower forty-eight. Its geological and glacial origins and current ecological health are described in the book, as is the century-old stewardship of Mount Rainier National Park. Its stories include accounts by Native people such as Saluskin and Wapowety, climbers from John Muir and Fay Fuller to Willi Unsoeld and Lou Whittaker, and entrepreneurs from the Longmire family to Paul Sceva. Here, too, are the tales of scientists and tourists, park rangers and volunteers. A wealth of illustrations span the decades. Some of the photographs are from albums of the 1912 and 1915 Mountaineers outings; others are by noted early photographers such as Imogen Cunningham and Asahel Curtis and by contemporary photographers such as Ira Spring. Paintings include a sumi by George Tsutakawa and a series specially created by Dee Molenaar.Amazon.com Review
This compendium makes a useful addition to the existing canon of personal accounts, age-yellowed histories, and helpful guidebooks to Washington State's Mount Rainier National Park. Kirk, who has written on both nature and history, lived in the park for five years, and has both climbed and circled Rainier. The book ranges widely, if not too deeply, into just about everything to do with a remarkable natural landscape capped by the highest mountain--from its base--in the lower 48 states.

Kirk ably considers all sides of the park: the local animals, the history and nature of volcanic activity, the politics of the name "Rainier," and the environmental changes wrought by a boom in the region's population. In the "Voices of the Mountain" sections of the book, first-person written and photographic accounts of Rainier experiences highlight human interaction with the mountain over the last century. Centenarian Floyd Schmoe writes about working in the park in the 1920s, and poet Denise Levertov, who never visited the mountain, writes of its effect on her each time she viewed its snowy peak from her home in Seattle: "always loftier, lonelier than I ever remember." Enlivened by photographs on each page, some from as early as the turn of the century, this book is a fascinating introduction to the mountain Native Americans called Tahoma. --Maria Dolan ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Book.
This book shows the history of Mount Rainier National Park, from Sunset to Paradise. The photos are great and the paragraphs are informative and don't run on. The book also goes into the history of the 14,411 foot Stratovolcano, and how 5,600 years ago, the peak was at 16,500 feet, but a major eruption caused a massive collapse and created the peak we know, love and cherish today.

The Sleeping Giant... The Mountain...Mount Rainier...

5-0 out of 5 stars Appeals to both mind and eye.
Years ago I hiked at Mt. Rainier, took pictures in its flower meadows, and slid in its summer snow. I thought someday I'd climb its glaciers to the summit, 14, 410 feet. That never happened. But this book brings back allthe old impressions and delights-and adds to them. Lots of photos (280!).Lot of information, most of it new to me. Richard P. Kratz, M.D. Clinical Professor,Ophthalmology Univ. California, Irvine ... Read more

11. California State Parks : A Complete Recreation Guide
by Rhonda Ostertag, George Ostertag
Paperback: 303 Pages (2001-03)
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Asin: 0898867622
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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  • A complete guide to recreational activities in california's state parks
  • Thoroughly updated information on more than 230 parks - 1.3 million acres total
  • 20,000 of the first edition sold
  • Easy-to-use new edition reorganizes the parks into twelve travel regions

California's diverse state parks contain more natural variety than the parks of any other state in the country. This essential guide details everything you need to know to choose among them: maps and directions; information on all types of year-round activities; park seasons, hours, fees and facilities; and facts about each park's plants, wildlife, history and geology. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great book
This book was a huge help in planning our first trip to California.I love to hike and wanted a better description of each park than the California State Parks website offered.This book delivered, we had a fantastic time and knew exactly what each park had to offer. It was our first time seeing the Redwood trees (totally awesome) and knew in advance which parks had the tallest trees, and gave background information on each park as well. This is a must have for anyone wishing to visit the State parks (state beaches as well).

2-0 out of 5 stars not much for camping infomation
I wish this book covered camping information better.So I do not have to buy another book for that. I would like less words about how the sunlight glistens through the trees ,and more about facilities ,the size of camp sites and if trailers or RVs allowed and what size .(20ft) 25 - 30 or just car camping.

4-0 out of 5 stars Handy State Park Guide
This is another great resource for folks who like to camp and hike the state parks.

4-0 out of 5 stars Helpful Guide to Discovering California
Great book that should be brought on all California road trips.There are good descriptions of each park, directions, contact information, and activities available at the park.These activities are mostly short hikes, or bike trips around the park. California is a beautiful and vast state with a diversity of environments to explore.There are parks throughout to state that allow the active explorer access to the state's beauty.This book is a helpful guide in that exploration.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent reference for California State Parks.
This is the best reference for the parks in the California system. Very specific directions,activities and some pictures highlight the text. We used it this summer to plan our camping trips. No Tom Steinstra in itsdoggedness,it still provides useful information. ... Read more

12. Biting the Bullet (Jaz Parks)
by Jennifer Rardin
Mass Market Paperback: 400 Pages (2009-09-01)
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Asin: 0316043567
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I'm Lucille Robinson (aka Jaz Parks).

This is a mission unlike anything my vampire boss, Vayl, and I have ever been on.It's not our usual take-them-out-and-run; it's an undercover mission that needs the whole gang: a psychic, an interpreter, and a weapons specialist.

We've never gone in which such heavy artillery before, but the more the merrier, right?Um...nope.At least not since Vayl and I learned part of our job is to ferret out a mole concealed in our unit.

To add to our problems, we're being harried by a pack of reavers bent on revenge, and targeted by a Seer who wants to share Vayl's power - at any cost.This is going to be a blast. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Anita Blake Lite (without the silly porn)
About par for the course for this series; easy to read, not very descriptive, with an appealing heroine.

5-0 out of 5 stars FUN, FUN, FUN with all manner of strange creatures
This is the third book in a great series. If you haven't read the first two- BACK UP! And go get "Once Bitten, Twice Shy" and "Another One Bites the Dust." You will not be disappointed!!!

I am a HUGE fan of the paranormal genre- within which you have two major categories: the romance novels that use some kind of thriller/mystery as a subplot and then the thrillers that have romance as a subplot. I have to say that Ms. Rardin has been VERY successful in writing a series that focuses on the characters and the fun universe she has created and made any potential romance much more of a thread- enticing, tantalizing, exciting, but much like real life, not the focus.

This installment broadens the universe and takes us abroad. We get to spend more time on Jaz' brother, David. We see more of Jaz' innate ability to read others- their motivations, their weaknesses, their characters. And we see Vayl, the indomitable, sexy, enigmatic pillar of control, finally show weakness.

All in all, a great read- and a great continuation of a fun series. Enjoy!

5-0 out of 5 stars Never thought I would like it so much
But I sure did. I read all of the series but book 4 I am working on it now and it's not as good as the others I think so far. But I am reviewing this book. :) This one was a great read. It was one of my favorites. It's got suspense, action, a little love and some hell involved. Awesome if you like the super natural or action.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the first two in the series...
Although this book was okay overall, it wasn't as good as the first two in the series. The pacing slowed down too much at several points in the story due to the introduction of backstory. In previous books, the backstory was woven in at better spots. In this book, it interrupted the action and the flow of the story. I kept wanting to skim to get back to the story. There also seemed to be too many contradictions in the characters, especially Vayl. I don't want to post spoilers, but Vayl was too angsty and more of an "underling" compared to previous books. I just didn't recognize him. I did read the book in one day, which usually means a book is so good I couldn't stand to put it down. This time, however, I kept reading to get past the slower parts, hoping to find the action/tension I encountered in previous books. I did find it from time to time, so I'm giving this a 3.5, rounded up to 4. Not sure if I'll continue the series. Might give it another shot when the Kindle price comes down.

3-0 out of 5 stars Uncommon Creatures
Finally, Jaz Parks goes where those in the CIA usually go: overseas. From Florida and Texas respectively in the first and second novels, the spotlight is now on Iran...as well as hell.

Jaz's twin Dave is part of a CIA special ops squad, whose big target is the Wizard, whereas Jaz's team's enemy is the Raptor. Here's where I don't quite follow - why the two squads come together, and how the Wizard and the Raptor are linked. The Raptor is part of the series arc, but the Wizard may only be in this episode.

Continuing the theme of screwed-up families, Jaz and Dave haven't talked for years before they're forced into this situation. Neither of them completely trusts the other, whilst back home patriarch Albert is having another crisis. Meanwhile, we finally meet Jaz and Dave's mother, who's in hell.

Romantic complications arise when former private investigator Cole makes clear his intentions for Jaz, but she's still mooning over their boss, Vayl. I'm usually first to stick my hand up for a hot foreigner (Vayl's Romanian), but I'm just not connecting with him. Brooding Vamp with a Troubled Past is a common archetype in fiction, thus making it difficult for one to stand out from the crowd. However, I do fancy Jaz's Spanish spirit guide, Raoul, though I have the feeling Jaz and Vayl will shag before the series is over.

Jaz's out-of-body experiences are often confusing, and though I don't quite follow them I have much respect for the author featuring some creatures not usually found in current novels. ... Read more

13. The Geology of the Parks Monuments & Wildlands of Southern Utah
by Robert Fillmore
Paperback: 268 Pages (2000-04-06)
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Superb Perspectives on Southern Utah
Fascinating and authoritative. And small enough that you can lug it around in a pack or keep it in the glove compartment.

Lots of illustrations, informative and beautiful pictures. Lots of coverage: Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon, Escalante, and (of course) Zion National Park. My favorite aspect of this book is that you can use it on the road because it has mile-by-mile descriptions.

1-0 out of 5 stars too much opinion
Does a fair job on the basics, but too much east-coast liberal attitude. The bad cattle, bad dams, people building houses.
Another case of lock up the west and keep it a playground for the coasts.

5-0 out of 5 stars From a student of Professor Fillmore
Being a Geology major learning under Professor Fillmore, his book helped me many times in my research.Not only does he do a great job describing the geology of southern Utah, but his enthusiasm for the area shines through in his writing.Fillmore also has a knack describing very technical processes in ways which anyone can understand.

The first chapter in his book consists of basic principles of geology.This covers most of the forces behind the deposition of the various formations in Utah.Theseinclude the geologic rock cycle, basic igneous and sedimentary classifications,rock deformation, monoclines/anticlines/synclines, and the geologic time scale.

The second part consists of a chronological description of the geology of southern Utah, starting from the Pennsylvanian (about 12,500 million years ago)and running all the way to the Quaternary (present).This is the part which comes in really useful for research, because not only does Fillmore write in very easy to understand language, but he also cites all of his sources, mostly from scientific papers, in an easy to look up GSA format.

The third part comes in handy for the tourist and fossil hounds out there!Once you are familiar with the geology of Southern Utah, Fillmore takes you through a mile-by-mile tour, pointing out various rock outcrops and explaining what caused them to form.This is a wealth of knowledge which can make any drive through southern utah an educational experience for the whole family.

This book is a must have for anyone wanting to know about the geology of southern Utah.The material within is very well researched by a college professor of geology, who has a love for the area he is writing about.


4-0 out of 5 stars excellent desc of parks geology
fillmore spends the first 2/3's of the book discussing, via geologic time periods, the formations laid down in so. utah, and the conditions which created the formations - it is wonderfully written for the layperson to the non-professional but very interested geologist - the final third is dedicated to describing roadside geology starting from east of capital reef and traveling to just west of zion - overall an excellent book and definitely worth the read for anyone interested in understanding more about the beautiful areas that are so. utah

5-0 out of 5 stars layman's dream
Robert Fillmore is most gifted in his abilites to cogently describe the unique geology that yields this region's unsurmounted depth and beauty.

No one, geologist or casual traveller, should enter Utah withoutthis compelling guide. ... Read more

14. Allen Park (MI) (Images of America)
by Sharon Broglin For Allen Park Hist Mus
Paperback: 128 Pages (2007-05-14)
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Allen Park's history begins when Native Americans hunted, fished, and paddled their canoes along the banks of Ecorse Creek. The French were among the earliest settlers, and after the land was cleared, German farmers arrived. Ecorse Township, known today as Downriver, was divided into seven different cities, and Allen Park was born. Once characterized as a "lazy, farming hamlet," Allen Park's residents were the most influential in developing the Village of Allen Park out of Ecorse Township, in 1927, and worked to become the City of Allen Park in 1957. Henry Ford's $5 workday prompted many farmers to sell to developers and go to work for Ford. Hungarians, Poles, Italians, and Armenians moved in, becoming the major ethnic groups within the community. Among the city's celebrities there have been writers, radio and sports personalities, cartoonists, and fashion designers. Towering over the Interstate 94 corridor in Allen Park, the Uniroyal Giant Tire has become an American icon, and although the Veterans Administration medical center is gone, it will forever live in residents' hearts. Enjoy the city's story, gathered from the files of the Allen Park Historical Museum. ... Read more

15. Baltimore's Patterson Park (MD) (Images of America)
by Tim Almaguer, Friends of Patterson Park
Paperback: 128 Pages (2006-11-20)
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Patterson Park is an urban oasis, a sacred green space surrounded by red brick row homes and generations of diverse cultures and neighborhoods. For almost 180 years, Baltimoreans have picnicked under tall tulip poplars, strolled the deeply curved paths, and enjoyed the rich architectural design of this 137-acre East Baltimore park. Patterson Park is not simply beautiful landscapes, scenic vistas, and tree-lined pathways. This refuge is also an urban emerald with many facets. Patterson Park has served as the defenses of Baltimore during the War of 1812, a Civil War surgical hospital, and a picturesque home to herons, wood ducks, and painted turtles. Patterson Park has a free outdoor gym with tennis courts, volleyball nets, and an ice rink, as well as paths for relaxing walks around the boat lake. Since its beginnings in 1827, Patterson Park has been a prime example of how urban open spaces can complete and unify diverse communities. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great memories
Another great photo history book of the area in which I grew up. I've recommended it to friends and several have told me they purchased it and are just as happy with as I am. My children and some of my grandchildren have also read and enjoyed it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Baltimore's Patterson Park
An interesting background of an inner city park with a history. Local residents have brought the park back to an active community roll from several decades of neglect. The current multi-cultural stage still leaves room for improvement but progress is on-going. Wonderful photographs. A joy to read. Thank you, Tim. ... Read more

16. National Park Ranger: An American Icon
by Charles R. Butch Farabee
Paperback: 192 Pages (2003-06-25)
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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In this celebration of one of America's most enduring symbols, fromer ranger Butch Farabee brielfy revies the evolution of this national symbol. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read and great information.
This book is a must for anyone who is considering a career in the National Park Service or who just loves the parks and is interested in the history and development of the Park Rangers that care for them.It is well written, organized and flows very well, covering all aspects of the Park Rangers as well as their roles in the early parks and their foundation and evolution along with the system.Great writing and excellent stories and anecdotes as well.Highly reccomended!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great look at the history of park rangers
This book is full of wonderful photos that tell the history of national park rangers, as well as some interesting text. If you're a ranger, related to one, or simply a fan of parks, you'll enjoy this book. It's an easy read and will probably make you wish you had one of these great jobs.

4-0 out of 5 stars National Park Ranger
With 30 years of first-hand experience, Butch Farabee captures the culture, values, language, objectives, history, unspoken processes and people of the National Park Service - rangers. A wealth of photographs and inside knowledge makes this essential reading for spouses and visitors. There is a thorough and illustrated discussion of uniforms and badges, evolution from predator control and fire suppression, to sustaining natural processes and recognizing the integral role of wildland fire in healthy ecosystems.

Rangers must have and constantly upgrade diverse knowledge, skills and abilities, and be able to diplomatically use those skills alone in the wild or in crowded urban settings. Rangers carry out technical search and rescue in every ecosystem - from 594 meters below the surface of Crater Lake to the top of Denali in Alaska at 6,194 meters, and under water in the Florida Everglades and Hawaii - while working efficiently using appropriate skills and equipment in team efforts. Commissioned rangers are federal law enforcement officers who effectively work with felons, traffic infractions and other local, state and federal agencies. Other ranges are interpreters who share the human and natural history of an area with visitors. Resource management, for the parks and people, permeates everything and every day. A ranger may repair a plumbing problem in the morning, help a visitor identify a plant, animal or rock before noon, carry out a custodial arrest or technical search and rescue in early afternoon, while working creatively within budget and administrative limitations.

The "way of life" of being a ranger is hard on rangers, spouses and children. Living conditions are often sparse and distant and people must be very tolerant, proactive for food, education and routine maintenance and be able to think and act long-term. Advancement comes competitively, often requiring major long-distance moves and extreme changes in climate - from cold interior Alaska, to warm Death Valley, to warm and humid Guam or Florida, to the snowy Great Lakes.

Rangers are female and male, come in every type of skin pigmentation, are physically abled and disabled, speak a wide variety of languages and come from many cultures. National Park Service rangers are consistently the most admired people and the most admired agency. Too many legislators use the NPS for political expediency and short-term gain. This is a good read and underscores the strong need for much better funding and support of rangers and the National Park Service.

5-0 out of 5 stars An Absolute Must for Fans of Our National Parks
The mission of the National Park Service to preserve and protect our natural and cultural resources for future generations.Charles Farabee's knowledge and experience is portrayed superbly in National Park Ranger: An American Icon.Farabee is able to make the reader feel like they've been transported back to the late 1800's where our earliest parks were protect by members of the U.S. Army.Farabee then takes the reader to when the park ranger comes onto the scene and beyond.The history of the park ranger is very romantic and makes the reader yearn to travel back in time.

The only "slight" disappoint was the forward by the current NPS Director, Fran Mainella.While I understand that having the current Director involved with this passage is the proper thing to do, I can only take her comments with a grain of salt as the current leadership of the NPS and Department of the Interior (Secretary Gale Norton) do not appear to fight for the best interest of the service nor the environment.By no means should you let this deter you from purchasing this book. ... Read more

17. Maryland'sAmusementParks(MD)(ImagesofAmerica)
by JasonRhodes
Paperback: 128 Pages (2005-07-18)
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From Ferris wheels to roller coasters to tunnels of love, everyone has a favorite amusement park memory. For nearly 130 years, many of those memories have been made at Maryland’s amusement parks. Today, only five exist, but throughout history, nearly three dozen have been part of Maryland’s landscape. Images of America: Maryland’s Amusement Parks offers a glimpse of those parks and how they helped millions quench their thirst for recreation.

Maryland’s first recorded amusement park, Cabin John Park in Montgomery County, opened in 1876, serving as a training ground for such industry luminaries as Scenic Railway and roller coaster pioneer L.A. Thompson and carousel carver Gustav Dentzel. More than a century later, Maryland’s oldest park, Trimper’s Rides and Amusements in Ocean City, is a virtual museum of amusement park history with operating rides dating to 1902. Some favorite parks, including Glen Echo, Gwynn Oak, Pen Mar, Tolchester Beach, and The Enchanted Forest, did not last as long, but their memories live on through more than

200 images in this volume. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great gift for those who love amusement parks or Maryland History
This book is an enjoyable experience to read.A big fan of amusement parks and a Maryland resident, I never knew of these early parks or how amusement parks themselves came to be.This book gave me a new appreciation for thrill rides, and a historical context that helps me understand Maryland.Who would have thought a history lesson would come from such a great little book? ... Read more

18. Linkin Park - Hybrid Theory (Guitar Recorded Versions)
by Linkin Park
Paperback: 56 Pages (2005-06-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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All 12 songs matching the debut album by these southern California rockers. Includes: By Myself * Crawling * In the End * One Step Closer * A Place for My Head * Points of Authority * Runaway * With You * and more. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great for guitar players
This book is laid out like just about any other guitar tablature book out there, with the authentic sheet music for all the songs on Hybrid Theory, and includes the 2nd guitar where appropriate.

Unfortunately, what ISN'T in it is the rest of the instruments, nor do those tabs/sheet music appear to be available from any official sources. I'd be much more impressed if WB would release a similar book for each instrument, if not one complete band score.

5-0 out of 5 stars I like it
This book is really really good.My older cousin Andrew, 13 like the people Linkin Park.I'm only 9 so my mommy doesn't tink its approopriat. but linkin park has a sweet beet. I got to go to the potty now. Bye bye

5-0 out of 5 stars Not just lyrics.
Ok, this book may seem to just be the lyrics, but only to people who are better at critiquing music than they are reading it.This not only contains sheet music to the songs on Hybrid Theory, but it is a guitar tablature book.If you've played guitar more than a couple weeks, you know how to read this, and it will teach you how to CORRECTLY play all the songs on the album. It also gives the correct guitar timing and the timing and notes for the lyrics. It's not the same as the booklet that comes with the album, by a longshot.This book isn't necessarily for Linkin Park fans altogether, but for LP fans who are musicians as well.If you're a guitarist who likes the album and are interested in playing it, it is worth it.It's not rocket science.

1-0 out of 5 stars Completely useless.
Let me ask you a completely logical question: Why would you want to buy this book (which only features the lyrics to songs off of Linkin Park's "Hybrid Theory" album), when you can read these lyrics anywhere on the internet for free? Not only that, but the booklet that comes with the "Hybrid Theory" album contains the lyrics to each song anyway, so there really is absolutely no point in getting this book.

1-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding...
"Crawling in my skin...these words that do not heal" Where would rock and roll be without the brilliant lyrics of Linkin Park? Yeah, I'm saving for this book. I've been hanging out on street corners and asking people for quarters hoping I might be able to one day buy this book. Yeah, this book is great. About as great as a chapped lip. ... Read more

19. David Park, Painter: Nothing Held Back
by Helen Park Bigelow
Hardcover: 224 Pages (2009-09-16)
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--First full-length book in two decades devoted to the art and life of this important American artist. Includes more than 90 plates illustrating Park's development and career --Park's paintings have seen a resurgence of interest among collectors and institutions, with 2009 exhibitions at Washington's Phillips Collection and Stanford University's Cantor Arts Center; pieces recently auctioned for $2.7 million at Christie's and $1.4 million at Sotheby's David Park, Painter: Nothing Held Back chronicles the brief but remarkably prolific career of this American artist, who died in 1960 at age 49. He was an integral part of the San Francisco Bay art community from the early 1930s on, and is counted as one of the group of immensely gifted artists who made up the Bay Area Figurative Painting movement in its nascent years of the 1950s. A painter deeply committed to humanity as a subject in an era that exalted abstraction, Park's work can be startling for its depth of feeling even today. Writing about him recently, San Francisco critic Kenneth Baker noted: Park's freedom from irony will strike anyone sated by postmodernist flippancy as enviable and almost beyond achievement today. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars David Park, S.F. Bay Painter
David Park is the best figure painter that I know. I am glad his daughter wrote such a compelling book about her father, not only the paintings, but also the delicate story is spellbounding!

5-0 out of 5 stars David Park,Painter
A first rate book about an important,influential and often historically overlooked American Painter. I hope this book gets the attention of artists and art lovers.

Phil Garrett, Painter and Printmaker

5-0 out of 5 stars David Park Comes Alive
David Park the man, and David Park the painter both come alive in his daughter's intimate memoir. For those who admire Park's paintings, reading this book will answer many questions about his background and his character. As author Helen Park Bigelow candidly points out, there are some mysteries that remain, but the book is the most complete portrait of Park that will ever be published. It is also the story of a marriage and of the family life of a man just selfish enough to be a painter, and of his devoted wife who overcame her own problems to care for him at the end of his life. Keep in mind, this isn't a book that has a critical tone, but rather a daughter's effort to tell us what she can about a father she always called "David." The chapter describing Park's final show in New York and his death of bone cancer is especially moving and compelling. Park was an American original whose work brought a hint of the anxiety of European expressionism into the American figurative tradition. As Henry Geldzahler once stated, he moved the tradition of the figure in painting forward. David and his works are worth knowing, and this book is a fitting tribute that recalls Park with affection, respect and candor. The book also reproduces many of his works, including a moving selection of the works on paper he completed just prior to his death.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Intimate View of David Park
Written by the daughter of David Park, he being considered by many (including myself) as the best of the Bay Area Figurative Artists of the 1950's and 1960's (Richard Diebenkorn, Nathan Oliveira, Manuel Neri, Elmer Bischoff, etc.), this biography offers a splendid 'behind the scenes' look at a great painter, a master of color, and is lavishly illustrated with his works.Its only sin, totally excusable, is an occasional bit of over-sentimentality, but then again, it's the voice of an admiring daughter.Five stars, five stars, and more of same.

5-0 out of 5 stars A 'must' for any serious American painting history collection
A half century since his death painter David Park is widely recognized as one of America's most important 20th century painters. David Park, Painter: Nothing Held Back celebrates his life and art, is written by his younger daughter, and provides a survey of her father's life, early death, and painting contributions. It blends memoir with history about life in the bay Area just before and after World war II, supplementing these insights with full-page color reproductions of selected Park works. A 'must' for any serious American painting history collection. ... Read more

20. Rosa Parks: My Story
by Rosa Parks, Jim Haskins
Paperback: 208 Pages (1999-01-01)
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Rosa Parks is best known for the day she refused to give up her seat on asegregated bus, sparking the Montgomery, Alabama, bus boycott. Yet there is much more to her story than this one act of defiance. In this straightforward, compelling autobiography, Rosa Parks talks candidly about the civil rights movement and her active role in it. Her dedication is inspiring; her story is unforgettable."The simplicity and candor of this courageous woman's voice makes these compelling events even more moving and dramatic." — Publishers Weekly, starred review ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I really enjoyed this book, as Rosa Parks herself was involved in its writing. I'm from the French West Indian island of Guadeloupe, so I wasn't taught the history of Mrs. Parks as a youngster, and my knowledge of the history of African Americans derived mostly from reading books about the subject. I found this book really easy to read plus it allowed me to gain accurate and deep understanding of what African Americans had to go through in Montgomery at the time, the difficulties Mrs. Parks had to face and the risks she was willing to take to fight against segregation. One thing I really appreciated is that she doesn't try to oppose Black Americans to White Americans, she bore no grudge against white America despite all she had to go through. That really made her special to me. It's up to mankind to put an end to war, suffering, abuse, discrimination... against mankind.

4-0 out of 5 stars Conversational History
I am not even remotely a history buff, but I started trying to learn more about African American history after seeing it being ignored in high school and my first college. Books like these make it far more interesting for me to want to learn more about our legendary American icons. Most people know the basics of Rosa Parks, but this book clears up some issues that photo captions or books written by others may not (ex. the real reason and day that Rosa Parks took the fingerprinting picture, her mood about taking photos on the bus after the boycott was over, how she feels about her health being documented, a prisoner she helped after the woman threatened her husband, how Mrs. Parks feels about nonviolence and Malcolm X). I can read any dry history book to find out an overview of Mrs. Parks, but this book felt like I was sitting cross-legged in front of her, and she was conversing about her life. I enjoyed it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Rosa Parks Wasn't Just Tired
Rosa Parks: My Story immediately invokes a sense of warmth and intimacy.The autobiography is written in such a way that one can imagine a small, unassuming, elderly lady describing memorable moments of her life, as if she were speaking to a grandchild or friend.This style easily invokes vivid imagery of the events, providing intimate glimpses into the life of one of the most influential leaders in the Civil Rights movement. Through this personalized tone and realistic imagery Rosa Parks tells a history of hatred and compassion, of fear and strength, but most of all of her own commitment to non-violent change in a balanced and fair way.

My Story is a collection of personal stories, which serve to demonstrate the extreme racism and as well as the incredible commitment and compassion the Civil Rights icon encounters throughout her life. Rosa relates the violent reaction of the KKK to the black soldiers homecoming after WWI, saying, "At one point the violence was so bad that my grandfather kept his gun... close by at all times... just in case the Klansmen broke into our house" (30).While the entire book could be filled with horrific stories of the blatant racism and violent actions of white Southerners, Rosa chooses to also relate the counterexamples. Her extraordinary experiences include, not only stories of extraordinary wrongs but extraordinary courage to do what is right, as well.

One poignant story is that of Miss White, the white woman from Massachusetts who chose to "educate black girls [despite] being ostracized by the white community in Montgomery" (42-43).The numerous stories juxtaposed against one another serve not only to demonstrate the extremes but they also show Rosa's extremely aware yet fair view of the world throughout her childhood and adolescence.While the book is written in a simplistic manner, this only serves to draw the reader closer into a more intimate contact with Parks herself.

While white people's attitudes were shown to vary widely and extremely, Rosa depicts blacks in the South in the same light.She acknowledges the understandably fearful acquiescence of the majority of the black community brought on by years of intimidation and threats of violence to those who would deviate from the status quo. She mentions her grandmother's chastising words when Rosa stood up to some white children to protect her brother. Parks tells of how hurt she felt by the fact that her grandmother thought she should simply accept the unjust behavior without a defending her or her brother's integrity. However, she also realizes later that the harsh words of her grandmother were brought on by love of her grandchildren and fear of the very tangible threat of violence and harm that any sort of pride in the black community would surely entice (22-23).Although this attitude of fear was common, it was by no means predestined.Strong black men and women made an impact on Rosa as a child. Her grandfather and neighbor both had a strong sense of pride and dignity that no white person could intimidate out of them. Rosa herself recounts her own "very strong sense of what was fair" (22).Her internal sense of justice is apparent throughout her story; not only because of her direct assertion of these feelings, but also through her view of the world and her personality, which is seen in the content of the book.

Rosa Park's values of justice, fairness, her balanced view of the world and internal strength all attributed to the most notable moment in her life:refusing to give up her bus seat and, in doing so, launching the non-violent civil rights movement in the United States. Her willingness and commitment to the cause is evident. More importantly, though, this autobiography also demonstrates very clearly that she, too, had doubts and was only human.She expresses her own doubt that non-violence could truly accomplish all that she now knows it did in the Civil Rights movement, attributing her own steadfast commitment to non-violence to Martin Luther King Jr.This seems to be too humble a self-assessment, but it is not hard for one to understand from her writing that she was just like any other person, with her own unique life experiences and conviction which she applied and committed to a cause.Rosa Parks says it best:I couldn't do everything I wanted to, but I did what I could (181). Perhaps the most important message of this biography is that of strength and commitment of character despite the uncertainty and fear inherent to the fight against oppression and injustice.

Upon finishing the biography, one is left wanting--not for lack of story or inadequate biases, but rather because this incredible woman so eloquently and intimately shares her life and in doing so bestows her own tacit understanding of the world upon the reader.It is obvious Rosa Parks is just one woman who is not without doubt or fear; this simple fact makes her story even more of an inspiration. Hence, the reader feels as though she needs to learn more, to hear more of her experiences, and to understand more about her quite source of strength. It is apparent upon finishing her autobiography that Rosa Parks writes My Story in a simple, unpretentious way that reflects her own strong sense of fairness and justice.

5-0 out of 5 stars Rosa Parks
As the bus driver asked the blacks in the front of the colored section to stand up most of them stood, Rosa Parks just scooted to a new seat and made an available seat.She said, "No."The driver looked straight at her and said, "Well, I'm going to have you arrested." Then, she calmly said, "You may do that."Rosa Parks was arrested that day of December 1, 1955 and maintained her dignity going through the process of getting arrested and going to jail.She didn't give up her seat because she was tired, she didn't give up her seat because she was tired of giving in.Rosa Parks was born February 4, 1913, in Tuskegee, Alabama.She died on October 24, 2005, in Detroit, Michigan.Her book, Rosa Parks: My Story, is very interesting it explained her importance in Civil Rights and other movements.It talks about how there were killings and white people being ostracized of being part of the Civil Rights Movement.She is inspirational and has a very clear mind.This book is for anyone who likes reading about the Civil Rights Movement and the view of black people in the early 1900s.

This book recognizes a lot of the Civil Rights Movement being that she was a part of the mistreatment of African-Americans.As said in the first paragraph she didn't give up her bus seat because she was tired of giving in to white people intimidating her and other African-Americans.That and other arrestments started the Montgomery bus boycott.

She recognizes the fact a lot that everyone's the same and shouldn't be treated any differently than others.She also says that Dr. Martin Luther King, jr. made a point about not fighting back with violence.When Rosa was young she didn't know what nonviolence really was.All her and her brother knew were to say if someone did something to them they would go right back and do something to them.After Dr. King's speeches' she realized that he believed strongly in nonviolence and listened to Mohandas Gandhi on liberating India from Great Britain.

Rosa is and inspiration.She will maintain her dignity in bad times, protest for what she believes in, and is very caring to her family, friends, and society.Rosa has helped a race maintain their dignity and has helped the youth to grow up and try to make a difference in their lives and other's.

Rosa has been a national icon when you think of the Civil Rights Movement.Her nickname is the Mother of Civil Rights just for her accomplishments.It wasn't because she didn't give up her seat.It was because she is a strong woman and cares about her friends and family.Rosa Parks died a great person.Even if she got arrested she is still a great person.

T. Shepard

5-0 out of 5 stars An autobiography that should be required reading in American schools
If there is a single autobiography that should be read by all American children as they go through school, it is this one. Rosa Parks was the person who lit the spark that ignited the civil rights movement in the United States that led to so much positive change. Tired after a long day at work, she was riding the bus home. According to law, if a white person wanted her seat, she was forced to give it up. A white man wanted to sit, but she refused to yield. The white driver then ordered her to relinquish the seat and when she again refused, the police were called, which led to her arrest. This action sparked the famous Montgomery bus boycott, which led to a change in the law. Once the civil rights movement started, it could not be stopped, despite ferocious and violent opposition by southern whites.
This story is one of an otherwise unassuming but proud woman who possessed great courage. Her life is one of hardship, trials and eventually great triumph. Young children of today do not understand what life was like in the segregated, racist society of the first half of the twentieth century. This book will help them understand the debt we all owe to the people who sparked, nurtured and led the civil rights movement to the success that it was. It is a very moving and inspiring book.
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