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1. All New Square Foot Gardening:
2. The Cricket in Times Square (Chester
3. Square Foot Gardening: A New Way
4. Washington Square
5. The Legend of Spookley the Square
7. The Knitter's Companion Deluxe
8. One Square Inch of Silence: One
9. Red Square: A Novel (Mortalis)
10. The Ghosts of Martyrs Square:
11. All New Square Foot Gardening
12. The Union Square Cafe Cookbook:
13. Essential Guide to the Steel Square:
14. One Small Square: Woods
15. Ben Franklin and the Magic Squares
16. Times Square Red, Times Square
17. One Magic Square: The Easy, Organic
18. The Cats in Krasinski Square
19. Postcards from Tomorrow Square:
20. Sea Squares

1. All New Square Foot Gardening: Grow More in Less Space!
by Mel Bartholomew
Paperback: 271 Pages (2006-02-01)
list price: US$19.99 -- used & new: US$9.34
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Asin: 1591862027
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Do you know what the best feature is in All New Square Foot Gardening?

Sure, there are ten new features in this all-new, updated book. Sure, it's even simpler than it was before. Of course, you don't have to worry about fertilizer or poor soil ever again because you'll be growing above the ground.

But, the best feature is that "anyone," "anywhere" can enjoy a Square Foot garden. Children, adults with limited mobility, even complete novices can achieve spectacular results.

But, let's get back to the ten improvements. You're going to love them.

1) New Location - Move your garden closer to your house by eliminating single-row gardening. Square Foot Garden needs just "twenty percent" of the space of a traditional garden.

2) New Direction - Locate your garden "on top" of existing soil. Forget about pH soil tests, double-digging (who enjoys that?), or the never-ending soil improvements.

3) New Soil - The new "Mel's Mix" is the perfect growing mix. Why, we even give you the recipe. Best of all, you can even "buy" the different types of compost needed.

4) New Depth - You only need to prepare a SFG box to a depth of 6 inches! It's true--the majority of plants develop just fine when grown at this depth.

5) No Fertilizer - The all new SFG does not need any fertilizer-ever! If you start with the perfect soil mix, then you don't need to add fertilizer.

6) New Boxes - The new method uses bottomless boxes placed aboveground. We show you how to build your own (with step-by-step photos).

7) New Aisles - The ideal gardening aisle width is about three to four feet. That makes it even easier to kneel, work, and harvest.

8)New Grids - Prominent and permanent grids added to your SFG box help you visualize the planting squares and know how to space for maximum harvest.

9)New Seed Saving Idea - The old-fashioned way advocates planting many seeds and then thinning the extras (that means pulling them up). The new method means planting a pinch- literally two or three seeds--per planting hole.

10) Tabletop Gardens - The new boxes are so much smaller and lighter (only 6 inches of soil, remember?), you can add a plywood bottom to make them portable.

Of course, that's not all. We've also included simple, easy-to-follow instructions using lots of photos and illustrations. You're going to love it! ... Read more

Customer Reviews (308)

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Gardening Book
Although I am in the reading phase, this book lines out gardening in common sense fashion. I am excited to get started with a plan to build four of these boxes and get started with EASY gardening - no rows, less weeds, portability, crop rotation so things are fresh and on and on. Highly recommend buying this - have a friend who is a true farmer that has adopted this method and swears by it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Full Square
Good tips for making gardening more fun, practical.Tips can be adapted to style of gardening you may already be practicing.Lots of good ideas as your seasons progress.

5-0 out of 5 stars Throw the Old Square Foot Gardening Edition Away
If you have the original edition of "Square Foot Gardening," throw it in your composter because that is about all it is good for compared to this one.Mel now gives you step-by-step pictures on how to do almost everything in the book.In addition, he has greatly changed and streamlined the entire square foot gardening process, making it far simpler than it was back in the old days when he had his show on PBS.By the way, does anyone remember how he had a segment where he demonstrated tools and after each one was explained he would just chuck it over his shoulder sending it crashing to the ground?That, and the fact that he had an Abe Lincoln beard back then made him seem a little crazy, but you can't judge a book by its cover, or an edition by its title.This is a wonderful book, and it will provide everything you need to know to garden effectively in a small space.I offer one caveat - forget everything you ever learned about gardening before reading this book.His approach runs so counter to conventional gardening that if you attempt to create a mental melange of his ideas and yours, you might just bruise your brain.

5-0 out of 5 stars Replacing lost copy
I owned the previous edition, but lost it and many other books when my house flooded. This is one of the few I've replaced. This one has added some tables of info that can be handy.
Everytime I start wondering if the cost of building those boxes and using the special mix is worth it, I remember what I paid for the tiller that also drowned in the flood. I can "till" this mix with my fingers! No gas, no oil, no noise, no fumes, no storage space needed. I'm in an apartment now, not a house, so that is important.

5-0 out of 5 stars Square Foot Gardening
This is a truly unjique approach to gardening, designed to take the pain away.All tha work goes away and the fun comes out. I would give it 4 stars except is was so well written as well. You must have this book if you want great flowers or vegtables the easy way for years and years to come!!! This will really change your gardening experience. If you don't have the ability to think outside the box though, you will waste your money. I was not much of a gardener before this book because it was a lot of work and it just wasn't all that fun. This book brings gardening alive and makes it a blast. It also makes it truly easy. ... Read more

2. The Cricket in Times Square (Chester Cricket and His Friends)
by George Selden
Paperback: 144 Pages (2008-04-01)
list price: US$6.99 -- used & new: US$3.04
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Asin: 0312380038
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Tucker is a streetwise city mouse. He thought he’d seen it all. But he’s never met a cricket before, which really isn’t surprising, because, along with his friend Harry Cat, Tucker lives in the very heart of New York City—the Times Square subway station. Chester Cricket never intended to leave his Connecticut meadow. He’d be there still if he hadn’t followed the entrancing aroma of liverwurst right into someone’s picnic basket. Now, like any tourist in the city, he wants to look around. And he could not have found two better guides—and friends—than Tucker and Harry. The trio have many adventures—from taking in the sights and sounds of Broadway to escaping a smoky fire.
     Chester makes a third friend, too. It is a boy, Mario, who rescues Chester from a dusty corner of the subway station and brings him to live in the safety of his parents’ newsstand. He hopes at first to keep Chester as a pet, but Mario soon understands that the cricket is more than that. Because Chester has a hidden talent and no one—not even Chester himself—realizes that the little country cricket may just be able to teach even the toughest New Yorkers a thing or two.
Amazon.com Review
One night, the sounds of New York City--the rumbling of subwaytrains, thrumming of automobile tires, hooting of horns, howling ofbrakes, and the babbling of voices--is interrupted by a sound thateven Tucker Mouse, a jaded inhabitant of Times Square, has never heardbefore. Mario, the son of Mama and Papa Bellini, proprietors of thesubway-station newsstand, had only heard the sound once. What was thisnew, strangely musical chirping? None other than the mellifluousleg-rubbing of the somewhat disoriented Chester Cricket fromConnecticut. Attracted by the irresistible smell of liverwurst,Chester had foolishly jumped into the picnic basket of someunsuspecting New Yorkers on a junket to the country. Despite theinsect's wurst intentions, he ends up in a pile of dirt in TimesSquare.

Mario is elated to find Chester. He begs his parents to lethim keep the shiny insect in the newsstand, assuring his bug-fearingmother that crickets are harmless, maybe even good luck. What ensuesis an altogether captivating spin on the city mouse/country mousestory, as Chester adjusts to the bustle of the big city. Despite thecricket's comfortable matchbox bed (with Kleenex sheets); the fancy,seven-tiered pagoda cricket cage from Sai Fong's novelty shop; tastymulberry leaves; the jolly company of Tucker Mouse and Harry Cat; andeven his new-found fame as "the most famous musician in New YorkCity," Chester begins to miss his peaceful life in theConnecticut countryside. The Cricket in Times Square--a NewberyAward runner-up in 1961--is charmingly illustrated by the well-lovedGarth Williams, and the tiniest details of this elegantly spun,vividly told, surprisingly suspenseful tale will stick with childrenfor years and years. Make sure this classic sits on the shelf of yourfavorite child, right next to The Wind inthe Willows. (Ages 9 to 12) ... Read more

Customer Reviews (135)

5-0 out of 5 stars Product Review
I found my dvd of "Cricket In Times Square to be exactly as the seller presented it. I was sent in a very timely manner. I will use this seller again!

3-0 out of 5 stars I've read lesser books, I suppose...
(Disclaimer: Please be aware that this review reflects only my opinion and should, like any other review, be taken with a "grain of salt," so to speak. Neither my opinion nor anyone else's should ever be the final deciding factor in YOUR decision to purchase or read a book. If you are curious about the work in question, I encourage you to purchase it, read it, etc. and come to your own conclusions regardless of what another individual has said.) Now, onto the review...

I've read lesser books, I suppose, but still, I was somewhat surprised that this one was a runner-up for the Newbery Award. The plot isn't overtly complex, though, considering that this is a children's book, it doesn't need to be. A flash-synopsis is as follows: a cat and mouse in a Times Square subway station befriend a lonely cricket who has, against his will, been brought to Conneticut. The cricket is the "pet" of an Italian boy, whose family runs the struggling newstand inside the subway station. After a few mishaps here and there, which prompt Mama Bellini to dub Chester Cricket a "jinx," Chester redeems himself by quickly learning and composing music using his cricket's wings; he and his songs soon become famous and are sought-ought by crowds in the subway station. Fame eventually (and predictably) begins to affect the cricket in a negative way and, with the help of Harry Cat and Tucker Mouse, he boards a subway headed back for the meadows of Conneticut. The book, I suppose, isn't horrible, but it isn't all that remarkable, either.

In reality, the novel really didn't have many merits. Yes, it was about several unlikely friendships, but friendship is a rather generic subject to explore in children's literature unless it is done in a fantastic and truly captivating way; the partnership of a cat and mouse has been written of before in countless stories (examples can easily be found within the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm, for example) and doesn't necessarily cross any boundaries or reveal any sort of truth in Selden's book as it has in others. The subject of freedom is touched upon, albeit briefly, and Chester Cricket comes to feel he is a victim of artistic exploitation when the Bellini family has him perform on a schedule in order to draw customers to their once poorly-performing business. This is a bit melodramatic and, really, unnecessary, considering that Chester is free to escape any time he wishes with the aid of Tucker Mouse and Harry Cat. More confusing still, the cricket doesn't wish to flee out of a sense of "loyalty" (?) to the Bellinis, the family who has been profiting from his musical talent in the first place. The lines of friendship and freedom, along with any message they might convey, become muddled and aren't really smoothed out by the novel's end.

Furthermore, Selden's book contains what I feel to be a rather racist depiction of the Chinese characters. The elderly Chinese man Sai Fong who tells Mario Bellini the legends about crickets and sells him the cricket cage (which Chester loathes), is given a heavy accent in which his "R's" are written as "L's." Also, Sai Fong's laughter ("Eee hee hee!") wasn't passed off as harmless or as endearing as the author might have hoped for. Younger children, who are not racially-sensitive, could easily find humor in something that they are not mature enough to appreciate at that particular point in their lives. Yes, Selden published his work in the 60's, but as readers living in a p.c.-conscious 21st century, such issues really ought to be addressed.

Again, the story wasn't terrible, but it wasn't remarkable, either. I was rather bored at points and convinced myself to finish the book since it was relatively short. As someone who reads a tremendous lot of children's books, I don't feel that "The Cricket in Times Square" can really compete thematically, creatively, or commercially in today's market. I've read it once, though I doubt I shall ever pick it up again.

5-0 out of 5 stars My kids & I LOVED this book!
We listened to this on tape in the car & we all loved it (40yr old mom & 2 8yr olds). Such a sweet, sensitive story of friendship & letting go what you love to make it happy. Wonderful ending....the narrarator was great, really brought the characters to life.

One of my favorites...can't believe I didn't hear about this book when I was a kid! Im sure my kids are going to want to read this now & I'll probably read it too.

5-0 out of 5 stars Cricket In Times Square - Trip Down Memory Lane
While reading books for the Revisit Your Childhood Favorites Reading challenge I chose George Selden's "A Cricket In Times Square." In it we meet Chester the Cricket, who 3 days ago was safely enjoying a picnic lunch in Connecticut, but now finds himself in the strange & wonderful world of New York City. Discovered by Mario, the son of a newsstand owner, he soon befriends Tucker Mouse & Harry Cat. Feeling out of place at first, he soon discovers a hidden talent that brings notoriety to himself as well as Mario's family. Along the way he has several adventures, including a fire, a Chinese dinner, and eating money (quite by mistake!). This trip down memory lane was a quick read, and it's easy to see why this is a Newberry Honor book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
This was my favorite book while growing up. I read hundreds of books while I was younger but still read this one several times. I would love to go back and read it again. ... Read more

3. Square Foot Gardening: A New Way to Garden in Less Space with Less Work
by Mel Bartholomew
Paperback: 352 Pages (2005-04-02)
list price: US$19.99 -- used & new: US$4.95
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Asin: 1579548563
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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One of the bestselling garden books ever is fresher than ever! Ready to inspire a whole new generation of gardeners.

When he created the "square foot gardening" method, Mel Bartholomew, a retired engineer and efficiency expert, found the solution to the frustrations of most gardeners. His revolutionary system is simple: it's an ingenious planting method based on using square foot blocks of garden space instead of rows. Gardeners build up, not down, so there's no digging and no tilling after the first year. And the method requires less thinning, less weeding, and less watering.

"I found a better way to garden, one that's more efficient, more manageable, and requires less work," Bartholomew explains. Not surprisingly, his method quickly received worldwide recognition and has been written up in every major newspaper and gardening magazine. His book, which served as the companion to the nationally acclaimed television series, has sold over 800,000 copies. Now freshened with new illustrations, the book Ingram calls "the largest selling garden book in America" is reissued for the delight of a whole new generation of gardeners.
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Customer Reviews (112)

4-0 out of 5 stars Good for its time ...
Square Foot Gardening is a good book, as written for its time and is still a worthy buy as background information for the newer version of the same book.I found only three things that I did not particularly like about the original SFG ...

(1)Mel couldn't quite divorce himself from the intensive task of soil preparation, meaning turning over the original soil found within his 4x4 square foot area to a suggested one foot in depth.This is often totally unnecessary if not impossible in some areas of the country that has extremely poor or rocky soil that defies digging or tillering.While his book does go on to later show raised beds and to mention container gardening, I felt the deep digging to be out of line with the remainder of the book, the whole idea of which was supposedlyto reduce the amount of labor to a minimum.

(2) SFG makes an excellent primer for people who like to garden three seasons, but when you do the calculations of what to plant when, you end up with very sparse crops in the spring and fall, which are primarily "salad gardens" and the summer crop the more traditional garden produce of onions, tomatoes, pole beans, corn, cucumbers, peppers and muskmelons - all of which save the onions, are what Mel calls "vertical crops."This "vertical crop" method is really no more than a 1'x4' row garden at the head of each 4x4 SFG section.The amounts being raised are insufficient for those that might be considering this method of gardening for the purpose of canning and preserving what they grow.On the other hand, the SFG makes an excellent "kitchen garden" where produce can be planted and harvested in such a manner that one would have fresh vegetables on the table every day throughout the growing season.

(3)Those into self sufficient ways of living, that do need to grow and preserve foods are better off growing traditional row gardens, as they can plant and harvest crops at one time for processing.I was also dismayed that the word "potato" was no where to be found in SFG, as it is a staple, long recognized for its use as a survival food that can be easily grown in containers, harvested and kept stored in a simple root cellar year around.

So the main consideration for others thinking about buying this book, would be "what do I want to accomplish by utilizing the SFG method?"If its a three season "salad or kitchen garden" this is for you.If you are into home production and storage, to feed your family over a four season period, and on a continuous and recurring basis, then it is insufficient for that purpose.

3-0 out of 5 stars Get the NEWER book
I first read this book in the library and said this is a MUST have and so I ordered one for myself.However, at the same time I ordered his newer book and he has changed a few things that make this book almost obsolete.I am glad I have both because this older book still has good information at the back that I enjoy reading BUT for the most part the NEWER book is the only one needed.

This whole concept is a fantastic one for those with a backyard garden. It has been a great start of my vegetable growing season.Best one I have had yet and I will never go back to the old way.

5-0 out of 5 stars Square Foot Gardening
We are using this gardening method and were very happy to get the book to help us with the details.The book is in good condition and the service was prompt.Thank you!

4-0 out of 5 stars book
Liked the latest addition to this book better.the revision is very good.Very useful book for anyone using a raised garden bed.

5-0 out of 5 stars Square foot gardening
Being a beginner gardener aqt the age of 62 I find this book very informative, easy to understand. A simple guide for those of us who want to have a garden, does not want to spend hours out in the hot sun, weeding, watering, and everything that is needed to have give your garden the loving care it deserves.I would recommend this book to anyone who has ever wanted to hve a garden, but the thought of tending a huge spance of space turns them off. I'm very excited to get started.

Carol, from CT ... Read more

4. Washington Square
by Henry James
Paperback: 114 Pages (2009-05-19)
list price: US$7.50 -- used & new: US$7.50
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Asin: 1438288883
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Washington Square is a structurally simple tragicomedy that recounts the conflict between a dull but sweet daughter and her brilliant, domineering father. The plot of the novel is based upon a true story told to James by his close friend, British actress Fanny Kemble. The book is often compared to Jane Austen's work for the clarity and grace of its prose and its intense focus on family relationships.
Readers have sufficiently enjoyed the book to make it one of the more popular works of the Jamesian canon.
"Everybody likes Washington Square, even the denigrators of Henry James," wrote critic Donald Hall, and most other commentators have echoed the sentiment. Although James himself regarded the novel with near contempt, readers have enjoyed its linear narrative technique, its straightforward prose (far removed from the convoluted language of James's later career), and the sharply etched portraits of the four main characters. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Catherine the assertive
About twenty years ago, assertiveness training was all the rage. Catherine Sloper uses all the techniques of assertiveness, humbly standing by her own point of view no matter how much pressure is put on her. This is true from the first page of the book to the last; her assertiveness at last makes her a little cruel, which is not surprising in the daughter of such a cruel father. But she remains honest and true to herself.

Henry James didn't include this story in the New York Edition selection of his best works, perhaps because he explains outright that Morris Townsend is a fortune hunter and in other ways tips off the reader to many of his characters' motivations.

He's subtle about Catherine, though. You can feel so sorry for her you never notice she's by far the strongest person in the book.

Meanwhile the book is slambang fast-paced for a romance novel. It never gets to the bedroom, but the people who say nothing happens must be pretty hungry for happenings. The suitor gets the heroine to fall in love. The father checks up on the suitor. The aunt has midnight meetings with the suitor. The suitor and the heroine meet while the father is away. The father offers the daughter the equivalent of half a million dollarsa year after his death just for her promise never to marry the suitor. The suitor quarrels with her and leaves. The suitor comes back -- all of this in about 160 pages, and I skipped the trip to Europe where the father half strands his daughter in lonely, scary country.

Don't miss this one.

5-0 out of 5 stars Who needs enemies?
James is an emotionally insightful and understated author.Re-reading "Wahsington Squre" reminded me how of that.Catherine is an average 1870's New Yorker in every way except one; she's an heiress.Her mother died when she was very young leaving her $10,000 a year.She's set to inherit double that amount from her doctor father.It seems the money is important to everyone but her.Her Aunt Pennyman, her surrogate mother, urges her to encourage Morris, a fortune hunter.Since Catherine's inexperienced and not considered pretty or accomplished or particularly intelligent she's easy pickings when Auntie and would be bridegroom coral her.Her father on the other hand see's clearly that Morris' main desire is Catherine's money.He does everything he can to prevent the union even whisking her to Europe for a year.This is a bittersweet tale where no one is genuinely concerned for Catherine not even herself.With friends and family like this who needs enemies?

I know people sometimes have problems reading James because of his complex writing style."Washington Square", along with "Portrait of a Lady', is his most accessible book in my opinion."Washington Square" is also a much shorter than his other major works.

3-0 out of 5 stars Misplaced passions
In contrast to James's earlier novels, where European and American ideals are often embodied in the form of beautiful women of superficiality on one side and less attractive women of substance on the other (with the male figures torn between the respective attractions of each), in Washington Square (1880), James follows his more nuanced and intriguing characterisation of Daisy Miller (1878) with another fascinating female protagonist - a quite plain and ordinary heroine - and finds in her another means to look at social attitudes.

Catherine Sloper is the daughter of an eminent and respected widower doctor who lives at Washington Square in New York.She's not clever, not pretty and a bit of a glutton for cream cakes, but she is clearly good, obedient and docile.These aren't qualities that Dr Sloper believes will result in a distinguished marriage, and he reluctantly accepts the fact, leaving his daughter's upbringing and education in the hands of his sister Mrs Penniman, a widow.At the ripe old age of 22, Catherine, shy, sensitive and of a delicate disposition, remains unmarried and indeed uncourted.

When a young man shows interest in his daughter, Dr. Sloper is initially amused, but suspicious of the fact that Morris Townsend has no money, no position and appears to be living off his married sister, who herself is not at all wealthy, and seeing no attraction in his own daughter other than the dowry and inheritance that she will come into, he takes a great dislike to the young man and opposes any suggestion of a marriage.Mrs Penniman however has romantic ideas about a secret union and tries to encourage both parties to go against her brother's wishes.Poor Catherine seems to be caught in the middle with no will or volition of her own.

Washington Square is not the most impressive Henry James, but it's a slim little novel that is delightfully twisted in its own way, and neatly and satisfactorily wrapped up as ever with James, who never goes against the tone of his stories.It's very much a "talkie" book - everyone has meetings with everyone else and has a frank conversation, believing they are being honest and upfront, with the best interests of Catherine at heart, but in reality, they care for nothing more than themselves, their own sense of self-importance and self-interest and how they are regarded in society if Catherine has no concerns for it herself.It's in the absence of any volition on the part of the rather nondescript Catherine that both Mrs Penniman and Dr. Sloper (and to a large extent even Morris Townsend as well) go as far as enacting on her behalf the passions she appears to lack - passions that prove to be false and misplaced, while Catherine remains true.

Washington Square is a popular James novel for its romantic novelistic touches, even if it was never a favourite of the author himself.It's far from the strongest Henry James novel, not even of his earlier work, but the characterisation is well observed, never giving in to standard expectations, and carried through realistically - and almost cruelly - to the end.Catherine (along with the aforementioned Daisy Miller) is at least one of James's most interesting female characters of this period - one that seems to operate outside the normal binary distinctions one finds in early James works.

4-0 out of 5 stars Qaint Read
Washington Square by Henry James is a good story which I bought for an English College class. I didn't particularly like how most of the story was concentrated on the home setting of the "Washington Square" part of town, but hey that's what the book is called right? For those wanting a slow but interesting classic read I recommend it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great reading
Just finished reading Washington Square by Henry James. A masterpiece of character sketching of an autocratic all knowing father and a devoted daughter who shows an astonishing strength of mind when pushed to the limit of endurance by both her lover and her father. What a page turner this book turned out to be even though nothing happens in terms of events. The absence of the mother in Catherine's case adds to the tragedy of the situation. The mother is role is replaced by that of a silly and cunning aunt whose character is the only one that seems hard to believe. One is happy that the patriarch Dr. Sloper with all his money power is snubbed in the end and even his threat to cut catherine off from her inheritance doesnt quite give him the satisfaction he craves " to have done the right thing". A celebration of womanhood and a must read for everyone.

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5. The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin with CD
by Joe Troiano
Hardcover: 24 Pages (2003-07-25)
list price: US$6.95 -- used & new: US$22.99
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Asin: 0760745552
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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It's hip to be square-and that's why The Legend of Spookley has sold more than 100,000 copies so far! And now it comes with a free CD.

Spookley was different.
He was odd,
he was rare.
Spookley the pumpkin wasn't round-
he was...square!

A very unique pumpkin delivers a special message of tolerance and self-acceptance that's just right for Halloween...and every day of the year. Plus, the book comes with a FREE CD that features the famous Bobby "Boris" Pickett (of "Monster Mash" fame) reading the story and singing songs--including one from the upcoming Spookley film!
What's going on in the pumpkin patch? Well, a very unusual pumpkin has hatched. While all others are round, Spookley is square. He's not like his friends-they have curves, he has ends. And so everyone teases him, night and day.
But just before Halloween, the weather turns stormy. Winds toss the round pumpkins to and fro, and off they go, crashing and bashing and smashing--except Spookley. Can he, with his square little body, save the day?
A delicious story about how good being different can be. And the imaginative end--a patch filled with all sorts of oddly shaped and colorful pumpkins--will thoroughly delight kids!
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Halloween Book That Isn't Scary!
My children love this book.It comes with a CD with three tracks on it.The first is the man from "Monster Mash" reading the book.You child will love following along with him.Great for in the car!The other two tracks are songs.The third song wasn't a favorite so we would just go right past that one.I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this great book that ISN'T full of witches and such.It is a heartwarming story that teaches a good lesson.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Legendary Halloween
I was introduced to SPOOKLEY by my kids who every Halloween, request to hear THE LEGEND OF THE SQUARE PUMPKIN year and year again. Teaching kids tolerance and being different can be great, this book is highly recommended also because it is beautifully written in verse and comes with a CD that his story can be sung and appreciated. Spookley is a square pumpkin and because he is not the usual round-shaped pumpkins, he has been made fun of terribly. It seems that his adversity prepares and strengthens Spookley's spirit for the great legendary role that he is going to undertake. Though it is hard for me to see Spookley go through so much teasing, the kids are thoroughly fascinated and focus on the right messages - they are intrigued by its unique shape and they want to know how this square pumpkin becomes the legend. First the story exerts sympathy from kids and later, their admiration. In the end, it has become our tradition to read about this colorful book and remember its lesson that is so splendidly told.

5-0 out of 5 stars Spook-Free Book
I teach at a Christian school, and this is one story that can be read to younger ones without conflict.Cute story of a pumpkin - not quite the right shape - that saves all the other pumpkins in a bad storm.Very sweet, and the illustrations are cute, too.

5-0 out of 5 stars Vibrant pictures and good lesson
What a delightful book!The pictures are vivid and appealing to kids!The story tells a great lesson about how it's ok to be different; in fact, sometimes the only person that's different is the one that can help.So it really takes everyone to make this world turn.I think reading this before a pumpkin patch visit in the fall will make it oh so much more exciting.

5-0 out of 5 stars Shapes and Self-Esteem Too
This is an adorable story that could be used for both teaching about three dimensional shapes and about the value of being your unique self.Spookley is a little bit different in that he is square shaped (actually cubical) but his shape ends up saving the day for the other pumpkins.I intend to use this story with preschoolers, some of whom have special needs. ... Read more

6. (BEYOND THE SQUARE) CROCHET MOTIFS BY ECKMAN, EDIE[AUTHOR]Paperback{Beyond the Square: Crochet Motifs: 144 Circles, Hexagons, Triangles, Squares, and Other Unexpected Shapes} on 2008
Paperback: Pages (2008-07-30)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Very useful
I make prayer shawls and this will enable me ot make some different ones from the usual patterns.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very comprehensive
This book is very comprehensive and is divided up among the different shapes of crochet motifs.There are also helpful instrucitons for how to crochet in the round in the beginning of the book that go beyond what I could find in other books.I have learned how to start a magic ring (the easy way:), join new colors into a motif and to disquise a join from this book!All of the crochet motifs are beautifully crafted and neat so even a beginner (like me) can see what is going on and how a finished object should look.

It is helpful to have a visual reference to the sometimes subtle differences in the crochet motifs featured.I really like this book - if you are a beginner you should add this to your collection. I have found crochet in the round to be one of the more challenging techniques to date, this book really boosted my confidence and was the most helpful resource in doing so.Five stars!

5-0 out of 5 stars Fun New Ideas for Crocheters
This is a great book.I actually borrowed it from the library and decided I had to have it. So I found it for the best price on Amazon.I ordered it on Friday and received it on Monday using only standard shipping! This is such a wonderful book for experienced and beginning crocheters.The instructions are so easy to understand. I love all of the interesting shapes and patterns they have come up with.The color combinations are awesome, too. Just a fun book to have.

3-0 out of 5 stars ho-hum
I purchased this book because the cover looked really interesting.I'm an avid knitter and crocheter and unfortunately, after spending some time with this book, I'm not very impressed. I was hoping to find some exciting new ideas for purses and the like but realize that most of these designs are a bit odd and hard to put together - in other words, good for a one off but not much more.I wish I had purchased "200 crochet blocks" by Jan Eaton instead - I've looked at that before and although all the shapes are square, the patterns are a lot more stylish and hip - and easier to follow.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good crochet book
I have crocheted a lot of motifs out of this book. I think it was worth the money. A lot of the motifs will be used for coasters. ... Read more

7. The Knitter's Companion Deluxe Edition w/DVD
by Vicki Square
Hardcover: 136 Pages (2010-12-07)
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Now with two bonus instructional DVDs, The Knitter’s Companion Deluxe Edition is every knitter’s perfect reference guide! Chock-full of techniques, illustrations, and definitions, this resource has everything you need for knitting with confidence.

Inside you’ll find an overview of stitches, gauges, joins, seams, borders, and buttonholes, as well as detailed descriptions of each technique and photographs that show the finished look. Innovative methods are also explored in The Knitter’s Companion Deluxe Edition with DVD, including additional ways to cast on, bind off, and increase stitches. Vicki Square shares an abundance of detail on color knitting techniques, plus favorite embellishments such as tassels, fringe, knitting with beads, and more. Vicki also shares with you in two extended DVDs every technique featured in the book. Starring in more than four hours of instruction on the DVDs, Vicki shares with you a truly hands-on knitting experience. All the information knitters need is right at their fingertips with The Knitter’s Companion Deluxe Edition with DVD—an indispensable addition to any knitter’s bag of tricks.
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8. One Square Inch of Silence: One Man's Quest to Preserve Quiet
by Gordon Hempton, John Grossmann
Paperback: 368 Pages (2010-03-02)
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In the visionary tradition of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, One Square Inch of Silence alerts us to beauty that we take for granted and sounds an urgent environmental alarm. Natural silence is our nation’s fastest-disappearing resource, warns Emmy-winning acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton, who has made it his mission to record and preserve it in all its variety—before these soul-soothing terrestrial soundscapes vanish completely in the ever-rising din of man-made noise. Recalling the great works on nature written by John Muir, John McPhee, and Peter Matthiessen, this beautifully written narrative, co-authored with John Grossmann, is also a quintessentially American story—a road trip across the continent from west to east in a 1964 VW bus. But no one has crossed America like this. Armed with his recording equipment and a decibel-measuring sound-level meter, Hempton bends an inquisitive and loving ear to the varied natural voices of the American landscape—bugling elk, trilling thrushes, and drumming, endangered prairie chickens. He is an equally patient and perceptive listener when talking with people he meets on his journey about the importance of quiet in their lives. By the time he reaches his destination, Washington, D.C., where he meets with federal officials to press his case for natural silence preservation, Hempton has produced a historic and unforgettable sonic record of America. With the incisiveness of Jack Kerouac’s observations on the road and the stirring wisdom of Robert Pirsig repairing an aging vehicle and his life, One Square Inch of Silence provides a moving call to action. More than simply a book, it is an actual place, too, located in one of America’s last naturally quiet places, in Olympic National Park in Washington State. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Can you remember any silence in your life?
In "One Square Inch of Silence", Gordon Hampton is on a quest and he has mission. The quest is to find places with "no audible human noise intrusions of any kind for a minimum of 15 minutes"; and the mission is to protect a one square inch area in Olympic National Park from sound intrusions.

In the process, Hempton, travels from Washington to Washington DC in a VW bus stopping along the way at many of the likely sources of silence such as National Parks and other public and open landscapes before finally walking underneath the air traffic routes leading into the DC area. "One Square Inch of Silence" is travel narrative about our nature world where we need to protect the landscape from sound intrusions both locally and from such places as the air where one plane can affect a large area of open space.


A Guide to my Book Rating System:

1 star = The wood pulp would have been better utilized as toilet paper.
2 stars = Don't bother, clean your bathroom instead.
3 stars = Wasn't a waste of time, but it was time wasted.
4 stars = Good book, but not life altering.
5 stars = This book changed my world in at least some small way.

2-0 out of 5 stars Irony Deficient
I've been familiar with Hempton's nature recordings for years, and although not great like Bernie Krause, Peter Cusack or even Dan Gibson, they're still very good.He has an ear for subtlety.

Which is why it's surprising that his book should be so deaf to his own voice.Way too much of the book is taken up with SPL (sound pressure level) meter readings of every place he's ever visited -- 96 dBA here, 70 dBA there, 22 dBA somewhere else, page after page after page.The man apparently carries his SPL meter everywhere, even to a ballgame or a family gathering when he should be paying attention to something else.I mean really, who cares?(In an appendix he graphs approximately 80 of these readings into a very selective "EKG of America," but he graphs the dBs linearly, not exponentially as they should be.)He comes off as a single-issue zealot who alienates park rangers, airline officials and even his own daughter.

He confuses "silence" with "quiet" too.His One Square Inch of Silence project is designed to protect national parks from man-made noise, but he admits that the parks are full of very loud natural noises, some "too loud to talk over."Apparently only man-made noise is bad... because only man is "not natural"?Hempton lobbies the airlines to re-route around national parks, then has the gall to wonder, "Are they thinking about me up there?"Of course they are Gordon, of course they are.Again, single-issue crank.

Is he a Luddite, against all human technology?No, since he uses park roads and visitor centers to reach his favorite campgrounds, drives a polluting (& noisy) '64 VW van and records with a $36K rig.Is he a preservationist?No, he's not above repositioning the rocks on a stream if he thinks it makes the stream sound better.Is he a naturalist?Nope again. He subsists (at least partially) on fast food and name brand foodstuffs (which as another reviewer noted he names compulsively, as if hoping for an endorsement contract).He is, in the end, a bundle of unselfconsciously ironic contradictions -- but one with a legitimate and laudable goal.

The real irony of course is this: if everyone took his advice and contributed to the silence instead of contributing to the background hum... nobody would buy his CDs.

5-0 out of 5 stars become aware
Once you have read One Square Inch you will never hear the same.
You suddenly become aware of what has annoyed, provoked, and stressed you out without your awareness of it.Should be read by everyone.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good but boring
I love the message of this book, and I think it's one we need to hear! However, the story progresses very slowly, and without a sense for where it is going. Seems like an endless series of events that prove his point over and over again that there are very few places in this world that one can experience silence.

I didn't finish it...as I got the point of the book in the first few chapters and after that it just began feeling like a chore to read.

2-0 out of 5 stars Bad Apologia for a Worthwhile Cause
First of all, a confession.I grew up in a major city in the Northeast.I learned to live with the hustle and bustle of city life and the noise it generates - but also the excitement.I had an aprartment near a major throroughfare and was quite used to sleeping through the noise.When I first went to meet my future wife's parents (who lived in a fairly rural area), I couldn't sleep - the noise of crickets was one to which I was not accustomed.

Much has changed since then.I now live in a fairly rural setting with an acre of land and no streetlights.I love it and I have even gotten used to the crickets.The city now feels cramped and I love being closer to nature.The passing of the seasons are not noticable in the city apart from the cold.I wouldn't go back to the city if you paid me.So as one who really has learned to love the quiter and more natural rhythms of life, I truly wanted to like Gordan Hempton's One Square Inch of Silence - his apologia for preserving areas of silence in the wilderness.

The problem with the book is the same one that happens whenever you deal with extremists.They hijack a good cause and give it a bad name and often are hypocritical in their approach.This certainly applied to Hempton who bewails the sounds of civilization entering his preserve of silence while he drives an obsolete 1960s vinatage VW bus that is noisier than anything on the road and pollutes the environment with both noise and emissions more than a half dozen SUVs.

This book is less about a plea for us to work together to preserve silence than a crank moaning because public lands that previously he (by his own definition) was the one to spoil is now spoiled by others as well.I do believe Mr. Hempton needs to get over himself and realize the public lands are not preserved for his personal enjoyment.He is not so much anti-noise or anti-pollution as anti-human.He sees makind - himself hypocritically excluded - as a virus infecting his hallowed lands.

All that said, there are some good moments in the book when he gets off his soapbox and recounts what nature means to him.I can understand that and respect it, but he forgets others may be looking for their own square inch of silence.Nature is not his personal abode where he gets to violate others' dreams while everyone must concede his vision of perfection.
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9. Red Square: A Novel (Mortalis)
by Martin Cruz Smith
Paperback: 400 Pages (2007-09-25)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Back from exile in the hellish reaches of the Soviet Union, homicide investigator Arkady Renko discovers that his country, his Moscow, even his job, are nearly dead. But his enemies are very much alive, and foremost among them are the powerful black-market crime lords of the Russian mafia. Hounded by this terrifying new underworld, chased by the ruthless minions of the newly rich and powerful, and tempted by his great love, defector Irina Asanova, Arkady can only hope desperately for escape. But fate has something else in store.



“Sharply, evocatively written and elaborately plotted . . . [Red Square] should find as many friends as did Gorky Park.”
–The Washington Post Book World

“Gripping . . . Smith at his best.”
–The Wall Street Journal

“A crackling suspense thriller.”
–The Boston Globe

“Fascinating . . . powerful.”
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Arkady Renko!
I was thrilled to finally locate this book, third in the Renko series.Complex plot, as usual.Good part of the action is in Munich.Ties into the Yeltsin coup, and reunites Arkady and Irina.

4-0 out of 5 stars corruptions shadow
The new Russia is filled with corruption and how can one man fight it?He survives but as always with scars.There was a criticism of Russian literature as "three men in a dark basement contemplating a dead rat".This description fits this book.This is not to demean the book as the quality and skill to unveil the events and weave them together is excellent.

2-0 out of 5 stars Meandering and Disjointed
I really tried to get into this book, but "Red Square" did not satisfy. The characters were not memorable and were basically rehashed versions that Cruz Smith has used before. The whole plot was confusing, and there appeared to be several plot holes or situations that didn't really make sense so that by the end the resolution left me feeling very unsatisfied. Certain scenes were also rehashed from earlier books, such as the scene in the sauna/ bath house, and came across as very repetitive and unimaginative. The romance with Irina was very sappy; I mean, the two haven't seen in each other for years, she treats him coldly, and then a few days later (while he's bleeding from a near-death experience) they have sex and decide to stay together? While it was interesting to read about the fall of the Soviet Union, the book did nothing for me. "Gorky Park" was far better, in my opinion, and it seems the series is just getting worse and worse.

5-0 out of 5 stars Love conquers all?
I always enjoy Smith's writings because, as with James Michener, I learn a lot about other places and other cultures - in this case the culture of corruption pervading Russia after the Wall, and involving in this case priceless Russian modern art, previously suppressed by Stalin, and now existing in a lucrative and violent black market. Those who know about this will recognize the double meaning in the title. But the subplot is the thing - the continuing difficult love relationship between Irina (who first appeared in Gorky Park) and Arkady (the brilliant and embattled Investigator), whose only bad judgment comes from his heart, hopelessly controlled by thoughts of Irina - a surprisinglyserious and deep emotion for such an otherwise hard boiled detective. The ending is not the happy resolved solution that we sometimes get fed, but at least they are together again and we are implicitly invited to stay tuned for the next episode (which I think was Wolves Eat Dogs)(I had skipped this one - worth going back for).

5-0 out of 5 stars Another great Arkady Renko novel by Martin Cruz Smith!!
To say I loved this book would be such an understatement.Arkady Renko is back as is the love of his life, Irina.How these two find themselves thrust back together is excellent plotting and storytelling.Smith's take on Arkady being a fish out of water in both Munich then Berlin is priceless and the mysteries in the book are complex and layered.Great read!! ... Read more

10. The Ghosts of Martyrs Square: An Eyewitness Account of Lebanon's Life Struggle
by Michael Young
Hardcover: 336 Pages (2010-04-13)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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NOT SINCE THOMAS FRIEDMAN’SFROM BEIRUT TO JERUSALEM IN 1989 HAS A JOURNALIST OFFERED SUCH A POIGNANT AND PASSIONATE PORTRAIT OF LEBANON—A UNIQUELY PLURALIST ARAB COUNTRY STRUGGLING TO DEFEND ITS VIABILITY IN A TURBULENT AND TREACHEROUS MIDDLE EAST.Michael Young, who was taken to Lebanon at age seven by his Lebanese mother after the death of his American father and who has worked most of his career as a journalist there for American publications, brings to life a country in the crossfire of invasions, war, domestic division, incessant sectarian scheming, and often living in fear of its neighbors. Young knows or has known many of the players, politicians, writers, and religious leaders.A country riven by domestic tensions that have often resulted in assassinations, under the considerable sway of Hezbollah (in alliance with Iran and Syria), frequently set upon by Israel and Syria, nearly destroyed by civil war, Lebanon remains an exception among Arab countries because it is a place where liberal instincts and tolerance struggle to stay alive.An important and enduring symbol, Lebanon was once the outstanding example of an (almost) democratic society in an inhospitable, dangerous region—a laboratory both for modernity and violence, as a Lebanese intellectual who was later assassinated once put it.Young relates the growing tension between a domineering Syria and a Lebanese opposition in which charismatic leader and politician Rafiq al-Hariri was assassinated and the Independence Intifada—the Cedar Revolution—broke out. His searing account of his country’s confrontation with its domestic and regional demons is one of hope found and possibly lost. In this stunning narrative, Young tells us what might have been his country’s history, and what it may yet be. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Can anyone explain Lebanon?
I confess I have not quite finished "The Ghosts of Martyrs Square...." but am fascinated so far.I admit some may find it more about Lebanon than they really want to know, but I lived there, very happily, some years ago and returned for a visit in 2002.I maintain a strong affection for the country and its people, mourn for their suffering.I do feel the author, Michael Young (Lebanese/American and long-time resident and reporter in Beirut), goes a long way in making sense of this small, complicated, and important country.It is probably still Phoenician, pragmatic, and determined to outlast its neighbors.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent take on modern day Lebanon, its limitations and possibilities
I have read Michael Young for years on the Daily Star where he has been an editorial writer.He has the unique perspective on Lebanon of being half American and half Lebanese and for having lived in the country during the Civil War years, the years of occupation and now the post Cedar Revolution period that has continued since March 14, 2005.Most people see Lebanon, if at all, as a blip on a radar screen.
Young knows the history and knows the players and this gives him excellent insight into where the country is going since many of the civil war players are now players in this chapter of the country's life.The sectarianism, which many see as a hinderance to the eventual evolution of Lebanon into modernity, Young sees as a possible path toward that future.
Lebanon is the barometer of the entire region.Change Lebanon and change the region.Both sides know this, Iran and the US.Iran has been in the game much longer than has the US.Young touches on this and on the efforts of the US to catch up and to bring Lebanon more toward its natural Western orientation.For years known as the Western window into the East.Young tells us of a future Lebanon as an Eastern Window into the West.A place where the East ever fearful of the ability of the West to swallow them whole, can experience the West and find ways to accommodate their Eastern Ways to the Western culture. This is Lebanon's mission and Young writes it so well.

4-0 out of 5 stars Dispassionate and Even-Handed
An objective account and analysis of recent Lebanese history with good working explanations of the policies and tactics of the Syrians, Israelis, Maronites, Iranians, Sunnis, Hezbollah, Americans and French.Wouldhave benefited greatly, however, from some photographs of the principle players.A pretty tragic tale in all, which leads one to forecast a pessimistic future.

5-0 out of 5 stars Beirut 2005 - 2009: A Chance for Democracy Squandered
"A new power rises across the Mideast, advocates for democracy begin to taste success after years of fruitless effort," according to the Post's lead headline on April 17, 2005. The front page picture showed Lebanese columnist Samir Kassir in front of Beirut's Martyrs' Statue, the site of the Independence Uprising that forced an end to 30 years of Syrian occupation of Lebanon.
Reporting from Beirut, Scott Wilson and Daniel Williams wrote: "Suddenly [the Lebanese] were at the cutting edge of the Arab world's democratic spring."
But the Beirut Spring was short-lived, despite the Syrian withdrawal that April. On June 2, Kassir was assassinated and became the second victim, after former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri whose murder, in February, proved to be the spark that started an uprising.
"The taboos were beginning to fall, but the Syrians and their sympathizers had not called it a day," wrote Michael Young in his book The Ghosts of Martyrs Square, which captures the rise and fall of the democracy frenzy in Lebanon between 2005 and 2009.
Young is the opinion page editor at Beirut's The Daily Star. He was born in the United States to an American father and a Lebanese mother. The father prematurely died when Young was seven, and the mother took the boy back to Lebanon where Michael was raised.
In The Ghosts of Martyrs Square, Young does not follow any particular chronological order, which adds to the book's allure. He opens with a story about his friendship with Kassir, an outspoken pro-democracy intellectual whose face later became the uprising's poster.
Young then sums up his understanding of Lebanon, until recently the only Arab country with an elected parliament and government. Young reasons - and rightly so - that unlike other Arab countries where one group muscled its way to power, Lebanon's diverse population of 18 ethno-religious groups resulted in a zero-sum game.
Lebanon's diversity was its weakness too. Because no group could dominate, the system lingered in paralysis. And while Lebanon's diversity allowed the growth of liberal thought, it also made the country an easy prey for its only neighbor Syria.
"The Syrians played a balancing game. They co-opted the older leaders, promoted new ones entirely dependent on Damascus... and hit out against the incorrigibles," Young argued.
In 2000, Syrian autocrat Hafez Assad died and his son Bashar succeeded him. Unlike his cunning father, who ruled Lebanon through his balancing game, Bashar Assad imposed his will through coercion, which he practiced both directly and through Lebanese army officers loyal to him. It was only a matter of time before the Lebanese establishment, created by the end of the civil war in 1990, revolted in the face of Assad and his Lebanese cronies.
In summer 2004, Assad twisted arms to force the extension of the term of his loyalist Lebanon's President Emile Lahoud, much to the explicit opposition of veteran politician Walid Jumblatt and implicit resistance of Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. In February 2005, Hariri was murdered.
Young argues that popular frustration resulted in the biggest rally in Lebanon's history. On March 14, 2005, more than one third of Lebanon's four million population took to Martyrs' Square. Lebanon's liberal intellectuals, and later politicians opposed to Syria, helped put a face and give a voice to that movement, which came to be known as March 14.
While the March 14 Movement proved instrumental for winning back Lebanon's independence from the Syrians, it also demonstrated the shortcomings of the Lebanese system unable to build on the 2005 success, as Lebanon remained fractured, thus allowing a Syrian comeback.
"We must cut a deal with Syria, those who went after Hariri won't leave Lebanon so easily," Jumblatt told Young in 2005.
But it would take Jumblatt and March 14 four years before they conceded to the Syrians, and Young skillfully records the events leading to the March 14 demise. These included a 33-day war that Hezbollah started with Israel in July 2006, followed by Hezbollah pulling out of government and instructing its supporters to rally for more than a year in downtown Beirut, shutting down businesses and obstructing government.
In 2007, Lebanon saw more bombs and assassinations, and in May 2008, Hezbollah fighters invaded Beirut and southern Mount Lebanon in a punitive raid that forced March 14 to concede.
Young informatively reports on the UN Security Council formation of a Special Tribunal on Lebanon, designed to bring to justice the perpetrators of the crime of Hariri, Kassir and a dozen other journalists, politicians and security officers.
In 2009, even though March 14 defeated Hezbollah and its allies in parliamentary elections, the group remained powerful enough to bully its opponents and force the formation of a cabinet to its liking. Thus ended the democracy saga in the Middle East.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Read
One of the best books I've read in a long time. Finished it in 24 hours. ... Read more

11. All New Square Foot Gardening Cookbook: Taking the Harvest to the Table
by Mr. Mel Bartholomew
Hardcover: 176 Pages (2010-01-01)
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The best selling gardening book author, Mel Bartholomew offers fresh from the garden recipes from the top vegetables, fruits and herbs harvested from a square foot garden. The featured fresh fruits and vegetables offer healthy, cost-effective, and chemical-free additions to every meal. Mel adds harvesting techniques and yield information for each of the seventeen featured vegetables.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Yummy
After getting so much produce from trying the square foot gardening I figured I better find some new recipes. We tried the green bean salad and it was yummy. We're going to try the cucumber drink next. I also like the recipes to use when you have an over abundance of one crop. Thanks

5-0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly wonderful little book!
I usually pick up a few magazines and books to read while I am in Lowes to stave off the boredom while DH looks at everything hardware and power toolwise. Today I happened to pick up this book. I was intrigued as I had read the Square Foot Gardener book. I had never implemented anything in the book mind you, but it was still an enjoyable read. I figured that anyone who is that awesome a gardener must have some awesome fresh recipes. I was definitely not disappointed!

First of all, the book is beautiful. Nice large colorful pictures of not only the dishes, but also of the vegetables, herbs, etc. that are grown to make the dishes. The book is divided into sections for each vegetable with instructions on growing, pairing, etc, in the beginning, followed by a couple of recipes highlighting each vegetable. There is also a section and a few recipes for herbs. Some of the recipes are a variation of classics, but others are new inventions. The ingredients are easy to find so you won't have to search high and low for that one ingredient that makes the dish special. All the recipes looked and sounded yummy. They are also relatively health, using sour cream (you can substitute non-fat if you choose) and no butter. There was only one I thought wasn't the greatest because it uses 2 cans of cream soup. Soup being very high in salt.

I was so excited about this book that I almost bought it right then and there at $17.97, until I remembered amazon. So, I rushed home to order it right away. Thank you Mr. Bartholomew for a wonderful cookbook! I can't wait to get the book in and get cooking.

5-0 out of 5 stars the only gardening book you will ever need (unless he writes a sequel)
First of all this book could not have been written by anybody but an engineer.The author, a retired engineer, debunks common gardening myths and provides a way to make garden practical instead of a chore and perhaps even fun. This is a how-to book that delivers and that is rare.Are you interested in being a successful gardener and doing it efficiently?Read this book and follow his method.It works.

5-0 out of 5 stars Packed with extra info
I received an All New Square Foot Gardening Cookbook for Christmas.
This is NOT "just another cookbook".
It is packed with extra info like when to harvest, signs that it is ready, how to harvest and tips for storage.
The pages for Planting Schedule for Continuous Harvest Crops and Plant Spacing contain the extra help I need.
I am not a big fan of eggplant but I can see myself trying these recipies.I may find a new favorite veggie!
I think this "cookbook" will encourage more people to start a garden and take their harvest to the family table.
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12. The Union Square Cafe Cookbook: 160 Favorite Recipes from New York's Acclaimed Restaurant
by Danny Meyer, Michael Romano
Hardcover: 352 Pages (1994-10-26)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Union Square Cafe serves some of the most imaginative, interesting, and tasty food in America. The restaurant and its owners, Danny Meyer and chef Michael Romano, have been lauded for their outstanding food and superb service by Gourmet, Food & Wine, the New York Times, and the James Beard Foundation. Now its devoted fans from down the block and across the globe can savor the restaurant's marvelous dishes, trademark hospitality, and warm decor at home.

Offered are recipes for 160 of Union Square Cafe's classic dishes, from appetizers, soups, and sandwiches to main courses, vegetables, and desserts. Hot Garlic Potato Chips, Porcini Gnocchi with Prosciutto and Parmigiano Cream, Grilled Marinated Fillet Mignon of Tuna, Herb-Roasted Chicken, Eggplant Mashed Potatoes, and Baked Banana Tart with Caramel and Macadamia Nuts are some of the all-time favorites included in this long-awaited collection.

Union Square's recipes are easily mastered by home cooks. They call for ingredients that are widely available (mail-order sources are listed for those few that are not), employ familiar techniques, and take a reasonable amount of time to complete. Amateurs and pros alike will find the dishes here as accessible as they are irresistible.

Beyond just providing recipes, The Union Square Cafe Cookbook inspires confidence in home cooks by sharing Michael Romano's tips for success. Readers learn that soaking baby onions in warm water makes them easier to peel (in the recipe for Sweet Peas with Escarole, Onions, and Mint); that the Corn and Tomatillo Salsa served with Polenta-Crusted Sea Bass also goes well with barbecued chicken or pork; that leftover Sautéed Spinach with Garlic makes a great sandwich filling; and that yesterday's sourdough bread should be kept for such soups and salads as Ribollita and Sourdough Panzanella. Danny Meyer's wine suggestions, inspired by the restaurant's remarkable cellar, accompany almost every recipe.

The Union Square Cafe Cookbook does the rare job of capturing the bustling energy and ebullient enthusiasm of the restaurant itself and the spirited personalities--those of Danny and Michael--that drive it. Folks will still go out of their way to eat at Union Square Cafe, but this cookbook--filled with the restaurant's vitality, warm artwork, and tempting recipes--ensures that its pleasures are as close as your bookshelf.Amazon.com Review
Danny Meyer is the owner of the three-star New York City UnionSquare Cafe, and Michael Romano has been chef there since 1988. Togetherthey've compiled some of their best-loved recipes, some of which have been onthe menu since the restaurants opening, peppering them with clever notationsand excellent wine suggestions. Their style is Italian-inspired new Americanand includes dishes like Orange-Fennel Osso Buco and Ratatouille-StuffedZucchini Blossoms. There's also an entire section devoted to mashed potatoes.Prepared with everything from over-dried tomatoes to eggplant, ginger andgarlic, the restaurant's variations on this distinctly American dish areamong its most popular offerings. The book won the 1995 Julia Child CookbookAward in the First Book Category. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Recipes that work and are fun to make
When looking for inspiration without the Thomas Keller like effort this is where I go (along with Second Helpings which is Union Square's second cookbook). I have made dozen of the recipes and they have all worked. I love the Bar Nuts!! The binding is now falling apart but that may be more from it's usage than poor construction.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Recipes
This book is great for truing to be a union sq cafe cook, it ranges from simple to complicated, and some great tricks.

1-0 out of 5 stars cookbook
This book was very disappointing becos it had very few illustrations which for me are a MUST in cookery books.But the Amazon service was excellent as always.

3-0 out of 5 stars Satisfied
The item was received within the stated delivery schedule stated.I'm very satified with this order

4-0 out of 5 stars Union Sq Cafe cookbook
The book was a gift and the recipient enjoyed it very much. After eating at the restaurant it was to good try out the great recipes.I would recommend it. ... Read more

13. Essential Guide to the Steel Square: Facts, Short-Cuts, and Problem-Solving Secrets for Carpenters, Woodworkers & Builders (Woodworker's Essentials & More series)
by Ken Horner
Paperback: 192 Pages (2007-12-01)
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Asin: 1565233425
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Ideal for solving virtually every geometric and layout problem, this guide to the steel square blends practical advice with skill-building exercises designed to help readers get the most out of this amazing tool. Unlocking the secrets of this versatile device, professional advice covers a wide range of topics—including making measurements as fine as one-hundredth of an inch, finding the center of a circle, and building stairs—making this guide a must-have reference for woodworkers, carpenters, tool collectors, and anyone interested in the history of tools.
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5-0 out of 5 stars A book on one of the greatest tools ever made
The steel square is the best layout tool ever invented and it will amaze you to learn the thinks that you can do with it. The only way it could be improved on is if they could put a GPS unit in it.

5-0 out of 5 stars well worth careful reading and study
I picked up this book in an effort to educate myself as I am taking an introductory carpentry class this summer and didn't want to be totally ignorant upon arrival The framing square is clearly a tool that has stood the test of time and is not going away any time soon.The "Rules of Thumb" the author intersperses in the book are an ideal way to give short-cuts without sacrificing accuracy.I'm a little surprised the author didn't cite the Swanson Tool Company in the book specifically by name even though the pictures of the triangular squares in the book clearly indicate that name. The speed square might deserve its own similar book.I do think the historical background has its place and the diagrams and tool representations are excellent. There is a wealth of information in this book that can serve the newbie DIY-er such as myself very well.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very Basic... good, but VERY basic..
This is a good overview for the casual reader, or as a good introduction before you really dig into roof framing, stair building, etc.But, if you really want to master the square in framing or other construction, you're going to have to get more detailed information from other sources.If "Essential" in the title was replaced with "Basic" or "Introductory", the title would more accurately reflect the value of the book.

5-0 out of 5 stars want to have some fun?
More than you'd ever think you'd need to know about the basics to advanced uses and functions of the seemingly simple framing square. Want to have some fun? Read the book then go into your local DIY center and ask the duty expert in the tool section if there is an instruction manual that comes with the framing square? You will likely get a blank stare and comments about how simple the thing is to use. Then ask him/her if they can explain how to determine the major and minor axis of an elipse using the framing square, or simply how to determine brace length, or calculate board feet using the square? This book shows in simple, easy to follow and understand detail all that and much more. I even asked a professional framer if he knew what all the various scales were for, he didn't. He then bought the book for himself.

3-0 out of 5 stars Square
This is a good book.In my opinion I think it is more like a text book when compare with the other two books written by the same author.It gives me a lot of mathematical knowledge which I almost forgot what I learnt in high school.I think this book is more useful for student doing courses in building. ... Read more

14. One Small Square: Woods
by Donald Silver, Patricia Wynne
Paperback: 48 Pages (1997-09-01)
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Asin: 0070579334
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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The woods are full of puzzles to be solved, clues to be found. Inspired by this book's hints and fun-filled experiments and activities, and using only simple equipment, young readers unlock the closely guarded secrets of the woods­­from the strange meetings of lazy butterflies, to the miraculous "walking" of a twig, to the riddle of why the leaves turn color and fall. One small square at a time, these "detectives" plunge deeper and deeper into ancient mysteries­­without ever getting lost. Beautifully illustrated, Woods offers a picture field guide, a glossary-index, and a resource list. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Woods
Highly recommended for 'nature deficit' children.Stunningly beautiful illustrations.I recommend all of the books in this series.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing amount of info and inspiration & [good] price!
What a gem! I was surprised when I discovered this book. The gist of the book is for the child (or adult) to mark off a square space in the woods and begin exploring and learning. This book is a real integration of activities, suggested observations, and fact. The learner is to explore, dig, look, observe and investigate every inch of this square area. While suggesting the learner look for this or that, the author provides factual information about various findings. The book goes into a lot of detail and there are many things that the author thinks may be found. I bet that the learner won't find everything that is mentioned but that is OK, at least the reader can experience it in reading about it in the book if it is missed "in real life".

The book starts off in autumn, assuming the learner begins in the fall and in an area of deciduous trees. A small sampling of what is addressed in this book is why trees lose their leaves, how trees store energy and make energy, examples of camouflage with animals, migration of birds and butterflies, insects, spiders and their webs, lizards and mammals big and small. As the book progresses winter then spring then summer is discussed.

The illustrations are drawn and in color (just like the cover), these are not photographs. There are loads of details in the drawings. At the back is an illustrated guide to creatures grouped by their classification (leaves, mammals, fungi) and an index.

The learner is encouraged to do creative projects such as leaf and trunk rubbings. Also keeping a nature journal or notebook to record the findings is recommended.

I am surprised that so much information and creative ideas packed into this small and very inexpensive book. This is one in a series of "one small square" books and I plan to buy more to use in our homeschooling adventure. Now this is science!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great details
This book provides a small instant field trip to those students who might not have access to woods. It gives incredible details of what goes on in one small square of woods.For those who have access to wooded areas forexploration...safety tips are included as well as supplies needed forcollecting data while exploring.I teach second grade and use all of theSmall Square books in my teaching. ... Read more

15. Ben Franklin and the Magic Squares (Step-Into-Reading, Step 4)
by Frank Murphy
Paperback: 48 Pages (2001-02-27)
list price: US$3.99 -- used & new: US$0.52
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Asin: 0375806210
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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A funny, entertaining introduction to Ben Franklin and his many inventions, including the story of how he created the "magic square." A magic square is a box of nine numbers arranged so that any line of three numbers adds up to the same number, including on the diagonal! Teachers and kids will love finding out about this popular teaching tool that is still used in elementary schools today!
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5-0 out of 5 stars "Magically magic"
Very highly recommended, this Step 4 book that comes with longer paragraphs for ready readers grades 2-3 introduces kids to Benjamin Franklin, one of the greatest figure in the American history - his life and his many accomplishments through humorous texts and vivid illustrations. It starts with Ben as a curious and inventive kid, to his famous newspaper (The Pennsylvania Gazette), his Almanac as well as his well-known quotes such as "An apple a day keeps the doctor away". BEN FRANKLIN AND THE MAGIC SQUARES also reveals many inventions that are attributed to him and adds dimensions to the Ben Franklin whom I simply know as a great writer who helped Jefferson write the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Over the years, he also started America's first library, first fire station, first hospital and when he was a clerk for the Assembly, he invented the magic squares. I am very happy that my kids get to know this founding father first from the book: his greatness is fully humanized and the kids also get to meet his cute squirrel pet, Skugg. In one book, kids learn good English,great American hero and also amazing math - Franklin's magic square that the sum in any vertical, horizontal and diagonal row and colume will all add up to the same number - 15! This book, like what Ben shouted, is itself "magically magic".

2-0 out of 5 stars Too much slang and "super smart" language
After reading the book on Lincoln's hat and Washington and his dogs, I looked forward to this book. Unfortunately, someone made the decision to make it "cool" and the language is not what I'm teaching my son. Old Ben was many things, but I think the label "super smart" would make him roll over in his grave.
Into the Goodwill bin.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Series!
My second grader who is a struggling reader had no problem with this book. He really enjoyed reading it. He was amazed at how much Ben Franklin accomplished, even at a young age. It inspired him to create his own invention book. I guess we will be buying more books in this series.

3-0 out of 5 stars ben franklin and the magic squares
Ben Franklin and the Magic Squares
Author: Frank Murphy

Reviewed by: Brianna-a Stockbrideg Central School 3rd Grader

This book is about Benjamin Franklin. Benjamin was a very successful inventor. Ben invented: flippers in 1717, the Franklin stove in 1742, and found out that lightning was made of electricity. He all so started: America's first library, America's first fire station, and first hospital too he even helped Thomas Jefferson write and rewrite the declaration of Independence in 1776.
There is narration through out the book and on every page there is information. There is very little text so it is easy to read. The book is told as a story it starts when he is a boy and goes through his life. I like this book because it gives a lot of information. I recommend this book to children who would like to learn about Benjamin Franklin.So read the book or you will be missing out!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome book!!!
I love this book! It introduced me to magic squares. Sometimes they're hard but not always. I read the book in 3rd grade. We were doing math groups and Mrs. Wrigely said" Today we are doing Magic squares."
What is a magic square?" I asked.
"It is 9 cubes that all have to equal the same number." Mrs. Wrigely
And that's how I was introduced to magic squares. I recommend this book for kids 6 and above. I think that because some words may be a little challenging for kids that are 5 or 4.

Mitchell S. 4th grade
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16. Times Square Red, Times Square Blue
by Samuel R. Delany
Paperback: 203 Pages (2001-11)
list price: US$20.00 -- used & new: US$12.60
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"Measured but emotional, illuminating but challenging."-The San Francisco Chronicle


"Essential."-The Nation

"In a provocative and persuasively argued cri de coeur against New York City's gentrification and the redevelopment of Times Square in the name of 'family values and safety,' acclaimed science fiction writer Delany proves himself a dazzlingly eloquent and original social commentator. . . . This bracing and well-calibrated blend of journalism, personal history and cultural criticism will challenge readers of every persuasion."-Publishers Weekly[starred review]

Both a celebration of the kaleidoscopic possibilities inherent in urban diversity and a eulogy for the plurality of human contact and stimulation squelched by the Times Square makeover."-Village Voice

If one street in America can claim to be the most infamous, it is surely 42nd Street. Between Seventh and Eighth Avenues, 42nd Street was once known for its peep shows, street corner hustlers and movie houses. Over the last two decades the notion of safety-from safe sex and safe neighborhoods, to safe cities and safe relationships-has overcome 42nd Street, giving rise to a Disney store, a children's theater, and large, neon-lit cafes. 42nd Street has, in effect, become a family tourist attraction for visitors from Berlin, Tokyo, Westchester, and New Jersey's suburbs.Samuel R. Delanysees a disappearance not only of the old Times Square, but of the complex social relationships that developed there: the points of contact between people of different classes and races in a public space. In Times Square Red, Times Square Blue, Delany tackles the question of why public restrooms, peepshows, and tree-filled parks are necessary to a city's physical and psychological landscape. He argues that starting in 1985, New York City criminalized peep shows and sex movie houses to clear the way for the rebuilding of Times Square. Delany's critique reveals how Times Square is being "renovated" behind the scrim of public safety while the stage is occupied by gentrification.Times Square Red, Times Square Blue paints a portrait of a society dismantling the institutions that promote communication between classes, and disguising its fears of cross-class contact as "family values." Unless we overcome our fears and claim our "community of contact," it is a picture that will be replayed in cities across America.Amazon.com Review
An award-winning science fiction writer, esteemed professor of comparative literature at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and celebrated essayist and memoirist, Samuel Delany is one of America's keenest observers. He was also a longtime habitué of many of the sex theaters in New York City's Times Square, spending, by his own estimate, "thousands and thousands of hours" at the Capri, Variety Photoplays, the Eros, and the Venus. In the 1990s all of these theaters were shut down through new restrictive zoning laws, part of a combined effort by the Walt Disney Corporation and the administration of Mayor Rudy Giuliani to gentrify the area, replacing these seedily memorable institutions with antiseptic, innocuous architectural and cultural creations in the name of health safety. But as Delany reveals in his new book, Times Square Red, Times Square Blue, the decision to clean up Times Square had little to do with public health, and everything to do with corporate greed.

In the two essays that comprise this eloquent, provocative book, Delany grieves for the loss of this strip of sexual release. Though he is careful not to romanticize or sentimentalize the peep shows and porn theaters, he does illuminate the way in which these venues crossed class, racial, and sexual orientation lines, providing a delightfully subversive utopia--and a microcosm of New Yorklife. In the first essay, "Times Square Blue," Delany details his shared erotic and conversational encounters with working-class and homeless men in the theaters (which primarily showed straight porn films) and the genuine friendships that resulted; these immensely personal reminiscences also provide a social history of late-20th-century Times Square. Drawing on historical and theoretical resources in the second essay, "Three, Two, One, Contact: Times Square Red," Delany next builds a thoughtful and passionate argument against the gentrification of the area and the classist, characterless direction in which he sees New York heading. Read together, the essays of Times Square Red, Times Square Blue are both heartfelt homage to a beloved city and lament for a quirky vitality increasingly phased out by encroaching capitalism. --Kera Bolonik ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars hey, reader! stop giving no-star ratings to this book!
A confused "Amazon Customer" is repeatedly inserting blurbs from other periodicals into the "customer review" section of this page, AND failing to give "star" ratings to these inserts -- thus steadily dragging down the star-rating of this book.Since the blurbs are positive and have been repeatedly entered, I assume this "Amazon Customer" wants people to be interested in the book.Well, by failing to give a star rating, you're doing exactly the opposite!So either stop inserting blurbs altogether, or start giving them star ratings.This book is too cool to be muddied up by your confusion.

5-0 out of 5 stars Prelude and fugue
Samuel Delaney has done the near imposible - he has written a book that is both titillating and informing.Dividing his cogent 21st Century social philosophy into two parts is at first disconcerting: Why are we reading(buying) a book that lets us in on the gossip of firsthand observation ofTimes Square New York, then in a page turn becomes a sophisticated academictreatise on our current social problems, in the City, and in a Country? Once past this mirage of a hurdle Delaney makes it patently clear why hechose this format.If we are introduced to a problem in a seductivemanner, we pay closer attention to the bigger issues.This superb littlebook is illuminating in its exploration of where we are in ourinterpersonal relationships, our interplay with those around us (street,neighborhood, city, country), and our current drive to homogenize ourworld.Beautifully written, immensely readable, and a very importantcontribution to our social perceptions!

5-0 out of 5 stars An intelligent, touching book
I always thought of Samuel Delaney as a writer of science fiction, my least favorite genre, so this is my first book by him.I was impressed and delighted.The worst thing I can say about it is that Mr. Delaney has alove of dependent clauses strung along inside comma-copious sentences thatwere sometimes hard to read.But he has awesome insights too, andcompassion and wisdom lace every page.Makes me wish I was old enough topartake of that culture.

5-0 out of 5 stars Sex and the City
A remarkable book, with both the frankest discussion of people's sexual desires and needs of any book I've read in years, and a compelling argument about the crucial role places like the old Times Square play in the life ofa city.A paeon to America's cities and an intimate history of a culturebeing destroyed.Delany's masterful prose makes this brief book a treat toread.A great stocking stuffer for the intellectually and sexuallyadventurous.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not worth it
This book promises to be a history and social commentary on Times Square's sleazy recent past. But in reality the book is told from a very narrow and restrictive point-of-view (. . . )There's nothing wrong with that except he practically ignores the fact that the West 42nd Street sex shops, peep shows, and massage parlors were also an attraction for heterosexual men. The reader will get painfully tired of reading endless descriptions of Delaney's sexual exploits among the XXX theater crowd. Additionally, the handfull of black and white photos of the empty storefronts of the "Forty Deuce" were taken after most of the shops had been driven out of business. Without good photos of the way 42nd Street used to be, the vibrant nature of the area is greatly diminished and Delaney's text doesn't make up for it. If you are looking for a social history of the old Times Square, something balanced and better illustrated, try Josh Alan Friedman's "Tales of Times Square" instead. ... Read more

17. One Magic Square: The Easy, Organic Way to Grow Your Own Food on a 3-Foot Square
by Lolo Houbein
Paperback: 368 Pages (2010-02-16)
list price: US$18.95 -- used & new: US$11.34
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A Hands-On Guide to Growing Organic Vegetables, Fruits and Herbs—Starting with Just One Square Yard!

Lolo Houbein has been growing food for more than 30 years—and now, drawing on her wide learning and hard-earned experience, she offers a wealth of information on how to turn small plots of land into sources of nourishing, inexpensive, organic food. Amateur gardeners wondering how to get started and veteran gardeners looking for new ideas will be inspired by Houbein’s practical, often charming, and always optimistic advice. One Magic Square includes:
  • Earth-friendly tips, tricks, and solutions for establishing and maintaining an organic garden
  • Illustrated, annotated plans for 30 plots with different themes—including perennials and “pick-and-come-again” plants, anti-cancer and anti-oxidant-rich vegetables, and salad, pizza, pasta, and stir-fry ingredients
  • Comprehensive information about every plant in every plot
  • Color photographs of the author’s own garden—plus helpful illustrations
  • Houbein family recipes for making the most of your bounty—including salad dressings, fruit and vegetable juices, stir-fries, and more.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book!!
This is an awesome book!!! It describes how to get started in the garden, and gives good advice on what you may need. Good for novices, and for more experienced gardeners.

5-0 out of 5 stars Essential For Small Space (or any space) Gardening
Inspiring book written by a woman who understands how fragile the food chain is.Ms. Houbein grew up in Europe in the 1940's when, due to war, her region suffered a famine.Houbein learned how easily your food supply can be cut off and how important it is to take responsibility for at least a portion of your own food production.

Despite this harsh experience, her joy and love of gardening come through loud and clear and she is rather laid back about it.Still, she warns about things like terminator seeds (food which has insanely been altered with terminator genes so that they yield no viable seeds) and how to save your own seeds. There are tons of creative and practical gardening ideas. Her story is as compelling as her gardening tips and this is a fascinating read.

5-0 out of 5 stars This Book is a GEM!
I picked up this book at my local Library.Spring is here and I am always on the look out for a gardening book that is going to motivate me.I did my usual flip the book to the back, and began perusing backwards and came upon the chapter entitled "Hardware In the Food Garden".The first sentence reads "Those lovely pictures of vegetable gardens featuring colorful rows in beds and heaped black soil may be reality somewhere, but not in my climate and not always in gardens run on clean and green principles." Suddenly I wanted to know more.How often have I looked in books and magazines and felt intimidated by the ornate beauty and presentation of the designs.I have never been a confident gardener, but I have always wanted to take control of my own food supply .This book speaks to me on so many levels.It helps me design plots based on what my needs will be (salad plots, stir-fry plots, the herb plot, curry plot etc.).It tells me what I can plant, it lays it all out for me.It tells me how to prepare and maintain my garden without having to spend a fortune.It reads like a book that has been passed down from your favorite Grandmother who is sharing all her secrets with you.I will definitely be purchasing this book. It gets a huge organic green thumbs up from me.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book for beginners or seasoned gardeners
I "won" this book in a drawing from the local newspaper here in North Carolina.I have now purchased two more copies for my "non-vegetable gardening" brothers in Oregon and Nevada.Not only are there step-by-step instructions, but the need for and love of planting your own food is expressed so touchingly and basically here.

With this inspiration and guidance, the first garden can be so fun and productive that you will never stop. ... Read more

18. The Cats in Krasinski Square
by Karen Hesse
Hardcover: 32 Pages (2004-09-01)
list price: US$17.99 -- used & new: US$6.99
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Asin: 0439435404
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When Karen Hesse came upon a short article about cats out-foxing the Gestapo at the train station in Warsaw during WWII, she couldn't get the story out of her mind. The result is this stirring account of a Jewish girl's involvement in the Resistance. At once terrifying and soulful, this fictional account, borne of meticulous research, is a testament to history and to our passionate will to survive, as only Newbery Medalist Karen Hesse can write it. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great story about a child's resourcefulness during WWII
I brought this book to my Developmental Reading Class (certification/graduate) and it was received as a great book that deals with predjudice, religious acceptance, and the resourcefulness of one little girl in Poland who successfully diverted Nazi soldiers with cats while she snuck food to a starving Jewish family.What a clever way to outsmart the enemy and how caring this child was to risk her life to save another from starvation.

5-0 out of 5 stars better appreciated by adults
Picture book by Karen Hesse, author of the Newbery Medal winner "Out of the Dust," which is simply top notch.A book to own.How cats helped smuggle food into the Warsaw ghetto.I think this book has more of an impact on adults who have an understanding of the Holocaust, rather than children.Still, my six-year old enjoyed it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Will kids understand the Warsaw Ghetto?
This is a moving story of the Jewish Resistance in and out of the Warsaw ghetto, with lovely illustrations, but I wonder how many of the target audience (9-12) will really understand the underlying tragedy? They will understand that a young girl and the cats saved the day, but I believe that quite a bit of explanation will be necessary. Perhaps that is a good thing. Definitely do not skip the afterward; it explains the basis for this story.
It is an excellent book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing story inspired by a true event
Having taught the history of the Holocaust at the high school level for a number of years, I realized that it is not easy to write any work of fiction about the Holocaust, as there is always the danger of trivializing such a significant period in world history. This is especially true for younger readers - how does one write about the Holocaust without scaring off younger readers by the nightmarish subject matter whilst conveying the fear and horror of the times in a manner that engages these readers.

"The Cats in Krasinski Square" succeeds in engaging both older and younger readers, and does this so well, that I actually went ahead and read this to my almost 5-year-old (who has already been 'acquainted' with the story of Anne Frank and some of the history of the Holocaust, albeit at a very basic level). The story follows the exploits of a young Jewish girl during WW II in Warsaw, Poland. Having been lucky enough to escape to the Aryan side of the city, both the young girl and her older sister, Mira live 'openly' amongst the Gentiles (non-Jews), though they are both Jewish. Their real identities remain a strictly guarded secret, and both sisters are keen to help the Jews who are imprisoned in the Warsaw Ghetto and starving from lack of food. They find that there is a plan to smuggle food into the Ghetto, but when news arrives that the Gestapo (the Nazi secret police) are aware of this plan, the young girl hatches a plan which involves 'enlisting' the help of the numerous stray cats that populate Krasinski Square to divert the Nazi dogs away from the smugglers.

The language flows smoothly and simply, yet effectively captures the horror of the times without making this a nightmarish read for young readers. This is definitely one of the best Holocaust-themed books for young readers and comes highly recommended!

4-0 out of 5 stars Interesting
It can be very hard to write about the Holocaust for children. Either you water down the subject so much that you trivialize it, or you give them nightmares for a year and a day. This goes doubly or triply for picture books, where the young age of your readers has to be taken into account. And of course you want a story with a hero, not just victims, if at all possible. (The truth is that there isn't much to say about the Holocaust that you can say to kids. It boils down to "It was a terrible time, and a lot of people died".)

This book manages to convey the appropriate emotions of hiding and fear ("I wear my Polish look and my Polish walk, Polish words float from my lips") without showing too strongly any actual brutality. The author doesn't shy away from the hard, and pertinent, issue of hunger; and we can see the soldiers on nearly every page, but we don't explicitly see any violence either. And the book ends on a relatively high note - they outsmart the Germans and their dogs, and get food into the Ghetto, including a special bundle for her friend who is inside, despite the danger of the location. Younger children will pick up on the accomplishment, older ones will understand (or begin to ask) about why this happened.

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19. Postcards from Tomorrow Square: Reports from China (Vintage)
by James Fallows
Paperback: 288 Pages (2008-12-30)
list price: US$15.00 -- used & new: US$8.49
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Asin: 0307456242
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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“Americans need not be hostile toward China's rise, but they should be wary about its eventual effects. The United States is the only nation with the scale and power to try to set the terms of its interaction with China rather than just succumb. So starting now, Americans need to consider the economic, environmental, political, and social goals they care about defending as Chinese influence grows.”
—from “China Makes, the World Takes”

Since December 2006, The Atlantic Magazine's James Fallows has been writing some of the most discerning accounts of the economic and political transformation occurring in China. The ten essays collected here cover a wide-range of topics:from visionary tycoons and TV-battling entrepreneurs, to environmental pollution and how China subsidizes our economy. Fallows expertly and lucidly explains the economic, political, social, and cultural forces at work turning China into a world superpower at breakneck speed. This eye-opening and cautionary account is essential reading for all concerned not only with China's but America's future role in the world. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars disappointing
I just finished James Fallows "Postcard from Tomorrow" and wished I could have enjoyed it.Having been to China many times and in fact conducted a provincial symphony orchestra on tours there, I can suggest that many of his observations, shallow as they may be, are reasonably accurate.

Where I really departed from however was his inability of self control to make the Bush/Cheney similes when there weren't any.They were not needed and his politics crept into his narative in such a way as to destroy its credibility.

I can't recommend this book to anyone who wants to know more of China.

Clifford Cox
Edinboro, Pa.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Strong Account on Fallow's Experiences Investigating China's Markets
Thinking of China in this low part of the cycle reminds me of a bit from James Fallows' book Postcards From Tomorrow's Square: Reports From China. In it, he retells a memorable anecdote from Susan Shirk. Shirk wrote a book in which she called China a "fragile superpower." Shirk says when she talks about the book in America, people ask: "What do you mean `fragile'?" But when she talks about her book in China, people ask: "What do you mean `superpower'?"

We in the West tend to sometimes overstate what China is. In reality, much of China is still quite poor -- in Fallows' words -- "trying to solve the emergency of the moment." And there are many emergencies -- water shortages, awful pollution and more, to say nothing of the fallout from the financial crisis.

Review by a writer for Agora Financial, publisher of economic and financial analysis including Financial Reckoning Day Fallout: Surviving Today's Global Depression, The New Empire of Debt: The Rise and Fall of an Epic Financial Bubble, and I.O.U.S.A.: One Nation. Under Stress. In Debt.

5-0 out of 5 stars Brand new, speedy, and inexpensive!
It was a pleasure to work with this seller! I received the book in a very short time and it was brand-spankin' new! Thank you for being a seller who gets the job done and conducts business in an ethical way.

5-0 out of 5 stars china perspective
Very good background on the growth of China. They went to school on the Russian disaster. They are rapidly improving the lives of their citizens but have a long way to go. The data shows the need for generating power without burrning fossile fuel.

2-0 out of 5 stars More McBlah on China
The first few pages of James Fallows' "Postcard from Tomorrow Square" seems ok enough for me to press onto the first chapter. Mr. Fallow wisely states in the introduction that "...no one can sensibly try to present the "real story" or the "overall picture" of this country. it is simply too big and too contradictory."

Unfortunately, Mr. Fallow contradicted himself only a few pages later. In the first essay, he decided that generalization of his China experience and those Chinese subjects of his study is after all appropriate and necessary.

In discussing his impression on "Sea Turtles", a group of western educated Chinese who return to work in China, the author states that "Chinese returnees, based on all available evidence, are at least subconsciously pro-America. ...on the whole Chinese people get along with Americans, and vice versa." I wonder if he ever ran into a confrontational Chinese during his stay, who challenged him on this view. The chances are no one ever did, not because his assumption is accurate, but because Chinese are too polite culturally and pleasant socially to bring up anything that can remotely irritate a "guest". For someone that claims to have lived in Japan and traveled extensively through Asia, how can he overlook this default social behavior in East Asia?

Also on Chinese returnees, Mr. Fallow states, "From being in the United States, many of them learned traits still very difficult to cultivate in China itself. These include professional managerial skills; the idea of open academic debate, even with one's elders; techniques for funding start-up firms and other organizational structures that encourage innovation; and a sense that bribery, petty or grand-scale, is at least in principle wrong."
At this point I deemed the book unworthy of my time, for the author's view, after merely two years in China without hardly speaking Mandarin, is helplessly juvenile, presumptuous and predictably ethnocentric for his generation.

Somehow I don't think those corrupt Chinese officials committed bribery because they did not know right from wrong. If so, the Chinese government would just put them all on a plane to America for "ethics training". The most corrupt man ever from China, Lai ChangXing, is still living in Canada after escaping through Hong Kong almost a decade ago. He hasn't turned himself in yet even under North American influence.

So why do I even bother to review a book I can't be bothered to finish? Well, someone has to say NO to these culturally illiterate junk books on China, for there are lots out there.

It is trendy to be an expat in China. It's not that hard to make a few observations to compile a book of gibberish and get it published while there, apparently. The majority of these authors do not even have the cultural fluency to feel humbled by the complexity of a large populous country. Yet, they are comfortable enough to put down their words in print. The information presented in these books fail to provide meaningful insights for anyone who has a sincere interest in learning more about China. But these books are not alone in skewing the West's views on China.

Similar junk is affecting the business world, where large international firms hire expats seeking resume enhancing adventure in China to research and manage. Without either the life experience, or the linguistic skills, they compile data, compose market analysis and research briefings on a market they barely know. Their conclusions are often echoed with consensus and consumed without doubts by their Western clients. But keep in mind leaving cultural fluency out of the equation does affect the bottom line. ... Read more

20. Sea Squares
by Joy Hulme
Paperback: 32 Pages (1999-05-19)
list price: US$5.95 -- used & new: US$2.70
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Asin: 1562825208
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Rhyming text and illustrations of such sea animals as whale, gulls, clown fish, and seal provide opportunities to practice counting and squaring numbers from one to ten.

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Customer Reviews (3)

1-0 out of 5 stars Bigotry selling children's books?
As a proud father of a toddler, I was shocked to find out that this author was actually a staunch supporter of the anti-marriage equality proposition in California that stripped away rights of thousands of gay and lesbian couples.She gave tens of thousands of dollars.Apparently, she was part of the Mormon church's campaign to pass Proposition 8.I would never support someone with this background and am horrified to think that my kid might have been exposed to her ideals.Glad I found out about her before I purchased.

5-0 out of 5 stars Sea Squares is Great!
I like this book because it tells you how to times,1 x 1 = 1, 10 x 10 = 100, like that.I also like this book because it goes from 1 to 10 and shows you sea life.And sometimes on the right side margin of the page you see part of what animal comes next. When you see a white tale, you know the next page is a whale, and if you see wings, you know the next page is a seagull.

Henry, age 7

5-0 out of 5 stars Nifty nimble numbers
Joy Hulme's Sea Squares is a fun rhyming romp that illustrates the concept of squaring numbers. The rhyme has a definite rythem to it and the illustrations are superb.The borders on each page hint and what thereader will find when the page is turned.The gorgeous use of color inthese seascapes delights the eye.I won't buy a children's book unless theillustrations are at least as good as the text.My children love the bookand didn't even realize it was a "math" book. I highly recommendadding it to your collection. ... Read more

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