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21. Knit Kimono Too: Simple Designs
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22. Great Public Squares: An Architect's
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23. 200 Crochet Blocks for Blankets,
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24. One Square Mile of Hell: The Battle
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25. Little Scribbles: Halloween Fun
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26. Walking the Perfect Square (Moe
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27. Murder on Washington Square (Gaslight
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28. The Pajama Girls of Lambert Square
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29. Angel on the Square
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30. Hangover Square
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31. Knit Kimono: 18 Designs with Simple
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32. Yellow Square: A Pop-up Book for
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33. Harvard Square: An Illustrated
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34. Fair, Square & Legal: Safe
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35. The Village of Round and Square
 
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36. Square-to-Square Golf Swing
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37. Bedford Square: A Charlotte and
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38. Square Meals : America's Favorite
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39. Second Helpings from Union Square
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40. 101 Granny Squares

21. Knit Kimono Too: Simple Designs to Mix, Match, and Layer
by Vicki Square
Paperback: 144 Pages (2010-12-14)
list price: US$26.95 -- used & new: US$17.79
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Asin: 1596682396
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From the bestselling author of Knit Kimono comes a brand new collection of kimono and Asian-inspired tops with simple shapes and unique details. In more than 20 new designs, Vicki Square has created a pattern collection of kimonos and other Asian-inspired tops, tunics, and vests, blending traditionalinspiration with projects that contemporary knitters can’t resist. You’ll love the stunning look of each kimono design and relish in the easy-to-follow instructions for shaping and construction.

Knit Kimono Too focuses on lighter weight knits for layering, plus unique stitch patterns, colorwork, and openwork designs. Vicki also offers innovative shaping, interesting closures and edgings, and clever knitting techniques. Each project—from vests, coats, lightweight shells, and short-sleeve tops to a wide assortment of kimono jackets featuring various weights of yarn—is shown off in clear photography and step-by-step instructions. On the
included instructional DVD, Vicki also demonstrates the special techniques and
stitches that make these garments so elegantly wearable, including two-color
slip stitch, surface embroidery, two-hand stranded colorwork, garter-stitch shortrows, attaching knitted cord, making origami folds, double knitting, and more.
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22. Great Public Squares: An Architect's Selection
by Robert F. Gatje
Hardcover: 224 Pages (2010-04-05)
list price: US$65.00 -- used & new: US$40.93
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Asin: 0393731731
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Here, analysed and drawn at a common scale for easy comparison, are forty outstanding urban spaces of the Western world. Robert Gatje explores the storied piazzas of Rome, Venice and Florence, the elegant places of Paris, via less familiar gathering places in Germany, the Czech Republic, Spain and Portugal. From the former marketplaces and graceful Georgian squares of the United Kingdom to the most interesting and impressive squares of the New World-Santa Fe, Portland, Boston and New York-Gatje offers new insights, stunning computer-generated plans and colour photographs to convey the spatial experience. The visual material is supplemented by a brief history of each square with details of its measurements and an assessment of its success in meeting human needs for inspiring outdoor space. There is no other source for this comparative data in one place. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Plazas for the People
I am a devoted pedestrian - I live in one of the most 'walk able' cities in America, San Francisco. So, this book, which the author classifies as "...not so much about architecture as about space," is a book made for those of us who relish the two-footed transportation experience.

The first thing one notices in the table of contents is the geographical break down: twenty of the spaces illustrated and discussed are in Italy, six in Rome itself. London and New York have one; SF zero.

Part of the reason for this is that after WWII, enlightened planners rebuilt Europe to favor mass transit and pedestrians. Compare this with the USA, which embarked on a frenzy of highway construction. The author contrasts Piazza di Spagna, Rome and Times Square, New York. Despite their similar shape and size, only the former is included here because the latter is an "auto-centric" space. This kind of insightful background information is one of the reasons this book rises above being a mere travelogue with pretty pictures. Another is the clear, beautifully rendered architectural drawings which show important but often overlooked factors such as shadow patterns.

This high quality, large format book makes one want to visit the places depicted, which also include sites in Germany, France , the Czech Republic, Spain, and Portugal, Santa Fe, Portland, Boston, and more.

It is a welcome relief from the tomes celebrating the PRIVATE mansions, condos, and offices of the rich and famous.

Reviewed by Bruce Marshall

5-0 out of 5 stars A Visual Feast
What makes a vibrant and memorablegathering place? In architect Robert Gatje's visually compelling and insightful new book Great Public Squares (W. W. Norton, 2010) -- a collection of his drawings and writings - it has to do with material, pattern, scale, and spatial dynamism, not to mention history and complex socio-economic forces. Mr. Gatje forces us to think more deeply about why certain public places are so memorable to us.

He has drawn forty public squares to scale so you can compare each central place with its surroundings -- to understand how each functions within its context.

His cover image of the Capitoline Hill in Rome, essentially a remodel by Michaelangelo, is especially seductive and thought-provoking. It captures the force field that is the swirling oval pattern at the center appearing to pull the two flanking facades off kilter, crimping them toward the entrance even as they appear to slide past the building at the center. This intense play between space and structure, which is a function of all great public spaces, has always interested architects.

The book helps us see public space in new ways or as if for the first time. Highly recommended.

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23. 200 Crochet Blocks for Blankets, Throws, and Afghans: Crochet Squares to Mix and Match
by Jan Eaton
Paperback: 128 Pages (2004-09-01)
list price: US$24.95 -- used & new: US$15.54
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Asin: 1931499683
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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From Art Deco–inspired geometric designs to traditional checkerboard stripes and elaborate motifs, this guide helps crafters rediscover crochet with more than 200 fabulous block patterns. Employing traditional styles and contemporary colors, crocheted blocks inspire crafters to create a dynamic palette of color, pattern, and texture by mixing, matching, and combining. Step-by-step instructions accompany each pattern, along with stunning photographs that encourage crocheters to explore a range of color combinations and coordinates. A directory of blocks is cross-referenced with symbols that describe the techniques used and the degree of difficulty, and each pattern is designed so that finished blocks are the same size when they are worked in yarn of the same weight. A useful refresher course of crochet stitches and techniques is included, as are patterns for edgings and instructions on making fringes to finish off afghans in style. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars I Recommend this Book
Excellent varieties of excellent squares.The table of contents features small photographs of each block plus its page number so you can see an overview of what's to come.With so many varieties of squares, this book doesn't disappoint.It even offers suggestions for mixing and matching patterns in various ways to make attractive, eye-catching afghans.Each granny square design gets its own page in which they also suggest different color variations in addition to easy-to-understand pattern instructions.It makes for great inspiration to try your own color combinations.All in all, I would absolutely recommend this for anyone who is looking for granny square inspiration.

5-0 out of 5 stars My Fav. Crochet book!
I first found this book at the library and checked it out several times before buying it.I have owned it for a few years now and i still use it often!It's a great book!My gauge is different than that in the illustrations, but that has not been an issue for me.

5-0 out of 5 stars Better buy some more wool!
Yummy pictures, color and combination suggestions, understandable directions and lots of other information make this book both a great resource and definite crochet eye candy.

5-0 out of 5 stars 200 Crochet Blocks
I love this book, it has given me so many different block patterns and combinations for afghans.I also have used some of the patterns for a basic pattern for scarves.The directions are easy to read and illustrations are great.

2-0 out of 5 stars many errors
Beautiful book.But every block I have triedhas a mistakeand I have not been able to complete one.Very disappointing.Iwould not purchase it. ... Read more


24. One Square Mile of Hell: The Battle for Tarawa
by John Wukovits
Paperback: 336 Pages (2007-08-07)
list price: US$16.00 -- used & new: US$5.94
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Asin: 0451221389
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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In the Tarawa atoll lies the tiny islet of Betio. In November of 1943, the men of the 2nd Marine Division watched as bombardments destroyed the island's Japanese defenses. But when the Marines landed, the Japanese poured out of their protective bunkers and began one of the most brutal encounters of the war.

Drawn from sources such as participants' letters and diaries and interviews with survivors, One Square Mile of Hell is the riveting true account of a battle between two determined foes, neither of whom would ever look at each other in the same way again. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars stunning and emotional
brings you to the time of the greatest generation. and decribes vividly why they are " THE GREATEST GENERATION". amazing account of the battle and the men who bled and perished at betio.

5-0 out of 5 stars Tarawa
Of the perhaps 75 WW2 PTO books I have read, this book is my favorite.

5-0 out of 5 stars STUNNING WORK.WELL WRITTEN.
Before the actual battle for Tarawa, few Americans had ever heard of the place.Now, approximately 67 years later, very few Americans have ever heard of the place, specifically the small atoll of Betio.For three horrific days in November 1943 over 1,027 American Marines and Navy men were killed.2,290 were wounded and an additional 80 plus simply disappeared, i.e. MIA.During those same three days over 4,500 Japanese soldiers were killed.Out of all the Japanese who defended this small "island" only 17 survived!

This was the second offensive movement of the United States, Guadalcanal being the first, and it was the first major amphibious landing of the war.This is important in order to understand the how and why of this particular battle.The island of Betio was only one square mile and was probably the most fortified piece of land on earth at the time (taking into account the amount of space being considered here).The Japanese forces were highly trained, elite Maries as were the American forces opposing them. Bottom line:Of the 12,000 men who participated in this invasion, 3,166 became causalities.

John Wukovits has done a masterful job in his approach in writing this chronicle. He does not use a straight forward narrative style, i.e. facts and events set in strict chronological order, but rather sets his focus on a number of individual who participated in the battle.While the author gives us a great over view eventually, he personalizes the battle by giving us a look into the lives of these men, both before the war and during the battle.Some of the individual he profiled survived; some did not.

The author makes it quite plane that this was an absolute no hold barred fight.No quarter was given on either side, no prisoners taken; it was an absolute battle to the death.Retreat was not an option for either side as there simply was nowhere to go.Surrender was not an option by any stretch of the imagination.Both sides were highly skilled.The Japanese were absolutely fanatical, and as the battle unfolds, we find that their American counterparts were really no different.

There are several aspects the reader should note.First, this work does not read like an after action report.While it covers the battle well, the author effective draws in family members and friends of the soldiers who participated in the engagement giving, in my opinion, a very real face to the young men who fought here.Secondly, the author has been extremely graphic and detailed in describing the action.This is not a comfortable read.For those who have experienced combat, it could quite well be very uncomfortable.But that being said, other than celebrating and noting the extreme heroism of these young soldiers, the author has never once glorified war in anyway...actually, quite the opposite.I liked and appreciated this.It should also be noted that this particular battle brought about quite a lot of controversy at the time.Many felt that that the cost in lives simple was not wroth it.Even Marine General Holland Smith (Commander of the ground forces there) stated of the invasion:

"Was Tarawa worth it?" "My answer," he said, "is unqualified: No. From the very beginning the decision of the Joint Chiefs to seize Tarawa was a mistake and from their initial mistake grew the terrible drama of errors, errors of omission rather than commission, resulting in these needless casualties." Thought Smith, "[We] should have let Tarawa 'wither on the vine.' We could have kept it neutralized from our bases on Baker Island, to the east, and the Ellice and Phoenix Islands, a short distance to the southeast."

This is a debate that has been going since the last shot of this battle was fired and it continues today.It is certainly not my place to judge one way or the other.I do speculate though, that as this was the first landing of this type that many new aspects of fighting were "tried out."In lieu to the fact that the Normandy Invasion was being planned, using many of the techniques developed in this landing and subsequent landings, had they been a failure, I wonder if different plans would have been made for the invasion of Europe and what the result would have been.This is purely speculation though.

Anyway, this is one of the better works of this genre I have read.Anyone interested in the War in the Pacific in general and the Marine involvement in particular, will appreciate this work.

The men who took part in this endeavor were a breed apart.Our country owes them a lot.I stand in absolute awe of their accomplishments.They were true heroes.

Don Blankenship
The Ozarks

5-0 out of 5 stars A tribute to the American Fighting Man
I just finished reading One Square Mile of Hell: The Battle for Tarawa. This was one of the best accounts of the battle I have read from the ground level. John Wukovits dramatically and effectively weaves into the narrative a wide variety of eye witness accounts from Marines of all ranks, families of the soldiers who fought (and died), and war photographers and correspondents such as SSG Hatch and Robert Sherrod. The description of the fighting during all three days was riveting, and clearly impressed upon me at least the savage nature of the fighting on this mound of rock. And while armchair generals might continue to second guess the admirals and generals on whose shoulders rested the conduct of the Pacific War regardng the necessity of even conducting this campaign, there is no doubt that the American Fighting Man demonstated bravery and determination that was second to none. It continues to amaze me (even as a combat veteran myself) how soldiers of all nations can withstand the horrors of war, rise above their deadly circumstances, and go above and beyond for their fellow soldier. The book also shows that the Japanese soldiers were committed to their honor, brave soldiers, and were not going to lose the island without a fight. Excellent book, and highly recommended.

4-0 out of 5 stars my review
I didn't realize that the book was in an auto-documemtary style but with that said, there's 3 days I wouldn't want to spend on a tropical island. ... Read more


25. Little Scribbles: Halloween Fun with Spookley the Square Pumpkin
by Joe Troiano
Board book: 12 Pages (2006-09-28)
list price: US$5.95 -- used & new: US$3.24
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Asin: 1402740174
Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars
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Little Scribbles, BIG character! The newest entry in the ingeniously entertaining series has something special for kids: SPOOKLEY. Everyone’s favorite pumpkin stars in an engaging activity board book filled with mazes to solve, pictures to complete, dot-to-dots to connect, and lots more. Youngsters will take out the crayons (bound right into the back cover) and help Spookley find his friends, give an enormous pumpkin a face, and color in all the variously-shaped pumpkins in the patch. What a Halloween treat!

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3-0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this used!
I just got this book and like the previous reviewer it had the crayons missing.I don't totally mind this, since it was listed as used.However, the book was colored on every single page.That was a bummer that I had to go through each page with windex to clean them off before my child could use it.Not to mention, hunt for some crayons.
The story of Spookley is great and I would highly recommend the Spookley with the CD (to listen to in the car) but not this one (Little Scribbles) unless you are buying it NEW.I don't think it tells the whole story of Spookley like the book with the CD does.They also have a CUTE Spookley DVD out.We have that and it is great!Skip this Little Scribbles Spookley board book and get either the book with CD or the DVD.You will be MUCH HAPPIER with your purchase.

1-0 out of 5 stars NO CRAYONS!!!
GREAT BOOK!GREAT IDEA!NO CRAYONS!!!!!!!!!!
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26. Walking the Perfect Square (Moe Prager Series)
by Reed Farrel Coleman
Paperback: 250 Pages (2008-04-07)
list price: US$13.00 -- used & new: US$4.99
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Asin: 0979270952
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Recently retired due to a freak accident, NYPD officer Moe Prager is lost. In pain and without the job he loves, Moe relunctantly settles on the notion of going into the wine business with his brother. When a suburban college student vanishes off the streets of Manhattan, Prager's universe is turned upside down and his life changed forever. Hired by the student's desperate family, Moe plunges deep into the world of New York s punk underground, sex clubs, and biker bars. Politicians, journalists, and crooked cops seem hell-bent on stopping him in his tracks. Set on the gritty city streets of the late seventies and the present day, Walking the Perfect Square is a unique mystery that delivers a compelling look at one person's efforts to find a man who was never really there and to protect his family from an unbearable truth. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars First Pitch Strike!
If the trend continues, reading a couple more Reed Farrel Coleman books should put him in my upper echelon of favorite noir/crime writers. I enjoyed this book for all the reasons that make it atypical of the genre, mainly in the personality of the main character. Our narrator/protagonist Moe Prager is a good-hearted man, but also with a darker side that we only see sometimes via his actions and some of the choices he makes. That makes him more human and real than many characters that populate the majority of multi-book crime series. Also really enjoyed how NYC becomes a kind of character in the book. That always scores points with me!

If I were to make any complains about this book, I would say some of the interactions with the psychiatrist seemed a bit heavy in exposition, but not so much to distract. And I sometimes got confused in the time period jumping, but I think that is only because I read the bulk of it while either very tired and reading on the plane, or reading in the midst of many other distractions. Nonetheless, I much-enjoyed this book, and can't wait to dig into the next one.

4-0 out of 5 stars Reed does good
I recently discovered that a classmate of mine from the 9th grade, Reed Coleman, has several books published.Wow!So without hesitation I picked up 'Walking the Perfect Square' to see if Reed has done good.And I am happy to report that he indeed has done good.Very good.

'Walking the Perfect Square' is essentially like so many other crime mystery paperbacks written nowadays.Ex-cop in New York is hired to find a missing person.Various shenanigans ensue, interesting characters pop up, and everything is wrapped up in an ending with just enough twist to keep you smiling.The prose is solid, the characterizations believable, and the dialog crisp.No, the book is not at the level of some of the works by, say, Dennis Lehane.But 'Walking the Perfect Square' is a very solid effort.Reed, you did Reynolds Junior High School proud.


Bottom line: a deceptively effortless mystery novel that delivers entertainment value.Recommended.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Mystery
I picked this one up because the star of the series is a New York Jew. My kind of guy. I frankly wasn't expecting much, but was very pleasantly surprised. Reed Coleman is a very good writer, much better than most writers of this sort of fiction, and Moe Prager is a captivating and human hero who it is easy to cheer on.

The story is a standard PI haunted by a case he can't forget, but the way it is plotted is well done, the characters expertly drawn, issue of sexuality and mental illness are handled with a care you rarely see in detective fiction and the descriptions of New York are done in the loving and authentic way only a native of the city can accomplish. Prager is drawn as the opposite of the standard hard boiled detective. He is a caring and thoughtful person. He loves his kid, and wants to do right by his family and his client. Notably, his religion plays a much smaller role than I was expecting from the way the series was sold to me by a friend. Sure sometimes the writing was a little over done, and yes some of the jokes are pretty corny, but this is a great read for anyone interested in detective fiction, New York in the Seventies, or just a pretty damn good book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent series
This is the first book in a (currently?) five book series.The whole series is excellent.This book, as well as having its own crime to solve, provides an introduction to the other four books and to events and characters that are returned to in greater detail in the other books.It's probably best to read this book first.I sought this series after hearing a review of it on the radio (NPR?) this past spring.Having read the whole series from my local library network, I have now bought all five books to give this coming Christmas to someone who enjoys detective stories.I see the name of the author, Reed Farrel Coleman, in acknowledgments of books by other detective fiction writers, and there is an excellent six-part video interview of him at the Poisoned Pen Press website which provides personal background I found relevant to his writing.

4-0 out of 5 stars First in a great mystery series.
Reed Farrel Coleman is an author I have newly started to follow. His Moe Prager series is, so far, what I would consider to be one of the best mystery series ever published. "Walking the Perfect Square" is not a perfect book by any means. Its writing style is clunky, its story jumps around a little too often, and its characters actions hinge a little too tightly to the unfolding plot. All of that aside, this is still a really good book.

The story jumps back and forth from 1977 to 1998. In 77, Prager is looking back at his career as a police officer and forwards to what lay ahead. A few years before Prager managed to find a missing kid rather miraculously and now he is being tapped by a high powered public servant to find his missing kid. This is the story of that investigation.

In 98, Prager is 20 years on in his life, but is still resolving questions from his 77' case. You only catch snip-its here of this story, its where Coleman packs his punches in the end after a nice long set up. As I said above, I felt like the characters were being fleshed out to fit into a plot structure. Of course your going to find this in any book you ever pick up, but here Coleman comes across as an author with blinders on, unwilling to see anything outside of his immediate scope. Primarily its the involved detail that Coleman plays with that gets this story just crackling. So, and I know Im not doing a great job of explaining this, when a character does something sort of outlandish, and by doing so furthers the story along, I think it hurts the over all experience.

I would say that this is one of the two or two or three best mystery series' out their right now. Stieg Larsson's posthumous trilogy is shockingly good. I dont think you have to start with this book, but it might be best if you did. ... Read more


27. Murder on Washington Square (Gaslight Mystery)
by Victoria Thompson
Mass Market Paperback: 336 Pages (2002-04-02)
list price: US$7.99 -- used & new: US$3.89
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Asin: 0425184307
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Turn-of-the-century New York City midwife Sarah Brandt and Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy are thrust into a twisted case of murder-when a seductress falls victim to her own charades.

"Victoria Thompson shines...Anne Perry and Caleb Carr fans rejoice!" (Tamar Myers) ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A RIP-ROARING GOOD READ...
This historical mystery series just keeps betting better.Set in turn-of-the twentieth century New York City and replete with historical details, it the features the two main characters in the series, Sarah Brandt, a Knickerbocker debutante turned midwife, and Irishman Frank Malloy, a New York City Police Department Detective Sergeant. Once again, they team up to solve yet another mystery.

This time, the mystery strikes close to home, as it involves the son of her elderly neighbor, Mrs. Ellsworth, who is a likable and familiar secondary character in the series. When Mrs. Ellsworth's banker son, Nelson, is accused of a crimethat he did not commit, Sarah Brandt gets Frank Malloy involved, and the two of them find themselves immersed in solving a crime in which the victim may actually have been the victimizer. Things are simply not as they first seem.

This is a well-written series, and the main characters are fully fleshed. Fans of the series will note that in this book, Sarah and Frank are feeling romantic twinges towards one another but, consistent with the social mores of the times, theirs is still a passion denied. One finishes reading this book, looking forward to reading the next one in the series. Those who enjoy reading historical fiction and mysteries will find that this series perfectly melds these two genres.

2-0 out of 5 stars very dissapointed :(
I really wanted to love this book- and I'm not even sure that I like it.I was looking for a new historical mystery series to get in to (having become a Rhys Bowen fan recently) and it seemed like this series would have what I was looking for.This particular title was the only one at the bookstore, so I have not read the preceding titles.I can't imagine that they're much better.My first issue: the main character (Sarah) invokes little to help the reader identify with her.No humor, no real warmth...basically, if I met her in real life, I probably wouldn't be interested in chatting with her.If I'm going to invest in an entire series about a character, I need to love them.Second issue: the clues to the mystery were telegraphed far too obviously.The very second the killer as introduced in the book, I knew they did it, and immediately guessed at (+ was right!) about most of the details.Boring.But that goes in line with my third issue: writing style.This book was written with a very heavy hand.Historical elements are not seamless, but basically smack you in the face as they are explained to you (example: the explanation of the press shacks near the police station).I enjoy historical elements in my mysteries, but authors need to remember not to divert the reader's attention from the story in order to incorporate them.

5-0 out of 5 stars Love It
If you like Anne Perry, you'll love Victoria Thompson.Anyone looking for very well written "cozy" mysteries (not gorey, not explicit) - look no further.Sarah and Frank are fast becoming two of my favorite fictional characters.One note - for maximum enjoyment, please read this series in order.

5-0 out of 5 stars Read the series in order
I have read 9 of the books in this series and have thoroughly enjoyed them all. I would strongly recommend reading them in order as the "relationship/rancor" between Sarah and detective Malloy is delightful to follow. In some of the books, the mystery can be guessed ahead of time, but it is still interesting to follow the characters as they come to their realization/conclusion.
I hope the series continues for many more mysteries. I just wish I wouldn't have to wait.

5-0 out of 5 stars Murder on Washington Stree
Great book. The history along with the plot is very interesting. Victoria Thompson does a great job with suspense and history together. ... Read more


28. The Pajama Girls of Lambert Square
by Rosina Lippi
Hardcover: 368 Pages (2008-02-14)
list price: US$24.95 -- used & new: US$6.42
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Asin: B001G7REX2
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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From the author of Tied to the Tracks comes a charming new novel set in Lambert's Corner, South Carolina-a beautiful town where no one's secrets remain secret for very long.

For John Dodge, moving to new places and reviving ailing businesses is a way of life. So when he sees an ad for Scriveners, a stationery shop in a small town in South Carolina, he decides to take the plunge.

As soon as he arrives in Lambert's Corner, Dodge falls happily into the whirl of gossip, gifts, and quintessential Southern hospitality. Link Kay, one of his employees, warms up to him after Dodge admires his expertise on pens. Bean Hurt- a feisty and outspoken ten-year-old-becomes a fast friend. And Maude Golden, the mayor, supplies him with indispensable information. But the one person who really catches Dodge's eye is Julia Darrow-the beautiful but aloof pajama- wearing owner of the Cocoon, a popular store specializing in luxury linens. Dodge tries to befriend her, but she remains elusive and mysterious. Everyone knows that she is a widow, but no one seems to know why she came to town or why she never leaves Lambert Square-or does she?

Like Dodge, Chicago-born Julia is fleeing a tumultuous past. But with the help of a hilarious and endearing cast of characters, Julia and Dodge learn that, sometimes, you don't need to go far to find home. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Interesting, Out Of The Ordinary
Great story! Very interesting. The story is out of the ordinary, it is a surprise for the reader. I enjoyed this book very much, and will continue to do so from time to time. Excellent writer.

5-0 out of 5 stars I want to live in Lambert Square!
I did not want this book to end & furthermore, I want to live in Lambert Square above my own little shop! What a wonderful world Rosina Lippi has created. I'd love for her to write an sequel to see how Julia & John turn out and peek in on the rest of the residents of Lamb's Corner!

2-0 out of 5 stars Routine Romance Novel
I was disappointed that an author like Lippi who is capable of crafting the Wilderness Series (under her pen name Sara Donati) would offer her readers little more than a silly romance novel.The characters where more like caricatures of southern life, each too quirky to be compelling.I'm sure this was much faster and easier to write than the well researched Historical Fiction she has done in the past, but it sure left me wanting strong believable characters like Elizabeth and Nathanial.

4-0 out of 5 stars Nice read
Another Rossini Lippi book quite different from the others.It is a light, fun romance.A nice change of pace.

5-0 out of 5 stars A very pleasant surprise
Having a somewhat tepid reaction to Ms. Lippi's previous contemporary romance, "Tied to the Tracks" I wasn't sure I'd enjoy this. But it was an extremely pleasant surprise to find a thoughtful, well-written (as always - being a fan of Ms. Lippi's historical fiction "Into the Wilderness" series, I expected nothing less), charming, and thoroughly likable novel. The characters are fleshed out, quirky but not unbelievably so, and genuinely interesting. Throughout an undercurrent of serious themes - including death, agoraphobia, claustrophobia, racism, and family betrayals, among others - there remains a light, upbeat, and fun tone to this delightful little novel. Whole-heartedly recommended! ... Read more


29. Angel on the Square
by Gloria Whelan
Paperback: 304 Pages (2003-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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A Life of Luxury

In the fall of 1914, safe behind palace walls, Katya Ivanova sees St. Petersburg as a magical place. The daughter of a lady-in-waiting to the Empress, Katya spends all her time with the Grand Duchesses; the royal family feels like her own. But outside the palace, a terrible war is sweeping through Europe, and Russia is beginning to crumble under the weight of a growing revolution. Now, as Katya's once-certain future begins to dissolve, she must seek to understand what is happening to her beloved country and, for the first time in her life, take charge of her own destiny.

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From the author of the 2000 National Book Award winner, Homeless Bird, comes an evocative glimpse into a chilling period in world history. Gloria Whelan manages to take the fly-on-the-wall approach one step further in her latest piece of historical fiction. In Angel on the Square, a young girl joins Russian Tsar Nikolai II, Empress Alexandra, and their children when her mother becomes one of the empress's ladies-in-waiting. Katya Ivanova, as companion to the Romanov children, has an insider's view of the crumbling of tsarist Russia from 1913 to 1918. Initially, life is lavish and amusing for this young aristocrat, although her friend Misha's revolutionary ideas often battle in her mind with her own loyalty to the tsar. Gradually, though, the world outside begins to enter the palace walls, and Katya's life--along with that of all nobility--changes forever.

Whelan's balanced treatment of both sides of the Russian revolution is remarkably accessible. Katya is an appealing protagonist; readers will hang on her every word as she is transformed from a spoiled, sheltered child into a caring, hard-working adult. Young readers couldn't ask for a better introduction to this terrifying, earthshaking epoch in history. (Ages 10 and older) --Emilie Coulter ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars History Comes Alive
Angel on the Square is a historical fiction novel that comes alive. Katya a young aristocrat can't think anything bad of the imperial family. That is until the day Misha, her mom's best friend's son, and Katya's best frined, whom she thinks of as a cousin becomes a soldier during WWI. Katya now realizes that maybe the royal family doesn't alwasys make the right decsion. The happy ending is the cherry on top of the perfect book.

5-0 out of 5 stars I love this!
This book is a historical fiction book. There is a war going on between Russia and Germany. Kayta, the daughter of the empress's lady-in-waiting is the main character. I am doing my book report on this book and am loving it! The book sort of starts off a little slow but picks up speed to when I was reading 50-75 pages a night. (I am not a reader.) Katya is an awesome character who I love and I think in a way is a great role model. I would recommend this book to kids above the age of 10 because the description of the war might bring bad thoughts. I thought this was a great book and I am a fan of Gloria Whelan's books. My other favorite is Chu Ju's House by Gloria Whelan. These are great books to read!

5-0 out of 5 stars Very interesting
I learned a lot from this book. It was a good story, well told.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent story set during the Russian Revolution.
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Angel On The Square

Author:Gloria Whelan

Angel On The Square is a wonderful story that can transport the reader to another time and place.A student of history will be able to separate fact from fiction.The average reader will be so absorbed in the story that it might be difficult to think about anything but the protagonist, Katya.This fictional story uses facts of history to weave an interesting tale of a Lady-in-waiting, her daughter, and the son of friends.
There is no afterward or author's note to help the reader understand the historical facts this book is based on.The reader should not have to enter into research to understand the history this fictional story is intertwined with.Historical fiction authors should provide information in the appendix regarding the factual history the novel is based on.
Angel On The Square is an accurate portrayal of the values and norms of the early 20th century in Russia.The author does not stray from the known events of history.The descriptions of the characters and different areas of Russia reflect careful research and attention to detail.The paradigm shift Katya and her mother must make, as they move from the position of aristocrats to peasants, is artfully and convincingly portrayed in this novel.The two different points-of-view held by the aristocrats and the peasants are easily understood through the characters; Katya (aristocratic view-point) and Misha (peasant view-point), who, in the beginning of the novel, are as different as night and day.The author uses words from the Russian language in the dialogue.The Russian culture is easier to understand with occasional Russian words in use.There is a glossary of these words at the end of the book.
The aristocrat/peasant theme of Angel On The Square is present today.This perennial struggle permeates many countries of the world.A small fraction of it was visible during the recent Presidential campaign leading up to the election.Angel On The Square is historical fiction with a fictional story using actual events and people of Russia in 1914-1918.The story touches on Russia's part in World War I and the Russian Revolution.
The values children learn from historical fiction help them to understand that all people in any time period have the same needs and wants that people of the present time do.The oppressed will always seek change to obtain freedom and equality.The lesson here plainly reveals how much better a democracy is than an aristocracy.The children of today learn that Communism does not work because it takes away the incentive to be the best at whatever one sets out to do.The peasants in Angel On The Square saw the desperate inequality in the Russian government and revolted for change.This has happened throughout history in one form or another.If the world understood history and its' propensity to repeat itself, much warfare and aggravation could be spared its' people.
This story takes place in various locations in Russia.The settings are part of the story and help carry out the theme of the culture struggle known as the Russian Revolution.The characters are visibly changed from the time they lived in St. Petersburg to The Oaks.In the process of learning how to become peasants, Katya made a home for herself and her mother out of the shed that had been the smithy at The Oaks.The universal implications of this story indicate that people are resilient and able to change and adapt to radically different settings and lifestyles for survival.

4-0 out of 5 stars Angel on the Square
From award winning author, Gloria Whelan, comes another fascinating tale of courage and bravery. This heart-warming novel, Angel on the Square, takes readers to a whole new view of Russia's rich history. Readers are transported to a weak and crumbling Russia, where lives are not as certain as they used to be. There they meet Katya Ivanova, a young aristocrat and rich daughter of a lady-in-waiting in the palace of Tsar Nicholas II.

Katya has grown up rich and pampered. Her only knowledge is the privileged life she lives, with everything she needs right at her fingertips. With her mother being a very distinguished friend of the empress, she is even more honored. One day, however, her life takes an unexpected turn. Katya's mother is asked to become a lady-in-waiting to the empress. She would move into the palace and Katya would go with her!

Life at the palace, Katya discovers, is fun and merry. The royal family feels like her own, and Katya's life is, again, quite at ease. She becomes friends with the four grand duchesses, and the youngest of the four, Anastasia, is her special friend.The tsar is like the father she never knew and the empress is very kind. However, the young tsar's illness worries the empress, as it seems to become more serious day by day.

Guided by her close friend, Misha, Katya is the only one in the palace with an inside view of the Tsar's failing domination. She witnesses cruel labor strikes, and overworked peasants. Anger and war is surely brewing outside the palace walls. Katya almost questions her loyalty to the Tsar as she sees how he treats his people.

Suddenly, to everyone's surprise, Russia begins war with Germany, and millions of peasants are sent to fight. Will Russia win the war? Most importantly, can the Tsar keep his country together? Hatred of the Tsar is now clearly visible, and the word "revolution" is on everybody's mind. Even if this large country survives, what will the future bring? A rich and powerful nation, or a wasteland of hopeless dreams?

Slowly the war creeps inside the palace walls, and the royal family's future, as well as Katya's own, is changed forever.

A prized piece of historical fiction, this book shows a clear and accurate picture of 20th century Russia. Its captivating text illuminates the wonders and fears of living in that place and time, and a remarkable plot shows that learning takes time. The author brings life to many historic events of that time, and depicts them with vivid imagery. This book is a wonderful introduction to the war and hardships of Russia.
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30. Hangover Square
by Patrick Hamilton
Paperback: 280 Pages (2006-01-01)
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"Hamilton . . . is a sort of urban Thomas Hardy: . . . always a pleasure to read, and as social historian he is unparalleled."-Nick Hornby

"A much better writer than Auden, Isherwood . . . and his novels are still true now. You can go into any pub today and see it going on."-Doris Lessing, The Times

Adrift in the grimy pubs of London at the outbreak of World War II, George Bone is hopelessly infatuated with Netta, a contemptuous, small-time actress. George suffers from occasional blackouts, during which one thing is horribly clear: he must murder Netta.

Patrick Hamilton enjoyed worldwide popularity during the 1930s. His play Rope was made into a film by Alfred Hitchcock, and another, Gaslight, was a great success on the stage before being made into a film starring Ingrid Bergman.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Early English Noir
George Bone is the ultimate loser, an unemployed alcoholic living off the rapidly dwindling remains of a legacy from his mother. At the beginning he is planning the murder of Netty, who despises his clumsy advances but takes his money. The story begins just after Christmas of 1938, and the ominous drumbeats of the approaching war sound in the background.
The narrative is told very closely from his POV, with an occasional excursion into the POV of another character. Every now and then we are given a glimmer of hope that things will not turn out too badly. This was published in 1941. At that time it was an innovative idea to write about a murder from the point of view of the murderer; the "noir" novel.Cain had given us "The Postman Always Rings Twice" (1936) and Simenon had written "The Man who Watched Trains" in 1938. In those the reader is made to root for a criminal hoping he can get away with a crime. Hamilton makes suspense build up as we hope that Bone will not commit the crime.

5-0 out of 5 stars "If only you could have your morning-after first and your night-before afterwards, the problem of drinking would be simplified."
Described by the [London] Daily Telegraph as "a criminally neglected British author," Patrick Hamilton wrote nine novels from the 1920s through the early 1950s, along with the famous dramas of Rope and Gaslight, and though he earned the admiration of a host of famous authors, from Graham Greene and Doris Lessing to Nick Hornby, he never achieved the popular success he deserved, either in his own time or throughout the twentieth century.In this decade, however, virtually all his novels have been reprinted in both Europe and in the US, and he is finally beginning to be recognized for his astute observations about his times and for his insights into the minds of his characters.

Indicating in the subtitle that this is "A story of darkest Earl's Court," Hangover Square is set in what was then aseamy, low-rent district of London, a place in which those who were down on their luck, out of work, or homeless could manage to scrounge through life.Bars and cheap entertainment provided evening activities for people who often did not get up before noon.George Harvey Bone, the main character here, is out of work.Like the other unemployed and under-employed people he associates with, he lives on the fringes of the entertainment business-part-time actors and actresses, managers, and movie makers who party long and hard, fueled by massive quantities of alcohol.

George's drinking might have triggered his earliest his "blackouts," but here they have become more frequent and more debilitating--psychotic episodes of schizophrenia which end with the demand that he kill Netta Longdon to save himself.Netta is a failed actress--a beautiful, spoiled, and manipulative woman who ignores George except when she wants money, a woman who sleeps around with his friends (though not with him), and uses him. He is so desperate for her attentions, however, that he allows himself to be degraded, always hoping that she will see him for the person he really is.As he is driven closer to the edge and as his "dead moods" get closer together, the suspense grows."Getting killed would serve her jolly well right," he rationalizes.

The narrative line, which takes place inside George's head, is strong and emotionally affecting, and though many contemporary readers will be frustrated at George's passivity in the face of Netta's abuse, few will fail to empathize.Based in part on his own life, the novel is an intense psychological drama written by a man who became an alcoholic at a young age, after being disfigured in an accident.Frequently developing passionate but unrequited attachments, he wrote about these women in his novels.Famed actress Geraldine Fitzgerald was recognized as the model for Netta Longdon, something her obituary confirms. Mary Whipple

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Gorse Trilogy "The West Pier," "Mr. Stimpson and Mr. Gorse," "Unknown Assailant" (Import)

5-0 out of 5 stars dark & tortured life in London
George Harvey Bone has schizophrenia. Is his life dark and tortured because of that? or does he have schizophrenia because his life is dark and tortured? Life in London in 1939 for George and his peers does look dark and bleak in itself, but George seems to be much more vulnerable than anybody, and much more vulnerable than Netta, young woman he has a misfortune to be madly in love with, who has sensitivity of a fish, according to Hamilton's description.

Most of the people surrounding Bone have fun at his expense, including Netta. George does recognize this, but he has no willpower to break out of this situation, so he keeps suffering, and this mental suffering probably contributes to his schizophrenic spells, during which he nurses murderous thoughts.

This book brings to mind both Idiot and The Insulted and Humiliated by Fyodor Dostoevsky, and this is not too huge an exaggeration: Hamilton does create very powerful and gripping characters, narrative and social scenery, so comparison with Dostoevsky at least gives one a proper framework to place both Hangover Square and The Slaves of Solitude.

Lots of details, very clear and powerful language - this book deserves to be much better known than, say, "The Collector" by Fowles, but... when they asked Beethoven why his 8th is much less popular than his 7th, he replied: "But it's so much better, that's why!"

3-0 out of 5 stars Good Atmosphere, Dialogue and Description, but the Main Character Was a Fool
Published in 1941, this book has been called Patrick Hamilton's best novel. It was set mainly in London in the nine months leading up to the outbreak of World War II. It followed the disordered emotional life of a sensitive, educated man living off savings and passing time with lowlifes in cheap Earls Court apartments and West End bars.

For this reader, most memorable were the depiction of bar-hopping, hoped-for camaraderie, and overdrinking with anyone available to stave off loneliness, especially in the book's first half. But the novel's main focus was the naive man's pathetic infatuation with a failed actress. Here the author showed his flair for dialogue, particularly with the soulless woman's catty remarks, and describing her heartless behavior. And for portraying the man's fragile psychological state, as he kept losing his bearings and groping his way back to an understanding of who he was and what he was doing. The author suggested that the lowlifes' behavior reflected the impulses that had led to fascism on the Continent, though he omitted to write anything about Stalinism or the USSR's pact with Germany.

Eventually, in the book's second half, this reader began to find the man's masochism with the woman less credible and harder to bear. He kept repeating a cycle of excitement, anger at betrayal, murderous intent, and loss of will, which snapped his mind back and forth a few too many times. I kept wanting to urge him to stop being a dupe and a dope, to stop whining and get on with it. By the end, he seemed much more distraught by the thought of betrayal by his noble male friend than by the woman he supposedly loved, and happiest when finding acceptance by his male "betters."

Another book that described mental disorder and sexual excitement using shifts in time and location, more powerfully in my opinion, was John Franklin Bardin's Devil Take the Blue-Tail Fly (1948). For a more extensive depiction of the West End joined to fascinating knowledge of the London netherworld, Gerald Kersh's Night and the City (1938). And for blood-curdling menace, Jim Thompson's The Killer Inside Me (1952).

5-0 out of 5 stars Why, oh why isn't this on more required reading lists?
George Harvey Bone has a complicated mental disorder: he has schizophrenia, in which he has a split personality, which comes over him at unexpected times. George is deeply involved with the "Hangover Square" set of Earl's Court, London, where he's in love with the beautiful but dangerous Netta Longdon, who treats him despicably. Her whole set, George included, spend their days in idle dissipation, drinking and carousing all the time, as Europe teeters on the brink of the Second World War. But George has one mission: to kill Netta and her friend Peter.

What's so wonderful about this book is that Patrick Hamilton gets into George's head wonderfully, and he transitions back and forth between George's "moods" easily. Every time that George slides into his second personality, he finds himself forgetting his mission. The tension in this thriller (a word I ate to use because it conjures to my mind commercial fiction) arises from this: will he or won't he commit murder? Therefore, the ending of this book came as a complete, shocking surprise to me. Its easy to see why so many authors envy Hamilton's writing ability; this novel is a nearly perfect expose of lower-class London at the end of the 1930s and the effect of mental instability on one's actions. The travesty about this book is that it's poorly edited.
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31. Knit Kimono: 18 Designs with Simple Shapes
by Vicki Square
Paperback: 128 Pages (2007-09-01)
list price: US$24.95 -- used & new: US$9.11
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Asin: 1931499896
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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From casual to formal, the kimono shape has endured for centuries as an internationally recognized icon of Japanese life and culture. With 18 original designs, each a knitted interpretation of a traditional kimono style, this handbook makes knitting homemade kimonos deceptively easy. Projects are based on rectangular forms that require very little shaping, and are ideal first-garment projects for knitters wanting to venture beyond scarves. Clever details in stitch patterns and edgings, such as the use of silk, linen, and bamboo yarns, add sophistication and elegance to even the simplest designs. The flattering drape and luxurious style of the kimono will appeal to veteran and beginning knitters alike. 

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5-0 out of 5 stars Lovely & Knittable!
I bought this book for a friend who knits after seeing one of the patterns done up in a local knit shop (Textiles A Mano Eugene,Oregon) She was delighted with the book and has already begun two of the patterns!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great
I received this in short order, already knitted one Kimmono and am very happy with the results.It is what it was published to be

5-0 out of 5 stars patterns that flatter anyone
Skip books on jackets.Your look will be unique and the difficulty is nowhere near that of creating a jacket.There are garments for all sizes and seasons.With a little imagination, you can use your stash and have gorgeous creations.I also like the photography which allows the reader to see the garments from multiple views.This book should be a treasure for anyone.Altering a pattern to your personal preferences is not difficult because the schematics make viewing the outcome easy.I was able to make some sleeves less full with no problem.

5-0 out of 5 stars love it! it's hard!
i do love the kimono designs! these patterns are not for the faint of heart but they give me something to strive for!

4-0 out of 5 stars Lovely Designs
Knit Kimono, 18 Designs with Simple Shapes by Vicki Square:This is a very nice knitting book with beautiful kimono-style designs.The Kimono is a relatively easy shape to knit so although these appear to be complicated sweater or jacket designs, they are not. Most of the knitting is simply knit and purl. Some of the designs will require a large amount of yarn because they are boxy and floor length.Others are jacket, sweater length or a simple vest.This book is a very nice addition to my knitting book shelves.
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32. Yellow Square: A Pop-up Book for Children of All Ages
by David A. Carter
Hardcover: 20 Pages (2008-09-30)
list price: US$19.99 -- used & new: US$9.50
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Asin: 1416940936
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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First came One Red Dot, next Blue 2, 600 Black Spots...now Yellow Square, the fourth installment of David A. Carter's acclaimed color series! Modern and elegant paper engineering and text are certain to awe children of all ages!

Readers will search beatiful, modern pop-ups to discover the hidden yellow square on each spread in this follow up to David A. Carter's New York Times award winning, 600 Black Spots. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great for infants too!
We received this book as a gift for our infant son prior to his birth.I am typically not a fan of pop-up books so I wasn't too pleased that we had received it.I started reading to my son when he was about two months old and by about three months old he became so excited by books that he ended up with papercuts every time I read him a story.So, I decided to see if he would be interested in this book......he loves it.He is now four months old, and I bring it out about once a week and he just loves to stare and reach for the items on the pages (I have to try really hard to keep it out of his reach as the pages are delicate).I imagine it will get better with age when he can actually search for the yellow squares!

5-0 out of 5 stars FUN
Fun and entertaining for all ages, bought it for a child and a 19 year old couldn't just read it once.Hard time giving this one away.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great but a little delicate for "all ages"
My 27 month old loves this book and asks for it by name. Unfortunately, many of the little bits have been torn off in her exhilirated exploration of the pages. They are a bit delicate in their intricacies. I do let her look at the book on her own; it was a gift to her, and I don't like to protect her own things from her too much. There is a look of joy on her face everytime she sees the three dimensions of each page. Despite the missing pieces (some of them yellow squares), her Yellow Square book is still holding her fascination.

5-0 out of 5 stars a great book for all kids
I have a 22 month old who loves this book. It took me awhile to find all the yellow squares but even though it was a challenge, he loved searching and still does after hundreds of readings.

5-0 out of 5 stars Pop-up's Live!
If you are a collector of Pop-up books (as I am) this is a "must have" pop-up book! It isn't just for kids! ... Read more


33. Harvard Square: An Illustrated History Since 1950
by Mo Lotman
Hardcover: 240 Pages (2009-09-01)
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Asin: 1584797479
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What do Barack Obama, Samuel Beckett, Fidel Castro, Joan Baez, Conan O’Brien, Natalie Portman, and Dwight D. Eisenhower have in common? Their footsteps have all crossed paths in Harvard Square. This well-trod patch of Cambridge turf at the corner of the United States’ most renowned university has long been a crossroads where poetry, retailing, politics, design, performance, and every other cultural endeavor intersect. 

 From the square’s tweedy aspect in the 1950s through its many transformations in the ’60s,’70s, and beyond, author Mo Lotman gives a decade-by-decade account of Harvard Square’s history, traditions, and lore. The bookstores, the billiard parlors, the barbershops, the booze and burger joints: they’re all here. Based on interviews with more than a hundred of the square’s denizens, illustrated with archival photographs, and graced with texts by John Updike, Bill McKibben, Governor Bill Weld, and others, Harvard Square brings “the smartest urban space in America” to vivid life.
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5-0 out of 5 stars What a guilty pleasure
I would stop at Harvard Coop and look through this book but could never see spending the money. I finally used the bonus money from my Amazon credit card to purchase it from Amazon. It doesn't cover EVERY store or business that you might remember but oh so many! So many stores and restaurants that have come and gone. This would really be a great gift for some 60 year old who was a student in Boston/Cambridge or one, like me, who grew up in that area and would take trips into the Square for the shopping or the museums. Oh, to have a Bailey's sundae again or look for fun things at Truc or have an apple beer at the Wursthaus or or ... it's all here. A wonderful book, full of photos and memories. You'll be saying "I remember THAT!" as you turn the pages.

5-0 out of 5 stars Harvard Square: an Illustrated History Since 1950
If you've ever spent any time in Harvard Square, the heart of Cambridge, this is a treasure of a book. It is well organized, with interesting commentary on what was happening when, as well as terrific photos of Harvard Square as it changed over the years. This book has provided many hours of nostalgic wandering down memory lane.

5-0 out of 5 stars Memories revisited
Hi:
Excellent book. Brought back many memories of my working and socializing in Harvard Square from the 60's on.It was about time something like this was published.Great pictures!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars An oversized, visual journey through one of this country's must influential public places
Harvard Square: An Illustrated History Since 1950 offers an oversized, visual journey through one of this country's must influential public places, offering a decade-by-decade account of the events and people of Harvard Square. It will earn its place in any library strong in regional American or Massachusetts history, featuring fine photos and interviews with over a hundred of the people who influenced the square's history and development.

3-0 out of 5 stars Harvard Square Commercial History
If you'd like to wander down memory lane looking at photographs of businesses, mostly shops and restaurants, that the author enjoyed, this is the book for you.There's some mention and pictures of various new commercial buildings going up.But the book repeatedly covers the same places, like the Hong Kong Restaurant, while never mentioning Underdog, Goods, or Ta Tien.I appreciated learning that an eccentric widow owned most of the commercial buildings and rented them out very cheaply so that all those charming and marginal businesses could flourish.After she died the rents went up, those businesses died or moved away from the square, and national chains came in.

There is material about the folk movement (based around the venues), the 60s riots (banks and stores were damaged), the building of the new T station and extension, and a couple of the buskers. I was expecting something else, a real history of the square, with architecture, facts, etc. based on the title.Endless slightly different photos of the same streetscapes a few years apart got a bit old,I could tell that the author put a LOT of work into finding photos, researching when certain stores opened, closed, and finding information about their owners, but there's just too much missing.If you're looking for a more general history of the Square you may also be a little disappointed. ... Read more


34. Fair, Square & Legal: Safe Hiring, Managing & Firing Practices to Keep You & Your Company Out of Court
by Donald H. Weiss
Hardcover: 384 Pages (2004-04-23)
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Asin: 0814408133
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Fair, Square & Legal has long been the essential resource for organizations seeking to stay within the law and avoid violating the rights of their employees. This new, extensively updated edition reflects the latest regulations and court decisions, while retaining all the indispensable information readers have depended on for more than a decade.

Readers will find information on a wide variety of legal issues including:

* recruitment and hiring * sexual harassment * violation of privacy * evaluations and promotions * affirmative action issues * discipline and firing

The book covers the latest discrimination and EEOC guidelines, employee verification, and technology issues. It also updates topics including management best practices and recruitment. Comprehensive and up-to-date, Fair, Square & Legal is still the very best guide to keeping an organization out of hot water. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars An Absolutely Essential Source of Information and Counsel
This is the Fourth Edition of an exceptionally valuable book which was first published in 1991. Weiss has updated his material to accommodate new laws, regulations, and court decisions which are directly relevant to discrimination and EEOC guidelines, employee verification and security, technology issues, sexual harassment, negligent hiring practices, management of people with disabilities, affirmative action, discipline and termination policies and procedures, defamation, violations of privacy, the Family and Medical Leave Act, evaluations and promotions, sex and age discrimination, and labor law.

As is also true of previous editions, the subtitle correctly indicates that Weiss explains "safe hiring, managing & firing practices to keep you & your company out of court." He organizes the material as follows:

Part I Safe Hiring Practices [re recruiting, interviewing, and employment decisions]

Part II Safe Management Practices [re evaluations and promotions, preventing sex discrimination and sexual harassment on the job, employee action laws and labor rights]

Part III Safe Firing Practices [re discipline and firing practices, public policy, management of older employees]

With Weiss's guidance, it is possible for the decision-makers in any company to complete what amounts to a comprehensive "audit" of any and all areas in which that company could be vulnerable to litigation. Of at least equal importance, the same "audit" will help the company to determine precisely what its obligations are as an employer as well as what the legal rights of each employees are.

Perhaps it would be helpful to those who read this commentary if I now provide a brief excerpt which is representative of the quality of Weiss?s counsel throughout the entire book. I have deliberately selected an especially troublesome area, one which has been the focal point of countless lawsuits: Employee Performance Evaluation. According to Weiss: ?Subjective rating systems in themselves are not illegal. The EEOC and the courts recognize subjective job standards such as communication and leadership skills) and that the words [in italics] good, satisfactory, poor, and unsatisfactory [end italics] carry within them subjective elements. So where do they draw the line?

1. When standards are unequally applied or do not exist at all; and

2. When someone shows that the standards or their absence produces disparate treatment in promotion and compensation policies, as for example:

? When sex stereotyping tainted the process by which a woman was denied a partnership in a [major] accounting firm or

? When subjective decision making torpedoed promotion policies that have disparate impact on minorities.

EEOC and court rulings encourage objective performance appraisals, but they discourage using them as a subterfuge for discrimination.?

Weiss devotes all of Chapter 6 to explaining HOW to formulate policies and procedures so that all evaluations and promotions are ?safe.? That is, they are in full compliance with all applicable regulatory laws, rules, and regulations.

Throughout this brilliant book, as Weiss rigorously and thoroughly examines hiring, managing, and firing practices which are both ethical and legal, he explains What You Can Do and What You Cannot Do. However, with all due respect to Weiss, qualified legal counsel should be consulted to ensure that all of a company's policies and procedures are "fair, square & legal." One of the many value-added benefits of this updated edition is that Weiss identifies a number of ?Cases? at the end of each chapter to which his readers and their legal counsel are referred. There are 17 cited at the end of Chapter 6.

An organization?s policies and procedures concerning employment law must then be carefully explained to all of its employees as well as contained within an employee manual. If at all possible, the same policies and procedures should be readily available online. Of course, they must be rigorously and consistently enforced. Even so, there may yet be frivolous lawsuits but at least the company has done everything possible to prevent them and is thus much better prepared to obtain a favorable decision in a court of law if and when involved in litigation. ... Read more


35. The Village of Round and Square Houses
by Ann Grifalconi
Hardcover: 32 Pages (1986-05-30)
list price: US$17.99 -- used & new: US$7.67
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Asin: 0316328626
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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The story of the village of Tos--where the women live in round houses and the men live in square ones--is told from the point of view of a young girl who grew up there. Grifalconi's bold art and rhythmic storytelling make this a wonderful book for reading aloud. Full color. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book
This is a great book about a real village in Cameroon Africa.As a teacher, I actually use this book to teach surface area and volume.After reading the book, we determine the surface area and volume of the two houses and then compare them.It provides a great real-life application of a "boring" Geometry concept.

5-0 out of 5 stars Celebrate the Cultures
We enjoyed the story within the story of this book.It tells why some huts are round and some are square to this day in a small African village.This story is of men's & women's strengths & differences, the celebration of family and of the tradition of storytelling.The artwork adds to the quality of this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Review for The Village of the Round and Square Houses
The Village of Round and Square Houses, is a story told byalittle girl, Osa, about how the people in her Central African villageof Tos ended up having the men live in square houses and the women in round ones. Osa's story begins with vivid descriptions and pictures of day to day life including their eating rituals in which the men come to eat with the women and children in the round house. Grifalconi uses bright, beautiful colors and illustrations, which help set the happy and peaceful mood. As Osa's grandmother tells her the story of how the great Naka Mountain burst open sending lava, ashes and smoke everywhere, Grifalconi does a good job of depicting the eruption. She contrasts the color orange on black and later shows the village and people all covered with ashes, with only two houses left standing. Since Naka had spared them and these two houses, the men and women split up and have been living this way ever since. The language and descriptions that she uses to tell the story are unique and informative; she keeps the reader wanting to know more.Grifalconi also does a good job of portraying the culture and tradition in the small village. In a note to the reader at the beginning of the book, she states that this village of Tos really does exist but that it is almost entirely isolated which makes its culture unique with different traditions from other African villages. The story, The Village of the Round and Square Houses, tells of the importance of family and the respect given to the elders. For the eldest in this family has the wooden stool to sit on and the next eldest has the grass mat. The children help the women cook, and everyone eats supper taking turns in order, starting with the eldest right down to the youngest child. Osa's grandmother tells the story of how their village ended up the way it is now. All members of the village respect her grandmother, and she is known as the best storyteller in the village. By telling stories she is able to pass on the culture of their village.In their 1988 Children's Literature Association Quarterly article, "Sharon Bell Mathis: Features of a Culture," Darwin L. Henderson and Arlene Harris Mitchell examine Mathis's work. Sharon Bell Mathis's works and Grifalconi's, The Village of Round and Square Houses, are similar because they both deal with celebrating life, children, family, survival, spiritual strength and culture. The oral tradition of story-telling is important to Mathis, and Grifalconi has the grandmother orally pass on the story of Naka. For me, this story by the grandmother is one of the most important things in the book because it gives the reason for having the women live in round houses and the men live in square ones, and it gives insight into part of their culture. This shows that oral tradition and culture are important aspects to both authors when writing children's books.I found this book stimulating to look at and interesting to read. The illustrations are great and add a lot to the story though it was a great story in itself. I definitely want to check out more of Ann Grifalconi's work.

5-0 out of 5 stars Cultural differences
This is a wonderful book to share with children. Children need to know that different cultures do things differently. Culture is a big part of people and how they live their lives. This book was awarded a CaldecottHonor in 1987 for the wonderful pastel pictures. I, myself, loved this bookand so did my children in the classroom. ... Read more


36. Square-to-Square Golf Swing
by Dick Aultman
 Paperback: 127 Pages (1975-03-15)
list price: US$10.95 -- used & new: US$83.52
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Asin: 0671219472
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Square-To-Square Is A Proven Method
I know that no one reading this review will believe it, but it is completely true.I promise.I took a 30 minute lesson from the pro who now (not then) is the oldest living PGA professional (you can look up his name with that information).This occured in the mid 1970s in the Philadelphia area.You will be able to figure out exactly where, if interested.At the time of my lesson, I had played a hundred (or more?) rounds of golf, had broken 100 only once (a 96), and generally was a double-triple bogey player.My putting was not all that bad, but my ball-striking was atrocious if not downright ugly.My handicap at the time was 27 or 28, and that was the lowest handicap I had ever had up to that time.For me to shoot 110-115 was not at all unusual.A good day would be where I hoped to have a chance to break 100, which as I said had happened only once.The Pro taught me square-to-square (to the extent such can be done in 30 minutes).He weakened my grip, closed my club face at address, had me take it back square, maintain a flat (square) wrist at the top of the backswing, and then just let it go.At the end of that 30 minute lesson, I had in fact been transformed into a 14-15 handicap.Yes, in 30 minutes.That same day, playing the same home course I almost always played, I shot an 85.I hit the first three greens in regulation.It was not a fluke.On the basis of only one 30-minute lesson, my game became one where thereafter I played consistently in the mid 80s.

5-0 out of 5 stars Square to Square Rocks!
I have a hard copy I inherited from my dad.He was a very good golfer and hit the ball further and straighter than any of the people he ever played with.He played during the 1960's before metal woods and advanced club design. Give this method a try.It is a left sided model based on obtaining square contact in the most logical and consistent way. Finding an easy way to start the downswing is still problematic for me. If you find a natural and easy solution please post it!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Method
I had this book in paperback form many years ago but it must have been thrown out during a move. This method is about left side dominance during the golf swing whereas more recent methods seem to be about right side dominance and turning the body. This Square-to-Square Method is how I hit the ball the straightest and play the best. I'm glad I was able to to get another copy of the book. I'm not going to lose this one.

5-0 out of 5 stars great instruction
very detailed explanation of the correct way to swing a golf club,
I am hitting the ball straighter than I ever have thanks to the
method described in this book, which translates to lowering my
scores, its great keeping the ball in the fairway..

5-0 out of 5 stars Best book on the swing I have read. Very understandable.
I read this book and it made perfect sense. I tried the method and it worked for me.Great book!! ... Read more


37. Bedford Square: A Charlotte and Thomas Pitt Novel
by Anne Perry
Mass Market Paperback: 336 Pages (2000-04-04)
list price: US$7.99 -- used & new: US$1.45
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Asin: 0449005828
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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The freshly dead body sprawled on the Bedford Square doorstep of General Brandon Balantyne is an affront to every respectable sensibility. The general denies all knowledge of the shabbily dressed victim who has so rudely come to death outside his home. But Superintendent Thomas Pitt cannot believe him. For in the dead man's pocket he finds a rare snuffbox that recently graced the general's study. He must tread lightly, however, lest his investigation trigger a tragedy of immense proportions, ensnaring honorable men like flies in a web. Pitt's clever wife, Charlotte, becomes his full partner in probing this masterpiece of evil, spawned by an amorality greater than they can imagine . . .Amazon.com Review
Even if you prefer the tougher, edgier William Monk books by Anne Perry,such as A Breach ofPromise, there's no denying the wealth of detail and the powerfulemotions at work in her longer series of Victorian murder mysteriesfeaturing Thomas and Charlotte Pitt. The Pitt books effectively merge HenryJames with Raymond Chandler: by having a middleclass policeman married to asocialite, Perry can probe both worlds, as she does in BedfordSquare, a story of high-level blackmail and murder.

A famous historical scandal called the Tranby Croft affair (a gambling caseinvolving the Prince of Wales) is very much in the news when the body of aworking-class man is found early one morning on the posh doorstep of General Brandon Balantyne. No one in the house claims to know the murderedman, but he has a valuable piece of jewelry belonging to the Balantynes inhis pocket.Thomas Pitt and his outspoken aide, Sergeant Tellman, musttread lightly, but Charlotte--and especially her sharp relative LadyVespasia Cumming-Gould--aren't restrained by such social niceties. Gracie,the Pitts' smart and rough-tongued maid, is also a valued asset to theinvestigation, which proceeds in a satisfying, if not particularlysurprising, manner to a highly dramatic conclusion.

Other recent books in the Pitt series include Brunswick Gardens, Ashworth Hall, and Pentecost Alley.--Dick Adler ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Anne Perry is the best!
8-2-10
I discovered Anne Perry quite by mistake. I received a prize of free audiobook CDs for buying the audible mp3 player. There was not much to choose from, so I chose Anne Perry's Seven Dial and another one called midnight echoes by another writer, all of which were great. I loved the Charlotte Pitt & Thomas Pitt series, so I started buying them in sequence from beginning to the current one I am listening to. Bedford square is juxtopose with a real event in England and Anne Perry wove this event to the story which made it seem almost real. It made me research that part of England when it almost became a republic. I find Anne Perry's novel as good as Dorothy Gilman, who wrote about a 60 year old spy. You feel like a participant when you read their stories. Highly recommended.

Linda Seldow
Carmel, CA

2-0 out of 5 stars Boring whodunnit
This book set in London is the late 19th century begins with a murder and ends with 100 pages of snoring. It's not so much a whodunit as a who cares?

The characters are pallid and the plot concerns a blackmail plot of various high and mighties who risk losing their honor. There is much talk of honor -- very yawn-inducing.

There is also the "below stairs" aspect of the story. The working class characters all speak in Cockney which becomes incredibly tiresome after a few sentences of stuff like this" "You dunno nuffink. So 'oo did yer get yer bubble an' squeak from? I can't be getting on wif anything wif you standin' in the middle o' the floor. Spec' me ter walk 'around yer?"

Not only is this annoying and patronizing but it's not even accurate. If one was being consistent, one would say "anyfink' to rhyme wiv nuffink.

Bottom line: great for insomonia!

5-0 out of 5 stars Bedford Square by Anne Perry
As with all of Anne Perry's Thomas and Charlotte Pitt novels,I am delighted with Bedford Square.I love reading mysteries and especially about either Victorian (or Regency) England. Her books are clean with no vulgar language and I appreciate this.They are some of the best mysteries I have read and I have read quite a few.

Judy Moughon

3-0 out of 5 stars Pretty disappointing
The sociomoral theme for today, boys and girls, is reputation: How to build a good public one and how to maintain it in the face of blackmail, given people's tendency to believe anything bad they read in the newspapers about public figures. It begins with a body being discovered on the doorstep of General Balantyne, whose family figured in two earlier books in the series. Exactly why it's there is never satisfactorily explained, but Superintendent Pitt gradually uncovers a web of blackmail threats which the victims would find it almost impossible to disprove, set as they are in the professional pasts of a number of gentlemen. It's never quite clear, either, why the gentlemen in question would reveal these particular incidents to anyone else, and in such detail, in casual conversations at the club. The reader is unlikely to figure out whodunit (or why) until the last chapter, but that's largely because the author seems to have picked a bad guy more or less at random and then made assertions about how things happened with little regard for plausibility. This is the 19th book in the Victorian London mystery series and Perry has been getting more and more sloppy in making the story believable, seeming more interested in exploring ethical and moral questions than in writing a good murder mystery.

2-0 out of 5 stars Weak Plot
I was dissapointed with this novel. It seemed to me that the book kept dragging itself. While there were interesting turns at some places, the conclusion was not dramatic. It did not make sense why one of those characters would have done the crime -- it was almost like the novel had to be ended and a culprit had to be picked by the toss of a coin.

While the details into Victorian society are good -- the author repeats the same sentences too many times in the book. It could definitely have been a shorter book with a poor end. ... Read more


38. Square Meals : America's Favorite Comfort Cookbook
by Jane Stern
Paperback: 352 Pages (2000-12-01)
list price: US$16.95 -- used & new: US$34.70
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Asin: 0867308206
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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This revised and updated edition of the classic Square Meals is a celebration of American food from the 1920s through the 1950s, a salute to the days of lunch counters and the times when Sunday dinner was hearty and special. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Wacky, wonderful recipes
There are few things in life as wonderfully intoxicating as reading one of Jane and Michael Stern's books. And this one is right at the top of the heap. I can't say I've actually cooked anything out of it - I honestly don't think of it as a cookbook, per se. But the prose is great, the tone elegantly nostalgic and the the tongue remains firmly but gently inside the cheek. Favorite moment: a recipe called Undescended Twinkies. Enormously intriguing right at the title, but the Sterns go it one further, describing the perfect moment when one pushes Twinkies into partially gelled Jell-o. The way they compare this process to Tony Perkins pushing Janet Leigh's car into the swamp in Psycho is, in a word, bliss. Get yourself a copy of this book!

5-0 out of 5 stars Hands down, the best American cookbook for the Average Jane
My original paperback edition of Square Meals has long been in pieces - I've kept it in a gallon plastic bag for about 12 years - and now the whole middle section is gone.What wonderful news that I can get it again, and it's been expanded!The meatloaf recipe itself is worth the price of the book - EVERYONE, and I mean everyone - I've ever served it to says it's the best they've ever eaten, even my late mother, no meatloaf slouch herself.The wartime recipies are healthy and good, and the chicken noodle soup... woah.But it's the stories and pieces of Americana that make Square Meals truly special.The Sterns add their own wonderful style (you MUST listen to them on NPR's The Splendid Table sometime) and memories to make this not "just" a great cookbook, but a read again and again and again book of history and lovely prose.
Sarah S. Charleston, WV

5-0 out of 5 stars Love this cookbook!
I got this book the first year we were married, 23 years ago.I read it like a book and have read it many times since then.It is comfort reading!Some of the recipes are just fun to read about but others you definitely want to try out.My copy has been loved to death and is falling apart.I need a new one!

5-0 out of 5 stars A GREAT read!
This book is responsible for my love affair with reading cokbooks. It's such a fun look at our country's culture through the food (and food fads) of various eras. Jane and Michael Stern have collected recipes from the kitchens of food manufacturers, restaurants and everyday folks and tell the story of of America (in the post-electric kitchen) through what we ate. From wartime rationing to suburban tiki cook-outs, with a loving detour through macaroni and cheese and mashed potatoes and gravy, the recipes are given with fun anecdotes and historical perspective. And many of them are even worth cooking!

5-0 out of 5 stars So good, I had to get 2 copies
I have an edition which was published 1984 by Alfreed A Knopf.Now i see that there is a revised edition abd I'll have to get another!

I first ran into yhis book one saturday in '90.By Sunday evening, I Had read the entire thing, been back to the bookstore just before it closed to get another copy as a gift for my mother. I have never read a cookbook that I have so thouroughly enjoyed just Reading! Not to mention the recipies contained in it.The style of wriring is delightful, imagine listening to you favorite "Elder Relatives" talking about the way things were cooked, and WHY they were cooked.It is as much a history of cooking and cooking styles, as a cookcoook.
My favorite sections are Nursery Food, and Victory Dinner and Mothers Sunday Dinner.Wherever you go, in within this book you will find many gems; like how the rationing system chaned eating and menues in WW II. Or the 3 pages on how to properly prepare toast!
You'll love the wit and research that have gone into this book!You can't go wrong with this one! .. Now i'm off to get copy #3 (just in case!) ... Read more


39. Second Helpings from Union Square Cafe: 140 New Recipes from New York's Acclaimed Restaurant
by Danny Meyer, Michael Romano, Corp Union Square Cafe
Hardcover: 352 Pages (2001-10-01)
list price: US$35.00 -- used & new: US$4.34
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Asin: 0060196475
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Ask New Yorkers to name their favorite restaurant and they are likely to reply: "Union Square Cafe." Indeed, Union Square Cafe has been ranked the city's most popular restaurant by the Zagat Survey for five consecutive years and has earned many of the food world's top honors, including a James Beard Award for Outstanding Restaurant of the Year, two three-star rankings from the New York Times, seven Awards of Excellence from Wine Spectator magazine, and the James Beard Foundation's Best Chef in New York Award for Michael Romano. What makes USC stand out in a sea of other great New York City restaurants? A simple but rare combination of extraordinary food, excellent wine, and the sort of warm, genuine hospitality one typically finds only in a neighborhood spot. In this new cookbook, proprietor Danny Meyer and executive chef and co-owner Michael Romano share the delicious dishes that have kept their customers coming back for more, year after year. Following the high standards for taste and accessibility set by their award-winning Union Square Cafe Cookbook, Second Helpings from Union Square Cafe offers more than 140 inspired recipes for everything from appetizers, soups, and salads to pastas, main courses, vegetables, side dishes, and desserts. These are the dishes that USC customers have come to know and love, including such favorites as a new version of their renowned Fried Calamari, Salt-Baked Chicken, Bollito di Vitello, Roasted Root Vegetables, and Blueberry-Lemon Meringue Pie.

But, more than simply a recipe collection, Second Helpings is a valuable kitchen resource for anyone interested in elevating his or her cooking to a new level. Michael teaches home cooks how to make their own pasta, create the juiciest chicken imaginable, correctly clean morels, and add new depth of flavor to all kinds of dishes, while Danny offers lively commentary and wine accompaniments for nearly every recipe. With their able guidance, even the most inexperienced cooks can turn out spectacular food with ease and joy.

Second Helpings captures the unique spirit of Union Square Cafe not just with recipes and animated text, but also with original black-and-white images by internationally acclaimed photographer Duane Michals. A longtime friend of USC, Duane has contributed his witty visual stories and restaurant vignettes in an innovative departure from standard food photography.

On every level Second Helpings from Union Square Cafe is a cookbook you'll treasure using again and again. Like the restaurant, it will become a familiar favorite and a trusted source of great food.

Amazon.com Review
The Union Square Cafe is consistently ranked New York City's favorite restaurant by the Zagat survey. Why? Superb yet relaxed food served in a setting both deluxe and friendly. Second Helpings from Union Square Cafe, the follow-up to the restaurant's proprietor Danny Meyer and chef-co-owner Michael Romano's Union Square Cafe Cookbook, offers readers 140 recipes for Union Square's popular fare--Italian-inflected "everyday" cooking taken to a higher, yummier, but completely cook-friendly power. Dishes like Butternut Squash and Bean Soup, Roasted Halibut Pugliese-Style, and Zucchini Purée with Marjoram exemplify the book's unique approach; simple in conception and easy to execute, they nonetheless pack flavor and style to burn.

Chapters cover appetizers to desserts, with sections devoted to pasta and risotto and to side dishes and condiments, such as the restaurant's much-loved Olive Mashed Potatoes and Apple-Pear Chutney. Sweets like Butterscotch Pudding with Brown Sugar Sauce and Chocolate Pudding Flan should also keep diners happy. A word must be said about the photographs of Duane Michals, whose signature storytelling style (depicting, for example, a seated couple's response to a cell-phone-using table neighbor) wonderfully echoes the sweetly knowing tone of the restaurant itself. With a section on basic preparations, the book should become a trusted kitchen friend. --Arthur Boehm ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Not for everyday.Expensive and challenging recipes but very good food
Here's the good news.Second Helpings will help you to recreate some of the fantastic meals served at the Union Square Café.This is not a book that most people can turn to without a special trip to the market, and the costs won't fit most people's day-to-day food budgets.If you live in the heart of New York, San Francisco or Seattle, you may not find shopping for Second Helping's recipes difficult.But many people will have to make an effort to make this food.Nowadays even many upscale areas lack butcher shops and fish markets. Special fruits and vegetables often require planning and a trip to the farmer's market.The cost of the cuts of meat and fresh fish, called for in this book,will be impossible for many people to justify without a special occassion.

Keep in mind that many, if not most of the recipesin Second Helpings call for at least one of the following

1) An expensive pantry item such as cognac, brandy, Scotch whiskey or

2) Something hard to find such as tripe or honeycomb tripe, fresh calamari, green tomatoes, Italian plums, sheeps-milk ricotta, cardoon (a kind of Italian celery), store bought veal stock, fingerling potatoes, venison, dried pomegranate seeds

3) An expensive fresh ingredient such as fresh lump crabmeat, fresh lobster, rack of lamb, lamb chops, rack of veal, veal shoulder (also hard to find in many places)

4) Somethingthat takes a lot of time such as homemade veal stock (expensive and veal bones are hard to find) homemade chicken stock, homemade fish stock etc.

The exception to this is the desserts, a number of which call for common ingredients and are not terribly expensive or time consuming to make.

When you go to the Union Square Café in NY you don't expect the kind of food you have been whipping up after work.You expect marvelous, creative, expensive food that took some doing.Thisa great book to buy, so long as you realize that that is exactly what you are in for with this book..I gave this book four stars because, well, the food is amazing. Its fun to read, even if you can't make the recipes too often.But be advised, this is not a book to open Tuesday night after work when you need to get supper on the table by seven.

5-0 out of 5 stars one recipe under my belt!
I just made the Turkey with Apple Cider Gravy. Hands down the best turkey I have ever prepared. All of my dinner guests for Thanksgiving this year commented that it was the best turkey they have ever had. Wow! The turkey was absolutely delicious, succulent, and wonderfully flavored by the complex assortment of ingredients that came about in the brining process and the stuffing and gravy. I used quince for the first time as an ingredient in my cooking.

The book is invitingly presented with it's story line approach through the photographs, sometimes silly. But yes, as another reviewer mentioned there is Jacque Pepin in the black and white photo essay in one chapter looking like he's truly enjoying himself. A great endorsement for this book as I love his cooking and personality as much as I do Julia Child.

I can't wait to try other recipes from this book and soon. I think that this book will become a regular for me to try out new recipes and enhance my own knowledge of my Northern Italian Nona's cooking every day.

4-0 out of 5 stars More of the same with extra spice in the pics
Most of what I found true of the first Union Square Café is also true of this sequel. And, the appearance of a sequel justifies the good opinion of the first volume. The new volume continues it's contribution to my Italian repetoire and continues to do it with recipes which are exceptionally well written. The introduction to the new volume makes it clear that many, if not most of the dishes are ... from Italian restaurants and nonas. I like this, if only because I find this much more believable than if the authors took credit for the recipes themselves. I also appreciate the traditional Italian names of the dishes as it makes it easier to compare these recipes with those done by classic Italian food writers such as Marcella Hazan and Lidia Bastianich.

The new volume uses it's photographs to add a rare element of humor to the cookbook. It is great good fun to do some celebrity spotting in the pics and be reassured that if Jacque Pepin takes the trouble to eat there, something good much be going on in the back of the house.

The new volume includes a long Pasta and Risotto chapter. A welcome addition.

On the down side, I find some of the recipes fairly long. Several are probably too much for the casual cook, although I believe some of the length is due to their being very thorough in their explanations.

Since this is a sequel to a well received book, I find the Pantry section to be a waste of space. Many named preparations from the first book are repeated in the second. Since these preparations are also available in hundreds of other books, I think this is blatant padding.

Bottom line is that the book is a worthy continuation to the original.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not a Great Second Act
i LOVED the first Union Square Cookbook, and use its recipes regularly...and i have been SO disappointed with this one...i have not made ANYTHING that i liked from this cookbook...spare yourself

4-0 out of 5 stars Unusual but excessible recipes
Sometimes the ingredient lists are a bit daunting,especially if one lives outside of a major metropolitan area, but it's worth the effort.The impressive thing about the recipes included in Union Square Cafe's second cookbook is that the various flavors are distinct while working together.For example, a pasta dish with gorgonzola and fresh corn requires that you simmer the husks in a broth--what an odd notion and what a great result !
I would say that the procedures are straightforward, but time-consuming.These are recipes that you have to plan for; they are not last-minute, just home-from-work desperation dinners. With that in mind, these are tasty, perhaps even mind -(not to say waist-) expanding recipes. ... Read more


40. 101 Granny Squares
Paperback: 86 Pages (2008-04-01)
list price: US$14.95 -- used & new: US$8.68
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Asin: 1596352108
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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101 designs, from simple to sophisticated, all made with worsted weight yarn. Designed by Darla Sims, these designs can be mixed and matched to create one-of-a kind projects. 64 pages. Skill level: Easy.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Best for New learners
I am new at crochet and really enjoy it. As is the best book for new learners.

5-0 out of 5 stars 101 granny
This book has great quality pictures of the squares. Several of the squares patterns I already have from other sources. My only complaint is, like so many others, think that by adding a row to a square, makes it a new pattern.

1-0 out of 5 stars needs serious editing


I have loads of crochet stitch books including a few just on granny squares. Darla Sims is important in the crochet field so I ordered this sight unseen. The squares were all done in worsted wt yarn with size H hook. Finished size, gauge on the first two rows, pattern notes, special stitches and instructions written out are given for each square. A good color photo heads up each square. The sizes vary and some are in only one color while others have two or three. One problem with this book is the sentence on the front cover which says "mix and match these fabulous granny squares to create your own beautiful designs." If you do that, you need to find the same size squares unless you don't care and plan to just sew them together any old way. More serious is the poorly written instructions. Of the first 6 squares, only 4 worked out. I completed the first but it was written very badly. The fifth just couldn't be done. I found one very similar to it in the Jean Leinhauser "101 crochet squares" and successfully made it. I then returned to this book and again failed. I can only recommend this to very skilled crocheters who are looking for more grannies and who enjoy a good puzzle.
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