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1. Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse
2. I Am Plastic, Too: The Next Generation
3. Big Hair and Plastic Grass: A
4. I Am Plastic: The Designer Toy
5. Plastic Fantastic: How the Biggest
6. Plastic Surgery Secrets Plus
7. The Adventures of a Plastic Bottle:
8. Paying with Plastic, 2nd Edition:
9. No Plastic Sleeves: The Complete
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11. Plastic Cameras: Toying with Creativity,
12. Plastic Surgery Without the Surgery:
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1. Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse
by Kevin Henkes
Hardcover: 32 Pages (1996-08-19)
list price: US$17.99 -- used & new: US$6.95
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Asin: 0688128971
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Lilly loves everything about school, especially her cool teacher, Mr. Slinger. But when Lilly brings her purple plastic purse and its treasures to school and can't wait until sharing time, Mr. Slinger confiscates her prized possessions. Lilly's fury leads to revenge and then to remorse and she sets out to make amends.

Lilly, the star of Chester's Way and Julius, the Baby of the World, is back. And this time she has her name in the title - something she's wanted all along. If you thought Lilly was funny before, you are in for a treat. So hurry up and start reading. Lilly can't wait for you to find out more about her.

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The irrepressible mouse heroine of Chester's Way andJulius,the Baby of the World returns for another true-to-life and veryfunny episode. Lilly loves everything about school, especially herteacher, Mr. Slinger--until he takes away her musical purse becauseshe can't stop playing with it in class. Lilly decides to get revengewith a nasty drawing of "Big Fat Mean Mr. Stealing Teacher!" butwhen she finds the kind note he put in her purse, she's filled withremorse and has to find a way to make things right again. Childrenwill sympathize with Lilly's impulsive mistake and laugh uproariouslyat the witty and expressive pictures of the very human mice. In astarred review, Publisher's Weekly called this book"sympathetic and wise." (Ages 4 to 8) ... Read more

Customer Reviews (58)

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful message in a sweet little purple package!!
I loved this book.-It speaks to children in a very real way, on their own level, about dealing with frustration and anger.After Lily gets in trouble from her teacher for playing with her purple purse in class and distracting the other students, she writes him a very un-kind note out of anger.Later, as she has time to reflect on her actions, she feels terrible about it.In the end, she finds a way to apologize and everyone is happy.
This book takes a very important issue, and puts it in a fun little package that is enjoyable to read.This book would make an excellent addition to any library, home or otherwise.

DeeDee Fox, author and illustrator, The Ruby Red Slippers

2-0 out of 5 stars Politicizing a children's book??
My MIL purchased this book for my daughter who is 15 months old. I just recently sat down to read it to her. All in all, a cute book, but I was surprised and annoyed at the illustrations in the book. This book definitely has a liberal slant to it - the teacher wears "artistic shirts" and in the picture, he has the words "Global Village" and "One World" written on the chalkboard. Really? This is supposed to be lower elementary school, and I found that to be a thinly-veiled attempt to convey liberal politics to the reader. Additionally, although not as annoying is that when Lilly's parents help her apologize, the dad is wearing a peace shirt and is making the treats which seemed to be, again, liberal in nature.

The author is free to include his politics in the book, but I thought that parents should be aware of this agenda.

5-0 out of 5 stars Kid's Review
This laugh out loud, heart-warming book is fantastic. There is this little mouse named Lilly. Lilly loves school. She even acts like a teacher to her little brother, Julius. One day Lilly came to school very happy. She brought something very special and her teacher doesn't like it. Lilly keeps a purple plastic purse and she wants to bring it to school. Honestly my favorite part when she teaches her brother the alphabet. I recommend this book for children who like to laugh. Will Lilly get in more trouble? Will her teacher forgive her? Read this funny book to find out.

5-0 out of 5 stars Our favorite Henkes
This is one of the two or three books that I buy for all of my friends who are having babies-- a classic deserving of shelf space right along with "Where the Wild Things Are," "Amos and Boris," "George and Martha," "Ferdinand," "The Cat in the Hat," and (new favorite) "Food Hates You Too." In particular, "Lilly" is a must for children starting school. It tracks the complexity of the kindergartner/ teacher relationship-- the student's infatuation with the teacher, her disillusionment, her betrayal, her remorse, her amends. The child-mouse Lilly (familiar from other Henkes books, like "Chester's Way") is irrepressible, well-meaning, and spiteful-- a real kid. Angry at her beloved teacher, Mr. Slinger, after he confiscates for the day her purple purse because she keeps interrupting class to show it off, Lilly retaliates by producing a nasty drawing of "big fat mean Mr. stealing teacher" and slipping it into Mr. Slinger's book bag. After he returns the purse and she finds snacks in it accompanied with a note ("today was a difficult day. Tomorrow will be better"), Lilly is horrified, stricken with remorse. How she makes amends to the perfectly understanding Mr. Slinger (all teachers should be Mr. Slinger!) is a good lesson for children on the importance of saying I'm sorry, without ever being preachy or saccharine. Henkes is terrific because he doesn't sugar-coat his characters; part of what makes Lilly special is that she has her flaws. This book is a true classic.

4-0 out of 5 stars Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse
My granddaughter loves this book.It was just a little long for reading before bedtime, where my grandkids usually have a choice of three books each read to them. ... Read more

2. I Am Plastic, Too: The Next Generation of Designer Toys
by Paul Budnitz
Hardcover: 368 Pages (2010-10-01)
list price: US$45.00 -- used & new: US$26.95
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Asin: 0810988879
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The designer toy explosion continues in Kidrobot’s second book, I Am Plastic, Too, which features a worldwide survey of the newest, rarest, and most sought-after toys. By offering designers, comic book artists, illustrators, and graffiti artists a new outlet for their creative energies, these toys become miniature works of art, collected and coveted by fans everywhere. Showcasing examples from more than 140 artists and companies from six continents, this book includes images of scarce, limited-edition toys and extensive interviews with 13 of the hottest designers working today. Many of the most popular creators from the first book are back, along with new faces such as Amanda Visell, Brandt Peters, eBoy, Jon Burgerman, Kathie Olivas, and Tara McPherson.

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3. Big Hair and Plastic Grass: A Funky Ride Through Baseball and America in the Swinging '70s
by Dan Epstein
Hardcover: 352 Pages (2010-05-25)
list price: US$25.99 -- used & new: US$13.88
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Asin: 0312607547
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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The Bronx Is Burning meets Chuck Klosterman in this wild pop-culture history of baseball’s most colorful and controversial decade

The Major Leagues witnessed more dramatic stories and changes in the ‘70s than in any other era. The American popular culture and counterculture collided head-on with the national pastime, rocking the once-conservative sport to its very foundations. Outspoken players embraced free agency, openly advocated drug use, and even swapped wives. Controversial owners such as Charlie Finley, Bill Veeck, and Ted Turner introduced Astroturf, prime-time World Series, garish polyester uniforms, and outlandish promotions such as Disco Demolition Night. Hank Aaron and Lou Brock set new heights in power and speed while Reggie Jackson and Carlton Fisk emerged as October heroes and All-Star characters like Mark “The Bird” Fidrych became pop icons. For the millions of fans who grew up during this time, and especially those who cared just as much about Oscar Gamble’s afro as they did about his average, this book serves up a delicious, Technicolor trip down memory lane.
A Q&A with Dan Epstein courtesy of Scratchbomb.com, May 2010
As a kid, I was fascinated by 1970s baseball. The huge afros, the amazing facial hair, the retina-burning uniform designs--it seemed like such an insane, colorful era, particularly when compared to the heavily moussed 80s, where I spent most of my kid-dom. (Of course, there were some colorful characters then, too, but that's a tale for another time.)

Whenever I had some disposable income (which was not often), I would spend it at a baseball card convention or store, usually on a large plastic box filled with completely worthless cards from 1977 or 1975, just so I could savor such sartorial majesties as Willie McCovey's sideburns. My elementary school library had these slim books on each major league team, all published in the mid-'70s, which I borrowed repeatedly. And whenever my grampa took me to Cooperstown, I'd seek out the unbelievable mini-exhibit on the technicolor uniforms from those years (sadly, no longer there).

While there are some chronicles of players and teams from the 1970s (The Machine and Ladies and Gentlemen, The Bronx Is Burning are great, recent examples), there haven't been many (if any) retrospectives about the decade in total. When people speak of a Golden Age of Baseball, they usually save such mythologizing for the 1950s and its stainless, sepia-tone heroes.

But now there is finally an evangelist for game as played in the Me Decade. Journalist Dan Epstein has penned a love letter to 1970s baseball entitled Big Hair and Plastic Grass: A Funky Ride through Baseball and America in the Swinging 70s. ESPN's Rob Neyer has said of this tome, "What the 1960s were to America, the 1970s were to baseball, and Dan Epstein has finally given us the swinging book the '70s deserve." The book drops May 25 from Thomas Dunne Books, and there will be a big ol' release party at the Bell House in Brooklyn on May 26 (I for one am excited to try the Oscar Gamble hot dog that will be served there).

Dan was generous enough to take some time out of his busy schedule and answer some questions via email about Astroturf, day-glo erseys, the best Topps card designs, and the worst promotions of all time. Read all about it after the jump.
What compelled you to write this book?

About ten years ago, I went in search of a good book on '70s baseball; I was born in 1966, so this was the era when I first fell in love with the sport, and I wanted to relive some of those memories, and maybe gain a greater understanding of the period. At the time, the only thing out there that came even close to what I was looking for was Phil Pepe's Talkin' Baseball: An Oral History of Baseball in the 1970s; but while that's a highly enjoyable read (and one I would recommend to anyone interested in the era) I didn't feel like it showed as much appreciation for the funkiness and uniqueness of the era as much as I would have liked--nor have any other of the decade-spanning '70s baseball books that have been published since then. I don't come from a sportswriting background--music and pop culture has been my beat for the past two decades--but I felt that, as a baseball fan, a student of pop culture, and a child of the '70s, I could write a love letter to '70s baseball that also truly celebrated the weirdness of the period.

I have a theory that some of the excesses of 1970s baseball--huge afros, crazy facial hair, drugs, wacky uniform designs, etc.--were the product of the sport desperately trying to catch up after being so resolutely square for so long. Your thoughts?

I would have to vehemently disagree--who exactly in the baseball establishment was desperately trying to be hip? Commissioner Bowie Kuhn was as square as they came, and would have been happiest if baseball had resembled a perpetual Norman Rockwell painting; most of the team owners and executives (with the notable exceptions of Bill Veeck and Ted Turner) weren't much hipper. I think the "excesses" you mention were more the result of the freak flag-flying spirit of the late '60s finally worming its way into all elements of mainstream America, baseball included. Think of the JC Penney fashion catalogs from the '70s with all the wacky leisure suits and patterned shirts with giant collars--white, middle-class Americans actually wore that shit without batting an eye, but they wouldn't have even dared to do so ten years earlier. You also had players coming up to the majors who had been college students in the late '60s and early '70s, and thus felt more comfortable engaging the sort of self-expression (ranging from facial hair to outspoken sharing of political beliefs) and drug use that would have been unthinkable in the majors just a decade earlier. And while I do think many of the baseball uniforms of the era were reflective of the more flamboyant trends in '70s male fashion, they were chiefly designed to look impressive on color TV--a device which most American households didn't own until the 1970s.

Arguably, the two greatest teams of the 1970s were a study in contrasts: the '72-'74 Oakland A's--a hirsute, hard living, pugnacious bunch--and The Big Red Machine--a mostly strait-laced group that was forbidden to grow long hair or beards. If you had to pick one (not necessarily for purely baseball reasons), which team do you prefer and why?

Just from a purely aesthetic standpoint, I'm always gonna side with a team of hairy, ornery dudes in gold jerseys and white shoes. But while the Big Red Machine was obviously a force to be reckoned with, the '72-'74 A's were the most well-rounded team of the era. Like the Reds, they had speed and power, but they also had much stronger pitching (Catfish Hunter, Vida Blue, Kenny Holtzman, Rollie Fingers, et al.). And not only did the A's win three straight World Series, but they also won five straight AL West crowns ('71 through '75) and came very close to winning a sixth in '76. Sorry, Joe Morgan--the A's were the one true dynasty of the '70s.

Let's say I'm a younger baseball fan unfamiliar with the game in the 1970s. What is the one event/team/player who would clue me in to the awesomeness of this era?

God, there are so many to choose from, and for so many different reasons. But I guess Bill Lee or Dock Ellis would be the most obvious choices. Both men were way more outspoken, irreverent, hip and intelligent than your stereotypical major leaguers, both had great taste in music, and they both engaged in some pretty epic battles with the conservative baseball establishment. And, of course, Lee advocated pot use and Ellis pitched a no-hitter on LSD--but they were also incredible competitors who loved the game, and never let their teammates down on the field. If we're going to pick a single event, I'd have to go with the Atlanta Braves' Wet T-Shirt Night in 1977; they just don't do baseball promotions like that anymore!

Looking back on it now, which player most exemplifies the 1970s?

See above.
Who were your favorite team and player as a kid? Least favorite?

In the '70s, I split a lot of time between Los Angeles and Ann Arbor, Michigan, so my two favorite teams were the Dodgers and the Tigers. My favorite Dodger was Ron Cey. I loved that he was known as "The Penguin," and that this oddly-proportioned guy with the funny walk could actually be an All-Star third baseman. I wore #10 on my Little League jersey in his honor. For the Tigers, I loved Willie Horton, Mark Fidrych, Ron LeFlore, etc., but my true favorite was Lou Whitaker. When Sweet Lou came up from the minors, I told all my friends he was going to be a star; and unlike my other grade school baseball predictions (like my brief championing of the Blue Jays' Doug Ault as a sure bet for superstardom), it actually panned out!

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5-0 out of 5 stars A great trip down MLB memory lane of the 70's!
The book "Big Hair and Plastic Grass:A Funky Ride Through Baseball and America in the Swinging '70's" by Dan Epstein is a great read.This book was one of the first I purchased on my Kindle 2.Mr. Epstein takes us down memory lane of Major League Baseball with a look at a period of time that has not previously been written about in a comprehensive and concise fashion.Through the Oakland A's title runs, the greatest World Series of ALL TIME of the Reds and Red Sox, and the culture of the time, this was GREAT READ and I highly recommend this book to all baseball fans.

5-0 out of 5 stars An outstanding, lively survey perfect for general lending libraries
Big Hair and Plastic Grass: A Funky Ride Through Baseball and America in the Swinging '70s documents the legends and struggles of baseball, the personalities of the players, and the fads and social culture of the times. Any who would re-create the 70s atmosphere will find this an engrossing examination of baseball's connections to pop culture and social change, with a lively history of the black power movement, the evolution of disco music, and more lending to an outstanding, lively survey perfect for general lending libraries.

4-0 out of 5 stars The most colorful era in baseball history
Baseball experienced more changes in the 1970s than it had in the previous seven decades.Author Dan Epstein writes that it was the "most colorful era in baseball history."

It was full of characters, off and on the field--Bill Veeck, Charlie Finley, Morgana "The Kissing Bandit," the San Diego Chicken, Mark "The Bird" Fidrych and Bill "Spaceman" Lee were part of the cast.It was a time of "charismatic rebels, flakes and hard-nosed hustlers in form-fitting polyester uniforms."

Besides the introduction of the designated hitter in the American League, the era produced night World Series games, cookie cutter stadiums with artificial turf, free agency, a two-week player strike, the first all-black starting lineup, the first all-California World Series and more.

It was a time of growing popularity as baseball began to seriously market and promote itself.Baseball drew 15 million more fans in 1979 than it did in 1970.The average player's salary jumped from $29,000 in 1970 to $113,000 in 1979.

It also was the era of some great teams and achievements."The Mustache Gang" Oakland A's, "The Big Red Machine" Reds, "The Bronx Zoo" Yankees,"Bambi's Bombers" Brewers," and the "We Are Family" Pirates were teams for the ages.

The 70s saw Aaron hit home run No. 715, surpassing Babe Ruth; Nolan Ryan fanning 383 batters for a season record; Carlton Fisk's famous home run in the 1975 World Series; Reggie Jackson's three consecutive homers on three pitches in the 1977 World Series; Lou Brock breaking Ty Cobb's career stolen base record of 892; Pete Rose's 44-game hit streak, tying the NL record and more.

Taking a chronological approach, Author Dan Epstein touches on the bases of the 1970's, rarely staying on any one base very long.The best chapters in the book, however, are the ones he devotes to stadiums, uniforms, hairdos and promotions.

As an avid baseball fan during the 1970s, I enjoyed being reminded of players, memorable moments and developments of the decade.As they say, "Thanks for the memories."

2-0 out of 5 stars Not too funky...
A noble effort and a good idea, this attempt by social history writer Epstein falls far short of what I perceived to be the ultimate goal. As stated in the title this was purported to be a "funky" ride through baseball and America in the "swingin' '70s"...while some sections are fresh...a chapter on the advent of the double-knit uniforms that the Pirates initiated and which then pervaded for over 20 years...the chapter on stadium structure and design and, lastly, coverage of the "hair" era whereby players became much more liberal with their hair styles, both facially and on top, overall this tome was disappointing. What we get is a rather pedestrian account of events that can be read in any baseball history book...far too much literary space was devoted to things that the average baseball fan already knew and, contrary to some of these reviews, too little was spent on the social and cultural aspects of America as it pertained to baseball. Even in the afore mentioned fresh chapters, the writing was somewhat bland and unexciting...certainly Epstein does not impress as a baseball intellect. Lastly, how can a book hang it's hat on the colorful '70s and have only black and white pictures???

A book that would serve as only a breezy overview of 1970's baseball, "Big Hair..." fails on many levels and I would recommend this only to the most ardent of fans.

4-0 out of 5 stars Fun Ride Filled with Nostalgia
This book covered my "formative" years with the game of baseball. Coming off the Miracle Mets of 1969, I was hooked as a youngster as the 1970s began.Epstein does a great job highlighting each year and the major events that occurred, as well as throwing in separate chapters on a variety of trends and social highlights of the times.

This decade covered my life from the age of 8 through high school, so it was a huge hit for me.Even if you were born after the 1970s, you will love this book. Personally, it was fun to relive baseball and my youthful memories while reading this book. ... Read more

4. I Am Plastic: The Designer Toy Explosion
by Paul Budnitz
Hardcover: 368 Pages (2006-11-01)
list price: US$40.00 -- used & new: US$19.95
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Asin: 0810958465
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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In barely a decade, the designer toy craze, which originated in Hong Kong, has taken the world by storm. Children and adults, celebrities and design aficionados now line up to pay anywhere from five dollars to thousands of dollars for these highly inventive designer creations.

I Am Plastic provides a colorful visual history of the phenomenon, which has energized not only the toy world but the global art community as well. Fashion designers, comic book artists, underground illustrators, graffiti and fine artists now lend their creativity to the task of coming up with innovative and striking new toy designs. Artists and toys featured in this stunning overview include Frank Kozik, Dalek, Gary Baseman, Bounty Hunter, Junko Mizuno, Jason Siu, Devilrobots, and Pete Fowler. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars great for inspiration
If you like design and creativity, you are going to love this book. Great quality photos with the perfect size to enjoy them. The author selected designs that cover most available subjects and possibilities, and then reproduced them with the best printing quality you can find.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesomely Artful Toys
I Am Plastic: The Designer Toy Explosion is a stunning visual exploration of the designer toy phenomenon. Starting in Hong Kong and Japan in the latter half of the 1990s the movement has since spread around the world like wildfire with artists working in Asia, Europe, North and South America and Australia. Artists and designers from various creative backgrounds have all contributed to this exciting contemporary arts movement from comic book artists, poster artists and underground illustrators to graffiti artists and those with a background in the so called fine arts... it is indeed a diverse and vibrant phenomenon. Coming in two basic forms, vinyl figures and plush toys, a bewildering variety of objects have been created that cater for all manner of tastes. Wood, resin, metal, cloth and even latex designer toys are also occasionally made. On first glance many people would wrongly assume that they're just silly toys, but the closer one looks the more one starts to appreciate that they are truly unique artistic creations of considerable merit... so don't let the fact that they're colourful, stylised and plastic fool you! Made in relatively small numbers of anywhere between as few as 10 or even as many as 2000, they are highly sought after by the serious collector and quickly become rare and desirable objects. Most designer toys come in a selection of different colourways, also of limited runs of anywhere between 20 and 500 and are made in a wide range of shapes and sizes too with some as small as 2 inches and others as large as 12 inches. For me vinyl figures especially appeal to my artistic sensibilities with their playful sculptural quality and very postmodern sense of aesthetics, I also totally love the fact that they blur the line between what is traditionally considered highbrow and lowbrow art. Many designer toys unabashedly play on the cute factor, but also have a darker edge, and others still challenge ones sense of what is considered to be beautiful or tasteful. Most of the toys are given a detailed back-story and history that greatly adds to their appeal and in many instances there will be a related cast of oddball characters as well, or slightly different variations on the same character. One such example that's included in this book is the Minitreehouse Series created by the gifted Australian born artist Nathan Jurevicius who sadly is now based in Toronto, Canada.

After barely more than a decade now the designer toy movement is still going as strong as ever with more and more artists creating their own distinctive vinyl figures or plushies, which will make fans and enthusiasts very happy indeed. My only nagging fear is that large toy making or entertainment corporations will eventually cotton on and try to muscle in on the phenomenon and thus squeeze out the independent artists who've made this vibrant movement what it is today, but hopefully that's an unlikely scenario. Another name commonly used for vinyl figures is `urban vinyl' with this term being influenced by the fact that many of the designing artists find their inspiration in hip-hop culture, and also by the fact that those who collect their creations generally live in big cities. Paul Budnitz's wonderfully cool book covers the work of many artists from all over the globe right up until the date of its publication (2006) there is also a short introduction in the first few pages that succinctly explains what designer toys are all about and the rest of the book is taken up by a dazzling full colour portfolio that is categorised first by region, and then by artist or company. The details of each artist and maker are included on the top left hand corner of every few pages that provides important info, and also relevant websites. I Am Plastic: The Designer Toy Explosion is a truly amazing visual exploration of the designer toy phenomenon that I'm quite sure will be valued for many years to come by collectors and artists alike. So if you're one of those slightly strange but hip people who can appreciate the aesthetics of this extremely fascinating postmodernist art form, then this sumptuously published coffee table book should definitely be on your wishlist.

5-0 out of 5 stars Enchanted by I Am Plastic
In an ideal world I would've bought the toys;
the way things are, the book is an inspired and inspiring substitute for a large collection that I cannot afford yet.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great one for any collector
This is a very very good book for any vinyl lover or collector, It's got so many examples shown. Only thing I would have liked better is more detail on many of the vinyls listed. This book is mostly pictures with only just a lil info on each. It would have been nice to have more info on many of them but still overall a wonderful book.

3-0 out of 5 stars I am plastic and spare
I was hoping this book would give me a little insight into the world of the designer toy.Instead, I got a pictorial, not a book...not a word of explanation, just pictures of the various toys.Too bad - it would have been more enlightening if the author included even bullet descriptions of the provenance of such toys:why are they called designer toys, when did this phenomenon start, where is it a craze, will it continue to be a craze and what makes one toy a hit and one not.This short review has more words than you'll ever read in the book. ... Read more

5. Plastic Fantastic: How the Biggest Fraud in Physics Shook the Scientific World (MacMillan Science)
by Eugenie Samuel Reich
Paperback: 272 Pages (2010-04-27)
list price: US$17.00 -- used & new: US$9.45
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Asin: 0230623840
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Highly regarded science journalist Eugenie Samuel Reich recounts the case of wunderkind physicist Jan Hendrik Schön, who faked the discovery of a new superconductor at the world famous Bell Laboratories. Many of the world’s top scientific journals and experts, including Nobel Prize-Winners, supported Schön, only to learn that they were the victims of the biggest fraud in science. What drove Schön, by all accounts a mild-mannered, modest, and obliging young man, to tell such outrageous lies? Reich dives into the riveting world of science to examine how fraud perpetuates itself today.  Schön’s rise and fall will be an essential and fascinating account of the missteps of the scientific community for years to come. 

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Customer Reviews (9)

4-0 out of 5 stars Plastic Fantastic
I saw an adaptation of this book on cable and going by the maxim never judge a book by its movie I ordered the book.

It is an interesting account of how a young scientist, Jan Hendrik Schon, was hired by Bell Labs and rose to dominate the field of organic transistors. At one point he was publishing a scientific peer reviewed paper every seven or eight days. He was making everyone else look like a dunce.

As it turns out he was faking data and cheating and he destroyed his own career and all these other people aren't dunces. It is fascinating, I had trouble with the science, but even if you don't know what a transistor is I think you will enjoy this book. It is more about how Schon got over on Bell Labs and how science is supposed to work.

In my opinion, Jan Hendrik Schon chose the wrong field. If he had been a researcher in global warming he probably could have won the Nobel Prize.

1-0 out of 5 stars Kindle price is HIGHER than paperback!
I have a complaint about the Kindle price. $14.82 for a book already in paperback for $11.56? Sheesh.

4-0 out of 5 stars An important and engaging book on scientific fraud
I found that the book moves at a good pace, because as events unfolded I kept asking: "how does Schon continue to pull this off?" and "how will he get caught?"As the excellent first review of June 13 described, his managers at Bell Labs we unable to discover or contain the fraud, took no responsibility for their lack of oversight, and, for the most part, suffered no repercussions.

How could Schon fool (nearly) everyone for 4 years?He was a mediocre student, with a poor grasp of the physics underlying his publications.Wouldn't other scientists pop into his lab to see the amazing devices that nobody else could replicate?Did nobody ever insist that he keep notebooks of his experiments, as well as the raw data collected.(Schon apparently kept everything in the Origin graphics package.)

How did he satisfy the colleagues?He used their knowledge against them.He showed them his fictitious data and solicited their suggestions for the next thing to do.He would then fulfill their expectations by manufacturing the data that he had been told to expect.If he were challenged, he would try to be accommodating, changing the graphics or description of the device, or falling back on the excuse that he didn't understand what was happening, but was just presenting data,

Certainly Schon was the wrong person at the wrong place at the wrong time (Bell Labs during breakup and rapid downsizing).His greatest ability is to tell people exactly what they want to hear, to get useful information from them for his next fraud, and -- always -- to hide his deceptions.Schon is a risk-taker; he lives for the thrill of his game -- manipulating others to get undeserved rewards (praise, fame, money).All his energy goes into planning and generating the next fabrication and deflecting criticism of previous fakes.Such a personality disorder is totally foreign to most scientists, who get their thrills from the real game, and for this reason very few scientists came to the logical conclusion that the whole thing was a con job.

Reich's publisher, Macmillan, did a poor job with the book.There are enough typos to make the book appear not to have been proofread.They used cheap paper, barely above the quality of newspaper.And there are no illustrations or photographs, as others have noted: illustrations to help explain the physics of the devices and show the graphics that eventually got Schon caught, and photos of the people involved.

Reich's treatment at the end of the book suffers because it has no discussion of the specific findings of the external committee that found the work to be fraudulent.This would have been a more satisfying conclusion than simply stating that Schon was fired as a result.But she does an excellent job laying out the problem of scientific misconduct, and the difficulty of its detection when the perpetrator is accommodating and actively deflects criticism.Ultimately, Schon was brought down because he couldn't restrain himself from publishing wild new fabrications on a nearly bi-weekly basis.So I had to wonder how long he might have remained undetected if his rate of publications had not been so frantic and in so many different specialized areas.

Finally, to really understand Schon's motivations, as well as the reasons for his success at Bell Labs, I would suggest the book "Snakes in Suits: When Psychopaths go to Work," by Babiak and Hare.Hare is the world expert in this personality type.

5-0 out of 5 stars Should be required reading for scientists
Reich does a great job explaining how Hendrik Schon was able to perpetrate the biggest [...]in physics history, duping the folks at Science, Nature and seemingly every prize committee on the planet.But more interestingly, Reich shows how the culture of science, especially the pressure-cooker, cost-cutting atmosphere within Bell Labs, allowed the [...] to happen, possibly promoted it, but ultimately uncovered it.This is an important, valuable book, and should be required reading for young scientists.

4-0 out of 5 stars how about a photo of Schon ?
I read this book with interest because I used to be in condensed matter physics. Tangentially, we dealt with Bell Labs, which was indeed one of the best places for research in this field. It is unusual to see a book like this, presumably directed at a general audience. The level of physics detail is not what is typically offered.

The sociology of research, and specifically in this field of physics, can be fascinating. Grad students and researchers in many sciences should be able to relate to the happenings here.

As far as a rogue researcher in a large group being able to fabricate results, this is not unknown. Especially when the group leader doesn't have the time to parse everyone's work in detail. A similar event happened in molecular biology in Lee Hood's group at Caltech in the 90s. Though no book was written about it.

The problem with the current book is the paucity of diagrams and photos. Not a single photo of Schon! Why is that? Surely some must exist. Perhaps from Bell Labs publicity shots before the scandal broke. Or even from their archived web pages. For example, I just searched on the web, and found a photo of him from Wired. Reich or her publisher should have provided some image. Ironically, the book is heavily footnoted, not unlike a research journal article. So there has been no lack of research done on it.

By the way, you should ignore the subtitle about "shaking the scientific world". Even within physics, I doubt if the high energy or nuclear folks were much shook up. Instead, they probably looked at it in curiosity, just like other scientists.

The book describes how data is collected these days in labs. By computerised instruments, and thence written to files. I wonder. I got into physics at a time [1980s] when labs were transitioning from manual writing down of data points in lab books to this automated collection into computer files. It is certainly possible to fabricate handwritten data; there have been notorious cases. But to some extent, once the data has been written, it has some permanence. Short of tearing out the pages, which doesn't work too well if the pages are numbered, or surreptiously inserting or adjusting some numbers, the data is fixed.

However, computer files are malleable. Even when ostensibly timestamped by the operating system. If you have root access, you can temporarily change back the time, edit the file, and then reset the time to the current time. The book doesn't speak of this. But I do wonder if the ease of doing this played some part in Schon's frauds.
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6. Plastic Surgery Secrets Plus
by Jeffrey Weinzweig MDFACS
Paperback: 1080 Pages (2010-04-16)
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Plastic Surgery Secrets-the first Secrets Series® title in the PLUS format-offers an easy-to-read, information-at-your-fingertips approach to plastic and reconstructive surgery and hand surgery. Jeffrey Weinzweig has joined forces with world-renowned plastic surgeons Joseph McCarthy, Julia Terzis, Joseph Upton, Fernando Ortiz-Monasterio, and Luis Vasconez, and others to bring you the expert perspective you need to grasp the nuances of this specialty. This new edition features an additional color that highlights tables, legends, key terms, section and chapter titles, and web references. All this, along with the popular question-and answer approach and list of the "Top 100 Plastic Surgery Secrets," make it a perfect concise board review tool and a handy clinical reference.

  • Maintains the popular and trusted Secrets Series® format, using questions and short answers for effective and enjoyable learning.

  • Provides the most current overview and authoritative coverage of all topics thanks to contributions from an impressive list of over 300 experts in the field of plastic surgery and multiple related specialties.

  • Introduces the new PLUS format, with an expanded size and layout and full color for easier review, more information, and more visual elements for an overall enhanced experience.

  • Presents enhanced tables, legends, key terms, and section and chapter titles through the use of an additional color that makes finding information quick and easy.

  • Contains new full color images and illustrations to provide more detail and offer a clearer picture of what is seen in practice.

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7. The Adventures of a Plastic Bottle: A Story About Recycling (Little Green Books)
by Alison Inches
Paperback: 24 Pages (2009-01-06)
list price: US$3.99 -- used & new: US$1.03
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Learn about recycling from a new perspective!  Peek into this diary of a plastic bottle as it goes on a journey from the refinery plant, to the manufacturing line, to the store shelf, to a garbage can, and finally to a recycling plant where it emerges into it's new life...as a fleece jacket!

Told from the point of view of a free-spirited plastic bottle, kids can share in the daily experiences and inner thoughts of the bottle through his personal journal. The diary entries will be fun and humorous yet point out the ecological significance behind each product and the resources used to make it. Readers will never look at a plastic bottle the same way again! ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Ingenius!
I love that this story is written form the perspective of the oil/plastic bottle. The illustrations draw you in. My 4-year old likes this book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Cute story for younger kids!
The Adventures of a Plastic Bottle is definitely a cute story for a younger child, but I think an older child might quickly become bored after reading it once.My kids (ages 2 & 4) think it's pretty neat to read about the life of a plastic bottle but they are also really into all things factory and trucks at this age.The art is really great and the story is nice, but older kids might outgrow it too quickly!

5-0 out of 5 stars Recycling
Wonderful book about where aplastic bottle comes from, but only tells the reader where it goes if you recycle it, not if it is thrown away. I think kids should see both sides.

4-0 out of 5 stars Process of recycling
This book explains how plastics can be recycled to make other items. I have yet to read this book to a group of preschool children, but after reviewing the book I think with some explanation and props preschoolers could understand the process.This book would be completely understandable to kindergarten and first graders.

5-0 out of 5 stars Adorable and Informative!
My four-year old son loves this book.Not only does it have cute pictures, but it is very informative.I learned a lot I did not know as an adult.My son asked to read it on 2 consecutive nights.He thought it was neat when we found out that his hand-tied synthetic fleece blankets were made from crude oil... as was the plastic bottle in the story.And, true to the theme, the bookis made from 100% post-consumer waste recycled paper - yeah! ... Read more

8. Paying with Plastic, 2nd Edition: The Digital Revolution in Buying and Borrowing
by David S. Evans, Richard Schmalensee
Paperback: 383 Pages (2005-01-01)
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The payment card business has evolved from its inception in the 1950s as a way to handle payment for expense-account lunches (the Diners Club card) into today's complex, sprawling industry that drives trillions of dollars in transaction volume each year. Paying with Plastic is the definitive source on an industry that has revolutionized the way we borrow and spend. More than a history book, Paying with Plastic delivers an entertaining discussion of the impact of an industry that epitomizes the notion of two-sided markets: those in which two or more customer groups receive value only if all sides are actively engaged. New to this second edition, the two-sided market discussion provides useful insight into the implications of these market dynamics for cardholder rewards, merchant interchange fees, and card acceptance. The authors, both of whom have researched the industry for more than 25 years, also examine the implications of the recent antitrust cases on the industry as well as other business and technological changes—including the massive consolidation brought about by bank mergers, the rise of the debit card, and the emergence of e-commerce—that could alter the payment card industry dramatically in the years to come.Amazon.com Review
For better or worse, most of us have at least one of the 720million little plastic cards that are used each year to complete $860billion worth of purchases at 15 million incredibly varied merchantlocations throughout the world. This is a far cry from the humblebeginnings of these myriad credit, debit, and charge cards, which justa few decades ago were generally a perk offered only to elitecustomers for the acquisition of fine meals, hotel rooms,department-store goods, and oil-company products. They are now socommon and such an integral part of our economy, in fact, that few paythem much mind--a situation that makes David Evans and RichardSchmalensee's Paying with Plastic all the moreinteresting. Evans, senior vice president of National EconomicsResearch Associates, and Schmalensee, dean of MIT's Sloan School ofManagement, meticulously trace the history of these cards from boththe consumer and merchant perspectives in this surprisingly appealingvolume, which will prove enlightening to anyone who ever wondered howplastic money works. --Howard Rothman ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Paying with Plastic
Vey basic but covers all the aspect of the credit card world. Also, gives some details about the industry mayor events and the recent developings after the Antitrust litigations against Visa and MasterCard.

4-0 out of 5 stars Solid History
Good accounting of history of Payments Industry, Having spent 35 years in this industry, I recognize many people, places and events. Easy to read and understand. Job well done.

Check out my newest Thriller - Bound By Birth by Randall R. Wheeler
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2-0 out of 5 stars Outdated
2nd edition - Outdated.The payment industry is changing and it is not just a US invention.Japan is on the edge of electronic money through your cell phone.

Be aware that this is an overview and a dated one.And you won't be dissappointed.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Overview
If you work in the payments, credit card or finance industry this book is great.It has a very easy to read history about credit cards, who knew Diners Club invented the category in the 50's.But more importantly is how the industry is moving forward and progressing.

Overall, this is a book you read if you need to, but I can't imagine anyone outside the industry reading it.You would have to be the most intellecually curious person in the world if you read this cause you were interested in how credit cards work.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great book!!
I loved this book and how the author talks about the fine points of credit cards and how American consumers got hooked into it. A terrific read and it is money well spent, although FREE shipping would have been nice! ... Read more

9. No Plastic Sleeves: The Complete Portfolio Guide for Photographers and Designers
by Larry Volk, Danielle Currier
Paperback: 270 Pages (2010-03-10)
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Your resume and cover letter, as well as a digital portfolio, business card and mailers, will function as the first contact and impression you make. These items will work to get your "foot in the door." Ultimately, however, it will be your portfolio book or online portfolio website that will land you the job. The creation of your own portfolio is a creative statement about the value you place on your work and craft. This book first uses a system to:
* find your visual identity, who YOU are
* use color, typography, and iconography to develop the look and feel of your portfolio package
* create a layout and composition that you love
* establish your online presence
* create content and design of your resume and cover letter
* construct your portfolio book.
* shows you how to make the COMPLETE package--letterhead, resumes, mailers, and online
* gorgeous layout for visual examples and also hundreds of inspirational photos
* shows you HOW to make your portfolio package, rather than simply listing "cool" portfolios
* will help keep your portfolio on a budget

With hundreds of inspirational photos to guide you, you will also learn bits of useful information along the way about print resolution, marketing ideas, and how to do all of this on a budget. By the end of this book, you will have an out-of-this world portfolio that you will be able to use to establish and secure working relationships with potential employers and clients.

Amazon Exclusive: Top 10 Portfolio Tips from Danielle Currier and Larry Volk, Authors of No Plastic Sleeves

1. A comprehensive portfolio package should include more than just a portfolio book. You will also need a website, resume, cover letter, and perhaps even a business card and other types of promotional materials.

2. Your entire portfolio package should function cohesively with unifying visual elements that tie together these separate, but related pieces--all establishing and reinforcing a consistent, positive message about you.

3. The most powerful way you can communicate your unique identity--your strengths and abilities--is through examples of your work. You need to make sure that every piece included in your portfolio is an example of your very best. Industry standards and best practice suggests a portfolio of 12-20 works.

4. While the work in your portfolio is obviously a very essential part of your ability to market yourself and should be considered carefully, you should not stop there. A portfolio design that communicates a strong overarching design concept will stand out and provide further evidence of your unique experience, skills and talent.

5. Develop a brand statement for yourself, capitalizing on your unique abilities and creative vision. Let this guide your approach in the creation of a distinct concept that fuels the basis of your portfolio book and website designs.

6. Your book can be so much more than a simple (and often generic) container for your work. Think of it as a well thought out and impeccably crafted creative statement in and of itself. Doing so will help to set you apart and speak volumes about your initiative, drive and passion for your field.

7. The construction and craft of your book represents and reflects your level of production and professionalism. It should be as well executed as everything else you produce. Get help through books, courses, online services or ask/pay someone to help. Don't settle for good enough and remember, if you’re making it yourself, practice makes perfect.

8. For the interior of your book, images of your work must remain the focal point within the page's composition. Any contextualizing information and spatial relationships must be seriously considered, remain consistent and hierarchically secondary so as not to distract away from the work itself.

9. Your portfolio website is just as important as your book. As with everything else it should be consistent and cohere with every other component of your materials. Make yourself aware of the design issues specific to the web and interactive solutions before beginning the process of creating one.

10. Your portfolio will only serve you if it is seen. Develop marketing materials to support your book and website. There are many routes to take with mailers, electronic mailings, leave-behinds and business cards. Try something that’s a bit more innovative and clever or you run the danger of it just getting tossed.Be persistent-- one piece isn't going to make it. Even the most successful creatives actively send out multiple pieces every year to get results.

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3-0 out of 5 stars By educators, targetted primarily for design students
Written from a design educator point of view, "No Plastic Sleeves" is an in-depth study on anything & everything related to the creation of a portfolio (e.g. from binding techniques to color theory). Promoted as a detailed reference guide to how to conceptualize, strategize, design & produce a portfolio (whether by traditional or digital means), this book wins as a comprehensive resource guide for a novice designer or entry level design school student seeking first-time employment. However, it falls short in being easily digestible and reader friendly...that's if you're looking for a linear read (the author's have structured the book to start at any point one chooses). The writing is verbose or redundant at times and in need of an editor to focus content so vital messages hit home. While it definitely encourages experimentation or trying different "look & feel" scenarios, it doesn't encourage the reader briskly towards a definitive direction.

As for book design, the floppy horizontal paperback format is annoying. It appears as though designed as individual page templates for xeroxing or reading at a classroom desk vs. reading comfortably in one's lap. Typography at times is almost too small for the overall page dimensions and difficult to read for long periods; a case of do as I say, not as I do (Futura Condensed Light tracked out at small sizes for side notes or mixing 3 different type styles/sizes/tracking for a single quote or caption isn't doing any favors). However, I appreciate the interviews (as redundant as they are) and real-world portfolio visuals from students, educators and professionals alike to provide a sense of reality. Granted, some works are stronger than the rudimentary student work (I've seen much better work from other design schools), this book serves to guide anyone interested in building their first or their 18th portfolio and to think deeply about every aspect for future success on their own terms.

5-0 out of 5 stars Consider This One Your Essential Portfolio Workbook
Without a doubt, "No Plastic Sleeves" is a good-looking book with a wealth of ideas for your portfolio.However, it's more than just a pretty volume, it's a workbook you can use to create a portfolio with the "wow factor."

Here's my take on this book:

1.On first read, I thought that this book was aimed more at the graphic designer than at the photographer, but after rereading twice, I can see how much of the content applies to the photographer.

2.The book itself is gorgeous, making it a more than "tell me" volume.Nice, heavy, shiny paper and outstanding layout give you a fine example of customer appeal.

3.It's very unlikely that I'll try it, but I was intrigued by the prospect of creating a portfolio from start - cover (why it's not the same as content), content, resources -- it's all there. In case you're set on binding a book, now you can.

4.There's a wealth of resources included by chapter.Need more?It's here for you.

Before this book, my idea of a portfolio was the old style box with prints -- beautiful, yes, but not necessarily designed to grab the customer and guide him to the heart of your work."No Plastic Sleeves" (I wasn't using them before, promise) has changed my approach.

Highly recommended for photographers as well as designers!

5-0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT guide for a great portfolio presentation
As the authors state, a bad portfolio can lose even the greatest artist/photographer/designer a desirable job. What I found excellent here is that the authors not only give you specific ideas and recommendations for a portfolio, but they also tell you why these ideas are offered.

I am a professional photographer, and so is my daughter, and now my son has joined the trade. I shared this book with them as well, and got the same rave reviews from each of them. This is an excellent guide to creating an outstanding portfolio.

Highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Inspiration for Portfolio
No plastic sleeves does a great job of encouraging the photographer to break out of the traditional portfolio mold. Use your creativity not only in your photos but also (or even more so) in their presentation. This is easier said than does, but I was incredibly impressed by how No Plastic Sleeves was able to provide so much creative inspiration without telling you, "This is how you should do it." The book covers not only your physical portfolio but also your digital one. The theme is to create an image for yourself with your images and stick to that image. You can have the best photos and be the most professional photographer, but without a professional portfolio, you'll just blend into the landscape of mediocre artists. I truly think that No Plastic Sleeves will be an immense benefit its readers who are willing to put the time into their portfolio to do it well.

I am very glad that I have this resource.

3-0 out of 5 stars Less applicable to photographers. More geared towards designers
I have to ditto almost all of what a previous reviewer ("General and Less Useful to Photographers," March 10, 2010) wrote in a much earlier review.

"No Plastic Sleeves" seems overwhelming geared more towards designers than photographers on multiple levels.As the previous reviewer stated, photographers tend to have single event employment arrangements whereas many designers very likely seek out full time jobs.A photographer will thus need a general purpose portfolio that will attract a general audience whereas a designer might create a portfolio for a single specific job opportunity that will run long term.

My primary interest in this book was on creating an online portfolio.The emphasis here is on the physical presentation of material. There are only 37 pages dedicated to online or digital portfolios and the examples given aren't exactly inspiring or thought provoking.

Another major flaw in the book is that the authors focus on general principles instead of giving specific instruction.This is especially true when they show finished products, but not the instructions or detailed information on how they were created.

I did find some helpful hints in the online portfolio section.For example, making sure that one keeps your identity ever present throughout your online portfolio so that the viewer never forgets who created the material.Still, this seems like basic advice.

I can't really say how good a book this is for designers.Given the glowing reviews by others, I assume that it's been beneficial to many in that line of work.However, it you go through the reviews you'll see that more than one photographer has commented about how this book doesn't seem to really apply to them.If you're a photographer I'm not sure what book I'd recommend, I just know I wouldn't recommend this one.If you're a designer you might want to give it a serious look. ... Read more

10. 500 Plastic Jewelry Designs: A Groundbreaking Survey of A Modern Material (500 Series)
by Lark Books
Paperback: 420 Pages (2009-09-01)
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The popular 500 series takes its hippest, most fun approach yet, with an intoxicatingly vibrant and technically diverse collection of contemporary jewelry. Juror Susan Kasson Sloan has put together a groundbreaking survey of the best work being done with this thoroughly modern material.

Every page offers some delightful eye candy, with pieces that stretch from the subtle and sublime to the fantastically humorous. There’s jewelry that tells a story, and jewelry that cleverly incorporates recycled materials—including sunglass lenses and knitting needles. In true 21st century style, much of the work is being designed and produced with cutting-edge CAD CAM technologies.

The extremely talented artists include Jantje Fleischhut; Lisa and Scott Cylinder; Adam Paxon; Felieke van der Leest; Ted Noten; Svenja John; Pavel Herynek; Karin Seufert; and Margaux Lange.


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5-0 out of 5 stars interesting
good book , specially if you are addicted to art and have been collected the 500 series.

5-0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC !!!!
Fantastic book (as the other books of this "500 serie" I own too !), showing FANTASTIC, imaginative, funny, creative jewelry !!! so great that I bought it a 2nd time for a friend who is jeweller and works exclusively recycled plastics !

5-0 out of 5 stars Eye opening and inspiring book!!!
I examined this book with a critical eye because I am a bench jeweler.I usually work with metals however, sometimes I use recycled objects in my designs.Turning the pages in this book was a real pleasure.The designs that the makers produced were thought provoking and inspiring!Great "eye candy" in this book and should definitely be on your shelf!!!!!! ... Read more

11. Plastic Cameras: Toying with Creativity, Second Edition
by Michelle Bates
Paperback: 288 Pages (2010-10-18)
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Take a tour of the burgeoning world of plastic cameras and low-tech photography in this fun and funky guide to creating the most artistic pictures of your life! Whether you're an experienced enthusiast or toy camera neophyte, you'll find this guide full of tantalizing tips, fun facts, and absolutely striking photographs taken with the lowest tech tools around.

You'll learn how to prep your plastic camera, their advantages and quirks, and what film to feed it. You'll also explore what makes a good subject, vignetting, multiple exposures, panoramas, close-ups, night photography, color, flash, problems and solutions, and so much more. Michelle Bates also takes you from a negative to either prints or pixels so that you can show off your photos and jump on the toy-camera revolution!

Contributors include:

Michael Ackerman, Thomas Michael Alleman, Erin Antognoli, Jonathan Bailey , James Balog, Michelle Bates, Phil Bebbington, Gyorgy Beck, Susan Bowen, Laura Corley Burlton, David Burnett, Susan Burnstine, Nancy Burson, Perry Dilbeck, Jill Enfield, fotovitamina, Annette Elizabeth Fournet, Brigitte Grignet, Eric Havelock-Bailie, Christopher James, Michael Kenna, Wesley Kennedy, Teru Kuwayama, Louviere & Vanessa, Mary Ann Lynch, Anne Arden McDonald, Ted Orland, Sylvia Plachy, Dan Price, Becky Ramotowski, Nancy Rexroth, Francisco Mata Rosas, Richard Ross, Franco Salmoiraghi, Rosanna Salonia, Jennifer Shaw, Nancy Siesel, Mark Sink, Kurt Smith, Sandy Sorlien, Pauline St. Denis, Harvey Stein, Gordon Stettinius, Ryan Synovec, Rebecca Tolk, Marydorsey Wanless, Shannon Welles, Matthew Yates, Dan Zamudio

* Now including the latest and greatest cameras, from the Pinhole Wide Holga, the Stereo Holga, and the all-new Blackbird, Fly 
*This edition expands on its fabulous lineup of artists by including well-known Christopher James and Michael Kenna
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5-0 out of 5 stars Help for Holga Beginners
I first read about these cameras in MoMa's catalog.I was interested and I puchased three cameras along with Michelle Bates' book.As someone who is "camera challenged," I found this book incredibly helpful and inspirational.I would follow her advice to a "T" (especially about keeping the lens cap off as I unfortunately found out the hard way).I'm working my way through the book at my leisure toward the more advanced techniques.Highly recommended.If I can do it, you can do it!

3-0 out of 5 stars It's an ABC book for the topic
Here you've infomation about the world of the photographic register with non <>.

Holga, Lomo, Diana, Pin hole, and their new digital variations.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book for Fantastic Cameras
As I'm not expert yet on toy photography, this book was great getting me started. It taught me a lot of new and great things and helped me understand my camera and what to expect from it and what it's capable of. I couldn't wait to get out there and start taking pictures. It teaches you the pieces of your camera, how to tape it, where to tape it, what you can do to make it do this or that. Even has a section on developing film. (Which after I take some classes will make a lot more sense to me.) I loved this book and would definitely recommend it to anyone getting a toy camera.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fun Book
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The opening chapters present shots from a variety of photographers that are inspiring to see. It's refreshing to use a camera that makes images that stand out from all the sharp, clean, images that I get from my high tech cameras. There's a place for all types of photography, and this book has helped me to get better results from my Holga (plastic lens toy camera). This book gives technical advise and suggestions along with many ideas for experimentation.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Book
Ms. Bates' book is itself a work of art.It includes superb images taken by masters of the toy camera, complete guidance on how to use a Holga, and ideas for more plastic fun and creativity.It is well organized, complete, and a great introduction to a subculture of photography. ... Read more

12. Plastic Surgery Without the Surgery: The Miracle of Makeup Techniques
by Eve Pearl
Paperback: 144 Pages (2005-12-26)
list price: US$14.95 -- used & new: US$4.79
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Asin: 0446693308
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The Wrinkle Cure meets Making Faces in PLASTIC SURGERY WITHOUT THE SURGERY, a practical guide that uses proven makeup techniques to easily correct the problems you would otherwise need surgery to overcome-without the knife ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Plastic Surgery Without the Surgery book
Received item on time and an excellent shap. I am very pleased in with Amazon and the individuals providing their service on a timely manner.

2-0 out of 5 stars plastic surgery without surgery
The seller sent this book to me in extra quick time.I am pleased with how smooth the purchase went.This book isn't quite what I was expecting.It is morning show tips and tricks.I didn't need to buy a book to learn this stuff.I am sort of bummed that I bought it since most is common sense, and the rest is the trend of the day, and you hear about it on the talk shows and morning shows and such.Oh well, you can't win em all.But the seller was great.

3-0 out of 5 stars Too much work
This is a very informative book and the techniques and photos are very good. But unless you're willing to spend a lot of time sculpting your face with a lot of product, including a lot of heavy coverage product, you will be disappointed. If you, like me, just have some undereye darkness, freckles and age spots you want to blend, this is overkill.

Recommend you first read Carmindy's "Get Positively Beautiful," available here at Amazon for only $8.80. Get Positively Beautiful: The Ultimate Guide to Looking and Feeling Gorgeous You'll learn to be less critical of your "flaws." Carmindy's makeovers of real women alone are worth the price of the book.

Also, try Facial Magic facial exercise to tighten up the face instead of botox or the knife. It works for me and is a lot cheaper than having work done. Facial Magic Basic Kit [VHS]

5-0 out of 5 stars This woman is a genious
Eve Pearl does AMAZING things with people's flaws. Even though she uses pretty much the same for everybody, she does an amazing job with flaws. I mean, that's what the whole book is all about. Unlike other makeup books, Eve Pearl works with real people, not professional models or hollywood friends: it's real people like you and me who don't have flawless skin or perfect eyes or noses. I am a subscriber of Eve Pearl's youtube channel and you can see her in action, everything on this book comes to life as she does it... so go ahead and buy it, you will learn a thing or two in how to look closer to perfection.

4-0 out of 5 stars I Want More!
I love Eve Pearl--she is amazing.I am a Licensed Esthetician and I heard about Eve when I took a makeup class from another makeup artist who works in film and TV--he recommended some of her products.My only disappointment with the DVD is there is not enough!It is a fairly brief overview.What is there is valuable and quality--I would just love to have it be more in-depth.Eve offers hands-on classes but they are in New York (I am near Seattle) so the next best thing would be her classes on DVD. ... Read more

13. The Art of Jewelry: Plastic & Resin: Techniques, Projects, Inspiration
by Debra Adelson
Hardcover: 112 Pages (2008-09-02)
list price: US$24.95 -- used & new: US$14.24
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Asin: 1579908314
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Forget gold and silver—the hottest materials in jewelry-making are plastic and resin! And this exciting new entry in the popular Art of Jewelry series is an inspirational treat that introduces the major techniques, provides insights from contemporary artists, and showcases an array of eye-opening work. Learn all the basics on “hard” plastics, from sawing and drilling to joining, constructing, and laminating. Get the lowdown on resin, including mixing, curing, adding inclusions, finishing, and more. Easy-to-follow how-to photo demonstrations clarify key steps—and best of all, some of the premiere innovators in the field have created the 22 amazing projects, from the dramatic Turbine Bangle and funky freeform ring in candy-colored plastic to an exotic necklace made of straws.
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1-0 out of 5 stars Misleading cover image and book title
I was so excited to find this book, I thought it would be fun to make a few pieces of jewelry similar to the one on the front cover. However, the necklace on the front cover is NOT one of the projects in this book, but just an image of a piece that the author made. I was VERY disappointed in the projects, they were very ugly. One was even made of plastic drinking straws and plastic bristles from a brush. Who would wear such a thing? It looks like a project a kindergartner would make. There is only 2 or 3 projects in this book that are nice looking enough to want to try. There are however, wonderful images of OTHER artists work, some of which I've seen at art shows before. The book also is fairly good with basic instruction on resins and resin use, but you can get that information from the resin bottles or online. So all in all, this isn't a very good book to learn this craft from. I was extremely disappointed in it, because the cover of the book is so interesting. If I had seen it in a bookstore where I could have reviewed the projects before I purchased it, I wouldn't have purchased it. To me it seems like she wanted to write a book just to add to her resume/artist bio, but didn't want to offer up real art jewelry projects as the cover leads you to believe. What a shame.

5-0 out of 5 stars awesome book
Who knew you could do so much with plastic and resin.Very helpful info for artists who are suffering the increase in precious metals prices and want to continue to create jewelry.

5-0 out of 5 stars Resin & more
As a metalsmith that always wants to try different techniques, this is very helpful. Worth getting.

3-0 out of 5 stars The Art of Jewelry: Plastic and Resin
This book was not what I expected. I really wanted to see more jewelry project using resin.

4-0 out of 5 stars Overall pretty good
I bought this book at the same time as some other craft books and I must admit that I haven't looked at it as much as some of the others.The projects are interesting and the finished products look professional.Unfortuntately each step for the projects is not illustrated so you have to read the instructions which can be a bit wordy.Most creative people are visual learners and so step by step pictures for each project are much more useful than long written instructions.Other than that, I think it's pretty good especially as there are not many good books on this subject around. ... Read more

14. Fantastic Recycled Plastic: 30 Clever Creations to Spark Your Imagination
by David Edgar, Robin A. Edgar
Paperback: 144 Pages (2009-11-03)
list price: US$19.95 -- used & new: US$10.00
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Asin: 1600593429
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Plastic is fantastic to craft with—and these imaginative, whimsical creations are out of the ordinary! From colorful canine silhouette pins and magnets and a holiday snowflake decoration to marvelous masks, they turn recycling into art. 

Organized by level of difficulty, the items range from simple creations even a schoolchild can do to a fanciful, rolling biplane and a slithering, jointed serpent stuffed with lids and caps. All the necessary techniques—cutting, shaping, fastening, heat-forming, making tabs—unfold in step-by-step photos, along with clear, comprehensive instructions. Sidebars provide extra information on plastics, recycling, and more. Plus there’s a gallery of innovative international work by professional artists to inspire you.

What a great way to get creative…while saving the earth, too!


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4-0 out of 5 stars Turning Plastic Waste into Art
As a confirmed recycler, I felt intrigued by a book showing how to transform those plastic jugs, containers and bottles into something useful. Being an artist myself, after reading the book, I decided to try my hand at creating one of the simpler critters shown in the book. Out of one quart-size yogurt container, I made two plastic butterflies for a mobile. What fun!

David Edgar started out as a metalworker and later, with his wife's help and encouragement, began gathering plastic from the neighbors' recycling bins to convert into three-dimensional critters, fish, toys, jewelry, lamps, and other useful objects. Although his description of the tools needed to fabricate these objects seemed somewhat intimidating leading me to rank this book a little lower, his instructions are clear and using the templates at the back of the book, one could conceivably create each of his creations out of plastic.

The Edgars provide background on plastics as well to make this book a teaching tool that could educate today's youth on the importance of recycling rather than sending all our plastic containers to the landfill or incinerator. Sprinkled in among the instructions, the reader will find an intriguing gallery of art other artists have created from found/recycled objects.

You don't have to be an artist to enjoy Fantastic Recycled Plastic. Just reading and viewing these full-color pages will inspire you to recycle, learn more about plastic, and appreciate the art.

by Susan M. Andrus
for Story Circle Book Reviews
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5-0 out of 5 stars Clever Use of Recycled Plastic as Medium for Art/Craft Projects
I discovered this book on the Internet after I saw David's Plastiquarium creation (Wildacres Cascader) at Wildacres Retreat Center in Little Switzerland, NC last November of 2009.As soon as I saw this book, I ordered it right away. I found it to be one of the most informative and creative how-to books on creative repurpose and reuse of the plastic bottles and containers.

The authors start with David's account on how he started to work with recycled plastic, and a brief history of plastic. W ell-detailed technical information on the packaging resins was provided on their characteristics, properties, and identification codes (1 PET, 2 HDPE, to name a few). With these plastics as medium in mind, explanations were provided on the use of various cutting, forming, and fastening tools in the art or craft projects.

The chapter on the basics is very informative and full of details - even the anatomy of the bottle is identified and explained. Basic techniques on deconstruction, fastening, and forming are presented in both text and photos. The rest of the book is focused on projects that were grouped based on the following categories: jewelry, dimensional figures (birds, fishes, insect, sea lives, and reptiles), holiday decorations, lighting and toys. Each project-based chapter has a gallery of other artisans' works that are very fascinating, clever and inspiring.

Many years ago, I have done one craft project that involved cutting up a few bottles, but I have never produced anything like the ones in the book. When I first opened the book, I was blown away by what can be done with these plastic bottles, and I am inspired to come up with more creative use or design.

Several templates are provided at the end of the book, and also provided is a list of artists/craftspeople who contributed their work for the galleries in the book. However, their e-mail addresses and/or websites were not listed, and I would have to use search engines to find them if I wanted to contact them for purchase of their work.

From reading one of the last pages, I discovered that David and Robin developed the proposal for this book during their summer residency at Wildacres Retreat Center. If I had not seen his creation on the wood paneled wall, I would not have known about this wonderful book. Even though you might not be inclined to start any of the projects, I still recommend this book for helping you see these "discarded" bottles in a new light - as an eco-friendly medium for creative reuse projects.

4-0 out of 5 stars inspiring plastic creations
This book was inspiring, lots of photos and imagination.Would have like a little more instruction ... Read more

15. How to Repair Plastic Bodywork: Practical, Money-Saving Techniques for Cars, Motorcycles, Trucks, ATVs, and Snowmobiles (Whitehouse Press Tech Series)
by Kurt Lammon
Paperback: 144 Pages (2009-08-15)
list price: US$20.00 -- used & new: US$12.92
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Asin: 1884313809
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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If you do your own mechanical work, you know some repairs are possible and others are not. Now suppose a whole range of "impossible" repairs suddenly were made practical and easy!  Let plastic repair industry guru Kurt Lammon show you the ropes in his book How To Repair Plastic Bodywork. The original color edition of this book is now out of print, replaced by this freshly designed black and white version that steps Do-It-Yourself restorers carefully through each step of the plastic repair process. Cars, motorcycles, ATVs, snowmobiles, and even household appliances all have plastic parts that can be repaired properly with the right techniques.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Very informative and concise
It's been sometime since i purchased this "how to" book. And i must have repaired (and fabricated) over a hundred pieces by now with the knowledge gained from this very well written book. It should be titled,
"A-Z of Plastic Bodywork" as it is all one really needs to identify and repair plastic body work.

If you're a DIYer and/or in the business (collision repair, motorcycle fairing repair, etc.) than this is a must have book.

5-0 out of 5 stars How to Repair Plastic Bodywork
New book, easy to read and find certain areas in the book.Explains everything very well.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very helpfull!!
I bought this book just out of curiosity and I ended up really using it. You just have to get over the fear of trying it and go for it. At the moment I am busy restoring an old ZX-10 fairing.The book tells you a lot about different situations and how to get around them.

What makes it even better is that the last chapter or so shows you how to prepare the plastic for paint. It answers a lot of questions on what prep work is needed and what paint can be used.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very detailed, greatly organized, and very helpful book
This book has helped me learn more about plastics in general and all the items available out there for repairing. I have asked many people that have experience in repairing plastics and it's interesting to find out there is a lot of people that do not really know about the materials that they are working with. The book breaks down every type of plastic material that you will come across in the automotive industry, some history on them, how to identify the plastic, different repair methods, and different repair materials.

Everything is nicely organized and easy to follow. Thanks Kurt Lammon for taking the time out to create this book and helping a lot of people out there looking to learn.

5-0 out of 5 stars 2 thumbs up.The "How To"book for plastics repair.
I bought this book [and later the "how to" video].

As far as I know, this is the only layman's plastic repair book out there.[I'm sure there are engineering books on the subject, but I only want to know how to fix plastic, not formulate it].

A great balance of how-to text with corresponding how-to photos [photos are in full color and are high quality].

An excellent alternative to sending your simple repairs off to someone else to fix.

Depending on the plastic repair to be done, you can probably buy a basic "repair kit" along with this book; and do the job yourself.

I work on all sorts of computer peripherals [like printers].
The reason most every computer and peripheral is so lightweight today [as compared to just 5 years ago] is PLASTIC.

Folks tend to whine about parts being made from "cheap plastic", but just wait until a part breaks and you need to replace it. Those parts are never CHEAP.

The information I learned from this book has saved me having to buy several plastic parts for inkjet and laserjet printers.
If I have both halves of the broke part, I can fix it.

The author of the book is president of Urethane supply company.
[as per the closing page of this book].

I contacted the company after reading this book and the customer support at Urethane supply is excellent.
I asked some questions about a repair not specifically mentioned in the book and their support folks did an "on-the-spot" R&D of the problem and emailed me their results about how to fix the plastic parts involved.

If you want to fix your own plastics, I highly recommend this book.

With just a couple small repairs, I paid for the cost of:
1. this book,
2. their how-to video and
3. the small repair kits used to fix the problems

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16. The Smart Woman's Guide to Plastic Surgery, Updated Second Edition
by Jean Loftus
Paperback: 320 Pages (2007-12-04)
list price: US$18.95 -- used & new: US$11.02
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Asin: 0071494197
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Intelligent Answers and Essential Advice from a World-Renowned Plastic Surgeon

From reality shows to celebrity gossip magazines, it seems everyone is talking about plastic surgery. But how do you know if it's right for you, and how can you get the best results? The Smart Woman's Guide to Plastic Surgery cuts through the media hype and gives you real answers on the most popular procedures, including what to ask surgeons during consultations, possible risks, how to plan and pay for surgery, and how to speed physical and emotional recovery. Whether you're considering breast augmentation, a tummy tuck, or a facelift, this book will help you:

  • Get the best results from any procedure
  • Ensure a safe and speedy recovery
  • Protect yourself from dangerous procedures
  • Prepare for hidden costs and fees
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Must-Read!
As an update to her first book, Dr. Jean Loftus's new book is not only a timely source for "what's out there now" on new plastic surgery techniques, but also a good basic refresher for anyone considering plastic surgery.I read her first book about one year after publication, and looked forward to this new book, when I learned it was "in the works".It did not disappoint me, and I highly recommend it to anyone who is even remotely thinking about plastic surgery.I particularly appreciated the straightforward advice about when one should not consider a particular procedure, and the abundance of diagrams and "before and after" photos.This book is a clear and easy read, and arms the patient with right questions to ask the plastic surgery duirng the initial consultation.

4-0 out of 5 stars Surgical intervention
I read this avidly, but was shocked that she left out a MAJOR woman's plastic surgery: brachioplasty. Not even mentioned. For most women, a major source of concern: that flab under your upper arm. Other than that omission, a "thumbs up" review. Concise, thorough, informative. No need to rush into surgery uninformed: this is a good resource on how to do your homework.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book, Great surgeon
I highly recommend this book, especially if you are considering breast augmentation. The book is full of valuable information to anyone considering plastic surgery.I can not only speak of the book, I can speak of Dr. Loftus. She is an outstanding doctor who is able to put a woman at ease, listen to her goals and expectations, and deliver incredible results.Dr. Loftus is an expert in her field and has a stellar reputation in our area.

1-0 out of 5 stars Please Don't Waste Your Money!!!!!
Okay since I bought this book because of all the 5 star reviews it got here I'd like to send others a warning. I don't consider this a 5 star book. You can get the same exact information off the internet!

3-0 out of 5 stars For Basic Knowledge
The Smart Womans Guide to Plastic Surgery educates readers with basic knowledge of plastic surgery. I feel like some chapters are rushed and short. For example, the neck and face lift chapter is short and not as explanatory as breast surgery or liposuction. This book also has positive stories of women and plastic surgery. However, I wish that their was negative stories of women and plastic surgery. That way these readers can get a better idea if they want plastic surgery or not. I will say that chapter 1 is the best. Chapter 1 is the best, because it explains the scams plastic surgeons can foolpeople with. WHICH IS VERY SHOCKING! ... Read more

17. Grabb and Smith's Plastic Surgery (GRABB'S PLASTIC SURGERY)
Hardcover: 960 Pages (2006-12-22)
list price: US$219.00 -- used & new: US$170.00
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Asin: 0781746981
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Thoroughly revised for its Sixth Edition, Grabb and Smith's Plastic Surgery is the only comprehensive single-volume reference on the full range of aesthetic and reconstructive procedures in plastic surgery. Featuring more than 1,900 photographs and line drawings, this world-renowned reference guides you through virtually every aesthetic and reconstructive surgical challenge, including implants; craniosynostosis syndromes; rhinoplasty; soft tissue and skeletal injuries; tendon transfer; wound care; and more.

This edition features the latest clinical recommendations and procedures, including breast prosthetics, tissue expansion, flexor tendon surgery, reconstruction of the auricle and otoplasty, correction of ptosis and canthoplasty, face lifts, and more.

A bonus DVD-ROM with full text and color images from the book gives you fast, convenient access to surgical procedures and guides you through new, recommended endoscopic techniques, laser procedures, and microsurgery options.

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1-0 out of 5 stars horrible seller
Unprofessional seller. I dont know why he doesnt have the courtesy to reply my 2emails. Please do not get anything from this person. Its a waste of time

5-0 out of 5 stars A complete change
This Grabb and Smith is completely different from the previous edition. While the previous version was a good one, this one is much better than the former, because chapters are more complete and less tedious. The fonts, paper and illustrations make reading this edition more comfortable. The authors, in more than 65% of the chapters, were modified, sometimes to ones less "famous" in the subject, but this is for the good, as the new authors don't stay focused only in their techniques. This is easy to see in reconstruction of the ear, for example. Burt Brent, the pope in this subject, did not write the new chapter, and so now we can have more highlights in the Nagata's technique. The size and weight of the book are smaller (or at least seem to be), making it easier to carry with you during shifts or travelling, making it an excellent daily reading book. It is the perfect stage between The Michigan Manual and Mathes-McCarthy-Converse's Plastic Surgery.

1-0 out of 5 stars Impossible to read....
Allow me to state up front that I have not reviewed any of the actual text in this book.I have eagerly awaited the release of the new edition of Grabb and Smith for some time.However, upon its receipt I discovered that the font seems to have shrunk and the text appears to be single-spaced - I imagine in an effort to keep the text down to one volume.What they have succeeded in doing, though, is to make the text virtually impenetrable without a ruler to keep track of which line you are reading and a set of loupes to clearly see the text.I would have been happy to have had the text split into 2 volumes in order to make it easier to read.

In any event, I kept it for approximately 2 weeks and made multiple attempts to pick it up and read it, but each time gave up as soon as I opened it due to the immediate headache I received.Ultimately, I returned it and resigned myself to 10 more years of the 5th edition.....

PRS Resident

5-0 out of 5 stars A comprehensive multiauthor text
Like many textbooks starting off as a minimized version of the bigger textbooks, Grabb and Smiths plastic surgery has with every revision grown to become one of the big ones.
It is a multiauthor text, each chapter written by some of the most respectable practitioners in the field involved.
The literature is well quoted for detailed researche and most importantly it continues to amaze me that it offers a detailed informative review of each subject that seems to withstand completely the test of time.
I have the 5th edition and I have compared it to other texts and must say that if you have this book you will not need any other comprehensive book to add to your knowledge in plastic surgery. Journals will supply you with the additional information.I am not awaiting the nest edition to egarly because this book is still completely up to date and it takes an enormous amount of time and effort for every author to review their text.There will be some changes, especially concerning the practice of microsurgery, perforator flaps, tissue expansion and other wastly growing fields. But the foundation remains the same.
The CD is a good addition that I have used alot. It containes the book in an accessible format to carry along with you in your laptop where ever you travel.And again if you need something specific,pubmed will provide you with the rest.
It is well worth the money and the only book of plastic surgery I would be 100% confident to recommend as an informative text that continues to stand in the forefront as a grate book, written by pioneers in plastic surgery.

G.Gunnarsson MD

Very few surgical fields demand a complete and comprehensive knowledge of the entire human body. Plastics and reconstructive surgery is right up there when it comes to that. A successful Plastic surgeon incorporates knowledge of Gross anatomy, microscopic anatomy, tissue physiology, physiology of the patient itself and the innate aesthetic sense to recreate from tissue and prosthesis alike.

Grabb and Smith's text offers a comprehensive and engaging review of the essential aspects of Plastic surgery. Each Chapter starts with a review of clinical anatomy and leads on to Clinical aspects of diease. Historically important surgical approaches as well as current techniques are discussed. Disease classification is also described in excellent details through the use of tables.

I do firmly believe that this book is a worthwhile investment of time and money. ... Read more

18. Vanessa-Ann's Plastic Canvas from A to Z: Cross-Stitch & More
by Vanessa-Ann
Hardcover: 160 Pages (1991-07)
list price: US$21.95 -- used & new: US$8.00
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Asin: 0696023474
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
I bought this book for my sister, who is an avid plastic canvas user, and she was amazed at the extremely high quality of the book and the contents.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the most brillant books published yet
This book contains the most beautiful peices I have ever made. The patterns are easy to understand and work. If you like delicate fancy items to make this book is for you. Other recommendations are gifts galore in plastic canvas book 4 and looney tune in plastic canvas book 7. ... Read more

19. Michigan Manual of Plastic Surgery (Lippincott Manual Series (Formerly known as the Spiral Manual Series))
Paperback: 448 Pages (2004-06-09)
list price: US$59.95 -- used & new: US$48.95
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Asin: 0781751896
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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The Michigan Manual of Plastic Surgery is the first and only pocket-sized, practical manual on plastic surgery. It is written by residents in the University of Michigan’s world-renowned plastic surgery training program, with contributions from senior residents in related fields including general surgery, oral and maxillofacial surgery, otolaryngology, orthopaedics, neurosurgery, and urology.

In an easy-to-follow outline format, the book covers the full range of clinical problems aplastic surgeon encounters. Sections cover fundamental principles and techniques, skin and soft tissue lesions, head and neck, facial reconstruction, craniofacial, aesthetic surgery, breast, hand and upper extremity, trunk, lower extremity, genitalia, and burns.

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2-0 out of 5 stars Meet me at the quad after the surgery
After a corn thresher accident, I turned to Michigan University students to do my reconstructive surgery.(Wolverines!) Two years later, if asked to describe the experience, I would have to say.....YOU BUTCHERS! YOU BUTCHERED ME! I knew better than to let medical students do my surgery, but I was broke after trying to do it myself.

I thought since they had just beaten Florida in the Capital One Bowl, we all felt like we could do anything we put our mind too. I guess we were wrong. Rich Rodriquez and 1st year med student "Mayday" Montana are classic choke artists. Stopping Tebow was nothing like stopping my bleeding. Putting the "clamp" on Percy Harvin was easier than clamping my femoral artery. In the end, I guess we fans and victims probably feel the same way: We'll give you one more try, but that's it.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must for the Plastic Surgery Resident
This book covers all the basic info that a plastic surgery resident should know, in a small, pocket size book. You can carry it over, and let's you do quick reviews of diagnostic and therapeutic measures while on the move.

I definitely recommend this book as an aid to have on the go, besides the basic books you should have in your shelf for a deeper reading.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great For Plastics rotation
ALthough not as Comprehensive as Grabb and Smiths or another full size textbook, this pocket guide is a really fantastic summary of everything you need to know at the 4th year medical student level or PGY1. It is great to carry around and refresh info before going into a case or right after seeing a consult. I would use it this way so that I was always ready for pimping/questions. I would highly reccomend this book to anyone considering going into plastics or for residents to carry around with them in their junior years.

The only negative about this book I found was there was not enough pictures/diagrams of what they were covering in text. Sometimes this would mean I would know what a technique or method was called and what it was for but could not visualize it or name it when I saw it being done.

5-0 out of 5 stars Essential manuel for Plastic surgery residents/rotation
BRILLIANT book! No useless information, perfectly organised, fits in the pocket.
Also very useful for general/maxillofacial/ENT/orthopedic surgery and dermatology rotations.

1-0 out of 5 stars Michigan Manual of Plastic Surgery -Review
Although one can tell that a lot of time and energy was used to write this book, there is little value to this book for the practicing physician. ... Read more

20. Lower Extremity Soft Tissue & Cutaneous Plastic Surgery
by Gary L. Dockery DPMFACFAS, Mary Elizabeth Crawford DPMFACFAS
Hardcover: 400 Pages (2005-12-23)
list price: US$278.00 -- used & new: US$218.40
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Asin: 0702027111
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Unlike any other podiatric text available, this new textbook focuses on the treatment of skin and soft tissue problems of the foot and ankle area using techniques borrowed from facial plastic surgery, hand reconstructive surgery and general soft tissue plastic surgery fields and modified to be used on the foot and ankle areas. This textbook provides a detailed outline and description of evaluating, examining and documenting lower extremity skin and soft tissue conditions. It addresses these problems with a variety of techniques including suturing, incisional and excisional techniques, along with the appropriate reconstructive and plastic surgical procedures for each condition. * Includes all current techniques of revisional skin surgery and basic plastic surgery * Features an abundance of illustrations and photographs. * Reviews topics such as Preoperative Patient Evaluation, Cutaneous Anatomy, and Surgical Principles of Lower Extremity Surgery to prepare readers for studying the surgical techniques outlined in the text. * Covers excisional techniques and biopsy techniques as they pertain to the foot and ankle. * Outlines and defines the use of plastic surgery techniques – V-Y and Y-V; Z-plasty and W-plasty – for conditions of the foot and ankle and lower leg. These techniques can be used in the foot and ankle region for scar contracture which is a frequent complication of lower extremity surgery. * Includes multiple examples of appropriate techniques for correction of toenail and digital deformities. ... Read more

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