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The Velvet Hammer: PowHERful Leadership Lessons for Women Who Don't Golf
The Velvet Hammer: PowHERful Leadership Lessons for Women Who Don't Golf
by Elaine Allison
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars For any woman with supervisory or management responsibility, March 18 2006
The Velvet Hammer: Powerful Leadership Lessons For Woman Who Don't Golf by international speaker and leader/management expert Elaine Allison clearly lays out for women just how they can be effective with leadership and management responsibilities in the corporate world. Readers will learn what brains, hormones and cultural expectations have to do with being a woman of supervisory responsibilities; how to handle professional jealousy and overseeing the work of friends; gaining the respect of more knowledgeable and experienced superiors or subordinates; handling discipline and mediating conflict; setting effective goals for work teams, and so much more. The Velvet Hammer should be considered "must reading" for any woman faced with supervisory or management responsibilities in a business setting.

Summer Olympics: The Definitive Guide to the World's Greatest Sports Celebration
Summer Olympics: The Definitive Guide to the World's Greatest Sports Celebration
by Clive Gifford
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars The ideal companion for young readers, July 17 2004
Superbly enhanced on every page with outstanding digital illustrations and visually impressive full color action photography, Clive Gifford's Summer Olympics: The Definitive Guide To The World's Greatest Sports Celebration is a complete survey and introduction to every Summer Olympics event. Also included is a great deal of background information on the training routines of top athletes of today and great athletic competitive rivalries of the past. Summer Olympics is the ideal companion for young readers with its showcasing of the world pinnacle for international sporting events and competitions.

The Life And Art Of Murphy Anderson
The Life And Art Of Murphy Anderson
by Murphy Anderson
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Must reading" for all dedicated comic book fans, July 17 2004
A very lavishly illustrated autobiographical memoir of Murphy Anderson's varied career in cartooning, The Life & Art Of Murphy Anderson begins with his entry into the 1940s "Golden Age" of comic books. Anderson's credentials include having produced the very popular syndicated comic strip "Buck Rogers", as well as educational comics for the military services publication "PS Magazine". Anderson is perhaps best known for his exceptional and ground-breaking work at DC Comics in the 1960s and 70s on such superhero characters as Superman, Hawkman, Adam Strange, The Atomic Knights, and so many others. It was his style that defined the DC look for a generation of comic book fans. His anecdotal recollections are replete with insightful commentary on the state of the art, as and includes behind-the-scenes stories about the other artist he has encountered in the course of his long and successful career including Lou Fine, Will Eisner, Curt Swan, Gil Kane, and others. Illustrated throughout with a generous examples of work drawn from every phase of his career which also included Fiction House and Ziff-Davis, The Life And Art Of Murphy Anderson is "must reading" for all dedicated comic book fans past and present!

Rivers of Wind: A Western Boyhood Remembered
Rivers of Wind: A Western Boyhood Remembered
by Gary Penley
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars A kind of "window in time", July 17 2004
Rivers Of Wind: A Western Boyhood Remembered is the autobiographical story of how Gary Penley's growing up on a ranch in the plains of Colorado, the influence and example of his grandfather, his mother, and a yesteryear of ranch life that is gone now. Interwoven memories of the people, the geography of the land, the animals, and the climate of the high western plains, Rivers Of Wind is a kind of "window in time" that will engage the reader's rapt attention from first page to last. A tribute to a time and place now found only in memory, Rivers Of Wind is unique and enthusiastically recommended reading.

The Basket Maker
The Basket Maker
by Kate Niles
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars With a memorable roster of supporting characters, July 17 2004
This review is from: The Basket Maker (Hardcover)
The Basket Maker is a smoothly written and deftly woven story of Sarah Graves, a young woman with a dark secret who encounters Trent, a boy at school who has suffered burns over most of his body. With a memorable roster of supporting characters, this unique and compassionate novel is presented with intelligence, delicacy, and reader-engaging passion set against the background of the American southwest. Kate Niles is the recipient of the Colorado Council of the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship for Creative Writing for 2003. An accomplished writer of essays and short stories, The Basket Maker now documents her as having mastered the novel with a literary style and elegance rarely achieved and never surpassed.

The Attraction
The Attraction
by Douglas Clegg
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars A unique and macabre imagination, July 17 2004
This review is from: The Attraction (Hardcover)
Delirium Books has achieved a justifiable reputation as a publisher of superbly crafted science fiction/horror fantasy titles for the true connoisseur of book that conjures nightmares to life! The latest title offered to horror fantasy enthusiasts is Douglas Clegg's The Attraction. A desiccated corpse from the Aztec era is displayed in a glass case for anyone to see. When it is deemed to be a counterfeit, just the remains of a small child with some glued on fake fingernails, Griff says to his friend Ziggy by way of a practical joke, "Let's feed it!". That's when the the horror awoke and the Flesh-Scraper is loose! Douglas Clegg blends a unique and macabre imagination with a genuine gift for developing his characters and presenting the reader with a vivid story that will separate the timid from their sleep and the bold from their complacency whenever they next visit a sideshow or museum mummy display!

Welcome to Havana, Seqor Hemingway
Welcome to Havana, Seqor Hemingway
by Alfredo Josi Estrada
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating, original, and very highly recommended story, July 17 2004
Based upon Hemingway's unpublished letters and journals, as well as contemporary accounts of his early years on the island of Cuba, novelist Alfredo Jose Estrada has developed an impressive and entertaining story of a young Cuban-American journalist, whose grandmother shows him a photograph of her husband posing alongside Hemingway and a giant marlin. The journalist then sets out to learn the truth about his grandfather, Javier Lopez Angulo, who supposedly got into a fistfight with Ernest Hemingway and knocked the famous author down. The journalist travels to Havana and learns how his grandfather met Hemingway and why their friendship ended so abruptly. Along the way, he discovers the myths, stories, and people involved in Hemingway's life in Cuba during Havana's golden age in the 1930s. If Welcome To Havana, Senior Hemingway were a film we would call it a "docudrama". Alfredo Estrada has done a masterful job of recreating a yesteryear populated by memorable characters in an inherently fascinating, original, and very highly recommended story.

Nobody's Perfect
Nobody's Perfect
by Pat Ballard
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 15.38
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5.0 out of 5 stars A charming, witty, and tender love story with a twist, July 17 2004
This review is from: Nobody's Perfect (Paperback)
Nobody's Perfect is an engaging novel about a marriage of convenience - or is it? A "plus-sized" woman needs to keep her childhood home, and a fairly egotistical man has had it for relationships, and just wants a mother for his son... a mother that, he hopes, he will not be physically attracted to and with whom he will not be tempted to share a relationship. Or so he keeps telling himself, but life and human hearts have unpredictable surprises in store, in this charming, witty, and tender love story with a twist.

So, What's Normal?: Life After Pedophilia, Abuse and Neglect
So, What's Normal?: Life After Pedophilia, Abuse and Neglect
by Rhonnie
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 24.33
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5.0 out of 5 stars Especially for survivors of childhood abuse, July 17 2004
Also available in a hardcover edition (0974430501, $30.00), So, What's Normal: Life After Pedophilia, Abuse And Neglect is the vividly recounted story of one woman's journey from the horrors of childhood abuse and neglect, to eventual recovery and hope as an adult. Rhonnie's autobiographical story is one of courageous example and reveals how she was able to break through the cycles of abuse and achieve a personal compassion for other abused individuals leading her to establish the non-profit foundation "Leaps and Bounds" with the dedicated mission of extending hope and help to other abused children and adults by funding rehabilitative therapy. So, What's Normal? is seriously recommended reading -- especially for survivors of childhood abuse, and those who love them.

Accept the Challenge: 101 Strategies for Personal Success
Accept the Challenge: 101 Strategies for Personal Success
by William P. Abram
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Positive, practical tactics and strategies, July 17 2004
Simply put, Accept The Challenge: 101 Strategies For Personal Success is 204 pages of positive, practical tactics and strategies to provide the reader with inspiration, ideas, and the motivational tools to achieve ever higher levels of success in their personal and professional lives. Easy to read, Accept The Challenge is enhanced with a profusion of sayings, proverbs, and succinctly expressed advice ranging from a citation from Plato (...a society cultivates whatever is honored there...) to President Ronald Regan (We must never lose the sense of adventure that thirst for knowledge or that determination to explore the outer limits of our own abilities.) are perfect augmentations to author William Abram's informed and informative text. Accept The Challenge is a remarkable title that is strongly commended to the attention of anyone who is determined to improve the quality of their lives and enhance the degree of success in their chosen endeavors.

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