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Founding Mothers Unabridged: The Women Who Raised Our Nation
Founding Mothers Unabridged: The Women Who Raised Our Nation
by Cokie Roberts
Edition: Audio Cassette
Price: CDN$ 25.17
10 used & new from CDN$ 6.28

4.0 out of 5 stars NO DOLDRUMS HERE., June 4 2004
One of the problems with history is that it's male orientated. There isn't much about our "founding mothers." Roberts finds most of her information in the letters and diaries of these women. At the age of sixteen, Eliza Lucas (Pinckey) ran her father's three plantations, taught her sisters and slaves lessons and wrote Wills for her neighbors. Ben Franklin's common-law wife ran his print shop and her Sundry shop while he played politics. Pamphlets were the delivery system of the colonial era and it was Mercy Otis Warren, the wife and sister of revolutionaries, who bravely published pamphlets against the British government.
_Founding Mothers_ is a fascinating read/listen. Those who consider history dull will discover this book has enough personal tidbits about our founding mothers to ward off the doldrums. Highly recommended for a personal read or for a school project.
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Essentially Lilly: A Guide to Colorful Entertaining
Essentially Lilly: A Guide to Colorful Entertaining
by Lilly Pulitzer
Edition: Hardcover
17 used & new from CDN$ 19.59

4.0 out of 5 stars A BLAST FROM THE PAST...., June 4 2004
Lilly Pulitzer lives in Palm Spring. Her home is referred to as her jungle, but there is nothing wild or scary about it, only welcoming. Her door is always open and her ideas are there to share. Lilly is known as the "creator of a dress that bears her name and style" - the shift dress. Her styles continue to carry bold, colorful prints. Lilly tells her story from the beginning when she sold the oranges to her neighbors. She was good at it, and from there her imagination grew. Soon she created the Lilly style. Now she is ready to share her entertaining ideas. In the book, her advice on entertaining can be summed up to "just have fun." _Essentially Lilly_ shows us that "living and entertaining and having good times" is the parallel between her clothing and her parties.
There are many entertaining books out there, but I think Lilly has created one of the most expressive ones yet. Whether it's water, land, or in a jungle, Lilly's got it covered. Just looking at the book will put you in a good mood!
Brenda @ MyShelf.Com

Superfoods Rx: Fourteen Foods That Will Change Your Life
Superfoods Rx: Fourteen Foods That Will Change Your Life
by Steven G Pratt
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 20.76
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4.0 out of 5 stars SUPER INFORMATIVE, June 4 2004
SuperFoods Rx is based on "strong academic science and peer-reviewed research clinical trials." And it isn't just a food book. The other subjects covered are "exercise, stress management, faith, friendship, laughter, daydreaming, sleep, and other elements necessary for a longstanding, healthy life." The recipes are tasty and the book itself is easy to comprehend. The authors include some interesting things in the book such as, "Consumer alerts" which prompt consumers to speak out on things like "less sodium in canned fish," or "alert manufacturers to produce vitamin C supplements with added bioflavonoids in 100- to 250 milligram amounts." There is also the "Sidekicks" list at the first of each chapter. If you don't like spinach or any of the other fourteen superfoods, they recommend a list of substitutes for each. It looks like they thought of everything - health, body, mind and spirit. It's a comprehensive nutritional guide worth looking into that's for sure!
Brenda @ MyShelf.Com

Fresh Choices: More than 100 Easy Recipes for Pure Food When You Can't Buy 100% Organic
Fresh Choices: More than 100 Easy Recipes for Pure Food When You Can't Buy 100% Organic
by David Joachim
Edition: Paperback
18 used & new from CDN$ 1.44

4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD ADVICE!, June 4 2004
Joachim and Davis' want to "steer you in the direction of the purest and safest meats, poultry, seafood, and dairy products." They say, "Options like pasture-raised chicken, grass-fed beef and RBGH-free milk are increasingly available in local food markets." (They aren't in most small town grocers, but with an informative book like this one hopes grocers will take the incentive and provide them.) The authors also recommend substitutes for those foods they don't recommend, such as switching from Atlantic cod to Alaskan Pollock, hook-and-line caught cod, or sable fish. It's not a book to be glanced at. The authors talk seriously about food processing, pesticides and more. They also use humor when pointing out facts. Highly Recommended.
Brenda @ MyShelf.Com

The Doughmakers Cookbook: 125 Recipes for Success in Baking and Business
The Doughmakers Cookbook: 125 Recipes for Success in Baking and Business
by Diane Cuvelier
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars BOTH BUSINESS AND PLEASURE, June 4 2004
Now here are two motivating, down-home ladies strengthened by family ties, enough to make a success of their dream. It wasn't always smooth "selling" for these two. But they persevered with the help of their loved ones. And they generously included them in the success. To think it all began with a textured baking sheet for Cub Scouts. Bette owes a lot to her husband Brooks!
Diane and Bette are here to tell their story - the ups, the downs, the important lessons and the crazy ones. "The Doughmakers Cookbook" chronicles a family bakeware business and what better way to present it than with 125 mouth-watering recipes? The recipes are easy and the pictures included will tempt your taste buds. The recipes are a baker's delight. The ladies cover bread, cookies, rolls, cakes, muffins, pastry, pies and pizza. It's a cookbook fascinating enough to share with your extended family.

Arrogance: Rescuing America From the Media Elite
Arrogance: Rescuing America From the Media Elite
by Bernard Goldberg
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars IT WILL MAKE YOU THINK, June 4 2004
Is the media run by liberals? And are the liberals trying to convince us the conservatives are the biased ones? Is the News so biased it's unable to report a story as is? Do networks promote more white-related stories because they grab attention quicker? Do those running the media feel they need to think and judge the news for us, before they report it?
Well, being a channel surfing News hog, I've seen the political slant from all sides. I think everyone is getting their version out.
Goldberg says the media can be saved. Can it? I'm not so sure, but I will give him the credit for thinking positive, making his case, and offering solutions. "Arrogance" will make its readers thinks, even if they don't agree.

The View from the Grass Roots
The View from the Grass Roots
by Gregory Rummo
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Passion and opinion - a strong alliance, Sept. 9 2002
Gregory J. Rummo is an award-winning columnist - a man with loads of opinion and a passion for writing. His book, The View From the Grass Roots is an anthology of his collected works... The columns are about various subjects. Let me give you a list of the chapters.

Family Life
Deaf Culture
Getting Old
America, Then and Now
The Great Outdoors
The Weather, the Environment and Global Warming
The Clinton Administration
The 2000 Presidential Election
Man, Woman, Birth, Death, Eternity
The Lighter Side
Missionaries and Missionary Adventures
An Evangelical View
Terrorism on American Soil

See what I mean? Passion and opinion - a strong alliance.

Rummo is a family man. He writes in length about his loved ones. One chapter is about his second son, born deaf. I was blessed in reading his positive attitude toward his deaf son and parents'-in-law and the lengths he personally went to to communicate with them.
Rummo tends to take a Christian view in his work. Although the Word may not be prominent in all his work, it's obvious that it's a moral ground from which he speaks. His political view is Conservative and will most likely rile his dedicated opponents, but they, in turn, will have to admit he writes with respect and honesty. Being a Conservative, I agreed with most of what he had to say and recommend anyone and everyone pick up his book and give it a try. Something in there is bound to speak to you.

Uncivil Death
Uncivil Death
by M. E. Cooper
Edition: Paperback
14 used & new from CDN$ 23.39

4.0 out of 5 stars A notable start for an engaging new series!, Aug. 10 2002
This review is from: Uncivil Death (Paperback)
As the story moves, characters, suspects, and clues are introduced. Ms. Cooper gives some interesting insight into the historical characters' personalities without going into extensive detail. The straightforward writing gives the story, as a whole, a smooth delivery. Readers will be entranced with the civil war scenes and particulars, not to mention the added historical gossip blended into the storyline. Expect a well-played, well-hidden mystery, only to be solved at the end.

The Painted Ceiling
The Painted Ceiling
by Graham Rust
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars SIMPLE BEAUTIFUL, Aug. 17 2001
This review is from: The Painted Ceiling (Hardcover)
Graham Rust is a renowned artist known internationally for his murals and ceiling paintings. This is my first chance to review his work in print, and I have to say, it was really, really hard to put the book down. I found myself reacting out loud to each piece of work as I turned pages, causing those around me to come see what it was.
What could cause such commotion you ask? It's a coffee-size hardcover with not only pictures of a finished product on a ceiling or wall, but how-to and advice for each beautiful design. Readers can expect a little of everything in Painted Ceiling. The book begins with different types of skies and goes into developing the theme, designs for smaller ceilings, and garden structures and talks about being practical, preparing the ceiling, and what to expect.
All the pictures are beautiful and each would be considered my favorite to try out, but if I had to pick one, it would be Eclipse Sky on page 27, showing the night sky with its stars and planets.

Fairy Wings
Fairy Wings
by Lauren Mills
Edition: Paperback
15 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

5.0 out of 5 stars Winner of the Golden Kite Award for Illustration, Aug. 17 2001
This review is from: Fairy Wings (Paperback)
Little Fia is the youngest fairy in a family of eight sisters; her sisters have lovely wings, she has none. Fia's seven sisters have compassion for her lack of wings, but they disapprove of her earthly behavior and the animals she has befriended, which are a frog, a rat, and a crow. It's time for the May Dance, and the fairies will be showing off their wings in the reflection of Puffers Pond near Troll's Wood. Fia has reconciled to being left out again. While sharing a new creation with rat, Fia runs into a boy fairy named Kip. He invites her to the dance, and she accepts. Will she be brave enough to follow through? Will the May Dance be safe near Troll's Wood where the wing-collecting Troll lives?
Fairy Wings is a creatively written, artistically illustrated tale. The story is memorable, and little Fia, delicate in appearance, is valiant in thought and deed. She is a great role model. Fairy Wings is enjoyable for all ages, including adults. Getting through this 30-page wonder will take longer than you think; each illustration is wonderfully done, and will demand ample attention before you can turn to the next.

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