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Violet Richardson Ward: Founder-President of Soroptimist
Violet Richardson Ward: Founder-President of Soroptimist
by Lillian E. Fisher
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great Biographical Information, BUT....., March 27 2003
I am giving this 5 stars because it is an outstanding source of information about Violet Richardson Ward both her personal life history and a basic background as to her role in founding Soroptimist. It is a difficult book to obtain and I bought it used through's private zshop sellers. Violet was an amazing woman for many more reasons than just that of founding Soroptimist. In fact, Soroptimist is not one of the most interesting, innovating, or courageous things she achieved in her life!! For example, her true love was physical education. She was a strong willed young woman who ended up teaching physical education in public schools at a time when most teachers were male, especially P.E. teachers!
BUT, I found the book to be poorly edited when it comes to flow, natural progressions and generally, *readability* (and, perhaps, there was no editor per se). It is a difficult book to read not because of complex prose or language, but because the author jumps from one antedote to another in repeating what seems like just about every story she collected about Violet's life which were relayed to author by either Violet before her death and/or by other people such as her family and friends. The most entertaining and easiest chapter to read is one taken from the journal of one of Violet's friends. The journal recorded the events of a crazy road trip a single, unmarried Violet and several of her single and/or married girlfriends (one of which who kept the journal). The woman traveled to Oregon from California and back in Violet's Ford traveling through mountains and on backroads, and as one might imagine, breaking down quite often while having fun and getting into mischief all along the way!
My fellow Soroptimist from around the world will find this to be an excellent book from an historical perspective. Avid readers of historical biographies or biographies about women will be sadly disappointed. It would be an interesting project for SIA or a local SI club to take on the revision and republication of this book.
There are several black and white pictures of Violet as an older woman in the last 15 years of her life and she is a beautiful, strong looking woman. However, there are no pictures of her as a child, young woman, or as an adult until she is basically an elderly woman. I imagine she was a strikingly beautiful young woman too and the absence of pictures from her life before 70 is definitely disappointing because Violet had such a full and colorful life!

Found on eBay: 100 Genuinely Bizarre Items from the World's Online Yard Sale
Found on eBay: 100 Genuinely Bizarre Items from the World's Online Yard Sale
by Marc Hartzman
Edition: Paperback
15 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

5.0 étoiles sur 5 Nonfiction Humor: when it is real, it is MUCH funnier....!!!, Sept. 21 2002
Wow, what a great book with no *real* substantive value except the pricelessness of being able to elicit the human emotion of uncontrollable laughter!
If you've ever heard the saying about how real life can be so much more bizarre than the fantasy of fiction--this books drives that point home for the "real life" lived by a fantastical beast we call the Internet. More specifically, the beast known as eBay which is one of the most universally recognized icons of what means to be online. In this little book, Marc Hartzman and Liz Steger successfully illustrate the bizarreness of eBay's most obscure, but real, auctions. You will be amazed at what they found people trying to sell at (what truly is) "the biggest garage sale on earth."
I shared this book with a few people I work with who regularly buy/sell items on eBay; however, I also shared it with probably three times as many people I work with who have never been to the eBay website *ever*, let alone become part of the madness. The reactions from eBayers and non-eBayers were substantially the same in everyone, somewhere between stifled chuckles and full-blown laughter. From the stuff dead frog posed at a tiny piano to the last pickle in the jar to the siamese m&m candies to bull scrotum bags (not to mention the auction for nothing to the one for a human soul of someone named Michael), each person who has flipped through my copy of this book has found something, or more accurately, several things, that shocked and amused them. I can't tell you how often I hear, "What the [*heck*] is. . . " and "Oh, now, THAT, that is too gross . . . "
Even if you have never been on eBay, this book will leave you in stitches!! And, of course, when you go have the stitches removed, be sure to ask the doctor to save them--after all, they may be worth money, but you will never know for sure until you have given them a whirl in an auction on eBay!! (Ok, yes, I am just kidding....really!)

Dating Fabrics: A Color Guide 1800-1960
Dating Fabrics: A Color Guide 1800-1960
by Eileen Jahnke Trestain
Edition: Paperback
28 used & new from CDN$ 21.54

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 AWESOME! Great visual identification guide....a MUST have!, Dec 7 2001
This book is the one we've all been waiting for. It has literally the most definitive collection of clear, full color fabric swatch pictures of fabrics dating from 1800 to 1960 that has EVER been compiled and published in one easy to use spiral, hardbound book. Her explanations are cursory, but the pictures make this book my most often referred to book when dating old fabric and/or vintage quilts with their multitudes of different fabrics.
One neat thing about this book is that it lays open flat so you don't have to juggle with it to keep your place in the book while examining and comparing with your actual quilt or fabric. It has a great, and I mean GREAT, resource list with web site addresses including quilt societies, appraisers and museums, a full glossary of what all those "trade insider" words mean, and a very comprehensive bibliography.
I can't imagine how I got by without this book. It is the visual bible of quilt/fabric dating and identification. It deserves more than 5 starts, it is a gorgeous, useful, well documented and very organized fabric dating reference manual!

Clues in the Calico: A Guide to Identifying and Dating Antique Quilts
Clues in the Calico: A Guide to Identifying and Dating Antique Quilts
by Barbara Brackman
Edition: Paperback
18 used & new from CDN$ 39.13

4.0 étoiles sur 5 The super information makes up for the lack of visual appeal, Dec 7 2001
This book could use a lot more pictures. It is a great source of written information, but does not provide much help in the visual identification of calico fabrics. Eileen Jahnke Trestain's book is much more useful in providing pictures, but Trestain's book does not come close to providing the written documentation and depth of discussion that Barbara Brackman does in Clues in the Calico.
I use both books and they are great companion guides for solving the mysteries presented when you attempt to identify the age of old fabrics, especially in old crazy quilts. HOWEVER, in general, I find I refer to the Trestain book more often than the Brackman book.

Understanding Reptile Parasites: A Basic Manual for Herpetoculturists & Veterinarians
Understanding Reptile Parasites: A Basic Manual for Herpetoculturists & Veterinarians
by Roger Klingenberg
Edition: Paperback
14 used & new from CDN$ 29.95

5.0 étoiles sur 5 Everyone herp owner should buy 2 of these books!, June 12 2001
And, at Amazon's price, you can afford to buy two of them--one for you and one for your vet! I did! My vet can't thank me enough, and now I don't have to loan him my book every time I want him to see my veiled chameleon. It would be great to live in a big city with vets that specialized in herps/reptiles; but here in the rest of the real world, there are furry pet vets on every corner who can give excellent medical care to your reptiles and amphibians using Dr. Klingenberg's book.
Key features for you and your vet: 1. Medicine names, dosage for types/weight of different animals, means of administering, side effects, and uses. 2. Photographs of extracted worms and of microscope slides showing various micro-parasites & their eggs. 3. Sketch showing all the worms & parasites in relative size to each other. 4. Tips on "shot-gun" approach to parasite & disease treatment in wild-caught animals, discussion of various cures, discussion of the effects of diseases on your herp, and practical husbandry/keeping/handling/feeding info on how to prevent future reoccurances.
I got this book when I bought my first frog "just-in-case," but I never needed it, never used it, until this year when my chameleon was sick with worms. I was glad I had it and that is when I decided to buy a second copy for my vet's clinic. You can't afford to wait to buy this book until you need this book. You need it now while your animals are healthy!!!

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