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Book Reviews Sept 2011


A CONVERSATION WITH GOD

A Conversation With God was created because life is challenging and one’s heart longs to understand. Author Alton Gansky’s book contains 55 of life’s greatest questions and answers. Each topic includes scriptural reference to explore the Bible verses. This is an engaging conversation with God, Jesus and key Bible characters who answer questions.

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THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO SAVING SEEDS

The Complete Guide to Saving Seeds is the largest and most comprehensive resource available on how to collect, save and cultivate all kinds of plants. Seed saving is also a crucial step individuals can take to ensure that genetic diversity is preserved.

Dr. Robert Gough and Cheryl Moore-Gough use their wealth of experience to explain the benefits of saving seeds including the ability to select the most desirable traits of each plant.

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DAUGHTERS OF THE RIVER HUONG

Uyen Nicole Duong returns to her native land and literary roots with a debut novel: Daughters of the River Huong, a century-long tale that captures the rich complex history of Vietnam and its people.

Through the eyes of Simone, a precocious and passionate teenager, Duong presents the complicated and mystical pasts of four generations of Vietnamese women.

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WICKED BUGS

With wit, style and exacting research, author Amy Stewart delves into the extraordinary powers of six- and eight-legged creatures in Wicked Bugs.

Stewart uncovers the most terrifying and titillating stories of bugs gone wild. Intricate etchings and drawings by Briony Morrow-Cribbs capture bugs of all shapes and sizes in this mixture of history, science, murder and intrigue that begins — but doesn’t end — in your own backyard.

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SEEING TREES: DISCOVER THE EXTRAORDINARY SECRETS OF EVERYDAY TREES

Seeing Trees, by author Nancy Ross Hugo, teaches a whole new way of watching a tree. This book showcases a new form of photography by Robert Llewellyn that captures the miracle of seeds maturing, leaves unfurling, and flowers emerging through photographs that capture every intimate detail of a tree’s life cycle. The book also includes profiles of the most familiar species.

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FULL ENGAGEMENT!

In his new book, Full Engagement! Inspire, Motivate and Bring Out the Best in Your People, author Brian Tracy shows managers how to achieve exceptional financial results for their company by focusing on getting the highest ROE, return on energy, from employees.

Full Engagement! offers a wealth of insight into why people think, feel, react and respond the way they do at work.

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TRASH-TO-TREASURE PAPERMAKING

Arnold Grummer’s book, Trash-to-Treasure Papermaking, is the ultimate guide for crafty recyclers. Transform junk mail, newspapers, comic books, wrapping paper, food can labels and old phone books into beautiful handmade paper in just minutes. Arnold even includes instructions for more advanced techniques such as pulp casting, deckling, watermarking and more.

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LANDSCAPING WITH FRUITS AND VEGETABLES

Landscaping with Fruits and Vegetables is an indispensable guide for any novice or seasoned home gardener. Author Fred Hagy is a registered landscaping architect and member of The American Institute of Certified Planners.

The book provides pages of ideas for a beautifully designed and completely edible garden accompanied by vivid watercolor and ink illustrations by Clare McCanna. Readers will also find practical advice on drainage, irrigation, pest control and pollination requirements.

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THOUGHTFUL GARDENING

For more than 40 years, Robin Lane Fox has shared his gardening wisdom and wit with readers of Financial Times. In Thoughtful Gardening, he brings together the culmination of decades of study and work spent out in the dirt. Equal parts gardening how-to and memoir, Fox leads readers on an international journey through each season of the gardening year.

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FRESH FLOWER ARRANGING

If you’ve ever ogled a bouquet of flowers at the supermarket and wondered how to display them once you’ve brought them home, then Fresh Flower Arranging is for you. This book offers expert techniques for achieving stunning results,tips for keeping flowers beautiful for as long as possible, principles behind a successful arrangement and gives step-by-step seasonal projects for achievable arrangements.

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ABUNDANT BEAUTY

Abundant Beauty: The Adventurous Travels of Marianne North, Botanical Artist is a delightful and informative trek across the globe by a witty, intelligent and courageous Victorian artist and adventurer. Starting in 1871, North spent 14 years circling the globe on a quest to paint indigenous plants in their natural habitat. She produced an extensive and scientifically valuable collection of more than 800 paintings.

Abundant Beauty capture the most engaging writings from her journals. It provides rich descriptions of botanical treasures and notes from her expeditions.

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INSPIRED DESIGN

Acclaimed interior designer Roxanne Hughes Packman has teamed up with her 17-year-old daughter, Hannah, to write Inspired Design. Readers will now have the ability to create her trademark beauty, warmth and passion in their own homes.

Amid stunning photography, stories of treasured family traditions, and poignant observations by Hannah, Packman shares ideas that will result in well-loved children and homes that welcome all those who pass through the doors.

Proceeds from the sale of Inspired Design will benefit Heart of Hope Ministry Int., Inspired 31, and an area food pantry.


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