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by Gail Gibbons

Explains how apples were brought to America, how they grow, their traditional uses and cultural significance, and some of the varieties grown. Also discusses how to care for an apple tree and gives a recipe for Apple Pie. Good book for anyone curious about this classic fruit.

The Apprentice: My Life in the Kitchen

by Jacques Pépin

Pépin started at the very bottom in the French restaurant business. His goal was to become a chef, and he achieved that by working hard, working through family losses, learning from everyone, taking risks, and overcoming the many hardships which cluttered his path. His book is warmly written, and despite his humility, his brilliance shines through his writing and his recipes. Don't miss the recipes for onion soup and chicken broth. "Pépin's book is the kind of well-prepared prose you want to devour slowly ... This is a book to pick up sight unseen and savor with pleasure . . . Delicious detail."- The Oregonian

Arabians and Other Horses (World Book's Animals of the World)

by Karen Ingebretsen

In a question and answer format the author introduces the Arabian horse and also discusses caring for a horse.

Around the House and in the Garden: A Memoir of Heartbreak, Healing, and Home Improvement

by Dominique Browning

When divorce tore Browning's home and heart apart, she began seeing with a new perspective. This is her therapeutic journey: she had taken care of the garden, now it would care for her.

Art Deco Tiles

by Hans Lemmen

Art Deco is arguably the twentieth century's most popular and memorable design movements. The style defined the interwar period with its clean sleek lines, streamlined shapes, bold abstract forms, and luscious colours.This book charts the impact of this daring new style on the production of tiles and architectural faience in Britain. It shows how they were made and decorated, examines the output of firms like Carter, Pilkington's and Doulton and describes the innovations introduced by creative designers like Edward Bawden and Dora Batty.With photographs of the tiles and architectural faience, individually and in situ of buildings and homes, the author examines the diverse range of animal, floral, human and abstract Art Deco designs.

The Art of Regifting: Your ABC's Guide to Regifting, The Do's and Don'ts, Urban Legends and Folk Lore

by Barbara Bitela

In her classic humor and wit, the Art of Regifting is sure to give you some good ideas, and laughs along the way.

At Home in Nature: Modern Homesteading and Spiritual Practice in America

by Rebecca Kneale Gould

This study of homesteading in America from the late nineteenth century to the present examines the lives and beliefs of those who have ascribed to the homesteading philosophy, placing their experiences within the broader context of the changing meanings of nature and religion in modern American culture.

At Home: A Short History of Private Life

by Bill Bryson

Bryson takes readers on a tour of his house, a rural English parsonage, and finds it crammed with 10,000 years of fascinating historical bric-a-brac. Each room becomes a starting point for a free-ranging discussion of rarely noticed but foundational aspects of social life. A visit to the kitchen prompts disquisitions on food adulteration and gluttony; a peek into the bedroom reveals nutty sex nostrums and the horrors of premodern surgery; in the study we find rats and locusts; a stop in the scullery illuminates the put-upon lives of servants. Bryson follows his inquisitiveness wherever it goes, from Darwinian evolution to the invention of the lawnmower, while savoring eccentric characters and untoward events (like Queen Elizabeth I's pilfering of a subject's silverware). There are many guilty pleasures, from Bryson's droll prose--"What really turned the Victorians to bathing, however, was the realization that it could be gloriously punishing"--to the many tantalizing glimpses behind closed doors at aristocratic English country houses. In demonstrating how everything we take for granted, from comfortable furniture to smoke-free air, went from unimaginable luxury to humdrum routine, Bryson shows us how odd and improbable our own lives really are.

At Home with Homespun and Chenille Thick & Quick: 3 Crocheted Afghans

by Lion Brand Yarn Company

Three cozy afghans: Color Block, Granny Square, and Striped. Lion Brand has marked the patterns as intermediate, but don't let this scare you. With careful attention to instructions, anyone who knows how to chain, single crochet, double crochet, and follow directions can turn out beautiful afghans with these patterns. Other books by Lion Brand are available in this library. Other crochet pattern books are here, too.

At Knit's End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much

by Stephanie Pearl-Mcphee

Do you ever . . . Experience palpitations when passing a yarn shop? Sneak new yarn purchases into the house? Utter the words "just one more row"? Plan your vacation around yarn store locations? Secretly scope out new spots to store your stash? If you answered "yes" to one or more of these, you are at risk of becoming an obsessive knitter. This totally incurable condition is sure to be helped by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's humorous and heartfelt "meditations!' Her tangled reflections on the knitter's life will keep you in stitches and unravel your tensions for many warm and woolly moments to come.

Aunt Dimity's Death

by Nancy Atherton

From the Book jacket: When Lori Shepherd was a little girl, her mother used to tuck her into bed at night with Reginald, her stuffed rabbit, and tell her stories about the irrepressible Aunt Dimity, an intrepid woman whose outrageous adventures in faraway England never ceased to amaze her. But Lori isn't a little girl anymore. In fact, adulthood has been particularly harsh of late. In what seemed like no time at all, Lori's mother passed away, her marriage crumbled, and she lost her job, leaving her to search not only for employment but for a decent apartment and rent money as well. Lori decided long ago that Aunt Dimity was just a character in a comforting bedtime story. But one day down-on-her-luck Lori is summoned from the latest of her dreadful temp assignments to the mansion law offices of Willis & Willis. There, the Dickensian pair of father-and-son attorneys inform her that Aunt Dimity was indeed a real woman, and a very rich one. She has also just died and left her estate to Lori-with one catch: Lori must visit Dimity's cozy cottage in the English countryside and find a secret hidden in the trove of letters that Dimity and Lori's mother exchanged over the four decades of their friendship. (Continued on back flap) (Continued from front flap) What begins as a fairy tale in an impressive cozy setting becomes a mystery-and a ghost story Aunt Dimity's indomitable spirit leads Lori on an worldly quest that Dimity could not fulfill in her life. And for Lori, Dimity's bequest is even greater the dreamed, as she discovers that in this life, true love conquers all. NANCY ATHERTON lives in Brooklyn, New York. Dimity's Death is her first mystery.

Austere Luminosity of Chinese Classical Furniture

by Sarah Handler

Austere Luminosity will be the book on Chinese classical furniture. A sumptuous coffee table book with impeccable scholarship, Sarah Handler's expertise will serve as the primary resource for scholars and collectors of Chinese classical furniture for years.

Azaleas, Rhododendrons and Camellias

by Sunset Publishing Staff

Clear how-to information on soil preparation for each plant, plus detailed directions for planting and care.

The Bachelor Home Companion: A Practical Guide to Keeping House Like a Pig

by P. J. O'Rourke

"I always wanted to be a bachelor when I grew up. My friends may have had fantasies about raking the yard, seeing their loved ones in pin curlers and cleaning the garage on Sundays, but not me. I saw myself at thirty-eight lounging around a penthouse in a brocade smoking jacket. Vivaldi would be playing on the stereo. I'd sip brandy from a snifter the size of a fish tank and leaf through an address book full of R-rated phone numbers. ..." Always with tongue firmly in cheek, the author points out the trouble, for bachelors, with laundromats, cooking, shopping and everything else that goes along with managing a house. "Bachelor cooking is a matter of attitude. If you think of it as setting fire to things and making a mess, it's fun. It's not so much fun if you think of it as dinner. Fortunately, baloney, cheeseburgers, beer, and potato-chip dip provide all the daily nutrients bachelors are known to require. I mean, I hope they do."

Barefoot Contessa Family Style: Easy Ideas and Recipes That Make Everyone Feel Like Family

by Ina Garten

Ina Garten, who shared her gift for casual entertaining in the bestselling Barefoot Contessa Cookbook and Barefoot Contessa Parties, is back with her most enticing recipes yet-- a collection of her favorite dishes for everyday cooking. In Barefoot Contessa Family Style, Ina explains that sharing our lives and tables with those we love is too essential to be saved just for special occasions-- and it's easy to do if you know how to cook irresistible meals with a minimum of fuss. For Ina, the best way to make guests feel at home is to serve them food that's as unpretentious as it is delicious. So in her new book, she's collected the recipes that please her friends and family most-- dishes like East Hampton Clam Chowder, Parmesan Roasted Asparagus, and Linguine with Shrimp Scampi. It's the kind of fresh, accessible food that's meant to be passed around the table in big bowls or platters and enjoyed with warm conversation and laughter. In Ina's hands tried-and-true dishes are even more delicious than you remember them: Her arugula salad is bright with the flavors of lemon and Parmesan, the Oven-Fried Chicken is crispy without excess fat, and her Deep-Dish Apple Pie has the perfect balance of fruit and spice. Barefoot Contessa Family Style also includes enticing recipes that are memorable and distinctive, like Lobster Cobb Salad, Tequila Lime Chicken, and Saffron Risotto with Butternut Squash. With vivid photographs of Ina cooking and serving food in her beautiful Hamptons home, as well as menu suggestions, practical wisdom on what to do when disaster strikes in the kitchen, and tips on creating an inviting ambiance with music, Barefoot Contessa Family Style is the must-have guide to the joy of everyday entertaining.

Bargello Quilts with a Twist

by Maggie Ball

If you love traditional Bargello quilts with their illusion of curves and flowing waves, but are wary of tedious cutting and the complexity of creating free-form patterns, this new 16-piece Bargello block technique allows you to have fun playing with a collection of blocks to create endless possibilities - the more blocks and colors, the more possibilities. With the newly created block method,Bargello Quilts with a Twistallows you to create the look of Bargello with ease. Strips are cut and pieced in sets of four, counter-cut, and joined to complete the blocks. Using the versatile pattern, there are an amazing number of ways to arrange as few as 16 blocks to create exciting and unique patterns.

Basic Appraisal Principles

by Mark A. Munizzo Lisa Virruso Musial

This 30-hour text is designed to be used with Basic Appraisal Procedures to meet the suggested first 60 hours of core content for appraisal trainees under the 2008 AQB Criteria.

Basic Appraisal Procedures

by Mark A. Munizzo Lisa Virruso Musial

Procedures used in appraising residential and commercial real estate.

The Basics of Permaculture Design

by Ross Mars

"The Basics of Permaculture Design", first published in Australia in 1996, is an excellent introduction to the principles of permaculture, design processes, and the tools needed for designing sustainable gardens, farms, and larger communities. Packed with useful tips, clear illustrations, and a wealth of experience, it guides you through designs for gardens, urban and rural properties, water harvesting systems, animal systems, permaculture in small spaces like balconies and patios, farms, schools, and ecovillages. This is both a do-ityourself guide for the enthusiast and a useful reference for permaculture designers.

Be It Ever So Humble: Poverty, Fiction, and the Invention of the Middle-class Home

by Scott R. Mackenzie

Before the rise of private homes as we now understand them, the realm of personal, private, and local relations in England was the parish, which was also the sphere of poverty management. Between the 1740s and the 1790s, legislators, political economists, reformers, and novelists transferred the parish system's functions to another institution that promised self-sufficient prosperity: the laborer's cottage. Expanding its scope beyond the parameters of literary history and previous studies of domesticity, Be It Ever So Humble posits that the modern middle-class home was conceived during the eighteenth century in England, and that its first inhabitants were the poor. Over the course of the eighteenth century, many participants in discussions about poverty management came to believe that private family dwellings could turn England's indigent, unemployed, and discontent into a self-sufficient, productive, and patriotic labor force. Writers and thinkers involved in these debates produced copious descriptions of what a private home was and how it related to the collective national home. In this body of texts, Scott MacKenzie pursues the origins of the modern middle-class home through an extensive set of discourses--including philosophy, law, religion, economics, and aesthetics--all of which brush up against and often spill over into literary representations. Through close readings, the author substantiates his claim that the private home was first invented for the poor and that only later did the middle class appropriate it to themselves. Thus, the late eighteenth century proves to be a watershed moment in home's conceptual life, one that produced a remarkably rich and complex set of cultural ideas and images.

Bead and Wire Art Jewelry: Techniques and Designs for All Skill Levels

by J. Marsha Michler

Fashion Beads and Wire into Stunning Jewelry! Jewelry artists look no further, Bead and Wire Art Jewelry is THE resource you need to bring together two of your favorite mediums - bead and wire. From simple stringing to extensive wirework, author J. Marsha Michler's detailed, step-by-step instructions will show you how to create over 50 stunning pieces of jewelry. Learn techniques including stringing, stitching, jigwork and loomwork, and even learn to make your own findings. From easy to advanced, you will find a project to suit your skill level and tastes. This inspirational book features: 50+ easy, intermediate and advanced jewelry projects; A variety of rings, earrings, bracelets and necklaces; Variations to inspire your creativity.

The Beaded Bracelet: Beadweaving Techniques and Patterns for 20 Eye-catching Projects

by Carole Rodgers

This is it -- your perfect guide to making beautiful, eye-catching beaded bracelets! With The Beaded Bracelet, you can't go wrong. Because bracelets are the perfect projects for both learning new techniques and for advancing your jewelry-making skills. Because bracelets make wonderful gifts; they're always just the right size. And because author Carole Rodgers has decades of creative and teaching experience; with Carole leading the way, you'll be creating unique, handmade jewelry in no time--whether you're new to beadweaving or an experienced beader! Inside The Beaded Bracelet you'll find: 9 beadweaving stitches--Follow easy step-by-step illustrations to create each stitch and combine them into the Sampler Bracelet--the most beautiful teaching tool you'll ever work with. 20 bracelet patterns--Showcasing peyote, triangle, netting and other stitches and everyday beads and materials in ways you've never considered. 27 variations--It's amazing what a difference a change in color, size or type of bead can make; you'll be inspired to try your own combinations. So gather some beads and a few basic tools. Settle in and get started--you'll be making your own beautiful, eye-catching beaded bracelets in no time!

Beginner's Guide to Candlemaking

by David Constable

Everything you ever wanted to know about simple candlemaking. An inspirational guide for the complete beginner. Contents include: Cast, dipped and rolled candles, Floating candles and candles in containers, Stenciled, painted and textured candles, Perfumed flower and fruit candles.

The Best of Danny Proulx's Storage and Shelving

by Danny Proulx

Who doesn't need more storage? With The Best of Danny Proulx's Storage and Shelving you will have the least cluttered, most organized house on the block. Whether you're an experienced woodworker or just beginning, you'll find advice and guidance for crafting sturdy, great-looking shelves and storage without spending a fortune on materials and expensive tools. Danny Proulx, master cabinetmaker, teacher and author of more than 10 woodworking books, has handpicked 15 of his best home storage and shelving projects for this one-of-a-kind book. He provides you with valuable insights on basic joinery and hardware applications that are the keys to a successful project. You'll also find clear project instructions and step-by-step photos for creating great furniture, including: Kitchen pantry Television armoire Child's storage bed Student's work center Low-cost storage shelving Closet storage And several more The Best of Danny Proulx's Storage and Shelving will get you started building today! With Danny's expert instruction, you'll be able to transform your cluttered space into the beautiful, organized home of your dreams!

Better Off: Flipping the Switch on Technology

by Eric Brende

In this social experiment, author Brende and his wife live in a primitive and remote community and rid their lives of anything motorized or electric. Describes how the author feels that such a life can decrease stress and increase one's happiness and health.

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