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Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life

by Barbara Kingsolver Steven L. Hopp Camille Kingsolver

Bestselling author Barbara Kingsolver returns with her first nonfiction narrative that will open your eyes in a hundred new ways to an old truth: You are what you eat. "As the U.S. population made an unprecedented mad dash for the Sun Belt, one carload of us paddled against the tide, heading for the Promised Land where water falls from the sky and green stuff grows all around. We were about to begin the adventure of realigning our lives with our food chain. "Naturally, our first stop was to buy junk food and fossil fuel. . . ." Hang on for the ride: With characteristic poetry and pluck, Barbara Kingsolver and her family sweep readers along on their journey away from the industrial-food pipeline to a rural life in which they vow to buy only food raised in their own neighborhood, grow it themselves, or learn to live without it. Their good-humored search yields surprising discoveries about turkey sex life and overly zealous zucchini plants, en route to a food culture that's better for the neighborhood and also better on the table. Part memoir, part journalistic investigation, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle makes a passionate case for putting the kitchen back at the center of family life and diversified farms at the center of the American diet. "This is the story of a year in which we made every attempt to feed ourselves animals and vegetables whose provenance we really knew . . . and of how our family was changed by our first year of deliberately eating food produced from the same place where we worked, went to school, loved our neighbors, drank the water, and breathed the air."

The Ann Lovejoy Handbook of Northwest Gardening

by Ann Lovejoy

In this updated second edition of the popular guide, Ann Lovejoy explains how to create a gorgeous ornamental garden following the principles and techniques of organic and sustainable gardening. Emphasizing good soil prep, composting, drainage, mulching, and proper plant selection, the book covers every step from landscaping and design to soil prep to planting beds, all with the goal of creatinga lovely garden without chemical fertilizers or pest control. Janet Loughrey's color photographs show the splendid results.

Another Use For 101 Common Household Items

by Vicki Lansky

From the Book Jacket: Your A to Z Guide to Marvelous Multiple Uses for Everyday Items You Have in Your House * Use a COFFEE FILTER to drain cooled cooking oil when pouring it into another container for reuse. * An old TOOTH' BRUSH is excellent for cleaning around crevices in the bathroom or kitchen. * Use a clean PAINT BRUSH to dust your house plants or to grease muffin tins. About the Author Vicki Lansky has collected and shared her practical hints and tips for years through her numerous parenting books, media appearances and feature columns. Her popular "Another Use For..." section has run in the HELP! column she writes for FAMILY CIRCLE MAGAZINE since 1988.


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.

Arts & Crafts Furniture Anyone Can Make

by David Thiel

Good Looking and Simple Furniture doesn't have to be complicated to be good looking. By reducing classic Arts & Crafts furniture designs to their basics, then adding simple, screw-together joinery, anyone can build great-looking furniture. Using basic tools (jigsaw, miter saw or circular saw and a cordless drill) even as a first-time woodworker you can successfully create a piece of furniture in a weekend that you'll proudly display for years. Each of the traditional (and some original) have designs in Arts & Crafts Furniture Anyone Can Make have been adjusted for size to accommodate the standard poplar, red oak or pine boards readily available at your local home center. The boards are sold cut to thickness and width, so with most of the projects all you need to do is cut the pieces to length and put them together. Even the finishes used are "off-she-shelf," relying on stains, paints and finish coats that are sold in any home center, and are easy to apply. Pick up some supplies today and build one of these classic projects!

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.

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."

Bali Home

by Luca Invernizzi Tettoni Kim Inglis

Bali is an island paradise that inspires countless dreams of tropical beaches, exotic people and gorgeous views. More than just an increasingly popular tourist destination, Bali is also a global leader in tropical design, showcased in all its glory in Bali Home. Covering over 100 homes, garden estates, hotels, restaurants and more, this book gives a tantalizing glimpse of the latest design trends coming out of Bali. Full-color photography, both of decorative details and architectural concepts, is accompanied by an insightful text that gives attainable interior design tips to tropical dream seekers.

Balinese Flora & Fauna Discover Indonesia

by Julian Davison Bruce Granquist

This book provides a general introduction to the natural history of Bali, looking at each of the major ecosystems in turn and highlighting their most salient and interesting features. Watercolor panoramas and illustrations of typical or otherwise significant plants and animals from each type of habitat complement the text and provide the reader with a visual reference for some of the sights he or she is most likely to see during a visit to the island.

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.

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