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Advice to Writers: A Compendium of Quotes, Anecdotes, and Writerly Wisdom from a Dazzling Array of Literary Lightsby Jon Winokur
Jon Winokur, author of the bestselling The Portable Curmudgeon, gathers the counsel of more than four hundred celebrated authors in a treasury on the world of writing. Here are literary lions on everything from the passive voice to promotion and publicity: James Baldwin on the practiced illusion of effortless prose, Isaac Asimov on the despotic tendencies of editors, John Cheever on the perils of drink, Ivan Turgenev on matrimony and the Muse. Here, too, are the secrets behind the sleight-of-hand practiced by artists from Aristotle to Rita Mae Brown. Sagacious, inspiring, and entertaining, Advice to Writers is an essential volume for the writer in every reader.
The African American Almanac provides a range of historical and current information on African American history, society and culture, and includes coverage of such topics as: Africa and the Black Diaspora, Film and television, Landmarks, National organizations, Population, Religion, Science and technology, and Sports. Patrons will also find chronologies, texts of important documents, legislation, speeches, biographical profiles, essays, and more than 650 photographs, illustrations, maps and statistical charts to help them with their research. An expanded appendix of recipients of selected awards and honors and cumulative subject index make this resource easy to use.
To fill a gap in US history, an author/documentary film producer specializing in racial issues profiles a broad spectrum of African-American business leaders from the colonial period to the present. Entries are listed by type of business and individual's year of birth. Among the figures featured on the cover are Maggie L. Walker (1867-1934), the first US woman bank president, and Omar Wasow, who created a black-oriented Web site. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
"A new broom sweep clean, but an old brush knows the corners." --Anonymous There's a time when you have to explain to your children why they're born, and it's a marvelous thing if you know the reason by then. --HAZEL SCOTT Love, I find is like singing. Everybody can do enough to satisfy themselves, though it may not impress the neighbors as being very much. --ZORA NEALE HURSTON This is a wonderful collection!
The Alaska Almanac is an indispensable reference for those who are traveling to the north or those who already know and love it but want to impress others with their encyclopedic knowledge of Alaska's fascinating past and present. Updated each year, this affordable, best-selling guide offers accurate, timely facts on geography, history, economy, employment, recreation, trophy records, climate, and people of the state with the most ever largest lake, tallest mountain, longest coastline, biggest cabbage, most acreage in national parks and more. It also features Alaska's funniest man, Mr. Whitekeys, who manages to find some of the more bizarre facts about the state for us.
Alaskans rank No. 1 in the nation in attainment of high-school degrees, No. 1 in ownership of Harley Davidson motorcycles, No. 1 in consumption of ice cream, and Alaskans are the second-highest per capita consumers of SPAM in the nation. To top it off, the makers of Itch-X anti-itch gel, named Wasilla "The 17th Itchiest City in the United States." Life has been good to Alaska for another year.
Herbs for Pets is an indispensable resource for pet owners. Written by two of the world's most respected herbalists, this comprehensive guide contains a broad range of cutting-edge scientific information as well as traditional, historical, and philosophical perspectives on hundreds of medicinal plants and natural medicines. Turn the pages of this spectacularly illustrated book and learn all about holistic herbalism; natural nutrition; North American herbs, including Western; ayurvedic, and Chinese herbs that grow in North America; homeopathy; and how to treat diseases, ailments, and medical conditions herbally.
Solidly grounded in current theory and research, yet eminently practical and teachable, The Allyn & Bacon Guide to Writing has set the standard for first-year composition courses in writing, reading, critical thinking, and inquiry.
An analysis of the difference between gender and sex, with the author's personal examples. Includes bibliographic notes and complete index.
Every amateur astronomer has at least heard of the many different catalogs of deep-sky objects; the most well known are the Messier, the Caldwell, the Herschel, and the NGC. All of these catalogs are, in general, readily available, but very few amateur observers are in a position to choose the best catalog for their particular deep-sky observing program, know how to use the catalog, or even realize just how many there are out there! The Amateur Astronomer's Guide to the Deep-sky Catalogs is a single compilation of the historical and modern astronomical deep-sky catalogs. It discusses their origins, compares what's in them, explains how to interpret the data they contain, and even outlines how readers can create suitable 'custom' catalogs for their own use. The last section provides a set of three deep-sky catalogs created by the author, for observers of different levels of experience, from newcomer to expert.
The first comprehensive reference volume to cover what is surely the most influential political and intellectual movement of the last half century. This encyclopedia contains substantive entries of up to two thousand words on those persons, events, organizations, and concepts of major importance to postwar American conservatism.
A comprehensive collection of entries, essays, and primary source documents emphasizing the importance of economic policy in all aspects of life in the United States.
This book tracks the growth of environmental awareness and conservation in the United States through the major trends of the 20th century, and establishes a philosophical ground for protection of the environment. It records a major cultural shift in the thinking of this nation, and provides guidelines for its continuation.
The American Film Institute Desk Reference is the most comprehensive book on filmmaking. It provides detailed information on the world of film, its history and its personalities.
Over 1,500 timeless American names for today's baby. Appealing and timeless, the names in this book are gathered from the pages of our history books and rooted in the nation's heartland. They are the names of real-life American poets and soldiers, artists and pioneers, entrepreneurs, teachers, and athletes. Distinctive and prestigious names can give children instant, natural role models-the heroes and positive idols who have had their names before. Entries in this unique guide include: - Classic names and descriptions of the heroic Americans who bore them - References to writings by and about each namesake that families can enjoy together - Historic sites related to each heirloom name suitable for family field trips - Famous names in all ethnic groups - The greatest names in medicine, law, statecraft, sports, business, philanthropy, exploration, invention, and more - Print features and reviews
An reference book including an A-Z vocabulary listing, a thesaurus, and special sections on synonyms, word histories, vocabulary builders, and phonics.
How do you choose the best word for a sentence? The American Heritage(R) Children's Thesaurus has a wide range of entries and carefully selected synonyms which will add color and precision to writing at every level. With its innovative design, The American Heritage(R) Children's Thesaurus encourages students to distinguish among an array of synonyms by testing each word against an example sentence. Synonyms are grouped according to meaning and usage, helping students learn to think analytically and to be selective. This unique book will expand children's vocabularies while teaching them valuable new word skills. Features include more than 35,000 synonyms, a clear sample sentence for every sense of every entry, lively full-color photographs throughout, and more than 100 antonyms and word-group features.
This comprehensive sourcebook provides a systematic, unbiased comparison of the predominant medical traditions and presents, in an easy-to-understand format, everything a lay person needs to know to understand the differences, strengths, and limitations of each approach.
Hombs (of the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance) offers a collection of reference materials that provide information on the pervasive problem of homelessness in the United States. Nine chapters offer a chronology of the homeless problem, brief biographical sketches of 20 people who have had an effect on homeless policy and research, statistical information, documents and government reports, legislation from the U.S. and Europe written to address the problem, a list of print and nonprint resources, and a directory of organizations and government agencies. Also included is a brief analysis and discussion of the problem, comparing Europe and the United States.
American Horticultural Society A to Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants is a comprehensive, detailed, and illustrated alphabetical guide to some 15,000 ornamental plants and an essential reference for all gardeners and horticulturists. Easy to Use Plants are arranged alphabetically by their botanical names for fast, straightforward access, and previous names and common names appear as cross-references throughout the main text.
Faced with limiting his coverage to less than 300 people, Carey (US history and western civilization, Lynchburg College and Central Virginia Community College) had little trouble including the famous figures that would be expected in such an account. After that, he strove to represent all categories of American life in order to demonstrate that people from all backgrounds have been and therefore can be successful innovators and visionaries in business. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
"American Jewish Landmarks" contains valuable historical data on all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands; and is required reading for people interested in the Jewish landmarks of the United States and her territorial possessions. It is also worth bearing in mind that this book is more than a manual for the tourist, it is an important book for students of American Jewish history.
American Landlord Law - the most reliable source of landlord-tenant information available provided by the nation's leading tenant screening company, AmerUSA.net. Every states' most common landlord-tenant laws (including D.C.'s) have been referenced in a manner that can be easily read and understand, a user-friendly style inherent to every book in this Everything U Need to Know... series.
The latest edition features an expanded chapter on legal and ethical concerns in publishing. Readers will also find an extensive chapter on statistics, a completely updated chapter on nomenclature, new policies for eponyms and numbers styles, a larger references section, an expanded discussion of inclusive language and abbreviations, and a larger section on figures and tables. A new section on typography is also featured, along with current information on electronic publishing, encompassing rapid changes affecting the publishing environment. End-of-chapter references make the book easier to use, and the entire text is reviewed by more than 70 editors for accuracy and dependability.
American Revolution 100: The Battles, People, and Events of the American War for Independence, Ranked by Their Significanceby Michael Lee Lanning
A controversial ranking of the Revolution's biggest battles, events, and leaders. The American Revolution 100 brings you onto the charred battlefields and inside the maneuverings of the war that produced America. In comprehensive fashion it explains, analyzes, and ranks the war's most significant events, leaders, and battles according to their importance. Celebrated veteran and military expert Michael Lee Lanning introduces the war's various causes and primary players. The 100 ranked entries that follow include bloody battles, outspoken politicians, military heroes, causes of the conflict, and monumental events. The War of Independence pitted king against colonialist, monarchy against democracy. Men risked execution for treason in order to bring about the model government that would inspire a world. The American Revolution 100 brings to life its battles, people, and events, including maps and illustrations.
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