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Sew it All Baby

by Ellen March

The projects in this Sew it All ebook are all about baby. Whether you're expecting or know someone who is, one of these projects will be a welcome addition. Choose from a carseat canopy, a baby bib, a binkee bungee and others.

Sew it All Lesson #1

by Ellen March

Part of the Sew it All ebook series, Lesson #1 gets up close and personal with sewing machines. Three simple projects are included that put your sewing machine skills to good use: a pillowcase, curtains and hat.

Sew it All Learning & Reference Manual

by Ellen March

The first in an ongoing series of ebooks brought to you by the editor of Sew it All magazine, this ebook brings your sewing skills up to speed. Ten essential sewing skills are covered, including measuring, marking, cutting, buttonholes and more.

Lines by Design Quilts

by Debbie Grifka

Discover the beauty of a simple line!A line is any shape distilled to its most basic form--but it has unlimited potential! From bold, straight lines to lush curves and lines that draw pictures, Lines By Design will show you how to get the maximum effect out of minimum composition.Using bias applique, machine applique and traditional piecing techniques, author Debbie Grifka offers designs for bold, modern pieces for your home. Featuring twelve bed-sized quilts plus pillows, placemats, table runners and more, you'll be able to choose from something pictorial, such as Community Isolation, featuring outlines of houses and trees, or try your hand at an updated classic, such as Forever, a riff on the classic Double Wedding Ring design.No matter which design you choose, you're sure to fall in love with the simple elegance of lines.

You Can Knit!

by Stephanie White

Start knitting today!Want to learn how to knit but don't know where to start? You Can Knit! will show you how with twelve fun and easy projects designed for the absolute beginner knitter.Author Stephanie White walks you through each project, step-by-step, while explaining knitting terms and techniques. Learn the core knitting stitches--knit, purl, stockinette, ribbing and seed--with the aid of detailed instructions and images. You'll only need the basic tools and materials to get started. Every chapter provides a list of exactly what you need, so there's no guesswork. Plus, with a photo reference guide designed to help you troubleshoot common mistakes, you'll stay on the right track--or row!So stop envying friends' homemade knits and spending too much money on impersonal gifts for your family. Get your needles ready--you can knit!

Gun Digest Book of Concealed Carry Holsters

by Corey Graff

Congratulations! You've completed your concealed weapons class and have your permit. Now you're ready to go to the local gun shop and pick out that one perfect pistol for self-defense. So far, so good. However, if you're like most folks, you didn't think much about how you'll actually carry the thing around. This can lead to an uncomfortable exchange with the bespectacled gun-counter guy. If your experience is anything like mine, he'll look down his nose at you while a little drop of white spittle forms at the corner of his mouth. You'll ask which holster he recommends. And he'll sneer.I've seen this scenario play itself out more times than an I Love Lucy rerun. Holster selection for concealed carry is quite possibly one of the most misunderstood and glossed over areas in the gun world. Like clothing, holsters are very personalized so you'll eventually wind up like everyone else who carries. First you'll have a dresser drawer full of them, then one day you'll wake up to the realization that a storage unit is needed to contain the rest. With the awesome responsibility of carrying a gun for self-defense comes the opportunity to prevail and survive an otherwise lethal confrontation. Yet that responsibility also becomes a life-changing event with the holster. In all its many interesting designs and variations it's the one thing allowing you to keep your personal safety tool by your side and close at hand at all times, no matter how you dress. I hope this little book serves as a guide to help you do just that.

Gun Digest Guide To Concealed Carry Handguns

by Dick Jones

Are you interested in carrying a handgun for self defense, but don't know where to start? Perhaps you're already an armed citizen and are looking for a new carry choice? Let the Gun Digest Guide to Concealed Carry Firearms be your complete guide to the fast-growing world of concealed carry handguns.Author and certified firearms instructor Dick Jones answers your questions:Revolver versus semi-autoFull-size or compactBest calibersHolster and sight optionsTraining tipsIssues specific to womenThe book also includes the most comprehensive and up-to-date buyer's guide to concealed carry handguns available anywhere:Hundreds of full-color photosTechnical specifications for almost every concealed carry handgun on the market todayIn-depth reviews and shooting tests of some of the most popular modelsWith practical, real-world advice and insight from an author with decades of experience, Gun Digest Guide to Concealed Carry Firearms can help you make the best possible choice for a concealed carry handgun.

Gun Digest Greats on Handguns

by Gun Digest Editors

Excerpt from Chapter 1:The first revolver was patented by Samuel Colt in 1836. Since then there have been no less than 156 manufacturers of revolving handguns. The Army and Navy, since that time, have adopted 44 different revolvers and 9 different pistols, made by 32 separate manufacturers, ranging in caliber from 32 to 58. The earliest model was accepted in 1842, the last in 1911. While Colt invented the first firearm which successfully employed a cylinder containing separate charges of powder and ball, it remained for another soon-to-grow-famous New Englander, Douglas Wesson, to adapt his newly perfected 22 rim fire cartridge to an equally successful and new revolver. His revolver, puny and low powered, was quite popular with Union officers during the War between the States. This revolver, a seven-shot breech loader, was the Model of 1855.

Sensational Soutache Jewelry Making

by Csilla Papp

Luxurious and stylish braided jewelry!Eye-catching, ornate and fashionable, jewelry created with soutache braid can be made easily!In Sensational Soutache Jewelry Making, you'll learn the basic techniques of soutache embroidery, and then get creative with 15 easy-to-follow projects for bracelets, earrings, brooches, rings and necklaces. Get inspired by author Csilla Papp's ideas, then use your imagination to put your own twists on projects like the simple but stunning Zima Earrings and Baroque Bracelet, or a challenging statement piece like the India Choker. Color and stone choice combine with elaborate braids to make these pieces distinctly yours.Add an elaborate element to your jewelry work with Sensational Soutache Jewelry Making.

Sweat Equity: Inside the New Economy of Mind and Body

by Jason Kelly

Go inside the trend that spawned a multi-billion dollar industry for the top five percent Sweat Equity goes inside the multibillion dollar trend toward endurance sports and fitness to discover who's driving it, who's paying for it, and who's profiting. Bloomberg's Jason Kelly, author of The New Tycoons, profiles the participants, entrepreneurs, and investors at the center of this movement, exploring this phenomenon in which a surge of people--led by the most affluent--are becoming increasingly obsessed with looking and feeling better. Through in-depth looks inside companies and events from New York Road Runners to Tough Mudder and Ironman, Kelly profiles the companies and people aiming to meet the demands of these consumers, and the traits and strategies that made them so successful. In a modern world filled with anxiety, pressure, and competition, people are spending more time and money than ever before to soothe their minds and tone their bodies, sometimes pushing themselves to the most extreme limits. Even as obesity rates hit an all-time high, the most financially successful among us are collectively spending billions each year on apparel, gear, and entry fees. Sweat Equity charts the rise of the movement, through the eyes of competitors and the companies that serve them. Through conversations with businesspeople, many driven by their own fitness obsessions, and first-hand accounts of the sports themselves, Kelly delves into how the movement is taking shape. Understand the social science, physics, and economics of our desire to pursue activities like endurance sports and yoga Get to know the endurance business's target demographics Learn how distance running--once a fringe hobby--became a multibillion dollar enterprise fueled by private equity Understand how different generations pursue fitness and how fast-growing companies sell to them The opportunity to run, swim, and crawl in the mud is resonating with more and more of us, as sports once considered extreme become mainstream. As Baby Boomers seek to stay fit and Millennials search for meaning in a hyperconnected world, the demand for the race bib is outstripping supply, even as the cost to participate escalates. Sweat Equity, through the stories of men and women inside the most influential races and companies, goes to the heart of the movement where mind, body, and big money collide.

Visualizing Financial Data

by Piotr Kaczmarek Julie Rodriguez

A fresh take on financial data visualization for greater accuracy and understanding Visualizing Financial Data shows you how to design dynamic, best-of-breed visualizations for better communication of financial data. This book provides a comprehensive set of visualizations tailored to the most common requirements for corporate financial reporting, as well as portfolio, mutual fund, and hedge fund management. This highly visual, full color book showcases a series of cases that push data communication conventions forward, demonstrating and contrasting traditional bar, line, and pie charts against more modern visual methods. The companion website features all of the visualizations discussed, and provides the underlying datasets that you can use to practice on your own or customize the visualizations for your own use. Get a fresh take on visualizations and insight you need to communicate financial data better than ever before. Expand the boundaries of data visualization conventions Optimize data communications, understanding, and disclosure Learn new approaches to traditional charts and visualizations Create exemplary visualizations Visualizing Financial Data shows you newer, better ways of communicating the full meaning of the data, to support efficient, timely, and effective decision-making.

Designing Commercial Interiors

by Christine M. Piotrowski

A practical, comprehensive resource for commercial interior design Designing Commercial Interiors is the industry standard reference, now fully revised and expanded to reflect the latest developments in commercial interior design. This book guides you through the entire design process, from planning to execution, to teach you the vital considerations that will make your project a success. This new third edition includes new: Sustainability concepts for a variety of commercial spaces Coverage of accessibility, security, safety, and codes--and how these factors influence commercial design Chapters on design research, project process, and project management Drawings and photographs of design applications Supplemental instructor's resources Commercial interior design entails a much more complex set of design factors than residential design, and many of these considerations are matters of safety and law. This book walks you through the process to give you a solid understanding of the myriad factors in play throughout any commercial project, including how the global marketplace shapes designers' business activities. Whether it's a restaurant, office, lodging, retail, healthcare, or other facility, the interior designer's job is much more complicated when the project is commercial. Designing Commercial Interiors is an exhaustive collection of commercial design skills, methods, and critical factors for professionals, instructors, and those preparing for the NCIDQ exam.

Architectural Detailing

by Edward Allen Patrick Rand

This edition of the industry standard on architectural detailing includes new sections covering analysis and modification of existing details and design of new details, both basic and advanced. Revised to address sustainability and to reflect the International Building Code®, Architectural Detailing continues to deliver reliable, insightful information on how to design details that will be water- and airtight, control the flows of heat and water vapor, adjust to all kinds of movement, age gracefully, be easy to construct, and still look good.Conveniently organized by the three major concerns of the detailer--function, constructibility, and aesthetics--this edition features:Richly illustrated examples of detail design, case studies, and practical exercises.New and revised patterns showing form, constructibility, and aesthetics.Everything you need, whether a student or professional, to design details that work.Order your copy today.Content from this book is available as an online continuing professional education course at http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-320255.html#leakproof_details. WileyCPE courses are available on demand, 24 hours a day, and are approved by the American Institute of Architects.

The Best Sports Writing of Pat Jordan

by Alex Belth Pat Jordan

The acclaimed author of A False Spring profiles athletes famous and obscure in this captivating and incisive anthology Once a young pitching prospect with the Milwaukee Braves, Pat Jordan went on to become one of America's most revered sports journalists, writing for Sports Illustrated, Esquire, the New York Times Magazine, and a host of other major league publications. The Best Sports Writing of Pat Jordan showcases his finest journalism, with twenty-six extraordinary articles covering virtually the entire range of professional sports in America--from baseball, football, and basketball to boxing, tennis, and Formula One racing. Jordan offers indelible portraits of some of the most legendary sports figures of our time, exposing the imperfections often obscured by the bright lights of fame. He explores the miracle of the Williams sisters and their brash, charismatic father, Richard, and turns his unflinching gaze on such controversial sports personalities as Roger Clemens and O. J. Simpson. Other highlights include a poignant account of Duke basketball legend Bobby Hurley's rehabilitation after a devastating car accident, a profile of transsexual tennis star Renée Richards, and fascinating side-trips to the Professional Poker Tour, the child beauty pageant circuit, and a depressed, blue collar town in Pennsylvania where high school football offers the only solace.

A Nice Tuesday

by Pat Jordan

The poignant and hilarious true story of a middle-aged pitcher's return to the mound a quarter-century after his big league dreams went up in smoke One of baseball's original "bonus babies," Pat Jordan signed with the Milwaukee Braves in 1959--and then proceeded to struggle mightily in the minor leagues over the next three years. Depressed and frustrated, he gave up on baseball and eventually discovered his true calling as one of American's greatest sportswriters. But the unfulfilled promise of his youth continued to haunt Jordan, until, at the ripe old age of fifty-six, he resolved to get back into shape and rediscover his fastball. Come hell or high water, he would pitch again, this time for the Waterbury (Connecticut) Saints, an independent minor league team made up of players half his age. Eloquent, honest, and delightfully bawdy, A Nice Tuesday is the sequel to Jordan's acclaimed memoir, A False Spring, and the unforgettable chronicle of a sports comeback unlike any other.

A False Spring

by Pat Jordan

"One of the best and truest books about baseball, and about coming to maturity in America." --Time In the late 1950s, acclaimed sportswriter Pat Jordan was a young pitching phenom, blowing away opposing batters for his Fairfield, Connecticut, high school baseball team. Fifteen major league clubs offered him a contract, but it was the Milwaukee Braves who won out, signing Jordan to a $45,000 bonus--one of the largest paid to any new player by the organization--and shipping him off to McCook, Nebraska, to play for their Class D ball club. It did not take long, however, for Jordan to realize he was out of his depth in professional baseball's backwoods. He battled with inconsistency and a lack of control for three dismal seasons in such far-flung locales as Keokuk, Iowa, and Palatka, Florida, before the Braves released him and he gave up his dreams of big league greatness. Declared "unforgettable" by the Los Angeles Times and "a major triumph" by the Philadelphia Inquirer, A False Spring is a powerful and deeply affecting memoir about the gift of athletic talent and the heartbreak of unfulfilled promise.

Smart Fat

by Jonny Bowden Steven Masley

The innovative guide that reveals how eating more fat--the smart kind--is the key to health, longevity, and permanent weight loss.For years experts have told us that eating fat is bad. But by banning fat from our diets, we've deprived ourselves of considerable health benefits--and have actually sabotaged our own efforts to lose weight.Though they originally came from vastly different schools of thought about diet and weight loss, renowned nutritionist Jonny Bowden and well-respected physician Steven Masley independently came to the same conclusion about why so many people continually fail to shed pounds and get healthy. It all comes back to a distinction far more important than calories vs. carbs or paleo vs. plant-based: smart fat vs. dumb fat.In Smart Fat, they explain the amazing properties of healthy fat, including its ability to balance hormones for increased energy and appetite control, and its incredible anti-inflammatory benefits. The solution for slimming down--and keeping the pounds off for life--is to "smart-fat" your meals, incorporating smart fats with fiber, protein, and most importantly, flavor. Bowden and Masley identify smart fats, explain what not to eat, and provide a thirty-day meal plan and fifty recipes based on the magic formula of fat, fiber, protein, and flavor.It's time to unlearn what we think we know about food. Getting smart about fat--and everything you eat--and learning to smart-fat your meals is the only solution you'll ever need.

The Humane Economy: How Innovators and Enlightened Consumers Are Transforming the Lives of Animals

by Wayne Pacelle

A major new exploration of the economics of animal exploitation and a practical roadmap for how we can use the marketplace to promote the welfare of all living creatures, from the renowned animal-rights advocate Wayne Pacelle, President/CEO of the Humane Society of the United States and New York Times bestselling author of The Bond.In the mid-nineteenth century, New Bedford, Massachusetts was the whaling capital of the world. A half-gallon of sperm oil cost approximately $1,400 in today's dollars, and whale populations were hunted to near extinction for profit. But with the advent of fossil fuels, the whaling industry collapsed, and today, the area around New Bedford is instead known as one of the best places in the world for whale watching.This transformation is emblematic of a new sort of economic revolution, one that has the power to transform the future of animal welfare. In The Humane Economy, Wayne Pacelle, President/CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, explores how our everyday economic decisions impact the survival and wellbeing of animals, and how we can make choices that better support them. Though most of us have never harpooned a sea creature, clubbed a seal, or killed an animal for profit, we are all part of an interconnected web that has a tremendous impact on animal welfare, and the decisions we make--whether supporting local, not industrial, farming; adopting a rescue dog or a shelter animal instead of one from a "puppy mill"; avoiding products that compromise the habitat of wild species; or even seeing Cirque du Soleil instead of Ringling Brothers--do matter. The Humane Economy shows us how what we do everyday as consumers can benefit animals, the environment, and human society, and why these decisions can make economic sense as well.

Teaching Common Sense: The Grand Strategy Program at Yale University

by Linda Kulman

How is critical thinking taught? How will the next generation cope with an ever-changing and increasingly complex world? These are questions that the Grand Strategy program at Yale seeks to address. The Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy seeks to revive the study and practice of grand strategy by devising methods to teach that subject at the graduate and undergraduate levels, by training future leaders to think about and implement grand strategies in imaginative and effective ways, and by organizing public events that emphasize the importance of grand strategy. The program defines "grand strategy" as a comprehensive plan of action, based on the calculated relationship of means to large ends. Never an exact science, grand strategy requires constant reassessment and adjustment. Flexibility is key. Traditionally believed to belong to and best-developed in the politico-military and governmental realms, the concept of grand strategy applies--and ISS believes is essential--to a broad spectrum of human activities, not least those of international institutions, non-governmental organizations, and private businesses and corporations. For fifteen years, the Grand Strategy program has been cultivating leadership skills of undergraduates and graduate students of Yale University. In Linda Kulman's compelling book, we learn about this remarkable program from the inside, sharing the stress of the "murder boards," the revelation of applying the classics to current geopolitical situations, and the crucial importance of fast decision-making under duress. Teaching Common Sense weaves together on-site reporting, archival research, and original survey data into an intellectual history of the Grand Strategy program.

Letters from My Sister

by Eve Lederman Faye Lederman

Eve and Faye's correspondence began with a simple letter about a bad job interview or bad hair day, seeking comfort from hundreds of miles away. As their adult lives unfolded, gender roles, career choices, and family relationships became fair game, subject to both scrutiny and hilarity as the Ledermans lovingly ridicule everyone in their path.In one letter, Faye laments, "Every time I apply mascara before an interview my eyelashes get all clumped together. I'm afraid if the interviewer catches my profile he'll think I'm applying for the position of prostitute." In another, Eve ponders their father's ineptness. "If Mom left for the weekend, she'd return home to find Dad emaciated on the floor, tin cans strewn around with bite marks."Ultimately, the sisters reassure each other that they are not alone in their search for the ultimate man ("a big, buff, macho, kind, sensitive, feminist"), the ideal job, or the perfect hair removal method. The Ledermans emerge as feisty, independent women who confront their femininity but aren't confined by it. Instead, they are able to laugh long and hard at themselves, enticing and empowering readers to do the same.

Twelve Years a Slave

by Dean King Solomon Northup Vera J. Williams

The incredible true story of the kidnapping, enslavement, and rescue of Solomon Northup in the era before the Civil War-now a major motion picture!In 1841, Solomon Northup was a free man living in Saratoga Springs, New York, making a living as a violinist and spending his spare time with his wife and three young children. Lured to Washington, DC, with the promise of a generous sum of money, Northup finds himself drugged, beaten, and sold before he can even begin to comprehend the tragic turn his life has taken. Twelve torturous years of slavery follow, with Northup passed from owner to owner, plantation to plantation, until his eventual rescue in 1853. Following his return to New York, Northup wrote and published this extraordinary book, one of the few accounts of American slavery written from the perspective of a man who had been free before being enslaved.Lost for nearly a century, Twelve Years a Slave offers unprecedented details of the slave markets of Washington, DC, and describes the excruciating life on Southern cotton plantations. In its time, Twelve Years a Slave was a bestseller and ignited a national dialogue on slavery in the years leading up to the Civil War. Northup's unsparing portrayal of the life of a slave captured minds and eventually divided a nation.

Vampire Stories

by Martin H. Greenberg Arthur Conan Doyle Robert Eighteen-Bisang

Who would suspect that the same mind that created the most famous literary detective of all time also took on the eternally popular genre of vampires? Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a contemporary of Bram Stoker, gave us some fascinating works of vampire fiction. From the bloodsucking plant in "The American's Tale" to the bloodsucking wife in "The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire," he reveled in the horror created by creatures who survived on the blood of men and women. As the bestselling Twilight series has dominated bookstores, it's the perfect time to offer the first-ever compilation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's vampire tales. Get ready to sink your teeth into this heart-stopping anthology. Each of these twelve short stories has been pulled from obscurity and hand selected for this collection. Conan Doyle's famous friendship with vampire king Bram Stoker is thought to have influenced these many blood-sucking tales, including "The Captain of the Pole Star," about a medical student on an arctic voyage haunted by a heat-draining Eskimo vampire and "The Three Gables," in which vampirism is cunningly used as a metaphor for capitalism. Featuring an introduction by world-renowned vampire expert, Robert Eighteen-Bisang, this is a must-have anthology for all vampire lovers, and for any Arthur Conan Doyle enthusiast.

Mimi's Ghost: A Novel

by Tim Parks

The brilliant sequel to Juggling the Stars.

Vintage Vampire Stories

by Robert Eighteen-Bisang Richard Dalby

Long lost to the public in out-of-print pulp magazines, dusty Victorian anthologies, and the pages of now defunct newspapers-these vintage vampire stories have truly proved immortal. Resurrected now for the year 2011, this is a stunning collection of nineteenth-century vampire stories by heavyweights such as Sabine Baring-Gould and Bram Stoker. These rare stories are arranged in chronological order from 1846 to 1913 and are compiled by two of the world's leading vampire anthologists and experts. Also included are rare images of Bram Stoker's handwritten manuscript pages for Count Vampire (1890) courtesy of the Rosenbach Museum & Library in Philadelphia.

The Last Manchu

by Paul Kramer Henry Pu Yi

In 1908 at the age of two, Henry Pu Yi ascended to become the last emperor of the centuries-old Manchu dynasty. After revolutionaries forced Pu Yi to abdicate in 1911, the young emperor lived for thirteen years in Peking's Forbidden City, but with none of the power his birth afforded him. The remainder of Pu Yi's life was lived out in a topsy-turvy fashion: fleeing from a Chinese warlord, becoming head of a Japanese puppet state, being confined to a Russian prison in Siberia, and enduring taxing labor. The Last Manchu is a unique, enthralling record of China's most turbulent, dramatic years.

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