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Who the Hell Is Pansy O'Hara?: The Fascinating Stories Behind 50 of the World's Best-Loved Books
Who the Hell Is Pansy O'Hara?
The Fascinating Stories Behind 50 of the World's Best-Loved Books
Paperback      ISBN: 014311364x
The captivating stories behind fifty of the greatest authors and their most famous literary creations

Before Who the Hell is Pansy O?Hara ?, there had never been a single volume that explored the backstories of so many of the greatest books in the English language. A work sure to captivate all lovers of language and literature, it reveals in short, pithy chapters, the lives, loves, motivations, and quirky, fascinating details involving fifty of the best-loved books of the Western world.
? When stacked up, the original manuscript of Gone With the Wind stood taller than Margaret Mitchell, its 4' 9 1/2 author
? Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond, was part of the Allied team that cracked the Nazi's Enigma code
? Leo Tolstoy's wife copied War and Peace by hand . . . seven times

From The Great Gatsby to Harper Lee, from Jaws to J. K . Rowling, Who the Hell Is Pansy O?Hara? offers an entertaining and informative journey through the minds of writers and the life experiences that took these amazing works from notion to novel.
Ladyfingers and Nun's Tummies: From Spare Ribs to Humble Pie--A Lighthearted Look at How Foods Got Their Names
Ladyfingers and Nun's Tummies
From Spare Ribs to Humble Pie--A Lighthearted Look at How Foods Got Their Names
Paperback      ISBN: 0375702989

"Everything in this book] is delightful to learn. Barnette takes us through languages and across millennia in a charming style . . . that offers endless food for thought." --The New Yorker

What makes the pretzel a symbol of religious devotion, and what pasta is blasphemous in every bite? How did a drunken brawl lead to the name lobster Newburg? What naughty joke is contained in a loaf of pumpernickel? Why is cherry a misnomer, and why aren't refried beans fried twice? You'll find the answers in this delectable exploration of the words we put into our mouths.

Here are foods named for the things they look like, from cabbage (from the Old North French caboche, "head") to vermicelli ("little worms"). You'll learn where people dine on nun's tummy and angel's breast. There are foods named after people (Graham crackers) and places (peaches), along with commonplace terms derived from words involving food and drink (dope, originally a Dutch word for "dipping sauce"). Witty, bawdy, and stuffed with stories, Ladyfingers and Nun's Tummies is a feast of history, culture, and language.

"Why didn't anyone think of this before? . . . What fun Martha Barnette has made of it all, every name for every dish explained and traced and jollied." --William F. Buckley, Jr.
Minnesota Weather Almanac
Minnesota Weather Almanac
Paperback      ISBN: 0873515544

During which winter in history did Minnesotans experience the greatest amount of snow? What makes our state prone to tornados? What town claims the highest temperature ever recorded? How does one predict when the leaves will change color? Were hunters really found frozen after the infamous Armistice Day Blizzard of 1940? How will ozone depletion affect our environment? From the dog days of summer and the first sweater weather of fall to "cold enough for you?" winter mornings, Minnesotans love to talk about weather. Now beloved climatologist and Minnesota Public Radio commentator Mark Seeley provides all the answers in Minnesota Weather Almanac. Through charts, maps, and reader-friendly text, Seeley measures Minnesota's history in terms of high temperatures, significant rainfall, and devastating blizzards. He defines the character of our seasons and the climatology of our holidays: Groundhog Day, the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, and everything in between. He shares stories from climate stations around the state and biographies of well-known figures in weather history. Local meteorologist Belinda Jensen writes in the Foreword, "You may not be able to do anything about the weather, but Minnesota Weather Almanacwill help you understand and appreciate its complexity and beauty.
Whether planning your garden, dressing for a February day, settling a bet, or simply making small talk with a neighbor, you will find in this fascinating guide all the facts and figures, trials and tales you need.

A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers
A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations
Chicago Style for Students and Researchers
Paperback      ISBN: 0226823377

Dewey. Bellow. Strauss. Friedman. The University of Chicago has been the home of some of the most important thinkers of the modern age. But perhaps no name has been spoken with more respect than Turabian. The dissertation secretary at Chicago for decades, Kate Turabian literally wrote the book on the successful completion and submission of the student paper. Her "Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations," created from her years of experience with research projects across all fields, has sold more than seven million copies since it was first published in 1937.
Now, with this seventh edition, Turabian s "Manual "has undergone its most extensive revision, ensuring that it will remain the most valuable handbook for writers at every level from first-year undergraduates, to dissertation writers apprehensively submitting final manuscripts, to senior scholars who may be old hands at research and writing but less familiar with new media citation styles. Gregory G. Colomb, Joseph M. Williams, and the late Wayne C. Booth the gifted team behind "The Craft of Research" and the University of Chicago Press Editorial Staff combined their wide-ranging expertise to remake this classic resource. They preserve Turabian s clear and practical advice while fully embracing the new modes of research, writing, and source citation brought about by the age of the Internet.
Booth, Colomb, and Williams significantly expand the scope of previous editions by creating a guide, generous in length and tone, to the art of research and writing. Growing out of the authors best-selling "Craft of Research," this new section provides students with an overview of every step of the research and writing process, from formulating the right questions to reading critically to building arguments and revising drafts. This leads naturally to the second part of the "Manual for Writers," which offers an authoritative overview of citation practices in scholarly writing, as well as detailed information on the two main citation styles ( notes-bibliography and author-date ). This section has been fully revised to reflect the recommendations of the fifteenth edition of "The Chicago Manual of Style "and to present an expanded array of source types and updated examples, including guidance on citing electronic sources.
The final section of the book treats issues of style the details that go into making a strong paper. Here writers will find advice on a wide range of topics, including punctuation, table formatting, and use of quotations. The appendix draws together everything writers need to know about formatting research papers, theses, and dissertations and preparing them for submission. This material has been thoroughly vetted by dissertation officials at colleges and universities across the country.
This seventh edition of Turabian s "Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations" is a classic reference revised for a new age. It is tailored to a new generation of writers using tools its original author could not have imagined while retaining the clarity and authority that generations of scholars have come to associate with the name Turabian."

Memoirs of Montparnasse
Memoirs of Montparnasse
Paperback      ISBN: 1590171845
Memoirs of Montparnasse is a delicious book about being young, restless, reckless, and without cares. It is also the best and liveliest of the many chronicles of 1920s Paris and the exploits of the lost generation. In 1928, nineteen-year-old John Glassco escaped Montreal and his overbearing father for the wilder shores of Montparnasse. He remained there until his money ran out and his health collapsed, and he enjoyed every minute of his stay. Remarkable for their candor and humor, Glassco's memoirs have the daft logic of a wild but utterly absorbing adventure, a tale of desire set free that is only faintly shadowed by sadness at the inevitable passage of time.
First Editions: A Guide to Identification
First Editions
A Guide to Identification
2nd Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 0930358082

Published by The Spoon River Press, PO Box 3676, Peoria, IL 61614. Statements of selected North American, British Commonwealth, and Irish publishers on their methods of designating first editions. Information in this second edition of an indispensible work has been updated to include, for most publishers, statements from 1988 or 1989. The guide has also been expanded to include over 550 publishers and publishers imprints not appearing in the first edition, for a total of nearly 1700 trade and academic publishers in the US, the UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. For all bibliophiles. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.


Variety Obituaries, 1969-74
Variety Obituaries, 1969-74
Hardcover      ISBN: 0824008413

First published in 1988. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

The How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci Workbook: Your Personal Companion to How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci
The How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci Workbook
Your Personal Companion to How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci
Hardcover      ISBN: 0440508827

In the bestselling tradition of The Artist's Way Morning Pages Journal, The Simple Abundance Journal of Gratitude and The Don't Sweat the Small Stuff Workbook comes The How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci Workbook--the companion volume to Michael Gelb's 1998 Delacorte hardcover bestseller.

Created to structure and motivate the reader's development of the seven da Vincian principles introduced in How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci, The How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci Workbook represents the natural extension of Gelb's da Vinci line. As any modern da Vinci student knows, Leonardo's notebook both served as the incubator and repository of his unique genius and provides the foundation of any modern-day student's attempt to emulate that genius on his own. From the very first exercise in the original How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci, Gelb encourages readers to keep their own personal notebooks in which to hone their da Vincian skills; now he provides that notebook for them, with the added bonus of tips on exercises they'll recognize and new suggestions and assignments that will build on the work they've already done.

Designed to echo the inviting look of How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci, and structured to help readers focus on each of the seven genius principles, The How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci Workbook is a companion volume that truly complements and enhances the reader's experience of the original book on which it's based.
The Not So Big Life: Making Room for What Really Matters
The Not So Big Life
Making Room for What Really Matters
Hardcover      ISBN: 1400065313

Bestselling author, architect, and cultural visionary Susanka takes the revolutionary principles she put forth in The Not So Big House and adapts them to how readers experience their lives.

Visual Aid: Stuff You've Forgotten, Things You Never Thought You Knew, and Lessons You Didn't Quite Get Around to Learning
Visual Aid
Stuff You've Forgotten, Things You Never Thought You Knew, and Lessons You Didn't Quite Get Around to Learning
Paperback      ISBN: 1906155488

There are times in your life when you find yourself pondering basic general knowledge questions and your gaps in information. So, if you've passed through education and still find yourself asking "Where's your liver?" or "What beats a full house in poker?" and are too embarrassed to ask, this book can help.

Visual Aid provides the answers to the little questions in life in a simple colourful and engaging way. Included are: colour wheels, universal flags, star constellations, correct tablesettings, how reflexology works, the Italian wine regions, how to tie a knot, how to use chopsticks, sign language, morse code and many more. This eclectic collection of illustrations and diagrams will get you up to speed on life's basics, without the need for extensive reading--or even your utmost attention. In a small, handy format this accessible guide is perfect for anyone with an interest in visual stimuli or a thirst for general knowledge.