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English Opening: Classical and Indian
English Opening
Classical and Indian
Paperback      ISBN: 1857440331

An up-to-date and complete coverage of opening systems beginning with 1c4 written by a Soviet grandmaster and acknowledged expert in this line of play. After an apparently modest beginning the game can take either a strategical or tactical path into the middlegame. Whether you are attacking or defending, The English Opening is an attractive choice regardless of your individual style of play.

Fantastic Lateral Thinking Puzzles
Fantastic Lateral Thinking Puzzles
Paperback      ISBN: 0806942568

Things aren't always what they seem, and if you keep that in mind, you'll be in the right mood to solve these slippery lateral-thinking puzzles. They all start with a situation that appears completely normal; then suddenly something strange happens, and with only a couple of hints you have to figure out the reason why. Stay alert as you run into all kinds of fantastic situations--people climbing prison walls, ocean cruises, shoplifter arrests, rich men who give away pennies, deliberate car crashes, shooting rare eagles for prizes, paying to have your silver taken away, and dozens of other weird experiences that make perfect sense once you come up with the lateral answer. 96 pages, 25 b/w illus., 5 3/8 x 8 1/4.

Juggling Step-By-Step
Juggling Step-By-Step
Paperback      ISBN: 0806908157

Written by a professional juggler, this guide teaches the basic techniques of juggling. Learning starts with rolled-up scarves and finishes with under-the-leg and behind-the-back throws. The colour photographs illustrate clearly every step.

Zen in Motion: Lessons from a Master Archer on Breath, Posture, and the Path of Intuition
Zen in Motion
Lessons from a Master Archer on Breath, Posture, and the Path of Intuition
Paperback      ISBN: 089281361x

Both a fascinating glimpse of the interaction between spiritual master and disciple and a lucid analysis of the Zen path of awareness, this book describes techniques for breathing, standing, walking, concentrating, moving the mind, overcoming ego, healing the body, and finally, opening a -window of opportunity- between stillness and motion that allows the expansion of time and consciousness.

Chris Carmichael's Food for Fitness: Eat Right to Train Right
Chris Carmichael's Food for Fitness
Eat Right to Train Right
Paperback      ISBN: 0425202550

From the coach of several of the world's greatest athletes comes a revolutionary eating plan for all active people--from weekend warriors to elite competitors to those just trying to lose a few pounds and be more fit.

You'll learn:
-The truth and consequences of low-carb diets for athletes
-Chris Carmichael's step-by-step method to match your nutrition to your activity level for better workouts and fewer excess calories
-The best sources of clean-buring fuel for your healthy and active lifestyle
-Which supplements work and which just waste your money
-Specific recommendations for teenage, female, and older athletes
-The complete Carmichael Nutrition Program, which has carried many top athletes to victory
-The ease and benefits of dozens of quick-to-prepare, power-packed recipes

Everything you need to know about food and fitness is outlined in this easy-to-follow, remarkably effective nutritional program. Get on board--once you eat right and train right, there will be noyhting to stop you.

Includes original Carmichael Training System Recipes.

"Not only has Chris put together a great read for adults, but any parents reading it can relay the information to their children to get them on the right track early."--Brandi Chastain, U.S. Women's National Soccer Team
Stealing Lives: The Globalization of Baseball and the Tragic Story of Alexis Quiroz
Stealing Lives
The Globalization of Baseball and the Tragic Story of Alexis Quiroz
Hardcover      ISBN: 0253341914

While some Latin American superstars have overcome discrimination to strike gold in baseball's big leagues, thousands more Latin American players never make it to "The Show." Stealing Lives focuses on the plight of one Venezuelan teenager and documents abuses that take place against Latin children and young men as baseball becomes a global business. The authors reveal that in their efforts to secure cheap labor, Major League teams often violate the basic human rights of children.

As a young boy growing up in Venezuela, Alexis Quiroz dreamed of playing in the Major Leagues. Alexis's dreams were like those of thousands of other boys in the Dominican Republic and Venezuela, and Major League teams encouraged such dreams by recruiting Latin children as young as 10 and 11 years old. Determined to become a big league player, Alexis finished high school early and dedicated himself to landing a contract with a Major League team. Alexis signed with the Chicago Cubs in 1995 at age 17 and then began a harrowing ordeal of exploitation, mistreatment, and disrespect at the hands of the Chicago Cubs, including playing for the Cubs' Dominican Summer League team in appalling living conditions. Alexis's baseball career came to an abrupt end by an injury for which the Cubs provided no adequate medical treatment. The story continues, however, with Alexis's pursuit of justice in the United States to ensure that other Venezuelan and Dominican boys do not encounter similar experiences.

What happened to Alexis is not an isolated case-Major League teams routinely deny Latin children and young men the basic protections that their U.S. counterparts take for granted. This exploitation violates international legal standards on labor standards and the human rights of children. Stealing Lives concludes by analyzing various reforms to redress the inequities big league baseball creates in its globalization.

The Fun Way to Serious Bridge
The Fun Way to Serious Bridge
Paperback      ISBN: 067163027x
The Fun Way To Serious Bridge is for anyone who wants to learn and understand the fundamentals of the mind-stimulating and challenging game of bridge -- and enjoy every minute of it Harry Lampert combines his skills as a bridge player and teacher with his artistic talents to bring you a totally new FUN way to learn the game. The magic of his superb cartoons and simple, informative language will help you to absorb the principles of serious contract bridge -- and remember them. You'll laugh and learn every step of the way from opening bids to strip and end plays. Whether novice or seasoned social player, this unique book will make good bridge a simple "trick." You'll learn all about:
* Opening bids, suit bids, response and no trump bids, and how to force bids
* Competition and the reasons and ways behind it
* Big hand bidding such as Blackwood Convention, grand slam force and Gerber Convention
* Patterns of play including how tricks are won, the finesse, establishing a long suit, when to pull and delay trumps and entries.
* Defensive and advanced play -- plus much more
Touching the Void: The True Story of One Man's Miraculous Survival
Touching the Void
The True Story of One Man's Miraculous Survival
Paperback      ISBN: 0060730552

Joe Simpson and his climbing partner, Simon Yates, had just reached the top of a 21,000-foot peak in the Andes when disaster struck. Simpson plunged off the vertical face of an ice ledge, breaking his leg. In the hours that followed, darkness fell and a blizzard raged as Yates tried to lower his friend to safety. Finally, Yates was forced to cut the rope, moments before he would have been pulled to his own death.

The next three days were an impossibly grueling ordeal for both men. Yates, certain that Simpson was dead, returned to base camp consumed with grief and guilt over abandoning him. Miraculously, Simpson had survived the fall, but crippled, starving, and severely frostbitten was trapped in a deep crevasse. Summoning vast reserves of physical and spiritual strength, Simpson crawled over the cliffs and canyons of the Andes, reaching base camp hours before Yates had planned to leave.

How both men overcame the torments of those harrowing days is an epic tale of fear, suffering, and survival, and a poignant testament to unshakable courage and friendship.

Tennis Fundamentals
Tennis Fundamentals
Paperback      ISBN: 0736051511

Learning to play tennis has never been easier--or more fun--than with Tennis Fundamentals. Recreational athletes will enjoy using this resource because they will learn by doing, spending less time reading and more time on the court. With explicit yet succinct instructions and accompanying photographs, this book makes it easy for students to get right into the game.

Tennis Fundamentals covers the essential skills of the game with chapters on grips, footwork, forehands, backhands, lobs, volleys, overhead smashes, drop shots, the serve, and return of serve. It also covers tactical approaches for both singles and doubles play, as well as scoring, equipment, and etiquette. It's the complete guide to being able to participate on the tennis court right away.

Each chapter teaches a specific skill, leading the student through a simple, four-step sequence:

-You Can Do It: The skill is introduced with sequential instructions and accompanying photographs.

-More to Choose and Use: Variations and extensions of the primary skill are covered.

-Take It to the Court: Readers learn how to apply the skill in competition.

-Give It a Go: Several direct experiences--like drills and practice games--help speed the learning process and make practice more interesting and productive.

Writer Carol Matsuzaki teaches beginning through advanced tennis classes at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She's also the head coach of the MIT women's team. In this book she combines her instructional and coaching abilities to get players up to speed and into the game quickly.

Part of the Sports Fundamentals Series, Tennis Fundamentals teaches the basic skills and tactics to help readers participate in the sport quickly and have fun doing so.

The New York Times Sunday Crossword Tribute to Eugene T. Maleska
The New York Times Sunday Crossword Tribute to Eugene T. Maleska
Paperback      ISBN: 0812933842

For 16 years, the legendary Dr. Eugene T. Maleska ruled the roost of puzzledom as the New York Times crossword editor, and he did so with inimitable style. Now, in a special tribute to this landmark editor, a new volume of 100 Sunday Times crosswords edited by Dr. Maleska that have never been published in book form.