Wednesday, December 30, 2015


Something strange is happening at the Orsk furniture superstore in Cleveland, Ohio. Every morning, employees arrive to find broken Kjerring bookshelves, shattered Glans water goblets, and smashed Liripip wardrobes. Sales are down, security cameras reveal nothing, and store managers are panicking.
To unravel the mystery, three employees volunteer to work a nine-hour dusk-till-dawn shift. In the dead of the night, they'll patrol the empty showroom floor, investigate strange sights and sounds, and encounter horrors that defy the imagination.
A traditional haunted house story in a thoroughly contemporary setting, "HorrorstOr "comes packaged in the form of a glossy mail order catalog, complete with product illustrations, a home delivery order form, and a map of Orsk's labyrinthine showroom. It's "a treat for fans of "The Evil Dead" or "Zombieland," complete with affordable solutions for better living."--

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Dancing with Jesus: Featuring a Host of Miraculous Moves

Singing hymns of praise is standard practicenow it's time to set your feet a-tapping with a collection of original dance moves inspired by Jesus and the likes of Moses and John the Baptist. Dances include: the Water Walk, the Temptation Tango, the Judas Hustle, and The Apostolic Conga. Each dance move is outlined with: how to, inspiration, and an illustration. Slyly irreverent but ultimately festive, "Dancing with Jesus" is illustrated in full color. Best of all, two of the dances are animated for full effect by a lenticular cover and last-spread finale, making this a truly one-of-a-kind novelty item

Monday, December 28, 2015

Dancing with Cats

The cult classic is back This petite 15th anniversary hardcover reissue keeps all the original mystery and magic of cat dancing delightfully intact. Perpetually ahead of its time, Dancing with Cats presents scores of delightful and inspiring photographs of people and cats engaging in their favorite dance routines as well as moving testimonies of the personal transformations brought about through this uniquely joyous form of human-animal connection. Dancing with Cats will have a new generation of cat lovers (and their cats) jumping for joy and cutting a rug in no time.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

The Totally Ninja Raccoons Are Here!

I own a bookstore, and I wrote a book, but it's not available as an ebook. Amazon is not my friend, and it's not yours. I published my book, The Totally Ninja Raccoons Meet Bigfoot, through IngramSpark and only made it available as a real book. Your customers won't find it in an electronic version.

Why did I do this? Because I believe in bookstores staffed by lovers of books. I'd rather have real people selling my book to people they feel are the best match for my book. The Totally Ninja Raccoons Meet Bigfoot is your classic trio with a twist. Think the Three Investigators meet the Teenage Ninja Mutant Turtles with a little Ghostbusters in the mix.

Our furry protagonists discover they are not meant to be ordinary bandits, but rather carry the potential to be something extraordinary, ninjas.In this origin story, the Ninja Raccoons begin their ninja training, and meet their first potential employer--Gypsy the cat. Gypsy sends the Raccoons on their first mission, to capture the elusive Bigfoot.

The Totally Ninja Raccoons Meet Bigfoot is a book I feel confident and comfortable suggesting to 2nd or 3rd graders who love animals, cryptids, and adventure.

The book is available through Ingram for just 5.99 at standard industry discount. It's around 4,000 words. It's been professionally written, illustrated, edited, and approved by professionals in the field of children education.

In the soon-to-be available follow-up, The Totally Ninja Raccoons Meet the Weird & Wacky Werewolf, the Ninja Raccoons continue their training, and meet a creature of legend, a werewolf.

The Ninja Raccoons decide to track and capture the werewolf for the prize offered for capturing such a creature. The Raccoons learn that the werewolf isn't as terrifying as the myths, and friends are more important than money.

Thank you for your taking the time to read about The Totally Ninja Raccoons. I hope to start a new trend. Together, we can continue to keep bookstores vibrant and beating in the heart of their communities.

Kevin J. Coolidge
From My Shelf Books & Gifts

The Totally Ninja Raccoons Meet Bigfoot available now!

The Totally Ninja Raccoons Meet the Weird and Wacky Werewolf available January 2016

The Totally Ninja Raccoons and the Secret of the Canyon available March 2016

The Totally Ninja Raccoons Meet the Thunderbird available May 2016

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Winter World: The Ingenuity of Animal Survival

From flying squirrels to grizzly bears, and from torpid turtles to insects with antifreeze, the animal kingdom relies on some staggering evolutionary innovations to survive winter. Unlike their human counterparts, who must alter the environment to accommodate physical limitations, animals are adaptable to an amazing range of conditions.

Examining everything from food sources in the extremely barren winter land-scape to the chemical composition that allows certain creatures to survive, Heinrich's Winter World awakens the largely undiscovered mysteries by which nature sustains herself through winter's harsh, cruel exigencies.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Sardines of Love

Grandmother Lola hates sardines, but Grandfather Lolo loves them. He eats them every day When she runs out of sardines one day, Lola can't bear to think of Lolo going hungry. She decides to go fishing - with unexpected results What on earth will Lola eat when she discovers that sardines are the only food on offer? And what will Lolo do when he finds out that his beloved Lola is missing?

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Merry Christmas, Ollie!

It's Christmas Eve. Gossie and Gertie hang their bright colored boots, while Peedie and BooBoo hang their striped stockings in the barn. Ollie stomps through the snow. It's not easy to wait for Father Christmas Goose
Full of adorable humor, snowy illustrations, and irresistible charm, this holiday story of Gossie and friends is now a Level 1 Green Light Reader. Those just learning to read independently will identify with Ollie's impatience in waiting for Christmas to finally come. This edition features a free read-along audio download. The perfect gift for beginning readers.

Star Wars: 5-Minute Star Wars Stories

Blast off into hyperspace with these eleven action-packed Star Wars tales Jedi Master Yoda has a lightsaber showdown with the dreaded Count Dooku; Luke Skywalker and the Rebels race against time to destroy the Death Star; and the brave Rey makes a new friend when she meets the droid BB-8. Each of these stories is the ideal length for reading aloud in five minutes--perfect for galactic adventures at lightspeed.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge

A thrilling tale of betrayal and revenge set against the nineteenth-century American frontier, the astonishing story of real-life trapper and frontiersman Hugh Glass
The year is 1823, and the trappers of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company live a brutal frontier life. Hugh Glass is among the Company's finest men, an experienced frontiersman and an expert tracker. But when a scouting mission puts him face-to-face with a grizzly bear, he is viciously mauled and not expected to survive. Two Company men are dispatched to stay behind and tend to Glass before he dies. When the men abandon him instead, Glass is driven to survive by one desire: revenge. With shocking grit and determination, Glass sets out crawling inch by inch across more than three thousand miles of uncharted American frontier. "The Revenant "is a remarkable tale of obsession, the human will stretched to its limits, and the lengths that one man will go to for retribution.

Santa's Workshop (Board Books)

Christmas is coming, it's time to take a trip to Santa's workshop and Christmas Town Pip and Pod the Elves are busy making toys, Mrs. Holly is selling delicious treats in the Christmas Candy Shop, and Santa is packing his sleigh with presents in this fabulously festive lift-the-flap board book. There are eight magical holiday scenes to explore, each with flaps to lift with fun Christmas surprises to discover underneath.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Winter Weed Finder: A Guide to Dry Plants in Winter

Key to identifying non-woody plants in late fall and winter by the dried structures that remain after frost, such as pods, dried flower heads, seed capsules, and burrs. Includes common native and naturalized herbs and native ferns. Area covered is the upper Midwest and eastern U.S. north of South Carolina, and eastern Canada. Illustrated with line drawings.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Surviving Schizophrenia: A Family Manual

Updated throughout and filled with all the latest research, the bestselling Surviving Schizophrenia is back, now in its sixth edition.
Since its first publication in 1983, Surviving Schizophrenia has become the standard reference book on the disease and has helped thousands of patients, their families, and mental health professionals. In clear language, this much-praised and important book describes the nature, causes, symptoms, treatment, and course of schizophrenia and also explores living with it from both the patient's and the family's point of view. This new, completely updated sixth edition includes the latest research findings on what causes the disease, as well as information about the newest drugs for treatment, and answers the questions most often asked by families, consumers, and providers.

Star Wars Lightsaber Thumb Wrestling

This Star Wars game in a book provides hours of fun for thumb-wrestling masters or their apprentices. Opponents Velcro on the lightsabers included (one blue, one red); open the book to one of seven durable "game board" pages depicting classic Star Wars battles; stick their thumbs through the holes; and use the Force (of thumb and imagination) to wrestle to victory.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Bear and Bunny

From the inimitable Daniel Pinkwater comes a funny and disarmingly sweet tale of two forest friends musing on the nature of a good pet. The bear and the bunny are friends who like to wander in the woods, look for things to eat, sing songs, and talk things over. One day, the bunny asks the bear, "Why do we not have some kind of pet?" Well, the bear is not sure what a pet is. So the bunny explains that it's an animal that you take care of and feed, and one that loves you. But a pinecone is not the right pet for a bear and a bunny. And a caterpillar is nice, but it may not be very much fun. After a much-needed nap in the forest, will these two find their perfect pet? Beloved author Daniel Pinkwater and masterful illustrator Will Hillenbrand return with another charming and humorous story starring the sweetest of friends, a bear and bunny.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Star Wars Mad Libs

Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Darth Vader, and the rest of the Star Wars cast are back in intergalactic action in Star Wars Mad Libs. With 21 Mad Libs stories about characters and events from all six of the blockbuster films, you?ll be laughing your ___________ off.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Minions: Snow Day

A chilly winter tale featuring your favorite sweet and subversive Minions
Kevin, Stuart, Bob, and the rest of the Minion tribe are enjoying a snow day. They're digging holes, building igloos, and making snowmen... make that snow-Minions But when a giant bear comes along, will he ruin their day?
A new, original adventure featuring the characters from the hit animated feature
Minions (c) 2015 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

Gone with the Gin: Cocktails with a Hollywood Twist

Here's drinking with you, kid
We know your type. You love the smell of napalm in the morning, you see dead people, and you re the king (or queen ) of the world. No matter your cinematic stripe, there's a beverage (or ten) tailor-made just for you.
A perfect gift for film buffs and a terrific twist on movie nights, "Gone with the Gin" is the ultimate cocktail book for die-hard silver screen aficionados who prefer to be shaken, not stirred. Included within are 50 delicious drinkspaired with winking commentary on history's most quotable filmsplus an all-star lineup of drinking games, movie-themed munchies, and illustrations throughout.
So go ahead, make my drink.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Jim Murray's Whiskey Bible

Jim Murray was a Hartford, Connecticut, native and 1943 Trinity College graduate. He worked at the New Haven Register and Los Angeles Herald-Examiner, and was TIME Inc.'s Hollywood correspondent, a founding father of Sports Illustrated, and sports columnist for the Los Angeles Times for 37 years. Murray was inducted into Cooperstown's Baseball Hall of Fame writers' wing in 1988 and won a Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1990. He died in 1998.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Samurai Santa: A Very Ninja Christmas

A young ninja wants a snowball fight for Christmas, and he just might get his holiday wish in this picture book with graphic novel inspired illustrations that celebrate the spirit of giving, Samurai style.
It's snowing on Christmas Eve Yukio loves snowball fights, but none of the other ninjas will play with him for fear of landing on Santa's naughty list. Can Yukio chase Santa away from Ninja Village, or will a Samurai Santa thwart Yukio's plan? An epic snowball fight later, one thing's for sure: this is going to be Yukio's best Christmas ever.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Cthulhu's Coloring Book and Necronomicon of Sunny Day Doings

Phil is a full time artist an graphic designer. He works in a variety of industries including publishing where he had designed scores of book covers and illustrated three children's book.

Phil is a full time artist an graphic designer. He works in a variety of industries including publishing where he had designed scores of book covers and illustrated three children's book.

Click, Clack, Ho! Ho! Ho!

Santa comes to the barnyard in this holiday addition to the award-winning Click, Clack series from the "New York Times "bestselling and Caldecott winning team who brought you "Click, Clack, Moo "and "Click, Clack, Peep "
It's the night before Christmas and all through the farm, not a creature is stirring, not even
Farmer Brown is busy decorating his home in preparation for Santa's arrival on Christmas Eve All seems calm in the barnyard, but Farmer Brown isn t the only one who is getting ready...
Once again, Duck has gotten the whole barnyard STUCK in quite a predicament Will anyone be able to un-stuck Duck and save Christmas?

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The Official A Game of Thrones Coloring Book

The perfect gift for fans of George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire and HBO's "Game of Thrones, "this one-of-a-kind coloring book features forty-five exclusive illustrations
In a world where weddings are red, fire is green, and debts are paid in gold, countless images leap off the page (or the screen) thanks to the eye-popping intricacy of the vivid settings and details. Now, for the first time, fans of this blockbuster saga can fill in the blanks and marvel as this meticulously imagined universe comes to life, one sword, sigil, and castle at a time. With dozens of stunning original black-and-white illustrations from world-renowned illustrators Yvonne Gilbert, John Howe, Tomislav Tomi, Adam Stower, and Levi Pinfold, this unique collector's item expands the reach of an international phenomenon with flying colors.

The Twelve Burps of Christmas

George burps his way through the holidays!

In the first Super Special of Nancy Krulik's popular series, George stars in two stories! Between the class play and his old best friend's surprise visit, the Christmas celebrations are shaping up to be a season of fun! But of course the magic burps--an even dozen of them--put a crazy spin on all his plans. If only Santa could leave George a cure for burps under the tree!

Frozen Olaf's Night Before Christmas Book & CD

'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring . . . until a sound awakens Olaf. Read along as Olaf has the adventure of a lifetime with a mysterious stranger in red. This beautifully illustrated 32-page paper-over-board picture book comes with a read-along CD featuring audio narration by Josh Gad, the voice of Olaf Fans of all generations will delight in Olaf's innocent and humorous account of "The Night Before Christmas."

Monday, November 23, 2015

Independent We Stand, But Not Alone

You may have already read that From My Shelf Books & Gifts has advanced to round two of the Indie Awards sponsored by Only twenty five businesses made the cut, and we couldn't have done it without your votes. Thank you so much!

Voting to advance us to round three starts today. You can vote once a day per IP address, that means some of you can vote from home, from work, AND when you are drinking your latte in the coffee shop. Voting continues until December 13th. Then the top ten businesses will proceed to Round 3, where a panel of judges will choose the winner.

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Happy Hanukkah, Curious George

Everyone's favorite curious little monkey celebrates the Festival of Lights, neighbors, and friends in this joyful tabbed board book of poems. Full color.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Top Five Books for Christian Adults this Christmas Season

Is there someone in your life for whom their faith is an integral part of THEIR life? Are you looking for a great book to buy the Christian(s) in your life that is NOT one of the top twenty most over-marketed Christian books sold at Walmart? Look no further than From My Shelf's 2015 list, here:

These are not listed in a particular order of favorites. We're excited about all of them! It's just a question of which best fits your recipient and your holiday budget. The staff at From My Shelf would be happy to help on both counts. Come by the bookstore any time, or contact us via email, website, facebook, or phone, for more personalized help.

1. Praying for Strangers: An Adventure of the Human Spirit by River Jordan: I don't know if River Jordan is her birth-certificate name or not. It doesn't matter. Her book is refreshing. Ron Hall's front cover review says, "Will alter the way you see those seemingly random people that God places daily in your path." Agreed. Paperback, suggested cover price, $15.00 (with better discounts here, of course!)

2. A Hobbit, A Wardrobe, and a Great War: How J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis Rediscovered Faith, Friendship, and Heroism in the Cataclysm of 1914-1918 by Joseph Loconte. I was drawn to this for several reasons: (a)The Inklings. (b)I have read and discussed a lot about the influence and symbolism of World War 2 in Lewis's and in Tolkien's works, but I haven't seen as much about World War 1 themes in their literature. (c)There's not enough written for the layman about World War 1, period. Textbooks, yes. A book making these events more approachable to the every day 21st-Century reader, not so much. Hardcover, suggested cover price, $24.99 (we'll help you out on price!)

3. (Speaking of the Inklings.....) Joy: Poet, Seeker, and the Woman Who Captivated C.S. Lewis by Abigail Santamaria. If you're a C.S. Lewis fan, you've probably read Surprised by Joy, C.S. Lewis's recounting of his personal journey, late in life, from confirmed bachelor to new husband, from happy newlywed to grief-stricken widower, from believer to one who had to put his faith in heaven to the hardest test. There were two wonderful films produced -- one in the UK and one in the US -- called "Shadowlands" which also introduced millions of viewers to this personal side of Lewis's life and faith. Here is the book we've been waiting for since then. Hardcover, suggested cover price, $28.00 (ask us our prices, ok?)

4. The Accidental Pilgrim: Finding God and His Mother in Tuscany by Judith Sornberger. If you know Judith, this book will be an even better treat, because you can imagine Judith's down-to-earth sharing, her wryly gentle tone in reading it aloud, and the parts of her life she is writing about. Judith is a recently-retired English professor from Mansfield University, right down the road! This frank, funny, intimate, surprising, spiritual memoir takes us along with Judith from struggling single mother to awestruck, amateur art historian as images of Christ and Mary resound in her heart on a trip to Italy. Includes beautiful color reproductions of many works of art; quotes from sources as diverse as D.H. Lawrence to Pablo Neruda to the Gospel of Luke; and great travel writing. An interesting multi-genre piece that will challenge, delight, validate, and surprise you. Paperback, suggested cover price, $29.95, (ask about member discounts! We can even get it signed/inscribed for you!)

5. Celtic Devotions: A Guide to Morning and Evening Prayer by Calvin Miller. Sure, there are the Biblical prayers, psalms, and quotes you might expect to find in a devotional. This slim volume, however, holds so much more. Somehow, these brief entries for morning and evening prayer for 30 days, are so rich and lovely and poetic, they fill you up without leaving you feeling overwhelmed. Too many times when I try to follow a Bible study or devotional program, I end up feeling either overwhelmed, out of my league, or inadequate. Sure, a lot of that is "my stuff".... but I think there are a lot of us who bring similar baggage to these kinds of books, and this one is like drinking clear, pure water. Paperback, suggested cover price $16.00 (see notes below and above :)

Sometimes it's necessary to read other people's "suggested book lists" or "suggested gift lists" and buy the items other places. We ask that, if possible, if you are going to buy any of the books on our lists, that you consider buying them with us first. If you prefer to shop local in your neck of the woods, GREAT. Please don't take these suggestions, though, and buy these at the Evil Empire. That's not cool, man. THANKS!!

Star Wars and Philosophy: More Powerful Than You Can Possibly Imagine

The Star Wars films continue to revolutionize science fiction, creating new standards for cinematographic excellence, and permeating popular culture around the world. The films feature many complex themes ranging from good versus evil and moral development and corruption to religious faith and pragmatism, forgiveness and redemption, and many others.

The essays in this volume tackle the philosophical questions from these blockbuster films including: Was Anakin predestined to fall to the Dark Side? Are the Jedi truly role models of moral virtue? Why would the citizens and protectors of a democratic Republic allow it to descend into a tyrannical empire? Is Yoda a peaceful Zen master or a great warrior, or both? Why is there both a light and a dark side of the Force? Star Wars and Philosophy ponders the depths of these subjects and asks what it truly means to be mindful of the "living force."

The Hardy Boys Starter Set

A special treat for Hardy Boys fans The firstfive books in the classic mystery series are packaged together in a collectible box set featuring a newly redesigned slipcover. Titles included are "#1 The Tower Treasure," "#2 The House on the Cliff," "#3 The Secret of the Old Mill," "#4 The Missing Chums," and "#5 Hunting for Hidden Gold.

Friday, November 20, 2015

More Doctor Who and Philosophy

"More Doctor Who and Philosophy" is a completely new collection of chapters, additional to "Doctor Who and Philosophy" (2010), by the same editors. Since that first "Doctor Who and Philosophy," much has happened in the Whoniverse: a new and controversial regeneration of the Doctor, multiple new companions, a few creepy new enemies of both the Doctor and planet Earth.

New questions have been raised and new questioners have come along, so there are plenty of new topics for philosophical scrutiny. Is the impossible girl really impossible? Is there anything wrong with an inter-species lesbian relationship (the kids weren t quite ready for that in 1963, but no one blinks an eye in 2015)? Can it really be right for the Doctor to lie and to selectively forget? We even have two authors who have figured out how to build a TARDIS instructions included

An added feature of this awesome new volume is that the editors have reached out to insiders of "Who" fandom, people who run hugely successful "Who" conventions, play in "Who"-inspired bands, and run wildly popular podcasts and websites, to share their privileged insights into why the Doctor is so philosophically deep.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

The Way of Kings

Brandon Sanderson, widely acclaimed for his work completing Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time saga, begins a grand cycle of his own, with The Way of Kings, Book One of the Stormlight Archive.
Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter.
It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor that transform ordinary men into near-invincible warriors. Men trade kingdoms for Shardblades. Wars were fought for them, and won by them.
One such war rages on a ruined landscape called the Shattered Plains. There, Kaladin, who traded his medical apprenticeship for a spear to protect his little brother, has been reduced to slavery. In a war that makes no sense, where ten armies fight separately against a single foe, he struggles to save his men and to fathom the leaders who consider them expendable.
Brightlord Dalinar Kholin commands one of those other armies. Like his brother, the late king, he is fascinated by an ancient text called "The Way of Kings." Troubled by over-powering visions of ancient times and the Knights Radiant, he has begun to doubt his own sanity.
Across the ocean, an untried young woman named Shallan seeks to train under an eminent scholar and notorious heretic, Dalinar's niece, Jasnah. Though she genuinely loves learning, Shallan's motives are less than pure. As she plans a daring theft, her research for Jasnah hints at secrets of the Knights Radiant and the true cause of the war.
The result of over ten years of planning, writing, and world-building, "The Way of Kings" is but the opening movement of the Stormlight Archive, a bold masterpiece in the making.

Speak again the ancient oaths,
Life before death.
Strength before weakness.
Journey before Destination.
and return to men the Shards they once bore.
The Knights Radiant must stand again.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Llama Llama Holiday Drama Doll: 14"

If there's one thing Llama Llama doesn't like, it's waiting. He and Mama Llama rush around, shopping for presents, baking cookies, decorating the tree, but will Christmas ever come? It takes more than a hug from Mama to remind him that the true gift is to have each other.

Monday, November 16, 2015

A Friend, Indeed

What makes someone a good friend? Find out in this sweet 8x8 storybook based on the new "Peanuts "movie
The Peanuts gang bursts onto the big screen November 6, 2015 in an all new feature film from Twentieth Century Fox
Friendship is everywhere in Charlie Brown's world. Snoopy is friends with Woodstock, Peppermint Patty is friends with Marcie, and Linus is friends with his beloved blanket. What about good ole Charlie Brown? He has friends, too. But when he sees the Little Red Haired Girl and falls "blockhead" over heels, he wants to be her friend more than anything in the world. First he ll need to get up the courage to talk with her

Frozen Fever Read-Along Storybook and CD

It's Anna's birthday, and Elsa and Kristoff are determined to give her the best celebration ever But when Elsa catches a cold, her icy powers go a little out of control. Will Elsa's fever end up ruining the party? Based on the animated short Frozen Fever, this storybook-and-CD set features thrilling sound effects, word-for-word narration, and original character voices.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Guns on the Early Frontiers

This excellent reference work identifies the guns used in America during the era of eastern settlement and the westward advance of the frontier -- particularly the arms used in the West during the first half of the nineteenth century. More than a descriptive record of gun types, the book relates the weapons to the people who made, sold, and used them. Accompanying chapters on "Arming the American Indian, "Personal Weapons of the Traders and Trappers," as well as surveys of military arms, small cannon, and other accessories are rare illustrations of antique muskets, repeating rifles, pistols, flintlock guns, Colt revolvers, powder horns, bullet molds, boat cannon, and other weapons -- all clearly identified and described.

The Isis Apocalypse: The History, Strategy, and Doomsday Vision of the Islamic State

The Islamic State is one of the most lethal and successful jihadist groups in modern history, surpassing even al-Qaeda. Thousands of its followers have marched across Syria and Iraq, subjugating millions, enslaving women, beheading captives, and daring anyone to stop them. Thousands more have spread terror beyond the Middle East under the Islamic State's black flag.

How did the Islamic State attract so many followers and conquer so much land? By being more ruthless, more apocalyptic, and more devoted to state-building than its competitors. The shrewd leaders of the Islamic State combined two of the most powerful yet contradictory ideas in Islam-the return of the Islamic Empire and the end of the world-into a mission and a message that shapes its strategy and inspires its army of zealous fighters. They have defied conventional thinking about how to wage wars and win recruits. Even if the Islamic State is defeated, jihadist terrorism will never be the same.

Based almost entirely on primary sources in Arabic-including ancient religious texts and secret al-Qaeda and Islamic State letters that few have seen - William McCants' "The ISIS Apocalypse" explores how religious fervor, strategic calculation, and doomsday prophecy shaped the Islamic State's past and foreshadow its dark future.

Unicorn Poop

Is there anything about unicorns that isn't sparkly? Man, even unicorn poop smells delightful. You didn't know? Well, that is not surprising. It is pretty hard to spot a unicorn, yet alone see one doing the most private of tasks, defecating. And then the last thing you think is, "Hey. Let me smell whatever just plopped outta that unicorn's hindquarters."

Turns out, unicorn poop is a natural sudsing agent. That's right. You too can now wash yourself with poo. Fantastic smelling poo! This rainbow-colored, layered "soap bar" includes vegan-friendly oils that have a range of fantastic smells such as birthday cake, blueberry muffin, cola, butterscotch, and vanilla. Lather up and come out smelling like sunshine, meadows, and rainbows.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Firearms, Traps, & Tools of the Mountain Men

This classic, scholarly history of the fur trappers and traders of the early nineteenth century focuses on the devices that enabled the opening of the untracked American west. Sprinkled with interesting facts and old western lore, this guide to traps and tools is also a lively history. The era of the mountain man is distinct in American history, and Russell's exhaustive coverage on the guns, traps, knives, axes, and other iron tools of this era, along with meticulous appendices, is astonishing. The result of thirty-five years of painstaking research, this is the definitive guide to the tools of the mountain men.

The Dog Who Could Fly: The Incredible True Story of a WWII Airman and the Four-Legged Hero Who Flew at His Side

A thoroughly enjoyable story of heroism and true friendship ("Publishers Weekly," starred review), this "Sunday Times" top ten bestseller is the true account of a German shepherd who was adopted by the Royal Air Force during World War II, flying countless combat missions and surviving everything from crash-landings to parachute bailouts ultimately saving the life of his owner and dearest friend.
In the winter of 1939 in the cold snow of no-man s-land, two loners met and began an extraordinary journey that would turn them into lifelong friends. One was an orphaned puppy, abandoned by his owners as they fled Nazi forces. The other was a different kind of lost soul a Czech airman bound for the Royal Air Force and the country that he would come to call home.
Airman Robert Bozdech stumbled across the tiny German shepherd whom he named Ant after being shot down on a daring mission over enemy lines. Unable to desert the puppy, Robert hid Ant inside his jacket as he escaped. In the months that followed, the pair would save each other's lives countless times as they flew together with RAF Bomber Command. Finally grounded after being injured on a flight mission, Ant refused to abandon his duty, waiting patiently beside the runway for his master's return from every sortie, and refusing food and sleep until they were reunited. By the end of the war, Robert and Ant had become true war heroes, and Ant was justly awarded the Dickin Medal, the Animal VC.
With beautiful vintage black-and-white photos of Robert and Ant, "The Dog Who Could Fly" is a deeply moving story of loyalty in the face of adversity and the unshakable bond between a man and his best friend.

Buried Treasure You Can Find

A book that every treasure hunter and metal detector hobbyist should possess. Lists over 7500 specific known sites of buried treasure in 50 states. Complete information about using the latest, most modern metal detectors.

Friday, November 13, 2015

A Dance with Death

In their own vivid words, the women members of the Soviet air force recount their dramatic efforts against the German forces in World War II. These brave women, the first ever to fly in combat, proved that women could be among the best of warriors, withstanding the rigors of combat and downing the enemy.
The women who tell their stories here began the war mostly as inexperienced girls--many of them teenagers. In support of their homeland, they volunteered to serve as bomber and fighter pilots, navigator-bombardiers, gunners, and support crews. Flying against the Luftwaffe, they saw many of their friends--as well as many of their foes--fall to earth in flames. Their three combat Air Force regiments fought as many as one thousand missions during the war.
For their heroism and success against the enemy, two of the women's regiments were honored by designation as "Guard" regiments. At least thirty women were decorated with the gold star of Hero of the Soviet Union, their nation's highest award.
But equally courageous were the women's efforts to show the Red Army that they were entirely adequate to the great role they sought. For even though Stalin had decreed equality for both sexes, the women had to grapple initially with deep distrust from male pilots and Red Army officers, against whom they eventually prevailed.
War, Stalin-era politics, and human emotion mix in these gripping, first-person accounts. Supported by photographs of the women at war, the stories are unforgettable. Portraits of the women as they are now, taken by award-winning photographer Anne Noggle, add the perspective of time to the experiences of the survivors of this great dance with death.

The Nerdy Nummies Cookbook: Sweet Treats for the Geek in All of Us

The long-awaited first cookbook from the creator and host of the Internet's most popular baking show, "Nerdy Nummies" a collection of Rosanna Pansino's all-time favorite geeky recipes as well as sensational new recipes exclusive to this book.
"The Nerdy Nummies Cookbook" is quirky, charming, and fun, featuring the recipes behind Rosanna Pansino's celebrated, one-of-a-kind creations, as well as beautiful, mouthwatering photographs throughout. It is the perfect companion that you ll turn to whenever you want to whip up a delicious treat and be entertained all at once. And best of all, these treats are as simple as they are fun to make No need for costly tools or baking classes to create these marvelous delights yourself.
"The Nerdy Nummies Cookbook" combines two things Rosanna loves: geek culture and baking. Her fondness for video games, science fiction, math, comics, and lots of other things considered nerdy have inspired every recipe in this book. You ll find the recipes for many beloved fan favorites from the show, such as Apple Pi Pie, the Chocolate Chip Smart Cookie, and Volcano Cake; as well as many new geeky recipes, such as Dinosaur Fossil Cake, Moon Phase Macarons, and the Periodic Table of Cupcakes." The Nerdy Nummies" "Cookbook "showcases Rosanna's most original and popular creations, and each recipe includes easy-to-follow photo instructions and a stunning shot of the finished treat in all its geeky glory: a delicious confection sure to please the geek in all of us

Thursday, November 12, 2015

War Dogs: A History of Loyalty and Heroism

Now in trade paperback, "War Dogs" provides an eye-opening look at unsung canine heroes from World War I to the present. Terriers, shepherds, beagles, collies, huskies, and Dobermans are only a few of the breeds that have pulled sleds, searched caves and bunkers, and even parachuted into combat. Michael Lemish has collected true stories and rare photographs that reflect the strong bonds that have formed between war dogs and their masters as they worked together in dangerous situations. Anyone who has ever loved a dog will love this salute to these four-legged heroes.


In Janik Coat's much-anticipated follow-up to "Hippopposites," a blue rhinoceros unabashedly demonstrates 16 pairs of rhyming words. His ability to appear stinky and inky, or caring and daring, oftentimes lands him in compromising contexts. Fortunately, he doesn t seem to mind. Surprising novelty features such as gold foil stamping and flocking enhance this unique, gifty, high-design
concept board book.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The Berenstain Bears: When I Grow Up

The Berenstain Bears celebrate Career Day in When I Grow Up, a brand new 8x8 storybook addition to the classic New York Times bestselling series.
After an exciting presentation at school, Sister isn t sure what she wants to be when she grows up. But then, a friend of the Berenstains, Professor Actual Factual, takes Sister and Brother Bear on a special Bear Country job tour.
Whether firefighter or artist, farmer or astronaut, there is sure to be a career to capture Sister's imagination

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Birnbaum's Walt Disney World: The Official Guide

Birnbaum is the most respected and well-known name in Disney guides--and the only official guide. This updated edition of Birnbaum's Walt Disney World Resort takes readers through Disney's biggest resort with ease and flair and includes the most accurate, current information on prices and attractions. What's new in 2016:
The brand-new Frozen attraction, scheduled to burst onto the Epcot scene in 2016, whisks guests on a chilly trip to meet Anna, Elsa, and Olaf.
Our coverage of Disney's Hollywood Studios includes the inside scoop on plans for new Star Wars-themed additions and other shows and attractions.
Experience new shows and attractions, including the Magic Kingdom's popular new parades: Festival of Fantasy and Move It Shake it Dance and Play It
Fastpass+is Walt Disney World's advance reservation system for theme park shows and attractions. We offer tips and strategies for making the most of this free service.
Downtown Disney has morphed into Disney Springs, a bustling waterside enclave teeming with new dining, shopping, and recreational activities.
Our newly-expanded dining chapter details each and every restaurant, and includes menu updates, a "best of wow restaurant roundup," and specialized indexes.
The 2016 Guide has more photos than ever, including brand-new photo hunts for each of the World's four theme parks. Can you find them all?
Baffled by WDW's magic band? Don't be We give the scoop on maximizing the potential of the band.
A wave of new entertainment has hit World Showcase: we'll tell you where to see new acts featuring lumberjacks, Celtic folk musicians, and flag wavers.
Disney's Polynesian Village resort has been renewed and revitalized, thanks Disney Vacation Club.
Checkout our bonus chapter featuring "Land and Sea vacation" planning advice, perfect for pairing a Disney Cruise with a visit to Walt Disney World.

Doctor Who: Light-Up Weeping Angel and Illustrated Book

Kit includes a 3-1/2 Weeping Angel statue with light feature at base that shines up at the figure, plus a 48-page book on Doctor Who and his encounters with the Weeping Angels, featuring full-color series photography throughout.
Replaceable batteries included.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

H. R. Giger's Retrospective: 1964-1984

More than 150 artworks, spanning 20 years in the career of the world's most renowned artist of the fantastical and the surreal, are gathered in one volume, rich with detail and color. Carefully rendered reproductions of Giger's best paintings are accompanied by his own commentary. 70 color illus. 75 b&w illus. 25 b&w photos.

Baby Loves Winter!: A Karen Katz Lift-The-Flap Book

Baby explores the wonders of winter in this seasonal lift-the-flap board book from Karen Katz
"It's wintertime "
"What will Baby see?"
"What's outside the window?"
"Look Giant snowflakes "
Little ones will love lifting the flaps in this book to reveal a red sled, a giant snowplow, a cute furry groundhog, and everything else that Baby loves about winter The sturdy format and easy-to-lift flaps are perfect for parents and children to share.