Sunday, May 31, 2015

Manifold Destiny: The One! the Only! Guide to Cooking on Your Car Engine!

Giving new meaning to the term "fast food"

Rest-stop grade F meat patty? Nah. Nuggets of reconstituted poultry bits? Pass. Deep-fried fish discus? No, really, thanks all the same.
It's time to bid farewell to the roadside meal as you know it. Nearly twenty years ago, Chris Maynard and Bill Scheller opened the world's eyes to the beautym of car-engine gastronomy in the original Manifold Destiny. And now that another generation of both drivers and eaters has emerged, the cult classic is due for an overhaul. In this shiny, spanking-new edition, learn how to make s'mores in your Scion, poach fish in your Pontiac, even bust out a gourmet snack from under the hood of your Escalade.

With step-by-step diagrams, crowd-pleasing recipes, and thorough instructions, now you can turn your car into a kitchen without ever crossing any golden arches. Hilarious, bizarre, and ultimately (seriously!) useful, Manifold Destiny is and always will be an unparalleled original. So, slap a ham steak under the hood of your car, hit the gas, and drive until you reach delicious -- which is in approximately fifty miles, depending on traffic.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

The Big Bang Theory and Philosophy

A lighthearted meditation on the philosophical quandaries of the hit television show "The Big Bang Theory"
Ever wonder what Aristotle might say about the life Sheldon Cooper leads? Why Thomas Hobbes would applaud the roommate agreement? Who Immanuel Kant would treat with "haughty derision" for weaving "un-unravelable webs?" And--most importantly--whether Wil Wheaton "is" truly evil? Of course you have. Bazinga

This book mines the deep thinking of some of history's most potent philosophical minds to explore your most pressing questions about "The Big Bang Theory" and its nerdy genius characters. You might find other philosophy books on science and cosmology, but only this one refers to Darth Vader Force-chokes, cloning Leonard Nimoy, and oompa-loompa-like engineers. Fo-shizzle. Gives you irresistibly geek-worthy insights on your favorite "Big Bang Theory" characters, story lines, and ideas Examines important themes involving ethics and virtue, science, semiotics, religion, and the human condition Brings the thinking of some of the world's greatest philosophers to bear on "The Big Bang Theory," from Aristotle and Plato to Nietzsche, Wittgenstein, Simone de Beauvoir, and more

Essential reading for every "Big Bang Theory" fan, this book explores whether comic-book-wielding geeks can lead the good life, and whether they can know enough science to "tear the mask off nature and stare at the face of God.

Monsters Love Underpants

Underpants are monstrously funny in this playful picture book from the team that brought you "Dinosaurs Love Underpants "and "Pirates Love Underpants."
"Monsters think it's MONSTER fun,
To creep around, all scary
But there's something they love even MORE,
Than looking mean and hairy
"Monsters around the world have different ways to scare, but they all share a love for zany underpants Every Saturday night, you will find them in a secret cave, showing off their pants as they dance the Monster Bop--but they have to make it home before the sun comes up. After all, who would be scared of monsters in pants that were stripped and dotted?

Friday, May 29, 2015

New Wellsboro Book Being Released Summer of 2015

We finally have a release date for the long-awaited Arcadia Publishing "Images of America: Wellsboro" book, researched & written by Ann Benjamin and Michael Cooney! This book will be available August 10, 2015, and we are taking pre-orders starting NOW! If you preorder and prepay with From My Shelf Books & Gifts, we will guarantee you a price of $17.50 -- that's more than 20% off cover price! Contact us for details. More info soon on an author event!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Good Night Yoga: A Pose-By-Pose Bedtime Story

For kids in early to middle childhood-and the lucky people who have to get them to bed-Good Night Yoga is both a bedtime story and a series of simple poses for following the natural world as it comes to rest at day's end. Created by the founder of the celebrated Kid Power Yoga program.
The birds are flying back now
To their homes in the trees.
The ladybugs settle softly,
Between the butterflies and the bees . . .
This bedtime story is so much more than a story. It's a practice for kids and parents to end the day in a calming, mindful way. Turn the page and stretch like a tree, settle softly like a ladybug, float like a cloud, and you'll be dreaming soon.
The sun in the sky is going down.
And the clouds float by...
You'll be dreaming soon.

Little Foodie: Recipes for Babies and Toddlers with Taste

The Food You Eat Smaller This liberating cookbook for the newest eater in your family encourages foodie parents to think beyond the baby food aisle. Here you ll find over 100 recipes for babies and toddlers so appetizing and so nutritious that you re sure to devour them okay, let's call it taste test right along with your little one. Consider yourself warned: your child's first words might just be More, please.
Beyond recipes, Little Foodie includes: A step-by-step guide to introducing purees Answers to FAQs for all stages of infancy and toddlerhood The lowdown on food allergies Meal pairing tips for parent-friendly libations Over 45 beautiful and enticing full-color photos
Without a doubt, this baby food guide and cookbook is likely to become an indispensable family resource in your home.
Here's what's on the menu for your little foodie:

Apple + Mint + Ricotta Puree / Fennel + Pea + Peach Puree / Pumpkin + Thyme Puree / Sesame Tofu Sticks + Peanut Sauce / Curried Egg Finger Sandwiches + Mango Chutney / Slow Cooker Chicken Tagine + Couscous / Sausage + Kale Over Creamy Polenta / DIY Toddler Sushi Bar, and more.

A Practical Guide to Acupoints

Written for practitioners of acupuncture and acupressure, as well as shiatsu, tuina, and other bodywork styles, this manual delineates not only the precise anatomical location of a given point but also the larger area where pressure, "gua sha," and other techniques can be used. The book describes the optimum position for treatment according to the specific approach, describes the distribution of sensation that results from point stimulation, and distinguishes between the effects of needle application and pressure. Detailed anatomical illustrations and crisp explanatory text make this a useful addition to the "Concise Book" series.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

New Wellsboro Book Being Released Summer of 2015

We finally have a release date for the long-awaited Arcadia Publishing "Images of America: Wellsboro" book, researched & written by Ann Benjamin and Michael Cooney! This book will be available August 10, 2015, and we are taking pre-orders starting NOW! If you preorder and prepay with From My Shelf Books & Gifts, we will guarantee you a price of $17.50 -- that's more than 20% off cover price! Contact us for details. More info soon on an author event!

Shark Tooth Hunting on the Carolina Coast

This is a basic guide on how to find and identify fossil shark teeth from the coast of the Carolinas. It offers the basic information novices need to get started hunting fossil shark teeth and features an easy-to-use reference section that will allow for speedy identification of species that are commonly found on the coasts of North and South Carolina.

About the Author

Ashley Oliphant has spent the last 20 years searching the eastern seaboard for shark teeth. She has a Ph.D. in 20th-century American literature and serves as an associate professor of English at Pfeiffer University. A lifelong North Carolinian, a dedicated auto-racing enthusiast, and a vocal animal welfare advocate, she lives with her husband and son in Denver, N.C. She looks forward to one day retiring to a comfortable beach chair in Key West.

Defending Your Castle

A man's home is his castle, or so the saying goes, but could it withstand an attack by Attila and the Huns, Ragnar and the Vikings, Alexander and the Greeks, Genghis Khan and the Mongols, or Tamerlane and the Tartars? "Backyard Ballistics" author William Gurstelle poses this fascinating question to modern-day garage warriors and shows them how to build an arsenal of ancient artillery and fortifications aimed at withstanding these invading hordes. Each chapter introduces a new bad actor in the history of warfare, details his conquests, and features weapons and fortifications to defend against him and his minions. Clear step-by-step instructions, diagrams, and photographs show how to build a dozen projects, including "Da Vinci's Catapult," "Carpini's Crossbow," a "Crusader-Proof Moat," "Alexander's Tortoise," and the "Cheval-de-frise." With a strong emphasis on safety, the book also gives tips on troubleshooting, explains the physics behind many of the projects, and shows where to buy the materials. By the time they've reached the last page, at-home defenders everywhere will have succeeded in creating a fully fortified home.

I Will Take a Nap!

Gerald is careful. Piggie is not.
Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can.
Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to.
Gerald and Piggie are best friends.
In "I Will Take a Nap " Gerald is tired and cranky. Will Piggie be in his dreams? Or will she keep Gerald from dreaming at all?

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board

They say Bethany Hamilton has saltwater in her veins. How else could one explain the passion that drives her to surf? How else could one explain that nothing—not even the loss of her arm—could come between her and the waves? That Halloween morning in Kauai, Hawaii, Bethany responded to the shark’s stealth attack with the calm of a girl with God on her side. Pushing pain and panic aside, she began to paddle with one arm, focusing on a single thought: “Get to the beach....” And when the first thing Bethany wanted to know after surgery was “When can I surf again?” it became clear that her spirit and determination were part of a greater story—a tale of courage and faith that this soft-spoken girl would come to share with the world.

Soul Surfer is a moving account of Bethany’s life as a young surfer, her recovery after the attack, the adjustments she’s made to her unique surfing style, her unprecedented bid for a top showing in the World Surfing Championships, and, most fundamentally, her belief in God. It is a story of girl power and spiritual grit that shows the body is no more essential to surfing—perhaps even less so—than the soul.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Finders Keepers

A masterful, intensely suspenseful novel about a reader whose obsession with a reclusive writer goes far too far--a book about the power of storytelling, starring the same trio of unlikely and winning heroes King introduced in "Mr. Mercedes."
"Wake up, genius." So begins King's instantly riveting story about a vengeful reader. The genius is John Rothstein, a Salinger-like icon who created a famous character, Jimmy Gold, but who hasn't published a book for decades. Morris Bellamy is livid, not just because Rothstein has stopped providing books, but because the nonconformist Jimmy Gold has sold out for a career in advertising. Morris kills Rothstein and empties his safe of cash, yes, but the real treasure is a trove of notebooks containing at least one more Gold novel.
Morris hides the money and the notebooks, and then he is locked away for another crime. Decades later, a boy named Pete Sauberg finds the treasure, and now it is Pete and his family that Bill Hodges, Holly Gibney, and Jerome Robinson must rescue from the ever-more deranged and vengeful Morris when he's released from prison after thirty-five years.
Not since "Misery" has King played with the notion of a reader whose obsession with a writer gets dangerous. "Finders Keepers" is spectacular, heart-pounding suspense, but it is also King writing about how literature shapes a life--for good, for bad, forever.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Things I Learned and/or Remembered While Preparing This Alumni Banquet Speech

Kevin often writes the blog content now, but several supportive friends from my class asked me to post my speech from last's night Alum Banquet. I think it will be easier to read here than reading a facebook post, so here goes:

"Hi. If we don't know each other, I'm Kasey Cox. My husband, Kevin Coolidge, and I own the bookstore downtown.

You know, writing a speech while working in a bookstore is a lot harder than you'd think. This time of year, my display windows are filled with cool graduation speeches by famous people. It's a little intimidating, being surrounded by Dr. Seuss, Neil Gaiman, and J.K. Rowling, not to mention all the inspirational words of historians, poets, presidents, and world travelers.

There are so many people I thought about quoting in this speech. That seemed smarter -- and safer -- than trying to come up with something original.

When I wrote my speech for graduation in 1990, I had just turned 18. At that point in my life, I was writing all the time -- papers for Mr. Stahler's AP class, essays for college and scholarship applications, and in my own daily journal. I was accustomed to writing, so the words of advice and 'inspirational thoughts' flowed. Now, at 43, I am a lot more cautious about giving advice, and a lot less flippant about a speech like this. That's not lack of confidence; that's wisdom. I can speak to large groups about the pros and cons of self-publishing; or about ways to promote your small business; or about the importance of teaching your child to enjoy reading. I'm more nervous about giving a speech like this, and a lot more nervous preparing this speech than the one I wrote in 1990.

To write this, I kept telling myself: "no one really listens to these speeches. No one remembers what people say at these events, anyway."

That's true. But I still care, because, ultimately, I believe words ARE important.

So, from my struggles to craft this speech, here's what I decided to share:


#1. It's okay to say "no".

This is especially important for women to learn, but really, is good for all of us to remind ourselves. We end up saying "yes", because we don't want to disappoint our kids/ our spouse/ our best friend from 2nd grade who was good enough to be the class agent for the 25th high school reunion so that you, blessedly, did not have to.

We say "yes", because we love our school, our library, our church, the community theater program. And, while it's important to stay involved, and to contribute to the community, I will tell you something most people won't: you have a limited amount of time and energy. Even when you are young. This is okay. It's okay if you need to say "no".

#2. Sometimes your spouse is right. .... Or your mom, or your sister. My husband told me a couple of days ago, when I was fretting over being here tonight, in the middle of a really busy retail weekend, "Honey, you could have said 'no'. It's fine if you WANT to do it, but you didn't have to."

Listen to advice from the people who love you and know you best.

#3. Ultimately, though, it's your decision. Take ownership of that choice. And responsibility for it.

Which leads us to...

#4. If you said "yes", show up.

#4 and #5 go together:

#5. When you show up, BE PRESENT.

Turn off your electronics for a while.

LOOK at the people you are with.

Enjoy where you are, instead of thinking about what else you need to do, how you look, the state of your checkbook, your overdue library books, that weird sound your car is making, etc. etc. etc.

Your inbox will always be full. Life is full of stressors and projects and crises.

Your life will be full of a lot of beautiful moments, too, and more peace of mind, if you are present -- emotionally, mentally focused, and aware -- in the places and situations in which you find yourself.

#5. Don't talk too much.

Engage in conversations -- as in dialogue. That means listening to what someone else has to say. This applies to your marriage, your friendships, your workplace.

We, as Americans, have gotten a little too full of ourselves with our blogs, our selfies, facebook, texts, tweets, political and religious self-righteousness. We can learn a lot by listening and considering what others have to say.

With that, I leave you to other speeches for this evening, and great conversations with old friends.

Thanks so much.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Swiss Watching: Inside the Land of Milk and Money

One country, four languages, 26 cantons, and 7.5 million people (but only 80% of them are Swiss): there's nowhere else in Europe like it. In a fascinating journey around Europe's most individual and misunderstood country, Bewes proves that there is more to Switzerland than banks and skis, francs and cheese.

The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga

The remarkable benefits of yoga, which include improved flexibility, balance, muscle tone, endurance, and vitality, only hint at the extraordinary power of this deeply spiritual practice. When adhered to and practiced mindfully, yoga can unlock readers' full creative potential, their capacity for love and compassion, and ability to find success in all areas of their lives. "The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga" brings spirituality back to yoga. It shows how the Seven Spiritual Laws play a crucial role in yoga's path to enlightenment while providing readers with a wealth of meditation techniques, mantras, breathing exercises, and yoga poses. Whether a newcomer to yoga or an experienced practitioner, "The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga" is a portal to yoga's deeper spiritual dimension and a beautiful step to a happier, more harmonious, and more abundant life.

Friday, May 22, 2015

New Wellsboro Book Being Released Summer of 2015

We finally have a release date for the long-awaited Arcadia Publishing "Images of America: Wellsboro" book, researched & written by Ann Benjamin and Michael Cooney! This book will be available August 10, 2015, and we are taking pre-orders starting NOW! If you preorder and prepay with From My Shelf Books & Gifts, we will guarantee you a price of $17.50 -- that's more than 20% off cover price! Contact us for details. More info soon on an author event!

Things You Won't Say

In this timely and provocative novel, internationally bestselling author Sarah Pekkanen takes us inside a family in crisis and a marriage on the brink after a tragic shooting.
"How far would you go to save your family?"
Every morning, as her husband Mike straps on his SIG Sauer and pulls on his heavy Magnum boots, Jamie Anderson tenses up. Then comes the call she has always dreaded: There's been a shooting at police headquarters. Mike isn't hurt, but his long-time partner is grievously injured. As weeks pass and her husband's insomnia and disconnectedness mount, Jamie realizes he is an invisible casualty of the attack. Then the phone rings again. Another shooting--but this time Mike has pulled the trigger.
But the shooting does more than just alter Jamie's world. It's about to change everything for two other women. Christie Simmons, Mike's flamboyant ex, sees the tragedy as an opportunity for a second chance with Mike. And Jamie's younger sister, Lou, must face her own losses to help the big sister who raised her. As the press descends and public cries of police brutality swell, Jamie tries desperately to hold together her family, no matter what it takes.
In her characteristic exploration of true-to-life relationships, Sarah Pekkanen has written a complex, compelling, and openhearted novel--her best yet.

Among Heroes: A U.S. Navy Seal's True Story of Friendship, Heroism, and the Ultimate Sacrifice

Now from Brandon Webb, Navy SEAL sniper and "New York Times" bestselling author, comes his personal account of the eight friends and fellow SEALs who made the ultimate sacrifice.
""Knowing these great men--who they were, how they lived, and what they stood for--has changed my life. We can't let them be forgotten. So read about these amazing men, share their stories, and learn from them as I have. We've mourned their deaths. Let's celebrate their lives.""--Brandon Webb
As a Navy SEAL, Brandon Webb rose to the top of the world's most elite sniper corps, experiencing years of punishing training and combat missions from the Persian Gulf to Afghanistan. Among the best of the best, he led the SEALs' clandestine sniper training program as course manager, instructing a new generation of the world's top snipers. Along the way, Webb served beside, trained, and supported men he came to know not just as fellow warriors, but as friends and, eventually, as heroes. "Among Heroes" gives his personal account of these eight extraordinary SEALs, who gave all for their comrades--and their country.
Here are the true stories behind the remarkable valor and abiding humanity of those "sheepdogs" (as they call themselves) who protect us from the wolves of the world. Of Matt "Axe" Axelson, who perished on the Lone Survivor mission in Afghanistan. Of Chris Campbell, Heath Robinson, and JT Tumilson, who were among the thirty-eight casualties of Extortion 17, the Chinook helicopter shot down in August 2011. Of Glen Doherty, Webb's best friend for more than a decade, killed while helping secure the successful rescue and extraction of American CIA and State Department diplomats in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012; and other close friends, classmates, and fellow warriors.
In "Among Heroes, "Webb offers eight intensely personal profiles of uncommon courage--who these men were, what they stood for, and how they came to make the ultimate sacrifice. These are men who left behind powerfully instructive examples of what it means to be alive--and what it truly means to be a hero.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Time for Kids Big Book of Who

The sixth book in the popular TIME For Kids Big Book of Questions series
TIME For Kids Big Book of Who presents 1,001 amazing facts about the people who have shaped our world--past and present--including brilliant scientists, chart-topping musicians, all-star athletes and powerful world leaders.
Who invented Facebook?
Who is the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize?
Who is the greatest athlete of all time?
Who was the only U.S. president to serve four terms in office?
Kids can jump into the book at any point and follow the popular question and answer format to explore these comprehensive categories: Groundbreakers and Pioneers, Leaders and Changemakers, Artists and Entertainers, Innovators, Sports Stars, and Everyday Heroes.
For more fascinating answers to the questions kids want to know, check out the other books in the TIME For Kids Big Book of Questions series: Big Book of Why, Big Book of How, Big Book of When, Big Book of Where, and Big Book of What.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Geek Pride Day

What is a geek? The word comes from the German word geck, meaning fool, and in the late 1800s the term geek referred to a performer in a traveling freak show—thus the term came to be used for a peculiar person.

The word has evolved to connote someone who is extremely knowledgeable—even to the point of obsession—about a topic. There are wine geeks, sports geeks, and Ringers*, each closely following the minutiae of their chosen obsession.

What was a derogatory term for the socially inept has now been taken back. Geeks are now eccentric, intelligent, full of enthusiasm, and sometime a little awkward. Geek Pride Day is an initiative to promote geek culture, celebrated annually on 25 May. The date was chosen as to commemorate the 1977 release of Star Wars, but shares the same date as two other similar fan "holidays": Towel Day, for fans of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy trilogy by Douglas Adams, and the Glorious 25th of May for fans of Terry Pratchett's Discworld.

This May 25, at From My Shelf Books bring a towel, and get 20% off any Geek related item--such as Doctor Who, Firefly, Star Wars, Star Trek, Dungeons & Dragons, and more. Feel left out because your geek isn't tweeked? Prove your geekhood and get the 20% off.

*Nomenclature for LOTR fans (Lord of the Rings, a trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien)

Flintknapping: Making and Understanding Stone Tools

Flintknapping is an ancient craft enjoying a resurgence of interest among both amateur and professional students of prehistoric cultures. In this new guide, John C. Whittaker offers the most detailed handbook on flintknapping currently available and the only one written from the archaeological perspective of interpreting stone tools as well as making them.

Flintknapping contains detailed, practical information on making stone tools. Whittaker starts at the beginner level and progresses to discussion of a wide range of techniques. He includes information on necessary tools and materials, as well as step-by-step instructions for making several basic stone tool types. Numerous diagrams allow the reader to visualize the flintknapping process, and drawings of many stone tools illustrate the discussions and serve as models for beginning knappers.

Written for a wide amateur and professional audience, Flintknapping will be essential for practicing knappers as well as for teachers of the history of technology, experimental archaeology, and stone tool analysis.

New Wellsboro Book Being Released Summer of 2015

We finally have a release date for the long-awaited Arcadia Publishing "Images of America: Wellsboro" book, researched & written by Ann Benjamin and Michael Cooney! This book will be available August 10, 2015, and we are taking pre-orders starting NOW! If you preorder and prepay with From My Shelf Books & Gifts, we will guarantee you a price of $17.50 -- that's more than 20% off cover price! Contact us for details. More info soon on an author event!

Still Life with Insects

Originally published in 1989 by Ticknor & Fields, Brian Kiteley's "Still Life with Insects" is the intensely focused chronicle of Elwyn Farmer, an amateur entomologist, who uses the field notes of his insect sightings to examine and reweave the tattered fragments of his life. In a series of visually powerful and emotionally breathtaking vignettes Kiteley distills the transient beauty of the natural world and lays bare the suffering and joy of one man's life from his maturity in the post-war years to very old age in the 19809's. His striking narrative technique aptly captures the experience we all have as we struggle to make sense of what it means to be human in the face of the inevitable passage of time.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Here Comes the Tooth Fairy Cat

The star of the "New York Times" bestselling "Here Comes the Easter Cat "is back--and this time he's met his match
When Cat loses a tooth, the Tooth Fairy delivers a wholly unwanted sidekick: a mouse. Together, Cat and Mouse are tasked with running a few Tooth Fairy-related errands--a challenge, since Mouse is just as competitive and mischievous and hilariously self-involved as Cat. The stakes rise and so does the deadpan humor, culminating in a satisfying surprise that will leave readers eager for yet another delightfully devious Cat adventure.
An homage to classic comic strips from the author of "The Quiet Book" and "The Loud Book," this" New York Times" bestselling series is perfect for fans of "Pete the Cat," "Bad Kitty," and Mo Willems's Pigeon books.

Monday, May 18, 2015

A Pearl in the Storm: How I Found My Heart in the Middle of the Ocean

"In the end, I know I rowed across the Atlantic to find my heart, but in the beginning, I wasn't aware that it was missing."

In June 1998, Tori McClure began rowing across the Atlantic Ocean solo in a twenty-three-foot plywood boat with no motor or sail. Within days she lost all communication with shore but decided to forge ahead -- not knowing that 1998 would turn out to be the worst hurricane season on record in the North Atlantic. When she was nearly killed by a series of violent storms, Tori was forced to signal for help and head home in what felt like disgrace. But then her life changed in unexpected ways. She was hired by Muhammad Ali, who told her she did not want to be known as the woman who "almost" rowed across the Atlantic. And at thirty-five, Tori fell in love.

A Pearl in the Storm is Tori's thrilling true story of high adventure -- and of her personal quest to discover that embracing her own humanity was more important than superhuman feats.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Making Natural Liquid Soaps

Using a simple double-boiler technique, readers will make elegant and soothing liquid soaps. Dozens of recipes using oils, herbs, and other natural ingredients to create hand soaps, shower gels, bubble baths, conditioning shampoos and even baby and pet shampoos.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Stick Dog Dreams of Ice Cream

The Stick Dog series continues in author-illustrator Tom Watson's hilarious Stick Dog Dreams of Ice Cream. In the follow-up to Stick Dog, Stick Dog Wants a Hot Dog, and Stick Dog Chases a Pizza, Stick Dog and his pals are back, but this time the temperature is rising and they're all feeling the heat. They need cold, cold ice cream on this hot, hot day. It will take all of Stick Dog's smarts to guide his friends to a scrumptious ice cream feast. They'll battle a water-attacking machine, discover rainbow puddles, and chase the strangest, loudest truck they've ever seen. But there's a looming threat to their mission--Stick Dog gets spotted by a human. And the police are on his tail. If he's captured, Stick Dog may never see his friends again. If he escapes, it's ice cream for everyone. Perfect for fans of Big Nate, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and the previous Stick Dog books.

Friday, May 15, 2015

The Fever

In this impossible-to-put-down "panic attack of a novel,"* a small-town high school becomes the breeding ground for a mysterious illness.
Deenie Nash is a diligent student with a close-knit family; her brother Eli is a hockey star and her father is a popular teacher. But when Deenie's best friend is struck by a terrifying, unexplained seizure in class, the Nashes' seeming stability dissolves into chaos. As rumors of a hazardous outbreak spread through school, and hysteria and contagion swell, a series of tightly held secrets emerges, threatening to unravel friendships, families, and the town's fragile sense of security.

Minions: Who's the Boss?

The story of Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment's Minions begins at the dawn of time. Starting as single-celled yellow organisms, Minions evolve through the ages, perpetually serving the most despicable of masters. Continuously unsuccessful at keeping these masters-from T. rex to Napoleon-the Minions find themselves without someone to serve and fall into a deep depression.But one Minion named Kevin has a plan, and he-alongside teenage rebel Stuart and lovable little Bob-ventures out into the world to find a new evil boss for his brethren to follow.The trio embarks upon a thrilling journey that ultimately leads them to their next potential master, Scarlet Overkill (Academy Award(r) winner Sandra Bullock), the world's first-ever female super-villain. They travel from frigid Antarctica to 1960s New York City, ending in mod London, where they must face their biggest challenge to date: saving all of Minionkind...from annihilation

You Are Your Own Gym

From an elite Special Operations physical trainer, an ingeniously simple, rapid-results, do-anywhere program for getting into amazing shape
For men and women of all athletic abilities
As the demand for Special Operations military forces has grown over the last decade, elite trainer Mark Lauren has been at the front lines of preparing nearly one thousand soldiers, getting them lean and strong in record time. Now, for regular Joes and Janes, he shares the secret to his amazingly effective regimen--simple exercises that require nothing more than the resistance of your own bodyweight to help you reach the pinnacle of fitness and look better than ever before.
Armed with Mark Lauren's motivation techniques, expert training, and nutrition advice, you'll see rapid results by working out just thirty minutes a day, four times a week--whether in your living room, yard, garage, hotel room, or office. Lauren's exercises build more metabolism-enhancing muscle than weightlifting, burn more fat than aerobics, and are safer than both, since bodyweight exercises develop balance and stability and therefore help prevent injuries. Choose your workout level--Basic, 1st Class, Master Class, and Chief Class--and get started, following the clear instructions for 125 exercises that work every muscle from your neck to your ankles. Forget about gym memberships, free weights, and infomercial contraptions. They are all poor substitutes for the world's most advanced fitness machine, the one thing you are never without: your own body.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Inappropriate Baby Book

Any parent who's been through the rigors of an infant invasion knows that the real poop, er, scoop, rarely gets recorded in those precious little keepsake books. After all, those books don't cover all the really gross and fascinating stuff that makes parents laugh, scream, and scratch their heads. The Inappropriate Baby Book, however, has the good stuff covered. A real baby book for real parents, The Inappropriate Baby Book offers a unique and hysterical way to commemorate those decidedly non-Kodak moments that compose the better part of the newborn experience. Herein, you'll find room to record such facts as: You were introduced to a rectal thermometer on this day: _______.The first person you peed on was _______.Your mom was embarrassed by breast leakage in the following places: _________.Your first poop happened on this day: _______, and was this color: _________.Now, that's the kind of information that should not be lost to posterity Sure, babies are cute, but they are also stinky, sticky, soggy, and otherwise inappropriate. So don't sugarcoat the story-let The Inappropriate Baby Book help you tell it like it really is.The book includes an envelope affixed to the last page so that an inappropriate memento can be saved forever. (Or at least until the little angel's prom night.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Gardening Journal

Give root to your love of gardening. 5 themed sections to fill in. 5 tabbed sections to personalize. Plants and pots information, hardiness zones, garden log, design grids, plant care records and more. 202 adhesive labels for personalizing your journal.
- Layout: Structured
- Dimensions: 5" x 8-1/4"
- Hard Cover with elastic closure and three bookmark ribbons.
- Color: Black
- Pages: 240
- Double-Expandable Inner Pocket
- Paper Weight: 70 gsm/47 lb.; FSC Certified Paper; Acid-Free (pH Neutral)

The Wright Brothers

Two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize David McCullough tells the dramatic story-behind-the-story about the courageous brothers who taught the world how to fly: Wilbur and Orville Wright.
On a winter day in 1903, in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, two unknown brothers from Ohio changed history. But it would take the world some time to believe what had happened: the age of flight had begun, with the first heavier-than-air, powered machine carrying a pilot.
Who were these men and how was it that they achieved what they did?
David McCullough, two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, tells the surprising, profoundly American story of Wilbur and Orville Wright.
Far more than a couple of unschooled Dayton bicycle mechanics who happened to hit on success, they were men of exceptional courage and determination, and of far-ranging intellectual interests and ceaseless curiosity, much of which they attributed to their upbringing. The house they lived in had no electricity or indoor plumbing, but there were books aplenty, supplied mainly by their preacher father, and they never stopped reading.
When they worked together, no problem seemed to be insurmountable. Wilbur was unquestionably a genius. Orville had such mechanical ingenuity as few had ever seen. That they had no more than a public high school education, little money and no contacts in high places, never stopped them in their "mission" to take to the air. Nothing did, not even the self-evident reality that every time they took off in one of their contrivances, they risked being killed.
In this thrilling book, master historian David McCullough draws on the immense riches of the Wright Papers, including private diaries, notebooks, scrapbooks, and more than a thousand letters from private family correspondence to tell the human side of the Wright Brothers' story, including the little-known contributions of their sister, Katharine, without whom things might well have gone differently for them.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Gotrek & Felix: Slayer

With enemies on all sides and destiny calling, Felix must make a choice: to follow Gotrek into the darkness that awaits him, or to abandon his oldest friend once and for all.
For many long years, Felix Jaeger has followed the dwarf Slayer Gotrek Gurnisson across the world. Their adventures have been extraordinary, their heroic partnership the stuff of legends. Now it ends. With their friendship in tatters after a series of betrayals, the pair march south at the head of a ragtag army, intent upon driving the forces of Chaos out of the Empire and returning Felix to his wife. But Gotrek's doom is at hand, and great powers are at work to ensure that he meets it. With enemies on all sides and destiny calling, Felix must make a choice: to follow Gotrek into the darkness that awaits him, or to abandon his oldest friend once and for all.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Patty Reed's Doll: The Story of the Donner Party

A wooden doll recalls the hope with which a group of pioneers begins their journey and the ordeals they face as they travel from Springfield, Illinois, to California.

The Girl with All the Gifts

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius."
Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh.
"The Girl With All the Gifts" is a groundbreaking thriller, emotionally charged and gripping from beginning to end.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

New Wellsboro Book Being Released Summer of 2015

We finally have a release date for the long-awaited Arcadia Publishing "Images of America: Wellsboro" book, researched & written by Ann Benjamin and Michael Cooney! This book will be available August 10, 2015, and we are taking pre-orders starting NOW! If you preorder and prepay with From My Shelf Books & Gifts, we will guarantee you a price of $17.50 -- that's more than 20% off cover price! Contact us for details. More info soon on an author event!

Maximum Ride Forever

THE NINTH AND ULTIMATE MAXIMUM RIDE STORY IS HERE Legions of Max fans won't be disappointed by this encore episode in the beloved series about the incredible adventures of a teenage girl who can fly. As Maximum Ride boldly navigates a post-apocalyptic world, she and her broken flock are roaming the earth, searching for answers to what happened. All will be revealed in this last spectacular "ride"- a brand-new grand finale featuring all of the nonstop action, twists and turns that readers can rely on in a blockbuster Patterson page-turner.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

New Wellsboro Book Being Released Summer of 2015

We finally have a release date for the long-awaited Arcadia Publishing "Images of America: Wellsboro" book, researched & written by Ann Benjamin and Michael Cooney! This book will be available August 10, 2015, and we are taking pre-orders starting NOW! If you preorder and prepay with From My Shelf Books & Gifts, we will guarantee you a price of $17.50 -- that's more than 20% off cover price! Contact us for details. More info soon on an author event!

Friday, May 8, 2015

New Wellsboro Book Being Released Summer of 2015

We finally have a release date for the long-awaited Arcadia Publishing "Images of America: Wellsboro" book, researched & written by Ann Benjamin and Michael Cooney! This book will be available August 10, 2015, and we are taking pre-orders starting NOW! If you preorder and prepay with From My Shelf Books & Gifts, we will guarantee you a price of $17.50 -- that's more than 20% off cover price! Contact us for details. More info soon on an author event!

Make Good Art

In May 2012, bestselling author Neil Gaiman stood at a podium at Philadelphia's University of the Arts to deliver the commencement address. For the next nineteen minutes he shared his thoughts about creativity, bravery, and strength: he encouraged the students before him to break rules and think outside the box. Most of all, he encouraged the fledgling painters, musicians, writers, and dreamers to make good art.

This book, designed by renowned graphic artist Chip Kidd, contains the full text of Gaiman's inspiring speech. Whether bestowed upon a young artist beginning his or her creative journey, or given as a token of gratitude to an admired mentor, or acquired as a gift to oneself, this volume is a fitting offering for anyone who strives to make good art.

The Berenstain Bears' Graduation Day

Celebrate graduation day with the Berenstain Bears It's the end of the school year and Bear Country School is holding a graduation ceremony for all the students. This year, Brother and Sister will get to wear a cap and gown--and get a diploma. But what about Honey Bear? Will she be able to join in on the fun? Read along as the Berenstain Bears learn about the true meaning of the end of the school year.
The Berenstain Bears books have been loved by generations, and with well-known characters and beautiful illustrations, this 8x8 picture book is a perfect gift for young graduates.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

New Wellsboro Book Being Released Summer of 2015

We finally have a release date for the long-awaited Arcadia Publishing "Images of America: Wellsboro" book, researched & written by Ann Benjamin and Michael Cooney! This book will be available August 10, 2015, and we are taking pre-orders starting NOW! If you preorder and prepay with From My Shelf Books & Gifts, we will guarantee you a price of $17.50 -- that's more than 20% off cover price! Contact us for details. More info soon on an author event!

Native American Survival Skills

W. Ben Hunt, whose Sioux name was Tasunka Witko, traveled throughout the Midwest, living with several Native American tribes, finally settling near the site of the last Sioux uprising. Here he provides step-by-step instructions and exact dimensions to make Sioux ghost shirts, Plains Indian shields, box traps, Iniut snowshoes, and more. From making rawhide to putting the finishing touches on a pair of moccasins, beginners and seasoned woodsmen alike will enjoy making the tools and camp equipment that were used for centuries. "Native American Survival Skills" is a remarkable source of information about the Americans who first pioneered self-sufficient living. In it, there are lessons for all of us today.

El Deafo

Going to school and making new friends can be tough. But going to school and making new friends while wearing a bulky hearing aid strapped to your chest? That requires superpowers In this funny, poignant graphic novel memoir, author/illustrator Cece Bell chronicles her hearing loss at a young age and her subsequent experiences with the Phonic Ear, a very powerful--and very awkward--hearing aid. The Phonic Ear gives Cece the ability to hear--sometimes things she shouldn't--but also isolates her from her classmates. She really just wants to fit in and find a true friend, someone who appreciates her as she is. After some trouble, she is finally able to harness the power of the Phonic Ear and become "El Deafo, Listener for All." And more importantly, declare a place for herself in the world and find the friend she's longed for.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse

The "New York Times" bestselling "10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse" will jump-start your weight loss, increase your energy level, clear your mind, and improve your overall health.
Made up of supernutrients from leafy greens and fruits, green smoothies are filling and healthy and you will enjoy drinking them. Your body will also thank you for drinking them as your health and energy improve to levels you never thought possible. It is an experience that could change your life if you stick with it
This book provides a shopping list, recipes, and detailed instructions for the 10-day cleanse, along with suggestions for getting the best results. It also offers advice on how to continue to lose weight and maintain good health afterwards.
Are you ready to look slimmer, healthier, and sexier than you have in years? Then get ready to begin the 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse
"If you successfully complete the 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse, you will..."

- Lose 10-15 pounds in 10 days
- Get rid of stubborn body fat, including belly fat
- Drop pounds and inches fast, without grueling workouts
- Learn to live a healthier lifestyle of detoxing and healthy eating
- Naturally crave healthy foods so you never have to diet again
- Receive over 100 recipes for various health conditions and goals

In Freedom's Cause: A Story of Wallace and Bruce

At the end of the 13th century, the people of Scotland suffered cruelty under the heavy hand of their English ruler, Edward Longshanks. This stirring tale recounts their valiant struggle for freedom under the legendary leadership of William Wallace and Robert Bruce. Time has burnished the feats of these great Scots heroes to mythic proportions, but both were real people, and this gripping tale of courage, loyalty, and ingenuity places its fictional protagonist alongside Wallace and Bruce within an accurate historical context. The extreme popularity of Mel Gibson's portrayal of Wallace in the film "Braveheart" ensures an eager audience for this inspiring story.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The Rainbow Bridge: A Visit to Pet Paradise

Adrian Raeside has created a magical tale of adventure for pet lovers of all ages in "The Rainbow Bridge." Using his gift for creating spunky characters, Raeside has created a valuable fable for anyone who cherishes the companionship of a family pet.

Seven-year-old Rick and his beloved dog Koko are inseparable. They cavort in the swimming hole, chase each other through the fields, play fetch and wrestle. But their relationship changes as Koko grows old and his health declines.

With Koko's passing, Rick is devastated. But then one night, he is woken by Buster, a flatulent but well-intentioned messenger dog, who suddenly appears at the boy's bedside. Buster ferries Rick to a magical paradise for pets where Rick is reunited with Koko; it fills Rick's heart with joy. It's a place where cats burrow through fields of catnip, no couch is off-limits to dogs and frisbees are flung endlessly. This mysterious adventure is truly a holiday miracle

Adrian Raeside captures the special bond between humans and their pets, and with marvelous illustrations, brings a gentle humour to a story that will resonate with children and pet lovers of all ages.

Whiffy Wilson: The Wolf Who Wouldn't Wash

Whiffy Wilson isn't keen on clean--he only has time for grime A wonderful lesson on why bath times are best. There was a wolf called Wilson who never brushed his hair. He never washed his paws or face, or changed his underwear. Will anyone be able to persuade Whiffy Wilson to change his gross ways for something far less stinky? Pee-ew Let's hope so A fantastically funny verse from the brilliant Caryl Hart, with grubby-but-great illustrations from the hugely talented illustrator of "The Dirty Great Dinosaur."