Saturday, October 31, 2015

2,100 Asanas: The Complete Yoga Poses

The most complete collection of yoga asanas ever photographed, and the first-ever to categorize an astonishing 2,100 yoga poses. This beautifully designed book is a must-have for yogis of all levels and every practice. "2,100 Asanas" is an unprecedented, meticulously crafted catalog of yoga poses and modifications. It is also a gorgeous work of art, showcasing the beauty and athleticism of the human form. Each photograph features an expert yogi performing the pose to perfection. The aesthetic is clean and modern. The book is organized into eight major types of poses-standing, seated, core, quadruped, backbends, inversions, prone, and supine-and further broken down by families of poses that progress from easiest to more challenging. Every pose is accompanied by the name of the pose in English and Sanskrit, a description of the modification, the Drishti point (eye gaze), the chakras affected and its benefits.
Daniel Lacerda (Mr. Yoga) is a long-time yoga practitioner, teacher and entrepreneur who has helped thousands of people, including TV celebrities and Olympic athletes learn to practice yoga for fitness and relaxation. He serves as an ambassador for Lululemon and Nike, and has been featured in Men's Health. His company, Mr. Yoga Inc. is a global brand. He lives in Toronto, Canada.

Friday, October 30, 2015

101 Things to Do with a Dutch Oven

Dutch oven cooking has long been popular out West, but when people nationwide find out just how easy and delicious Dutch oven cooking is, they'll be scrambling to get one Whether used outside with charcoal briquettes or inside the regular kitchen oven, Dutch ovens provide a stable, even cooking temperature, easy clean up one-dish cooking, and hearty recipes for every meal. The book also includes a Helpful Hints section, and plenty of information about getting started with Dutch oven cooking for the beginner.
With 101 easy recipes to choose from-from breakfast to dessert, including breads and rolls-the Dutch oven might just become the most popular cooking method in your house. Recipes include the Mountain Man Breakfast, Sausage Spinach Wreath, Dutch Oven Stew with spicy Jalapeno Cheese Bread, Caramel Apple Cobbler, Stuffed Pork Roast, Cinnamon Rolls, Dutch Oven Pizza, Apricot Raspberry Glazed Cornish Hens, and White Chili.

Planes, Canes, and Automobiles

If the thought of vacationing with your parents makes you cringe, fear no more Help is here
"Planes, Canes, and Automobiles: Connecting with Your Aging Parents through Travel"is a gold mine of practical advice, funny anecdotes, and tales of triumphs and travails from Val Grubb, who has traveled more than 300,000 miles (and counting ) with her 84-year old mother over the past twenty years.
When planning a recent trip overseas, however, Grubb realized that her mom's physical and mental capabilities had suddenly changed. Her mom now needed a wheelchair, for example, and was afraid to travel alone (even on short flights to meet her daughter for a long trip together). Grubb set out to find suggestions for handling these changes and after much research was struck by the lack of resources to help people plan vacations with an aging friend or family member. She couldn t find any comprehensive information that shed light on the nuances of globetrotting with aging parents.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School

Life was better in the old days. Or was it?
That's the question Greg Heffley is asking as his town voluntarily unplugs and goes electronics-free. But modern life has its conveniences, and Greg isn t cut out for an old-fashioned world.
With tension building inside and outside the Heffley home, will Greg find a way to survive? Or is going old school just too hard for a kid like Greg?

Adult Coloring Book: Color Yourself to Calmness: And Reduce Stress with Your Animal Spirits

Color your way to inner peace and calm with this anti-stress adult coloring book of 100 beautiful images from the animal kingdom, hand-drawn by artist Sue Coccia. Coloring in these stunning images of bears, wolves, birds, dolphins, and many other creatures will soothe and relax you. Coloring has become a form of art therapy, as well as a way to help you explore your creativity. Sue Coccia's fascinating images reveal her deep connection to the animal kingdom that surrounds her in Washington State, USA. The drawings depict animal images, or totems, from around the world. Animal totems represent a deep spirituality and by beginning to understand animals' qualities and traits, we can learn from them. Most people already have a favorite animal that they identify with, even if they cannot always express why. Each artwork is drawn by hand: Sue chooses which animal to draw and plans the outline only in her mind, then begins drawing. She starts in the middle and works outward, incorporating intricate imagery of other animals and nature, which are all connected to each other and to the main animal. Finally, she adds the outline, creating a spectacular, meaningful artwork. Look for the secret ladybug hiding in every image: she represents good luck, happiness, and prosperity!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Creative Haven Floral Frenzy Coloring Book

Hearts brimming with flowers, blossoms dripping with water, petals swirling together like the galaxy, and more: 31 surrealistic designs of abstract gardens and fantastical bouquets will inspire hours of experimental coloring. Pages are perforated and printed on one side only for easy removal and display. Specially designed for experienced colorists, "Floral Frenzy "and other Creative Haven(r) coloring books offer an escape to a world of inspiration and artistic fulfillment.

Batman Classic: The Joker's Ice Scream

A hot, sticky day in Gotham is about to get even stickier When Joker and Harley Quinn get the Gotham City Police eating out of the palms of their hands, only Batman and Batgirl can serve up sweet justice
Full of super hero action, Batman Classic: The Joker's Ice Scream is a Level Two I Can Read book, geared for kids who read on their own but still need a little help.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

There Are No Figure Eights in Hockey

Josh has already won a gold medal in figure skating, so he is looking for a new challenge. He decides that hockey is a good fit for his super skating ability. But when he gets out on the hockey rink, he soon realizes changing sports won't be as easy as he thought. After all, there are no figure eights in hockey.

Cheerleading Really Is a Sport

Alicia's brother Danny and his friends are always putting down cheerleading. One of them even said the cheerleaders don't belong at the Victory School. But Alicia knows that everyone on the team has something special, like her super jumping ability. She just has to prove to Danny and the others that cheerleading really is a sport.

Monday, October 26, 2015

The Princess Bride and Philosophy: Inconceivable!

"The Princess Bride" is the 1987 satirical adventure movie that had to wait for the Internet and DVDs to become the most quoted of all cult classics. "The Princess Bride and Philosophy" is for all those who have wondered about the true meaning of Inconceivable , why the name Roberts uniquely inspires fear, and whether it's a miracle to restore life to someone who is dead, but not completely dead.
"The Princess Bride" is filled with beliefs that go beyond the evidence, and philosophy can help us to decide when such beliefs can be justified.
Westley, Buttercup, Prince Humperdinck, Inigo Montoya, the giant Fezzik, and the Sicilian Vizzini keep on reappearing in these pages as examples of philosophical ideas. Is it right for Montoya to kill the six-fingered man, even though there is no money in the revenge business? What's the best way to deceive someone who knows you re trying to deceive him? Are good manners a kind of moral virtue? Could the actions of the masked man in black truly be inconceivable even though real? What does ethics have to say about Miracle Max's pricing policy? How many shades of meaning can be conveyed by As You Wish ?

Son of the Black Sword

#1 IN A NEW EPIC FANTASY SERIES from Monster Hunter series creator and "New York Times" best-selling author, Larry Correia
After the War of the Gods, the demons were cast out and fell to the world. Mankind was nearly eradicated by the seemingly unstoppable beasts, until the gods sent the great hero, Ramrowan, to save them. He united the tribes, gave them magic, and drove the demons into the sea. Ever since the land has belonged to man and the oceans have remained an uncrossable hell, leaving the continent of Lok isolated. It was prophesized that someday the demons would return, and only the descendants of Ramrowan would be able to defeat them. They became the first kings, and all men served those who were their only hope for survival.
As centuries passed the descendants of the great hero grew in number and power. They became tyrannical and cruel, and their religion nothing but an excuse for greed. Gods and demons became myth and legend, and the people no longer believed. The castes created to serve the Sons of Ramrowan rose up and destroyed their rulers. All religion was banned and replaced by a code of unflinching law. The surviving royalty and their priests were made casteless, condemned to live as untouchables, and the Age of Law began.
Ashok Vadal has been chosen by a powerful ancient weapon to be its bearer. He is a Protector, the elite militant order of roving law enforcers. No one is more merciless in rooting out those who secretly practice the old ways. Everything is black or white, good or evil, until he discovers his entire life is a fraud. Ashok isn t who he thinks he is, and when he finds himself on the wrong side of the law, the consequences lead to rebellion, war and destruction.
About"Son of the Black Sword: "
"This book has everything I like in fantasy: intense action scenes, evil in horrifying array, good struggling against the darkness, and most of all people gorgeously flawed human beings faced with horrible moral choices that force them to question and change and grow." Jim Butcher, creator of the "New York Times "best-selling Dresden Files
I loved the book, it was great, fast paced, with wonderful characters, and also a lot of wonderful scenes that screamed to be painted. Larry Elmore, legendary, award-winningartist, and cover artist for"Son of the Black Sword."
About the Urban Fantasy of Larry Correia:
A] no-holds-barred all-out page turner that is part science fiction, part horror, and an absolute blast to read. ""
If you love monsters and action, you ll love this book. If you love guns, you ll love this book. If you love fantasy, and especially horror fantasy, you ll love this book. ""
A gun person who likes science fiction or, heck, anyone who likes science fiction will enjoy these books]. . . The plotting is excellent, and Correia makes you care about the characters I read both books without putting them down except for work . . . so whaddaya waitin for? Go and buy some . . . for yourself and for stocking stuffers. Massad Ayoob
This lighthearted, testosterone-soaked sequel to 2009's "Monster Hunter International" will delight fans of action horror with elaborate weaponry, hand-to-hand combat, disgusting monsters, and an endless stream of blood and body parts. "Publishers Weekly "on "Monster Hunter Vendetta.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Room on the Broom

The witch and her cat are happily flying through the sky on a broomstick when the wind picks up and blows away the witch's hat, then her bow, and then her wand Luckily, three helpful animals find the missing items, and all they want in return is a ride on the broom. But is there room on the broom for so many friends? And when disaster strikes, will they be able to save the witch from a hungry dragon?

Thursday, October 22, 2015

No Normal

Marvel Comics presents the all-new Ms. Marvel, the groundbreaking heroine that has become an international sensation! Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City - until she is suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the all-new Ms. Marvel? Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman? Find out as she takes the Marvel Universe by storm! As Kamala discovers the dangers of her newfound powers, she unlocks a secret behind them as well. Is Kamala ready to wield these immense new gifts? Or will the weight of the legacy before her be too much to handle? Kamala has no idea either. But she's comin' for you, New York! It's history in the making from acclaimed writer G. Willow Wilson (Air, Cairo) and beloved artist Adrian Alphona (Runaways)! COLLECTING: MS. MARVEL 1-5, MATERIAL FROM ALL-NEW MARVEL NOW! POINT ONE

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

The Wellsboro elementary school gets their new books from BookFest!

'Wuxtry, 'wuxtry, READ all about it! You heard it here first, but it won't be the last you'll hear of the success of BookFest 2015!

Dianne Stratton, elementary school librarian for the Don Gill *and* the Charlotte Lappla elementary schools, came in tonight to pick out the books she could buy with her part of the money raised by this year's BookFest!

Some of the books Mrs. Stratton chose were to replace badly-worn copies of favorites the library already has; many of them are brand new titles for the students and teachers to enjoy!

Here's a list of the books our elementary school kids will soon be able to get their hands on:

Apples for Me
Berenstain Bears: Happy Halloween
The Night Before Thanksgiving [Wing]
The Night Before Thanksgiving [Pilkey]
Pumpkin Soup
Henry's Halloween
Haunted Castle on a Haunted Night (the Magic Tree House)
Turk & Runt
Pete the Cat: 5 Little Pumpkins
Pumpkin Town
Christmas Pups
Clifford's Halloween
The Night Before Halloween
Amelia Bedelia Talks Turkey
It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
Apples and Pumpkins
Happy Haunting, Amelia Bedelia
Nate the Great Talks Turkey
The October Ogre
Turkey for Thanksgiving
The Truth about Bats
Too Many Pumpkins
Noodles: I Love Christmas
Scary, Scary Halloween
Duck & Goose Find a Pumpkin
It's Halloween: I'm Turning Green!
Scooby Doo: the Haunted Hound
The Thankful Book
Muddle & Match: Monsters
Pete the Cat Saves Christmas
Cleo & Caspar
Extreme Pumpkin Carving
Tractor Mac Arrives at the Farm
Tractor Mac Tune-Up
Tractor Mac Saves Christmas
Tractor Mac Parade's Best
Tractor Mac Harvest Time
Tractor Mac Learns to Fly
Tractor Mac New Friend
Tractor Mac Farmers' Market
Tractor Mac, You're a Winner
Tractor Mac Builds a Barn

Shopaholic to the Rescue

Becky is on a major rescue mission! Her father has vanished from Los Angeles on a mysterious quest with her best friend s husband. Becky s mum is hysterical; her best friend, Suze, is desperate. Worse, Becky must tolerate an enemy along for the ride, who she s convinced is up to no good.
Determined to get to the bottom of why her dad has disappeared, help Suze, contain Alicia, and reunite her fractured family, Becky knows she must marshal all her trademark ingenuity. The result: her most outrageous and daring plan yet!
But just when her family needs her more than ever, can Becky pull it off?

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Pedaling the Sacrifice Zone: Teaching, Writing, and Living Above the Marcellus Shale

Since 2007, more than 4,000 natural gas wells have been drilled in Pennsylvania into the Marcellus Shale. Before the dust settles, as many as 100,000 wells may be drilled on 20,000 well pads. Jimmy Guignard chronicles his story as an English professor grappling with the meaning of place and the teaching of rhetoric while living on seven acres above the Marcellus Shale.

Part memoir, part rhetorical analysis, part cultural critique, the work examines the author's internal struggle as the disinterested academic in him clashes with the emotionally wound-up father and citizen. As the narrative progresses, often from the vantage point of an experienced cyclist pedaling through Tioga and surrounding counties, he tells of the profound changes he experienced in the way he viewed the rural place he and his wife chose to settle as it becomes transformed into an industrial sacrifice zone.

Encountering increased truck traffic on the roads, crossing pipeline construction on the trails, and pedaling past a growing number of flaring gas wells, the author's rides began to shape his academic work in ways he found surprising and sobering. Over time, juggling his roles as college professor and reluctant activist revealed how the rhetoric of industry, politicians, and locals combined to challenge his understanding of teaching and call to question his belief in the power of language.

Jimmy Guignard is associate professor at Mansfield University, Pennsylvania, where he teaches rhetoric and mountain biking. He blogs at

From My Shelf Books & Gifts will be hosting the author October 24 2015 from Noon to 3PM.

Spider Sandwiches

"Come and eat with Max, "
"he has a MONSTER appetite."
"He eats such yucky, mucky food, "
"his mealtimes are a fright."
From fish-eye cheese and bug burgers to snail trail sauce and cockroach curry, Max will feast on anything crawly, creepy, hairy and sticky. But his favorite snack has to be Spider Sandwiches Kids will laugh out loud at Max's monstrous mealtimes and terrible tastes in this silly, funny, gloopy, gunky picture book from bestselling author Claire Freedman and illustrator Sue Hendra.

Where Is Bear?

The animals in the forest are playing hide-and-seek, and everyone is found--except for the biggest creature of all Where, oh where, could Bear have gone? One thing is certain: His loyal friends will do "whatever "it takes to find him.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Haunted Roads of Western Pennsylvania

Ghostly travelers are said to wander the lonely roads of western Pennsylvania. A creeping fog rises from Blue Mist Road, and stories of car crashes, lynchings and even strange beasts haunt this isolated stretch outside Pittsburgh. Is it the angry spirit of a jealous husband or a gypsy king who stalks Erie County's Axe Murder Hollow? Shades of Death Road in Washington County may be host to phantom coal miners killed during a deadly labor dispute. With firsthand accounts and historical research, authors Thomas White and Tony Lavorgne travel the backcountry roads and byways of western Pennsylvania to discover their ghost tales and mysterious legends.

The Official Outlander Coloring Book

The perfect gift for fans of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander" "novels and the Starz original series, this spectacular coloring book features forty-five all-new illustrations
From the lush green of the Scottish Highlands to the military red of a British soldier's coat or the vibrant hues of a tartan kilt, the colorful world of Claire Beauchamp Randall and Jamie Fraser is now yours to explore. Featuring gorgeous natural landscapes, detailed pictures of Claire's medicinal herbs, depictions of the books most beloved scenes and characters, and intricately rendered clothing, weapons, and armor straight out of eighteenth-century Scotland, these exquisite black-and-white images from renowned illustrators Juan Alarcon, Yvonne Gilbert, Craig Phillips, Jon Proctor, Tomislav Tomi, and Rebecca Zomchek are designed to dazzle and inspire. Fans of the series, as well as lovers of history and art, can party like it's 1743.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

I Really Like Slop!

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 Really Like Slop , Piggie invites Gerald to try her favorite food . . . slop. But Gerald is not so sure he's going to like it. At all.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Pastrami on Rye: An Overstuffed History of the Jewish Deli

For much of the twentieth century, the New York Jewish deli was an iconic institution in both Jewish and American life. As a social space it rivaled--and in some ways surpassed--the synagogue as the primary gathering place for the Jewish community. In popular culture it has been the setting for classics like When Harry Met Sally. And today, after a long period languishing in the trenches of the hopelessly old-fashioned, it is experiencing a nostalgic resurgence. Pastrami on Rye is the first full-length history of the New York Jewish deli. The deli, argues Ted Merwin, reached its full flowering not in the immigrant period, as some might assume, but in the interwar era, when the children of Jewish immigrants celebrated the first flush of their success in America by downing sandwiches and cheesecake in theater district delis. But it was the kosher deli that followed Jews as they settled in the outer boroughs of the city, and that became the most tangible symbol of their continuing desire to maintain a connection to their heritage. Ultimately, upwardly mobile American Jews discarded the deli as they transitioned from outsider to insider status in the middle of the century. Now contemporary Jews are returning the deli to cult status as they seek to reclaim their cultural identities. Richly researched and compellingly told, Pastrami on Rye gives us the surprising story of a quintessential New York institution.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Supersurvivors: The Surprising Link Between Suffering and Success

We all face setbacks, losses, and adversity in life. More than four billion of us will even survive a trauma. Most will eventually bounce back. But some people do more: they bounce forward. These are the supersurvivors people who not only rebuild their lives but grow in ways never previously imagined. Beginning where resilience ends, David B. Feldman and Lee Daniel Kravetz look beyond traditional psychology for a deeper understanding of the strength of the human spirit. What they find flies in the face of conventional wisdom that positive thinking may hinder more than help; that perceived support can be just as good as the real thing; and that realistic expectations may be a key to great success.
Weaving stories of extraordinary people with the latest scientific findings, Feldman and Kravetz offer an emotionally compelling and thought-provoking look at what is possible in the face of adversity. Supersurvivors resets our thinking about how to deal with our own challenges, no matter how big or small.

Miss Brown Is Upside Down!

With guidance from Miss Brown, a teacher who is an expert on creativity, the third grade class at Ella Mentry School builds a car and a bridge to compete in a Brain Games competition against Dirk School.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Oscar and the Very Hungry Dragon

It was time to feed the dragon a princess. But since no princess was available, the next best thing was to give him a child. All the children wrote their names on pieces of paper and put them in a hat. Then a name was pulled from the hat: Oscar Oscar's mom wept bitterly what mother wouldn t? But she should have known Oscar was far too clever to get eaten by an old dragon.

Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear

A woman tells her young son the true story of how his great-great-grandfather, Captain Harry Colebourn, rescued and learned to love a bear cub in 1914 as he was on his way to take care of soldiers' horses during World War I, and the bear became the inspiration for A.A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Stars of Fortune: Book One of the Guardians Trilogy

"To celebrate the rise of their new queen, three goddesses of the moon created three stars, one of fire, one of ice, one of water. But then they fell from the sky, putting the fate of all worlds in danger. And now three women and three men join forces to pick up the pieces "
Sasha Riggs is a reclusive artist, haunted by dreams and nightmares that she turns into extraordinary paintings. Her visions lead her to the Greek island of Corfu, where five others have been lured to seek the fire star. Sasha recognizes them, because she has drawn them: a magician, an archaeologist, a wanderer, a fighter, a loner. All on a quest. All with secrets.
Sasha is the one who holds them together the seer. And in the magician, Bran Killian, she sees a man of immense power and compassion. As Sasha struggles with her rare ability, Bran is there to support her, challenge her, and believe in her.
But Sasha and Bran are just two of the six. And they all must all work together as a team to find the fire star in a cradle of land beneath the sea. Over their every attempt at trust, unity, and love, a dark threat looms. And it seeks to corrupt everything that stands in its way of possessing the stars.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The Voodoo Doll Spellbook

The Pin Is Mightier Than the Sword
"Denise Alvarado is a true hoodoo mamba home girl who burned hi-octane conjure in New Orleans where she grew up, and on visits to relatives in the Mississippi bayous, where she was formally introduced to the Voodoo/hoodoo path. Called by the spirits and taught conjuration by family members, she was working the goofer from five years old. That's some serious heat. Denise is no pretender. She's for real. She fixes the formulas, raises the spirits, calculates the mathematics, and works wonders at the old dirt track crossroads." -Doktor Snake, author of "Doktor Snake's Voodoo Spellbook"
When it comes to Voodoo, few things are more iconic than the Voodoo doll. Known also as conjure dolls, doll babies, dollies, baby dolls, poppets, fetich, fetish, and effigies, they are servants of fast-acting, long-lasting magic. If you are seeking a new job or new friends, need to find your one true love or keep your lover at home, wish to be rid of your enemies or protect yourself from thievery, in these pages you will find the doll and the spell to do just that and more.
Drawing not only on New Orleans Voodoo and hoodoo traditions, Alvarado also presents doll spellwork from ancient Greece, Egypt, Malaysia, Japan, Africa, and the European grimoires of old magic. You'll learn how to make, use, and properly dispose of your Voodoo doll.
Be warned: this is some of the most effective magic that exists so be ready to reap what you are about to sow, or in this case, "sew.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Shades of Blue: Writers on Depression, Suicide, and Feeling Blue

The silent epidemic of depression affects millions of people and takes dozens of lives everyday, while our culture grapples with a stigma against open discussion of mental health issues. Editor Amy Ferris has collected these stories to illuminate the truth behind that stigma and offer compassion, solidarity, and hope for all those who have struggled with depression.
Contributors to "Shades of Blue" include:
Barbara Abercrombie
Sherry Amatenstein
Chloe Caldwell
Jimmy Camp
Debra LoGuercio DeAngelo
Marika Rosenthal Delan
Hollye Dexter
Beverly Donofrio
Beth Bornstein Dunnington
Matthew Ebert
Betsy Graziani Fasbinder
Zoe FitzGerald Carter
Pam L. Houston
David Lacy
Patti Linsky
Mark S. King
Caroline Leavitt
Karen Lynch
Lira Maywood
C.O. Moed
Mark Morgan
Linda Joy Myers
Christine Kehl O Hagan
Jennifer Pastiloff
Ruth Pennebaker
Angela Giles Patel
Alexa Rosalsky
Elizabeth Rosner
Kathryn Rountree
Kitty Sheehan
Jenna Stone
Samantha White
"Shades of Blue" brings the conversation around depression and sadness into the open with real, first-hand accounts of depression and mental health issues, offering empathy to all those who have been affected by these issues.
It's time to scream out loud against this silent annihilator: We are not alone.

Memoirs of an ADHD Mind: God Was a Genius in the Way He Made Me

This book aims to help those who deal with others misunderstanding of ADD/ADHD. It teaches students, educators, parents, and loved ones how they can help others learn more about ADD s/ADHD's pitfalls, its hidden strengths, and the tremendous rejection it can cause for those with the disorder.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Halloween Playing Cards

Whimsical illustrations by popular artist Kipling West conjure up all that's frightfully fun about Halloween. This deck is stacked with bats and black cats, ghosts, goblins and ghouls.
55-card deck is suitable for most card games.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Big Pumpkin

The witch has grown the biggest pumpkin ever, and now she wants to make herself a pumpkin pie for Halloween. But the pumpkin is so big she can't get it off the vine.
It's so big the ghost can't move it, either. Neither can the vampire, nor the mummy. It looks as if there'll be no pumpkin pie for Halloween, until along comes the bat with an idea to save the day.
How can the tiny bat succeed where bigger and strong spooky creatures have failed? You'll be surprised!

Noisy Farm

Touch, feel, and hear the animals on every page of this sturdy board book. Engaging photographs and appealing textures encourage young readers to explore the exciting world of farm animals.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard's Most Daring Sea Rescue

In the winter of 1952, New England was battered by the most brutal nor’easter in years. As the weather wreaked havoc on land, the freezing Atlantic became a wind-whipped zone of peril, setting the stage for one of the most heroic rescue stories ever lived.

In the early hours of Monday, February 18, while the storm raged, two oil tankers, the Pendleton and the Fort Mercer, found themselves in the same horrifying predicament. Built with "dirty steel," and not prepared to withstand such ferocious seas, both tankers split in two, leaving the dozens of men on board utterly at the Atlantic’s mercy. The Finest Hours is the gripping, true story of the valiant attempt to rescue the souls huddling inside the broken halves of the two ships.

The spellbinding tale is overflowing with breathtaking scenes, as boats capsize, bows and sterns crash into one another, and men hurl themselves into the raging sea in their terrifying battle for survival.

Not all of the eighty-four men caught at sea in the midst of that brutal storm survived, but considering the odds, it’s a miracle—and a testament to their bravery—that any came home to tell their tales at all.

Ketzel, the Cat Who Composed

A kitten's stroll down a keyboard leads to a celebrated one-minute composition in this charming portrait of a remarkable true friendship.
Moshe Cotel was a composer who lived in a noisy building on a noisy street in a noisy city. But Moshe didn t mind. Everything he heard was music to his ears. One day, while out for a walk, he heard a small, sad sound that he d never heard before. It was a tiny kitten "Come on, little Ketzel," Moshe said, "I will take you home and we will make beautiful music together." And they did in a most surprising way. Inspired by a true story, Leslea Newman and Amy June Bates craft an engaging tale of a creative man and the beloved cat who brings unexpected sweet notes his way.

Bald Is Better with Earrings

For the one in eight women who will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, a warm, practical, relatable handbook that dispels the terror and takes you step-by-step through the process, from diagnosis to post-treatment.
When Andrea Hutton was diagnosed with breast cancer, she wanted to know everything. She read books voraciously, devoured articles, surfed websites, and talked to everyone she knew. But nothing she found prepared her for what the surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation would feel like. Were there tricks for easing pain and discomfort? What was "fatigue," and how would it affect her? When people gave her a hug, could they tell she was wearing a prosthesis? What Hutton wanted was something she could not find: a clear how-to guide for the Cancer Girl she had become.
Bald Is Better with Earrings is Hutton's answer a straightforward handbook, leavened with humor and inspiration, to shepherd women diagnosed with breast cancer through the experience. Warm and down-to-earth, Hutton explains what to expect and walks the reader through the intensely emotional process of testing, telling loved ones, surgery, chemo, losing hair and shaving one's head, being bald, and radiation treatments.
From tricks for treating skin during radiation and keeping track of meds to tips for tying headscarves and preventing lymphedema, Hutton offers a wealth of invaluable advice, organized into practical Top 5 Tips for each stage of treatment and beyond. Compassionate, friendly, and shaped by Hutton's firsthand knowledge, Bald Is Better with Earrings is the comprehensive, essential companion for anyone, or a loved one, dealing with breast cancer, from someone who's been there.

The Story of Diva and Flea

Diva, a small yet brave dog, and Flea, a curious streetwise cat, develop an unexpected friendship in this unforgettable tale of discovery.
For as long as she could remember, Diva lived at 11 avenue Le Play in Paris, France. For as long as he could remember, Flea also lived in Paris, France-but at no fixed address. When Flea fl neurs past Diva's courtyard one day, their lives are forever changed. Together, Diva and Flea explore and share their very different worlds, as only true friends can do.

Twilight Tenth Anniversary Edition

Celebrate the tenth anniversary of Twilight" This special tenth anniversary edition includes the original novel as well as exclusive new bonus content. Readers will relish experiencing the iconic love story of Bella and Edward again... or for the very first time.
Deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful, "Twilight "has enraptured millions of readers since its first publication in 2005 and has become a modern classic, redefining genres within young adult literature and inspiring a phenomenon that has had readers yearning for more. The novel was a #1 "New York Times" bestseller, a #1 "USA Today "bestseller, a "Time "magazine Best Young Adult Book of All Time, an NPR Best-Ever Teen Novel, and a "New York Times "Editor's Choice. The Twilight Saga, which also includes "New Moon," "Eclipse," "Breaking Dawn," "The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella," and "The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide," has sold nearly 155 million copies worldwide.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

A Very Modest Proposal…Now With Recipes!

Such a rich, aromatic blend, I do so enjoy my morning cup of Kopi Luwak. It's the world's most expensive and labor-extensive espresso. So dark, so delicious and it makes me feel soooo good about myself.

The greenest cup of java, it's environmentally friendly: I help contribute to the gross national product of Jakarta, and give those youngsters such a bright future.

No daily grind for these healthy children. Why, they could be slaving away in a dark, sweaty factory. Instead they get plenty of fresh air, and exposure to vitamin D rich sunlight. Just thinking about it makes me parched.

Do be a dear, and mix a pitcher of your famous daiquiris. Don't forget those little umbrellas. It brings back such pleasant memories of the beach, and communing with nature. I love swimming with the dolphins. Oh, that reminds me, make reservations at that new sushi bar for lunch.

All those little darlings have to do in order to procure my morning cup of Joe is sort through the dung after the berries have passed through the digestive tract of Paradoxurus hermaphroditus – no, not a Hermaphrodite, silly. That's the scientific name for the Asian Palm Civet.

Your Latin simply isn't where it should be. Did you not learn anything in the public school system? These cat-like creatures are found all over Southeast Asia. You really must go. I very much recommend Bangkok, delightfully sinful, the Venice of the East.

No, not that Venice – Italia, of course.Anyhoo, I was reading the New York Times. Of course, I'm liberal minded. Didn't I buy those delightful brownies your daughter made for her school's bake sale? So clever to put those little chocolate candies in them. You must give me the recipe. Anyway, the world's population is set to reach seven billion on Oct 31, give or take the odd immigrant.

That's Halloween. I simply adore Halloween. It's the only time of year you get to dress up like someone else and get away with it. I was going to go as a sex kitten again, but I haven't been able to get to the gym. Besides, I'm feeling cultural, I do believe I'll go as Juan, the gardener. Of course, I meant Pedro. Yes, I really do have to give credit where credit is due, and you can definitely "chalk" one up for those pagans. It really is too bad they are all going to Hell.

So, with 267 people being born every minute and 108 dying, it doesn't take a mathematical genius to see that the world's resources are going to be all too quickly depleted. The prediction is for another 3 billion by the end of this century. It makes me worry about the future and health of my stock portfolio, and my children's children portfolio.

The national economy has only experienced modest growth this summer and the unemployment rate hovers around 9%. Doesn't seem very high to me. You'll never get all the people to work anyway. If they want a job so bad, they should just work a little harder, or maybe get a job in the service industry. My favorite eatery needs more help, I had to wait in line yesterday. It didn't do a thing for my digestion.

Yes, they can just work their way up from the bottom, or the people could just enjoy the time off from the drudgery of their little lives. Maybe take some time to travel. Winter is coming and the South of France is delightful this time of year.

It's such a shame when one doesn't take time to "stop and smell the roses" After all, I never have all the time I need to do what must be done. Why, just yesterday I double-booked my massage session and my manicure. It was the worse five minutes of my life. I had to have the extra aura cleanse and the hot stones for my chakras, or I would have never made it through my day.

I can't even enjoy going into the city with this so-called Occupy Wall Street movement. Occupied sounds like a war zone, our own third world country right here in the heart of Manhattan. It's so ghetto. You can almost hear the chants of "Eat the rich!" Eat the rich?

That's just silly. We should eat the poor. There is simply so many more of them. That is exactly what we should do. I say let them eat cake. I like my meat nicely marbled. I like my meat tender.

Oh, I would never eat you, Maria. You are much too old, and who would mix my appletini? You do mix a mean one.

Maria's Big Apple Martini

2 oz of your favorite vodka.
1 oz of green-apple schnapps

Pour into shaker and shake well.
Serve in a chilled cocktail glass with a garnish of green apple slice
Drink to excess.

Meat should melt upon the tongue, and I love good milk-fed veal. It's the perfect solution for those young welfare mothers who won't and can't raise their children properly, and it is so much more humane. I loved that veal roast you prepared for the last dinner party. Such a tasty mustard-and-lemon-seasoned crust.

Maria's Mustard Lemon Veal Roast

3 pound boneless baby
¼ cup fine dry bread crumbs
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried, crushed basil
1 teaspoon dried, crushed thyme
½ teaspoon ground pepper

In a small mixing bowl, mix together the bread crumbs, water, mustard, lemon juice, herbs, and pepper, spread mixture over meat.
Roast meat for 2 ½ to 3 hours at 325 degrees F.
Makes 10 to 12 servings.

Add some creamy garlic mashed potatoes, fresh steamed vegetables, and a decadent cheesecake, and your party will be the talk of the town. Stewed with spring leeks, or roasted with rosemary. A young and healthy welfare recipient will make a delicious and nourishing meal no matter how your maid serves it.

My very modest proposal will serve to keep the unemployment rate down, and America working. With less money going towards entitlement programs—such as social security and welfare – there can be more tax cuts, so daddy can grow the company and the Philippines is a great place for a new factory. I see a low carb diet in my future. Maybe I'll be able to fit into those yoga pants after all…

Have You Filled a Bucket Today?

Through sweet, simple prose and vivid illustrations, this heart-warming book encourages positive behavior as children see how easy and rewarding it is to express kindness, appreciation, and love on a daily basis.

True Ghost Stories (True Adventure Stories)

About one in ten people claim to have seen a ghost, this title documents 12 separate, spine-chilling accounts. From moonlit spirits in an English vicarage to the "Bell Witch" phantom of Tennessee, USA, the events are described as they were reported at the time.

This is just one of many Usborne books that we stock at From My Shelf Books. We love Usborne!

How Do I Get Rid of a Ghost?: Going Up Against the Spirit World

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of people in the US alone that have "something" living in their homes. "Something" they can't see. They hear voices and odd noises or feel that "something" touching them. Whatever it is, they want it gone! Most people who have unseen entities in their homes have tried a variety of rituals to rid themselves of ghosts with little or no success. The Bible has the answers to questions like, "What are ghosts, really? Do ancient rituals work? What really does work and why?" and " How do I get rid of a ghost?"

Monday, October 5, 2015

Night Flight by Sheilah Provost

Sheilah Young Prevost grew up in a small town in the Pennsylvania mountains. She has lived in Syracuse, New York where she was the first female manager of an all-male private club. She worked as a professional fund-raiser in Washington, DC and Boise, Idaho. Now she has returned to her hometown to live in the house where she grew up. Her stories reflect small town life and adventures.

Chocolate: The Consuming Passion

Wait. Sandra Boynton wrote a book about CHOCOLATE? For grown-ups? Oh YES Boynton's beloved classic returns, updated and redrawn by her for a whole new generation of chocophiles. In addition to her extensive new research, Boynton also nobly sourced and consumed untold quantities of great chocolate, with no thought for her own personal safety. Lavishly illustrated and filled with useful facts and cheerful misinformation, "CHOCOLATE: The Consuming Passion" is the absolute ideal gift for every true chocolate obsessive. Discover the many faces of chocolate milk chocolate, dark chocolate, boxed chocolates, pretend chocolate, and the wild new frontier of small-batch craft chocolate. Learn about chocolate's complex effects on the body, the psyche, and the soul. Prepare select simple recipes, such as Hippo Pot de Mousse. Learn how to grow your own chocolate, assuming you don t mind relocating to within 15 of the Equator. There's even a handy guide to saying Excuse me, where is the nearest chocolate? in eleven languages, including Klingon. (Nook-dock YOOCH dah-PULL?) Boldly go.

Beautiful Like a Mayfly

Beautiful Like a Mayfly is both a travelogue and a collection of nature essays, ranging from distant lands to the back yard. In this personal narrative, canvassing four decades of cultural exploration and outdoor activity, the author touches upon myriad social and environmental issues with compassion, erudition, and a little dry humor. Whether quaffing beer in Bavaria, roaming through ancient Greek ruins, fly-fishing trout streams out west and closer to home, doing conservation work in New York, or living simply in the Virginia countryside, Franklin fully engages the world while maintaining something of an observer's distance. And the sights and sounds of various songbirds crop up along the way.

Harry Potter: The Coloring Book

Packed with stunning pieces of artwork from the Warner Bros. archive, this deluxe coloring book gives fans the chance to color in the vivid settings and beloved characters of J.K. Rowling's wizarding world. Containing intricate line drawings used in the making of the Harry Potter films, this coloring book includes fan-favorite scenes, creatures, and characters: from Dobby and baby Norbert to Quidditch games and the unforgettable final battle between Harry and Lord Voldemort.
Unique and interactive, "Harry Potter: The Official Coloring Book" is a perfect collector's item for all fans of the blockbuster saga--whether it's for those who grew up with Harry, Ron, and Hermione, or those who are discovering the magic for the very first time.

Gossamer Ghost

The "New York Times "bestselling author of "Gilt Trip" returns to New Orleans for scrapbooking, Halloween, and homicide
Scrapbook shop owner Carmela Bertrand is ready to head out and enjoy her night until she hears some strange noises coming from Oddities, the neighboring antiques shop, and decides to investigate. Her evening plans are abruptly put on hold when out of a curio cabinet and into her arms falls the bloody body of Oddities owner Marcus Joubert.
While Joubert was known for being an eccentric, Carmela never thought he could inspire the passion required to kill until she learns a priceless death mask was also stolen. As the mystery grows, so does the list of suspects, leaving Carmela with the feeling that it will take every trick in the book to unmask the killer thief before there's another night of murderous mischief
Scrapbooking Tips and Recipes Included

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Duck & Goose Find a Pumpkin

PRESCHOOLERS WILL CHEER the return of Duck and Goose in their fourth board book appearance. This time, Duck and Goose are looking for the perfect pumpkin. Is it in the log? Is it under the leaves? Is it in the apple tree? Young children will surely enjoy going on a pumpkin hunt with Duck and Goose . . . especially when they find the perfect pumpkin at the end.

Junie B. Jones #24: Boo...and I Mean It!

Barbara Park's "New York Times" bestselling chapter book series, Junie B. Jones, is a classroom favorite and has been keeping kids laughing and reading for more than twenty years. Over 60 million copies in print and now with a bright new look for a new generation
Meet the World's Funniest First Grader Junie B. Jones It's Halloween But Junie B. is afraid to go trick-or-treating. Cause what if witches and monsters are really real? And what if pumpkins with sharp teeth can eat your feet? And don t even get her started on the candy corn problem. So how is Junie B. supposed to enjoy this scary holiday?

The American Slave Coast: A History of the Slave-Breeding Industry

"The American Slave Coast "offers a provocative vision of US history from earliest colonial times through emancipation that presents even the most familiar events and figures in a revealing new light.
Authors Ned and Constance Sublette tell the brutal story of how the slavery industry made the reproductive labor of the people it referred to as breeding women essential to the young country's expansion. Captive African Americans in the slave nation were not only laborers, but merchandise and collateral all at once. In a land without silver, gold, or trustworthy paper money, their children and their children's children into perpetuity were used as human savings accounts that functioned as the basis of money and credit in a market premised on the continual expansion of slavery. Slaveowners collected interest in the form of newborns, who had a cash value at birth and whose mothers had no legal right to say no to forced mating.
This gripping narrative is driven by the power struggle between the elites of Virginia, the slave-raising mother of slavery, and South Carolina, the massive importer of Africans a conflict that was central to American politics from the making of the Constitution through the debacle of the Confederacy.
Virginia slaveowners won a major victory when Thomas Jefferson's 1808 prohibition of the African slave trade protected the domestic slave markets for slave-breeding. The interstate slave trade exploded in Mississippi during the presidency of Andrew Jackson, drove the US expansion into Texas, and powered attempts to take over Cuba and other parts of Latin America, until a disaffected South Carolina spearheaded the drive to secession and war, forcing the Virginians to secede or lose their slave-breeding industry.
Filled with surprising facts, fascinating incidents, and startling portraits of the people who made, endured, and resisted the slave-breeding industry, "The American Slave Coast "culminates in the revolutionary Emancipation Proclamation, which at last decommissioned the capitalized womb and armed the African Americans to fight for their freedom.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Star Wars, Volume 1: Skywalker Strikes

The greatest space adventure of all returns to Marvel Luke Skywalker and the ragtag rebel band opposing the Galactic Empire are fresh off their biggest victory yet - the destruction of the massive Death Star. But the Empire's not toppled yet Join Luke, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca, C-3PO, R2-D2 and the rest of the Rebel Alliance as they fi ght for freedom against the evil of Darth Vader and his master, the Emperor But when a Rebel assault goes very wrong, Han and Leia will have to think fast to make their escape...while Luke fi nds himself faceto-face with Darth Vader In the explosive aftermath, a humbled Luke returns to Tatooine to learn more about his mentor Obi-Wan Kenobi. Meanwhile, Leia and Han undertake a vital - and dangerous -secret mission...but can they succeed without Luke? COLLECTING: STAR WARS 1-6.