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Birth of StarsThe Birth of Stars and Planets

by John Bally
and Bo Reipurth

Besides having an excellent and clear description of what our current theories say about how stars are born, this book has a spectacular set of photographs. Aimed at the casual, non-technical reader, the book still manages to convey the tremendous magnitude, majesty, and mysteries of the universe. Its main subject is the birth of stars, and mostly within our own galaxy, the Milky Way.
a taaste of funnyA Taste of Funny

by Marjorie Dorfman

Humorous and well-researched articles presented on a platter of anecdotal material about your favorite foods and drinks. Learn about the tomato and why it was originally thought to be poisonous and understand why some bottled water may be hazardous to your health. A little knowledge can be a dangerous thing, it is sometimes said, but in the case of A Taste of Funny, it can only make you look at the culinary cosmos with a new and more discerning eye.

christmas candyThe Christmas Candy Book

by Lou Seibert Pappas, Frankie Frankey

A beautiful book with easy recipes for things not seen very often, such as sugar plums. Contains some nice pictures. A must for the Christmas baker!

gingerbread housesGingerbread Houses: Baking and Building Memories

by Nonnie Cargas

This Gingerbread book is the best I've seen. If you are a beginner you will have no problems succeeding with your first gingerbread houses. If you are a master, you will find that the detail and suggestions for expanding your craft are all in one book. It doesn't feel like Christmas until we've built our houses. You need a book like this which is long on ideas...have fun!


by Stephen P. Kramer, Faidley Warren

LightningAnyone needing a clear exposition of lightning, how it is produced, the different types, and its dangers will find it explained here in cogent detail. Diagrams supplement the well-written narrative in describing scientific concepts. Exceptionally fine, full-color photographs – each a work of art – perfectly illustrate the text, powerfully and spectacularly showing the majesty and might of this phenomenon. Written material and pictures can stand independently, but together they create a masterpiece. Be careful! Your kid may get hooked and want to become a meteorologist or storm chaser!

Financial Peace, Jr.The Book of Clouds

by John A. Day

Photographer and scientist John Day, Ph.D. in cloud physics and known round the world as "The Cloudman", introduces and enthralls readers to the earth's great skyscape. A magnificent cloud chart; an explanation of clouds formation; hints on forecasting, observing, and photographing clouds; and his "Ten Reasons to Look Up" teach us to use our inner eye to really perceive those familiar fleeting forms.

Available as well in hardcover.

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Financial Peace, Jr.Financial Peace Jr.
Teaching Kids About Money!
"Cool Tools" for Training Tomorrow's Millionaires!

by Dave Ramsey

This book will teach children about spending, saving and giving. There is a short pamphlet on the actual "teaching" and the rest of the package has the chore list, envelope system and tracking for savings. This is a hands-on tool-set not a "how to" book. Great way to teach your children financial responsibility. But the first thing my sons did was to save enough money to buy a wallet and get rid of the envelopes.

caesar's calendarCaesar's Calendar

by Denis Feeney

The ancient Romans changed more than the map of the world when they conquered so much of it; they altered the way historical time itself is marked and understood. In a style that is lucid, fluent, and graceful, the author investigates the pertinent systems, including the Roman calendar (which is still our calendar) and its near perfect method of capturing the progress of natural time. If you are at all interested how our calendar was invented, you'll like Caesar's Calendar.

Thanksgiving TurkeysThanksgiving Turkeys

by Patrick Merrick

This book provides a basic introduction to America's beloved holiday of Thanksgiving. It touches upon some of the ways this holiday is celebrated and the origin behind its symbols.

How Maps WorkHow Maps Work: Representation, Visualization, and Design

by Alan M. MacEachren

A milestone in the literature of cartography. There have been texts on the history, on the production/design and to aid the teaching of maps and mapping but there has never been such a comprehensive and balanced examination of maps as tools. An extensive and fascinating range of illustrations. The vehicle for this journey is the geographic map, but you will learn a great deal about yourself and your interaction with the environment along the way.

Sedimentary Record of Sea Level ChangeThe Sedimentary Record of Sea-Level Change

by Angela L. Coe, et al

This illustrated textbook describes how past changes in sea-level can be detected through an analysis of the sedimentary record, and how sequence stratigraphy techniques can provide explanations of how the sedimentary system evolves through geological time. The book is also supported by a website hosting sample pages. Some review comments: The text is logically laid out and the explanation of sequence-stratigraphic principles is perhaps the most lucid I have read anywhere. Simply without equal and there are no competing texts in the field.

(also in paperback)

Sedimentology & StratigraphySedimentology & Stratigraphy

by Gary J. Nichols

What lies between the formation of a grain of sand & a fill of a sedimentary basin? This well written book contains most important subjects involved in sedimentology. Besides sedimentology an introduction to stratigraphy can be found. The focus is on sedimentary systems and special chapters are devoted to deltas, rivers, lacustrine and marine environments. Clear illustrations are a great help understanding the text and developing an overall idea of the subjects. A very good book for undergraduate geology courses.

Free Money and Services for SeniorsFree Money and Services for Seniors and Their Families

by Laurie Blum

An invaluable source of over 1000 listings of services available to assist the elderly and their families. Millions of dollars of services are available to help seniors and their caregivers get the top quality care they need for free or at a minimal cost. For example: medical treatment, meals, long-term specialized care, and at-home assistance. The author shows you how to navigate the bureaucratic maze. Contact names, addresses, and phone numbers. Organizations that provide non-financial assistance. Clear step-by-step instructions for assessing your needs, evaluating services, working with caregivers, and making legal arrangements. Smart ways to choose at-home and alternative housing for self-sufficient seniors or those needing special care.

Mastering Essential Math SkillsMastering Essential Math Skills:
20 Minutes a Day to Success, Book 2

Middle Grades/High School

by Richard W. Fisher

The author has devoted his time to teaching fifth and sixth grade students. Each year approximately one-half of his students bypass seventh grade math and move directly to a high-powered eighth grade algebra program. He has developed a highly functional, successful mathematics teaching system that produces amazing results. Excellent for home schooling and for english language learners. A "Helpful Hints" section provides guidance for each lesson.