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    Crary, Duncan
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    James Howard Kunstler is best known for his unflinching commentary on the collapse of the American dream in the face of the reality of Peak Oil. Written as a long-form conversational interview, The KunstlerCast explores urban planning, architecture, transportation, energy, society and culture from the perspective of an "embedded" reporter on the Kunstler beat.

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    Sultan, Sohaib
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    With the current turmoil in the Middle East, there is a growing interest about Islam—the world’s second largest religion and one of the fastest growing—and its holy book, the Koran (or Qur’an). Now, with this easy-to-follow, plain-English guide, you can explore the history, structure, and basic tenets of Islam’s sacred scripture. The Koran For Dummies is for non-Muslims interested in the Koran as well as Muslims looking to deepen their understanding. Islamic scholar Sohaib Sultan provides a clear road map, revealing: * The meaning of Koran and its basic message * The Koran’s place in history and in Islamic spiritual life * Explanations of its language, structure, and narrative style * How to live by the Koran’s teachings * The Koran’s role in key global issues, such as Jihad vs. terrorism * Different interpretations of the Koran No other book provides such a straightforward look at what the Koran says, how it says it, and how believers live according to its guidance. From how the Koran was received by Mohammed and how it was compiled to how it’s interpreted by Islam’s two main branches, you’ll see how to put the Islamic faith in perspective. Plus, you’ll discover: * What the Koran really says about women and civil law * How Islam relates to Judaism and Christianity * The Koran’s view of God, prophets, mankind, and the self * How its teachings are lived and recited every day by devout Muslims * Common misconceptions of the Koran * How to raise a family the Koranic way Complete with lists of important passages, Koranic terminology, famous quotes, and further reading resources, The Koran For Dummies makes it easy and enjoyable for you to grasp the teachings and significance of Islam's holy book.

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    Bernard, Wendy
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    Wendy Bernard's groundbreaking reference title Up, Down, All-Around Stitch Dictionary was the first of its kind to provide stitch patterns written for top-down, bottom-up, back-and-forth, and in-the-round constructions-and readers took notice. Now Bernard is back with The Knitting All Around Stitch Dictionary, which picks up where the first volume left off, adding hundreds of new stitch patterns organized similarly by type-knit and purl, textured stitches, ribs, lace, and cables-plus a chapter on mosaic knitting. Each chapter of The Knitting All Around Stitch Dictionary includes a customizable pattern so that knitters can easily swap out stitch patterns to make their own unique knitted items.

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    Martin, Dayna, Roumanis, A.R.
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    The Kindergartener’s Handbook introduces 19 basic concepts. Included are ABCs, vowels, numbers, less and more, patterns, shapes, colors, time, seasons, the calendar, senses, rhymes, habitat, weather, chores, and school. This book develops language and reading skills using more than 300 words that every kid should know. Simple words are used to help children read on their own, and more complicated words are presented to help them expand their vocabulary. Vibrant colors and images are designed to keep the attention of children. This book will help your child learn a variety of important concepts before first grade.

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    Horne, Emily, Maly, Tim.
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    In 1787, British philosopher and social reformer Jeremy Bentham conceived of the panopticon, a ring of cells observed by a central watchtower, as a labor-saving device for those in authority. While Bentham's design was ostensibly for a prison, he believed that any number of places that require supervision-factories, poorhouses, hospitals, and schools-would benefit from such a design. The French philosopher Michel Foucault took Bentham at his word. In his groundbreaking 1975 study, Discipline and Punish, the panopticon became a metaphor to describe the creeping effects of personalized surveillance as a means for ever-finer mechanisms of control. Forty years later, the available tools of scrutiny, supervision, and discipline are far more capable and insidious than Foucault dreamed, and yet less effective than Bentham hoped. Shopping malls, container ports, terrorist holding cells, and social networks all bristle with cameras, sensors, and trackers. But, crucially, they are also rife with resistance and prime opportunities for revolution. The Inspection House is a tour through several of these sites-from GuantAnamo Bay to the Occupy Oakland camp and the authors' own mobile devices-providing a stark, vivid portrait of our contemporary surveillance state and its opponents. Tim Maly is a regular contributor to Wired, the Atlantic, and Urban Omnivore and is a 2014 fellow at Harvard University's Metalab. Emily Horne is the designer and photographer of the webcomic A Softer World.

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    Chiras, Dan.
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    The Homeowner's Guide to Renewable Energy shows home and business owners how to make dramatic improvements in energy efficiency and tap into clean, affordable sources of renewable energy for heating, cooling, and generating electricity. This fully revised and updated edition includes expanded coverage of all areas, the latest advances in technology, and the economics of renewable energy systems.

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    Scheckel, Paul
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    With rising energy costs, homeowners are beginning to examine the energy efficiency of their own homes, asking questions about where energy comes from and how much it costs, how to choose new appliances and what options exist for renewable energy. The Home Energy Diet answers all these questions and more while helping readers take control of their personal energy use and costs so they can save money, live more comfortably and help the environment. Energy auditor Paul Scheckel first explores energy literacy, and then describes how your home uses-and loses-energy you pay for via: Electricity Hot water Heating and air conditioning Windows, walls and insulation The Home Energy Diet involves readers in learning about their own homes by: measuring, metering, investigating and considering habits related to household energy use; learning how to quantify energy consumption and cost and making informed decisions about cost-effective improvements and upgrades. The book explores the misunderstood concept of efficiency versus cost by comparing fuel costs and equipment choices, including the possibility of using renewable energy for meeting home energy needs. This authoritative guide makes efficiency fun through personal anecdotes and humorous "tales-from-the-basement" energy misadventures. Since energy efficiency is an investment that offers returns greater than Wall Street, readers can earn several hundred dollars every year just by following the advice in this book. As a bonus, many of the energy-saving strategies described can make for improved indoor air quality and healthier, more comfortable homes.

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    Ridgway, Ryan
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    As more and more people join the do-it-yourself revolution, they are breathing new life into many time-honored skills and crafts. Blacksmithing is among the trades that are enjoying a resurgence for both practical and artistic uses, yet there is not an abundance of readily accessible information available to beginning blacksmiths to help them get started and understand the craft. Author Ryan Ridgway, a veterinarian and blacksmith with more than fifteen years of metalworking experience, hopes to fill that void with this comprehensive volume geared toward answering the many questions that new blacksmiths often have. By explaining the physics of moving metal, the different styles of anvils and forges, and alternative fuel sources, Ridgway sets his book apart from less detailed volumes. Forty practical, easy-to-follow projects are presented, showing aspiring blacksmiths how to make tools, such as hammers and chisels; farm implements, such as gate latches and hoof picks; and items for home use, including drawer pulls and candle holders. Inside The Home Blacksmith: The evolution of blacksmithing around the world and the differences between the tools specific to each region The behavior of heated metal and the science of metalworking Setting up a shop safely and economically The heart of your shop'the anvil and forge'and the other essential tools Working with different types of steel, including how to salvage steel for different uses Techniques from beginning to advanced Step-by-step instructions for forty blacksmithing projects: tools and other implements as well as decorative pieces for personal use or sale

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    Denhez, Marc
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    Strategies for the conservation and revitalization of buildings and districts have preoccupied the international community for decades. This book summarizes the five major legislative approaches, the treaties and international declarations (including The Habitat Agenda 1996), outlining how to deal with these properties, e.g. in light of "sustainable development." Positive and negative examples from some twenty jurisdictions are cited, but they are seldom "place specific." Indeed, most of the problems and their solutions could occur in almost any country on earth. "Most European literature on monument conservation deals exclusively with the powers of public authorities. Marc Denhez’s book gives equal space to existing political and legal frameworks, but always with an eye on the potential end-user, the citizen. This conspicuously practical approach is the book’s first advantage; the second, for a European reader, is that it opens new horizons beyond the old Euro-centric view of the subject." - Peter Rupp, Minister of Culture (France) Advisor to the Council of Europe

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    Walljasper, Jay.
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    Abandoned lots and litter-strewn pathways, or rows of green beans and pockets of wildflowers' Graffiti-marked walls and desolate bus stops, or shady refuges and comfortable seating' What transforms a dingy, inhospitable area into a dynamic gathering place' How do individuals take back their neighborhood' Neighborhoods decline when the people who live there lose their connection and no longer feel part of their community. Recapturing that sense of belonging and pride of place can be as simple as planting a civic garden or placing some benches in a park. The Great Neighborhood Book explains how most struggling communities can be revived, not by vast infusions of cash, not by government, but by the people who live there. The author addresses such challenges as traffic control, crime, comfort and safety, and developing economic vitality. Using a technique called "placemaking"-the process of transforming public space-this exciting guide offers inspiring real-life examples that show the magic that happens when individuals take small steps and motivate others to make change. This book will motivate not only neighborhood activists and concerned citizens but also urban planners, developers, and policymakers. Jay Walljasper is a senior fellow of Project for Public Spaces (PPS), whose mission is to create and sustain enriching public places that build communities. He is a former editor of The Utne Reader and currently executive editor of Ode magazine. Inspired by European cities, The Great Neighborhood Book highlights practical solutions for the revitalization of North American cities.

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    O'Brien, George
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    Georgetown University professor George O'Brien provides the biographical background of the four masters of Irish literature and an in-depth analysis of their greatest works. O'Brien discusses the very qualities that set these works apart and the "Irishness" that characterizes each of them.

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    Schwarcz, Joe
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    The Genie in the Bottle makes science downright fun. Dr. Joe Schwarcz blends quirky anecdotes about everyday chemistry with engaging tales from the history of science. Get a different twist on licorice and travel to the dark side of the sun. Control stinky feet and bend spoons and minds. Learn about the latest on chocolate research, flax, ginkgo biloba, magnesium, and blueberries. Read about the ups of helium and the downs of drain cleaners. Find out why bug juice is used to colour ice cream, how spies used secret inks, and how acetone changed the course of history. It’s all there! “Dr. Joe” also solves the mystery of the exploding shrimp and, finally, he lets us in on the secret of the genie in the bottle. The author’s first book, Radar, Hula Hoops and Playful Pigs, was a 1999 best-seller in Canada. The author is a charismatic public speaker and notable crowd-pleaser. His fans call him “Dr. Joe” and he always brings humour, show-biz savvy, and magic to his work.

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    Schwarcz, Joe
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    Hot on the heels of his previous bestsellers, award-winning author Dr. Joe Schwarcz’s latest book, The Fly in the Ointment, doesn’t disappoint. From pesticides and environmental estrogens to lipsticks and garlic, Dr. Joe is back to demystify the science that surrounds us. Why do some people drill holes in their heads for “enlightenment”? How did a small chemical error nearly convict the unfortunate Patricia Stallings for murdering her son? Where does the expression “take a bromide” come from? Schwarcz investigates aphrodisiacs, ddt, bottled water, vitamins, barbiturates, plastic wrap, and smoked meat. He puts worries about acrylamide, preservatives, and waxed fruit into perspective and unravels the mysteries of bulletproof vests, weight loss diets, and “mad honey.” From the fanciful to the factual, Dr. Joe Schwarcz enlightens us all — no drills attached.

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    LoBrutto, Vincent
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    Learn to turn a simple screenplay into a visual masterpiece! Top production designers share their real-life experiences to explain the aesthetic, narrative, and technical aspects of the craft. Step by step, aspiring filmmakers will discover sound instruction on the tools of the trade, and established filmmakers will enjoy a new outlook on production design. They will learn, for example, the craft behind movie magic-such as how to create a design metaphor, choose a color scheme, use space, and work within all genres of film, from well-funded studio projects to "guerilla filmmaking." This indispensable resource also contains a history of movie making and guidelines for digital production design. For the experienced filmmaker seeking new design ideas to the struggling newcomer stretching low-budget dollars, this book makes the processes and concepts of production design accessible. Allworth Press, an imprint of Skyhorse Publishing, publishes a broad range of books on the visual and performing arts, with emphasis on the business of art. Our titles cover subjects such as graphic design, theater, branding, fine art, photography, interior design, writing, acting, film, how to start careers, business and legal forms, business practices, and more. While we don't aspire to publish a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are deeply committed to quality books that help creative professionals succeed and thrive. We often publish in areas overlooked by other publishers and welcome the author whose expertise can help our audience of readers.

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    Tapply, William G.
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    The Elements of Mystery Fiction: Writing the Modern Whodunit has guided and inspired mystery writers, veterans as well as beginners, for nearly a decade. Here William G. Tapply, with more than 20 popular mystery and suspense novels under his belt, isolates the crucial “elements” of the mystery novels that publishers want to publish and readers want to read: original plots, clever clues, sympathetic sleuths, memorable villains, multi-dimensional supporting characters, true-to-life settings, sharp narrative hooks, and, of course, smooth writing. In clear, readable prose using examples from many of our best contemporary mystery novelists, Tapply shows how the writer can create the pieces and fit them together to make a story you can’t put down. This new expanded edition of Elements contains original chapters by some of our best contemporary writers and most prominent personalities in the publishing world discussing writing and business issues that are vital to mystery writers in the 21st century.

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    Frye, Northrop
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    "What good is the study of literature? Does it help us think more clearly, or feel more sensitively, or live a better life than we could without it?" Written in the relaxed and frequently humorous style of his public lectures, this remains, of Northrop Frye's many books, perhaps the easiest introduction to his theories of literature and literary education.

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    Laporte, Robert
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    An EcoNest is not just a home-it is a breathtakingly beautiful structure that nurtures health and embraces ecology. This unique approach to construction combines light clay straw, timber framing, earthen floors, natural plasters, and other natural techniques with the principles of Building Biology to create a handcrafted living sanctuary. By bringing together time-honored traditions and modern innovations, owners of EcoNests enjoy living spaces that reflect the best of both worlds. The EcoNest Home is an in-depth exploration of the benefits of choosing this technique over conventional alternatives, combined with a complete practical guide for prospective designers and builders. Paula Baker-Laporte and Robert Laporte draw on their own extensive experience to provide: -A detailed explanation of the nature-based science behind EcoNests -Fully illustrated, step-by-step instructions to guide you through construction -Dozens of inspiring photos of completed projects The most comprehensive North American resource on light clay straw construction, written by its leading proponents, The EcoNest Home is a must-read for anyone considering building their own healthy, affordable, environmentally friendly natural home. Paula Baker-Laporte and Robert Laporte are the creators of the EcoNest concept and the authors of Econest: Creating Sustainable Sanctuaries of Clay, Straw and Timber. Robert has built over fifty houses using the EcoNest system and has trained hundreds of professional builders and aspiring owner-builders in using the techniques. Paula has worked as the architect for the EcoNest Company for nearly two decades and is the author of Prescriptions for a Healthy House.

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    The Dictionary of Homophobia is a mammoth, encyclopedic book that documents the history of homosexuality, and various cultural responses to it, in all regions of the world: a masterful, engaged, and wholly relevant study that traces the political and social emancipation of a culture. The book is the first English translation of Dictionnaire de L'Homophobie, published in France in 2003.

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    Frank, Robert H.
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    Frank looks at how economic competition is actually hindering the "common good." He explains that Charles Darwin's theory on the clash between individual and group interests is a perfect analogy for today's economic landscape.

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    Vermeer, Leslie
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    The Complete Canadian Book Editor provides students, teachers, and working editors with the background information and specific skills they need to train for in-house or freelance work as a book editor. Its orientation is practical and skill based. Chapter by chapter it describes the practices and processes involved in book editing that will help emerging editors understand what will be expected of them in a book-publishing role and to position themselves appropriately for potential employers and clients. It also connects book editing to a larger body of communication theory and economics. The book begins with an overview of book publishing and a brief history of professional editing. Then it moves into specific tasks for which book editors may be responsible: acquiring manuscripts, offering contracts, working with authors, preparing a manuscript for publication, working with other editors, understanding design and manufacturing, and collaborating with sales and marketing staff. Throughout, the book presents exercises to practise specific skills and tasks, and provides models of particular documents and practices, inviting readers to reflect on them. Book editing involves so much more than dotting i's and crossing t's. The Complete Canadian Book Editor is intended to introduce the breadth and depth of the profession to working editors, would-be editors, self-publishing authors, and anyone who wants to know more about how book publishing works.

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