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  • The New New Deal: The Hidden Story of Change in the Obama Era

    The New New Deal: The Hidden Story of Change in the Obama Era

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Michael Grunwald
    Format:   Deckle Edge]
    Publisher:   Simon & Schuster (2012, Aug 14th).
    Pages:   352

    In a riveting account based on new documents and interviews with more than 400 sources on both sides of the aisle, award-winning reporter Michael Grunwald reveals the vivid story behind President Obama’s $800 billion stimulus bill, one of the most important and least understood pieces of legislation in the history of the country. Grunwald’s meticulous reporting shows how the stimulus, though reviled on the right and the left, helped prevent a depression while jump-starting the president’s agenda for lasting change. As ambitious and far-reaching as FDR’s New Deal, the Recovery Act is a down payment on the nation’s economic and environmental future, the purest distillation of change in the Obama era. The stimulus has launched a transition to a clean-energy economy, doubled our renewable power, and financed unprecedented investments in energy efficiency, a smarter grid, electric cars, advanced biofuels, and green manufacturing. more

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  • A Gift of Hope: Helping the Homeless

    A Gift of Hope: Helping the Homeless

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Danielle Steel
    Format:   Deckle Edge]
    Publisher:   Delacorte Press (2012, Oct 30th).
    Pages:   

    In her powerful memoir His Bright Light, #1 New York Times bestselling author Danielle Steel opened her heart to share the devastating story of the loss of her beloved son. In A Gift of Hope, she shows us how she transformed that pain into a campaign of service that enriched her life beyond what she could imagine.   For eleven years, Danielle Steel took to the streets with a small team to help the homeless of San Francisco. She worked anonymously, visiting the “cribs” of the city’s most vulnerable citizens under cover of darkness, distributing food, clothing, bedding, tools, and toiletries. She sought no publicity for her efforts and remained anonymous throughout. Now she is speaking to bring attention to their plight. more

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  • Piece of Cake!: Decorating Awesome Cakes

    Piece of Cake!: Decorating Awesome Cakes

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Dana Meachen Rau
    Format:   Library Binding
    Publisher:   Capstone Press (2012, Jul 1st).
    Pages:   32

    Cakes arent just for birthdays anymore. Learn to use cakes as a canvas to create delicious accessories, party decor, and much more. Your friends will want to take a picture of their designer dessert before they devour it! more

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  • Smart Cookie: Designing Creative Cookies

    Smart Cookie: Designing Creative Cookies

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Dana Meachen Rau
    Format:   Library Binding
    Publisher:   Capstone Press (2012, Jul 1st).
    Pages:   32

    Cookies arent just for dipping in milk. Learn to use cookies as a canvas to create adorable animals, party decorations, and much more. Your friends will want to take a picture of their cookie creation before they devour it! more

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  • Eye Candy: Crafting Cool Candy Creations

    Eye Candy: Crafting Cool Candy Creations

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Dana Meachen Rau
    Format:   Library Binding
    Publisher:   Capstone Press (2012, Jul 1st).
    Pages:   32

    Candy isnt just for eating anymore. Learn to use all kinds of candies to create delicious decor, magical creatures, and much more. Your friends will want to take a picture of their trendy treat before they devour it! more

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  • Hallucinations

    Hallucinations

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Oliver Sacks
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Knopf (2012, Nov 6th).
    Pages:   336

    From Barnes & NobleNeurologist Oliver Sacks (Awakenings; Musicophilia) became a bestseller author with his accessible, personal, yet cutting-edge insights into how our minds work. Those talents shine luminously in his new release. His subject is a topic that no ER worker or moviegoer can ignore: our mind's uncanny ability to see things that aren't there. As Dr. Sacks notes, hallucinations arrive in nearly innumerable varieties and can be sparked by a myriad of causes: physical or emotional exhaustion, mental illness, sensory deprivation, intoxication, epilepsy, failing eyesight, migraines; perhaps even grief. His examples include himself: He describes a drug-induced conversation with a loquacious spider who inquired whether Sacks thought that Bertrand Russell had refuted Frege's Paradox. more

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  • Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers

    Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Anne Lamott
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Riverhead Hardcover (2012, Nov 13th).
    Pages:   112

    New York Times-bestselling author Anne Lamott writes about the three simple prayers essential to coming through tough times, difficult days and the hardships of daily life. Readers of all ages have followed and cherished Anne Lamott’s funny and perceptive writing about her own faith through decades of trial and error. And in her new book, Help, Thanks, Wow, she has coalesced everything she knows about prayer to these fundamentals. It is these three prayers – asking for assistance from a higher power, appreciating what we have that is good, and feeling awe at the world around us – that can get us through the day and can show us the way forward. In Help, Thanks, Wow, Lamott recounts how she came to these insights, explains what they mean to her and how they have helped, and explores how others have embraced these same ideas. more

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  • The Virgin Diet: Drop 7 Foods, Lose 7 Pounds, Just 7 Days

    The Virgin Diet: Drop 7 Foods, Lose 7 Pounds, Just 7 Days

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   JJ Virgin
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Harlequin (2012, Nov 27th).
    Pages:   336

    Your fat is not your fault.Are you eating all the right things—low-fat yogurt, egg-white omelets, whole-grain bread, even tofu—but still can't lose the weight? Your favorite "diet" foods may be to blame.In this groundbreaking program, nutrition and fitness expert JJ Virgin reveals the real secret behind weight gain—food intolerance. A negative reaction to certain foods like dairy or gluten can sabotage your health by triggering inflammation and causing a host of nasty symptoms like bloating, breakouts, headaches, achy joints and—worst of all—stubborn weight gain.On The Virgin Diet, you'll eat plenty of anti-inflammatory, healing foods to reclaim your health and reset your metabolism, while avoiding the 7 foods that are most likely to cause food intolerance. more

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  • Tiny Whittling: More Than 20 Projects to Make

    Tiny Whittling: More Than 20 Projects to Make

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Steve Tomashek
    Format:   Paperback
    Publisher:   Chicago Review Press; 1 edition (2012, Nov 1st).
    Pages:   112

    A hip beginner’s guide to one of the world’s most relaxing, inexpensive, and rewarding hobbies, this handbook puts a modern spin on an ancient craft by teaching readers how to whittle whimsical miniature creatures. With just a sharp knife, a little practice, and the tiniest block of wood, anyone can make a charming carving in less than an hour. Led by an award-winning carver and artist, this manual takes readers through the basics, demonstrating how to carve root vegetables in order to minimize the danger of accidents; readers will create a simple turnip bear or a carrot mouse. As confidence builds, readers graduate to wood, and work through step-by-step instructions accompanied by photographs, enjoying increasingly polished results as they refine their technique. more

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  • Inventing Wine: A New History of One of the World's Most Ancient Pleasures

    Inventing Wine: A New History of One of the World's Most Ancient Pleasures

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Paul Lukacs
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   W. W. Norton & Company (2012, Dec 3rd).
    Pages:   400

    The story of how wine, as enjoyed by millions of people today, came to be.Drinking wine can be traced back 8,000 years, yet the wines we drink today are radically different from those made in earlier eras. While its basic chemistry remains largely the same, wine's social roles have changed fundamentally, being invented and reinvented many times over many centuries. In Inventing Wine, Paul Lukacs tells the enticing story of wine's transformation from a source of spiritual and bodily nourishment to a foodstuff valued for the wide array of pleasures it can provide. He chronicles how the prototypes of contemporary wines first emerged when people began to have options of what to drink, and he demonstrates that people selected wine for dramatically different reasons than those expressed when doing so was a necessity rather than a choice. more

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