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The Best Things in Life: A Guide to What Really Matters

Posted by admin | Posted in New Releases, Professional & Technical-New, Reference-New | Posted on 21-01-2011-05-2008

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0195331427 : The Best Things in Life: A Guide to What Really Matters (Philosophy in Action)
ISBN: 0195331427

 
Author: Thomas Hurka

For centuries, philosophers, theologians, moralists, and ordinary people have asked: How should we live? What makes for a good life?

In The Best Things in Life, distinguished philosopher Thomas Hurka takes a fresh look at these perennial questions as they arise for us now in the 21st century. Should we value family over career? How do we balance self-interest and serving others? What activities bring us the most joy? While religion, literature, popular psychology, and everyday wisdom all grapple with these questions, philosophy more than anything else uses the tools of reason to make important distinctions, cut away irrelevancies, and distill these issues down to their essentials. Hurka argues that if we are to live a good life, one thing we need to know is which activities and experiences will most likely lead us to happiness and which will keep us from it, while also reminding us that happiness isn’t the only thing that makes life good. Hurka explores many topics: four types of good feeling (and the limits of good feeling); how we can improve our baseline level of happiness (making more money, it turns out, isn’t the answer); which kinds of knowledge are most worth having; the importance of achieving worthwhile goals; the value of love and friendship; and much more. Unlike many philosophers, he stresses that there isn’t just one good in life but many: Read the rest of this entry »

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The Just Bento Cookbook: Everyday Lunches To Go

Posted by admin | Posted in New Releases, Professional & Technical-New | Posted on 21-01-2011-05-2008

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4770031246 : The Just Bento Cookbook: Everyday Lunches To Go
ISBN: 4770031246

 
Author: Makiko Itoh

Product Description
Bento fever has recently swept across the West, fueled not just by an interest in cute, decorative food, but by the desire for an economical, healthy approach to eating in these times of recession. A leading light in the popularization of bento has been Makiko Itoh, whose blog, Just Bento, boasts hundreds of thousands of subscribers, all of whom love her delicious recipes and practical bento-making tips.

Now, for the first time, Itoh’s expertise has been packaged in book form. The Just Bento Cookbook contains twenty-five attractive bento menus and more than 150 recipes, all of which have been especially created for this book and are divided into two main sections, Japanese and Not-so-Japanese. The Japanese section includes classic bento menus such as Salted Salmon Bento and Chicken Karaage Bento, while the Not-so-Japanese section shows how Western food can be adapted to the bento concept, with delicious menus such as Summer Vegetable Gratin Bento and Everyone-Loves-a-Pie Bento.

In addition to the recipes, Itoh includes sections on bento-making equipment, bento staples to make and stock, basic cooking techniques, and a glossary. A planning-chart section is included, showing readers how they might organize their weekly bento making.

In a market full of bento books that emphasize the cute and the decorative, this book stands out for its emphasis on the health and economic benefits of the bento, and for the very practical guidelines on how to ensure that a daily bento lunch is something that can easily be incorporated into anyone’s lifestyle. This is the perfect book for the bento beginner, but will also provide a wealth of new bento recipe ideas and tips for bento aficionados. Read the rest of this entry »

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ScreamFree Marriage: Calming Down, Growing Up, and Getting Closer

Posted by admin | Posted in New Releases, Parenting & Families-New | Posted on 19-01-2011-05-2008

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0767932773 : ScreamFree Marriage: Calming Down, Growing Up, and Getting Closer
ISBN: 0767932773

 
Author: Hal Edward Runkel

Through the best-selling ScreamFree Parenting, Hal Runkel showed thousands of parents how keeping their cool can revolutionize their family life. In his groundbreaking new book, ScreamFree Marriage, Runkel now shows couples how learning to stay calm, in the face of common marital conflicts, is the key to creating and enjoying a deep, lifelong connection.
 
Every committed couple strives to hold on to the marriage they envisioned back when they first said “I do”–before the end of the honeymoon phase, before kids, mortgages, health crises, and all life’s inescapable issues. But the truth is this: conflict is unavoidable–it’s impossible for two people to see every single thing, face every issue, and experience every situation in exactly the same way. What results are couples “screaming” at each other–sometimes literally yelling out loud, sometimes shutting themselves down and shutting their partners out, and sometimes avoiding the issue altogether–none of which leads to the passionate, intimate connection we all crave.
 
In ScreamFree Marriage, Hal introduces some radical new concepts about marriage, teaching couples how to embrace this inevitable conflict as a profound vehicle for strengthening a marriage. Read the rest of this entry »

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Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

Posted by admin | Posted in Biographies & Memoirs-New, New Releases, Nonfiction-New | Posted on 19-01-2011-05-2008

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1594202842 : Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother
ISBN: 1594202842

 
Author: Amy Chua

An awe-inspiring, often hilarious, and unerringly honest story of one mother’s exercise in extreme parenting, revealing the rewards-and the costs-of raising her children the Chinese way.

All decent parents want to do what’s best for their children. What Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother reveals is that the Chinese just have a totally different idea of how to do that. Western parents try to respect their children’s individuality, encouraging them to pursue their true passions and providing a nurturing environment. The Chinese believe that the best way to protect your children is by preparing them for the future and arming them with skills, strong work habits, and inner confidence. Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother chronicles Chua’s iron-willed decision to raise her daughters, Sophia and Lulu, her way-the Chinese way-and the remarkable results her choice inspires. Read the rest of this entry »

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Lighten Up: Love What You Have

Posted by admin | Posted in Home & Garden-New, New Releases, Religion & Spirituality-New | Posted on 18-01-2011-05-2008

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1439155143 : Lighten Up: Love What You Have, Have What You Need, Be Happier with Less
ISBN: 1439155143

 
Author: Peter Walsh

It seems as though not a day goes by that we don’t think about money. We cut back on spending. We chase a bargain. We try to save more. We strive to use less credit. We worry about funding our retirement and our children’s education. Yet we continue to spend money on things that don’t matter. Peter Walsh knows that money and debt can overwhelm your life even faster than clutter, and he has a plan to help you deal with that emotional and financial chaos. Peter’s previous bestselling books inspired us to successfully evict the clutter in our homes, on our bodies, and in six key areas of our lives. But for many people, clearing the clutter suddenly exposes deeper issues—financial, physical, and emotional. Sometimes our problems are not really about the physical stuff but about the emotional fabric of our lives—from our relationships with money to our relationships with people and even how we define and find happiness.

In Lighten Up, Peter demonstrates that this reassessment of priorities is a great opportunity to examine our lives and circumstances and to make the changes necessary to focus on the things that really matter. Exploring the real source of happiness, Peter offers a clear strategy for finding the delicate balance between what we have, what we need, and what we want or feel entitled to. With three unique audits that cover every aspect of our well-being, he takes us step by step through sizing up not just our possessions and financial statements but also our thoughts, goals, use of time and energy, and even our innermost sources of tension. He then shows us how to embrace the changes we’ve experienced, set a new path for the future, and come to accept that living on less can feel—and be—so much richer. Read the rest of this entry »

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Battle Angel Alita: Last Order, Vol 14

Posted by admin | Posted in Comics & Graphic Novels-New, New Releases | Posted on 16-01-2011-05-2008

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1421537958 : Battle Angel Alita: Last Order, Vol 14 (Battle Angel Alita (Graphic Novels))
ISBN: 1421537958

 
Author: Yukito Kishiro

Reads R to L (Japanese Style). 

The fate of entire worlds and peoples is at stake as teams of bizarre life-forms prepare for the barbaric Z.O.T. Tournament finals! Then Alita’s friend Zazie arrives in need of a literal disarming. And who will prevail when Hitechnolat Minister and LADDER Assistant Chairman Mbadi and Alita finally have their showdown?

While lovely cyborg Alita’s friends and allies battle real, personal, and existential demons in a usually fatal sports tournament, she embarks on a quest to rescue her friend Lou’s brain from enslavement as a component in a massive computer. On her journey, Alita discovers the secrets of both the post–apocalyptic Scrapyard and the Utopian city of Tiphares… Finally, the full story of Alita’s first life is revealed! Unfortunately, it might be better not to know the truth about your past when you’re the one responsible for the horror of everyone else’s present!

Pages: 208
 
Binding: Paperback
 
Publisher: VIZ Media LLC Year: 2011

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