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June 3, 2009

Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World

Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World

Cupcakes are the perfect dessert to take to any picnic. They're already individually wrapped and require no serving utensils. Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World offers dairy and gluten-free cupcake recipes that are as decadent and delicious as they are beautiful to look at. The book offers recipes for more than just your basic chocolate and vanilla cupcakes. Recipes for Banana Split Cupcakes, Tiramisu Cupcakes, and Carrot Cake Cupcakes are just a few of... more

May 15, 2009

Barron's Mastering Spanish Level One

Barron's Mastering Spanish Level One

Learning how to speak Spanish may seem like a daunting task, but the best way to learn any language is to totally immerse yourself in its sights and sounds. Start at the beginning with Barron's Mastering Spanish Level One. It comes with a textbook and 12 compact discs that cover vocabulary, grammar, reading, writing, and conversation. You'll be speaking Spanish like a pro once you've completed this comprehensive program.

April 30, 2009

Backyard Organic

Backyard Organic

Grow your own organic herbs or vegetables and save big money at the supermarket. Get started with these books on organic farming that will walk the less experienced gardener through the basics or help an old hand get some new ideas for what to plant. One Roma tomato plant can keep you in salsa and salads for the summer with very little effort on your part. Throw in a basic herb garden and you... more

April 24, 2009

Best of the Best from Kentucky: Selected Recipes from Kentucky's Favorite Cookbooks Books

Best of the Best from Kentucky: Selected Recipes from Kentucky's Favorite Cookbooks Books

Even residents of Kentucky may not know just what Burgoo is, but it pops up on even the fanciest restaurant's menus during Derby. Find out how to make the dish for your Kentucky Derby party with the Best of the Best from Kentucky, along with other Kentucky favorites like the Hot Brown or fried chicken. There's even a Triple Crown Pie to finish off the meal. Forget the diet and revel in these delicious... more

April 23, 2009

Betting the Kentucky Derby: How to Wager and Win on America's Biggest Horse Race

Betting the Kentucky Derby: How to Wager and Win on America's Biggest Horse Race

If you've been to the Kentucky Derby, you know that that only the world's finest thoroughbreds run in the eponymous event, but you may have no idea what a trifecta is or how to pick the likeliest horse from the crowd. With Betting the Kentucky Derby: How to Wager and Win on America's Biggest Horse Race, you can place your bet based on more than just liking the jockey's silks. Pick the right long-shot,... more

April 6, 2009

Veganomicon

Veganomicon

Vegan food gets a bad rap. Too often, it's associated with bland flavors and weird ingredients. Veganomicon proves that a vegan meal can be extremely flavorful and fulfilling. Recipes like Pumpkin Baked Ziti with Caramelized Onions and Sage Crumb Topping, and Leek and Bean Cassoulet with Biscuits are just a few examples of dishes that will appeal to both herbivores and carnivores alike. And the desserts will satisfy all of your sweet tooth cravings.

March 10, 2009

Great Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Paintings

Great Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Paintings

From the Art Institute of Chicago Collection 24 Cards The Art Institute of Chicago is an Illinois landmark, and there's something new every time we go there. In four recently-renovated galleries, the museum is now highlighting its impressive collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works. You can get a glimpse of these treasures with "Great Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Paintings From the Art Institute of Chicago Collection." The book of 24 detachable postcards includes miniature reproductions... more

Feb. 10, 2009

William Strunk and E. B. White - The Elements of Style

William Strunk and E. B. White - The Elements of Style

There are thousands of books that can help you with the pesky rules of writing and know when it's appropriate to use "who" and when you should use "whom," but not many that are priced for less than the cost of a pizza. Strunk and White's "The Elements of Style" remains one of our favorites. It's concise, direct, and you don't need a Master's degree in English to follow it. Our favorite section is... more

Feb. 6, 2009

Monette Satterfield - Let's Knit!: The Beginner's Guide to Knitting

Monette Satterfield - Let's Knit!: The Beginner's Guide to Knitting

We're envious of people who can make their own sweaters, but we would never dare to dream that big. Hats, scarves, and other small items, maybe. Still, no matter what you want to make, you have to learn the basics first. Let's Knit!: The Beginner's Guide to Knitting can help you get started. It covers what supplies you need, how to pick yarn and patterns, and basic knitting techniques. Dedicate one evening every week... more

Feb. 2, 2009

The New York Times Sunday Crossword Puzzles: 50 Sunday Puzzles from the Pages of The New York Times

The New York Times Sunday Crossword Puzzles: 50 Sunday Puzzles from the Pages of The New York Times

Although we generally don't get too many printed publications, there's no way we could cut out The New York Times' Sunday edition crossword puzzle. They're harder than the weekday versions, and give you a much greater sense of accomplishment when you complete one (or even come close). If you can't stand the weekly wait, 50 Sunday Puzzles from the Pages of The New York Times will keep you occupied for a while. The collection... more

Nov. 20, 2008

Pat the Husband Book

Pat the Husband Book

If you grew up with Pat the Bunny (or read it to your kids), you'll appreciate this new parody book called Pat the Husband. The book is just as interactive as the classic: You can remove the Velcro pants from the husband and put them on the wife, pull a tab to make the husband nod his head in agreement, and more. Wrap this one up with the Porn for Women 2009... more

Sept. 11, 2008

5 Year Diary

5 Year Diary

When we heard about the 5 year diary, we had to order several copies to give as gifts. The diary is a clothbound, hardcover book that lets you keep track of your life with just a few lines every day for 5 years. Each page of the diary is devoted to one day of the year and subdivided into 5 sections (one for each of 5 years). So as you're writing what happened on... more

June 13, 2008

Embracing Your Big Fat Ass: An Owner's Manual

Embracing Your Big Fat Ass: An Owner's Manual

We're a little surprised to learn about a new book called Embracing Your Big Fat Ass: An Owner's Manual. Isn't that Kim Kardashian's entire raison d'etre? Has the world forgotten Sir Mix-a-Lot? But we guess there's still a market for a "gleefully frank" self-help book that "encourages readers to accept and love every inch of themselves - including the lumpier parts." We can't wait for the movie version.

June 11, 2008

When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris

When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris

David Sedaris, the author of Me Talk Pretty One Day and Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, has a new book out called When You Are Engulfed in Flames. The book is a collection of personal essays, many of which have already been published in The New Yorker, about everything from youth to travel to quitting smoking. The New York Observer says "The essays are careful accretions of detail and incident... more

May 13, 2008

Audition by Barbara Walters

Audition by Barbara Walters

You can get dirt on celebrities and laugh at their misfortunes on TMZ. But for a little more insight pick up Barbara Walters' memoir, Audition, in which the award-winning TV journalist talks about her career, her family, her marriages (and affairs), and the rich/famous/powerful people who have played significant roles in her life. From Angelina Jolie to Monika Lewinsky, Fidel Castro to the Dalai Lama, there's something for everyone in this book.

April 10, 2008

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

Randy Pausch, a professor a Carnegie Mellon University, has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. So when, like many healthy professors, he was asked to give a "last lecture" focusing on the things that meant the most to him, his talk was "so moving, so positive in the face of things beyond his control, that the video became an Internet sensation." Read it for yourself. The Last Lecture is about the importance of overcoming obstacles,... more

March 11, 2008

Generation Kill

Generation Kill

The Wire is over. Now what? Here's what: Generation Kill. In 2003 a Rolling Stone reporter named Evan Wright embedded himself with US Marines in Iraq and wrote a book about it called Generation Kill: Devil Dogs, Iceman, Captain America, and the New Face of American War. Publisher's Weekly called it "a personality-driven, readable and insightful look at the Iraq War's first month from the Marine grunt's point of view." In July, a... more

Feb. 19, 2008

Things I've Learned from Women Who've Dumped Me

Things I've Learned from Women Who've Dumped Me

"Girls Don't Make Passes at Boys with Fat A**es." That's just one of the chapters in Things I've Learned From Women Who've Dumped Me, a collection of hilarious life lessons from some of our favorite writers and comedians, including Dan Savage, Stephen Colbert, Patton Oswalt, and Nick Hornby. Edited by Ben Karlin, a former executive producer of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, and former senior editor of The Onion, Things I've Learned... more

Jan. 31, 2008

Go Fug Yourself: The Fug Awards

Go Fug Yourself: The Fug Awards

One of our favorite guilty-pleasure blogs is Go Fug Yourself (because "fugly is the new pretty"), where Heather and Jessica call out celebrities for looking ridiculous or worse. From Britney's "letters" to Paris' "diary entries," from Celebrity Terror Watches to Tom Cruise's Flowbie, it's celebrity schadenfreude at its hilarious best. And next week - on Super Tuesday! - the Fug Girls have a book coming out. It's called Go Fug Yourself: The... more

Jan. 3, 2008

Grace After Midnight

Grace After Midnight

The best show on TV - The Wire - starts its final season Sunday night on HBO. (We're offering lots of free babysitting to our friends with on-demand cable this month.) Complement your TV viewing with Felicia "Snoop" Pearson's memoirs, Grace After Midnight. Before she was discovered by the actor who plays Omar, Snoop was born a 3-pound crack baby in East Baltimore and lived a life of drugs and violence, eventually serving... more