The Booklovers' Guide To Wine

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#1 Amazon New Release! ─ Learn why great wines and great writers are a wonderful blend

Pure delight: "This book would be a highly recommendable primer on wine without the literary references as Alexander guides us through regions and grapes, plus how to truly appreciate this nectar. But the hefty chapter matching grapes with authors is pure delight: albariño and J.R.R. Tolkien, chardonnay and Jane Austen, and his personal favorite, gewürztraminer and Marcel Proust." - Minneapolis Star Tribune

The pleasures of great wine and great writers: Under the careful guidance of his father, Patrick Alexander began drinking wine with his meals at the age of five. At the same age, encouraged by his mother, he began a lifelong love-affair with books. The twin pleasures of wine and writing remained his passion for the next sixty-five years. He has raised his own children in many of the world’s great wine growing regions, from Bordeaux and Piedmont in Europe to the Santa Cruz mountains of California while researching and writing his definitive guide to the novels of Marcel Proust.

History of wine and some of the best wines: For the past six years, Patrick has been teaching a sold-out wine appreciation class at the nation’s No.1 independent bookstore, Books & Books in Coral Gables, Florida. The Booklovers' Guide to Wine is based on this very successful class and blends Patrick’s passion for the culture and history of wine and his love of literature for the world's great writers. A literary twist on traditional food and wine pairings, this book explores how great wines and great writers can be combined to enhance the enjoyment of both. The book describes the history of wine from the time of Noah to the birth of two-buck Chuck. It explores the significance of terroir and varietal, the differences between Old World and New World wines and explains why England, a small island with almost no vineyards, is such a dominant force in the world of wine. The book also shows the relationship between:


  • Charles Dickens with Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Jane Austin with Chardonnay
  • Shakespeare with Sherry
  • and, J.R.R. Tolkien with Albariño

This fact-filled, jargon free guide to wine, bursting with entertaining anecdotes, literary quotes and compelling humor will teach you everything you always wanted to learn about wine but were too scared to ask.

Learn about wine: Patrick Alexander originally developed the Wine Appreciation program when he worked at the University of Miami as Director of the Office of Professional Advancement. In the summer of 2011, after Patrick had left UM in order to focus on writing, Mitchell Kaplan suggested he offer his program at Books & Books during the quiet summer months. “It seems a pity to waste all that research” Mitchell said “and you never know; our book customers might want to learn about wine while enjoying great writers .” Six years, twenty-three sold-out classes, and four-hundred satisfied students later, Patrick Alexander's Wine Appreciation Program has become one of the highlights of Books & Books event programming. Patrick is also a published author and his writings include Marcel Proust’s Search for Lost Time and The Nigerian Letter. Now, by reading The Booklovers' Guide To Wine you can also experience what Patrick's students have come to love and appreciate about great wines and great writers.

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Writing Ourselves Whole

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? Jen Cross founded WritingOurselvesWhole.org ten years ago, a safe space for survivors to process, create and mend. ? The methodology espoused by Jen Cross provides a ?fast track to healing? ? Author Cross holds workshops at Stanford University, Wesleyan University, the University of California at Davis, Dartmouth College, the University of California at San Francisco, Brown University, Goddard College, the University of Oregon at Eugene, Evergreen State University, Southern Oregon University, Pacific School of Religion, Art Institute of San Francisco; ? Jen Cross will tour college campuses with the release of the book ? Organizations that hold Writing Ourselves Whole workshops include: he Power of Words/Transformative Language Arts annual conference; the Femme Conference; Survivorship and the Survivorship annual conference; San Francisco Women Against Rape; Bay Area Women Against Rape; Community United Against Violence; San Francisco PRIDE; the UCSF Med Center?s Art for Recovery Program; Centers for Sex and Culture; UCSF Office of Medical Education program; Transformative Language Arts, Network, Good Vibrations, Litquake, Incest Survivors Network, and many more.
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Deep Breaths

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Over 4 million registered births in 2015 Pearson’s channel has over 45,000 subscribers Daily interaction is over 5,000 impressions with a growth of 32% over the last 30 days ThreadMB called Michelle’s ability to navigate the cute and fun aspects of being a mom with the taboo topics of post-partum depression inspiring. 43% of moms say they turn to parenting websites, books or magazines for parenting advice. 21% feel that books in the market are dated and do not cover social media and postpartum depression with relevant information. http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2015/12/17/parenting-in-america/
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The Book of Awesome Women

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? 2016 ushered in a new attention to women?s accomplishments with the United State?s first women nominee by a major party for president. This book contains MANY females firsts Feminism has gotten a new wave of energy thanks to a plethora of magazines, websites and blogs from Bitch to Bust to Feministing, Broadsheet, Our Bodies, Our Blog. From bearded hipster men to Millennials to corporate women to bra-burning boomers, and elders who paved the path, the ranks of feminists are growing at a rapid pace.
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Cheap Movie Tricks

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#1 Amazon Best Seller! — Want to know how to make a movie on a tight budget?

How to make a movie: Filmmaker Rickey Bird and screenwriter and novelist Al Guevara are on a mission to help indie moviemakers everywhere. Today’s indie film market is growing by leaps and bounds. At the same time, many aspiring filmmakers are running into their share of problems:

  • not enough money for crews
  • over budget and more than likely making the wrong movie
  • can’t get the attention of an indie studio
  • should have started with a short film to gain attention

Cheap Movie Tricks: Film school numbers aren’t down. They’re increasing at more than 2,600 film-related courses worldwide. You probably didn’t even realize 48% of all film schools are in the U.S. and U.K. Thousands of aspiring filmmakers are literally learning how to use cheaper, widely available filmmaking technology, as well as the craft of making movies from books pulled from bookstore and library shelves. They’re totally DIY and the most creative people you will ever meet. Rickey Bird’s Hectic Films is a Southern California enterprise that is building a filmmaking empire on a budget. His short films, feature films, micro docs and tutorials have landed in some of the biggest American film festivals and been seen online throughout the world. The result? Millions of views worth of exposure from films online, in festivals and creative marketing literally on the street. His many projects have seen leading B actors like Hulk Hogan and Vernon Wells (Mad Max Road Warrior), make-up artists from the TV show Grimm, and stuntmen from the Call of Duty games.

What you’ll learn inside this book:

  • how planning and shooting a short film today can lead to a feature-length project tomorrow
  • everything you need to know about writing a movie project on a burger budget
  • tips on how to find locations and not get arrested
  • shooting tips galore for building exciting scenes
  • sound and film editing tips and all kinds of special effects wizardry, including puppetry
  • screenings, promotions and juicy tips on film festival strategy
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I'm So Full of Happy Today

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• Co-author Martin Andersen has won Rising Star Inventor of 2012 and Toymaker of the Year 2014 for his board games. • In the grand tradition of “Kid’s Say the Darndest Things” which sold 250,00 copies, for a new generation • The book with a major “awww factor,” these quotes from real kids cover every topic and run the gamut from fall-down funny to wistful to sweet and even kind of genius
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Stop Anxiety from Stopping You

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#1 Amazon Best Seller! ─ Learn How to Stop Anxiety from Stopping You

If you have read Girl Wash Your Face, Reviving Ophelia, 101 Trauma-Informed Interventions or Start Where You Are─you will want to read Stop Anxiety from Stopping You.

Breakthrough Program: Our pace of life has increased exponentially in the last few decades. We are often too busy or preoccupied to attend to our emotions until they hit with the strength of a tornado. When signs of anxiety and panic appear, they ravage our lives, our dreams and our spirit. Dr. Helen Odessky, Psy. D. is a licensed clinical psychologist, anxiety expert, author and speaker who runs a private practice in Chicago that is focused on anxiety, OCD and panic treatment. In her book, Stop Anxiety from Stopping You: The Breakthrough Program for Conquering Panic and Social Anxiety, Dr. Odessky gives you the tools to learn how to overcome anxiety and how to stop panic attacks, using practical real-life solutions. 

How to overcome anxiety and how to stop a panic attack: It is now possible to stop anxiety from stopping us in our tracks. In her book, Dr. Odessky helps you understand the process of anxiety, and how to arm yourself with strategies that work. Dr. Odessky draws on her years of clinical experience to guide you through the process of not only learning how to overcome anxiety, but also how to enrich your life. Stop Anxiety from Stopping You will show you how to stop anxiety and how to stop panic attacks in an easy to implement six-step framework. You will learn about:

  • Signs of anxiety
  • How to overcome anxiety
  • How to stop panic attacks
  • How to treat anxiety
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The Magic of Crystals and Gems

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Unlock Supernatural Power

If you like The Crystal Bible or Crystals for Healing, you'll cherish The Magic of Crystals and Gems

Practice Practical Magic: Did you know that wearing an amulet of green jade on an interview will help get the job? Have you heard that an amethyst ring can help break bad habits and even encourage sobriety? Anyone looking for love can place two pink quartz crystals in the bedroom; you’ll not be alone for long! These are just a few of the hundreds of secrets shared in The Magic of Crystals and Gems. Semi-precious stones and gems have long been known for their magic as well as their beauty. In this book of charms, readers learn everything there is to know about the powers of crystals from birthstone magic to gem divination to jewelry spells. This is a fun, entertaining, and enlightening book that will appeal to everyone who's ever worn a birthstone, kissed the ring of a lover for luck, or bought a crystal for good energy.

Learn Amazing Things About Crystals: The Magic of Crystals and Gems is a treasure chest filled with the ancient wisdom of crystals. It is also a handy how-to filled with little-known lore along with the myth, meanings and specific magical qualities of hundreds of crystals, both common and very rare, including many meteorites. Author Cerridwen Greenleaf shares secrets to how and why crystal balls work, scrying with obsidian, crystal astrology, divination, healing, psychism and connections between the stars in the sky and gems of the earth. This one-of-a-kind work on the power of crystals belongs on the bookshelf of everyone interested in the magical gifts of Mother Nature.

The Magic of Crystals and Gems is the definitive guide to the enchanted world of crystals and gems. After reading this book, you will understand:

  • Which crystals are right for you
  • How to unlock the mystery of sacred stones
  • Ways to improve your life with changes as simple as putting new crystals in your room
  • And much more!
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Beer School

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Beer School ─ An insider's guide to craft beer, the world's greatest drink

The wonderful world of craft beers: Beer has come a long way in the 6,000 years since the first taste. The legends of the craft beer industry have made sure everyone’s within reach of the perfect pint. But, how do you get the right brew for you? And, can you learn to make a beer that will add to the lager legacy?

Beers of the world: Welcome to Beer School, brought to you by the heroes of YouTube sensation the Craft Beer Channel, a guide to everything you need to know about the wide and wonderful beers of the world. In Beer School, Jonny and Brad explain the intricacies of the finest artisan craft brews, including: ales, lagers, porters, stouts, IPSs, and bitters.

How to make beer: The lads have the inside scoop on everything from hop varieties and barrel aging, to serving temperatures and glassware. Beer School helps you learn how to make beer and how to get the most out of every sip. You will learn about: grain, mash, water, hops, boil, yeast, fermentation, serving, storing, pouring, and tasting.

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Tea-spiration

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Looking for unique gifts for women? Tea-spiration, may be just what you're looking for! The tea lovers book: Tea-spiration aims to create a quiet movement where one can experience devotions, comfort, inspiration and the simple joys of life. Tea drinkers know that tea, the wonderful drink, can help them slow down and savor life's moments. Unique gifts for women: In her debut book, Lu Ann Pannunzio (http://theteacupoflife.com/), uplifts and inspires readers in a way that does more than just telling them a story about tea and its history. As in life, tea is about the little things we need to experience (devotions, inspiration, reflection, comfort). Each page of Tea-spiration is filled with feelings and moments (big or small) that tea enhances; simple joys that not everyone may notice or take the time to savor. Sometimes all you really need is a cup, water and some leaves to create your own wonderful cup of tea experience. So, take pleasure in this tea lovers book, along with that special cup of tea, and stop and appreciate the simple joys of life!
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Ask a Question, Find Your Fate

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#1 Amazon New Release! ─ Find your fate

Oracular answers: Think of a question you wish to divine the answer to and focus intently on that question, flip the pages of the book, stop the page with the tip of a finger and read the corresponding words, the results will surprise and amaze! The collected oracular answers span the ages with the words of some of the great thinkers, philosophers, poets and writers of all time.

Find inspiration and meditate: A must-have for fans of great poetry, fortune telling, magic eight balls and those with a sense of adventure! Readers are asked to contemplate a question and then randomly select an excerpt, which will offer revelations and inspiration for further contemplation. Excerpts are drawn from poets throughout the ages, including Shakespeare, Sappho, Li Po, Rumi, Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, Dylan Thomas, William Blake, and J.R.R. Tolkien. Though designed as a prophetic tool, it can also be used for daily inspiration and meditation.

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Zen Dogs

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Mindfulness Mutts and Dharma Dogs

Readers of Start With WhyYou Are Here and Whatever You Are, Be A Good One will love the quotes and teachings of Zen Dogs

Advice from Zen Leaders: Join some cuddly puppies for the timeless teachings of Buddhism along with key lessons our canine companions are here to remind us of—such as how to live in the now—in Zen Dogs. Don’t let the adorable dogs fool you—they have plenty of mindfulness wisdom to share in the form of quotes and verses. These timeless verses will continue to be helpful and relevant to your life for years to come.

Daily Mindfulness: Meditate along with these verses daily. Every dog is a living example of loving kindness, a central tenet of the Buddha, which they reteach us with every affectionate lick and joy-filled wag of the tail. Learn from the dutiful dog to be true in body and mind. If you appreciated the mindfulness encouragement from Peace Is Every StepThe Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching and Together Is Better, you will love the quotes in Zen Dogs.

Let your inner Zen Dog guide you to enlightenment.

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Zen Kittens

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The Tao of Meow

Feline mindfulness: Is it time to “paws and reflect?” Cats are mysterious and even enigmatic, but they hold the keys to great wisdom. Is your kitten really meditating when staring off into space? Perhaps your kitten is sleeping or maybe deeply contemplating the very meaning of life. In every cat’s clear-eyed gaze lies a hint of secrets only they know. Cats will only come to you when they are ready, but kittens are always ready for companionship and a good cuddle.

Inspirational kittens: These adorable furballs embody the essence of Zen Buddhism - harmony of body and mind and living fully in the present moment. Kittens exemplify the Power of Meow with their simplicity, grace and blissful Buddha-nature. Each feline Zen Master in this lovely volume will get you one step closer to enlightenment as you follow the Four-Pawed Path. If you are looking for calm, clarity and insight into the teachings of Buddha, this is the purrrrfect book for you!

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Truck Nuts

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#1 Amazon Bestseller! Truck Nuts! Truck Nuts! Truck Nuts!

We're dedicated to helping find the best truck for you: So, truck nuts ─ your truck is your career, your office, your passion, your attitude. What is the best truck for you? Kent "Mr. Truck" Sundling from MrTruck.com and Andre Smirnov from The Fast Lane Trucks will explore that question and more in their book, Truck Nuts. Learn about:

  • small trucks and the best small truck
  • big trucks
  • diesel trucks
  • family trucks and vans
  • pickup trucks and the best pickup truck
  • and much more

All Trucks All The Time! Truck Nuts, the debut book by Kent "Mr. Truck" Sundling and Andre Smirnov, takes on the challenge of breaking down all the ins and outs of trucks:

  • How to match your truck to your trailer
  • Top 3 MPG trucks
  • Used truck judging
  • Gas or diesel engine?
  • Understanding truck and trailer tires
  • Truck safety
  • Going off the beaten path
  • The future of pickup trucks
  • Oil change myths

We are nuts about trucks and we want to take you on a journey through "Truck Nuts", the book. Please join us.

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Cubanisms

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#1 Amazon Best Seller! ─ Cubanisms ─ The evolution of Cuban slang, Spanish slang, and Spanglish

The history of Spanish slang: Spanish is a unique language. From Argentina to Spain, accents, meanings, connotations and more get lost between borders. Cubanisms by Pedro García-Menocal details the diverse history of the Spanish language as it evolved in the Lost City.

The humor of Spanish slang: With beautifully traditional illustrations from noted Cuban artist Gustavo “Garrincha” Rodriguez, Cubanisms embraces the hilarious and historic value of words and their interpretations. This funny and informative collection will keep you laughing and learning all the way from Havana to Santiago.

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The High School Survival Guide

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Great Study Skills ─ Study Smarter ─ Reach Your Full Potential!

How to study: “We are always told to study for exams and assignments but I can't remember a time when I was instructed on how to study!”

Study tips: Jessica Holsman of YouTube’s Study With Jess and Nickelodeon’s AwesomenessTV is changing the way teens feel about school. In her book, The High School Survival Guide, Holsman shares exclusive study tips and tricks to help you with how to get better grades! You will learn good study habits and tips, including:

  • How to get better grades
  • How to study better
  • How to study for a test
  • How to be a better student
  • How to study smarter

High School Survival Guide: Beyond the classroom, Jessica, who has a degree in Psychology, helps you understand your social skills as you grow from a Freshman to a Senior. From your first year orientation to applying for college and graduation, Jessica provides the best study tips and tricks to help you stay organized, write assignments, complete exams, manage stress and live a well-balanced life! Maximize your full potential, ace your next test, and become an A+ student!

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The Rise of Comic Book Movies

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Why We Can’t Get Enough of Superhero Movies Recent years show a sea change in Hollywood- the biggest movies come from the pages of comic books. These box office successes are driven by fans who love seeing their favorite heroes and villains from comics brought to life on the big screen, from Thor to Superman to Batman and Captain America, Wonder Woman and more. Baddies like Loki, The Joker and Lex Luthor only add to the fun. Welcome to the Golden Age of comic book movies and Comicstorians Benny Potter, Dan Rumbles and Jason Keen are here to help you understand why we these larger-than-life characters have captured the imagination of the world. When it comes to superheroes of the Silver Screen, nobody knows more than the masterminds behind the wildly popular Comicstorian YouTube channel. This definitive guide to comic book films divulges behind-the-scenes secrets and the hidden history behind these must-see movies including how, after very rocky beginnings, they shot to the top with DC and Marvel as two of the most important franchises in the industry. If you love The Hulk, The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Iron Man and are still laughing about Deadpool, look no further. With The Rise of Comic Book Movies, you’ll feel like you are on the film set, walking the halls of Valhalla and in your very own Fortress of Solitude with your favorite reads.
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The Gamer's Bucket List

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#1 Amazon Best Seller! ─ Which games are worth playing?

The 50 best games: From pixelated pioneer adventures to stunning space odysseys, the boundaries of the video game world are expanding every day. Grand epics and gritty mysteries. Fierce competition and friendly cooperation. Powerful emotions and uproarious laughter. Video games are fantastically diverse and wonderfully creative, but not all games are created equal. With so many games out there on so many different consoles, computers, and devices, how do you decide which games are worth playing? Backed by years of writing about games professionally and decades spent playing them, Chris Watters lays out a list of 50 games to entertain and enlighten you. Whether you’re trying to learn more about the world of gaming or strengthening your claim to true gaming fluency, these are the games you’ll want to play, and why you’ll want to play them.

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