The Booklovers' Guide To Wine

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#1 Best Seller in Wine & Spirits Buying Guides ─ Great Wines and Great Writers are a Wonderful Blend

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

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.

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Writing Ourselves Whole

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#1 Best Seller in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Study Aids ─ A Book That Will Change Your Life

Healing victims of sexual assault through transformative journaling. One in six women is the victim of sexual assault. Using her own hard-won wisdom, author Jen Cross shows how to heal through journaling and personal writing

Rape victims and victims of other sexual abuse. Writing Ourselves Whole is a collection of essays and creative writing encouragements for sexual trauma survivors who want to risk writing a different story. Each short chapter offers encouragement, experience, and exercises.

How to change your life. When you can find language for the stories that are locked inside, you can change your life. Talk therapy can only go so far for the millions of Americans struggling in the aftermath of sexual abuse and sexual assault. Sexual assault survivors can heal themselves. Sexual trauma survivor communities (and their allies) have the capacity to hold and hear one another's stories–we do not have to relegate ourselves solely to the individual isolation of the therapist's office.

What You'll Learn Inside Writing Ourselves Whole:

  • How to reconnect with your creative instinct through freewriting
  • How freewriting can help you reclaim the parts of yourself and your history
  • How "restorying" the old myths about sexual trauma survivors can set you free

If you have read books such as Julia Cameron's The Artist's Way, Natalie Goldberg's Writing Down the Bones, or Louise DeSalvo's Writing as a Way of Healing, your will want to read Writing Ourselves Whole.

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Deep Breaths

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#1 Amazon New Release! ─ Millennial moms. You've survived pregnancy and now you have a newborn baby and you're entering your first year of newborn care. What's next?

Deep Breaths: The New Mom’s Handbook to Your Baby's First Year is Michelle Pearson's debut book. In her newborn baby book, this YouTube mom of 5 details:

  • What to expect during pregnancy
  • What to expect during the first year of motherhood
  • The importance of finding your mother tribe
  • How to embrace motherhood with all of its ups and downs
  • How to continue managing your career
  • How to continue your social life

Millennial moms: This isn’t your grandma’s parenting book. YouTube parenting vlogger, Michelle Pearson, brings her inspiring and motivating parenting stories, tips and tricks for the modern millennial mom. From what to expect as the pregnancy develops to the milestones within the first 12 months, Michelle knows that the journey will have highs, lows and the occasional unexpected surprise on social media.

Starting a family and caring for your new baby: “Reading Michelle's journey as both a mom and a millennial woman, with hopes and admirations of her own, I couldn't help but feel like I was sitting down to coffee with a close friend, sharing some of our hardest and most beautiful struggles. Michelle's depiction of both the blessings and the challenges that every millennial mom faces is raw, refreshing, and shows truly how unique the millennial generation is. Sharing her high moments, as well as the low, you get an intimate look into her life as both a young woman and also a mom who is passionate about everything she does. Millennials have both the advantage and the curse of social media, and Michelle so candidly speaks life and hope into a generation of moms who just want someone to tell them they're doing it "right". Jaimie Kight, YouTube Vlogger

Key elements of Deep Breaths include:

  • How to become the mom you want to be
  • The good, the bad, the ugly
  • Embracing/finding/defining the mother within
  • Delicate balance
  • A day in the life of a millennial mom
  • iMom
  • Pamper yourself
  • My favorite recipes for the millennial mom
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The Book of Awesome Women

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#1 Best Seller in Teen & Young Adult Sociology and Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance ─ Super Women.

Discover some of the most awesome women in history. Now is the time to acknowledge the greatness of women!

"The Book of Awesome Women shares stories and triumphs that are not often mentioned in mainstream history and is something you absolutely need to check out....Reading this book filled me with happiness and I just felt so amazed by what the women within this book have accomplished." The Book of Awesome Women Book Review from @kleffnotes, TheNerdyGirlExpress, December 11, 2017

Sheroes. Women hold up half the sky and, most days, do even more of the heavy lifting including childbearing and child-rearing. All after a long day at the office. Women have always been strong, true sheroes, oftentimes unacknowledged. As we shake off the last traces of a major patriarchal hangover, women are coming into their own. In the 21st Century, all women can fully embrace their fiery fempower and celebrate their no-holds-barred individuality. It is time to acknowledge the successful women of the world.

Super women as female role models. From the foremothers who blazed trails and broke barriers, to today's women warriors from sports, science, cyberspace, city hall, the lecture hall, and the silver screen, The Book of Awesome Women paints 200 portraits of powerful and inspiring role models for women and girls poised to become super women of the future.

Super women you will meet in The Book of Awesome Women include:

  • Dian Fossey
  • Martina Navratilova
  • Sojourner Truth
  • Indira Ghandi
  • Aretha Franklin
  • Margaret Mead
  • Coretta Scott King
  • Georgia O'Keeffe
  • Jackie Joyner-Kersee
  • Joan Baez
  • Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Coco Chanel
  • Anita Hill
  • Nobel Peace Prize winner, Wangari Maathai
  • And many more

If you liked books such as I Am MalalaWomen in Science, or Book of Awesome Women Writers, you will want to read The Book of Awesome Women.

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Cheap Movie Tricks

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How to Make a Movie on a Tight Budget

Today’s indie film market is growing by leaps and bounds and filmmaker Rickey Bird and screenwriter and novelist Al Guevara are on a mission to help indie moviemakers everywhere.

Bird and Guevara want to show aspiring filmmakers how to overcome common movie and video production problems:

  • Not enough money for crews
  • Over budget and likely making the wrong movie
  • Can’t get the attention of an indie studio
  • Should have started with a short film to gain attention

Amateur Movie & Video Production. Thousands of aspiring filmmakers are learning how to use cheaper, widely available filmmaking technology, and the craft of making movies from books pulled from bookstore and library shelves. Their work is totally DIY and they are the most creative people you will ever meet. Rickey Bird’s Hectic Films is a Southern California enterprise 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 worldwide. 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 in 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

If you liked books such as How to Shoot Video That Doesn't SuckThe Filmmaker's Handbook, or Rebel Without a Crew, you’ll love Cheap Movie Tricks.

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I'm So Full of Happy Today

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Finalist Pacific Book Awards 2018! ─ The funny things kids say or the hygge wisdom of children

Is there anything more likely to make you laugh and put a smile on your face than the innocent and funny remark of a child? Ever since Art Linkletter first published Kids Say the IDarndest Things in 1957, people have laughed and been delighted with the innocent, funny things kids say. The Danes have a word for the feeling of happy delight that you get from simple things in life, such as the funny things kids say, it's called "hygge". In I'm So Full of Happy Today: The Hygge Wisdom of Children you will explore many of the funny things kids say in our world today.

The hygge wisdom of kids: It's not only endless, but often an endless source of joy, like these hilarious quotes:

  • Dylan, age 5, "Mom, did it hurt much when you gave birth to Daddy?"
  • Keira, age 8, "Being in love is like having a birthday in your stomach"
  • Miley, age 3, "When I grow up, I want to be pregnant. Or a princess"
  • Jayden, age 5, "Mom, how old were you when you were my age?"

The latest in funny kids books: I'm So Full of Happy Today is a heartwarming collection of the remarkably observant, funny and wise things said by children, aged two to ten years. All of the stories have a very real and personal feel, and include the name and age of each child. These playful, sometimes “tongue-in-cheek” tales straight from the minds and mouths of kids will have you learning and laughing long after you’ve turned the last page. You will be hygge happy!

More from this hygge funny things kids say book:

  • Round and Round it Goes - Samuel, age 4: “Mom, does the Earth ever get dizzy?”
  • Insightful - Abigail, age 4: “Mommy, do you know why it snows?” Mother: “Hmm no, why?” Abigail: “It’s because the clouds wants to give the kids something funny to play with.”
  • Astrology for Beginners - 3 girls, age 4, during nursery school lunch-break discuss zodiac signs: Jessica: “I’m a Capricorn.” Taylor: “I’m a Virgo.” Ashley: “I’m a Princess.”
  • Jurassic Dad - Sydney, age 7: “Dad, you’re so old you must remember what the dinosaurs looked like?”
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Stop Anxiety from Stopping You

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#1 Best Seller in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Mood Disorders, and Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance ─ Get back to the Person You Were Before Anxiety Took Over Your Life

Dr. Helen Odessky, Psy. D. is a licensed clinical psychologist, anxiety expert, author and speaker who also runs a private practice in Chicago focused on anxiety, OCD and panic treatment. In Stop Anxiety from Stopping You she provides the tools to help you to learn how to overcome anxiety and stop panic attacks.

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. 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 real-life anxiety and panic attacks.

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. She 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 details how to apply her six-step process to real life anxiety experiences such as:

  • Panic or anxiety attacks that come "out of the blue"
  • Worry, stress and muscular tension and/or irritability
  • Anxious social situations and difficulty with small talk and/or meeting new people
  • Specific fears such as driving, flying on an airplane, or public speaking
  • Unwanted thoughts (obsessions) or repetitive behaviors (compulsions)

If you have read The Anxiety and Phobia WorkbookWhen Panic AttacksRewire Your Anxious Brain, or The Worry Trick, you will want to own a copy of Stop Anxiety from Stopping You.

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The Magic of Crystals and Gems

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#1 Best Seller in Crystals ─ 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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The Hero Is You

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Become a Writing Hero

A creative writing mentor in inspirational book form. Imagine having your own personal mentor―someone encouraging yet honest, supportive yet empowering, who could help you set and achieve your goals, turn your moments of doubt and fear into sources of strength, and discover what you’re truly capable of when you’re at your best. Kendra Levin is that mentor. And with The Hero is You, she’s here to help you do the best writing of your life―and live your best life while doing it.

A motivational self-care book for writing aficionados. Using a fresh new approach to Joseph Campbell’s archetypal Hero’s Journey, Levin reveals how to be a hero in the narrative of your own process. She weaves together wisdom drawn from her years as a life coach for writers and an editor at the world’s biggest publishing house with behind-the-scenes stories from a panoply of best-selling authors and career entertainers. With over thirty exercises designed to help you reinvent your creative process from the inside out, this book will show you how to:

  • Identify your biggest challenges and render them powerless
  • Start a project that you love―and stick with it
  • Design a structure for writing regularly

Great motivational book for anyone dealing with writer's block or other writing obstacles. Whether you’re a first-time writer with a brand-new project or a seasoned pro, you’ll reach the end of this book feeling fulfilled, inspired, and ready to mentor the next writer on their creative journey.

Readers of self-help books and personal development books for writers and creatives like The Artist's WayBird by BirdThe Artist's Way Workbook, and Big Magic will be inspired and encouraged by The Hero is You.

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Ask a Question, Find Your Fate

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#1 New Release in Divination ─ 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 Best Seller in Automotive Buyers' Guides ─ 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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#1 Best Seller in Test Preparation and SSAT & COOP ─ Develop 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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