Simple Pleasures of the Kitchen

The kitchen really is the heart of the home. It's the first place family and friends gather, not only to prepare and eat food, but to chat, sip tea, snack on home-baked cookies, unwind after a tough day, and reconnect with loved ones.

The latest in the Simple Pleasures series of books, Simple Pleasures of the Kitchen captures the essence of the kitchen. It offers a cornucopia of recipes, food-based crafts, and family activities, as well as stories from kitchens around the world. Simple Pleasures of the Kitchen is a book—and a gift—sure to warm anyone's heart, no matter what the weather.

Organized by season, the book offers:

  • Spring Flings
  • The Savor of Summer
  • Autumn's Abundance
  • Cozying Up in Winter

Susannah Seton's Simple Pleasures books continually delight readers with their down-home, heart-warming recipes, crafts, and activities that bring the whole family together.

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Dream Big

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When author Lisa Hammond followed her passion, she founded her own company, Femail Creations a womanoriented catalog company that grew into a huge success. Lisa loved shopping, thus the mailorder catalog. Because she's passionate about women making their way in the world, Femail Creations features only items crafted by women artisans. In Dream Big Hammond details how she and her sister entrepreneurs followed their dreams and managed their fears to become happy and successful. Lisa shares the lessons they learned, the mistakes they made, and the fulfillment they attained. Dream Big reflects Lisa's inspirational personality and drive, as well as her belief in the power of women connecting with women from the artists whose products appear in Femail Creations to the women who buy those products. Dream Big is a virtual meeting place for women who want to live and work their dreams. By sharing parts of their stories and tips, the women who've done it lend a hand to those who still dream that "maybe someday..." Readers will find inspiration, as well as hardnosed advice, about how to pursue their passion whether for business, creativity, family, or anything else in spite of fear and inevitable missteps. Chapters include: "Permission to Dream," "Facing Fears," "Attempting the Impossible," "Owning Our Power," "Trusting Our Guts," "Persistence is Omnipotent," and "Never Too Late." Dream Big shows women that the first step isn't writing a business plan it's listening to yourself and taking your turn/ it's managing your life from the heart with a "femail" touch. Hammond, who's known to her thousands of customers, friends, and family as the Barefoot CEO, didn't do things conventionally. That makes for hilarious stories, heartstopping inspiration, and rollupyour sleeves tips a blueprint in action for their dreams.
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Wild Irish Roses

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Forget the myth of the sweet Irish Colleen. Real Irish women were no creampuff debs. From the ancient warrior queens Marrigan, Macha, and Badbh to the labormovement maven Mother Jones, Irish women have backbones of steel. Wild Irish Roses is a fascinating look at wild Irish women throughout history/ serious information imparted in Trina Robbins' trademark style, with verve and humor.

The women in Wild Irish Roses are not always nice girls or even good girls, but they are women who know how to get things done, whether on the battlefield or in the bedroom. These are women who preserved and handed down the old stories. They are women who fought in revolutions with either gun or pen, wrote books, starred in books others wrote, and stormed heaven itself.

Author Trina Robbins is an impeccable researcher whose knack for telling stories and embellishing them with engaging illustrations and photos, brings each of these Wild Irish Roses to life, including:

  • Maeve and six other warrior queens
  • Grania and Deirdre, who ran away from kings for the love of younger men
  • Five women who turned themselves into birds to get the job done right
  • Saint Brigit and the saintly Kathleen O'Shea
  • Cultural revivalist Maude Gonne and friends
  • IrishAmerican beauty roses, including Scarlett O'Hara
  • And warriors in their own right, such as Mother Jones and company

Wild Irish Roses is a celebration of tough, independent, beautiful Irish women from myth to modernity. It's a book that is sure to entertain, inform, and inspire readers of every background to find the Irish rose in themselvesto discover what they want and have the courage to go out and get it.

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Ben Franklin's Guide to Wealth

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Ben Franklin's Guide to Wealth is the modern version of the treatise The Way of Wealth by Richard Saunders, one of Ben Franklin's many pseudonyms. Franklin practiced what he preached in the treatise, and it made him rich enough to have a full life, travel extensively, and follow his intellectual musings, which in turn led him to become an accomplished scientist, inventor, political activist, diplomat, and writer. Franklin wasn't born rich. He built his legacy using his intelligence, curiosity, natural good sense, and proclivity for thrift and hard work. When he died, he left a fortune. Barrett and Mingo bring practicing what Franklin preached up to date for today's busy lifestyles. It's time to get back to financial basics. It's time to think about what "rich" really means. It might mean not hiring someone to do lawn work, saving some money, and sharing time spent together as a family. It's time to look for guidance from America's original financial guru, Ben Franklin.

Ben Franklin's Guide to Wealth shows readers how to apply Franklin's financial wisdom to their own lives. Quotes from the original treatise such as "If you have something to do tomorrow, do it today" and "Leisure is time for doing something useful," are followed by the authors' downtoearth commentary. Barrett and Mingo--history and trivia buffs--offer their own sage advice on a range of financial basics, including debt, thrift, the value of work and business, developing financial responsibility, money and time, and preparing for the future. As the authors attest in the Introduction, we should listen to the way of Ben Franklin because "it works." A clever, wise, and fun book, the financial advice in Ben Franklin's Guide to Wealth works as well today as it did 250 years ago.

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Shining Through

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Start Your Day with a Dose of Happiness

This 30-day course composed of insightful thoughts and reflections will give you the encouragement you need to find happiness and inner peace.

A guide to happiness. On our journey to a happy life, sometimes we need a little help. Author Hugh Prather steps in to take the role of our compassionate and thoughtful guide in this course for finding happiness. He spent his life not only as an author but as a minister and counselor, and so lends the wisdom and comfort that he provided in those roles to readers of this inspirational book.

Quiet power in unsettled times. Prather’s signature way of writing makes this book a potent and refreshing source of truth amidst the troubles we face in our daily lives. His reflections on how to be happy are rooted in human experience, and call on us to consider our connection with others. His words call on the spiritual and yet remain relatable to all people seeking personal growth, particularly as it relates to our happiness.

Open up Hugh Prather’s Shining Through. Switch on your life, ground yourself in happiness and learn more about:

  • Reflections on Prather’s own pain, observations, and ways of coping with modern life
  • The art of happiness and how we can find it
  • Life-changing practices that can shift how we face tragedies and fears

If you enjoyed books like A Short Guide to a Happy LifeHow Happiness HappensGetting to Good, or Lovingkindness then you’ll love Shining Through.

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Wild Women Talk Back

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The Meaning of Life as Told by Wild and Brave Women

Wild Women Talk Back is for any women out there looking for inspiration, empowerment, or even just a laugh. The iconic women quoted in this book are sassy, full of wisdom, wickedly funny, and just what you need to remind you that girls run the world.

Motivational words from the greats. These women—movie stars, politicians, musicians, and writers—remind us to be unapologetically ourselves. Their power-packed words cut to the truth of femininity and reveal what being a woman in this world looks like, not shying away from the harsh realities as well as the joys and pleasures. The inspirational women quoted here offer their own brash brand of counsel and commentary on themes common to women's lives and act as a guide, comic relief, and a source of empowerment for all women.

Rejoice in your wild side. This book is more than a compilation of inspirational quotes for women—it’s an invitation to embrace and live out your wild and beautiful feminine self. Not only will these empowering quotes lift your spirits, but they will make you stop and think about the meaning of life and women’s invaluable role in the world. Wild Women author Autumn Stephens introduces each section, shedding contemporary light on the collection of quotes from awe-inspiring and unforgettable women such as Madonna, Lucille Ball, and Mary, Queen of Scots. Open up this book packed with quotes about being a woman and learn more about:

  • Insight into everything from sex to motherhood, physical appearance to self-esteem, and coping with a career to finding wisdom
  • The hilariously and shockingly relatable experiences of women throughout the ages
  • The timeless wit and wisdom that women have to offer

Readers of books such as Badass AffirmationsIn the Company of WomenThat’s What She Said, and Great Quotes from Great Women will love Wild Women Talk Back by Autumn Stephens.

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Mama Says

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Mama Says is a delightful, funny, and very wise book of over 400 sayings from mothers from around the world that represent a lineage of mothers' wisdom. The sayings are not always kind, not always useful, but always true to the intention of teaching young ones how to survive in the world. Many times, it's clear that these sayings are inherited wisdom, received from their mothers who learned it from theirs back into the untraceable past:

    "Nobody said life was fair.""You don't have anything to lose by asking."
  • "From your mouth to God's ears."
  • "Men only want one thing."

Many times, what mama had to say was simply outrageous:

    "When faced with a room full of horse shit, look for the horse."
  • "There's always something to come along to shorten the tail of the rabbit."
  • "Whatever situation you find yourself in, think of what the Virgin Mary would do and do the same."

Mama Says will make anybody laugh out loud remembering what Mom used to say, or smile recognizing how often we end up with the exact same words coming out of our own mouths. After all, "sooner or later, we all quote our mothers."

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Food That Rocks

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Everybody loves food. Everybody loves music. Put the two together and you have a sumptuous, one-of-a kind cookbook guaranteed to stir the senses and tickle the taste buds. 'Kitchen Goddess' Margie Lapanja and rocker Cindy Coverdale have cooked up sheer delight where everybody gets a front row seat, a backstage pass, and dinner (actual interviews) with the band.

Cleverly organized like a concert, Lapanja and Coverdale start with 'Opening Acts.' Taste Patti LaBelle's 'Potato Salad' and David Coverdale's 'Soulful Shrimp Soup' before trying the 'Amped-up Appetizers.' 'Electrifying Entrees' zing the page with Ted Nugent's 'Bubble Bean Piranha' la Colorado Moose.' Desserts worthy of a standing ovation -- such as Sarah McLachlan's 'Current Cake' -- also belt out from these pages.

Guaranteed to satisfy every taste, Food That Rocks also spotlights musician-owned restaurants, musical cookbooks, and songs about food, writers who rock, and chefs who jam. Meet the real Rolling Stone's Ben Fong Torres of Almost Famous, and Rock Bottom Remainders literary band of Amy Tan and Stephen King, led by Kathy Goldmark. Food That Rocks heats up the kitchen with red-hot rock, outstanding food, and recipes you will not find anywhere else.

Foodie-author Margie Lapanja and Cindy Coverdale, wife of David Coverdale, bring backstage access right up to the kitchen table with a smorgasbord of music stars and their favorite recipes: Patti LaBelle, Shania Twain, Sarah McLachlan, Ted Nugent, Bob Weir, Joe Satriani, Aerosmith, Jennifer Lopez, and more. More than just a cookbook, these stories about the stars and their recipes pepper the pages and keep reading red hot.

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Nothing's Wrong

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Too many guys of all ages have only about half the information they need to live successful professional and personal lives. Most men are terrific with their thinking halfthe part that deals with facts, figures, and information. Nothing's Wrong helps men find the half that's missingthe emotional half.

Men have long been conditioned to conceal a full range of emotions, including sadness, anxiety, and worry. Author David Kundtz shows men how to identify and express whatever they're feeling in a healthy way and to learn to be comfortable with the feelings of others. He provides the tools and language with which men can access and express deep, vibrant, emotional lives. Written for males, from teenagers to grandfathers, Nothing's Wrong liberates men so that their jobs and relationships can flourish and they can find new, lasting success in life, in the ways that really count.

Kundtz helps men become skilled and confident with the emotional part of life with a variety of stories, simpletodo exercises, and a threestep, daily practice for emotional fitness:

  1. 1. Notice the feeling and stay with it.
  2. 2. Name the feeling.
  3. 3. Express the feeling to the outside world.

Written in a matteroffact, nontouchyfeely style, Nothing's Wrong helps men manage their feelings to build rich, emotional lives and find more satisfying relationships, improved health, and successful careers. Try itthe results can be amazing

Here's a book that truly acknowledges the bewildering effects strong emotions have on men and how men can learn to deal with them. Its plain language and examples are far from the touchyfeely tone of so many other titles in this category.

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Standing on My Head

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Tidbits of Truth Guaranteed to Make You Think

Best-selling author and counselor Hugh Prather demonstrates how a subtle shift in perspective can change your line of thinking—for the better.

Intensely personal and universal. Lessons learned in life most often come from experience, our own or that of others. In this little volume by Hugh Prather, we dive into life lessons that stem from Prather’s personal experiences and encounters that can be applied universally. From mundane recollections to aphorisms and mantras, Prather examines things from a point of view that is both enlightening and refreshing. No matter where you are in your life journey, this book is packed with motivational thoughts that can lead to growth and change.

Perceive something different—about yourself and others. A simple shift in perspective can go a long way toward adapting our thinking and bringing about personal transformation. Prather introduces various phrases throughout his book that carry a great truth in a simple way—such as, “"I have to act the way I am before I can become something else." By calling on us to examine these little truths in a different light, we can more easily see how they apply to our own lives and the lives of those around us.

Learn more about:

  • Yourself—this book promises an ongoing journey of self-discovery
  • How a shift in thinking can change your life
  • Universal life-lesson quotes that you can turn to again and again

If you enjoyed books like Heart TalkThe Mindful Life Journal, or The Gifts of Imperfection then you’ll love < em>Standing on My Head by Hugh Prather.

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Little Indulgences

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A Bouquet of Ways to Treat Yourself Every Single Day

Whether its remembering to exercise regularly, throwing yourself a party or writing a poem, Little Indulgences is your perfect self-care guide.

Learn to treat yourself often. Being indulgent is not all about being extravagant. Being indulgent can be something as small as buying yourself flowers or cooking a recipe you have been meaning to try. Anything can be considered self-care, and with this book, filled with holistic and emotional care, you can find plenty of luxurious indulgences to help you include self-care in your day.

Find new ways to be good to yourself. Life can be stressful and take a toll on any woman. You can learn new ways to unwind and re-energize with Cynthia MacGregor’s sound advice. Between instant indulgences that reap immediate rewards, or “Rewards Over Time,” that take longer to complete, this book gives you every option you could ever dream of. With Little Indulgences, learn more about:

  • Ways to be kind to yourself
  • Practicing self-care
  • And so much more!

If you enjoyed books like The Little Book of Lykke, Wellness Witch or The Little Book of Life Skills, then you’ll love Little Indulgences!

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It Takes a Certain Type to Be a Writer

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Totally Riveting Utterly Entertaining Trivia
Erin Barrett and Jack Mingo are the Queen and King of trivia, relied upon by game shows including Who Wants to be a Millionaire? and game manufacturers. Millions of people read their daily newspaper column and together they've written twenty books. The sixth book in the 'Totally Riveting Utterly Entertaining (TRUE) Trivia Series' puts a magnifying lens on the wacky world of writers. It Takes a Certain Type to Be a Writer will tell you everything you could possibly want, or were afraid, to know about writers, publishing, and the writing life. Bitesized facts are organized into chapters including "Everyone's a Critic," "Stranger than Fiction," "From Bad to Verse," "Kiddie Lit," "A Word's Worth," and many more. You'll learn things like: where Proust wrote (in bed with gloves on)/ what Voltaire drank (70 cups of coffee a day)/ and how James Cain prepared himself for yet another publisher's rejection. (The title The Postman Always Rings Twice had nothing to do with the plot of the bestselling novel. It was a private joke of author James Cain. His postman would ring his doorbell twice whenever the many-times-rejected manuscript came back from a publisher.)
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People with MS with the Courage to Give

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Having Multiple Sclerosis Doesn’t Mean You Have To Stop Living

In People with MS with the Courage to Give, twenty-four individuals come together to deliver one inspiring message about courage, adversity, and a life less ordinary.

A collection of inspirational stories that evoke courage and confidence. We don’t get to choose whether or not we have Multiple Sclerosis, but we do get to decide how we live with it. Author and MS warrior Jackie Waldmen delivers a personal message of hope in these twenty-four tales of individuals who did the unthinkable, went against the grain, and proved that a Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis does not box have to box you in.

Meet inspirational people and lifelong friends. Within these pages, you’ll meet individuals with MS symptoms—but that didn’t stop them from living their best life. You'll meet Alicia Conill, an M.D. turned founder of The Disability Experience. You'll also meet Anthony Zaremba, an employee almost fired because of his shaking hands, later recognized for his success in community gardens and Brooklyn wheelchair access. People with MS with the Courage to Give offers readers:

  • Powerful stories that show how nervous system disorders don’t define you
  • Inspirational quotes to boost your self-esteem throughout the day
  • Advice from people just like you who encourage you to do the impossible

If you enjoyed transformative books such as The Wahls Protocol, The Autoimmune Solution, or Goodbye Autoimmune Disease then you’ll love People with MS with the Courage to Give.

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The Naptime Book

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Cynthia MacGregor has won the hearts of thousands of parents with her parenting classics. In The Naptime Book, she shares sweet, simple, and effective suggestions to help children get their allimportant sleep during the day. Current medical thinking indicates that small children should get at least nine hours of sleep at night and a nap during the day. Alarming statistics show that sleep deprivation can lead to countless health, cognition, and social problems. Cynthia MacGregor can help transform naptime into a treat both children and their caregivers look forward to every afternoon, leading to happier, healthier children and more joyful families.

The Naptime Book is full of creative, playful ways to help children relax. Plus the hundreds of storytime activities, quiet games, riddles, and rhymes in this little book will help develop language and number skills. And what book on naps would be complete without a chapter called "Time Out for Mom, Too " Adults who care for small children all day need to take time for themselves. MacGregor suggests ways to use this time to your own best advantage.

A sweet little book, with illustrations throughout, The Naptime Book is perfect for busy parents, tired teachers, and perplexed daycare professionals.

The Naptime Book offers creative solutions to the challenge of naptime as well as a unique opportunity to foster closer relationships with young children. It's a book bound to become dogeared with repeated use.

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Heart Sense

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Understanding Your Heart Can Be Key to Your Health and Wellness

Heart Sense is a beautiful mixture of information and stories that weaves together understanding and self-improvement, contributing to your health and wellness.

The heart is the only organ that is the guardian of very complex emotions. From our heartfelt attraction to another and our heartfelt acceptance of ourselves, our hearts contain a storehouse of information, data, and memories. Much of our lives' essence and meaning is experienced on a "heart level."

There is no surer way to discover your life's destiny than to listen to your heart. Heart Sense presents a compelling combination of scientific facts and true stories to reveal the range of intelligence your heart contains. Evidence suggests that the heart is not only a muscle that pumps the blood we need to live; it also holds vital personal memories and information we need to survive. We must care for it through love, mindfulness, and meditation.

Learn how to form a stronger bond with your heart. Psychologist Paula M. Reeves designed this book to inspire personal exploration of your life's purpose. Exercises called "Heart Notes" appear throughout the chapters to help you recognize your own heart sense and use it to discover your own unlived life. This deeply personal self-help book will help you:

  • Find insight into yourself
  • Draw strength from within
  • Take delight in the life you live
  • Improve your overall sense of happiness

If you enjoyed books like Good Vibes, Good LifeGene Keys, or Finding Your Own North Star, then you’ll love Heart Sense.

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Tender Murderers

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The did it for love or money...or both

Some of them fabled femme fatales of yesteryear. some headliners in yesterday's newspapers. Jean Harris, Ruth Snyder, Kate Bender, Belle Starr, Bonnie Parker, Phoolan Devi, Lizzie Borden, Grace Marks, Valerie Solanas, Amy Fisher and more true life who, where, why, when, and howdunnits. Bandit queens, gun molls, mothers, and widows (often selfmade) this array of reallife women who murdered makes for fascinating reading. Thoroughly researched, with archival photos and illustrations.

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