Friday, May 6, 2011

Friday Finds

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Canaan's Land Joshua Lee's life is turned upside down when his father forces the family to move to West Texas in 1868. The Civil War is over, but hardships and perils remain. Joshua and his parents will have to face rattlesnakes, wild bulls, floods, and fistfights . . . and their own growing fears. With the aid of Specks, his bluetick hound, Joshua struggles to help the family survive. But will it be enough? Will Mama, Papa, and he ever reach Canaan's Land? In the tradition of Old Yeller and Where the Red Fern Grows, award-winning short story writer and outdoor journalist John Evans spins a compelling tale of love and forbearance.

Sea Horse, Run! Every animal on the coral reef is frightened by the news: "A sea dragon is coming!" Even Shark, Eel, and Octopus flee, but Sea Horse's best friend, Coral, is attached to the reef. Coral cannot leave, but she is not afraid for herself. Brave Sea Horse stays behind to protect Coral from the monstrous beast, but when the dragon finally arrives, Sea Horse discovers that sea dragons aren't so terrible after all. Children will enjoy the panorama of an Australian reef that identifies forty animals featured in the book.

Dead Men Do Tell Tales Characterized by the author as "a murder-filled crossword puzzle without the squares," this book of 61 mini-mysteries challenges readers' knowledge of pop-culture trivia. Solutions to the witty whodunits involve literature, art, music, history, baseball, and other subjects of popular interest. Readers can play alone or in groups. Hints and solutions.

Blood of the Reich William Dietrich is the New York Times bestselling author of ten novels, including the upcoming Blood of the Reich and the Ethan Gage adventures, The Dakota Cipher, The Rosetta Key, and Napoleon's Pyramid. He is also a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, historian, and naturalist. A winner of the PNBA Award and Washington Governor Writer's Award, he is a professor of journalism at Western Washington University.

Lost on Treasure Island When Midwesterner Steve Friedman arrived in Manhattan, the land of the quick and the mean, raring to go and ready to conquer, he soon found pitfalls and pratfalls more numerous and perilous than he had ever imagined. Here is his utterly honest, often hilarious, self-deprecating account of those fateful years, starting with his first job at GQ and his awkward efforts to impress his boss, Art Cooper, and including real and imagined love affairs, disasters at work and play, growing self-awareness with its inevitable bouts of depression and subsequent therapies—all of which fail—and in the end, a wisdom that promises better things to come.

Death With Dignity n Death with Dignity, Robert Orfali makes a compelling case for legalized physician-assisted dying. Using the latest data from Oregon and the Netherlands, he puts a fresh new slant on perennial debate topics such as "slippery slopes," "the integrity of medicine," and "sanctity of life." His engaging writing style brings clarity to these issues. The content is thought-provoking; the arguments are well-researched, air-tight, and original.
This extraordinary book provides an in-depth look at how we die in America today. It examines the shortcomings of our end-of-life system. You'll learn about terminal torture in hospital ICUs and about the alternatives: hospice and palliative care. With laser-sharp focus, Orfali scrutinizes the good, the bad, and the ugly. He provides an insightful critique of the practice of palliative sedation. The book makes a strong case that assisted dying complements hospice. By providing both, Oregon now has the best palliative-care system in America. Reading this book, above all, may help you or someone you care about navigate this strange landscape we call "end of life." It can be your gentle and informed guide to "a good death" in the age of hospice and high-tech medical intervention.

Williams-Sonoma Good Food to Share: Recipes for Entertaining Williams Sonoma Good Food to Share is available as an application for the iPad and features Mag+, the award-winning digital publishing platform created by Bonnier for the iPad and other tablet computers. Mag+ combines everything that’s great about reading a physical book with the best elements of the web, allowing users a new way to interact with the content.

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