Unique history of the English language and how it's changed and grown. Unfortunately, this is the edition I own. So much about the English language ha...moreUnique history of the English language and how it's changed and grown. Unfortunately, this is the edition I own. So much about the English language has changed in the last 3 1/2 decades! Wish I had the funds to subscribe annually online to the OED! But it's still fun to look at the old editions, such as this one, to see the history of the English language up until that time. (less)
Includes so many seemingly esoteric techniques for every possible aspect of cleaning & maintaining a house/apartment and all of the possessions in...moreIncludes so many seemingly esoteric techniques for every possible aspect of cleaning & maintaining a house/apartment and all of the possessions in it. Very helpful reference with instructions I’ve seen nowhere else. Useful for both the novice/hopeless as well as those already skilled at housekeeping.(less)
This is a little passport size multi-lingual phrasebook that contains translations in 56 languages, covering 95% of the world's population, one langua...moreThis is a little passport size multi-lingual phrasebook that contains translations in 56 languages, covering 95% of the world's population, one language on each page, that explains what vegans do and don't eat. It even has 2 pages at the end of the book, one with a smiling face and one with a face in a frown with pictures of vegan and non-vegan foods/food sources for "when all else fails." Also contains maps that show parts of the world where each language is commonly spoken and the vegan airline meal code for airline travelers. Unique and incredibly useful (a must have tool) for vegans who travel or eat at ethnic restaurants where their native language(s) are not spoken or not spoken well. Vegetarians could also find it helpful.
This is the most comprehensive and detailed manual about activism I’ve read and is very valuable for all those who want to work for a cause dear to th...moreThis is the most comprehensive and detailed manual about activism I’ve read and is very valuable for all those who want to work for a cause dear to their hearts. The fact that this author focuses on animal rights made it particularly interesting for me because that’s one of the causes I care about and have at times worked for. However, this book can be useful as a handbook for those who’d like to work for any cause.
Mark Hawthorne is an excellent writer; I’ve read many pieces he’s composed. This book does not have the soaring prose of which he is capable, but it is extremely well organized and well written and is jam packed full of practical information.
It really probably could work better if used as a reference book. I read it cover to cover and it was a bit of a slog. This information might be better absorbed if the reader turns to various topics that most interest them at the moment. I do assume that a good part of the reason why it took me months to read this is that I’ve been very inactive as an activist the last few years. This fall’s election has me somewhat galvanized but I’m definitely less active than I was in years past in working for the issues of importance to me, including animal rights.
One wonderful thing about this book is that there’s no attempt to make the reader feel guilty, and the only pressure is the plea for each person to do something. There really is something for everyone: everything from writing a letter or handing out a leaflet to being vegan to tips on how to handle the situation if you perform an action that gets you arrested.
This book should be the text for activists, especially those new to activism, but even experienced activists will find useful tidbits here.
There are some good resources given in the back of the book. While the table of contents is self explanatory, given the amount of information provided an index in the back of the book would have been a terrific contribution.
The best thing about this book is that it’s motivating! Another reason I think that it took me so very long to read this is that while I was reading I kept thinking I should put the book down and do something! (less)
This could be a very helpful book for parents, educators, and therapists, and older children as well, as a resource for finding appropriate books to a...moreThis could be a very helpful book for parents, educators, and therapists, and older children as well, as a resource for finding appropriate books to aid young people mourning the death of a loved one.
It doesn’t include a comprehensive list of useful children’s books, but it does have a smattering of potentially helpful books.
What I particularly liked about this book is the other information it contains and how it’s organized. Books are divided, keeping in mind the sensitive child, by strength of emotional content: mild, moderate, and emotional. Books are also separated by the age ranges of the targeted children. Most importantly, each recommended book has an aspects of bereavement list. Examples of aspects of bereavement covered are: sharing feelings of sadness with others, facing the fact that death is final, remembering the happy times together, experiencing an actual death, searching for comfort, non-recognition of a small child’s grief, memories live on, persistent guilt leading to breakdown, emotional loneliness, hate for remaining parent, differing responses to a sudden death, secret outbursts of crying, and so many more. This feature is especially good for finding just the right book(s) for a particular child. There’s also the analysis of one of the books including written feedback from a group of children which I found interesting. (less)
This is an indispensable book for all vegetarians. There’s no other comprehensive book out there that provides so much information about nutrition and...moreThis is an indispensable book for all vegetarians. There’s no other comprehensive book out there that provides so much information about nutrition and the vegetarian diet(s). This is an incredibly well researched book: Saying the references listed at the end of every chapter are lengthy is an understatement. The 3 authors all have advanced degrees in nutrition/2 are registered dietitians.
I read the 1996 1st edition of this book cover to cover, and was incredibly impressed. The current 2nd edition gives various updated information including the addition of 4 new chapters (on fatty acid/omega-3 needs of vegetarians; the role of phytochemicals in the diet; the role of soyfoods in the diet; the role of carbohydrates in healthy diets, and this latter chapter also has information about the glycemic index).
This vegetarian positive book is also so refreshing because when I took nutrition in college, the R.D. professor I had was appalled by my vegetarian diet, even though when I figured my stats they showed I was getting more than adequate nutrients, and this was long before I became a vegan or knew what veganism was; that professor would have had a fit, and no helpful suggestions, had I been a vegan then.
There is information about types of vegetarian diets, about nutrition for all stages of life infants to elders, much about specific nutrients, and also practical applications are given for managing various medical conditions, and there are even tips about vegetarian food preparation and those are especially helpful to vegans who want to find substitutions for foods normally used in baking such as eggs, etc.
For those interested/curious, this book is very vegan friendly, but also honest about such things as the need for vitamin B12 supplementation.
This book is sufficiently interesting to be read straight through, and it also has a good index and helpful chapter descriptions so it’s easy to use as a reference book as well. Could be used as a text in college level nutrition classes, but it's easy for lay people to understand and no knowledge of chemistry is needed.(less)
There’s no question that this is a beautiful book. There are many wonderful photos, drawings, book covers, etc. that enhance the text/book description...moreThere’s no question that this is a beautiful book. There are many wonderful photos, drawings, book covers, etc. that enhance the text/book descriptions.
I had every intention of reading this book cover to cover, and some day I might do that; I do read many so-called reference books (such as cookbooks) 100%. But, it’s a 960 page book and I’ve decided I’d rather use this as a traditional reference book and read other books instead.
If I refer to it too often I’m afraid my to-read list will get more unwieldy than it is now. I was pleased to see that I’ve read more of these than I would have guessed and that I already have some of them on my current to-read list. Makes me wish I wasn’t already so old! ;-)
The problem I have with books such as this is that I always feel that worthy books are left out and I’m confused by certain ones that are included, which is true here too. Although the over one hundred international critics (that wrote this book) did do a good job here. I think I actually prefer the Book Lust books, even though they are not as comprehensive, because they’re great fun; this one takes itself completely seriously. (less)
This was by the most helpful book I’ve used, much better than a regular thesaurus, for finding the right word when writing, when it’s important to use...moreThis was by the most helpful book I’ve used, much better than a regular thesaurus, for finding the right word when writing, when it’s important to use the word I really want to use. It’s not comprehensive although I was always able to find a word I wanted to use.
(I do have to say thank goodness for the www.onelook.com online dictionary. In fact, since I found onelook, I haven’t used this book, or any dictionary/thesaurus that often. It’s still a somewhat unique resource and I’m glad that I own it.) (less)
This is actually an amazing book but it doesn’t get 5 stars from me because so much is left out that I wish was included. I especially like the timeli...moreThis is actually an amazing book but it doesn’t get 5 stars from me because so much is left out that I wish was included. I especially like the timeline that shows the history of the art along with general human history. I doubt that I will ever read every page of this book, the way I normally do with art books.(less)
This book has tons of useful tips to help one be frugal. I think that I would have enjoyed the newsletter more. I found the format of the book suffici...moreThis book has tons of useful tips to help one be frugal. I think that I would have enjoyed the newsletter more. I found the format of the book sufficiently unattractive that it was hard for me to read through each section; in a much shorter newsletter format, I think I’d have found it easier to absorb what is offered. There’s plenty of helpful advice in here, although most of it was not applicable to me; I’m sure everyone would find enough here to interest them though. Each newsletter was, I’m sure, very readable. In this format, it’s more of a reference book, in my opinion.(less)