The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Hinduism, 2nd Edition: A New Look at the World’s Oldest Religion$10.99 Add to cart
A new look at an ancient religion.
The Complete Idiot’s Guide® to Hinduism, Second Edition, contains updated and expanded information on how the religion developed from its very fragmented origins, the basic Hindu beliefs, and the multiple Hindu deities, as well as the sociological aspects of the religion including ethics, sacraments, dietary habits, the caste system, and much more.
? Hinduism is the third-largest religion in the world, with over 765 million followers worldwide
? Updated information on the state of Hinduism today
? An exploration of the Hindu paths to enlightenment including karma yoga, bhakti yoga, jnana yoga, tantra and laya yoga
? Expanded information on the Hindu Reformation
Never Pay the First Bill$12.99 Add to cart
From award-winning ProPublica reporter Marshall Allen, a primer for anyone who wants to fight the predatory health care system—and win.
Every year, millions of Americans are overcharged and underserved while the health care industry makes record profits. We know something is wrong, but the layers of bureaucracy designed to discourage complaints make pushing back seem impossible. At least, this is what the health care power players want you to think.
Never Pay the First Bill is the guerilla guide to health care the American people and employers need. Drawing on 15 years of investigating the health care industry, reporter Marshall Allen shows how companies and individuals have managed to force medical providers to play fair, and shows how you can, too. He reveals the industry’s pressure points and how companies and individuals have fought overbilling, price gouging, insurance denials, and more to get the care they deserve. Laying out a practical plan for protecting yourself against the system’s predatory practices, Allen offers the inspiration you need and tried-and-true strategies such as:
Analyze and contest your medical bills, so you don’t pay more than you should
Obtain the billing codes for a procedure in advance
Write in an appropriate treatment clause before signing financial documents
Get your way by suing in small claims court
Few politicians and CEOs have been willing to stand up to the medical industry. It is up to the American people to equip ourselves to fight back for the sake of our families—and everyone else.
Feynman’s Tips on Physics: Reflections, Advice, Insights, Practice$12.99 Add to cart
Feynman’s Tips on Physics is a delightful collection of Richard P. Feynman’s insights and an essential companion to his legendary Feynman Lectures on Physics
With characteristic flair, insight, and humor, Feynman discusses topics physics students often struggle with and offers valuable tips on addressing them. Included here are three lectures on problem-solving and a lecture on inertial guidance omitted from The Feynman Lectures on Physics. An enlightening memoir by Matthew Sands and oral history interviews with Feynman and his Caltech colleagues provide firsthand accounts of the origins of Feynman’s landmark lecture series. Also included are incisive and illuminating exercises originally developed to supplement The Feynman Lectures on Physics, by Robert B. Leighton and Rochus E. Vogt.
Feynman’s Tips on Physics was co-authored by Michael A. Gottlieb and Ralph Leighton to provide students, teachers, and enthusiasts alike an opportunity to learn physics from some of its greatest teachers, the creators of The Feynman Lectures on Physics.
Verified: How to Think Straight, Get Duped Less, and Make Better Decisions About What to Believe Online$10.49 Add to cart
An indispensable guide for telling fact from fiction on the internet—often in less than 30 seconds.
The internet brings information to our fingertips almost instantly. The result is that we often jump to thinking too fast, without taking a few moments to verify the source before engaging with a claim or viral piece of media. Information literacy expert Mike Caulfield and educational researcher Sam Wineburg are here to enable us to take a moment for due diligence with this informative, approachable guide to the internet. With this illustrated tool kit, you will learn to identify red flags, get quick context, and make better use of common websites like Google and Wikipedia that can help and hinder in equal measure.
This how-to guide will teach you how to use the web to verify the web, quickly and efficiently, including how to
• Verify news stories and other events in as little as thirty seconds (seriously)
• Determine if the article you’re citing is by a reputable scholar or a quack
• Detect the slippery tactics scammers use to make their sites look credible
• Decide in a minute if that shocking video is truly shocking
• Deduce who’s behind a site—even when its ownership is cleverly disguised
• Uncover if that feature story is actually a piece planted by a foreign government
• Use Wikipedia wisely to gain a foothold on new topics and leads for digging deeper
And so much more. Building on techniques like SIFT and lateral reading, Verified will help students and anyone else looking to get a handle on the internet’s endless flood of information through quick, practical, and accessible steps.
No Dig: Nurture Your Soil to Grow Better Veg With Less Effort$14.99 Add to cart
Work in partnership with nature to nurture your soil for healthy plants and bumper crops – without back-breaking effort!
Have you ever wondered how to transform a weedy plot into a thriving vegetable garden? Well now you can!
By following the simple steps set out in No Dig, in just a few short hours you can revolutionize your vegetable patch with plants already in the ground from day one!
Charles Dowding is on a mission to teach that there is no need to dig over the soil, but by minimizing intervention you are actively boosting soil productivity. In fact, The less you dig, the more you preserve soil structure and nurture the fungal mycelium vital to the health of all plants. This is the essence of the No Dig system that Charles Dowding has perfected over a lifetime growing vegetables.
So put your gardening gloves on and get ready to discover:
– Guides and calendars of when to sow, grow, and harvest.
– Inspiring information and first-hand guidance from the author
– “Delve deeper” features look in-depth at the No Dig system and the facts and research that back it up.
– The essential role of compost and how to make your own at home.
– The importance of soil management, soil ecology, and soil health.
Now one of the hottest topics in environmental science, this “wood-wide web” has informed Charles’s practice for decades, and he’s proven it isn’t just trees that benefit – every gardener can harness the power of the wood-wide web. Featuring newly- commissioned step-by-step photography of all stages of growing vegetables and herbs, and all elements of No Dig growing, shot at Charles’s beautiful market garden in Somerset, you too will be able to grow more veg with less time and effort, and in harmony with nature – so join the No Dig revolution today!
A must-have volume for followers of Charles Dowding who fervently believe in his approach to low input, high yield gardening, as well as gardeners who want to garden more lightly on the earth, with environmentally friendly techniques like organic and No Dig.
Ian Fleming$11.99 Add to cart
We all know who James Bond is, but how many of us know much about his creator, Ian Fleming, a master of espionage and thrillers? In this full-length biography, author Andrew Lycett tells the story of Ian Fleming’s life proving that it was just as dramatic as that of his fictional creation. Educated at Eaton and Sandhurst, he joined Naval Intelligence in 1939 participating in both Operation Mincemeat and Operation Golden Eye. After the war, he became a journalist and, in 1953, wrote Casino Royale thereby introducing the world to an English spy named James Bond.
Set in London, Switzerland and Fleming’s Jamaican estate Goldeneye, his life was peopled with luminaries like Noel Coward, Sean Connery, Ursula Andress, Bond film producer “Cubby” Broccoli and others. With direct access to Fleming’s family and friends, Lycett goes behind the complicated façade of this enigmatic and remarkable man. Ian Fleming by Andrew Lycett is biography at its best—a glittering portrait of the brilliant and enigmatic man who created Agent 007.
The Games Book: How to Play the Games of YesterdayAdd to cart
Have you ever struggled to remember your favourite childhood game so you can teach it to your own children? Do you love to reminisce about the good old days when it was all just good old-fashioned fun? The Games Book has the answers. Packed full of traditional indoor and outdoor games from yesteryear, it contains something for family members of all ages to enjoy. Each game has instructions and some hints and tips for beginners. An ideal companion for rainy days and family holidays.
• Playground games – What’s the Time, Mr Wolf?
• Tag games – Stick in the Mud and Marco Polo
• Card games – Patience and Rummy
• Paper games – Consequences and Hangman
• Ball games – Sevens and Kingy
Word Nerds Unite!Add to cart
Why are spectacularly successful movies called blockbusters? Why does “putting your best foot forward” mean you hope to make a good impression? Why is rowdy and prankish behavior called horseplay and what does it have to do with the rarity of horses? Word Nerds Unite! shares 200 fascinating word meanings for fans of Wordle, Scrabble, and other word games.
You’ve probably used words or phrases like these without giving them a second thought. But you’ll be surprised and interested to discover the fascinating and sometimes curious origins to these fun sayings!
In Word Nerds Unite! you’ll find:
200 quirky, interesting words, phrases, and colloquial terms
Backstory for these colorful sayings still used today
How some of our favorite expressions have evolved through the years
You’ll discover such fascinating word and phrase origins for:
handwriting on the wall
play for keeps
raining cats and dogs
break the ice
and many more!
Word Nerds Unite! is perfect for word lovers, Wordle enthusiasts, homeschoolers, and anyone curious about the illuminating history of 200 words that pepper our everyday dialogue and how they gained contemporary use. Organized by subject, each chapter begins with a quote, an introductory paragraph, and a list of what you’ll discover! This fun read is great for sharing with and gift-giving to the Word Nerd in your life–even you!
AdaptogensAdd to cart
An updated and expanded edition of the definitive guide to adaptogenic herbs
• Includes a Materia Medica with monographs covering 25 adaptogens, including eleuthero, ginseng, rhodiola, schisandra, ashwagandha, licorice, shatavari, reishi, and holy basil, as well as complementary nervines, restorative tonics, and nootropics
• Explains how adaptogens increase the body’s resistance to adverse influences, increase energy and stamina, and counter the effects of age and stress on the body
• Details the actions, properties, preparation, and dosage for each herb and their uses in Ayurveda and Chinese medicine and as remedies for animals
Every day our bodies strive to adapt and stay balanced, energized, and healthy, yet chronic stress and the resulting elevation of stress hormones such as cortisol have been shown to be major factors behind not only fatigue and weight gain but also many chronic and degenerative diseases. In this updated edition of the definitive guide to adaptogenic herbs, clinical herbalist David Winston and researcher Steven Maimes provide a comprehensive look at adaptogens: non-toxic herbs such as ginseng, eleuthero, and ashwagandha that help the body “adapt” to the many influences it encounters and manage the stresses it experiences. They also increase stamina and energy, boost cognitive function, restore the immune system, and counter the effects of aging, especially when used in appropriate combinations.
Beginning with a history of the use of adaptogens, including in Ayurveda, Chinese medicine, and Russian medicine, the book examines how these herbal remedies work and why they are so effective at combating stress-induced illness and ailments. The extensive Materia Medica includes monographs on 25 adaptogens, including eleuthero, ginseng, rhodiola, schisandra, ashwagandha, shatavari, reishi, and holy basil, as well as complementary nervines, restorative tonics, and nootropic herbs, such as milky oats, astragalus, St. John’s wort, and ginkgo. Each monograph presents the latest scientific research and details the origin, traditional and clinical uses, actions, properties, preparation, and dosage for each herb. The book also includes guidance on adaptogenic remedies for our animal companions.
Aimed not only at herbalists but also those interested in natural health, this guide to adaptogens will allow you to safely and effectively use these herbal remedies to enhance your health and improve your chances of living a longer, healthier, and well-balanced life.
For Service to Your CountryAdd to cart
The Must-Have Guide To Veterans’ Benefits
If you’re a veteran–or a veteran’s family member–you know how hard it is to navigate the VA benefits maze. This definitive guide steers you through the process so that you and your family can get the benefits you’re entitled to. Filled with vital information on the latest programs, here is clear, step-by-step, form-by-form advice on cutting through the red tape. And if benefits are denied, it will show you how to appeal an unfair decision.
In this newly updated edition, you’ll find essentials on:
Health Care, Disability, and Rehabilitation–including changes in eligibility and access; Emergency Room care at non-VA facilities; Project Hero for veterans in rural areas; the VA’s new suicide prevention outreach initiative; the Benefits Delivery at Discharge program (BDD) for transitioning service members.
Education–Complete information on the Post 9/11 GI Bill, which doubles educational benefits to eligible veterans.
VA Loans for Home Ownership–For veterans facing foreclosure or looking to purchase after foreclosure.
Job Preference Eligibility and Entrepreneurship Opportunities–New non-VA services that are available to veterans.
Plus new benefits for dependents and an expanded resource list. When you’re dealing with a system that says “no” more than “yes,” it helps to know every angle–before you fill out those forms in triplicate.
“Take advantage of these opportunities if you are eligible. You’ve earned them and deserve them.” –Bob Dole
Principles of OrchestrationAdd to cart
“To orchestrate is to create, and this cannot be taught,” wrote Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov, the great Russian composer whose genius for brilliant, highly colored orchestration is unsurpassed. But invention, in all art, is closely allied to technique, and technique can be taught. This book, therefore, which differs from most other texts on the subject because of its tremendous wealth of musical examples and its systematic arrangement of material according to each constituent of the orchestra, will undoubtedly be of value to any music student. It is a music classic, perhaps the only book on classical orchestration written by a major composer.
In it, the composer aims to provide the reader with the fundamental principles of modern orchestration from the standpoint of brilliance and imagination, and he devotes considerable space to the study of tonal resonance and orchestral combination. In his course, he demonstrates such things as how to produce a good-sounding chord of certain tone-quality, uniformly distributed; how to detach a melody from its harmonic setting; correct progression of parts; and other similar problems.
The first chapter is a general review of orchestral groups, with an instrument-by-instrument breakdown and material on such technical questions as fingering, range, emission of sound, etc. There follows two chapters on melody and harmony in strings, winds, brasses, and combined groups. Chapter IV, Composition of the Orchestra, covers different ways of orchestrating the same music; effects that can be achieved with full tutti; tutti in winds, tutti pizzicato, soli in the strings, etc.; chords; progressions; and so on. The last two chapters deal with opera and include discussion of solo and choral accompaniment, instruments on stage or in the wings, technical terms, soloists (range, register, vocalization, vowels, etc.), voices in combination, and choral singing.
Immediately following this text are some 330 pages of musical examples drawn from “Sheherazade,” the “Antar Symphony,” “Capriccio Espagnol,” “Sadko,” “Ivan the Terrible,” “Le Coq d’Or,” “Mlada,” “The Tsar’s Bride,” and others of Rimsky-Korsakov’s works. These excerpts are all referred to in the text itself, where they illustrate, far better than words, particular points of theory and actual musical practice. They are largely responsible for making this book the very special (and very useful) publication it is.
This single-volume edition also includes a brief preface by the editor and extracts from Rimsky-Korsakov’s 1891 draft and final versions of his own preface, as well as an appendixed chart of single tutti chords in the composer’s works.
Inspecting the Aging SailboatAdd to cart
“. . . the perfect place to begin, or continue, your education.” –Sailing Whether you are shopping for a used fiberglass boat or prioritizing maintenance tasks on the one you already own, this book saves money–and perhaps even disaster. With clear step-by-step drawings and instructions, Don Casey explains how to recognize problems–both surface and hidden–and how to separate cosmetic flaws from serious faults.
Perfectly Good FoodAdd to cart
A Food & Wine Best New Summer Cookbook
A Book Riot Most Anticipated Cookbook of 2023
How to cook flexibly and fight food waste, with 80 recipes and 150 ideas to use up what you have.
You’re standing in front of your refrigerator, a week after your last trip to the supermarket. You’ve got a bunch of random veggies, some wrinkly fruit, near-expired milk, and those pricey fresh herbs you bought for that one recipe and don’t know how to use up. For a split second you picture yourself opening a trash bag, throwing everything away, and ordering takeout. We’ve all been there.
But instead…you pick up this cookbook. In no time you’ve prepared a Make-It-Your-Own Stir-Fry and How-You-Like-It Savory Pancakes, plus a Mix-and-Match Fruit Galette that you’ll have for dessert. Time to celebrate—you’re saving food, shrinking that grocery bill, and learning some key skills for making the most of what you have. It’s exciting to be able to create new dishes and waste less food, and most importantly—a delicious dinner is on the table!
Perfectly Good Food is a book for those moments everyone has, whether you cook for one or a whole household—moments standing before an overfull pantry or near-empty fridge, not sure what to do with an abundance of summer tomatoes or the last of the droopy spinach. Chock-full of ingenious use-it-up tips, smart storage ideas, and infinitely adaptable recipes, this book will teach you
why smoothies are your secret weapon;
how to freeze (almost) anything;
why using your senses in the kitchen (including common sense!) is more important than so-called shelf-life.
Written by the chef-sisters behind Boston’s acclaimed Mei Mei Dumplings, this cookbook/field guide is a crucial resource for the thrifty chef, the environmentally mindful cook, and anyone looking to make the most of their ingredients.
The Baker’s DaughterAdd to cart
Louise Johncox comes from a long line of bakers and confectioners. As a child she would sit on a flour tin at her father’s side and eat whatever was fresh from the oven – a hot bread roll or a fluffy piece of sponge – and when her father, a master baker, retired, Louise decided it was time to capture his wisdom and baking expertise, writing down his recipes for the first time and preserving his magical legacy for her children.
With a Foreword by Albert Roux, The Baker’s Daughter weaves Louise’s delightful childhood memories of life in her family tea shop with her father’s delicious recipes for you to try at home, honed by over forty years of instinct and experience. From classic cream cakes and traditional buns, to celebration cakes, handcrafted chocolates and her father’s signature cream meringues, these recipes come laden with the sights, smells and warmth of the tea room and bakehouse.
Louise shares more stories about her family teashop in her ebook memoir A Life Shaped By Cakes: The Memoir of The Baker’s Daughter.
‘An affectionate memoir that will both entertain with stories from a bygone world of tea and cakes and inspire people to bake’ Albert Roux, OBE, KFO
Economy GastronomyAdd to cart
Learn how to eat better and spend less with deliciously easy recipes
‘Delicious, thrifty, inspiring’ GUARDIAN
Featuring over 100 mouth-watering recipes and practical tips, Economy Gastronomy will help you to cook simple, better food, and along the way save you a lot of money
With this essential cookery companion, you will learn how to . . .
– Get two, or even three, meals out of one basic ingredient
– Turn leftovers into new and exciting dishes
– Stock your cupboards so there’s always a meal in the house
– Shop seasonally, freeze and store food
– Plan your meals and shrink your food bills
With breakfasts, lunch, dinner, snack and treat ideas, you’ll be making luxurious meals without spending a fortune or discarding surplus food in no time. Recipes include:
– Caramelised onion and Cheshire cheese tart
– Onion bhajis, tarka dahl and almond rice
– Spinach, ham and ricotta gnocchi
– Chinese-style crispy duck
Filled with money-saving hacks and no-nonsense recipes, Economy Gastronomy will teach you how to use and spend less, without scrimping on flavour.
John Wayne SpeaksAdd to cart
With more than 1,100 impeccably sourced quotes from throughout John Wayne’s 172-film career, John Wayne Speaks: The Ultimate John Wayne Quote Book provides what has often been missing from other Duke Wayne reference books: accuracy, context, and comprehensiveness.
These quotations offer a deep dive into Wayne’s films and acting persona—the iconic American man of action whose sense of values and decency are a veneer covering a boiling pot of determination, courage, outrage, and even violence. The quotes in John Wayne Speaks are at once inspirational, humorous, touching, and revealing.
Author and veteran journalist Mark Orwoll has created an overlay of categories into which each quote fits, making the manuscript easy for readers to find the type of quote—or even the exact quote, footnoted to identify its film—they may be searching for. But John Wayne Speaks is more than just a collection of the actor’s movie lines. Orwoll has researched and written an in-depth introduction to Wayne’s film career to put the quotes in a broader context. Movie-lovers will also appreciate the author’s opinionated capsule reviews and production notes from Wayne’s complete filmography.
John Wayne Speaks is the quote book that every fan of the Duke needs and a delightful addition to any cinephile’s library.
Unlock Your Dogs PotentialAdd to cart
Transform your dog’s life and behavior using Sarah Fisher’s unique and effective methods Strengthen your bond with simple step-by-step exercises, invaluable training advice, handling and bodywork exercises to improve your dog’s well-being Develop an understanding of how tensions and blocked awareness can affect your dog and how you can change them to ensure your dog leads a longer, happier and stress-free life Reduce unwanted behavior such as lead pulling, barking and chewing using simple and effective management techniques Learn how to look for symptoms of stress and concern in your dog and increase your own skills and confidence
Weird Ideas That WorkAdd to cart
A breakthrough in management thinking, “weird ideas” can help every organization achieve a balance between sustaining performance and fostering new ideas. To succeed, you need to be both conventional and counterintuitive.
Creativity, new ideas, innovation—in any age they are keys to success. Yet, as Stanford professor Robert Sutton explains, the standard rules of business behavior and management are precisely the opposite of what it takes to build an innovative company. We are told to hire people who will fit in; to train them extensively; and to work to instill a corporate culture in every employee. In fact, in order to foster creativity, we should hire misfits, goad them to fight, and pay them to defy convention and undermine the prevailing culture. Weird Ideas That Work codifies these and other proven counterintuitive ideas to help you turn your workplace from staid and safe to wild and woolly—and creative.
In Weird Ideas That Work Sutton draws on extensive research in behavioral psychology to explain how innovation can be fostered in hiring, managing, and motivating people; building teams; making decisions; and interacting with outsiders. Business practices like “hire people who make you uncomfortable” and “reward success and failure, but punish inaction,” strike many managers as strange or even downright wrong. Yet Weird Ideas That Work shows how some of the best teams and companies use these and other counterintuitive practices to crank out new ideas, and it demonstrates that every company can reap sales and profits from such creativity.
Weird Ideas That Work is filled with examples, drawn from hi- and low-tech industries, manufacturing and services, information and products. More than just a set of bizarre suggestions, it represents a breakthrough in management thinking: Sutton shows that the practices we need to sustain performance are in constant tension with those that foster new ideas. The trick is to choose the right balance between conventional and “weird”—and now, thanks to Robert Sutton’s work, we have the tools we need to do so.