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Beijingwalks (Henry Holt Walks Series)
Beijingwalks (Henry Holt Walks Series)
by Don Cohn
Edition: Paperback
30 used & new from $2.29

4.0 out of 5 stars Still Useful, November 18, 2015
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A very good guide from a content perspective. I bought this book because although Beijing is almost unrecognizable from when this book was written (1992) - the history is still the same. I did several of the walks in the book and found them well-layed out and perfect for a good walk. Much has changed since this was written (China no longer uses Foreign Exchange Certificates, FECs, for example) but the history is still history so the info on the Lama Temple, Summer Palace, and Forbidden City and other sites is still same. The additional detailed background on each site was perfect and negated the need to pay for a guide for some of the sites.


Medieval LEGO
Medieval LEGO
by Greyson Beights
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $11.10
75 used & new from $6.46

4.0 out of 5 stars Well-Modeled History, November 18, 2015
This review is from: Medieval LEGO (Hardcover)
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What's not to like - super interesting Lego models illustrating scenes from Medieval history combined with essays about each of the significant events illustrated. If you know a young person who likes Legos, and/or Minecraft, and is interested in history - this is a winner, hands down. My wife majored in Medieval History and couldn't put this book down. Perfect conversation starter and it's fun to try and recreate the scenes - even if there are no instructions.


Be Amazing! Toys Sky Blue Flight History of Flight Model Kit
Be Amazing! Toys Sky Blue Flight History of Flight Model Kit
Price: $27.99
9 used & new from $21.89

4.0 out of 5 stars Great Starter Kit, October 20, 2015
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Really nice one-stop box for history of flight models. Moving from the Wright brothers to the Space shuttle with the Spirit of St. Louis and an FA/18 Hornet in between. My personal favorite is the Spirit of St. Louis. The lack of included history is a small ding (but it's readily available elsewhere). We had fun with this after a visit to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum - it was fun building them and talking through each models place in history. Overall this is a good beginner kit and a nice introduction to building models.


ZoGuard Plus Drops for 45-88 lb. Dogs (Pack of 3)
ZoGuard Plus Drops for 45-88 lb. Dogs (Pack of 3)
Price: $27.12
9 used & new from $24.09

4.0 out of 5 stars Works Well, October 20, 2015
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If you have a dog, especially a large field dog like a Labrador Retriever, fleas and ticks are part of the package and you need to protect your dog from. I've previously used other products and this one seems to work just as well and it costs less money. Applying it is just as challenging as with similar brands - especially getting to the skin through the thick fur of my dog. Here in the Northeast where we have bad tick populations - my dog was tick free despite daily walks in the woods and fields.


Stanley Classic Growler, Hammertone Navy, 2 quart
Stanley Classic Growler, Hammertone Navy, 2 quart
Price: $35.00
25 used & new from $28.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing Cold Beer, October 16, 2015
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What's not to like about a growler like this - this actually keeps your beer cold and carbonated without leaking. I've filled it on a Friday afternoon and the beer will still cold, bubbly and refreshing at lunch time the next day. If you are hiking with it - do let it rest a few minutes before opening, otherwise it will foam up. Cleaning is relatively easy. I've also used it to carry ice water on a weekend hike - filled to the brim with ice - two days later the water was still cold although the ice had all melted.

This also works really well for transporting beer from a brewpub, much better than the standard 1/2 gallon growler bottle, however some brewpubs won't fill it up so you still have "buy" a growler and then pour it into the Stanley Growler. If you like cold beer and find yourself away from home the Stanley Classic Growler is a great solution.


Nikon AN-4B Nylon Neck Strap - Black
Nikon AN-4B Nylon Neck Strap - Black

5.0 out of 5 stars Simple and functional, October 11, 2015
Favorite Nikon strap - I buy one with every new camera. It's narrow so it doesn't get in the way when you pull it up to take a picture. The non-slip side works great (although it wears off after 5-10 years of heavy use) to keep it from slipping of your shoulder. I really love how this fits onto my shoulder but, I wouldn't want to wear this around my neck - I think there are other strap types more comfortable for around neck wear. I really love that there is no logo visible - it's allows the camera to face away into the background just that little bit. Simply put this is a great little strap.


The Diamond Caper
The Diamond Caper
by Peter Mayle
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $20.36
93 used & new from $3.59

4.0 out of 5 stars French Flights of Fancy, September 23, 2015
This review is from: The Diamond Caper (Hardcover)
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Peter Mayle's ongoing love letters to the South of France continue with the latest adventures of Sam and Elana. While the book is ostensibly a mystery, it is mostly a flight of fancy focused on all things French: French food, French wine, French weather - you get idea. At this point you are probably familiar with Mr Mayle's memoirs and other books - so if you like his style and focus you'll like this book. If you don't, well it might not be for you.

This is the 3rd book of his "Caper" series and it is a return to form - I enjoyed it just as much as I enjoyed the first book in the series, The Vintage Caper. There is a mystery to be solved which only Sam and Elana can solve, there is gunfire, there are Russian Oligarchs, there's good wine and lovely sunsets. This is not a long complex book - but it is the perfect book for a vacation - either real or imagined. I found the "suspense" portions of the Diamond Caper to be fun and not too stressful. It's the perfect confection for you mind.


Viva Sol Premium Horseshoes Set with Wooden Case
Viva Sol Premium Horseshoes Set with Wooden Case
Price: $109.99
7 used & new from $93.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Upscale Horseshoe Set, September 8, 2015
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This set is long way from the rusty steel pole and beat up horseshoes of my youth. Growing up in the south everyone I knew had a horseshoe pit - so you never had to bring a set with you. They were always there and always ready to play. This set is the perfect portable solution to a time when many people no longer have permanent horse shoe pits, or if you want to take them with when traveling. The box is attractive and the rope handles are rustic - but in practice they felt a bit flimsy.

The shoes and poles are exactly what you want - solid, sturdy and durable. The case does a good job keeping them organized so they won't be rattling around in your trunk. Good set to have in a vacation home for occasional use.


18k Yellow Gold Plated Sterling Silver Tiger Eye Dangle Earrings
18k Yellow Gold Plated Sterling Silver Tiger Eye Dangle Earrings
Price: $35.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Light Earrings, September 8, 2015
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Fun and somewhat funky. Not heavy at all - in fact they are very light. The design is simple and the overall vibe feels a touch bohemian without going to far from safe territory. At less than $36 they are nice but if they'd been priced at full price I'd be disappointed with the quality. Overall these are a fun, airy addition to a jewelry chest suitable for casual outings.


Thunder & Lightning: Weather Past, Present, Future
Thunder & Lightning: Weather Past, Present, Future
by Lauren Redniss
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $21.99
83 used & new from $8.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Richly Layered, August 24, 2015
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Lauren Redniss' Thunder & Lightning: Weather Past, Present, Future is a richly layered combination of interesting artwork, facts, history, stories and clever presentation that all combine to form a rich work of art that you can come back to again and again finding new things each time. You can read it front to back or by chapter or just open it up randomly and start reading.

The book is well documented with each chapter having endnotes. Several of the chapters stood out for me - among them Profit - where she discusses how people make money from the weather; and Fog because so perfectly captures the emptiness of a deep fog bank where you can see nothing. Overall this is a really interesting book for anyone who's ever given the weather more than a passing thought.


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