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Quick Charge 2.0, Tronsmart 42W 3-Port USB Wall Charger Travel Charger for Galaxy S7/S7 Edge, S6/S6 Edge, LG G4, Nexus 6 and More
Quick Charge 2.0, Tronsmart 42W 3-Port USB Wall Charger Travel Charger for Galaxy S7/S7 Edge, S6/S6 Edge, LG G4, Nexus 6 and More
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Price: $19.75
5 used & new from $19.75

5.0 out of 5 stars Actually worth it., December 6, 2015
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It seems impossible that I would recommend buying a USB charger. I have dozens of them coming out of every corner of my apartment. But this one actually does work better even than most of the ones that come with devices: it can charge things quickly, and it's especially handy when traveling, as you can charge three devices with only one power outlet — perfect for outlet-stingy hotel rooms.


Automatic Touchless Soap Dispenser by SimpleOne Brand - Stylish Design - Sensor Pump - Perfect for Bathroom and Kitchen - Liquid Silver
Automatic Touchless Soap Dispenser by SimpleOne Brand - Stylish Design - Sensor Pump - Perfect for Bathroom and Kitchen - Liquid Silver
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Price: $59.99
2 used & new from $29.92

3.0 out of 5 stars but it seems to clog relatively easily., December 6, 2015
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It looks okay (though it's a bit bigger than I expected), but it seems to clog relatively easily.


Honey-Can-Do DRY-01376 Wood Clothespins with Spring, 100-Pack, 3.3-inches Length
Honey-Can-Do DRY-01376 Wood Clothespins with Spring, 100-Pack, 3.3-inches Length
Price: $9.00
17 used & new from $6.47

5.0 out of 5 stars basic clothespins, December 1, 2013
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They're clothespins. They're mostly made of wood and have a metal spring to keep them closed. You can use them to clip clothing to a clothesline. They work well for this. I'm not sure what else you might want to do with them, but if you have an alternate use in mind, I'm sure they'd be fine for that too.


Ball Utensil Set (Colors May Vary)
Ball Utensil Set (Colors May Vary)
Price: $7.59
47 used & new from $7.49

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor quality., June 26, 2012
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I bought this set because it seemed like a cheap way to get the essentials for canning -- indeed the set was cheaper than some jar lifters by themselves. Unfortunately, it seems, you (don't) get what you (don't) pay for here. After just two uses in two weeks, the plastic bits around the jar lifter popped off and won't go back on. The other plastic utensils are clearly cheaply made of cheap plastic. I would recommend spending an extra dollar or two and buying tools that will last for longer than it takes to ship them to you.
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The Union of Their Dreams: Power, Hope, and Struggle in Cesar Chavez's Farm Worker Movement
The Union of Their Dreams: Power, Hope, and Struggle in Cesar Chavez's Farm Worker Movement
by Miriam Pawel
Edition: Hardcover
37 used & new from $0.25

4.0 out of 5 stars The Union of Their Dreams, December 22, 2009
This book tells the story of Cesar Chavez and the UFW through the personal stories of some of the lesser-known people involved. While the book describes the UFW's well-known successes, it also spends a lot of time on what the author clearly sees as the failure to follow up on these successes, the internal chaos that both caused and resulted from this failure, and the near-collapse of the UFW.

Before reading the book, I was only familiar in vague outline with Chavez and the UFW, so it's hard for me to analyze the accuracy of the portrayal. But the book, which tells its story chiefly through the interwoven stories of a number of less-well-known UFW activists, makes its argument clearly and compellingly, and left me wanting to know more.


Squeezed: What You Don't Know About Orange Juice (Yale Agrarian Studies Series)
Squeezed: What You Don't Know About Orange Juice (Yale Agrarian Studies Series)
by Alissa Hamilton
Edition: Hardcover
32 used & new from $9.02

36 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thorough., October 15, 2009
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This book is a thorough, though sometimes dry (insert your own pun here), account of how orange juice came to be a product marketed as quite pure but in many senses actually anything but.

It makes for an interesting case study of one corner of our incredibly industrialized food system. The author seems quite fascinated by the regulatory hearings which led especially to the current state of affairs with respect to "not-for-concentrated" orange juice; the reader feels distinctly less fascinated than the author.

One thing of interest is precisely the lack of conclusions drawn. Yes, we conclude, orange juice is quite unlike the orange in the advertisements with the straw sticking straight out of it. And, yes, the way it came to be what it is today came from complex chemical, industrial, and legal processes. But there's also not any particular reason to think that these processes are dangerous or unhealthful -- just dishonest. So what, if anything, is to be done? The author deliberately refuses to answer.
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GenXpat: The Young Professional's Guide to Making a Successful Life Abroad
GenXpat: The Young Professional's Guide to Making a Successful Life Abroad
by Margaret Malewski
Edition: Paperback
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Okay, if you're at a big company., October 15, 2009
An introduction to living abroad as an expat. The major flaw with the book is the author's assumption that the reader will (like, apparently the author) be working for a large corporation.


How to Cook Everything Vegetarian: Simple Meatless Recipes for Great Food
How to Cook Everything Vegetarian: Simple Meatless Recipes for Great Food
by Mark Bittman
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $21.08
221 used & new from $3.17

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My new bible., October 15, 2009
This is my new bible.

The book doesn't feel like a specifically vegetarian cookbook, but instead like a giant, thorough cookbook where none of the recipes have dead animals in them. The only problem I have is that I start reading the book, and then hours later realize that I haven't made dinner yet.
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660 Curries
660 Curries
by Raghavan Iyer
Edition: Paperback
Price: $17.30
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An accessible introduction to cooking good Indian food., October 15, 2009
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If you can follow directions, you can make good, flavorful food using this cookbook. That's really all there is to say.

While some of the recipes require a lot of ingredients, many of which you may not already own, the directions are all clear and largely unambiguous: you may not need to read the author's advice on how to clean lentils every time you cook with them, but they're in each of the dozens of recipes that uses them, so no cross-referencing is needed and you can easily skip over the redundant parts in future readings. Since buying this book and starting to make some of the recipes in it, the guy at the Indian grocery shop around the corner has started to recognize me: there is always another recipe that I want to try and some new spice that I need to have to put in it.

The only flaw I've found is that in some of the recipes the timing is a bit off: I managed to burn some onions by paying too much attention to the timer and not enough attention to the onions themselves. Also, the book emphasizes making things from scratch, which is nice, but you might want to cheat a bit and use prepackaged spice blends or whatever in some circumstances.

I'm a vegetarian, so I've ignored the sections in the book dealing with meat and fish. The book is comprehensive enough that even ignoring a large portion of the book leaves a ton of things that I want to make. And I guess that's sufficiently high praise that I might as well stop at that.
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The Closed Captioning Handbook
The Closed Captioning Handbook
by Gary D. Robson
Edition: Paperback
Price: $71.59
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5.0 out of 5 stars quite thorough, January 30, 2007
If you want to know anything about Closed Captions, this book probably has the answers. Information on the new digital standard (EIA-708) is a bit lacking, presumably because this is not really in common use yet. Other than this, however, almost anything you could want to know is in here.


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