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Lonely Planet Pocket San Francisco (Travel Guide)
Lonely Planet Pocket San Francisco (Travel Guide)
by John A Vlahides
Edition: Paperback
Price: $9.32
50 used & new from $7.84

5.0 out of 5 stars Great asset when walking the streets of San Francisco, July 6, 2014
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This pocket guide is the perfect companion when visiting San Francisco. It is not be confused with the larger regular San Francisco guide. The pocket guide doesn't provide info on hotels nor extensive info on getting there. Instead it is exactly what it states. It gives great suggestions on the best sights to be seen and how to do them to get the best experience. It also tells you in all neighborhoods the best tourist walks, restaurants, shopping and recommends things for both day and night. What I found the most useful about this guide is how it really gives advice in detail on how to see the city as the natives do. With this guide you can travel the city and easily feel like a local. It also provides a big pull out map and within the book has smaller maps of each neighborhood. Definitely recommend as a helpful tool when visiting San Francisco.


Lonely Planet San Francisco (Travel Guide)
Lonely Planet San Francisco (Travel Guide)
by Lonely Planet
Edition: Paperback
Price: $16.71
65 used & new from $13.66

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent San Francisco guide, July 6, 2014
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Over the years I have come to find Lonely Planet the best guide books when traveling. Compared to other guides their books are always a very user friendly size and not overly bulky so you can carry it around easily. With San Francisco they do an excellent job of providing descriptions of each neighborhood and area of the city, tourist attractions and manage to fully capture the magic and diversity of the city. Within each area there are numerous price range options and reviews for restaurants, where to stay and shopping. No guide book can list every place there is but Lonely Planet manages to always be correct and up to date on prices, stats and do provide reviews that truly help the reader in making decisions. They also provide tons of beautiful pictures and a pull out map. I recommend this travel guide to new visitors as a great introduction to the city with much true and valuable information.


WordPerfect Office X7 Home and Student
WordPerfect Office X7 Home and Student
Price: $90.84
31 used & new from $84.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Big fan of WordPerfect, June 25, 2014
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I love this updated X7 version of WordPerfect. I have used this program for years and what I love about it beyond how user friendly it is as well as its precision in its productivity is that with each upgrade additions may be small or big but the program never lessens in its top of the line level of excellence and performance quality. I have a Windows 7 computer and this program installed easily in under 10 minutes. It also seamlessly upgraded from my previous version.

Still excellent for all documents plus presentations, spread sheets and slide shows there is now a Mail Merge Wizard that speeds up making envelopes, letters and labels. One thing I have always loved about WordPerfect is that it is very user friendly and I find there now to be even more tutorials as well as an excellent user guide. For me WordPerfect is always my program of choice and the new X7 retains its excellence along with a macro manager and an app for ipad. Add in helpful updates in other areas as well and this program becomes hard to beat. Definitely recommend it.


Five Star Angle Zip And Backpack, Blue (72382)
Five Star Angle Zip And Backpack, Blue (72382)
Price: $21.03

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this backpack, June 16, 2014
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I absolutely love this Five Star backpack. It is made of the highest quality polyester and the stitching and zippers are strongly reinforced. I don't see this tearing or falling apart no matter how much use it gets. What I also love is it has many pockets for storage while managing to not be as huge and cumbersome as some backpacks are. There is a laptop sleeve, an angular sleeve for small items and two very large main compartments. The straps on the back are very comfortably padded and easy to adjust.

I carry this bag with me everywhere I go. And I cannot stress how great it is due to its size. Whether using all pouches or just a few and you need a bag to carry to hold small things this backpack will do it all. And the mesh water bottle holder is very efficient and also very well made. Some backpacks are cheap and even if attractive you can tell seams will tear and it won't last for long. I don't worry about that here at all. And the colors of it with the blue and black are very attractive. Highly recommend this Five Star backpack. It is very well made, has all the compartments you could need and will sturdily handle all your stuff whether a lot or a little.


Sunbeam 300-000 Back Contouring Heating Pad with Lumbar Support
Sunbeam 300-000 Back Contouring Heating Pad with Lumbar Support
Offered by MarksonSupply
Price: $24.99
15 used & new from $24.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent heating pad for what it is, June 16, 2014
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There is much to like about this heating pad. It really does contour to your body and you can adjust the airflow for the firmness you want. Also, I am a big guy at 6 feet and 260 pounds and it still fits nicely to my lower back and other areas where it is needed. Everything about how it is made is first rate. The fabric is extremely soft and also washable. The control panel is very user friendly. Where the makers of this product missed out though is that the pad only gets to the level of a soothing warmth. Don't get me wrong, it is a level that can be definitely therapeutic and soothe aching muscles but often a warmer heat is desired or even medically needed. So for that this pad wouldn't do the trick. Also the back pad has an automatic shut off after 30 minutes. This is obviously meant as a safety precaution but it also means that when using it every 30 minutes you need to turn it back on. And what I don't understand is if it is a precaution for sleeping at night it would make more sense to shut off after an hour or two.

But what this back contouring heating pad does it does very well. While it provides the warmth it really does fit to the back to provide cushioning and support along with the warmth. I use it in the car, on the couch and watching tv in bed. I do recommend this product but be aware of its minor flaws. Everything it says it does it does very well but if that is not enough for you then get a different sort of heating product.


Remember Me Like This: A Novel
Remember Me Like This: A Novel
by Bret Anthony Johnston
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $19.71
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spellbinding debut novel, June 6, 2014
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REMEMBER ME LIKE THIS is one of those exceptional novels that readers are very rarely blessed with. Author Bret Anthony Johnston takes the reader on an amazing journey of great depth, emotion and insight. Johnston is a true artist and his writing is beautiful. His understanding of the written form is illustrated with every chosen word, sentence and paragraph. The story may be about a family dealing with the realities in the return of a kidnapped son but don't expect a simple suspense novel. Readers are given the true privilege of entering the thoughts and lives of all the characters. The plot moves along truthfully and realistically but it is the journey of the characters that truly drives this novel. The emotions that jump from each page are mesmerizing. It has been a very long time that I read a novel I truly considered a masterpiece and I humbly say that about REMEMBER ME LIKE THIS. No plot synopsis or even in-depth review can truly give credit to the wonders that lie within the pages of this book. This novel is a true page turner written with intelligence and a true respect for the characters within as well as the readers holding the book. I will be reading this again and can't wait for what Johnston provides with his next novel. This is an experience you don't want to miss. Highly recommend.


I Love You More: A Novel
I Love You More: A Novel
by Jennifer Murphy
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $15.78
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Adequate first novel, June 6, 2014
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I LOVE YOU MORE was good enough to read till the end but also was a let down based on the expectation I had from it due to the story synopsis. I love psychological thrillers and often these types of novels are good not due to excelling in suspense but rather the deep and intricate characters that are developed. That is what I was hoping for here. A murdered man who had three wives led me to hope I'd get great insights into all these characters. Sadly that is not what happened. Writer Jennifer Murphy really tried but by giving all these characters page space plus a daughter the story seemed too jam packed rather than an intricate viewing into the lives of all these people. The plot line is inventive, there is some suspense to the story and the ending is fine if not somewhat predicable. What I really wonder is if the author was trying to write in the style of GONE GIRL by Gillian Flynn. Seems the huge success of that novel and Ms. Flynn's inventive voice has influenced many authors. That can be a good thing but when following a mentor does not work it can seem like imitation. That is what I found to be true here. Too many voices from too many characters not totally believable made the story seem disjointed .

The novel is not terrible and some may even really like it but for me I was expecting more. I did find there to be some hint of the real talent Ms. Murphy possesses. Hopefully she will have more success in finding her true inner voice with her next novel.


Alice Close Your Eyes
Alice Close Your Eyes
by Averil Dean
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.95
111 used & new from $0.01

4.0 out of 5 stars Erotic psychologcal suspense, June 5, 2014
This review is from: Alice Close Your Eyes (Paperback)
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Averil Dean hits it out of the park with her debut novel ALICE CLOSE YOUR EYES. It is definitely rooted in the psychological suspense genre but she gives the story many twists and turns. Her main character Alice is captivating and creatively written so the reader doesn't either root for her 100% or go the other route and dislike her. Some parts of her childhood are explained and many parts jumped over. But bottom line as an adult she is a very troubled and disturbed young woman bent more on getting justice for past wrongs than living her current life. Her actions to get this revenge show how confused she is. She manages to connect with our second main character Jake and what she was hoping to achieve is far from what happens.

This novel would not have worked had its subject matter not been so expertly handled as with Averil Dean. She skillfully manages to keep the suspense going as her plot takes twists and turns in a very realistic way. She blends together very complex characters with very erotic and indepth sex scenes that are in no way gratuitous. Everything serves a purpose here. It never becomes merely an erotic novel or a light suspense novel. This is a dark psychological thriller different than any I have ever read. The ending is unexpected and provides great satisfaction for the reader. An excellent debut I definitely recommend.


The Enchanted: A Novel
The Enchanted: A Novel
by Rene Denfeld
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $19.25
68 used & new from $8.22

5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking novel, June 5, 2014
This review is from: The Enchanted: A Novel (Hardcover)
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A novel is a worthy piece of work when it makes you stop and think and maybe even re-evaluate some deep moral ideas you have but it becomes even more important when it does so written with lyrical, beautiful prose and characters that are human with which the reader can resonate. What author Rene Denfeld achieves with The ENCHANTED is quite miraculous. It is one of those novels with very disturbing subject matter that allows the reader to venture into the horror and be shown some very realistic ways of looking at the dark and scary there is in the world.

The novel is about York, a prisoner on death row. We have the warden and Lady, an investigator who comes in to study York's life and past to hopefully get him off of death row. And we enter this world of realistic horror but in such a captivating way. The reader is shown the darkness thru compassion that in no way excuses evil deeds but helps us see true realities that often form the bad in life. Added to this is an unnamed death row inmate who finds beauty in the prison through his imagination and true enchantments of fantasy. The title is very appropriate. And these imaginings are beautiful and poetically written

THE ENCHANTED is a novel that shows a truly gifted author who can amazingly show the reader new thoughts, new ideas without in any way being preachy or guiding the reader to a particular conclusion of thought. I highly recommend this novel. It will be one to read over and over with new ideas and thoughts coming with each read as well as just being able to appreciate the beauty with which Denfield writes. I wouldn't be surprised if this book became a part of many school curriculums. It very gently shows that there are many ways to look at things no matter how dark.


Tide Plus Febreze Freshness HE Liquid Laundry Detergent, Spring & Renewal, 92 Fl Oz
Tide Plus Febreze Freshness HE Liquid Laundry Detergent, Spring & Renewal, 92 Fl Oz
Price: $11.01

5.0 out of 5 stars Trustworthy Tide with amazing freshness, June 5, 2014
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Tide has been my detergent of choice for the past 20 years . I have always found that it cleans clothes more thoroughly while keeping colors their brightest and whites their whitest than any other brand. Then they added in scent and I am a huge fan of Febreze. It is a refreshing scent without being overpowering or artificial. And then we advanced to HE washing machines which I use. I can honestly say that everything this product promises is true. I used the first HE Tide with Febreze and loved it. When clothes would come out of the dryer they still had that fresh and renewing scent of Febreze. The advantage with this new and improved Tide Plus Febreze is that the scent lasts up to 3 weeks and it really does. I have a big walk in closet with all my clothes. And the Febreze scent that would have died away is there providing freshness weeks after they were cleaned.

What I love about Tide is that they are a tried and true excellent detergent and when they make improvements they are always for the better and work as promised. So if you love Tide I highly recommend this updated Tide Plus detergent. It still provides excellent caring of your whites and colors, cleans deeply and manages to keep that pleasant Febreze scent longlasting . Thanks Tide for being so reliable and excellent in your quality.


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