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Profiles in Curry: A Spicy Variety of Conversations and Stories
Profiles in Curry: A Spicy Variety of Conversations and Stories
by Biff Jannuzzi
Edition: Paperback
Price: $21.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars The spice of life, January 27, 2016
An entertaining and informative read!


New Brunswick Landing
New Brunswick Landing
by Steven Cook
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Soaring, January 23, 2016
This review is from: New Brunswick Landing (Paperback)
Poetry to make the spirit soar! Highly recommended.


The Inside Pitch: Selling a Script in Hollywood - Academic Version w/ PPR
The Inside Pitch: Selling a Script in Hollywood - Academic Version w/ PPR
DVD ~ Inc. Machinations

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great way for screenwriters to learn how to pitch!, December 2, 2015
This Emmy nominated, award winning program is a fast paced, engaging way to learn the art and business of selling a script in Hollywood. An American Idol for screenwriters, this program appeals to anyone interested in the behind the scenes workings of the movie business. The program features ICM executives, Christopher Lockhart and Jack d’Annibale fielding aspiring screenwriter's pitches and giving their honest, sometimes harsh, but often hilarious critiques. The project reveals important insights into the world of screenwriting and the art of pitching a script. This show provides an insider’s view of the entertainment industry from the leading professionals who know what it takes to be successful. -from insidepitch.info


My Dad Is My Hero: Tributes to the Men Who Gave Us Life, Love, and Driving Lessons
My Dad Is My Hero: Tributes to the Men Who Gave Us Life, Love, and Driving Lessons
by Alan C. Baird
Edition: Paperback
Price: $9.95
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ToC, January 11, 2014
It's an honor to be included...

In My Father's Truck, by Laura Pritchett; Driving Toward Yes, by Dawn Downey; God Almighty, Damn!, by Ramon Carver; Carry On, Dad, by Andrew McAleer; The Exalted Big Dipper of Chicago, Illinois, USA, by Jan Henrikson; The Woodworker's Song, by Roxanne Werner; Pop, the Unpretentious Guru, by Jim Schieldge; That Silver-Haired Daddy of Mine, by Paula Munier; Of Pigs and Wren, by Carol E. Ayer; Use Your Brains, by Elise Teitelbaum; For The Things He Taught Me, by Gary Luerding; Priceless Treasures, by Katherine Hedland Hansen; Fireworks, by Judith Freeland; Be Quiet... We're at War, by Ronald Hurst; A Whap on the Head, by C. Lynn Beck; Save the Children, by Tim Elhajj; Whittling Words, by Carol L. MacKay; The Shadow, by Julie McGuire; Foxhole Fathering, by Anna Aquino; The Day Will Rogers Died, by Kathryn Thompson Presley; Ruffling Feathers, by Wayne Scheer; Beethoven, Jersey Tomatoes, and Whales, by Susan J. Siersma; Pop's Album, by Kenda Turner; The Last Lesson, by Alan C. Baird; A Quiet Carpenter, by Harriet Parke; My Defender, by Margaret Lang; The Fall of the Nicotine Kid, by R. Gary Raham; Winged Victory, by Linda Markley Gorski; The Grasshopper, by Heidi Grosch; The Colonel to the Rescue, by Susan Reynolds; Here's to You, Dad, by Dennis C. Bentley; Year of the Schwinn, by Susan Sundwall; Changing Tires, by Morgan Baker; The Greatest Dad Award Goes To..., by Sylvia Bright-Green; From Chicken Farmer to the Chicago Bears, by Erin Fanning; Kite Lessons, by Kim Klugh; When No One Was Watching, by Susan Breeden; Grandpa's 'Possum, by Doyle Suit; Daddy versus the Golden Gate Bridge, by Susan B. Townsend; Riding with Santa Claus, by Donna Matthews; There and Back Again with Daddy, by Eva Melissa Barnett; Daddy and the Dodgers, by Terri Elders; His Way, by Elynne Chaplik-Aleskow; Stepping In, by Elizabeth King Gerlach; Rediscovering Casanova, by M. Carolyn Steele; Wampum Doesn't Grow on Trees, by Robert F. Walsh; More Than Mentors: Providential Dads, by Priscilla Carr; A Winter's Tale, by David W. Bahnks; Well, I've Had a Plenty!, by Lawrence D. Elliott; Let's Dance, by Heather Anne McIntosh.


Warsaw Tales: A Collection of Contemporary Writing from Poland
Warsaw Tales: A Collection of Contemporary Writing from Poland
by Andrew Fincham
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Took it on the plane, May 20, 2011
Excellent stories and poetry for international travelers...

Contents:

This Notion of Warszawa - Ewa Kowalczyk
Plan Miasta Warszawy - Karen Kovacik
The New World - Hatif Janabi
Central Station - Jacek Dehnel
Henka Bulbes and Co - Jan Himilsbach
Holiday Ode - Ernest Bryll
The Man Upstairs - James G. Coon
Chopin Mazurka in A Minor - John Surowiecki
The Sworn Translator - John a'Beckett
Warsaw Architect - Karen Kovacik
Co maja tak za tak... - Andrew Fincham
The Bumper Dwarf - Wojciech Chmielewski
Constitution Square, 6 a.m. - Jaroslaw Klejnocki
Pani Stasia of Grochow - Wiktor Sybilski
Mamudov's Caravan - Jennifer Robertson
Borowski Finds His Groove - James G. Coon
On Ujazdowskie - Judith Eydmann
Aparat - Ben Borek
Around Kolo - Andrew Fincham
News from Pulawska - Maria Jastrzebska
Evolution - Slawomir Shuty
Identity - John a'Beckett
Romek and Juliasia - A. Bo
The Idiot - Leo Yankevich
The Carpet Beaters - James G. Coon
Market forces, Polish-style - Jennifer Robertson
Wrong number - John a'Beckett
Pterodactylus - Paula Gutowska
The New Colossus - James G. Coon
Portrait - Jennifer Robertson
St. James, Ochota - Karen Kovacik
An Inconspicuous Man - Marek Kochan
The Palace of Babel - Wojciech Maslarz
Bar Schwejk Beggary - Andrew Fincham
Millennium Drift - Jacek Podsiadlo
The Men from Praga - Anne Berkeley
Esprit d'escalier - Stefan Golston
Eastertide - Leo Yankevich
Mother over the loaf of bread - Pawel Kubiak
Feast of Corpus Christi - Carole Satyamurti
The Big Match - Andrew Fincham
The cry of nie ma - John a'Beckett
Cupid in Praga - Grazyna Tatarska
My Polish Widower - Karen Kovacik
Courtyard: woman with rosary - Jennifer Robertson
Fred Recalls - Ella Risbridger
Mizeria Kawalera - John a'Beckett
Polish Autumn - Andrew Fincham
The Tatras - Mohammed Ben Younes
Sailing to Sopot - Stephen Romer
Mid Air - Joanna Szczepkowska
Auschwitz 25th January 2005 - Andrew Fincham
The Christmas Tree - Leszek Engelking
Wigilia - Lisa L. Siedlarz
A Christmas Tale - James G. Coon
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Budapest Tales: A Collection of Central European Contemporary Writing
Budapest Tales: A Collection of Central European Contemporary Writing
by Alan C. Baird
Edition: Paperback
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ToC, May 20, 2011
It's an honor to be included...

The Nightmares, by Aliz Mosonyi; Loneliness Bridge, by David Hill; The Glass Xylophonist, by Lyn Moir; Has anyone seen?, by István Örkény; Spinster of this day, by David Hill; City of Holes, by Péter Zilahy; Streets of Hats, by D. Harlan Wilson; Budapest, by Dániel Varró; In the Kosher Restaurant, by Philip Terman; Cake, by Andrew Fincham; Gramzaphat, by James G. Coon; Street Fair, by János Lackfí; Divided City, by Lyn Moir; The Ladies of Bygone Days, by Ottó Orbán; Ballad on the Magic of Poetry, by István Örkény; The Cutting Shepherd, by Kristián Grecsó; Boarded-Up Windows, by István Ferenczes; Garden Before The Rain, by János Oláh; Stations of Origin, by Dániel Dányi; The Strange Unravelling of Lazlo Frynge, by James G. Coon; Welcome visitors, by Zoltán Bószórményi; Flower-sellers, Budapest, by Kathleen Jamie; The Giants of Gellért Hill, by Aliz Mosonyi; Out to Grass, by Margaret Eddershaw; Gyula Suburb, by Bohdan Zadura; An Unusual Incident, by Lajos Parti Nagy; Pan-European transport corridor no. 7, by David Hill; Blue Danube, by Melanie Challenger; The Trouble with Gulls, by Júlia Lázár; Journal, by Mónika Mesterházi; Encounter, by István Örkény; Three Meetings, by David Walker; Death in the Evening, by Paul Sohar; Confirmation, by Iván Bächer; Selected Hungaricks, by A. Bo; Dictators, by Péter Zilahy; A Hat full of Stars, by Andrew Fincham; After The Orient Express, by Todd Swift; Attila the Hun, by Maureen Micus Crisick; On my 32nd Birthday, by Attila József; Dumb to the Deaf, by László Krasznahorkai; Class Struggle, by Iván Bächer; Dusk in The Old Town, by Paul Sohar; Uncommon City, Uncommon Cold, by Péter Hargitai; Dog Day, by Carl Rowlands; János' Bakery, 6 am, by Maureen Micus Crisick; I Am Not a Muse, by Sue Healy; The Danube, by Aliz Mosonyi; Money in Magyar, by A. Bo; Campaign Promise, by Paul Olchvary; Hungarian, by John Hartley Williams; And..., by Matthew Sweeney; The Coolest Room in the City, by George Szirtes; The Political Refugee, by Alex Domokos; Vengeance on the Danube, by Alan C. Baird; Magyar Melpomene, by Victoria Northrop; Rendezvous with The Devil, by Paul Sohar; The Final Question, by István Örkény; A Flat in Budapest, by Ben Mousley.
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Warsaw Tales: New Europe Writers
Warsaw Tales: New Europe Writers
by John a'Beckett
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Took it on the plane., July 9, 2010
Excellent stories and poetry for international travelers...

Contents:

This Notion of Warszawa - Ewa Kowalczyk
Plan Miasta Warszawy - Karen Kovacik
The New World - Hatif Janabi
Central Station - Jacek Dehnel
Henka Bulbes and Co - Jan Himilsbach
Holiday Ode - Ernest Bryll
The Man Upstairs - James G. Coon
Chopin Mazurka in A Minor - John Surowiecki
The Sworn Translator - John a'Beckett
Warsaw Architect - Karen Kovacik
Co maja tak za tak... - Andrew Fincham
The Bumper Dwarf - Wojciech Chmielewski
Constitution Square, 6 a.m. - Jaroslaw Klejnocki
Pani Stasia of Grochow - Wiktor Sybilski
Mamudov's Caravan - Jennifer Robertson
Borowski Finds His Groove - James G. Coon
On Ujazdowskie - Judith Eydmann
Aparat - Ben Borek
Around Kolo - Andrew Fincham
News from Pulawska - Maria Jastrzebska
Evolution - Slawomir Shuty
Identity - John a'Beckett
Romek and Juliasia - A. Bo
The Idiot - Leo Yankevich
The Carpet Beaters - James G. Coon
Market forces, Polish-style - Jennifer Robertson
Wrong number - John a'Beckett
Pterodactylus - Paula Gutowska
The New Colossus - James G. Coon
Portrait - Jennifer Robertson
St. James, Ochota - Karen Kovacik
An Inconspicuous Man - Marek Kochan
The Palace of Babel - Wojciech Maslarz
Bar Schwejk Beggary - Andrew Fincham
Millennium Drift - Jacek Podsiadlo
The Men from Praga - Anne Berkeley
Esprit d'escalier - Stefan Golston
Eastertide - Leo Yankevich
Mother over the loaf of bread - Pawel Kubiak
Feast of Corpus Christi - Carole Satyamurti
The Big Match - Andrew Fincham
The cry of nie ma - John a'Beckett
Cupid in Praga - Grazyna Tatarska
My Polish Widower - Karen Kovacik
Courtyard: woman with rosary - Jennifer Robertson
Fred Recalls - Ella Risbridger
Mizeria Kawalera - John a'Beckett
Polish Autumn - Andrew Fincham
The Tatras - Mohammed Ben Younes
Sailing to Sopot - Stephen Romer
Mid Air - Joanna Szczepkowska
Auschwitz 25th January 2005 - Andrew Fincham
The Christmas Tree - Leszek Engelking
Wigilia - Lisa L. Siedlarz
A Christmas Tale - James G. Coon
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Prague Tales
Prague Tales
by Andrew Fincham
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An eclectic collection, November 24, 2008
This review is from: Prague Tales (Paperback)
Excellent range of stories and poetry!

Contents:

Anny Ondra's Cat - Andrew Fincham
Images - Peter Bateman
Tableaux Vivants - Daniela Hodrová
No Trams to Kacerov - James Freeman
Prague Castle Courtyard - Stephan Delbos
The Orloj - Lyn Moir
Second Hand - Andrew Fincham
Mikve Eleusis - Ivo Vodse'álek
Prague - Sandra Simpson
The Answer - Martin Reiner
Kafka's Sister - Elizabeth Winder
About 500 diary pages - Jáchym Topol
Dandies and Flâneurs - D. Harlan Wilson
The Bridge of Intellectuals - Richard Katrovas
On the Bridge - Daniela Hodrová
Charles Bridge - Lyn Moir
Prosim, listen to Honzik - Wojciech Ma'larz
Singing Those Crazy White Cat Blues - James G. Coon
The Pub Full of Voices - Zbynek Hejda
Saint Nicholas Café - Justin Quinn
Not Kafka's Dream - Wojciech Ma'larz
Singing for Karluv - John Webber
Mimosa - Ivan Wiernisch
Intuition - Libuse 'a'alová
The Sweet Weekend - Lenka Procházková
Nails - Mnohacek Zgublacenko
Transformation - Mnohacek Zgublacenko
Sunday Mail - Vera Chase
Landscape by Bus - Justin Quinn
The Woman who left me on the Ikea Bus - Bohuslav Van'k
The Man of Minor Key - Adam Daniel Mezei
Flood-Plains - Justin Quinn
Karlovivari Window - Joseph Josephides
Beginnings - Alexandra Berková
Watches - Pavel 'ezni'ek
New Iron Curtains - James Freeman
Summoned by Punk - A. Bo
Mum's not in - Ji'í D'de'ek
Destination - Andrew Fincham
The Announcement of Winter - Libuse 'a'alová
New Season - Bethany Shaffer
Early Spring - Petr Hruska
Three Shorts - Patrik Linhart
Alchemical limits of anger - Jane Kirwan
My three-day friend from Slovenia - Sasha Skenerija
Mother of Cities - Alice Vedral Rivera
Doin' Prague - Darren O'Keefe
Prague Blues - Petr Zemek
Train found in a manuscript - Leszek Engelking
Examination - Daniela Hodrová
Dvorak and the Crows - Lee Passarella
The Barber (1939) - James Sutherland-Smith
Enchantment - Kate'ina Rud'enková
Artistic Exercises - David Doubek
The Aldebaran Swan - James G. Coon
The Bear Leader - Irena Douskova
The Land Beneath - Anna Kay
Statues - Greame Hetherington
Safe and sound in Brno - Katherine Reid
In the Vitava - Daniela Hodrová
Yesterday's snow - John a'Beckett
Czechericks - A. Bo
Madwoman - Daniela Hodrová
In the Pinkas Synagogue - Simon Mawer
October, New Jewish Cemetery - Lyn Moir
Shem - Daniela Hodrová
How Much? - Carole Langille
A Prague Tale - Helen Nathan
Mendel in Brno - Simon Mawer
Stalin's Children - Andrew Fincham
Gypsy Fortune - Andrew Fincham
Infrequent Time - John a'Beckett
How a blind man stroked Nessie - Marian Palla
Last Train to Marienbad - Lyn Moir
At the Western Union - Louis Armand
The Stolen Thief - Lucien Zell
How to Paint a Picture of Brno - Ji'í Kratochvil
Sobbing in Brno - Pam Brown
Next Year in Marienbad - Simon Mawer
The River Rose at Moonfall - Rachel Cohen
To a magic Czech flautist - Greame Hetherington
Dreaming of Moravia - Libuse 'a'alová
The White Sisters - Andrew Fincham
Instrumental (in the garden) - Jane Kirwan
To his Czech mistress - A. Bo
Jogruffy - Michael Shepherd
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The Last Stand Of The Apache And The Valedictorian And Other Stories: An Anthology Of Eleven Short Stories And A Novella About Choices
The Last Stand Of The Apache And The Valedictorian And Other Stories: An Anthology Of Eleven Short Stories And A Novella About Choices
by Louis E. Catron
Edition: Paperback

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A virtuoso author at work, November 13, 2008
When I first glanced at this title, I thought the author was mentioning two stories, "The Last Stand of the Apache" and "The Valedictorian." Nope. One story. One mighty fine story, I might add. A story about two high-school friends, minutely observed at that heartbreaking moment when their life paths will diverge. Then, after reading the rest of these stories, I could see the differences in style and theme gradually becoming clear.

Taken together, the diverse stories combine into an anthology. Although by one author, the variations can make the reader think of a collection rounded up from a number of authors. The book contains lighthearted, delightfully entertaining tales, to I'm-mad-as-hell-and-won't-take-it-anymore social protest, to f*ck-Bush's-war, to a wistful story about an idealist who sees his dreams shattered like a delicate vase struck by a carelessly-swung baseball bat.

Short, long, first person and third, gritty realism and fantasy; the author's range is breathtakingly impressive. And each story satisfies a different hunger, a personal need I didn't recognize until I finished reading the story.

A cursory Amazon search will turn up the author's many theater-related books, and the stories in this collection clearly show his playwriting background. That is, the reader is able to see and hear the characters and the environment. The dialogue sounds exactly the way those characters would speak. Highly recommended.


Homeopathy: Beyond Flat Earth Medicine, 2nd Edition
Homeopathy: Beyond Flat Earth Medicine, 2nd Edition
by Timothy R. Dooley
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.00
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59 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I thought homeopaths were quacks., July 12, 2007
I was never seriously ill during most of my life, but a stubborn case of no-external-trigger urticaria (hives) has been plaguing me for nearly a year. I've visited one regular doctor, one osteopath, two emergency room docs, three allergists, and three acupuncturists. They were all unable to cure the hives, but the allergists finally brought my symptoms under control with a powerful hellbroth of prescription drugs:

1 Prednisone (steroid, immunosuppressant) 20mg pill in the morning
1 Tagamet (Cimetidine, H2 antihistamine) 300mg pill in the morning
1 Allegra (Fexofenadine, H1 antihistamine) 180mg pill in the morning
1 Zyrtec (Cetirizine HCl, H1 antihistamine) 10mg pill in the afternoon
1 Atarax (Hydroxyzine HCl, H1 antihistamine) 25mg pill at bedtime
3 Doxepin (antidepressant, sedative) 10mg pills at bedtime
1 Tagamet 300mg pill at bedtime
1 Prednisone 20mg pill at bedtime

Plus, I had to carry an emergency epinephrine (adrenaline) syringe everywhere, just in case my precariously-balanced immune system tipped into anaphylactic shock.

One of the allergists provided me with a light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel newsflash: "These cases usually burn themselves out in three to five years."

But if you take Prednisone for a long time, you tend to gain a lot of weight, and your immune response is slowly crippled. The allergists tried to cut down the Prednisone gradually, but my hives always returned with a vengeance. [A minor bout with urticaria is much like being flayed alive... and after experiencing several full-blown major attacks, I wouldn't wish one on my worst enemy.] I was clinically depressed, and marginally suicidal.

My doctors thought I was doing great, considering.

Since the AMA and TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) practitioners couldn't really help, I turned to homeopaths as a last resort. Even though I had always viewed homeopathy as a marginal--if not totally quack--science, I was at the end of my rope and desperate enough to try anything.

After a few homeopathic treatments, my drug regimen is now down to:

1 Prednisone 2.5mg pill (1/16 of my previous daily intake) in the afternoon
1 Benadryl 25mg pill (over-the-counter antihistamine) at bedtime

These doctors are determined to wean me off drugs completely, God bless 'em. Needless to say, I now highly recommend homeopaths. And they recommended that I read Homeopathy: Beyond Flat Earth Medicine, for an overview.

I wish I'd read it a year ago.
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