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Now Designs Oven Towel, White
Now Designs Oven Towel, White
Offered by theaccentshopinc
Price: $14.95
4 used & new from $8.95

5.0 out of 5 stars When You Need to Protect a Greater Surface Area, June 2, 2015
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Strong seams and thick 100 percent cotton comprise this 14 by 26-inch oven towel, which is a better safety proposition for carrying big casserole dishes in which your wrists and the belly of your forearms are exposed.

The protection works, but be sure not to be tempted to double its use as a dish towel because if you use it when it's wet, the moisture works as a conduction element for heat and you could burn yourself. That's true of any oven mitt as well.

For high quality construction that protects a greater surface area than regular oven mitts, I can give this the highest recommendation.


Protest: A Cultural Introduction to Social Movements (Cultural Sociology)
Protest: A Cultural Introduction to Social Movements (Cultural Sociology)
by James M. Jasper
Edition: Paperback
Price: $20.94
55 used & new from $16.42

4.0 out of 5 stars Heroic View of the Protestor, May 30, 2015
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James M. Jasper’s Protest: A Cultural Introduction to Social Movements asks this central question: What drives protestors to sacrifice their individual comfort, safety, and finances to champion their agenda in the venue of a social movement?

He defines social movements as “sustained, intentional efforts to foster or retard broad legal and social changes, primarily outside the normal institutional channels endorsed by authorities.”

Separate chapters address feminists, Christian Right, LGBTQ, Occupation Wall-Street, Egyptian Revolution, and animal rights movements.

For the most part, Jasper’s analysis of protestors is positive: He shows them as fulfulling the hero function in society.

His book would have been better balanced had he referred to Eric Hoffer’s less flattering analysis of social movements, chronicled in his masterpiece The True Believer.

Secondly, the book is somewhat larded with a lexicon of sociological terms that makes the book more academic than it needed to be.

But as a primer for the psychology of the noble protestor, this book fulfills most of its aims. Recommended.


DII 100% Cotton, Oversized Basic Everyday 20x 20" Napkin, Set of 4, Palette Check
DII 100% Cotton, Oversized Basic Everyday 20x 20" Napkin, Set of 4, Palette Check
Price: $10.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Vibrant Colors, Soft to the Touch, and Solidly Sewn Seams, May 30, 2015
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These oversized, 100 percent cotton napkins are indeed slightly larger than our basic sized napkins that we already owned. They have vibrant colors. They come out of the dryer relatively wrinkle-free and have solidly sewn seams that should resist fraying. They look good enough to use for having company over without being too fancy.

The thread count is enough to make it soft to the touch. The pictures in the photos don't do justice to the colors. For example, in person the gold is brighter than you'll see in Internet images.

Recommended.


Elefun & Friends Crocodile Dentist Game
Elefun & Friends Crocodile Dentist Game
Price: $13.88
13 used & new from $12.08

5.0 out of 5 stars Entertains My Twins for Hours, May 28, 2015
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The Crocodile Dentist, a sort of Russian Roulette for children, gently bites your finger if you push down on the wrong tooth. My 5-year-old twins love the game and laugh while watching each other "get bit."

The game helps my twins learn to take turns and learn to "care" for a goofy reptile. One of my daughters calls it her "new best friend," so clearly the crocodile figure resonates with her.

Recommended.


SuperSoaker Nerf Zombie Strike Extinguisher Blaster Water Soaking Guns
SuperSoaker Nerf Zombie Strike Extinguisher Blaster Water Soaking Guns
Price: $9.97
6 used & new from $9.97

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Squirts a long, steady jet stream and doesn't leak, May 28, 2015
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Easy to fill with water and easy to lock tight to avoid spills and leaks, the SuperSoaker has good build quality at this price point. The fine jet spray shoots a far distance, much farther than similarly priced squirt guns we've owned. My twins love it quite a bit. Bear in mind, starting age is 6 and my twins are 5. They do struggle with the trigger because their hands aren't quite big and strong enough. But they're learning. For a high quality squirt gun that provides a long jet stream, the SuperSoaker is highly recommended.


The Professor in the Cage: Why Men Fight and Why We Like to Watch
The Professor in the Cage: Why Men Fight and Why We Like to Watch
Offered by Penguin Group (USA) LLC
Price: $12.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rituals of Masculinity in a Cogent, Fascinating Analysis, May 25, 2015
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Languishing as an adjunct English professor at a small college in Pennsylvania, Jonathan Gottschall undergoes an existential crisis and wants to confront some demons regarding his masculinity, so he embarks on a 15-month MMA journey, training for a cage fight, and meditating on the nature of masculinity, courage, and violence. Gottschall looks at team sports and individual sports in the context of our domination-violent genes, examines our painful world history of sadism and gleeful violence and connects us to the apes who use ritualized violence to establish hierarchies. All of this is done within the discussion of MMA fighting. The analysis is sharp and reminds me of the writings of Sam Harris, and I mean this in a good way. Fast-paced, trenchant, and unflinchingly honest, the prose here provides one of the best discussions of masculinity and our rituals to assert it. Highly recommended.


100 Days of Happiness: A Novel
100 Days of Happiness: A Novel
by Fausto Brizzi
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $20.48

5.0 out of 5 stars 100 Days to Becoming a Real Man, May 25, 2015
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Fausto Brizzi, a screenwriter, director, and film producer, shows that he can effortlessly transition his talents to novel writing. The prose, translated from the Italian by Antony Shugaar, is assured and has the quality of a supreme talent who can really write as opposed to someone of moderate talent trying really hard to write. The prose is brisk, playful, and exact.

The subject matter of this novel, which in turns is comical, romantic, and near the end sentimental, is death: Our first-person narrator Lucio Battistini has been caught committing infidelity against his beloved wife and is expelled from his house (and two children) and must live in a closet-sized room inside his father-in-law’s bakery. Languishing in these lugubrious quarters, Lucio discovers he has cancer and proclaims to himself that he has only 100 days to live. And thus begins his journey into discovering what really matters to him in life.

The underlying theme of this novel is the way grownup men cling to their adolescent shenanigans largely in part by bonding with each others as “bros” and Lucio discovers that while he loves his “bros,” his wife and children are far more precious and in making this discovery he undergoes a maturation process.

100 Days of Happiness, which has been published in over 20 countries, will most likely become a best-seller here in the States and deservedly I see a movie version, which I predict will be similar in tone to the beloved Guiseppe Tornatore film Cinema Paradiso. Highly recommended.


ASICS Men's Gel Contend 2-4E Running Shoe,Royal/White/Black,13 4E US
ASICS Men's Gel Contend 2-4E Running Shoe,Royal/White/Black,13 4E US
Offered by Road Runner Sports
Price: $59.99
3 used & new from $49.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Comfort, Fit, and Finish at This Price Point, May 22, 2015
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Great comfort at this price point. I also have the Asics, GT1000 model, which cost me 20 dollars more. I slightly prefer the GT1000 in terms of look and feel but the difference is not that big. The Gel Contend, which cost under 50 dollars, are a great value. In both the 49-dollar Gel Contend and 69-dollar GT1000 model, I ordered 13 4E (double wide) though in most cases I wear a 12.5 regular width, so it appears Asics runs a bit small. For fit and finish and heel support, you can't go wrong with these. Also I give them 5 stars for comfort. Recommended.


Crescent CSWS11 1/2-Inch Drive Socket Wrench Set, 12-Piece
Crescent CSWS11 1/2-Inch Drive Socket Wrench Set, 12-Piece
Offered by Independence Fulfillment Services
Price: $36.73
8 used & new from $26.84

5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Build Quality and "Surface Drive" Won't Strip Your Bolts, May 21, 2015
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Love the gray clam-shell style box with red latches. You open the shell and you see the shiny chrome finish on the pieces. The set is heavy and evidences high build quality.

My wife and I like the 12-point "Surface Drive" proprietary sockets, which don't strip or "round" 6-sided bolts.

This is the 12-piece set. It gets the job done. Highly recommended.


Avery My Recipe Binder, Extra Wide 1-Inch Slant Ring, Vintage Kitchen Design (19800)
Avery My Recipe Binder, Extra Wide 1-Inch Slant Ring, Vintage Kitchen Design (19800)
Price: $11.49

3.0 out of 5 stars Little More Than a Binder, May 20, 2015
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My wife isn't impressed. She told me "it's just a binder with pockets like any other binder. Plus there are measurement conversions in the inside, but that's no big deal."

She also doesn't like that you have to go on the website and convert your recipes on their software, a very time-consuming procedure, which anyone can utilize. My wife said she'd rather just print her recipes from Word.

She says the cover has a "cute design" but there's nothing proprietary or innovative about this to make it a "recipe binder." It's just a binder.


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