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The Road from the Past: Traveling through History in France
The Road from the Past: Traveling through History in France
by Ina Caro
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.56
103 used & new from $0.46

16 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Annoying and Self-Indulgent, May 3, 2009
This book begins in Provence with the idea of travelling from Roman times through French history to the absolutism of Louis 14. It's an interesting idea, but the organization and continual asides (with long paragraphs sustained in between other paragraphs with parentheses) make it unbearable to read. The author attempts to cover too much - the history of 2000 years - in a medium sized book, and do a travelogue at the same time, with many little "touches" that include restaurants,references to other trips, her husband, etc. The sentences are so long and boring that any English major in college could use this book as an example of how NOT to write. How did it get published? Connections, of course. Caro's husband has written biographies of Robert Moses and Lyndon Johnson. She helped him with the research. Harcourt Brace, you need to publish good authors, not crappy ones.
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Just Try It On: A Month-by-Month Guide to Shopping and Style
Just Try It On: A Month-by-Month Guide to Shopping and Style
by Susan Redstone
Edition: Paperback
Price: $13.62
80 used & new from $0.01

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Spend the Money on Lipstick, December 10, 2008
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Don't call yourself a style icon. Do buy plenty of tank tops. Maybe white is okay after Labor Day but it's not okay if you're a wedding guest.

That's just some of the "insider" advice you'll scoop up in this book. Truly, if you're a complete newcomer to shopping for clothing, you might pick up some pointers. Otherwise, it's the same old same old. One star for a clear writing style and the other star for organizing the shopping into months (Flash: you'll need a bathing suit in July!).
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Timex Women's T5D601 Ironman Sleek 50-Lap Pink Resin Strap Watch
Timex Women's T5D601 Ironman Sleek 50-Lap Pink Resin Strap Watch
Offered by Fine watch house
Price: $64.00
3 used & new from $64.00

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Watch, August 27, 2007
I am one of those 24/7 watch wearers. Where I go, my watch goes. I even sleep with mine on. This watch is so good, that after the face of my first one got smashed in after a year of wear (it got ran over) I went out and bought the exact same watch but in this light pink color.
This baby has got everything you'd need on a watch and will last you a long time. The review I read about it not being waterproof must have been caused by a malfunction because I've done many a lap and taken many a shower with this watch on.
The only minus about it is the color, which does tend to fade. I had a blue one that was the exact same model that did not fade, however.
Overall an excellent watch.


Kyocera Marbl Prepaid Phone (Virgin Mobile)
Kyocera Marbl Prepaid Phone (Virgin Mobile)

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for the price, August 24, 2007
I use a cell phone only occasionly for short calls to confirm where I am or to be asked to be picked up or for permission for something. That's it. Otherwise I use a landline. That's why I chose prepaid. (Also- if I lose it is it a big deal? Nope.) If you're looking for a long-lasting, life-line type phone this one's not for you. Otherwise, everything about it has suited me well. While the battery life isn't the best it works for someone like me (though it would be nicer to have less charges.)
Some of the Virgin Mobile phones are definatley better but also more expensive.
Oh, and if you're gonna get this phone go to a Target or the Virgin Mobile sight itself. It's cheaper.


Charmed Knits: Projects for Fans of Harry Potter
Charmed Knits: Projects for Fans of Harry Potter
by Alison Hansel
Edition: Paperback
47 used & new from $19.60

49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Charming, May 7, 2007
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I'm a Muggle with a Potterhead 14 year-old daughter and four members of my sister's family, all certifiably batty over the Harry Potter books.

Lots of good, fun knits in this book. Big projects, medium project, little projects - they're all here. Most of them run the size gamut from Toddler to Adult XXL - good show, Alison Hansel. The Invisibility Shawl in pale gray laceweight cashmere is gorgeous. The little house scarves as bookmarks are adorable. 90% of the garments and accessories are very wearable.

Minus 1 star for the fit of Molly's Amazing Technicolor Housecoat on the pretty (and brave - bravo to her!) model.


Lark Books Hip Knit Hats LB-6443
Lark Books Hip Knit Hats LB-6443
by Cathy Carron
Edition: Hardcover
73 used & new from $2.91

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Worth The Price, December 4, 2006
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I love the felting chapter! I made Lydia, the 1920's inspired cloche, felted it, made a felted flower for it (instructions included), and now have a hat I love. It truly looks like I paid the moon and the stars at a Soho boutique. More importantly, I feel like a million bucks because I made this gorgeous thing myself.
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Modern Classics: Knit Over Twenty Timeless Designs
Modern Classics: Knit Over Twenty Timeless Designs
by Louisa Harding
Edition: Paperback
42 used & new from $4.68

43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars for Patterns, -1 Star for Size Range, October 11, 2006
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The directions - clear as a bell. The twenty styles -timeless, modern, classic. But please: many, many women come in sizes other than bust 32 to bust 42. If only the range were 28 to 54, this book would be very close to perfection.


Big Girl Knits: 25 Big, Bold Projects Shaped for Real Women with Real Curves
Big Girl Knits: 25 Big, Bold Projects Shaped for Real Women with Real Curves
by Jillian Moreno
Edition: Hardcover
67 used & new from $3.24

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Boob's Eye View, April 20, 2006
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The plus-sized women's world is divided into the three B's: Boobs, Bellies, and Butts, according to this book. They're right and I'm a Boob.

There are many patterns in this book for us Boobs. And while I embrace my cleavage, the world may not be ready for this 48 year-old to rock the lacy Sexy Ribs Pullover or the wrap sweater called Lift and Separate without a cami underneath - perhaps Cherry Bomb (which I can see making over and over). Page after page of gorgeous and eminently wearable in this book, true plus-sized models, luscious colors, informative and clear text.

Only Amelia Corset is unflattering to the entire universe, even my size 4 daughters. Nothing adds poundage like dividing a gal horizontally 3 times (bust and arms, tummy, and whatever bottom you wear with).

That's the one pit in this yummy box of goodies. Buy the book and when we see each other on the street in our beautiful Big Girl knits, let's wink. We'll already be smiling.


Animal Farm: Anniversary Edition
Animal Farm: Anniversary Edition
by George Orwell
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $6.04
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Look into Communism, January 22, 2006
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George Orwell's Animal Farm is the story of Communism and Stalin put into an easy-to-understand fairy tale form. The book starts out with the hope of a rebellion, animals against humans. Major, the famous White Boar of the farm, tells of his observations over his lifetime. He tells how humans expect everything and give nothing, and how one day all the animals must rebel and become their own masters. Major also tells of a song, Beasts of England that has come to him via a dream. Beasts of England soon becomes an anthem for a new kind of Government, Animalism.

With the quick overthrow of Mr. Jones, the farm is completely taken over by it's animals. The sign announcing "Manor Farm" is painted over with "Animal Farm".

And so the story goes, winding its way through the story of Stalin's reign. Things start out near perfect. Group debates are held weekly, there is a surplus in food, everyone is equal, and most importantly: everyone is their own master.

Everything stays great until a dispute between the two smartest animals on the farm, Napoleon and Snowball, both pigs, begins. Snowball would like to build a Windmill, saying that once it was complete it would save much work. Napoleon's opinion differs. He thinks that a windmill is too much work for not enough payback.

In the final windmill debate, Napoleon says almost nothing, while Snow goes into a long and convincing speech about how they should build the windmill. All of a sudden dogs Napoleon has trained are unleashed and chase Snowball off the farm.

Slowly, under the new leader Napoleon, Animal Farm becomes a full-fledged communist community. It starts out with simple things, like Napoleon getting apples and the others not. Then it turns more serious.

Napoleon insists that all along he was for the Windmill, not against it and that Snowball was a cheating liar whose only goal was to deceive the animals. Everything becomes the former hero Snowball's fault. When the windmill is broken during a storm, it's Snowball sabotaging it.

When Money is lost or there's a loss of food, Snowball must have been behind it.

The pigs eventually break every one of the original Seven Commandments. Every time they do, they get a pig to paint a new clause onto the commandment they have broken. The unfortunately stupid animals can't understand what the pigs are doing. Every time one protests, they are forced back down by lies from the leaders and their minions.

Confusing facts about how really the animals are living better lives and they can't tell are released. More and more lies are told until the animals can't even remember the "good old days".

Finally the pigs step over the line and change the commandment, "all animals are equal" to "all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others."

Soon it is impossible to tell the human farmers from the pigs. The transformation is complete.

This book is an amazing look into the horrors of Communism. It shows both how great and awful it can be, all it takes is a fabulous or fabulously awful leader to change the way.

I recommend this book to EVERYONE. It's a must-read to fully understand what Stalin's reign must have been like. Five stars are fully deserved and awarded to this amazing author, George Orwell.


Omron HEM-609 Portable Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor with IntelliSense
Omron HEM-609 Portable Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor with IntelliSense

19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Easy-to-Use But Mine Reads Low, November 21, 2005
You velcro this around your wrist, bend your elbow and bring your hand towards your heart until the thing beeps. The monitor begins to take a reading and voilà!

Except. Mine calibrates at a full 20 pts. lower than my doctor's.


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