- Paperback: 96 pages
- Publisher: Waveland Press, Inc.; 1 edition (May 21, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1577668065
- ISBN-13: 978-1577668060
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 83 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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