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Learning Chinese The Easy Way: Read & Understand The Symbols of Chinese Culture (English and Mandarin Chinese Edition)

Learning Chinese The Easy Way: Read & Understand The Symbols of Chinese Culture (English and Mandarin Chinese Edition) Lowest new price: $8.07
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Author: Sam Song
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"Sam Song has a way with words. To teach, he's the best you have heard. The books that he writes are such marvelous sights learning Chinese each day word by word. Chinese words we can learn very fast. And when learned we cry Goodie, at last! For I must know the end. How that story doth wend and to know how it ends is a blast!"-- Poet Mrs. Carol Creed

Here is a better way, other than rote memorization, to learn Chinese characters. The revised book, 146 pages, presents both the Simplified and Traditional Chinese character and helps you to understand and memorize Chinese characters in 2 popular Chinese stories: 1. Two Men and The Bear 2. The Wind and The Sun. ( Note: The book, Learning Chinese  The Easy Way Level 1: The Fox and The Goat (New), contains The 3rd story.)

Students can use the books in the series as a reference to study other books.

For practicing pronunciation or learning to read the popular Chinese stories in the book, the free downloadable audio files ensure that readers learn the correct pronunciation and tone of each character in the book. (The book also contains a Pinyin-Mandarin Phonetic System (bopomofo) cross reference that is handy for people who know Mandarin Phonetic System.)

(For people who like to learn Traditional Characters only, the books, Learning Chinese The Easy Way Level 1 Part 1 (Traditional Characters)(2 Stories in One Book) and Learning Chinese The Easy Way Level 1 Part 2 (Traditional Characters): The Fox and The Goat, are available.)

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Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges

Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges Lowest new price: $0.36
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Author: Loren Pope

Prospective college students and their parents have been relying on Loren Pope's expertise since 1995, when he published the first edition of this indispensable guide. This new edition profiles 41 colleges—all of which outdo the Ivies and research universities in producing performers, not only among A students but also among those who get Bs and Cs. Contents include:

  • Evaluations of each school's program and "personality"
  • Candid assessments by students, professors, and deans
  • Information on the progress of graduates

This new edition not only revisits schools listed in previous volumes to give readers a comprehensive assessment, it also addresses such issues as homeschooling, learning
disabilities, and single-sex education.

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Proficient Motorcycling: The Ultimate Guide to Riding Well (Book & CD)

Proficient Motorcycling: The Ultimate Guide to Riding Well (Book & CD) Lowest new price: $7.50
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Author: David L. Hough
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From the publishers of Motorcycle Consumer News, Shifting Gears at 50 is a one-of-a-kind motorcycling manual for returning and late-entry riders, essentially anyone 40 years old and up who’s looking to hit the road on two wheels. Author Philip Buonpastore, a motorcycle journalist and retired US Air Force photographer, helps readers gear up to get back on a motorcycle (or get on one for the first time).

In Part 1, “Becoming a Motorcyclist,” Buonpastore discusses the basics of buying the right bike, gear, and equipment and getting the bike up to speed. The book continues with a good overview of learning to ride, the importance of taking a road course, venturing out on the first ride, and extending rides to long-distance jaunts. Throughout Part 1 are sidebars by riding- safety instructor and expert Walt Fulton, offering sound advice on safety precautions and execution for every leg of the new and returning rider’s journey.

The author emphasizes what older riders should be aware of and which factors can affect their rides. Adding lots of great firsthand advice are humorous and helpful stories collected by the author and related by returning riders at various ages, from their late 30s to 60s.

In Part 2, Buonpastore shares five of his favorite travelogues covering his long-distance tours around the US, from the American South to the west coasts. This section is illustrated by over 100 of the author’s breathtaking photographs of the various locations he toured on his bike.

The foreword to the book is provided by best-selling motorcycle author David Hough (author of I-5 Press’s Proficient Motorcycling and Mastering the Ride). Hough writes, “If you’re getting into today’s motorcycling at an age your doctor would describe as ‘middle aged’ or ‘senior,’ do you yourself a clever favor and read Phil’s book.”

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35 Things Your Teen Won't Tell You, So I Will (Good Things to Know)

35 Things Your Teen Won't Tell You, So I Will (Good Things to Know) Lowest new price: $3.93
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Author: Ellen Pober Rittberg
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Any parent of a teenager who would like pragmatic tips on how to build a positive relationship with their child should read this book. Parents of teens know that in today's environment, being a good parent is a greater challenge than ever. In 35 Things Your Teen Won't Tell You, So I Will, Ellen Pober Rittberg offers insight on how to connect, react, instill responsibility, and even discipline your teen to help foster a positive parent-child relationship. This pragmatic yet humorous insight includes: Discussing the issue of partying when an adult isn't home Subsidizing your teen at your own peril Asking yourself, To buy a car or not to buy a car (that is the question) Helping your teen understand the importance of punching the clock Addressing beer and hard liquor, the unseen enemy

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Germans Who Never Lost

Germans Who Never Lost Lowest used price: $4.30
Author: Edwin P. Hoyt

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The Innocent Man

The Innocent Man Lowest new price: $3.94
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Author: John Grisham
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In the town of Ada, Oklahoma, Ron Williamson was going to be the next Mickey Mantle. But on his way to the Big Leagues, Ron stumbled, his dreams broken by drinking, drugs, and women. Then, on a winter night in 1982, not far from Ron’s home, a young cocktail waitress named Debra Sue Carter was savagely murdered. The investigation led nowhere. Until, on the flimsiest evidence, it led to Ron Williamson. The washed-up small-town hero was charged, tried, and sentenced to death—in a trial littered with lying witnesses and tainted evidence that would shatter a man’s already broken life…and let a true killer go free. Impeccably researched, grippingly told, filled with eleventh-hour drama, John Grisham’s first work of nonfiction reads like a page-turning legal thriller. It is a book that will terrify anyone who believes in the presumption of innocence—a book no American can afford to miss.

John Grisham tackles nonfiction for the first time with The Innocent Man, a true tale about murder and injustice in a small town (that reads like one of his own bestselling novels). The Innocent Man chronicles the story of Ron Williamson, how he was arrested and charged with a crime he did not commit, how his case was (mis)handled and how an innocent man was sent to death row. Grisham's first work of nonfiction is shocking, disturbing, and enthralling--a must read for fiction and nonfiction fans. We had the opportunity to talk with John Grisham about the case and the book, read his responses below. --Daphne Durham


20 Second Interview: A Few Words with John Grisham

Q: After almost two decades of writing fiction, what compelled you to write non-fiction, particularly investigative journalism?
A: I was never tempted to write non-fiction, primarily because it's too much work. However, obviously, I love a good legal thriller, and the story of Ron Williamson has all the elements of a great suspenseful story.

Q: Why this case?
A: Ron Williamson and I are about the same age and we both grew up in small towns in the south. We both dreamed of being major league baseball players. Ron had the talent, I did not. When he left a small town in 1971 to pursue his dreams of major league glory, many thought he would be the next Mickey Mantle, the next great one from the state of Oklahoma. The story of Ron ending up on Death Row and almost being executed for a murder he did not commit was simply too good to pass up.

Q: How did you go about your research?
A: I started with his family. Ron is survived by two sisters who took care of him for most of his life. They gave me complete access to the family records, photographs, Ron's mental health records, and so on. There was also a truckload of trial transcripts, depositions, appeals, etc., that took about 18 months to organize and review. Many of the characters in the story are still alive and I traveled to Oklahoma countless times to interview them.

Q: Did your training as a lawyer help you?
A: Very much so. It enabled me to understand the legal issues involved in Ron's trial and his appeals. It also allowed me, as it always does, to be able to speak the language with lawyers and judges.

Q: Throughout your book you mention, The Dreams of Ada: A True Story of Murder, Obsession, and a Small Town. How did you come across that book, and how did it impact your writing The Innocent Man?
A: Several of the people in Oklahoma I met mentioned The Dreams of Ada to me, and I read it early on in the process. It is an astounding book, a great example of true crime writing, and I relied upon it heavily during my research. Robert Mayer, the author, was completely cooperative, and kept meticulous notes from his research 20 years earlier. Many of the same characters are involved in his story and mine.

Q: You take on some pretty controversial and heated topics in your book--the death penalty, prisoner’s rights, DNA analysis, police conduct, and more--were any of your own beliefs challenged by this story and its outcome?
A: None were challenged, but my eyes were open to the world of wrongful convictions. Even as a former criminal defense attorney, I had never spent much time worrying about wrongful convictions. But, unfortunately, they happen all the time in this country, and with increasing frequency.

Q: So many of the key players in this case are either still in office or practicing attorneys. Many family members and friends still live in the same small town. How do you think The Innocent Man will impact this community and other small rural towns as they struggle with the realities of the justice system?
A: Exonerations seem to be happening weekly. And with each one of them, the question is asked--how can an innocent man be convicted and kept in prison for 20 years? My book is the story of only one man, but it is a good example of how things can go terribly wrong with our judicial system. I have no idea how the book will be received in the small town of Ada, Oklahoma, or any other town.

Q: What do you hope your readers will take away from The Innocent Man?
A: A better understanding of how innocent people can be convicted, and a greater concern for the need to reimburse and rehabilitate innocent men after they have been released.


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33 Things to Know About Raising Creative Kids (Good Things to Know)

33 Things to Know About Raising Creative Kids (Good Things to Know) Lowest new price: $2.34
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Author: Whitney Ferre
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Creative thinking is the skill that will determine your child s success in the twenty-first century. How can you best prepare your child for this new world? In 33 Things To Know About Raising Creative Kids, Creativity Expert Whitney Ferre will give you the answers. Creativity is a skill. And like any other skill, with the right focus, it can be developed.

Learn how to:
Understand the developmental stages of creativity
Organize creative activities that your children will love
Link creative fun to problem solving
Have creative sessions that the whole family can share
Use creativity to strengthen your child's learning

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5 Things to Know for Successful and Lasting Weight Loss (Good Things to Know)

5 Things to Know for Successful and Lasting Weight Loss (Good Things to Know) Lowest new price: $7.19
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Author: Fran Divecchio
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Unlike other diet and fitness books that try to apply a one-size-fits-all approach or peddle the latest weight loss "secret",5 Things to Know for Successful and Lasting Weight Lossis not a how-to book that prescribes a specific diet and exercise regimen. Rather, it teaches readers how to apply powerful techniques to achieve successful and lasting weight loss.

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Dining Skills A to Z: A Practical Guide to Today's Table Manners and Dining Etiquette

Dining Skills A to Z: A Practical Guide to Today's Table Manners and Dining Etiquette List price: $14.95
Author: Tina Pestalozzi

This easy-to-use, A to Z formatted guide, provides clear, concise, and current information on the full spectrum of dining skills and table manners. This valuable reference tool covers the needs of business professionals and families alike.


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