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Auto Repair for Dummies (USED)

Auto Repair for Dummies (USED)

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Most of us don't know the first thing about the machines we're licensed to drive - and this can turn a ticket to freedom into a ticket to trouble. If you're like most people, you probably tend to drive around until something goes wrong with the car. You then incur the expense of replacing worn and burnt-out parts (or the entire engine) when low-cost, regular maintenance could have kept your wheels turning for a long time.

Auto Repair For Dummies is indispensable for anyone who is tired of nodding and smiling at the incomprehensible mutterings of your mechanic, only to end up shelling out money for repairs that you neither fully understand nor always need. This easy-to-understand guide is also for you if you

  • Don't have the vaguest idea of how a car works.
  • Can't identify anything you see under the hood of your vehicle.
  • Are tired of other people assuming (especially if you're a teenager or a woman) that you aren't capable of handling repairs yourself.
  • Don't want to feel helpless in an emergency.
  • Are tired of being ripped off because of your own ignorance.
  • This book shows you how your car works; what it needs in the way of tender loving care; and how to keep from being overcharged if you need to entrust repairs to someone else. Auto Repair For Dummies also gives you the scoop on these topics and more:

  • What makes your vehicle go (and how and why)
  • A program of "preventive medicine" to avoid trouble
  • Shopping for tools and knowing how to use them
  • Diesel engines and alternatively powered cars
  • How to keep your car looking its best
  • Dealing with on-road emergencies
  • Checking your tires, alignment, and steering
  • By handling the simple maintenance and tune-ups and being able to diagnose trouble and perform the less complex repairs yourself, you'll save some serious money. Once you break the ice (or crack open the hood), the heady sense of power will carry you through basic car repair and maintenance with confidence and ease.

    Back to School for Grown-ups (USED)

    Back to School for Grown-ups (USED)

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    Here's a mind-broadening reader's companion for men and women who recall their school days as time spent gazing out the window, and who now realize that they missed out on many interesting ideas. The best and most significant of those lost and half-forgotten ideas are served up in this book, fashioned into lively prose, and supplemented with self-testing Q&A sections to help readers grade their knowledge of facts and understanding of ideas. For clarity and ease of use, Back to School for Grown-Ups is divided into five sections representing five school days. Each day consists of lessons in four subjects, as follows:

  • Section One, Monday: Geography, History, Mathematics, Religion
  • Section Two, Tuesday: Science, Art, Mathematics, Literature
  • Section Three, Wednesday: Civics, Geography, Science, Phys Ed
  • Section Four, Thursday: Literature, History, Art, Civics
  • Section Five, Friday: Religion, Science, Geography, History

    Readers will be absorbed by discussions that range from the Magna Carta to the causes of World War I . . . from the Big Bang to the concept of prime numbers . . . from the origins of Hinduism to the story of Nelson Mandela . . . from the geologic formation of the Grand Canyon to the definition of Pop art . . . and much, much more. Author Stephen Calladine-Evans' style of presentation is informal and reader-friendly, and topics are supplemented with illustrations and brief summaries of key facts. Back to School for Grown-Ups demonstrates that learning is a deeply satisfying experience that should not end with graduation. Includes approximately 400 illustrations.

  • Barron's 10 Steps in Writing the Research Paper 5th Edition (USED)

    Barron's 10 Steps in Writing the Research Paper 5th Edition (USED)

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    Updated with tips on computer use related to library research and use of word processing software, the new edition of this popular guide also features an entirely new sample research paper. The authors point out style formalities and parenthetical source documentation and show the proper methods of avoiding plagiarism.

    Beers of North America (USED)

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    Before I Do: A Legal Guide to Marriage, Gay and Otherwise (USED)

    Before I Do: A Legal Guide to Marriage, Gay and Otherwise (USED)

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    A comprehensive guide to marriage--perks, consequences, and everything in between--aimed at the LGBTQ+ community, from a leading gay rights lawyer.

    Not long ago, same-sex couples had to jump through endless hoops to make their relationships even close to legal. Happily, those days are over. But here's the rub: many gay and lesbian couples, accustomed to living off-grid, are so thrilled to have the benefits of marriage that they jump into it without fully considering the consequences.

    In Before I Do, leading gay rights attorney Elizabeth F. Schwartz spells out the range of practical considerations any couple should address before tying the knot. She explains the rights married couples have--and those they do not. With cameos from some of the most prominent LGBTQ+ professionals, Schwartz explores all of the implications of marriage from name changes and getting a license to taxes, insurance, Social Security, and much more.

    Chapters on estate planning, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, and organizing finances make Before I Do a crucial handbook for anyone considering marriage--because, as Schwartz explains, just because you can get married does not mean you should.

    "During my thirty years of covering the gay beat for the Miami Herald, never did I imagine the need for a marriage guide for LGBT couples. Yet today nothing is more urgent. Before I Do guides all couples, gay and otherwise, about the responsibilities of marriage. Ignore it at your peril." --Steve Rothaus, The Miami Herald

    Best American Essays (2015) (USED)

    Best American Essays (2015) (USED)

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    "Writing an essay is like catching a wave," posits guest editor Ariel Levy. "To catch a wave, you need skill and nerve, not just moving water." This year's writers are certainly full of nerve, and have crafted a wide range of pieces awash in a diversity of moods, voices, and stances. Leaving an abusive marriage, parting with a younger self, losing your sanity to Fitbit, and even saying goodbye to a beloved pair of pants imbued with meaning are all unified by the daring of their creation. As Levy notes, "Writing around an idea you think is worthwhile--an idea you suspect is an insight--requires real audacity."
    The Best American Essays 2015 includes
    Hilton Als, Roger Angell, Justin Cronin, Meghan Daum, Anthony Doerr, Margo Jefferson, David Sedaris, Zadie Smith, Rebecca Solnit and others
    ARIEL LEVY, guest editor, has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 2008. She received the National Magazine Award for essays and criticism for her piece "Thanksgiving in Mongolia," which she is expanding into a book for Random House. Female Chauvinist Pigs, Levy's first book, has been translated into seven languages. She teaches at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and at Wesleyan University.

    ROBERT ATWAN, the series editor of The Best American Essays since its inception in 1986, has published on a wide variety of subjects, from American advertising and early photography to ancient divination and Shakespeare. His criticism, essays, humor, poetry, and fiction have appeared in numerous periodicals nationwide.

    Best American Essays (2019) (USED)

    Best American Essays (2019) (USED)

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    A collection of the year's best essays selected by Robert Atwan and guest editor Rebecca Solnit.

    "Essays are restless literature, trying to find out how things fit together, how we can think about two things at once, how the personal and the public can inform each other, how two overtly dissimilar things share a secret kinship," contends Rebecca Solnit in her introduction. From lost languages and extinct species to life-affirming cosmologies and literary myths that offer cold comfort, the personal and the public collide in The Best American Essays 2019. This searching, necessary collection grapples with what has preoccupied us in the past year--sexual politics, race, violence, invasive technologies--and yet, in reading for the book, Solnit also found "how discovery can be a deep pleasure."
    The Best American Essays 2019 includes Michelle Alexander, Jabari Asim, Alexander Chee, Masha Gessen, Jean Guerrero, Elizabeth Kolbert, Terese Marie Mailhot, Jia Tolentino, and others.

    Better Answers: Written Performance that Looks good and Sounds Smart (USED)

    Better Answers: Written Performance that Looks good and Sounds Smart (USED)

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    "Student's writing skills are improving tremendously... Last year's fourth-graders started using the sandwich method mid-year and almost all of them scored in the highest possible category when they took the state's standardized English-language arts test just a few months later."
    --Wells Central Schools, NY

    Wells Central is just one of numerous schools that attribute their success to Ardith Davis Cole's Better Answers process. Since 2002, her book Better Answers has offered teachers and school districts a powerful alternative to "test-prep" workbooks. It presents a dramatically different instructional model that helps students construct thoughtful test responses, but it also prepares them for any task requiring thorough, cogent answers to questions and prompts -- both in and out of school.

    Now, with students tested more frequently than ever, and with teachers increasingly concerned about incorporating substantive test-taking skills into children's learning, Ardith Cole responds with a new updated and expanded edition of Better Answers. Informed by Ardith's ongoing work in classrooms where students struggle over constructed-response tasks, the new edition makes the Better Answers "sandwich" even easier to implement. The book has also been significantly reorganized, as well as expanded to include two new chapters, "Understanding the Prompt" and "What to do When." Also included is a resource-packed CD-ROM that contains everything teachers need to support their lessons and is a great tool for staff development:

  • lesson plans for text-based and self-based responses;
  • power point slides, charts, and other visual supports;
  • sets of sample texts with prompts;
  • sample student responses;
  • assessment forms;
  • extensive bibliography of print and online resources.
  • The Better Answers process is easy to grasp and uses a gradual-release instructional process that begins with teacher modeling, invites increasing amounts of student participation, and eventually moves students into independent response writing. The book clearly explains each element of the process and provides helpful activities, authentic classroom vignettes, and tips on how to handle typical stumbling blocks along the way.

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    Book of Positive Quotations (USED)

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    More than 7,000 life affirming quotations on 62 different subjects, by the famous and the great, both historical and contemporary. Arranged by subject, here are such notables as Aristotle, Mother Teresa, Thomas Jefferson and General Colin Powell and many others on such topics as Acceptance, Hope, Goals, Courage, and more. Perfect for public speakers, business people, writers, anyone seeking just the right phrase to convey a special message.
    Braving the Fire (USED)

    Braving the Fire (USED)

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    Braving the Fire is the first book to provide a road map for the journey of writing honestly about grief and loss. Created specifically by and for the writer who has experienced illness, loss, or the death of a loved one, Braving the Fire takes the writers' perspective in exploring the challenges and rewards for the writer who has chosen, with courage and candor, to be the memory keeper. It will be useful to the memoirist just starting out, as well as those already in the throes of coming to terms with complicated emotions and the challenges of shaping a compelling, coherent true story.

    Loosely organized around the familiar Kübler-Ross model of Five Stages of Grief, Braving the Fire uses these stages to help the reader and writer though the emotional and writing tasks before them, incorporating interviews and excerpts from other treasured writers who've done the same. Insightful contributions from Nick Flynn, Darin Strauss, Kathryn Rhett, Natasha Trethewey, and Neil White, among others, are skillfully blended with Handler's own approaches to facing grief a second time to be able to write about it. Each section also includes advice and wisdom from leading doctors and therapists about the physical experience of grieving. Each chapter ends with a selection of writing exercises that focus on the chapter content.

    Handler is a compassionate guide who has braved the fire herself, and delivers practical and inspirational direction throughout.