Prison Ramen: Recipes and Stories from Behind Bars

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A unique and edgy cookbook, Prison Ramen takes readers behind bars with more than 65 ramen recipes and stories of prison life from the inmate/cooks who devised them, including celebrities like Slash from Guns n’ Roses and the actor Shia LaBeouf. Instant ramen is a ubiquitous food, beloved by anyone looking for a cheap, tasty bite — including prisoners, who buy it at the commissary and use it as the building block for all sorts of meals. Think of this as a unique cookbook of ramen hacks. Here’s Ramen Goulash. Black Bean Ramen. Onion Tortilla Ramen Soup. The Jailhouse Hole Burrito. Orange Porkies — chili ramen plus white rice plus ½ bag of pork skins plus orange-flavored punch. Ramen Nuggets. Slash’s J-Walking…

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The Video Game Debate: Unravelling the Physical, Social, and Psychological Effects of Video Games

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Do video games cause violent, aggressive behavior? Can online games help us learn? When it comes to video games, these are often the types of questions raised by popular media, policy makers, scholars, and the general public. In this collection, international experts review the latest research findings in the field of digital game studies and weigh in on the actual physical, social, and psychological effects of video games. Taking a broad view of the industry from the moral panic of its early days up to recent controversies surrounding games like Grand Theft Auto, contributors explore the effects of games through a range of topics including health hazards/benefits, education, violence and aggression, addiction, cognitive performance, and gaming communities. Interdisciplinary and accessibly written, The…

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DANCE – An Illustrated History

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This book highlights both verbally and visually the development of dance through the ages. The influence of peoples’ beliefs, cultures, and lifestyles, as well as the functions of dance in various societies are discussed. This book explores the background of today’s dances: tap, ballet, modern, and jazz, while also looking into the early dances of many countries. Dance has inspired many creators of cave paintings, woodprints, paintings, sculptures, murals, music, literature, and other artistic media, as shown in the many illustrations that embellish this book and that emphasize not only dance but also the costumes and the artists of the various periods and locations. Meet the Author HELENE ANDREU is the author of “Jazz Dance – An Adult Beginner’s Guide,” “Aerobic Razzmatazz,”…

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The Three-Year Swim Club

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The year was 1937, and for the first time in recent memory not one Islander was on the U.S. Olympic men’s swimming roster. After the memorialized Duke Kahanamoku retired, no swimmer from the Sandwich Isles had been trained to continue his legacy. But Maui schoolteacher and dreamer, Soichi Sakamoto, an ordinary man whose swimming abilities didn’t extend much beyond treading water, challenged a group of scruffy plantation kids full of moxie to swim upstream against the current of their circumstance.  The goal? To become Olympians. They faced seemingly insurmountable obstacles. The children, Japanese-American, were malnourished and barefoot, and had no pool; they trained in the filthy irrigation ditches that snaked down from the mountains into the sugar cane fields. They…

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Live Love Lead: Your Best Is Yet to Come!

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Whether a person is searching for their calling or wholeheartedly pursuing their life’s purpose, LIVE LOVE LEAD will help them navigate a faith path that is all their own and discover unique gifts tailored perfectly for their journey. How do people experience the best life that God intends for them? The answer lies in understanding that the Christian life is an adventure, and that they only have to follow the greatest Guide who ever walked the path of life–Jesus. In this straightforward book, Brian Houston shows readers the way to live fully, love completely, and lead boldly–the hallmarks of Jesus’ time on earth. Meet the Author BRIAN HOUSTON is the founder and Senior Pastor of Hillsong Church. With global campuses…

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American Wine: A Coming-of-Age Story

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The underdog story of how the United States came to dominate fine wine From the author of The Audacity of Hops: The History of America’s Craft Beer Revolution comes the triumphant tale of how America belted France from atop its centuries-old pedestal as the world’s top wine-producing and -drinking nation. Until the mid-1970s, American fine wine was an international also-ran. Then a series of events and a group of individuals changed everything forever. This is that story. All the big players and milestones are here, from the Judgment of Paris and the French Paradox to Julia Child and Robert Parker. Told in a fast-moving, engaging style free of wine jargon, it is the first of its kind: a book focused solely on…

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B & Me: A True Story of Literary Arousal

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A funny, frisky, often outrageous book about love, literature, and modern life—and a wink of the eye toU and I, Nicholson Baker’s classic book about John Updike—by an award-winning author called “wonderfully bright” by The New York Times Book Review. Nearly twenty-five years ago, Nicholson Baker published U and I, the fretful and handwringing—but also groundbreaking—tale of his literary relationship with John Updike. U and I inspired a whole sub-genre of engaging, entertaining writing about reading, but what no story of this type has ever done is tell its tale from the moment of conception, that moment when you realize that there is a writer out there in the world that you must read—so you read them. B & Me is…

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Let’s Be Less Stupid: An Attempt to Maintain My Mental Faculties

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Former SNL writer and The New Yorker staffer Patty Marx employs the weapon she wields best–notthat weapon; Patty believes in gun control. Instead, she uses her sharp-edged humor to tackle the most difficult facet of aging: the mind’s decline. From forgetting her brother-in-law’s name while he was wearing a nametag to hanging up the phone to look for her phone, Marx confesses to her failures, and not only to make you feel better about yourself. In LET’S BE LESS STUPID Patty addresses troubling conundrums, such as: If there are more neural connections in your brain than stars in the Milky Way, why did you put the butter dish in your nightstand drawer? Patty’s quest to get smarter includes just about everything: learning Cherokee, popping pills…

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The Interior Circuit: A Mexico City Chronicle

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Dispatched from a city wracked by high-level corruption scandals and massive popular protests calling for justice culminating around the disappearance of forty-three college students in Guerrero, Mexico,  Francisco Goldman’s THE INTERIOR CIRCUIT (Grove Press; July 7, 2015) is a timely, provocative, and kaleidoscopic journey into the heart of Mexico City that fuses a personal journey to a multi-layered investigation of one of the world’s most remarkable and often misunderstood great cities. Balancing memoir and reportage, Goldman begins with a story of enrolling in driving lessons, both to overcome his fear of the anarchic chaos of Mexico City traffic, and  to mark the fifth anniversary of the tragic loss of his wife, a native of the city. As he emerges from his…

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Beyond Myself: The Farm Girl and the African Chief

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FORT MYERS, Fla. – Anita Dennis’ college anthropology class led to an unprecedented life journey as she married her professor, the chief of the Mende tribe in Liberia, West Africa. For more than 10-years, Dennis and her husband traveled throughout Africa and experienced a side of life that most can only imagine. Dennis met the president of Liberia, slept in mud huts, visited European capitals and was carried through the high forest in a chief’s hammock. Upon her husband’s passing, Dennis penned a memoir of their time together titled Beyond Myself: The Farm Girl and the African Chief. The book shares her struggles as she is accepted into the Mende tribe and lives in Vahun with an ‘off and on’…

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IT’S ALL ABOUT LIFE: Love … Disfunction … Compassion

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BOSTON, MA— It’s All About Life is a memoir of Lazarus’ personal and professional life and the tragic effect that multiple suicides have had on a family, and the inner redemptive powers that enable us to go on in the face of adversity. It is also a fascinating exploration into his family of clients and how his professional life has shaped him. Lazarus has had several careers. First as a child model, next as a pharmacist, then into the remaindered book business for 25 years, followed by real estate development, and finally finding his “true passion” as a financial advisor. During this time, Lazarus had to deal with the devastating suicides of his mother-in-law, wife, and youngest son. The life…

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The Hero in Heroin: A Mother and Son’s Journey on Both Sides of the Veil

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CHARLOTTE – Whether drugs, alcohol or other guise, more families than would like to admit struggle with addiction. For Mindy Miralia, the demon was her son Micah’s long battle with heroin. Micah and Mindy had contemplated coauthoring a book about the highs and lows of Micah’s 15-year addiction. Unfortunately, the two never got the chance to make this dream a reality. On March 29, 2011, her Micah took his own life while in relapse. Driven by grief, healing, and desire to help others while paying tribute her son, Miralia penned “The Hero in Heroin,” the story of the lessons she learned from her son’s battle with drugs. It’s Miralia’s hope that her book will help other families struggling with addiction,…

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The Burden of My Red Lips in Tehran

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Can a quintessential American girl maintain her independent spirit when her father moves the family to Tehran, Iran? Tumultuous years of loss and courage are at the heart of Shaghayegh Farsijani’s new novel, THE BURDEN OF MY RED LIPS IN TEHRAN (CreateSpace). After being uprooted from her Brooklyn home at the age of 17, Delkash learns to navigate a new language and a new city in a society where religious propriety trumps personal desire. THE BURDEN OF MY RED LIPS IN TEHRAN transports the reader back to adolescence, reliving those defining moments through the eyes of Delkash as she struggles with the approach of adulthood in a foreign land, bringing back the excitement of a first kiss or testing parental…

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Growing Up Superheroes: The Extraordinary Adventures of Deihlia Nye

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In 1983, Diane Fraser is emerging from the trauma of a violent family home life when her niece Deihlia is born with problems so severe that her prognosis is death before week’s end. Blessed with a powerful resilience and a pioneering female surgeon, Deihlia survives over 40 major surgeries, coming close to death many times. Through her humor, mischief, and appetite for life, Deihlia shows people how to live with gusto and maneuver around obstacles – self created or otherwise. Like the superhero characters she loves, Deihlia undergoes major physical transformations, brushes with the law, and experiences magic, danger, and changes of identity. Growing along with her, “Auntie” Diane helps Deihlia live an independent life, and comes to understand just…

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The Survival Guide to Bullying: Written by a Teen

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Aija Mayrock began writing The Survival Guide to Bullying when she was only sixteen, envisioning the book as her gift to the next generation of bullied kids. Initially self-published as an ebook, The Survival Guide to Bullying touches on a variety of hard issues from cyber-bullying to dealing with extreme anxiety. Aija’s words are comforting as well as inspiring— she sadly knows about bullying from her own painful personal experiences in middle and high school. Aija faced merciless insults and isolation at the hands of her peers but came out of “The Dark Tunnel” a stronger person, ready to help those around her in similarly bad situations. Throughout The Survival Guide to Bullying, Aija offers accessible guidance for kids and…

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Superstorm: Nine Days Inside Hurricane Sandy

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The first complete moment-by-moment account of the largest Atlantic storm system ever recorded—a hurricane like no other The sky was lit by a full moon on October 29, 2012, but nobody on the eastern seaboard of the United States could see it. Everything had been consumed by cloud. The storm’s immensity caught the attention of scientists on the International Space Station. Even from there, it seemed almost limitless: 1.8 million square feet of tightly coiled bands so huge they filled the windows of the Station. It was the largest storm anyone had ever seen. Initially a tropical storm, Sandy had grown into a hybrid monster. It charged across open ocean, picking up strength with every step, baffling meteorologists and scientists,…

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