Saturday, October 31, 2015

The Rough Guide to Goa

"The Rough Guide to Goa" will guide you through this colourful former Portuguese colony with reliable, practical information and clearly explained cultural background. You'll find detailed accounts of every major tourist sight, along with candid reviews of all the best places to sleep, eat, drink and shop, for all budgets. "The Rough Guide to Goa" includes first-hand coverage of the region's resorts, beaches, markets, monuments, temples and wildlife sanctuaries, as well as its more offbeat sights; from prehistoric rock carvings deep in the forest to colonial-era mansions. The full-colour introduction and inserts, along with inspirational photography, give you a flavour of this region's Portuguese legacy. Make the most of your trip with "The Rough Guide to Goa".

The Rough Guide series immediately invite readers to get excited about there chosen destination Real Travel

David Abram is an extremely well established travel writer and has authored several Rough Guides including the Rough Guide to India, the Rough Guide to England and the Rough Guide to Corsica.


Which beach you opt for when you arrive largely depends on what sort of holiday you have in mind. Heavily developed resorts such as Calangute and Baga, in the north, and Colva and Benaulim in the south, offer more "walk-in" accommodation, shopping and tourist facilities than elsewhere. Even if you don’t fancy crowded bars and purpose-built hotels, it can be worth heading for these centres at first, as finding places to stay in less commercialized corners is often difficult. Anjuna, Vagator and Chapora, where accommodation is generally more basic and harder to come by, are the beaches to aim for if you’ve come to Goa for the techno scene. To get a taste of what most of the state must have been like ten or fifteen years ago, however, you’ll have to travel further afield – to Arambol, a sleepy fishing village and hippy hang-out in the far north; or to Agonda and Palolem, near the Karnatakan border, where tourism has made less of an impact.

Foremost among the attractions away from the coast are the ruins of the Portuguese capital at Old Goa, nine kilometres from Panjim – a sprawl of Catholic cathedrals, convents and churches that draws crowds of Christian pilgrims from all over India. Another popular day excursion is to Anjuna’s Wednesday flea market, a sociable place to shop for souvenirs and the latest rave gear. Further inland, the thickly wooded countryside around Ponda harbours numerous temples, where you can experience Goa’s peculiar brand of Hindu architecture. The taluka (district) of Salcete, and its main market town, Margao, is littered with wonderful Portuguese mansions, churches and seminaries. In addition, wildlife enthusiasts may be tempted into the interior to visit the nature reserves at Molem, in the far east of Central Goa, and Cotigao in the south, which both support fragile populations of rare animals.

With so many tempting beaches, markets, monuments and nature reserves within the state, it’s no surprise that few visitors venture across the Goan border into neighbouring Karnataka. But beyond the shelter of the Western Ghats, amid the parched plateau lands of the Deccan Trap, lie the remnants of several ancient capitals. Among these is one of the most spectacular archeological sites in South India, the ghost city of Hampi. Today, weed-choked palaces, temples and discarded statues are virtually all that remains of this once opulent metropolis, capital of the formidable Vijayanagar dynasty, but a visit here will give you a vivid insight into the extravagant art and culture of pre-colonial Hindu India, while the ten-hour journey to the ruins can be an adventure in itself.

For this reason, we’ve included a detailed account of Hampi in Chapter 4, Around Goa, which also features the highlights along the Konkan coast, the lush strip running south from Goa in the shadow of the Sahyadri Hills. Previously accessible only by a winding pot-holed highway, the Hindu pilgrimage town of Gokarn can now be painlessly reached by train from Goa on the new Konkan Railway, while India’s highest waterfall, spectacular Jog Falls, 154km from Goa, also lies within relatively easy reach of the coast. It’s possible to string these two together in a trip of three to four days, but with a week to spare you’ll be able to spend time exploring rarely visited fishing villages and forest areas along the way.

Chapter 5 covers Mumbai (Bombay), a hot, congested and seedy city that is the arrival point for most international flights. Mumbai gets a pretty bad press, and most people pass straight through, but those who stay find themselves witness to the reality of modern-day India, from the deprivations of the city’s slum-dwellings to the glitz and glamour of Bollywood movies – a stark contrast with Goa.


The best time to come to Goa is during the dry, relatively cool winter months between mid-November and early April. Throughout this period, you’ll be lucky to see more than a faint whisp or two of cloud in the sky; daytime temperatures are perfect for lazing on the beach and the sea is blissfully warm, while at night it is usually possible to sleep without a fan, under a thin cotton sheet. From the end of April onwards the heat and humidity begin to build, culminating in June, when a giant wall of black cloud marches landwards from the Arabian Sea. When the monsoon finally breaks, violent storms wrack the coast for days on end, bending the palm trees and turning the rivers into fast flowing, brown torrents. Some two-and-a-half metres of rain fall over the coming months, keeping fishermen off the sea. Not until October do the skies start to clear, and even then you can expect spells of intense humidity, grey skies, haze and occasional rain storms, alternating with bursts of strong sun.

For the past five years or so, the monsoons have spilled into November, shortening the tourist season. This has put the peak period, from mid-December to the end of January, when the temperature gauge rarely rises above 32 degrees centigrade, under increased pressure. Finding a room or a house to rent at that time – particularly over the Christmas and New Year fortnight when the tariffs double, or triple – can be a real hassle in some resorts, notably Anjuna, which is inundated with party-goers. So if you’re travelling without pre-booked accommodation, it may be worthwhile reserving a room by phone before you leave.

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4Incredibly useful travel guide
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This little book is probably the best of it's kind and is invaluable for the budget travellor. It contains accurate descriptions of accomodation and restaurants in different price ranges. My only comment is that the writer is a little harsh on Calangute, yes it's a busy, bustling tourist town - but I didn't see 'heaps of garbage' and the town starting to 'stew in it's juices'. However generally I loved this little book, the photos were great and I would have been lost without it!

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Friday, October 30, 2015

Gatecrashing Europe

In 2007, Kris Mole flew one-way to Stockholm with a vow not to return home to England until he had visited every capital city in the mainland European Union. He set himself eight simple rules, most importantly A) that no money would be spent or handled during the journey, and B) no credit cards would be used either. Thus, the great Euro Freebie Challenge began: twenty-three cities to be visited, 6000 miles to be covered, without spending a single penny on the journey - to raise money, in fact, for Cancer Research UK. The colourful story of this six-month trip was first told by charismatic, wise-cracking, semi-anti-hero Kris via a series of blogs, and followed by readers of The Daily Mail, The Telegraph and the BBC website. Readers found Kris drawing on his formidable resourcefulness to acquire all of life's necessities for free, resting wherever he could find a place, and travelling by foot, hitch-hiking, or stowing away on trains - experiencing, as you might expect, a wild emotional ride in the process. August 2015 marks the first appearance of this epic journey in book form, with the author donating 10% of his royalties to Cancer Research UK.

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5Unusually Inspiring
By Book Reviewer
Whether or not you agree with his method, or would want to travel this way yourself, the message of the book is this: Go out and experience the world and you will learn.

This guy's ability to subject himself to the whims of others astounds me. He's brave; he's daring; he's a young guy throwing himself into life.

This book probably won't be about your life but will inspire you to look at your own life. In the end you'll be asking yourself: How can I get more out of my journey?

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

The Rough Guide to Budapest

The Rough Guide to Budapest is the ultimate travel guide to one of Europe's most fascinating and dynamic cities.

In full color throughout, with dozens of color photos to illustrate the finest of Budapest's great buildings, landmarks and distinctive neighborhoods, The Rough Guide to Budapest will show you the best the city has to offer.

Whether you want high culture or a thriving underground club scene — including the city's unique "ruin pubs" — or prefer haute cuisine and pampering in spas, Budapest is the place to come. With The Rough Guide to Budapest, you'll find easy-to-use maps for each neighborhood that make getting around easy. Detailed chapters feature the best hotels, restaurants and cafés, pubs and bars, live music and clubs, shops, theater, kids' activities, and more.

Make the most of your time on Earth™ with The Rough Guide to Budapest.

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4Four Stars
By A. Lippert
Can't wait to try out the tips from this book when we arrive in Budapest!

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Lonely Planet Pocket Singapore (Travel Guide)

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet Pocket Singapore is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Try the local grub at one of the many hawker centres, join in the national sport and go shopping at Orchard Road, or have breakfast with orang-utans at the Singapore Zoo; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Singapore and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet's Pocket Singapore:

  • Full-colour maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Free, convenient pull-out Singapore map (included in print version), plus over 17 colour neighbourhood maps
  • User-friendly layout with helpful icons, and organised by neighbourhood to help you pick the best spots to spend your time
  • Covers Holland Village, Tanglin Village, Orchard Road, Sentosa, Southwest Singapore, Little India, Kampong Glam, Chinatown, CBD, Tanjong Pagar, Marina Bay, the Quays, the Colonial District, and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet's Pocket Singapore, a colorful, easy-to-use, and handy guide that literally fits in your pocket, provides on-the-go assistance for those seeking only the can't-miss experiences to maximize a quick trip experience.

  • Looking for a comprehensive guide that recommends both popular and offbeat experiences, and extensively covers all of Singapore's neighbourhoods? Check out Lonely Planet's Singapore guide.
  • Looking for more extensive coverage? Check out Lonely Planet's Malaysia, Singapore & Brunei guide for a comprehensive look at all the region has to offer or Lonely Planet's Discover Malaysia & Singapore for a photo-rich guide to the region's most popular attractions.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet and Cristian Bonetto

About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travellers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves.

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5Five Stars
By Janet m. McNally
a great guide

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

A Year on the Streets: A Classic Indictment of Modern

Ten years of working in Soup Kitchens has given the Author a privileged glimpse into another world. It is a world of poverty and degradation, lived out on a daily basis, by people forced to live rough on the streets. Follow him on his daily journey throughout the year, in one of the most deprived towns in England.

Radical Rooney was born and bred on the Falls Road in Belfast. As a teenager he immigrated to England to find work, but initially had to live rough under Clacton Pier, for six months. He went to London and had dozens of different jobs over the years, but eventually went to Israel to spend a year working mostly in a kibbutz. He later spent a similar time working in the United States. Over the years he developed an interest in writing, and in Poetry, and has published 'the Century Collection' This is a comprehensive collection of one hundred poems and haiku, and is readily available. He acquired strong photographic skills and has had exhibitions to his credit. He was a Semi-finalist in the 2010 Hasselblad Masters has also won various awards in this respect, and the German Luftwaffe use his photographs in their training manuals for fighter pilots. He was sponsored by Hampstead Council for an exhibition, and some of the work sold there, now hangs in Japan and America. On U-Tube various strangers have put his poetry to music, or song and one was even turned into a Hymn. He sponsors his own Website, Radical where he showcases his photographs with stories and articles. He holds a Class 'A' Amateur Radio licence, G4PXZ, and has a number of Patents to his credit. He has been a member of 'Mensa' since 2005, and holds an International Press Card. He hopes to publish his third book, "For the Love of Dog" before 2013. This is a devastating story of animal cruelty, written in a typical 'Radical' style, with a very surprising twist.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
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A very realistic and interesting review of the street world in UK. The vocabulary is 'worth the read.
I st heartidly recommend

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4A year of being in contact with street dwellers
By ellison
Author's story as he shares daily entries for a year as he volunteers at soup kitchens in a poor town in England. At times heartbreaking and at times laugh-out-loud funny as he shares the depths people go to and their ridiculous behavior. Some swearing. Provides daily weather report. Includes crimes listed in the paper. Some B/W photos, glossary at the end. Engaging read.

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Why do some animals eat their young: Travelling With Young

Imagine a family holiday in Africa where you get to camp amongst hungry lions, encounter a clan of hyenas face to face and take nothing but public transport to move through the continent. Then imagine doing it all with two young kids.This book recounts the adventure of a family travelling overland from Kenya to South Africa, with no more than a backpack to call home. The story follows the family's highs and lows as they travelled south:Marvelling at the gnu migration in the Masai Mara; Coping with the dreaded toilet-run in the savannah with a sick child;Riding in a hot-air balloon over the Serengeti; Spending hours on end trying to entertain the kids during the never-ending trips;Snorkelling in the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean through millions of little fish;Using a scalpel to cut worms out of a toe while sitting around a campfire in the middle of nowhere;Relaxing in an island paradise in the middle of the Zambezi River with a resident hippo;Coping with the oppressive heat and ever-present dust of Africa.The four months were a real test for the whole family combining joys, stresses and sicknesses that melted together to form a long lasting bond. The story encourages families to take the plunge and travel with their kids, getting to know them and sharing adventures that make family folklore.

Martin Alemann has travelled to many faraway places with his wife Susan over the years. This trip to Africa was their first big adventure with their young children. Martin comes from a long line of writers, but this book is his first.Martin and his wife Susan live in Auckland, New Zealand with their two daughters.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
5A wife's view
By Sue Alemann
Being the wife of the author I am naturally biased in regard to this book. It is an honest, light-hearted account of our very normal family travelling in Africa.
When we were planning our African adventure, we found so little information available to help us, and so the idea for this book was born. If you are planning a long, potentially dangerous trip with your children, I'll bet there aren't many people cheering you on. This book is here to encourage you, and give you information to help you in the planning.
And if you don't have a trip planned, be warned, this book may change your mind.

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3my opinion
By Shelly
I found the 1st part of the book to be rather poorly written but it improved as it went along. The story was sort of interesting but to be honest I wouldn't recommend buying it. Sign it out at the library instead - my local library will be recieving mine as it is not a keeper.

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Monday, October 26, 2015

The Spider, The Witch, And The Spaceship

This is the story of a man named Nate who finds himself living in a psychiatric health care facility. He does not remember how he got there, but as he starts to remember things from his past life, he realizes that the universe has changed dramatically since he was young. A story of childhood nostalgia, sometimes comically illuminating the differing perceptions adults and children have of the world, The Spider, The Witch, And The Spaceship is also a journey through the memories of a man for clues as to the real reason he is where he is. Filled with tension between opposing claims of the ultimate reality, this is a novel that will keep the reader guessing until the end.

Daniel Noe was born in Florida and raised in New Hampshire. He has long wanted to explore other planets, but is now content to write about it instead. He likes dinosaurs, sea creatures, and peanut-butter and jelly sandwiches. He also draws alien life forms at his blog,

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4Coming of Age - with a twist
By George E.
At first, I thought I would not like it because it just seemed too surreal at first, but then I quickly realized what was happening and thought it was borderline genius. The story manages to be entertaining while providing poignant insights about life from the POV of a child who is struggling with the inconsistencies all around him in the way adults speak, behave, and treat their children. In this way he touches on everything from land ownership, why some people follow different rules, punishment, why rules are applied in different situations, preferential treatment, sibling rivalry, revenge, justice, etc. etc. etc. Poor Nathan really wants to be good, but he just cannot understand the complex systems of rules that his parents just sort of expect him to know without first explaining them to him, and which they then enforce very inconsistently from one situation to the next.

I was particularly intrigued by the interplay between Nathan and his sister, and their interactions with their parents, and I couldn't help but cringe as Nathan gets in trouble time and time again, while his sister always escapes punishment, on account of she's younger and she's a girl. If he is in the wrong, he gets punished because he is older and should know better, if she is in the wrong he gets punished because he should have stopped her from doing the wrong thing. There is so much insight in these pages in terms of parenting and child rearing that I was speechless at times.

I did kind of think that some of the scenes were redundant, following a formulaic process. Many of these could have been condensed without losing any of the flavor of the tale. But this is not a deal breaker in an otherwise witty and insightful yarn.

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5This book had me captured from page one.
By Rebecca Weeks
I am honored to be the first to write a review on this book. I thoroughly enjoyed it, lots of plot twists. A lot of it surprised me, which I like in a story. not predictable at all. I would recommend, it addresses a lot of issues as well. Well done to the author.

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Sunday, October 25, 2015

Trade Secrets: Parenting: Everything You Will Ever Need to Know

One of BBC's conspicuous successes of the last six years has been the ten minute slot called Trade Secrets. Each week seasoned professionals from key occupations give hints and tips developed through a lifetime of doing the job. This completely new book contains over 5,000 hints and tips on bring up children from conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, school, teenagers and, at last packing them off into life. Each series of tips is contributed by an individual who has a lifetime's experience in the subject.

SUNDAY EXPRESS MAGAZINE have so far run two serial instalments. REAL Magazine used TRADE SECRETS: PARENTING in Issue 11, (due to be published on 20th May) for a kids section feature. CHAT are using the book for their weekly tips section featuring tips on how to avoid morning sickness- Summer issues. Annie Ashworth wrote an impressive piece for the TES on the subject of parents' evenings which ran day after publication and Karen Dolby wrote an equally interesting article for HEALTHY magazine on hyperactivity. Radio interviews have been done on BBC Radio 5 Live's Simon Mayo Show, BBC Radio WM, BBC Radio Jerseyand BBC Radio Essex. Junior Pregnancy and Baby and Real magazine have reviewed, and there's more to come from Sainsbury's magazine, Parenting, Baby and Junior. 'For a parents' reference book it would be hard to beat TRADE SECRETS:PARENTING by Annie Ashworth, Meg Sanders and Karen Dolby. It gives you tips on just about every aspect of child-raising you can think of.'BELLA 'Essential reading for everyone from first-to fourth-time parents, grandparents, step-parents, foster parents and all those working with children'INDEPENDENT EDUCATION TODAY 'A guide designed not just for first-time parents but for the whole family ... The advice is short and to the point, making it perfect for dipping into at any time, especially for busy parents who don't have time to sit and read for long periods.'BABY & YOU - ADULT BOOK OF THE MONTH 'There ishelp on a massively broad range of topics including tantrums, shaving, guesthouses and even swallowed teeth. So that's the Motherin awasaurus sorted again.'FAMILIES SOUTH EAST 'If you wish that children came with an instruction manual on bringing them up, then you might find enlightenment in Trade Sectrets: Parenting ... This book has a lot to offer grandmothers, too.'THE LADY 'Practical, easy-to-use, and charmingly illustrated, this completely new book contains everything you need to know about the first 18 years of your child's life - from conception to leaving home.'FAMILIES JOURNAL

Katherine Lapworth worked at the BBC for six years as a Producer and Director in both radio and television before launching her own copywriting business. She is also a founder member of Maverick Media the sister company to Maverick Television, established to exploit all the print and video opportunities arising from Maverick's broadcast work.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
4The Title Says It All
By Dora
All the things. This book covers all the things. There is some repetition, and it can be a bit bogged down, but chances are - if you have a question about a life-issue (how do I remove those stubborn stains - what should I look for when purchasing x, y, and/or z), this book has the answer. Nailed it. I've had this book for about a year now and it has proven itself worthy beyond its purchase price.

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3I should have known that most of the information was out of date
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Since this was made in England though, it was actually an entertaining read. I didn't find much of use in so far as actual trade secrets though.

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Friday, October 23, 2015

Living and Working in America (Living & Working in the

Updated and revised for the sixth edition, this guide is packed with information on immigration, employment and living conditions, as well as useful names and addresses, including websites.

'Should not only be compulsory reading for those planning or thinking about a permanent move to the USA, but also for those considering a vacation or teaching/lecturing exchange.' American Studies Resources Centre '...answers everything you could possibly want to ask about living & working in America, from visas and immigration, employment and education, accommodation and healthcare, to what life there is really like.' Going USA

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5An invaluable compendium of information and advice for anyone seeking to live and work in the United States
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Living And Working In America: The Complete Guide To Studying, Working Or Living In The USA by Steve Mills (David Bruce Centre for American Studies, Keele University) is an invaluable compendium of information and advice for anyone seeking to live and work in the United States. Mills covers every aspect from visas and immigration laws, to employment eligibility and education opportunities, healthy care and accommodations, transportation and lodging, even cultural considerations and expectations. Comprehensive, "user friendly", and providing a wealth of contacts, resources, and more, Living And Working In America should be considered "must reading" for anyone contemplating a trip to a post 9/11 America, or who are newly arrived and seeking to acclimate themselves and make their stay a profitable and successful one whether its just for a limited time -- or the rest of their lives.

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3Books about differences between USA and UK
By great sailing
It is true that it covers a broad spectrum of US living,but I was a little disappointed to find that this book is mostly about covering differences between USA and the UK. It was not very helpful relative to other similar book, for me as one who came from a different country other than the UK. This book should have revealed that it is mostly written from the UK perspective. Had I known this, I would have chosen another book, not this one.

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Let My Soul Be Heard: Behind Everyface There Are Words

Let My Soul Be Heard is a poetic story about a young mans thoughts throughout a few years. Inspired by the essence of a strong black woman, d_nero aka Darren Moxam has put together a collaboration of Urban Poetry, Short Erotic Stories and sintalating photography courtesy of Rebecca Burt and the the beautiful models who hold no boundaries.

d_nero aka Darren Moxam is an up and coming Author of Urban Poetry and short erotic stories. With high aims and aspirations, after completing his first poetic book, titled Let My Soul Be Heard. He is now concentrating on his first novel

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5Literary Excellence
By Amazon Customer
Darren, in his work, has sliced open emotions like a skilled surgeon with a scalpel, with his tools being ink and pen. I thoroughly enjoyed the ride his poetry took me on. Each piece rang with intelligence, love, pain and heat. I was not disappointed in any but was in fact completely inspired by his gift. He has an incredible ability to blend staunchly real situations with hot erotic sessions and poignant emotion. I had no trouble seeing the pictures he painted and felt I was watching a great mini film each time!! "Let My Soul Be Heard" is a must read! And so, I'm completely sure, will MONSTER be! The tantalizing peek into that will have me simmering on edge until it's release!

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5Darren captures life!
By Sh' Moore
Mr. Moxam has taken the essence of the emotional state of existence and placed it into words that resonate in the reader's heart. After, ingesting much of his poetry and enjoying his photographic expressions, I settled in for a little bit of "grown up lit". Mind Trix made me think that I was in the middle of being explored! Darren's writing raises a woman's heart rate and body a good way! He captures the male's vision of the sexual experience in graphic and realistic detail. I find something new to love in his book daily! What a wonderful collection of thoughts! Superb Darren! Your work makes me smile!

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Heads You Lose

Heads You Lose is the latest novel by crimewriter (and rabbi) Martin S. Cohen. We’re on the road with Saul Jacobson as he treks across Western Canada with a sullen teenaged hitchhiker. Part maccabre crime tale, part coming-of-age chronicle, Heads You Lose is also a very humourous road story with a biblical perspective. Ultimately the redemptive power of love and the meaning of friendship are celebrated in this most unusual story. Highly recommended both for readers interested in the way love can bloom in the least likely soil and for fans of Biblical decapitation tales.

Author and rabbi Martin Samuel Cohen hails originally from New York but now resides with his family in Santa Barbara, California. For many years a rabbi in Richmond, BC, Martin Cohen is the author of several volumes on religious life as well as three previous crime novels: Light from the Dead Stars, The Truth About Marvin Kalish, and The Sword of Goliath. He has a Ph.D. in the history of ancient Judaism and has been a post-doctoral fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and at Harvard University. Although a traditionalist in matters of Jewish faith, he has a lively irreverent sense of humour.

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4The Seductive Pleasure of Getting Even
By Ehud Yisroel
I very much enjoyed this unusual, slightly twisted book, which may contain every decapitation story in the Hebrew Bible, and then some. The book deals with the classic issues of injustice, cruel outrage, guilt, redemption, sweet revenge obtained, and justice received. It gets pretty exciting (and funny) along the way. Saul, a middle aged professor of Bible studies, takes off on a road trip across Canada to get away from it all after his brother hangs himself, his wife leaves him for the gardener's brother, his parents slip into dementia, and he loses his job without warning when the college drops Bible studies from its curricula. Along the way Saul picks up a 19 year old hitchhiker whose mother drowned herself after years of terrible abuse by his father. They both are carrying a lot of baggage they need to work through, and as you might expect, it all gets tied up into nice little, satisfying, but surprising, packages by the end. The only problem I had with the book is that the next book I read was Harold S. Kushner's new book, "Living a Life that Matters," and it has a whole chapter bashing "the seductive pleasure of getting even," which made me feel kind of guilty at having enjoyed "Heads You Lose" so much.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Foote Prints

The history and memories of an Arizona family whose lives played out along the Gila River in South Eastern Arizona. Papa and Granny Foote came to the York Valley in 1903. The stories are mostly told by a sometimes teacher, poet and all around good guy. a third generation Foote.

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5Homespun humor
By Gwen Lines
A unique and humorous autobiography of a farm boy and his family, from southeastern Arizona, who lived and loved the simple life.

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5Heartfelt and humurous account of a great man born and raised in rural southeastern Arizona.
By John Foote
I will admit that my review is somewhat biased considering I am a grandson (one of 18) of Warner and Ada Mae Foote. I have heard portions of these stories my whole life but it is a wonderful experience to sit down and read them in one comprehensive book.

Warner Foote relates anecdotal tales with ease and self-deprecating humor. Each of his stories has a lesson that is subtle at times and very obvious at others. I especially enjoyed the portion of the book that deals with his early childhood (1930's). I was fortunate enough to spend my childhood in York, Arizona, experiencing many of the same things.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone. It speaks of a bygone era through the simple yet highly entertaining prose of a great man.

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Monday, October 19, 2015

Washington, D.C. For Dummies (Dummies Travel)

Washington D.C. expert Beth Rubin has scouted out all of the best places to go in Washington D.C., one of the world's most exciting and dynamic cities. The guide is packed with helpful insider tips, from how to navigate the city's subway system to where the hot new restaurants are (and which ones are worth the trip). No matter what your tastes, Washington D.C. for Dummies is packed with in-depth information and recommendations. Travelling with kids? Check out the section on kid-friendly attractions. Want some thrills? Take a side trip to Six Flags America. Let Washington D.C. for Dummies take you to the newly renovated United States Botanical garden, the awe-inspiring (and free) Smithsonian institutions, the best ethnic restaurants and much more. Rubin has done the legwork, your only job is to have a great time.

Washington D.C. expert Beth Rubin has scouted out all of the best places to go in Washington D.C., one of the world's most exciting and dynamic cities. The guide is packed with helpful insider tips, from how to navigate the city's subway system to where the hot new restaurants are (and which ones are worth the trip). No matter what your tastes, Washington D.C. for Dummies is packed with in-depth information and recommendations. Travelling with kids? Check out the section on kid-friendly attractions. Want some thrills? Take a side trip to Six Flags America. Let Washington D.C. for Dummies take you to the newly renovated United States Botanical garden, the awe-inspiring (and free) Smithsonian institutions, the best ethnic restaurants and much more. Rubin has done the legwork, your only job is to have a great time.

Your insider's guide to the best places and prices

Have a great time in the nation's capital From the White House to the Smithsonian, Washington, D.C. is jam-packed with historic sites and great museums. Where should you begin? Relax! This fun and friendly guide points you to all the top sights ? and makes it easy to plan a memorable trip.


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  • What you shouldn't miss ? and what you can skip
  • The best hotels and restaurants for every budget
  • Lots of detailed maps
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About the Author Beth Rubin moved to Washington, D.C., as a student — before there was a Kennedy Center, Watergate, or Metrorail. Since then she has survived 10 presidential administrations while escorting her two kids, numerous relatives and friends, and the occasional alien around Washington. While enduring Potomac Fever and D.C. traffic for close to 40 years, Beth has come to know the nation's capital intimately, warts and all. In the early '90s she parlayed her knowledge of the city into Frommer's Washington, D.C. With Kids, now in its 5th edition. Beth's features, on a variety of subjects, have appeared in Frommer's Dollarwise Traveler; the Washington Post; Roll Call, Ski Resort, and Washington Dance View magazines; and numerous other Washington, D.C. area publications. She thinks her marriage to Washington, D.C. For Dummies is a match made in heaven. If the book is a hit, she's thinking about buying the Washington Monument and turning it into an all-night delicatessen. When not chasing her mouse, Beth can be found roaming the District with paper and pen in hand. She lives in Annapolis, Maryland, 35 miles by motorcade from the White House.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful.
5The Book That May Put Me Out Of Work
By A Customer
As a concierge at one of D.C.'s finest hotels, I was shocked and humbled by the wealth of knowledge in this book that I should have already known, but didn't. While there have been some minor changes in regards to some restaurants and hotels, the book was remarkably accurate with its information. I have two copies; one at home for visiting friends and one at my desk for quick reference. Anyone working in the travel industry should keep this nearby for an essential job tool.

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful.
5No longer a "DUMMIE"
By Robin L. Stahlman
Washington D.C. for Dummies has repeatedly proven to be the unsurpassable reference guide for planning my first visit to our Nation's Capital. This book is packed with information about the city, the do's and don't's of the city, maps, tips for adults, kid friendly places, and how to make the most of your time and money in the Capital. I mostly enjoyed having an abundance of web site addresses at my fingertips for more information if needed. This book is a "must have" for anyone who wants to preplan an exciting, economic and fun trip to Washington D.C.

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Frommer's The Algarve With Your Family: The Best of Portugal's

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" indispensable guide for families travelling to Portugal's south coast."  (Travel Trade Gazette, Friday 18th January 2008)

Put the Fun Back into Family Holidays

With your family has all the inside knowledge and advice for a trouble-free holiday full of fabulous memories for all the family.

Discover a destination with:

  • Warm, inviting weather all year round
  • Child-friendly, sandy beaches and coves
  • Cobbled medieval towns and lively fishing villages
  • Historic castles and fortresses to explore
  • Impressive local food markets and buzzing street-scenes
  • Family accommodation and dining to suit every budget

Let Frommer's show you where your family can:

  • Learn to surf, sail or kite-board with the pros
  • See a web-footed Portuguese water dog
  • Discover a traffic-free, idyllic castaway island
  • Visit a spooky chapel of ancient skulls
  • Stay overnight in a real castle with turrets
  • Find the best spot for a beach picnic

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Robin Gauldie began travelling in the early 1970s and has never stopped. He first visited the Algarve and the Alentejo in 1972 and has returned many times since. When not travelling, he divides his time between a home in Edinburgh and a very ramshackle village house in southern France. He has been a full-time travel journalist since 1979.

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By K. V. A. Iyer
I bought Frommer's `The Algarve with your Family' after having finalised my travel plan to Algarve region of Portugal lest I may miss out something unique.

For three days during August 2009 I did carriage driving through dirt tracks of the rolling hills of Espinhaçao do Câo in the border of Lagos and Aljesur - where Mr. David Fry and his son Manny, who are accomplished horsemen, provide excellent facilities for horseback riding and carriage driving. The horses are happy and looked after well in their 50 acre property, which was formerly a hill farm. This is a family friendly facility having level headed horses that are friendly even to beginners.

I do not find any mention of this facility in the book. It would be good to include the details - available at [...]

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By Beth
We just returned from a week in Algarve and piurchased this book, hoping the "local scoop" would help us find the true jewels. Not so much. Though some of this travel book is done well, we found it to be quite overrated with the "sites"... making a simple site out to be much more than it really was. For example, the Portugese water dogs at the Rio de Formose Natural Preserve were talked up quite highly. We were quite surprised with how simple the entire "preserve" was- thre was only one water dog to look at and honestly, it wasn't that exciting or impressive... sorry folks. The sites that are listed don't have good (or any at times) directions to them, which would have been quite helpful for us.

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