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1 Page at a Time: A Daily Creative Companion

Things are what you make of them Every day is a chance to create something new for yourself. Put down your phone and pick up a pencil. Give yourself some space. The Internet will still be there. Start with one page at a time, and you’ll be surprised at just how much you can create. Each of the 365 prompts in 1 Page at a Time will encourage you to draw, write, list, reflect, and share. This book is your new best friend. Let’s get started!

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50 Moments That Defined Major League Baseball

This book is a fresh history of the national pastime, recounting the 50 most incredible and iconic moments-both renowned and obscure-that shaped the game as it moved from the Dead Ball Era, through World War II, and on to the modern era. Events include Jackie Robinson’s first All-Star Game, Babe Ruth’s 50th home run in his first season as a Yankee, and Hank Aaron’s first career home run. Author Rocco Constantino also shares interviews with over 40 former Major League Baseball players, many of whom played in a World Series or All-Star Game, providing fresh insight and perspectives to these unforgettable moments of baseball.

About the Author

Rocco Constantino is an NCAA athletics administrator at Bloomfield College and baseball historian. He is also a freelance writer, most recently as a featured columnist for Bleacher Report and Baseball Hot Corner.

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50 Years of Wildlife Photographer of the Year: How Wildlife Photography Became Art

This special collection is a celebration of 50 years of the world-famous Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition and of wildlife photography itself. Featuring many of the greatest nature photographs of all time, it charts the development of nature photography, from the first hand-held cameras and the colour film revolution of the 1960s, to the increasingly sophisticated photographs of wild animals and unexplored places that are taken today. An incredible variety of styles, skills and approaches are on show, reflecting the great advances in technology and the many and varied ways of viewing and interpreting the natural world. The prize-winning images include ground-breaking portraits, breathtaking aerial shots, underwater photography, close-up imagery and much more. The images are accompanied by captions that put the photographs in context, explaining their importance and revealing the vision, talent, passion and technique of the world’s leading wildlife photographers. All those who are passionate about photography and who have viewed this compelling exhibition since its inception 50 years ago, will treasure this astounding volume.

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The Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition is an international showcase for the very best photography featuring natural subjects. One hundred of the most innovative and imaginative images are chosen annually by a panel of expert judges. These images form an exhibition at the Natural History Museum, London, that tours worldwide throughout the year. The competition is owned by two UK institutions that pride themselves on revealing and championing the diversity of life on Earth: the Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide. www.wildlifephotographeroftheyear.com

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A Colorful Home: Create Lively Palettes for Every Room

Nature, art, a favourite collection—each holds unexpected colour combinations that can be beautifully incorporated into the home. Designer Susan Hable shows how to discover colour in the everyday, create dynamic palettes and translate them into stunning interior spaces. Home decorators will learn how a cheerful bedroom can be constructed from the natural hues of autumn leaves, or how a burst of bright confetti can inspire a brightly-coloured tiled bath. Brimming with luscious photography, A Colorful Home reveals how to open our eyes to the colours around us and bring them to life in rooms composed with meaning.

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Susan Hable is co-owner of the design firm Hable Construction, founded in 1999. She is a textile designer, artist, and colour expert with the colour Association of the United States, designing for Hable as well as other clients. She lives in Athens, Georgia.Visit HableConstruction.comRinne Allen is a photographer based in her hometown of Athens, Georgia. Rinne has worked with artisans and chefs over the last ten years to help them document the process of creating their work. Her photographs have appeared in dozens of books and publications.http://www.rinneallen.com/

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A Companion to American Sport History

A Companion to American Sport History presents a collection of original essays that represent the first comprehensive analysis of scholarship relating to the growing field of American sport history. * Presents the first complete analysis of the scholarship relating to the academic history of American sport * Features contributions from many of the finest scholars working in the field of American sport history * Includes coverage of the chronology of sports from colonial times to the present day, including major sports such as baseball, football, basketball, boxing, golf, motor racing, tennis, and track and field * Addresses the relationship of sports to urbanization, technology, gender, race, social class, and genres such as sports biography Awarded 2015 Best Anthology from the North American Society for Sport History (NASSH)

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Steven A. Riess is the Bernard Brommel Research Professor of History at Northeastern Illinois University. His books include City Games: The Evolution of American Urban Society and the Rise of Sports (1989), Touching Base: Professional Baseball and American Culture in the Progressive Era, Revised Edition (1999), and The Sport of Kings and the Kings of Crime: Horse Racing, Politics, and Organized Crime in New York, 1865-1913 (2011), and Sport in Industrial America, 1850-1920, Second Edition (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013)

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A Profile of the United States Toy Industry

The toy industry is one of the most consistently misunderstood sectors of American business. Thats no surprise because on many levels it resists easy definition. Its a commodity business. No, its a fashion business. No, its a consumer products business. No, its an entertainment business. The fact is its all of these businesses, each of which addresses and responds to market forces differently. And often, especially with the larger, publicly traded companies all of these businesses share a balance sheet. This book will provide a concise and in-depth introduction to the structure, practices and market forces that impact the toy industry. It will offer a short history of the industry, a description of the current market landscape, major and emerging industry competitors, contemporary trends, changes and expectations for the future. It will further cover aspects of retailing, consumer behavior, and financial markets as they relate to the industry. As noted, the book will focus primarily on the U.S. toy industry, but will provide guidelines for extrapolating the information to the global toy market and a highlight of those issues, such as manufacturing, that are relatively consistent worldwide. The book is intended to provide a foundation for understanding the diverse and changing nature of the toy industry and to help readers develop a context for appreciating it relevant to other, more predictable and definable industries. Many studentsaaC–“and professionals for that matteraaC–“come to the toy industry ill equipped for success because they are unable to understand the various disciplines and business practices it encompasses and therefore unable to apply those practices appropriately for the product or product category. A preschool toy will never behave like a toy from a hot movie. Its something many successful people in the business know and have learned over time, but it remains a mystery to the uninitiated. Withal this book is intended as an initiation into a fascinating, fast-paced and fiercely competitive business that is very often more an art than a science.

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Christopher Byrne New York, NY, Content Director for Time to Play Magazine, Editor-at Large, Toys & Family Entertainment and Royalties Magazines, Founder and Principal, Byrne Communications.

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Acquisition and Performance of Sports Skills 2nd Edition

An extensive update of a successful textbook on skill acquisition for sport students. Praised for its clarity of writing style and presentation the new edition will be an essential buy for those needing a practical, sport-focused introduction to the theory and application of human motor skills.

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Terry McMorris University of Chichester, UK

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Art and Industry in Early America: Rhode Island Furniture, 1650-1830

The most comprehensive publication available to date on the topic, Art and Industry in Early America examines furniture made throughout Rhode Island from the earliest days of the settlement to the late Federal period. This stunning volume features more than 200 illustrations of beautifully constructed and carved objects-including chairs, high chests, bureau tables, and clocks-that demonstrate the superb workmanship and artistic skill of the state’s furniture makers. Written by distinguished scholars, the book presents new information on the export trade, patronage, artistic collaboration, and the small-scale shop traditions that defined early Rhode Island craftsmanship. In addition to iconic, stylish pieces from important centers of production like Newport and Providence and by well-known makers such as John Goddard and Samuel and Joseph Rawson, Jr., the catalogue showcases simpler examples made in smaller towns. More than 100 catalogue entries detail marks and inscriptions, bibliography, and provenance and feature many new photographs, encouraging a deeper understanding of this dynamic school of American furniture making.

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Patricia E. Kane is the Friends of American Arts Curator of American Decorative Arts at the Yale University Art Gallery.

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Baseball’s All-Time Best Sluggers: Adjusted Batting Performance from Strikeouts to Home Runs (Schell, Michael J.)

Over baseball history, which park has been the best for run scoring?1 Which player would lose the most home runs after adjustments for ballpark effect?2 Which player claims four of the top five places for best individual seasons ever played, based on all-around offensive performance.3 (See answers, below). These are only three of the intriguing questions Michael Schell addresses in Baseball’s All-Time Best Sluggers, a lively examination of the game of baseball using the most sophisticated statistical tools available. The book provides an in-depth evaluation of every major offensive event in baseball history, and identifies the players with the 100 best seasons and most productive careers. For the first time ever, ballpark effects across baseball history are presented for doubles, triples, right- and left-handed home-run hitting, and strikeouts. The book culminates with a ranking of the game’s best all-around batters. Using a brisk conversational style, Schell brings to the plate the two most important credentials essential to producing a book of this kind: an encyclopedic knowledge of baseball and a professional background in statistics. Building on the traditions of renowned baseball historians Pete Palmer and Bill James, he has analyzed the most important factors impacting the sport, including the relative difficulty of hitting in different ballparks, the length of hitters’ careers, the talent pool from which players are drawn, player aging, and changes in the game that have raised or lowered major-league batting averages. Schell’s book finally levels the playing field, giving new credit to hitters who played in adverse conditions, and downgrading others who faced fewer obstacles. It also provides rankings based on players’ positions. For example, Derek Jeter ranks 295th out of 1,140 on the best batters list, but jumps to 103rd in the position-adjusted list, reflecting his offensive prowess among shortstops. Replete with dozens of never-before reported stories and statistics, Baseball’s All-Time Best Sluggers will forever shape the way baseball fans view the greatest heroes of America’s national pastime. Answers: 1. Coors Field 2. Mel Ott 3. Barry Bonds, 2001-2004 seasons.

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Michael J. Schell is Professor of Biostatistics at the University of North Carolina and Director of the Biostatistics Core Facility in the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. He is the author of Baseball’s All-Time Best Hitters: How Statistics Can Level the Playing Field (Princeton).

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Brooks Headley’s Fancy Desserts: The Recipes of Del Posto’s James Beard Award–Winning Pastry Chef

While other chefs paid dues on restaurant lines and at cooking schools, Brooks Headley was in the back of a tour van as a drummer in much-loved punk bands that never made a penny. Headley creates unorthodox recipes that echo his unconventional background: fruit is king, vegetables are championed, acidity is key and simplicity is the goal. The 97 recipes included here range from verjus melon candy to tofu chocolate creme brulee, showcasing Headley’s perspective on ingredients and methodology. Brooks Headley’s Fancy Desserts is an essential, inventive addition to the shelf of both home cooks and professional chefs.

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Brooks Headley is the executive pastry chef at Del Posto, New York City’s only four-star Italian restaurant. He’s appeared in Bon Appetit and Lucky Peach. Twitter: @workingpastry

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Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography

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A graceful, contemplative volume, “Camera Lucida “was first published in 1979. Commenting on artists such as Avedon, Clifford, Mapplethorpe, and Nadar, Roland Barthes presents photography as being outside the codes of language or culture, acting on the body as much as on the mind, and rendering death and loss more acutely than any other medium. This groundbreaking approach established “Camera Lucida “as one of the most important books of theory on the subject, along with Susan Sontag’s “On Photography.”

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ROLAND BARTHES was born in 1915. A French literary theorist, philosopher, and critic, he influenced the development of schools of theory, including structuralism, semiotics, existentialism, social theory, Marxism, and post-structuralism. He died in 1980.

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Canon EOS Rebel T5/1200D For Dummies

Capturing greatness with the Canon EOS Rebel T5/1200D is just a click awayCongratulations on your new Canon! Not sure where to begin? No worries! Canon EOS Rebel T5/1200D For Dummies makes it easy to cut through the intimidation of working with your DSLR camera to get great shots—without breaking a sweat.

With this hands-on, friendly guide, you'll discover how to get a feel for your camera, shoot in auto mode, shift to manual settings to take full control of your photos, adjust lighting, focus, and color, manage playback options, learn basic troubleshooting, and much more. Truly stunning and impressive pictures are at your fingertips!

  • Shows you how find and set camera controls to adjust exposure, lighting, focus, and color
  • Explains how to load images to a computer for organizing, editing, and sharing
  • Provides tips on how to control your camera to get the shot you want
  • Makes learning fast, easy, and fun with full-color photos

If you're a new camera owner looking to get great shots that your phone simply can't capture, Canon EOS Rebel T5/1200D For Dummies makes it easier.

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Classical Splendor: Painted Furniture for a Grand Philadelphia House

This handsome book explores in depth a group of stunning painted and gilded furniture designed by the architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe (1764-1820), best known for originating the plans for the United States Capitol. The furniture was made in Philadelphia for one of the city’s finest houses-the home of William and Mary Wilcocks Waln, which Latrobe also designed. Drawing on a multiyear conservation and research project, Classical Splendor reveals new insights into the patrons, makers, and history behind these extraordinary pieces. In addition to extensively documenting each item, the book attests to Latrobe’s significant contributions to American furniture design-his pieces for the Waln house introduced, and served as exemplars of, a classical style rooted in ancient Greek and Roman design.

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Alexandra Alevizatos Kirtley is the Montgomery-Garvan Curator of American Decorative Arts and Peggy A. Olley is the associate conservator of furniture and woodwork, both at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Jeffrey A. Cohen is senior lecturer and chair of the Growth and Structure of Cities Program at Bryn Mawr College.

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Coffee, Tea, and Chocolate: Consuming the World

Coffee, tea, and chocolate were all the rage in Enlightenment Europe. These fashionable beverages profoundly shaped modes of sociability and patterns of consumption, yet none of the plants required for their preparation was native to the continent: coffee was imported from the Levant, tea from Asia, and chocolate from Mesoamerica. Their introduction to 17th-century Europe revolutionized drinking habits and social customs. It also spurred an insatiable demand for specialized vessels such as hot beverage services and tea canisters, coffee cups and chocolate pots. This beautiful book demonstrates how the paraphernalia associated with coffee, tea, and chocolate can eloquently evoke the culture of these new beverages and the material pleasures that surrounded them. Contributors address such topics as the politics of coffee consumption in 18th-century Germany; 18th-century visual satires on the European consumption of tea, coffee, and chocolate; and the design history of coffee pots in the United States between the colonial period and the present.

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Yao-Fen You is associate curator of European sculpture and decorative arts at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

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Creative Baking: Deco Chiffon Cake Basics (Chinese Edition)

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Deco chiffon cakes, created and popularised by bestselling author and creative baker, Susanne Ng, in 2013, started a buzz among baking communities that continues to enchant and excite home bakers the world over today. Made using Susanne’s recipe that produces light, fluffy, moist and yummy chiffon cakes, deco chiffon cakes are baked into different fun and exciting shapes, with patterns and decorations created using cake as well. Creative Baking: Deco Chiffon Cake Basics, a companion title to Susanne’s first two titles, Creative Baking: Chiffon Cakes and Creative Baking: Deco Chiffon Cakes, is a guide to mastering the basic techniques of making deco chiffon cakes. With clearly illustrated step-by-step instructions on how to create perfect layers, mounds, spots and sectors, pipe batter and make multicoloured sheet cakes among other techniques, this book will enable bakers of any skill level to create their very own chiffon cake designs!

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Creative Lettering: Techniques & Tips from Top Artists

Hand-lettering techniques are a popular and visually dynamic way to add textual elements to crafts, from journals to mixed-media art. Sixteen accomplished contributors – including calligraphers, painters, collagists, card makers, fiber artists and graphic designers – give their personal perspectives on lettering. They all offer their favourite tools, how they use them, their signature technique with step-by-step instructions and photos and an alphabet sampler of their own font. Gorgeous gallery images of each contributor's work are also included.

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Jenny Doh is the former Editor-in-Chief of Somerset Studio magazine and the President and Founder of crescendoh.com. Jenny was recognised by Folio magazine as one of the top 40 leaders within the publishing industry. Jenny is the author of several books, including Hand in Hand (9781454702405) and We Make Dolls! (9781454702498).

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CTE Understanding Food: Principles and Preparation 5th Edition

Introducing the new Cengage Technology Edition

UNDERSTANDING FOOD: PRINCIPLES AND PREPARATION is a best-selling food-fundamentals text ideal for an undergraduate course that covers the basic elements of food preparation, food service, and food science. Contemporary and comprehensive in coverage, it introduces students to the variety of aspects associated with food preparation. The Fifth Edition thoroughly explores the science of food through core material on food selection and evaluation, food safety, and food chemistry.

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  • The text has been thoroughly updated to include the latest research, examples, and techniques related to food principles.
  • “Chemist’s Corner” features dive deeper into the scientific principles and methodologies relevant to food preparation and the food industry.
  • “How & Why?” features further explain terms, processes, and distinctions important in food science and preparation, answering common questions about the chapter material.
  • “Nutrient Content” boxes supply specific data on the nutritional content of different foods.
  • “Calorie Control” features explore the energy value of foods and emphasize portion control—a topic of great interest to students both as individuals and as future food service professionals catering to weight-conscious clientele.
  • CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and   exam preparation tools including quizzes, flashcards, videos, and more.
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Cuba’s Baseball Defectors: The Inside Story

Peter C. Bjarkman has traveled to all corners of Cuba covering baseball, from their early Olympic baseball triumphs to the recent domestic economic crises that have spurred an increasing number of Cuban stars to abandon their homeland. Having enjoyed rare access and personally knowing most of the top Cuban stars, Bjarkman reveals the complete story behind the Cuban big league phenomenon, and answers numerous questions lurking behind one of the biggest sports stories of the past decades. He explains precisely how Cuba has managed to generate such remarkable baseball talent, how until recently they have kept most of their talent at home, and why Cuban government and sports officials are so adamant about rejecting open transfers with major league ball clubs. He reveals the personal histories of some of the highest-profile stars among recent Cuban imports and explains unfolding events that have led them to eventually choose “defection” from their homeland. In the process, Bjarkman explores the personal risks that many have taken to achieve their North American baseball dreams.

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Peter C. Bjarkman is the senior writer for www.BaseballdeCuba.com, the leading source in Spanish and English for current Cuban League and Cuban national team coverage. He is the author of A History of Cuban Baseball, 1864-2006 (2007) and coauthor of Smoke, the Romance and Lore of Cuban Baseball (1999, with Mark Rucker). Bjarkman has made numerous media appearances as an expert on Cuban baseball, including a featured role as Anthony Bourdain’s guide to island baseball on the 2011 Travel Channel episode “No Reservations Cuba.” He appears as a featured head on ESPN’s “30 for 30” documentary, “Brothers in Exile” and has appeared several times on the popular ESPN feature “Outside the Lines.”

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Detroit After Dark

This book is the first to explore photographic representations of Detroit during the hours from dusk until dawn, featuring work by artists including Robert Frank, Leni Sinclair, Steve Shaw, Russ Marshall, and Dave Jordano, among others. The city’s streets, architecture, vast industrial complexes, night clubs, and unique subcultures are captured here in otherworldly visions of the nighttime urban landscape from the 1950s to the present day. These images offer a unique interpretation of Detroit, its industry, culture, and turbulent history through the second half of the 20th century and into the 21st. This book also provides context for the work by addressing historically significant artists who have contributed to the genre, including Ilse Bing, Brassai, Andre Kertesz, Berenice Abbott, and others.

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Nancy W. Barr is co-chief curator and curator of photography at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Sara Blair is professor of English language and literature at the University of Michigan. Chris Tysh is a Detroit-based poet and senior lecturer at Wayne State University.

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