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The complete idiot's guide to heirloom vegetables by Chris McLaughlin — Are you just starting out growing or buying heirloom vegetables? This book has information on a huge number of heirloom varieties, as well as a guide to pollination and saving seeds. It also includes a basic overview of what an heirloom is and how to choose the best ones.
Modern top-down knitting : sweaters, dresses, skirts & accessories inspired by the technique of Barbara G. Walker by Kristina McGowan ; photographs by Gudrun Georges — Many knitters prefer to knit top-down. It often comes with benefits such as requiring less finishing, fewer pieces to handle, and the ease of being able to try on things like sweaters even when you've only made a little progress so far (just slip it over your head!). This book contains patterns for sweaters, dresses, hats, and even things that might not have a traditional "top," like wraps.
Big little felt universe : sew it, stuff it, squeeze it, fun! by Jeanette Lim — Felt is such an ideal medium for making cute things. It's soft, a little fuzzy around the edges, not terribly pricey, and it's really easy to work with. This book includes patterns and instructions to make an army of toys for your kids, or maybe just a cute object to have on your desk. From cake to fruit to burgers on the grill to a tool box full of tools, there are over 70 patterns included.
Starting kindergarten is a major developmental milestone for children and their parents. During spring, many elementary schools host "Kindergarten Round-Up” sessions to help families prepare for this exciting event. Here are some picture books you and your child can read together that deal with the excitement, worries and routine of kindergarten.
Adventure Annie goes to kindergarten by Toni Buzzeo; illustrated by Amy Wummer
The pirate of kindergarten by George Ella Lyon; illustrated by Lynne Avril
The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn; illustrations by Ruth E. Harper and Nancy M. Leak
Is your buffalo ready for kindergarten? by Audrey Vernick; illustrated by Daniel Jennewein
The night before kindergarten by Natasha Wing; illustrated by Julie Durrell
How do dinosaurs go to school? by Jane Yolen; illustrated by Mark Teague
Tell no one [sound recording] by Harlan Coben
Prey [sound recording] by Michael Crichton
Crisis [sound recording] by Robin Cook
Also try the titles listed on the Cozy Mystery Authors audiobooks blog post.
The week-by-week vegetable gardener's handbook by Ron Kujawski and Jennifer Kujawski — When you're growing vegetables in a variable climate like Michigan's, it can be hard to know exactly when things should be happening and what to plant when. This book outlines those timelines in detail for a variety of vegetables. It also includes many tips and bits of information that any veg gardener will find useful.
It's been reported that workplace incivility is on the rise, causing stress in many workers' lives. If you're trying to find positive solutions to this problem, these books may be for you.
The ape in the corner office: understanding the workplace beast in all of us by Richard Conniff
Coping with difficult people by Robert M. Bramson
Dealing with people you can't stand: how to bring out the best in people at their worst by Rick Brinkman, Rick Kirschner