Books

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Here is America's national pastime, celebrated and chronicled through the works of generations of artists and writers in this lavish and beautiful volume. Baseball: A Treasury of Art and Literature pays tribute to the game this country has loved for more than 150 years, but also affirms the unique relationship between America and baseball.

 

Enthusiasts can experience, through words and pictures, all facets of the baseball diamond. The book features nearly one hundred poems, essays, letters, and documents written by such notable authors as Mark Twain, Ring Lardner, Red Smith, John Updike and Bart Giametti. The art ranges from Currier and Ives and Thomas Eakins, to Norman Rockwell and Andy Warhol. Baseball also includes reproductions of the Baseball Hall of Fame inductee plaques.


A delight for both the casual enthusiast and the most ardent fanatic, Baseball: A Treasury of Art and Literatures will warm the coldest winter nights with the undying glow of the game, and make every summer night feel like your team has just clinched its long-awaited pennant.

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Federal and state duck stamps are adorned with the finest in wildlife art, and millions of American collect the stamps, as well as their accompanying prints, for their artistic and investment values. Required by law to be affixed to hunting licenses, the stamp was created to regulate duck hunting and raise money for wetlands acquisition and maintenance. The federal program has resulted in the preservation of more than 33 million acres of wildlife habitats, and has inspired 42 states to implement similar stamp programs of their own.

In nearly 200 illustrations (with more than 150 in color), American Waterfowl presents the stamps and prints considered most valuable by collectors and dealers: the federal releases and the first editions issued by the states. The volume reproduces both the stamp and the print from every federal and first-of-state issue. The book's introduction examines the roots of the federal program and the development of programs by individual states, the programs’ goals, and their early successes and failures. A look at some of the talented men and women who made the programs successful is also featured in short biographies.

Inspired by the rise of duck stamps as a cherished collectible, American Waterfowl occupies a special place in the homes of collectors, art enthusiasts, and nature lovers across the country.

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Grammar comes to life in this fun series, in which entertaining sports events reinforce language are skills. In each colorfully illustrated title, sportscaster Buzz Star teams up with a kid reporter to call the action as they share writing tips. Memorable sports personalities, exciting play, and amusing broadcast booth banter are sure to score with readers!

  • Lively, high-interest sports narratives

  • Sidebars with definition and usage tips

  • Summary of related writing rules

  • Fun follow-up activity to reinforce skills

  • Developed with a language art curriculum consultant

 

Titles in the Grammar All-Stars Writing Tools series by Michael Ruscoe include:

  • Skating to Spelling Success

  • Kick Ball Capitalization

  • Pit Stop Prefixes

  • Soccer Goal Suffixes

FROM THE STRAY CAT FILES...

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In You’ll Do Anything, the first Stray Cat Files thriller, special agent Mark Flynn finds something wrong in his hometown of New Haven, Connecticut, where foreign operatives have introduced a strange and powerful new street drug. Meanwhile, Flynn’s life is a mess after he falls for Val Garcia, the local Doughy Doughnuts assistant manager. What’s the connection between the doughnuts and the drugs? And will Mark and Val live long enough to find out?

Mark Flynn, the hero of The Stray Cat Files, battles crippling depression, anxiety, and countless other maladies while prowling the streets as a “Stray Cat,” one of the  U.S. government's deepest covert opertatives. His missions are top secret, he has minimal contact with the “Home Office,” and finds his own unique--and often outlandish--ways to complete his missions. Sure, it sound strange, and if Mark didn’t know better, he might think the entire thing was an elaborate figment of his imagination, a complex delusion in which he lives his life. But he does know better...

doesn’t he?