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LOST STATES by Michael Trinklein


Everyone knows the fifty winners—but what about the hundreds of other statehood proposals that never worked out? Lost States is a tribute to such great unrealized states as West Florida, South California, Half-Breed Tracts, Rough and Ready, and others.

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POM-POMS! by Lexi Walters Wright and Sarah Goldschadt


Whether they’re perking up your clothes, brightening your home decor, or bringing a rainbow of color to your next party, pom-poms are perfect wherever they pop up.

Each project in this book has oh-so-simple instructions and photographs that’ll have you whipping up homemade tufts in all kinds of eye-catching patterns, from speckles to stripes to polka-dots.

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Cyber Monday Nook Deal: The Last Policeman

Sure, you go hunting for discount electronics on Cyber Monday, but have you ever thought of looking for books? That's a trick question: of course you have, or you wouldn't be here, reading this post.

Luckily for you all of you ebook readers out there, The Last Policeman by Ben Winters is featured as a Nook Cyber Monday deal. It's only $2.99, so make sure you get your copy!

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Worst-Case Wednesday: How to Jump from Rooftop to Rooftop

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Maybe you're playing live action Assassin's Creed. Maybe you're trying to become the next Spring-Heeled Jack. Maybe you're trying out your newfound spider powers. Maybe you just like the idea of running across rooftops. Whatever the reason, not all of us just know how to safely jump from rooftop to rooftop. Not to worry, however. The Worst-Case Scenario Handbook: Travel has a comprehensive guide to rooftop jumping, for all your vigilante needs.

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How-to Tuesday: How To Get Grandma Drunk—I Mean, How To Make Sweet Surrender Punch

Happy Quirksgiving! By now, you’re probably mentally preparing to reunite with all your extended relatives. Hang in there, we’re going through the same thing.

This year, when you’re sitting in the living room with your cousins (after the inevitable Get Out Of My Kitchen scenario), do yourself a favor: make some punch. Everyone will have a glass, relax, and remember that they actually DO like their siblings. And then Uncle Joe will tell you that story he loves about how he met Patrick Stewart in the grocery store and it’ll all go smoothly from there.

My suggestion for the perfect wintry beverage is Sweet Surrender Punch from Winter Cocktails. Since it has chamomile tea in it, serve it at teatime! Enjoy, have fun with your folks, and have a great holiday.

Posted by Basia Padlo

Worst-Case Wednesday: How to Treat a Tongue Stuck to a Pole

It's getting cold outside, and the Christmas season is almost upon us (or it already is upon us, if you've been to your local Target lately). People do all sort of crazy things around the holidays, and every family and/or friend group has That Guy. You know who I'm talking about–the one who thinks it's a good idea to reenact the scene from A Christmas Story.

So one minute you're all laughing at what a great joke this is going to be, and the next, your friend or cousin or brother or whoever has gotten their tongue stuck to a cold metal pole. Never fear! The Worst-Case Scenario Handbook: Holidays has a way to fix this.

Posted by Basia Padlo