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Extreme Encounters

After reading The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook, did you ever wonder what it’s like to be struck by lightning? To run with the bulls in Pamplona? To ride the crushing swell of an avalanche? Extreme Encounters describes these adventures and 37 others with endlessly addictive “you-are-there” second-person narratives-so you chill to the numbing effects of frostbite, you hear the 110-decibel roar of a grizzly bear, and you feel the stomach-lurching drop of an elevator freefall.

Extreme Encounters is a moment-by-moment, blow-by-blow account of what happens to you physically, emotionally, and scientifically during life’s most perilous experiences. Like a cross between The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook and Into Thin Air, these heart-racing stories take readers where few have gone before.

GREG EMMANUEL has written for MTV, VH1, GQ, ESPN Magazine, Stuff, and Maxim. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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The Executive’s Almanac

The Executive’s Almanac is an entertaining collection of facts and figures covering all aspects of business—from the assembly line to the bottom line; from the stock market to the supermarket.
 
A sample of what’s in store:
 
     •  The ratio of the salaries of the average worker to the average CEO is 301 to 1.
     •  As of 2004, 8.3 million people in the world have $1 million to invest, spend, or save.
     •  Blue Chip stocks got their name from poker, where blue chips are more valuable than white or red.
     •  Starbucks was named for the first mate in Herman Melville’s novel Moby Dick.
     •  The New York Stock Exchange ticker symbol for Mauna Loa is NUT; Men’s Wearhouse is SUIT;
     •  Sotheby’s is BID; and Genentech is DNA.

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Encyclopedia of Guilty Pleasures

What do Neil Diamond, Touched by an Angel, Pamela Anderson, The Boy in the Plastic Bubble, White Castle hamburgers, Benny Hill, Thomas Kinkade, and the song “You Light Up My Life” have in common? They’re all guilty pleasures-and they’re all celebrated in this massive A-to-Z encyclopedia.

Authors Sam Stall, Lou Harry, and Julia Spalding have unearthed fascinating trivia about literature (Valley of the Dolls, the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue), television (The Real World, Land of the Lost), fashion (Members Only jackets, the WonderBra), and more. Every page features a sophisticated two-column design and handy guide words for quick at-a-glance reference. Best of all, we’ve illustrated 100 of the guiltiest pleasures with the same portrait style used by the Wall Street Journal.

Complete with 1,001 entries, it’s the ultimate guide to everything you hate to love!

SAM STALL pleads guilty to enjoying Fantasy Island, Bloomin’ Onions, and the artwork of Boris Vallejo.

LOU HARRY has mastered the Electric Slide and collects Hummel figurines.

JULIA SPALDING is a fan of Sweet Valley High novels, Clinique Pore Minimizer Makeup, and “Designer Imposters.”

KEVIN SPROULS is the Wall Street Journal portrait artist who created the WSJ portrait style.

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The Reality TV Handbook

Would you give up showers, toilets, and other modern conveniences for a chance at a million dollars? Do you long to find the love of your life in front of a national television audience? Are you willing to do anything-and we mean anything-to become famous?

Perfect for fans of Survivor, American Idol, The Bachelor, and their countless imitators, The Reality TV Handbook is the insider’s guide to winning fame, love, and/or money on the small screen. From creating the perfect application video and auditioning like an idol to keeping your head as you’re buried alive, The Reality TV Handbook features everything you need to go the distance.

Written by acclaimed television producer John Saade, this illustrated handbook will show you how to outwit your competitors, outsmart the producers, and win over the hearts of TV audiences everywhere!

JOHN SAADE developed and oversaw production on ABC’s The Bachelor, The Mole, Extreme Makeovers, Making the Band, and Houston Medical. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

JOE BORGENICHT has coauthored The Action Hero’s Handbook, The Action Heroine’s Handbook, The Baby Owner’s Manual, and Undercover Golf. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Cube Chic

Tired of working in a bland, boring, office cubicle? Interior designer Kelley Moore has the solution with Cube Chic, a hip, irreverent style book with inspirational cube designs for every taste, from Tiki to Zen. With dazzling full-color photography and helpful decorating tips, you’ll learn how to create:

• The Garden Cube: Rather be gardening? This cube features bright grassy greens, floral prints, and a desk covered in bright gerberas.
• The Cabin Cube: Like a ski lodge at your desk, this cube features dark wood tones and creature comforts aplenty.
• The CEO Cube: Get on the fast track to the executive lifestyle, and create a corner office in your own space.

And that’s just the beginning-there’s also a Hip-Hop Cube, a Pub Cube, a Safari Cube, and even a Cubism Cube. With so many eye-popping design options to choose from, Cube Chic will inspire office drones of all ages!

KELLEY L. MOORE is a lifestyle and entertaining expert with a simple mission: to empower people to connect and build relationships through the environment they create. She has a regular entertainment column in Northwest Home & Garden and writes feature design and entertainment articles for Seattle magazine. Kelley appears regularly on Seattle’s morning television show on KING 5 News, contributing to design, style, and entertainment segments.

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See Jane Write

With chick lit novels popping up on every bestseller list, millions of readers are all thinking the same thing: I could write this stuff and never go back to the office again! And here’s the guide that will show you how. Bestselling novelist Sarah Mlynowski and veteran chick lit editor Farrin Jacobs cover every stage of developing and selling your novel, with chapters on:

Developing an idea
Deciding on a point of view
Making your characters likable
Learning the basics of plotting, pacing, and conflict
Finding an agent
This book also features humorous tips and advice from scores of established writers (including Meg Cabot, Melissa Senate, and Sophie Kinsella). If you’ve got stories to tell, See Jane Write will take care of the rest!

SARAH MLYNOWSKI is the author of Fishbowl, As Seen on TV, Monkey Business, Me vs. Me, Bras & Broomsticks, and Frogs & French Kisses and coeditor of the bestselling chick lit anthologies Girls’ Night In and Girls’ Night Out. Her first novel, Milkrun, sold more than 700,000 copies worldwide. She lives in New York City.

FARRIN JACOBS is a former chick lit editor for Red Dress Ink.

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