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Suburban Legends

It's a Terrible Day in the Neighborhood.
 
They told you the suburbs were a great place to live. They said nothing bad could ever happen here.

But they were wrong.
 
This collection of terrifying true stories exposes the dark side of life in the ’burbs—from corpses buried in backyards and ghosts lurking in fast food restaurants to UFOs, vanishing persons, bizarre apparitions, and worse. Consider:
 
     •  The Soccer Mom’s Secret. Meet Melinda Raisch of Columbus, Ohio. She’s the wife of a dentist. A mother of three. A PTA member. And she has enough murderous secrets to fill a minivan.
     •  Noise Pollution. More than 100 residents of Kokomo, Indiana, claim their small town is under attack by a low-pitched humming sound that erodes health and sanity. Too bad they’re the only ones who can hear it.
     •  Death Takes a Holiday inn. There’s nothing more reassuring than a big chain hotel in a quaint small town—unless it’s the Holiday Inn of Grand Island, New York, where you’ll spend the night with the spirit of a mischievous little girl.  
 
So lock your doors, dim the lights, and prepare to stay up all night with this creepy collection of true tales. We promise you’ll never look at white picket fences the same way again!

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Quotes Every Man Should Know

The perfect companion to Stuff Every Man Should Know and Jokes Every Man Should Know, Quotes Every Man Should Know is chock full of aphorisms, bons mots, and universal truths for every occasion.

Filled with the wit of Winston Churchill, the insight of Aristotle, and the genius of George Carlin, this pocket-size companion is a thinking man’s arsenal of quotes, quips, and comebacks. Quotes Every Man Should Know offers in-depth investigations into “who said what,” counterquotes for common clichés, and tips for citing sayings without sounding stupid. Never be at a loss for words again!

NICK MAMATAS is the author of Insults Every Man Should Know (Quirk, 2010). His nonfiction has appeared in Razor, Village Voice, and In These Times. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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The Kickstarter Handbook

So you want to produce a short film. Or design a new line of jewelry. Or manufacture a revolutionary solar-powered garden sprinkler. There’s just one catch: You need $100,000 to bankroll your dream, and your checking account has barely enough to cover the rent.
 
Enter Kickstarter.com—the phenomenal “crowdfunding” website launched in 2009 that brings venture capital to the masses. At Kickstarter, it’s not uncommon for entrepreneurs to raise $50,000, $100,000, $250,000, or more. All you need is a great idea—and The Kickstarter Handbook.
 
Business journliast Don Steinberg has interviewed dozens of artists and inventors who launched their passion projects online. Through their voices, you’ll explore all the strategies of a successful Kickstarter campaign. You’ll learn the elements of a compelling Kickstarter video, innovative ways to market your projects, tips for getting donors onboard, and the secrets of irresistible Kickstarter “rewards.” You’ll also discover what to do in a best-case scenario—when your project goes viral and the cash starts flowing in. On Kickstarter, it happens to a few lucky visionaries every week. Here’s how to be one of them.

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Signing Their Rights Away

An entertaining and essential collection of stories about the surprising and strange fates of the thirty-nine statesmen who created the U.S. Constitution.
 
Now in paperback with a brand-new cover, this companion volume to Signing Their Lives Away tells the untold stories of the signers of the U.S. Constitution and comes at a time when our constitutional rights are at the forefront of everyone’s minds.

Remember when our elected officials knew how to compromise? Here are short, irreverent, fun, and fact-filled biographies of the 39 men who set aside their differences and signed their names to the U.S. Constitution—the oldest written constitution of any nation in the world. You’ll meet:

• The Signer Who Believed in Aliens
• The Signer Who Was Shot in the Stomach
• The Signer Who Went Bankrupt
• The Peg-Legged Signer
• And many more colorful colonists!

Complete with portraits of every signatory, Signing Their Rights Away provides an entertaining and enlightening narrative for students, history buffs, politicos, and Hamilton fans alike.

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Field Guide to Gestures

Furrowed brows, wiggled fingers, wrinkled noses, shrugged shoulders-with so many rich and varied gestures at our disposal, it’s no wonder anthropologists claim at least 90 percent of all human communication is nonverbal. But what do all of these signs and signals really mean? And what secrets do they reveal about the person you’re speaking with? Field Guide to Gestures has the answers.

Whether you’re communicating with friends, lovers, coworkers, foreigners, or strangers on the street, this handy guide will help you decipher the mysteries of human gesticulation. It features color photographs of more than 100 different gestures, plus a detailed synopsis explaining each gesture’s meanings, origins, and subtle nuances (nodding “yes” takes on an entirely new meaning in Greece!). It’s so full of interesting information, you’ll feel compelled to give it two very enthusiastic thumbs up!

NANCY ARMSTRONG and MELISSA WAGNER are freelance writers living in Philadelphia. They wave their hands when they talk, and are keen interpreters of gestures glimpsed across crowded bars. They are the coauthors of Field Guide to Stains.

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New to You

Sick of cheap, wasteful, disposable fast fashion? Learn how to shop for vintage clothing and accessories and build a more sustainable, stylish closet. 

In this indispensable guide, anyone who buys or wears women’s clothing will learn how to:

  • Avoid overpaying
  • Sort trash from treasure
  • Fix minor flaws—and spot major ones
  • Find your ideal silhouette (including tips for plus-size shoppers)
  • Alter and repurpose garments
  • Care for delicate vintage fabrics

Buying older clothing means getting beautiful pieces that are built to last, without contributing to sweatshops or landfills—but only if you know what to look for. Let a vintage clothing expert guide you to ethical fashion bliss!

Previously published as The Little Guide to Vintage Shopping in 2009, this updated edition includes a new introduction and resources for evaluating online and brick-and-mortar shops.

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