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Weekly Book Special: Manhattan Within, Sketches of the New York Skyline from Central Park by Matteo Pericoli

Weekly Book Special: September 7th-September 13th

Last Friday, September 3rd, marked Skyscraper Day — a celebration of the world’s tallest buildings. To commemorate, this week’s book special focuses on New York’s world-famous skyline:


Manhattan Within

Written and Illustrated by Matteo Pericoli
Slipcase in original shrinkwrap, 72 pages, 2003, ISBN: 0375508686
List Price: $30.00, OUR PRICE: $9.95
Manhattan Within

This set by Matteo Pericoli, the best-selling artist-architect of “Manhattan Unfurled” (Our Price: $30.00) includes: A full-color 22-foot-long drawing, in an accordion fold-out format, which provides an amazing 360-degree view of the Manhattan skyline as seen from within Central Park.

Includes a separate, enlightening personal journal about the method, philosophy, and evolution of the work — an unprecedented, dramatic re-envisioning of the relationship between the city and its geographical center and escape. A visual legend and diagram identifies the city’s landmarks and streets.

Watch the CBS Sunday Morning clip on Pericoli’s artistic process (click to watch):

“[Pericoli’s] prose, as it turns out, is as evocative as his art,” writes Booklist in a review.

Pericoli writes: “When I was working on the skyline along the edge of the island, [the buildings] were giving their backs to me as if they didn’t care. From the park all the buildings seem to look at me. I think this is the real skyline of Manhattan.”

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September 7, 2010 at 5:00 am Leave a comment

Miracle on 34th Street: Ornament and Book Gift Set

Miracle on 34th Street: Ornament and Book Gift Set
by Valentine Davies
(Hardcover, 125 pages, 2001, ISBN: 152045759, $17.00)

Miracle on 34th StreetA white-bearded gentleman who appears at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade fills in for an unfit Santa Claus — and is asked to become the store’s resident Santa. This Kris Kringle believes he is Santa, as do children from all over the city, and reindeer at the zoo nearby.

Since its first publication in 1947, this tale has been treasured by generations, making this Academy Award-winning story part of holiday traditions all across America. This facsimile edition faithfully re-creates the first hardcover publication.

Read the Google Preview: Miracle on 34th Street of this book before you purchase it.

A brief historical note, new in this edition, details the simultaneous development of the book and film. Also included in this boxed set is an original keepsake wooden ornament that kindles warm memories — perfect for sharing with new generations of believers.

“Lovingly reproduced to match the original 1947 printing, this handsome hardback edition of Miracle on 34th Street comes in a gift box with a painted wooden tree ornament,” writes Amazon.com in a review.

“[W]hat makes this gift-box edition interesting is a short note describing the book’s production, which happened at a frantic pace–Davies fairly credits director David Seaton for much of the book’s inspiration, and over 400,000 copies were rushed through to premiere simultaneously with the film.

“[F]or that ’40s, old-timey appeal, this gift box can’t be beat — not to mention it being a safe, easy go-to for stuffing stockings and bringing gifts to holiday parties.”

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August 17, 2010 at 12:53 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: Improving Inspections of New York City Transit Stations

Improving Inspections of New York City Transit Stations
by Barry L. Kluger
Paperback, 25 pages, 2010, ISBN: 9781437935844, $20.00

On Aug. 16, 2009 in New York City, at 10:18 p.m., a large section of the arched brick ceiling at the 181st St. Station on the IRT 1 Line fell onto the platforms and tracks. Fortunately, no one was injured by the falling bricks, and subway service to the station was immediately suspended.

New York City Transit (NYCT) then temporarily secured the ceiling to protect customers and trains from additional falling debris and reopened the station for subway service on Aug. 31, 2009.

The objectives of this audit report were to determine whether NYCT is: Adequately conducting structural inspections of its stations; Properly coordinating station inspections; and Performing structural inspections of all stations and station components on a frequent, regular basis. Illustrations.

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August 4, 2010 at 11:34 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: New York City Child Fatality Report (2010) (ISBN: 9781437936346)

New York City Child Fatality Report (2010) (ISBN: 9781437936346)
By Laura DiGrande
(Paperback, 35 pages, 2010, $25.00)

In 2006, New York City (NYC) established a multi-disciplinary Child Fatality Review Team to examine unnatural deaths in children ages one through 12 and to identify strategies for prevention. Past reports have described the predominant causes of fatal child injury in NYC including traffic crashes, fire and burns, and unintentional injuries in the home.

This 4th report analyzes individual and neighborhood disparities in fatal childhood injuries. These findings show that fatal injuries occur disproportionately among younger children, boys, black non-Hispanic children, and children in the City’s most impoverished neighborhoods.

This report identifies social, environmental, and regulatory measures that could make NYC an even safer place for children. Illustrations.

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July 21, 2010 at 7:00 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: Taxing Caloric Sweetened Beverages: Potential Effects on Beverage Consumption, Calorie Intake, and Obesity (ISBN: 9781437935931)

Taxing Caloric Sweetened Beverages: Potential Effects on Beverage Consumption, Calorie Intake, and Obesity (ISBN: 9781437935931)
By Travis A. Smith, Biing-Hwan Lin, Jonq-Ying Lee
(Paperback, 33 pages, 2010, $25.00)

Despite budget deficits and calls by health advocates, soda taxes have failed to pass recently in New York, Philadelphia, Vermont, Mississippi, Kansas and Alaska, the New York Times reports.

The link between high U.S. obesity rates and the over-consumption of added sugars, largely from sodas and fruit drinks, has prompted calls for a tax on caloric sweetened beverages (CSB). Faced with a tax, consumers may reduce consumption of these CSB and substitute non-taxed beverages, such as bottled water, juice, and milk.

A tax-induced 20% price increase on CSB could cause an average reduction of 3.8 pounds of body weight over a year, for adults and an average of 4.5 pounds over a year, for children.

Given these reductions in calorie consumption, results show an estimated decline in adult overweight prevalence and obesity prevalence, as well as the child at-risk-for-overweight prevalence and the overweight prevalence. Charts and tables.

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July 16, 2010 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

To Do Justice to Him and Myself: Evert Wendell’s Account Book of the Fur Trade with Indians in Albany, New York, 1695-1726 (includes cd-rom with original Dutch text) (ISBN: 1606189123)

To Do Justice to Him and Myself:
Evert Wendell’s Account Book of the Fur Trade with Indians in Albany, New York, 1695-1726

by Kees-Jan Waterman (American Philosophical Society, ISBN: 1606189123)
(Paperback, 310 pages and CD-ROM with original Dutch text, 2008, $50.00)

To Do Justice to Him and MyselfThis translated Dutch account book of the fur trade with Indians yields essential data for understanding workings of intercultural fur trade in colonial North America.

It contains accounts of hundreds of Indians, many listed with their own names, who purchased merchandise on credit from Evert Wendell (1681-1750) and his relatives in Albany, NY. Over 2,000 credit transactions and payments are recorded. This book has been praised as a major addition to the literature on the fur trade which challenges many widely held interpretations.

Illustrations. Tables. The book also includes a CD-ROM with transcription of the Dutch manuscript (searchable).

“The introductory essay and the tables put together from Waterman’s detailed reading of the account suggest an active trade between the Evert family and a wide range of Indians from many different tribal groupings,” writes Ann M. Carlos in the Journal of Economic History (70:2). “One has to be particularly impressed with the level of detail extracted from the accounts after looking at the photographs of the original documents.

“Waterman argues that these accounts with about 300 different individuals give us an unprecedented glimpse into intercultural exchanges in the upper Hudson River valley. He points to the role played by women in this trade; to the nature of the goods exchanges; to the range of different tribal groupings; to the mention of “white” and “black” individuals and to the descriptions of naming practices and tattoos or lack of same.

“Not too many family account books from the early eighteenth century exist. This one documents commercial exchanges between an important Dutch trading family and native traders. Waterman provides an incredible level of detail about the people in these transactions [in this] interesting primary source.”

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July 8, 2010 at 12:07 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: AIG Rescue, Its Impact on Markets, and the Government’s Exit Strategy (ISBN: 9781437935868)

AIG Rescue, Its Impact on Markets, and the Government’s Exit Strategy (ISBN: 9781437935868)
By Elizabeth Warren
(Paperback, 336 pages, 2010, $45)

The New York Federal Reserve under Timothy Geithner failed to exhaust all options to arrange a private-sector rescue of American International Group before launching a taxpayer-funded bailout in 2008, a government watchdog group said on Thursday, Reuters reports.

Contents: A. Overview; B. AIG Before the Government Rescue; C. The Rescue; D. Subsequent Government Actions; E. Impact of the Rescue: Where the Money Went; F. Analysis of the Government’s Decisions 2008; G. Assessment of the Role of Treasury and the Federal Reserve; H. Current Government. Holdings and Their Value: 1. Markets View of AIG’s Equity; 2. Residual Value of AIG: Parameters of Debate; 3. Administration’s Subsidy Estimates; I. Exit Strategies: 1. AIG’s Plans for Return to Profitability; 2. Treasury’s Plan for Exit; J. Exec. Comp.: 1. AIG Changed a Fundamental Market Relationship; 2. The Role of Credit Rating Agencies; 3. Options Available to the Government; 4. The Government’s Authorities in a Financial Crisis; 5. Conflicts. Illustrations.

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July 5, 2010 at 5:00 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: Extradition To and From the United States: Overview of the Law and Recent (ISBN: 1437934811)

Extradition To and From the United States: Overview of the Law and Recent (ISBN: 1437934811)
By Michael John Garcia and Charles Doyle
(Paperback, 44 pages, 2010, $20)

In May 2010, after years of opposition and recent pressure from the Obama administration, Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding last week reversed his stance and okayed the extradition of alleged drug king pin Christopher (Dudus) Coke to stand trial in New York, reports the New York Daily News. Today, Coke was captured, reports the Christian Science Monitor.

“Extradition” is the formal surrender of a person by a State to another State for prosecution or punishment. The U.S. has extradition treaties with over a hundred nations, although there are many countries with which it has no extradition treaty. International terrorism and drug trafficking have made extradition an increasingly important law enforcement tool.

Contents of this report: (1) Intro.; (2) Bars to Extradition; (3) Constitutionality; (4) Procedure for Extradition from the U.S.: Arrest and Bail; Hearing; Review; Surrender; (5) Extradition for Trial or Punishment in the U.S.; (6) Alternatives to Extradition; Waiver. Append.: Countries with Which the U.S. Has a Bilateral Extradition Treaty, and those with Which the U.S. Has No Bilateral Extradition Treaty.

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Weekly Book Special: July 4th Children’s Book: Building Liberty: A Statue is Born (ISBN: 0792269691)

Weekly Book Special: June 22nd-June 28th

The Fourth of July celebrates American independence, and this week’s special tells the story of the Statue of Liberty — a gift from the French people to celebrate the 100th anniversary of American independence:

Building Liberty: A Statue Is Born
Written and Illustrated by Serge Hochain
(Hardcover with reinforced library binding, 46 pages, 2003, $25.00)
Building Liberty

Did you know that Statue of Liberty did not begin her life in New York?

The extraordinary construction of the Statue of Liberty began in France in 1875, and with the work of many people, was completed 11 years later on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean in New York.

Join a cross-Atlantic adventure with four boys — Italian construction worker Leo, French sailor Fanch, African-American newsboy Benjamin and Irish ironworker Angus — as they help to build one of the world’s most famous landmarks.

Also includes a step-by-step illustrated history of the statue’s creation (with captions) from Bartholdi’s sketch pad to its completion.

Our favorite illustration is when the Statue of Liberty is unveiled in Paris (click to enlarge):
Building Liberty: Statue Unveiled in Paris

“This is a great little book,” writes Social Studies for Kids. “The illustrations are amazing in their depth and choice of color. The book also showcases the difficulties young boys and their families faced in the late 19th century in America and in France. There are many excellent details that leave the reader knowing much more than the average American about how the statue came to be.”

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June 22, 2010 at 12:11 am Leave a comment

Children’s Book Week Special: Lane Smith’s John, Paul, George and Ben, New York Times Best Seller and Best Illustrated Book of 2006

Weekly Book Special: May 11th-May 17th

This week is Children’s Book Week, a nationwide celebration of reading. To commemorate, this week’s special is:

John, Paul, George and Ben
By Lane Smith (Hardcover, 38 pages, 2006, $17.00)

John, Paul, George and Ben“Witty text and full-color illustrations bring new life to a few old chestnuts, depicting the Fab Four of the American Revolution — John Hancock, Paul Revere, George Washington and Benjamin Franklin — through the founding myths we know them by,” writes The New York Times.

“Early American typefaces, parchment grounds, and vestiges of 18th-century life evoke a sense of the time,” writes Library Journal. “A true-and-false section in the back separates fact from fiction. While children will love the off-the-wall humor, there is plenty for adult readers to enjoy.”

Author Lane Smith, who also wrote “The Stinky Cheese Man,” won more than 20 awards for this New York Times bestseller, including The Times’ Best Illustrated Book of 2006. Reinforced library binding makes the book able to be read many times. Exercise your freedom to pick this one up!

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May 11, 2010 at 12:29 am Leave a comment

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