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Best Ever Kids Costumes by Vinilla Burnham

Parents, don't put off obtaining Halloween costumes much longer. We have some good resources to stimulate your creativity, but they fly out the door the closer it gets to October. You can save hundreds, maybe thousands of dollars by making Halloween costumes from scratch!  Furthermore, after you've made a great costume, show it off by bringing your child or teen to one or more of our costume programs in October.*


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"Bring It!" by Tony Horton

 

Even if you don't follow the latest fitness trends, you have surely heard the term P90X in the last few weeks. P90X is short for Power 90 Extreme, an intense 90-day exercise and nutrition program that was created in 2004 by Tony Horton.

Attention to this training regimen has revived recently after Congressman Paul Ryan became the Republican Vice-Presidential nominee. Ryan is a fan of P90X and has reportedly recruited fellow members of Congress to join him in his daily workout.

If you are curious about P90X and ready to give it a try, check out Tony Horton's book...

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

 

It's no secret that I love to read. I also love a good movie. However, it seems like Hollywood has a special knack for taking a good book and turning it into a bad movie. This post contains my nominations to a list I call "Don't Blame the Book for the Movie".  

Percy Jackson & the Olympians [videorecording] : the lightning thief.    I thought the Percy...

"NW" by Zadie Smith

Three great authors have new books coming out in September.

"This is How You Lose Her," a collection of short stories by Junot Diaz is scheduled to be released on September 11. The stories focus on Yunior, a Dominican-born writer living in New Jersey, a character who was introduced in Diaz's first short story collection and was the principal narrator of "...

"Planet Barbecue" by Steven Raichlen

Labor Day marks the end, or at least the twilight, of grilling season, so why not go out with a bang? When I really want to wow barbeque guests, I always turn to the book "Planet Barbecue!" for interesting recipes and advice from grilling expert Steven Raichlen. "Planet Barbecue!" is a survey of the...

"Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City" by Guy Delisle

Illustrator Guy Delisle has lived in some of the world's most politically charged locales, including North Korea, Burma and China. His latest graphic novel, J...

A Lifetime of Romance

The Romance Writers of America is a national nonprofit association founded in 1981 to assist career romance writers. RWA hosts an annual conference and sponsors several literary awards to promote excellence in the romance genre. The RITA Awards recognize outstanding published romances in multiple categories. The Golden Heart Awards choose unpublished manuscripts of merit. The RWA also offers a lifetime achievement award named for romance powerhouse...

"Gunmetal Magic" by Ilona Andrews

 

Ilona Andrews is the husband/wife author team of the successful urban fantasy series featuring Kate Daniels. Their new offering, "Gunmetal Magic," continues in Kate's world. However, it features shapeshifter Andrea Nash who is still reeling from being kicked  out of the Order of Knights of Merciful Aid. She is hired by Kate Daniels to do investigative work for the Cutting Edge. Both...

Romance is in the Air

Are you suffering from the following maladies?

  • Smell the roses-this isn't just a phrase to you, it's a way of life, a mantra. You can sniff the breed of flower from a thousand paces.
  • Head in the clouds-there's no fog except the one in your brain. You keep sighing and staring off into space.
  • Hot Flush-you get all warm when you think of your beloved, like you're standing at the mouth of a volcano.

If you responded "Yes!" to any one of these, romance is in your life. August is National Romance Awareness Month, and it's time to educate yourself...

"Kasher in the Rye" by Moshe Kasher

Kasher in the Rye : The True Tale of a White Boy From Oakland Who Became a Drug Addict, Criminal, Mental Patient, and Then Turned 16, is unlike any biography I've ever read. 

Moshe was born the Jewish hearing child of deaf parents. His early life experiences include the struggle of religious differences, sign language translations and crushing humiliation when his mother spoke aloud to...

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