The Crafty Reader
“I believe that it is in our interest as individuals to become crafty readers, and in the interest of the nation to educate citizens in the craft of reading. The craft, not the art. . . . This book is about that craft.”—from the Introduction This latest book from the well-known literary critic Robert Scholes presents his thoughtful exploration of the craft of reading. He deals with reading not as an art or performance given by a virtuoso reader, but as a craft that can be studied, taught, and learned. Those who master the craft of reading, Scholes contends, will justifiably take responsibility for the readings they produce and the texts they choose to read. Scholes begins with a critique of the New Critical way of reading (“bad for poets and poetry and really terrible for students and teachers of poetry”), using examples of poems by various writers, in particular Edna St. Vincent Millay. He concludes with a consideration of the strengths and weaknesses of the fundamentalist way of reading texts regarded as sacred. To explain and clarify the approach of the crafty reader, the author analyzes a wide-ranging selection of texts by figures at the margins of the literary and cultural canon, including Norman Rockwell, Anaïs Nin, Dashiell Hammett, and J. K. Rowling. Throughout his discussion Scholes emphasizes how concepts of genre affect the reading process and how they may work to exclude certain texts from the cultural canon and curriculum.
1 2 3 Quilt
In this follow-up to 1, 2, 3 Sew, expert seamstress and craft blogger Ellen Luckett Baker shares her fun building-block approach to quilting. Organized by quilting shapes—squares, triangles, hexagons, circles, flowers, stars, and diamonds—this easy-to-follow guide provides a simple way to master the elements of quilt design. Twenty-four projects progress in difficulty, allowing readers to develop technical skills as they work through the book. From the minimal Argyle Apron to the stylish Hexagon Handbag and more intricate Star Quilt, these modern, bright designs will appeal to beginning and intermediate quilters alike.
Felt Christmas Decorations
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It s Ugly Out There
Jenny and Vicky are super-cute girls who are willing to do almost anything to be the center of attention--the third wheel of the group is the too-tall, plain Karine, who is in love with Dan and remains oblivious to the nasty tricks her so-called friends are playing on her in order to nip her romance in the bud. Original.
Cool Layer Cakes
Cool Layer Cakes is the perfect book to inspire and encourage keen amateur and professional bakers alike to take layer cakes to new heights and to inject a little bit of personality into their creations. In this book you will be guided by fully illustrated step-by-steps, through the basics required for a successful layer cake, including essential equipment, core recipes, decoration techniques, and insider tricks of the trade to create a professional finish. With 50 amazing, gorgeous, and fun layer cake projects, whether it is dressing up a tea time cake for guests or transforming multi layers into a show stopper celebration cake, Cool Layer Cakes provides a fresh spin on our favorite of cake treats. Taking ideas from diverse areas such as fashion and art, you will be encouraged to think about color palettes, textures, and patterns in order to create designs which are stylish and contemporary. You will develop your own style and, armed with essential tips, be enabled to design layer cakes that taste and look absolutely stunning.
101 Things to Do with a Cake Mix
Move over Betty Crocker--101 Things to Do With a Cake Mix will amaze your friends and leave them Jell-O green with envy! From Snickers Surprise Cookies to Christmas Rainbow Poke Cake, it's the best thing to happen in the kitchen since your last romantic rendezvous! So what are you waiting for? Grab a cake mix, whip up some goodies, and throw some flour on your face so it looks like you spent days in the kitchen.
Treat Em Right
70 tasteful notes to let your volunteers know how much they're appreciated! This place would be a zoo without our terrific volunteers (add animal cookies). We are nuts about our volunteers! (add a package of nuts). Corny, sure! But fun and effective. Notes are printed four-up on a page for convenient reproduction. Just add a tasty treat to complete the message of appreciation.
Megan s Island
From critically acclaimed author Willo Davis Roberts comes an Edgar Award–winning classic mystery about a twelve-year-old girl on the run with her family. Pack up and leave? Tonight? When Megan has just one week of school left before summer vacation? Something doesn’t seem right. Megan is used to moving. After all, she’s moved a dozen times in her twelve years. But this time, something is different. They’re leaving in the middle of the night, and Megan doesn’t even have a chance to say good-bye to her best friend. What’s worse, Megan can tell her mother is frightened. It’s almost as if they’re running away from something. But from what?
Living next door to a darkened amusement park, brothers Rick and Kenny become involved in a mystery that starts when their mother is kidnapped.
Way Past Bedtime
Little Joseph turns into a bedtime super-sleuth as he tries to solve the mystery of what happens after the lights go out in this fun spin on classic bedtime stories. Bedtime is Joseph’s least favorite time of day. When his parents tuck him in at night, Joseph imagines all kinds of things that he’s missing out on: big parties, hot-fudge fountains, exotic animals, and more. But there is only one way to find out if what he imagines is actually true—and bedtime super-sleuth Joseph is determined to discover what happens way past bedtime.