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Similes Dictionary

Author : Elyse Sommer
ISBN : 9781578594696
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Whether it invokes hard work or merely a hen-house, a good simile is like a good picture—it's worth a thousand words. Packed with more than 16,000 imaginative, colorful phrases—from “abandoned as a used Kleenex” to “quiet as an eel swimming in oil”—the Similes Dictionary will help any politician, writer, or lover of language find just the right saying, be it original or banal, verbose or succinct. Your thoughts will never be "as tedious as a twice-told tale" or "dry as the Congressional Record." Choose from elegant turns of phrases “as useful as a Swiss army knife” and “varied as expressions of the human face”. Citing more than 2,000 sources—from the Bible, Socrates, Shakespeare, Mark Twain, and H. L. Mencken to popular movies, music, and television shows—the Similes Dictionary covers hundreds of subjects broken into thematic categories that include topics such as virtue, anger, age, ambition, importance, and youth, helping you find the fitting phrase quickly and easily. Perfect for setting the atmosphere, making a point, or helping spin a tale with economy, intelligence, and ingenuity, the vivid comparisons found in this collection will inspire anyone.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

The Elements Of Expression

Author : Arthur Plotnik
ISBN : 9781936740246
Genre : Reference
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More than ever in this completely updated edition, The Elements of Expression helps word users "light up the cosmos or the written page or the face across the table" as they seek the radiance of expressiveness—the vivid expression of thoughts, feelings, and observations. Nothing kills radiance like the murky, generic language dominating today's talk, airwaves, and posts. It tugs at our every sentence, but using it to express anything beyond the ordinary is like flapping the tongue to escape gravity. The Elements of Expression offers an adventurous and inspiring flight into words that truly share what's percolating in our minds. Here writers, presenters, students, bloggers—even well intentioned "Mad Men"—will discover language to convey precise feelings, move audiences, delight and persuade. No snob or scold, the acclaimed word-maven Arthur Plotnik explores the full range of expressiveness, from playful "tough talk" to finely wrought literature, with hundreds of rousing examples. Confessing that we are all "like a squid in its ink" when first groping for luminous expression, he shines his amiable wit on the elements leading, ultimately, to language of "fissionable intensity."
Category: Reference

101 Things You Say All The Time

Author : Charles Adams
ISBN : 9781462847556
Genre : Humor
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We all use these expressions to a greater or lesser extent because they are helpful. They constitute a kind of verbal shorthand by which we can express our intentions and our emotions. We are “on cloud nine” or “in the pink.” We are “under the weather” or “at sixes and sevens.” Sometimes “things pan out,” or they just aren’t “up to snuff.”We know what we mean when we say these things, but we don’t always know what we’re talking about. How did these expressions come into the language? What are we really saying when we’re “happy as a clam” or “three sheets to the wind”?This book intends to give you some of the answers—while at the same time letting you have some fun. Three possible explanations as to origin are given for each commonly used expression. Only one is correct, and a number on the page that follows will tell you which one it is. The other two are simply fabrications, which I made up to confuse you.See if you can figure out which is which. See if you can “separate the wheat from the chaff.”CFA
Category: Humor

The Adventures Of Carrie The Koala And Karl The Kangaroo

Author : Douglas Mendel
ISBN : 9781491718315
Genre : Fiction
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"The Adventures of Carrie the Koala and Karl the Kangaroo" are about two Marsupials in Australia that take a bus ride from a city to the end of the line in The Outback for an amazing adventure of living, growing, learning and experiencing all that life has to offer beyond their wildest and crazy dreams. Karl's dream of learning to fly and surf definitely sets him apart from his other Kangaroo buddies as he explores the skies and oceans off the coast of Port Augusta, Australia. Carrie's dreams come to fruition as she learns that she doesn't have to fit the self-imposed confines of what a Koala has to live by. There is no other book that captures the imagination and soul of two Marsupials that start their adventure on the outskirts of a city, take a bus to the end of the line and start their incredible journey of self-discovery through dreams, sharing, living, growing and meeting other interesting animals and humans along their journey!
Category: Fiction

The Gin Chowder Club

Author : Nan Rossiter
ISBN : 9780758272126
Genre : Fiction
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Set against the beautiful backdrop of Cape Cod, The Gin & Chowder Club is an eloquent, tender story of friendship, longing, and the enduring power of love. . . The friendship between the Coleman and Shepherd families is as old and comfortable as the neighboring houses they occupy each summer on Cape Cod. Samuel and Sarah Coleman love those warm months by the water; the evenings spent on their porch, enjoying gin and tonics, good conversation and homemade clam chowder. Here they've watched their sons, Isaac and Asa, grow into fine young men, and watched, too, as Nate Shepherd, aching with grief at the loss of his first wife, finally found love again with the much younger Noelle. But beyond the surface of these idyllic gatherings, the growing attraction between Noelle and handsome, college-bound Asa threatens to upend everything. In spite of her guilt and misgivings, Noelle is drawn into a reckless secret affair with far-reaching consequences. And over the course of one bittersweet, unforgettable summer, Asa will learn more than he ever expected about love--the joys and heartache it awakens in us, the lengths we'll go to keep it, and the countless ways it can change our lives forever. . . "Eloquent and surprising. . .I loved this story of faith, love, and the lasting bonds of family." --Ann Leary, author of Outtakes from a Marriage "Nostalgic and tender. . .summons the passion of first love, the pain of first loss, and the unbreakable bonds of family that help us survive both." --Marie Bostwick, New York Times Bestselling Author
Category: Fiction

Dogs Don T Bite When A Growl Will Do

Author : Matt Weinstein
ISBN : 0399530487
Genre : Self-Help
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Complemented by charming photographs, a collection of canine wisdom demonstrates how human can benefit from a dog's approach to life in our relationships with others, explaining how such canine traits as sincerity, loyalty, a devotion to fun, and an open display of love can serve as examples. Reprint.
Category: Self-Help

A Treasured Collection Of Literary Works

Author : Marlene E. Purvis
ISBN : 9781477162248
Genre : Poetry
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This book is a joy to read, whether you like to sit curled up on your favorite chair, or like to read a little at a time on a road trip this book is the one for you. It will make you smile, laugh and even cry a little it's all about life and it's ups downs and inbetweens. Great book of lifes treasured moments. --Susan McCormick Based on the readings. they kept me very captivated and interested. It was nice to sit down and read and also learn more about the writer. I hope in the very near future the author will come up with more poetry. All in all, enjoyed it very much --Sandie Burkland
Category: Poetry

Now You Know Absolutely Everything

Author : Doug Lennox
ISBN : 9781459724785
Genre : Reference
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This bundle presents Doug Lennox’s popular trivia book series in its entirety. These books will provide years and years of fun, with countless questions to be asked and tons of knowledge to be learned. The books cover general trivia but also such topics as sports (baseball, hockey, football, golf, soccer, among others), Christmas and the Bible, disasters and harsh weather, royal figures, crime and criminology, important people in Canada’s history, and so much more! Along the way we find out the answers to such questions as: Why do the British drive on the left and North Americans on the right? What football team was named after a Burt Reynolds character? Who started the first forensics laboratory? Which member of the British royal family competed at the Olympics? Lennox’s exhaustive series is fun for all ages. Includes Now You Know Now You Know More Now You Know Almost Everything Now You Know, Volume 4 Now You Know Big Book of Answers Now You Know Christmas Now You Know Big Book of Answers 2 Now You Know Golf Now You Know Hockey Now You Know Soccer Now You Know Football Now You Know Big Book of Sports Now You Know Baseball Now You Know Crime Scenes Now You Know Extreme Weather Now You Know Disasters Now You Know Pirates Now You Know Royalty Now You Know Canada’s Heroes Now You Know The Bible
Category: Reference

Now You Know Giant Trivia Bundle

Author : Doug Lennox
ISBN : 9781459724747
Genre : Reference
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Presenting five books in Doug Lennox’s popular and exhaustive trivia series. Throughout these books you will find and astound your friends and family with such questions (and the answers to them, of course) as: Why do the British drive on the left and North Americans on the right? Exactly how long is a "moment" or a "jiffy"? Why is a military dining hall called a "mess"? Where did the word "Canuck" come from? He even takes on the subject of Christmas in all its festive glory. Lennox dispenses knowledge concisely in this fun, fascinating series which will provide hours and hours of enjoyment. Includes Now You Know Now You Know More Now You Know Almost Everything Now You Know, Volume 4 Now You Know Christmas
Category: Reference

The Year S Best Science Fiction Nineteenth Annual Collection

Author : Gardner Dozois
ISBN : 9781429903820
Genre : Fiction
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The twenty-first century has so far proven to be exciting and wondrous and filled with challenges we had never dreamed. New possibilities previously unimagined appear almost daily . . . and science fiction stories continue to explore those possibilities with delightful results: Collected in this anthology are such compelling stories as: "On K2 with Kanakaredes" by Dan Simmons. A relentlessly paced and absorbing tale set in the near future about three mountain climbers who must scale the face of K2 with some very odd company. "The Human Front" by Ken MacLeod. In this compassionate coming-of-age tale the details of life are just a bit off from things as we know them-and nothing is as it appears to be. "Glacial" by Alastair Reynolds. A fascinating discovery on a distant planet leads to mass death and a wrenching mystery as spellbinding as anything in recent short fiction. The twenty-six stories in this collection imaginatively takes us far across the universe, into the very core of our beings, to the realm of the gods, and the moment just after now. Included here are the works of masters of the form and of bright new talents, including: Eleanor Arnason Chris Beckett Michael Blumlein Michael Cassutt Brenda W. Clough Paul Di Filippo Andy Duncan Carolyn Ives Gilman Jim Grimsley Simon Ings James Patrick Kelly Leigh Kennedy Nancy Kress Ian R. MacLeod Ken MacLeod Paul J. McAuley Maureen F. McHugh Robert Reed Alastair Reynolds Geoff Ryman William Sanders Dan Simmons Allen M. Steele Charles Stross Michael Swanwick Howard Waldrop Supplementing the stories are the editor's insightful summation of the year's events and a lengthy list of honorable mentions, making this book a valuable resource in addition to serving as the single best place in the universe to find stories that stir the imagination and the heart.
Category: Fiction