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Gluten-Free, Hassle Free, Second Edition

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We have a celiac in our family and may have others someday since it can be hereditary so we are learning all we can about living gluten free.This book is full of information, perhaps too much information.For someone new to the gluten-free world this book would be overwhelming. There is so much from recipes, to web sites to lists of items and ingredients that it is hard to take in.I do not see this as a book to read, I see it as a reference guide. I do think the author runs some risks in naming brand name products because we've found their ingredients list can change several times a year and what is gluten-free now may not be tomorrow.I would definitely recommend this book to someone who needs a gluten-free diet but I would NOT have this be the first book I referred them to. This is sort of like advanced math - you need to build on this knowledge before you can really make use of the content presented.
Another Fork in the Trail: Vegetarian and Vegan Recipes for the Backcountry

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I was so happy to have snagged a copy of this book from Libarything since my family loves to be outdoors and we have people in our family who are limiting meat intake and also eating gluten free.Boy was this book more than I ever hoped for. With items clearly marked gluten free it has made it easy to choose recipes.The sections on drying foods - including complete meals - were so helpful and with our Excaliber food dehydrator they are super easy to do. We already dry a lot of food so this will come in very handy.I knew I was dealing with a book written by people who "know" this stuff when they mentioned that you can't always rely on finding food along the train - especially for celiacs. How right that is and you have to be one, or live with one, to really understand that.So if you are a vege, vegan or celiac and want to pack your own food for a day or for a week - GET THIS BOOK!!!!!
The Trail Hound's Handbook: Your Family Guide to Hiking with Dogs

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I received this book in the mail as part of the early reviewers program. It arrived before I even knew I had won it!This book is a wonderful reference for anyone thinking of hitting the trail with their dog. Full color and full of short, readable tips it talks about important things like sunscreen, ticks and the best way to keep from getting lost.There is also a section on how dogs noses sniff the way they do - why they are so much better at tracking than we are.This book is written very simply and clearly and would be a good gift for a child who wants to travel with their pet.Great book!!!
Legal Forms for Starting & Running a Small Business

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I received this book as part of the Early Reviewers program and every time I get a NOLA book I feel like I've won a prize - they are that good.My husband and I are both working on setting up our own businesses and the legalities of it are some of the scarier parts of what we need to do.We're not lawyers, we're just regular people, so we are afraid we won't do everything we should or that we will waste money doing things that are unnecessary.Fred S. Steingold, an attorney and the author of the book, covers everything from registering a name to having to go to court and all the stuff in between. The language is clear and easy to understand and definitely will be a good reference to use in addition to speaking with your own business lawyer.My favorite thing in this book are the sections called "Law in the Real World." These side-bars take the information presented and show you in various ways how it applies to a normal business situation. Very helpful for driving home complicated ideas.If you have a business, want to have a business or just want to learn more about how businesses work - give the Legal Guide for Starting and Running a Small Business a try. You'll be glad you did.
That Night On Thistle Lane

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I was looking for a light read to keep me company one night and I stumbled upon Carla Neggers "That Night on Thistle Lane." I was concerned that since it was the second book in a series that I might not be able to get into it, but Ms. Neggers does a very good job of catching you up quick so you know who's who and what's what.There is a touch of mystery to this book and Ms. Neggers keeps the secret hidden long enough that I wasn't able to figure it out until the very end and I really appreciated that. Along the way I got to meet Phoebe and Noah and watch them fall in love. I've always had a soft spot for librarians and smarty pants geeky guys so this definitely was the book for me.If you read "Secrets of the Lost Summer" you definitely should read this book to find out what's next. If you haven't read it, well, you'll want to after you finish "That Night on Thistle Lane." It is a light, fun read with a touch of mystery and some fine, friendly characters in a classic small town.
Estate Planning Basics

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I have been fortunate to receive several NOLO books from the LibraryThing early reviewer program and this book on estate planning is just as wonderful as the others.This book is very approachable, only a little scary and definitely worth purchasing if you own anything you care about or have any family.I say it is a little scary and that is only because the subject itself is scary - it deals with planning for a time when you are no longer you.The author speaks in plain English and keeps the legal mumbo-jumbo to himself. In places where the book may not be detailed enough for certain situations an additional reference is given for more reading.I was surprised to find that even though this book is written to apply to readers in every state, in a lot of cases the author was able to include major state variations in policy without cluttering up the subject. It's very easy to know from the title of the section if it applies to you. If you don't live in that state you skip it and move on.I am going to pass this copy on to my father who has yet to write a will or think about his estate - he seems to feel since he has little money that it isn't necessary, but perhaps in those cases it is even MORE necessary and I hope he'll understand that.Bite the bullet, pick up this book and plan for the future.
Prescription or Poison?: The Benefits and Dangers of Herbal Remedies

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I've studied herbal medicine for over 25 years now and this is the first reference book I would suggest to family members to help explain the benefits, and risks, of herbal medicine.Beginning with the demographics of herbal remedy users and running through safe, moderately safe and toxic herbal remedies plus special chapters on women's medicine, herbal/drug interactions and herbal/food interactions Prescription or Poison covers a lot of ground.It was a little disturbing to find that Black Cohosh was listed both in the safe category and the one describing herbal rememdies that cause liver damage. I did learn quite a bit about methyl salicylate (wintergreen) and how toxic it can be to children even when used as part of a muscle rub like Bengay - lock that stuff up and don't let your kids use it!If you take an herbal medicines or know someone who does - this is definitely a book to have and one to take with you on doctor's visits. I only hope they keep updating it with the newest information as it becomes available.
The TMJ Healing Plan: Ten Steps to Relieving Persistent Jaw, Neck and Head Pain

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If you are a TMD sufferer then you should definitely look into this book. I have had this for over 25 years now and if this book would have been available then I probably would be in a lot better shape now.The book explains the disorders of the TMJ and give you exercises and therapies to try to relieve the pain and suffering that go with this problem.I did try several of the things mentioned in this book but a lot of them require behavior modification and after 25 years I had limited success.Definitely for me, a long time sufferer, the exercises to relieve stress in the affected muscle groups was the most valuable part of this book.New TMD patients will benefit from the whole thing - especially the section on treatments that mostly are not effective.
How to Write a Business Plan

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I've worked with SCORE and other agencies to write business plans before but never have I had such a complete and readable reference to use while writing one.This book tells you with real world examples and in simple language what each portion of a business plan is for and why you need it (or why you don't.)Anyone starting a business of their own, or trying to reinvent an existing business, should get a copy of this book.I believe if you use this book to write a doable business plan you are halfway to success.Excellent reference!
Effective Fundraising for Nonprofits: Real-World Strategies That Work

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My husband and I are currently planning to set up a non-profit company and we have been looking for reference materials that we could understand.What we found were most of the books were written for someone other than ourselves - like lawyers, politicians, government officials - people like that.This book is written in terms we can understand. The examples given of types of fund raisers plus their plusses and misuses is wonderful. The blank worksheets in the back will also be extremely useful when the time comes to plan our fundraisers.All and all this is a great book for "regular people" who have to learn about some very specific parts of running a non-profit.Definitely a reference to keep.
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