Simply Jesus [Audiobook]

Simply Jesus [Audiobook]
Simply Jesus: A New Vision of Who He Was, What He Did, and Why He Matters [Audiobook] by N T Wright, read by James Langton
2011 | M4B@64 kbps | 10 hrs 35 mins | 294.2MB

We have grown used to the battles over Jesus—whether he was human or divine, whether he could do miracles or just inspire them, whether he even existed. Much of the church defends tradition, while critics take shots at the institution and its beliefs. But what if these debates have masked the real story of Jesus? What if even Jesus’s defenders have been so blinded by their focus on defending the church’s traditions that they have failed to grapple with what the New Testament really teaches?

Bible scholar, Anglican bishop, and bestselling author N. T. Wright summarizes a lifetime of study of Jesus and the New Testament in order to present for a general audience who Jesus was and is. In Simply Jesus, we are invited to hear one of our leading scholars introduce the story of the carpenter’s son from Nazareth as if we were hearing it for the first time.

“Jesus—the Jesus we might discover if we really looked,” explains Wright, “is larger, more disturbing, more urgent than we had ever imagined. We have successfully managed to hide behind other questions and to avoid the huge, world-shaking challenge of Jesus’s central claim and achievement. It is we, the churches, who have been the real reductionists. We have reduced the kingdom of God to private piety; the victory of the cross to comfort for the conscience; Easter itself to a happy, escapist ending after a sad, dark tale. Piety, conscience, and ultimate happiness are important, but not nearly as important as Jesus himself.” As the church faces the many challenges of the twenty-first century, Wright has presented a vision of Jesus that more than meets them.

The Origin of Satan [Audiobook]

The Origin of Satan [Audiobook]
The Origin of Satan: How Christians Demonized Jews, Pagans, and Heretics [Audiobook] by Elaine Pagels, read by Suzanne Toren
2014 | MP3@64 kbps + MOBI | 8 hrs 23 mins | 318.45MB

From the religious historian whose The Gnostic Gospels won both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award comes a dramatic interpretation of Satan and his role on the Christian tradition. With magisterial learning and the elan of a born storyteller, Pagels turns Satan's story into an audacious exploration of Christianity's shadow side, in which the gospel of love gives way to irrational hatreds that continue to haunt Christians and non-Christians alike.

The Gnostic Gospels [Audiobook]

The Gnostic Gospels [Audiobook]
The Gnostic Gospels [Audiobook] by Elaine Pagels, read by Lorna Raver
2006 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 7 hrs 03 mins | 194.99MB

In 1945 fifty-two papyrus texts, including gospels and other secret documents, were found concealed in an earthenware jar buried in the Egyptian desert. These so-called Gnostic writings were Coptic translations from the original Greek dating from the time of the New Testament. The material they embodied - poems, quasi-philosophical descriptions of the origins of the universe, myths, magic and instructions for mystic practice - were later declared heretical, as they offered a powerful alternative to the Orthodox Christian tradition.

In a book that is as exciting as it is scholarly, Elaine Pagels examines these texts and the questions they pose and shows why Gnosticism was eventually stamped out by the increasingly organised and institutionalised Orthodox Church.

The Tenth Parallel [Audiobook]

The Tenth Parallel [Audiobook]
The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches from the Fault Line Between Christianity and Islam [Audiobook] by Eliza Griswold, read by Tavia Gilbert
2010 | MP3@64 kbps | 11 hrs 35 mins | 318.45MB

A riveting investigation of the jagged fault line between the Christian and Muslim worlds

The tenth parallel—the line of latitude seven hundred miles north of the equator—is a geographical and ideological front line where Christianity and Islam collide. More than half of the world’s 1.3 billion Muslims live along the tenth parallel; so do sixty percent of the world’s 2 billion Christians. Here, in the buzzing megacities and swarming jungles of Africa and Asia, is where the two religions meet; their encounter is shaping the future of each faith, and of whole societies as well.

An award-winning investigative journalist and poet, Eliza Griswold has spent the past seven years traveling between the equator and the tenth parallel: in Nigeria, the Sudan, and Somalia, and in Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines. The stories she tells in The Tenth Parallel show us that religious conflicts are also conflicts about land, water, oil, and other natural resources, and that local and tribal issues are often shaped by religious ideas. Above all, she makes clear that, for the people she writes about, one’s sense of God is shaped by one’s place on earth; along the tenth parallel, faith is geographic and demographic.

An urgent examination of the relationship between faith and worldly power, The Tenth Parallel is an essential work about the conflicts over religion, nationhood and natural resources that will remake the world in the years to come.

Every Man in This Village Is a Liar [Audiobook]

Every Man in This Village Is a Liar [Audiobook]
Every Man in This Village Is a Liar: An Education in War [Audiobook] by Megan Stack, read by Dana Green
2010 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 11 hrs 04 mins | 304.7MB

A few weeks after the planes crashed into the World Trade Center, journalist Megan K. Stack was thrust into Afghanistan and Pakistan, dodging gunmen, prodding warlords for information, and witnessing the changes sweeping the Muslim world.

Every Man in This Village Is a Liar is her riveting story of what she saw in the combat zones and beyond. She relates her initial wild excitement and slow disillusionment as the cost of violence outweighs the promise of democracy; she records the raw pain of suicide bombings in Israel and Iraq; and, one by one, she marks the deaths and disappearances of those she interviews.

Write Now [PDF]

Write Now [PDF]
Write Now by Daniel Anderson
2011 | PDF | 36.16MB

Daniel Anderson found that students were most engaged in his composition classes when they worked with the media-rich forms they encountered outside class, but did not find a writing guide that adequately supported both traditional, academic forms and the newer forms familiar to his students. Further, the author wanted his students to have tightly integrated video with their text to address their expectations and multiple learning styles. Motivated by these desires, Daniel Anderson wrote Write Now.

Write Now recognizes that students today often need to compose in forms that extend beyond the printed essay, but that they also need solid instruction in the fundamentals of rhetoric and the composing process. Combining a compact printed text with an innovative Pearson e-Text that includes all of the printed text plus additional project chapters and extensive media support, the Write Now package offers a flexible and engaging learning experience covering a broad range of writing projects, from academic research and argument to photo essays and multimedia presentations.

Redemption Song [EPUB]

Redemption Song [EPUB]
Redemption Song: The Ballad of Joe Strummer by Chris Salewicz
2008 | EPUB | 20.09MB

The Clash was--and still is--one of the most important groups of the late 1970s and early 1980s. Indebted to rockabilly, reggae, Memphis soul, cowboy justice, and '60s protest, the overtly political band railed against war, racism, and a dead-end economy, and in the process imparted a conscience to punk. Their eponymous first record and London Calling still rank in Rolling Stone's top-ten best albums of all time, and in 2003 they were officially inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Joe Strummer was the Clash's front man, a rock-and-roll hero seen by many as the personification of outlaw integrity and street cool. The political heart of the Clash, Strummer synthesized gritty toughness and poetic sensitivity in a manner that still resonates with listeners, and his untimely death in December 2002 shook the world, further solidifying his iconic status.

Music journalist Chris Salewicz was a friend to Strummer for close to three decades and has covered the Clash's career and the entire punk movement from its inception. With exclusive access to Strummer's friends, relatives, and fellow musicians, Salewicz penetrates the soul of an icon. He uses his vantage point to write the definitive biography of Strummer, charting his enormous worldwide success, his bleak years in the wilderness after the Clash's bitter breakup, and his triumphant return to stardom at the end of his life. In the process, Salewicz argues for Strummer's place in a long line of protest singers that includes Woody Guthrie, John Lennon, and Bob Marley, and examines by turns Strummer's and punk's ongoing cultural influence.

Killing Yourself to Live [Audiobook]

Killing Yourself to Live [Audiobook]
Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story [Audiobook] by Chuck Klosterman, read by Patrick Lawlor
2005 | MP3@64 kbps + MOBI | 7 hrs 31 mins | 206.52MB

Building on the national bestselling success of Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs, preeminent pop culture writer Chuck Klosterman unleashes his best book yet—the story of his cross-country tour of sites where rock stars have died and his search for love, excitement, and the meaning of death.

For 6,557 miles, Chuck Klosterman thought about dying. He drove a rental car from New York to Rhode Island to Georgia to Mississippi to Iowa to Minneapolis to Fargo to Seattle, and he chased death and rock ‘n’ roll all the way. Within the span of twenty-one days, Chuck had three relationships end—one by choice, one by chance, and one by exhaustion. He snorted cocaine in a graveyard. He walked a half-mile through a bean field. A man in Dickinson, North Dakota, explained to him why we have fewer windmills than we used to. He listened to the KISS solo albums and the Rod Stewart box set. At one point, poisonous snakes became involved. The road is hard. From the Chelsea Hotel to the swampland where Lynyrd Skynyrd’s plane went down to the site where Kurt Cobain blew his head off, Chuck explored every brand of rock star demise. He wanted to know why the greatest career move any musician can make is to stop breathing...and what this means for the rest of us.

The Big Payback [Audiobook]

The Big Payback [Audiobook]
The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop [Audiobook] by Dan Charnas, read by Kevin R Free
2011 | MP3@96 kbps | 27 hrs 13 mins | 1.1GB

The Big Payback takes us from the first $15 made by a "rapping DJ" in 1970s New York to the recent multi-million-dollar sales of the Phat Farm and Roc-a-Wear clothing companies in 2004 and 2007. On this four-decade-long journey from the studios where the first rap records were made to the boardrooms where the big deals were inked, The Big Payback tallies the list of who lost and who won. Read the secret histories of the early long-shot successes of Sugar Hill Records and Grandmaster Flash, Run DMC's crossover breakthrough on MTV, the marketing of gangsta rap, and the rise of artist/ entrepreneurs like Jay-Z and Sean "Diddy" Combs.

300 industry veterans-well-known giants like Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons, the founders of Def Jam, and key insiders like Gerald Levin, the embattled former Time Warner chief-gave their stories to renowned hip-hop journalist Dan Charnas, who provides a compelling, never-before seen, myth-debunking view into the victories, defeats, corporate clashes, and street battles along the 40-year road to hip-hop's dominance.

Rhyme's Challenge [EPUB]

Rhyme's Challenge [EPUB]
Rhyme's Challenge: Hip Hop, Poetry, and Contemporary Rhyming Culture by David Caplan
2014 | EPUB | 1.79MB

Rhyme's Challenge offers a concise, pithy primer to hip-hop poetics while presenting a spirited defense of rhyme in contemporary American poetry. David Caplan's stylish study examines hip-hop's central but supposedly outmoded verbal technique: rhyme. At a time when print-based poets generally dismiss formal rhyme as old-fashioned and bookish, hip-hop artists deftly deploy it as a way to capture the contemporary moment. Rhyme accommodates and colorfully chronicles the most conspicuous conditions and symbols of contemporary society: its products, technologies, and personalities. Ranging from Shakespeare and Wordsworth to Eminem and Jay-Z, David Caplan's study demonstrates the continuing relevance of rhyme to poetry-and everyday life.

Cured [EPUB]

Cured [EPUB]
Cured: How the Berlin Patients Defeated HIV and Forever Changed Medical Science by Nathalia Holt
2014 | EPUB | 1.72MB

Is the end of HIV upon us? Award-winning research scientist and HIV fellow at the Ragon Institute, Nathalia Holt, reveals the science behind the discovery of a functional cure and what it means for the millions affected by HIV and the history of the AIDS pandemic.

Two men, known in medical journals as the Berlin Patients, revealed answers to a functional cure for HIV. Their cures came twelve years apart, the first in 1996 and the second in 2008. Each received his own very different treatment in Berlin, Germany, and each result spurred a new field of investigation, fueling innovative lines of research and sparking hope for the thirty-four million people currently infected with HIV. For the first time, Nathalia Holt, who has participated in some of the most fruitful research in the field, tells the story of how we came to arrive at this astounding and controversial turning point.

Holt explores the two men’s stories on a personal level, looking at how their experiences have influenced HIV researchers worldwide—including one very special young family doctor who took the time to look closely at his patients—and how they responded to their medications.

Based on extensive interviews with the patients and their doctors as well as her own in-depth research, this book is an unprecedented look at how scientists pursue their inquiries, the human impact their research has, and what is and is not working in the relationship between Big Pharma and medical care.

Moon Lander [EPUB]

Moon Lander [EPUB]
Moon Lander: How We Developed the Apollo Lunar Module by Thomas J Kelly
2012 | EPUB | 2.53MB

Chief engineer Thomas J. Kelly gives a firsthand account of designing, building, testing, and flying the Apollo lunar module. It was, he writes, “an aerospace engineer’s dream job of the century.” Kelly’s account begins with the imaginative process of sketching solutions to a host of technical challenges with an emphasis on safety, reliability, and maintainability. He catalogs numerous test failures, including propulsion-system leaks, ascent-engine instability, stress corrosion of the aluminum alloy parts, and battery problems, as well as their fixes under the ever-present constraints of budget and schedule. He also recaptures the exhilaration of hearing Apollo 11’s Neil Armstrong report that “The Eagle has landed,” and the pride of having inadvertently provided a vital “lifeboat” for the crew of the disabled Apollo 13.

The Nature of Code [EPUB]

The Nature of Code [EPUB]
The Nature of Code: Simulating Natural Systems with Processing by Daniel Shiffman
2013 | EPUB | 9.48MB

How can we capture the unpredictable evolutionary and emergent properties of nature in software?
How can understanding the mathematical principles behind our physical world help us to create digital worlds?

This book focuses on a range of programming strategies and techniques behind computer simulations of natural systems, from elementary concepts in mathematics and physics to more advanced algorithms that enable sophisticated visual results. Readers will progress from building a basic physics engine to creating intelligent moving objects and complex systems, setting the foundation for further experiments in generative design.

Subjects covered include forces, trigonometry, fractals, cellular automata, self-organization, and genetic algorithms.

The book's examples are written in Processing, an open-source language and development environment built on top of the Java programming language.

Sons of Guns [EPUB]

Sons of Guns [EPUB]
Sons of Guns: Straight-Shootin' Stories from the Star of the Hit Discovery Series by Will Hayden
2014 | EPUB | 7.67MB

Sons of Guns is the official tie-in to Discovery's hit show starring Will Hayden, founder and owner of Red Jacket Firearms, the Louisiana-based family business which has been called the nation's most unique custom weapons shop.

With characteristic down-home wit and wisdom, Hayden tells the stories behind some of the best episodes of the show. He talks about his all-time favorite weapons, what it takes to modify a normal, run-of-the-mill rifle into a world-class work of art, guns in America (their construction, their history, and using them responsibly), and the trials and tribulations of creating a successful family-owned firearms business.

If there's one thing folks from Louisiana can do, says Hayden, it's tell a hell of a story. Sons of Guns is the next best thing to sitting around the campfire with Hayden and his crew, listening to him recount his favorites.

Bootstrapper: From Broke to Badass on a Northern Michigan Farm [EPUB]

Bootstrapper: From Broke to Badass on a Northern Michigan Farm [EPUB]
Bootstrapper: From Broke to Badass on a Northern Michigan Farm by Mardi Jo Link
2013 | EPUB | 1.94MB

Poignant, irreverent, and hilarious: a memoir about survival and self-discovery, by an indomitable woman who never loses sight of what matters most.

It’s the summer of 2005, and Mardi Jo Link’s dream of living the simple life has unraveled into debt, heartbreak, and perpetually ragged cuticles. She and her husband of nineteen years have just called it quits, leaving her with serious cash-flow problems and a looming divorce. More broke than ever, Link makes a seemingly impossible resolution: to hang on to her century-old farmhouse in northern Michigan and continue to raise her three boys on well water and wood chopping and dirt. Armed with an unfailing sense of humor and three resolute accomplices, Link confronts blizzards and foxes, learns about Zen divorce and the best way to butcher a hog, dominates a zucchini-growing contest and wins a year’s supply of local bread, masters the art of bargain cooking, wrangles rampaging poultry, and withstands any blow to her pride in order to preserve the life she wants.

With an infectious optimism that would put Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm to shame and a deep appreciation of the natural world, Link tells the story of how, over the course of one long year, she holds on to her sons, saves the farm from foreclosure, and finds her way back to a life of richness and meaning on the land she loves.

Beyond Survivorman [EPUB]

Beyond Survivorman [EPUB]
Beyond Survivorman by Les Stroud
2013 | EPUB | 127.45MB

Secrets of survival from people in the most remote corners of the planet

Les Stroud has logged over half a million miles across the globe - from the lush jungles of Papua New Guinea and the sun-scorched sands of the Kalahari to the harsh cold of the Canadian Arctic. He has survived for weeks at a time in harsh situations and in isolated, challenging environments. Offering us a rare glimpse of some of the world's most remote cultures — such as the Sea Gypsies in Malaysia and the San Bushmen in Africa — Beyond Survivorman covers his most challenging journey of all: learning not only how to survive but also how to connect spiritually to the earth.

How to Grow Food in Your Polytunnel [EPUB]

How to Grow Food in Your Polytunnel [EPUB]
How to Grow Food in Your Polytunnel: All Year Round by Mark Gatter, Andy McKee
2010 | EPUB | 10.71MB

With all the information you need to use your polytunnel to its full potential, this book shows make the most of this precious covered space. It includes a detailed crop-by-crop guide to the growing year, dedicated chapters on growing for each season, and a sowing and harvesting calendar to help with planning. You'll be harvesting fresh crops all year round—sweet potatoes and late celery in November; winter radish, baby carrots, and celeriac in early February; and salad leaves right through the winter. Even during the “hungry gap” you'll have a choice of new potatoes, pak choi, peas, tender cabbages, beetroot, and more with the help of this essential guide.

The Art of Companion Planting with Herbs [EPUB]

The Art of Companion Planting with Herbs [EPUB]
The Art of Companion Planting with Herbs: A Little Book Full of All the Information You Need by Atlantic Publishing
2013 | EPUB | 2.64MB

Companion planting is a phrase that has taken on many meanings for today's gardeners. Within the scientific community, companion planting is also called intercropping and is a form of polyculture, which describes a method of planting species of plants together for mutual benefit, usually in agricultural situations.

This book will introduce you to the most common herbs used in companion planting, discuss the basic growing conditions, the benefits of the plants, best companion plants, and the worst companion plants. As a bonus for all types of companion planting, there is special section on feeding your garden properly to ensure it grows big and healthy, and a chapter on garden maintenance. Case studies of real stories from real people, along with a list of resources to help you learn more about companion planting in general are also included. Gardening—especially when using companion planting techniques—is a cathartic process full of learning and joy!

The Art of Companion Planting with Annuals [EPUB]

The Art of Companion Planting with Annuals [EPUB]
The Art of Companion Planting with Annuals: A Little Book Full of All the Information You Need by Atlantic Publishing
2013 | EPUB | 1.53MB

Companion planting is a phrase that has taken on many meanings for today's gardeners. Within the scientific community, companion planting is also called intercropping and is a form of polyculture, which describes a method of planting species of plants together for mutual benefit, usually in agricultural situations.

This book looks at the well-loved annuals that create a beautiful splash of color in any garden. Annuals come in all different sizes, types of foliage, and flower colors. Companion planting with annuals refers to the birds, insects, and butterflies that they attract for the benefit of all plants in the garden. As a bonus for all types of companion planting, there is special section on feeding your garden properly to ensure it grows big and healthy, and a chapter on garden maintenance. Case studies of real stories from real people, along with a list of resources to help you learn more about companion planting in general are also included.

Gardening—especially when using companion planting techniques—is a cathartic process full of learning and joy!

The Art of Companion Planting with Bulbs, Tubers and Rhizomes [EPUB]

The Art of Companion Planting with Bulbs, Tubers and Rhizomes [EPUB]
The Art of Companion Planting with Bulbs, Tubers and Rhizomes: A Little Book Full of All the Information You Need by Atlantic Publishing
2013 | EPUB | 1.32MB

Companion planting is a phrase that has taken on many meanings for today's gardeners. Within the scientific community, companion planting is also called intercropping and is a form of polyculture, which describes a method of planting species of plants together for mutual benefit, usually in agricultural situations.

This book will introduce you to a variety of common bulbs, tubers and rhizomes used in companion planting, discuss the basic growing conditions, the benefits of the plants, and the best companion plants. As a bonus for all types of companion planting, there is special section on feeding your garden properly to ensure it grows big and healthy, and a chapter on garden maintenance. Case studies of real stories from real people, along with a list of resources to help you learn more about companion planting in general are also included.

Gardening—especially when using companion planting techniques—is a cathartic process full of learning and joy!

The Art of Companion Planting with Shrubs, Bushes and Vines [EPUB]

The Art of Companion Planting with Shrubs, Bushes and Vines [EPUB]
The Art of Companion Planting with Shrubs, Bushes and Vines: A Little Book Full of All the Information You Need by Atlantic Publishing
2012 | EPUB | 1.34MB

Companion planting is a phrase that has taken on many meanings for today's gardeners. Within the scientific community, companion planting is also called intercropping and is a form of polyculture, which describes a method of planting species of plants together for mutual benefit, usually in agricultural situations.

This book will introduce you to companion planting with shrubs, bushes and vines. It will also explain the wildlife they attract, the shade they can provide, as well as aspects like the color, size, and shape of the plant as to how well it will fit into your garden. As a bonus for all types of companion planting, there is special section on feeding your garden properly to ensure it grows big and healthy, and a chapter on garden maintenance. Case studies of real stories from real people, along with a list of resources to help you learn more about companion planting in general are also included. Gardening—especially when using companion planting techniques—is a cathartic process full of learning and joy!

The Art of Companion Planting with Vegetables [EPUB]

The Art of Companion Planting with Vegetables [EPUB]
The Art of Companion Planting with Vegetables: A Little Book Full of All the Information You Need by Atlantic Publishing
2012 | EPUB | 1.55MB

Companion planting is a phrase that has taken on many meanings for today's gardeners. Within the scientific community, companion planting is also called intercropping and is a form of polyculture, which describes a method of planting species of plants together for mutual benefit, usually in agricultural situations.

This book offers an in-depth look at how to plant various vegetables and the best and worst companion plants to go with them. As a bonus for all types of companion planting, there is special section on feeding your garden properly to ensure it grows big and healthy, and a chapter on garden maintenance. Case studies of real stories from real people, along with a list of resources to help you learn more about companion planting in general are also included. Gardening—especially when using companion planting techniques—is a cathartic process full of learning and joy!

Pruning, Training, and Tidying: Bob's Basics [EPUB]

Pruning, Training, and Tidying: Bob's Basics [EPUB]
Pruning, Training, and Tidying: Bob's Basics by Bob Flowerdew
2012 | EPUB | 4.29MB

What sets Bob Flowerdew’s Pruning, Training, and Tidying apart from other books on the subject is that it does not advise pruning every single plant in your garden. Rather, as Flowerdew puts it, this guide explains the simplest basics of pruning, and how to get admirable results without obsessing over the growing pattern of every plant.

Whatever you are growing, and whatever your garden looks like, Pruning, Training, and Tidying will help you to keep your garden beautiful and functional.

Companion Planting: Bob's Basics [EPUB]

Companion Planting: Bob's Basics [EPUB]
Companion Planting: Bob's Basics by Bob Flowerdew
2012 | EPUB | 6.21MB

According to Flowerdew, the key to successful organic gardening is working with nature, rather than against it, to get your plants to thrive. This practice is called companion planting, and it is explained in this volume with a style that is both no-nonsense and reader-friendly. Topics range from plants that compete for nutrients to plants that enrich their soil for future crops. Gardeners of all levels will learn from Companion Planting and their gardens will benefit from happy and healthy plants.

Weeding Without Chemicals: Bob's Basics [EPUB]

Weeding Without Chemicals: Bob's Basics [EPUB]
Weeding Without Chemicals: Bob's Basics by Bob Flowerdew
2012 | EPUB | 5.39MB

The nuisance caused by weeds sprouting in your otherwise thriving garden may make you want to reach for the herbicide, but as Flowerdew writes in this installment of his Bob’s Basics series, weed control can be much more simple, inexpensive, and eco-friendly without chemical intervention.

Because every weed is best removed with a different method, Weeding Without Chemicals begins with a discussion of the various weed categories. No matter what sort of weed is plaguing your garden, Bob has a chemical-free way to keep it under control.

Simple Green Pest and Disease Control: Bob's Basics [EPUB]

Simple Green Pest and Disease Control: Bob's Basics [EPUB]
Simple Green Pest and Disease Control: Bob's Basics by Bob Flowerdew
2012 | EPUB | 18.4MB

One of the biggest challenges of growing an organic garden is keeping away pests and diseases without using harmful pesticides. But as Bob illustrates in this necessary guide for any organic gardener, it is possible to keep your garden chemical-, pest-, and disease-free all at once.

A master at growing organic produce, Flowerdew outlines the best natural methods, from building effective physical barriers and pest traps out of plants and recycled materials to using such natural pest predators as birds, reptiles, and even other bugs.

Composting: Bob's Basics [EPUB]

Composting: Bob's Basics [EPUB]
Composting: Bob's Basics by Bob Flowerdew
2012 | EPUB | 4.28MB

The best fertilizer for your organic garden is compost. It’s easy to make, economically friendly, and teeming with nutrients. In this highly useful installment of his Bob’s Basics series, Bob Flowerdew takes you through all the steps necessary to make a rich compost pile best suited to your needs. Composting is a highly comprehensive guide that goes over all the steps, from building a bin to collecting material to maintaining and adding to the finished product.

Sowing, Planting, Watering, and Feeding: Bob's Basics [EPUB]

Sowing, Planting, Watering, and Feeding: Bob's Basics [EPUB]
Sowing, Planting, Watering, and Feeding: Bob's Basics by Bob Flowerdew
2012 | EPUB | 4.1MB

You most likely already know that nurturing a planted seed is necessary for growing a healthy plant. But how do you know the right amount of water to give? What are the best kinds of organic fertilizers? How can you plant a seed to set it on the right track for optimal growth? In Sowing, Planting, Watering, and Feeding, Bob Flowerdew guides you through these and other quandaries, and provides practical advice for dodging common mistakes gardeners make when nurturing their seedlings.

Sewing Machine Secrets [EPUB]

Sewing Machine Secrets [EPUB]
Sewing Machine Secrets: The Insider's Guide to Mastering Your Machine by Nicole Vasbinder
2013 | EPUB | 10.58MB

Get the most out of your sewing machine and learn tips and tricks from an expert!
Sewing Machine Secrets is an indispensable resource for sewers of all levels, showing you how to choose, use, and maintain your sewing machine, master essential sewing techniques, and learn handy tips along the way.

The book is divided into two sections. Section one provides an overview of each type of sewing machine, instructions on how to use it, and detailing its advantages and limitations, necessary accessories and optional accessories, parts, and maintenance.

Section two uses a more technique-based approach, identifying the most versatile and commonly used presser feet and providing step-by-step techniques for all the results you can achieve using them.

Sewing Machine Secrets will teach you the tried and tested tricks you need to get the most out of your machine.

Herbs! Creative Herb Garden Themes and Projects [EPUB]

Herbs! Creative Herb Garden Themes and Projects [EPUB]
Herbs: Creative Herb Garden Themes and Projects by Judy Lowe
2011 | EPUB | 26.71MB

Herbs are a wildly popular choice for gardeners; they are easy to grow and preserve and they have multiple benefits. Herbs add flavor to your recipes; enhance grilled meat, fish, and poultry; and can be used to make pestos, herb butters, and teas. In addition to the flavor benefits, herbs are used as a natural source for healing, and to add a fresh scent to any room.

Judy Lowe makes it easy to decide what kind of herb garden you want to grow, with this beautifully illustrated book of themed herb gardens. More than a dozen specialty herb gardens are featured with a full-color, inspirational illustration of the “planting recipe” for your theme. Gardeners won’t know where to stop, once they get started with the beauty, scent, and flavor of herbs.

Get Your House Right [EPUB]

Get Your House Right [EPUB]
Get Your House Right: Architectural Elements to Use & Avoid by Marianne Cusato, Ben Pentreath, Richard Sammons, Leon Krier
2011 | EPUB | 9.91MB

Even as oversized McMansions continue to elbow their way into tiny lots nationwide, a much different trend has taken shape. This return to traditional architectural principles venerates qualities that once were taken for granted in home design: structural common sense, aesthetics of form, appropriateness to a neighborhood, and even sustainability.

Marianne Cusato, creator of the award-winning Katrina Cottages, has authored and illustrated this definitive guide to what makes houses look and feel right—to the eye and to the soul. She teaches us the language and grammar of classical architecture, revealing how balance, harmony, and detail all contribute to creating a home that will be loved rather than tolerated. And she takes us through the do’s and don’ts of every element of home design, from dormers to doorways to columns.

Integral to the book are its hundreds of elegant line drawings—clearly rendering the varieties of lintels and cornices, arches and eaves, and displaying “avoid” and “use” versions of the same elements side by side.

The Truth About Organic Gardening [EPUB]

The Truth About Organic Gardening [EPUB]
The Truth About Organic Gardening: Benefits, Drawbacks, and the Bottom Line by Jeff Gillman
2008 | EPUB | 2.04MB

Gardeners tend to assume that any organic product is automatically safe for humans and beneficial to the environment—and in most cases this is true. The problem, as Jeff Gillman points out in this fascinating, well-researched book, is that it is not always true, and the exceptions to the rule can pose a significant threat to human health. To cite just one example, animal manures in compost can be a source of harmful E. coli contamination if imporperly treated. Gillman's contention is that all gardening products and practices—organic and synthetic—need to be examined on a case-by-case basis to determine both whether they are safe and whether they accomplish the task for which they are intended.

Ultimately, Gillman concludes, organic methods are preferable in most situations that gardeners are likely to encounter. After reading this eye-opening book, you will understand why, and why knowledge is the gardener's most important tool.

The Truth About Garden Remedies [EPUB]

The Truth About Garden Remedies [EPUB]
The Truth About Garden Remedies: What Works, What Doesn't, and Why by Jeff Gillman
2008 | EPUB | 3.31MB

Can beer make plants grow? How about buttermilk? Or music—classical or rock? Are you sure about planting trees in deep holes? And how about chasing insects with hot sauce and stopping slugs with eggshells?

Whether in ancient books, on television, or in gardening publications, remedies for all your garden woes are here for the taking: the challenge is to know what will work and what won't.

Fearlessly conducting original experiments and harvesting wisdom from the scientific literature, horticulturalist Jeff Gillman assesses new and historic advice and reveals the how and why‚ and sometimes the why not‚ for more than 100 common and uncommon gardening practices. The results will surprise even experienced gardeners.

Cottage Life's Green Bundle [EPUB]

Cottage Life's Green Bundle [EPUB]
Cottage Life's Green Bundle: Green Cottaging; Cottage Bugs; Cottage Trees & Plants by Cottage Life
2013 | EPUB | 2.42MB

Do you want to know how best to preserve the natural environment at your lakeside cottage or country retreat? This three-book bundle includes answers to questions Cottage Life readers have about being green. Green Cottaging will help you understand and maintain the cottage ecosystem for generations to come. You'll find out how to keep the lake healthy, dispose of waste safely, and ensure your septic system is operating effectively. Cottage Bugs is a fascinating collection of Q&As about the tiny critters around us, with helpful information to deal with the ones that cause problems. Cottage Trees & Plants gives you tips and practical advice on how to nurture the forest and the plants in it.

Cottage Life's Green Bundle will help you become a better steward of your favourite place by learning how to cottage smarter.

Nature's Mysteries [EPUB]

Nature's Mysteries [EPUB]
Nature's Mysteries: Strange plants, weird animals, and other natural surprises in cottage country by Cottage Life
2013 | EPUB | 2.73MB

Yes, there are some strange goings-on in the woods. Nature's Mysteries is a collection of the natural oddities cottagers encounter in the wild, from unusual plants to peculiar animal behaviour and other intriguing phenomena. Cottage Life finds the experts who can solve these mysteries--and their answers are always fascinating.

Death in Yellowstone, 2nd Edition [EPUB]

Death in Yellowstone, 2nd Edition [EPUB]
Death in Yellowstone: Accidents and Foolhardiness in the First National Park, 2nd Edition by Lee H Whittlesey
2014 | EPUB | 10.48MB

The chilling tome that launched an entire genre of books about the often gruesome but always tragic ways people have died in our national parks, this updated edition of the classic includes calamities in Yellowstone from the past sixteen years, including the infamous grizzly bear attacks in the summer of 2011 as well as a fatal hot springs accident in 2000. In these accounts, written with sensitivity as cautionary tales about what to do and what not to do in one of our wildest national parks, Whittlesey recounts deaths ranging from tragedy to folly—from being caught in a freak avalanche to the goring of a photographer who just got a little too close to a bison. Armchair travelers and park visitors alike will be fascinated by this important book detailing the dangers awaiting in our first national park.