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Colorful photographs adorn "The Travel Book," a brief visit to 230 countries. Hoping to encourage readers to travel, each page lists a short description, best time to visit, essential experiences and what to watch, eat, drink and read while you are there. Whether you have a destination in mind or just a whim, the photographs and easy arrangement of text will help you make a travel plan.

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Few may think to turn to the dusty cowboy of the ranch lands for fine art, but B. Byron Price sees a wealth of finely crafted art in the saddles and other paraphernalia of the cowboy life. His book, "Fine Art of the West," details boots, leatherwork, metalworking and saddle art. From the working saddle to the trophy, parade and presentation saddles, Price traces the influence of Spanish, Mexican and American artistry.

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Dr. Sandra McLanahan, a cardiac therapist and hatha yoga practitioner, is the author of "Dr. Yoga: A Complete Program for Discovering the Head-to-Toe Health Benefits of Yoga." After a general discussion of the health benefits of yoga and two sample practice sets, McLanahan offers specific poses for general ailments and case studies. A section on nutrition closes out the book.

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Open the "Beginner's Guide to Gardening" and you will find the North American Zone Map. Find your zone and use this book by Reader's Digest to choose the plants that are likely to survive in your area. Inside the book, chapters on soil, care-free containers, greenhouses, seasonal concerns, and weeds and pests augment those on the choosing of plants.

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Dads and fatherhood are the focus of "Big Shoes," a compilation by Al Roker and friends. Here are the thoughts, stories, reflections and personal relationships of a variety of celebrities and their fathers. Bonnie Raitt, Katie Couric, Jimmy Buffet, B.D. Wong and Jon Stewart are among the writers.

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Cutline hereSarah Vowell has taken another road trip - to the places where American presidents have been assassinated. In "Assassination Vacation," she brings her usual wit and love of history to show how these sites have been manipulated for tourism and development. The assassinations of Lincoln, Garfield and McKinley are featured.

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Mr. Pew, keeper of the Wrath lighthouse, knows many stories. When Silver is orphaned, he takes her in and begins to tell her these stories. Darkness, deceit, and passionate love are among the themes of the history of the lighthouse and eventually, Mr. Pew's stories lead Silver to her own life and love. "Lighthousekeeping" is a new novel by Jeanette Winterson.

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"The Promise," by Oral Lee Brown, tells a truly inspiring story. In 1987, she promised an entire first grade class in Oakland that if they finished high school, she would send them all to college. With a family of her own, saving the money was not easy; but when 19 of those children asked for college, Oral Lee Brown delivered. With that first class now out of college, Brown has made the same promise to several classes.

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Further essays on children's literature make up "Boys and Girls Forever," by Alison Lurie. From Cinderella to Harry Potter, Lurie examines how these authors have held on to some of the attributes of childhood in order to write so well. Louisa May Alcott, Salman Rushdie and Dr. Seuss are included.

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Dr. Siri Paiboun is the chief coroner in Laos. With hardly any budget and a boring lack of work to do, the doctor and his nurse are suddenly faced with a number of bodies slain in quick succession, and each death more mysterious than the last. Caught between the pressures of the Party and his beliefs regarding eternity, Dr. Siri seeks to serve these dead. "The Coroner's Lunch" was written by Colin Cotterill.

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