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Name That Movie! A Painless Vocabulary Builder

RRP $12.99

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"Name That Movie A Painless Vocabulary Builder: Romantic Comedy & Drama Edition" includes 300 primary vocabulary words drawn from movies popular with female students (who of course take a variety of standardized tests, including the SAT, ACT, GED, and GRE ). Cumulatively, the book will present 700 vocabulary words, including synonyms.

Here's how it works:

1. A movie quote is presented to the reader.

2. The reader identifies the movie and scene from which the quote is taken.

3. The reader writes possible definitions for each bolded vocabulary word in the quote.

4. Answer and solutions are then provided.

We capitalize not only on teens' insatiable appetite for movies but on their having to take standardized tests like the SAT or ACT

Romantic comedy and drama movies from Brian incorporates vocabulary words to help students prepare for their standardized tests include "Twilight" series, "10 Things I Hate About You, Pirates of The Caribbean" series, "Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants" series, "17 Again, The Devil Wears Prada, Harry Potter" series, "A Walk to Remember, The Notebook, Coyote Ugly, Juno, A Cinderella Story, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, 27 Dresses, High School Musical" series, "My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Titanic, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Pride and Prejudice, Save the Last Dance, Atonement, Confessions of a Shopaholic, Bring It On, Emma, August Rush, The Princes Diary" series, "Sweeney Todd, It's a Boy/Girl Thing, What Happens in Vegas, The Holiday, Mean Girls, Uptown Girls, Step Up" series, "Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, The Proposal, Ella Enchanted, Superbad, Becoming Jane, Austin Powers" series, "White Oleander, Wedding Crashers, Love Actually, Georgia Rule, Australia, Shrek" series, "He's Just Not That Into You, Adventureland, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Breakfast Club, Marlet and Me, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Music and Lyrics, Stranger Than Fiction, Mamma Mia , Underworld, Grease, Definitely, Maybe, Anchorman, Into the Wild, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Legally Blonde, Old School, Wild Child, The Shawshank Redemption, Sex in the City, The Hangover, Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Material Girls, Oceans 13, She's The Man, Moulin Rouge, She's All That, and Clueless."

Tolerance And Coexistence In Early Modern Spain

RRP $287.99

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There has been a widely-held consensus among historians that the Moriscos of Spain made little or no attempt to assimilate to the majority Christian culture around them, and that this apparent obduracy made their expulsion between 1609 and 1614 both necessary and inevitable. This book challenges that view. Assimilation, coexistence, and tolerance between Old and New Christians in early modern Spain were not a fiction or a fantasy, but could be a reality, made possible by the thousands of ordinary individuals who did not subscribe to the negative vision of the Moriscos put around by the propagandists of the government, and who had lived in peace and harmony side by side for generations. For some, this may be a new and surprising vision of early modern Spain, which for too long, and thanks in large part to the Black Legend, has been characterized as a land of intolerance and fanaticism. This book will help to rebalance the picture and show sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Spain in a new, infinitely richer and more rewarding light. Trevor J. Dadson FBA is Professor of Hispanic Studies at Queen Mary, University of London, and is currently President of the Association of Hispanists of Great Britain & Ireland. In 2008 he was elected a Fellow of the British Academy.

A Political Biography Of Thomas Paine

RRP $467.99

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Thomas Paine (1737-1809) was a radical, a revolutionary, an author and a pamphleteer. Denounced in Britain following the publication of the Rights of Man (1791), Paine's intellectual legacy is such that he is still cited in the political rhetoric of today. Speck's biography examines Paine's work in light of new thinking about the role of religion in the formation of his political ideology, and also places Paine within the context of 'Atlantic History'.

Legislative Drafter's Deskbook

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The "Legislative Drafter's Deskbook" offers practical advice and insight for those engaged in legislative drafting, those more interested in policy than drafting itself, or those interested in reading and interpreting the law. This book explains why laws are drafted the way they are.

Legislative drafting is - to the extent it is writing at all - the form of writing used for legislative measures, a category that covers original bills and resolutions as well as amendments. Ultimately, legislative drafting is the form of writing used for enacted law. The focus of this book is on legislative drafting for the Congress of the United States, but many, if not most, of the principles described here apply just as well to drafting for other legislatures.

As forms of writing go, drafting is not freewheeling like poetry, nor showy like rhetoric, nor personal like a novel. Drafting is disciplined, rigorous, and analytical. Done well, drafting can also be creative, elegant, and clever. (Unfortunately, drafting is not always done well.)

The purpose of this book is to provide practical advice on drafting to anyone who does, or may, engage in drafting, and indirectly to provide insight into the drafting process to other interested people. For example, this book is for people who are more interested in policy than in drafting, but want to understand why drafters operate the way they do. It is also for people who are more interested in reading and interpreting the law than in drafting, but want to understand why laws are drafted the way they are. It is hoped that this book will be accessible to beginners while remaining valuable to veterans.

The traditional method of training drafters is to train them on the job; the consensus is that drafting is best learned holistically, on a case-by-case basis. For that reason this book is best used as a resource, not a course. It is a supplement to, not a substitute for, the learning that comes from experience.

The author designed this book to answer the variety of questions about drafting that arise daily in the work of individuals with a professional interest in how bills, resolutions, and laws are drafted. The approach used here is pragmatic: You will find no linguistic theories or esoteric conundrums discussed here. What you will find is solid advice for everyday drafting projects.

"A masterful work. It is comprehensive and exceptionally well written. It is an essential tool for anyone who drafts legislation or interprets the law."
-- William K. Suter, Clerk of the United States Supreme Court

"An essential and indispensable book, both as a reference work and as a thorough introduction to Federal legislative drafting."
-- Frank Burk, Legislative Counsel of the United States Senate 1991-1998

"The succinct and thorough assessment of good legislative drafting techniques provides a set of 'best practices' for drafters at all levels of government."
-- Elizabeth Garrett, Sydney M. Irmas Professor of Public Interest Law, University of Southern California

"State legislative drafters will also greatly appreciate this work."
-- Bruce Feustel, Senior Fellow, NCSL

Summary of Contents
1. Being a Drafter
2. Understanding How Laws Are Made
3. Considering the Courts: Statutory Interpretation
4. Thinking Through the Policy
5. Choosing the Right Measure
6. Writing Effectively
7. Organizing and Arranging
8. Using the Right Style
9. Affecting and Amending Other Laws
10. Working in, and Working with, the Executive Branch
Back of the Book
Table of Cases
Table of Constitutional Provisions
Table of Statutes at Large
Table of Public Laws
Table of U.S. Code Sections

Complete Table of Contents online at

Painting For Performance

RRP $300.00

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Painting for Performance removes the mystery from painting and gives beginners the terms, tools, and techniques to approach their unpainted set with confidence. Covering the mechanics of paint and its many implementations in set design, this book provides simple and effective step-by-step instructions for painting a variety of surfaces to look great on stage.


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