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In Praise of Chickens provides centuries of poultry wisdom from scientists, artists, poets, philosophers, breeders, sellers, feather fanciers, and egg-coddlers through the ages. Ever wonder if chickens have their very own vocabulary, how to get hens to lay in winter, or why churches have weathervanes shaped like roosters? Can’t remember which royal court it was where the ladies hatched eggs in their bosoms? Whether you want the earliest recorded instructions on how to hypnotize a chicken, or nineteenth-century tips on sending a year’s supply of fresh eggs to your child in college, you’ll find the answer here, along with portraits of prize-winning breeds both fierce and fluffy.
In Praise of Chickens is full of information both practical and frivolous (and who can have enough of either sort?), wonderful pictures, ample poultry trivia for at least a year of dinner part or Chicken Meet-Up conversations.

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THE GARDEN OF INVENTION
A century ago, Luther Burbank was the most famous gardener on the planet. Burbank had learned the secrets of breeding and crossbreeding ordinary plants from farm and garden until they were tastier, hardier, and more productive than ever before. His name was inseparable from a cornucopia of new and improved plants — fruits, nuts, vegetables, and flowers — for both home gardens and commercial farms and orchards.

The Garden of Invention revisits a time when agriculture was moving west across the continent, when plant inventors were popular heroes, and when the public clamored for new varieties that would extend seasons, increase yields, look beautiful, or simply — and wonderfully — be different from anything seen before.

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FOOL'S GOLD
A comic novel of misplaced ambition, Fool’s Gold takes readers racing through the hill towns of Provence in search of art, fame, love, and a mysterious cache of buried treasure.

"Fool's Gold does for beautiful Provence what Faulty Towers did for quaint English hotels.”
—Christian Science Monitor

Winner, Adult Fiction Award, Society of Midland Authors (2000)

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PATENTING THE SUN: POLIO AND THE SALK VACCINE
This history of the search for a vaccine to prevent infantile paralysis recreates the terrible decades of polio epidemics and the heroic-and often combative-collaboration of scientists, politicians, private charities, parents, and children that led to the success of the Salk polio vaccine.

Winner of the L.A. Times Book Prize for Science and Technology

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ELSIE DE WOLFE: A LIFE IN THE HIGH STYLE
The definitive biography of the pioneer interior decorator who transformed good taste from an attitude into an industry.

“Absorbing, informative, rich in aesthetic detail.”
—The New York Times

“Superbly researched and skillfully narrated.”
—Smithsonian

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