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English Verbs & Essentials of Grammar for ESL Learners

English Verbs & Essentials of Grammar for ESL Learners

English Verbs & Essentials of Grammar for ESL Learners

Need extra help learning the odds and ends of the English language?  Check out English Verbs & Essentials of Grammar for ESL Learners. Author Edward Swick covers a variety of subjects including Passive Voice and Punctuation. Find what you need with real-life examples that will help you understand grammar quickly.

Looking for more books like this? Check these out: English Verbs by Loretta Gray or 2,000+ Essential English Verbs by Louise Stracke

By jperez on February 24, 2013 Categories: Adult, Books, Nonfiction

The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

The Casual Vacancy

J.K. Rowlings is a master at world-building.  But if you’ve even considered picking this book up ever since it came out, you already knew that.  Instead of illuminating a magical world that exists intersected with ours, in The Casual Vacancy she throws open the doors of the mind into a deceptively quiet village in Britain.

When family-man and friendly neighbor Barry Fairbrother dies suddenly of an aneurism, it leave an incredible number of holes in the hearts and minds of his fellow citizens of the village of Pagford.  As the village bustles to fill the “casual vacancy” left by his death on the local Parish Council, J.K. Rowlings explores the unforeseen repercussions of his death, revealing the complex relationships and inner workings of this intimate community.  Barry Fairbrother’s death is a catalyst for the building pressure between neighbors and within families, and the cracks are finally beginning to show.

As you become familiar with the characters, it reads like a sitcom of the tiny English town, one by one baring all of the residents’ petty grudges, and dark secrets.  Rowlings’ observations of human nature are bitingly sharp, often satirical, but ultimately compassionate. And despite its length, readers will be hanging on every word, waiting for the inevitable eruption.

 

By asmith

By MPPL on February 15, 2013 Categories: Adult, Books

Dotknac nieba

Dotknac nieba

Dotknac nieba

Dotknąć nieba” to jedna z najnowszych nowel Richarda Evansa.

Jej bohaterem jest 28-letni Alan Christoffers, właściciel dobrze prosperującego biznesu i szczęśliwy mąż.  Pasmo sukcesów zawodowych i powodzenie w życiu prywatnym przerwie splot niepomyślnych okoliczności. Podczas konnej przejażdżki jego żona ma wypadek.  Zmuszony zająć się sparaliżowaną kobietą, powierza prowadzenie biznesu – z fatalnym skutkiem – swojemu koledze. Gdy żona umiera, Alan pakuje plecak i wyrusza w drogę, by na nowo odszukać sens życia i nadzieję…

Książkę czyta się jednym tchem.

Richard Paul Evans – Dotknac nieba

By mgarstecki

By mariag on January 18, 2013 Categories: Adult, Books, Polish

Hot Diggity Dog:The History of the Hot Dog

Hot Diggity Dog: The History of the Hot Dog

Hot Diggity Dog: The History of the Hot Dog

Calling all dogs! Did you know that in the United States hot dogs are also called red hots? Read all about the fascinating history of the hot dog in Hot Diggity Dog.  From its 1860′s arrival in America to extreme eating contest, reading this book just might make you hungry. 

 Books you may also like: Science Experiments You Can Eat by Vicki Cobb, The United States Cookbook: fabulous foods and fascinating facts from all 50 states

By jperez on December 1, 2012 Categories: Books, Food and Drink, Nonfiction, Youth

Food Network Magazine. 1,000 Easy Recipes: Super Fun Food for Every Day

Food Network Magazine.  1,000 Easy Recipes:  Super Fun Food for Every Day

Food Network Magazine. 1,000 Easy Recipes: Super Fun Food for Every Day

Quick, easy and delicious recipes compiled in one easy-to-read cookbook – just what a busy chef needs!  This collection includes breakfast, appetizer, main course, drink and dessert recipes to suit every taste and schedule.  The mix and match format of the book makes it “super fun” to use!  This reviewer recommends trying one of the 35 crostini recipes – yum!

 You may also like: Now eat this! : 150 of America’s favorite comfort foods, all under 350 calories / Rocco DiSpirito

By bcorrigan

By MPPL on November 21, 2012 Categories: Adult, Books, Food and Drink, Nonfiction

La sombra del viento: una novela por Carlos Ruiz Zafón

La gran orquesta de animales

La sombra del viento por Carlos Ruiz Zafón es un laberinto que a Borges le haría orgulloso.  Sigan los pasos de Daniel Sempere, hijo de un vendedor de libros, cuyo destino cambiará para siempre al encontrar un libro maldito escondido en el Cemetario de los Libros Olvidados.   Entréguense a la investigación sobre las misteriosas circunstancias alrededor de este libro que se lleva por las calles antiguas de Barcelona del año 1950.  La trama se despliega como una rompecabeza y con las revelaciones de cada personaje descubran una historia aun más compleja de amor, suspenso e intriga. 

   By asmith

By MPPL on November 12, 2012 Categories: Adult, Books, Fiction

Deadline by Chris Crutcher

Deadline by Chris Crutcher

Deadline by Chris Crutcher

Imagine going to the doctor and finding out you only have 1-year to live and keeping it a secret. Deciding not to undergo any type of treatment for his rare disease, Ben Wolf decides instead to make a mark in his small town of Trout, Idaho. Ben’s plan is to petition for the name change of Main Street to Malcolm X all while frustrating his biased history teacher. Follow Ben, star cross-country runner turned football player in his humorous yet realistic world as he manages to keep his life as “normal” as possible in Deadline.

 Books you may also like: Speak by Laurie Anderson, Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, The Pact by Jodi Picoult, The Fault in our Stars by John Green

 

By jperez on October 20, 2012 Categories: Books, Fiction, Young Adult

ME LLAMO… Juan Pablo II por Jan W. Góra

Una de las más tiernas historias del Papa Juan Pablo Segundo contada como autobiografía. Esta historia nos lleva desde su infancia, su lugar de origen, su nombramiento como Papa, su momentos más importante y los difíciles hasta su muerte.

Este libro cuenta con hermosas ilustraciones al igual que una tabla cronológica que permite identificar acontecimientos de la historia relacionados con la vida y época del Papa Juan Pablo Segundo.

ME LLAMO… Juan Pablo II  es un libro de la serie ME LLAMO… una colección juvenil de biografías de personajes universales.

By hmarroquin on October 11, 2012 Categories: Books, Nonfiction, Youth

The World According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney

The world according to Humphrey

The world according to Humphrey

Humphrey has a pretty good life as a class pet in Room 26.  He gets to learn right along with the students and he gets to go home with each of them on weekends.  All is good until classroom teacher, Mrs. Brisbane, returns from a long absence and declares her dislike of small, furry creatures.  Uh oh!  Humphrey’s situation is in jeopardy unless he can show Mrs. Brisbane what a likeable, helpful creature he is.

 

By bcorrigan

By MPPL on September 19, 2012 Categories: Books, Fiction, Youth

Sudden Fiction Latino

Suddent Fiction Latino, an anthology is a veritable smorgasbord of short fiction and even shorter micros.   The authors are a wide mix of U.S. Latinos and Latin Americans, from the iconic: Gabriel García Márquez, Isabel Allende, Jorge Luis Borges, to the acclaimed: Junot Díaz, Sandra Cisneros, Roberto Bolaño, and the talents of the future: Andrea Saenz, Daniel Alarcón, Alicita Rodriguez.  All of the pieces are in English, whether originally written so, or translated from Spanish.  The collection flows intuitively, as opposed to being linked by any central themes, jumping from pieces that are hilarious to heart-breaking, fantastical to earthy.  It is an enjoyable read not only for Latin Americans and Latinos, but for anyone who appreciates an honest look at our shared humanity, and a transcendent glimpse at literature emerging in the 21st century.

 

By asmith

By MPPL on September 3, 2012 Categories: Adult, Books, Fiction