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The Millennium Champagne & Sparkling Wine Guide by Tom StevensonDK, October 1998.
Trade Paperback, 224 pages.
What must any wine lover have before the dawning of the new Millennium? Why, an excellent Champagne and sparkling wine guide compiled and edited by Champagne critic and expert Tom Stevenson, who edited the Sunday Telegraph Good Wine Guide for five years. Stevenson's handy guide book contains Champagne and sparkling wine listings, advice on how to serve wine and a list of North American vineyards and wineries. Each Champagne and wine listing contains the name, the price range, the right time to drink the wine and a ranking of the wine with the guide's 100 point system. The book also includes a history of champagne, reviews and pictures of the best Champagne houses and blank forms for making tasting notes and instruction on how to use them. A comprehensive resource which no Champagne and sparkling wine lover should be without.
Stars and Planets by Ian RidpathDK, September 1998.
Trade Paperback, 224 pages.
Stars and Planets is a comprehensive reference guide to the night sky for both beginning and advanced amateur astronomers. The book is divided into three sections: the solar system, the constellations and a monthly sky guide. The solar system section contains descriptions of the planets, the Sun and the Moon, and information about asteroids and other heavenly bodies. It also includes advice on how and where to find them. The constellation section contains charts and descriptions of 88 constellations and highlights important features of each. It also details the equipment needed to view the constellations and the best times of the year for observation. The monthly sky guide section contains charts and descriptions of what to look for during each month of the year. Additional charts show the sky as seen from Northern and Southern latitudes. The book also includes a reference on binoculars and telescopes and a glossary of astronomy terms.
Stars and Planets is full of space facts, detailed colored charts, pictures and photographs. An excellent and indispensible resource for star gazers, students and lovers of astronomy.
Who Ordered the Jumbo Shrimp? by Jon AgeeHarpercollins, October 1998.
Hardcover, 80 pages.
Who Ordered the Jumbo Shrimp? is a very funny collection of Far-Side style cartoons based on oxymorons. Each oxymoron has been captured in a hilarious cartoon by cartoonist, Jon Agee. The cartoons mimic the convoluted nature of the oxymoron including well-known oxymorons such as daybed, rock opera, poor little rich girl, working vacation and summer school. For example, the cartoon for the "Poor Little Rich Girl" oxymoron pictures a rich girl sitting on a stool reading a copy of Vogue. Next to here is a sign stating "Haven't had decent caviar in two days...Please help. $50, $100, $500. Visa & Amex accepted." A great gift for lovers of cartoons and of the English language.
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