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The Movie Guide by the Editors of Cinebooks

Perigee, Feb., 1998.
Hardcover, 857 pages.
ISBN: 0399523936.
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The Movie Guide
by the Editors of Cinebooks The Movie Guide provides almost 3000 detailed reviews of movies selected for excellence and/or notoriety. Each review also contains the names of the major actors and the characters they played, creative credits (director, writer, art director, music director, etc.), production information (year, length, genre, rating, color or black and white, etc.), and any academy wards or nominations the film received. Also included are ratings of one to five stars translated to without merit(1) to masterpiece (5). Listings are alphabetical by film title. The reviews are culled from CineBooks massive 40,000 review 25 volume resource The Motion Picture Guide and are "works [they] consider the outstanding achievements of world cinema, but also those films that represent key examples of a genre or have some special social cultural, or historical significance."

The Movie Guide provides an excellent collection of reviews, as well as a useful alternative title index and director index. A good reference book for movie lovers.

Lora Brody Plugged In by Lora Brody

William Morrow & Company, Jan., 1998.
Hardcover, 384 pages.
ISBN: 0688149618.
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Lora Brody Plugged In
by Lora Brody When author Lora Brody decided to write a book about small kitchen appliances, she turned to the Internet for help. She surfed over to her favorite bulletin board and posted a message, "Help, I'm writing a book about small kitchen appliances and need advice about picking the top 20. Anyone have any opinions?" The response was overwhelming: rocket scientists to electronics experts offered their help. The result was Plugged In, a compendium of the 20 best kitchen appliances which every kitchen should have: "the most useful, the most versatile, the sturdiest, the most time and energy saving, and the most apt to deliver good service in proportion to how much they cost." With easy to follow instructions and more than 375 delicious recipes, Plugged In is a handy guide for finding easy to make dishes that are full of flavor and short on preparation time. With extensive explanations and tips on the most efficient use of kitchen appliances to streamline your cooking time, Plugged In is an excellent resource which will save you both time and money.

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