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The Man Who Lost His Head (Picture Puffins)
Published in Paperback by Viking Press (April, 1989)
Authors: Claire Huchet Bishop and Robert McCloskey
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WOW I finally found a copy of it!
This was my favorite childhood book. I read this book over and over again. It is humorous and quite a tale!

One of the Great Children's Books
I can't believe this great book is out of print! Robert McLoskey's pictures are hilarious, and at the same time nostalgic. Waking up one morning to discover that his head is missing, our poor man tries various substitutes. As he visits the county fair, his friends and neighbors hardly seem to notice that he has substituted a pumpkin or a turnip for his missing head. The story's ending is safe and predictable as he finally wakes up in bed with his own head properly in place. For the sake of the current generation, I hope publishers will rediscover this lost classic

The first time my father read me this book, he fell of the chair laughing! I was right behind him!

The Snake Scientist
Published in Hardcover by Houghton Mifflin Co (01 March, 1999)
Authors: Sy Montgomery and Nic Bishop
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A unique look into one of the wonders of the world.
Sy Montgomery and Nic Bishop have managed to bring this awesome display of nature and the man who studies it to life! This book would be a wonderful addition to any household, library or school, as it describes the work of a dedicated scientist who has committed his life to understanding what we as humans can gain from the lives of garter snakes. Dr. Mason obviously loves his work and loves passing along his knowledge to others, young and old. "The Snake Scientist" is an accurate picture of an almost undescribable phenomenom.

An inspirational book for kids
This book about the adventures of Bob Mason, an Oregon State University scientist who studies snakes all over the world, is a must-read for any child (grades four to seven would be great) who loves science or nature - and a good gift idea for any parent who would like to steer their kids in that direction. Easy to read, great photography, compelling stories about snakes, science, the growth of a young boy who just started out watching nature shows on TV and turned that interest into a career as a world-class zoologist. Excellent choice!

Stunning photography
A fabulous book, replete with color photographs of the snakes. Kids will gravitate to the pictures first, and then the text will engage them in Dr. Mason's research. His comments are child-oriented, yet will not insult the older readers in the audience. Bob's stories of his childhood and career path are an added bonus to this book....and may even encourage more budding "Snake Scientists"! Well done!

One Art
Published in Hardcover by Farrar Straus & Giroux (April, 1994)
Authors: Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Giroux
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I Fell In Love With Elizabeth Bishop All Over Again!
In this amazing collection of Elizabeth Bishop's selected letters, all of the various nuances of her most personal voice --warm, intimate, keenly observant, whimsical and humorous, generous, shy, gutwrenchingly honest, decorous and demure -- come through with astonishing human clarity. Bishop's engaging and elegant epistolary style makes reading One Art almost like reading an epistolary novel. The collection certainly functions as a fascinatingly candid biography of the somewhat shy and elusive Bishop, and also provides marvelous glimpses of both her writing processes, and the contextual background against which many of her poems emerged. Mostly, though, I found myself liking Elizabeth Bishop to excess . . . her humor, her eye for detail, her weirdly shy and modest charisma, even her flaws . . . and wishing that I could have been one of her inner circle of friends receiving these wonderful letters.

Revelations of the Artist
These letters provide a fascinating insight into the poet, who was as compelling in prose as in poetry. I love Bishop's work, and I am enjoying this book!

Traditional Tuna Fishing: A Study of Satawal Central Carolina Islands (Bishop Museim Bulletin in Anthropology, I)
Published in Paperback by Bishop Museum Pr (May, 1987)
Author: Robert Gillett
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What a spiffing yarn
This is the most spiffing book I have ever read. Lots of fish, boats, water, the lot. This fellow Bob is a very fishy fellow. He must eat a lot of fish (and drink a lot of water). I do not think there is a more spiffing book available on the Amazon website. Plus it is very learned, with plenty of long words. To all you people who read this - BUY THIS BOOK! It's spiffing.

Tuna Fishing
The book is worth keeping as a future reference for the future generation of the island of Satawal. The arts of tuna fishing techniques on the island is gradually beginning to fade away.

American Society Medals: An Identification Guide: Together with Basic Criteria for Membership Qualification in Most of Those Societies Whose Me
Published in Hardcover by Bishop & Elliott Publications (January, 1998)
Authors: Lee E. Bishop, J. Robert Elliott, and Adam G. Rohloff
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An amazing resource!
This book is not out-of-print. Information about its availability may be obtained from its authors at .

This is an amazing book. Perhaps the only one of its kind. In 320 pages with 640 high resolution black & white photos, the authors cover the medals of over 200 societies.

Colonial descendant societies, Revolutionary War societies such as the Daughters/Sons of the American Revolution, Civil War societies like the Grand Army of the Republic and the Daughters of the Confederacy, are all well represented in these pages.

Medals from more obscure groups such as the Order of the White Crane and the Saint Nicholas Society of the City of New York are also represented.

The emphasis of the book is definitely on military and lineage societies rather than on Masonic or other fraternal organizations such as the Odd Fellows or Knights of Columbus.

Information about each pictured medal is included along with a potted history about the issuing society. Why the medal was issued, who it was presented to, and changes or variations if known are described.

If you have an old society medal saved as a keepsake in your family or if you have a photograph of an ancestor wearing a medal , this book may help you identify the organization to which they belonged.

Bishop As Pawn
Published in Hardcover by Andrews McMeel Publishing (March, 1994)
Author: William X. Kienzle
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slow starter but very good
I thought that this one was a slow starter but all in all a great mystery.

The Collected Prose
Published in Paperback by Noonday Press (January, 1985)
Authors: Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Giroux
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The Collected Prose
As in all of the writings by Elizabeth Bishop, The Collected Prose allows the reader to open the door into her masterfully brilliant and private world of thoughts. I took this book to the beach each night before the sun went down and read one or two of her poems ... Bishop's ability to connect our everyday actions with a deeper, higher meaning makes this book one of my all time favorites. She is truly a wonderful creator and writer!

Confessions: Books I-Xiii
Published in Paperback by Hackett Pub Co (October, 1993)
Authors: Augustine, F.J. Sheed, and Peter Robert Lamont Brown
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The best translation of St. Augustine's Confessions
Let me put it this way, and I quote another translator of this book, "You have not read 'Confessions' until you have read the Sheed translation."

Development Across the Lifespan
Published in Hardcover by Prentice Hall College Div (June, 1999)
Authors: Robert S. Feldman and Joyce Bishop
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The Most Well-Written Textbook I Have Ever Read, 5 STARS!
This author, Robert S. Feldman, is a genius. He has finally found a way to write an interesting textbook! This textbook has something for every type of learner. There are plenty of colorful illustrations and pictures for the visual learner. He includes many stories to provide examples on the topics discussed in the book, for people who need reference to some real-life examples. Also, the book is easily readable and not boring, for people who tend to fall asleep while reading books.

This book covers the processes we all go through from birth to death, so it easily relates to your own life and helps explain some things you probably never understood about yourself. I would recommend it even outside of college... it is just so interesting. There are a total of 19 chapters as listed below:

1. An Introduction to Lifespan Development
2. The Start of Life: Prenatal Development
3. Birth and the Newborn Infant
4. Physical Development in Infancy
5. Cognitive Development in Infancy
6. Social and Personality Development in Infancy
7. Physical and Cognitive Development in the Preschool Years
8. Social and Personality Development in the Preschool Years
9. Physical and Cognitive Development in Middle Childhood
10. Social and Personality Development in Middle Childhood
11. Physical and Cognitive Development in Adolescence
12. Social and personality Development in Adolescence
13. Physical and Cognitive Development in Early Adulthood
14. Social and Personality Development in Early Adulthood
15. Physical and Cognitive Development in Middle Adulthood
16. Social and Personality Development in Middle Adulthood
17. Physical and Cognitive Development in Late Adulthood
18. Social and Personality Development in Late Adulthood
19. Death and Dying

I thought the beginning chapters about children were particularly interesting. I would highly recommend this book to any parent, anyone about to become a parent, or anyone thinking about becoming a parent. The author talks about a lot of issues relating to learning and social development... something very important in life. Also, this is a new textbook published just this year so you are sure to get up-to-date information.

Eight American Poets: An Anthology
Published in Paperback by Vintage Books (March, 1997)
Authors: Joel Conarroe, Theodore Roethke, Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Lowell, John Berryman, Anne Sexton, Sylvia Plath, Allen Ginsberg, and James Merrill
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From "Six" to "Eight"
"Eight American Poets," edited by Joel Conarroe, is a fine anthology. The introduction notes that this book was "designed as a companion volume to 'Six American Poets,'" also edited by Conarroe. "Eight" follows the same plan as "Six": rather than anthologize a huge company of poets who are represented by only a few pieces each, each of Conarroe's books focuses on a relatively small group of poets, each of whom is represented by a substantial selection. Conarroe's approach allows the reader to get a fuller feel of each poet in the anthology format.

The poets of "Eight" are Theodore Roethke, Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Lowell, John Berryman, Anne Sexton, Sylvia Plath, Allen Ginsburg, and James Merrill. Each poet's work is prefaced by a substantial individual introduction.

There are many masterpieces in this book. Curiously, I found the most compelling poems to be those that focus on nature: Roethke's "The Meadow Mouse," Bishop's "The Fish," Plath's "Mushrooms," and Merrill's "The Octopus." Poems like these combine skillfully used language with keen insight, and reveal these poets to be true heirs of Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson (two of the featured artists in "Six American Poets").

Overall, I felt that "Eight" was not as strong as its sister volume, "Six." Although there are many poetic masterpieces in "Eight," there is also much material which, in my opinion, hasn't aged well. The so-called "confessional poetry" of some of these writers strikes me as overwrought. Some of the longer poems failed to resonate with me. I was particularly disappointed by Berryman's "Homage to Mistress Bradstreet," especially since I am an admirer of Anne Bradtreet's own work. Admittedly, this criticism may merely reflect my own personal tastes, but I submit it for the reader's consideration.

The fact that so many of these poets either wrote about each other, or pop up in the editor's introductions to each others' work, sometimes gives the book as a whole a creepy, incestuous feel. And the fact that so many of these poets committed suicide, had long-term mental health problems, and/or suffered from addictions further gives the book as a whole a rather morbid feel. On second thought, maybe this group of eight is a bit problematic!

Still, editor Conarroe has assembled an impressive anthology that I would recommend for students and teachers, as well as to a general readership. Although a mixed bag, "Eight American Poets" contains some truly enduring work by an octet whose legacy is secure.

Great anthology introducing readers to.........
.........the best known and loved poetry of eight well-known twentieth century American poets. Includes well known poems such as Bishop's "The Fish", Roethke's "My Papa's Waltz", Berryman's "Dream Songs", Merrill's "Lost in Translation", Sexton's "Ringing the Bells", and many others.

Like Conarroe's "Six American Poets", the anthology introduces us to each poet with a short biography that is presented before the poet's work. We learn about their lives and come to understand some of the primary forces that have shaped their poetry. I have found that this greatly enriches the experience of reading poetry because I better see the struggles that lead to each individual creation. After each collection, Conarroe offers a list of books and anthologies where each poet has been published so that we, should we wish, can come to know the work of a given poet much better.

This anthology is a wonderful starting place for someone who, like me, desires an introduction to some of the greatest American poetry ever produced. Personally, I feel, after reading this anthology that I have come to truly appreciate the work of Elizabeth Bishop and Theodore Roethke, in particular. I had never known their work well, but suddenly each jumped off the page at me, Bishop for her wonderfully vivid descriptions and Roethke for his intensely moving subjects. Plath and Sexton also really spoke to me, their work so reflecting their lives. Overall, this anthology is superbly worthwhile reading!

An arguably crazy and wonderful flock of poets
Ah, a fine comparison and contrast in studies on the eight best American confessional poets ever. Kudos to the editor on a fine choice of poems, and candid biographies on each poet. Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, Allen Ginsberg, John Berryman, Theodore Roethke, Elizabeth Bishop and the other guy, here's to you.

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