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The Family Cloister : Benedictine Wisdom for the Home
Published in Paperback by Crossroad/Herder & Herder (2000)
Author: David Robinson
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Very informative
If you use JMP and need something to fill in the statistical details omitted in the user manuals, then this is the book for you.

I have used JMP for a while, and with a basic knowledge of statistics it is a useful tool. It got to the stage where I knew that JMP was capable of doing alot more analysis than my limited knowledge of statistics would let me understand. I could get the software to carry out all manner of analyses, I just didn't always understand what the output was telling me. The book "JMP Start Statistics" starts right at the beginning and takes you all the way through to things such as multiple regression, design of experiments and statistical quality control, all the while explaining the statistics in a clear and concise manner. This book will definitely help you get more out of JMP than just the manuals, which tend to assume you already have a statistics background, would.

Knowledge-Driven Work: Unexpected Lessons from Japanese and United States Work Practices
Published in Hardcover by Oxford University Press (1998)
Authors: Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld, Michio Nitta, Betty Barret, Betty Barrett, Nejib Belhedi, Simon Sai-Chung Chow, Takashi Inaba, Iwao Ishino, Wen-Jeng Lin, and William Mothersell
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Linking Lean Manufacturing & Labor Relations
This book is an invaluable source of perspective on understanding the subtle linkage between driving world class manufacturing and human relations. Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld is clearly one of the pre-eminent scholars in the field of labor relations today and this book demonstrates his ability to diagnose and explain complex scenarios and relationships with ease and clarity.

The Cross Country Quilters
Published in Unknown Binding by Simon & Schuster (2001)
Author: Jennifer Chiaverini
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A lovely novel
Chiaverini has again written a beautiful, heartwarming story covering the lives of friends, and how women can come together over objects they create from their own hands.

An unlikely circle of women meet at Elm Creek Manor for a week-long quilt camp. As these women begin working on various projects, they realize that they are all experiencing different stresses in their lives. The women experience illness, trouble with their children and grandchildren, and work difficulties. None are extraordinary hardships - they are what women everywhere face on a daily basis. In order to help each other with their problems, the women decide to work on a challenge quilt - however, they are not permitted to start on their square until they have addressed the problems afflicting their lives.

As the book progresses, each woman is followed on her individual journey. The stories are perhaps predictable, but are told with such loving care that the reader cannot help but find themselves cheering each of these lovely people on.

The only disappointment about Cross-Country Quilters is that little time was devoted to Elm Creek Manor itself. Through Chiaverini's last two books I have grown to love the Elm Creek Quilters, and was looking forward to reading about their latest triumphs.

Overall, Cross-Country Quilters is a wonderful read and is well-recommended.

A beautiful work of women's fiction
Everyone familiar with the hobby respects the famous quilting retreat at Elm Creak Manor in Waterford, Pennsylvania. Strangers come there to camp and life long friendships have formed such as the accidental meeting of the Cross-Country Quilters who vow to return next year.

The group consists of people from a wide variety of lifestyles. Long time attendee octogenarian Vinnie has been at Elm Creek every year since it opened. Julia the actress needs to learn the art for a part. Award winning Grace suffers from a nasty medical diagnosis that has left her with a quilter's mental block. Megan earned a week at the camp as a prize from a quilting magazine and is accompanied by her cyber-friend Donna, escaping from a daughter that is worrying her to death. Even after the camp ends, the participants stay in contact encouraging, boosting, and cheering each one's triumphs.

Jennifer Chiaverini has written a special book that demonstrates the resiliency and courage of an extraordinary group of determined women. Although Elm Creek manor is not the star of the story line, it serves as they catalyst that generates the development of subplots into a cohesive tale. THE CROSS COUNTRY Quilters is a powerful women's mainstream fiction at its literary best.

Harriet Klausner

The Cross Country Quilters
It was wonderful!! My sister, Susie, told me about the books by Jennifer Chiaverini, said they were so special. She was right! I have just finished the Quilters Apprentice and have just this minute ordered Round Robin!! I can't wait to get it and dive right in. I have been quilting for about 15 years and it was exciting to read a book that named a lot of the squares I have used in my own quilts. Keep the great books coming!! I will have them all for my own collection!

Your Public Schools: What You Can Do to Help Them
Published in Hardcover by Catbird Press (1993)
Authors: Barbara J. Hansen and Philip English MacKey
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Mixed feelings
As an adult who is also cross-eyed (and named Jennifer), I have mixed feelings about this book. I read it myself when I was about five, but didn't remember anything about it except that I thought it was neat that I had the same name as her, and I remember also playing "pirate" like Jennifer Jean did.

I found the book again as a adult, and it upset me mildly. Jennifer Jean wears a patch and glasses for a few months, and then Ta-Da! Her eyes are fixed forever. Excuse me? Maybe this has happened to some people, but it certainly isn't my experience or an experience I've heard of before. I had to wear a patch for over five *years* and had multiple surgeries, and my eyes are still not normal and never will be.

I do remember liking this book when I was little, but as an adult I wonder if this could be very upsetting to a child who goes through a hell of a lot more then Jennifer Jean did and still does not have straight eyes.

I also do not like the public getting the idea that being cross-eyed is something you can just "fix" by wearing something for a few months. It is not.

A book for all Children
This book is a wonderful choice for a child suffering from a disability or for those who interact with a child who is different in some way.

My daughter was born with a lazy eye which was fixed with an operation. She also has Tourette's Syndrome which tends to draw negative attention to her.

I thought the author did a wonderful job balancing the acceptance of ones disabilities with the need of fixing or improving probelems when possible. Our different children need to feel loved just the way they are. This book conveys that message but gives encouragement to the child to do the hard things needed to be done to get better.

An excellent book with gorgeous illustrations.

Childhood favorite
I'm not sure who gave us the book or why, but I do know that to this day it is one of my favorites. It was a great story for everyone. I shared this book with my two older sisters at the time we were of ages 5-8. Then I used some of the teasing phrases to torture my sister Elizabeth Jean but now I just bought a copy to give to her as a present for her first child. I know that she will have the same fond memories of the book as I do. It is just one of those books you NEVER forget and one you always want to have on your shelf.

An Imperfect Spy (Story Sound)
Published in Audio Cassette by Ulverscroft Soundings Ltd- (1996)
Authors: Amanda Cross and Jennifer Mangan
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A little bit of mystery; a lot of whining.
What happened to the person who wrote "The James Joyce Murder?"

I can forgive Ms. Fansler for the more obscure literary references, which tend to bore the non- literature scholars, but 212 pages of whining about the plight of women! Only the choir would listen to that sermon.

Kate teaches a course at a law school
Kate and Reed are invited to teach for a semester at a mediocre law school in the city. There are no women tenured on the faculty, the only one was hit by a truck. Another faculty member's wife is in prison for shooting her abusive husband in the chest, ending a long history of abuse. The faculty made sure she got the maximum. Reed is to start a legal clinic for the students and Kate is co teaching a course on literature and the law.

This was a pretty good Fansler mystery. Kate never seems to have to teach at her own university anymore. The characters are interesting and so is the mystery. One point, the prison on Staten Island, Arthur Kill by name, does not have any women in it. Bedford Hills or Taconic in Westchester are not all that far away and would have been better choices.

Her Best...So Far
Her best and that's good

Snow Country: Mountain Homes and Rustic Retreats
Published in Hardcover by Chronicle Books (2000)
Authors: Elizabeth Claire Flood, Peter Woloszynski, and Elizabeth Clair Flood
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No wonder her own school's publishing co. would touch this!
I go to the University of Chicago, and I am working on a second Master's degree in Social Work. As one of my required courses, I had to take a statistics/measurement of outcomes class, for which I was required to create and follow through on an original project. Imagine my surprise when I came across this book, written (actually edited) by a former U of C student, Jennifer Magnabosco! I eagerly signed this book out of the Regenstein library, and took it back to my apartment to see if I could make any use of it (that is, as I was required to create an original project as part of the class requirements. I thought that I could get a good handle on how to decide on a project, set it up, follow through, etc.)

I WAS SORELY DISAPPOINTED. I gave this trash only one star because still has not made zero stars an option. I can't believe that ANYONE would have the gall to present this tripe as an entry in the critically important area of statistical measurement of outcomes in what is arguably the softest of the soft sciences, Social Work. Being able to quantify variables and defend one's position by using measurement and statistics is the one factor saving the field of Social Work from being equated to superstition, astrology or even alchemy. This work is poorly edited and organized, and for a work that claims to be one that promotes the correct usage of measurement and statistics in the Social Sciences, it is uncategorically a dismal failure. What it takes to be "cross-cutting issues and methods" actually reads as though it were pieced together by an inner-city high school student writing a lame book report.

A prior reviewer noted (quite accurately and very sharp) that Columbia University, which is where both editors got their advanced degrees, is (a) certainly not known for its quantitative expertise (pardon the understatement!) and (b) that not even Columbia University's own publishing house would dare to publish this. (This is all the more instructive, as it is "customary" for a leading university to promote the works of its graduate students - remember, "Publish or Perish" is the battle cry in academia! And, the more graduate students that a university can claim to have had who have published original work, the greater its prestige....)

Stay away from this stinker, and get anybody else's work. This work is a dismal failure, and if it were a car, it would be recalled and sold for scrap.

soft prose about the soft sciences
While it's good to see that human service personnel finally understand that there should be quantifiable results to their often expensive efforts, this book is a decade behind in both content and approach. Social work as a derivative discipline does not have the knowledge base to adequately judge what should and should not be attempted in the human services, although social workers, often quite adequately, provide needed services under the direction of other solid professions. Notably, the Columbia University School of Social Work is known for its LACK of quantitative skills -- so it is ironic that this book came from that institution. Perhaps the authors were hoping that the Columbia connection would carry them where scholarship could not. You'll notice that Columbia University Press did not publish this book.

Living Language in the Know in Germany: An Indispensable Cross-Cultural Guide to Working and Living Abroad (Ll(Tm) in the Know)
Published in Paperback by Living Language (17 April, 2001)
Authors: Jennifer Phillips and Living Language
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Birds and Animals in Cross-Stitch
Published in Paperback by Dover Pubns (1984)
Author: Jennifer Colby
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Critical Perspectives on Schooling and Fertility in the Developing World
Published in Paperback by National Academy Press (1999)
Authors: National Research Council, John B. Casterline, Jennifer A. Johnson-Kuhn, John G. Haaga, and Caroline H. Bledsoe
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Cross-Stitch Counted Thread and Canvas Work
Published in Paperback by Lothian Pub Co (1995)
Authors: Jennifer Sanders and Books Lothian
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