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Get Schooled

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The kids are going back to school, which is the perfect occasion for the rest of us to pick up a new skill or two. Here is a selection of books which purport to teach us "how-to"!
How To

How To

edition:Hardcover
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This is the award-winning Morstad's first picture book and it's, well, winning. So full of joy and details and whimsy, and (really) some good advice!
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How to Get a Girl Pregnant
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A provocative title for an important book. Even if one is not a butch lesbian, becoming a parent can be a complicated process, and Karleen Pendleton Jiménez shares her experiences with humour, candour and remarkable insight.
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How to be Happy

How to be Happy

50 Extraordinary Revelations on Love, Life, Lattes & Summer Camp
edition:eBook
tagged : happiness
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The pursuit of happiness is a noble one, and perhaps the only one that's really worthwhile. Here are some real-life experiences to help you on your way.
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How to Make a Garden

How to Make a Garden

The 7 Essential Steps for the Canadian Gardener
edition:Hardcover
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Top Ten Tips for Designing with Containers

1. Use containers in transitional areas (porches, doorways, entry courtyards) to continue colours form house to garden.

2. Move large containers around while they are empty to get them in the right spot. Once filled, these things weigh a ton.

3. Make sure any container is raised off the ground on bricks or chocks to add drainage and to keep them from freezing and cracking in winter.

4. Put poolside containers on casters so they can be easily moved out of the sun — the heat reflection from the water can be brutal — or out of the way at pool-party time.

5. To make a garden appear longer, place large containers in the foreground and set increasingly smaller ones behind.

6. Avoid using silly, little containers. Buy larger ones than you think you’ll need; little pots dotted about look haphazard and uncomfortable.

7. Match the pot to the plant’s ultimate size. Don’t place a small plant in a huge container or vice versa.

8. Never put big containers on pedestals. It is unsafe and unnecessary.

9. Make sure containers sit absolutely level. It is visually insulting to see containers listing sideways.

10. Use a gravel mulch in containers to hold in moisture and discourage squirrels.

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Why it's on the list ...
Great advice from one of Canadian's best known garden experts.
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How to Feed a Family

How to Feed a Family

The Sweet Potato Chronicles Cookbook
edition:Paperback
tagged : quick & easy
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This book has been my go-to for a year now. So happy to be able to recommend it once again.
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How to Kill a Vampire

How to Kill a Vampire

Fangs in Folklore, Film and Fiction
edition:eBook
also available: Paperback
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A fantastic blend of folklore and pop culture, this book is better protection from the funnily-fanged than a clove of garlic.
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How to Write

How to Write

edition:Paperback

How to Write is a perverse Coles Notes: a paradigm of prosody where writing as sampling, borrowing, cutting-and-pasting and mash-up meets literature. This collection of conceptual short “ction takes inspiration from Lautréamont’s decree that “plagiarism is necessary. It is implied in the idea of progress. It clasps the author’s sentence tight, uses his expressions, eliminates a false idea, replaces it with the right idea.”

Already early in the twentieth century, the modernist Ezra Poun …

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How to be a Spy

How to be a Spy

The World War II SOE Training Manual
edition:eBook
also available: Paperback

In the early years of World War II, Special Operations Executive (SOE) set up top secret training schools to instruct prospective agents in the art of being a spy. By the end of 1941, an international network of schools was in operation in secluded locations ranging from the Scottish Highlands to Singapore and Canada. How to Be a Spy reproduces the extensive training manuals used to prepare agents for their highly dangerous missions behind enemy lines. The courses cover a variety of clandestine …

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