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What the Apothecary Ordered
Questionable Cures Through the Ages
Written by Caroline Rance


Format: eBook, 144 pages
On Sale: February 17, 2015
Price: $10.95

This pocket handbook of medical advice draws together the most bizarre and disgusting cures recommended by healers to their patients from Ancient Greece to the twentieth century. It features such delightful treatments as gargling sugared snail juice for a sore throat (from 1920s Lincolnshire), soothing a child's teething pains with a... Read more >
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What the Apothecary Ordered

(Available February 17, 2015)
What the Apothecary Ordered
Written by Caroline Rance
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781908402868
Our Price: $12.95
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What the Apothecary Ordered
Questionable Cures Through the Ages
Written by Caroline Rance


Format: Hardcover, 144 pages
On Sale: February 17, 2015
Price: $12.95

This pocket handbook of medical advice draws together the most bizarre and disgusting cures recommended by healers to their patients from Ancient Greece to the twentieth century. It features such delightful treatments as gargling sugared snail juice for a sore throat (from 1920s Lincolnshire), soothing a child's teething pains with a... Read more >
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This Is What You Just Put in Your Mouth?

(Available February 3, 2015)
This Is What You Just Put in Your Mouth?
Written by Patrick Di Justo
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780804139885
Our Price: $15.00
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This Is What You Just Put in Your Mouth?
From Eggnog to Beef Jerky, the Surprising Secrets
Written by Patrick Di Justo


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
On Sale: February 3, 2015
Price: $15.00

What do a cup of coffee and cockroach pheromone have in common? How is Fix-A-Flat like sugarless gum? Is a Slim Jim meat stick really alive? If I Can't Believe It's Not Butter isn't butter, what is it?

All of these pressing questions and more are answered in This Is What You... Read more >
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This Is What You Just Put in Your Mouth?
From Eggnog to Beef Jerky, the Surprising Secrets of What's Inside Everyday Products
Written by Patrick Di Justo


Format: eBook, 272 pages
On Sale: February 3, 2015
Price: $9.99

What do a cup of coffee and cockroach pheromone have in common? How is Fix-A-Flat like sugarless gum? Is a Slim Jim meat stick really alive? If I Can't Believe It's Not Butter isn't butter, what is it?

All of these pressing questions and more are answered in This Is What You... Read more >
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Booth's Maps of London Poverty, 1889
Booth's Maps of London Poverty, 1889
Written by Charles Booth
Format: Non-traditional book
ISBN: 9781908402806
Our Price: $18.95
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Booth's Maps of London Poverty, 1889
East & West London
Written by Charles Booth


Format: Non-traditional book, 2 pages
On Sale: November 18, 2014
Price: $18.95

Two maps of Victorian London colored street by street show the lifestyle of the inhabitants from the wealthy upper classes to the vicious and semi-criminal lowest class. These two maps classify London streets into seven categories from the very poor lowest class mainly in the east end (but with some surprising... Read more >
The Dog Book
The Dog Book
Written by Kathleen Walker-Meikle
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781908402905
Our Price: $14.95
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The Dog Book
Dogs of Historical Distinction
Written by Kathleen Walker-Meikle


Format: Hardcover, 144 pages
On Sale: October 21, 2014
Price: $14.95

Excerpts:
 • Homer's Odysseus' ancient faithful dog Argos is the only one to recognize him when he returns from the Trojan War after twenty years. Now neglected and covered in fleas, Argos lay on a dung heap by the stables, but pricked up his ears at his master's approach, wagging his tail... Read more >
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National Geographic Guide to the World's Supernatural Places
National Geographic Guide to the World's Supernatural Places
Written by Sarah Bartlett
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781426213809
Our Price: $26.00
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National Geographic Guide to the World's Supernatural Places
More Than 250 Spine-Chilling Destinations Around the Globe
Written by Sarah Bartlett


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
On Sale: September 2, 2014
Price: $26.00

Witches and demons, ghosts and vampires, aliens and voodoo spirits… from spooky to chilling to downright weird, signs of the supernatural have terrified -- and fascinated -- people for centuries. Dare to discover some of the world’s most puzzling enigmas in this remarkable book, which reveals a dazzling array of haunted... Read more >
The Dog Book
Dogs of Historical Distinction
Written by Kathleen Walker-Meikle


Format: eBook, 144 pages
On Sale: August 10, 2014
Price: $10.95

Excerpts:
 • Homer's Odysseus' ancient faithful dog Argos is the only one to recognize him when he returns from the Trojan War after twenty years. Now neglected and covered in fleas, Argos lay on a dung heap by the stables, but pricked up his ears at his master's approach, wagging his tail... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover.
Just My Typo
Just My Typo
Written by Drummond Moir
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780385346603
Our Price: $11.99
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Just My Typo
From "Sinning with the Choir" to "the Untied States"
Written by Drummond Moir


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
On Sale: July 8, 2014
Price: $11.99

A charming collection of typographical errors, slips of the pen, and embarrassing misprints, Just My Typo celebrates the awful and the sublime mistakes that riddle our feeble human attempts at communication.
 

It's time to accept the truth: typos are everywhere. Legal documents are riddled with errors, headlines of respectable... Read more >
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Just My Typo
Just My Typo
Written by Drummond Moir
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9780385346610
Our Price: $9.99
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Just My Typo
From "Sinning with the Choir" to "the Untied States"
Written by Drummond Moir


Format: eBook, 192 pages
On Sale: July 8, 2014
Price: $9.99

A charming collection of typographical errors, slips of the pen, and embarrassing misprints, Just My Typo celebrates the awful and the sublime mistakes that riddle our feeble human attempts at communication.
 

It's time to accept the truth: typos are everywhere. Legal documents are riddled with errors, headlines of respectable... Read more >
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Gills Wonderground map of London Town, 1914
Gills Wonderground map of London Town, 1914
Written by MacDonald Gill
Format: Non-traditional book
ISBN: 9781908402745
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Gills Wonderground map of London Town, 1914

Written by MacDonald Gill


Format: Non-traditional book, 1 pages
On Sale: June 17, 2014
Price: $9.95

British architect and artist, MacDonald Gill, was commissioned to create a poster-sized map of central London  prominently featuring the city's numerous new "Tube" stations. Gill's cartoon-styled map was part of a finely tuned advertising campaign promoting the concept of easy access by public transport to all the marvels of the bourgeoning metropolis... Read more >
Lost States
True Stories of Texlahoma, Transylvania, and Other States That Never Made It
Written by Michael J. Trinklein


Format: eBook, 160 pages
On Sale: June 3, 2014
Price: $19.99

Everyone knows the fifty nifty united states—but what about the hundreds of other statehood proposals that never came to pass? Lost States is a tribute to such great unrealized dreams as West Florida, Texlahoma, Montezuma, Rough and Ready, and Yazoo. Some of these states came remarkably close to joining the Union... Read more >
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Sister Bernadette's Barking Dog
The Quirky History and Lost Art of Diagramming Sentences
Written by Kitty Burns Florey


Format: eBook, 176 pages
On Sale: June 3, 2014
Price: $15.95

Once wildly popular in grammar schools across the country, sentence diagramming has fallen out of fashion. But are we that much worse for not knowing the word-mapping method?

Now, in this illustrated personal history that any language lover will adore, Kitty Burns Florey explores the rise and fall of sentence diagramming, including... Read more >
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Gill's Tea Revives the World map, 1940
Gill's Tea Revives the World map, 1940
Written by MacDonald Gill
Format: Non-traditional book
ISBN: 9781908402783
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Gill's Tea Revives the World map, 1940

Written by MacDonald Gill


Format: Non-traditional book, 1 pages
On Sale: April 22, 2014
Price: $9.95

In 1940 Britain was enduring the darkest days of the World War II. Naturally, peoples' thoughts turned to simple comforts, like tea! With its mixture of quirky information and schoolboy humor, McDonald Gill's publicity poster for the Tea Market Expansion Board was a cheering rallying cry in a time of conflict.

... Read more >
America the Wonderland map, 1941
America the Wonderland map, 1941
Written by Ernest Dudley Chase
Format: Non-traditional book
ISBN: 9781908402776
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America the Wonderland map, 1941
A Pictorial Map of the United States
Written by Ernest Dudley Chase


Format: Non-traditional book, 1 pages
On Sale: March 18, 2014
Price: $9.95

First published in 1941, this nostalgic pictorial map is a colorful tapestry, brimming with patriotism and state pride, whimsically illustrating the landmarks that make each state unique! Renowned artist Ernest Dudley Chase used cartographical techniques dating back to the Renaissance to create this pictorial map's unique vision of America from the...

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Todo lo Que Hay Que Saber Sobre Todo lo Que Hay Que Saber
Todo lo Que Hay Que Saber Sobre Todo lo Que Hay Que Saber
Written by Daniel Tatarsky
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9788425346309
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Todo lo Que Hay Que Saber Sobre Todo lo Que Hay Que Saber

Written by Daniel Tatarsky


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
On Sale: February 4, 2014
Price: $14.00

¿Qué fue el big bang?, ¿cuáles son las características de los continentes de nuestro planeta?, ¿cuál es la esperanza de vida de cada uno de los animales?, ¿cómo ha evolucionado el arte desde la prehistoria hasta nuestros días?, o ¿cuáles son las enfermedades que en mayor o menor medida acaban con... Read more >
Script and Scribble
The Rise and Fall of Handwriting
Written by Kitty Burns Florey


Format: eBook
On Sale: October 8, 2013
Price: $16.95

"A witty and readable (and fetchingly illustrated and glossed) excursion through the history of handwriting."The Wall Street Journal

Let a self-confessed "penmanship nut" take you on a tour of the strange and beautiful world of handwriting. 

Since her Catholic school days learning the Palmer Method, Kitty Burns Florey has been in love...

Read more >
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Suburban Legends
True Tales of Murder, Mayhem, and Minivans
Written by Sam Stall


Format: eBook, 264 pages
On Sale: October 1, 2013
Price: $14.99

It's a Terrible Day in the Neighborhood
 
They told you the suburbs were a great place to live. They said nothing bad could ever happen here.
But they were wrong.
 
This collection of terrifying true stories exposes the dark side of life in the ’burbs—from corpses buried in backyards... Read more >
Script and Scribble
Script and Scribble
Written by Kitty Burns Florey
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781612193045
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Script and Scribble
The Rise and Fall of Handwriting
Written by Kitty Burns Florey


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
On Sale: September 24, 2013
Price: $16.95

"A witty and readable (and fetchingly illustrated and glossed) excursion through the history of handwriting."The Wall Street Journal

Let a self-confessed "penmanship nut" take you on a tour of the strange and beautiful world of handwriting. 

Since her Catholic school days learning the Palmer Method, Kitty Burns Florey has been in love...

Read more >
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Ever Wonder Why?
Ever Wonder Why?
Written by Douglas B. Smith
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9780307834171
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Ever Wonder Why?

Written by Douglas B. Smith


Format: eBook, 144 pages
On Sale: April 24, 2013
Price: $6.99

Everyone knows that...donuts have holes...we clink glasses before saying a toast...golfers yell "fore!" before teeing off...we nod our heads yes and shake our heads no...But how many of us know why? You'll learn the answers and a whole lot more in this fun and fact-filled almanac. And all you have to... Read more >
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Daily Rituals
Daily Rituals
Edited by Mason Currey
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780307273604
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Daily Rituals
How Artists Work
Edited by Mason Currey


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
On Sale: April 23, 2013
Price: $24.95

Franz Kafka, frustrated with his living quarters and day job, wrote in a letter to Felice Bauer in 1912, “time is short, my strength is limited, the office is a horror, the apartment is noisy, and if a pleasant, straightforward life is not possible then one must try to wriggle through...

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Daily Rituals
Daily Rituals
Edited by Mason Currey
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9780307962379
Our Price: $13.99
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Daily Rituals
How Artists Work
Edited by Mason Currey


Format: eBook, 304 pages
On Sale: April 23, 2013
Price: $13.99

Franz Kafka, frustrated with his living quarters and day job, wrote in a letter to Felice Bauer in 1912, “time is short, my strength is limited, the office is a horror, the apartment is noisy, and if a pleasant, straightforward life is not possible then one must try to wriggle through...

Read more >
Also available as a hardcover.
Intoxerated
Intoxerated
Written by Paul Dickson, Illustrated by Brian Rea
Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781612191430
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Intoxerated

Written by Paul Dickson
Illustrated by Brian Rea


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
On Sale: November 6, 2012
Price: $14.95

A smart, hilarious, and lavishly illustrated guide to the most euphemised word in the English language: Drunk

A record-breaking assemblage of 2,964 different ways to say "drunk." Tipsy, roasted, three sheets, whazooed and Boris Yeltsinned are just the beginning...With an introduction by the wise-guy lexicographer himself, Paul Dickson, and illustrations by renowned... Read more >
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Intoxerated

Written by Paul Dickson
Illustrated by Brian Rea


Format: eBook
On Sale: November 6, 2012
Price: $14.95

A smart, hilarious, and lavishly illustrated guide to the most euphemised word in the English language: Drunk

A record-breaking assemblage of 2,964 different ways to say "drunk." Tipsy, roasted, three sheets, whazooed and Boris Yeltsinned are just the beginning...With an introduction by the wise-guy lexicographer himself, Paul Dickson, and illustrations by renowned... Read more >
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The Right Way to Do Wrong
A Unique Selection of Writings by History's Greatest Escape Artist
Written by Harry Houdini
Introduction by Teller


Format: eBook
On Sale: October 30, 2012
Price: $15.00

One of the most intriguing and recognized figures of the twentieth century conducts a masterclass in subversion

Originally published in 1906, The Right Way to Do Wrong was a masterclass in subversion conducted by the world’s greatest illusionist. It collected Hou­dini’s findings, from interviews with criminals and police officers, on the most surefire... Read more >
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