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CYBERCAFE  CHRONICLES: Real stories of Life Observed

by L.J.H. Baier-Manousakis

ISBN  1547243449

EAN-13 978-1547243440 

Softcover             €12.00         Available on amazon.com & Kindle

 

This  assortment of short stories  is based on actual people who were clients of a small internet café (back in the days when they were quite common) located in a coastal town in Andalucia (Spain).       A wide variety of individuals from around the world crossed the  store's threshhold; some of these persons chose to share their life experiences - some heroic, some unique, others poignant, and each with  a story to tell.  No real names were used yet somehow each one had something to teach us all: we are not alone in our journey through life.   


All original artwork by the author.    More background information at: www.cybercafechronicles.com

START MAKING A RETAIL BUSINESS -

Volume 1: The Bare Necessities

by L.J. Baier-Manousakis

ISBN 1478348011

EAN-13 978-1478348016

Softcover, full color                                               €39.00     

Available on amazon.com & Kindle


For anyone who has always wanted to be financially independent by owning their own small retail or service business, both Volume 1 and 2 are the first steps in accomplishing that dream. Vol. 1 deals with the basic, main essentials such as business type, location, getting funds, management types and responsibilities, time management, shortage control, and the very important "people factor": human resources. The content is derived from the author's business and retail management experience spanning 3 countries and over 30 years of hands-on experience.

START MAKING A RETAIL BUSINESS -

Volume 2: Develop - Grow - Succeed!

by L.J. Baier-Manousakis

ISBN  1494875314 

EAN-13 978-1494875312

Softcover, full color €49.00             

Available on amazon.com & Kindle

 

Continuing on from Vol. 1, this book encompasses the more sensory topics such as visual merchandising, marketing, selling techniques, diversification and E-business. There is also a section devoted to starting your business in a foreign country. There is a wealth of invaluable information in both volumes; the author's aim is to help new entrepreneurs succeed in the long term. As a believer in hands-on experience, readers are invited and encouraged to attend a Workshop (limited to 8 persons each), held twice a year on the Mediterranean.


For more information  visit: www.a-smart-biz.com

UNDER THE SHADOW OF THE RISING SUN: Invasion - Occupation - Liberation

by Dr. José Ma. Hernandez

ISBN  1453647627

EAN-13 9781453647622 

Softcover             €19.95       

Available on amazon.com & Kindle

 

This is a documental narrative originally written in 1945 but never published until 2010 and relates the events that preceded and surrounded the Japanese invasion and occupation of the Philippines. So much has already been written about World War II on the European front but few have focused on the simultaneous events in the Pacific. Dr. Hernandez was a scholar, an educator, an author and a believer in the democratic freedom of man. His perspective of the war is unique because this book reveals what daily life was like at that time (not another intimate look at life in the war trenches). This is a recounting of the truth of war as he and his fellow countrymen experienced it.

GLOBAL STYLE -  Exotic Elements in Contemporary Interiors       

by L. Dilcock                     

ISBN 1-84172-0496      €18.75 /hardback with dust jacket 

 

As more and more people travel the world, more decorative elements are brought back home to grace their own environments. This book with its beautiful photography gives the reader an insight into how elegant an exotic find can be when juxtaposed with one´s personal memorabilia and decor. We are truly a global community and what used to be a rarity to find from some far-off land can now tastefully become part of our day-to-day interior spaces.

 

TIMBERFRAME  INTERIORS

by D. Pirozzolo & L. Corzine       

ISBN 1-84172-049 6             €65.00/hardback with dust jacket

 

Timberframe homes have a special appeal unmatched by concrete blocks or steel structures. These buildings are universal, graceful, light in feeling and have the ability to span long distances, giving the resident a "loft"-like feeling. Although timber tends to evoke a rustic, country feeling, the finished product need not be restricted; the ideas presented in this book show the reader how a fully integrated look can be established. How space is defined, how light is best utilized and so much more advice is available within the pages of this dramatically photographed book.

 

MEDITATIONS ON DESIGN - Reinventing your home with Style and Simplicity     

by J. Wheatman       

ISBN 1-57324-823-1               €25.50/hardback with dust jacket

 

Mr. Wheatman has spent decades as a successful and renowned designer. His design principles are based on living spaces being comfortable, functional and satifying. In this book he shares his "21 simple principles of making spaces work for the people who live in them." Mr. Wheatman's projects have spanned the globe as have his clients. There are many practical yet interesting ideas that can be gleaned both from his comments as well as from the superb photography.

 

ESSENCE OF STONE

by H. Mandleberg                     

ISBN 1-84172-072-0             €12.50/hardback with dust jacket

 

Another in this series of mini-gift books focusing on various interior design elements, stone is one of nature´s master foundations. From the building blocks of man's most ancient of temples to today's avant-garde architecture, stone in its varied forms have always been part of man's environment. This book allows the reader to travel from the stone quarry to cutters to contemporary homes and gardens. Stone is eternal, often ruggedly beautiful and covers a tremendous range: slate, granite, marble, limestone, not to mention the newest mixed compositions. This gem of a mini-book is a marvelous insight into that world.

ESSENCE OF BLUE

by H. Mandleberg                     

ISBN 1-84172-033-X             €12.50/hardback with dust jacket

 

One of a series of mini-gift books that focus on different interior design elements, this one centers on the color blue and its use in different environments and rooms. Blue is a color found in nature, in textiles, in tilework and has a huge range of tonal values. There are well-appointed images with accompanying text throughout this little gem of a book....and inspirational ideas as well.

CHIC SIMPLE COMPONENTS:      Paint: Room to Room

by T. Lyon

ISBN 0-679-43217-6                €12.50/hardback with dust jacket

 

The "Chic Components" series of mini-books encompasses a variety of topics that relate to how we live. This particular volume has snippets of suggestions, quotations, hints and photographs of paint being used in different ways. This is by no means an all-inclusive book but lends itself to moments of inspiration for when we have home or office projects to undertake.

CHIC SIMPLE COMPONENTS:     Bed Linens

by K. Livingston

ISBN 0-679-43216-7               €12.50/hardback with dust jacket

 

Another in the "Chic Components" series of mini-books, this delightful gift book takes a look at bed linens at its most inviting. There are exquisite little images, inspirational suggestions and appropriate text to accompany them. Indulge!

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AS AN AVID BOOK READER, IT SEEMED LOGICAL TO SHARE SOME PERSONAL FAVORITES WITH YOU. THIS LIST FALLS INTO 4 CATEGORIES SO NOT EVERY TOPIC UNDER THE SUN IS REPRESENTED. THEY DO, HOWEVER, SPAN THE GLOBE IN ORIGIN, THOUGHT AND THEME. SOME ARE OUT OF PRINT BUT MAY BE AVAILABLE AT A PUBLIC LIBRARY OR ONLINE; MOST ARE  IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE WHILE SOME HAVE BEEN TRANSLATED INTO OTHER LANGUAGES. IN OUR HUMBLE OPINION MANY OF THESE ARE CLASSICS IN THEIR FIELD.

DESIGN/FINE ARTS


Wedding Stories by Robert Koene (Stamoulis Publications 2008)

 

Biedermeier by Angus Wilkie (Abbeville Press 2006)

 

Decorating with Flowers by J. Barry Ferguson (Rizzoli 2000)

 

Tiffany Taste by John Loring (Doubleday 1986)

 

Material Wealth: Living with Luxurious Fabrics by Jack Lenor Larsen  (Abbeville Press 1989)

 

Windows at Tiffany’s: The Art of Gene Moore (Harry Abrams Publishing 1980)

 

Lalique par Lalique (Société Lalique 1977)

 

The World of Carl Larsson (Green Tiger Press 1982)

 

San Francisco: A Certain Style by Diane Saeks (Chronicle Books 1989)

 

Diamonds: Myth, Magic & Reality  (Crown Publications 1980)

 

The Art of Color by Johannes Itten  (Van Nostrand Reinhold 1973)

 

Series by Hilary Mandleberg:

Essence of Blue (Ryland, Peters & Small 2000)

Essence of Stone (Ryland, Peters & Small 2000)

Essence of Wood (Ryland, Peters & Small 2000)

Essence of Linen (Ryland, Peters & Small 2001)

 

Meditations on Design by John Wheatman

(Conari Press 2000)

 

Kira Kira: Metallic Fabrics (Nuno Books 1999)

 

Living with Zen by Ou Baholyodhin   (Tuttle Publications 2000)

 

East Meets West by Kelly Hoppen  (Dumont Publications 1997)

 

Feng Shui at Home by Carol Soucek King   (PPC International 1999)

 

Japan Color by Ikko Tanaka (Chronicle Books 1982)

 

How to Wrap Five Eggs by Hideyuki Oka  (Weatherhill 2008)

The Book of Tea by Kakuzo Okakura

(Dover Publications 1964)


Wabi-Sabi, for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers by Leonard Koren

(Imperfect Publishing, 2008)


Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism

by Fumio Sasaki

(W. W. Norton & Company 2017)


Ikigai: The Japanese secret to a long and happy life

by Héctor García and Francesc Miralles

(Cornerstone Digital 2017)

LIFESTYLE/GARDEN


The Blue Zones: Second Edition: 9 Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest by Dan Buettner (National Geographic 2012)

 

Garden Design by American Society of Landscape Architecture (Simon & Schuster 1984)

 

Quest for the Best by Stanley Marcus  (Viking Press 1979)

 

Der Gentleman: Handbuch der Klassichen Herrenmode by Bernhard Roetzel (Könemann 1999)

 

Fountain Pens by Jonathan Steinberg  (Chartwell Books 1998)

 

The Garden Book by John Brookes  (Crown Publications 1984)

 

The Hidden Messages in Water by Masaru Emoto

(Beyond Words Publications 2004)

 

Wabi Sabi by Andrew Juniper (Tuttle Publications 2003)

 

Tropical Flowers by Sakul Intakul (Periplus Editions 2002)

 

Simply Zen: Interior Gardens by David Scott & Sian Evans  (BayBooks/SOMA 1999)


Intimate Spaces: Art and Wisdom of the Japanese Garden (Tuttle Publications 2000)

 

Water in the Garden by James Allison (Bullfinch Press 1991)

 

Being with Flowers by Ou Baholyodhin (Thorsons 2001)

 

Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind by Shunryu Suzuki & David Chadwick (Shambhala 2011)

COOKING


California the Beautiful Cookbook: Authentic California Recipes (Harper Collins 1991-1998)

 

Mediterranean: 300 Sun-Drenched Recipes (Lorenz Books 1999)

 

Ingredients by Loukie Werle/Jill Cox (Könemann 2000)

 

Pasta Sauces by Chuck Williams/Williams Sonoma (Time-Life Publishing 1995)

 

Lemons by Elizabeth Woodson, Kate Chynoweth (Chronicle Books 2003)

 

Food of Greece by Vilma Liacouras Chantiles (Athenaeum Press 1975

LEISURE-TIME


by Kazuo Ishiguro:

An Artist of the Floating World (Faber & Faber 1986)

Remains of the Day (Faber & Faber 1989)

The Unconsoled (Faber & Faber 1995)

 

Series by Nick Bantock:

Griffin & Sabine (Chronicle Books 1991)

Alexandria (Chronicle Books 2002)

Sabine’s Notebook (Chronicle Books 1992)

The Golden Mean (Chronicle Books 1993)

Capolan (Chronicle Books 1997)

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