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The Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Substances

by Richard Rudgley

For all those who might like to believe that drug use has been relegated to the suburban rec rooms and ghetto crack houses of the late twentieth century, The Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Substances offers shocking,...

The Ultimate Juices and Smoothies Encyclopedia

by Jill Hamilton

From veggie juicer recipes to fruit smoothies, The Ultimate Juices and Smoothies Encyclopedia has it all! With over 300 pages of recipes, this encyclopedia contains the perfect recipe for whatever mood you are...

The Encyclopedia of Epic Films

by Constantine Santas, James M. Wilson, Maria Colavito & Djoymi Baker

This resource contains reviews of every major production considered to be an epic film. Entries consider the characteristics of what makes an epic, including length, structure, spectacular special effects, and...

The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Weaponry: From Flint Axes to Automatic Weapons

by Chuck Wills

When did hunting weapons begin to be used against humans instead of animals? What is the difference between the Plains Indian War Club and the Fijian War Club? What weapon is common to peoples in every part...

A Modern Herbal, Vol. II

by Margaret Grieve

Volume 2 of the fullest, most useful compilation of herbal material. Gigantic alphabetical encyclopedia, from aconite to zedoary, gives botanical information, medical properties, folklore, economic uses, more....

A Modern Herbal, Vol. I

by Margaret Grieve

Volume 1 of the fullest, most exact, most useful compilation of herbal material. Gigantic alphabetical encyclopedia, from aconite to zedoary, gives botanical information, medical properties, folklore, economic...

Accessories of Dress: An Illustrated Encyclopedia

by Katherine Lester & Bess Viola Oerke

Illustrations of hats, veils, wigs, cravats, shawls, shoes, gloves, and other accessories enhance an engaging commentary that reveals the humor and charm of the many-sided story of accessorized apparel. 644...

The Princeton Guide to Evolution

by David A. Baum, Douglas J. Futuyma, Hopi E. Hoekstra & Richard E. Lenski et al.

The Princeton Guide to Evolution is a comprehensive, concise, and authoritative reference to the major subjects and key concepts in evolutionary biology, from genes to mass extinctions. Edited by a distinguished...

Super Smutty Sign Language

by Kristin Henson

A book of truly obscene and offensive insults, sex terms, and pop culture phrases translated into American Sign Language-from the YouTube sensation with more than 2 million views and counting

Have you ever been...

The Encyclopedia of Jewish Symbols

by Ellen Frankel & Betsy Patkin Teutsch

The Encyclopedia of Jewish Symbols contains more than 250 definitions and descriptions for ceremonial objects and images, personalities, places, concepts, motifs, and events-all representing central Jewish ideas...

American Wine: A Comprehensive Guide

by Anthony Dias Blue

The incomparable Anthony Dias Blue—the world's leading expert on American wine—has revised and updated his definitive reference on America's wine-producing regions and wines. Both entertaining and informative...

Don't Know Much About Anything Else

by Kenneth C. Davis

For years, Kenneth C. Davis has enlightened and enthralled us, opening our minds and tickling our fancies with his wonderfully irreverent, fun, and factual Don't Know Much About® books. He has carried readers...

Don't Know Much About Anything

by Kenneth C. Davis

In his wildly entertaining, winningly irreverent, New York Times bestselling Don't Know Much About® series, author Kenneth C. Davis has amused and edified us with fascinating facts about history, mythology,...

mental floss presents Instant Knowledge

by Editors of Mental Floss

Mental_floss is proud to present a full-bodied jolt of inspiration for thirsty minds on the go. Blended with titillating facts, startling revelations, and head-scratching theories collected from around the world,...

Why Girls Can't Throw

by Mitchell Symons

Warning: the truth can be shocking, seductive, offensive, outrageous...even disgusting!

Are you perplexed by the mysteries of the universe, confounded by the workings of the human body, prone to pondering the...

Encyclopedia Paranoiaca

by Henry Beard & Christopher Cerf


Did you know that carrots cause blindness and bananas are radioactive? That too many candlelight dinners can cause cancer? And not only is bottled water a veritable petri dish...

The Columbia Guide to South African Literature in English Since 1945

by Gareth Cornwell, Dirk Klopper & Craig Mackenzie

From the outset, South Africa's history has been marked by division and conflict along racial and ethnic lines. From 1948 until 1994, this division was formalized in the National Party's policy of apartheid....

Lighthouse Encyclopedia

by Ray Jones

A wealth of facts and history fill this beautifully designed armchair and reference book. This single volume, packed with full-color and vintage photos, contains everything a lighthouse lover or maritime historian...

The Concise Dictionary of World Place Names

by John Everett-Heath

Every populated place, however small, has a name, and every name is chosen for a reason. This fascinating dictionary gives the history, meanings, and origin of an enormous range of country, region, island, city,...

Encyclopedia of Canadian Social Work

by Francis J. Turner

All of us, as Canadians, are touched throughout our lives by some aspect of social welfare, either as recipients, donors, or taxpayers. But despite the importance of the social network in our country, there...