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Gladstone S Games To Go

Author: Jim Gladstone
Publisher: Quirk Books
ISBN: 1594749191
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No Boards! No Boredom! Remember the games you used to play in the car as a kid? You’d enjoy playing them again, but you can’t quite remember all the rules, and besides, the games were awfully easy. Well, Gladstone’s Games to Go has come to the rescue. With updated classics and challenging original games, Gladstone’s Games to Go delivers antidotes to boredom and entertaining ways to spend down-time, whether you’re in transit, on vacation, or wiling away an afternoon at a cafe. You can play word games (like Grandmother’s House, Six Degrees, and Chain Reaction), compete in coin contests (like Molecular Flip and Sliders), master strategy with dot games (like Dots and Boxes and Sprouts), and more. With little to no additional equipment required (pens and paper or a few coins will do the trick), the games are totally portable—and totally playable. All the games are for two or more players (some could even be played solo), and they appeal to both left- and right-brained gamers. Start playing today!

Word Freak

Author: Stefan Fatsis
Publisher: HMH
ISBN: 0547524315
Size: 23.23 MB
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This “marvelously absorbing” book is “a walk on the wild side of words and ventures into the zone where language and mathematics intersect” (San Jose Mercury News). A former Wall Street Journal reporter and NPR regular, Stefan Fatsis recounts his remarkable rise through the ranks of elite Scrabble players while exploring the game’s strange, potent hold over them—and him. At least thirty million American homes have a Scrabble set—but the game’s most talented competitors inhabit a sphere far removed from the masses of “living room players.” Theirs is a surprisingly diverse subculture whose stars include a vitamin-popping standup comic; a former bank teller whose intestinal troubles earned him the nickname “G.I. Joel”; a burly, unemployed African American from Baltimore’s inner city; the three-time national champion who plays according to Zen principles; and the author himself, who over the course of the book is transformed from a curious reporter to a confirmed Scrabble nut. Fatsis begins by haunting the gritty corner of a Greenwich Village park where pickup Scrabble games can be found whenever weather permits. His curiosity soon morphs into compulsion, as he sets about memorizing thousands of obscure words and fills his evenings with solo Scrabble played on his living room floor. Before long he finds himself at tournaments, socializing—and competing—with Scrabble’s elite. But this book is about more than hardcore Scrabblers, for the game yields insights into realms as disparate as linguistics, psychology, and mathematics. Word Freak extends its reach even farther, pondering the light Scrabble throws on such notions as brilliance, memory, competition, failure, and hope. It is a geography of obsession that celebrates the uncanny powers locked in all of us, “a can’t-put-it-down narrative that dances between memoir and reportage” (Los Angeles Times). “Funny, thoughtful, character-rich, unchallengeably winning writing.” —The Atlantic Monthly This edition includes a new afterword by the author.

Skin Ink

Author: Jim Gladstone
Publisher: Alyson Publications
ISBN: 9781555838454
Size: 11.49 MB
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Jameson Currier, Michael Jensen, Trebor Healey, Greg Wharton, M. Christian, Simon Sheppard and Kelly McQuain are but a handful of the contributors to this unusual and stimulating collection of erotic stories celebrating the edgier side of gay sex. Jim Gladstone is the author of Gladstone’s Games to Go and The Big Book of Misunderstanding. He lives in Philadelphia.

The World S Greatest Blackjack Book

Author: Lance Humble
Publisher: Main Street Books
ISBN: 9780307768636
Size: 36.98 MB
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A revised edition of the blackjack player's bible, with complete information on the odds, betting strategies, and much more -- now updated to include the rules of play in Atlantic City as well as international playing rules. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The 99 Critical Shots In Pool

Author: Ray Martin
Publisher: Random House Puzzles & Games
ISBN: 0812922417
Size: 32.72 MB
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Over thirty photographs, more than one hundred sixty drawings, and clear explanations reveal the secret strategies and techniques of the game

How To Play A Bridge Hand

Author: William S. Root
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
ISBN: 0307774457
Size: 22.74 MB
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Neither for beginners nor for experts but for the 90 percent of players in between, How to Play a Bridge Hand includes more than 300 of bridge master William Root's favorite hands. Hailed by the American Bridge Teachers' Association as the "Book of the Year." Line drawings. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Tremendous Trifles

Author: G. K. Chesterton
Publisher: 谷月社
ISBN:
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These fleeting sketches are all republished by kind permission of the Editor of the DAILY NEWS, in which paper they appeared. They amount to no more than a sort of sporadic diary—a diary recording one day in twenty which happened to stick in the fancy—the only kind of diary the author has ever been able to keep. Even that diary he could only keep by keeping it in public, for bread and cheese. But trivial as are the topics they are not utterly without a connecting thread of motive. As the reader's eye strays, with hearty relief, from these pages, it probably alights on something, a bed-post or a lamp-post, a window blind or a wall. It is a thousand to one that the reader is looking at something that he has never seen: that is, never realised. He could not write an essay on such a post or wall: he does not know what the post or wall mean. He could not even write the synopsis of an essay; as "The Bed-Post; Its Significance—Security Essential to Idea of Sleep—Night Felt as Infinite—Need of Monumental Architecture," and so on. He could not sketch in outline his theoretic attitude towards window-blinds, even in the form of a summary. "The Window-Blind—Its Analogy to the Curtain and Veil—Is Modesty Natural?—Worship of and Avoidance of the Sun, etc., etc." None of us think enough of these things on which the eye rests. But don't let us let the eye rest. Why should the eye be so lazy? Let us exercise the eye until it learns to see startling facts that run across the landscape as plain as a painted fence. Let us be ocular athletes. Let us learn to write essays on a stray cat or a coloured cloud. I have attempted some such thing in what follows; but anyone else may do it better, if anyone else will only try.

Memories And Adventures

Author: Arthur Conan Doyle
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1108044042
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First published in 1923, this autobiography explores Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's life from his school years to literary success and beyond.

The Complete Chess Course

Author: Fred Reinfeld
Publisher: SCB Distributors
ISBN: 1941270255
Size: 58.90 MB
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Generations of chess players have grown up on Fred Reinfeld's books. He has a way of reducing the most intricate, complicated combinations to their basic components. After Reinfeld explains a combination, it makes sense. Reinfeld not only taught us how to play the game well, but also implanted in us his enthusiastic passion for learning. His books are peppered throughout with words and phrases in italics to emphasize ideas. Moves are punctuated with single, double, and even triple exclamation marks and question marks to span the entire spectrum of emotions the moves conjure up. The Complete Chess Course is filled with advice on how to play better chess, regardless of how strong or weak a player you may be. It begins with the most fundamental ideas, reviewing the basic moves of the pieces and pawns, and continues with fantastic examples from the very best players. We are taken through a full course of chess strategy and tactics; he introduces us to the nine bad moves and how to refute them as well as how to avoid making them. We learn how to handle the white pieces and how to fight back with the black pieces. We get a much-needed lesson on how to win the game when we have gained a big advantage, and another, equally important lesson on how to put up the stiffest resistance when in an inferior position. We get treated to a full spectrum of the many ways to make the most of whatever position we get in one of the best chapters of any book I've seen: Book Six on How to Fight Back. Fred guides us through some master games, revealing the secrets of their struggles to overcome strong resistance. These secrets include how to meet the crisis; how to simplify; and the point of no return. Finally, we are treated to an introduction to the major openings, including what to strive for in gambits, classical structures, hypermodern structures, as well as off beat lines. Hint: play to control the center and develop your pieces. Absorb the material included in this volume and you will play chess at a fairly high level. Or read through it all and enjoy Fred's masterful explanations. In either case, you will be entranced by his enthusiasm for the intricate relationships the pieces experience in the context of a game or even a standout plan or combination.

The Big Book Of Misunderstanding

Author: Jim Gladstone
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 9781560233831
Size: 70.65 MB
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Joshua Royalton navigates his difficult childhood, his high school years, and early adulthood, as he discovers he is gay, contemplates suicide, and comes out to his parents.