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Antonia Fraser Brings History’s Extraordinary Women to Life in Warrior Queens

Antonia Fraser Brings History’s Extraordinary Women to Life in Warrior QueensPopulated with the likes of Queen Elizabeth I of England, Indira Ghandi and Queen Louise of Prussia, Antonia Fraser's Warrior Queens describes some of the greatest female rulers in history. Love them or hate them, each of these ladies affected great change by strategically applying their unique powers as... Read More »

The Bastard of Istanbul, By Elif Shafak, Explores Turkish-Armenian Relationships and Cultural Taboos

The Bastard of Istanbul, By Elif Shafak, Explores Turkish-Armenian Relationships and Cultural TaboosElif Shafak is acclaimed as the most widely-read female Turkish author, and The Bastard of Istanbul is an excellent example of why. Her gift for storytelling shines in this complex tale of a Turkish family and its diverse generations of... Read More »

Cosco Touriva 22-110 Convertible Car Seat Works in a Pinch…Until You Can Replace It

Cosco Touriva 22-110 Convertible Car Seat Works in a Pinch…Until You Can Replace ItThe Cosco Touriva convertible car seat will keep kids safely strapped into the vehicle and meet all legal requirements for transporting children. It's also rock-hard and not designed with frequent moves in... Read More »

Cosco Juvenile Pronto Booster Seat Offers a Cheap Bare-bones Solution

Cosco Juvenile Pronto Booster Seat Offers a Cheap Bare-bones SolutionThe Cosco Juvenile Pronto is a great booster seat if you just need a "plain Jane" that will get the job done, but will still be tolerably comfortable for your... Read More »

Focus on the Kodak M530 EasyShare Digital Camera: Decent Pictures on a Budget

Focus on the Kodak M530 EasyShare Digital Camera: Decent Pictures on a BudgetSnap decent pictures with the Kodak Easyshare M530, just don't expect the ability to adjust for virtually any application. It's a basic, low-cost camera that works well for family pictures or product photos for online... Read More »

Get Started with YouTube Using the Kodak Zi8 Digital Camcorder

Get Started with YouTube Using the Kodak Zi8 Digital CamcorderThe Kodak Zi8 digital camcorder offers everything a basic user could want with a nice picture and good storage options. Its battery is short-lived and the internal microphone isn't quite up to specs, but both obstacles can be overcome at this fairly low price... Read More »

Start Beginner Firearms Training with the Crosman Pumpmaster 760

Start Beginner Firearms Training with the Crosman Pumpmaster 760The Crosman Pumpmaster 760 air rifle offers a low-cost way for beginners to get started shooting, but expect a few minor issues and middle-of-the-road (at best) build... Read More »