Paint Your Wife

Author: Lloyd Jones
Publisher: Text Publishing
ISBN: 1922182397
Category: Fiction
Page: 304
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Long ago, when the men were away at the war, Alma began painting the women of the town. They sat for him in lieu of payment for his work catching rats. Alice, his favourite, returned his attentions, and when her husband, George, came home from the war, he set out to prove his love and reclaim his wife by moving a hill—wheelbarrow by wheelbarrow—for her. Now, decades later, Alma's 'in lieu of' payment is revived, and the townspeople, looking to escape various corners of despair, turn to drawing classes. For when you draw, the only thing that matters is what lies before you. Paint Your Wife is a colourful, sensual novel, brimming with rich stories and even richer characters. Lloyd Jones's best-known novel is Mister Pip, which won the 2007 Commonwealth Writers' Prize, the 2008 Kiriyama Prize Fiction Category and the 2008 Montana Fiction Award. It was also shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and has been made into a major feature film, directed by Andrew Adamson (Shrek and Narnia). His other books include Hand Me Down World, The Book of Fame - which won the Deutz Medal for Fiction at the 2001 Montana New Zealand Book Awards and the Tasmania Pacific Fiction Prize - Here at the End of the World We Learn to Dance and Biografi. He has also published a collection of short stories, The Man in the Shed, and an acclaimed memoir, A History of Silence. Lloyd Jones lives in Wellington. ‘The writing reminded me a lot of Anne Tyler–it will be enjoyed by fans of domestic, community drama, but made all the more fascinating and unique because its observations are from within the male perspective.’ ‘A gentle, whimsical book…Jones's writing is easy and sophisticated, reminding me of Steinbeck at his humorous best...the whole fanciful sprawl is a delight.’ Age ‘Jones’ deep affection for his characters and the light, anecdotal touch with which he nudges them away from despair makes for a warm and original entertainment.’ Kirkus Reviews, STARRED Review

How to Paint Your Car

Revised & Updated
Author: Dennis W. Parks
Publisher: Motorbooks
ISBN: 161058757X
Category: Transportation
Page: 192
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How to Paint Your Car reveals the techniques, tricks, and technology behind automotive painting through 400 color photos, clear captions, detailed text, and step-by-step how-to sequences. You’ll learn the latest information about paint chemistry, waterborne paints, spray guns, body fillers, surface prep, site prep, as well as respirators and other safety gear that every automotive painter must know. With step-by-step detail, you’ll learn how to properly prepare your car for paint work, including minor bodywork, surface preparation, rust removal, masking, priming and final coating. How to Paint Your Car also includes information about custom touches and effects as well as how to care for your paint after application, including information on buffing compounds, waxes, and other care products. Everything you need to know to feel comfortable and confident in undertaking your own paint project, whether a touch-up job or a complete respray, is covered in How to Paint Your Car.

Painting Your Way Out of a Corner

The Art of Getting Unstuck
Author: Barbara Diane Barry
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101610034
Category: Self-Help
Page: 208
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In the tradition of The Artist’s Way, an exciting program that introduces painting as a jumping-off point for realizing one’s full creative potential in all areas of life. Based on author Barbara Diane Barry’s popular course Art for Self-Discovery and supported by research in psychology and the science of brain function, Painting Your Way Out of a Corner guides readers through the process of overcoming blocks and expressing themselves freely in painting. Through a series of exercises that emphasize improvisation and risk-taking, readers will learn how to quiet their inner critics and strengthen their creativity. The more we learn to play and accept whatever appears on the page, the more we are able to try new things in life. Readers will be inspired by Barry’s delightful full-color paintings featured throughout the book.

How to Iron Your Own Damn Shirt

The Perfect Husband Handbook Featuring Over 50 Foolproof Ways to Win, Woo & Wow Your Wife
Author: Craig Boreth
Publisher: Crown Archetype
ISBN: 0307420973
Category: Humor
Page: 256
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PERFECT HUSBANDS ARE MADE, NOT BORN LADIES: At long last, a practical guide to help your man become the perfect husband. How to Iron Your Own Damn Shirt is your salvation, with simple, easy-for-a-guy-to-follow instructions on those little things you can never get him to do, such as: • How to Put the Toilet Seat Down • How to Stop Snoring • How to Ask for Directions • Plus, more than 50 other essential topics (even How to Dance at a Wedding) It’s a must-have guide that will finally convince him it’s in his best interest to make you happy, no matter what it takes. GUYS: Don’t panic. It’s not how perfect you are, it’s how perfect she thinks you are. How to Iron Your Own Damn Shirt is your key to the castle. Imagine what she’ll let you get away with if you master a few skills, such as: • How to Appear Calm While She’s Driving • How to Apologize Convincingly • How to Enjoy a Chick Flick • Plus, more than 50 other essential topics (even How to Hide Your Porn) How to Iron Your Own Damn Shirt includes countless tips and tricks for keeping you sane, keeping her happy, and keeping you both laughing. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Portrait of the Artist's Wife

Author: Barbara Anderson
Publisher: Victoria University Press
ISBN: 0864737149
Category: Fiction
Page: 312
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Victoria University Press is enormously proud to publish a new edition of one of New Zealand?s favourite novels, published to critical acclaim here and in the UK and US, and winner of the Wattie Award in 1992. ?The promise that was evident in Girls High has been splendidly fulfilled, and now it seems only a matter of time before Wellington replaces New York as the literary capital of the world.? ?Nick Hornby, Sunday Times 'She really is world class ? her writing's like a richly detailed painting, she gets the details just right.' ?Sharon Crosbie Evening Post 'It is a testament to Anderson's style and skill as a writer that these places and decades are brought to the page with such energy, yet also with such a finely judged mix of humour and sympathy.' ?Caroline Wilder Sunday Star 'This is a moving, universal novel, a pleasure to read.' ?Sophy Kershaw Time Out 'Barbara Anderson's novel is a rarity; an unadulterated, unpretentious, enjoyable read.' ?Julie Morrice Glasgow Herald 'It is an enormously entertaining book with perceptions so true they leave you glowing in startled recognition.'?Patricia Thwaites Otago Daily Times ?A quite irresistible writer with a microscopic eye for telltale detail ? and a dazzlingly accurate ear for dialogue as it is really spoken.? ?Dirk Bogarde

Window to the Soul

Author: Kyle Kenner
ISBN: 1312468289
Category: Fiction
Page: 58
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Arthur Fuller is an artist who has made quite a name for himself. In fact, there is a good chance he may soon become famous when the world's leading art critic rolls into his tiny town near the woods. The art critic tells Arthur that in order to become famous he must paint something more remarkable than he has ever seen before. Arthur decides to venture into the uncharted woods to chase his dream of becoming the world's most famous artist. In the woods, however, he comes face to face with a certain evil that may ruin his chances of happiness.

Paint It Black

A Novel
Author: Janet Fitch
Publisher: Little, Brown
ISBN: 9780759568129
Category: Fiction
Page: 400
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Josie Tyrell, art model, teen runaway, and denizen of LA's 1980 punk rock scene, finds a chance at real love with art student Michael Faraday. A Harvard dropout and son of a renowned pianist, Michael introduces her to his spiritual quest and a world of sophistication she had never dreamed existed. But when she receives a call from the Los Angeles County Coroner, asking her to identify her lover?s dead body, her bright dreams all turn to black. As Josie searches for the key to understanding his death, she finds herself both repelled and attracted to Michael's pianist mother, Meredith, who holds Josie responsible for her son's torment. Soon, the two women find themselves drawn into a twisted relationship reflecting equal parts distrust and blind need. Passionate, wounded, fiercely alive, Josie Tyrell walks the brink of her own destruction as she fights to discover the meaning of Michael's death. With the luxurious prose and emotional intensity that are her hallmarks, Janet Fitch has written a spellbinding new novel about love, betrayal, and the possibility of transcendence.

The Shorter Columbia Anthology of Traditional Chinese Literature

Author: Victor H. Mair
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231505620
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 704
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With its fresh translations by newer voices in the field, its broad scope, and its flowing style, this anthology places the immense riches of Chinese literature within easy reach. Ranging from the beginnings to 1919, this abridged version of The Columbia Anthology of Traditional Chinese Literature retains all the characteristics of the original. In putting together these selections Victor H. Mair interprets "literature" very broadly to include not just literary fiction, poetry, and drama, but folk and popular literature, lyrics and arias, elegies and rhapsodies, biographies, autobiographies and memoirs, letters, criticism and theory, and travelogues and jokes.

Hot Paint

A Neil Gulliver and Stevie Marriner Novel
Author: Robert S. Levinson
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 9780765302311
Category: Fiction
Page: 352
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Plunged into the underworld of stolen master art, L.A. columnist Neil Gulliver and his ex-wife, Stevie Marriner, investigate secrets linked to each piece from an Andy Warhold silkscreen collection while trying to outmaneuver professional killer Clegg. 15,000 first printing.

Landscape Painting Inside & Out

Author: Kevin Macpherson
Publisher: North Light Books
ISBN: 9781600619083
Category: Art
Page: 144
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Paint with passion, purpose and pleasure. What do you want your landscape painting to say about this place, this moment? How do you use the visual vocabulary—line, shape, value, color, edges—to say it? With this book, your conversation with nature will direct your brush. With an exhilarating, synergistic combination of indoor and outdoor painting, Kevin Macpherson shows you how to create personal, poetic landscapes that capture the feeling of being there. Learn how to: Use a limited palette in a way that is more liberating than limiting. Experience nature to the fullest and capture its vibrancy back in the studio through photos, sketches and outdoor studies. Cope with the fleeting qualities of atmosphere and light by establishing a value plan early and sticking with it. Incorporate impressionistic touches of broken color to give your landscape a depth and vibrancy that enhances its realism. Approach painting as a layering and corrective process that encourages non-formulaic solutions. Stimulating warm-up exercises in the studio prepare you for your adventures outside, while eight step-by-step demonstrations show you how to put these methods into action. Throughout, Macpherson's own light-filled landscapes illustrate the power of these techniques. Full of fresh air and fresh art, Landscape Painting Inside and Out will guide and encourage beginners while challenging more accomplished artists to bring greater vitality and a more natural, less formulaic finish to their paintings.

War Paint

Author: W.R. Benton
Publisher: Loose Cannon
ISBN: 0985129239
Category: Fiction
Page: 244
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George Alwood III, is a spoiled and rich young man who heads west to become a mountain man in 1825. Taken under wing by two experienced old mountain men, George Alwood the third becomes Bear Killer the mountain man. After a short visit with Shoshoni Indians, Bear Killer finds himself with an unwanted wife and though he resist's, he eventually learns to love her. A cold and hard winter in the mountains brings him closer to his bride, as he learns to live as a mountain man, and just before spring she informs him a child will soon come. Content now, with a canvas shelter, campfire, dried meat, and soon to be family, Bear Killer reflects on his rich and pampered background. After his wife and unborn child are killed by white men, the young mountain man makes a promise to avenge their deaths and he's swept up into a deep sense of rage. He finds, however, the men he is searching for are hard men to pin down and even harder to kill. Reviewers say: "War Paint is a blood-thirsty brutal book. It will disappoint those who seek the triumph of good over evil. Outstanding." —James Drury, "The Virginian". “As a (Senior) Master Sergeant in the US military, W. R. Benton became a man of action and lived the “code of the west,” which is very well reflected in his westerns and especially in his newest, WAR PAINT, an action-packed story of love, struggle, betrayal, and revenge set in the wildness of the Old West. It is a must read for anybody who loves westerns. You will not be able to put the book down.” —Don Bendell, Author of 23 books, including the western Colt series, with over 1.5 million books in print worldwide. “WAR PAINT is for the western reader who wants to read something different, and for the western enthusiast who likes to know there is accuracy and authenticity in them thar pages. It’s an exceptionally good read, excellent plot, beautifully drawn characters, and well sustained from start to finish.” —Mel Hague, Author of Death on a Rope, and others, and Recording Artist of 17 albums Keywords: mountain man, indian, fur trade, western, old west, trapper, Western, Sioux

Never Hang Wallpaper with Your Wife

Decorating and Renovating from a Guy's Point of View
Author: Michael C. Hammar,William S. Peckham
Publisher: Trafford Publishing
ISBN: 1425196098
Category: House & Home
Page: 158
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Never Hang Wallpaper With Your Wife is a humorous look, from a guy's point of view, at home renovations, decorating and home repairs, and how it can affect the relationship of a husband and wife. It is liberally sprinkled with handy tips, do-it-yourself information and laced with humorous anecdotes. Hammar, now retired and living in British Columbia, was one of Canada's earliest home improvement experts. The experience and knowledge, gained over fifty-two years in the field, is shared with you in a way sure to make you laugh as you learn. The information in this book is not only from Hammar's experiences but also from that of friends, family and his audiences on radio, television and at home shows. There are dozens of innovative handy tips and ideas on how-to and how-not-to. Many of these tips are accompanied by clear illustrations of the project. When asked if he really is an expert in the DIY field he says, "According to one dictionary an expert is 'one who has great knowledge or skill in a particular area'". But, in the words of my former wife, "In the case of Michael Hammar, I think an expert is a person who has done something wrong so many times, has finally found the right way, and now wants to be paid to tell people about it". This book is funny and, at the same time, very informative with down to earth stories and ideas. Avoid the "how-not-to" frustrations and chuckle at one man's struggle with home repairs and renovations. See how one "guy" deals with the "boss" on the job. You will surely identify with some of Hammar's experiences and laugh as you learn.