Best Alison Matthews books
The First 100 Chinese Characters: Simplified Character Edition: The Quick and Easy Method to Learn the 100 Most Basic Chinese Characters (Tuttle Language Library)
Best price for this book: $ 7.98
Two indexes--alphabetical by the English meanings and by pinyin romanizationùare provided at the back of each book for quick and easy reference, along with extra sheets of blank boxes for writing practice.
Tuttle Learning Chinese Characters: (HSK Levels 1-3) A Revolutionary New Way to Learn and Remember the 800 Most Basic Chinese Characters
Best price for this book: $ 16.58
At last—there is a truly efficient and enjoyable way to learn Chinese characters! This book helps students to learn and remember both the meanings and the pronunciations of over 800 characters. This otherwise daunting task is made more accessible by the use of techniques based on the psychology of learning and memory. Fundamental principles include the use of visual imagery, the visualization of short "stories," and the systematic building up of more complicated characters from basic building blocks.
Although Learning Chinese Characters is a comprehensive book intended for students, it can be used by anyone with an interest in Chinese characters, without any prior knowledge of Chinese. It can be used alongside (or after, or even before) a course in the Chinese language. All characters are simplified (as in mainland China) but traditional characters are also given, when available.
- Specially designed pictures and stories are used in a structured way to make the learning process more enjoyable and effective, reducing the need for rote learning to the absolute minimum.
- The emphasis throughout is on learning and remembering the meanings and pronunciations of the characters. Tips are also included on learning techniques and how to avoid common problems.
- Characters are introduced in a logical sequence, which also gives priority to learning the most common characters first.
- Modern simplified characters are used, with pronunciations given in pinyin. Key information is given for each character, including radical, stroke–count, traditional form, compounds, and guidance on writing the character.
This is a practical guide with a clear, concise and appealing layout, and it is well–indexed with clear lookup methods. The 800 Chinese characters and 1,033 compounds specified for the original HSK Level A proficiency test are covered.
Fashion Victims: The Dangers of Dress Past and Present
Alison Matthews David
Best price for this book: $ 17.64
From insidious murder weapons to blaze-igniting crinolines, clothing has been the cause of death, disease and madness throughout history, by accident and design. Clothing is designed to protect, shield and comfort us, yet lurking amongst seemingly innocuous garments we find hats laced with mercury, frocks laden with arsenic and literally 'drop-dead gorgeous' gowns.
Fabulously gory and gruesome, Fashion Victims takes the reader on a fascinating journey through the lethal history of women's, men's and children's dress, in myth and reality. Drawing upon surviving fashion objects and numerous visual and textual sources, encompassing louse-ridden military uniforms, accounts of the fiery deaths of Oscar Wilde's half-sisters and dancer Isadora Duncan's accidental strangulation by entangled scarf; the book explores how garments have tormented those who made and wore them, and harmed animals and the environment in the process. Vividly chronicling evidence from Greek mythology to the present day, Matthews David puts everyday apparel under the microscope and unpicks the dark side of fashion.
Fashion Victims is lavishly illustrated with over 125 images and is a remarkable resource for everyone from scholars and students to fashion enthusiasts.
The Second 100 Chinese Characters: Simplified Character Edition: The Quick and Easy Way to Learn the Basic Chinese Characters
Best price for this book: $ 6.07
The characters listed have been carefully selected and sequenced for rapid and effective learning and are intended for beginning Chinese students. Each Chinese character is shown separately on a single page, along with its English definitions, pinyin romanization, alternate form (if any), a stroke-order guide and ample space for writing practice. The gray stroke-order guides introduce the student to the standard stroke sequence used in writing the characters by tracing them. After learning the correct stroke order, the student can then practice writing the characters on their own, thus reinforcing the recognition and memorization. Large boxes with grid lines for correct proportions are provided.
Related compounds and phrases containing each character are also included to assist in vocabulary building. Three indexes—alphabetically arranged by the English meanings, by pinyin romanization, and by radicals—are provided at the back of the book for quick and easy reference.
This Chinese character book features:
- The second 100 most frequently-used characters
- Foundation characters for HSK Level 1 test
- Standard pinyin romanizations
- Step-by-step stroke order guides and ample space for writing practice
- Special practice boxes with grid lines
- Lots of extra practice sheets
- Over 500 words and phrases containing the basic characters
- Concise English definitions
The Second 100 Chinese Characters: Traditional Character Edition: The Quick and Easy Method to Learn the Second 100 Most Basic Chinese Characters
Best price for this book: $ 5.95
The major struggle facing all beginning Chinese language students is to learn to recognize, read and write hundreds of Chinese characters. A working knowledge of characters is essential for any student wishing to learn Chinese. The Second 100 Chinese Characters adopts a structural approach that helps students to overcome this initial difficulty and quickly master the basic Chinese characters that are fundamental to this language. This book contains characters that have been carefully selected and sequenced for rapid and effective learning.
For effective learning, memorization and practice, each Chinese character is shown separately on a single page, together with its English definitions, hanyu pinyin romanization, alternate form (if any), a stroke order guide and ample space for writing practice. The stroke order guides introduce the student to the standard stroke sequence used in writing the characters, by tracing over them. After learning the correct stroke order, the student can then practice writing the character on their own, thus reinforcing recognition and memorization. Large boxes with grid lines for correct proportions are provided. Related compounds and phrases containing each character are also included to assist in vocabulary building. Three indexes (alphabetically by the English meanings and the pinyin romanization, and by radicals) are provided at the back of the book for quick and easy reference, along with extra sheets of blank boxes for writing practice. This book features
- The second 100 most frequently–used Chinese characters.
- Foundation characters for the HSK A level language proficiency test.
- Standard hanyu pinyin romanizations.
- Step–by–step stroke order guides and ample space for writing practice.
- Over 500 words and phrases containing the basic characters.
- Concise English definitions.
Corporate Innovation in the Fifth Era: Lessons from Alphabet/Google, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Microsoft
Matthew C. Le Merle
Best price for this book: $ 20
Build Your Fortune in the Fifth Era: How Angel Investors, VCs, and Entrepreneurs Prosper in an Age of Unprecedented Innovation
Matthew C Le Merle
Best price for this book: $ 15
- Understand this Age of Unprecedented Change. A time of transition to a new age unlike anything we have experienced before
- Discover the Greatest Wealth Creation Opportunity Ever. Every industry is being transformed and wealth is shifting to new disruptive players and those who back them
- Explore 9 Options to Build Your Fortune. The nine options to build your fortune and prosper in an age of unprecedented innovation
The Gold Book: A Guide to Commonly Traded Gold Bullion Coins and Bars
M. A. Olsen
Best price for this book: $ 16.95
It is a comprehensive, authoritative gold guide for professional and novice alike. It follows a systematic, easy to follow format in its description of more than 100 popular gold issues. Life-sized pictures of both the obverse and reverse of most coins appear on the outer edges of each page to assist readers in quickly identifying a particular gold bullion piece.
Included in the specifications of each coin are the following: Total Weight, Purity, Gold Content, Fineness, Diameter, Thickness, Edge, Mint, Strike, whether or not the piece is Legal Tender, the Mintage Period, and the Designer (when available). There are also descriptions of the designs which appear on the obverse and the reverse of each piece.
Six appendicies appear in the back of the book. They list the coins included in the book in a variety of ways. For instance, one appendix lists the coins by diameter and thickness which is very helpful to jewelers who make coin jewelry. Another lists the coins by purity. A third by gold content which is very useful for those wanting to compare the gold content of one coin with that of another. A fourth lists the coins by total weight. The others list the coins by country. The Gold Book is intended for use by appraisers, attorneys, bankers, coin dealers, investors, jewelers and anyone else buying, selling, appraising, inheriting, or accepting gold as collateral. It answers many common questions about gold coins and bars.
Beyond Walls and Cages: Prisons, Borders, and Global Crisis (Geographies of Justice and Social Transformation Ser.)
Best price for this book: $ 24.95
Take Me to the River: Photographs of Atlantic Rivers
Best price for this book: $ 26.77
"Take Me to the River" comprises four portfolios of ambrotypes of these rivers, from source to sea. Three extensive essays offer different perspectives on ways of seeing and thinking about these places: one by the photographer on the collodion process; a historical view by Alison Nordström, the former Senior Curator of Photography at the George Eastman House, on the importance of Kolster’s work; and an environmental history of Atlantic rivers by the noted historian Matthew Klingle.
Kolster’s dramatic yet understated photographs were made in a portable darkroom set up along the banks of the rivers with the wet-plate photographic process, a nineteenth-century method famously used to document the battlefields of the Civil War and the great vistas of the far American West. The chemical slurries that develop and fix the image on the glass plate mimic the movements of a river’s current, and the idiosyncratic qualities of the ambrotypes reference the historical coincidence of the dawn of photography and the industrialization of Europe and America.
With consensus building about our changing climate and the extent humans are responsible, these four Atlantic rivers challenge us to set aside our usual blinders of seeing the landscape as either pure or despoiled. As the boundaries between the human and the natural are increasingly entangled, these rivers suggest how we might embrace, even cherish, places once degraded and ignored.