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 Book Bites February 2014

PILOT PENS FOR WRITERS WITH STYLE

The Ultimate Practical and Professional Writing Instruments

By Bonnie Carroll

For those of us who still cling to the hand-written word for letters, notes and special messages Pilot Pens, makers of fine writing instruments that come in a mileau styles, capability options, and price scales. 

Their Frixion ball clicker pens in a rainbow of colors are perfect for students, home or office use. They are affordable erasable, retractable and refillable, making them unique in the world of practical writing instruments. Writing with this pen is a delight due to the smooth line of the ball. They also are ideal for color coding or personal expression. 

For more sophisticated pen lovers Pilot offers a collection of chic pens including the stylish MR Metropolitan fountain pen that fits so smoothly in your hand, with ink that flows so easily from pen to paper. The Vanishing Point Pilot Pen is an innovative product from Pilot that has a vanishing point and is sleek and beautiful with a carbonesque finish deisgn and optional eighteen carat gold nib. The vanishing point comes in red, blue or black barrel with gold accents, and is an ideal pen for travelers who write on long flights, and this pen will not be a problem going through security. Pilot’s high quality refills and accessories extend the life of their pens, making them a special value. These pens are considered to be one of the most economic and environmentally-friendly options on the market today. 

Pilot is a major sponsor for the “Keep America Beautiful” campaign, and strives to lower the number of pens that end up in landfills each year. They are manufacturing packaging products using recycled plastics and cardboard. Pilot was a co-sponsor with GBK Productions for the 2014 Golden Globes celebrity gifting suite at the L’Ermitage Hotel in Beverly Hills, where they displayed a designer gown covered with Pilot Pens created for the event that was a sensation with celebrities and the media.

For fountain pens, ballpoints, rolling points, retractable tips, erasable ink pens, gel inks, calligraphy pens, highlighter and permanent or whiteboard markers you can find it all at Pilot Pens. Visit: www.pilotpens.com for detailed descriptions and prices.

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Coveted by Genealogists and Fashionistas alike “Out-of-Style” Named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2013
Hollywood Costume Designer Turned Fashion Historian, Betty Kreisel Shubert Shares Her Modern Perspective on How Vintage Fashions Evolved


Out-of-Style A Modern Perspective of How, Why and When Vintage Fashions Evolved, written and illustrated by Betty Kreisel Shubert, has been named to the prestigious Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2013 list in the Indie Books category. As a Hollywood costume designer turned fashion historian and Ancestry Magazine columnist and illustrator, Shubert brings her extensive experience to shed a fresh perspective on the evolution of vintage fashions, creating an insightful and fascinating read making time-dating old photos and vintage fashions easy.
“The author’s deep knowledge of fashion, the book’s greatest strength, is evident in her cataloging of a broad range of men’s, women’s and children’s styles,” says Kirkus.
Out-of-Style, published by Flashback Publishingfeatures over 700 of Shubert’s own sequential illustrations that reveal the style clues that date clothes worn by men, women and children in 19th through 20th centuries and beyond.   Throughout her book, Shubert includes fascinating gems of social history from countless sources in order to illuminate the life and times of our ancestors.
“You have done a masterful job of defining your subject and your expertise in this field is unique… Your book promises to be a wonderful help to genealogist researchers everywhere. With great admiration for you,” says Ancestry.com Executive Editor and V.P. Community Relations, Loretto (Lou) Szucs.
As a columnist for Ancestry Magazine, Shubert’s ground-breaking book was inspired by the need of genealogists to time-date old family photographs by illustrating the sequential style clues that place clothes, and therefore people in their own time frame.
“I have bought numerous history of costume books, but none of them tell me what I need to know in a manner I can easily access, absorb and utilize... Your book is so easy to understand, I want to be the first to endorse it!” says the late Caroline Rober, past president of the Southern California Association of Professional Genealogists.
Shubert’s encyclopedia-like history book is also sought after to inform the research needs of costume designers, theater companies, social historians and vintage collectors who require authenticity to costume specific time periods.
“This broad compilation of evolving fashion...makes for a valuable addition to any reference collection,” says Kirkus.
Kirkus Reviews is distributed to more than 5,000 industry influencers and reviews more than 8,000 books, selecting only 100 for its Best Books list. Because of the scope of their coverage, authoritative voice and the timeliness of their reviews, Kirkus Reviews is revered by many as the first indicator of a book’s potential. Read more: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/betty-kreisel-shubert/out-of-style/
Out-of-Style is available for purchase through Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, Ingram and local book retailers.  It has been added to all campus libraries at the prestigious FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising) and the Ringling College of Art and Design for their film program.
“It truly is an honor to be recognized by Kirkus Reviews,” says Shubert.  “I wish this book had been available to me as a young costume design student and later as a working professional.” Available at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/OUT-STYLE-Perspective-Vintage-Fashions/dp/098357619X/ref=tmm_pap_title_0
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Monday Morning Cooking Club

The Food, The Stories, The Sisterhood

For five years, we made and tasted hundreds of dishes from which we have handpicked our favourites for inclusion in our first book. We have over 100 culturally diverse recipes, from more than 60 cooks, each of which has been truly tested and refined.

Each recipe begins with a short story of the cook and their history of the dish. These simple stories, interweaved with the amazing recipes, narrate the rich and personal history of far-flung communities and families who find a deep connection through food, and the memory of generations that have gone before.

Harper Collins, $29.99 


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