Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1945. Hardcover. 5 1/2 x 8, 287 pgs. Life on a wilderness chicken ranch told with wit and high humor.
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New York: Scribner, 1954. Hardcover. 5 1/2 x 8, 214 pgs, b&w photos. The story of a couple who settled in and built their home in the Matanuska Valley in the mid-20th century.
New York: Lyons Press, 1999. Second edition. Paperback. 4 1/2 x 7, 192 pgs, b&w illustrations. Originally published in 1887, it tells you how to build all sorts of fences, gates and fastenings, wickets & stiles, country bridges, culverts and it even addresses fence law.
Des Moines, IA: The General Assembly, 1903. Hardcover. 5 x 7, 594 pgs, charts, index, b&w portrait of the governor on frontispiece. Includes 1900 census returns, statistics and more.
New York: Harper & Row, 1986. Fourth printing. Hardcover. 10 x 10, 107 pgs, index, bibliography, color photos throughout, foreword by Ken Hom. All about the grills, tools, and fuels for good grilling, recipes for over 30 marinades and sauces, grilling guidelines, complete menus and more.
New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1979. Hardcover. 9 x 12, 240 pgs, index, notes, b&w and color photos. Looks at the total range of bedding materials, from those used on the earliest crude bedsteads in one room shanties to those laid on the elaborate four-posters of the Victorian era.
Osceola, WI: MBI Publications, 1999. Second edition. Paperback. 7 1/2 x 9, 192 pgs, index, b&w photos throughout. Pickups ranging from Model Ts and delivery trucks to today's sport utility vehicles and F Series trucks are examined in detail to provide an excellent reference for anyone looking to purchase a Ford pickup.
New York: Appleton-Century, 1964. First edition. Hardcover. 6 x 9, 424 pgs, index. An anthology of farm writing from 1492 and Columbus to the twentieth century journal of Louis Bromfield.
London: Ryland, Peters & Small, 2001. Second edition. Hardcover. 9 1/2 x 11 1/2, 192 pgs, index, color photos throughout. From log cabins to Victorian mansions, from rough-hewn planks to painted and polished floorboards, from the simplest Shaker chair to the most luxurious mahogany firescreen, this book explores the vast decorative potential of wood.
Ft. Worth: Texas-New Mexico Power Company, 1992. Paperback. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, 49 pgs. The annual recipe book from this local power company. Recipes collected by the home economists for the five divisions of TNMP.
Baldwin Park, CA: Gem Guides, 1989. First edition. Paperback. 6 x 9, 120 pgs, b&w maps, photos and illustrations. More than 80 of the best sites for finding gems, minerals and fossils in Oregon. A few places with highlighting.
New York: Rizzoli, 1996. Paperback. 8 1/2 x 11, 224 pgs, color and b&w photos throughout. Monograph on Californian architecture firm founded by Australian architects Hank Koning and Julie Eizenberg; best known for innovative, eye-catching, low-cost housing of all types in Los Angeles and its beach communities of Venice and Santa Monica.
Pleasantville, NY: Reader's Digest Assn. 1988. Hardcover. 9 1/2 x 11, 304 pgs, color photos and illustrations throughout. A pretty coffee-table style book with essays, stories, cooking and songs that bring to life all things rural.
Birmingham, AL: Oxmoor House, 1974. First edition. Paperback. 8 1/2 x 11, 112 pgs, b&w photos and diagrams. All sorts of planning and planting tips from a veteran Landscape Architect. Slight damp wrinkling.
New York: Random House, 1955. Second printing. Hardcover. 6 x 9, pages unnumbered (several hundred), decorated endsheets, pages discolored with age. A classic old cookbook.
Minneapolis: Motorbooks, 2008. Paperback. 8 x 11, 160 pgs, index, color photos. Virtually everyone needs to move something--a car, a lawnmower, straw bales, or boxes--and a trailer is generally the preferred method. This book gives homeowners and mechanics, farmers and modern-day nomads all the information they need to get moving via trailer.
Florence, AL: Books Americana, 1993. Paperback. 8 1/2 x 11, 590 pgs, b&w and a section of color photos. Includes sections on Pez, Schoenhut, Western-style Guns and much more.
Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 1999. 9th Edition. Paperback. 8 1/2 x 11, 590 pgs, b&w and a section of color photos. Includes rare pre-World War II toys and over 16,500 other items.
Camden, ME: Yankee Publishing, 2003. Hardcover. 7 1/2 x 9 1/2, 400 pgs, index, b&w illustrations. A useful book filled with useful and relevant house, garden, and life tips.
New York: Books Americana, 1985. Paperback. 8 1/2 x 11, 306 pgs, b&w photos. Any golf fan would find it interesting to peruse these pages for a visual history of the game's artifacts. Writing on title page.
Minneapolis: National Home Gardening Club, 1997. Reprint. Hardcover. 8 1/2 x 11, 198 pgs, index, color photos throughout. Chapters include The Garden Environment, Garden Styles, Design Consideration, The Possibilities of Perennials and more.
New York: Penguin Books, 1986. Paperback. 8 1/2 x 9, 167 pgs, index, color and b&w photos and illustrations throughout. A guide to designing, installing, and planting ornamental and natural water features for any garden.
New York: Clarion Books, 1989. Reprint. Paperback. 7 x 9, 104 pgs, index, b&w photos, illustrations. Guides young readers on an ancestor-hunting quest. Includes details on how to creat edirect-ancestry charts, gather information from family interviews and memorabilia, and more.
Boston: David R. Godine, 1978. Paperback. 6 x 9, 124 pgs, illustrated. Essays of a sometimes farmer, all about country-ish things, from intensely practical to mildly literary. "Making Butter", "Buying a Pickup", and "Buying a Chainsaw" are just a few of the wonderful essays.
New York: Winchester Press, 1978. Hardcover. 7 x 10, 191 pgs, b&w illustrations. Simple and straightforward instructions, often advising the reader of apparent shortcuts that won't work (and why). Ex-library with the usual markings.