Raising Children Textbook Rentals Classics Recipes College Raising chickens Football Trivia
Health Raising Children Textbook Rental Classics Recipes College Raising Chickens Football Trivia

Long Life Prescription

(NAPSI)-The prescription for a longer, healthier life may lie between the pages of a handy new paperback.

"Long Life Prescription" offers easy, effective ways to repair your body, combat ailments and stay energized at any age. Based on more than 500 clinical studies and interviews with more than 100 top doctors, the book offers proven and specific keys to living well.






  • How vacationing can lower your risk for heart disease
  • Which parts of your body can regenerate--and how to speed up the process
  • How dark chocolate and red wine can fight free radicals to combat age-related health concerns
  • Why lactose-intolerant people can get even more calcium from rhubarb, dried figs, and beans (the anti-aging superfood) than dairy
  • How sunshine can prevent the flu and physical activity twice a week can cut your risk of Alzheimer's in half.

With this book, readers may be able to improve their general well being, fight aging and increase their vitality in the process by examining their habits and lifestyle choices, assessing any damage already done and creating a repair plan. Published by Reader's Digest, "Long Life Prescription" is available wherever books are sold.

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Your Kids Are Your Own Fault

Your Kids Are Your Own Fault(NAPSI)-Raising responsible, productive adults can be easier, now that the author known as the pit bull of personal development has written a no-holds-barred parenting guide.

Larry Winget, the best-selling author of "No Time For Tact," "The Idiot Factor," "You're Broke Because You Want to Be" and "It's Called Work for a Reason!," turns his attention to parenting perils in his new book, "Your Kids Are Your Own Fault."

"Our kids are a mess," says Winget. "They are overmedicated, overindulged, overfed, overweight, overentertained, undereducated, underachieving, underdisciplined, disrespectful, illiterate brats with a sense of entitlement that is crippling our society and it has to change."

Along with in-depth research and experience from raising his own kids, Winget warns parents not to "expect to change your kids' behavior unless you are willing to change your own." If you set a bad example, they will follow it. His tough love approach warns:

  • Don't tell your kids they're special. They're not.
  • Don't make your kids the most important thing in life. They're not.
  • Don't turn to medicine to fix everything. Don't be lazy.

Published by Gotham Books, the book is available wherever books are sold. For more information, visit

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New Textbook Rental Option Helps Students Stay On Budget

New Textbook Rental Option Helps Students Stay On Budget(NAPSI)-To help ease the rising cost of education, many students trying to get by on a tight budget are searching for smart ways to save on textbooks. Although students have long known to troll the Web for deals on their required texts, another way many students are saving money is with textbook rentals.

A new Web a variety of formats and price points to help students save, including the option to rent the books they need. Developed by Cengage Learning, one of the world's leading publishers of print and digital educational materials for the academic, professional and library markets, offers more than 1,200 textbooks for rent at up to 70 percent off the retail price.

Cengage Learning is the first and only higher education publisher to offer a print textbook rental option directly to students. By renting directly from the publishers, students can be sure the Cengage Learning book they need will be in stock and that they will be receiving the correct edition.

Renting Is Easy and Convenient

Students who choose to rent will have immediate access to the first chapter of the book in e-book format while a hard copy of the text is shipped. Various rental term lengths are available-students can choose to rent titles for 60, 90 or 130 days-and if needed, they can extend the term for a fee. Once the rental term is complete, students can either choose to print a return label from the Web site and ship the textbook back, or purchase the title outright.

Additionally, is the only single destination offering more than 15,000 print textbooks, textbook rentals, eTextbooks, eChapters, audio books, and print, digital and audio study tools. Buying by the eChapter allows students to buy only the materials covered in class, which also works as a purchase plan for students looking to spread out the cost of materials over the length of the course. Students will find a broad range of online homework and study tools on Cengage, as well as a selection of free content and discounts for purchasing multiple products.

Coming in July 2010, an even more comprehensive rollout of titles will be available for rent. For more information, please visit or call 1-866-994-2427.

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Reanimating the Classics

Reanimating the Classics(NAPSI)-It could be a good thing if the thought of reading a literary classic sends a chill down your spine.

That's the idea behind a new set of "mash-up" novels that combine two of Jane Austen's best-known works with some of the sci-fi and horror world's most menacing--yet popular--monsters. Here's a closer look:

Sea Monsters Attack!

A tale of romance, heartbreak and tentacled mayhem, the New York Times best seller "Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters" expands the original text of Austen's beloved novel with all-new scenes of giant lobsters, rampaging octopi, two-headed sea serpents, swashbuckling pirates and other seaworthy creatures.

Written by Jane Austen and Ben H. Winters, the story opens as the Dashwood sisters are evicted from their childhood home and sent to live on a mysterious island full of savage creatures and dark secrets. While sensible Elinor falls in love with Edward Ferrars, her romantic sister Marianne is courted by both the handsome Willoughby and the hideous man-monster Colonel Brandon.

Can the Dashwood sisters triumph over meddlesome matriarchs and unscrupulous rogues to find true love? Or will they fall prey to the tentacles that are forever snapping at their heels?

Brain Food

"It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains." So begins "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," a mash-up of the literary classic, by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith.

Already an international and New York Times best seller, this book is now available in a new hardcover edition boasting additional bone-crunching scenes with 30 percent more mayhem and new full-color artwork.

"Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Deluxe Heirloom Edition" tells the story of Elizabeth Bennet and her quest to rid the English village of Meryton of "unmentionables."

But upon the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy, she is soon distracted. What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers--and even more violent sparring on the battlefield as Elizabeth wages war against hordes of flesh-eating zombies.

Both titles are published by Quirk Books and are available at your local bookstore. If you like these literary mash-ups, check out At the newly created site, you can discuss the books, read author interviews, and receive breaking news and information about new titles in the series.

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A Fresh, Fast And Fabulous Festive Meal

A Fresh, Fast And Fabulous Festive Meal

(NAPSI)-Serving a healthful, home-cooked meal during the holiday season is easier than you might imagine.

In fact, cooking light and luscious meals is what the test kitchens at Cooking Light magazine specialize in. The kitchen crew has put together a cookbook, "Cooking Light Fresh Food Fast," with 160 mouthwatering menus that are not only great for you but taste great, too.

With short ingredient lists, straightforward procedures and fresh ingredients, the recipes and meals in this cookbook may transform your weeknight meals.

Favorites include roasted vegetable pizza, corn and bacon chowder, chocolate pretzel bark and this recipe for Kalamata-Balsamic Chicken with Feta.


Prep: 4 minutes
Cook: 14 minutes


  • 4 (6-ounce) skinless boneless chicken breast halves

  • teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • Cooking spray

  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved

  • 16 pitted Kalamata olives, halved

  • 3 tablespoons light balsamic vinaigrette

  • 3 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese

  • 2 tablespoons small basil leaves


  1. Sprinkle chicken evenly with pepper.

  2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray.

  3. Cook chicken 6 to 7 minutes on each side until done. Transfer chicken to a serving platter; keep warm.

  4. While chicken cooks, combine tomatoes, olives and vinaigrette in a medium bowl.

  5. Add tomato mixture to pan; cook one to two minutes or until tomatoes soften. Spoon over chicken. Top evenly with cheese and basil.

Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 chicken breast, cup tomato mixture and tablespoons cheese).

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Something to Think About When Choosing a College

Something to Think About When Choosing a College(NAPSI)-Investing in a college education is always worthwhile; in this economy, it is even more crucial.

Over a working life, the typical worker with a four-year college degree earns in excess of 60 percent more than a worker with only a high school diploma. When you invest in something this important, you want to be sure it's worth your time and money. One way to do that is to make sure the college and the program you choose are "accredited."

Unlike some other countries, the U.S. Department of Education does not accredit colleges or universities or specific programs within them. Instead, the government recognizes private educational associations-either regional or national-that evaluate institutions and accredit those that offer sound educational programs.

"When you invest in a college degree, you want to be sure that it will be recognized by potential employers. Accreditation is your assurance of quality. It lets you and others know that a college meets recognized standards," says Jim Montoya, vice president of higher education at the College Board.

Accrediting agencies evaluate a college's academic programs, financial condition, facilities and administrative procedures.

College accreditation means:

  • The degree you earn will be recognized as a worthwhile academic credential by employers, graduate schools and professional licensing boards.

  • You may apply for federal financial aid. Only accredited colleges may distribute federal financial aid to their students.

  • Your tuition will qualify for federal income tax deductions and/or credits, if you meet other conditions.

  • The academic credits you earn will be eligible for transfer to another accredited college.

  • The college is financially sound and will likely still be in business when it's time to grant you a degree.

There are more than 2,100 accredited four-year colleges and universities and more than 1,600 two-year colleges in the United States.

The bottom line is this: One of the first things you should verify when you look at a college is its accreditation-especially if it has been operating for only a few years. If you can't be completely confident that the degree you earn will be accepted as a bona fide credential (or that the college will still be in business when you graduate), look elsewhere.

It's not hard to find accredited colleges. Every college appearing in the College Board's "College Handbook" or in the College Search feature on has been accredited by either a national or regional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Make sure the college you are applying to is a legitimate institution of higher learning.

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Raising Chickens

Raising Chickens(NAPSI)-Raising chickens on a small scale is growing in popularity. Green living, a search for a simpler life, preferences for organic food products and a backlash against commercial agriculture (in addition to a down economy) have all contributed to the rise in poultry raising.

In "Raising Chickens For Dummies" (Wiley), Kimberly Willis and Rob Ludlow provide readers with an introduction to all aspects of the hobby, including choosing and purchasing chickens, constructing housing, and caring for and feeding chickens. Whether you're looking to raise chickens for eggs, meat or just for fun, this book offers current information in an easy-to-access format.

Willis, who works as a horticulturist, has raised a number of breeds of chickens and other types of poultry for over 30 years. She is an advocate for eating locally and sells her fresh brown eggs to friends and family. She has numerous articles in print. You can read her work at

After realizing his obsession with chickens was growing, Ludlow decided to create a site devoted completely to the subject. Now he owns and manages, the largest and fastest-growing community of chicken enthusiasts in the world. The site has a community of more than 35,000 chicken owners.

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Football Trivia Roundup

Football Trivia Roundup(NAPSI)-Whether they're tailgating, playing in a fantasy league or trading gridiron facts, football fans are known for their competitive spirit and insatiable appetite for all things pigskin. If you count yourself among them, you might try exercising your brain with a little football trivia:





What player once ran for more than 2,000 yards in one season for the Ravens?

  1. Terry Allen

  2. Willis McGahee

  3. Priest Holmes

  4. Jamal Lewis

The answer is "D," Jamal Lewis. The question, and more than 2,500 others like it, are in a new book called "Obsessed With Football." It comes with an electronic scoring module that allows players to quiz themselves or compete against a friend as it tracks points from play to play. Here's a look at some of the book's additional football trivia:

1.) What uniform number did Johnny Unitas make famous?

  1. 18

  2. 19

  3. 16

  4. 10

2.) What team did lefty Boomer Esiason lead to the Super Bowl?

  1. St. Louis Rams

  2. New York Jets

  3. Cincinnati Bengals

  4. Pittsburgh Steelers

3.) Which of the following Hall of Fame quarterbacks was not a first-round draft choice?

  1. Fran Tarkenton

  2. Bob Griese

  3. Terry Bradshaw

  4. Troy Aikman

4.) Who is the only person in both the Baseball and Football Hall of Fame?

  1. Frank Gatski

  2. Bo Jackson

  3. Cal Hubbard

  4. Jim Thorpe

5.) Who owns the record for the longest touchdown run at 99 yards?

  1. Ahman Green

  2. Tony Dorsett

  3. Randall Cunningham

  4. Marcus Allen

6.) What player holds the single-season mark of 2,429 yards gained from scrimmage?

  1. LaDainian Tomlinson

  2. Jim Brown

  3. Marshall Faulk

  4. Emmitt Smith


1.) B; 2.) C; 3.) A; 4.) C; 5.) B; 6.) C

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