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WISDOM AND PHILOSOPHY

The Tao of Pooh + The Te of Piglet
by Benjamin Hoff
Penguin USA, 1994, ISBN 014095144X
An expert in Chinese philosophy explains facets of Taoism using Milne's famous character and explores the world of Winnie-the-Pooh through Tao, characterizing Pooh as a simple bear who subscribes to the principles of successful living. This book is very charming and easy to read - no complicated and boring philosophy, but plenty of nice examples and beautiful stories from ancient Asia and from the original book about Pooh.
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Sophie's World: A Novel About the History of Philosophy
by Jostein Gaarder
Berkley Publishing Group, 1996, ISBN 0425152251
The history of philosophy, presented as a novel - the story of a 15 year old girl, going through numerous adventures, meeting and solving various mysteries, in a magical world where present and past are intertwined, and so are fiction and reality. Very educational and very entertaining.
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The Meaning of Life : Reflections in Words and Pictures on Why We Are Here
by David Friend and the Editors of Life
Little, Brown & Company, 1991, ISBN 0316294020
This book greatly combines the art of photography, philosophy and real life stories. The world's most famous and respected people share their thoughts on the meaning of life; their words of wisdom are dispersed among excellent black and white photographs.
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More Reflections on the Meaning of Life
by David Friend
Little, Brown & Company, 1992, ISBN 0316294098
Continuation of the book above; now with color photos.
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Words I Wish I Wrote : A Collection of Writing That Inspired My Ideas
by Robert Fulghum
Cliff Street Books, 1999, ISBN 0060932228
Robert Fulghum pays tribute to the writers who inspired him in Words I Wish I Wrote. This book has something for everyone. It is a wonderful collection of thoughts and phrases that truly inspire and bring to light things that are too easily forgotten in today's hectic world.
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ADVICE AND EDUCATION

Tiptionary
by Mary Hunt
Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1997, ISBN 0805401474
Helpful advice for every household problem under the sun. With hints for family, food, home, cars, personal finances, and travel, it's like having all the advice your mother ever gave you--and you promptly forgot--collected into one compact volume.
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The MacMillan Visual Desk Reference
by Diagram Group
Macmillan Publishing Company, 1993, ISBN 002531310X
A collection of information on the physical world, communication, history, the modern world, the arts, science, technology, religion, philosophy, sports and games, the body and health, and the living world features charts, diagrams, drawings, and graphics.
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The 20th Century: An Illustrated History of Our Lives and Times
by Lorraine Glennon (Editor)
World Pub Co Ltd, 1999, ISBN 1572152745
One hundred eventful years are entertainingly assembled into one manageable package. It is superbly organized; the century is broken into decade by decade chapters, then further divided into year by year sections, each containing six to eight information packed pages per year. The 756 page book contains over 2500 photographs, maps and illustrations.
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Nature's Numbers
by Ian Stewart
BasicBooks, 1995, ISBN 0465072739
This book is a hint that math can be both fun and useful. Understandable even to the non-mathematical reader, it tells in an entertaining style what mathematics is about and what it is good for. It shows how math helped us understand nature and our world in general, how it was used in mankind's most important inventions and developments; how it threaded through our history and what can we expect in the future. Both enlightening and enjoyable reading.
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