book sale finds

Happy first day of Spring, friend! We’re celebrating the occasion the same way we celebrate every occasion: By starting a new book!

Lippincott Manual of Nursing Practice Series: Assessment. (Php150.00, approx USD3.47 at Book Sale)

This was a really good find for me. Personally, I feel that despite the fact that I graduated from one of the best nursing schools in the country, my training on health assessment was somewhat inadequate. It is my opinion that assessment is the most important part of the nursing process, because it is the foundation for all subsequent care.

I love that this book describes in depth assessments and has some useful illustrations, diagrams and pictures to give me an idea of what I’m looking for when I’m doing my assessment.

We’ll see how useful it truly is once I get back to work. :)

So here it is, Peking (Great Cities) from Time-Life books, for PhP155 (USD 3.58). I’m only a chapter in, but it’s an interesting account of life in and the history of Peking. (I must admit that I mostly bought it for the photos.)

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This was Dowager Empress Ci'xi’s quarters in the Forbidden City.

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And this is an extremely talented artist, carving intricate sculptures from ivory.

The Art Book from the editors of Phaidon Press (Php145, approx USD3.35 from Book Sale)

This was a huge find, as books like these cost an entire paycheck where I come from. It’s a straightforward reference to thousands of artists. I’ve discovered many new artists just by randomly browsing its pages. Occasionally, just for practice, I’ll flick it open and make a small copy of the first work I see. It’s nice to work out of my comfort zone.

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It’s not going to be much good if you want a detailed artist’s biography or an analysis of their technique. All it is is the artist’s name, a painting which is considered to be typical of their style, and a short description of the painting. But then, all those things can be easily found on Wikipedia.