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Staff Picks


Fledgling (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780446696166
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Published: Grand Central Publishing, 1/2007

When Shori wakes she is lost and suffering from major brain trauma. As she recovers, the memories that surface tell an incredible story: though Shori appears to be a child, she is actually a 53-year-old member of a vampiric race called Ina. Now Shori must wade headfirst into murky Ina politics and decide who to trust, for one thing is certain: one of her Ina brethren is responsible for the slaughter that left her helpless and stripped of memory. Hugo and Nebula award-winning author Octavia Butler's last novel is engrossing, lush and terribly unsettling.



ISBN-13: 9780393337952
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company, 9/2009

Simply put, this book is as lovely as it’s cover.


Us : A Novel

Us (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780062365583
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Published: Harper, 10/2014

I enjoyed this book so much that I tried to take my time finishing it in an attempt to make the pleasure last a little longer. I met with very limited success.  Douglas and Connie Peterson embark on a month long excursion in Europe with their almost adult son Albie.  Their marriage is shaky and Albie is chafing at the idea of another family trip especially one that seemingly has so much at stake.  If you liked Nicholls' previous book One Day or are a Jojo Moyes fan you are going to want to read this one.



Thrown (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9781936747924
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Published: Sarabande Books, 10/2014

Unlike anything you've ever read, Thrown is a philosophical exploration of what it means to be alive through the lens of Mixed Martial Arts. The work of an intense intellect, Thrown uses the lives of two fighters to struggle with the biggest questions of experience, very directly  fighting for meaning and significance in our chaotic and confusing world. A major work by a major mind.


Through the Woods

Through the Woods (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9781442465954
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books, 7/2014

One of the most exciting new voices in comics, Emily Carroll’s unsettling fairy tales are atmospheric and lyrical, conveying a loneliness and vulnerability that connects the reader immediately with her unfortunate heroines. Carroll is a master of sowing subtle menace into the tone and settings of her stories, allowing her to achieve the most rare thing of all in horror comics—stories that are actually scary, and long before any monster appears on the page.


Hunters of the Great Forest

ISBN-13: 9781596438965
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Published: Roaring Brook Press, 10/2014

This was not my original children’s pick, but honestly how could I resist? With charming drawings and a delightful ending, this wordless storybook
stole the day.


The Perfect Place

The Perfect Place (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780547255194
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Published: Clarion Books, 11/2014

It can't be a coincidence that Great-Aunt Grace's initials spell GAG. Treasure knows it's the beginning of a disaster when her mother leaves her in Black Lake, Virginia for the summer. She'll be happy to move on as soon as her parents find a new place to live. But somehow, despite everything from Vacation Bible School catastrophes to cleaning every inch of GAG's candy store, Black Lake turns out to be hard to hate -- and it just might be the perfect place for Treasure's family after all.



ISBN-13: 9780763671969
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Published: Candlewick, 10/2014

There is never a dull moment in this sprawling adventure story. From Vango’s mysterious early life of privilege to his young life on a deserted Aeolian island, to trips on a dirigible, back and forth around Europe, with Russians and the French Police and others in pursuit. This is a fresh, funny, amazingly ingenious and entertaining adventure that will keep readers glued to the pages


When the Sea is Rising Red

ISBN-13: 9781250050687
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Published: Square Fish, 9/2014

When seventeen-year-old Felicita's dearest friend kills herself to escape an arranged marriage, Felicita vows that her fate will be different. After faking her own death, she runs from her sheltered life as one of the city's magical elite into the slums, where she brushes elbows with serf and vampire alike. But all is not right in Pelimburg, and soon Felicita must decide whether her loyalties lie with the family she abandoned...or with those who would destroy Pelimburg's caste system, and the whole city along with it. A weird, beautiful book for fans of Doctor Who's "The Vampires of Venice."


Mirette on the High Wire

ISBN-13: 9780698114432
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Published: Puffin, 4/1997

Mirette dreams of life beyond her mother's boarding house in Belle Epoque Paris. Could high wire walker The Great Bellini be her ticket out? A vivid, adventurous story told alongside dreamlike, Toulouse-Lautrec-esque illustrations,


Before After

Before After (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780763676216
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Published: Candlewick, 10/2014

This clever, wordless book is filled with beautiful before and after illustrations. Some are simple: wheat turns to bread, a flock of sheep is then a ball of yarn. Others are more complex: a cow in a pasture becomes a bottle of milk, but pull away and that same cow becomes a painting.  Some of the scenarios will make you smile, some will make you wonder, all will delight.  Read this with your children (4 and up) and be prepared to discuss and to answer questions. This is one that adults will enjoy as much as kids.


Falling into Place

Falling Into Place (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780062295040
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Published: Greenwillow Books, 9/2014

Liz Emerson is not meant to be a likable person. Her actions are painful, devastating, and selfish in as many ways as you can imagine. And yet, the story of her self-destruction, as told by an intimate and omniscient narrator, is highly engrossing and emotional. Made possible by the spectrum of feelings of those who surround her, the reader is inspired to care about what happens to Liz in this unforgettable young adult novel.


Seeking the Cave

ISBN-13: 9781571313461
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Published: Milkweed Editions, 10/2014

Thirty years after first encountering the poems of Han-shan, better known here as Cold Mountain, James Lenfestey makes a pilgrimage of sorts to the reputed hillside cave in China where Han-Shan lived as a hermit centuries ago. With Bill Porter (aka Red Pine) as his guide he visits along the way shrines of other important poets and Buddhist temples all the while documenting his journey in both prose and verse.


Confronting the Classics

ISBN-13: 9780871408594
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation, 10/2014

Lots of historo-intellectual fun for Antiquity enthusiasts.  In her well-wrought essays Beard brings refreshing insight and deep scholarship to this flavorful collection covering most of the Ancient World Hit Parade from Homer to Asterix.  Paging through it is like visiting old (ancient, in fact) friends.


The Birds of Pandemonium

ISBN-13: 9781616201364
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Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 10/2014

A backyard filled with 350 endangered birds?  Pandemonium Aviaries began eighteen years ago with the rescue of one bird and has since grown into a recognized breeding facility for threaten species of New Guinea. Owner Michele Raffin has since become a certified aviculturist and a consultant to zoo and other breeders. And yes, all in her backyard.


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