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Staff Picks

My True Love Gave to Me

ISBN-13: 9781250059307
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin, 10/2014

If you love gingerbread, the first snowfall, Love Actually, hot chocolate with whipped cream, family togetherness, or anything at all to do with the happy glow of the holiday season, then this short story collection is for you. Stephanie Perkins delivers a scrumptious confection powered by twelve heavy- hitting YA authors (including Rainbow Rowell, David Levithan, and Gayle Forman, to name just a few). Truly heartwarming and happy-making.


A Bed for Bear

A Bed for Bear (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780062237057
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Published: HarperCollins, 11/2014

Looking for the best place to hibernate this winter, so is bear. He searches and searches until he realizes “there’s no place like home.”




Noggin (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9781442458727
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 4/2014

Humor is probably the best way to deal with waking up five years after you've died. That's what Travis Coates does, in a brand new body, with the same old head, still sixteen when everyone he's every known and loved is five years older. Sadness of course plays in a bit too, but I'd be getting aHEAD of the story and giving too much away, and I can't do Whaley's storytelling justice anyways.



Jackaby (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9781616203535
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Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 9/2014

Doctor Who meets Sherlock Holmes in New England detective Mr. R. F. Jackaby and his assistant, the dauntless Abigail Rook, who specialize in solving crimes of the supernatural variety.  


The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place

ISBN-13: 9781596439566
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Published: Roaring Brook Press, 9/2014

Seven girls at a boarding school combine their wits and talents to protect each other when their headmistress is poisoned. A wonderfully twisted tale of murder, intrigue and unladylike behavior.


Heap House

ISBN-13: 9781468309539
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Published: Overlook Press, 10/2014

Fantastically creepy and strange. Carey creates a darkly funny, clever and macabre tale of two misfit orphans each owned in different ways by Heap House, punctuated by gloomy Edward Gorey-style portraits of the house's many inhabitants. Perfect for fans of Lemony Snicket, Neil Gaiman and Roald Dahl.


The Family Romanov

ISBN-13: 9780375867828
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Published: Schwartz & Wade, 7/2014

The story of the last Russian tsar and his family, with their palaces, intrigues, and pastimes, is woven through with first-person accounts of ordinary Russian children from the same time period, for a well-rounded and compelling portrait of the Russian Revolution that adults will enjoy as much as younger readers.


Old Filth Trilogy Boxed Set

ISBN-13: 9781609452285
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Published: Europa Editions, 11/2014

Old Filth has been a staff pick before, but Europa has now issued the magnificent Filth
trilogy in a single boxed set. The novels trace the interwoven stories of the three main characters, each taking center stage in one of the books. These are stories of the fading British empire in Asia during the mid-20th century, and the gentle decline of three protagonists into old age as they return to rural England. The writing is poignant, funny and incisive, and each book ends making you wish it had another 200 pages.



ISBN-13: 9781619024250
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Published: Counterpoint LLC, 11/2014

A marriage of 21 poems by this acclaimed, poet, fiction writer and farmer, with dozens of full-color watercolor illustrations that are visual meditations on the poems they illustrate .  Together they draw on their love of the natural world to make a collection that is a consummate example of fine bookmaking.  Appropriate for children of all ages & those who love the book as physical object.


The Bee: A Natural History

ISBN-13: 9780691161358
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Published: Princeton University Press, 8/2014

Just an amazing look at the beautiful, intricate and fascinating world of bees. The perfect gift for the inquisitive person on your list - explores the relationship between humans and bees, and describes the evolution and behavior of bees. Noah Wilson-Rich is a local author, a TED speaker, and is devoted to improving and preserving honey bee health. It is a delightful book to own.


The Art of Tinkering

ISBN-13: 9781616286095
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Published: Weldon Owen, 10/2013

If you're looking for a gift for a curious, creative, out-of-the-box thinker, this may very well be the perfect one.  From the Tinkering Studio at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, it’s chock-full of jumping-off points for tinkering adventures, suggestions for tools and materials, and wonderful stories of tinkering adventures. Complete with a hackable cover with conductive ink, this book is sure  to amaze, delight and inspire.


The Gardener's Garden

ISBN-13: 9780714867472
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Published: Phaidon Press, 10/2014

A terrific gift for the gardening friend who has all the reference books they need. The Gardener’s Garden is both encyclopedic and international in scope filled with illustrations and explanatory text about the world’s most interesting and important gardens. A source for inspiration, for potential travel destinations, or just for dreaming.


Dept. of Speculation

ISBN-13: 9780345806871
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Published: Vintage, 10/2014

A wonderfully disjointed narrative detailing the inexhaustible speculations (neuroses) of an apprehensive new mother in Brooklyn. At times reminiscent of Lydia Davis' bizarrely specific-vague short stories, with humor and form more akin to Mary Robison's One DOA, One on the Way, Renata Adler's Speedboat or Annie Dillard's The Writing Life.


The Kitchn Cookbook

ISBN-13: 9780770434434
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Published: Clarkson Potter, 10/2014

Isn’t winter the perfect time for curling up with good cookbooks? KITCHN makes it even better by including cooks’ kitchens, hints on setting up and organizing your own kitchen, and wonderful new and classic recipes. Great photographs, great recipes, great fun!


The Collected Essex County

ISBN-13: 9781603090384
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Published: Top Shelf Productions, 8/2009

Jeff Lemire is one of the finest craftsmen of literary graphic novels working today, and the Essex County trilogy is his masterpiece. A bit of Southern Gothic  for rural Canada, Essex County is a triptych on guilt and grief, and the ways  places lay claim to the people who inhabit them. Smart, complex, and full of heart,  this is a must-read for serious graphic novel fans, or any fan of well-told stories.


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