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Capital

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$26.95
ISBN: 9780393082074
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 11th, 2012

A great fat London novel that cleverly exposes all the grubbiness, fragmentation and materialism of society which now prevail.  By focusing on one street and many of the new immigrants currently found there, Lanchester is less Dickens and maybe more Studs Turkel but the stories are always believable, heartbreaking, funny and human.    Loved it.

Susannah


One Times Square

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One Times Square: A Century of Change at the Crossroads of the World Cover Image
By Joe McKendry, Joe McKendry (Illustrator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781567923643
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Published: David R. Godine Publisher - June 13th, 2012

For kids who like to get completely absorbed in factual subject matter, or adults with the same leanings, you just can’t beat One Times Square. Joe McKendry chronicles the changes in Times Square over a century using amazingly clear illustrations. You will want to make a quick trip to New York after spending time with this book. Take a look. . .


Carol


Floating Gold: A Natura History of Ambergris

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$22.50
ISBN: 9780226430362
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: University of Chicago Press - May 15th, 2012

Ambergris, a biliary secretion of sperm whales, is one of the most expensive substances on earth.   And though it has been used as everything from a perfume fixative to a seasoning, we still know remarkably little about it.  Kemp's quirky little book bobs through an ocean of information about this fragrant flotsam, picking over New Zealand beaches, whaling histories, seventeenth century newspapers, perfumer's manuals, and the latest marine research in order to bring us the weird, wandering story of this strange commodity.

Kim


Gold

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$27.00
ISBN: 9781451672725
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Published: Simon & Schuster - July 3rd, 2012

The world of professional cycling and tenth of a second finishes is the backdrop for this story of friendship, parenthood and the "heartbreak of defeat".  Long-time friends and rivals, Kate and Zoe compete for a spot on the 2012 Olympic team. The voice of Kate's daughter Sophie, suffering with leukemia, is stunningly honest and wrenches everyone back to reality. Cleave is the author of the bestselling Little Bee and Incendiary.


Ellen


Rules of Civility

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$17.00
ISBN: 9780143121169
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Published: Penguin Books - June 26th, 2012

Rules of Civility, is a smart, scintillating story set in Manhattan during the late thirties.  He captures the give and take of a complicated three way friendship as they make their way through the ups and downs of jobs, relationships and much good fun and bubbly. Don’t miss this elegant debut book set when rules still mattered.

Jane D.


Killer Stuff and Tons of Money

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Killer Stuff and Tons of Money: An Insider's Look at the World of Flea Markets, Antiques, and Collecting Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143121053
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Published: Penguin Books - May 29th, 2012

A killer read and enthralling sneak peak behind the scenes of the modern day antique business.  It includes an honest look at the Brimfield Fair from a dealer's point of view, and features eye-widening information on addictive collecting and an amazing amount of knowledge and antiquing tips on how not to appear a rank amateur.  Truly fascinating reading for anyone even slightly interested in the business and for those of us who have ever been seduced by a "unique" find or deal.

Susannah


Richard Scarry’s The Great Pie Robbery & other mysteries

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$12.95
ISBN: 9781402758232
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Published: Sterling - August 1st, 2008

A treat for all the fans of Richard Scarry’s Busy Town oeuvre and his magnum opus, Cars and Trucks and Things That go.  The Great Pie Robbery contains 3 delightfully funny, busy mysteries solved by detectives Sam Cat and Dudley Pig and featuring many favorite characters from Busy Town.  Sure to be read over and over……. and over and over……….

Susannah


Popular Crime

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Popular Crime: Reflections on the Celebration of Violence Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781416552741
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Published: Scribner Book Company - May 8th, 2012

Lizzie Borden?  The Boston Strangler?  Sid Vicious & Nancy Spungen?  A glom of the table of contents reveals just how many actual murders are in the popular consciousness, and Bill James (yes - he of the Baseball Abstract) has been contemplating causes, solutions and meanings for years.  Fans of true crime books (or regular mysteries for that matter) will find these articles enlightening, provocative and as grotesquely fascinating as their subjects.


Gary


The Way of Kings

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$9.99
ISBN: 9780765365279
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Published: Tor Books - May 24th, 2011

This is the perfect book for readers waiting for the next book in George R.R. Martin’s Song of Fire and Ice series. Politics and magic.  Assassination and scholarship.  Old ways in conflict with a changing world. Sanderson may be best known for completing Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, but if The Way of Kings is any indication, his own Stormlight Light Archive might be the next great fantasy epic.


Josh


Memoirs of a Rugby-Playing Man

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Memoirs of a Rugby-Playing Man: Guts, Glory, and Blood in the World's Greatest Game Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780312547691
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Published: Thomas Dunne Books - April 24th, 2012

Drinking, singing, the late great Harry Crews, and the greatest game on Earth. This is a great sports memoir, getting to the heart of what makes rugby and ruggers unique, while telling Atkinson’s personal story of growth and discovery.  A must for anyone who’s ever rucked, scrummed, and mauled, and an interesting, insightful memoir of sport and writing for everyone else.


Josh 


Zombies Hate Stuff

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$9.95
ISBN: 9781452107400
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Published: Chronicle Books - March 21st, 2012

An intimate look into the zombie psyche! Stones's delicate drawings paired with such a passionate--hilarious--theme makes for an irresistible read. (Please note: one doesn't even have to LIKE zombies to LOVE this book.)


Jennifer


The Paper Garden

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The Paper Garden: An Artist Begins Her Life's Work at 72 Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781608196975
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - April 24th, 2012

From award-winning poet Molly Peacock: a biography of Mary Delaney, who began creating botanical "mosaics" at age 72 in the 18th century --but this book is so much more than that. Readers will be intrigued by Peacock's identification with Delaney, and the parallels between their lives. Peacock's writing is breathtaking, as are the enclosed reproductions of Delaney's artwork (those are collages, not paintings!). There's a little bit of everything for everyone here: biography, art, history, romance...

Jennifer


Coming of Age on Zoloft: How Antidepressants Cheered Us Up, Let Us Down, and Changed Who We Are

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$14.99
ISBN: 9780062059734
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Published: Harper Perennial - June 5th, 2012

Coming of Age on Zoloft is a gripping (and remarkably balanced) portrait of the antidepressant generation twenty years after Prozac, one that weaves interview, personal narrative, and cultural history more elegantly than any prior account of its kind.  Sharpe’s memoir brings to light the difficult questions of identity and agency that often accompany medication at an early age and explores the ways in which the biochemical model of mental illness affects us as individuals and as a culture.


Kim


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