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Pacific Crucible

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Pacific Crucible: War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941-1942 Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780393068139
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 14th, 2011

Toll (author of the superb Six Frigates) starts with a horrific narrative of Pearl Harbor, goes through the savage learning curve of the Battle of the Coral Sea (this was all a new kind of warfare) and climaxes with a spectacular account of Midway.  In-depth portraits of the major players add an exciting dimension to the great naval duel.

Gary


Atlas of Remote Islands

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Atlas of Remote Islands: Fifty Islands I Have Never Set Foot on and Never Will Cover Image
By Judith Schalansky, Christine Lo (Translator)
$32.00
ISBN: 9780143118206
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Published: Penguin Books - October 5th, 2010

For travelers of the world and travelers of the imagination. Lonely Island. Deception Island. Tikopia. Floreana. History, inhabitants, distance, discovery, and beautiful illustrations. Flip through. Linger. Explore.

Josh


The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

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$5.99
ISBN: 9780064470445
Availability: Backordered
Published: HarperTrophy - September 7th, 1988

A family of wild ruffians teach the other church kids a thing or two about the true meaning of Christmas. This is a delightful, funny and altogether charming story perfect for the holidays. A fun read to share with young and old each year at this time.

Jane D.


The Train of Small Mercies

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$25.95
ISBN: 9780399157288
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Published: Putnam Adult - October 13th, 2011

A snapshot of the lives of six people on a particular day forms the theme of this debut novel.  On June 8, 1968 as Robert Kennedy's funeral train makes its way from Penn Station in New York to Union Station in Washington DC, these six disparate stories are told as each character makes their way to catch a glimpse of the passing train.  The sadness and sense of history is beautifully woven into each person's tale, and the heat of the day and the anticipation of the train's arrival is palpable.


Anne


An Infamous Army

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An Infamous Army: A Novel of Love, War, Wellington and Waterloo Cover Image
$20.99
ISBN: 9781402210075
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - September 1st, 2007

Romance, war, intrigue, romance. What more could you ask of the premier romance writer of the early 20th century!?  The story is set in Brussels in the months preceding the  famous Battle of Waterloo and is really a novel of that battle with romance attached. An Infamous Army is used by Sandhurst, the British War Academy, to teach about the battle. It has amazing fidelity to formations, movements, and men in all sorts of armies. And, you get to see British high society at their best and worst. Read and come back for more Heyer!

Jane J


The Dovekeepers

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$27.99
ISBN: 9781451617474
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Published: Scribner Book Company - October 4th, 2011

Set in ancient Israel, The Dovekeepers tells the story of four extraordinary women; their struggles, secrets, loves and eventual fate while living at Masada in the Judean desert, where nine hundred Jews died trying to fight the Roman army.  A thoroughly researched novel, The Dovekeepers is rich in detail and written with Hoffman’s usual grace tinged with a pervasive sense of mystery and unyielding destiny.

Nathan


Wicked River

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Wicked River: The Mississippi When It Last Ran Wild Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780307473578
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Published: Vintage - October 4th, 2011

It seems everybody on a Mississippi river boat was out to cheat, swindle, outright rob or even kill you if you were unfortunate enough to be an innocent pilgrim.  It was a wild and raucous bunch who peopled the wild and roiling river, and Sandlin, in addition to painting a vivid picture of the dangerous physicality of the greatest of America's merchantile waterways, packs this flavorful history with river pirates and professional gamblers, rapscallions and adventurers, wrecks and epic Civil War engagements.  The title is apt.

Gary


Refresh, Refresh

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$17.99
ISBN: 9781596435223
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Published: First Second - September 29th, 2009

Josh, Gordon and Cody are high-schoolers from a small town in Oregon. Intense watercolor and ink drawings tell their story: their fathers are all serving in Iraq, and each is struggling with being the "man" of their household in their fathers' absence. Ultimately, this violent and bleak graphic novel presents a powerful picture of the sons left behind, as each dreams of following in his father's footsteps and serving in the military.

Jory


Family Meal

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The Family Meal: Home Cooking with Ferran Adria Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780714862538
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Published: Phaidon Press - October 3rd, 2011

Every day the staff at el Bulli sat down together for a family meal before service. The meals were simple, hearty affairs designed to help power the chefs through their long night, but still spiced with the creativity that made Feran Adria and elBulli world famous. With elBulli now closed, this book will be closest we can get to tasting Adria’s genius.


Josh


Lives and Letters

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$30.00
ISBN: 9780374298821
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - April 26th, 2011

Gottlieb (formerly editor in chief of Simon and Schuster and editor of The New Yorker) has collected here his remarkable sketches (and then some) of well-known figures mostly from the literary and entertainment worlds. The first, and longer, section takes us into the (often intimate) lives of people whose names we all know, from Judy Garland and Harry Houdini to Bruno Bettelheim and the Mitfords. The Letters include an essay on the crime novels of two First Daughters (“White House Whodunits”) and “Analyze That: H.D., Bryher, and Freud”—all are witty, informative, and, of course, beautifully written. A lot of fun with, at imes, a delicious whiff of gossip.

Joan


How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous

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By Georgia Bragg, Kevin O'Malley (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780802798176
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Published: Walker Childrens - March 15th, 2011

Everyone thinks that Cleopatra killed herself with a poisonous snake, an asp, but actually, she used a hairpin dipped in poison. And did you know that Beethoven died of lead poisoning? They pumped gray liquid out of his belly for a few days before he died. Which could explain his bad temperament and clumsiness, because he had 1,000 times ver a survive-able level of lead found in his body years after his death. If you have ever wanted all the gruesome, gritty details of the deaths of famous people in history, Georgia Bragg has served them up in this delightful and nauseating collection.

Jory


Daughter of Smoke & Bone

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$20.00
ISBN: 9780316134026
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 27th, 2011

Laini Taylor caught my eye with this lush, angels-and-demons tale: she constructs both a frightening and romantic world, half modern-day Prague and half Otherworld, as the backdrop for a thrilling apocalypse tale. If you've read any Cassandra Clare or Holly Black, then give this new cool punk-style fantasy a try, too.


Jill


Hemingway's Boat

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Hemingway's Boat: Everything He Loved in Life, and Lost, 1934-1961 Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781400041626
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Published: Knopf - September 20th, 2011

In
a brilliant conceit, Hendrickson hangs this wonderful hybrid of
biography, rumination, analysis and celebration of Hemingway upon the
period of his ownership of the Pilar, his
custom made fishing boat.  Even readers of earlier Hemingway
biographies will find loads of fresh riches, back story and context.Gary


War

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$16.00
ISBN: 9780446556224
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Published: Twelve - May 17th, 2011

Sebastian
Junger spent over a year with a platoon in the Korengal Valley in
Afghanistan to document what the experience of war feels like for
today’s front-line soldiers. This book and the documentary film Restrepo
he made with Tim Hetherington are the result. Junger’s book is both
powerful and profound and filled with insights as to how men respond to
and are affected by combat.Dale


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