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The Information

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The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood Cover Image
ISBN: 9781400096237
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Published: Vintage - March 6th, 2012

Talking drums, the difference engine, code breaking and computer software. As with Chaos, Gleick’s The Information is not just a story of science, but a story of how we think about ourselves and our world. Filled with fascinating people and eye-opening perspectives, Gleick guides us through the discovery, growth, and development of one of the most important ideas in the modern world.

Z is for Moose

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By Kelly Bingham, Paul O. Zelinsky (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780060799847
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Published: Greenwillow Books - February 28th, 2012

Moose cannot wait for his turn during the Alphabet Photo-shoot to take center stage. As each letter, A, B, C, D, parades by, Moose can barely contain his excitement. But when the alphabet rolls on to M, Moose finds himself passed over for ‘Mouse’. His fury unleashed, Moose begins disrupting many other letters’ photo-shoots, in this hilarious, new alphabet book. Paul Zelinsky’s detailed illustrations ask to be pored over, only eliciting more laughs.



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ISBN: 9780060733070
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Published: HarperCollins - April 24th, 2012

Three very different girls end up on a peach farm in Georgia for the summer. Initially, Birdie, Leeda, and Murphy want nothing to do with each other. But as the summer progresses, they find their lives weaving meaningfully together, as they negotiate their families, deep secrets, and boys who they may (or may not) be falling in love with. The first book in the Peaches series triumphs unlikely friendships, and is full of warmth.

The Cat’s Table

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ISBN: 9780307700117
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - October 4th, 2011

Imagine letting your eleven year old son board a ship in Colombo bound for England.  This is the stage Ondaatje set’s for three young adolescent boys traveling alone in the 1950’s. I still feel the sheer sense of joy the boys experience finding each other at the Cat’s Table and begin their adolescent romp exploring the ship.  In exquisite prose Ondaatje weaves this well told story of their adventures on board ship and after.
Jane D.


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ISBN: 9781419701511
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Published: Abrams Appleseed - May 1st, 2012

Just when you thought you'd seen every possible version of an opposites board book, along comes one that is the opposite of all the rest!! Gorgeous graphics and unusual pairings (clear - blurry; invisible-visible) make this book a must for every child's library. Take a look.

The Mezzanine,

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ISBN: 9780802144904
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Published: Grove Press - July 13th, 2010

In this acclaimed novel, a businessman’s daily escalator ride prompts an impressive meditation on modernity and the life of the mind.  Baker’s elegant opusculum describes the texture of the late twentieth century with wonder, linking everyday experiences in intimate and unexpected ways.  The narrator, a neurotic young professional with a passion for earplugs (and a woman known only as ‘L’)  is as witty as he is endearing.  Sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking, The Mezzanine examines routine with rare tenderness.  You will never look at life, love, or Jiffy Pop the same way.

The Patrick Melrose Novels

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The Patrick Melrose Novels: Never Mind, Bad News, Some Hope, and Mother's Milk Cover Image
ISBN: 9780312429966
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Published: Picador USA - January 31st, 2012

Brideshead meets Sade, with a touch of Lord Henry Wotton, a bit of a Brit snob Trainspotting and even, within a carapace of disdain, heart.  This quartet of short novels starts quietly, like a razor through silk, with 5-year-old Patrick an almost peripheral figure throwing into highlight his helplessly appalling aristo family.  Things go deliciously, decadently downhill from there.  Superb prose in service of an elegant black comedy bildungsroman.

All Our Worldly Goods

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ISBN: 9780307743299
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Published: Vintage - September 6th, 2011

Published in 1947 five years after the author’s death, All Our Worldly Goods, tells the story of life in a provincial French town in the years 1910 to 1940.  A gripping story of romance, intrigue, and war, this novel captures the insularity of a small world filled with an intriguing cast of characters. Beautifully written, All Our Worldly Goods, embodies Nemirovky’s acute observations in her brilliant nuanced way.


How It All Began

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ISBN: 9780670023448
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Published: Viking Books - January 5th, 2012

Penelope Lively is one of my favorite authors, starting with her Booker Prize winner, Moon Tiger to The Photograph and her latest How It All Began. The Photograph begins when an old picture is discovered moving the story backwards in time.  Just the opposite happens in How It All Began. A random mugging sends Charlotte to live with her daughter and son-in-law which begins a ripple effect with her family and friends.  Lively’s wry humor and well crafted stories always delight her readers.
Jane D

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again

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By Frank Cottrell Boyce, Joe Berger (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763659578
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - March 13th, 2012

Even if you're not familiar with the original story - this all-new Chitty adventure will have you rolling on the floor in fits of laughter. Seriously, it's hilarious! There's something here for everyone--adventure, mystery, intrigue, humor, and a darn good family read. And really, don't worry if you haven't read the original or seen the movie, this new adventure works completely on its own. Boyce's Chitty is the first of a projected trilogy.

Faithful Place

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ISBN: 9780143119494
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Published: Penguin Books - June 28th, 2011

Frank Mackey is a detective with the Dublin Undercover Squad and when a new clue is discovered in the case of his girlfriend who went missing 20 years earlier Frank reluctantly returns to his old neighborhood.  Although the landscape has changed slightly, all of the same families (including his) are still there with their rivalries, anger, and grudges still intact. If you are a reader who likes books by Dennis Lehane or Kate Atkinson, you will enjoy this one as well.

The Sisters Brothers

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ISBN: 9780062041289
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Published: Ecco Press - February 14th, 2012

A Western in the style of Cormac McCarthy and David Milch, a Western that makes you forget you're reading a Western. You'll find yourself laughing, grimacing, enraptured. Some passages were rough to read, as those days were to live --but deWitt's writing is that good, his characters that alluring, that I absolutely had to see the brothers through their journey's end. One of the best books I've read since McCann's Let the Great World Spin.


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ISBN: 9780375869020
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - February 14th, 2012

A truly wonderful book about an ordinary boy called Auggie with an extraordinary face.  Both heartwarming and heartbreaking in equal measure, we marvel at Auggie's bravery and applaud his family and friends as he struggles through the mine field that is middle school. Wonder is one of the best books of 2012 and has cross-over appeal for "older" readers too.


No Crystal Stair

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No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller Cover Image
ISBN: 9780761361695
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Published: Carolrhoda Books - January 1st, 2012

“Whether you’re black as a crow or white as snow, if you don’t know and ain’t got no dough, you’re not gonna go.” - Lewis Michaux
Part historical fiction, part biography, No Crystal Stair is a reading experience like no other. I found myself inspired, moved, comforted, and even enraged by - and for - this man's story--he was such an influential figure. Michaux's Bookstore, as it was affectionately known, was the heart of the civil rights movement in Harlem for a good part of the 20th Century. It was here where Malcolm X gave many of his speeches. Award-winning author, and relative of Mr. Michaux, Vaunda Nelson brings this inspiring story to a whole new generation.