Staff Picks

Breadcrumbs

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By Anne Ursu, Erin McGuire (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062015051
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: Walden Pond Press - September 27th, 2011

Beautifully
imagined and written, Breadcrumbs calls on a rich fairytale heritage to
examine the depths of friendship. Hazel and Jack have been best friends
through all of their lives and now life is changing them. When Jack
suddenly disappears into the woods, Hazel overcomes magical dangers to
rescue him. Loss might come to their friendship but Hazel makes sure it
is the loss brought by time, not by evil. There’s much to admire and
think about in this lovely book.Jane J


Wildwood

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By Colin Meloy, Carson Ellis (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062024688
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Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - August 30th, 2011

By far, the best book I've read this year! If there ever were a book worthy of being a successor to The Chronicles of Narnia, with the readability of Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief, this is it. I love, love, love reading about hidden worlds just on the edge of our own--and Wildwood
has one, plus a ton of adventure, talking animals on the verge of a
magic-laden battle, and one missing sibling abducted by a murder of
crows. You will love this!Jill


Satori and Shibumi

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$25.99
ISBN: 9780446561921
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - March 1st, 2011

Winslow - one the best thriller writers working today (Savages, Power of the Dog)  - was so taken by Trevanian's Shibumi that he took the character and ran with it.  This is not a farmed-out hack job but a superb, deeply-considered expansion of the original.  He pulled it off, big time: it blew me away.

Gary


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$16.00
ISBN: 9781400098033
Availability: Backordered
Published: Broadway Books - May 10th, 2005

Possibly the most elegantly wicked of the cold war thrillers, Trevanian's masterpiece was a hit in 1979 and delivers just as much pleasure today with its exquisite plotting, biting wit and snarky geopolitics. The Russo-Japanese Go master/assassin protagonist is so compelling the great Don Winslow (Savages, Power of the Dog) was inspired to resurrect him in the new smasher Satori.

Gary


Mouse and Mole: A Perfect Halloween

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$14.99
ISBN: 9780547551524
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - September 6th, 2011

Mouse and Mole, characterized perfectly in gentle and spare watercolors, are back in their fifth book together – this time to celebrate Halloween! First, they must carve pumpkins and enter them in a competition. Then there’s preparing their costumes. And then the trick-or-treating. All the while, Mole is trying hard not to be scared of many spooky happenings surrounding Halloween. These early reader chapter books are a great combination of humor and sweetness.

Jory


I Want My Hat Back

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By Jon Klassen, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763655983
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - September 27th, 2011

Bear has lost his hat. He asks many of the animals he meets in the forest if they’ve seen it. No one claims to have seen Bear’s hat. Except maybe Bear did see it? In this hilarious debut picture book by Jon Klassen, patterned, retro-looking illustrations use white space nicely, but also add to the humor of the text. Can you find Bear’s red hat, possibly before he does?

Jory


The Broken Word

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The Broken Word: An Epic Poem of the British Empire in Kenya, and the Mau Mau Uprising Against It Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143118091
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Published: Penguin Books - March 29th, 2011

Breathtaking. Precise. Beautiful. Gruesome. This is a powerful narrative poem about a young British man coming of age in the midst of the Mau-Mau revolution. The de-humanizing effect of war, disparities of culture, the power and hypocrisy of colonial occupation, and enduring trauma of combat and inflicted cruelty. This is one of the best books in any genre of the year.

Josh


Young Romantics The Shelleys, Byron, and Other Tangled Lives

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ISBN: 9780374532932
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - March 29th, 2011

Drawing upon documents found as recently as 1991, Hay describes in deeply satisfying detail the emotional and commercial interconnectedness of a group of talented young  people, whose philosophical and political beliefs brought them together when all were well under 30. Her use of their extensive correspondence is so successful one feels one is overhearing their conversations at breakfast. The later fabrications and exaggerations of some of the principle players are stripped away, and we learn not only the real story, but the motivations for invention.

Joan


Mr. Benn--Red Knight

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$14.50
ISBN: 9781854379900
Availability: Backordered
Published: Tate Publishing & Enterprises - September 1st, 2011

Long before Elmer the Patchwork Elephant, David McKee created Mr Benn, an ordinary man who has extraordinary adventures.  Here is the first Mr Benn book reprinted for the enjoyment of a new generation of children in which Mr Benn swaps his bowler hat for a red suit of armor and makes friends with a dragon.   McKee's artwork is a joy and the Mr Benn stories full of magical possibilities.  (Also available, Big- Top Benn)

Susannah


The Language of Flowers

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780345525543
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Published: Ballantine Books - August 23rd, 2011

Insight into the dysfunctional foster care system and an education on the meanings of flowers is deftly woven into a story of abandonment, hope and redemption.  Tough girl Victoria is my favorite character of 2011and I loved this book so much I couldn't put it down until I had finished it.  It's heartwarming, moving, devastating and uplifting all at once and will definitely be read in my book group soon.  

Susannah


Miss Peregrine's home for Peculiar Children

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$18.99
ISBN: 9781594744761
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Published: Quirk Books - June 7th, 2011

Lemony Snickett meets Stephen King meets the Nazis - in a totally good way!   Quirky, original and totally atmospheric,  the strange old photographs in this novel enhance the story without turning it into a "picture book".   Likely to be enjoyed by both teenagers and adults Riggs has created a bizarre scenario that is totally entrancing, believable and creepily scary.

Susannah


Rules of Civility

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$26.95
ISBN: 9780670022694
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Viking Books - July 26th, 2011

Amor Towels. 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


Flip Flop Fly Ball

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By Craig Robinson, Rob Neyer (Introduction by)
$25.00
ISBN: 9781608192694
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - July 5th, 2011

Baseball is a game of numbers, but in Robinson’s hands it’s also a game of endlessly fascinating infographics. This is the kind of book that makes you wish for a rainy Saturday that you can spend flipping back and forth. Interleague play, infield positioning, Molina brothers, retired numbers, stadium elevations. Travel schedules, international leagues, Jackie Robinson, PEDs.  Be careful opening it up, there’s a 2 hour limit in the parking lot.

Josh


Remembering the Music Forgetting the Words

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$24.95
ISBN: 9780807003190
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Published: Beacon Press - September 6th, 2011

An intimate, humorous, sensitive and ultimately humane portrait of a complex mother-daughter relationship reckoning with the travails of Alzheimer’s. Full of warmth and insight, I’m grateful to learn from Whouley how one might cope with an Alzheimer’s diagnosis and the support systems available to caregivers.

Dale


Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness

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ISBN: 9781594202995
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Published: Penguin Press - August 23rd, 2011

Alexandra Fuller gains a new understanding of the joys and sorrows of her mother’s crazy life in post-colonial Africa. We saw one side of it in Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight, but the portrait is now filled out in a way that Nicola Fuller would appreciate. It is heart-warming and heart-breaking and an ultimate joy to read whether you are an old  fan of Don’t Let’s Go. . . or not. Alexandra’s gift for humor and honesty will draw you into her story, hold you there and stay with you.


Carol


King Jack and the Dragon

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By Peter Bently, Helen Oxenbury (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780803736986
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Published: Dial Books - August 18th, 2011

Young Jack and his friends go off to their tent/castle to defend the crown from dragons nd beasts. Slowly his “knights” are called home and Jack must face the dark and a scary creature alone. This is a wonderful, gentle, adventure for young children, beautifully illustrated by Helen Oxenbury.

Carol


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