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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
Availability: Available at Warehouse
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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$25.95
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


A Certain Slant of Light

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$8.99
ISBN: 9780618585328
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - September 1st, 2005

All Helen wants is to be seen. It’s perfectly natural, especially to a ghost who has been mist for over 100 years. So when the chance to reclaim human form presents itself, she cannot resist, even though the vacant body is not her own. Yes there will be consequences, but those matter little as she breathes, walks, and finds love again after a century This magically realistic ghost story finds its home among lovers of fantasy, romance and the work of Alice Hoffman. An insightful upper YA novel that sings with beautiful turns of phrase and unforgettable honesty.

Amy


Ready Player One

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780307887436
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - August 16th, 2011

What do the Kobayashi Maru, Firefly, UltraMan, John DeLorean, D&D, a perfect game of Pac Man, & John Bender have in common? Ernest Cline. Call it a novel, a space opera, hell, call it a video game, the label is irrelevant! Whatever this book is, it’s a storytelling mash-up of the highest degree If you’re a hard core gamer, a comic book lover, a self-professed sci-fi/fantasy nerd (and I mean that with great affection!) or just a nostalgic child of the 1980s, Ready Player One may just be a time machine.

Amy


Reamde

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$35.00
ISBN: 9780061977961
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Published: William Morrow - September 20th, 2011

Reamde is the quintessential thriller but with fascinating, well-developed characters. The time is just over the horizon and the setting is worlds both real and virtual. Enter the universe of gaming with Neal Stephenson as your guide and hold on for the ride!

Jane J


Chime

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$17.99
ISBN: 9780803735521
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Published: Dial Books - March 17th, 2011

Only Brieny knows she’s a witch, (aside from Stepmother, who’s dead.) She also knows she should never again enter the Swampsea. But she can’t help herself. Just like she can’t help liking Aldric, the young man from London who is living with them at her father’s parsonage. Aldric, her twin sister Rosy, and many others begin to force Brieny to reconsider her demons, because perhaps Brieny is not the person she thinks she is. I couldn’t help but read this book slowly to savor the uniqueness of voice and characters.

Jory


Naamah and the Ark at Night

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780763642426
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - August 9th, 2011

We all have heard of Noah and his ark, but what about Naamah, his wife? Bartoletti lyrically imagines Naamah’s role on the ark, soothing every person and animal into sleep and comfort. The repetition of “at night” on each page, and the chorus of “Naamah sings all through the night” lulls as one imagines an unexplored biblical figure. The collaged illustrations are both intense with the flooding world, and sleepy sweet. A beautiful and intriguing new lullaby to share.

Jory


Simms Taback's Farm Animals

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By Simms Taback (Illustrator)
$13.99
ISBN: 9781609050788
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Published: Blue Apple Books - July 26th, 2011

Unfold each page of this vibrant book to find a large illustrations of all your favorite farm animals: chickens, goats, donkeys and more! Concise, bolded text provides clues to the animal as you unfold, revealing what animal has hooves or says "moo", and asks the reader to guess as they unfold the large illustration. There may be a million animal books out there, but Taback's latest is definitely worth adding to the collection.

Jory


The Graveyard Book

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By Neil Gaiman, Dave McKean (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780060530945
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Published: HarperCollins - September 28th, 2010

Winner of the Hugo Award, the Locus Award, and the Newberry and Carnegie Medals, this is storytelling at its best. Neil Gaiman’s tale of an orphaned boy raised by the ghostly inhabitants of an ancient graveyard, perfectly complimented by the illustrations of Dave McKean, is highly imaginative, witty, and a little bit creepy.

Robin


The Great Silence

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$16.95
ISBN: 9780802145406
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Published: Grove Press - June 14th, 2011

Those interested in World War I and its aftermath will find Juliet Nicolson’s study of the years right after the war to be enlightening, engaging and all too often disheartening.  Great Britain suffered from a lack of collective confidence, as well as having the resources to rebound and move past the horrors of the war years.  Written in concise, but vivid prose, Nicolson paints a time of haunting history.

Nathan


Which Comes First Cardio or Weights

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Which Comes First, Cardio or Weights?: Fitness Myths, Training Truths, and Other Surprising Discoveries from the Science of Exercise Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780062007537
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Published: William Morrow & Company - June 1st, 2011

Hutchinson has combed through all the current scientific research in exercise physiology and in breezy, easy-to-digest chapters answers many of the common questions and dispels many myths about exercise and fitness. His book is filled with practical advice whether you’re just looking to lose weight and increase general fitness or looking for an edge in athletic competition.

Dale


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