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MY NEAR-DEATH ADVENTURES (99% TRUE)

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780385390446
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - February 24th, 2015

I've never laughed so much as I did while reading this book--it's Diary of  Wimpy Kid set in an 1800s lumber camp in rural Michigan, and perfect for young, reluctant readers (but also with a lot of jokes for their parents). Join Stan as he learns about true manliness, searches for the father he never knew, avoids the antics of his cousin Scary Geri, tries to fend off the suitors sniffing around his eligible mama, and avoids the wrath of his Granny (who is 99% evil). If this is not the funniest book you read I'll year, I'll buy you breakfast.

Mackenzie


Smashie McPerter and the Mystery of Room 11

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By N. Griffin, Kate Hindley (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780763661458
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - February 10th, 2015

What a fun book. The hamster is missing from the classroom so Smashie and her friend start investigating. Griffin’s depiction of Room 11, and her use of  humor and complicated vocabulary layer the story beautifully. Parents will love reading this to their kids.

Carol


Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant

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Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781608198061
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - May 6th, 2014

This graphic novel provides a first-hand look at the awkward initial conversations with aging parents about disability, assisted living, and death and takes the reader through the struggle to come to terms with the parent-child relationship after the parents are gone. While the specifics of Chast’s story are personal, the journey is universal, and the overall feeling from reading Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant is that of having a good friend nearby during this difficult time of life.

Porter Square Book Club


Hyperbole and a Half

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Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781451666175
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Touchstone Books - October 29th, 2013

For fans of the wildly popular blog of the same name, this book needs no introduction. For ones that haven't heard of it, take notice! Alie Brosh combines naive art with an expert eye for perspective and expression, with hilarious, hyper-personal observations.  There may be many blogs-cum-books out there, but this is certainly the most successful this year.

Jill


Schottenfreude

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Schottenfreude: German Words for the Human Condition Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780399166709
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Published: Blue Rider Press - October 31st, 2013

The first German word I learned was "feurzeug" ("fire" + "thing"). Keeping in this vein, Scottenfreude combines real German words to artfully create a dictionary of heretofore inexpressable feelings and experiences in English. The perfect gift for language lovers, trivia buffs, design nerds, and even Deutschsprachiger.

Jill


A Very Klingon Khristmas

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By Paul Ruditis, Patrick Faricy (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781476746807
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Gallery Books - October 29th, 2013

Finally, a Christmas picture book to share with the whole qorDu’; A VERY KLINGON KHRISTMAS is that perfect book for the holidays. It tells the story of how the holiday of QISmaS, celebrating our hero Kahless, came to be with beautiful illustrations and heartfelt prose. A book to enjoy for generations! QISmaS botIvjaj 'ej DIS chu’ DatIvjaj!!!

Marie


I Could Chew on This

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I Could Chew on This: And Other Poems by Dogs Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781452119038
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Published: Chronicle Books (CA) - July 30th, 2013

This is the book I wrote for you

Instead of sniffing trees and posts and butts or eating litter

Too busy to chase the cat and chew

The leg of your new coffee table - so good

I wrote this book to show my love for you When you were out the house

I put my time to use and hope

My poetry and book sales will earn me Lots of bacon.

 

Momo the Disco Corgi


Pineapple Grenade

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$13.99
ISBN: 9780061876936
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Published: William Morrow & Company - July 10th, 2012

Like Carl Hiaasen, Dorsey is a native Floridian and a newsman (so he knows the way things really work under the surface).  He expresses his rage at the rampant degradation of his state with wicked, absolutely berserk humor.  Like Hiaasen dialed up to 10.

Gary


Moranthology

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$14.99
ISBN: 9780062258533
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Published: Harper Perennial - November 6th, 2012

Wunderkind UK Times columnist, Caitlin Moran, tackles burkhas and library closings, Lady Gaga, the Royal wedding, the TV series Sherlock, and the joys of Aberystwyth (can't explain, please just read).  Chatty, original, humorous but with also the canny ability to hit the nail on the head when no one else dare, she is likely to become your new best friend.  For more, see How To Be a Woman which is her memoir slash feminist treatise for todays' young women.

Susannah


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