October 2014

Seeking the Cave

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Seeking the Cave: A Pilgrimage to Cold Mountain Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781571313461
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Published: Milkweed Editions - October 21st, 2014

Thirty years after first encountering the poems of Han-shan, better known here as Cold Mountain, James Lenfestey makes a pilgrimage of sorts to the reputed hillside cave in China where Han-Shan lived as a hermit centuries ago. With Bill Porter (aka Red Pine) as his guide he visits along the way shrines of other important poets and Buddhist temples all the while documenting his journey in both prose and verse.Dale


Confronting the Classics

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Confronting the Classics: Traditions, Adventures, and Innovations Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780871408594
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - October 6th, 2014

Lots of historo-intellectual fun for Antiquity enthusiasts.  In her well-wrought essays Beard brings refreshing insight and deep scholarship to this flavorful collection covering most of the Ancient World Hit Parade from Homer to Asterix.  Paging through it is like visiting old (ancient, in fact) friends.

Gary


The Birds of Pandemonium

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The Birds of Pandemonium: Life Among the Exotic and the Endangered Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781616201364
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Published: Algonquin Books - October 7th, 2014

A backyard filled with 350 endangered birds?  Pandemonium Aviaries began eighteen years ago with the rescue of one bird and has since grown into a recognized breeding facility for threaten species of New Guinea. Owner Michele Raffin has since become a certified aviculturist and a consultant to zoo and other breeders. And yes, all in her backyard.

Robin


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
Availability: Backordered
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


Serving Victoria

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Serving Victoria: Life in the Royal Household Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062269928
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 22nd, 2014

From equerries and ladies-in-waiting to grooms and scullery maids, it took thousands of people to keep Queen Victoria's palaces running. Most kept quiet about royal secrets during Victoria's reign, but their letters and diaries reveal everything from the mundane to the scandalous.Sarah


Gris Grimley's Frankenstein

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By Mary Shelley, Gris Grimly (Illustrator)
$24.99
ISBN: 9780061862977
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Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - August 27th, 2013

Artist Gris Grimly intertwines Mary Shelley's text with spooky, spectral illustrations to make one of the greatest horror novels ever even more horrific. A perfect chilling read for October, and a great access point for those who've never read the classic.

Mackenzie


Magnolia City

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$22.00
ISBN: 9780758292759
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Published: Kensington Publishing Corporation - April 1st, 2014

The glittering world of high-society Houston in the 20s is brought to life through Hetty Allen in this evocative debut novel. Caught up in a rivalry between two men that is not only for her affections, but in business as well, Hetty's world is made real through intense, clearly-researched details and a gripping plot in which its romance is interwoven with an frenetic oil drama that's nearly impossible to put down.

Tildy


Zac & Mia

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ISBN: 9780544331648
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Hmh Books for Young Readers - September 2nd, 2014

Zac and Mia begin a relationship through the hospital wall separating their rooms and it continues far beyond that building and then back again. Heart warming, surprising, sad but hopeful, this Australian author has captured something special. Think Fault in Our Stars, Australian style.

 

Carol


Brazen

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ISBN: 9780670014019
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Published: Viking Children's Books - June 12th, 2014

Mary Howard is one of the minor figures at Henry VIII's court, married off to the king's illegitimate son as a pawn in the fight over who will inherit Henry's crown. Longshore imagines the details of Mary's life, from her loves to her friendships and her own role in the Tudor drama.

 

Sarah


Why We Took the Car

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ISBN: 9780545481809
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - January 7th, 2014

Mike Klingenberg’s summer is off to a bad start. His father is on a “business trip” with his assistant. His mother is in rehab. The girl he likes has invited everyone but him to her party. So when Tschick—the class reject and possible son of a Russian mobster—pulls up in a stolen car and asks if he wants to go on a road trip, what else can he do? He hops in. A terrifically fun and moving story of love, friendship and growing up.

Chris


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