September 2013

The Ruby in the Smoke

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ISBN: 9780375845161
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - September 9th, 2008

In 1870s London, Sally Lockhart investigates her father's murder. She finds herself part of a bigger mystery involving smuggling and the secrets of the British Empire, and along the way she picks up friends and allies, including a rogue office boy, a pair of hapless photographers, an actress, and a boxer-turned-minister.

Sarah


Poison Penmanship

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By Jessica Mitford, Jane Smiley (Preface by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781590173558
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: New York Review of Books - September 7th, 2010

Jessica Mitford takes readers through a guided tour of her investigative journalism that covered everything from California prison conditions to luxury weight loss spas. In this collection, she follows each piece with her own commentary and insider tips, making the book a must for aspiring writers.

Sarah


Raven Boys

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ISBN: 9780545424936
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - July 30th, 2013

Blue Sargent’s psychic family believes she will kill her first love with a kiss.  Consequently, she has avoided boys of the nearby Aglionby Academy and is not thrilled when four friends begin to appear everywhere in her life.  The boys have a unique extracurricular activity that soon lures her:  their ringleader Gansey is on a quest for the lost Glendower, a vanished Welsh king.  Legend tells that whomever finds him will have the power of one wish. Danger, fast cars, friendships, and romance lie ahead.  The first in a series, grab a copy before the second (Dream Thieves) comes out on September 17th!

Stephanie


Y: The Last Man, Book One

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By Brian K. Vaughan, Pia Guerra (Illustrator), Pamela Rambo (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781563899805
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: DC Comics - January 2nd, 2003

A pandemic that instantly kills all males of any species has curiously spared Yorick Brown and his pet monkey Ampersand, leaving them the only males in a world populated only with females.  Will he survive the gender politics, medical ethics, the lady biker gangs, the worldwide transportation and government standstill, or even the sheer lack of anyone else with XY chromosomes in this new completely altered world?  This hit series explores the question of what a world without one gender would look like, and has beautiful full color artwork to boot.  If you've never tried a graphic novel before, try this.

Stephanie


Summertime, All the Cats Are Bored

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$21.00
ISBN: 9781609451219
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Published: Europa Editions - July 2nd, 2013

Summertime, All the Cats Are Bored is the perfect mystery beach read with what might be the best title ever.  A white-knuckle thriller with a delicious sense of place, it’s set in the Mediterranean resort town of Perpignan, around a series of murders and kidnappings. A retiree finds a dead woman on the beach; then, two detectives are brought in to investigate a disappearance which quickly becomes tied to another, and then we're off to the races. Kick back and stay up late with this winner.

Marie


The World is a Carpet

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$26.95
ISBN: 9781594488320
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 30th, 2013

In Oqa, an Afghan town so remote that Google and the Afghan government can’t find it, a woman squats atop a loom, making flowers bloom from the thousand threads she knots by hand.  Following the weaving of this carpet, and the people of Oqa, through the four seasons of its weaving, The World is a Carpet provides an insightful, compassionate, and enlightening portrait of fates woven by the centuries of art, war, and an ancient trade that binds the invaded to the invader.

Robert


The Perfect Meal: In Search of the Lost Tastes of France

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ISBN: 9780062088062
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Published: Harper Perennial - February 26th, 2013

Take a culinary journey with author John Baxter through the world of French cooking from Paris to Nice to Normandy to Alsace-Lorraine.  Along the way he tells the fascinating history of certain foods, exotic ingredients, restaurants, both good and bad, and the lives of the famous and infamous, all to be found in the remarkable world of French haute cuisine.  Bon appetit!

Nathan


Boy on the Wooden Box

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ISBN: 9781442497818
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - August 27th, 2013

Although we are all familiar with the Holocaust, Leon Leyson’s personal description of the events from a child’s point of view captures its devastating consequences most dramatically. He is a regular boy playing in his Polish neighborhood, when his world comes apart. Oscar Schindler’s intervention saves him from death, but not from unbelievable trauma. Prepare for an intense, page-turner.

Carol


Monsieur Albert Rides to Glory

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By Peter Smith, Bob Graham (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781742376806
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Published: Allen & Unwin Australia - June 1st, 2013

With his usual brilliantly detailed but gentle illustrations Bob Graham shows readers the unusual hero of this children's book - 60 year old Monsieur Albert.  Told by Peter Smith in rollicking rhyme and with mind-stretching vocabulary, this book just begs to be read out loud as it details our plucky bike rider's race from Paris to Nice and manages to be highly evocative of Paris and France too.  Absolutement charmante!

Susannah


The Postman Always Rings Twice

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$14.00
ISBN: 9780679723257
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Published: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard - May 14th, 1989

Of the hundreds of lurid drug store paperbacks from the '30s to the '50s, the big three that live on are Hammett, Chandler and Cain.  The 1st two are seminal American detective literature.  Cain is deliciously raw noir melodrama, and Postman is...well, read the first line...   

Gary


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