Susannah

Lost for Words

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780374280291
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - May 20th, 2014

A highly entertaining, though sometimes excoriating, send up of a certain British literary award.  After failing to win the Mann Booker in 2006 for Mother's Milk, St Aubyn claimed to have been "relieved", he was then not even long listed for his follow up, At Last, despite protests from his many fans.  Lost for Words is a witty riposte and half the fun is trying to figure out St Aubyn's satirical targets. (thriller writer and ex MI5 head Stella Rimmington is the most obvious). It is both hilarious and somewhat bitter at the same time. I wonder what literary prize committees will do with this next year.... hmmm, tricky.

 
Susannah and Gary


An Elephant in the Garden

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780312593698
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - October 25th, 2011

A thoroughly humane and accessible tale of WWII survival that follows one family's trek across Germany after the fire bombing of Dresden, accompanied by a young zoo elephant. Recounted by an old lady in a nursing home to a young boy, and loosely based on real events, it is a poignant tale of the effects of war on both sides.  It includes just the right amount of danger to keep it exciting, but is thought provoking enough to raise awareness of the sacrifices made and bravery exhibited in WWII.

Susannah


Remember Me Like This

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$26.00
ISBN: 9781400062126
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Published: Random House - May 13th, 2014

How the aftermath of a crime impacts the intricate workings of the nuclear family is the point of this story - the part that mystery novels often leave out; the victims and their friends and families left to deal as best they can while the detectives move on.   This is a very sympathetic family which has all coped with the disappearance of their son/brother/grandson in different ways and when, after 4 years, he is returned home things will never be quite the same again.   A page turner written with great empathy and insight.

Susannah


Twisters – Colors and Opposites

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Opposites: Twist and Find the Opposite! Cover Image
By Anton Poitier (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780764166884
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: Barron's Educational Series - April 1st, 2014

Colorful, fun, educational and made of tough stuff for the less careful little hands. Adorable too.

 

Susannah


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Colors: Match the Words and Colors! Cover Image
By Anton Poitier (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780764166877
Availability: Backordered
Published: Barron's Educational Series - April 1st, 2014

Ball

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$4.99
ISBN: 9780547759364
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - April 2nd, 2013

THE book for anyone who has ever loved a dog who loved a toy.  Ball! or ball? thinks the obsessive pooch and his world is complete while his young owner is there to throw it for him.  But when she leaves for school he has to amuse himself until she returns - to mixed success.  The drawings of the dog, overweight, highly expressive and drooling, are a masterpiece in the power of a few cleverly placed lines to illustrate emotion and the love in the three way relationship of dog-girl-ball is touching.

 

Susannah


Whispers Underground

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ISBN: 9780345524614
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Published: Del Rey Books - July 31st, 2012

Starting with Midnight Riot, Aaronovitch has created his own genre of supernatural crime novel, sort of grown up Harry Potter meets CSI: London, and it's really funny and really well done.  Whispers Underground is the third in the series and begins with the death of an American exchange student in the London Underground system. Quintessentially British in its self-deprecating humor and flamboyant one-liners, the narrative voice is fresh but cynical, and the recurring characters both magical and very human.   I for one, want more.

 

Susannah


The Secret Rooms

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$17.00
ISBN: 9780143124733
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: Penguin Books - December 31st, 2013

Downton Abbey this is not, yet neither is the mystery concealed in the gothic castle quite the horror story one expects.  Bailey does a magnificent research job in her quest to go through the copious amounts of never seen letters and material belonging locked away at Belvoir Castle in the early twentieth century and discover exactly what the then Duke of Rutland was trying to conceal.  The lengths this branch of the aristocracy were willing to go to in order to preserve their lineage is a tale of 'class obsession, hypocrisy and constipated emotion' and the narrative is peopled with fascinating characters capable of more depth and deception than Masterpiece Theatre often provides.

 

Susannah


Ottolenghi

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$35.00
ISBN: 9781607744184
Availability: Backordered
Published: Ten Speed Press - September 3rd, 2013

From the authors of Plenty and Jerusalem just in time for the cook on your gift list. What i love about Ottolenghi's recipes is that they always turn out as hoped and usually look just as good as the photos.  Page 126 is really good and p122 was excellent.  The soups are delicious and p46 would be great for a holiday accompaniment. And there is a baking chapter too - p224 I'm coming for you!   Enjoy.

Susannah V.


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 - 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


The 13-story Treehouse

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By Andy Griffiths, Terry Denton (Illustrator)
$13.99
ISBN: 9781250026903
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - April 16th, 2013

The Treehouse books (13-, 26- and coming soon, 35-story installments) are Australia's answer to the Wimpy Kid.  Funny, a bit rude, full of lots of cool stuff and drawings, they are likely to appeal to elementary school age readers and maybe encourage a reluctant reader to engage.  After all, who wouldn't like to live in a treehouse?  And this one has a bowling alley, a shark tank, a library full of comics and swinging vines!  

Susannah V.


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