April 2014

Toy Stories

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Toy Stories: Photos of Children from Around the World and Their Favorite Things Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781419711749
Availability: Backordered
Published: Abrams Image - March 25th, 2014

This book is delightful and thought provoking.  What toys would have been in my picture when I was a kid?  Are the adults that these kids will become somehow pictured here as well?  What do our toys say about us?  Make sure to take note of the author photo which shows him with his "toys".

Anne


Under the Egg

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780803740013
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: Dial Books - March 18th, 2014

Theodora’s late grandfather was a security guard at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. When she discovers a valuable painting in the old town house she maintains, there are more questions than answers. A wonderful friendship begins, the Monuments Men play a role and old New York comes to life. A delightful read for anyone interested in art, history or just a great story with very real characters.

 

Carol


New Life, New Instructions

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$23.00
ISBN: 9781400069545
Availability: It's Complicated--Contact Us for More Info
Published: Random House - April 1st, 2014

Caldwell gives us another installment of memoir, here confronting her physical deterioration resulting from her childhood polio and the grief of yet another personal loss, this time the death of her mother. But passage through these crises brings unexpected transformations. What makes her prose so compelling is the depth of feeling she brings to her clear-eyed observations of self.

Dale


Plato at the Googleplex

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Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won't Go Away Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780307378194
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Pantheon Books - March 4th, 2014

This book deals with the heavy-duty subject of Greek philosophy - specifically, Plato - yet manages to be incredibly readable, accessible and entertaining. Goldstein places Plato in a variety of modern day situations (a visit to Google, authors' book tour, cable talk show and others) and has him engage in dialogues with people around him. Her point is to show that the questions he wrestled with are still the important questions, and that this stuff still matters. And is cool.

David


The Lost Sun

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$17.99
ISBN: 9780307977465
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - June 25th, 2013

In the United States of Asgard, Norse gods walk among presidents, and Soren Bearskin is trying to escape the long shadow of his warrior father's battle-frenzied death. But when the popular god Baldur (son of Odin) disappears, Soren is thrust into a quest that may prove his berserker inheritance inescapable. Perfect for fans of Norse mythology, The Lost Sun is Percy Jackson for the teenage reader.

Rebecca


The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

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By Jemisin
$16.00
ISBN: 9780316043915
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Orbit - February 25th, 2010

Yeine Darr wants only to mourn her mother's death, but her estranged grandfather Dekarta, ruler of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, has other plans. Summoned to the city of Sky and named one of Dekarta's heirs, Yeine must master the politics of the cruel Arameri society if she is to have any chance of winning the throne...and staying alive. Read if you like your fantasy non-Euro-centric, dark, and sexy.

Rebecca


Stones for Ibarra

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$16.00
ISBN: 9780140075625
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - January 8th, 1985

Reminiscent of Jeanette Haien’s The All of It in its simple beauty and lasing power, Stones for Ibarra is a portrait gallery of the inhabitants of an isolated Mexican town named Ibarra. Sara and Richard Everton have left behind established lives in California to reopen an abandoned copper mine in Ibarra, a place they have never been and about which they know very little.  Initially the villagers seem as remote and foreign as the landscape, but as the mine prospers and Richard’s health fails, Sara comes to appreciate the bonds she has forged and the ways in which even the most trivial seeming incidents are imbued with the extraordinary.

Kate, PSB Book Club Leader


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)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780764166877
Availability: Backordered
Published: Barron's Educational Series - April 1st, 2014

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