February 2012

Definitely Not Mr. Darcy by Karen Doomebos

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$16.00
ISBN: 9780425243824
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: Berkley Books - September 6th, 2011

Stressed out mid-western mom in love with all things Austen applies for a part in a British documentary set in the Regency era.  She finds herself instead in the middle of a reality dating show and has to resort to some ingenious wiles, both contemporary and historical, in order to win the guy and the cash.  A light hearted romp perfect for Valentine's Day with the added bonus of lots of Jane Austen inspired clothes and manners.

Susannah


Hooray for Amanda and Her Alligator

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By Mo Willems, Mo Willems (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062004000
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - April 26th, 2011

1. Are you a little OLD for Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus? Do need a book with more pages? You probably do.
2. Do you want to read a funny chapter book featuring ALLIGATORS (with a whole 6 1/2 chapters!)? Of course you do!
3. I love the adventures of Amanda, her Alligator and their new, surprise friend. You will too.


Jill


Winter Town by Stephen Emond

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By Stephen Emond, Stephen Emond (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316133326
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - December 5th, 2011

You know when you're walking around in a snowstorm, and it's all quiet, and you're totally warm in your heavy coat? This book reminds me of that. Thoughtful, full of dialogue, tenuous friendships, with threads of art and comics throughout-- I like to think of Stephen Emond as the introspective high-schooler's Jeff Kinney.


Jill


Stasiland by Anna Funder

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$15.99
ISBN: 9780062077325
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Published: Harper Perennial - September 20th, 2011

Seven
years after the fall of the Wall in 1989, Funder travels to the former
East Germany to interview both the victims and the victimizers of the
world’s once most notorious police states. Originally published abroad
in 2003 and now seeing its first U.S. publication, the personal stories
she relates of courage, heartbreak, and the sometime absurdities of life
in GDR are still powerful and compelling.Dale


The Stranger's Child by Alan Hollinghurst

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$27.95
ISBN: 9780307272768
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Published: Knopf - October 11th, 2011

The Stranger's Child, tells the story of a Rupert Brooke-like poet who dazzles and seduces all who meet him. He dies young in the Great War, and as the years pass his reputation soars.  Those who knew him, and those who wished they had, vie for his reflected glory, despite the tangled web of myth, lies and secrets buried in the hearts of those he touched.


Nathan


The Betrayal of Trust by Susan Hill

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ISBN: 9781590202807
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Published: Overlook Press - November 10th, 2011

The sixth in the Lafferton/Simon Serrailler series, this is another intelligent and brooding mystery from the award-winning Hill. She hits all her marks; great characters, sensitivity and exciting story telling as usual.  Louise Penny and British crime fans will thoroughly appreciate this series.


Susannah


Contents May Have Shifted by Pam Houston

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ISBN: 9780393082654
Availability: Out of Print
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 6th, 2012

As the title implies, this novel is centered on the far-flung travels of the narrator who is puzzling out her relationships and path in life without staying in one place too long.  There are over 100 "chapters" in the book, some only a few sentences long, but they each identify with a particular place in the world.  Houston's writing is concise and poetic and I came away feeling like I'd just read a quirky, less self-serving version of Eat, Pray, Love.

Anne


Collusion by Stuart Neville

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ISBN: 9781569479858
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Published: Soho Crime - September 6th, 2011

Even if you'd assumed that ex-IRA hitman Jerry Fegan had nowhere to go but completely off the rails in Neville's excellent GHOSTS OF BELFAST, he shows up again in this equally superb sequel. And intense as he is, he's a supporting player - to a very intense situation.  (By the way - this guy is one of the best crime writers I've ever read.)


Gary


He Died with His Eyes Open by Derek Raymond

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ISBN: 9781935554578
Availability: Backordered
Published: Melville House Publishing - October 4th, 2011

Darkly philosophical, this British detective novel is about as noir as noir can get. The nameless detective investigates the brutal murder of a man who, despite his own artistry and intelligence, had long ago lost his will. The first in the influence Factory Series, this is gritty, edgy, crime fiction at its best and will be appreciated by fans of Ian Rankin, John Connolly and Ken Bruen.


Josh


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