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The Way of Kings

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The Way of Kings: Book One of the Stormlight Archive Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780765365279
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Published: Tor Fantasy - May 24th, 2011

This is the perfect book for readers waiting for the next book in George R.R. Martin’s Song of Fire and Ice series. Politics and magic.  Assassination and scholarship.  Old ways in conflict with a changing world. Sanderson may be best known for completing Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, but if The Way of Kings is any indication, his own Stormlight Light Archive might be the next great fantasy epic.


Josh


Memoirs of a Rugby-Playing Man

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Memoirs of a Rugby-Playing Man: Guts, Glory, and Blood in the World's Greatest Game Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780312547691
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Published: Thomas Dunne Books - April 24th, 2012

Drinking, singing, the late great Harry Crews, and the greatest game on Earth. This is a great sports memoir, getting to the heart of what makes rugby and ruggers unique, while telling Atkinson’s personal story of growth and discovery.  A must for anyone who’s ever rucked, scrummed, and mauled, and an interesting, insightful memoir of sport and writing for everyone else.


Josh 


The Paper Garden

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The Paper Garden: An Artist Begins Her Life's Work at 72 Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781608196975
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - May 1st, 2012

From award-winning poet Molly Peacock: a biography of Mary Delaney, who began creating botanical "mosaics" at age 72 in the 18th century --but this book is so much more than that. Readers will be intrigued by Peacock's identification with Delaney, and the parallels between their lives. Peacock's writing is breathtaking, as are the enclosed reproductions of Delaney's artwork (those are collages, not paintings!). There's a little bit of everything for everyone here: biography, art, history, romance...

Jennifer


Coming of Age on Zoloft: How Antidepressants Cheered Us Up, Let Us Down, and Changed Who We Are

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$14.99
ISBN: 9780062059734
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Published: Harper Perennial - June 5th, 2012

Coming of Age on Zoloft is a gripping (and remarkably balanced) portrait of the antidepressant generation twenty years after Prozac, one that weaves interview, personal narrative, and cultural history more elegantly than any prior account of its kind.  Sharpe’s memoir brings to light the difficult questions of identity and agency that often accompany medication at an early age and explores the ways in which the biochemical model of mental illness affects us as individuals and as a culture.


Kim


Mrs Harkness and the Panda

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By Alicia Potter, Melissa Sweet (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780375844485
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - March 13th, 2012

In 1934, the panda was a seldom-seen and even mythical creature. So too, the woman explorer. Enter Ruth Harkness, fashionista, determined to go to China and find herself such an elusive beast. Local author Potter honors her heroine’s panache with lively, plucky prose, and Melissa Sweet forgoes the saccharine in favor of a vibrant scrapbook approach. An inspired expedition, with a little bit of something very cute.


Rachel


Killer Stuff and Tons of Money

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Killer Stuff and Tons of Money: An Insider's Look at the World of Flea Markets, Antiques, and Collecting Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143121053
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Published: Penguin Books - May 29th, 2012

A killer read and enthralling sneak peak behind the scenes of the modern day antique business.  It includes an honest look at the Brimfield Fair from a dealer's point of view,  and features eye-widening information on addictive collecting and an amazing amount of knowledge and antiquing tips on how not to appear a rank amateur.  Truly fascinating reading for anyone even slightly interested in the business and for those of us who have ever been seduced by a "unique" find or deal.

Susannah


The Man Who Planted Trees

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The Man Who Planted Trees: Lost Groves, Champion Trees, and an Urgent Plan to Save the Planet Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781400069064
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - April 17th, 2012

After a near-death experience David Milarch has made his life’s work the propagation by cloning of the world’s Champion trees in hopes of protecting both those species and the planet itself. One can remain skeptical of Milarch’s mystical experiences yet be fascinated by the new research Robbins reports regarding the amazing effects trees have on their local ecosystems and that of the entire planet.

Dale


No One Ever Told Us That

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No One Ever Told Us That: Money and Life Letters to My Grandchildren Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781455511556
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Published: Business Plus - April 3rd, 2012

John Spooner writes from the heart in friendly and upbeat letters to his grandchildren, giving financial lessons and kindly advice about life. It is easy to read and hard to put down once you start. Some essential tidbits from Spooner's book include 'always have a dream', 'never spend the money until it is in your pocket', 'all life is relationships'. This is a treasure for your own grandchildren and a perfect gift for graduates. Spooner is a natural storyteller and his wisdom and love for life resound in these insightful, affectionate letters.

Megan


Midnight in Peking

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Midnight in Peking: How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143121008
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Penguin Books - April 24th, 2012

Midnight in Peking is a story of empire, fascism, colonialism, lust, and murder. Set against the background of impending Japanese occupation and lingering mistrust among the Chinese and foreigners in the city, the body of a prominent young girl is found. Despite (or because) of multiple players in the investigation, the mystery of her death was never officially solved. Paul French, journalist, analyst and Shanghai resident brings life to this dusty story. Midnight in Peking provided me with one of my favorite benefits to reading – a whole world of other books to explore!
Jane J.


The Bluebird Effect

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$28.00
ISBN: 9780547003092
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - March 20th, 2012

A delightful book of skillful backyard birding, organized by season and species and illustrated with the author's beautiful sketches and paintings.  From talking starlings and rescued bluebirds to starving turkey vultures, each chapter provides entertainment, educates and draws back the curtain on the private lives of the birds we see so often but never really know.  

Susannah


Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks: An Epic Quest for Reality Among Role Players, Online Gamers, and Other Dwellers of Imaginary Realms

Even if you've never rolled a polyhedral die in your life, you're bound to enjoy Ethan Gilsdorf's journey from teenage dungeon master to geek scholar extraordinaire.  Written in the form of a quest, this book chronicles the author's travels through various fantasy subcultures, while attempting to answer some big questions: What makes fantasy appealing?  Is it escapism, and is that healthy?  Why would a self-respecting liberal feminist pine for the Middle Ages?  Whether donning a monk tunic for a live action role playing game or trying to pick up chicks at DragonCon, Gilsdorf turns out witty, insightful journalism that's a pleasure to read.  
Kim


The Peculiars

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$17.95
ISBN: 9781419701788
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - May 1st, 2012

When Lena sets out to learn the truth about her long lost father, she wonders if she, too, is violent, wild, peculiar.  Drawing heavily from the gothic tradition and set in an alternative version of the late 1800's, McQuerry's exceptional novel is both bildungsroman and roaring steampunk adventure--flying machines and goggles included.  It's also a thought-provoking examination of difference, criminality, science, and faith which features a strong protagonist trying to navigate a culture of genetic prejudice and enforced femininity.  Don't judge by the cover--you don't want to miss this gorgeous ride.
Kim


Thinking the 20th Century

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$36.00
ISBN: 9781594203237
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Published: Penguin Press HC, The - February 2nd, 2012

Judt, the late great author of Postwar, Past Imperfect etc. had been thinking long and deeply about history, Europe, America, and the state and weal of the world when he became ill and could not physically write. He produced this remarkable dialogue/rumination with historian Timothy Snyder via a unique long-form interview format.  Thought-provoking and full of intellectual pleasures.

Gary


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