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Around the World with Mouk

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By Marc Boutavant (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780811869263
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Published: Chronicle Books - November 18th, 2009

Yay! A multi-culti Richard Scarry! Marc Boutavant has all the brightly-colored Japanese-style illustrations your kid will love instantly, packed with cultural references to surprise and delight. However: don't be fooled by the stickers; despite having very little text, this book is so chock-full of details it may take the patience of an older kid to fully appreciate.

Jill


History of a Pleasure Seeker

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$25.95
ISBN: 9780307599476
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Published: Knopf - February 7th, 2012

Richard Mason (The Drowning People) brings to life Amsterdam 1907 in this sensual story about a young man, lowly born, but with high aspirations.  Devastatingly handsome Piet Barol goes to work as a tutor for a wealthy Dutch family and his presence touches each member of the family in a different – and at times shocking - way.  Rich in period detail, this novel is beautifully written and a must for all fiction lovers.

 

Nathan


Shatter

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$21.99
ISBN: 9780316187428
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Published: Mulholland Books - January 26th, 2012

A suspenseful tale of psychological mind control by a twisted but brilliant individual who exerts power over his victims via cell phone.  The fourth in Rowbotham's Joe O'Laughlin series, here we see Joe reunited with his retired police buddy and trying to cope with his Parkinson's disease.  A complex, many layered read for fans of the genre.

Susannah


Otto the Book Bear

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$16.99
ISBN: 9781423145622
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - January 31st, 2012

A friendly story-book bear comes to life, has adventures, meets new friends and finally finds a home.  This book probably could have been written solely for librarians and booksellers in mind but fortunately it's just so appealing, most pre-schoolers will love it and Otto, even more.


Susannah


The Flight of Gemma Hardy

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$26.99
ISBN: 9780062064226
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Published: Harper - January 24th, 2012

Margot Livesey has written a kinder gentler, Jane Eyre, but an equally compelling story, set in the mid 1950s. Her heroine, Gemma, will remind you of the spunky strong willed Jane.  You can hear Livesey’s Scottish background in her loving description of the flora and fauna of Gemma’s surroundings. I encourage to you pick up this engaging book

Jane D.


Glaciers

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$12.95
ISBN: 9781935639206
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Published: Tin House Books - January 17th, 2012

This slim, elegant novel embodies the sense of longing I sometimes feel when stepping into a particularly well-stocked thrift store: there's meaningful objects everywhere which serve to remind me the longing I feel for that kind of meaning in my own life.  When evaluating this book shortly after completing it, the word poetic came to mind, but not in that pretentious way. More like the poetic of Banana-Yoshimoto's-Kitchen-poetic.


Jill


Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand

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By Jim Henson, Jerry Juhl, Ramon K. Perez (Illustrator)
$29.95
ISBN: 9781936393091
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Published: Archaia Entertainment - December 27th, 2011

A screenplay that was never produced is brought to life in this beautiful graphic novel. This funny, surreal story from one of America’s great imaginations follows Mac as he crosses the desert, to run from an adversary he doesn’t know and reach a goal he doesn’t understand. By incorporating original text, using striking colors, and playing with the conventions of the genre, Perez’s interpretation of Henson’s story shows how powerful graphic novels can be.


Josh


Damascus

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ISBN: 9780982684894
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Two Dollar Radio - October 18th, 2011

Art. Protest. War. The tension between fate and responsibility. A bartender with a birthmark that looks like Hitler’s mustache who buys a Santa Costume from a homeless man. A successful lawyer with terminal cancer. Mohr’s novel whorls around a dive bar in the mission district of San Francisco, brushing elbows with and sometimes plowing right through many of the major questions and themes in contemporary American culture.


Josh


And Then It’s Spring

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By Julie Fogliano, Erin E. Stead (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781596436244
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - February 14th, 2012

Watch and wait, hopeful seeds seem to whisper, but of course the hardest thing about gardening is patience. As a little boy and his dog bide their time, fretting over their fledgling garden, winter browns give way to the lush greens of spring and a bountiful harvest. This satisfying picture book, illustrated by none other than the 2011 Caldecott medal-winning Erin Stead (A Sick Day for Amos McGee), reminds even the most impatient of snow bunnies that brighter days are just waiting to bloom.

Amy


Definitely Not Mr. Darcy by Karen Doomebos

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$16.00
ISBN: 9780425243824
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Published: Berkley - 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
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Published: Balzer + Bray - 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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ISBN: 9780316133326
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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


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