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Contents May Have Shifted by Pam Houston

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Contents May Have Shifted: A Novel Cover Image
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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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Collusion: A Jack Lennon Investigation Set in Northern Ireland Cover Image
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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: Out of Print
Published: Melville International Crime - 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


A Christmas Tree for Pyn

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By Olivier Dunrea, Olivier Dunrea (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780399245060
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Published: Philomel Books - October 13th, 2011

Fans of Gossie can graduate to this beautifully illustrated Christmas tale.Pyn successfully convinces her grumpy Dad that they need to get a Christmas tree and celebrate the holiday. He surprises her with a very special gift (which may require having a tissue nearby).


Carol


1493

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1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307265722
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Published: Knopf - August 9th, 2011

Charles Mann has done it again. Like his previous book, 1491, Mann synthesizes current historical scholarship and gives us a radically new and fascinating interpretation of the enormous, world-wide changes brought about with the European discovery of the New World, known as the Columbian Exchange.

Dale


The Annotated Peter Pan

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By J. M. Barrie, Maria Tatar (Editor)
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ISBN: 9780393066005
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 11th, 2011

If you read this story as a child, and even if you didn’t, this work is a revelation. Many books written for children are, as Tatar says, “encoded with adult matters,” but the matters buried in this classic are often startling in their scope. Captain Hook emerges as quite a tortured graduate of Eton, where he read poetry, and Mr. Darling is a mere child. The tale overall is darkly Victorian. Tatar provides useful insights into the life of J,M. Barrie, Peter’s creator, and the five “lost” boys he adopted. The cinematic survey and the section “J.M Barrie and Peter Pan in the World” are equally riveting.

Joan


Blood,Bones & Butter

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Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781400068722
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Published: Random House - March 1st, 2011

A universally acclaimed debut memoir from a celebrity chef with a MFA in creative writing.  Hamilton traces her trajectory from hippyish Pennsylvania in the 70's, through the rock n roll urban cowboy 80's in New York, with time spent in Europe in basic country kitchens and in the events catering trade before she opened her restaurant, Prune, in New York.   While some of the writing is food porn at its best, you don't have to be a food enthusiast to enjoy her descriptions of the shattered family that she comes from and the new one she creates.   Thoroughly enjoyable and equally well written.

Susannah


Stuck

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By Oliver Jeffers, Oliver Jeffers (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780399257377
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Published: Philomel Books - November 10th, 2011

Floyd's kite gets stuck in a tree and he gets very creative trying to get it down again.  Oliver Jeffers has great fun making Floyd the modern day Jack and the tree the "house that Jack built".  Funny and rollicking writing along with Jeffers' sensational illustrations.   A book destined to be read over and over....... and over and over....

Susannah


Spinster Goose

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By Lisa Wheeler, Sophie Blackall (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781416925415
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - March 8th, 2011

You've heard of Mother Goose of course.  Spinster Goose is her more demanding sister who specializes in ill-mannered children and improving their dreadful behaviors.  Did you know that Georgie Porgie was a bully? That Jack and Jilly played hooky? And that Little Miss Muffet was a chalk-eater?  These disrespectfully twisted verses are sure to delight and surprise.

Susannah


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