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The Dovekeepers: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
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ISBN: 9781451617474
Published: Scribner - October 4th, 2011

Set in ancient Israel, The Dovekeepers tells the story of four extraordinary women; their struggles, secrets, loves and eventual fate while living at Masada in the Judean desert, where nine hundred Jews died trying to fight the Roman army.  A thoroughly researched novel, The Dovekeepers is rich in detail and written with Hoffman’s usual grace tinged with a pervasive sense of mystery and unyielding destiny.

Nathan


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Wicked River: The Mississippi When It Last Ran Wild Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780307473578
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Published: Vintage - October 4th, 2011

It seems everybody on a Mississippi river boat was out to cheat, swindle, outright rob or even kill you if you were unfortunate enough to be an innocent pilgrim.  It was a wild and raucous bunch who peopled the wild and roiling river, and Sandlin, in addition to painting a vivid picture of the dangerous physicality of the greatest of America's merchantile waterways, packs this flavorful history with river pirates and professional gamblers, rapscallions and adventurers, wrecks and epic Civil War engagements.  The title is apt.

Gary


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Refresh, Refresh Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781596435223
Published: First Second - September 29th, 2009

Josh, Gordon and Cody are high-schoolers from a small town in Oregon. Intense watercolor and ink drawings tell their story: their fathers are all serving in Iraq, and each is struggling with being the "man" of their household in their fathers' absence. Ultimately, this violent and bleak graphic novel presents a powerful picture of the sons left behind, as each dreams of following in his father's footsteps and serving in the military.

Jory


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The Family Meal: Home cooking with Ferran Adrià Cover Image
By El Bulli, Cillero & deMotta (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780714862538
Published: Phaidon Press - October 3rd, 2011

Every day the staff at el Bulli sat down together for a family meal before service. The meals were simple, hearty affairs designed to help power the chefs through their long night, but still spiced with the creativity that made Feran Adria and elBulli world famous. With elBulli now closed, this book will be closest we can get to tasting Adria’s genius.


Josh


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Lives and Letters Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780374298821
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - April 26th, 2011

Gottlieb (formerly editor in chief of Simon and Schuster and editor of The New Yorker) has collected here his remarkable sketches (and then some) of well-known figures mostly from the literary and entertainment worlds. The first, and longer, section takes us into the (often intimate) lives of people whose names we all know, from Judy Garland and Harry Houdini to Bruno Bettelheim and the Mitfords. The Letters include an essay on the crime novels of two First Daughters (“White House Whodunits”) and “Analyze That: H.D., Bryher, and Freud”—all are witty, informative, and, of course, beautifully written. A lot of fun with, at imes, a delicious whiff of gossip.

Joan


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How They Croaked Cover Image
By Georgia Bragg, Kevin O'Malley (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780802798176
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Walker Childrens - March 15th, 2011

Everyone thinks that Cleopatra killed herself with a poisonous snake, an asp, but actually, she used a hairpin dipped in poison. And did you know that Beethoven died of lead poisoning? They pumped gray liquid out of his belly for a few days before he died. Which could explain his bad temperament and clumsiness, because he had 1,000 times ver a survive-able level of lead found in his body years after his death. If you have ever wanted all the gruesome, gritty details of the deaths of famous people in history, Georgia Bragg has served them up in this delightful and nauseating collection.

Jory


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Daughter of Smoke & Bone Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316134026
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 27th, 2011

Laini Taylor caught my eye with this lush, angels-and-demons tale: she constructs both a frightening and romantic world, half modern-day Prague and half Otherworld, as the backdrop for a thrilling apocalypse tale. If you've read any Cassandra Clare or Holly Black, then give this new cool punk-style fantasy a try, too.


Jill


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Hemingway's Boat: Everything He Loved in Life, and Lost, 1934-1961 Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781400041626
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Published: Knopf - September 20th, 2011

In
a brilliant conceit, Hendrickson hangs this wonderful hybrid of
biography, rumination, analysis and celebration of Hemingway upon the
period of his ownership of the Pilar, his
custom made fishing boat.  Even readers of earlier Hemingway
biographies will find loads of fresh riches, back story and context.Gary


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WAR Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780446556224
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Published: Twelve - May 17th, 2011

Sebastian
Junger spent over a year with a platoon in the Korengal Valley in
Afghanistan to document what the experience of war feels like for
today’s front-line soldiers. This book and the documentary film Restrepo
he made with Tim Hetherington are the result. Junger’s book is both
powerful and profound and filled with insights as to how men respond to
and are affected by combat.Dale


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Breadcrumbs Cover Image
By Anne Ursu, Erin McGuire (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062015051
Availability: Available at Wholesaler
Published: Walden Pond Press - September 27th, 2011

Beautifully
imagined and written, Breadcrumbs calls on a rich fairytale heritage to
examine the depths of friendship. Hazel and Jack have been best friends
through all of their lives and now life is changing them. When Jack
suddenly disappears into the woods, Hazel overcomes magical dangers to
rescue him. Loss might come to their friendship but Hazel makes sure it
is the loss brought by time, not by evil. There’s much to admire and
think about in this lovely book.Jane J


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Wildwood (Wildwood Chronicles #1) Cover Image
By Colin Meloy, Carson Ellis (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062024688
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Published: Balzer + Bray - August 30th, 2011

By far, the best book I've read this year! If there ever were a book worthy of being a successor to The Chronicles of Narnia, with the readability of Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief, this is it. I love, love, love reading about hidden worlds just on the edge of our own--and Wildwood
has one, plus a ton of adventure, talking animals on the verge of a
magic-laden battle, and one missing sibling abducted by a murder of
crows. You will love this!Jill


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Satori Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780446561921
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - March 1st, 2011

Winslow - one the best thriller writers working today (Savages, Power of the Dog)  - was so taken by Trevanian's Shibumi that he took the character and ran with it.  This is not a farmed-out hack job but a superb, deeply-considered expansion of the original.  He pulled it off, big time: it blew me away.

Gary


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Shibumi: A Novel Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781400098033
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Published: Crown - May 10th, 2005

Possibly the most elegantly wicked of the cold war thrillers, Trevanian's masterpiece was a hit in 1979 and delivers just as much pleasure today with its exquisite plotting, biting wit and snarky geopolitics. The Russo-Japanese Go master/assassin protagonist is so compelling the great Don Winslow (Savages, Power of the Dog) was inspired to resurrect him in the new smasher Satori.

Gary


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Mouse and Mole: A Perfect Halloween (A Mouse and Mole Story) Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780547551524
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Published: Clarion Books - September 6th, 2011

Mouse and Mole, characterized perfectly in gentle and spare watercolors, are back in their fifth book together – this time to celebrate Halloween! First, they must carve pumpkins and enter them in a competition. Then there’s preparing their costumes. And then the trick-or-treating. All the while, Mole is trying hard not to be scared of many spooky happenings surrounding Halloween. These early reader chapter books are a great combination of humor and sweetness.

Jory


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I Want My Hat Back Cover Image
By Jon Klassen, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780763655983
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Published: Candlewick - September 27th, 2011

Bear has lost his hat. He asks many of the animals he meets in the forest if they’ve seen it. No one claims to have seen Bear’s hat. Except maybe Bear did see it? In this hilarious debut picture book by Jon Klassen, patterned, retro-looking illustrations use white space nicely, but also add to the humor of the text. Can you find Bear’s red hat, possibly before he does?

Jory


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The Broken Word: An Epic Poem of the British Empire in Kenya, and the Mau Mau Uprising Against It (Penguin Poets) Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143118091
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Published: Penguin Books - March 29th, 2011

Breathtaking. Precise. Beautiful. Gruesome. This is a powerful narrative poem about a young British man coming of age in the midst of the Mau-Mau revolution. The de-humanizing effect of war, disparities of culture, the power and hypocrisy of colonial occupation, and enduring trauma of combat and inflicted cruelty. This is one of the best books in any genre of the year.

Josh


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