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Pacific Crucible: War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941-1942 (The Pacific War Trilogy #1) By Ian W. Toll Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780393068139
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 14th, 2011

Toll (author of the superb Six Frigates) starts with a horrific narrative of Pearl Harbor, goes through the savage learning curve of the Battle of the Coral Sea (this was all a new kind of warfare) and climaxes with a spectacular account of Midway.  In-depth portraits of the major players add an exciting dimension to the great naval duel.

Gary


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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (The Best Ever) By Barbara Robinson Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780064470445
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Published: HarperCollins - September 7th, 1988

A family of wild ruffians teach the other church kids a thing or two about the true meaning of Christmas. This is a delightful, funny and altogether charming story perfect for the holidays. A fun read to share with young and old each year at this time.

Jane D.


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An Infamous Army: A Novel of Wellington, Waterloo, Love and War (Historical Romances) By Georgette Heyer Cover Image
$20.99
ISBN: 9781402210075
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - September 1st, 2007

Romance, war, intrigue, romance. What more could you ask of the premier romance writer of the early 20th century!?  The story is set in Brussels in the months preceding the  famous Battle of Waterloo and is really a novel of that battle with romance attached. An Infamous Army is used by Sandhurst, the British War Academy, to teach about the battle. It has amazing fidelity to formations, movements, and men in all sorts of armies. And, you get to see British high society at their best and worst. Read and come back for more Heyer!

Jane J


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Wicked River: The Mississippi When It Last Ran Wild By Lee Sandlin Cover Image
$17.95
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ISBN: 9780307473578
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 By Danica Novgorodoff, James Ponsoldt, Benjamin Percy 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 By El Bulli, Cillero & deMotta (Translated by) 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 By Robert Gottlieb Cover Image
$30.00
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ISBN: 9780374298821
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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WAR By Sebastian Junger Cover Image
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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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