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The Yellow Birds

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ISBN: 9780316219341
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 30th, 2013

The Yellow Birds, is stunning, brilliant, powerful and heartbreaking.  After reading this story, I’m left asking what is the purpose of sending young men and women into battle?  All I come away with is it is cruel and senseless.

Jane D

The Dark

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By Lemony Snicket, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780316187480
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 2nd, 2013

The text and illustrations are so well integrated in The Dark that it is as if Lemony and Jon became one person in its creation. A boy is afraid of the dark and it sure does look scary, but it turns out that the dark helps the boy overcome his fear. Intrigued?? Take a peek!!!



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ISBN: 9781934414521
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Published: BOA Editions - August 23rd, 2011

Naomi Shihab Nye, the recipient of 2013 Robert Creeley Award, was born to an American mother and a Palestinian father.  In her newest collection, Transfer, she draws on her Palestinian-American heritage and her extensive travel experiences to create a poetry collection that attests to our shared humanity.  Transfer was a finalist for the 2012 Arab-American Book Award.


Adele & Simon

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ISBN: 9780374380441
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - September 5th, 2006

I recently came across this picture book on our shelves. It is quite a find, with its early 20th century maps of Paris, detailed drawings, and charming ending. It is a book that is fun to read, to be read to, or just to spend time looking through.



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ISBN: 9780226925288
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Published: University of Chicago Press - March 13th, 2013

Charles Bernstein is on a mission to tear down and build back up everything we know, believe and love about poetry. His first collection in seven years uses translations, homages, and manifestoes to write a new poetry future. Witty and daring. Playful and brilliant. Recalculating will be in the discussion for all the major poetry awards this year.


Cold Magic

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By Elliott
ISBN: 9780316080859
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Published: Orbit - September 9th, 2010

and complex characters match wits in a fantastic steampunk world.
Looking for formidable heroines? Look no further than Cat Barahal and
her cousin Bee. Tired of the same old steampunk gadgets? Check out the
clash between new tech and old magic in this head-spinning adventure,
not to mention the saber-toothed werecats and dragons. Bottom line: I
wish I had written this book.Rebecca

Jacob's Folly

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ISBN: 9780374178543
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - March 5th, 2013

adored this creative, page-turning and moving story of a dead French
Jewish peddler come back to life as a fly in modern day Long Island and
the influence he has on inveterate goody-two-shoes Les and struggling
Orthodox Jew Masha. This book deserves to be a big hit with lots of

The Cineaste

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ISBN: 9780393239157
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 1st, 2013

Jordan's book lives in that ephemeral residual dreaminess left over from a just-seen movie, with unlikely mind-scenes, extrapolation and fantasy inspired by specific films and, in a wondrous central section, a poetic exploration of pioneer filmmaker Oscar Micheaux. Movies and poetics: a perfect symmetry.


The Iliad

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By Homer, Robert Fagles (Translator), Bernard Knox (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780140445923
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Published: Penguin Books - July 1st, 1991

The Odyssey is full of tales and adventures; the Iliad is one vast combat narrative centering on the psychopathic super-warrior Achilles and warfare jacked up by direct intervention of the gods. Fagles' translation vividly captures the gore, insanity and stark beauty of that most intense of human experiences.  2700 years old and still one of the greats.


Gone Fishing

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ISBN: 9780547820118
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - March 5th, 2013

As in the style of Shel Silverstein and Jack Prelutsky, this book of verse is both fun and funny. With every chapter told in a different poetic form, accompanied by Matthew Cordell’s charming illustrations, this is a wonderful introduction to poetry.



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ISBN: 9780316094603
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 1st, 2012

By FAR the most interesting "what if?" YA I've read in some time--this author takes a tired premise (amnesia) and turns it on its head while injecting a pretty fantastic mystery aspect. London is a high-schooler whose memory completely resets at night. When she wakes up, there's nothing. She seems to be functioning pretty well...until she meets a guy. Dating gets a lot more complicated when you don't remember anything about Mr. Dreamboat upon waking, it turns out...Forgotten reminds me a little of Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver, meets The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger.


Animal Wise

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ISBN: 9780307461445
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - February 26th, 2013

Have you ever read some blurb in the newspaper like: "fire ants discovered to teach their young" or some such headline, and wondered how the heck these scientists figured that out? This book is a perfect, succinct compendium of all the most recent studies of animal behavior, thought and emotion, the scientific conclusions, and most importantly--how exactly they arrived at these conclusions. So fascinating! If, like me, you find much more in common with animals than other humans, but you're not a trained scientist and thus shy away from the more academic ethology books, you'll just eat this up.