Staff Picks

Batman: Death by Design

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Death by Design (Batman) Cover Image
By Chip Kidd, Dave Taylor (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781401234539
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: DC Comics - June 5th, 2012

Just look at this book.  Well… go on!  Tell me it’s not the prettiest Batman you’ve ever seen.  It’s as if Christopher Nolan and Fritz Lang teamed up to make a silent movie in which the city of Gotham is a character, one whose guardians—its architects, city planners, and politicians—are at cross-purposes, plotting and scheming while their ward falls to ruins.  A perfect gift for your geeky graphic designer friends and Batman fans alike.


Old Bear & His Cub & Little Cub

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By Olivier Dunrea, Olivier Dunrea (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780399160356
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Published: Philomel Books - November 21st, 2012

This board book version of the 2 year- old Old Bear and His Cub showcases Dunrea’s art even better than the original. Somehow the mooth surfaces make it crisper  and cleaner. This is a lovely book about the relationship between two caring creatures.


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By Olivier Dunrea, Olivier Dunrea (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780399242359
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Published: Philomel Books - November 27th, 2012

The brand new Little Cub is the prequel to Old Bear and His Cub and tells the story of how they met. Have tissues nearby. Lovely  gifts for kids 3 and up.

Finding Nouf

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ISBN: 9780547237787
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: Mariner Books - May 6th, 2009

The first of a series of literary mysteries set in Saudi Arabia. (the 3rd is now out in hardback).  Finding Nouf  gives us an enlightening picture of the lives of everyday Saudi men and women, the common frustration at the constraints of the pious and strict society and a thoroughly addictive couple of sleuths in Nayir ash-Sharqi, a desert guide and Katya Hijazi a lab technician and educated modern woman who dares to work in public and uncover her face.


Flight Behavior

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Flight Behavior: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062124265
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Published: Harper - November 6th, 2012

Barbara Kingsolver tackles global warming with a heartfelt tale of one Appalachian family. Even though we know Kingsolver has a point to make she wraps it around a very compelling well told tale.  She brings together a rural fundamentalist family, all with different ideas about what is right, and a team of scientists who descend on the area to study the bizarre behavior of Monarch butterflies. What I appreciate in Kingsolver’s writing is her ability to get into the hearts and minds of her characters which transcend to all of us her readers.

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Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaus

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Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs: As Retold by Mo Willems Cover Image
By Mo Willems, Mo Willems (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062104182
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: Balzer + Bray - September 4th, 2012

Rock star of the children's book world Mo Willems breaks out of the mold once again with this silly, sarcastic, upside-down fairy tale retelling that is sure to please both the kids and the adults. Especially the fans of irony. And dinosaurs!

The Commitment

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The Commitment: Love, Sex, Marriage, and My Family Cover Image
ISBN: 9780452287631
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Published: Penguin Books - October 1st, 2006

With his signature Tourette's-like honesty, Savage Love columnist/podcaster Dan Savage draws upon his own long term, if hilariously flawed, relationship to explore the issues surrounding gay marriage. Between his son's view on gay marriage ("boys don't marry boys!") to his Christian mother's ("you should marry the person you want to be with") to his boyfriend's ("why not just get a 'property of dan savage' tattoo?" Dan eventually finds his way further down the path to marriage than he realizes.

Caveat Emptor

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Caveat Emptor: The Secret Life of an American Art Forger Cover Image
ISBN: 9781605983608
Availability: On Order at the Warehouse
Published: Pegasus Books - August 15th, 2012

Buyer beware indeed!  Ken Perenyi spent over thirty years creating masterful forgeries fooling everyone along the way from New York to London. A self-taught artist with a knack for mimicry, this book is a confession of sorts. Due to financial straits Perenyi was forced to create his fakes in order to survive. With great detail on the process of creating and selling a painting, Caveat Emptor is a fascinating look into the art world, auction houses, wealthy patrons and the ethics of forgery.


Fast Food Nation

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Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal Cover Image
ISBN: 9780547750330
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Published: Mariner Books - March 13th, 2012

A fascinating, highly readable evisceration of the fast food industry. The book covers a lot of ground-  nutrition, politics, economics, marketing, chemistry, industry, and the human cost as well- with cutting humor and vitriol. I learned so much and couldn’t put it down. A terrific read and eye-opener.

War on the Waters

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War on the Waters: The Union and Confederate Navies, 1861-1865 Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780807835883
Availability: Out of Print
Published: University of North Carolina Press - September 17th, 2012

Huzzah!  A new book by the Pulitzer-winning author of Battle Cry of Freedom, my choice for the go-to one-volume history of the Civil War.  Here he treats the naval aspect of the conflict with the same compelling narrative style as Battle Cry, including blockade runners, extraordinary battles for dominance of the crucial Mississippi River and the total game-changing introduction of ironclads.

The Last Walk

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The Last Walk: Reflections on Our Pets at the End of Their Lives Cover Image
ISBN: 9780226668468
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Published: University of Chicago Press - September 27th, 2012

A mixture of compassion and essential information, The Last Walk is for anyone who has ever had to deal with the heart wrenching decisions that come at the end of a beloved pet's life. Jessica Pierce tells the story of the last year of her faithful dog Ody, and bravely confronts the moral, practical, and emotional issues that pet owners face as their animals decline. A customer recommended this book to me as one of the best she had ever read about pets at the end of their lives. When I finished it we both agreed that this book is beautifully written and incredibly sad but, most importantly, it is extremely consoling, and invaluable for anyone who has ever loved a pet.

Simply Ming In Your Kitchen

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Simply Ming in Your Kitchen: 80 Recipes to Watch, Learn, Cook & Enjoy Cover Image
ISBN: 9781906868734
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Published: Kyle Cathie Limited - October 16th, 2012

You cannot go wrong with these recipes! Mouth-watering photographs and easy-to-follow recipes make this an appealing and rewarding cookbook. Best of all, you can download the shopping list AND watch a video of Ming Tsai showing you how to make the dish. It is simply so much fun to cook along with Ming Tsai!

Fifty Year Sword

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ISBN: 9780307907721
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Published: Pantheon Books - October 16th, 2012

An ominous figure tells the story of his quest for a weapon, through the Valley of Salt, The Forest of Falling Notes, and The Mountain of Manyone Paths, to five orphans at a Halloween party in East Texas. A beautiful object and a brilliant novel, The Fifty Year Sword has the timelessness of a fairy tale while reveling in the sensuality of turning pages. More proof Danielewski is one of our greatest writers.

Bear Country

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Bear Country: North America's Grizzly, Black and Polar Bears Cover Image
By Steven Kazlowski (Photographer)
ISBN: 9781594856754
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Published: Mountaineers Books - September 1st, 2012

A gorgeous book of photos of American bears.  This collection will be appreciated by both serious naturalists or those merely looking for the "aw" factor.  It is wonderful to see such joyful pictures of polar bears and a reminder that we should do everything possible to save the environment of these magnificent animals.