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My Brilliant Friend

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By Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein (Translator)
ISBN: 9781609450786
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Published: Europa Editions - September 25th, 2012

I am always attracted to the physical specimen that is a Europa edition. A smooth, square, French-flapped volume containing some of the best literary fiction being published today. My Brilliant Friend, perhaps because it is a translation, is composed of concise prose and chronicles a lifelong friendship between two women, Elena and Lila, growing up in post WWII Italy where women, particularly smart women, struggled under the repressive patriarchy. This story, the first of a trilogy, begins with a disappearance as do her other novels and ends with a bit of a cliffhanger leaving one eager for the next installment.

The Mortal Sea

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ISBN: 9780674047655
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Belknap Press - October 8th, 2012

Closely examining detailed records from explorer’s diaries to fisherman’s logs and government reports, Bolster has assembled a comprehensive environmental history of the devastating human impact on life in the North Atlantic. He shows definitively the present crisis in the fishery is the legacy of continual overfishing during the past five hundred years. This book is a major contribution to both coastal marine studies and American history.

Boot and Shoe

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By Marla Frazee, Marla Frazee (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781442422476
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Published: Beach Lane Books - October 2nd, 2012

You will first be captivated by this book’s drawings, but it is the story that proves most charming.  Born to the same litter, Boot and Shoe do everything together. Well, almost everything. Boot spends his day on the back porch, “because he’s a back porch kind of dog”, and Shoe spends his day on the front porch, “because he’s a front porch kind of dog”. Then a pesky neighbor squirrel stirs things up, they both give chase, and things change. This fun and touching tale of friendship will prove to be a favorite. One that will be read, and read, and read….

Almost Home

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ISBN: 9780670012893
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - September 13th, 2012

First of all, who can resist this cover?? When Sugar and her mom, Reba, wind up homeless, everything seems quite hopeless. But with the help of a little dog named Shush, a teacher from Sugar’s past, a foster home that works and a strengthened Reba, Sugar can look forward with reasonable hope. Kids 9 to 12 will enjoy this very well-told, engrossing story.

The Berlin Game

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ISBN: 9781402795145
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Published: Sterling - August 7th, 2012

Len Deighton (The Ipcress File) is the other cold war suspense master. This is the first of his Bernard Sampson trilogy, and it's as seedy and treacherous and wry and compelling as Le Carre's George Smiley Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy series. A welcome re-release of a classic trio.


The Swerve

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ISBN: 9780393343403
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 4th, 2012

A veritable intellectual historical thriller concerning the wire-thin survival into modern times of Lucretius' On the Nature of Things - an astonishingly humanist view arrived at centuries before the Enlightenment. It reads like a novel, and reminds us of how tenuous can be the survival of ideas - especially when a power structure like the Roman Church is trying to obliterate them.


We Have Always Lived in the Castle

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By Shirley Jackson, Jonathan Lethem (Introduction by), Thomas Ott (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780143039976
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Published: Penguin Books - October 31st, 2006

The perfect Halloweeny read- creepy tension builds up slowly to a devastating climax. Teenage Mary Katherine lives in a decrepit mansion with her sister and uncle: “The rest of my family is dead.” But then cousin Charles shows up to wreck her perfect home and destroy the family- at least, that’s what she says. But should we believe her?


The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning

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ISBN: 9780393343144
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 13th, 2012

is one of the best works of criticism in recent memory.  Nelson
examines everything from Yoko Ono’s weird performance art to the
contemporary horror flick in a sweeping attempt to understand the nature
of cruelty in art and determine how moral beings might navigate a world
enriched and complicated by it.  Her voice is incendiary, sensitive,
and thoroughly unpretentious.  Though I was a fan way back at Jane: A Murder, The Art of Cruelty put Maggie Nelson on the map as a thinker to watch.Kim


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ISBN: 9781597803373
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Published: Night Shade Books - September 25th, 2012

Just about the time cartoonist Finn Darby's getting over his wife's death, an anthrax attack hits Atlanta; he soon realizes the dead are slowly coming back via the bodies of the living--including his wife. A weird and wonderful body snatchers tale for this Halloween.


In the Shadow of the Banyan Tree

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ISBN: 9781451657708
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 7th, 2012

A compelling autobiographical novel. Ratner is a member of the Cambodian royal family & was 7 years old when the Khmer Rouge drove her family from their home. Only she and her mother in her immediate family survived. Beautifully written, it is a testament to the love of her father, who was a poet first and prince second.

Jane J.

Beautiful Ruins

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ISBN: 9780061928123
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Published: Harper - June 12th, 2012

In 1962 the world was scandalized when Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton fell in love on the set of their epic movie Cleopatra in Rome.  Beautiful Ruins returns to this romantic time weaving their story with that of Pasquale, a young Italian, who falls in love with a dying American actress working on the film.  Is she truly dying, or merely pregnant?  Nearly fifty years pass until we find out the truth.




399 Games, Puzzles & Trivia Challenges Specially Designed to Keep Your Brain Young

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ISBN: 9780761168256
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Published: Workman Publishing - September 25th, 2012

They say it only takes 10 to 15 minutes a day AND it's fun....hopefully after I've finished this book I'll never forget anyone's name again, or where I parked the damn car.

age 51 and already having "senior moments"

The Oath

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ISBN: 9780385527200
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Published: Doubleday Books - September 18th, 2012

Toobin continues his behind the scenes look at the contemporary Supreme Court begun in his earlier book, The Nine. In The Oath,Toobin, with his insider access, looks at the personalities as well as the political and judicial philosophies of the current Robert’s court which seems intent on overturning decades of precedents to further an ultra-conservative ideology.


The Devil in Silver

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ISBN: 9781400069866
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - August 21st, 2012

Pepper gets dropped off at the New Hyde mental institution, not because he’s mentally ill, but because the plain-clothed cops who busted him didn’t want to deal with the paperwork of a formal booking. If he keeps his head down he’s out in 72 hours, but New Hyde has problems that drag Pepper down into its culture and close to insanity. Mental illness, power relations, race, sex, and the devil; this book goes beyond horror and social commentary to scratch at universal human truths, further proving that Victor Lavalle is the rightful heir to Kurt Vonnegut


Plant Dreaming Deep

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ISBN: 9780393315516
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 1st, 1996

What a pleasure, after many years, to read this book again. Leaving summer behind, and settling into the next season can be a time of reflection no matter how busy we are. We take comfort in familiar routines and the newfound quiet of our homes, but also look forward to the changes this time of year brings. These are the themes of this book: anticipation of the new, looking back on the familiar, and how their combination brings clarity to our lives.