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Winter Town by Stephen Emond

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By Stephen Emond, Stephen Emond (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780316133326
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - December 5th, 2011

You know when you're walking around in a snowstorm, and it's all quiet, and you're totally warm in your heavy coat? This book reminds me of that. Thoughtful, full of dialogue, tenuous friendships, with threads of art and comics throughout-- I like to think of Stephen Emond as the introspective high-schooler's Jeff Kinney.


Stasiland by Anna Funder

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Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062077325
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Published: Harper Perennial - September 20th, 2011

years after the fall of the Wall in 1989, Funder travels to the former
East Germany to interview both the victims and the victimizers of the
world’s once most notorious police states. Originally published abroad
in 2003 and now seeing its first U.S. publication, the personal stories
she relates of courage, heartbreak, and the sometime absurdities of life
in GDR are still powerful and compelling.Dale

The Stranger's Child by Alan Hollinghurst

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ISBN: 9780307272768
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Published: Knopf - October 11th, 2011

The Stranger's Child, tells the story of a Rupert Brooke-like poet who dazzles and seduces all who meet him. He dies young in the Great War, and as the years pass his reputation soars.  Those who knew him, and those who wished they had, vie for his reflected glory, despite the tangled web of myth, lies and secrets buried in the hearts of those he touched.


The Betrayal of Trust by Susan Hill

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The Betrayal of Trust: A Simon Serailler Mystery (Chief Superintendent Simon Serrailler Mysteries) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781590202807
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Published: Overlook Press - November 10th, 2011

The sixth in the Lafferton/Simon Serrailler series, this is another intelligent and brooding mystery from the award-winning Hill. She hits all her marks; great characters, sensitivity and exciting story telling as usual.  Louise Penny and British crime fans will thoroughly appreciate this series.


Contents May Have Shifted by Pam Houston

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ISBN: 9780393082654
Availability: Out of Print
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 6th, 2012

As the title implies, this novel is centered on the far-flung travels of the narrator who is puzzling out her relationships and path in life without staying in one place too long.  There are over 100 "chapters" in the book, some only a few sentences long, but they each identify with a particular place in the world.  Houston's writing is concise and poetic and I came away feeling like I'd just read a quirky, less self-serving version of Eat, Pray, Love.


Collusion by Stuart Neville

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Collusion: A Jack Lennon Investigation Set in Northern Ireland Cover Image
ISBN: 9781569479858
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Published: Soho Crime - September 6th, 2011

Even if you'd assumed that ex-IRA hitman Jerry Fegan had nowhere to go but completely off the rails in Neville's excellent GHOSTS OF BELFAST, he shows up again in this equally superb sequel. And intense as he is, he's a supporting player - to a very intense situation.  (By the way - this guy is one of the best crime writers I've ever read.)


He Died with His Eyes Open by Derek Raymond

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ISBN: 9781935554578
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Published: Melville House Publishing - October 4th, 2011

Darkly philosophical, this British detective novel is about as noir as noir can get. The nameless detective investigates the brutal murder of a man who, despite his own artistry and intelligence, had long ago lost his will. The first in the influence Factory Series, this is gritty, edgy, crime fiction at its best and will be appreciated by fans of Ian Rankin, John Connolly and Ken Bruen.


A Christmas Tree for Pyn

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By Olivier Dunrea, Olivier Dunrea (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780399245060
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Published: Philomel Books - October 13th, 2011

Fans of Gossie can graduate to this beautifully illustrated Christmas tale.Pyn successfully convinces her grumpy Dad that they need to get a Christmas tree and celebrate the holiday. He surprises her with a very special gift (which may require having a tissue nearby).



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1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307265722
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - August 9th, 2011

Charles Mann has done it again. Like his previous book, 1491, Mann synthesizes current historical scholarship and gives us a radically new and fascinating interpretation of the enormous, world-wide changes brought about with the European discovery of the New World, known as the Columbian Exchange.


The Annotated Peter Pan

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ISBN: 9780393066005
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 11th, 2011

If you read this story as a child, and even if you didn’t, this work is a revelation. Many books written for children are, as Tatar says, “encoded with adult matters,” but the matters buried in this classic are often startling in their scope. Captain Hook emerges as quite a tortured graduate of Eton, where he read poetry, and Mr. Darling is a mere child. The tale overall is darkly Victorian. Tatar provides useful insights into the life of J,M. Barrie, Peter’s creator, and the five “lost” boys he adopted. The cinematic survey and the section “J.M Barrie and Peter Pan in the World” are equally riveting.