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ISBN: 9780316187428
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: Mulholland Books - January 26th, 2012

A suspenseful tale of psychological mind control by a twisted but brilliant individual who exerts power over his victims via cell phone.  The fourth in Rowbotham's Joe O'Laughlin series, here we see Joe reunited with his retired police buddy and trying to cope with his Parkinson's disease.  A complex, many layered read for fans of the genre.


Otto the Book Bear

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ISBN: 9781423145622
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - January 31st, 2012

A friendly story-book bear comes to life, has adventures, meets new friends and finally finds a home.  This book probably could have been written solely for librarians and booksellers in mind but fortunately it's just so appealing, most pre-schoolers will love it and Otto, even more.


The Flight of Gemma Hardy

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ISBN: 9780062064226
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Published: Harper - January 1st, 2012

Margot Livesey has written a kinder gentler, Jane Eyre, but an equally compelling story, set in the mid 1950s. Her heroine, Gemma, will remind you of the spunky strong willed Jane.  You can hear Livesey’s Scottish background in her loving description of the flora and fauna of Gemma’s surroundings. I encourage to you pick up this engaging book

Jane D.


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ISBN: 9781935639206
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Published: Tin House Books - January 17th, 2012

This slim, elegant novel embodies the sense of longing I sometimes feel when stepping into a particularly well-stocked thrift store: there's meaningful objects everywhere which serve to remind me the longing I feel for that kind of meaning in my own life.  When evaluating this book shortly after completing it, the word poetic came to mind, but not in that pretentious way. More like the poetic of Banana-Yoshimoto's-Kitchen-poetic.


Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand

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By Jim Henson, Jerry Juhl, Ramon K. Perez (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781936393091
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Published: Archaia Entertainment - December 27th, 2011

A screenplay that was never produced is brought to life in this beautiful graphic novel. This funny, surreal story from one of America’s great imaginations follows Mac as he crosses the desert, to run from an adversary he doesn’t know and reach a goal he doesn’t understand. By incorporating original text, using striking colors, and playing with the conventions of the genre, Perez’s interpretation of Henson’s story shows how powerful graphic novels can be.



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ISBN: 9780982684894
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Published: Two Dollar Radio - October 18th, 2011

Art. Protest. War. The tension between fate and responsibility. A bartender with a birthmark that looks like Hitler’s mustache who buys a Santa Costume from a homeless man. A successful lawyer with terminal cancer. Mohr’s novel whorls around a dive bar in the mission district of San Francisco, brushing elbows with and sometimes plowing right through many of the major questions and themes in contemporary American culture.


And Then It’s Spring

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By Julie Fogliano, Erin E. Stead (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781596436244
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - February 14th, 2012

Watch and wait, hopeful seeds seem to whisper, but of course the hardest thing about gardening is patience. As a little boy and his dog bide their time, fretting over their fledgling garden, winter browns give way to the lush greens of spring and a bountiful harvest. This satisfying picture book, illustrated by none other than the 2011 Caldecott medal-winning Erin Stead (A Sick Day for Amos McGee), reminds even the most impatient of snow bunnies that brighter days are just waiting to bloom.


Definitely Not Mr. Darcy by Karen Doomebos

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ISBN: 9780425243824
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Published: Berkley Books - September 6th, 2011

Stressed out mid-western mom in love with all things Austen applies for a part in a British documentary set in the Regency era.  She finds herself instead in the middle of a reality dating show and has to resort to some ingenious wiles, both contemporary and historical, in order to win the guy and the cash.  A light hearted romp perfect for Valentine's Day with the added bonus of lots of Jane Austen inspired clothes and manners.


Hooray for Amanda and Her Alligator

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By Mo Willems, Mo Willems (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062004000
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Published: Balzer + Bray - April 26th, 2011

1. Are you a little OLD for Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus? Do need a book with more pages? You probably do.
2. Do you want to read a funny chapter book featuring ALLIGATORS (with a whole 6 1/2 chapters!)? Of course you do!
3. I love the adventures of Amanda, her Alligator and their new, surprise friend. You will too.


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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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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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
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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.