March 2013

One Gorilla

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One Gorilla: A Counting Book By Anthony Browne, Anthony Browne (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Anthony Browne, Anthony Browne (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780763663520
Published: Candlewick - February 12th, 2013

Check out this amazing counting book which is so much more. Browne’s  gorgeous illustrations give kids the chance to count, examine the subtle differences on each page, and become familiar with the variety of primates – including Anthony Browne himself.


Telegraph Avenue

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Telegraph Avenue: A Novel By Michael Chabon Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061493348
Published: Harper - September 11th, 2012

Typical of Michael Chabon, this is a dense but highly pleasing novel centered around long time friends and business partners Nat and Archie, proprietors of Brokeland Records and their wives Gwen and Aviva who are midwives.  Brokeland is threatened by the pending arrival of a music megastore and the couples' personal lives are tested by the appearance of Archie's teenage son from a previous relationship. Clever, funny and engaging on every level.


Facing the Wave

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Facing the Wave: A Journey in the Wake of the Tsunami By Gretel Ehrlich Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307907318
Published: Pantheon Books - February 12th, 2013

Though it has only been two years since the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Northern Japan, since the media has stopped reporting from the area the disaster is no longer at the forefront of most of our minds. Eloquent and poetic, Ehrlich’s  book is a profound meditation on the  human and environmental consequences  of the tragedy.


Agent Zigzag

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Agent Zigzag: A True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love, and Betrayal By Ben Macintyre Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307353412
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Published: Crown - August 12th, 2008

Agent Zigzag is about a singular character who rose to the occasion for crown and country at a crucial time in history. Recruited by the Germans to spy on the British, career criminal Eddie Chapman turned on them to  become one of Britain’s most valuable assets. A combination of character study and action adventure combining espionage, adventure, true crime, love, World War 2 and more in a gripping, page-turning package, Chapman’s story has never been told with more verve.



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Moranthology By Caitlin Moran Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062258533
Published: Harper Perennial - November 6th, 2012

Wunderkind UK Times columnist, Caitlin Moran, tackles burkhas and library closings, Lady Gaga, the Royal wedding, the TV series Sherlock, and the joys of Aberystwyth (can't explain, please just read).  Chatty, original, humorous but with also the canny ability to hit the nail on the head when no one else dare, she is likely to become your new best friend.  For more, see How To Be a Woman which is her memoir slash feminist treatise for todays' young women.



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