November 2012

Flight Behavior

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Flight Behavior: A Novel By Barbara Kingsolver Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062124265
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.

Jane D

Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaus

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Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs: As Retold by Mo Willems By Mo Willems, Mo Willems (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Mo Willems, Mo Willems (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062104182
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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 By Dan Savage Cover Image
ISBN: 9780452287631
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Published: Penguin Books - September 26th, 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 By Ken Perenyi Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781605983608
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 By Eric Schlosser Cover Image
ISBN: 9780547750330
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Published: Mariner Books Classics - 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 By James M. McPherson Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780807835883
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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 Hollow Man

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The Hollow Man: A Novel (Detective Nick Belsey Series #1) By Oliver Harris Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062136718
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - October 23rd, 2012

A straight-out-of-the-gate crime masterpiece by first-time author Harris.  Something about the UK produces knockout first  novels by crime writers - The Ghosts of Belfast; The Guards. This is another one.

The Last Walk

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The Last Walk: Reflections on Our Pets at the End of Their Lives By Jessica Pierce Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780226668468
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 By Arthur Boehm, Ming Tsai Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781906868734
Published: Kyle Books - 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!


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