November 2012

Fifty Year Sword

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The Fifty Year Sword By Mark Z. Danielewski Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307907721
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Published: Pantheon - October 16th, 2012

An ominous figure tells the story of his quest for a weapon, through the Valley of Salt, The Forest of Falling Notes, and The Mountain of Manyone Paths, to five orphans at a Halloween party in East Texas. A beautiful object and a brilliant novel, The Fifty Year Sword has the timelessness of a fairy tale while reveling in the sensuality of turning pages. More proof Danielewski is one of our greatest writers.

Bear Country

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Bear Country: North America's Grizzly, Black, and Polar Bears By Steven Kazlowski Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594856754
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Published: Mountaineers Books - October 9th, 2012

A gorgeous book of photos of American bears.  This collection will be appreciated by both serious naturalists or those merely looking for the "aw" factor.  It is wonderful to see such joyful pictures of polar bears and a reminder that we should do everything possible to save the environment of these magnificent animals.

My Brilliant Friend

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My Brilliant Friend: Neapolitan Novels, Book One By Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein Cover Image
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.

Boot and Shoe

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Boot & Shoe By Marla Frazee, Marla Frazee (Illustrator) Cover Image
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….


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