October 2011

Hemingway's Boat

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Hemingway's Boat: Everything He Loved in Life, and Lost, 1934-1961 Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781400041626
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Published: Knopf - September 20th, 2011

In
a brilliant conceit, Hendrickson hangs this wonderful hybrid of
biography, rumination, analysis and celebration of Hemingway upon the
period of his ownership of the Pilar, his
custom made fishing boat.  Even readers of earlier Hemingway
biographies will find loads of fresh riches, back story and context.Gary


War

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$16.00
ISBN: 9780446556224
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Published: Twelve - May 17th, 2011

Sebastian
Junger spent over a year with a platoon in the Korengal Valley in
Afghanistan to document what the experience of war feels like for
today’s front-line soldiers. This book and the documentary film Restrepo
he made with Tim Hetherington are the result. Junger’s book is both
powerful and profound and filled with insights as to how men respond to
and are affected by combat.Dale


Breadcrumbs

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By Anne Ursu, Erin McGuire (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062015051
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Published: Walden Pond Press - September 27th, 2011

Beautifully
imagined and written, Breadcrumbs calls on a rich fairytale heritage to
examine the depths of friendship. Hazel and Jack have been best friends
through all of their lives and now life is changing them. When Jack
suddenly disappears into the woods, Hazel overcomes magical dangers to
rescue him. Loss might come to their friendship but Hazel makes sure it
is the loss brought by time, not by evil. There’s much to admire and
think about in this lovely book.Jane J


Wildwood

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By Colin Meloy, Carson Ellis (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062024688
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Published: Balzer + Bray - August 30th, 2011

By far, the best book I've read this year! If there ever were a book worthy of being a successor to The Chronicles of Narnia, with the readability of Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief, this is it. I love, love, love reading about hidden worlds just on the edge of our own--and Wildwood
has one, plus a ton of adventure, talking animals on the verge of a
magic-laden battle, and one missing sibling abducted by a murder of
crows. You will love this!Jill


Satori and Shibumi

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$25.99
ISBN: 9780446561921
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - March 2011

Winslow - one the best thriller writers working today (Savages, Power of the Dog)  - was so taken by Trevanian's Shibumi that he took the character and ran with it.  This is not a farmed-out hack job but a superb, deeply-considered expansion of the original.  He pulled it off, big time: it blew me away.

Gary


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ISBN: 9781400098033
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Published: Broadway Books - May 10th, 2005

Possibly the most elegantly wicked of the cold war thrillers, Trevanian's masterpiece was a hit in 1979 and delivers just as much pleasure today with its exquisite plotting, biting wit and snarky geopolitics. The Russo-Japanese Go master/assassin protagonist is so compelling the great Don Winslow (Savages, Power of the Dog) was inspired to resurrect him in the new smasher Satori.

Gary


Mouse and Mole: A Perfect Halloween

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Mouse and Mole: A Perfect Halloween (A Mouse and Mole Story) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780547551524
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - September 6th, 2011

Mouse and Mole, characterized perfectly in gentle and spare watercolors, are back in their fifth book together – this time to celebrate Halloween! First, they must carve pumpkins and enter them in a competition. Then there’s preparing their costumes. And then the trick-or-treating. All the while, Mole is trying hard not to be scared of many spooky happenings surrounding Halloween. These early reader chapter books are a great combination of humor and sweetness.

Jory


I Want My Hat Back

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By Jon Klassen, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780763655983
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Published: Candlewick - September 27th, 2011

Bear has lost his hat. He asks many of the animals he meets in the forest if they’ve seen it. No one claims to have seen Bear’s hat. Except maybe Bear did see it? In this hilarious debut picture book by Jon Klassen, patterned, retro-looking illustrations use white space nicely, but also add to the humor of the text. Can you find Bear’s red hat, possibly before he does?

Jory


The Broken Word

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The Broken Word: An Epic Poem of the British Empire in Kenya, and the Mau Mau Uprising Against It (Penguin Poets) Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143118091
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Published: Penguin Books - March 29th, 2011

Breathtaking. Precise. Beautiful. Gruesome. This is a powerful narrative poem about a young British man coming of age in the midst of the Mau-Mau revolution. The de-humanizing effect of war, disparities of culture, the power and hypocrisy of colonial occupation, and enduring trauma of combat and inflicted cruelty. This is one of the best books in any genre of the year.

Josh


Young Romantics The Shelleys, Byron, and Other Tangled Lives

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780374532932
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - March 29th, 2011

Drawing upon documents found as recently as 1991, Hay describes in deeply satisfying detail the emotional and commercial interconnectedness of a group of talented young  people, whose philosophical and political beliefs brought them together when all were well under 30. Her use of their extensive correspondence is so successful one feels one is overhearing their conversations at breakfast. The later fabrications and exaggerations of some of the principle players are stripped away, and we learn not only the real story, but the motivations for invention.

Joan


Mr. Benn--Red Knight

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Mr. Benn: Red Knight Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781854379900
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Published: Tate - September 2011

Long before Elmer the Patchwork Elephant, David McKee created Mr Benn, an ordinary man who has extraordinary adventures.  Here is the first Mr Benn book reprinted for the enjoyment of a new generation of children in which Mr Benn swaps his bowler hat for a red suit of armor and makes friends with a dragon.   McKee's artwork is a joy and the Mr Benn stories full of magical possibilities.  (Also available, Big- Top Benn)

Susannah


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