October 2013

Big Appetites: Tiny People in a World of Big Food

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Big Appetites: Tiny People in a World of Big Food By Christopher Boffoli Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780761176411
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Workman Publishing Company - September 10th, 2013

In Christopher Boffoli's book, you'll find typical people doing typical people things --just with big food. The photos are smart, funny, even philosophical at times. A fun gift book for foodies, artists, or anyone appreciative of the unusual.


Rose Under Fire

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Rose Under Fire By Elizabeth Wein Cover Image
ISBN: 9781423183099
Availability: Available to Order from Supplier: Arrives at Store in a Week(ish)
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 10th, 2013

American pilot Rose Justice survives Ravensbruck, but escaping from the concentration camp doesn't mean her experience is over. This follow-up to Code Name Verity (not a sequel, though several characters appear in this book) is about survival in all its forms, loyalty, and what we owe each other.


The Hub's Metropolis

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The Hub's Metropolis: Greater Boston's Development from Railroad Suburbs to Smart Growth By James C. O'Connell Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780262018753
Published: The MIT Press - March 22nd, 2013

Somerville rowhouses, huge building lots in Weston, stately homes along Comm. Ave. in Newton -- there's a reason for every aspect of the Boston area's built environment. Read about the accidental and deliberate design decisions that led to the region we know today, and then go see for yourself, using the walking tour suggestions throughout the book.



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Warning: Do Not Open This Book! By Adam Lehrhaupt, Matthew Forsythe (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Adam Lehrhaupt, Matthew Forsythe (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781442435827
Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - August 27th, 2013

I grew up on Sesame Street's There's a Monster at the End of this Book! in which Elmo begs you (the reader) not to turn each page, because it gets you closer to the end...where the monster is! Warning: Do Not Open This Book is a worthy successor -- both in that I still had that same small thrill by "rebelling" against the narrator and brazenly turning each page, despite the hand-wringing and head-shaking I imagined to be causing. The tongue-in-cheek message about all the potential danger and chaos books wreak make this book a perfect pick for Banned Book celebrations. But the clever, interactive ending, the ridiculously cute slow loris, and mischievous-looking monkeys make this title stand out. WAY OUT.


The Haunted Bookshop

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The Haunted Bookshop (The Art of the Novella) By Christopher Morley Cover Image
ISBN: 9781612192246
Availability: Available with a Delay: On Order at Supplier: Email online@portersquarebooks.com for More Info
Published: Melville House - August 13th, 2013

If the first things you look at when you go to someone’s house are their bookshelves. If you buy and give away the same book over and over because everyone you know needs to read it. If you unpack the extra pair of shoes to make more room in the suitcase for books. If you just feel good walking into a bookstore. The Haunted Bookshop is a cover-to-cover smile.


Among the Janeites

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Among the Janeites: A Journey Through the World of Jane Austen Fandom By Deborah Yaffe Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780547757735
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Mariner Books - August 6th, 2013

Colin Firth has a lot to answer for.  Since emerging from that lake in his dripping white shirt,  Jane Austen has become a pop culture phenomenon.  Deborah Yaffe explores the hoopla and dedication surrounding the cult of all things Jane today;- from fan fiction to regency costume balls and hidden subtext in Austen's novels, a pilgrimage around historic sights in Britain and a literature professor/roller derby queen named Stone Cold Jane Austen, and a peek inside NASNA (North American Society of Jane Austen).  A peon to fandom and quite a touching memoir of a long time passion, Life Among the Janites is totally entertaining and definitely sent me back to read Persuasion again.



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