September 2013

The Ruby in the Smoke

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The Ruby in the Smoke: A Sally Lockhart Mystery By Philip Pullman Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780375845161
Availability: Available to Order from Supplier: Arrives at Store in a Week(ish)
Published: Ember - September 9th, 2008

In 1870s London, Sally Lockhart investigates her father's murder. She finds herself part of a bigger mystery involving smuggling and the secrets of the British Empire, and along the way she picks up friends and allies, including a rogue office boy, a pair of hapless photographers, an actress, and a boxer-turned-minister.

Sarah


Poison Penmanship

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Poison Penmanship: The Gentle Art of Muckraking By Jessica Mitford, Jane Smiley (Preface by) Cover Image
By Jessica Mitford, Jane Smiley (Preface by)
$17.95
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ISBN: 9781590173558
Published: NYRB Classics - September 7th, 2010

Jessica Mitford takes readers through a guided tour of her investigative journalism that covered everything from California prison conditions to luxury weight loss spas. In this collection, she follows each piece with her own commentary and insider tips, making the book a must for aspiring writers.

Sarah


Raven Boys

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The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, Book 1) By Maggie Stiefvater Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780545424936
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - July 30th, 2013

Blue Sargent’s psychic family believes she will kill her first love with a kiss.  Consequently, she has avoided boys of the nearby Aglionby Academy and is not thrilled when four friends begin to appear everywhere in her life.  The boys have a unique extracurricular activity that soon lures her:  their ringleader Gansey is on a quest for the lost Glendower, a vanished Welsh king.  Legend tells that whomever finds him will have the power of one wish. Danger, fast cars, friendships, and romance lie ahead.  The first in a series, grab a copy before the second (Dream Thieves) comes out on September 17th!

Stephanie


Summertime, All the Cats Are Bored

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Summertime All the Cats Are Bored By Philippe Georget Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781609451219
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Published: Europa Editions - July 2nd, 2013

Summertime, All the Cats Are Bored is the perfect mystery beach read with what might be the best title ever.  A white-knuckle thriller with a delicious sense of place, it’s set in the Mediterranean resort town of Perpignan, around a series of murders and kidnappings. A retiree finds a dead woman on the beach; then, two detectives are brought in to investigate a disappearance which quickly becomes tied to another, and then we're off to the races. Kick back and stay up late with this winner.

Marie


The Perfect Meal: In Search of the Lost Tastes of France

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The Perfect Meal: In Search of the Lost Tastes of France By John Baxter Cover Image
$14.99
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ISBN: 9780062088062
Published: Harper Perennial - February 26th, 2013

Take a culinary journey with author John Baxter through the world of French cooking from Paris to Nice to Normandy to Alsace-Lorraine.  Along the way he tells the fascinating history of certain foods, exotic ingredients, restaurants, both good and bad, and the lives of the famous and infamous, all to be found in the remarkable world of French haute cuisine.  Bon appetit!

Nathan


Boy on the Wooden Box

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The Boy on the Wooden Box: How the Impossible Became Possible . . . on Schindler's List By Leon Leyson, Marilyn J. Harran (With), Elisabeth B. Leyson (With) Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781442497818
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - August 27th, 2013

Although we are all familiar with the Holocaust, Leon Leyson’s personal description of the events from a child’s point of view captures its devastating consequences most dramatically. He is a regular boy playing in his Polish neighborhood, when his world comes apart. Oscar Schindler’s intervention saves him from death, but not from unbelievable trauma. Prepare for an intense, page-turner.

Carol


The Postman Always Rings Twice

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The Postman Always Rings Twice By James M. Cain Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780679723257
Availability: Available with a Delay: On Order at Supplier: Email online@portersquarebooks.com for More Info
Published: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard - May 14th, 1989

Of the hundreds of lurid drug store paperbacks from the '30s to the '50s, the big three that live on are Hammett, Chandler and Cain.  The 1st two are seminal American detective literature.  Cain is deliciously raw noir melodrama, and Postman is...well, read the first line...   

Gary


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